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Commissioners vote after Long Bar Pointe marathon meeting

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

About 1,000 people packed the Manatee County Convention Center Tuesday night to weigh in on a proposed coastal development on the shores of Sarasota Bay. The meeting finally ended with a split decision around 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

Long Bar Pointe's developers say they want to build thousands of homes, a hotel, and office space off El Conquistador Parkway. One of the most controversial part of their plan called for dredging to build a marina for hundreds of boats.

Petitions about the project have circulated around the area for weeks. More than 100 people signed up to speak during Tuesday's meeting. Many left hours later, before they ever got their chance at the podium.

They voted 4-3 to approve a land use change for the 463-acre property from residential to mixed use.

Commissioners unanimously voted against an amendment, which could have paved the way for developments along coastal waterways across Manatee County.

Before the vote, the developers' attorney removed all language about the proposed marina from the amendment.

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