Honore is a very attractive road connecting the beach in Manatee County to Venice. A crown jewel of Manatee County along Honore is Evers Reservoir. But you cannot see or access the lake from Honore.
The proposed development offers the County an opportunity to acquire a small park adjacent to the lake. The County owns a small detention area outlined above just west of the lake - working with the developer the parcel could be moved adjacent to the lake.
The land between the lake and Honore is floodplain, narrow, and wetland, and cannot be developed. It could provide a great open space for Manatee County residents.
We suggest that the County ask staff to discuss this possibility with the developer to see if a small park is possible. We would be glad to assist with the discussions if you wish. Thank you for your consideration.
The map below shows how residents who live near Honore must now travel to get to the Lake. The new park would lower the distance by over 5 miles. Bikers and walkers could easily get to the lake.
The County could also consider acquiring a larger site to increase the size of the park.