The Nature of the Lake Flores Location

Based on some of the comments made here on BradentonsFuture.com and on our Facebook page, we believe there are some misconceptions about the nature of the Lake Flores location, the property itself, and how best to develop it. Hopefully, this post and some aerial images will help to clear up some of these misconceptions. Click to read more…

Lake Flores On Traffic
Lake Flores is a master-planned mixed-use community on 1300 acres. It is an infill property surrounded by development that has been in place for decades, and for fifty plus years this property has been a farm. Over this time, traffic has increased as a result of many factors, such as:

  1. Population growth throughout Manatee County
  2. Delays in needed improvement to existing infrastructure
  3. Increased tourism
  4. Lack of safe alternative modes of transportation to popular destinations

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Lake Flores Submits GDP To Manatee County For Zoning Purposes
Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 1.55.24 PMAs part of the development process, on May 29th, 2014, the Lake Flores development team submitted a General Development Plan (GDP) to Manatee County’s Planning & Zoning Department. The submission was for zoning purposes to ensure our property was in accordance with Manatee County’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan for a mixed use community. Click to read more…

Think Development Drives Growth? Think Again.
A recurring theme in many of the negative responses we get to our vision of Bradenton’s future is that new developments are the reason Bradenton’s population spikes and traffic increases. We feel it is important to point out that this is a common misconception; the fact of the matter is, it’s actually the other way around: it is growth that drives development. Click to read more…

Turning Your Words Into Actions
Our outreach through BradentonsFuture.com, Facebook, and in presentations to various community groups is intended to help us better understand the interests of the public regarding our plans to develop our land. What we have learned so far through these efforts is that there is a broad desire for green space – parks, trails, trees – and that traffic is a major concern. Click to read more…

Lake Flores – Honoring Our Past As We Look To The Future
Whiting Preston and his family have named their 1300-acre planned community Lake Flores, to honor the history of the property and its future as a signature landmark.

Whiting Preston explains, “There are many facets to the name that reflect our family’s history and values. From the legacy this land has, to the opportunity it now presents, we are excited to evolve our Lake Flores vision into a great, scenic people place that the entire community can enjoy.” The patriarch of the family, Walter Preston, is a nationally acclaimed floriculturist who created a variety of new flower species on the property. Many of the Gladiolus sold in Florida were grown here. In a bit of irony, the grower of flowers married Flavia Florez (pronounced Flores), which means flower in Spanish.

Building The Future We Believe In
lakeside-walkSince the launch of BradentonsFuture.com and our Facebook page in February, more than a thousand people have visited and joined with us in a conversation about the future of our SW Bradenton property with questions, comments and suggestions. Thank you for participating!

Though our engagement with the community is still in its early stages, it is immediately apparent that some in the community believe that any development is inherently bad and should be stopped. Let there be no confusion on this point: we strongly disagree and want to make it clear that we believe the right kind of development is, in fact, the solution to many of the growing pains that are at the root of this “no-growth” sentiment.
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Envisioning A Bright Future For Bradenton
The heartbeat of a community often lies in the special places where people live, work, and play. Great new schools, parks, homes, and retail centers engage a community while attracting new residents and visitors. Regrettably, most of the recent developments of this kind have taken place outside our community.

As stewards of significant agricultural acreage in this area, we want to ensure that the development of our land will bring about a positive change for the benefit of Southwest Bradenton. With Florida roots dating back more than 100 years, the Preston family believes that now is the time to breathe fresh air into this land, bringing to life a new and vibrant section of town that everyone can be proud of and enjoy for many years to come.

Home_Page_CollageThe long-term nature of our ownership and vision, coupled with the size of our landholdings, affords us possibilities far beyond those fundamentally constrained by smaller scales and shorter timelines. For these reasons, we believe the opportunity exists to integrate Bradenton’s best traditions with contemporary urban planning solutions to transform our farm land into parks, trails, restaurants, homes and businesses that will rival the most successful of Florida’s planned communities.
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12 comments on “The Nature of the Lake Flores Location

  1. Brain S

    What is needed in advance of this development, which incidentally I support, is a major structural improvement of the road system.

    Cortez Road is a dual highway until it reaches the bridge so what is needed is a bridge that continues the dual highway on to Ann Marie Island, The bridge should also be high level so that it does not have to continually opened to allow boat traffic, eg like the bridge from downtown Sarasota on to St Armands Key. It also might be worth examining an extension of 53rd Street and a complete new bridge being connected to the island as an alternative. A large part of our economy is tourist related and they currently have to queue back past 75th street at peak times if this gets worse the tourist population will seek alternatives as is already happening in Naples where back up traffic is taking people an hour to get to a restaurant.

    Keep developing Bradenton, it is a great place .

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  2. Corky T.

    The Preston family have been very community minded for many years and have always considered the impact of their business operations on the surrounding community. I know this development will be no different than that. It will be done in a first class manner and will hopefully help west Bradenton reverse the decline that it has been experiencing for the past decade or so. I fully support the project and encourage others to do likewise for the good of the community. C T 8 27 2014

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  3. E.W.

    I have been following this development and all the comments on all the subjects which begs the question to all those saying no one is coming here, the traffic issues from this, the impacts etc. I haven’t seen anyone of you who are making these complaints objecting to all the developers out east.

    Recently there have been 2 projects with close to 1000 homes that will be started ASAP.(not to mention all the ones underway now and forth coming!) Do you not think these people will be coming to the beach?

    The Preston’s and other families who have been here owning and using their properties for decades LONG before 78% of you ever got here. PLUS giving back to local organizations and paying taxes.

    Now theses families are faced with all the protests and complaints because they choose to use their properties for its highest/best use.

    As we (multi-generation natives to Bradenton) have been saying for a long time is………if you don’t like it here then pack your stuff up and move back North.

    Maybe you should focus on the fact they are trying to do the best for the property within the guidelines unlike other developers.

    Thanks to the Preston family for all you have done and continue to do!

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  4. Bev

    With the over-crowded roads already a problem in west Bradenton, what will be done to alleviate future traffic problems with this additional growth in this area?

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  5. unemployed superintendent

    tomatoes they use brown water for irrigation and have grown gladiolas flowers on the property i have never seen a loaded tomato truck running up 53rd to west coast tomato to be processed and sent to market as a construction manager/ superintendent i would want the work the more the better as there are far less jobs available and i have gone far too long with out work the current administration/gov is not going to do anything for America except make it a third world country ( Build away ) it would be beneficial for many who are unemployed and welcomed by them

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  6. Patricia B.

    I would love to see farming continue this part of in Manatee County. We need the jobs and tomatoes. I also believe keeping the waterfront as parkland would improve the plan; however, quite a lot of expensive homes and infrastructure will be built on land that is will be subject to flood and storm damage. A major part of the project should create more public access to natural areas.

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    1. Admin

      Patricia, thank you for viewing our web site and taking the time to comment. Continuing to farm the property in a urban setting surrounded by infrastructure including roads, sidewalks, and storm water and waste water lines is simply not practical or productive.
      Our property does not border the water and the land is not in a flood zone.
      While the vision for our plan calls for a great deal of open space that would be available to the public, there is very little if any natural area as the property has been farmed for 50 years.

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    2. K.A.J.

      The houses on 86th street west are in a flood zone. Yet, since 1986. the Flores property across the street floods. This proves that zoning is not elevation.

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      1. Admin

        Kim, thank you for responding to our web site.
        At this time, all we have done is make our initial application for a zoning change and submitted a General Development Plan to the county.
        Prior to commencing construction, we will submit a storm water plan to the county and water management district for approval.
        In its present condition as a farm, the drainage plan is completely different than the one we will propose for the Lake Flores community.

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  7. Jayne K.

    You and your family have always been great stewards of your property and of our community …. I am confident this will continue that legacy. Very excited to see what is to come!

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  8. Jack A.

    I am very impressed with the development plans and the way that the process has been handled up to this point.

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