Why Develop Our Property?

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South of Cortez Road and West of IMG Academy sits approximately 1,600 acres of farmland. You’ve probably seen it as you travel down 53rd Avenue towards 75th Street. That’s the farmland we’re talking about converting into something special for all residents to enjoy.

Why does it make so much sense to convert farmland into a community asset?

1. It is the only readily vacant land west of 75 that is available for development into a creative community that combines live, work, and play opportunities. Maybe that is why the independent studies stated:

a. How Will We Grow? Report: “The development of Manatee Fruit Company and area properties may have a trickle-down effect economically to the county and will bring more investment to the US 301 and US 41 corridors.”
b. Urban Land Institute Report: “Development of the site as mixed-use development with new types of retail and housing products would be a game-changer for the county.”

2. Through the county’s plan to handle future growth, our property already has infrastructure (power, water, sewer, sidewalks) in place that would maximize taxpayer dollars already spent.

3. The size of the property allows for a more comprehensive plan to include great people places, greenways, trails and more. Equally important, our longterm ownership and vision for the property means our goals are not driven by the desire for short term gains, nor by the need for quick returns to outside investors.

4. Our land is adjacent to IMG Academies, one of the biggest sports brands in the country, to which we sold land for their recent expansion. The ULI study recommended to extend the sports brand by attracting other specialized sports businesses (repair, rehab and performance) to the region to transform the area into the sports training capital of America.

56 comments on “Why Develop Our Property?

  1. Jean

    I also agree we should not build more houses and shopping centers. That is what Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota are for. I think we should use Robinsons Preserve as an example of keeping land and allowing people to enjoy the beauty of nature. Please do not build more property and cause bradenton to lose its charm and become more crowded!

  2. Stuart S.

    To Whiting Preston – I live in Wild Oak Bay. Your farm has been a good neighbor for a long time. Your irrigation system minimized your impact on Sarasota Bay. Whenever it broke you quickly fixed it right.
    So when you say you want to develop your land in a way that respects your neighbors, protects the environment and improves the economy, it rings true. I applaud your effort to reach out to the community for suggestions. Here are some of mine:
    • For that Old Florida-New Urbanist feel, consider the Sanibel model: Nothing higher than the highest tree (except maybe a steeple.) Build hotels, even parking garages (to minimize asphalt footprints) but keep them to three stories. And if you want walkable, forget Lakewood Ranch.
    • In your mixed use scheme, consider emphasizing commercial and natural over residential.
    o West Bradenton needs new employment, shopping and entertainment opportunities; besides, the ULI says your land is more valuable for commercial than for residential.
    o In redeveloping farmland, you have a chance to return it to something like a natural state. Expand your parks and pathways, plant more trees and build more lakes.
    o As far as economically feasible, build fewer houses: You will generate less traffic.
    • For good park systems, look beyond new communities to older ones with proven records.
    o Savannah, GA, for one of the best high density, walkable park grids ever devised.
    o St Paul, MN, for parkways linking lakes (substitute your pathways for its roads.)
    o Don’t forget to link your bikeways to the outside, such as the El Con Parkway bike path, to encourage neighbors to come into your community without getting into their cars.
    • Integrate your community into surrounding neighborhoods by making it a destination.
    o In retail, avoid big boxes. There are plenty already. Think smaller stores with smaller footprints: Trader Joe’s, Total Wine, Fresh Market, boutique furnishings and clothing, restaurants, an art house movie theater. Think it wouldn’t work? Think how far upscale people on the bay, the river, Anna Maria and Longboat Key have to go for these now.
    o Build on what you have. It’s economic development 101. You absolutely should take the needs of IMG and Blake (also not that far away) into consideration, and you are.
    o You should face the fact that many retail and service jobs don’t pay well, so if you really want a community where people live and work, you will need a variety of housing, including affordable single family homes, townhouses, lofts and apartments.
    o To bring neighbors together, and as a way to carry on your farming legacy, consider setting aside some land for community gardens through the county extension service.
    o To make for a logical transition to surrounding land uses, continue to concentrate commercial toward the north side of the property and residential to the south and west.
    • Your development will increase traffic. This is your biggest challenge. A good faith effort to address it will do more than anything else to overcome public opposition.
    o Start working with the county, Anna Maria Island communities and Cortez Village to develop a traffic plan before you seek development approval.
    o Be willing to accept some form of impact fee or special assessment to help pay for off-site impacts, such as wider roads, new bridges, bike paths, park & ride lots or shuttles.
    I like what I see so far, especially compared to what I saw at Long Bar Pointe – Stuart Smith

    1. Admin

      Dear Stuart,
      Thank you for taking the time to visit our web site, and for the very enlightened recommendations.
      Many of your insights sum up what a mixed use community can bring to SW Manatee County. We are planning a vibrant, walk-able, people friendly community, promoting alternative means of transportation to minimize automobile usage. We envision the type of community where people gather in park-like settings close to where they work, live and play. There are challenges to this vision, which you point out, such as traffic.
      This issue will be addressed and we see Lake Flores, as an in-fill site, contributing to traffic solutions for this area of town.
      Thank you again for your thoughts, and please contact us again should you have any questions or additional input.

  3. Sharon

    My residence is in an area between 115th St. and 118th St. the Manatee Fruit & Flower farm is all around us. The Prestons have been very good to us as neighbors and to our community. I believe they have been good to Manatee county as far as land for roadways ect. I do not believe they would do harm to the community after ALL OF THE YEARS OF BEING GOOD NEIGHBORS. Sharon & Gene

  4. Elizabeth C.

    I have pondered over Bradenton’s future since i saw the newspaper article some time back, then saw your signs on the property. I started visiting my parents here in the 1950s. My husband and I moved here in 1979. I have always said that Bradenton is Florida’s best kept secret. I enjoyed stopping to enjoy your fields of baby’s breath and glads. There has been so much construction in our area, that you must drive miles east to see land that is not spoiled with asphalt and structures. I also loved to come to the mum farm and the little flower and plant shop. When I went to look for plants for a friend, I found that had been closed I know change must occur and people my age reject change, but I hate to see Bradenton become another Sarasota or Ft Myers. With all the construction going on in Long Point, if you do develop this area into a village, what will the impact be on our roads? They are already nearly impossible during season. The beaches are packed. What about the impact on water and sewage? I fear, if we over build, we will start having sink holes. I realize the deciding factor will ultimately be money. I am not sure what I would do if I were in your shoes. I would like to think I would carry on what my family started. I know development would provide a better return on your money, than renting the land out for growing tomatoes or any other agricultural use, but I would beg you to try to save a little of old Bradenton

  5. Paul Mac.

    Why do you feel the need to build more houses, you have El Conquistedor with plenty of room for more development and maybe even a community center, lets try to keep some of the farmland for produce and flower growing as we are running out of precious farmland.
    There is enough congestion now we don’t need any more housing.
    So take a good hard look before building. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Tom S.

    Seems to me that everything here is geared toward people making money. I know I’m in the small minority but where will we grow food for people as the population increases?

  7. Bob M.

    Does the family really need all the money from a project of this size? Farming is a noble profession. Being a Land Baron is not. It appears from the comments here that green is beautiful and your idea is not. You said you want to listen to the community. Is that what you will really do? Will any comments on this site have any effect on this project?

  8. Emily G.

    I would like to echo several of the concerns about the true need for development in this area. As a college student, I struggle with finding any real sense of community as is because existing businesses/attractions are so spread out. I believe the county would exponentially benefit from utilizing existing offices/retail/employable spaces that are currently being neglected or suffering. Revitalizing the community in such a way would allow us to pursue a unique approach with this farmland. Organic farming or sustainable trails would be favorable. Many residents wish to leave Bradenton as beautiful as they found it for their children and grandchildren. Environmentally destructive commercial development, with no historical character, would drive future generations further away from this area. Let us leave behind the self-centered and current mindset of most developments and consider what is truly sustainable and beautiful.

    1. Bill M

      farmland must be preserved in this area the Preston family has enough money why cant farming be continued

  9. MarkC

    Leave the tomato fields alone, we don’t need no more development and more traffic problems. We have enough asphalt and concrete out there, let there be some good old dirt, our bays would benefit from that!

  10. CaroleA

    God made us stewards of the land, building homes for the rich and developing us into a concrete jungle like the east coast is not the plan. The environment supports many life forms all of which will be disturbed!!!

  11. ro g.

    After reading an article about the development on 70/75 I wonder if anyone in the zoning department has any sense.
    8600 homes and a “University Type Shopping Center”–How could this density even be considered. Look at University and Interstate 75 congestion and they have great roads that we do not have in the area being considered for development.

    Will we see 6 lanes on Cortez and 53rd st that the developing Companies will pay for and also schools before they begin the houses so we the taxpayers do not have to foot the bill.

    What will happen in bad weather when the Key people need to get to the mainland.

    The traffic is terrible on Cortez and when I emailed the state they said Manatee County is in charged of the intersection at cortez and the gulf. Has anything been done about the light in years?

    Maybe Manatee and Sarasota Counties should work on a new bridge in this area ad wait on the development.

    Thank you

  12. Loan

    Preserve the land. Stop building more concrete jungle. Think of the future green space for all to benefit. If these requests are redundant pleas, then heed the citizens’ feedback. If indeed the input from the people are not truly wanted, then you are not operating from that place of integrity and honor.

  13. pam

    It is too bad that all you see around is shopping centers and housing already in congested areas in Bradenton and that green space in florida is getting less and less respected and that all it is is about money money money, greed greed greed. I am sorry but it is the truth. Why not make it a park so our children can play and exercise instead of getting fat sitting inside playing games. We have a epidemic in this country why not set a good example instead of doing what everyone is doing.

  14. J H.

    Whether or not you live in Bradenton, or have any connection to the area at all, if you want to preserve land from encroaching and un-needed development, I urge you to post a comment now, as tomorrow it could be your back yard being sucked into the cement jungle. It is crucial that we preserve our precious land and wildlife habitats; once it is developed, it is GONE forever. We should be planning revitalization of already commercialized areas rather than ruining more natural space. PLEASE conserve this land for current residents and visitors, and future generations.

  15. louise

    West Bradenton is already becoming a ghetto area since the county is allowing all the development in the east. How many more houses do we need? There are at least 10 homes on Riverview that
    have been for sale for five or more years. The areas around it are falling apart. For whom would we be building this development? Not the people who live here. Traffic to the beach during the
    season is impossible now. What will happen when you add all those houses? We don’t have the
    space for new roadways for traffic. Unless the grand plan is to put in an interstate similar to what St. Petersburg has which will drive down the values of the areas that it runs through.
    Witness Interstate 75 at University and the mess that the planners and commissioners have
    created with all of that commercial development. Now the taxpayers are going to have to pay
    to add additional highways to solve the traffic jams that happen there.
    There has to be something better you can do. What is wrong with the farms?

  16. Justin K.

    I have been living in Bradenton all my life. I remember being able to get in and out of a grocery store in under 10 minutes. for the past 5+ years it has been a major burden to get anything done in this town. The traffic is terrible not only during rush hour but pretty much any day time hour. You can’t even grab a bite to eat without standing in a 15-20 minute line just to order something. It goes without saying that this development will only make things worse for this town. There are plenty of vacant lots and office space all over town to develop. Don’t destroy a beautiful piece of land for commercial use.

  17. Nancy T.

    Unfortunately for us who love Manatee County and our Florida heritage, it’s apparent as noted above that y’all have already made up your minds. If the Preston family sincerely had the good of the community at heart, the current plan being offered by the company you hired and the commissioners you coaxed and cajoled would not go forward. Period. Why do you think your last meeting for the public lasted until after midnight?! Seriously. We don’t want it.

    The bay is protected and endangered water. Who in Tallahassee is your friend? It’s embarrassing for us when our elected officials, big banks, big business and Wall Street continue to line each others’ pockets while pretending to care for the little man. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Remember your high school American history? The phrase used to describe you was Robber Barons. Think about it.

    1. Admin

      Nancy, there is no current plan and we have not participated in any public hearing. Our property has no bay frontage; perhaps you are confused and assumed we are associated with an adjacent property. We are not.

  18. Heather

    I wish Bradenton was the same back 25+ years. Why develop? This place has already become a zoo and flooded with way too many people? It is nice driving down 75th in its natural beauty of how Bradenton once was. Sad, money is more important than nature.

  19. Leonard J. E.

    I know there is no way this development is going to be stopped – it’s a done deal and life for residents here will never be the same. There are some things you could consider that would make things a lot easier for us locals. Would you consider the commercial development to be placed along the west side of 75th st. west?. If you have it along Cortez road I can see that the county will probably have to install at least two more traffic signals between 86th st. west and 75th st. west to allow left hand turns into the commercial zone. Can you just imagine what that will do to traffic. The people using the hotels desired by IMG (by the way – who cares about what IMG wants) will not only find themselves 3 miles from the beach – they might be 2 hours from the beach. The only place where traffic moves relatively smoothly on Cortez Rd. is west of Walmart. I can see traffic gridlock extending from the Cortez bridge right up past Walmart. The local merchants will love you for that. If you place the commercial development along 75th st. it will help a lot to alleviate this situation. By the way – just how is Anna Maria Island going to handle all of this. Nothing moves there now as it is and the local residents are screaming about tourists parking on their property. This development is certainly not going to improve things for them and will – in my opinion make this a much less desirable place to live.

  20. Larry C.

    Great project. It gives west Bradenton an un-gated open and inviting place to live, work and play. It, also, provides new and exciting shopping and dining opportunities for everyone.

  21. Louise

    When I used to come down here on vacation prior to moving here 15 years ago the land was used as farming and there was a small fresh produce stand for people to stop and buy fruits and vegetables. Those days are long gone with the development of this sleepy town. This is the problem …………developers buy up property and then sell overpriced lots to potential buyers and the only person who wins is the developer who walks away with millions. I agree with a previous comment made…………you already know what you are going to do with property, but don’t want the community angry, so “our opinions count” are a way to ease the pain. Traffic is bad enough, empty strip malls by the dozen so why develop more?. I am all about growth, but this will not help the community. Parks, preserves, recreational places are what bring a community together and create jobs for the caretaking and beautification. On this Website under “Why Develop our property” see item #3 “The size of the property allows for a more comprehensive plan to include great people places, greenways, trails and more”.

  22. Jane H.

    AMEN!!! to Jeff S’s comment on March 3. My sentiments EXACTLY! We should retain this land and utilize it for organic and sustainable farming which would truly benefit both farmer and consumer. We are killing ourselves and this beautiful Earth with overdevelopment pollution and pesticides. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT DEVELOP THIS LAND! DeSoto Park on 75th and Robinson Preserve are awe inspiring places of beauty, tranquility, and wildlife habitat….with more land being preserved to the west along Manatee Ave. Those are places of pure life….PURA VIDA!!!! as the Costa Ricans say. Let’s save something of real and lasting value for the next generation.

  23. Nancy M.

    Forget the big box. Build me some affordable cottages as well as mansions and I am there!

  24. Judy

    I too am very concerned with the increased traffic in this area. With the new sports already here and already planned, coupled with our seasonal visitors, it is a quagmire now. We will need new roads before a new ‘community’ can be brought to this area. Rush hour now is ridiculous…can you imagine what it would be like in a true emergency without more east-west roadways? We must address that necessity now, before any new large-size development is approved…anywhere in our county! I do not see why our commissioners do not see this as a high priority. I guess it will take a disaster for them to open their eyes.

    I am interested in obtaining answers to two items:

    (1) Will your concept include housing that would be affordable to those who would be working for the stores that will be located in your community.

    (2) Have you given any thought to affordable housing for our senior population within these communities? You cannot have a true community unless you include the seniors. A lot of our seniors in Manatee County do not have the funds to purchase high-cost living accommodations.

  25. Carolyn

    Leave the land as it is. Continuing farming — farming is needed much more than stores and such. It is a shame we have to depend on so many of our products to come from other countries. If I don’t drink the waster in Mexico, why would I want to eat the produce? Same our farms!!

  26. Hazeldean M.

    First of all, thank you for the opportunity to respond to your plans.
    Secondly, I have alwlays appreciated the fields of glads. They were a delight to watch. So sorry you had to discontinue them due to the disease. The fields of tomatoes were inspiring. I always wanted to stop and pick a green one just to make some fried green tomatoes, but then there were those signs……….
    Finally, there is a need for much more green space on the west side of the county. I am against any high-rise buildings that will block my view of the horizon.from my home. High power lines ruin photos of the horizon already.
    Manatee County is known for its low profile horizon. The high-risers in Palmetto disgrace this county. They are pure UGLY. Every effort should be made to keep this county beautiful with a continued low profile .
    I am glad to see that you are planniing jogging, biking trails, etc. However, adding 3 traffic lights would only anger the FRUSTRATED, congested-traffic drivers and causing the joggers, bikers to have to wait for red lights. It is obvious, as one responder has said, your mind is already made up. Since you will be continuing your plans, I recommend instead of traffic lights, substitute archways to be built over the roadways for the health-wise folk.
    Due to my age, I will not see the culmination of your plans, but in the meantime, I still want to see the sunset from my home unencumbered by ugly high-rises. Thanks again. THINK GREEN.

  27. Arne N.

    “It is the only readily vacant land west of 75 that is available for development into a creative community that combines live, work, and play opportunities.”

    It sounds to me like you’ve already made up your minds about what’s going to happen to this parcel. But my 2cents is – No more housing – there are already enough empty homes in the Tampa Bay area. No more Chinese Outlet Malls (aka Wal-Marts) because they ruin any remaining sense of community in the area. If you want to leave a real legacy for Manatee, forget about getting rich and donate or sell the land to the State or county and build a green space or park – something that the taxpayers won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to insure against the next hurricane. Thanks!

    1. Admin

      Your suggestion about donating or selling the land for a park is contrary to the recommendations of the How Will We Grow and ULI reports which can be found on or web site.

      1. Marly C.

        It is, nevertheless, the opinion of the citizen who you asked for input! I agree with others on the board who would like green space, a park, donated parcel of land, or an organic farm. From your reply its obvious your mind is made up. However, this site was put up for input from those that live here. So here it is — we are already super congested and do not need further density. We have plenty of places to shop and eat already. We enjoy the breath of fresh air the green space currently gives, and hope there is some way you can preserve it.

  28. Linda

    I can see where the need for good hotels with conference space will be needed for the expansion of IMG’s future but will IMG be able to support year round that need? I can see where hiking and biking trails would be nice but who would be responsible for the up keep in grooming this area especially with the man made lakes? Housing is always nice but what about the the other projects that have been sitting for years idly, like the one on Palma Solo? I know, they are just starting to develop it now slowly but there is still a lot of housing projects with streets over grown that have not gotten off the ground yet. How much traffic is going to be added to an already congested area during the season especially around spring break time. The traffic does get backed up to 75th at times on Cortez and Manatee. There has been some really bad accidents at that intersection and will continue even without your added few hundred more vehicle’s. I am all for development but when I see area’s still hanging with nothing happening I wonder if it is still the right time. I can see the need for part of your plan, especially a hotel but not for all of it at this time. I do worry about the traffic flow especially for emergency vehicle’s. The response time will, without question, increase meaning life of death in some cases. I also would like to know why do you plant tomatoes, pick a few and then plow the rest under? I would think trying to make arrangements with church groups or food banks to pick those that you do not want. They could preserve them, give them to the needy before you plow your fields to plant yet another crop of tomatoes. Just asking because it seems such a waste. I grew up where you didn’t waste but shared with others in a small farm community. I do live on Cortez Rd in the 10300 block where I can see the seasons traffic problem on great beach days. I hope that you will also consider the environment, how your project will effect it as well. All things have a reason for being but man seems to want to eliminate everything in it way for profit.

  29. John P.

    Why do we need more growth in Manatee County? When will it stop? I believe we’ve reached our carrying capacity. The traffic is insane as it is. I feel trapped in my house because it takes so long to get anywhere. Please do the right thing and do not develop your land. Or at least leave most of it undeveloped.

  30. Dano

    Once this farmland is gone, it’s gone forever leaving asphalt and concrete.There are plenty of unsold homes in very good communities in this county that are waiting to be occupied. No I am not a realtor. River and water access from this area going east for the public especially along the manatee river is nil. We have no parkland east of Bradenton with water access until you go to Ft hammer. Seems that all is considered with land use is take away the green in exchange for green tax dollars. Please leave it for our future generation to enjoy with water access. Thank you.

  31. Harry C.

    Yeah that’s what we need – more houses and more cookie cutter shopping. We can turn this in to Orlando in no time. Good sell though. Study and recommendations – perfect methodology. We “care” about the area – LOL. All you care about is turning perfectly good farm land in to a retirement account. Typical American values. I’m sure the local politicians can “persuaded” so you won’t have any problems getting this garbage passed. Can’t wait for the increased traffic on Cortez and 75th. It’s gonna be great! So thanks!

  32. Jeff S.

    Leave the land the way it is. It’s a pleasure to drive from 75th Street South of Manatee past the tomato fields, or South of 53rd Ave towards IMG.

    Mr. Preston, be remembered for the man that stood up and left Manatee County with some greenspace. Once it’s developed it will never be the same.

    Also, take a drive down Cortez, Manatee Ave, and 14th Street and count the vacant office and retail space. West Bradenton doesn’t need another several hundred thousand sq ft of vacant office/retail space.

    1. Sue F

      Agreed – I make that drive every day. I live in Cortez Village, and have to remember to stock up on food etc… on Friday as there is no leaving on the weekends during season. Traffic is already absurd and evacuation would be a nightmare! Additionally, as Jeff stated, just drive down Cortez, manatee and 14th to see all of the vacant storefronts and empty homes available. We do NOT need more AND ESPECIALLY NO Wal-Mart!!

  33. Joy Mc.

    I’m sure you, our County Commissioners and IMG have already decided what you are going to do. All this crap about what the residents want is just to keep us from starting any problems for you. I hardly think when the family bought half of Manatee County years ago this was their fture plans, making us into another crouded place to live. I noticed doing your little survey on some questions we are forced to pick an answer just to move on to the next question. Don’t tell us you really want our input. I had to pick how IMG could help me…where was the none of the above question. If you really want to know what we think yu don’t force someone to pick what you want us to say unless you already know what you are going to do. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who runs this county.

    1. Admin

      Thank you for your response. We have adjusted the question in consideration of your suggestion. Please take part in future surveys.

  34. Carol C.

    The plans appear to have been well thought out. Input from the community is certainly a plus. My recommendation is that you eliminate any big box store from your plan; there are enough in our county now. Wal Mart (especially) is a no-no; they kill too many small businesses and our community cannot survive without small businesses. Small businesses keep more money per dollar spent in our community than national companies/businesses.

    1. frank s.

      the country is” bulldozing our best farm land,”every where”.with the price of veg/meat,why not grow local organic good food,you could make a killing,and still own the best farm land in manatee county:just think one of your children ,just might love farming.we don,t need more malls and hotels,and housing,that most can not afford. Im sure the development,will happen,please leave room, around all the hosing areas for” home gardens”,so the kids learn where food comes from. frank smith u conn,aggie thanks

      1. marian b.

        I agree organic farming would be helpful and useful preserve the land and maybe rent small gardens to the public to enjoy fresh vegetables –we do not need to cement over what little farm land is left in this area – no more commercial areas or homes – no one would shop there – it is off the beaten path and people here are set in their ways and like to go to familiar close in places — save the land – no more will be created –

  35. Debra C.

    I would hope that instead of planning more commercial activity that will increase traffic, you will consider more natural green construction and spaces. It would be nice to have more areas for biking and walking. Right now if I want to take a walk away from all the traffic noise, I have to go to Robinson Preserve or to the beach. I live 5 minutes from your property and I would like to see more areas to encourage interaction with nature and to have recreation without so much commercial development. Also, I teach arts enrichment classes for children (homeschoolers and kids in regular schools). I am always looking for new locations. It would be nice to have a community center where people and organizations can rent space at a reasonable rate for these types of activities. It would also be nice to have a community center/auditorium to be able to feature local art, music, theater and dance performances. One more suggestion – it would be great to have homes and buildings that are really green – solar, recycled materials, etc… How about some alternative types of construction that reduce energy costs and are healthy for the environment! That’s my two cents!

    1. Admin

      Our vision is consistant with with the county, a well planned mixed-use community. Done correctly, the commercial on our property will allow its residents to work and shop in close proximity to home. We would also encourage alternative means of transportation to activity centers within the community.

      1. BobC

        What commercial besides retail do you propose? Retail provides low paying jobs, and those workers will not be able to afford the high priced housing you will build. Consider dense development areas, grid short streets, city-like business areas, and small affordable apartments as well as larger single family homes.

        1. BobC

          I did not add “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” I should have added “dense devlopment in developed areas, leaving lots of open space.

      2. Wenda

        It all sounds very eutopic but the reality is no matter how you slice it, you are destroying nature, fueling overpopulation and disrupting life in Bradenton. Studies are only as good as who conducts them as anyone who knows anything about big pharma studies can tell you. Reality is another matter. If your agenda is to argue community prosperity and growth then that is what you will prove. I’m sure another study done by opposing opinion would show a very different picture.
        There are preciously few places left that aren’t overrun with building and shopping, obnoxious traffic and chaos. Do you really think people are going to use alternative transportation when they want to go somewhere??? BS. People are people and behaviors for the greater good are an idealistic non reality or very rare at best. If they want to go to the beach, they are NOT going to hop on a trolley and go, they are going to get in their car and get in line on Cortez or Manatee Ave , both of which are already a nightmare on weekends and in season. You make it sound like this massive development is going to be built under a self contained bubble where llfe is breezy and so idealistic that no one will ever want to leave. Are you kidding me???????????
        One of the reasons I chose this area was because it had some semblance of peace and nature. I truly can’t see myself wanting to stay in the area once this nightmare begins. I know many others who feel the same way.
        Making people feel like they have some say is lovely and a very good strategy for trying to lesson the opposition during planning and zoning meetings. However, the truth is your agenda is set. Your primary interest is getting rich regardless of the cost to the public and to mother nature. If you truly cared how people really feel then the over whelming sentiment on this site of “save the earth” would be quite evident.
        I truly wish that it all meant something.
        I’m sorry if you percieve this as angry and cynical but I guess I am. I’ve watched too many beautiful things destroyed by the desire for more. It has an affect.

  36. Leonard E.

    On a good day it takes 20 minutes + to get out to I-75 from my home (located on 85th St. W. adjacent to your property) via 53rd Ave. I-75 is the only way out of here in an emergency. If you develop that much property imagine what it will take .

      1. Admin

        Thank you for the response.
        There is no water frontage nor is the land in the Coastal High Hazard area

    1. Rudi E.

      I Share the Traffic concern. In High Season it. Takes already 30 Minutes from 43rd street on 53rd Ave to I 75.To Bradenton beach via Cortez can be anything between 20′ to 1h.

  37. Peter N.

    This overview is so much more attractive and conducive to the overall area compared to the convention center type proposal of others. One attracts a “one night stand” party atmosphere while this plan encourages longer term and community wide growth.

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