We, the Preston family, have proudly worked our Southwest Bradenton farmland for more than 50 years, but now believe our county is at a crossroads. We’ve watched our community lay fallow while most new development – retail stores, restaurants, professional services, schools, parks, fire stations – has sprouted up to the east of Interstate 75. Over the past 20 years, where development has occurred in Southwest Bradenton, the projects didn’t mesh with our area’s historic fabric or provide what our city really needs.
Today, our more than 1600 acres in southwest Bradenton has come to be surrounded by other development, neighborhoods, roads, and other infrastructure. We believe it is inevitable that our land will no longer be practical to farm at some point in the future. But instead of selling our land, our family has a vision to create something truly special – a place containing a careful balance of parks, trails, retail stores, offices, and homes. Furthermore, we are committed to following the land use recommendations of Manatee County and The Urban Land Institute, while aspiring to rival Florida’s most successful planned communities, such as Lakewood Ranch.
For the Preston family, it’s time to be part of the solution; to breathe new life into our community by transforming our farmland into a new part of Bradenton the entire community will not only be proud of, but will benefit from directly.
It’s what we want for our community and hope it is what you want for yours.
As a family with deep roots in Bradenton, we ask for your input and support to help make Southwest Bradenton the vibrant community it can be. Over the next couple of months, we’ll provide more insight into the specifics of what our vision encompasses.
The Preston Family