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Peninsula Bay development in Cortez could feature 1,800 homes, November 20, 2015

“Everything we learned in Lake Flores, we incorporated in Peninsula Bay in terms of what Manatee County desires were for these issues,” said Eliza Harris Juliano, director of urbanism with Canin Associates. “We took out stuff that wasn’t relevant because (Peninsula Bay) is a much smaller project.”


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Planning Begins At Peninsula Bay

boating-funWith broad community support and county approval now in place for Lake Flores, the Preston family has focused its efforts on its other farmland at Peninsula Bay – land on which they have grown flowers and ornamentals for more than 50 years. Peninsula Bay is envisioned as an exceptional master-planned community that will transform agricultural fields into a beautiful new setting for residents and visitors, while incorporating exciting new features aimed at connecting people to the water.

Encompassing approximately 360 acres in west Manatee County, preliminary plans for Peninsula Bay call for homes to be set back from the shoreline. A new 67-acre lake will be created to provide a scenic buffer to existing mangroves, while careful removal of exotic and unhealthy vegetation will preserve and even enhance sensitive ecosystems. Innovative aspects of the plans will serve to improve existing canals and create a flushing mechanism that will improve the overall water quality in the area.

Public accessibility is an important feature of the community. The development team sees Peninsula Bay as a recreational focal point for the entire region, with a boat and kayak launch, marina, eco-park, and nearly 200 acres of wetlands, lakes, and protected areas. The development will also offer a wide range of housing options, including single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums, as well as a bed-and-breakfast.

Streetscape - 2The character of Peninsula Bay is that of a people place where residents and the public can enjoy the outdoors, socialize with friends, and experience the magic that was coastal Florida in years gone by. Architecturally, the residential resort community will feature a distinctive “Fishing Village” look, authentic to the area in its detailing, with native landscaping, and pedestrian-friendly streets, where the needs of daily life can be met within walking distance.

Click To View the preliminary plan for Peninsula Bay

As these plans take shape, we will update these pages with the latest news and developments. We think Peninsula Bay will be an exciting complement to the Lake Flores community and a positive contribution to Bradenton’s future. As our planning progresses, we look forward to sharing it with you.

Press Release – October 9, 2015

Plans Submitted for Peninsula Bay Community

(West Florida) Pen Bay 1, LLC., a company owned by the Preston family, has submitted a General Development Plan application to Manatee County. This application begins the review process for a proposed master-planned community known as Peninsula Bay, situated on a 358-acre property between Cortez Road and Palma Sola Bay that has been farmed for over 50 years.
“Peninsula Bay is another exciting opportunity for southwest Manatee County,” said Whiting Preston, manager of Pen Bay 1, LLC. “We want to create something very special, a place that can be enjoyed by both residents and those in the surrounding community. We envision a place that connects people to the water through increased opportunities for access and, at the same time, protects the waterways for future generations.”

The Peninsula Bay property is presently used for agriculture and primarily consists of a greenhouse operation surrounding a neighborhood of manufactured housing, single family homes, hotel and marina. Current zoning is PD-R at the county which allows for the intended planned residential development. The vision for the Peninsula Bay property involves creating an accessible neighborhood of 1,800 homes, plus water-related resort and commercial facilities. Other key features include a 67-acre lake, a boat ramp, boat slips and storage, a kayak launch, walking trails, and waterfront shopping and dining.

Protecting and enhancing the ecosystems will be a top priority of the development plans for Peninsula Bay. The community will be built in such a way as to engage residents with the natural beauty of the waterways and mangrove vegetation along the bay, but also to minimize the impact of the development on those precious resources.

Peninsula Bay is the second development proposed by Mr. Preston and his team. They recently received approval from the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners for a nearby community known as Lake Flores on 1,300 acres adjacent to IMG Academies.

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Lake Flores development team begins working on details of plan, August 15, 2015

“For me, it’s important that, not just out east grows, but also West Bradenton, because if we are together in our success, what a county we have,” [Commissioner Vanessa] Baugh said at the Aug. 6 commission meeting. “It is good for all of us. It’s going to improve the quality of life for all of us.”

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