Building The Future We Believe In

lakeside-walkSince the launch of 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.

greenspace-walkTraffic is a major concern, and we submit that pedestrian-friendly community design – the moving of residents internally through trails and parkways for walking, bicycling, and EV shuttles – while offering neighboring residents convenient work-live-play destinations that reduce the demand on major traffic arteries, is the best answer to it. Continuing to farm our land offers no future benefit to the community, nor would the continuation of farming address environmental impacts such as chemical and nutrient runoff and the growing need for water conservation. As evidenced in the careful and deliberate actions of our county planners, southwest Bradenton has been preparing for growth and development for many years, and the infrastructure to support it – roads, utilities, and water treatment – was put in place long ago.

Of one thing we can all be certain: many more people are coming to live in SW Bradenton in the coming years, and just like those of us who live here now, they want to be near the water and beaches. Our dialog with the community has never been about debating that issue, nor has it been about whether or not to develop our property. For us, this public conversation is about soliciting constructive community input in order to achieve the best possible outcome for our property – one that accommodates growth intelligently and mitigates its impact while enhancing quality of life in the area.

In the coming months, we will begin to share the details of this plan as it comes together. We will continue to ask for your feedback and we will continue to listen. As lifelong Floridians, we know better than anyone that growth cannot be stopped. To paraphrase from Field of Dreams, “They will come, so build it right.” We remain committed to the premise that these new residents are indeed coming to SW Bradenton, and that those of us who care most about our quality of life must be the ones building Bradenton’s future – the future we believe in.

4 comments on “Building The Future We Believe In

  1. don b.

    Do you have any intention for leaving a “buffer” between your construction sites and 53rd Ave? Will you leave the large, high bushes & growth to block the view and dirt, dust and refuse? How will the daily inclusion of numerous trucks and equipment on 53rd Ave. onto your property, with its inherent noise, dirt, dust be addressed? Thank you

    1. Admin

      Leonard, thank you for your interest and question about the infrastructure. Remember, our land has been farmed for over 50 years and over that period of time many infrastructure changes have taken place that have impacted our land and our ability to farm it.
      Just a few of those are:
      • Widening of 75th Street
      • Completion of El Conquistador Parkway
      • Addition of a roundabout at 75th and 53rd
      • Water Treatment Plant on 66th
      • Fire Station on 66th
      • Widening of Cortez Road
      • Addition of Sidewalks, Drainage and Sewer Lines
      Because all of this infrastructure already in place surrounding and traversing our property, the mixed use designation applied to our land in 2010 makes it the perfect infill property for this area.

      1. Michelle

        The widening of Cortez Road? That doesn’t change the fact that it is a two lane road for much of it, until you get closer to 41. There is already significant traffic on Cortez, it would be delusional to believe that this would not exacerbate it and potentially put it to a point of critical mass.

        The other points that you made also do not mean that current residents will not be overly burdened by this development.

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