Lake Flores Wins State Accolades



A development in the works in the Bradenton area was honored this month among the best planned communities in the state. The Florida Planning and Zoning Association recognized Lake Flores, a 1,300-acre project that may include as many as 6,500 homes, as an “Outstanding Planning Project,” an award presented at the 2015 Holiday Luncheon for the association’s Gulf Coast Chapter on Dec. 4.

The Lake Flores plan has been many years in the making and has involved the time and expertise of countless individuals,” said developer Whiting Preston. “We especially appreciate the staff from the Manatee County Planning Department and the input and advice they contributed throughout this process.

The Manatee County Commission in August approved the project, proposed on land stretching from IMG Academy to 75th Street between Cortez Road and El Conquistador Parkway. When finished, the project may also have 3 million square feet of new retail and office space and up to 500 hotel rooms, in addition to the homes. The land, previously utilized by the Manatee Fruit Company, will include green space an a 19-acre man-made lake. After the project was approved, Preston predicted accolades would follow. “The ideas will quickly become a sought out community for both locals and those moving into the area,” he said on the company’s official website. “Our team will work closely with county staff to ensure that all requirements are met and that we proceed in an efficient and effective manner."

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