For the second consecutive year, Lake Flores has been recognized by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA) for being an exceptional community. The proposed Manatee County community was named as the 2016 Outstanding Development at an awards luncheon in Jacksonville on June 3rd. In presenting the award, FPZA committee members praised Lake Flores’ public outreach efforts and its strong design emphasis on walkability. Last year, Lake Flores was honored by the same group as the 2015 Outstanding Planning Project.
“On behalf of the entire Lake Flores team, I’m honored to receive this award and especially pleased to be recognized for a second year,” said Whiting Preston, whose family owns the land and who has headed efforts to develop the Lake Flores vision. “Our team has been working very hard to move forward with our plans, and we appreciate the time and expertise of countless individuals who have contributed to our progress.”
Lake Flores is a proposed mixed-use development slated to offer a live/work/play concept with multimodal trails and an emphasis on sustainability. Located on property stretching from IMG Academy west to 75th Street between Cortez Road and El Conquistador Parkway, the property had been used for agricultural purposes by Manatee Fruit Company for the last 50 years. Lake Flores is expected to gradually transform empty fields into a bustling community with abundant green spaces and a 19-acre manmade lake. Lake Flores may include as many as 6,500 homes, 3 million square feet of retail and office space, and up to 500 hotel rooms.
For more information about Lake Flores, visit BradentonsFuture.com.