WaterColor inspired: Manatee County developers look to emulate ‘picket fence feel’ of 30A

JOSH SALMAN | Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

Developers behind one of the decade's most ambitious housing communities in Southwest Florida are shaping their plans with an eye to another popular beach destination 470 miles up the coast.

Partners Carlos Beruff and Larry Lieberman want to transform their 523-acre tract of west Manatee County land into a resort-style village modeled after the WaterColor community near Destin in the Florida Panhandle.

Much like WaterColor, early blueprints for Long Bar Pointe are anchored by a luxury resort, an assortment of housing options, a central shopping area and post-card views of Florida waters.

But Beruff and Lieberman plan to borrow additional details of the St. Joe Co.-backed WaterColor — from the Charleston, S.C.-style architecture of the homes to the wooded walking trails and contour of the neighborhood streets.

"Subdivisions are cold, there's no sense of community," Beruff said last week during a chartered jet trip to scout WalterColor with engineers and other principals of his Bradenton homebuilding company.

"This is the feel we are trying to create. Every property doesn't lend itself well for this — ours does."


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