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

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

There is now a 50-foot height restriction on all new construction in WaterColor to prevent any mid-rise vacation condos, like the ones that line Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key.

"I want to reduce the amount of concrete and reduce the amount of face curb," Beruff said. "You can't tell where the single-family and multi-family end because they all commingle together. It's just a great look. It creates a sense of neighborhood."

The brick paver roads in the central part of town are narrowed to reduce speeding, with thin curbing and parallel parking for house guests.

Pedestrians on bikes and upscale golf-carts almost outnumber the motorists.

The entire village is connected through trail walkways that snake from the residential to the resort and commercial areas, with dozens of small pocket parks adorned by benches and trees.


Boardwalk and 2,700 residences

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