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

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

Beruff hopes to create a similar vision for the 2,700 residences he is planning for Long Bar Pointe — with comparable size and density to WaterColor.

But for the development to become as successful, Beruff also knows he must find a reason to bring local traffic into the community, so it is not exclusively dependent on district homeowners and resort guests.

That is where Long Bar's proposed boardwalk comes into play.

The half-mile promenade — overlooking Florida mangroves and Sarasota Bay — would be a public park for joggers and nature observers similar to Sarasota 's Marina Jack. It also is where the majority of Long Bar's retail and restaurants will be.

Beruff believes the bay attraction can become the staple for his development, like the beaches are to WaterColor.

He also has proposed bringing in a water taxi to the village — shuttling the public between Bradenton Beach and the Long Bar commercial hub.

More than 500 communities around the globe have used the urbanism model at Seaside as a basis for their development, said Jon Ervin, director of marketing and communication for Visit South Walton.

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