area news: Regatta Pointe Getting Major Addition In 2008 - 12/20/07 03:32 AM
Regatta Pointe will be getting a major addition in 2008.  They will be opening a new waterfront restaurant and new shower/bathroom facilities, laundry facilities, media room, club room and exercise facility will all be added.
The exterior will also be getting a major face-lift.  They will be changing the current "Boston Harbor" theme to a "Grand Floridian" Key West style theme with softer colors and metal roof.
The new 4,000 square foot waterfront restaurant will have 180 degree panoramic views of the Manatee River.  High-end European glass walls will be used that will allow the entire restaurant to either be completely open or closed depending … (2 comments)

area news: Palmetto Town Center - 08/31/07 02:54 AM
A new plan for residential and commercial development has just been proposed for downtown Palmetto.  The full city block of  4th & 5th Streets and 10th & 9th Avenues is stated to be a project to happen over the next 5 years.
The project calls 6 phases with a combination of 28 store fronts and 88 one and two bedroom residential affordable housing units that will range in price of $160,000 to $200,000.
The residential units will be built on top of the commercial store fronts and will have a Key West/Florida style buildings with tin roofs, courtyards, benches and parking.
The plan is said … (3 comments)

area news: 83 Yr Old Ellenton Woman Sees Her Old Home Restored - 08/09/07 09:27 AM
I was reading the paper this afternoon online and came across this story.  I thought it was a neat story to share with you.
It's a story about a woman who was surprised on her 83rd birthday.  Her daughter planned a surprise party for her 83rd birthday at a home she was born in and grew up in, in Ellenton.  The home use to be in disrepair and needed a lot of work and was ready to be condemned.  Fortunately a couple bought the home and restored it to what it is today.  It is now a beautiful home the way Mary Martha … (3 comments)

area news: Lakewood Ranch Could Become A City - 08/01/07 11:04 AM
There is talk of making Lakewood Ranch into it's own city.  Even though it's a huge community with just about everything you need already in place, I'm not sure how happy the residents living there would be about this.  What would be the cost of turning Lakewood Ranch into it's own city?  What are the positives and the negatives of doing this?  I wonder how many people would move out of the area if this was passed?  I've not actually ever seen a community transition into a city, so I'm not sure what all is involved with the process and the expense to the residents if … (5 comments)

area news: The New Publix In Parrish Is Now Open - 08/01/07 10:25 AM
The new Publix grocery store in Parrish on Hwy 301 is now open.
"Parrish did not have a large grocery store until the opening of Albertsons, close to Ellenton, in October 2001. But the large number of new homes built or being planned has helped put the once-sleepy community on retailers' radar.""About 42,000 people live in North Manatee, and another 20,000 homes have been proposed or are under construction in the area. A Sweetbay is also planned as part of a 256,000-square-foot retail project at the corner of Erie Road and U.S. 301."
It's good to see another grocery store opening in the … (0 comments)

area news: Bath & Body Works coming to the Ellenton Prime Outlet Mall - 07/12/07 04:44 AM
Bath & Body Works just signed a lease to open a store in the Ellenton Prime Outlet Mall.  The 3,300 sq ft store will be located where the Book Warehouse store use to be near the middle.  The store is expected to open around October.
7 other stores also opened in the mall last month or are in the works to be opening within the next several months.
Feel free to visit the Prime Outlet's website here.

area news: Village Of The Arts, Bradenton Florida - 06/15/07 03:18 PM
The Village Of The Arts is located in Bradenton, close to downtown and located between 9th Ave W and 17th Ave W & between 9th St W and 14th St W. 
There are about 40 shops, art studios and galleries located in this neighborhood.
The Artists Guild of Manatee, Inc was formed in the summer of 1999 to create the Village of the Arts in Bradenton.  The idea for the community was to develop a neighborhood where artists of all kinds could live, work and run their businesses.  Many of the shops & galleries are open to the public during the Friday … (9 comments)

area news: Ellenton Prime Outlet Mall more gets 7 new stores added, along with a planned expansion - 06/07/07 12:56 AM
2 new stores have opened in the Ellenton Prime Outlet mall and 5 more are on the way.   Adidas and upscale menswear provider Perry Ellis have already opened their doors and will be joined by five other retailers over the coming months.  First up will be a Starbucks Coffee Co. scheduled to open this weekend.  Leases have also been signed with J. Crew Factory Store, expected to open later in the summer; Kenneth Cole, which is planning a early fall opening; the Luggage Factory, set for early fall as well; and Dooney & Bourke, which plans to open in mid-summer.
There are also plans in the … (1 comments)

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