Atlanta developer plans multi-unit complex in Lakewood Ranch

November 6, 2012 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- An Atlanta-based development company is making plans to build an apartment complex in Lakewood Ranch.

According to preliminary site plans provided by Manatee County, The Venue at Lakewood Ranch by Davis Development will be off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard near Nature's Way. It will feature 237 units, a fitness center, yoga room, billiard and business centers and a pool area.

Permits have already been submitted to the Manatee County Building and Development Services and are awaiting final administrative approval.

The project is the company's first venture into Manatee County and second development in Florida. David Development is planning to eventually open Venue Emerald Coast in Destin in the Florida Panhandle, according to its website.

Davis Development, in conjunction with sister company Morrow Construction, has developed more than 30,000 units throughout the Southwest and Southeast regions of the United States.

PSC hearing on FPL rate increase set Nov. 15

TALLAHASSEE -- The Public Service Commission has not yet revised 2013 rates for the state's largest electric utility, Florida Power & Light Co., which services 4.5 million customers.

Besides fuel and other annual adjustments, FPL is seeking a $690.4 million increase in base rates. A hearing on that base rate request is set to begin Nov. 15.

Merchants to hostVeteran's Day celebration

BRADENTON BEACH -- The Bridge Street Merchants will be hosting a Veteran's Day celebration Nov. 11 on Historic Bridge Street.

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy will be giving an honor and remembrance speech along with recognition of local veterans with a commemorative Veteran's Day plaque. The event will be held at Bridge Street Market Square at 11:30 a.m.

Each veteran will receive a collection of gift certificates and offers from area businesses.

The Palma Sola VFW Post 10141 Flag and Color Guard also will be in attendance in full uniform to support fellow veterans.

For more information,contact Adam Jenkins at

941-778-8104 or

Neal tops 500 markwith 61 home sales

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Neal Communities sold 61 new homes in October, 110 percent more than the same month a year ago.

For the year, the builder-developer has recorded 503 new home sales, exactly 100 more than last year.

That represents a 25 percent increase with two months in this year to go.

Central Park at Lakewood Ranch attracted 11 newhomebuyers. Forest Creek, in Parrish, saw eight sales, and River's Reach, another Manatee County development near Parrish along the Manatee River, had five sales.

Neal also sold four homes each in its Miramar and Arlington Cove communities.

Miramar features fairway townhomes overlooking the Legacy Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch.

Arlington Cove, a community of 76-paired villas in Englewood, offers luxury vacation-style homes near a variety of shopping and leisure destinations.

Higher education report card to be examined

SARASOTA -- The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S.Chamber of Commerce,and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commercewill host an interactive forum to review the state-by-state higher education report card, Leaders & Laggards, focusing specifically on Florida.

The forum will discuss the report's findings and ways and means of forming a regional collaborative between and amongst postsecondary providers and the business community.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.

RSVP is requested. To register, e-mail

-- Herald staff report

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