BRADENTON -- The Bradenton City Council approved a permit extension for one year Wednesday for Perico Island developers Minto-Hayden Lane Marina LLC of Coconut Creek.
The permit extends time to build a ship store, which will be an added feature to the Harbour Isles community off Anna Maria Sound.
The initial permit was given in July 2012. Darenda Marvin, senior planner at Grime and Goebel, said her clients needed more time to build.
This once-controversial community, protested at first by environmentalists, is now a thriving community with dozens of beach homes.
It doesn't pose an environmental threat, according to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
The Harbour Isles community is near capacity with almost all units sold, according to William Bullock, vice president of Minto Communities.
"We are close to selling out for our first phase," said Bullock.
Retail homes go for mid-$300,000 to $400,000 with units up to 2,960 square feet.
Bullock said the community is still expanding.
Brady Woods, Bradenton development services and zoning manager, said the developers have permits for multiple family units, triplexes and buildings with higher density, which could mean high-rise buildings will be built. Bullock said the type of building done will depend on the housing market.
The community already features walking trails, pool with cabanas and fire pit, and a kayak launch to paddle a 1-mile manmade interior lake,
said Scott Carpenter, public relations representative for Minto-Hayden Lane.
"Future amenities include a beach club along the shores of the Anna Maria Sound and a marina that will be located at the entrance of the community," said Carpenter.
In January, the second phase of Harbour Isles opened by releasing 12 buildings offering 36 island-style coach homes. The first phase of Mangrove Walk, located between a 1-mile-long lake and a mangrove preserve, consists of 32 buildings with 96 residences.
Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston is happy with the development. He said it's a fast-growing area.
"Lots of sales and lots of construction," said Poston. "They're moving ahead. It's going to be quite a nice place."
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.