Lakewood Ranch is a master planned community located in southeastern Manatee County and northeastern Sarasota County Florida, United States consisting of approximately 50 square miles (32,000 acres). It is part of the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Established: February 24, 1994
Portion of the community is built on part of what was previously a timber ranch owned by members of Milwaukee's Uihlein family.
The first neighborhood development, Summerfield, was built and completed in 1995. The population for the 34202 ZIP Code Tabulation Area, one of the three zip codes where Lakewood Ranch resides, was 19,816 at the 2010 U.S. Census.
Lakewood Ranch is maintained through five community development districts (CDD). The CDDs main powers are to plan, finance, construct, operate, and maintain community-wide infrastructure and services specifically for the benefit of its residents.
The Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority (IDA) was created to operate Town Hall and provide administrative, financial, and operations/maintenance services to the Lakewood Ranch CDDs. The IDA is composed of one representative from each CDD.
Schools located near Lakewood Ranch:
The Ranch is currently home to over 200 shops and eateries, offering three main hubs of activity and multiple neighborhood centers, four of which are anchored by Publix.
Main Street combines elements of the ideal downtown with easy access to stores. The open-air environment provides a unique place for strolling and shopping, special events, and concerts and festivals throughout the year.
The Green is a 37-acre development featuring more than two dozen businesses within 150,000 square feet of retail, office and restaurant spaces. Anchor tenants include Earth Fare specialty grocer and LA Fitness.
The center will include apartments, restaurants, retail shops, offices and the Players Centre for Performing Arts, all connected to the residential neighborhoods by trails, parks and water taxi.
Far from the typical farmers' market, this is a curated gathering of the best flavors in the region, combined with live music, cooking demonstrations, sunset yoga and all kinds of family-friendly activities. Offering organic produce, meat, poultry, eggs, breads, pasta, juices, and prepared foods from over 40 vendors.
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