Preserving the Charm of Palma Sola Scenic Highway


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 21st, 2016 – The first phase of the resource protection, preservation, and enhancement project for Palma Sola Scenic Highway successfully kicked off in September, an initiative that adds to delightful living in the West Bradenton communities flanking this road corridor.

The project covers the four-mile stretch of Manatee Avenue West (S.R. 64 West), which includes the Palma Sola Causeway, from 75th Street West to East Bay Drive on Anna Maria Island. The initial phase called for the restoration of the highway’s shoreline with native marsh plant species, replacing the invasive vegetation removed months earlier. This activity was held in time for the National Planting Day of the Keep America Beautiful campaign.

Complementing Nearby Preserves

Preserving the Charm of Palma Sola Scenic Highway

Besides the plant restoration, the project also involves the installation of bollards to protect the native plants from damage and shield the shoreline from erosion. Current waterway access won’t be affected, even as the surrounding land will be reshaped to improve water quality and tidal flows into Tampa Bay from Palma Sola Bay, Anna Maria Sound, and Perico Bayou.

This project is an apt complement to the Robinson Preserve, Perico Preserve, and Neal Preserve which are all nearby and accessible from the Palma Sola Scenic Highway. The roadway is one of two access points to Anna Maria Island, and the motorists frequently using it include locals and vacationing tourists. Traversing Palma Sola Bay, Perico Bayou, and Anna Maria Sound, it was designated as a scenic highway by the Florida Department of Transportation in 2004.

Pine Bay Forest Neighborhoods

Charming residential communities are along both flanks of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway. On its northwest junction with 75th Street West lies Pine Bay Forest, a maintenance-free condominium complex where units are priced from the high $100s up to the $200s, featuring two to three bedrooms within floor areas of between 1,105 and 1,500 square feet. Its amenities include a heated pool, spa, shuffleboard, private tennis courts, and lush tropical landscaping plus a private park with a boardwalk leading to Palma Sola Bay.

Across the street south, the choices in Bradenton homes for sale shifts to the single family homes of the historic Palma Sola Park. Here, prospective buyers will find a selection of homes priced starting in the $300s and built with floor plans of 1,700‒2,400 square feet with three to four bedrooms. There is a luxury waterfront home under construction in this community too, a four-bedroom residence priced at about $1.1 million with a floor area of 3,800 square feet, featuring four bedrooms and three and a half baths.

Boating Pleasures a Given

Preserving the Charm of Palma Sola Scenic Highway

Palma Sola Park has a yacht club with its boat docks exclusively for residents only but on a first-come-first-serve basis. Additionally, this community features a small public park with a fishing pier. 

Westward to Perico Island, the communities along the Palma Sola Bay Scenic Highway include Flamingo Cay primarily with canal-front Bradenton homes for sale. The price points here typically start in the mid-$300s and top in the $800s. These sales listings feature choices on two to four-bedroom homes having floor areas ranging from 1,700 to 2,900 square feet. Most of these homes have water access and, of course, enjoy proximity to the Palma Sola Scenic Highway leading up to the many attractions of Bradenton and Anna Maria Island.