Environmental Groups Support Beachwalk Condominiums Building Boardwalk to the Bay

Tampa Bay Watch and other environmental groups give nod to construction of community boardwalk over mangrove wetlands to the bay.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 29, 2005 -- Beachwalk, the condominium community that recently opened in Tampa, has received approval from the Environmental Protection Commission to begin construction on a boardwalk across scenic wetlands out to Old Tampa Bay.

Located adjacent to Rocky Point and Dana Shores, Beachwalk overlooks miles of open bay, pristine wetlands and a nature preserve. Part of the community’s appeal will be a network of boardwalks strategically placed across the wetlands culminating in a gazebo providing seating and shade overlooking the bay.

Because these boardwalks will span across protected plant and animal habitats, Beachwalk enlisted guidance and support from both Tampa Bay Watch, a not-for-profit steward of the Bay area waterways, and Tampa Bay Estuary Program, a government agency responsible for protecting Tampa Bay, the largest estuary in the state of Florida.

Peter A. Clark, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Watch, says, “The concept of enhancing environmental awareness as a part of Beachwalk’s condominium project is commendable. I am particularly pleased that the boardwalk is routed to avoid impacting mangroves, while eliminating invasive species in the process.” Clark also notes that “this is an example of how a well-planned addition can improve the environment while also enhancing enjoyment of the area for residents and friends.”

The almost one half-mile long boardwalk, constructed of pressure-treated lumber, will stand approximately six feet above ground. At regular intervals educational signage will be placed along the boardwalk to enlighten visitors about delicate plants and animals in the Tampa Bay ecosystem and other sensitive conservation issues. Two rest areas with benches will also be provided.

“We know that the people choosing to buy at Beachwalk not only appreciate our exceptional location on the bay, they also care about preserving its delicate ecological balance,” says Adam Schlesinger, the developer. “That’s why we are implementing a club for owners who want to actively participate in cleanup, wildlife protection and related environmental activities.

We call it Beachwalk’s B.E.S.T., an acronym for Beachwalk’s Environmental Stewardship Team.”

In addition to the scenic boardwalks, an array of other features will add to the quality of life at Beachwalk. These include a Clubhouse that features a community wine cellar, a virtual golf simulator and a rock-climbing wall. Designed for entertaining and activity, the clubhouse also offers residents a complete fitness center, Cyber Café with Wi-Fi high-speed internet access, a sun deck featuring a swimming pool with custom waterfall, a club room with a catering kitchen and a casual juice bar.

The community also boasts a boat dock, 24-hour attended entry gate with remote control access, concierge services and the convenience of a pet walk area.

Beachwalk is located in the heart of the Tampa Bay area just minutes from Clearwater and major business centers, top-flight shopping, The International Mall, fine restaurants, Raymond James Stadium and Tampa International Airport.

Within Beachwalk’s relaxed village setting are cottage-style one and two-bedroom residences. The spacious, designer-appointed floor plans feature private entries, oversized decks, custom crown moldings, ceramic tiled floors, plush carpeted bedrooms, energy-efficient appliances, private garages and more.

Beachwalk’s three fully furnished models are created by award-winning interior designer Leslie Schlesinger. Her highly praised portfolio of work includes Audubon Condominium at Feather Sound as well as feature stories in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Haute Décor and Traditional Home magazines.

“We’re 70% sold out,” says Don Egnor, sales director at Beachwalk. “And for good reason. We offer spectacular views, great floor plans, terrific value and amenities rarely found, even in communities selling at twice the price. Once people see it, they are eager to call Beachwalk home.”

Ceebraid-Signal Corporation, well known for its condominium conversions and other residential properties throughout the eastern United States, purchased Beachwalk, formerly known as Bayside Village, in February 2004. The community is undergoing a major transformation, from site renewal to redevelopment of the units, as well as, common areas and landscaping. Phase One residents will be able to move in to Beachwalk as early as Spring 2005.

Other Ceebraid-Signal Corporation projects include Eden and Bacara condominiums located in Boca Raton, FL; Il Lugano, an exclusive lakefront condominium, and The Brazilian Court, an historic boutique condominium hotel, both in Palm Beach, FL; Audubon Condominium on the water in Feather Sound; Gramercy Mews and Chelsea Lofts in New York City, NY; and Highgrove, the cornerstone of high-end condominiums in Stamford, CT.

The exclusive sales and marketing agent for Beachwalk is Coldwell Banker, The Condo Store, which specializes in the sales and marketing of luxury condominium developments. For more information, call 404 705-1582 or visit www.condostore.com.

Beachwalk’s condominium residences are priced from the $150,000s for one bedroom units and from the $190,000s for two-bedroom units. Floor plans range up to 1,298 square feet.

The Sales Center is located at 5831-01 Memorial Highway in Tampa, FL and is open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays, 10 am. to 5 pm. on Saturday and from 12 Noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Call 813 884-7755 or visit www.beachwalkcondos.net for more information.

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