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A place to live, spend

By JANET ZINK
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 13, 2002

LIVE, WORK, PLAY, SHOP: Post Harbour Place markets itself as a "Live, Work, Play" community. Now they can add "Shop" to that tag line.

Located at the edge of downtown, this 700-plus-unit apartment community is located within minutes of the Florida Aquarium, St. Pete Times Forum and Bayshore Boulevard.

A brick sidewalk leads from the community to Channelside. HARTline's Uptown/Downtown Connector trolley stops every 10 minutes at Post Harbour Place to take residents to and from downtown. That takes care of the living, working and playing.

Now, after more than five years of planning, Post Harbour Place has takers on its waterfront retail space.

Among the tenants are Cafe Duffraine, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature live music; Southern Exchange Bank; a smoothie bar and vitamin store; a tanning salon; and a convenience store.

All the businesses are expected to be in place by the end of the year. They'll be open to the public, including boaters. There's a drive-up boat dock that can accommodate vessels up to 36 feet.

DISCOVER THE WATERFRONT: The MiraBay Discovery Center, home of the MiraBay sales team, opened Sept. 6. The center sets an old Florida tone for the 750-acre waterfront community. It resembles a vintage coastal cottage with wood siding, a metal roof, covered boardwalk, tropical landscaping and a pond stocked with Japanese koi.

MiraBay is a gated community in southern Hillsborough County with a 3.5-mile saltwater canal system providing direct deep-water access to Tampa Bay. It's the third Tampa Bay area venture by TerraBrook. The others are Westchase, in western Hillsborough County, and Rivercrest, another community in southern Hillsborough.

MiraBay's community plan has a strong focus on the natural environment, especially protecting manatees and other aquatic life, preserving wetlands and improving the area's ecology.

More than a third of the community's acreage will be preserved as lakes, a 135-acre man-made lagoon, parks, open space and conservation areas.

The Discovery Center is a starting point for potential home buyers who want to tour the property. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

-- Write to Janet Zink in care of the St. Petersburg Times at 1000 N Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602; or by e-mail, janet.zink@gte.net.

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