Newland Communities Welcomes Paddlers and Spectators to MiraBay
(Apollo Beach, Fla.)
May 7, 2012 – Utilizing the scenic waters of the MiraBay lagoon, the MiraBay community will host its inaugural MiraBay Dragon Boat Festival. On Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m., Tampa paddlers, boat aficionados and residents alike are invited to participate in this increasingly popular sport or watch the day’s festivities.
“With this event, we want to celebrate everything the waters of MiraBay and Tampa Bay have to offer,” said Rick Harcrow, senior vice president of operations for Newland Communities. “This Dragon Boat Festival is the start of what we hope to be a long-standing, annual event.”
Nearly 20 customized vessels, each manned by a crew of 20 paddlers, will race through the water as drummers keep their team’s rowing in rhythm. Three heats of 400 meters will challenge the teams, and the festival will end with a 2,000-meter finale.
The MiraBay Dragon Boat Club, composed of MiraBay residents and staff, will represent the community as its official crew. To prepare, the team has been out on the water for practice three times a week.
“Other teams are traveling from across the region to compete,” said Mike Kerkmann, race coordinator for the festival and president of the Pan Am Dragon Boat Association. “One of the big draws is the opportunity to race through MiraBay’s beautiful lagoon.”
In the shade of the spectator tent, onlookers can watch races unfold while enjoying food, beverages and live music. A bounce house will also be available for young children.
MiraBay by Newland Communities is a 750-acre waterfront residential community located 20 miles south of Tampa in Apollo Beach, Fla. The community features The MiraBay Club, a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a spa, fitness center, resort-style pool, and tennis and basketball courts. Upon completion, MiraBay will have about 1,900 single-family homes, custom homes, townhomes and villas. The community abuts Wolf Creek Nature Preserve and offers a 135-acre, man-made lagoon and a 3.5-mile canal system with direct boating access to Tampa Bay. MiraBay was honored by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission for having the Tampa Bay area’s best master-planned community design in 2002, and its builder partners also have won national design awards.
About Newland Communities
Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned communities in the United States. With a legacy that began in 1968, Newland specializes in comprehensive residential and urban mixed-use master planning with expertise in leading large-scale, single- and multifamily new-home communities. Headquartered in San Diego, Newland and its affiliated companies are currently developing and managing nearly 40 projects in 14 states.
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