Photo credit to Laura Gates.

The Marina on the Peninsula at Miromar Lakes opened with a nautical themed celebration Jan. 26, with Florida Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen and Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass christening the new water taxi, “La Dolce Vita,” along with Miromar Development Corporation CEO Margaret Antonier. After breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow, VIPs took a maiden voyage across the community’s 700-acre freshwater lake. Marina on the Peninsula is a festive gateway to two new neighborhoods within the Miromar Lakes development. It includes boat slips, bocce courts, fitness stations, a parterre garden and pavilions for entertaining.

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A sculpture by nationally renowned artist Barton Rubenstein also was unveiled at the event. It’s a kinetic work called “Dare to Be,” which moves with the wind. Residents will enjoy paddling, sailing, social events and outdoor fitness classes at the new marina.

The water taxi service will shuttle residents between the new marina and the Miromar Lakes Beach Club. During the celebration, Real Estate Scorecard presented Antonier and Miromar Lakes with the 2014 Bliss Award for Best Florida Community of the Year. Miromar Lakes also has been named Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders, the only Florida community to win the honor in the 33-year history of the award.

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