www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com Vol. I, No. 2 FREESUMMER 2016 PresidentBabcock Ranch president sees himself as orchestra conductor. A6 Babcock Wilderness AdventuresTake a ride on the wild side. A28 Throwback Babcock Ranch firmly entrenched in Southwest Florida history. A14 HEN BABCOCK RANCHS pioneering residents move into Floridas newest city, theyll have shopping, recreational and entertainment opportunities, a restaurant and even office and workspace within walking distance of their new homes. Construction of the first buildings and amenities at Founders Square, the towns lakefront downtown, has started with the Trails End restaurant, Discovery Center and Market Caf, scheduled for unveiling during the towns grand opening in spring 2017. Were fulfilling residents needs from day one, says Rick Severance, the newly appointed president of Babcock Ranch. Most developers wait until there are enough rooftops to justify amenities. Well have great concerts, activities and events that transcend all age demographics for the little ones and those who yearn to be little. Founders Square will inspire creativity, collaboration and a true sense of community. It will also address wellness and education in two additional buildings, also under construction and slated to welcome their first kindergarten through eighthgrade students in fall 2017, and offer health and wellness programming and medical offices in early 2018.In keeping with Babcock Ranchs emphasis on connecting with people and nature, downtown Babcock will recall the Main Streets of yesteryear, providing get-to-know-your-neighbors gathering areas: front porches, collaborative workspaces and a central lakefront park with a grand event lawn, band shell and water-skimming boardwalk along the 268-acre Lake Babcock. Cobblestone streets and buildings circle the greenspace, creating a true town square and a place where people know your name and a stranger is a friend whom you havent yet met.Downtown Babcock unfolds as regional destinationWSEE BABCOCK, A8 IMAGES & RENDERINGS COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH BY NANCI THEORETSpecial to Babcock TelegraphAbove: Artists renderings of Babcock Ranchs Discovery Center and Founders Square. ONCE JUST A VISION, A REALITY EMERGES Most developers wait until there are enough rooftops to justify amenities ... Were fulfilling residents needs from day one. Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch
A2 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH PublisherPason Gaddispgaddis@babcockranchtelegraph.comEditorJeffrey Culljcull@babcockranchtelegraph.comEditorial AdvisorJohn Hillmanjhillman@kitsonpartners.comPresentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@babcockranchtelegraph.comContributing WritersKevin Caffrey, Evan Williams, Nanci Theoret, Glenn Miller, Roger WilliamsPhotographerVandy MajorGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz, Hannah Arnone, Alisa Bowman, Paul Heinrich, Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerCameo Hinmanchinman@babcockranchtelegraph.comAccount ExecutivesAngela Schivinskiangela@babcockranchtelegraph.comGail Dingeegdingee@babcockranchtelegraph.comMichele Foleymfoley@babcockranchtelegraph.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC4300 Ford Street, Suite 105 Fort Myers, Florida 33916Phone: 239.333.2135 Babcock Ranch designing water stewardship from ground up BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comPlanners are aiming to make the Babcock Ranch community an oasis of water conservation and stewardship in Florida. At its heart: a new, state-of-the-art water and sewage treatment plant that will align with building, landscaping and at-home practices that minimize water use. Hopefully were going to be the lowestconsuming per customer or per house in the state, said Mike Acosta, Babcocks director of utility operations, because we have the benefit of starting from scratch and putting all the water conservation methods in at the beginning. The plant is now being built on a 63-acre site that includes conservation lands, in the northwest corner of the Babcock property. It will provide hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh and gray water for residents and businesses every day when Babcock opens next year, and millions of gallons each day in the years to come, when some 50,000 people call Babcock home. Water will be drawn from wells drilled into the Sandstone Aquifer (a misnomer since it doesnt actually contain sandstone, Mr. Acosta pointed out) about 100 to 120 feet below the surface. It will be pumped to the new plant and run through nanofiltration membranes that remove naturally occurring calcium ions and softens the water, instead of reverse osmosis. If you take a cup of muddy water and you kind of filter it through a sock, the sock catches all the dirt, Mr. Acosta said. Its that kind of process but on a more microscopic level. The water is aerated to remove hydrogen sulfide gas and disinfected with chlorine before being stored in a million-gallon storage tank. From there it will be distributed to businesses and homes in which Babcock planners require the use of WaterSense appliances and fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and dishwashers. To qualify for the WaterSense designation they are built to Environmental Protection Agency guidelines that require them to use 20 percent less water while doing the same job as well or better. WaterSense toilets, for example, use 1.28 gallons per flush, while the federal standard is 1.6 gallons per flush. The EPA estimates that could also save $110 per year in water costs per home. The average house at Babcock Ranch is expected to use roughly 120 to 170 gallons of water per day. I think well probably wind up on the lower end of that scale, Mr. Acosta said, in part depending on how conservation-minded residents are. That also means mitigating irrigation, one of the prime culprits in depleting one of our most valuable natural resources, by building a reclaimed wastewater system into the new plant. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes down a gravity sewer to a lift station and is pumped to the treatment plant, where it becomes effluent or reclaimed water after being treated with carefully cultivated bacteria, filtered and disinfected with chlorine. The water is then discharged into a closed lake near the utility site and pumped throughout the community for irrigation purposes, instead of wasting potable water. Even in Babcock, where irrigation is coming out of that lake, were still going to promote wise use of that water because thats not a limitless resource either, Mr. Acosta said. The community will have aggressive watersaving landscaping requirements in common areas and for builders. For instance, the amount of sod is not to exceed 50 percent of a lot (not including the house or structure), with the rest filled by canopy trees or natural vegetation. COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH Mike Acosta, Babcock Ranchs director of utility operations. Helping Communities, Businesses and Individuals Since 1924. REAL ESTATE Where Real Estate and Legal Knowledge come together. Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A.henlaw.com 239.344.1100Fort Myers Bonita Springs Sanibel Naples* *by appointment onlyProperty development is vital to the continued improvement of our region. 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A6 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Babcock Ranch president sees himself as orchestra conductor BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comRick Severance, 48, grew up in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, the oldest of three brothers, all athletic. Mr. Severance competed on the swimming and diving team at Florida State University. A marathon runner and triathlete, he puts in about 40 miles a week these days to stay in shape. It ebbs and flows based on the work volume, my travel and my priorities, which is my family, he said. Ill choose the family time over running any day. Mr. Severance lives in Fort Myers with his wife of 20 years and their three daughters. Before being recruited by Kitson & Partners, he was the CEO of Seaside. A masterplanned community on the Florida panhandle, though much smaller than Babcock Ranch, Seaside is also known for its progressive design. Q: As the president of Babcock Ranch, what Q: As the president of Babcock Ranch, what does your job entail? does your job entail? A: I think its somewhat of a conductor of an orchestra. We have so many different disciplines Im responsible for the complement of all of those, kind of connecting all of those elements to create a great place. Q: Whats an average day on the job if there Q: Whats an average day on the job if there is such a thing? is such a thing? A: The average day is trying to communicate effectively, identify challenges in a proactive way and then creating solutions to overcome them while never losing sight that the place has to be fun, and has to be real. You cant imagine how many decisions have to be made every day when building a town from a green space. The good part is Im blessed to have this extremely qualified, talented, energetic team. Q: How did you first get into the business? Q: How did you first get into the business?A: I started in the hospitality side of the business. I was in the hotel school at Florida State with a focus on real estate, so I ended up just combining the disciplines of real estate and hospitality, which has served me well. My career started back with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and then I started opening resorts. And that has thus progressed me to where I am now I feel like God has uniquely qualified me for this position. I felt like my skills and everything Ive learned would be value added here but more importantly the company itself stood for things that were important to me in terms of values. I really feel like this opportunity and position gives me this great canvas to layer in all these skills while also continuing to learn and grow professionally. Q: In many ways, Babcock Ranch will be Q: In many ways, Babcock Ranch will be unique among communities in Florida and unique among communities in Florida and the United States. What are some of the chalthe United States. What are some of the challenges you face in designing it? lenges you face in designing it? A: I think whats new is that we have this amazing commitment to environmental stewardship. Our accessibility to nature as well as our commitment to technology and whether that is autonomous vehicles or gig fiber, Babcock Ranch is being very forward-thinking. We still have to create the town while being forward thinking. We have to be looking at the horizon while still creating a town that serves our guests and visitors and homeowners today. Q: What are your thoughts on driverless Q: What are your thoughts on driverless cars at Babcock? cars at Babcock? A: I think its a great laboratory for a number of partners to get a chance to further test and refine how these autonomous vehicles can make an impact, that reduces our need for cars and emissions and trips and all of those things. Its amazing that we have the opportunity and have the land to help others refine what might shape our future. Q: What are your thoughts on solar energy, Q: What are your thoughts on solar energy, which will power Babcock Ranch? which will power Babcock Ranch? A: Having the cleanest form of energy of any town in the U.S. is a pretty tall order. I think that transcends age and it transcends economics. Whether youre a millennial or a baby boomer, being able to live in a community with the cleanest form of energy it makes sense. Why wouldnt you? Q: Whats your vision for the future of BabQ: Whats your vision for the future of Babcock and your role in it? cock and your role in it? A: My vision for the future is this becomes a vibrant place that continues to grow and evolve as the residents choose to grow and evolve. Stakeholders who are part of the community, whether theyre civic, governmental, residents, events and retail, all those people have a place in building a town, so continuing to ensure youre navigating that growth and being mindful of that growth. At the end of the day, Im running a company and we need to be profitable. I never lose sight of that. Q: What would people be surprised to know Q: What would people be surprised to know about you? about you? A: When Im not at work Im actually fairly introverted Which my wife thinks is hilarious. Because you have this persona at work, and then at home Im much more reserved and kind of quiet. COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH New Babcock Ranch president Rick Severance. 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he first phase of Founders Square at Babcock Ranch has been designed to accommodate the needs of its first residents as well as entice the public with restaurants, specialty foods and an outfitter for hiking, biking and paddling purchases and rentals. Also on tap are a community wellness center and the new charter schoolhouse. Heres what to expect during the next 18 months/two years.Lakefront diningAn intra-office competition resulted in the naming of Founders Squares 4,235-squarefoot restaurant. Trails End, located on the 268-acre Lake Babcock, will emphasize locally grown and sourced ingredient and offer a farm-to-table menu and specialty cocktails incorporating herbs and vegetables that will eventually be grown in a 5-acre community garden. The al fresco Table & Tap biergarten will operate daily, warmed by an outdoor fireplace during cooler winter nights, and overlook the boardwalk and lake. Trails End is in the planning stages and its still undecided whether Kitson & Partners will manage the restaurant or sublease it. The company will work closely in hiring a chef skilled in fresh flavors and knowledge of local farms and suppliers of beef, fish and seafood.Discover Babcock Ranch by land and by waterThe past, present and future will be represented throughout the Discovery Center, a 10,690-square-foot building blending Old Florida and contemporary features rustic lap-siding painted Babcock red and ornamental trellises mixed with walls of glass, metal sculptural elements and cantilevered awnings and balconies. The center offers a portal for information about the past and future, says Mr. Severance. It has an educational perspective for visitors to learn about the history of the Babcock land, the working ranch and the city designed to honor the environment and promote health and wellness and economic development. The two-story center will also house the sales center, providing information about the various amenities in Founders Square, available neighborhood and home options and the Lake House, a resident-only facility along Timber Lake, offering a clubhouse, swimming pool and dock. About 2,000 square feet of the first floor will be dedicated to the outfitters, a retail and rental business stocked with off-road bikes, sidewalk cruisers, kayaks, paddleboards, e-boats and additional equipment for visitors and residents to enjoy the day exploring the areas many hiking trails and waterways. Kitson & Partners will establish its Southwest Florida offices on the second floor of the Discovery Center.Supplies, sundries and the spirit of collaborationThe two-story Hatchery, fronting Founders Squares main road, has a ground floor market cafe emphasizing healthy and fresh food and offers eggs, milk, fresh produce and other staples as well as sundries, wine, beer, prepackaged gourmet meals and specialty foods to be enjoyed at home, on the trail or onsite. The second floor houses a collaborative work space. The inspiration is about the experience eating within a market, says Natalee Burns, project coordinator for Kitson & Partners. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and the menu and market will be thoughtful about where the food comes from. It will be local, fresh and healthy. The ground floor of the 12,390-square-foot market will offer an ice cream parlor on one side and a coffee shop on the other. Its bound to be a favorite refueling and brain break spot for resident and local entrepreneurs and business owners who occupy offices and desks on the Market Cafs second floor. Upstairs, The Hatchery introduces the popular big-city business incubator/co-working space concept to Babcock Ranch. Here, entrepreneurs and businesspeople will have the opportunity to collaborate on big A8 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHEvery great place has a central gathering spot where people feel welcomed and comfortable, Mr. Severance says. We envision Founders Square as that spot, a place for residents of Babcock Ranch and the greater community to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine, an ice cream cone, great programming and entertainment. The first five buildings will contain more than 73,100 square feet under air and are part of a larger multi-faceted commercial, retail, health and wellness, educational and office hub designed to expand south of Founders Square as the population grows. Kitson & Partners, which is developing the environmentally friendly, nearly 18,000-acre Babcock Ranch, is introducing necessary services and conveniences in the downtown districts initial phase that will create a strong community bond from the onset and provide easy access to cyclists and pedestrians. Residents and the public can shop for locally grown produce and sundries at the Market Caf, rent trail bikes or kayaks at the outfitters inside the Discovery Center and enjoy a farm-to-table meal at Trails End restaurant, which will offer the Table & Tap beer garden and an outdoor fireplace. Founders Square was designed with purpose, paying homage to Southwest Floridas historic and varied architecture, borrowing elements from the original ranch structures on the adjoining state-owned Babcock Ranch Preserves Crescent B Ranch and representing a mlange of vernaculars built in the region during the last century. Plank siding, stacked stone, gracious front porches and secondstory balconies recall rustic Old Florida mixed with walls of glass, metal accents and other contemporary architectural elements. Tin roofs are sloped for solar paneling and the distinct Babcock red, a barn-red seen throughout the Crescent B, provides a common denominator among the buildings and a nod to the past. Were creating a sense of place that will grow organically, says Mr. Severance, the former CEO of Seaside, Fla., hailed as the national standard for new urbanism. We layered in the true ranch color and ranch style with a contemporary forward-thinking approach. Weve also drawn inspiration from the colors of sunsets and sunrises on the water. Ive been saying the town and Founders Square is of the place because were accurately referencing history in our story. The downtown is an extension of porch living highlighted throughout the residential neighborhoods. The Babcock Ranch story is also played out in the Discovery Center, a two-story building that offers hiking, biking and paddling merchandise and rentals, the towns new homes sales office and Kitson & Partners BABCOCKFrom page 1IMAGES & RENDERINGS COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH TA REALITY EMERGES ...Artists renderings of Babcock Ranchs new downtown.
ideas throughout networking and also rent flexible workspaces by the day or longer.The buildings rustic architecture more ranch style than any of the others incorporates stacked stone, Babcock red accent lap siding and offers sidewalk dining and a large second-floor balcony.Be well, learn wellIndividual wellness and education buildings are also part of the first phase of construction at Founders Square. The Education Center, home to the Babcock Neighborhood School, will open in fall 2017 for kindergarten to eighth-grade students. The charter school will temprorarily occupy the first floor of the 12,455-squarefoot center until it grows into a permanent building. Health and wellness, a key component of the Babcock Ranch lifestyle, is the focus of the lakefront Wellness Center, which at 33,336 square feet is Founders Squares largest building. Scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2018, the center combines the concepts of exercise and fitness with on-site medical offices. Open to residents and the public, the two-story center offers a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. Medical offices, rehabilitation services and pet-related needs, including a 1,000-square-foot pet wellness facility and pet retail store. BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com SUMMER 2016 A9Southwest Florida headquarters. Displays and photographs provide a glimpse inside the century-old ranch and its timber, cattle and agricultural operations and look to the future with the unique vision of Babcock Ranchs town-makers and the states dedication to managing a variety of programs and public opportunities at the preserve. For residents and day visitors, Founders Square also connects to the towns miles of hiking, walking and biking trails and blueway paddling trails. Outdoor enthusiasts can purchase prepacked meals before hitting the trials and dine at Trails End or take in a concert on the lawn after their excursions. The tiered event lawn features long-slung walls that provide additional seating for community events and prime views of sunsets over the lake scenery also displayed from the restaurants lakefront al fresco area. Landscaping injects the scenery with color and shade trees border the park. Multiple streams of water leap skyward from the Splash Pad, an interactive walk-in water feature flanked on each side by tree-shaded benches and covered pavilions with porch swings. Were also looking at layering in some lifesize games like checkers and chess and offering corn toss, says Mr. Severance. The two-story Market Caf will carry staples such as milk, butter and eggs, offer locally grown produce and wine, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will have a separate ice cream parlor and coffee shop. The second floor is dedicated to The Hatchery, an incubator designed for collaboration, networking and brainstorming ideas with other entrepreneur and business owners. Flexible workspace offers complete offices and desks rentable by the day or longer. Trees will be also shade-scattered parking lots throughout the downtown district, which is designed to promote foot and bicycle traffic over automobiles. Founders Square will embody the inspiration and aspiration of the town-makers, Mr. Severance says.Its inspirational because of its beautiful setting and aspirational because we are building something that feels different and adds value to the region, he says. Babcock Ranch is for everyone. Its not hidden behind gates. Artists rendering of Babcock Ranchs future.
A10 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Babcock Ranch to offer sample of states former pristine glory BY GLENN MILLERSpecial to Babcock Telegraph Florida will never resemble what it was in the 19th century, a time before massive development, a land now beyond remembering by every living Floridian. Except, that is, for those who read a beloved 1984 novel by Patrick D. Smith, A Land Remembered. Here from Page 117 the late author described a lost Florida: The land looked the same as where the cows buried themselves: towering bald cypress, thick clumps of lush ferns, fallen rotten limbs covered with moss, palmetto clumps and cocoplum bushes. That Florida wont exist again but in the new town of Babcock Ranch a taste of old Florida in its pristine glory is a goal, one to make it a land to remember. When Kitson & Partners purchased the land in 2006, chairman and CEO Syd Kitson said 90 percent of the land would be preserved. Mr. Kitson is following up on a conservationist ethos championed by the Babcock family, which treasured, loved and named this subtropical retreat and working ranch. They helped keep this special environment safe from the predations and outrages that scarred many swaths of Florida. Thats been the case since Pennsylvania businessman Edward Vose Babcock Sr. bought 156,000 acres in 1914 of what was initially called the Crescent B Ranch. His son Fred started running the ranch in the 1930s. The elder Mr. Babcock died in 1948 and Fred died in 1997, so they owned, operated and loved the place for most of the 20th century. They were very good stewards of the land, said John Broderick, senior vice president of land development for Kitson & Partners. They paid attention to some of the exotic species growing out on the property and we do the same. They would do removal of exotics out on the property. They would burn. Those are among the tasks Kitson & Partners inherited and continue doing as theyve worked to improve the ranchs environment and create a new town. Ground was broken for the town in November. Americas first solar community will eventually contain 19,500 homes and 6 million square feet of retail and office space. But it will be done in an environmentally conscious way. The company has made sure of it. Kitson & Partners prepared a paper titled Committed to Stewardship that addresses the quest to make the new town environmentally sound as well as beautiful. Babcock Ranch is not untouched land, the paper notes. It is the result of more than a hundred years of careful tending by the Babcock family. Ranch business operations funded generations of stewardship activities to maintain the excellent condition of the property and provide habitat for the ranchs abundant wildlife. That paper listed bullet points of what is being done: Restoration of historical flow ways/greenways. Maintenance of surface water quality. Ecological restoration of disturbed uplands. Functional habitat design for wildlife. Enhancement of wildlife corridors. Habitat for panther migration. The clock cant be turned back to 1870 but chunks of old Florida will live on in the town of Babcock Ranch, making the surrounding countryside resemble as much as possible old Florida, the Florida of the 19th century. Residents and visitors alike will likely feel at times as if the 21st century is suddenly the 19th in some ways. As Mr. Smith wrote on Page 124 of A Land Remembered, Spanish moss swayed from limbs like blobs of cotton and absorbed the moonbeams, changing the dull gray beards to glowing yellow. The cattle were visible in the distance, quiet now, standing deathly still, resembling not flesh and blood creatures hounded by predators but miniature statues on a kitchen shelf. Such images can still be found and will remain to be found in Babcock Ranch. Yet, all the conveniences of the 21st century will also be available in the town, from solar power to wi-fi to fiber optics and much more. The first model homes should be ready by the end of the year. But it will be in a land that remembers and treasures Floridas environment and continues preserving it. Kitson & Partners have worked and continue working to preserve the environment. The work will never end. Exotic species, for example, are always a battle to keep away. The more you let the exotics grow on their own the property will be taken over by them, Mr. Broderick said. Its a big problem. To clear exotics in our area, $1,000 an acre and by maintaining it diligently you can get it down to like $18 an acre for a year. Thats ultimately our goal. Were not at $1,000 an acre or anything but theres probably been a couple of spots where we pay a lot. It adds up quick. We try to stay on top of it and where weve done a lot of exotic removal we continue doing a lot of that. The environmentally conscious men and women from Kitson & Partners have picked up that green baton from Fred Babcock and are carrying it into the future. The company published a paper titled Stewardship Case Study: Rehydration of Preserve Wetlands. Another company paper carries the title Environmental Overview: True to Our Roots. Just like the Babcock family, Kitson & Partners treasures the land and the Babcock family roots. Babcock Ranch is rooted in preservation, the paper notes. The 17,608-acre town is part of what made it possible for Florida to com-From the moment a visitor enters Babcock Ranch, the towns connection with nature will be apparent. Babcock Ranch is rooted in preservation ... The 17,608-acre town is part of what made it possible for Florida to complete the largest land purchase in state history to establish the 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve. yourself Reservations Recommended: 800-500-5583 Book Online: BabcockWilderness.comface to facewith natureFind8000 State Road 31 Punta Gorda, Florida 33982 | Tours: Tuesday Saturday
plete the largest land purchase in state history to establish the 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve.The company also commissioned a 92-page environmental study of the property that was published in 2010. The academic citations at the end of the study alone took up five pages. The work is full of maps and charts and scientific terminology and in-depth analysis of species such as the Shermans fox squirrel. The main point, though, is that Mr. Kitson and his people care about the environment and that will be evident as the town of Babcock Ranch sprouts in the pastures, fields and woods of Southwest Florida. Stewardship of the land is a byword for Kitson employees such as Mr. Broderick. He knows the Babcock family took care of the land through techniques such as controlled burning and exotic removal. The Babcocks were just doing that on their own, Mr. Broderick said. Big tract owners, they dont do stuff like that. They dont remove exotics. They dont burn. Fred realized that over the years in the s and s. So, when Mr. Kitson closed on the property in 2006 it was in good shape and has improved since then. Although you will find exotics growing out there, theres no massive areas, Mr. Broderick said. Mr. Broderick added that under the Kitson stewardship some species are coming back stronger than before. He cited crayfish and bass as two examples. Although there are exotic fish species in the lakes hes noticed positive trends toward a flourishing of native species. Youll find exotic fish but as you hydrate areas more, the native fish will come in and take over, Mr. Broderick said. Mr. Broderick, who has worked for Kitson for 18 years, has seen the property becoming ever more vibrant in recent years. That includes the lakes that will dot the town. Residents and their friends and neighbors who visit will find the lakes brimming with bass. We dont stock the lakes, Mr. Broderick said. Its just nature putting fish back in those lakes. You go in there and catch nice-sized bass all day long. If Kitson & Partners doesnt stock the lakes where do the bass come from? Its simply from two things, Mr. Broderick said. Ive always been told its just from birds getting fish eggs on their legs and theyll fly from lake to lake and go to the new lakes. Thats one way. Whenever they would have any high water tables the fish will actually I never believed this until I saw it theyll actually swim from lake to lake, Mr. Broderick said. Thats the second way. Then theres the Babcock and Kitson ways of taking care of the land. The men and women of Kitson & Partners know its a special place, one that will soon attract thousands of special people. The place is one of those relaxed, get back to nature, get back to the environment places, said David Mercer, a project manager in charge of site preparation. What were really shooting for is a different lifestyle, a different demographic that wont be buying on the beach or in downtown Fort Myers. No, the ranch isnt close to a beach but is only 21 minutes from the restaurants, shops and Florida Repertory Theatre in downtown Fort Myers. Babcock Ranch will provide a peek into the future but at the same time will also provide a window into part of Floridas past, one evoked in A Land Remembered. From Page 238 of the novel here is a tidbit about a character named Glenda: This was her first trip inland, and she was fascinated by seemingly endless flights of herons and egrets and ibises, and by herds of deer galloping close by, stopping momentarily to stare at them curiously, then bounding away. The endless flights and herds may be gone but some of that land, those birds and critters will live on in Babcock Ranch, another place to be remembered. BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2016 A11 Kimley-Horn Ad_outline fonts.ai 1 3/29/2016 3:38:23 PM 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FLfishville.com1 800.639.0020
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A14 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Telegraph CorrespondentThe names meld together nearly into one word Babcockranch. But, of course, its two words Babcock Ranch. Those words mean so much and represent so much and have for decades that theyve essentially merged into one. The words and the place are an institution, part of Florida lore and history. Babcock and ranch go together like Florida and Sunshine State. Or ham and eggs or night and day. They are one and the same. Theyve become so ingrained in the Southwest Florida consciousness that the distinct meanings of the words have nearly lost their identities. There is the name and there is the ranch. The man named Babcock behind the ranch name is largely lost to history now. Mention Babcock and images of the ranch and nature and a new city of the future being developed and a swath of the past spring to mind. The ranch is swamps and cypress domes and pine trees and cattle and horses and cowboys on wide open pastures that soon will be a carefully planned and cultivated ecocentric home to thousands. But all this began long ago with a man named Edward Vose Babcock Sr., who was born far away, on a farm in Oswego County, New York, in 1864. At the time America was ripped apart by the Civil War and a place called Fort Myers was just that a fort. The town that evolved into a city did not yet exist. Florida had been a state since 1845, only 19 years before Mr. Babcock was born. He died in 1948, three years after the end of World War II and long before Interstate 75 funneled millions of new tourists and residents into Southwest Florida. When Mr. Babcock died Floridas population was around 2.6 million. In 2015, the states population zipped past 20 million, which is nearly 10 times what it was when Mr. Babcock died of a heart attack at the age of 84 on Sept. 2, 1948, two months before Harry Truman upset Thomas E. Dewey in that years presidential election.A man of many partsThe man behind Babcock Ranch played many roles in his life. Pittsburgh mayor. Founder in 1897, along with his brother, Fred, and other businessmen, of the Babcock Lumber Co. Lumbar baron. Conservationist. Father. Philanthropist. And more. Although he didnt progress far in formal education beyond whatfindagrave.com refers to as grammar school, Mr. Babcock was blessed with attributes that cant always be measured by test scores or number of years enrolled in classrooms. He was very smart and endowed with an enormous work ethic. Mr. Babcock didnt achieve all he would achieve by happenstance or winning a lottery. It took brains, foresight and hard work. Lots of all three. He started at the lumber business when he was only 20 and in 1887, when he was 23, he and his brother Fred and three others launched the Babcock Lumber Co. The boy from Oswego County became a prominent man in Pittsburgh, being appointed to the City Council by Pennsylvanias governor in 1911 and rising to mayor in 1918. Just how prominent was Mr. Babcock? He earned inclusion in a 1913 book titled The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians. The book was published two years after joining the Pittsburgh City Council and five years before he became Pittsburgh mayor. And that was long before he was an Allegheny county commissioner from 1927 to 1931. That 1913 book, according to ancestry. com, noted that Mr. Babcock was the son of Leman B. Babcock, who at the time of the books publication, was still alive. His mother, Harriet V. Babcock, was dead. In addition to political offices and the lumber company, he had the Babcock Coal and Coke Co. in West Virginia. He was also vice president of a bank and director of a trust company. But Mr. Babcock was more than just a smart businessman, as that book reported more than a century ago. The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians also remarked upon his pleasing personality and added that he was held in high esteem because he was an honest citizen and an efficient public service. His work as a city councilman apparently went a long way toward explaining why he was elected mayor. Mr. Babcock as a councilman is ready to listen to individuals or delegations with patience and willingness, and to consult with his confreres in office on small matters as well as bigger ones, according to The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians. He never gives judgment on any proposition placed before him without securing as much illuminating information relative thereto as possible. Much later, in 1982, a book titled Years of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy was published. Mr. Babcock the businessman was far more than a businessman. He cared about the environment. He cared so much that, according to this book, he was one of the 10 founders of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Before he started his eponymous Florida ranch, Mr. Babcock owned the 15,000-acre Babcock Lodge in Pennsylvania. A herd of bison roamed this land, according to the conservancy book. Excerpts from the book are on ancestry. com. His hobbies were hunting and fishing, and he enjoyed the out-of-doors so greatly that his dream was the establishment of public parks for the enjoyment of all the people, according to the book. He gave land for such purpose in many if not all of the states where Babcock companies had lumbered. The book went on to add that in his will, Mr. Babcock left onethird of his estate to charities, friends, and employees. This book contained more insight into Mr. Babcocks singular character. He never did things in a small way, this book observed. When the young lady who later became his wife visited one of the camps he pressed his courtship by bringing an orchestra from Philadelphia to play on a flatcar. That woman was Mary D. Arnold. Mr. and Mrs. Babcock had three children, a girl and two boys. One of those boys, Fred, went on to run the ranch and cement his fathers Florida legacy.The sonFred inherited more than business acumen from his father. He also inherited a love for the land and a desire to see it preserved for future generations. The young Mr. Babcock did this in numerous ways. He sold 19,200 acres of land and donated more to the state for what is now the Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area. From a very young age, Fred Babcock was learning the business and how to become a man. When he was 12, according to a 1993 profile in The Fort Myers News-Press, he was already 6-foot-2 and weighed 200 pounds. He was put to work, according to the paper, at that age to work 11 hours a day in sawmills. But he was paid 30 cents an hour. Papa Babcock was proud of his son. He took me around like a mascot, Fred Babcock, then 80, told The News-Press in 1993. He wanted me to know every aspect of his business. Like a race horse, he sired me to be tough. Both men were wealthy but when The News-Press asked Fred Babcock about his net worth, he said, Its none of your damn business. But he happily talked about his father. My father taught me and he was the smartest person Ive ever known to always have cash in the bank and plenty of friends, Fred Babcock told The News-Press. He said the most important thing of all is to be a good friend. Fred Babcock, a Dartmouth graduate with a degree in economic geography, was also very smart and a man of many parts, like his father.Babcock Ranch firmly entrenched in SWFL historyCOURTESY IMAGE Edward Vose Babcock Sr., the man behind the inception of Babcock Ranch.COURTESY IMAGE Telegraph Creek winds through Babcock Ranch.
BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com SUMMER 2016 A15I was the first patron of the arts in Punta Gorda, he said in that News-Press interview. Now who would think that of me? Most people just think of me as an old cowhand. At the time of his interview with the Fort Myers newspaper, he well understood his mortality. Im running out of time, Fred Babcock said. And I have so many things yet I want to do. Hopefully I will be remembered as a man who lived a worthwhile life and left many friends everywhere. Im almost to the point of allocating minutes, seconds, hours. The clock was ticking. He died in 1997 at the age of 83, which was a year younger than his father was when the elder Mr. Babcock died in 1948.The ranchThe ranch calls two counties home Lee and Charlotte. At 91,000 acres its too large and sprawling to be limited to either of these two counties on Floridas west coast. When Mr. Babcock bought the property in 1914 it consisted of 156,000 acres. It was initially called the Crescent B Ranch and it was a vast tract rich in timber and some of the cypress was sold and became Coca-Cola crates. In the 1950s, the family sold roughly 60,000 acres to the state for the land that is now the wildlife preserve. The ranch was used for many things over the decades. A 1990 story in The Fort Myers News-Press detailed some of the activities: Tree farming Limestone mining Vegetable farming Alligator farming Experimental ostrich breeding Swamp buggy tours Hunting leases Its always been a rich hunting ground. Id come down and quail hunt during the quail season, Fred Babcock told The NewsPress. We camped out in tents and stayed in old shacks. It was a great experience. In his extensive newspaper interview he also talked about timber. The only natural resource this country has thats renewable is timber, Fred Babcock said. Weve cut the timber four times, but we grow as much as we cut. I love these woods. In 2005, eight years after Fred Babcock died, Syd Kitson, a former Green Bay Packers lineman, scored another sort of touchdown from the one that is seen on football fields. Mr. Kitson, the chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, made an offer to the Babcock family. Once the deal was consummated, Mr. Kitson could begin work on a mammoth project, one that would preserve ecologically sensitive parts of the ranch. In all, more than 80 percent of the ranchland would be preserved. The deal was so important that it merited a story in The New York Times with this headline: Betting the Ranch in Southwest Florida.The Times reported that the family was selling 143 square miles for more than $500 million. Mr. Kitson knew the ranch included cows and cowboys but he joked to the paper that he didnt know much about them. The closest I had ever been to cowboys was playing for Dallas, Mr. Kitson told the paper. After playing in 49 games for the Packers from 1980 to 1984, Mr. Kitson played in one game for the Cowboys in 1984, according to pro-football-reference.com. Now, Mr. Kitsons focus is turning Babcock Ranch, a place with a rich history, into a city of the future. Some people think I got hit in the head a few too many times, Mr. Kitson has joked about his plans. His city and his plans are no joke. A 21st-century city is going up on land that was purchased in the 20th century by a man born in the 19th century. That was Edward Vose Babcock, a man whose name lives on in Southwest Florida. COURTESY IMAGE Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed the Babcock Preservation Act on June 19, 2006, completing one of the largest conservation purchase s in the state.COURTESY IMAGE The sun rising over Babcock Ranch.
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BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2016 A17 VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK TELEGRAPHBreaking ground for the new downtown on June 28, from the left: Tracy Hunt, VP of Operations at Skanska; Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners; Tom Hoban, President, Chief Investment Officer and Partner of Kitson & Partners; Daniel Abou-Jaoude, GGP, Project Executive, Skanska and Rick Severance, President, Babcock Ranch. Right: Work on Babcock Ranchs infrastructure continues. GROUND BREAKINGKitson & Partners breaks ground for new downtown 11741 Palm Beach Blvd. East Fort Myers Serving SW Florida Since 1922!Home of Community BankingWe are thankful that as a Community Bank we can provide traditional banking face to face with a handshake and a smile along with the convenience of 24/7 mobile banking at your ngertips. Our Hometown Bankers await your visit in person or online, visit us First! ARCHITECTURE PLANNING INTERIORS 407.566.2575 | WWW .LRK. COMGREAT HOMES GREAT SPACES PROVEN RESULTS
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A20 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Chief planner sees his job as fantastic opportunity BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comGary Nelson has his finger on the pulse of the Babcock Ranch town development, from the layout of subdivisions, roads and trails to the details of landscaping that residents will see every day. As senior vice president of planning and development for Kitson & Partners, Mr. Nelson brings decades of experience in master-planned communities to one of the most ambitious and long-awaited projects in Florida. Among the most challenging and timeconsuming parts of his job is working with state agencies through the entitlement process of building a town from the ground up. His favorite experiences have come from collaborating with specialists in engineering, architecture, transportation, marketing and other fields who have come together to create Syd Kitsons hometown vision of Babcock, a sustainable community fueled by solar power and inspired by its natural surroundings. I think probably what I enjoy most is the visioning process as you go through and understand what other people see and what other people desire, Mr. Nelson said. (When) youre in a room of five or six people and everyones working on the same thing and kind of has that aha moment, its just a wonderful thing. In helping incorporate their ideas in the planning and development of Babcock Ranch, Mr. Nelson draws on his 25 years of experience working for WCI, one of Floridas top developers, as well as on his course of study many years ago at the University of Georgia. An army brat and one of three siblings who grew up moving from place to place every four or five years, he recalled when his father was stationed at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. I wanted to do something that was to some degree artistic, had something to do with the outdoors, something that was a benefit, said Mr. Nelson, who is 57. I remember my father told me Id be a good civil engineer. I was looking at job descriptions and that just sounded kind of boring. Then he read about UGAs landscape architecture program, one of the best in the country. The idea of designing and planning and working with the landscape and really creating the experiences of where and how people live and what they see and do on a daily basis was just something that really struck me as an interesting thing to do, he said. It serves him well now. Thats one of the great things about my background as a landscape architect because that degree is really kind of a jack of all trades, he said. Civil engineers tend to look at things one way and planners another way and making sure all that comes together in a way that works for everybody is a real trick of the trade.For many years he lived and worked out of the Tampa Bay area. Having come to work for Kitson & Partners eight years ago, Mr. Nelson and his wife of 28 years live near Bradenton on Perico Island and keep a townhome in Fort Myers. They have four adult children and a growing family of grandchildren as well.On any given day you might find him enjoying one of the 10,000 songs he has downloaded on his iPod (blues and rock are among his favorites), at work at his office in Fort Myers, meeting with consultants or performing site evaluations on the Babcock property. One of the town features that excites him the most is Founders Square, the centerpiece of Babcock with a wellness center, professional offices, a lakefront market and an outdoor store with rental gear. For many, Founders Square will be a launching point for outings on Babcocks trails, which connect to the surrounding state preserve. I think not only residents but people from other areas will come and check that out, Mr. Nelson said. And thats going to tie in with the trails. Were working on this trail system that will eventually have 50 miles of trails. Were working hard to use some of the existing ranch trails, some of those areas that we disturb as little as possible, but still provide a very interesting trail experience. While Babcocks master plan will provide the flexibility to grow with residents, businesses and the surrounding community in the coming decades, it will also remain true to its roots in the countryside where its being built. A lot of it just has to do with the whole concept of smart growth and smart planning and making the most out of the natural resources that youre provided with, Mr. Nelson said, and again trying to create just a really nice place for people to live and work. I think the opportunity that presented itself at Babcock is such a fantastic one, it is one that I just had to jump on. MEET THE PROFESSIONALSGary Nelson, senior vice president of planning and development for Kitson & Partners.
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A24 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Babcock enterprises continues a 100-year tradition BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comUsed to be, Babcock Ranch was home to not much more than cowboys, farmers, their cows and crops, and all manner of wilderness, from cypress sloughs to piney flatwoods to dry prairies. Laced like a girdle right up the middle by Telegraph Creek, all of it emptied into and enriched the Caloosahatchee River basin, the western Everglades and Charlotte Harbor. The ranchs famous brand was the Crescent B, since 1914, burned into the hides of calves raised across its 143 square miles. Although much of that is still true, including the use of the Crescent B on contemporary Babcock cows, agriculture has been pared back significantly, especially on public lands, which amount to all but about 18,100 acres.On the private acreage, however Kitson & Partners green, solar-powered town still known as Babcock Ranch both ranching and farming remain robust under a new arrangement starting this month: Babcock Ranch will no longer manage agricultural operations on public lands, as it has for a decade. But it will continue to raise cattle and grow both turf and watermelons on its own property. Led by Steve Smith Mr. Smith is vice president and general manager of Babcock Ranch Management, LLC, a man born and raised on a Florida ranch before graduating from the University of Florida Babcock cowboys will work a rather sizeable herd, farmers will grow four kinds of turf to be sold to landscapers, and a farmer will continue to lease some 400 to 500 acres to grow watermelons, Mr. Smith explains. Hes second generation out here, with his sons. They usually plant in January or February and harvest in May then they take a break. Its hard work, Mr. Smith says. When we split the cattle with the state (earlier this summer), they hired a consultant and brought in riders. Once we agreed to how many went on their side and how many on ours, it wasnt that hard. You look at the ages of the cattle, and you split them by age and type. As it turns out, the state now owns 62 percent of the herd Mr. Smith had been running both for his boss, Syd Kitson, and for the state. Babcock Ranch kept 38 percent. So thats a little over 2,000 for them, and over 900 for us, which is a pretty good number for that property were grazing, Mr. Smith says. In addition, Babcock Ranch will continue to grow 400 acres of turf, split into Floratam (a St. Augustine variety good for warm weather), Bermuda and Empire Zoysia, likely to be used in the common areas at Babcock Ranch, he said. Profits for any and all of it are poured back into Babcock Ranch. The money is devoted to maintaining the property, explains Steve Smith the infrastructure or the Ranch itself: roads, drainage systems, maintaining the fences, doing exotic or invasive species control, moving, building, maintenance all of it. Meanwhile, Mr. Smith has begun harvesting a different kind of crop: crushed limestone. Its not really agriculture, he says wryly. Were digging lakes. And the material that comes out of the hole is limestone. So we run it through a crusher and sell it as DOT certified road material. Then those lakes will become community centerpieces and water control.COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH Babcock Ranch will continue to raise cattle and grow both turf and watermelons on its own property. 26 Years of Sales and Service You Can Trust!Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford U.S. 41, 3156 TAMIAMI TRAIL, PORT CHARLOTTEToll Free: 1-888-313-9652941-625-6141 QUICK LANE: 941-625-1844 Shop 24/7 www.charlottecountyford.com 2 201 2010 0 -201 201 6 6 At Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford, we go further by offering the power of choice with fuel efcient, eco-conscious vehicles. Get what you want, how you want it. Check Out All Of Our New 2016 Models! Incredible! 20 1 6 F O RD EXP E D ITI TI O O N N 2016 2016 FORD FORD F F LEX LEX 16 201 F O RD E D GE 2016 FORD MUSTANG 20 1 6 F O RD F 15 0 0 2016 FORD FO CUS 20 1 6 F O RD EXPL O RE R 6 201 FORD F USI O N 2016 2 016 FORD ESCAP F ORD E S CAP E E 2016 20 FORD TAU R US Congratulations to the New City of Babcock Ranch! INCREDIBLE!
How it started, how it shapes upThe new face of Babcock started a decade ago. Back then, the state of Florida bought out Babcock Ranch in a hand-crafted partnership with Lee County and developer Syd Kitson, and the Crescent B brand carried on, along with turf and row-crop farming all of that agriculture managed for the last decade on both the public and private land by Kitsons development company, Kitson & Partners. Beginning next month, the arrangement of responsibilities for the land will look like this: *Floridas Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: set to manage 67,619 acres, to include cattle leases to ranchers who bid for them. *Lee County: set to take over management of 5,620 acres on the south end of the original Babcock, known as the Bob Janes Preserve. The county is now accepting bids from ranchers seeking to run cows on part of Bob Janes. *Kitson & Partners, with Babcock Ranch Enterprises: raising cows, four varieties of turf and watermelons on portions of the planned 18,100-acre, solar-powered community now under construction. Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is responsible for managing the state lands, points out that in addition to the Babcock Ranch Wilderness Preserve managed by the state east of State Road 31, a huge additional tract of public land exists on the west, abutting Babcock the Fred C. BabcockCecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, stretching about 80,000 acres, according to the FWC. This wildlife management area is not part of, nor was it ever part of the Babcock Ranch purchase, he explains. Instead, its been managed by the state for about 65 years, since 1951. And it, too, makes a profit from agricultural operations, money then put back into management of the property, Mr. Morse slays. Last year, for example, the state took in more than $305,000 from the following operations on the proper ty: alligator egg collections ($21,800); an apiary ($1,320); grazing ($53,107); timber harvesting ($93,027); and entrance fees ($136,700). On the Lee County land, meanwhile, the entire preserve has been managed by Syd Kitson for 10 years, but his lease is up in August, and Lee elected to take back management under the 20/20 program, explains Cathy Olson, Conservation Lands Manager for the county. Were doing what we said we would do when we purchased this a decade ago truck farming and sod farming was sunsetted five years ago, and we continue to have a cattle lease. Right now, cows can go across the whole of that land, but as we get to know it better, well decide whether or not to continue that. We want to enhance the water quality and the tributaries to improve water coming off that property, she says. As for the cattle leases, in the past theyve brought in about $30,000, money used to main conservation properties. Back on the Babcock Ranch, were pretty much where we want to be right now, says Steve Smith. In effect, standing with one foot in the 20th century and one foot in the 21st, building a clean green bridge between the past and the future. BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com SUMMER 2016 A25 usa.skanska.com Sustainable building is more than checking boxes.Its connecting communities in new ways. Its creating ef cient, resilient spaces where people can live, work and create. Babcock Ranch, Charlotte County, FLIts building what matters for people, places and the environment.
A26 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH OUTDOOR ADVENTURESBabcock Ranch launching point for exploring Floridas ecosystem BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comOn sprawling conservation lands, in a mosaic of palmetto flatwoods and cypress dome forests, oak hammocks and dry prairie, among lakes and pastures and under endless sky, opportunities for adventure abound. The Babcock Ranch town development itself plans to include a network of trails connecting to the larger state-managed preserves surrounding it. The town is a starting point for experiencing Floridas diverse natural beauty in many ways. When you have a preserve that big right next door its kind of a big playground, you know? said Steve Smith, general manager of Babcock Ranch. Heres a look at the playground and some of the hiking, biking, jogging, fishing, hunting, kayaking and more that planners expect to accommodate here. When Kitson & Partners Babcock community opens in 2017, the downtown will be a good place to start your adventure. On a 270-acre lake, a retail outfitters store will offer rentals such as kayaks, bicycles, canoes, paddleboards and hiking gear. Its a place where visitors can come out any day, suggests Gary Nelson, senior vice president of planning and development. And download an app for our trail system that can help guide you through the trails, he said. You can select a route and spend an afternoon riding the bike trails and wind up back at the trail head and go have a beer in the beer garden. The Babcock town development of about 18,000 acres will itself be about half conservation land, with eventually about 50 miles of nature, hiking, walking and biking trails that will be open to the general public. A smaller portion will be ready for adventurers when the town opens next year. We hope that a lot of people, not only those who live in Babcock, come in and enjoy the trails, said Debra Dremann, senior vice president of planning and strategic initiatives. Theyll be under development for years to come. The trails will range from paved to primitive, including those that will keep your feet dry while others offer backcountry biking. Everywhere is the chance to observe and photograph abundant wildlife. The majority of the trails will be up and out of the water; its just were going to give the community more of a mixed variety of trails so that you can experience different things out there, said John Broderick, senior vice president of land development. Fishing docks and a dog park will be among the first amenities along the trail experience. There will likely be routes that offer campsites and other programs that will be developed with input from the community, You are one email closer to a solution! for a Complex World EnvironmentalSOLUTIONSOur recognized experts help our clients reach their goals by assisting them in navigating through complex environmental regulations at all levels of government. www.wsourcegroup.comWSource Group LLC 310 West College Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301888.597.6872Contact us at: Mark Thomasson, P.E. Vice PresidentMpt@wsourcegroup.comEd Steinmeyer General CounselEas@wsourcegroup.comJeff Littlejohn, P.E. President Jml@wsourcegroup.comJosh M. Adams GIS AnalystJadams@wsourcegroup.comJorge Caspary, P.G Vice PresidentJrd@wsourcegroup.com HUNDREDS OF TOP FURNITURE BRANDS COMPLIMENTARY INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES CUSTOM FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES DistinctlyNorris.com FORT MYERS239.690.9844SANIBEL239.579.0412NAPLES239.263.0580 SARASOTA941.556.0501Feel perfectly at home with Norris.THE PERFECT DESIGN... IS DISTINCTLY YOU! Serving Southwest Florida for 35 years, Norris Furniture & Interiors is known for providing an excellent selection of high quality brand name furniture at a great value. Make your new Babcock Ranch home distinctly you with our awardwinning, complimentary interior design services by our talented design team. You can expect a warm reception from the moment you enter our showroom and our exceptional customer service culminates with our red carpet, white glove delivery service. Many of our clients hail from your hometown so ask your neighbors about the Norris service they have enjoyed. Let us assist you with your transition to a new Florida lifestyle complete with the feeling and energy youve been looking for. You wont be disappointed! Contact us today and let us begin the journey with you.
BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com SUMMER 2016 A27 from residents, businesses and visitors. Its one of those things youre going to kind of react to the market, Mr. Broderick said. There are also plans to restore certain wetland areas to make them destinations. With a project this big theres a lot yet to come, so a lot yet to be defined, Ms. Dremann said. The town trails will also connect to the surrounding 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve, of which the state takes over management in August. Here, Babcock Wilderness Adventures offers a famous 90-minute ecotour, which takes guests on a trip through old Florida in an old swampbuggy bus that rambles through a working ranch, the Telegraph Swamp and other landscapes. (Visit babcockwilderness.com for more information.) They wanted to be able to have a person who grew up their whole life in Fort Myers or even New York City who is visiting Southwest Florida come here and see what native Florida really is, Mr. Broderick said. The preserve now offers hikers two trails, including the EcoTour Trail across from Wilderness Adventures, 1 miles through pine flatwoods. The Footprints Trail includes five miles of varying routes through flatwoods and hammocks, swamps and pasture land. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission administers rules for hunting on about 16,600 acres of the preserve, including for wild hog, quail, turkey and deer. The Babcock town development will eventually have about 50 miles of nature, hiking, walking and biking trails that will be open to the public. If values arent shared, they arent lived.For more than 90 years, BB&T Insurance Services has never taken a relationship for granted. We set out to earn your business each and every day. Our strong value system helps us determine what is right and reasonable. And to remain focused on doing whats in the best interests of the clients and communities we service. Discover the value a values driven agency can offer for you. Insurance.BBT.comFORT MYERS 13515 Bell Tower Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 433-4535 2016 Branch Banking and Trust Company. BB& T OSWALD TRIPPE AND COMPANYNAPLES 889 111th Ave N, Suite 201 Naples, FL 34108 (239) 261-0428 CAPE CORAL 4707 SE 9th Place, Suite 102 Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 77 2-5400
A28 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Telegraph CorrespondentThe swamp buggy bumps and chugs along a well-worn dirt and grass path skirting the perimeter of an open cattle pasture and slogging through a freshwater pond before plunging about 16 inches deep into the tannic water of Babcock Ranch Preserves Telegraph Swamp. The towering cathedral of bald cypress are stingy with the sunlight, permitting its presence in narrow slits that illuminate foliage in vibrant greens and create a dance of light and water. The swamp is green and lush this June day benefitting from recent rains, evident most notably by the re-emergence of the resurrection fern from dry-weather dormancy. The buggy-wide channel and sporadic wire fencing are the only signs of mankinds presence in the north-to-south flowing swamp named for the telegraph lines that carried the 1898 news of the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor and the onset of the Spanish-American War. All who board the buggy a trickeddown school bus painted in classic camouflage sans windows get a glimpse into Floridas past and four distinct ecosystems far removed from the usual sun-kissed beaches and Gulf of Mexico. This is authentic Florida, sprawling acres of untamed forests and wetlands that attracted early pioneers like Pennsylvania businessman and former ranch owner Edward V. Babcock with the promise of long leaf pines and cypress for his booming lumber business. Pioneers who in the early 1900s learned to live off the land, managing cattle, timber and agricultural operations with respect for the environment, long before sustainability would become a way of doing business. The Babcock Wilderness Adventures ecotours offer an immersive natural experience and a history of the 73,239-acre state-owned preserve, where Cracker cattle still roam 95 pastures, are tended to by real-life cowboys and the preserved white buildings trimmed in Babcock red, once the little town of Rouville, represent a time gone by. Ranked as TripAdvisors top tour in Punta Gorda, the 90-minute narrated adventures rumble through pastures of curious but mostly indifferent Cracker cattle all except the rust-coated Rosy who knows the guide brings corn. The calves are the pride of the ranch, one of the top producers in the country. A recent buggyful of adventurers included visitors from Arizona and Chicago, surprised by Floridas top standing in cattle farming and the dramatic difference of inland flora. Mr. Babcock purchased the ranchlands in 1914 and introduced cattle two decades later. More than 50,000 head of cattle once roamed the ranch and the area, some finding their way to downtown Fort Myers, more than 25 miles away. Florida was a free-range state, explains guide Terry Covert, whos spent eight year introducing the public to the beauty of Babcock. We now have 1,000 miles of Babcock wire that would stretch to Pennsylvania. Today, the Babcock Ranch Preserve is home to 3,000 cattle, plus a sod farm, fruit trees and row crops managed in a publicprivate partnership with the state and individual farmers. The hearty disease-resistant cattle introduced to Florida by early Spanish explorers are tended to by Cracker cowboys on quarter horses and hound-bulldog curs born to herd. Male and female cows have horns. Visits to the Charlotteand Lee Countyspanning ranch are never the same, each subjected to the fickleness of Mother Nature. During a recent tour, a little blue heron foraged for lunch in the wetlands, three white-tail deer scampered into the woods as the swamp buggy approached and a family of wild pigs or rooters as the cowboys call them turned up the earth in search of food. Gator sightings are a guarantee, in the wild camping out on sun-warmed banks during colder months, and snout deep in lakes and streams during the summer. Guests get an up-close encounter when Ms. Covert brings an adolescent reptile on board; during this visit the 2.5-year-old Baby Girl, gender unknown for another year or so. Summer rains change everything, transforming the ranch into a tapestry of green and persuading the bloom of white water lilies and the feathery purple flowers of pickerelweed in and along the fringes of pond marshes. Forty to 50 inches of rain will push the waters of the swamp to the third step of the swamp buggy, about three feet, and the leisurely flow of springtime will quicken its pace to the Caloosahatchee River. With its towering second-generation cypress trees overhead and a tangle of roots and knees above the waters surface, the 10,000-acre Telegraph Swamp is always a tour highlight, a serene environment guests also explore on a meandering boardwalk. The swamp is named for the telegraph connecting Punta Rassa near Sanibel Island to Cuba and back to Washington in the late 1800s. Its cooler under the thick shade of the needle-bearing cypress trees, speckled with air plants and white-green lichen that grows only in pollution-free environments, a sign of the swamps health. Darker bottoms reveal the high-water mark. The boardwalk leads to dry land, where an enclosure offers a nearly bygone chapter of state history: a large enclosure for Osceola, a rare Florida panther the ranch acquired from a private owner in September 2014. Babcock Ranch Preserve is home to 13 endangered or threatened species, including the Florida black bear and panther, the eastern indigo snake and Florida burrowing owl, and plays a major role in the conservation corridor from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee. Swamp buggies chug along Mr. Babcocks airstrip and the 25-mile long Tuckers Grade, which connects to Alva but never lived up to plans as a major thoroughfare. In piney flatlands, palmetto fronds and branches scrap against the sides and roof of the swamp buggy. Visitors also experience Rouville, which during the height of logging operations had 200 residents men, women and children who bunked in old refrigerated boxcars, and used the services of the ranch commissary in a stately and still-standing two-story building Take a ride on the wild sideOne of Babcock Ranchs original bridges.COURTESY PHOTOS A Wilderness Tour swamp buggy. Wilderness tour guide Terry Covert with one of Babcock Ranchs newest residents. BABCOCK WILDERNESS ADVENTURES Call Denise Henry 941-628-0856 Awarded by RE/MAX International: #1 RE/MAX Office in FloridaOnly one real estate company can be #1. Nobody Sells More Real Estate.I look forward to watching you grow. Bboc Ranch!SERVICING PUNTA GORDA, PORT CHARLOTTE, ENGLEWOOD & NORTH PORT Welcomedhenry40@comcast.netwww.dhenry.remaxagent.com Denise HenryRealtor | Broker AssociatePnt Gogeous!Welcome toThis is an exciting, innovative community that I am proud to welcome to SW Florida. 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The tours slosh through spillways, pause at Gator Bridge and traverse pinelands, dry prairie ecosystems, cypress domes and the swamp, with guides painting vivid pictures of life on the ranch and enterprising pioneers who learned from the land, harvesting palmetto honey and medicinal berries, turpentine from slash pines, and swamp cabbage from the heart of the sabal palm and handy boot removers from the state trees boot jacks. Grass-like brown sedge was lashed together for brooms, bayberries fragranced candles and wax myrtle served as a natural insect repellent. Controlled burns provided charcoal and the ash fertilized the land. Its amazing what nature provided, says Ms. Covert. Guides also reveal cultural history unique to Florida, the birthplace of the iconic term cracker, coined by American painter, sculptor and writer Fredric Remington who visited the state in the late 1890s and used the apropos word in describing the speed-of-sound crack of 12-foot leather bullwhips wielded by cowboys. Biting bedbugs were discovered by unfortunate pioneers who quickly learned not to stuff mattresses with chigger-loving Spanish moss.The areas history is also chronicled in a small village of rustic wood buildings near the guest parking lot. A museum displays tools of the ranchs various trades, newspaper clippings and the future plans of the environmentally sustainable 17,000-18,000acre town of Babcock Ranch adjoining the preserve. There is also a gift shop, snake displays, a seasonally operated restaurant and a special tribute to the ranchs most famous cow: the three-horned Lulubelle Babcock. The Babcock Wilderness Adventures tour name will change later this summer when the state of Florida awards a contract to a subcontractor thats also expected to rebrand the tour and operate the buildings. Kitson & Partners bought the 91,000-acre ranch in 2006 and as part of its sale to the state of the Babcock Ranch Preserve has been operating the tours the past decade, according to Steven Smith, vice president and general manager of Babcock Ranch. The contract expires July 31. The tours attract 18,000 to 25,000 visitors annually, says Mr. Smith. There were close to 30,000 people one year, he says. The tours are a great way for people to understand this side of Florida and enjoy the public access of the preserve. For an insiders look at life on the ranch in the early 1900s, three-hour heritage tours and lunch are offered monthly at the Cypress Lodge, the Babcock familys home in the heart of the swamp. Bike tours of the preserve are also available. 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A30 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH OWN-MAKING REQUIRES DIVERSE skill sets, each of which contributes to the creation of a place where people will live, learn, work and play. It is a process that must be patient, committed to listening to the land, and mindful that the place being created will define the lives of the people who live there for generations. The making of Babcock Ranch has been in motion for more than a decade. Countless creative sessions, site plan iterations, and the feedback of literally hundreds of people have been part of the effort. Babcocks town makers have stayed the course, and will soon see the first fruits of their labor. This stuff is complex, and not for the meek of heart, said Syd Kitson, Kitson & Partners chairman and CEO. A lot of work needs to go deep into the details. The details make the difference. We have a great town maker team, including our contractors. We didnt go after the lowest bidders. We went after people who are the best. People within Kitson & Partners have been working on this for many years and have never given up. They understood the vision, and were determined to own it and not sell out my partner, Tom Hoban, Pat Bishop, Glenn Geiger, Al Dougherty and John Hillman. Theyve done an amazing job. Florida Power & Light has been on the Babcock town-maker team since the beginning and has worked with Kitson to create a town that is solar-powered. An on-property solar panel farm, 75-megawatt power generation plant, distribution network and substation will deliver power to the community. We were able to give FPL over 400 acres for a solar center, Mr. Kitson said. The solar energy that goes to the substation will feed our community first. At night, Babcock will be powered by FPLs grid that runs on natural gas. Our town will have clean energy around the clock. A town is something that breathes and has its own life, said Geoffrey McNeill, principal, AGMCi Planning & Design. The questions become, how do you approach a healthy community something that breathes? How do you approach multigenerational communities? How do you create a sense of arrival? Land planning and engineering firm KimleyHorn & Associates distilled the various iterations of the Babcock Ranch site plan into a final design. Their plan respects Babcocks lakes and preserves while allowing for neighborhood parks, green spaces and trail heads. Mitchell & Stark, a land improvement and earth-moving expert, will repurpose the land previously used in Babcocks timber operations to suit the site plan. Land planning is about taking the residential and nonresidential uses that are required Special to Babcock Telegraph... the people behind the creation of Babcock RanchT TownmakersMeet the Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO Kitson & Partners Geoffrey McNeill, CEO, AGMCi Planning & Urban Desig n B r ian Penner, CEO Mitchell & Stark Construction Company Inc. Babcock Ranch, ank you for inspiring us all to...MOVE EVERY DAY Net Positive Coaching LLCWellness Facility & Program Specialists646-483-8837 email@example.com
SUMMER 2016 A31to create a place and applying those uses in a way that creates a town and a sense of community, said Bill Waddill, senior vice president, KimleyHorn & Associates. Understanding the existing features of the land is critical, as well as other principals like walkability, connectivity and sense of place. Town making is a process that is both art and science, said John Hillman, Kitson & Partners senior vice president of sales & marketing. We start with the land and how best to honor it and work with it we then bring in the land planners, architects and engineers to define the place. Finally, its the social, events and traditions that really create the fabric of the town. Its really a privilege to say you had your fingerprint on this thing and watch it start to come together, said John Broderick, an 18-year employee of Kitson & Partners and the companys senior vice president for land development. The property is home to wildlife species such as panthers and wood storks. Their continued survival and chance to flourish into perpetuity are paramount goals of Mr. Broderick, Kitson & Partners, the governing environmental regulatory bodies and future residents. Everything related to every species of flora and fauna found in Babcock Ranch has to be taken into account as the town is planned and built. Everything. Bugs and bunnies, said Mr. Broderick, mentioning just a couple. David Mercer, a 26-year-old engineer has a different view literaly. The Babcock Ranch project manager works out of a trailer on the construction site where the new town is being born around him. Near the trailer, lakes are being dug and repositioned, streets are being laid out and sidewalks and roads constructed, and much more. I dont want to use the word privilege but it is exciting for me, Mr. Mercer said. Especially on the nerdy end for me. Its really cool and Im on-site every day. Al Dougherty, Sr. V. P. Construction & Development, Kitson & PartnersBill Waddill, Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn & Associates Tyler Kitson, Kitson & Partners John A. Hillman, Sr. V. P. Sales & Marketing, Kitson & PartnersDavid Mercer, project manager, Kitson & Partners Were proud to deliver clean and ecient Natural Gas to the homes and businesses of Babcock Ranch. peoplesgas.com
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A34 SUMMER 2016 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comA former head of research and development for General Motors and professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, Larry Burns was recruited in 2010 as an adviser to the Google team that is developing self-driving cars. He is also on the advisory board for Kitson & Partners, which is considering using autonomous cars in a small capacity within Babcock Ranch starting next year and adding more in years to come. As Mr. Burns described it, self-driving vehicles at Babcock could be part of a shared fleet, available on demand similar to an Uber, and take residents on short trips within the community or outside it. Florida has also paved the way for them with legislation that went into effect July 1 that encourages research for autonomous vehicles, will allow anyone with a drivers license to use one, and requires the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation to plan for more of them on the roads in the future.Self-driving car talkPlanners are interested in making Babcock Ranch one of the first towns to use self-driving cars as a normal part of everyday life for residents and a test for how smart cars could change the way most of us get around. At a meeting of Kitson & Partners Babcock town planners on Monday, June 12, Mr. Burns described for them how this could play out. Here are excerpts that cover most of his presentation in order, which lasted a little more than 30 minutes and included slides and video. He addressed how self-driving technology works, larger social and economic changes, as well as practical matters such as insurance and safety. Roughly 35,000 people per year die in car crashes in the U.S. and 1.2 million worldwide, Mr. Burns pointed out, deaths he estimated could be reduced by 90 percent with self-driving cars.The pitchDo you enjoy shopping for a car? Financing a car? Insuring a car? Buying and pumping gasoline? Getting a car washed or maintaining a car? Driving a car? Parking a car? Sitting in traffic? If you answered no to either one or many of these questions, I think youre going to be in for a very exciting future because I think were going to find new ways of providing mobility to you, new ways for you to get around and interact economically and socially that will eliminate all of the negatives you associate with these questions.A new design DNASince cars first started being developed in the late 1800s, they essentially have the same design DNA, Mr. Burns said, driven with combustion engines, oil-based fuel, mechanical and hydraulic controls, they operate on a stand-alone basis. People own them, people drive them, and theyre for general purpose.There are about 1.2 billion vehicles worldwide.The downside, though, is there are 1.2 million fatalities a year, which is epidemic in scale. We depend on oil for energy, which makes us vulnerable to the cyclical nature of oil, theres a lot of traffic delays theres a lot of land-use concerns with parking in particular, climate change, and the roadway infrastructure is expensive. So all of this comes at a price. The good news is theres a new DNA thats emerged, the first time in a century we can begin to think about the roadway transportation system through a completely different lens. The new DNA includes driverless cars with electric drives, electric motors and electronic and digital controls, that are shared, connected and coordinated (borrowing from business modes such as Uber and Airbnb). They will also be tailored to specific uses while todays cars are often less-efficient, too big and fast for most of the trips we take. When you combine connected, coordinated, shared, driverless and tailored this is where the game really changes so its not any one technology and its not just technology alone. Its technology and business models that are making the difference.How does self-driving technology work?This is an animation of how it works. First they take a very detailed digital map of three dimensions They categorize everything thats moving. They put sensors on the car, a laser on the roof, radars on each corner and a camera. And then they take all of that data from the sensors, bounce it against the map as a reference, and they make the exact same two decisions youre making when youre driving: Youre making them over and over again: How fast should I go and which way should I steer? Thats it, so you might ask, Why Google? Well this is about speed to insight. A massive amount of information is coming in and then the insight is how fast should I go and which way should I steer. Whats Google do for a living? Search. Its all about speed to insight so this is right smack in the middle of Googles sweet spot of what theyre capable of doing. Its very sophisticated analytics, large databases, deep artificial intelligence, simulation models and then 1.5 million miles (that Google driverless cars have already gone). They have discovered pretty much everything they have needed to discover and solve that challenge using computer algorithms. So its not a fairy tale. I ride in their cars. The last ride I had I was in Mountain View, Calif. I rode for an hour in the middle of the day. Mountain View is a very busy community and I never had to take control of the car. So thats how close we are. So now if a car can drive itself you can start to think about tailoring the design of the car.Electrically networked vehiclesNext Mr. Burns described what you might call smart cars, or electrically networked vehicles (ENVs). He played a video played for the group, a rendering of how transportation might look in a city in 2030. It depicted a busy, multilane road in which two-person pods flow swiftly, gracefully around each other through lightless intersections and park themselves in futuristic garages that sort them on large wheels. The cars could operate in platoons if you wanted more than two people to travel. The cars communicate with each other so they can give priority to emergency vehicles on the freeway They can really rethink the entire concept of an intersection. Do we even need traffic lights anymore? (The cars) are designed not to run into each other, and because these vehicles weigh only about 750 pounds theyre much more amenable to recharging a smaller battery. The point of this video is to get you thinking that the future of mobility is something you wear, not something you drive, and its something you might park in your closet, not in your garage.Safety, convenience, costSo putting all this together promises better mobility at radically lower cost. What do I mean by better mobility? Safer. Were going to take the crash out of the system. More convenient. If you want to go somewhere the vehicles right at your door within minutes. You get in, it takes you to your destination, youre not hassled with parking. You can use your time as you desire. I dont mean this flippantly, but Ive concluded that for most people driving is the distraction. Why else would they send a text in a car going 70 miles an hour unless they thought that was more important than to drive? So it gives you your time back and this is much more affordable than owning a car. All of this can happen together, from a societal standpoint we can have fewer fatalities and injuries and less energy use, less emissions, better land use, more equitable access to (cars). From a cost standpoint a lot of the analytical modeling done on this subject suggests that today if you own a car, personally own it and drive it, it (costs you) about $1.60 per mile (including gas, finance, depreciation, insurance and maintenance). We think we can get that to 25 cents a mile. This is why Google, Uber, Apple, Tesla and others are (entering into) the auto business. Theres $2 to $4 trillion at risk of being disrupted if you actually get to this future. So this is just capitalism at its best quite honestly.Time frame for self-driving carsGoogles on record as saying they think theyll have the technology by the end of 2018. Syncs up beautifully with Babcock Ranchs growth. Does it matter? I think the consumer, business and societal opportunities are really compelling.A ride for the elderly or disabledWeve got segments of people who are getting older who just dont feel as confident in their driving skills. We have blind people. We have people with physical disabilities. We have a lot of young people with active lives that arent old enough to drive. So there are enormous opportunities with this technology to serve those that arent well served by automobiles. But very importantly theres an enormous opportunity to actually disrupt automobile transportation as we know it.Babcock Ranch, 2021Mr. Burns looked at a rough estimate of Babcocks population and how many autonomous vehicles might be used, from about 20 to 50 in 2018 to as many as 200 to 400 in 2021, with more than 50,000 residents, depending on how many trips they take each day. Essentially what were envisioning is that one of your residents could spontaneously request a ride. The closest available vehicle would arrive within minutes. Im talking one or two or three minutes, not 10 or 15. The vehicle takes the resident to their destination, lets say its to the lake house. The resident gets out of the driverless vehicle. (It) proceeds then to pick up somebody else that wanted a ride or if its not needed it would go and sit in the staging area. So we think its going to be very fast service, the service costs appear to be about the same as owning and operating a car. Miles per day appear to be conducive to batteries so I think we can pull this off with electric vehicles using your renewable solar power from FPL, very consistent with the Babcock Ranch mission. There are a lot of assumptions here so these are very preliminary results So we need to also incorporate goods shipping into this. Because that same vehicle could be bringing you your groceries as well as picking you up on some other trip and then well begin to find our collaborators and see if we can get this ready to go in sync with when the homes are built.Q&AThe presentation ended and Mr. Burns took questions. Heres what was asked: Insurance. Is that the biggest obstacle remaining to this? Well you know, some of the big players are going to self-insure with product liability and I think its a very important question, Im not going to say its a concern. We think the governments going to play an important role here. You know when flu vaccines were created there was a big concern about allergic reactions to the vaccine so the suppliers were nervous about providing it and they were self-insuring, liability costs were skyrocketing and people who took the vaccine were worried about having a reaction. The government stepped in and they created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Twenty-five cents of every flu shot goes to that fund and then the government sorts this out. So I think theres going to be some mechanisms to take that insurance on Were going to eliminate 90 percent of the What is the future of the car? Larry Burns explains.Larry Burns breaks down the future of the car. The self-driving car may be the way of the future, many say. I think were going to find new ways of providing mobility to you, new ways for you to get around. Larry Burns
BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2016 A35 crashes so in theory insurance costs should drop dramatically. Its just that question of how do you protect yourself during that journey. It seems like the technology is there. Is that whats holding things back from moving forward? Two things, I think youre concerned about liability is one. And then the other is the laws on where vehicles can operate. Fortunately, Florida is one of the most proactive states on this. California said, Were all in favor of it, but you have to have a licensed driver in the car and it has to have a steering wheel, a brake pedal, an accelerator pedal. We dont think thats the way to think about it. It was like when Henry Ford was popularizing the car some people felt thats all fine, but a horse has to be out in front of the car. Well, that wasnt really the right thing to do. So I think well get through those things. Thats why Babcock Ranch is so special. It can be the learning laboratory. I dont want our residents to think about themselves as test subjects, but it can be the learning laboratory for the entire state. Because our timing syncs up with the timing of the technologys maturity and the startups wanting to come in here and have a first market. So theres a lot of positive things that play to Babcock Ranch. Are there any issues with extreme heat or cold in terms of the technology? Not heat or cold. Its rain and snow. Snow especially is an issue. Not that we dont think we can get past it, we just havent worked on it. Why try to solve that when we still are trying to get to the next step? I would say some very, very heavy rains in Florida probably still some work that has to be done to handle that. But all in all, Florida is the perfect place. Its flat, the streets are really in good shape compared to other states, well traffic engineered a proactive state government and the demographic of the population is aging. If driverless cars could get every person in Florida who is over 70 to just go out and do something, just anything one more time a week and spend $20 engaging in the economy, the benefit to the state is enormous in terms of tax revenue. How do you see driverless cars taking people on longer trips outside the Babcock Ranch community? To be honest I think were within a fiveyear window of companies like Google and others proving that a full-speed capable, fully engineered, fully safety-certified vehicle as you know it today can operate autonomously. So I dont think theres going to be anything constraining the autonomous driving system from going from Babcock Ranch to Naples and back. But those cars I think are going to be a little overspecified for the movements within the community. So I kind of see two markets emerging: a low-speed vehicle less than 25 miles per hour tailored for the kinds of travel within the gated communities in Florida. And then a second fleet of full-speed capable vehicles that you could also request and get rides to Publix down the road or all the way to Naples or Fort Myers. For sure I think its headed that way. You can have these as personal use, you dont have to share it. You could purchase one. But I think what most people really dislike about the car experience its this hassle of parking. I see it in every community Ive studied, if a person can be dropped off at their door they love it. Here in Florida if its a hot day like today and you go to Publix and you have to park way out in the back of the lot thats just onerous versus being dropped off at the door. So I think youre going to have go anywhere anytime capability and thats probably in a fiveto 10-year window.Our lives are going to change a lot. Babcock Ranch is going to be on the cutting edge of it. Bigger choices of better food for all occasions. Order online at jasonsdeli.comSarasota Port Charlotte Fort Myers Cape Coral Naples
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