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PAGE 1 Vol. I, No. 3 FREEFALL 2016 Fresh faceRecent college grad relishes role as new towns project manager A2 Volunteer dayKitson & Partners lead volunteer day at Special Equestrians. A28 Trail mix Babcock Ranch plans hiking, biking and equestrian trails. A10 HE OLD CLICH IS TRUE, HERE: THEY DONT MAKE em like they used to. Instead, they make em a lot better, especially if you like knowing your neighbors and living in homes that could last a century or longer, say architects and builders. In the case of Lake Timber, the first neighborhood at Babcock Ranch with 193 homesites. The neighborhood has three collections with distinct views of lakes, parks and sometimes both. Models are now under construction and due for completion in the first quarter of the new year. Its Old Florida architecture with the big front porches allowing people to live in their front yards, explains Ward Harris, chief architect for Stock Homes, a luxuryhome builder with six designs for Babcock Ranch.TSEE BABCOCK, A8 BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comRenderings of the Lake Timber neighborhood that is getting underway at Babcock Ranch Babcocks first neighborhoods begin taking shapeTIMBERLAKE


Recent college grad relishes role as new towns project manager BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentWhile many 26-year-old professionals work out of cubicles tucked away in large buildings and dont have windows or much real responsibility, David Mercer is different. Much different. 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. Trucks and other heavy equipment rumble across the landscape, scraping here, pushing there and carrying this there and that here. My office is out there, Mr. Mercer said one recent afternoon in 52-yearold Kitson & Partners colleague John Brodericks Fort Myers office. Out there is only about 10 miles from Mr. Brodericks office on State Road 80 in Fort Myers but its as different as city and country. That job out there is not a typical workplace for any 26-year-old college graduate. Thats a point the young townmaker sometimes makes with his colleagues at Kitson & Partners, which is building the town. I tell them Ive got the best sunrise in the company, Mr. Mercer said. From that trailer on the 18,000 acres of the town being formed, Mr. Mercer can see the sun greet new days. Its also where hes helping usher in a new kind of town. The Florida Gulf Coast University graduate has a degree in civil engineering and is putting that training and know-how to work as the man in charge of site preparation. Mr. Mercer is relatively new to the company. He recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with the firm so he hasnt waited as long as veteran employees such as Mr. Broderick has to see the town move from concept to construction site. For me its a little different, Mr. Mercer said, sitting across the room from Mr. Broderick. I havent been here since Day One. But its been a wonderful opportunity for the engineer, a 2008 graduate of Merritt Island High School on Floridas east coast. For me being on the ground floor, being able to help with the design, actually see it come to fruition, being out there when were cutting trees and clearing to now being ready to start homes, its really exciting on my end, Mr. Mercer said. Mr. Broderick referred to the opportunity to plan and build a town from scratch as a privilege. I dont want to use the same word as 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. As the project moves forward and the site preparation concludes on one section of Babcock Ranch and houses and commercial buildings start going up, doesnt mean Mr. Mercers work is done. Move on to the next phase, Mr. Mercer said. Im already thinking, Im more or less dotting my is and crossing my ts on getting all the streetlights and all that stuff in right now. So were already looking toward the next 250 acres. So the next phase Im already starting. Im looking forward to the next section to clear and to fill, to take care of the utilities we have here and extend them out into that area. Babcock Ranch wont be built in a day and it will take talented professionals such as David Mercer to see it become a reality. Hes also able to watch the town grow from a place with the best sunrise in the company. A2 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCH PublisherPason Gaddispgaddis@floridaweekly.comEditorJeffrey Culljcull@floridaweekly.comEditorial AdvisorJohn Hillmanjhillman@kitsonpartners.comPresentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comContributing WritersKevin Caffrey, Evan Williams, Nanci Theoret, Glenn Miller, Roger WilliamsPhotographerVandy MajorGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz, Hannah Arnone, Alisa Bowman, Paul Heinrich, Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerMarion Piercempierce@floridaweekly.comAccount ExecutivesAngela Schivinskiangela@floridaweekly.comGail Dingeegdingee@floridaweekly.comMichele Foleymfoley@floridaweekly.comBuffy Hagoodbuffy@floridaweekly.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC4300 Ford Street, Suite 105 Fort Myers, Florida 33916Phone: 239.333.2135 Helping Communities, Businesses and Individuals Since 1924. CONSTRUCTION Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, 239.344.1100Fort Myers Bonita Springs Sanibel Naples* *by appointment only At Henderson Franklin, we help foster our regions growth by representing property owners, developers, community planners, design professionals, businesses and others involved in construction. We counsel clients on construction contracts, liens, defect claims, design and environmental regulations, building codes, permitting, zoning, nancing and many other related endeavors. Let us advocate your interests, as weve done for clients for more than 90 years. While you build the skyline, we build trust.






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A6 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCH Best Selection of Oce Furniture! Flooring Come In and Visit Our Showroom! FL MEET THE PROFESSIONALSA Q&A with Elizabeth Andres, builder liaison for Kitson & PartnersElizabeth Andres grew up in Chisholm, Minn., a small mining community where the snow was abundant. Its changed a lot since I grew up but yes, icicles down to the ground and snow up to the windowsills, she recalled. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting and indoor sports ensued. Her father worked for a drilling company, while her mom took care of the family of five siblings. Ms. Andres (pronounced An-DREES) moved to Florida in the mid-1980s. She lives with her husband in North Port and has four grown-up children, as well as grandchildren. Evan Williams What does your job entail? What does your job entail?I work directly with the builders and Im their point of contact for information that they need to know about the development. In the Babcock community, we have design guidelines for the architectural style of homes, the type of building and landscape materials to use, and a color palette. As liaison, I work with the builders to help them understand those required design standards and help them move through the architectural review process. During that process, the builders have a lot of questions, from what type of material they can use on the front porch, to setbacks, to who can they talk to about their site plans, to where they can place plants. I field their questions and connect them with the right person on our Babcock team to get an answer. How did you get into this business and How did you get into this business and come to work for Kitson? come to work for Kitson?Crazy route. I started out working in the legal field as a paralegal and then I moved from that and went and worked with builders. I met Syd (Kitson) on a joint venture. I was working for a builder group and there was a project in Port Charlotte called Murdock Village. That project did not really take off. But in the meantime, my situation changed and I contacted Syd and his team and said, Is there any room for me in the company? So they brought me back on. And then at the beginning of this year when we started developing this site, they brought me into this role (builder liaison). What might you be up to on an average day What might you be up to on an average day if there is such a thing? if there is such a thing? Every day truly is very different, depending on where the builders are at. I usually will receive some kind of a call from a builder. (For instance), Elizabeth, we have our concrete guys showing up in two days. Wheres the construction entrance? So then I will create a little map. So my typical day is fielding builder questions. And the most important part is communicating back to my Babcock team. Although I go into my day having a game plan, usually the events of the day will always change and take me in a different direction. Are you watching the builders progress start Are you watching the builders progress start to take shape? to take shape?Weve been working for a very long time to get to this point. Probably one of the coolest things In working up until this point, everything Ive seen has been on paper, and then when the development started and the roads started going in and I saw my first drone images of the site work of the roads actually in and the lakes for the residential area, that was a real wow moment. It really looks exactly as Ive been seeing it on paper for the last nine years. That was very exciting for me, that was a wonderful moment for me. What part of the job do you enjoy most? What part of the job do you enjoy most?I really like solving problems. I love it when a builder calls me up and says, Hey Elizabeth, I need something. I love when I can deliver and answer within a few hours. My goal is to get them answers as quickly as possible. And my second favorite part of the job is to be able to go back to my team and say, Hey, the houses are going up. Where might you be found when not at work? Where might you be found when not at work? What I do when I just want to chill, usually Im out in my yard working on my landscaping. Thats my downtime. I love working in the yard. I love landscaping. Im (also) kind of a do-ityourselfer home repair person, so one of the projects Im working on this weekend is painting the inside of my house. Im kind of one of those fixer-upper people like you see on Home and Garden television. I spend a lot (tons) of time with my family in addition to working on my landscaping and home projects.


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A8 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHWe created designs for walkable communities, and you can have elements like metal roofs those alone can last for a hundred years or longer. Its been a decade coming. Syd Kitson had this vision starting 10 years ago, and with help from a lot of very good consultants, its happening now, says Wes Thompson, director of development for Homes By Towne, a Sarasota-based specialty builder whose Harvest Collection will start with 72 homes in Lake Timber. Its a vision for the future, which is why were so pleased to be part of it you look at this place and youre putting on your 20-year goggles for a while, he adds. In every neighborhood and every home at Babcock, distance is a paradox: The community is far from the standard every residence here will qualify as a Florida Green Home and all will have generous front porches but the community is near everything in South or Central Florida, from Orlando to Naples or even Miami. When you used to say Babcock Ranch, it seemed so far away in my mind, but its only about 20 minutes from the airport, says Ken Fox, founder and owner of Fox Premier Building, the Naples-based specialty company doing 80 homes in the Cottage Collection. And the style for us or any builders at Babcock is front-porch living, the old way, he adds like in South Carolina or North Carolina, with the rockers and swings on a big front porch. Its that type of living, where everybody knows the neighbors, and loves being outdoors. But we have the back porches with the pools and the whole nine yards, too. Flanking both the Harvest Collection and the Cottage Collection in Lake Timber, four builders will offer a variety of choices for Babcocks first residents in the Long Leaf Collection: Fox Premier Homes, Stock Development, Florida Lifestyle Homes and Stellar Living Homes. Naples-based Florida Lifestyle Homes, a luxury builder whose outdoor-living work won the prestigious Sand Dollar award, has built extensively in Quail West, a Naples development where the experience was much different than Babcock Ranch. They told us they do not have front porches, the outdoor living was in the back, explains Denise Ogden, a sales and marketing spokeswoman for the company. The wonderful new thing with Babcock is that were taking what we do so well outdoor living and using it in front as well as in the back on our models, she says. Its a personal thing for her, for company president Bill Ennen, and for everyone else there, she says which is why the three models are named for company family members: the Taylor, the Lauren and the Madison. My grandmother had 14 children, and she had a front porch with the swing, so this really grabs at me a lot, Ms. Ogden says. Well build you the front porch, at Babcock Ranch, and you build the memories. All three neighborhoods in Lake Timber are woven into the wilderness tapestry of the 19,000-acre Babcock Ranch community, where ranchers and farmers continue to raise cattle and crops on land shouldered against the 73,000-acre state preserve. Miles of trails maintained for walking, bicycling or running, along with golf, tennis, swimming, kayaking or canoeing, for example, will seamlessly meld into a front-porch living style using the newest technologies in the nation for power, transportation and communication. Its just exciting to be building for Syd Kitson, says Ken Fox. When I finally went to take a look at Babcock, it was so different seeing the solar panels, the (wilderness) preserve. You want to be here, to be part of this. Widely embraced as the most forwardthinking city-from-scratch in the United States, Babcock is green, smart and selfsufficient, but not just because its 100 percent solar-powered or because every home and business will be connected to state-of-the-art Wi-Fi for the fastest communications anywhere. A range of other details also exist to make life better.THE SIPs Fox, for example, is using a creative technology for walls of residential or light commercial buildings called Structural Insulated Panels, or SIPs. Both stronger (rated to withstand a 160mph windstorm) and more efficient in energy savings than traditional walls, each panel is like a big sandwich, with two slices or structural slabs sandwiching a 6-inch layer of insulating Styrofoam. The facing (slabs) are pieces of plywood, 5/8-inch thick with rubber membranes on the outside of the plywood, and those attach to the six-inch Styrofoam, explains Mr. Fox. The company that does these panels started perfecting them, so we hired them to manufacture for us, in sufficient quantities for four or five homes at a time. There are (walls for) three homes in production as we speak. Theyre also waterproof, he adds. Everybody uses block construction here, but thats not waterproof. You have to rely on a finish and paint for your waterproofing, with block, says Ken Fox. This is different.The ModelsAll of these details together, from front porches, recessed garages and solar power to speedy communications, new-technology construction and outdoor living opportunities, all suggest an iceberg, in effect: Many such details will be invisible to casual passersby, instead working below the surface of life here to enrich it, mostly out of sight. In all of that, how to price homes has been something of a challenge, says Ken Fox, in part because the object has been to create high value for relatively low money, making the nations most advanced community accessible not just to high-end buyers but to middle-class Americans as well. Our prices will be in the mid-$300,000 range to more than $400,000, he says, describing homes that will range from 1,600 square feet to about 2,500 square feet. We wanted to stay under $300,000, and BABCOCKFrom page 1 Stock Developments Destin rendering Fox Premier Buildings Cottage Collection Cabin with garage rendering and floor plan. A layout of the Lake Timber residences planned for Babcock Ranch. Stock Developments Bartow, Crystal and Delary rendering. MODELS:Lake Timber includes three neighborhoods and five builders, each offering a variety of models and styles. Harvest Collection: Homes By Towne. Cottage Collection: Fox Premier Builders. Long Leaf Collection: Fox Premier Builders, Stock Development, Stellar Living Homes and Florida Lifestyle Homes


BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A9Babcock Ranch is building Green BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comBabcock Ranch is now famously the first American community ever designed to function top to bottom with power provided only from the sun thats in 19,000 homes and 6 million square feet of commercial space at build-out. Impressive as that may be for low-impact development aimed at a future that could add 13 million more residents to the Sunshine State by 2070, there is another first at Babcock, too. And it has long-range consequences equally as dramatic: Every single home or commercial space will be green, a rigorous, multifaceted designation that requires great care in planning, designing and building. Its already happening on the ground, where five highly rated builders are now constructing their first model homes by the standards of the nonprofit Florida Green Building Coalition, based in Tallahassee. The FGBC inspects and appraises each home or commercial structure in the state to see that it meets standards well beyond those required by county building codes. When a property is truly green, the builders take into consideration the sites solar access, its orientations for shading, how it can keep water on site and not run it into streets or neighbors yards so what its water-efficiency characteristics are and if the mechanicals of the house are high efficiency, explains Sandra Adomatis, a nationally recognized green expert and appraiser. Author of the book, Residential Green Valuation Tools, she owns Adomatis Appraisal Service, based in Punta Gorda. They look for low-flow faucets and shower heads, for example. They also build a much tighter envelope, meeting a significantly higher standard of indoor air quality and using materials that dont have a lot of off-gassing, she adds. When the air inside is much cleaner than in typical American homes, some residents can experience far-reaching health benefits that can pay of economically, too, she explains. To earn the FGBCs green certification, each home must earn 100 points, based on meeting more strict standards for the following categories: site, water, energy, materials, indoor air quality and low maintenance. Every structure at Babcock Ranch, however, will go beyond that: The developer is requiring builders to rise to the bronze standard in the FGBCs green certification, which means at least 30 points above the 100-point minimum. These builders were selected as part of the Syd Kitson vision of bringing more sustainable homes into a corporate culture, explains Dr. Jennifer Languell, who holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering specializing in sustainability from the University of Florida. Founder and president of Trifecta Construction Solutions, serves as a consultant to the Babcock Ranch building effort. Dr. Languell also stars on the Discovery Channels environmental series, Discovery Project Earth. Theyve bought into the notion of an entire culture being more sustainable, so theyre not doing it just because they have to. Theyve taken ownership of it. Remarkably, she points out, most of these homes will far exceed the bronze standard in green building and at little or no extra cost to home buyers. Theyre striving to do the best they can for a cost benefit for their homeowners, she adds. So theyre asking, If we modify and improve the air-conditioning system, whats the return on investment? If we create a better glazing or use a different type of water heater, whats the best bang for the buck of the homeowner? For John Hillman, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Were simply trying to lessen the footprint in building homes. What do we do to conserve energy and water, how do you make the envelope of each home tighter so cool air isnt leaking out and hot air isnt sneaking in? In our 2,000-square-foot homes (by Fox Premier Builders) theyre using insulated panels, so the home will require a lot less air conditioning. Ultimately all of this will save significant money for homeowners. We want people to talk less about price per foot, and more about price of ownership, Mr. Hillman notes. But green also means, for example, that more native plants will be used, and you can only have so much grass in your yard, he says. In fact, wed be OK if you had no grass in your yard. There will be a community farm set aside on 10 acres. We believe owners will want to know where their food comes from and programs like Community Supported Agriculture are programs we want to support and encourage at Babcock, explains Mr. Hillman. Each homeowner can pay a small fee and receive the freshest, most local produce directly from the farm. And always in this effort, developer, builders and green consultants are aware of cost. The new green is more a matter of thinking better than of paying more, insists Dr. Languell. We cant be 10 times more or five times more or even 10 percent more expensive, she says, of pricing homes. In Mr. Hillmans view of how to think about cost, theres a hidden concept, too that green homes provide added value, more durability and a higher resale opportunity, experts say. Another certification program championing these notions and embraced at Babcock Ranch is LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED-certified homes provide cleaner air inside and an energy savings of 30 to 60 percent of the typical household cost for energy use, which is estimated at about $2,150 per year in residences across the nation. And the health benefits are likely to become economic benefits over time as well, points out Ms. Adomatis. Since the inside air breathed by Americans, who can spend up 90 percent of their time indoors, is often two to five times dirtier than outside air, if you have allergies or lung problems or anything like that, youre going to feel a lot better and probably pay less doing it, she says. From the Florida Green Building Coalition website (www. Green home A high-performing home that is energyand water-efficient, has good indoor air quality, utilizes environmentally sustainable materials, and uses the building site in a sustainable manner. Credit points Qualification points assigned to features that improve the environmental, ecological and sustainability impacts of a building. Qualification: Shall be achieved by attaining at least 100 credit points, gained through incorporating green construction techniques and products into the home so that it benefits the environment and supports a more sustainable Florida. Bronze certification: 0-30 points over the minimum point threshold. Silver, gold and platinum certifications range variously up to 91 points above the minimum. When a property is truly green, the builders take into consideration the sites solar access, its orientations for shading, how it can keep water on site and not run it into streets or neighbors yards so what its waterefficiency characteristics are and if the mechanicals of the house are high efficiency. Sandra Adomatis e M A t d lu g d Homes By Townes Harvest Collection models Brandywine, Jade, Sterling and Sungold. HBTHtClltidl BdiJdStlidSld we were afraid of going much higher, but the design of these houses and everything put into them there is so much care in them. The front porches, and railings and stairs and special work theres a lot to them, rather than being just flat places you walk into. Describing the Harvest Collection, Wes Thompson says the company has not yet determined final pricing on homes that will range from 1,850 to just over 3,000 square feet, with a flex home that can be larger and include as many as five bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a three-car garage. But theyll probably start in the mid$300,000s and go up, he adds. In the Long Leaf section of Lake Timber, the three models from Florida Lifestyle Homes range from a four-bedroom, threebath model in 2,784 square feet under heat and air with the garage in back (the Taylor); to a four-bedroom, three-bath model in 4,081 square feet with two stories (the Lauren); to another two-story model, the Madison, with three bedrooms and four baths in 2,566 square feet on the main floor, and a great deal more flexible space above, under air. Prices have not yet been determined, but are likely to run in the $500,000s to $800,000s range, says Ms. Ogden. Stock Development, meanwhile, will offer buyers a choice of six different models in the Long Leaf section of Lake Timber, designed by Mr. Harris and his team. Here are the basic specs: Sebring: 2,676 square feet, three bedrooms, 2 bath, great room, dining, outdoor living, two-car garage. Bartow: 2,822 square feet,, three bedrooms, 3 baths, great room, study, outdoor living, two-car garage. Delray: 3,195 square feet, two-story, three bedrooms, 3 baths, great rooms, study, loft, outdoor living, two-car garage. Crystal: 3,076 square feet, three bedrooms, 3 baths great room, study, outdoor living, three-car garage. Destin: 3,191 square feet, four bedroooms, 4 baths, great room, study, outdoor living, three-car garage. Stuart: 3,744 square feet, two-story, four bedrooms, 4 baths, great room, study, loft, outdoor living, three-car garage.


A10 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHTrail Mix: Babcock Ranch plans hiking, biking and equestrian trails BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentBike it. Hike it. Or hoof it. At Babcock Ranch, more than 50 miles of trails will eventually lead residents and visitors through tangles of nature preserves, onto wetlands-skimming boardwalks and equestrian paths connecting to the adjoining stateowned Babcock Ranch Preserve. Its part of developer Kitson & Partners plan to create a healthy sustainable community where hopping in the car is more of an afterthought and exploring the ever-changing environment is an anticipated family affair. Many of the towns trails already exist, formed by ranchers and cowboys during the propertys 112-year-history of lumber and cracker cattle. The proposed greenway trails will take advantage of the ranchs working grades, fire breaks and cattle trails to minimize the amount of disturbance to the natural environment, says Gary Nelson, senior vice president of planning and development. In fact, the primary backbone trail running north and south through the greenway was created 40 to 50 years ago when Curry Canal was dredged. The dredge material was placed on the west side of the canal, creating an elevated trail through the natural system along the creek. It is a fantastic setting. Babcock will initially offer three miles of biking and hiking trails as well as another two or three interlinking trails in the community. Open to residents and the public, these paths will be accessed from Founders Square, the lakefront downtown offering a market, bike and paddling outfitter and the appropriately named Trails End restaurant. The first phase will include an elevated boardwalk through a wetland, and trails will eventually wind through preserved greenways and offer educational markers describing native plant and animal life. The trails will interconnect with all the neighborhood sidewalks creating a transportation network independent of the roads, Mr. Nelson says. It will be readily accessible to everyone. For residents, the design of Babcock Ranch makes trail access as easy as a walk through the neighborhood, each offering a trailhead that will eventually link to the greenway trails. As the town grows, so too will its bicycle and pedestrian trails with plans for more rustic hiking paths and a possible tie-in to equestrian trails on the towns periphery and adjacent to the Babcock Ranch Preserve. Visitors will have the opportunity to rent a bike, explore the towns neighborhoods and trails and enjoy lunch, dinner or a drink yourself Reservations Recommended: 800-500-5583 Book Online: BabcockWilderness.comface to facewith natureFind8000 State Road 31 Punta Gorda, Florida 33982 | Tours: Tuesday Saturday


BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A11 overlooking the lake at Founders Square. An app will help hikers and bikers plan and monitor their trip. The Florida Forestry Service, which manages the preserve, is developing long-range plans to offer more recreational opportunities, expand its trail system, introduce horse trails and enhance connectivity between town and preserve. The preserves existing Footprints Trail offers a trailhead on SR 74 and a series of large and smaller looping paths skirting rangeland, flatwoods and wetlands. Lee and Charlotte counties are including Babcock Ranch in regional trail plans that will eventually connect from Fort Myers through Babcock to Punta Gorda and back to Fort Myers. Hiking and biking will be easily and quickly accessible and in many cases the easiest and healthiest way to get back and forth within Babcock Ranch, says Mr. Nelson. Within a few years you will be able to take a trail ride or walk for as long a distance as you like. Kimley-Horn Ad_outline 1 3/29/2016 3:38:23 PM 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FLfishville.com1 800.639.0020


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BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A13Babcock Style celebrates Floridas architectural past BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentHomes reminiscent of early Florida and its melting pot of architectural influences Craftsman, Spanish, farmhouse, Colonial/ West Indies and coastal design unique to the Gulf of Mexico echo Babcock Ranchs emphasis on authenticity and its commitment to the environment. The Babcock Style, the residential vernacular created by town architect Looney Ricks Kiss, also makes perfect sense today, just as it did in the past: deep open porches to welcome breezes (and neighbors), overhangs and canopy trees to shade interiors, and dormer and clerestory windows to provide natural light.Babcock Ranch is very purposeful in the way homes are designed, says Mark Jones, a principal of Looney Ricks Kiss. They embrace the design elements that were instrumental in the Southwest Florida region while creating a modern-living home for entertaining and open floor plans.The Babcock Style is based on timeless design principles that stay true to architectural integrity: stucco, siding, brick and stone facades; vertically proportioned and symmetrical windows and doors; and simple but traditional detail consistent with formal, simple classical and relaxed back-country vernacular. Hearkening back to traditional neighborhoods, porches are almost flush with sidewalks and garages are recessed or located off an alley in the back of the home. Our goal was to create a sense of timeless architecture drawing from the natural environment and the regional vernacular of Florida, Mr. Jones says. The palette is also derived from nature vegetation, wildflowers and animal life. We blended together these elements to create the simplicity of living in nature and what that means to the way a house looks, lives and acts. COURTESY RENDERINGS OF BABCOCK RANCH Up to 1 Gbps speed may not be available in your area. Broadband speeds will vary due to conditions outside of network control, including customer location and equipment, and are not guaranteed. Restrictions apply. 2016 CenturyLink. All Rights Reserved. The name CenturyLink and the pathways logo are trademarks of CenturyLink. ENJOY THE FIBER THINGS IN LIFE.CenturyLink 1 Gig Internet + Prism TV CenturyLink 1 Gig Internet and Prism TV now rolling out in your city.


A14 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCH BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comBabcock Ranchs kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary school is being built in the heart of the communitys lakeside downtown square. For its first students next year, and for the years to come, their larger classroom will be the solar-powered town just outside the schoolhouse doors, from a community farm and market to thousands of acres of preservation lands, lakes and trails. The towns setting, history and design makes it uniquely qualified to offer students a placebased, green-STEAM education. It is a model that educators say is a perfect fit in a community where innovation, both technological and ecological, will be the norm for a new generation of students. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. (Babcock Ranch) is a ripe situation for place-based education, said Robert Kenny, a member of the schools five-member governing board and chairman of the Department of Leadership, Technology and Research at Florida Gulf Coast University. Its an ecosystem up there thats phenomenal. It is featurerich when it comes to giving us context to teach things. With the school centrally located in Founders Square, the community market and caf, restaurant and a 5-acre farm will provide lessons in the farm-to-table movement as well as fresh meal options for Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School students. Fostering health and wellness is one of the schools core values as outlined in its charger application, as is environmental responsibility. Students will learn about renewable energy and eco-stewardship through Florida Green Building Coalition certified buildings and a 75 MW solar farm. They dont have to go on a bus somewhere to go find out what solar is, said Christy Noe, an educational consultant and president of Tallahassee-based Collaborative Educational Network. Were going to have the autonomous vehicles, and they Google that but theyre going to be scooting around Babcock Ranch so students have the opportunity to learn about those things first hand. Kitson & Partners engaged Ms. Noe and CEN last year to help create the school, including recruiting the volunteer board for their experience in education, business and technology.Classes set to begin Charlotte County School District approved the BNS application as a free, public charter school in September. The school will begin accepting applications for students this fall for the 2017-18 school year, said Ms. Noe. Early next year, Ms. Noe will look for a principal and staff. Builders will break ground on BNS this month and classes are set to begin in August 2017. WHERE THE COMMUNITY IS THE CLASSROOMStudents at Babcock Ranchs new tuitionfree, public charter school will draw lessons from the high-tech and the environmentGetting schooledStudents will learn about renewable energy and ecostewardship through Florida Green Building Coalition certified buildings and a 75 MW solar farm.Schools are essential to making Babcock Ranch not just a great place to live, but a real hometown. Syd Kitson KENNYIMAGES & RENDERINGS COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH


While BNS will provide an option for Babcock parents and kids, the school is open to all students who qualify for a public education. That includes those with special needs, in Charlotte County as well as out-of-district students under Floridas new open enrollment rule. We expect to attract some kids from Lee County said Ms. Noe. And while classes are expected to begin with about 135 students in a six-room schoolhouse, BNS plans to accept all who apply and to use portable classrooms if necessary. Ms. Noe directs interested families to the www. website. Click on the school link and fill out a form to request more information and notification when applications are available. After five years, Ms. Noe said, BNS expects enrollment to reach 700 students. It will be the first of multiple schools for a community that will eventually be home to about 50,000 people. Education in all stages of life is an integral part of town founder Syd Kitsons vision. Schools are essential to making Babcock Ranch not just a great place to live, but a real hometown, said Mr. Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. Our world-class charter school is a focal point to draw people together and attract the young families who will make it a vibrant, multigenerational community. Babcock Neighborhood School puts quality community-based public education at the heart of our new town from day one.A connected education Students are encouraged to engage with Babcock Ranchs business community downtown in Founders Square, and its larger landscape, history and culture. The schools green-STEAM curriculum suggests its holistic focus across disciplines, as well as on the environment, sustainability and conservation, ideas that have driven the creation of Babcock Ranch from the start. (It is) going to be a complete curriculum and it is going to be an active curriculum, said Dorothy Rea, a BNS board member and associate professor at the FGCU College of Education. Students are going to go out on the Babcock Ranch and actually see protozoa and know what natures all about. The model puts an emphasis on independent thinking, respect for each childs individual learning process, and collaboration over competition. If you were to walk into one of the schools classrooms, you would find different ages of students mixed together. More often than not they would be engaged in projects of their own that incorporate different aspects of STEAM with hands-on activities and virtual labs instead of listening to a teacher lecture. They might be tasked with creating a kinetic sculpture that can move in the wind, for instance. You should see students interactively talking to each other, writing, investigating, (doing) group work, Ms. Rea said. Babcock Ranchs innovations are unique in Florida and the United States, but for students there it will be the norm. My 2-year-old nephew, he knows how to work my iPhone better than I do, Ms. Noe said. Kids are intuitive. They pick up and understand technology at a greater depth I think than we did. The balance of disciplines in STEAM is an update on the popular STEM model, reconfigured to include the too-often underrated arts. Place-based learning is an educational approach rooted in inquiry, Ms. Noe said. Because art is a conduit to explore questions and communicate how we view the world, it makes sense to incorporate the arts with the project-based curriculum and it just fits in a natural way. STEAM is designed to foster creative, critical thinking and problem solving, said Mr. Kenny. We all want critical thinkers, problem solvers. Thats what businesses need. Even our music major or philosophy major can work better in a company if they have critical thinking skills. The blazing fast 1-gig internet speeds being installed at Babcock Ranch will also offer students unique opportunities to utilize technology and a variety of applications. That may include one-to-one computing, in which all students utilize a laptop, tablet or other devices, and a media center that could include a virtual library but thats all speculation at this point, Mr. Kenny said. With that kind of technology and infrastructure, everything is possible. Its not all about computers, either. Theres a time and place face-to-face works better, he said. Youve got to make sure you use the computing and the tool that you have but also understand appropriate use. Its not just an entertainment device but something you can use for learning. He adds, We still think theres a place in the world for books.Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School Mission StatementThe mission of Babcock Neighborhood School is to prepare kindergarten through grade eight students to become independent, creative and compassionate lifelong learners, leaders and problem solvers through an environmentally focused greenSTEAM educational program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics within a thoughtfully prepared holistic learning environment.BNS Governing Board John Gamba president at MassiveU, a Naples-based provider of mobile-first, project-based, social learning solutions to education content providers and learning institutions. Robert Kenny, Ph.D. associate professor and chairman, Department of Leadership, Technology and Research at FGCU. Richard Lewis, Ph.D. chairman of the STEM Team of Southwest Florida and STEM Liaison for the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society, vice regional chairman on the MIT Educational Council, and on STEM advisory organizations for Lee and Collier County public schools. Dorothy Rea, Ph.D. associate professor, FGCU College of Education. Margaret (Amy) Biener area manager, CenturyLink. Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School registrationGo to, click on the school link and fill out a form to request more information and notification when applications are available. BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A15 REAWe all want critical thinkers, problem solvers. Thats what businesses need. Even our music major or philosophy major can work better in a company if they have critical thinking skills. Robert Kenny


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BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A17 DOWNTOWN RISING Construction of the rst buildings and amenities at Founders Square, the towns lakefront downtown, is moving forward on the Table & Tap, Discovery Center and Market Caf. All are scheduled for unveiling during the towns grand opening in February. BRIDGES ARE OUR PASSION.BRIDGE. DESIGN. EXPERTS. B RIDGES ARE OU U R R P P P A A A S S S S S S I I I O O O O O N N N N N We Are Proud To Be Part Of Kitson & Partners City of The Future Bridging Solutions, Designers of the Entrance Bridge For Babcock Ranch. 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!


A18 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCH MEET THE PROFESSIONALSA Q&A with John Broderick, senior vice president of land development for Kitson & Partners JOHN BRODERICK WAS BORN IN NEW JERSEY, one of nine siblings. Because of his fathers job, he and his brothers and sisters grew up in the 1970s and s all over the world, including Libya, North Africa, Colombia, then back to the states in California and then back to New Jersey. His mom, meanwhile had three full-time jobs, he said. Us. Mr. Broderick lives in Fort Myers and has four grown-up sons who live up in the Northeast. Evan Williams What does your job entail? What does your job entail?Although Im involved with the building, a different division handles vertical construction (such as homes). My main focus is on the horizontal, the roadways, doing the environmental mitigation, all of the environmental permitting thats necessary for the property the raw land all the way to a finished product roads bridges working with all the utility providers. What was your path to this business and What was your path to this business and Kitson & Partners? Kitson & Partners? I met Syd Kitson about 23 years ago up in the Princeton, N.J., area. And I was actually hired as a consultant to help them complete a clubhouse at the Cherry Valley Country Club, and thats really where my career started with Syd. Although I was consulting, I hung around for a little while and they eventually hired me. Ive been here directly as an employee about 20 years at this point Ive always liked construction, and I just kind of stuck with it from the time I got in it. We have a joke we say to each other, youre still in this business. Were lifers in construction. Whats an average day for you if there is Whats an average day for you if there is such a thing? such a thing?We get in here like 6 to 6:30 in the morning. We get a lot of work done in the first couple of hours of work so theres minimal or no interruptions. A couple of us come in and kind of plan out the day, highlight where the issues are Try and tackle them for the day. How about today, what are you up to? How about today, what are you up to?I have a new employee starting so Im trying to get his feet on the ground here. Im showing him different exhibits, maps, what hes going to be responsible for. This morning there were a bunch of budget questions being asked so I handled those. Whats it been like working on Babcock Whats it been like working on Babcock Ranch with Kitson over all these years? Ranch with Kitson over all these years?Its been very exciting actually. When we first obtained the property in we honestly thought (construction work would be) starting in 18 to 24 months. And of course the market crashed at that point. It got a little frustrating for a while there and then the markets turned around. Its been extremely satisfying to see from point A to B that we were able to start and actually hold a lot of the vision that Syd and the Babcocks had for the property, building a more sustainable type of community. It proved to be something that maybe my kids will be able to enjoy some day, you know? Itll be there for a long time. Working on such a unique project, what are Working on such a unique project, what are some of the challenges that youve faced? some of the challenges that youve faced?When we initiated Babcock we had a vision of doing a more green, sustainable type of community. In there were people that were talking about those things but no one was actually doing that. People just wouldnt do that. They wouldnt buy 18,000 acres only to develop 8,000. So that alone, preserving most of the property rather than impacting it, that was a challenge in itself. What do you enjoy most about your job? What do you enjoy most about your job?I like it when the improvements are done that you can drive down the boulevard and actually see that weve met the vision of the actual plan. I have a lot of gratitude for that. Do you see it coming up? Do you see it coming up?I believe there is a total of six homes that have started. Its actually a very small piece of whats going to happen. It is coming together and we are seeing nonresidential buildings over in Founders Square. Those are starting to come up. All the pieces are starting to come together. You start having a true appreciation of the scale of what were doing. Whats your life like outside work? Whats your life like outside work?I fish. I fish a lot. I like to go hiking, to take a walk, stuff like that. What was it like growing up all over the What was it like growing up all over the world? Did those experiences stay with you? world? Did those experiences stay with you?I do remember the majority of all of them. Even when we lived in Africa we would travel into Europe quite a bit. I dont know why but I always loved Switzerland the most Even down in Colombia, my father, he would make sure we saw the countryside. We went into the Amazon for a couple of weeks one time. It was just unbelievable when you would come across things. You would see these hand-carved stones out in the forests Unbelievable to actually see with my own eyes. Those are just experiences that never leave you, you know? They take away your breath sometimes some of the stuff you would see.


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State-of-the-art utility plant is almost ready to open BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comThe wells from which Babcock Ranch will draw its water now have power. The filtration and treatment systems have been installed. And the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is set to certify it. Babcocks new, $15.5 million water and sewage treatment plant is scheduled to open near the end of the year, in time to get things flowing before people start to move in to the community in 2017. Were getting to where some parts look like an actual treatment plant, said Mike Acosta, director of utility operations. He adds, You cant see it on Google Earth quite yet. You can see the cleared site. Workers built the plant from scratch starting last November, from the wells that dip into the Sandstone Aquifer to the miles of PVC pipe that will reach to each of the roughly 19,000 residences and businesses in the years to come. It will provide hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh and gray water every day when Babcock opens next year, and millions of gallons when the community is fully built. There are still dozens of bacteriological tests to be done before the system is put into service, Mr. Acosta said. The entire system is built on a 62-acre utility site that includes a 31-acre stormwater pond. The water treatment plant itself is housed in a 40-by-80-foot building and related equipment such as an operations building and water storage tanks that are 85 feet in diameter are all on about 6 acres. There is also an office and a bathroom that includes a shower. Built with Babcocks water conservation and stewardship values in mind, it will align with the most up-to-date building, landscaping and at-home practices that minimize water use. Water will be drawn from the Sandstone Aquifer (a misnomer since it doesnt actually contain sandstone) 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 soften the water. Then its 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. The system is also designed to minimize 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. Used water 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 gray 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. 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. A20 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCH


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A22 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHWilderness Tours to reopen in November under state management BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentThe public will likely have to wait until November to return to Telegraph Swamp and the 73,239 acres of the state-owned Babcock Ranch Preserve. The camouflage-painted swamp buggies are temporarily sidelined until the Florida Forest Service finalizes a contract with a Fort Myers area company to assume operations of the popular eco-tours. In the meantime, it will continue to offer educational visits to schoolchildren, says Duane Weis, manager of the forestrys Myakka River district, which includes the Lee and Charlotte County-straddling preserve. Weve been working on this transition and have prepared for it for a couple of years, Mr. Weis says. This is outside our realm of expertise and we knew we needed to find a vendor who knew what they were doing. We know from input from the public how important these tours are. Theyre a wellknown feature of this area and a pretty popular destination. The tours fit really well with our work in education and conservation. Mr. Weis expects a contract to be finalized by mid-October with the attraction reopening as soon as early November. The top-rated TripAdvisor tours attract anywhere from 18,000 to 25,000 visitors annually, allowing them to experience the working cattle ranch, learn about the lives of early pioneers and explore four distinct ecosystems, including the bald cypress Telegraph Swamp. The tours also include close encounters with juvenile alligators and Osceola, the preserves resident Florida panther. Kitson & Partners has operated Babcock Wilderness Adventures since it purchased the historic 91,000-acre Crescent B. Ranch in 2006 and sold the preserve lands to the state the single largest state conservation land acquisition in Floridas history. The preserve protects regionally important water resources, diverse habitats and historic agricultural and cultural resources. The tours will have a new name but will offer a similar 90-minute experience, journeying through Cracker cattle pastures and herds tended by real-life cowboys, slogging through wetlands and passing the former logging town of Rouville (population 200). We dont anticipate major changes, Mr. Weis says. It might change once the new vendor starts operating and decides to freshen things up.The vendor could also transition into continuing heritage tours at the Cypress Lodge, the Babcock familys home in the heart of the swamp. There are questions of what we can and cant do there and were working with the state fire marshal to find out what upgrades need to be done at the lodge before we can allow public access, says Mr. Weis. In addition to continuing the tours and partnering with private farmers to maintain cattle and agricultural operations, the forest service will expand public access on the preserve. One of the forest services first steps is to introduce horse trails and eventually primitive campsites. We dont have a timeline on when these projects will start but are hoping to start work on the trails this fall, Mr. Weis says. Its very important to integrate more public access into the property. Were stepping very carefully until we get a vendor in place. Its an amazing property. 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. Pennsylvania lumber magnate Edward V. Babcock purchased the property to harvest longleaf pine and cypress. The land eventually became one of the largest cattle ranches in Florida, managing 50,000 head of cattle. 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A24 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHOWN-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 Ranch 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 Co. Inc. 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 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!


FALL 2016 A25to 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 literally. 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, senior vice president construction and development, Kitson & PartnersBill Waddill, senior vice president, Kimley-Horn & Associates Tyler Kitson, Kitson & Partners John A. Hillman, senior vice president sales and marketing, Kitson & PartnersDavid Mercer, project manager, Kitson & Partners Shelley Hobbs shobbs@babcockranchtelegraph Angela Schivinski Mike Hearn mhearn@babcockranchtelegraph.comContact your account executive today to learn more about advertising in the Babcock Ranch Telegraph. 239.333.2135Visit us online at Vol. I, No. 1 FREESPRING 2016 CowboysA look at the Babcock Ranch cowboys who work cows roughly the way its been done for a century. A8 Town makersThe people responsible for the Babcock Ranch vision. A28 LifestyleImmerse yourself in working, learning or playing. A24 N A SUMMER DAY IN 2004, SYD Kitson, Chairman and CEO o f Kitson & Partners, set foot on Babcock Ranch for the first time. Like most first-time visitors, he was immediately taken by the enormity of the place and the magnificence of a tableau that time had somehow forgotten. Yet for all its obvious natural beauty, Babcock Ranch spoke to Kitson in a more visceral way as he traversed the long drive to the propertys secluded Cypress Lodge for a visit with the Babcock family. Maybe the rushes of lush, mysterious forests that intermittently lined the road reminded him of a childhood in small-town New Jersey, where he and his friends spent their days discovering hidden places they would claim as their own. Perhaps the vastness of the pastures recalled the promise of having a blank canvas on which he could create his life when he left home for Wake Forest University and ultimately a career as a lineman in the NFL. Or maybe it was the boldness of nature itself and the hold it exerted on every facet of the Ranch that reminded Kitson of the unmitigated joy he continues to experience during hiking and kayaking adventures that can last weeks at a time Whatever it was, Babcock Ranch spoke to Kitson in a familiar way that day and he listened. Ill never forget the first time I came to Babcock Ranch, said Kitson. Coming down the long drive, all I could see were the cattle, the beautiful landscapes, and the wildlife habitats. All of a sudden, I started to decompress. It was an incredible feeling. We drove to the Cypress Lodge and had a great visit with the family. As we s at on the porch, we were looking at the alligators and the fish jumping and all of the animals coming down to feed. It was just magical. I remember thinking this is a very, very special place. From that moment, I was hopeful Id have an opportunity to do something with this beautiful property. The visit with the Babcocks was propitious, both for the family and for Kitson. In 1914, Edward Babcock, a Pittsburgh lumber magnate and politician, purchased the 91,000-acre Crescent B Ranch from Perry McAdow, the scion of a family that made its fortune in the gold mines of Montana. The renamed Babcock Ranch served as the base for the familys timber business, the most prominent end-users being the diamond mines in South Africa that used the pine-based pitch to ward off termites. By the 1930s, Edwards son Fred was managing the pr operty and became the face of Babcock Ranch. After Fre ds death in 1997, the heirs attempted to sell the prope rty to the state. In 2005, discussions with the state were terminated. At the same time, Syd Kitson and his partners were engaged in conversations that would e xpand their business model. Kitson & Partners success to that point had been built on purchasing distressed properties and re-introducing them in a fresh, appealing way. While the enterprise was successful, the partners knew they wanted something more. I remember talking with my partners and say-Babcock Ranch The building of a new hometownOSEE BABCOCK, A14 IMAGES & RENDERINGS COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH IN THE BEGINNING Ill never forget the first time I came to Babcock Ranch ... It was an incredible feeling. Syd Kitson Syd Kitson BY KEVIN CAFFREYSpecial to Babcock TelegraphAt right: Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. Center: Unspoiled settings of Babcock Ranch. Along the top: Artists renderings of Babcock Ranch. Town mak ers The people responsible for the Babcock Ranch vision. A28 eeks at a time ck Ranch spoke to Kitson and he listened. st time I came to Bab Coming do wn the long e the cattle, the beautiful life habitats. A ll of a sudpress. It was an incredible Cypress Lodge and had a l y. As we s at on the por ch, alligators and the fish jumpals coming down to feed. emember thinking this is a From that moment, I was pportunity to do something operty. Babcocks was prop itious, nd for Kitson. In 1914, ittsbur gh lumber magnat e hased the 91,000-acre CresPerry Mc Adow, the scion of a fortune in the gold mines o f Montana. The renamed Babcock Ranch ser ved as the base for the familys timber busine ss, the mo st prominent end -users being the diamond mines in South Africa that used t he pine-based pitch to ward off termites. By the 1930s, E dwards son Fred was managing the pr operty and became the face of Babco ck Ranch. Af ter Fre ds death in 1997, the heirs att empted to sell the prope rty to the st ate. In 2005, disc ussions with the state were terminated. At the same time, Syd Kitson and his partners were engaged in conversations that would e xpand their business model. Kitson & Partners success to that point had been built on purchasing distressed properties and re-introducing them in a fresh, appealing way While the enterprise was successful, the partners knew they wante d something m ore. I remember talking with m y partners and sayanch ing of a metown g SEE BABCOCK, A14 HE HE N I N I I I I I I N N N N N N N N N N N N N N G N N Syd Kitson 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 unv eiling during the towns grand opening in spring 2017. Were fulfilling residents ne eds 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 NEXT PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 11, 2017ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITYTHE BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH


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A30 FALL 2016 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. COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH Babcock Ranch will continue to raise cattle and grow both turf and watermelons on its own property. 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 Net Positive Coaching LLCWellness Facility & Program BABCOCK RANCH EAT HEALTHIER FOOD ank you for inspiring us all to...


FALL 2016 A31Led 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 sizable 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. Were proud to deliver clean and ecient Natural Gas to the homes and businesses of Babcock Ranch.


A32 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHBabcock Ranch to make power-ful energy statement BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comFor the first time in the United States, a sizable little town that will someday include about 50,000 residents is openly worshipping the sun. Babcock Ranch, where the first homes are now rising. People living, playing and even working together people who are connected and share common threads about caring for the environment, one another and being part of something that is growing and healthy are all elements of the sense of place that frames what Babcock Ranch is all about. But it wont be collected by glass on the tops of their homes or businesses, as it might be in other European or American communities. Instead, Babcock will grow to full size over the next 20 years powered by a solar field laid out right next to town, a field stretched across roughly two-thirds of a square mile, courtesy of Florida Power & Light. On that 440 acres, the first of about 350,000 solar panels to be delivered in thousands of truckloads are arriving as the spring progresses, officials say. When the Babcock Telegraph toured the site recently, the bases and posts that support those panels, and the wires that transfer the suns power to photovoltaic cells and to the grid, were mostly in place. Not only has nothing like it ever happened in the United States, but its unique in the world, too, says Pam Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development for FPL. Theyll be getting some of the cleanest, most affordable power in the United States or the world, she explains. It would take 22,000 rooftop solar installations to equal this, and its the equivalent in carbon reduction of removing 25,000 passenger vehicles from the road each day. Those figures come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she says. At night or during cloudy days, the community will pick up power from the grid power produced by natural gas, another clean power source, Ms. Rauch says. Thats because the 75-megawatt field is connected to the grid itself. The new power poles are up and wired, and any solar power the community doesnt use will be fired back into the lines. Conversely, in low sun events the community can take power out, if needed. Heres what that means. A megawatt of power is measured as a million watts. In terms of use, a megawatt hour is 1,000 kilowatts of electricity used for an hour. In practical terms, a large TV or a desktop computer may use about 250 watts per hour. Dishwashers or washing machines use 2,000 to 3,000 watts. In 2014, the average American home used almost 11,000 kwh, or kilowatt hours but Floridians use less, officials say. (Americans are second behind Canadians for heavy use.) At Babcock, very little of that, if any, will pollute the planet. 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A34 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHStock Development starting models in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch SPECIAL TO BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHNaples-based Stock Development has started construction of five furnished lakefront model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch. Babcock Ranch is a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar-powered town being developed by Kitson & Partners, 20 minutes east of Fort Myers off Florida State Road 31 in Charlotte County. Homes by Towne has also started construction of furnished models in Lake Timber, the first neighborhood to be built at Babcock Ranch. Fox Premier Builders and Florida Lifestyle Homes of Fort Myers is beginning construction of additional models. Completed models are expected to be open for viewing in early 2017. Each of the homes at Babcock Ranch is being built to Florida Green Building Coalition Certification standards. Base-priced from the $500,000s and situated on 70and 80-foot lakefront homesites, Stocks all-new floor plans were designed specifically for Babcock Ranch by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, the same firm that established Babcock Ranchs Craftsman, Farmhouse, Coastal Gulf Vernacular, Spanish and Colonial/West Indies residential architectural styles. Featured in Babcock Ranchs Longleaf Collection of residences, each of the plans includes a covered front porch that allows the home to fully live from front to back while encouraging interaction with neighbors. The Lake Timber neighborhoods lakefront green spaces and pathways, trail head facilities, a dog park, lakeside fishing dock, observation deck, and Babcock Ranchs first town garden will provide opportunities for connecting with nature. The Lake House neighborhood center will include a lakefront pool, barbecue area and playground. Lake Timber is situated a short walk or bike ride from Babcocks Downtown District. Phase I of the Downtown District is under construction and expected to be completed by the end of February. Stock Development has been building homes in communities and neighborhoods throughout Southwest Florida for 15 years, said Stocks vice president of sales and marketing, Claudine Leger-Wetzel. We are looking forward to being part of what Kitson & Partners is doing at Babcock Ranch and to supporting their commitment to environmental sustainability. What has been especially gratifying is how the interior designers of our models have grasped the towns sense of community and connection with nature and incorporated those elements in their designs. The interior of Stocks Crystal model by LDL Interiors Lynn Lombardi for Pizzazz Interiors is grounded in a New Americana design concept that reflects the inviting tenor of Babcock Ranchs architectural designs. Beginning with the swing and rocking chairs on the homes front porch, and extending through an interior replete with rustic Old Florida elements and warm wood flooring, this is a home where neighbors will always be welcomed. Easyto-maintain fabrics and furnishings will contribute to a relaxed lifestyle. The wall color in the living area will be a light grayish blue complemented by whites, blues, and pops of red and green. Plans call for the great room ceiling to be accented with rustic beams. As planned, the study will include a sleeper sofa and built-in corner desk. In addition to the great room and study, the 3,076 square feet floor plan includes an island kitchen with a walk-in pantry, three bedrooms, 3 baths, and a large lakefront outdoor living area with a summer kitchen, pool and spa. Norris Furniture and Interiors licensed interior designer Deborah Chase-Schulte has combined a mix of old and new elements to create an inviting, relaxed interior for Stocks Sebring model. Warm beigey-gray backgrounds throughout the home will be accented with colors that celebrate the outdoors, including citron green, sky blue, and sunset red. Flooring in the common areas will be wood-look plank porcelain tile. Black-and-white photographs taken on the Babcock Ranch property, natural wood furnishings, board and batten wall details, unique elements such as an old Florida style sliding barn door connecting the dining room and kitchen, drop-down and beamed ceiling details, and doors that open the dining room to a covered front porch with rocking chairs will contribute to the homes sense of connection with the outdoors. The outdoor living area will include a rectangular pool and The 3,076-square-foot under air Crystal residence is one of ve furnished models being built by Stock Development at Babcock Ranch, a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar powered town being developed by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County. 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BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A35pavered deck that will draw the eye to serene lake views. The Sebrings 2,676 square feet great room plan includes a formal dining room, island kitchen, three bedrooms, 3 baths, and a large two-car garage. Clive Daniel Homes Rebekah ErrettPikosky and Charlie Hansen have created an ecoluxe interior for Stocks Bartow model. Their organic design style is punctuated by furnishings that convey a contemporary feeling while maintaining the homes relaxed ambiance. An environmentally themed color palette includes fresh greens and grays, creamy base backgrounds, natural wallpapers, and grass cloth wall coverings that play with the living areas light gray hardwood flooring. The lakefront residence offers a 2,822-squarefoot great room plan with an island kitchen, study, three bedrooms, 3 baths, a two-car garage, and an outdoor living area with a pool. Special features presented in the model include a built-in and a dry bar in the dining area that will include a refrigerated beverage center, applied molding details in the powder bath, and bump-outs that create recesses for the windows flanking the great rooms feature wall. Stocks Destin model will present an organic contemporary-style interior that combines clean lines with a mixture of materials, including concrete, wood, glass, and high-gloss finishes on some of the furnishings. Created by Soco Interiors senior designer Meredith Summersgill, the design will feature a color palette with grays, taupes and whites accented with pops of orange. The flooring in the living areas will be 9-inch-by-36-inch wood-look plank tile. Designed to look like Geisha wood, the graytoned flooring will convey a clean, sophisticated feeling. Summersgill has incorporated interesting wall and ceiling details, various fabrics and furnishings with a variety of finishes ranging from the great rooms distressed concrete top side tables with a parson-style stainless steel bases to a petrified wood accent table in the study. The great room, island kitchen and dining space is the heart of the Destins 3,191 square feet floor plan that also includes four bedrooms, 4 baths, a study, three-car garage, and an outdoor living area with a pool and spa overlooking the lake. The two-story Delray model presents streetfacing covered porches on both the first and second floors. The 3,264 square feet floor plan offers an exceptional level of livability and features a variety of gathering places, including a huge great room and dining area that opens to the outdoor living space, a spacious island kitchen, a study, an upstairs bonus room, three bedrooms, 3 baths, and a two-car garage. Megan Ellis, senior designer at Builders Design in Sarasota, has created an interior with a tailored industrial feeling. The design mixes Ralph Laurens signature red and deep navy blue colors with large-scale industrial furniture pieces that play against neutral greige backgrounds and 24-by-24-inch porcelain tile flooring. Visitors and passers-by will be invited to relax on a front porch with a pair of rocking benches with comfortable pillows in a blue palette. A side table between the rocking benches will contribute to the porchs sense of purpose. The outdoor living area overlooking the lake offers another inviting place to relax with family members and neighbors. To learn more about living at the eco-centric, solar powered town being developed by Kitson & Partners at Babcock Ranch, visit 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.


A36 FALL 2016 BABCOCK RANCHDesigning for community at Babcock Ranch SPECIAL TO BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHAs a child, Kitson & Partners chairman and CEO Syd Kitson lived in a New Jersey town of 12,000 people. Like most children who grew up in similar small-town settings, people all over town knew him, knew his buddies and knew his parents. His neighbors looked out for him. Shopkeepers called him by name. His hometown engendered a sense of familiarity, community and the feeling of always being welcomed. Years later, after founding the company that bears his name, Kitson realized his small-town roots could provide a back-to-the-future foundation for the creation of Babcock Ranch, a new town being built by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte and Lee counties that will ultimately include 19,500 homes, nearly 50,000 residents, and 6 million square feet of commercial space. A town means so many different things, Mr. Kitson said. Its a place where you grow up, where you visit, a place with great gathering places. It has a living, breathing feel to it. When I was a kid, we knew every single inch of my hometown. The neighbors knew each other and we took care of each other. Wherever you went, you knew people. It was a town with a personality all its own. And thats what were doing at Babcock Ranch creating a town with its own unique personality. We want it to be very relatable, a place that is more in scale for people, not so much a city, but a town where people can gather and enjoy one another. There is more to Mr. Kitsons vision of Babcock Ranch than nostalgia. In many ways, it is a reflection of how townmaking in the United States evolved in response to the baby boom of the 1950s and crowding in many of the nations urban centers. Nondescript, often hastily planned and designed suburbs were created with seemingly little attention to developing the personality and opportunities for human-to-human connection that are at the core of what Mr. Kitson envisions for Babcock Ranch. After the s and s, America got into urban sprawl, said Al Dougherty, COO Communities Division at Kitson & Partners. People were looking to get out of the urban areas and had an opportunity to buy homes with larger yards that were affordable. Commercial development and shopping centers came up to support that sprawl. It was somewhat reactive, and it wasnt comprehensively thought out. There was no connectivity. We got away from the sense of town and place. Babcock Ranch is bringing people back to that small-town feel, yet it has all of the advantages that large towns offer. Every piece of it feels intimate. Those intimate pieces are connected in a way that creates consistency. And I think people are yearning for intimacy in their lifestyle and where they live. The planning and design of Babcock Ranch has been underway for more than a decade and it continues to evolve even with construction of the towns first residences and phase one of the Downtown District underway. What is apparent is that the town planners have by design created opportunities for people of all ages to interact, to come to know one another, and to experience the life at Babcock Ranch together. Central to the design are the notions that effective townmaking is about creating places to which people will naturally gravitate; developing streetscapes that invite a walkable, bikeable lifestyle; incorporating neighborhood parks that offer children a place to play and neighbors to gather; providing every neighborhood with a trail head the serves as a gateway to the towns 50-mile network of nature trails; COURTESY PHOTOThe Babcock Ranch architectural style is derived from styles found in pre-World War II neighborhoods throughout Southwest Flori da. Deep, open porches characteristic of these regional styles will be positioned tighter to the street and encourage social interaction and connectivity. Take Out Call 239-693-2223 13908 State Road 80 (Across from Riverdale High School) Find Your Location, View Our Menu or Download Our APP at


BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2016 A37 establishing neighborhood gardens for neighbors to share; and creating Founders Square, a lakefront green space that will serve as a venue for community celebrations, concerts, civic events or simply relaxing with friends. The towns architectural styles are equally important to the sense of place Mr. Kitson is creating at Babcock. Taking a bold step, the planners eschewed the residential styles prevalent for the past several decades that emphasize backyard living that by design tends to isolate neighbors from one another. Instead, the Babcock style is derived from styles found in pre-World War II neighborhoods in Fort Myers, Naples and throughout Southwest Florida. Deep, open porches characteristic of these regional styles typically run the length of the front facade and sometimes wrap around one or both sides of the house, giving the homes their characteristic look. These regional design principles are applied to the towns residential architectural styles Craftsman, Farmhouse, Coastal Gulf Vernacular, Spanish and Colonial/West Indies. Grouped around Babcock Ranchs parks and streetscapes, the homes and their porches will be positioned tighter to the street and encourage social interaction and connectivity. The design principals both from a planning and architectural perspective promote connectivity to others, said Mark Jones, principal, Looney Ricks Kiss Architects. You will know your neighbor and you will know the neighbors down the street. Each neighborhood includes central parks and open spaces that are for the neighborhood and not reserved for the backs of homes. Theyre out front and contribute to the community as a whole. It is not going to be a community where you pull into your garage and you shut your garage door and live out at the back of your house. It will be a community where people actually come together. The relationship of the house to the sidewalk helps promote that. It could be subtle. The differences between houses across the street from each other being closer together versus further apart, and the distance from the sidewalk to your front porch. All of those have very subtle implications when you start adjusting those and they all relate to how I connect with you walking down the sidewalk. The parks Mr. Jones referenced are key to Babcocks town and country lifestyle. Whether living in a neighborhood in close proximity to the Downtown District, or living farther removed from downtown on a larger home site, every residence at Babcock Ranch will be within five minutes of a park. The combination of the parks, the trail heads offering access to the network of nature trails, the lakefront green spaces, and the community gardens is designed to provide an everyday connection to nature that can be shared with neighbors. One of the keys was making sure the neighborhoods have park spaces that people can walk to, said Bill Waddill, senior vice president, Kimley-Horn & Associates. We then connected the neighborhoods to the trail system so you can get on your bike or you can run and enjoy other parks in the community and even bike to Founders Square. So creating the park system on a neighborhood scale, on a community regional scale, and then on an urban scale and connecting them all with a trail system I think is a very important fundamental organizing principal to building this town. Communities are about building relationships and relationships transcend a particular segment of the market, said Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch. Its not just about a baby boomer, or a 50-plus, or the millennials. 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