www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com Vol. I, No. 4 FREEWINTER 2017 Meet the prosA Q&A with Axel Kallenborn, Babcock Ranch town ambassador.A6 New appBabcock amps up its tech with new apps. A18 Around Babcock Babcock Neighborhood School groundbreaking. A36-37 ROM ALL OUTWARD APPEARANCES, 2016 WAS A VERY BAD year for celebrities. But it was a very good year for growth and development in the Sunshine State and not because the states population increased by almost 400,000 to about 20.7 million (demographers estimate growth to increase at about 1.8 percent each year for about two decades to come, the fourth most rapid growth rate in the United States).FSEE PROGRESS, A8 BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comAlthough Babcock will grow in phases through the next several years, almost all the major living benefits are up and running now for the first residents.2016: A year ofPROGRESS This 10-year vision materialized in less than 12 months its awe-inspiring just in the sheer volume and quality of the work completed. Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch n n n n t t t t t t t t o o o o o of of of of of f f f o f B B B B B B ab ab ab ab a co co co o co co ck c ck ck ck c c c ck R R R R R R R an an an an a an a ch ch ch ch ch ch h R Ri Ri Ri Ri R c c ck ck k c ck ck ck k S S S S ev e ev er er an an ce ce , pr pr p es es id id en d d en en en n PHOTOS BY ERIC RADDATZ & VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH d ng
A2 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHGas-powered cars will take a back seat at Babcock Ranch BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comAs Babcock Ranch planners look at how people will get around the towns neighborhoods on a daily basis, they are downplaying the role of gas-powered cars, king of American transportation since sprawling suburbs developed after World War II. Instead, they see a new urban world where bicycles and walking, and to some extent ondemand, shared autonomous cars eventually become the transportation of choice, while personal vehicles are reserved for longer trips. Encouraging a walkable, bikeable community is built into the fabric of this development that in overarching ways promotes healthy, active lifestyles and a connection to natural surroundings, said Gary Nelson, senior vice president of planning and development. That includes an interconnected network of bicycle paths on roads and dozens of miles of trails that will link individual neighborhoods within the community to nearby commercial amenities. For instance, an initial few thousand homes are built near a downtown district. Its roughly a quarter-mile walk or ride to access planned developments including a lakeside restaurant and bar, an ice cream/coffee shop, a boutique market and cafe, office space, an elementary school, a fitness center and an outdoor retail store with kayaks, bikes, paddleboards and other rental gear. As more surrounding neighborhoods are built with room for up to 50,000 residents in the years to come theyll be planned with village centers of their own that offer some commercial amenities. Paths and trailheads in each village will offer ways to connect to the larger downtown district. Planners are also considering an app that would help people use the trail and roadway systems together. Eventually some 50 miles of trails will connect the community to outdoor opportunities in the surrounding 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Wilderness Preserve, which will be managed by the state. They are considering a bike-sharing program in which credit cards are used to check out bicycles, and charging stations will encourage electric vehicles, ideas that reflect European modes of transportation, new urbanism, ride-share programs and the latest thinking in transit planning. And some of it is just inspired by the land itself with the preservation areas and the wide open spaces and some of the ranch trails that exist today, Mr. Nelson said. Those are all things well be able to take advantage of in our trail system that we think will be one of our key amenities. Residents and visitors may also in the near future be able to order a self-driving autonomous car to get around Babcock using an app on their phones. Kitson & Partners hasnt finalized plans or chosen a company from which to purchase autonomous cars, but they have looked at several prototypes as examples of the type of vehicle they might use, said Natalee Burns, project coordinator of strategic initiatives. We are still in the process of partnering with a car manufacturer that could develop a shuttle and/or twoto four-person vehicles, she said. Special infrastructure isnt needed to accommodate the latest autonomous cars, said John Broderick, senior vice president of land development. Technology such as proximity sensors allows them to follow the rules of the road on their own. The car is actually realizing everything around it by itself, and I think thats one of the incredible things about it, he said. Babcock may see its first autonomous shuttle when it opens in 2017 with a vehicle that takes six or so passengers from the downtown district to view home models. Its very much a work in progress as the technologies are improving but theyre improving at such a rapid rate were wanting to stay up to speed with them so we can incorporate them sooner rather than later, Mr. Nelson said. PublisherPason Gaddispgaddis@floridaweekly.comEditorJeffrey Culljcull@floridaweekly.comPresentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comContributing WritersLaura Tichy-Smith, Evan Williams, Nanci Theoret, Roger WilliamsPhotographerVandy MajorGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz, Hannah Arnone, Alisa Bowman, Paul Heinrich, Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerMaggie Humphreymaggie@floridaweekly.comAccount ExecutivesAngela Schivinskiangela@floridaweekly.comGail Dingeegdingee@floridaweekly.comMichele Foleymfoley@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. REAL ESTATE Where Real Estate and Legal Knowledge come together. Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A.henlaw.com 239.344.1100Fort Myers Bonita Springs Sanibel Naples* *by appointment onlyProperty development is vital to the continued improvement of our region. Our attorneys help clients take the appropriate turns through a spectrum of complex real estate matters, including: land use and zoning, commercial and residential transactions, banking law, condominium and homeowners association law, and title insurance. Let us help you negotiate the twists and turns of Southwest Florida real estate law.
239.344.8221 Visit us at: FoxPremierBuilders.com PHASE ONE: LIVE NEAR DOWNTOWN SHOPPING, DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS MODEL AT: FOXPREMIERBUILDERS.COM/THE-EDEN at Babcock Ranch Welcome to Timeless Florida Living THE EDEN 4 BEDROOM, 4 BATH 2,483 SQUARE FEET BASE MODEL PRICING STARTS AT $497,900
A4 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH SITE MAP
THE VERY BEST. RIGHT IN YOUR COMMUNITY.Its important to know who to trust with your familys health because you want the very best. Fawcett Memorial Hospital has been serving the community since 1975 and has been recognized as an Americas Top 100 Hospital for the second year in a row by Healthgrades, putting your community hospital in the top 2% in the nation for clinical excellence. We continue to deliver high quality care while ensuring the best patient experience possible. We strive to make each patient encounter an opportunity to heal, with care and compassion and with a dedication to excellence. As always at Fawcett, its our family caring for yours. FawcettHospital.com Fawcett Memorial Hospital
A6 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Best Selection of Oce Furniture! Flooring Come In and Visit Our Showroom! FL MEET THE PROFESSIONALSA Q&A with Axel Kallenborn, Babcock Ranch town ambassadorWhen you call Kitson & Partners for information about Babcock Ranch, the voice youre most likely to hear answering your questions has a lilting German accent. A native of Bonn, Germany, Axel Kallenborn has taken a long journey to come home to Babcock Ranch. Laura Tichy-Smith What is an ambassador to Babcock Ranch? What is an ambassador to Babcock Ranch?Well, an ambassador is usually who is representing a certain country. In that respect, I am representing the Babcock Ranch, so that is what Im doing here. Why does Babcock Ranch need an ambasWhy does Babcock Ranch need an ambassador? sador?That leads to what Im actually doing for the ranch. People are interested in learning anything about the ranch I would be probably the first contact they would have to answer all their questions in regards to the ranch. We do have an information room here where we also have interactive displays, so I could give you an overview and introduction in the form of a presentation about everything what is involved in this kind of development what we are having there. What else does your job as ambassador What else does your job as ambassador entail? entail?The next step would be I take you out onsite and give you a tour there so people could see with their own eyes the progress we are making. To really get a good impression, that is what I would suggest is necessary because if you really want to appreciate the scale of the project, you simply have to go onsite and be out there. We are talking about for the town 18,000 acres, which is more than 28 square miles. However, out of the 18,000 acres, we are only developing half of it 9,000 acres because we are only developing the land which has already been impacted by the ranching business which went on there in these parts. To put that in context, when Kitson & Partners purchased the ranch, which was 91,000 acres, 73,000 acres of it has been disposed to the state of Florida to be kept a preserve in perpetuity. We kept 18,000 acres for the town, of which we are only developing 9,000. When you sum it all up, we are only developing 10 percent of the ranch. Everything else is nature preserve. How did you get involved in How did you get involved in Babcock Ranch? Babcock Ranch?In 2006, I was working for a local bank in Fort Myers in business development, and at one of the chamber meetings at that time, I was present when Syd Kitson was there and told people about the project explained it to them to get word out and to get the support of the public behind what he is doing out here. Right from the beginning, I was intrigued about this and following it. What brought you to the U.S.? What brought you to the U.S.?You hear my accent here Im actually born, raised, educated in Germany. I emigrated to the United States in I was traveling the country extensively because I came once or twice a year on my vacations, and I simply loved it. Regardless where I went, I always visited Florida at least for a few days and fell in love with Florida. What part of this job do you enjoy the What part of this job do you enjoy the most? most?Interaction with the people, absolutely. Everyone is asking different questions. Everybody is emphasizing different aspects of the development. They have one thing in common, and that is their interest in sustainability, environmentfriendly living, clean energy, in moving somewhere which is also part of what were doing out there, which is creating a sense of community, establishing a feeling of hometown pride, reconnecting with nature. Its really interesting how people perceive that and what kinds of questions they are asking. What do you like to do when What do you like to do when youre not at work? youre not at work?I like hiking and I like to work out in a gym environment. I look forward to also moving out to Babcock Ranch I mean, hiking out there is limitless and I want also to add canoeing and kayaking to it. We have a lot of lakes out there. We also have a canal running through the property, so thats something Im looking forward to. Any challenges you have faced working on Any challenges you have faced working on this unique project? this unique project?Very rarely does it happen that someone is not enthusiastic about this project. I really sincerely believe that what were doing out there is developing a blueprint a pioneering blueprint for a self-sustainable, eco-centric, high-tech integrated environment and thats truly inspiring. Its always a fun thing to be part of something bigger, something worthwhile.
NEW HOMES ATBABCOCK RANCH 8 FLOOR PLANS FROM 1,860-3,071 SF Over the last 65 years, weve created a strong foundation built on our commitment to the nest details and the comfortable, modern lifestyles of our homebuyers. We not only build homes, we define lifestyles.941-907-9799 | www.homesbytowne.com
A8 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHInstead, Babcock Ranch has defined a new way to grow, not only for the state but for the country. In 2016, the Babcock notion to couple more robust community living to advanced home and town technologies with significantly less environmental impact escaped the constraints of mere blueprints. In an otherwise tumultuous year, Babcock became, finally, something certain and solid: bricks, mortar and a better future even as more people share it. It happened almost in the blink of an eye out of old cow pastures and scrub. The year rang in with dirt and sweat, and rang out with a full-blown town set to open its doors. Solar power for both residential and commercial inhabitants came online from 400 acres of solar panels; homes built for a green future took shape; shops began to rise in Founders Square, the town center; a new school came under construction and more, all of it in the midst of tens of thousands of acres of wilderness, land that will always remain public. The restaurants and even the school cafeteria will benefit from the fresh produce grown in community gardens, from a wellness program, from a Florida Gulf Coast Universitysponsored education program. While all of that took less visible shape, the more visible aspects of Babcock Ranch now stand out like bright new coins on a road to the future: Homes themselves are ready for their first owners. New lakes and more than five miles of walking, biking and running trails are already in place. The huge solar field where the suns energy is gathered to power an entire city is already running creating the first town in the world to be entirely powered by solar. The ultra-modern wastewater treatment facility and even the roads themselves have been layered neatly into the landscape, complete with curbs and streetlights where no roads had ever existed. This 10-year vision materialized in less than 12 months its almost awe-inspiring just in the sheer volume and quality of the work, says Rick Severance, the president of Syd Kitson & Companys pioneering town. Thats not mere euphemism. It all came online at the same time, by design. Mr. Severance formerly helped put the famous Florida development of Seaside on the map another intensely community oriented town pioneering the notion of life up front, with walking, meeting neighbors, shopping and playing near home all encouraged. Such work is his specialty, he says, acknowledging that in all his other experience serving as president of developing communities, none of them were able to put it all together at once. Other communities, you had to grow into those nuances. Now its great to take all those lessons and layer them into town-making seemingly at once, he explains. Right out of the gate having 5.5 miles of great trails (a runner himself, this matters to Mr. Severance), lakes, fishing and kayaking, paddleboard, drones (for people who like looking into the deep woods at bears, turkeys, deer, alligators and many other species from above, for example), fiber optic, and all of it from day one thats special. Its Kitsons vision. Our capital financers helped make that available from day one. Most folks dont come out of the gate with two or three restaurants, an outfitters store and a K to 8 school. One of the special things that came into view by its evident absence at Babcock in 2016: the town is open to everyone. No gates, no restrictions. People talk about diversity, says Mr. Severance: This town is for everyone. There are no barriers of entry for people who want to experience the town of Babcock Ranch rent a paddleboard, have date night, fish off the pier. You can do all those things and not live in Babcock. Along with Mr. Kitson and the planners of this unique place, Rick Severance also views energy not just as solar but as human, he says. Babcock Ranch is powered by the sun but its energized by you. And you, if you want to ride a bike, buy a home, have a date, have a cold beer you can come from anywhere. And the question is, how do you want to energize this community? The town will ultimately include 19,000 new homes using both state-of-the-art treated water and gray water for public spaces and PROGRESSFrom page 1 Workers are building the downtown district as Bobcocks rst neighborhood, Lake Timber, takes shape.VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK TELEGRAPHBabcock Ranch still has cowboys on the property caring for 1,000 head of cattle. Syd Kitson with the towns new newspaper the Babcock Ranch Telegraph at the grand reveal in April.PHOTOS BY ERIC RADDATZ AND VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH
BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com WINTER 2017 A9gardens; 100 percent solar power for all homes and more than six million square feet of commercial space; autonomous public transportation; fiber optic communications for each home and business; and unparalleled recreational opportunities outside. But in unique fashion and a nod to the history of the place not just in name but in living, agriculture remains part of the town. We still have cowboys on the property and we still manage 1,000 head of cows, says Mr. Severance. We still have a 600-acre sod farm operation (almost a square mile), and leases for farmers who grow watermelons or keep bees, so we have a significant agricultural operation. Although Babcock will grow in phases through the next several years, almost all the major living benefits are up and running now for the first residents, or ready to run in the first phase before spring arrives except for the autonomous shuttle system. That hadnt been planned for the near future anyway, but its going to happen this year. We had so much interest in our autonomous vehicle strategy that you will likely see an autonomous shuttle system before 2017 ends, says Mr. Severance. It will be on a closed loop between Founders Square, the model road, the trail head and back into Founders Square. So public transportation to key living, shopping and playing areas. From infrastructure for the waste-water facility to the excavation of seven lakes, including the 300-acre Lake Babcock and an 80-acre Lake Timber), to the building of roads and bridges and homes, the many-year Syd Kitson vision for a living environment that would accommodate everyone in stateof-the-art style and comfort along with a strong sense of shared community took shape in reality. As 2016 drew down, there were six builders (each with several models) working on-site and two more finalizing plans to start. Prices will appeal to just about anyone, from high-end to working-class. And were even prepared to serve the first cold beer! announces Mr. Severance, noting that the first restaurant to open, the Table & Tap, will operate under the direction of a widely celebrated chef known for turning farm-to-table food philosophy into compelling cuisine. A soft opening followed by a grand opening event will occur this spring, he says. Thats because at Babcock Ranch, at least, 2016 was a very good year. The main entrance to Babcock Range features interesting bridge designs. An artists rendering of Table & Tap, the new restaurant nearing completion in Babcock Ranchs Downtown District. Babcock Ranch of cials broke ground for the new K-8 school that will open in August.Babcock Ranch is powered by the sun but its energized by you. And you, if you want to ride a bike, buy a home, have a date, have a cold beer you can come from anywhere. And the question is, how do you want to energize this community? Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch
A10 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHCastle Harbour Homes to build at Lake Timber BY LAURA TICHY-SMITHBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentIt never hurts to ask. Thats what the management team at Castle Harbour Homes discovered when they inquired about the possibility of joining the exclusive group of builders for Lake Timber, the first neighborhood being built at Babcock Ranch. Ive known about this project since 2010 personally, and I noticed that even back then that everything seemed to be figured out, said Connie Baublis, business development director for Castle Harbour Homes. They already knew who the builders were and the plans were designed and everything, so I thought there was no chance. However, Ms. Baublis said her curiosity about the new town was renewed when she saw an advertisement last summer, so she decided to take a tour. I went in there, and they were so nice and welcoming, so I thought, Maybe there is a chance why not find out? she said. Well, they called me and told me that one of the builders in our category our division had just backed out that day and there was room for another luxury builder in there. I couldnt believe it. Castle Harbours reputation had preceded Ms. Baublis inquiry since a Kitson & Partners staff member had in-laws who lived in a home built by the company. The two companies then entered into the conversation about what it would take for Castle Harbour to become a builder at Babcock Ranch. He already knew how good a builder we are, Ms. Baublis said, so we set up a tour with some of the other folks at Babcock to come out and look at our homes and decide if they wanted to take us in or not. 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 WINTER 2017 A11 John Dennis Miehle, a former field superintendent and project manager with 27 years of combined residential and commercial construction experience in this area, founded Castle Harbour Homes in 2009. The company has won numerous awards for its work in other premier communities, including the Lee BIA Superior Home award in 2013 and 2016. Drawing upon that expertise, the Castle Harbour team has truly embraced the vision intended for Babcock Ranch and created completely new Babcockcentric home designs especially for the development. We pulled it off to make it the ideal vision for Babcock its completely Old Florida, Ms. Baublis said. Were putting in barn doors that slide in front of the study, so inside the house youll go through barn doors. Then weve got saloon doors going from the kitchen to the dining room. Weve got these amazing fireplaces built in with wood shelving and stacked stone. Even the finishes are being selected to take you back in time. Were even going to decorate with antiques from that era. While being designed to evoke memories of a by-gone era, the houses Castle Harbour Homes will build in the Lake Timber neighborhood will be highly efficient. They have been designed to incorporate the standards for Florida Green Building Coalition Certification that Kitson & Partners requires the builders at Babcock Ranch to follow. Ms. Baublis said the biggest task has been to merge the high-quality construction standards that Castle Harbour Homes adheres to with the price range in which homes built at Babcock Ranch are required to sell. To pull all of that together has been a challenge to find good pricing find new vendors that are going to meet these price ranges we must build in but the good news is all these vendors in town want to be a part of this project, so its been working, she said. The owner of Castle Harbor Homes cares about the product that he leaves. I just heard him telling someone that he truly feels like he is leaving part of him on this Earth when he builds a home, and he cares about every nook and cranny when he builds a home, so the quality is tremendous. Kimley-Horn Ad_outline fonts.ai 1 3/29/2016 3:38:23 PM 1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FLfishville.com1 800.639.0020
THE PERFECT DESIGN IS DISTINCTLY YOU! HUNDREDS OF TOP FURNITURE BRANDS COMPLIMENTARY INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES CUSTOM FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES DistinctlyNorris.com FORT MYERS239.690.9844SANIBEL239.579.0412NAPLES239.263.0580 SARASOTA941.556.0501Feel perfectly at home with Norris. Exclusively at Norris Serving Southwest Florida for 35 years, Norris Furniture & Interiors is known for providing an excellent selection of high quality brand name furniture at a great value. Make your new Babcock Ranch home distinctly you with our award-winning, complimentary interior design services by our talented design team. You can expect a warm reception from the moment you enter our showroom and our exceptional customer service culminates with our red carpet, white glove delivery service. Many of our clients hail from your hometown so ask your neighbors about the Norris service they have enjoyed. Let us assist you with your transition to a new Florida lifestyle complete with the feeling and energy youve been looking for. You wont be disappointed! Contact us today and let us begin the journey with you. Exclusively at Norris
BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com WINTER 2017 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 RENDERING 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 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH BABCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL A Q&A with Christy Noe, Ph.D., president and CEO of Collaborative Educational NetworkKitson & Partners hired Christy Noe as a consultant to lead the development of Babcock Neighborhood School from the ground up. Ms. Noes career in education has spanned 20 years, including as a teacher and principal of charter schools in Florida. She answered questions about the schools unique place-based, green-STEAM curriculum and what students will be up to when the doors open in August 2017. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Enrollment is now open to all K-8 school children in Charlotte and Lee counties. Builders broke ground on the tuition-free, public charter school in December. Next fall, students will walk through the doors for the first time. What is BNSs curriculum and why is it unique? One of the big things that makes Babcock Neighborhood School unique is the fact that it is located in Babcock Ranch; and having a school thats being built at the same time that a new town is being built is pretty special. Its a green-STEAM, project-based or place-based educational program. And so what that means is, it sort of blends all of the subject matters together through projects that the students are doing. And the place-based approach, theyre located at Babcock Ranch, so learning based on where the students are physically located and weaving pieces of curriculum and other subject matter around a project. There are a lot of STEAM schools around the country but none of them are located in a place like Babcock Ranch where students can experience first-hand how the solar power is working in their school. None of the students in other STEAM programs can experience first hand being able to go out in Babcock Ranch whenever they want basically. Thats kind of their outdoor classroom. They dont have to go on a field trip, theyre already there. What types of classes will students take? Theyll take the regular classes that all students take. So if youve got a 2nd grader theyre going to have all the standards that any other 2nd grader will get in Charlotte County, but the way that its taught is totally different. While typical 2nd graders, they do worksheets or have a lesson where they learn about the weather, this approach is place-based and inquiry-based, where the students are going to look at understanding the weather and how it impacts their lights at the school. How will students use technology in and outside the classroom? Its just another tool for them in the toolbox of things theyre going to do. So, (for example), understanding a computer and how to design business cards. Building the chocolate mold (for a project in which students develop a chocolate bar company) may be something they use a 3-D printer for. Its just them figuring out how they can use all this technology thats available to deepen their understanding of the problems theyre trying to solve. What extracurricular or after-school activities will students be involved in? Were kind of leaving it open. Were establishing different partnerships with community folks around there (including to teach students how to fly drones or to keep bees). We really want it to be kid driven, to do a survey with them and give them some options of people who have reached out to us and said theyd be interested in parting with you or the school. What will students eat for lunch? Were not actually going to participate in the (public) school lunch program. Babcock has chosen to use its restaurant there. So its going to be a very healthy farm to table, actually breakfast and lunch theyll have access to and if we have students on free and reduced lunch were subsidizing those meals through the foundation or collecting a little extra money for kids who are buying the boxed lunches. What are you looking for in your search for a principal? This is a new school so it takes some kind of unique qualities for a principal. We want the principal to help guide the development of the curriculum. Theyre going to do a lot of planning for professional development. This principal will play an active role with the BNS governing board with providing them information helping with some policy development, also serving as a liaison with the Charlotte County school district. We just posted the position and right now weve got four candidates who have applied. What are plans for the school or other schools at Babcock Ranch in the future? They want to continue having charter schools. I think that Kitson & Partners have made a commitment and dedicated land for the school facilities to be built. I think the vision for the next seven to 10 years would have two K-8 schools to hold about 600 students and then each of those will feed into one larger high school. The 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, projectbased, 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 www.babcockneighborhoodschool.org, to apply and/or request additional information. IMAGES & RENDERINGS COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School information
ALL TOWNS ARENT CREATED EQUAL.Sure, every town has its beautiful park or its lake view. Its grand home or its city hall. But the truth is most towns arent created at all. But this one is. Babcock Ranch is an entirely new kind of town. One where the streets are planned but the wilderness isnt. Where energy comes from the oldest source in the world and powers the very newest technology. Where luxurious amenities come at an unluxurious price. T his is a town where the frontier meets the front porch in a way thats never been seen before.Broker participation welcomed. Prices, plans, and specications subject to change without notice. Oral representation cannot be relied upon as correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct representations, reference should be made to the do cuments required by Section 718.503, F lorida Statutes, to be furnished by a developer to a buyer or lessee. Not an oering where prohibited by state law. A better lifeBABCOCKRANCH.COM
BABCOCK RANCH WINTER 2017 A17 BRIDGES ARE OUR PASSION.BRIDGE. DESIGN. EXPERTS. www.bridging-solutions.com 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. ERIC RADDATZ / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH The first new homes in the Lake Timber neighborhood are expected to be completed in February. 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 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH BABCOCK TECHNOLOGYBabcock Ranch amps up its tech with new Apps BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentWant to know the name of that unusual tree along the Sunset Trail? Theres an app for that. Need to make reservations on the patio at Table & Tap? Theres an app for that, too. Trying to find your dream home or news at Babcock Ranch? You got it; there are apps for that. Babcock Ranch has unveiled two new smartphone apps tailored to the town and all it has to offer from the latest news and community events to home sales and hiking trails. Just download the Babcock Telegraph and Babcock Ranch town app and everything you need to know and want to do is right at your fingertips. The Telegraph app allows users to scroll through business, entertainment and town news while the town app provides an immersive experience that will continue to evolve as users share information, said John Hillman, vice president of sales and marketing for Kitson & Partners which is developing the innovative Florida town. Its a guide to all things Babcock he said. It has maps, events, a list of activities people can do, a look at downtown life and provides real estate offerings so people can understand what Babcock Ranch is all about. Its like the town is on demand. The town app is designed to create timesaving experiences and provide a know-it-all now understanding for Babcock Ranch residents and visitors. Its a logical step for a town driven by technology, solar energy, autonomous transportation, big ideas and dedicated to sharing those experiences with the public. Babcock Ranch is going to have the most amazing technology, said Mr. Hillman. We think of this as the tip of the iceberg. Whats really compelling about Babcock is its underbelly of fiber technology. It will have the greatest bandwidth on the planet. Youll never see a spiral saying the video is buffering. You can literally download and send 1,000 photos in three seconds. Its crazy fast. The baseline version of the app will include a guidance system for the towns hiking and biking trails, a platform for making reservations at the Trails End restaurant or Table & Tap biergarten as well as background about the town planning process and how front porches, parks and farmers markets foster community camaraderie. Users can tell their phones intelligent assistant to have sidewalk cruisers delivered from the Discovery Center to their homes. The app is only a shadow of its future self. As it evolves, it will provide a fully immersive experience allowing users to virtually explore the Founders Square downtown area, park and lakefront in three dimensions. Geosensing and beacon technology will identify specific stops along trails, answer questions about flora and fauna, and allow the public to share their experiences. Over time elements will become more detailed, Mr. Hillman said. You can walk along Sunset Trail around Sunset Park and youll know how the lake got there. Youll take a picture of a tree, find out what type of tree it is and make a sticky to share the experience. Theres a platform to share it on the app and on our Facebook page. Babcock is a public town and we want people to feel welcome and share with others what they enjoy about coming here. And part of Babcocks engagement will be the polar opposite of technology: Nature and a communal experience. The idea is for people to know that technology is out there, it works and at Babcock its only limited by the imagination, said Mr. Hillman. But its not in your face. t f o c e g en op a n k n h t t f o
239.592.7503 caffreyphotographicart.comphotographic art from worldwide settings featured in galleries nationally and internationally canvas, archival paper, aluminum, plexiglas tenderness strength
A20 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHLetting the sunshine in: Babcock Ranch solar field powers up BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentThe sun shines bright on the worlds first solar town, where Florida Power & Light has flicked the on switch to power up Babcock Ranchs water and sewage treatment plant, businesses in Founders Square and the first model homes. The $300 million FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center is now online, ushering in a new era that aslo establishes Babcock Ranch as the worlds first new town where energy production supplied by Floridas ample sun exceeds totally energy consumption from day one. The 443-acre solar field, located on what was once dusty agricultural land, is now harnessing the suns energy and during the next 20 to 25 years will meet the demands of 19,500 homes and 50,000 residents. The solar energy center is designed to grow with the town and will eventually expand to 350,000 solar panels capturing the suns power and transferring it to photovoltaic cells and the electric grid. It will also power 6 million square feet of commercial space and public amenities and negates the need for individual solar panels on homes. It would take 22,000 rooftop solar installations to equal this, said Pam Rauch, vice president of external affairs and economic development for FPL. Its the equivalent in carbon reduction of removing 25,000 passenger vehicles from the road each day. Babcock Ranchs solar field marks a first in the United States and the world. Ms. Rauch said the towns energy is the cleanest and most affordable nationally and internationally, and will produce 74.5 megawatts of energy enough for the town and surrounding communities. The town will produce more energy than it could ever consume, said Lisa Hall, a spokesperson for Babcock Ranch. Babcock Ranch will have a net zero imprint. The timing was right at Babcock Ranch. While solar power is not as competitive pricewise as other energy sources, its efficiency has increased, Ms. Hall noted. During sunless days, the town will rely on energy from the grid, fueled by natural gas, another clean power source, Ms. Rauch says. Although residents of Babcock Ranch will pay the same rate per kilowatt as other FPL customers, theyll realize substantially lower electric bills because of the green building standards and energy efficiency mandated for all homes and the town itself. In its commitment to environmental stewardship and energy conservation, developer Kitson & Partners has employed cutting-edge technology throughout the 17,000-acre community and created the highest standards of environmental stewardship and energy conservation. The lakefront park at Founders Square will also offer sculptural solar trees functional art with charging stations for visitors and residents to power up cellphones, laptops and other devices. In addition to the solar field and using salination ponds to store energy, Babcock Ranchs new water treatment plant uses nanofiltration technology to purify drinking water. Were doing the type of things others are interested in learning from and taking to the next level, Ms. Hall said. Thats the kind of business and industry we hope to attract to Babcock Ranch and its living laboratories. They can try out new technology here and develop it here. VANDY MAJOR PHOTOGRAPHYBabcock Ranchs solar field marks a first in the United States and the world.
ONE closing. ONE rate. ONE loan.FloridaCommunityBank.com/Mortgage your home, sweet home! Florida Based. Florida Focused. Youre a business professional who has succeeded by doing things your way. You built a successful career, and now you want to build your own home, or renovate your current one. FCB can help you do it your way. An lets you build and ONE loan, ONE closing, and ONE rate! maximum term of up to 30 years 3/1, 5/1, 7/1, 10/1, and 15/1 adjus t able-rate mortgage (ARM) NO rate risk rate locked up front NO ma ximum loan amount A single set of closing cos ts 80% L TV /TLTV/HTLTV on loans up to $1.5MM 75% LTV/TLTV/HTLTV on loans from $1.5MM $2MM 70% LTV/TLTV/HTLTV on loans from $2MM $2.5MM 60% LTV/TLTV/HTLTV on loans over $2.5MM 80% LTV /TLTV/HTLTV on loans from $1.5MM $2MM 75% LTV/TLTV/HTLTV on loans from $2MM $2.5MM 65% LTV/TLTV/HTLTV on loans over $2.5MM or visit FloridaCommunityBank.com. Mortgages:Construction to Permanent Loan Program All Credit applications are subject to various credit and underwriting guidelines and approval. Program, rates and conditions may vary and are subject to change without notice. NMLS #486539 2526 0815 Immokalee1400 N. 15th St. Immokalee, FL 34142 (239) 657-3171 Naples (Moorings)2400 N. Tamiami Trail, #100 Naples, FL 34103 (239) 552-1840 Naples (Vanderbilt)2325 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Naples, FL 34109 (239) 552-1820 Bonita Springs3360 Bonita Beach Rd. Bonita Springs, FL 34134 (239) 552-1700Cape Coral (North)205 Del Prado Blvd. S. Cape Coral, FL 33990 239) 242-2130Fort Myers7900 Summerlin Lakes Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 437-0025Lehigh Acres1261 Homestead Rd. N. Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 (239) 369-5811 Lee County Collier County 7900 Summerlin Lakes Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 NMLS# 732738
A22 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHBabcock Ranchs first store to facilitate outdoor adventures BY LAURA TICHY-SMITHBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentMost places would have been content to open a gift shop, but embodying the towns themes of healthy lifestyles and reconnecting with nature, the first retail store that Kitson & Partners will open at Babcock Ranch will be Curry Creek Outfitters. Named for a canal on the ranch, the outdoor gear outfitters will open this spring in Woodlea Hall in downtown Babcock Ranch. Why we opted for an outfitters instead of a gift shop is that nature and the environment is a huge part of the Babcock Ranch story, and we just wanted to make sure that we promoted the outdoors and made it accessible for everyone, said Natalee Burns, project coordinator of strategic initiatives for the new town. We thought that was more important than having a gift shop just offering Babcock Ranch T-shirts. While items bearing the Babcock Ranch logo will be available at the outfitters, the store will focus on providing the gear that residents and visitors can use to explore the property. Ms. Burns said the store will sell and rent equipment and items related to hiking, biking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, row boating and fishing. Curry Creek Outfitters and the outdoor recreational opportunities at Babcock Ranch will be open to the public. The town is not a gated community, although amenity facilities, such as neighborhood lake houses, will be for residents only. It will be similar to traditional outfitters stores where we will have a lot of different types of gear, like clothes you can wear hiking, fishing shirts and a lot of hats, she said. Well have sundry items like sunscreen and bug spray as well as blankets and folding chairs because well have a lot of events in Founders Square. The outfitters will be just off Founders Square, so if you wanted a chair or blanket at an event, you can come over and purchase one. The outfitters will have a bicycle mechanic onsite to perform maintenance and repairs, and the store will rent fat-tire bikes for riding the ranchs off-road trails. The store will also offer childrens bicycle rentals so that family members visiting Babcock Ranch residents can rent bikes for their youngsters. Because the town already has a contract with Zagster Bike Share to provide street bicycles for adults, the outfitters will not need to carry those on-road commuting bikes. We have a lot of our first trails Sunset Park is a three-mile loop and it wont be paved, so we wanted to look into (fat-tire) bikes that could ride on a lot of different types of terrain, Ms. Burns said. Another trail was created years ago, when Curry Creek Canal was dredged while the property was still owned by the Babcock family. Whats really cool about it is all the spoils from digging it they just put on the side of the canal, so it made its own little trail, Ms. Burns said. One of the things we plan on VANDY MAJOR PHOTOGRAPHYConstruction is progressing quickly in Babcock Ranchs Downtown District. At Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford WE GO GREEN! INCREDIBLE! 26 Years of Sales and Service You Can Trust!Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford U.S. 41, 3156 TAMIAMI TRAIL, PORT CHARLOTTEToll Free: 1-888-313-9652941-625-6141 QUICK LANE: 941-625-1844 Shop 24/7 www.charlottecountyford.com U T Q 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. EcoBoostAVAILABLE ON:CARS CROS SOVERS & SUVS TRUCKS HYBRIDAVAILABLE ON: PLUG-IN HYBRIDAVAILABLE ON: ALL-ELECTRICAVAILABLE ON: The cushions and head restraints in the Escape use a bio-based polyurethane foam derived from the oils of various plant seeds such as soybeans. More than 10 lbs. of scrap cotton from jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and other items material that otherwise would be sent to a landll is used in sound-absorption material. The carpet in all models is manufactured from a blend of postconsumer and postindustrial polyester bers, which reduces the need for new raw materials and helps eliminate waste. The postconsumer bers are derived from recycled plastic bottles. In total, about 25 recycled 20-ounce bottles are in the carpeting. EV Charging Station on Site!
BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com WINTER 2017 A23 usa.skanska.com Sustainable building is more than checking boxes.Its connecting communities in new ways. Its creating ef cient, resilient spaces where people can live, work and create. Babcock Ranch, Charlotte County, FLIts building what matters for people, places and the environment. doing in our first phase is taking that existing trail well have to do boardwalks in places and have that as a trail. In addition to its location downtown where even fishing poles will be available to rent, the outfitters will also have a kayak launch and storage shed at Lake Babcock, the largest lake on the property, offering the kayak, paddleboard and row boat rentals at lakeside. Eventually, the outfitters may even feature an electric pontoon boat on the lake offering sunset cruises. While kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are both popular sports in Southwest Florida, Ms. Burns said the rowboat rentals may evoke memories of another place for some residents. We were inspired by New York and Central Park where they have the rental rowboats there, she said. You see people out in those rowboats.
A24 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHBabcocks water and sewage treatment plant up and running: Technology breaks new ground at Babcock Ranch Mike Acosta, director of utility operations for Babcock Range, has the towns new $15.5 million water and sewage treatment plant up and operating on solar power.Water by the NumbersWater treatmentNow3,200 square feet 250,000 gallon of water daily Six 8-inch nano-membranes contained in 20-foot tubes 105 psi feed pressure 5 total miles of pipeline: 3 miles from plant to first neighborhoods 2 miles from well to plant At build-out (20 to 25 years) 63 acre dedicated utility campus 6 million gallons of water daily 5 planned incremental expansions 100s of miles of pipe to 19,000 homes plus businessesWaste waterNow200,000 gallons treated daily to 25 years) Equipment: 2 miles of forced main 2 lift stationsAt Build-out4.5 million gallon capacity 50 to 60 lift stations Congratulations to the New City of Babcock Ranch! 26 Years of Sales and Service You Can Trust!Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford U.S. 41, 3156 TAMIAMI TRAIL, PORT CHARLOTTEToll Free: 1-888-313-9652941-625-6141 QUICK LANE: 941-625-1844 Shop 24/7 www.charlottecountyford.com 2 2 2 2 2017 FORD FOCUS 2017 FORD FUSION 2017 FORD MUSTANG 2017 FORD FLEX ORD TAUR 2017 FORD F-150 2017 FORD EXPLORER 2017 FORD EDGE 2017 FORD ESCAPE2017 FORD EXPEDITION 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 2017 Models! Incredible! C C C C to see why Don Gasgarth Charlotte County Ford is the best place to Buy or Service a New Ford Babcock Ranch Babcock R B c co o c ck Ra c c h ch! ! Y C T t O O R R D T A A T U U R R 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 7 F O R R D D E E S S C C A A P P E h h h oi oi oi ce d d d d d d d 2 201 201 0-2 02 016 016 BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentAt Babcock Ranch, director of utility operations Mike Acosta was presented with the rare opportunity to design the ultimate stateof-the-art water and sewage treatment plant from the ground up. In an earlier life he was retrofitting existing plants or correcting others mistakes. The towns $15.5 million water and sewage treatment plant is now operational running on solar power and able to deliver 250,000 gallons of drinking water daily to the first neighborhoods and businesses in Founders Square, Babcock Ranchs lakefront downtown. The water treatment plant was approved by the Department of Environmental Protection in mid-December and the water started flowing with minimal fanfare but a lot of testing. Were sending potable water out the door, said Mr. Acosta who has been working on the Babcock project for a good portion of the last nine years. Were up and running and working out any bugs. Although its not something the towns future 50,000 residents are bound to talk about around the dinner table, the water and sewage technology used at Babcock Ranch represents the newest generation of equipment and design to supply drinking water and convert waste water into reclaimed water. Its technology with an emphasis on the environmental stewardship the new town was founded on, technology that will recapture at least 90 percent of the water that literally goes down the drain at 19,000 homes and businesses. On the water treatment side, raw water is drawn from the 110-foot deep, highly productive and reliable Sandstone Aquifer and contained in two water wells before it makes the two-mile journey to the plant. There its forced through six nanofiltration membranes which work on the microscopic level to produce fresh water. As an added benefit the membranes remove calcium and soften the water. Within the waste water facility, which was certified in January, a mix of chemistry and biology mastery converts the reclaimed water. Water is treated and stored in an old112-acre mining lake with an average depth of 30 feet. Bacteria and other microorganisms, or bugs as Mr. Acosta calls them, are introduced in the lake to break down organic material.
BABCOCK RANCH WINTER 2017 A25 You can place a jar of reclaimed water next to glass of treated water and there is no difference, he said. Ive heard the term gray water used, but to a utility guy like me, I think of water from showers, washing machines and dishwashers that does not get treated. We treat every gallon of waste water discharged into the lake. That lake water is used for irrigation throughout the 17,000-acre town. Because were not using potable water for irrigation, we estimate well get 90 percent back. It might be higher, said Mr. Acosta. Helping reduce water use and waste water are Babcock mandates for WaterSense appliances, toilets and fixtures the gold standard of water conservation. The initial phase of the sewer treatment plant handles 200,000 gallons of waste water daily. Designed in five incremental phases to grow with the town, the facility will eventually hit capacity at 6 million gallons of drinking water a day and treat 4.5 million gallons of waste water daily some 20 to 25 years down the line. Were not talking about a ginormous area because more than half of the town will remain as greenways and undeveloped, Mr. Acosta said. Were also lucky to be surrounded by Babcock Ranch Preserve so theres not a lot of demand on the aquifer. The towns utilities, including the new water and sewage treatment plant, sit on a 63-acre site near the FPL solar grid. Were literally FPLs first customer, said Mr. Acosta, noting diesel-power back-up generators can operate three to five days should it lose electrical power. Measuring 3,200 square feet, the plant itself is not much larger than some homes. The plant is staffed by Mr. Acosta, an operations manager and part-time employees who monitor water quality and the output of computers running most of the operations. The upstart of Babcocks water and sewer treatment plant marks a milestone for the town and in Mr. Acostas career.Dozens of plants and expansions have used nanofiltration but one of the reasons I came here nine years ago was the opportunity to build something done right from the beginning, he said. We put in place from the beginning the tightest conservation methods. There is nothing tighter than WaterSense. During our first year the challenge will not so much be about making good water but keeping the water good on the waste water side. We have to have a certain number of flushing toilets to keep the bugs happy and alive. This is something that hasnt been done before. Catering! FROM HOT DOGS TO WHOLE HOGS WEVE GOT YOU COVERED!Catering Available For Any Size Event! Call Danielle at (239) 209-0940 We have Pick-Up, Delivery and Full Catering Staff Services Available! Take Out Call 239-693-2223 13908 State Road 80 (Across from Riverdale High School) g g Find Your Location, View Our Menu or Download Our APP at ribcity.com Nurturing stewardship, leadership & compassion Now accepting grade K-8 applications for 2017-2018 school yearVisit babcockneighborhoodschool.org or call 941-235-6900 OPENING FALL 2017 BABCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL Student-centered education built on active learning, collaboration, and community
ALSO LOCATED IN Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando State Certi ed #SCC131151356www.MYShowerDoor.comNAPLES239.596.3255 FORT MYERS239.337.3667 Frameless Shower Doors At An Affordable Price! AWARD WINNINGINC Magazine ,000 Fastest Growing Businesses in the United States 2015 AND 2016$55 OFF OR FREERemovalwith a Frameless Shower Door Installation Must Present Ad At Time Of Quote. Not Valid With Any Other Offers. Expires 10/31/16. Want to Grow With Us? -Now Open-
BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com WINTER 2017 A27 If values arent shared, they arent lived.For more than 90 years, BB&T Insurance Services has never taken a relationship for granted. We set out to earn your business each and every day. Our strong value system helps us determine what is right and reasonable. And to remain focused on doing whats in the best interests of the clients and communities we service. Discover the value a values driven agency can offer for you. Insurance.BBT.comFORT MYERS 13515 Bell Tower Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 (239) 433-4535 2016 Branch Banking and Trust Company. BB& T OSWALD TRIPPE AND COMPANYNAPLES 889 111th Ave N, Suite 201 Naples, FL 34108 (239) 261-0428 CAPE CORAL 4707 SE 9th Place, Suite 102 Cape Coral, FL 33904 (239) 77 2-5400 Trail 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 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.
A28 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH BABCOCK EC0 T0URSGet ready to rumble: Babcock Ranch Preserve Eco Tours return BY NANCI THEORETBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentVisitors are once again discovering the unique ecosystems, the historic working ranch operation and the landmark Telegraph Swamp throughout the 67,618-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve. The Florida Forest Service awarded its management contract of the preserve and eco tours to Tarpon Blue Resources and Land Management, which lists partners in Fort Myers, according to Duane Weis, manager of the services Myakka River district. Tarpon Blue restarted the Babcock Ranch Eco Tours in November and is also overseeing the preserves day-to-day operations, he said. The tours, TripAdvisors top-ranked Punta Gorda attraction and a popular destination for generations of Florida visitors, residents and their guests, provide a look into the past of the sprawling Crescent B. Ranch aboard windowless camouflage-painted school buses, aka swamp buggies. The 90-minute narrated excursions include a rumble on the wild side through pinewood forests and the 10,000-acre swamp and visual reminders of the propertys past, including the little logging town of Rouville (population 200) and outposts for cowboys working the ranchs 50,000 head of Cracker cattle. We didnt have any specific requirements other than we did not want to see the tour go away, Mr. Weis said. That was one of our biggest concerns during the transition from the state to a vendor. The tours are an important asset for our community. People have been going out there for years. The tours offer a history of Crescent B. Ranch and former owner Edward V. Babcock, a Pennsylvania businessman and lumber magnate who saw promise in the propertys long leaf pines and cypress. Mr. Babcock later raised cattle and leased fields to local farmers. As preserve guests learn, theres still a working ranch and 15,000 cattle in 95 pastures tended to by Cracker cowboys and Cracker dogs in much the same way as they were in Mr. Babcocks time. A trip through the preserve offers a far-from-the-beach mystique as swamp buggies chug across cattle pastures and dry prairies, venture through untamed forests and wetlands and plunge into the swamp, named for the telegraph line connecting Punta Rassa near Sanibel Island to Cuba and back to Washington in the late 1800s. Each tour is different, depending on the season and the fickleness of Floridas wildlife. Gator sightings are almost a given, so too is a rare Florida panther. A large pen at the end of the swamp boardwalk houses the majestic cat, Osceola, given to the state by a private owner in 2014. The preserve is home to 13 endangered or threatened species, including the Florida black bear, panthers other than Osceola, the eastern indigo snake and Florida burrowing owl, and plays a major role in the conservation corridor from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee. The wilderness adventure tours had been operated by Kitson & Partners under a 10-year contract that expired last June. Mr. Weis said it took several months to finalize preserve management details with Tarpon Blue. The company is local and has prior experience, he said, noting partner Arnie Sarlo has previously managed Babcock Ranch. The Florida Forest Service is still responsible for public access and recreation on the preserve, but Tarpon Blue will manage the tour and the day-to-day operations. The tours attract 18,000 to 25,000 visitors annually. Tarpon Blue has also reopened the gift shop within the village of small rustic wood buildings that include a museum and serpent display near the main guest parking lot. The IMAGES COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCHTarpon Blue, the new manager of the Babcock Ranch Preserve, has restarted the Babcock Ranch Eco Tours that highlight the preser ves unique ecosystems, the historic working ranch operation and the landmark Telegraph Swamp. Surprises abound on the Eco Tour. The working ranch maintains a herd of 1,000 cows. Call Denise Henry 941-628-0856 Awarded by RE/MAX International: #1 RE/MAX Office in FloridaOnly one real estate company can be #1. Nobody Sells More Real Estate.I look forward to watching you grow. Bboc Ranch!SERVICING PUNTA GORDA, PORT CHARLOTTE, ENGLEWOOD & NORTH PORT 2 201 201 0-2 02 016 016 Welcomedhenry40@comcast.netwww.dhenry.remaxagent.comPnt Gogeous!Welcome toThis is an exciting, innovative community that I am proud to welcome to SW Florida. Promoting good stewardship to our pristine environment is vital for future generations. RE/MAX Anchor is proud to announce RE/MAX Hall of Fame 2016 to Denise Henry RE Denise HenryRealtor | Broker Associate
BABCOCK RANCH WINTER 2017 A29 3441 Colonial Boulevard, Suite 7, Fort Myers, FL 33966 Your Insurance Just Got Easier CALL US TODAY! 239-936-0108 Business Liability HOME or AUTO INSURANCE Buying a Home or Relocating to Florida? Be Prepared for the Future! Telegraph Swamps runs through the Babcock Ranch Preserve.management company was still working out final licensing for the onsite seasonally opened restaurant, Mr. Weis said. A website and additional information is still pending, however, tours can be booked by calling 1-800-500-5583. SOLAR ENERGY BENEFITS US ALLProud to live in a community that supports sustainable energy and protects our natural lands, water and wildlife for future generations. TimothyJBlanton@yahoo.com239.246.8952TimBlantonREALTORwww.TopProducerTim.comMILLION DOLLAR PRODUCER
A30 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Net Positive Coaching LLCWellness Facility & Program Specialists646email@example.comBABCOCK RANCHProtect Our Planetank you for inspiring us all to... Babcock 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-squarefoot homes (by Fox Premier Builders) theyre 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. Sandra Adomatis
WINTER 2017 A31From the Florida Green Building Coalition website (www. Floridagreenbuilding.org): 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. 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. Were proud to deliver clean and ecient Natural Gas to the homes and businesses of Babcock Ranch. peoplesgas.com
A32 WINTER 2017 BABCOCK RANCH You are one email closer to a solution! for a Complex World EnvironmentalSOLUTIONSOur recognized experts help our clients reach their goals by assisting them in navigating through complex environmental regulations at all levels of government. www.wsourcegroup.comWSource Group LLC 310 West College Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301888.597.6872Contact us at: Mark Thomasson, P.E. Vice PresidentMpt@wsourcegroup.comEd Steinmeyer General CounselEas@wsourcegroup.comJeff Littlejohn, P.E. President Jml@wsourcegroup.comJosh M. Adams GIS AnalystJadams@wsourcegroup.comJorge Caspary, P.G Vice PresidentJrd@wsourcegroup.com ERIC RADDATZ / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHFounders Square: The first two buildings in the downtown district, Table & Tap and Woodlea Hall, will open this spring. PROGRESS UPDATE Bigger choices of better food for all occasions. Order online at jasonsdeli.comSarasota Port Charlotte Fort Myers Cape Coral Naples 941-258-3400 941-639-ACME www.acmebicycleshop.com Acme Bicycle Wants To Be Your Bicycle shop Truly Americas Best Bike Shop! S EE Y OU SOO N Crosstrails Center 639-ACME (2263) Acme BICYCLE SHOPS LLC
WE CAN ASSIST YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY: Complete Design Services Floor Planning Color Specification Accessorization Remodeling Furniture Selection Custom Upholstery Textiles & Trims Rugs & Flooring Lighting Fixtures Window Treatments Shutters and Blinds Original Artwork Sleep Systems Custom Cabinetry Custom Millwork Exterior Planning Installation Services Patio Furnishings Granite & Marble Home Entertainment OLED Smart TVs Home Automation Everything for Your Home FORT MYERS SHOWROOM: 13170 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33907 | (239) 415-2400 ROBBSTUCKY.COM NAPLES FORT MYERS SARASOTA CORAL GABLES BOCA RATON Opening 2017!FINE FURNISHINGS. BRILLIANT DESIGN. LEGENDARY SERVICE.Robb & Stucky is the premier destination for exquisite home furnishings and the best and brightest in interior design. From the moment you enter our showroom, youll see why the Robb & Stucky brand has surpassed the test of time in fact, weve been creating beautiful interiors in Florida and across the globe for over one hundred years. We invite you to rediscover Robb & Stucky today where its easy to Live Life...Beautifully.
A34 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Kitson creating a new version of Home Place at Babcock Ranch SPECIAL TO BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHAs construction of Phase I of the Downtown District and furnished models in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch continues to progress as planned, Master Developer Kitson & Partners unique brand of place making is becoming evident. The new town being built by Kitson in Charlotte County, Babcock Ranch will be the first solar powered town in the world and will ultimately include 19,500 homes, nearly 50,000 residents, and 6 million square feet of commercial space. Kitsons development strategy is focused on creating a sense of place that will be embraced by residents and visitors alike. As a result, Babcock Ranch will provide a new version of Home Place, a term that speaks to the fabric of a community, the level of connectedness that residents enjoy with one another, a feeling of belonging and being safe, and the opportunities a place offers for creating memories with family members and friends. Kitsons vision for Babcock Ranch has been designed to appeal to the passion for a better, more fulfilling, more deeply connected life that resides in people of all ages. Kitsons new and better kind of town invites residents to take pleasure in creating and recalling moments in time that conjure a sense of joy in new and exciting ways that have, until now, been imagined but unrealized. Places that offer a real opportunity to experience and know that joy firsthand have been incorporated into every facet of Babcocks design. Children will know the freedom and the joy of finding special hidden places along Babcocks 50-mile network of trails, climbing a particularly tall tree for the first time, racing their bikes to beat their friends to a favored COURTESY IMAGEAs construction of Phase I of the Downtown District and furnished model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch continues to progress as planned, Master Developer Kitson & Partners unique brand of place making is becoming evident. Bautiful Spaceswe create in veryScia Pacesfu ervice nrib tecobating Iribt Dncot Artwork | Furniture Custom Window Treatments & Bedding Decorative Accessories Lighting | MirrorMate Frames | RugsBinds nf Sraes HunterDouglas Priority Dealer | Plantation Shutters Flair 21 Collection | Horizons Window FashionsDcotative Pinting nf Wlcoverings York Wallcoverings Seabrook Wallcoverings | J.F. Wallcoverings Decorative Paint Finishes by local artists Voted Best Decorator 2015 &2016 2 2 201 201 201 1 5 5 5 5 5 5 Bnd Sith2705 Tamiami Trail, Site 113, Toles Paa, Pnt Gotda, Fotid 33950www.nribtsdesign-.o | 941-621-2074Interiors By Design Introducing our newest designer,Matisa Lirti!
Total protection for all your insurance needsWere Brightway, North Ft. Myers, your local insurance experts. With access to over 100 insurance companies, we can provide you with the coverage you need at a price you want. Give us a call today for a free quote.Home Flood Auto Boat Sherry Ausdran Agency Owner 239-731-2007 firstname.lastname@example.org BrightwayInsuranceNorthFtMyers.comTM BABCOCK RANCH www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com WINTER 2017 A35COURTESY RENDERINGSAn artists rendering of the Lake Timber neighborhood. Construction is underway with the first homes expected to be completed in February. The Bartow model in Lake Timber. The Delray model in Lake Timber. fishing hole, stopping at the ice cream shop on their way home from school, playing ball in the park, enjoying a backyard camp out, or spending an afternoon at the Lake House neighborhood pool and recreation center. Parents will know they are part of a neighborhood and a town where other adults know their children by name and watch out for them. They will enjoy impromptu front porch conversations and potluck barbecues with neighbors, spending an hour or so working in the neighborhood garden, enjoying a hike, bike ride, kayaking on Lake Babcock, or attending a concert on the lakefront green at Founders Square followed by dinner at the adjacent Table & Tap restaurant. Empty nesters and retirees will appreciate recalling a simpler time and place where neighbors knowing and caring for their neighbors was a valued tradition. Time spent with aspiring and rejuvenated entrepreneurs in the Hatcherys Encore Career Center and at the Wellness Center will revitalize the mind and body while providing opportunities to socialize and connect with others. In sum, Kitson and its team of town planners have created places to which people will naturally gravitate and will ultimately become favored, memorable destinations for people of all ages and backgrounds to interact, to come to know one another, and to experience life at Babcock Ranch together. Central to the design are the notions that effective place making is about 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 that serves as a gateway to the towns nature trails; establishing neighborhood gardens for neighbors to share; and creating the Founders Square lakefront green space at the heart of the Downtown District that will serve as a venue for community celebrations, concerts, civic events, or simply relaxing with friends. The towns architectural styles contribute to the sense of place Kitson is creating at Babcock. The towns 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 to encourage the social interaction, connectivity, and sense of belonging that are the essence of the notion of Home Place. Kitson has designed Babcock Ranch to be a place that embraces residential neighborhoods, civic, retail, and educational structures, and opportunities to enjoy both the grandeur and subtleties of nature on a daily basis as a cohesive, unified experience rather than as separate, disparate parts. Babcocks 18,000acre site plan presents the innovative merging of urban and rural constructs. Half of the 18,000-acre site will be preserved in the form of lakes, parks, green spaces, community gardens, forest, and nature trails, all of which will be inextricably intertwined with the towns residential neighborhoods and downtown venues. The Babcock Neighborhood School, a free public charter school open to all students in kindergarten through grade eight who qualify to attend a public school in Charlotte County, is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. This includes out-of-district students who are allowed to request admission under Floridas new open enrollment law. BNS offers a place-based environmentally focused greenSTEAM educational program that integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics within a thoughtfully provided holistic learning environment. Taken in combination with Babcocks commitment to clean energy sourced in solar power by day and natural gas by night, the resulting town and country lifestyle afforded by Kitsons development approach has been heralded as a model for how towns of the future will be developed. As such, the town will provide a powerful context in which the STEAM focus at BNS can flourish. To learn more about living at Kitson & Partners Babcock Ranch, or to apply for admission in kindergarten through grade eight for the 2017-2018 school year at the Babcock Neighborhood School, visit www.babcockranch.com.
A36 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCHVANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH Like us on Facebook.com/BabcockRanchTelegraph to see more photos. We take more society and networking photos at area events t han we can t in the newspaper. AROUND BABCOCKBabcock Neighborhood School groundbreaking 1. Dennis Miehle, Connie Baublis and Pamela Aubuchon 2. Chloe Woods, Matt Woods and Erica Woods 3. Shaun Cullinan, Den Bailey and Claire Jubb 4. Woodlea Hall under construction 5. Finley Severance, Rick Severance, Campbell Severance, Sutton Severance and Gretchen Severance 6. Bill Vander May and John Hillman 7. Steve Smith and Kathy Valentine 8. Tricia Duffy, April Prestipino and Barney Duffy 9. Shelly Chitwood and Jen Coomer 10. Tom Hoban and Syd Kitson 10 1 4 5 6 9 7 8 2 3 VANDYMAJ 7. Steve Smith and Kath y Vale nt i n e 8. Tricia Du ff y, April P restipino and B arney Du ff y 9. S helly C hitwood a nd Jen C oom er 10. Tom Hoban a nd S y d K itson 7 Denise Ogden and Connie Baublis
AROUND BABCOCKBabcock Neighborhood School groundbreaking 11. Syd Kitson 12. Janet Stovall and Eunny Hyun 13. Richard Lewis and Andrew Lewis 14. Oak trees are replanted from other areas of the ranch. 11 12 13 14 BABCOCK RANCH WINTER 2017 A37 2009-2016 Voted Best Place to Buy Window Treatments254 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Punta Gorda, Florida 33950941-637-0015 www.mycreativewindow.com 2016 HUGE DISCOUNTS ON WATER FILTRATION EQUIPMENT!
A38 WINTER 2017 www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com BABCOCK RANCH Caloosahatchee River 75 75 82 80 78 78 31 41Punta Gorda North Fort Myers Lehigh Acres Estero Sanibel Captiva Fort Myers Beach Fort Myers Cape Coral Pine Island Placida Babcock Ranch Babcock RanchCharlotte Harbor Pine Island Sound Gulf of Mexico 1 2 F F F o o 3 4 My y My M y 5 6 Travel times fromBabcock Ranch1. Downtown Punta Gorda 21 min. 2. North Fort Myers 19 min. 3. Downtown Fort Myers 21 min. 4. Publix, Fort Myers Shores 9 min. 5. Edison Mall 22 min. 6. RSW 22 min. 1. Downtown Punta Gorda 21 min. 2. North Fort Myers 19 min. 3. Downtown Fort Myers 21 min. 4. Publix, Fort Myers Shores 9 min. 5. Edison Mall 22 min. 6. RSW 22 min. DRIVING DISTANCES TO BABCOCK RANCH Shelley Hobbs shobbs@babcockranchtelegraph Angela Schivinski email@example.com Mike Hearn firstname.lastname@example.orgContact your account executive t oday to learn more about advertising in the Babcock Ranch Telegraph. 239.333.2135Visit us online at www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.comNEXT PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 12, 2017THE BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com 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 of 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 sat 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 property and became the face of Babcock Ranch. After Freds death in 1997, the heirs attempted to sell the property 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 expand 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. www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com 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 trailsA10 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 constr uction 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 R anch Babcocks first neighborhoods begin taking shapeTIMBERLAKE I, No. 1 FREE ke rs for ck n. cock Ranch served as b er business, the most the diamond mines he pine-based pitc h to 93 0s, Edwards son operty and became the fter Freds death in 1997, th e property to t he state. the state were terminated. Kitson and his partners tions that would expand tson & Partners suc cess to t on purchasing distressed ucing them in a fresh, he enterprise was succ essful, wanted something more. with my partners and saySEE BABCOCK, A14 G abcock Syd Kitson FALL 2016 Fresh face Recent college grad relishes role as new towns project manager A2 Trail mix Babcock Ranch plans hiking, biking and equestrian trails A10 Renderings of t he Lake Timber neigh ghb hbo bor or rh rh ho ho oo oo o d d that is getting underway at Ba bcock R R R a an anc nc ch ch h h Babcoc Babcoc Babcoc Babcoc ab ksfi ksfi ks fi ks fi rs rs rs rs s neighb neighb neighb neighb ihb neighb neighb neigh neighb orhood orhood orhood or orhood orhood orhoo rhood ho s s s s s begin begi begin begi begi begin begin beg taking taking taki taking taking taking aking king g h sh h sh sh sh sh sh sh T T T T T T T L L L L L L L A A A A A A A A A K K K K K K www.BabcockRanchTelegraph.com Vol. I, No. 2 FREESUMMER 2016 PresidentBabcock Ranch president sees himself as orchestra conductor. A6 Babcock Wilderness AdventuresTake a ride on the wild side. A28 Throwback Babcock Ranch firmly entrenched in Southwest Florida history. A14 HEN BABCOCK RANCHS pioneering residents move into Floridas newest city, theyll have shopping, recreational and entertainment opportunities, a restaurant and even office and workspace within walking distance of their new homes. Construction of the first buildings and amenities at Founders Square, the towns lakefront downtown, has started with the Trails End restaurant, Discovery Center and Market Caf, scheduled for unveiling during the towns grand opening in spring 2017. Were fulfilling residents needs from day one, says Rick Severance, the newly appointed president of Babcock Ranch. Most developers wait until there are enough rooftops to justify amenities. Well have great concerts, activities and events that transcend all age demographics for the little ones and those who yearn to be little. Founders Square will inspire creativity, collabo ration 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 eighth grade students in fall 2017, and offer health an d 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 BA BCOCK 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
Commercial Residential Refrigeration WWW.COUNTRYCOOLING.COMUP TO WWW.COUNTRYCOOLING.COMCentrally Located in Southwest Florida, We Are Proud to Have Serviced Residences and Businesses in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, and Hendry Counties Since 2002. Please Call for All of Your Air Conditioning Needs!239-567-154912920 PALM BEACH BLVD., FORT MYERS, FL 33905LICENSE #CAC1818476 FREEService Call for New Customers!Please Call for Details!*TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY UP TO $500Available in Rebates on 16 SEER & Above Replacements!Please Call for Details!*TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY Honeywell Wireless Home HVAC Monitoring System with Customer Controls!Please Call for Details!*TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLYCheck our Website for Monthly Specials and FREE Filter Change Reminders!Integrity & Excellence ar e two of the principals that have driven us over the years! We Oer 24 Hour Emerg ency Service! Free Estimates on Replacemen ts, IAQ, and Lighting Protection!
GRAND OPENINGModel Collection Debuting in February BROKER PARTICIPATION WELCOMED. ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS REFERENCE SHOULD BE MADE TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503, FLORIDA STATUTES, TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE. NOT AN OFFERING WHERE PROHIBITED BY STATE LAW. PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.Stock is celebrating its Grand Debut in the Lake Timber neighborhood of Babcock Ranch, with new fully furnished models to experience. Were excited to be a featured builder in this innovative solar-powered community, bringing the rst homes to market in this one-of-a-kind new town. Our threeand four-bedroom single-family homes range from 2,676 to 3,200 square feet, with great rooms and luxurious outdoor living spaces, featuring architectural designs that enhance the warm, welcoming sense of community. As we celebrate our 15th Anniversary as a leading builder in Southwest Florida, we are honored to bring our award-winning style and quality to Babcock Ranch. 17157 BULLHORN CIRCLE | BABCOCK RANCH, FL 33928 | 239.249.6260StockDevelopment.comFIND OUR QUALITY IN THESE EXCEPTIONAL LOCATIONS: BABCOCK RANCH | BONITA SPRINGS | FORT MYERS | MARCO ISLAND | NAPLES | PALM BEACH | SARASOTA FLStockDevelopment 1 1 1 7 7 7 1 1 5 5 7 B U L From the $400s