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PAGE 1 Vol. I, No. 5 FREESPRING 2017 Meet the prosThe smalltown ethic: Al DiNicola.A2 Appreciate the outdoorsBike it, hike it, however you like it: Babcock Ranch has a trail for you. A30 Eat upBabcocks market and caf will cater to all. A20 OR THE PAST 10 YEARS, ELIZABETH ANDRES HAS literally followed the paper trail leading to Marchs grand public unveiling of Babcock Ranch during the Founders Festival. As a paralegal who joined Kitson & Partners in 2007, Ms. Andres witnessed most of the would-be towns growth on paper. I had volumes of paper come across my desk reports, permitting, plans, conceptuals all on paper, all two-dimensional, said Ms. Andres, now Babcock Ranchs builder liaison. We were planning, planning and planning and all of a sudden its going vertical from paper to being there during the festival. Seeing everything we talked about all these years come to life is very special. Those involved in the 10-year townmaking of Babcock Ranch praise the vision of founders and the teamwork of a multitude of players during the last decade. Project manager Tyler Kitson was privy to a prime behindthe-scenes look at the making of the town even before joining FSEE DECADE, A8 BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comBABCOCK RANCH:A DECADE MAKINGFrom the beginning to now: The Founders Festival that took place at Babcock Ranch March 11-12 celebrated the progress that ha s been in the making for more than a decade. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH COURTESY IMAGE IN THE Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed the Babcock Preservation Act on June 19, 2006, completing one of the largest conservation purchases in the state. When you look at all the pieces that had to come together in this deal, you just have to believe that Babcock Ranch was meant to be saved. Syd Kitson, founder of Babcock Ranch


2 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCH PublisherPason Gaddispgaddis@floridaweekly.comEditorJeffrey Culljcull@floridaweekly.comEditorial AdvisorJama Dockjdock@kitsonpartners.comPresentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comContributing WritersEvan 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 MEET THE PROFESSIONALSThe small-town ethic: Al DiNicola BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comThe right people for the right job. One of Syd Kitsons talents, apparently in addition to being the most forward-thinking pragmatist on the development planet is picking the right person for the right job. Thats why Mr. Kitson, the chairman and CEO of Babcock Ranch developers Kitson & Partners, probably didnt pick Al DiNicola as the senior vice president of sales and marketing because hes tough hes from a working-class New Jersey background in a town like the one where Mr. Kitson grew up, and he was a wrestler then later a high school teacher and wrestling and football coach. Instead, Mr. Kitson, who played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, picked Mr. DiNicola because hes smart. He knows more about real estate in Southwest Florida than most others in the profession (hes been working here for than 35 years) and his credentials speak for themselves. Mr. DiNicola is a former president of the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), a member of the NABORs Hall of Fame for service to the industry, and a man who came to Florida to raise a family. He began work as a Realtor in 1981 and moved up through the most ambitious and enterprising developments of his time: Westinghouse and Bonita Bay Group, where he helped develop Bonita Bay, The Brooks and others, including the companys last, the Verandah in east Lee County, then most recently Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. His deep roots in Southwest Florida real estate and his passion for smart, sustainable growth make him a great fit for our team, Mr. Kitson said in a press release and probably an understatement. In other words, Mr. DiNicola sold the stateof-the-art developed communities of the past and present, he understands the needs for clean water, solar power and developments that dont destroy environments and he belongs at Babcock. But Babcock Ranch is bigger, more important, and more familiar to Mr. DiNicola than anything in his past experience. I grew up in New Jersey, like Syd, in a small town where we knew all the neighbors, where we had front porches and the local grocer and the corner delicatessen and all of that, he recalls. Like Babcock. In the s and s, I walked to my elementary school, I walked to my high school. Those are the comfortable settings I remember, and theyre coming back here. Just on a different scale. Babcock ultimately will have about 50,000 residents in more than 19,000 homes. Mr. DiNicolas hometown, Paulsboro, now has about 6,500 residents, just as it did when he was young. Here, youre providing a wider variety of options for people who want to live in town. We have all these entitlements (permitted options): 6 million square feet of non-residential property, a hospital of 170-some beds, potentially 54 holes of golf, and more. We may not build it all, but we have the ability to start with a clean canvas. In a still pristine, clean place. Thats the town Mr. DiNicola will be selling. And hes the right man to sell it. COURTESY PHOTO Helping Communities, Businesses and Individuals Since 1924. REAL ESTATE Where Real Estate and Legal Knowledge come together. Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, 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.




4 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCH SITE MAP CALOOSAHATCHEE RIVER LAKE TIMBER Phase OneEntry Lakehouse Downtown Downtown District District Harvest Longleaf Cottage HomeDetail PUNTA GORDA CAPE CORAL FORT MYERS BONITA SPRINGS Southwest Florida Regional Airport Punta Gorda Airport NAPLESSOUTHWEST FLORIDANGULF OF MEXICO


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BABCOCK RANCH EVENTSFITNESSAll classes are for anyone and, unless stated otherwise, are free. Classes are outside, either under the band shell or shade structure in the Downtown District. Tuesdays Cardio jazz 9:30 10:30 a.m. Cost FREE Tuesdays Strength and conditioning 10:30 11:30 a.m. Cost FREE Saturdays Babcock Boot Camp 9-10 a.m. Kids fitness class 10:30 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class. Must preregister. Registration is available at events. Saturdays Paddleboard Yoga 10:30 11 a.m. Meditation/Land Yoga 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Paddleboard Yoga Lesson Cost is $5 per class. Must preregister. Registration is available HAPPENINGSAll events are free and all are welcome. Tuesday Night Live live music in Founders Square 5:30 8:30 pm Enjoy live music, restaurant specials at Table & Tap and games in the biergarten and on the lawn. Thursday Farmers Market in Founders Square 1 7 p.m. Saturday Concert Series In Founders Square 4:30 7:30 p.m. 6 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCH *Subject to credit approval. Minimum Monthly Payments Required. We reserve the right to discontinue or alter the terms of this oer at any time. See store for details. Port Charlotte 17701 Murdock Circle 941-625-4493Mon & Fri 10am-8pm Tue, Wed, Thur, & Sat 10am-6pm Next to the town center mall Where Your Come Home Dreams Family owned and operated for over 40 years Southwest Floridas largest furniture showroom Voted Best Place To Buy Furniture for the last 15 years Stay in shape with Stay in shape with Babcock Babcock Boot Camp (for adults) Boot Camp (for adults) Saturdays 9-10 a.m. under the Saturdays 9-10 a.m. under the band shell in the Downtown District band shell in the Downtown District . Get in touch with nature with Get in touch with nature with a a Paddleboard Yoga Lesson Paddleboard Yoga Lesson Saturdays, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. $5 per class. $5 per class. TUESDAYS TUESDAYS SATURDAYS SATURDAYS Tuesday Night Live Tuesday Night Live , live music in Founders live music in Founders Square, 5:30 8:30 Square, 5:30 8:30 p.m., and the p.m., and the Saturday Saturday Concert Series Concert Series ,4:30 ,4:30 7:30 p.m. Guest 7:30 p.m. Guest performers include area performers include area artists and bands such artists and bands such as The Kollections Band, as The Kollections Band, Mystic River Band, David Mystic River Band, David C. Johnson, and more. C. Johnson, and more. www.babcockranch. www.babcockranch. com/events com/events TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS Buy it while its fresh. Check out the Farmers Market in Founders Square on Thursdays, 1 7 p.m. THURSDAYS THURSDAYS


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8 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHthe Babcock team two years ago. He personally witnessed the time and energy, the good times and the frustrations invested by his father, Syd Kitson, the man behind Americas first solar city, the man who saw the rays of sunshine back in 2006 when he purchased the sprawling 91,000-acre Babcock Ranch property. Right from the beginning, my father saw a lot of opportunity, said Mr. Kitson. He is a unique man. He doesnt believe in the bare minimum. He wants to make an impact on the world and I saw his vision grow. He wanted to make a difference, create something better and break down any barriers. The elder Mr. Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, envisioned a masterplanned community dictated by the land itself. One where solar energy would power homes, offices, schools and businesses and the Babcock familys legacy of stewardship and respect for the environment would be preserved in perpetuity and available for public use. The Babcock heirs were reportedly entertaining several higher offers but agreed to sell to Mr. Kitson because of his forward-thinking approach to townmaking and a plan that included selling most of the property some 73,000 acres of cypress swamp, wetlands and other environmentally sensitive land to the state. The ranchlands, one of the largest undeveloped privately owned tracts in Florida, were long considered a priority acquisition by the state. There were too many players, too many things that had to happen just right, and too little time, Syd Kitson has said. When you look at all the pieces that had to come together in this deal, you just have to believe that Babcock Ranch was meant to be saved. Gov. Jeb Bush signed the purchase agreement in 2006, buying land that provided a crucial wildlife corridor from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee and preserved ranching and agriculture operations on the new Babcock Ranch Preserve. I was out at the ranch when Gov. Bush signed the documents, said Ms. Andres who was working with a builders group at the time. It was a great moment. During the next two years, Kitson & Partners planned infrastructure and town details, projecting construction to begin in 2010. Then the housing market collapsed in 2008, forcing shallow-pocketed developers out of business, owners from their foreclosed homes and sending home prices on a freefall. Time after timeThats the frustration described by the younger Mr. Kitson. Almost a hurry up then wait scenario. But time turned out to be a friend to Babcock Ranch. It allowed town founders to delve deeper, designing an even better onsite water and sewage treatment, court FPL for the $300 million, 443-acre FPL Babcock Solar Entergy Center and form partnerships to run a future wellness center, fitness facility and the towns charter school, all under construction. Time was also needed to prepare century-old live oaks for relocation elsewhere on the property. Borrowed time enabled Kitson & Partners to vet an architectural and construction team considered the best in the business: Looney Ricks Kiss, which designed the towns signature look and architectural guidelines for homes; general contractor Skanska to build Founders Squares first commercial buildings; DECADEFrom page 1VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHJimbo Howard and Macabe Baublis at the Founders Festival at Babcock Ranch.COURTESY IMAGETelegraph Creek winds through Babcock Ranch.


land planners and engineers Kimley Horn and Harvard Jolly which designed the initial buildings in Town Square. It gave my father and the team time to be more cautious and understanding, iron out the details and wait for the right people, Mr. Kitson said. It worked out for the best. I joined the Babcock team at the perfect time two years ago when we went from prepping to full steam ahead. Now its going at 100 miles per hour. Time, said Rick Severance, a year into his tenure as Babcock Ranch president, gave the Kitson team the opportunity to do it the right way, refine the vision and not just meet expectations but exceed them. They emerged with a very mindful design. The March 11-12 Founders Festival gave guests a first look at progress within the Town of Babcock Ranch, attracting an estimated 20,000 guests eager to get the first look at a community with restaurants, model homes, hiking and biking trails, and utilities already in place. Homes and commercial buildings boast signature Babcock architecture, a mlange of Florida Cracker, Craftsman, Spanish, farmhouse, coastal and Colonial/West Indies styles that sum up the regional history and the states occupation by various countries and cultures. The downtown district is home to the Table & Tap restaurant, a fishing pier, boardwalk and event lawn along the first 150 acres of Lake Babcock, and Woodlea Hall, which houses the information and sales center, Curry Creek Outfitters and Kitson & Partners new Southwest Florida offices. For Ms. Andres, Babcock Ranch is a throwback to the small Minnesota town of her childhood. You knew your neighbors, everyone went to the high school basketball and football games, and we were proud of our town, she said. You felt special when you had an article written about you in our town newspaper whether it was winning a spelling bee, an elementary school field trip to the water treatment plant, or if you won the state basketball championship. That is what we are creating at Babcock a place where you can be proud and feel like you are a part of the community. The thoughtful and mindful design of Babcock Ranch is a slice of Americana mixed with a dash of Norman Rockwell, a return to traditional neighborhoods lost to suburbia and gated communities. Getting to know your neighbors is as simple as pushing front porches real front porches close to the sidewalk and as complex as the chest-puffing pride of deliberately selecting to live in a community that has permanently raised and will continue to raise the standards for eco-sensitive building and development, sustainability and technology. People just get it, said Ms. Andres. Once they come to Babcock, they see the difference. She, Mr. Kitson and Mr. Severance still have those pinch-me moments; they now work onsite in Woodlea Hall. Mr. Severance snaps a sunrise or sunset picture sometimes both each day from the towns iconic entry bridge at SR 31 to share with his family. For me theres something almost romantic and endearing about being there, just how beautiful Florida can be and youre not even on the beach, he said. One of my favorite moments was preparing the 100-year-old oak trees to replant them. It shows were not just talking about it, were really doing it. The recent addition of Lennar offers entry level homes priced from around $180,000, making Babcock Ranch truly a town for everyone, said Mr. Severance. Weve always said Babcock is here for the community. You can rent a rowboat or paddleboard, have a cup of coffee or a cold beer even if youre not an owner. Just imagine taking a rowboat out on the lakes to celebrate an anniversary or a teenager asking a girl to the prom. Thats the kind of place we want to be. For many involved in the making of Babcock Ranch its been so much more than a job and never a solo effort. We dont clock in, said Mr. Kitson. Our entire hearts and souls are in this. Weve done it and were doing it. I have the highest respect for my father and Kitson & Partners. They made promises and they stuck to them. Im so happy for my father. He worked so hard and had an entire army behind him. BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2017 9 VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHSyd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, left, and Babcock Ranch President Rick Severance at the Founders Festival. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHSyd Kitson holds the rst edition of the Babcock Ranch Telegraph at the grand reveal in April 2016. For me theres something almost romantic and endearing about being there, just how beautiful Florida can be and youre not even on the beach. Rick Severance, president of Babcock RanchKitson & Partners breaks ground for the Downtown District in June 2016. From left: Tracy Hunt, vice president of operations at Skanska; Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners; Tom Hoban, president, chief investment of cer and partner of Kitson & Partners; Daniel Abou-Jaoude, GGP, project executive, Skanska; Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch. Katie Shrock, Anniston Shrock, working ranch horse Ruby and Elton Langford at the Founders Festival, Babcock Ranch


10 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHNew on the dining scene: Table & Tap BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comWith its tall windows overlooking Lake Babcock, Table & Tap restaurant opened its doors in March to Southwest Floridians who have been stopping by to see what this new town and one of its first businesses is all about. Theyre finding things like organic chicken noodle soup, miso braised pork belly and fried green tomato BLTs from a kitchen stocked with carefully sourced ingredients, craft beers and a diverse list of wines by the glass, along with an unflappable 32-year-old former New Yorker and seasoned hospitality industry veteran, Matthew Seiler. Were building one of the most unbelievable cities in the world, said Mr. Seiler, director of food and beverage for Kitson & Partners and the restaurants manager. I want to be able to uphold our food and beverage standards to the vision of Babcock Ranch. Its an ambitious undertaking. Mr. Seiler and staff, along with David Rashty, a classically trained executive chef and president of Slow Food Southwest Florida, our regional branch of a noted foodie movement, are putting in some long days to make sure that happens. Its all about just making everybody healthier, said Chef Rashty, a 47-year-old whose broad experience includes working for the threeMichelin star Jean Georges in Manhattan as well as running food trucks in Palm Beach County. Weve got it very wrong, the food style right now. Doing everything fast and cheaply, the cheapest way possible, its not helping us.Table & Tap is designed to be a central location for casual family hangouts and extravagant special occasions alike, as well as a culinary destination that draws diners from across the region or beyond, and celebrates the sustainable, farm-to-table ethic of the community that is now being built around it. We want everyone to come from all the way down in Naples, Miami, Orlando, even Jacksonville, to see what Babcock Ranch is all about, Mr. Seiler says. While a Babcock community garden will eventually supply some produce, Chef Rashty is already sourcing ingredients from local suppliers such as Florida Microgreens in Cape Coral and Wonderful Bees honey in Punta Gorda. Wherever we can we try to support local businesses, said Mr. Rashty. Wonderful Bees, this honey is phenomenal. He might pay more for chickens from Circle C Farms in Felda, but he is sure to render the whole bird so that extra cost for a higher quality meat isnt passed on to guests. I have to make sure Im using it every possible way I can use it, he said, including for stock, soup, sandwiches and salads. And he sources fresh seafood from Sea to Table, which allows him to get the best possible fish and from the best possible location. He can track the port, boat and even the boat captain behind his product, whether gulf white shrimp from Destin or tilefish from North Carolina. The restaurant will be complimented by a downtown market and caf, Slaters Provisions & Goods, with a kitchen able to turn out a full range of catered meals and services for parties or weddings, including a full liquor bar. Catering parties is right up Mr. Seilers alley. Prior to coming to Babcock, he worked at Marriott for 13 years in food and beverage, hosting parties that could range in size from 10 to tens of thousands at a large conference. Mr. Seiler has worked in restaurants in his family business since he was a boy growing up in New York City, in the Bronx, Manhattan and Rockland County. Being in hospitality and taking care of people has always been my passion, he said. I guess I just have a spirit to serve. He has visited Florida on and off over the years and lives with his wife, Bonnie, and their 3-month old daughter, Madison, in Naples. Eventually they plan to move to Babcock Ranch. I love it here, Mr. Seiler said. My wifes from Florida. She grew up on Marco Island. And I never want to go back to the cold. Its always been my dream to come down to a warm, sunny area. Mr. Seiler will typically arrive for work at 6 a.m. each day, and if you stop by the restaurant to eat, youll likely see him there, where hell spend much of the rest of his day during regular business hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Its the nature of running a restaurant to put in long hours, he says, but he appears more energized than tired by it. We love doing this, he said. We put all that love into each and every guest. COURTESY PHOTOS SEILER RASHTY 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 SPRING 2017 11 Babcock Style celebrates Floridas architectural past BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comHomes 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 PHOTO WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS, BOUTIQUES, RESORT & MARINA 1 800.639.00201200 W Retta Esplanade, I-75, Exit 164 | Punta Gorda, FLPhoto courtesy of John Blanco, Peace River Photography. 11841 Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 111 Fort Myers, FL 33905 cathysink@allstate.comCathy Sink 239-693-2255 212127 I OFFER HOME INSURANCE OPTIONS Here in Florida, your choice is clear. Everyone likes options. My oce not only oers car insurance backed by a company with 80 years of experience, but also oers home insurance from several companies. Call me today!Allstate has no financial responsibility to you for any home insurance policy you purchase and would not be responsible for any claims. Allstate does not make any representations or accept liability related to operations of home insurance companies, including, but not limited to, their financial conditions. Subject to terms, conditions and availability. 2017 Allstate Insurance Co.


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BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2017 13Letting the sunshine in: Babcock Ranchs solar fieldRICHARD KINLEY / COURTESY PHOTO The sun shines bright on the worlds first solar town, where Florida Power & Light powers Babcock Ranchs water and sewage treatment plant, businesses in Founders Square and the first homes. 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. 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.


14 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHMeet Babcock Ranchs first home buyers BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comTen years after plans to develop the first solarpowered town were announced, its first homebuyers Robin and Richard Kinley of Atlanta, and Jim and Donna Aveck of Punta Gorda have officially signed on to become residents. Considering the towns major energy source, it seems fitting that what sealed the deal for the Kinleys was a sunset they watched on a recent visit from the lot where their home is being built. We went back to the site when the sun was going down, Ms. Kinley said, a beautiful sunset the day we were thinking about buying, and we were like, looks good. Mr. Kinley added, Ive taken a good while to build up the savings I have and naturally Im very cautious about where my investments go But when we sat on the property one evening and watched the sunset and all, we loved the idea of living there and owning our home there, and I think its a home thats going to do us well for many, many years. Town planners expect the same of the massive solar array already fully in place that will power Babcock through the decades to come. It is built to supply electricity for at least 50,000 people, with 19,500 residences including single-family models, town homes and condominiums built in a style harkening back to a pre-World War II design that encourages neighborhood socializing. They will range in price from about $180,000 to $1 million, allowing for a diverse cross-section of generations, families and incomes to populate the town. Homebuilders at Babcock so far include Castle Harbour Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Stock Development, Florida Lifestyle Homes, and Lennar, as well as Homes by Towne, the builder for the Kinleys and Avecks. That upfront commitment to clean energy was also one of the draws for Mr. and Ms. Aveck, along with a community where staying active is part of the ethos at every stage of life. I think the first draw was that lifelong learning and being physically active, those are two things we truly value, Ms. Aveck said. We also love the innovation and the forward thinking, the fact that its a planned community. Theyre doing things right, right off the bat with the solar panels, with their own water treatment plant, with the partnership they have with CenturyLink, with the (1-gigabyte internet) fiber going directly into the homes, with things being within walking distance. There are so many things about Babcock Ranch that were excited about. Robin and Richard Kinley Robin and Richard Kinley Mr. Kinley first heard about Babcock Ranch through an article in a tech blog nearly a decade ago. With his enthusiasm for sustainable technologies, the idea of living in such a place was appealing, but retirement or even just relocating was still far beyond the horizon. Ive driven an electric car for years and my wife still is driving a Prius and interested in pretty much all aspects of sustainable living, Mr. Kinley said. My original job was a registered nurse working in a hospital on a cardiac floor, and so the whole farm-to-table thinking and eating organically grown foods interested me. Mr. Kinley, 59, is now a field engineer for a worldwide medical technology company called Medtronic and Ms. Kinley, also 59, is a quilter and former high school French teacher. They live in Acworth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. As the years went by, their children moved out and the Kinleys found themselves in a home that was too large to suit just the two of them. They looked for a place in Colorado, but didnt find anything they felt sure about. At the same time, Ms. Kinley wanted to live closer to her parents in Florida. She was familiar with the state, having spent part of her childhood in Pembroke Pines. Mr. Kinley grew up in Ocean View, Del., on the seashore and was interested in once again living close to beaches. And, after being stalled for years by a major recession, the blueprints for Babcock Ranch were coming to life. At Babcock, Mr. Kinley pointed out, a wellness center, market, caf and eatery will be a short walk or bicycle ride away. While in Acworth, I can get on my bike and risk my life by riding to the local Publix store. But the thought of being able to walk out my door and walk around the block and go to the Table & Tap restaurant for a drink or a meal and go to the store, that reminds me of when I was a young boy and lived in a small enough town where I could do all that. And also, Im really looking forward to living in a house thats (Florida) Green Certified. I love the idea of a house where it wont take much energy to cool. For Ms. Kinley, it was important to have a home with a den that could house her 12-foot longarm sewing machine; Homes by Towne offers eight models of varying features. They also decided to build a pool. I love to swim so that was a big plus for me, she said. In March, Mr. Kinley was offered a retirement package from his company, so he might have time to pursue other interests such as nature photography. Recently hes been photographing rock concerts such as with My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Neil Young. In the thousands of acres of preserve that surround the town he might also be able to revive a part of his youth. I grew up in a family that all the boys hunted, he said, and I wouldnt be surprised if I get back into that down there with so much nature around and fishing and such that I havent had the opportunity for in years. Jim and Donna Aveck Jim and Donna Aveck Jim and Donna Aveck didnt know each other growing up in Dearborn, Mich. he had gone to Catholic school and she to a public one. It wasnt until their senior year of college at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, outside Ann Arbor, that they met. For both, the design of Babcock Ranch, which encourages interactions between residents through features such as front porches near walking paths and neighborhood parks, sparked hometown memories. We both grew up within a few miles of each other, said Ms. Aveck. And during that time it was a community that just had recreation on every single corner. It was a fantastic community. Homes were built close to the sidewalks, the garages were in the back yards, kids were all over the place and parents would basically flick the porchlights to call you in when it was dark out. When I was a kid, Mr. Aveck said, in the summer Id leave in the morning and come back in the evening. I was down at the park all day. In Punta Gorda, the Avecks, ages 70 and 71 respectively, are active retirees. Both play tennis. Mr. Aveck enjoys pickup hockey games on the weekend at the Skatium in Fort Myers. In choosing which home to build, they picked Homes by Townes Brandywine model, a 1,955-square foot two bedroom they feel will be easy to take care of and allow them to indulge one of their long-time passions, traveling. In Michigan, Ms. Aveck had been a high school teacher and later worked for IBM and as director of technology for her K-12 school district. He worked for the telephone company as a directing manager helping teach large business customers such as General Motors how to use the system. After his retirement, he worked as a flight attendant as well for a while, traveling all over the United States. When Ms. Aveck retired, they sold most of their belongings and traveled the world themselves for two years, from 2003 to 2005. That journey recalled a trip they took in their youth just after they were married, backpacking throughout South America for six months. In Florida, they used to have a condo on Fort Myers Beach, and Ms. Aveck had family who lived in Lake Park in Palm Beach County. Her parents had retired to St. Petersburg. We decided we never want to live anyplace where palm trees dont grow, she said. We love the heat. They heard about Babcock Ranch in 2006 when Syd Kitson came to the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association to give a speech about his idea for a solar-powered town. And we sort of fell in love with his vision from day one, she said. Were really excited about being in on the ground floor. We both have been very active in Punta Gorda. We like the fact that we can maintain our friendships here but that we can be in on the ground floor of Babcock Ranch and we will find, Im sure, volunteer opportunities. Were just open to new experiences. We sort of thrive on change and innovation. Weve always enjoyed those things. The sunset that convinced Robin and Richard Kinley of Atlanta, Ga., to become one of the first buyers in the new town of Babcoc k Ranch. Top inset: Robin and Richard Kinley. Bottom inset: Donna and Jim Aveck.COURTESY PHOTOSRobin and Richard Kinley, left, and Donna and Jim Aveck, right, relaxing at Babcock Ranch. COURTESY PHOTO / RICHARD KINLEY


WHERE YOU GROW UP IS A REALLY BIG DEAL.Your room. Your house. Your street. The place you learned to ride. The place you learned to throw. The place you learned to climb and drive and be a good friend. The place that molds you is the place that stays with you your whole life. Thats why we created Babcock Ranch to make not just growing up, but growing old, making friends, exploring and enjoying life easier than ever before. So that if you ever do leave this town, this town will never leave you. Broker participation is welcome. Prices, plans, specications and community design are subject to change. Oral representations cannot be relied upon as correctly stating the representations of the developer. For correct information regarding Babcock Ranch, interested par ties should refer to written materials provided by the developer, legislative acts related to Babcock Ranch and the covenants and restrictions of the Babcock Ranch Residential Association, Inc. The information provided above is not intended to be an oering and should be considered as infor mational only. A better lifeBABCOCKRANCH.COM 888-659-7488


BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2017 17 VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHConstruction of the Babcock Neighborhood School, for students in grades K-8, is proceeding quickly and will be ready for students when the 2017-2018 school year begins in August. For information about the school, visit SCHOOL PROGRESS 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! BRIDGES ARE OUR PASSION.BRIDGE. DESIGN. EXPERTS. B RIDGES ARE OU U R R P P P A A A S S S S S S I I I O O O O O N N N N N We Are Proud To Be Part Of Kitson & Partners City of The Future Bridging Solutions, Designers of the Entrance Bridge For Babcock Ranch.


Babcock Neighborhood School selects principalShannon Treece brings wealth of experience to innovative schoolBabcock Neighborhood School has selected a veteran school administrator and teacher, Shannon Treece, as principal of the new public charter school that will be opening with kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall. Currently serving as principal at Oasis High School in Cape Coral, Ms. Treece was selected from more than 164 applicants to lead development of both the curriculum and selection of staff for the innovative greenSTEAM school. We felt it was critical to find someone with experience in starting a new school, and who shared our passion for place-based, project-based learning, said Dr. Christy Noe, president/CEO of Collaborative Educational Network, the consulting firm retained by Kitson & Partners to create the school for the new, environmentally-friendly town of Babcock Ranch. Shannon has proven herself over and over again as a teacher and principal, inspiring students and staff to achieve their full potential. Her energy is infectious and we look forward to her leadership. Ms. Treece first moved from the classroom to administration in 2004. After four years as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels in her native state of Kentucky, she moved into the role of principal in 2007. She made the move to Cape Corals Oasis High School in 2015, where she has focused on improving student achievement and high quality teaching through curriculum, assessment and instructional practices for every student demographic. Everything I have done in my career has led me to this opportunity and I am thrilled to serve the students, teachers, and parents at Babcock Neighborhood School, Ms. Treece said. This school is going to be something special and I am humbled that I was chosen to take the helm and support teachers and students in this exciting endeavor. Having my own child experience a next generation educational environment defined by project based learning around the greenSTEAM philosophy is exciting. Straddling the border of Charlotte and Lee counties in Southwest Florida, Babcock Ranch will eventually be home to about 50,000 people. As the only public school within a ten-mile radius of the new town center BNS is also a more convenient option for neighboring families. While many charter schools open with just the lower grades in their first year, BNS will be ready for students up through grade six when classes begin in August. Enrollment is open to all students who qualify to attend a public school in Charlotte County, including out of district students who can be admitted on a space-available basis. The initial application period closed in February and students selected through a lottery drawing received notice of preliminary admission. They must complete the enrollment process to claim their spot. Additional applicants are being placed on a waiting list. Once the enrollment period closes, students on the waiting list will be selected by lottery to fill openings with first preference given to students who reside in Charlotte County. With enrollment already near full capacity for the inaugural school facility located at the center of town on Founders Square, Babcock Ranch is accelerating development of the 35-acre school campus that will be the permanent home of BNS K-8 school as well as the high school. In the interim, the current school building will be adding classrooms to accommodate more students starting in spring 2018.The coming months will bring a flurry of activity for Ms. Treece as she interviews and hires staff and works with BNS school board members and CEN consultants to design the full curriculum. The unique partnership with Kitson & Partners, BNS and CEN has equipped Babcock Ranch to deliver on the promise of high quality, community-based public education with an emphasis on the core community values of environmental stewardship, health & wellness, technology, innovation and collaboration. This opportunity is a dream come true on many levels as this work has been my passion for many years, Ms. Treece said. I desire to honor those who have invested in mentoring me throughout my career by making a difference in the lives of others. I serve in the best profession that exists and I look forward to serving at Babcock Neighborhood School. Teaching positions have been posted. Learn more, and apply online at 18 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCH Private travel is not for everyone, thats what makes it so special.Jet Aircra Charters | Business Jet Charters | Luxury Jet Travel Air Ambulance800-MED-JETS (633-5387) Aircraft Charter800-AIR-TREK (247-8735) www. 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20 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHBabcocks market and caf will cater to all BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comA community market-place designed to become a vibrant, bustling intersection of food, drink, business and socializing is set to open later this summer in Founders Square. Slaters Goods & Provisions, a community market and caf, along with Square Scoops, a coffee and ice cream shop, will serve a range of needs. It will be a place where people can pick up milk, butter, eggs and produce grown in a community garden, as well as freshly prepared meals to eat in the caf or to go to take home, to work, or perhaps as supplies for the trail. Visitors may find some unique items such as tri-colored cauliflower and edible flowers for sale as well. Thats a long-term goal is to be able to grow what we can to sell and use, said Matthew Seiler, Babcock Ranchs food and beverage director. Its kitchen will be a catering hub for large parties or weddings, as well as turn out breakfast and lunch for hungry schoolkids at the Babcock Neighborhood School, where lessons about sustainable and healthy eating will be woven into a place-based, green STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). A 5-acre farm will provide lessons in the farm-to-table movement and fresh meal options. After a day of hiking the trails or fishing one of Babcocks well-stocked lakes, residents might appreciate the craft and local beer that will be on tap. Customers will be able to knock back a few at the bar or fill up a 64-ounce growler jug to go. There are also plans to hold regular wine tastings. Connected to Slaters, Square Scoops will be a 16-flavor ice cream and coffee shop with separate counter heights for kids and adults overlooking Babcock Ranchs Downtown District. Its going to be a great destination to bring your kids and have a cup of coffee while reading the paper, Mr. Seiler said. The caf will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the upstairs portion of the markets two-story building will be home to The Hatchery, a business incubator with office space for entrepreneurs or to host business meetings. Its easy to imagine those hard-working souls needing access to plenty of lattes and espressos from Square Scoops. David Rashty, a classically trained executive chef who is also behind the food at Table & Tap, will oversee a healthy school menu. It will bring to bear Babcock Ranchs eco-driven focus on health and wellness and, as president of Slow Food Southwest Florida, his commitment to healthy, sustainable eating. The menu will be void of refined sugar, for instance. Hell use substitutes such as honey sourced from a local farm instead. We want to teach them how to live cleanly and sustainably, he said. Were showing everyone how to do things the right way. COURTESY IMAGEA artists rendering of Babcock Ranchs market and caf. Its going to be a great destination to bring your kids and have a cup of coffee while reading the paper.Matthew Seiler, Babcock Ranchs food and beverage director. OPEN 10 A.M. 6 P.M. DAILY, 800 488 OUTFITTERS@KITSONPARTNERS.COM BABCOCKRANCH.COM 42850 CRE SCENT LOOP BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA 33982A SPORTING GOODS AND SUNDRY STORE AT BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA. RECREATIONAL RENTALS INCLUDING BIKES, KAYAKS, SUPs, AND OTHER COOL STUFF. WITHExplore the Ranch Cruise the Lakes Cast Your Line Ride the Trails Wear it Out

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22 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHBack to the future BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraphFiber isnt just fast, its future-proof as well two very different things equally important. Each reality is now apparent at Babcock Ranch in the vital new partnership of CenturyLink and Kitson & Partners, creators of the nations greenest, biggest solar-powered city. When people think of broadband, they usually just relate it to high-speed internet. Most consumers subscribe to 20 or 40 megabits, but we are delivering 1,000 megabits or the equivalent of 1 gigabit to Babcock Ranch, explains Danny Pate, vice president of operations in south Florida for CenturyLink. Thats for homeowners. Businesses will be able to access more speed and capacity right off the bat. At home, residents will be able to stream multiple HD movies at the same time, upload huge files in seconds, video chat without interruption, play games in real time and engage in all aspects of social networking, officials say. Small businesses, meanwhile, can use fiber to increase productivity and efficiency while working in the cloud, sharing multimedia files, streaming video content and backing-up data in real-time. We believe that providing a quality broadband network will be a catalyst for attracting premier technology companies to locate to southwest Florida and for encouraging home-based businesses and telecommuting, says Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners and the town founder. Gigabit broadband will be the two-way data conduit for municipal services, the fabric for social networks within the community, and the backbone for the smart grid security system, transportation network, health-care network and much more. Every home the first models are now selling, but ultimately 19,000 of them; every business the first businesses are now open in the town center, but ultimately 6 million square feet of commercial space; and every corner of the nations first wholly solar-powered town will bring together fiber connectivity and smart city technology in a fiber network unprecedented in scope. Fiber optics are the ultimate transmission medium, explains Mr. Pate: about the size of a human hair but with the ability to transmit data at high speeds and for long distancesand its not susceptible to lightening or power influences so its much more reliable than traditional copper or co-axial networks. Once you have fiber, you have future-proofed your home for any services you may want to buy to make your life easier. Although CenturyLink has run fiber optics into small communities a subdivision or a neighborhood with a couple thousand condos the company has never provided such future-proofing on this scale, to a city that will one day include 50,000 residents and many businesses, Mr. Pate says. Its not just speed, Mr. Pate explains, describing why the fiber installation at Babcock is so significant. Its the fact that this is set up to be future-proof over multiple decades. To the home, to the living rooms or bedrooms or kitchens of offices or wherever, I can deliver any kind of service over this media. Whether its 5, 10 or 15 gigabits in 30 years, itll go in through that fiber. All of this will do a couple of things for the many people who will live and work at Babcock Ranch, concludes Mr. Pate. As requirements increase they can update the speed, and grow as the economy grows. Right now theres a lot of cache with the one gigabit launch its an excellent marketing tool. It should increase the viability of that community. On top of that, its a real-time tool that consumers can use, integrating all their smart technologies and having it all talk together. Welcome to the future. Now. PATE 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 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 CROSSOVERS & 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!


24 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHThe town ambassadors welcome to you Babcock Ranch BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comFrom the land of sunshine and sustainable technology, four ambassadors welcome visitors who stop by Babcock Ranch to find out more about the solar-powered community which is in the works. Their embassy, so to speak, is Woodlea Hall in downtown Babcock, also known as the Discovery Center, the towns civic and information hub. On any given day, this is where youll find Paige Rausch, Rick Vorell, Janis Bowles and Jennifer Laritz, greeting folks who walk through the door and leading groups to comfy nooks with couches and touch-screen TVs. There, they explain the ins and outs of the town and its housing, trails, markets, water, solar field, driverless cars, internet service or answer just about any other question thrown their way. Meet the ambassadors. Paige Rausch Paige Rausch Ms. Rausch calls Fort Myers her homeland, the place where she was born, raised and lives today. A licensed real estate professional, she has been working with builders in Southwest Florida for 13 years. Ms. Rausch has long followed the development of Babcock Ranch, from the sale to Kitson & Partners in 2006 to today, as it comes to fruition. I have never known a developer to go to the lengths Mr. Kitson has for future generations, she said. Seeing what had to be achieved to take raw land through countless agencies, local, state and federal approvals was mind bending, and took him nearly a decade in total. But honestly, what impressed me on the initial tour after the first shovels hit the ground was the condition of the entire ecosystem and how the synthesis of development techniques and smart technologies have been interwoven with a ranch Ive always loved for being a prime example of old Florida. Outside Babcock, she considers herself an unofficial ambassador to the beaches of Sanibel Island and Boca Grande, and enjoys attending Red Sox and Twins spring training games. She also loves to ride horseback and spend time with friends and family. Janis Bowles Janis Bowles Janis Bowles spent much of her youth on the Jersey Shore, where her father was a builder in Brick Township. It was nothing like the TV show, she said. I had a great childhood. We lived in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other. With more than 30 years of experience in accounting, office management and administrative support, as well as 15 years in new home sales, her life has brought her to New Orleans, Maryland, and even Scotland for a while, as well as Pensacola. When Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012 she was living back on the Jersey shore and working with a building company to help reconstruct homes that had been destroyed or washed out to sea. She originally came to Florida to live near her parents, and at Babcock has a chance to utilize her skills garnered in homebuilding and real estate. I saw it as a great opportunity for me to be able to give back to the business world, without having to sell real estate anymore, she said. Now a resident of Punta Gorda, she lives just a few doors down from her 91-year-old father, close enough that she can be there for him to help out if he needs it. Rick Vorell Rick Vorell Mr. Vorell grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and now makes his home in Fort Myers with his miniature pinscher, Tweezer. He has lived in Southwest Florida since 1978 when he followed his high school sweetheart here. Things didnt work out but he stayed, and later took care of his parents during the last decade of their lives after they moved down, too. He also started a real estate career in 1989. 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BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2017 27 MEET THE BUILDERSA Q&A with Kitt Kearney, licensed real estate broker and vice president of sales and marketing for Homes by Towne BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comIn March, Kitt Kearney celebrated her 18th year with Homes by Towne, the builder that sold the first homes at Babcock Ranch. Ms. Kearney grew up in Cedurhurst, Long Island. I didnt like the cold, she said. I knew at 9 years old I wanted to move to Florida. She and her husband now live in Lakewood Ranch, a town just northeast of Sarasota, where Homes by Towne is headquartered. They have one adult daughter. In her spare time, you would probably find her taking a run around her community. Her mother was a calligrapher who had beautiful handwriting, but that gift wasnt passed on to her. I definitely did not get her handwriting, she said. Mine came from my father. What does your job entail? What does your job entail?Pretty much anything to do with the sales and marketing side of it as well, actually, I was integrally involved in the floor plan development (for the companys models at Babcock), and the designer works through me. So pretty much anything to do with those floor plans, moving forward on a decorating basis. We have an outside decorator weve had for 18 years and he has really come and outdone himself at Babcock Ranch. How did Homes by Towne decide to build at How did Homes by Towne decide to build at Babcock Ranch? Babcock Ranch? They recruited us. They were familiar with the fact that we were a founding builder at Lakewood Ranch, and they knew we were used to starting off in a new community. We were very honored to be making history and making the first sale. Its an experience we really enjoy. Its nice to see what its like when you first start out and now seeing 22 years at Lakewood Ranch we can see how many lives weve effected and moved into beautiful homes. What was your initial impression of Babcock What was your initial impression of Babcock Ranch? Ranch? Its very exciting to see. Its the next generation of where everybody is going. And to be the first in the whole state I think thats very exciting. I was able to experience first-hand the Founders Festival they had on March 11 and 12, and obviously, there are many, many people waiting for this experience to happen and this community to happen. They did a fabulous job getting the message out there and bringing people in to see what theyre doing. People in droves came through. They said there were about 20,000 people who came through for the event and Id say probably within the two days, Id like to say, we probably had 5,000 people coming through the models. I was basically trying to control the traffic. And anybody who was interested in looking at our other floor plans we asked them to come back during the week and they did. We were busy, and were still busy. Id say on a slow day we get 40 to 50 groups coming through, per day. Whats the most common comment people Whats the most common comment people make when they come through? make when they come through? The most common comment is they really love the floorplan, the design and the quality. Its interesting, they go through our models and say, we can see the quality of your construction. We obviously pride ourselves on it but its interesting to have people come through who really notice it. Whats your favorite part about the job? Whats your favorite part about the job? I just love dealing with our homebuyers. Our sales team is with them from the very beginning and go to their closing, so its like they become part the family when they start with us and stay with us the whole time. Its just a great experience seeing how happy they are in the process and making sure everything they look for in a home is what they get. COURTESY PHOTOBabcock Ranch visitors take a tour of one of the models from Homes by Towne builders. KEARNEY 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 My ers, 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) 26 1-0428 CAPE CORAL 4707 SE 9th Place, Suite 102 Cape C oral, FL 33904 (239) 772-5400


28 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHElton Langford: At Home on the Range BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comLittle boys often dream about being a cowboy, galloping astride a trusty broomstick horse, a looped lariat in hand ready to rope a tree or the family dog, the obligatory Stetson perched atop their little heads. For Elton Langford, who turns 48 this year, it was never make-believe. Hes been a cowboy since he was old enough to accompany his father to local ranches. Cowboying was in his blood, as natural a way of life as it had been for his cousins and kinfolk. Ive been ranching since as early back as I remember, Mr. Langford said with a twang often heard among those born and raised in Floridas heartland, peppered with yes, maams and younguns when talking about his three children, the eldest at 22 is already following in his footsteps. My dad was a contract cowboy and I must have been 4 years old when he started taking me with him. When I was out of high school its the only thing I wanted to do. I guess Ive been doing it 44 years now. Mr. Langford, a three-term county commissioner and the current chairman of the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners, owns a small cattle operation in Arcadia, has managed other ranch properties and tried his hand at other things, including eight years in the country property appraisers office, a job he gave up after soundly defeating a Republican opponent for the commission seat in 2006. He plans to seek a fourth term in 2018. Out on the range Out on the rangeThis is where my hearts been. I love what I do, he said of managing the ranch operations on more than 13,000 acres of the site of the town of Babcock Ranch. He praises Kitson & Partners for preserving ranch operations on the development and obliging his need to balance work and civic duty. In his official county portrait, the mustachioed Mr. Langford channels the image of a Dallas businessman/cowboy wearing hat and suitcoat minus the vest and tie. Hes also vicechairman of the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. As the full-time ranch manager, Mr. Langford works alongside other bona fide cowboys tending to 1,000-head of mostly Brangus beef cattle, a Brahma-Angus hybrid. His posse includes mostly day riders, freelance cowboys who line up seasonal work around the region, just like Mr. Langfords father did. Like most cattle operations in Florida, which surprises many as a top beef cattle producer, the town ranch has few full-timers. Day riders are called in to help during round-ups for branding, de-worming and calving season. Working cattle is a balance between instinct and attention, a juggling act that requires monitoring the weather and reading the land, proactively relocating herds to other pastures before ponds dry up or cows strip every blade of grass. Its one of those things that depend on Mother Nature, said Mr. Langford. Even in good times we have to look at the pastures. They eat like a lawnmower and will graze it down to nothing. Mr. Langford typically works a five-day week starting around 7 a.m. But no day is typical. He might mend fences one day, excavate new water holes another or russle up a stray. Right now its as dry as all get out, he recently observed. The water table is down so were getting ahead of the ballgame, digging holes so we dont run out of water. Come July and August well be up to our knees in water and mud. Preserving the cowboy way Preserving the cowboy wayCattle have been a mainstay of the former 91,000-acre Crescent B. Ranch since Cracker cows were introduced on the property in the 1930s. While the state manages descendants of the original cattle on its 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve, Mr. Langford tends to the herd in 20 pastures within the 18,000 acres set aside for the town. He credits the town founders for preserving a way of life residents and tourists seldom see. That of the Florida ranch and genuine cowboy. Modern-day cowboys may stay in contact with the outside world thanks to smartphones (I dont know how we ever got along without em, Mr. Langford said.), GPS and technology, however riding the range is still very much a dog and pony show, just as it was nearly a century ago when Crescent B. managed 50,000 head. Cowboys depend on their cow dogs and COURTESY PHOTOS Visit us online at 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 groundbreakingA36-37 ROM ALL OUTWARD APPEARANCES, 2016 WAS A VERY BAD year for celebrities. But it was a very good year for growth and dev elopment in the Sunshine State and not because the states population increased by almos t 400,000 to about 20.7 million (demographers es timate 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. 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ponies born with the natural instinct to herd, divide and conquer and turn on a dime. Kitson & Partners are on board 100 percent just like with their development. This is a full working ranch. Most of the ranchs calves are born in November or December and sold eight to 10 months later as 550to 600-pound steers and future beef cattle. I can make two or three phone calls and have a contract pretty quick, Mr. Langford said. He expects more than 600 calves this year; some will remain on the ranch, eventually replacing older heifers and bulls. Day-to-day concerns pale in comparison to generational epidemics that haunt domestic livestock. I worry the cattle industry will have another epidemic like brucellosis and screwworm, said Mr. Langford. Mad cow, too. I see the folks in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas burying their cattle after the wildfires. Some have lost 500 head of brood cows. Thats like me losing half my herd. But this cowboy is grateful for the opportunity to do what he loves while serving his community. If I did something else, I would be miserable, Mr. Langford said. I never would have thought Id hold down a full-time job like this and be a county commissioner. I enjoy public service. Its a chance to give back to my community. Quitting time, typically around 4:30 p.m., is the worst part of his day, when even the backroads leading home to Arcadia seem busy. Its a great life, Mr. Langford said. The only thing I hate is the 40 minutes to get back home. I can be out here all day and dont see but a handful of people. Then Im out on the road and other drivers are trying to text. My dad was a contract cowboy and I must have been 4 years old when he started taking me with him. Its the only thing I wanted to do. BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2017 29 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!


30 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHBike it, hike it, however you like it: Babcock Ranch has a trail for you BY NANCI THEORETnthroret@babcockranchtelegraph.comVisitors are already hitting the trails at Babcock Ranch. So, too, are Amanda Staerker and other onsite employees of Kitson & Partners, which is developing the sustainable community with more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Sunset Trail, the towns first, offers a 2.5-mile looping adventure beginning and ending in Sunset Park. Covered with loose gravel and part of the old trail system on the Crescent B. Ranch, it passes pine trees and skirts wetlands before arriving at a water-spanning boardwalk with an observation deck. Visitors are likely to see wading birds foraging for dinner and fish performing those mysterious leaps fish are known to do. I see a lot of people who are checking out the development walking the trails in the evenings, said Ms. Staerker, a land planner who often bikes Sunset Trail. Our intent is to leave as much of the trails as natural as possible while accommodating a range of needs and uses. Theyve done such a great job with native landscaping and the legacy tree program, even the more urban trails will appear natural over time. Many of the towns multimodal trails will use existing cattle runs, fire breaks and logging roads created during the towns former life as part of the sprawling Crescent B, said Gary Nelson, senior vice president of planning and development for Kitson & Partners. This minimizes the amount of disturbance to the natural environment. Our goal is to keep the trails as natural as we can, provide hidden spots, water overlooks and highlight the natural beauty we have here at Babcock Ranch, Ms. Staerker said. Outdoor recreation at Babcock Ranch is designed to encourage residents and visitors to abandon their cars and explore the community on foot or by bike and in the process promote health and wellness. You can get around Babcock completely on bike or sidewalks, Ms. Staerker said. Pedestrian connectivity is everywhere. 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. Educational markers will describe native flora and fauna seen along the pathways. Ms. Staerker said plans are also in the works for the towns signature Curry Creek Canal Trail, a north-to-south town-bisecting path meandering through nature preserves with few signs of civilization or previous agricultural use. The five-mile greenway trail will offer observation platforms, picnic areas and link with other trails. Most of it already exists, created half a century ago when the waterway was dredged and dredge material was placed to one side, creating an elevated trail following the creek. Visitors can bring their own bikes or rent four-person canopy bikes and off-road models from Curry Creek Outfitters in Woodlea Hall at Founders Square. As promised, our trails have been open to the public since day one, Mr. Nelson said. People can come to Founders Square, rent a bike and explore the neighborhoods and trails, and return to the square for lunch or a drink overlooking the lake. Equestrian trails and blueways for paddling are also planned. Theres also a rental station for paddleboards and kayaks on Lake Babcock, currently just half of its planned 275 acres. Curry Canal will eventually open for paddlers, as well. Were currently talking about the equestrian trails and considering the most suitable places for them, Ms. Staerker said. 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 greenways. As the town grows, so too will its bicycle and pedestrian trails with plans for more rustic hiking paths and a likely tie-in to equestrian trails on the towns periphery and adjacent to the Babcock Ranch Preserve. The towns hiking, biking, riding and walking trails also will eventually connect with the adjoining state-owned preserve, where the Florida Forestry Service is developing long-range plans to offer more recreational opportunities, expand its trail system and introduce horse trails. The preserves existing Footprints Trail offers a trailhead on SR 74 and a series of long and shorter looping paths skirting rangeland, flatwoods and wetlands. Babcock Ranch and the state property will also become part of a regional trail plan linking 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. 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32 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCH MEET THE PROFESSIONALSA Q&A with Michelle Churchill, lifestyle director for CCMCs Babcock Ranch Residential BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comMichelle Churchill grew up in Birmingham, England. One of two sisters, she lived in the area for most of her adult life before moving to Florida in 2007 with her husband and two children. In January, she started as lifestyle director with CCMC Community Association Management, the firm that manages the community for Babcock Ranch, coordinating a wide range of events to help draw people to Babcock. What brought you to What brought you to Florida? Florida?I guess Id just call it an adventure. We had a very good life in England but my oldest child was actually born with heart defects and we decided that an environment that was more conducive to an outdoor lifestyle and the weather was a better place to raise children into adulthood. They were 12 and 10 when we came. What was your life like in England? What was your life like in England?Once I graduated high school I started working in the shipping and air transport logistical industry which really helped me to engage in my love for travel. I did a lot of traveling around the world at that time. And I did that for, lets see, until I had my first child which was 1994 And then once I had my first child I moved into an area of fitness training because that was my hobby, fitness, recreation, anything sports related. Whats your favorite sport? Whats your favorite sport?A sports and fitness enthusiast, she enjoys running and participated in the Boston marathon last year. Im an avid runner, a marathon runner. Then soccer is my love. I played at the amateur level in England and I also like to watch soccer. What is a lifestyle director and What is a lifestyle director and what does your job entail? what does your job entail? A lifestyle director plans, coordinates, manages, and executes a wide range of events, programs, and activities for the residents at Babcock Ranch, and also works in partnership with Kitson & Partners as the developer. Ill be working mostly for the residents but as (Babcock) is in its infancy right now most of the work is in partnership with the developer to do our best to bring in as many people as possible to Babcock Ranch and showcase and use our activities, events and programs as a platform to generate interest and give people that idea of healthy outdoor living with a neighborhood feel. What led you to this positon? What led you to this positon?After seven successful years working at a large campus church initiating programs, activities, and events from a complete start-up to 500600 participants per week I secured a new position with CCMC as lifestyle director for Babcock Ranch, Residential. I had experience in a start-up facility, trying to build something from nothing. I think thats how I got selected as the primary candidate for the position at Babcock. It has come to fruition there are a lot of similarities, its just a much larger project with a lot more people involved. What are some of the events that youve What are some of the events that youve been involved in? been involved in?My first major project was we had a Founders Festival weekend, which was March 11 and 12. We did a 5K run, a 10K run, and a kids fun run. We anticipated, with only six weeks notice, that wed be really happy if we got 200 people but we ended up with 500-plus runners. We were really pleased with that. We all worked together as a team and that was a huge success. My next project is, I have weekly activities that have just begun. We have fitness and recreational programs for adult and kids, standup paddleboard yoga, and we have cardio jazz, strength and conditioning classes. Everyone and anybody can come and, for the most part, theyre all free which I think is a good thing. Theres going to be stuff going on all the time that people will want to come to. What part of the job do you enjoy What part of the job do you enjoy most? most?I like interacting with the people because Im a people person. I like the planning of the events. Planning, researching ideas and then eventually seeing all the new people becoming engaged in all the new activities and events at Babcock Ranch, thats what I like the best. What is one of the jobs biggest challenges? What is one of the jobs biggest challenges?The biggest challenge is (Babcock Ranchs) newness, if you like, for everyone. Its so much in its infancy and there are not many places in the country like Babcock Ranch, that are anywhere near the magnitude that Babcock Ranch is. Were not a gated community, were not a country club, were a town. CHURCHILL VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLYSyd Kitson and Rick Severance congratulate runners during the Founders Festival March 11 and 12. 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34 SPRING 2017 BABCOCK RANCHCurry Creek Outfitters, the first stop on a Babcock adventure BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranch telegraph.comWith Babcock Ranch opening its gate to the world comes a slew of firsts, including the towns first retail store, Curry Creek Outfitters. Named for a canal and trail on the ranch, it is located downtown in Woodlea Hall, Babcocks civic and information center. The Outfitter store is designed as a first stop for exploring the natural playgrounds of the Ranch: conservation lands, lakes and trails that sprawl across oak hammocks and dry prairie, palmetto flatwoods and cypress dome forests and pastures under endless sky. We want it to be the hub, the place people come and ask questions about the paths, places to walk, bike and go fishing, said Mike Serfozo, Kitson & Partners retail shops manager. The opportunities begin just outside the front doors of the shop where the 268-acre Lake Babcock will be kept stocked with fish, including bass. We hope to have a lot of people fishing in this lake, Mr. Serfozo said. The 1,750-square foot store itself is well stocked with items for rent or to purchase, including fishing rods and tackle, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. There are clothes for hiking, fishing shirts and hats, and sundry items such as sunscreen and bugspray, blankets and folding chairs for enjoying a concert or event in Founders Square. And the distinctive Curry Creek Outfitters logo, the initials of the shop made into a compass, adorn an array of clothing, mugs, cups, bottles and other items. On a recent Friday morning, Mr. Serfozo and his staff greeted customers as they stopped in to see the store, curious about what this new solarpowered place is all about. We fully believe in the Disney philosophy, he said. When someone comes into the shop theyre going to know theyre special. Outside on the sidewalk, a worker assembled a surrey bike with its cloth awning, which families can rent and ride. The shop will have a bicycle mechanic for maintenance and repairs, and the store will rent and sell fat-tire bikes for riding the ranchs off-road trails. It will offer childrens bicycle rentals as well. Adults can use the towns bike share program to get on two wheels if they plan to ride on the street or commute to work. While Babcock will eventually offer some 50 miles of trails that range from dirt to boardwalk, one of the first available is Sunset Park, a three-mile unpaved loop. Curry Creek Canal trail itself was created when the canal was dredged years ago. Mr. Serfozo, who lives in Alva with his wife, was hired in January and helped the Babcock team turn a shell of a building into a fully functioning shop. I cant believe how much weve accomplished in such a short time, he said. Originally from Ohio, he was an engineer and quality assurance manager. Prior to arriving at Babcock, he owned Del Sol retail shops for 15 years in Ohio, Michigan and Naples. When I saw an ad for this position in the fall, it was like they defined me, he said. The thing that got me excited about (Babcock Ranch) is the fact that its something no one else has done. This had a specialness to me. He has the store well thought out, all the way down to a scent machine that creates a very mild outdoorsy smell in the air. The biggest complement that somebody can give us is they mention the place has a nice feel to it, he said. The idea is if we help them have a COURTESY PHOTOSThe 1,750-square-foot Curry Creek Outfitters has everything you need to explore Babcock Ranch. 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!


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Yet for all its obvious natural beauty, Babcock Ranch spoke to Kits on 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 th e 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 inc redible feeling. We drove to the Cyp ress 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 d own 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 s omething with this beautiful property. The visit with the Babcocks was propitiou s, 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 family s timber business, the most prominent end-users being the diamond mines in South Africa that used the p ine-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 t he 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 purchas ing 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 sa y-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. NEXT PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 12, 2017ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITYTHE BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH 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 groundbreakingA36-37 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 r ate 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. 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