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PAGE 1 Vol. II, No. 3 FREEFALL 2017 Around townSee some of the events you should not miss.A6 Social shotsBabcock Telegraph advertisers and Realtors tour Babcock Ranch. A36 F BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comVANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHOR THE SEVEN NATIONAL AND REGIONAL BUILDers at Babcock Ranch, working with respected community developer Kitson & Partners and being part of Americas first completely solar-powered new town was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They shared president and CEO Syd Kitsons vision of sustainability, energy efficiency and a master plan designed with Babcock Ranchs model homes showcase towns unique lifestyle SEE HOME, A8 The whole concept of the town is about front porch living ... Our models were planned to show buyers very livable floor plans that showcase outdoor living in the front of the home and back with covered living areas and pools. Claudine Lger-Wetzel, vice president of sales and marketing for Stock Development INSIDE: A look at some of the models being built and planned here. A28 LearningA day in the life of Babcock Neighborhood School. A10 oc k o d s ck Le a A d a li f e o N e ig Sch o A1 0 Babcock Ranch front porch living keeps residents closer to nature, and each other.


A2 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCH PublisherPason Gaddispgaddis@floridaweekly.comEditorJeffrey Culljcull@floridaweekly.comEditorial AdvisorJama Dockjdock@kitsonpartners.comPresentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comContributing WritersEvan Williams, Nanci Theoret, Glenn Miller, Laura Tichy-SmithPhotographerVandy MajorGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz Hannah Kruse, Alisa Bowman Paul Heinrich, Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerMaggie Humphreymaggie@floridaweekly.comAccount ExecutivesAngela Schivinskiangela@floridaweekly.comGail Dingeegdingee@floridaweekly.comMichele Foleymfoley@floridaweekly.comRob Pattersonrpatterson@floridaweekly.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC4300 Ford Street, Suite 105 Fort Myers, Florida 33916Phone: 239.333.2135 Under-construction Wellness Center offers full spectrum of health and wellness services BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comFuture residents of Babcock Ranch will enjoy one of the healthiest lifestyles in Southwest Florida. Not only are yoga and exercise classes part of the towns ongoing weekly schedule thats open to the public, nature trails provide five of 50 planned miles of biking and hiking paths, and paddling options are also available on the communitys large lakes. Environmentally friendly homes and a walkable site plan place an even greater emphasis on health and well-being a way of everyday living that will be enhanced with the opening of the two-story 26,407-square-foot Wellness Center, expected during spring 2018. Now under construction in Founders Square, the facility will complete the first phase of the town center and offer a half-court basketball gym, a weight-lifting room, juice bar and therapy rooms on the ground floor as well as office space for an insurance agency and medical offices staffed by physicians affiliated with Lee Health. The second floor features cardio and Pilates studios and onsite occupational and physical therapy. Outside, the six-lane saltwater pool will be used for competitive swimming and exercise classes. A zero entry allows for handicap access. Lee Health Wellness is the centers main tenant, expected to occupy 18,200 square feet on the first and second floors with an additional 3,469 square feet allocated for its doctors. The Wellness Center will also offer nutrition counseling and other therapeutic services. Construction is expected to wrap up in early March. Future residents and the public dont have to wait to enjoy Babcock Ranchs active lifestyle. Activities director Michelle Churchill has introduced several free classes, including strength and conditioning every Tuesday morning, Run at the Ranch Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. for early risers and running enthusiasts, a full-body workout Wednesday evenings in the Founders Square band shell, and a Saturday morning boot camp. Also Saturday are meditation and yoga classes at the band shell followed by paddleboard yoga. Ms. Churchill has also scheduled Mom & Me classes (fathers and other family member are also welcome) Tuesday mornings and weekly Aqua Fit sessions in the Lake House pool. Working out can and should be something to look forward to not a chore to be avoided, Ms. Churchill said. Its not just about healthy living. Its about connections, being part of an experience that builds lasting friendships. Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A.henlaw.com239.344.1100Fort MyersBonita SpringsSanibelNaples* *by appointment only ESTATE PLANNING Helping Communities, Businesses and Individuals Since 1924.At the intersection of planning and peace of mind.While death and nal arrangements can be difcult to discuss, having your wishes properly documented is crucial to protect the ones you leave behind. We guide our clients through a range of signicant life events impacting estate plans, from births, marriages, divorces, second marriages, and guardianships to family business succession planning, trusts, and probate litigation. Let us advocate your interests as weve done for our clients for more than 90 years. Ronald A. EisenbergFlorida Bar Board Certied in Wills, Trusts and Estates Ernest H. HatchFlorida Bar Board Certied in Wills, Trusts and EstatesDavid M. PlattNamed to Best Lawyers in America (2006-2017) Erin Blumer BunnellLL.M Estate Planning Eric GurgoldFlorida Bar Board Certied in Wills, Trusts and Estates LL.M Taxation


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A4 FALL 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 Builder Lots B B


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 Fawcett Memorial Hospital


BABCOCK RANCH EVENTSEvery day through Oct. 30Pumpkin Patch 9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.FITNESSTuesdaysMom & Me Fitness 9:30 a.m. Strength & Conditioning 10 a.m.SaturdaysBoot Camp 8:30 a.m. Yoga 10:30 a.m.HAPPENINGSSaturdaysLive Music 4:30 p.m.SundaysBrunch Table & Tap 10 a.m. 3 p.m.Halloween Oct. 31Trunk or Treat 6:30-8:30 p.m. Founders SquareCome to Babcock Ranch for some Halloween fun at Trunk or Treat, where children and their families can trick-or-treat throughout Founders Square with trunks full of candy. There will also be a canned food drive to provide food to the victims of Hurricane Irma so bring your canned goods.The event is free, but please RSVP in order for us to get an accurate count of attendees. If youd like to volunteer your trunk, please email Michelle Churchill at EVENTSNov. 12-17Scholastic Book Fair at Babcock Neighborhood SchoolNov. 16 Community Day at the Scholastic Book Fair 3-6 p.m.Dec. 9Jingle Bell 5K and 10K 7 to 10 a.m. Founders SquareRun through the finish at Founders Square, next to Lake Babcock and the beautiful Band Shell. Live music, food and drinks at the finish line. 10K Race starts at 7:30 a.m. 5K Race starts At 7:35 a.m. A6 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCH at 239.344.8221 | Run through the finish line and finish in Founders Square at the Jingle Bells 5K and 10k. Live music, food, and drinks at the finish line. events Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning classes incorporates muscular classes incorporates muscular strength and endurance. A strength and endurance. A great total body workout, great total body workout, suitable for all ability levels. suitable for all ability levels. Come enjoy Trunk or Treat where children and their families can trick-or-treat throughout Founders Square TUESDAYS TUESDAYS THROUGH THROUGH OCT. 30 OCT. 30 Fall is upon us and its Fall is upon us and its time to celebrate with the time to celebrate with the 2017 2017 Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Patch. Come by Babcock Ranch Come by Babcock Ranch for some fall fun and pick for some fall fun and pick out pumpkins perfect for out pumpkins perfect for carving. carving. www.babcockranch. www.babcockranch. com/events com/events 12.9 12.9 10.31 10.31 hline h S q a n a n c h line q uar e n d n d c o m /


A8 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCHthe environment in mind. Its exciting to be part of a new town, said Claudine Lger-Wetzel, vice president of sales and marketing for Stock Development, which has completed five fully furnished model homes. Syd Kitson does a remarkable job with master-planned communities and Babcock Ranch offers a long-time opportunity. How often does a builder get to shape the future of a new town? We believe in the vision. More than a dozen model homes are now open in the towns first phase of the Lake Timber neighborhood, capturing the unique vision of architecture that recalls Floridas past, an emphasis on outdoor spaces front porches included and the lifestyle residents can expect at Babcock Ranch. Many showcase sweeping lake views and interior design that makes visitors feel truly at home. The models complement the already-in-place amenities at Founders Square, offering a restaurant, outdoor outfitter, discovery center and the neighborhood school that welcomed its first students for the 2017-18 school year. Another 12 models are in various stages of construction. Babcock Ranch launched home construction with Castle Harbour Homes, Fox Premiere Builders, Homes by Towne, Stock Development and Florida Lifestyle Homes. Major national builders Pulte and Lennar joined the family this spring. The diversity of builders and home styles creates a true sense of place, nodding to Southwest Floridas variety of historical architecture. Prices range from the $200,000s to about $900,000. With two to four bedrooms, oneand two-story plans and 1,025 to 4,000 square feet of living space, buyers will find the perfect home, whether theyre downsizing or fully customizing to create their dream home. Townhouses are expected to join the residential offerings in 2018 and also in the works: a community geared to residents 55 and older. Pulte, the newest builder on the block, is constructing quick move-in inventory homes with alley-loading garages and expects to welcome its first residents in March, said Marc Taglieri, general sales manager for the PulteGroups Southwest Florida division. He describes the floor plans as life tested. We conduct focus groups to find out what homebuyers are looking for. That wish list includes an open great room concept melding gathering spaces with dining room and kitchen and an emphasis on outdoor living. The inventory homes offer up to three bedrooms and 1,758 square feet of living space with pricing in the upper $200,000s. In January, Pulte will start model home construction in Parkside, a neighborhood of 132 homes nestled against a community park and just southeast of the Founders Square town center. The models, expected to open in April, will represent two of the builders eight floor plans, which offer two to five bedrooms and 1,700 to over 3,000 square feet. They include oneand two-story plans, front porches and metal roofs and are base priced from the lowto mid-$200,000s, Mr. Taglieri said. Babcock Ranch is a ground-breaking project, he added. Any time a company like us has the opportunity to work with a great developer like Kitson & Partners, were going to jump in. Were offering affordable products for not just family buyers but empty nesters. Among the features Pulte is incorporating in its home designs to maximize efficiency are LED lighting, double-pane low thermal emissivity windows and tankless water heaters.Babcock Style: Community CharacterBabcock Ranch homes are created to stringent architectural and environmental guidelines and enhanced building codes. Homes offer energy and water efficient features, a gigabyte of fiber-optic connectivity and are powered by the sun, courtesy of the 440-acre onsite FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center. Inspired by nature and the Cypress Lodge homestead on the adjoining state-owned Babcock Ranch Preserve, the towns style echoes pre-World War II neighborhoods throughout Southwest Florida. Its a mix of cultural vernaculars from Spanish and coastal to Colonial West Indies, farmhouse and Old Florida characterized by deep and wrap-around front porches, lap siding and metal roofs. Lennar signed on at Babcock Ranch in March and plans to build a mix of twin villas and single-family homes in a neighborhood of 180 sites. Twin villas will start around $180,000; single-family homes in the $220,000s. At build-out some 20 to 25 years away Babcock Ranch is expected to have 19,500 homes, 50,000 residents and 6 million square feet of commercial space. Fox Premier Builders is introducing Babcock Ranchs cottage homes, presently constructing several models from its portfolio of five floor plans, most of them two stories. The rustic homes recall Old Florida-style homes, offer two to four bedrooms and span just over 1,000 to nearly 2,500 square feet. Each plan has a one-car garage with options for a second car. The homebuilder worked previously with Kitson & Partners at Talis Park in Naples. Daniel Monroy, Foxs project manager, said the models are being constructed with structurally insulated panels, or SIPs, that exceed Florida Green Building Coalition certification requirements, are as strong as concrete and more energy efficient. Babcock is a good fit for us and we went above and beyond. Were greener, said Mr. Monroy. Weve had pretty good response and have reserved 10 lots. People like the idea of what the town is going to be.The Name GameBabcocks builders have gotten creative in naming their floor plans. Stocks four open models Crystal, Destin, Delray and Sebring are inspired by other small-town Florida destinations. The builders model repertoire offers three and four bedrooms, 2,676 to 3,744 square feet and plan-specific features such as studies, three-car garages, formal dining rooms, second floors and large alfresco living areas. Stocks homes feature standing seam metal roofs and most of the companys floor plans were designed exclusively for Babcock on two lot sizes in Lake Timber. The whole concept of the community is about front porch living, said Ms. Lger-Wetzel. Our models were planned to show buyers very livable floor plans that showcase outdoor living in the front of the home and in back with covered living areas and pools. Stock tapped into some of Southwest Floridas leading design firms, including Clive Daniel Home, Norris Furniture & Interiors, Builders Design, Pizzazz Interiors and Soco Interiors. Visitors, she said, have been wowed by the variety and details. Weve had tremendous interest, Ms. Lger-Wetzel said. Were working with quite a few clients and are excited for 2018. A fifth model, the three-bedroom, 2,822-square-foot Bartow, has just been completed. Castle Harbour Homes created four new floor plans when it joined the Babcock team in 2016 and named each after a Florida fortress. Fort Casey, a completed three-bedroom Spanish-inspired model, represents the former historic military post on Useppa Island in Charlotte Harbor. The 3,500-square-foot model and the builders second open home, the ranch-style Fort Arbuckle with upgraded finishes, are built on the banks of Lake Timber and Lake Bullhorn and showcase interior design by Lori Manning Designs. A third model, the four-bedroom Fort Davenport, is currently under construction. Options allow homebuyers to customize their homes by expanding kitchens and adding rooms. Homes by Towne offers eight semi-custom floor plans on two lots sizes as part of Babcock Ranchs Harvest Collection. All our models are named after tomatoes, said Kitt Kearney, vice president of sales and marketing. We give out seeds so visitors can plant tomatoes or green peppers. A founding builder at Babcock and Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota some 22 years ago, Homes by Towne has completed four models. The Sterling, Sungold, Jade and Brandywine feature two and three bedrooms and 1,955 to 2,660 square feet. We love the whole concept of Babcock Ranch and the front porch which were taking through the home, Ms. Kearney said. Visitors are really enjoying our floor plans and realizing they meet their needs. Weve had 10 sales. The models architecture spans craftsmen, farmhouse, coastal and West Indies styles with interior design by John Fleming of Sarasotabased Model Home Group. Four additional models are under construction: the Heirloom, Juliet and Amelia, each offering two bed-HOMEFrom page 1 PHOTOS BY VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHMore than a dozen model homes are now open in the towns first phase of the Lake Timber neighborhood. The diversity of builders and home styles creates a true sense of place.


BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2017 A9rooms, and the Southern Star, which at 3,071 square feet will be the builders largest model. In keeping with the neighborly and family friendly community essence that is Babcock Ranch, Florida Lifestyle Homes borrowed the names of employees children and those of owner Bill Ennens for its floor plans. Mr. Ennen has completed The Lauren, a two-story model overlooking Lake Timber, and The Taylor offering three bedrooms and a 16-foot vaulted wood ceiling. Next up is The Madison. A custom builder at Babcock, Florida Lifestyle Homes floor plans range from 2,500 to over 4,000 square feet and are based priced at $499,000. Floor plans offer bonus rooms, lofts and multiple options for buyers to make it their own. We can customize anything, Mr. Ennen said. I tell clients are floor plans are like Silly Putty. We can pull and stretch them anyway theyd like. He also praises the developer and the community. I liked the idea of solar power and sustainability, said Mr. Ennen. Kitson was also a big part of my decision as were the number of units and the longevity of the buildout. Were talking to potential buyers and the response has been overwhelming. They love the idea of being outdoors, the hiking trails and the school being open. Were looking forward to seeing more people out here. I always said rooftops will breed rooftops. The open great room concept melds gathering spaces with dining room and kitchen with an emphasis on outdoor living The Discovery Center in Woodlea Hall is the place to start your tour of Babcock Ranchs model homes.


A10 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCH Reservations Recommended: 800-500-5583 80 8 00 S ta te t R R R oa d d d d 31 P P un ta ta G G G or or d da da , l l Fl Fl Fl or or or d id id id a a a 33 33 98 98 2 2 | | | | T To T urs: T T ue d d d sd a y S S S atur da y A day in the life of Babcock Neighborhood School BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comOn a warm, drizzly Friday afternoon at the end of September, first graders at Babcock Neighborhood School were at recess, playing in the splash pad, a small courtyard filled with fountains next to the school. It was a muchdeserved break from their studies at Charlotte Countys newest charter school. Its inaugural class of 153 kindergarten through sixth-grade students began in August to study the schools innovate project-based, Green STEAM curriculum, which aims to engage students in real-world projects and activities that integrate science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Their day begins at 8:30 a.m. when they are due to arrive at school. A healthy breakfast created by Babcocks Table & Tap culinary team is waiting, including items such as his scratch-made yogurt or apple muffins. The team also creates the lunch menu at the school, which features fresh, locally-sourced ingredients prepared with no refined sugar. After breakfast, they head to class in big, bright rooms with tall windows that look out on Founders Square where the magic happens, said Principal Shannon Treece. After morning announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance, teachers generally focus on the core curriculum, which the students will need to meet state requirements. In the afternoons, after lunch, they are involved in activates that tie what they learned into the larger world outside the classroom in the Babcock Ranch community, and make deeper connections between different STEAM disciplines. Ultimately, student engagement is what (teachers) are looking for, Ms. Treece said. To make every day a day the student remembers, and make every day a day students want to go to school. In one kindergarten classroom that Friday afternoon, kids were engaged in the culmination of lessons about Johnny Appleseed that began on Tuesday. Besides reading and writing about his life, they had made applesauce and apple pie, and then delivered it to people who work in downtown Babcock, their community partners a lesson in communication and social skills. For art, activities included studying the patterns and colors inside an apple. For math, they voted on which types of apples they liked best Golden Delicious, Red Delicious or Granny Smith and then graphed the results. One student named Connor voted for Golden Delicious. It was sweet and good, he said, after politely offering me a taste. His teacher Rachel Crawford enjoys working at the school, which allows her space to develop her own lessons around the fundamental elements of STEAM study. Students were getting back on track this week after ongoing recovery from Hurricane Irma disrupted plans the week before. Its really exciting. Were really starting to get it going, she said. I think the biggest thing is (principal Ms. Treece) is giving us the freedom to expand and explore project-based learning. During a visit to the class, Ms. Treece told one boy who was dancing with excitement during the apple-tasting project, Find your listening ears. OK, he told her, walking back to his seat, just let me plug them in. In another class, students engineered devices to bob for apples using pipe cleaners, bobby pins, paper clips and popsicle sticks. On the second floor of the building that afternoon, fifth and sixth grade students were involved in a hands-on entrepreneurship lesson. Amya Hearn, 13, Chloe Cole, 12, and Kylee Mills, 11, had secured a small loan for their start-up business called Solar Scentsations, which will sell bath and body products. Ms. Treece asked them how they liked working on the project, and how it differs from studies at their old school. There was a chorus of answers: Its more active. More sciency. At our old school, it was just books. I love it. EVAN WILLIAMS / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH


Near the end of the day, students at different grade levels have a chance to work on passion projects they create. The projects engage them in service to the community, and help them master critical thinking skills. For instance, some students worked on collecting goods for homeless shelters and making bed kits. Ms. Treece helps guide them through the nitty gritty questions of making their projects come to life, asking questions such as, have they talked with leaders at a homeless shelter? Do they know where to donate supplies and who needs them? In November, the students will get a chance to speak about their projects at an open house. Later, a line of cars began to collect outside the school, waiting to pick up children when their day ends at 3:15 p.m. Some students will stay for after school programs such as a yoga class or Bricks for Kids, in which they engineer their own creations with special Lego kits. And finally, the weekend was about to arrive. BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2017 A11 Its more active. More sciency. At our old school, it was just books. I love it. Students Amya Hearn, Chloe Cole and Kylee Mills on how Babcock School differs from their previous schools studiesVANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH 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. SPACE RESERVATIONS: CAMERA-READY ADS: Contact your account executive today to learn more about advertising in the Babcock Ranch Telegraph.239.333.2135 Visit us online at w 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 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, m ys terious forests that intermittently lined the r oad 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 Babcoc k Ranch, said Kitson. Co m ing 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 decomp ress. It was an inc redible feeling. We drove to the Cyp re ss 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 th inking this is a very, very special place. From that moment, I was hopeful Id have an opportunity to do s omething with this beaut iful pr operty. The visit with the Babcocks was propiti ous, both for the family and for Kitson. In 1914, Edward Babcock, a Pittsburgh lumbe r magnate and politician, purchased the 91,000-acre Crescent B Ranch from P erry McAdo w, t he scion of a family that made its fort une in the gold mines of Montana. The renamed Babcock R an ch 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 con versation s that would expand their business model. Kitson & Partners success to that point had been built on purchasing distressed proper ties and r e-introducing them in a fresh, appealing way. While the enterp rise was successful, the partners knew they wante d 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. NEXT PUBLICATION DATE: JANUARY 10, 2018ADVERTISING 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 OUTW ARD APPEARANCES, 2016 W AS A V ERY 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 rapi d growth rate in the Uni t ed 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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BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2017 A13On Babcock Schools menu: healthy, sustainable meals BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comOn the menu at Babcock Neighborhood School are homemade wheat-crust pizzas, butternut squash with chicken, and for Meatless Mondays, Spanish chickpea stew: these are not your fathers school lunches. The menu brings the principles of healthy, sustainable eating to kindergarten through sixthgrade students, as well as challenging their palates. The meals program is overseen by Chef Richard Howze, who runs the kitchen at Babcock Table & Tap restaurant as well as Slaters Goods & Provisions marketplace, which has a kitchen where school breakfasts and lunches are prepared. Chef Howze took over in October from Chef David Rashty, who created the school lunch menu for the start of the year. My approach is clean, healthy prepared foods nothing processed, fresh vegetables from the garden, Chef Howze said. Its a real simple approach. Just healthy and local. During the first few months of the year, the kitchen experimented with different menu items to see what students liked the most, including scratch-made yogurt with fresh fruit for breakfast, or lunch ingredients that included farro ancient grains and green-pea guacamole. Well continue to develop different dishes and keep it new and fresh, Chef Howze said. The pizza and burrito bowls have been among the kids favorites. We utilize organic flowers and cheeses for the pizza, Chef Howze said. So its not your standard pizza, we make the dough from scratch. Its all about the ingredients you know? BNS principal Shannon Treece was impressed by the Babcock culinary teams commitment to creating healthy meals. Its all fresh and no sugar, she said, and thats not your usual school. Chef Howze uses no refined sugar in the school menu, though he does substitute other sweeteners such as Babcock Ranch honey from Wonderful Bees. The meals are also woven into school lessons that tie into Babcock Ranchs focus on living in harmony with the environment, including sourcing local ingredients. Herbs such as basil for calzones and pizza come directly from Babcocks garden. Seafood on the menu is sourced through Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, to ensure it is caught using sustainable practices. Other proteins such as beef, chicken and pork come from Circle C Farm in Felda, and were raised without using GMOs, steroids, or antibiotics. Chef Howzes experience before coming to Babcock includes working as executive chef for Stilwell Enterprises on Sanibel Island, chef de cuisine at Naples Grande Beach Resort, and executive chef at Edgewater Beach Hotel. Up to 1 Gbps speed may not be available in your area. Broadband speeds will vary due to conditions outside of network control, including customer location and equipment, and are not guaranteed. Restrictions apply. 2016 CenturyLink. All Rights Reserved. The name CenturyLink and the pathways logo are trademarks of CenturyLink. ENJOY THE FIBER THINGS IN LIFE.CenturyLink 1 Gig Internet + Prism TV CenturyLink 1 Gig Internet and Prism TV now rolling out in your city.


A14 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCHBabcock Ranch elevates natural connections BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comIt was almost as if the land spoke to Kitson & Partners, nature guiding the development of the innovative town of Babcock Ranch and in the process creating an all-encompassing passion to do right by the environment. The land determined the placement of neighborhoods and commercial buildings, amenities and utilities. It whispered to the past, of historic water flow blocked decades ago by agricultural operations, and it presented unique opportunities to respect the environment, building with minimal impact of traditional developments and even coaxing nature along when necessary. There was never a question nature would play a major role in Babcock Ranch, an innovative and environmentally friendly Charlotte County town planned for 19,500 homes, 50,000 residents and six million square feet of commercial space. Its environmental emphasis is obvious throughout the town, witnessed along the first five of more than 50 miles of planned trails, wildlife foraging for dinner near public lakefronts and an emphasis on native landscaping that included planting more than 5,000 trees and minimizing the use of grass. Nature provides the canvas for outdoor childhood adventures, the venue for family and community gatherings, and those simple aah moments enjoyed from a front porch or lanai. I believe people want ways to connect with nature, to leave everything else behind and recharge, said Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. Babcock Ranch is all about the great outdoors. Living in a town with half of its total area dedicated to green space, residents can walk out their door and truly immerse themselves in nature without leaving their neighborhood. Because of the mindfulness of Babcock Ranchs design, nature improves the healthy lifestyle of the community, connecting residents and visitors with a known moodbooster. Countless studies document the mental health benefits of natural immersion, whether walking or biking along that road less traveled, surrendering to the mesmerizing play of light on water while fishing on the Sunset Lake dock or already a favorite of onsite employees and visitors savoring the setting sun peeking through the Babcock logo on its signature bridge. At Babcock Ranch, nature offers quiet spots to meditate, lakefront boardwalks, neighborhood parks and trailheads, and myriad opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Trails will eventually connect to the adjoining Babcock Ranch Preserve, 73,000 acres of state-owned land featuring pinelands, dry prairie ecosystems, cypress domes and Telegraph Swamp and home to 13 endangered or threatened species, including the Florida black bear and panther, the eastern indigo snake and Florida burrowing owl. Onsite trails and lakes offer destinations to bicycle and paddle with equipment rentals available at Curry Creek Outfitters in Founders Square. Babcocks first two of many planned Zagster sharing stations allows cyclists to reserve bikes in advance. Canopied Surrey bikes are perfect for sharing quality time and pedal power aux deux. To reduce environmental impact, nearly 90 percent of Babcock Ranchs 18,000 acres is woven into land previously used for farming, pastures and rock mining. The town is fringed by forests and each neighborhood also offers community gardens. Onsite farming operations also supply fresh produce to Town Squares Table & Tap restaurant. Throughout the town, rain gardens are planted with native vegetation to filter and recycle storm water runoff mirroring the qualities of natural marshlands. Reclaimed gray water for irrigation conserves a precious resource. By reestablishing historic flow ways, the town reaps the benefits of natural storm water management systems that have been weathering storms for years. Native landscaping that thrives in Floridas heat and during rainy seasonand even hurricanes not only reduces water use, it minimizes storm runoff and flooding, improves surface water quality and requires less maintenance, irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides. Its also more resilient to fire and natural weather events as demonstrated during Hurricane Irma. Babcock Ranch was designed for resiliency. Portions of the town are located 30 feet above sea level and buildings and homes constructed to Floridas enhanced building codes met Irmas test. Some of the newer trees that had not yet established a deep root system were impacted by the storm but were able to quickly recover, said Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch. Storm safety and resiliency has factored into every element of the design and engineering of our new town, said Mr. Kitson. Weve taken great care to incorporate the latest technologies to keep people truly safe in a storm and allow a quick rebound after a storm passes. Hurricane Irma showed us that if you build in the right place and adhere to the codes, the return on investment can be infinite. As a sustainable community, Babcock Ranch is on the cusp of introducing North Americas first autonomous shuttle network beginning this November. The service, a partnership between Kitson & Partners and Transdev, will expand with the towns growth and reduce the reliance on vehicle ownership and impact on the environment through lower emissions. Considered the global leader in multi-modal mobility solutions, Transdev is using Babcock Ranch as a living laboratory, redefining transportation through its concept of Mobility-as-a-Service platform, which will eventually include car-sharing, bike-sharing, autonomous pods, and charter transit in future phases of the mobility plan. We recognize that progress comes in increments, Mr. Kitson said. When people can walk, bike, catch a shuttle, use their handheld device to summon an on-demand autonomous vehicle, or utilize a shared vehicle service for trips off-site, they will quickly realize they dont really need their own car. As the first completely solar-powered new town in the country, Babcock Ranch is putting nature first. Not only has nature inspired the towns unique architecture, half of the development plan is dedicated to public green space and lakes. Nature is the language of the land, spoken fluently throughout. I believe people want ways to connect with nature, to leave everything else behind and recharge. Babcock Ranch is all about the great outdoors. Living in a town with half of its total area dedicated to green space, residents can walk out their door and truly immerse themselves in nature without leaving their neighborhood. Syd KitsonPHOTOS BY VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCHNature has always guided the development of the innovation of Babcock Ranch, with natural connections everywhere you look. Curry Creek Outfitters in Founders Square offers bicycle and paddle equpment. Table & Tap restaurant offers fresh produce.


CAN A TOWN MAKE YOU HEALTHIER? It would have to be walkable. And bikeable. Even kayakable. With miles and miles of trails, creeks, lakes, and more. Fresh food would be as convenient as fast food. And the Doctors oce would be within walking distance. Or even as close as your laptop. It would have to be a place where you dont just live, you thrive. Can a town make you healthier? This one can.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 FALL 2017 A17Homes by Towne invites you to join its family of happy customers BY LAURA TICHY-SMITHBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentWith several excellent builders offering a number of fabulous home models at Babcock Ranch, you may feel a bit like a kid in a candy store when contemplating your future domestic bliss. Of the builders, Homes by Towne has the unique distinction of being majorityowned by a charitable foundation named after the companys founder and his wife. The Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation provides grants to organizations that work to improve the well-being of individuals, families and neighborhoods, so when you have your Babcock Ranch home built by Homes by Towne, you not only help yourself but you help nonprofits as well. Joseph Zilber was an extraordinary man who was extremely generous, said Kitt Kearney, the companys vice president of sales and marketing. He gave to charity all through life, and now that hes passed its going through the foundation. With over three decades of experience in the sunshine state, Homes by Towne knows building in Florida. And as a founding builder 22 years ago at Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota, Homes by Towne has experience with building during the founding stages of a new town. The company has embraced the lifestyle and energy-efficiency standards set as Babcocks vision and added its own touches to it. The Homes by Towne designs build upon the energy-efficiency mandate by adding radiant barrier roof sheeting, tankless water heaters, impact-resistant front windows, double-paned windows with shutters and 16-seer high efficiency heat pumps. The company started with Babcocks requirement for front porches and expanded that vision such that the floorplan designs include not only the interior but also the exterior living space so that you are invited to live all the way through your home, Ms. Kearney said. We have four different outside living plans, she said. One is a pool/spa, one is an outdoor firepit you step down into, one is a pool and one is a Jacuzzi, so it gives you four different outdoor lifestyles to choose from. You can be on the front entry porch visiting with neighbors, and as you live through the house, each has beautiful areas onto the water views, so we have a nice lifestyle on the outside. Homes by Townes current models feature different regional personalities. Those models are offered in the style of coastal, West Indies, farmhouse and craftsman. The floorplans are open to encourage the live through idea. As a builder of semi-custom homes, swapping of features within the same size class of home is possible if, for example, you like the gourmet cooks kitchen displayed in a different model home. Upgrades are also possible, although with touches such as granite counters and 42-inch cabinets coming standard in kitchens, you may not desire upgrades. The company has built its reputation on quality work and happy customers. When you go with us as your builder, you become part of the Homes by Towne family, Ms. Kearney said. We cherish that, want it to be a wonderful experience and think of you as one of our family. VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLYSeveral excellent builders offer a number of home models including Homes by Towne. 11741 Palm Beach Blvd. East Fort Myers Serving SW Florida Since 1922!Home of Community BankingOver the years our residential lenders have partnered to grow communities stronger by helping customers realize their dreams of home ownership. Dont wait apply today our lenders are ready to help and look forward to your visit.


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A20 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCH 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 Ambience and energy efficiency key for Fox Premier Builders BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentThe Fox Premier Builders model homes are tucked away on Lake Timber Drive, overlooking a lake to the north and Babcock Ranchs Lake House to the west. A sidewalk wraps along the street and leads to Founders Square, the downtown destination of shops and restaurants and school, a short walk or bicycle ride away. Foxs models sport the names Camden, The Cabin, Whisper Creek and Eden, all set in an Eden-like corner of Southwest Florida. On an early fall morning, only three weeks or so after Hurricane Irma roared through Florida, Tom Vet, Foxs project manager for Babcock, showed a visitor around the homes. He walked through the models and trudged up the stairs and explained why his company is involved with Babcock Ranch, which is Americas first solar powered town. Were excited about the sustainability and the energy saving and the whole set-up, Mr. Vet said. Fox is so excited about Babcock Ranch that it is moving its offices from Naples and into the new town. At the moment Mr. Vet started chatting with the Telegraph he was standing in the kitchen of the Camden, a three-bedroom, 2.5bath two-story house that is listed at $489,900. The home, designed by architects Allison Ramsey & Associates of Beaufort, S.C., features an expansive porch and is built strong enough to survive hurricanes even more powerful than Irma. It can sustain 160 mph winds, Mr. Vet said. But the Camden like all of Foxs models is about more than being built strong. Its about ambience and location and easy access to Babcock Ranchs kayaking, bicycling trails, the Lake House pool and its pool table right across the street. A child could throw a baseball from the houses front steps to the pool across Lake Timber Drive. Like all of Foxs homes in Babcock it is built with energy efficiency in mind. Mr. Vet estimated that even during the summer Camdens power bill to cool its 2,029 square feet should be only $111. Mr. Vet walked out of the Camden and next door to the Cabin, where he stopped on the front porch and glanced across the street at the lake. Front porch living, Mr. Vet said while on porch before walking in the Cabin, which features a living room with a ceiling he estimated at 26 feet high. The beams shoring up the room are, he said, fir. The Cabin, designed by Timberbuilt, a North Collins, N.Y. firm, is a two-bed, 2.5-bath, 2,001-square foot house that sells with a starting price of $569,000. It has a detached one-car garage with carport. Like all Fox homes, and indeed all homes in Babcock Ranch, it has fiber optics that offer very fast Internet speeds so the community combines the feeling of the charm of old Florida living with the best technology the 21st century offers. The next step on Mr. Vets short walking tour was the Whisper Creek model home. The Whisper Creek is a two-bed, 2.5-bathroom arrangement in a 1,555-square foot home starting at $399,900. The Whisper Creek home features a cottage look with front porch. Allison Ramsey & Associates, the firm that designed the Camden, also is behind the Whisper Creek model. The last stop on the little tour was the twostory, 2,483-square foot The Eden, a four-bed, four-bath model listed as starting at $499,900. This is my favorite, Mr. Vet said. Allison Ramsey & Associates also designed The Eden. Like all the Fox homes on the bend of Lake Timber Drive, its right by the Lake House, a community center with fireplaces inside and out. The little cluster of Fox model homes will soon be joined by many more. Eventually, according to Mr. Vet, Fox plans more homes in Babcock Ranch on land adjacent to the bend in Lake Timber Drive where the models now stand gleaming and providing a sweet new home scent. Weve got 80-some lots lined up for Fox, Mr. Vet said. All snugly situated between the Lake House and Founders Square, in the serenity of Babcock Ranch. COURTESY IMAGESFox Premier Builders Camden model, above, and renderings of the Eden, top right, and the Timberbuilt, bottom right.


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A22 FALL 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. Congratulations to the New City of Babcock Ranch! 27 Years of Sales and Service You Can Trust!Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford U.S. 41, 3156 TAMIAMI TRAIL, PORT CHARLOTTEToll Free: 1-888-313-9652941-625-6141 QUICK LANE: 941-625-1844 Shop 24/7 2 2 2 2 2017 FORD FOCUS 2017 FORD FUSION 2017 FORD MUSTANG 2017 FORD FLEX 2017 FORD TAURS 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 a b c o c o a k Babcock R c c abcockR co c B Bab ab bc co o c ck Ra a Ran nc an c nc h ch! ! Y C T t 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 7 7 7 7 F F F F O O R R D T A A T U U R R S S 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 20 1 0 -2 0 1 7


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A24 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCHSquare Scoops serves up ice cream and caffeine BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentSquare Scoops satisfies the cravings and dreams of two sets of customers that of kids and adults, a place for ice cream and caffeine, a post-school destination for children and a hangout for adults, a place to snag that morning jolt of coffee. Just dozens of steps from Babcock Neighborhood School is an ideal next stop for kids an ice cream parlor tucked into Slaters Goods & Provisions. Square Scoops offers 16 flavors of ice cream plus banana splits and sundaes in a shop overlooking Founders Square. And many other cool concoctions, said Rick Severance, president of Babcock Ranch, not intending a pun. Now what kid wouldnt want such a place within easy skateboarding distance of the schoolhouse door? But Square Scoops is more than an ice cream parlor. Its also a coffee shop, a place offering craft coffee in a rural setting many miles away from the Starbucks tucked away in downtown Fort Myers. The shops name is far more than an exercise in alliteration. Square Scoops is just what it implies ice cream will be scooped up in squares, not the traditional rounded ice cream scoops of yore or the one found in many kitchens. Like nearly everything at Babcock Ranchs food emporiums, the emphasis is on local products. That is the case at Square Scoops, which is across Founders Square from Table & Tap, Babcock Ranchs lakeside restaurant. The ice cream comes from the Ice Cream Club, part of the Fresh From Florida initiative. All home made, said Rich Howze, chef at Table & Tap, Babcock Ranchs restaurant across Founders Square from the ice cream parlor. People have been eagerly awaiting Square Scoops opening. That includes the 160 or so kids at the school. Do they peer through the windows wondering when the ice cream shop will open? All the time, Mr. Severance said. Every day. Everybody knows the old shout: We scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Soon, Babcock kids wont have to shout. Square Scoops offers a kid-friendly environment with a chalkboard on one wall where kids can write and draw. There will be a counter set up lower so pint-size customers can sit and place their treats at a comfortable level. Mr. Severance envisions Square Scoops also becoming a gathering place for adults from residents to employees to visitors. It offers more than an old-fashioned cup of joe. In the rural setting of Babcock Ranch, far from the hurly burley of Southwest Floridas urban sprawl, people can sample espresso or cappuccino or just a top-notch, finely crafted cup of coffee. Get the adults best coffee, Mr. Severance said. A town isnt complete, Mr. Severance believes, without a first-rate place for coffee. You need to have a great coffee shop, Mr. Severance said. And more than coffee. Square Scoops will also offer tea. The brand of choice is Jenwey Tea. And not in a setting like many other craft coffee places scattered around the region and steps away from six lanes of traffic and the grinding of gears and screech of tires and rumble of trucks. Not at Square Scoops, which is in the quiet serenity of downtown Babcock Ranch, near a lake and woodlands and the singing of birds, not the roar of traffic. Now that the weather is starting to cool the 36 outdoor seats and the 15 indoor seats will likely become places for friends to gather, for business associates to discuss work or just some quiet time to curl up with a book or laptop and a nice cup of coffee. Square Scoops will combine two worlds ice cream shop and coffee shop. When the Telegraph visited on a September morning, the finishing touches were being put on Square Scoops. Teal-colored chairs were scattered about. The lights were working. The AC was humming. A waffle maker and other kitchen equipment were installed and ready to put to their designed use. The plans are coming together. Those plans include more than ice cream and coffee and waffles. We can do smoothies, Mr. Severance said. Square Scoops and Slaters Goods & Provisions and, indeed, all of Babcock Ranch is taking it one scoop at a time... That, of course, will be one square scoop at a time. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHSquare Scoops offers 16 flavors of ice cream plus banana splits and sundaes in a shop overlooking Founders Square. At Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford WE GO GREEN! INCREDIBLE! 27 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 0 1 0 -2 0 1 7 At Don Gasgarths Charlotte County Ford, we go further by offering the power of choice with fuel efcient, eco-conscious vehicles. 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A26 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCHThe Lakehouse at Babcock Ranch BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comWhen it opens near the beginning of November, The Lakehouse at Babcock Ranch will be a neighborhood clubhouse and gathering place for the towns residents that can accommodate everything from weekend pool parties to shooting pool after school. Perched on the edge of Lake Timber, its the first building you see when driving over the bridge into town, with architecture typical of Babcock developments in that it blends oldfashioned, rustic charm with modern, greenbuilding techniques. We wanted to make sure that building grabbed peoples attention and created a foundation for what people are going to see as they enter into the community, said Tyler Kitson, project manager for Kitson & Partners. Residents will have access anytime by reserving the space or, if its not being used, with a key card. The 2,400-square foot building was inspired by the historic Cypress Lodge on the Babcock Reserve bordering the town. Its features include a wide-open floor plan full of windows and light. It was constructed with 24 by 24-inch beams that soar under 25-foot ceilings and are held together with walnut pegs. You walk in that building, you can smell the wood, and its absolutely beautiful, Mr. Kitson said. On the west side of the building, a two-sided stone fireplace that overlooks the lake rises from floor to ceiling. Near the front entrance, visitors will find a kitchenette, a game room with a billiard table, and two 55-inch flatscreen televisions. Outside, residents have access to a 2,200-square foot, zero-entry pool, along with a bathhouse. A lawn with shade trees meanders down to a 2,000-square-foot lakefront deck. Theres also a playground for after-school kids. Adirondack chairs, chaise lounges, and tables with umbrellas will offer visitors a place to kick back and relax. The wilderness-chic style of the buildings stone and exposed-beam materials pays homage to a bygone era, but its also one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the community. Thats in large part due to the walls made of SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels). PHOTOS BY VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe Lakehouse at Babcock Ranch is a neighborhood clubhouse that is set to open in November.


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A28 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCH AWARD WINNING PORT CHARLOTTE ARTISToffers his Limited Edition Archival PrintsStudio visits by appointment call: 941-875-3942To view the entire collection, please visit: www.howardspielman.comAFFORDABLE ARTHOWARD SPIELMAN Blue Palm Magical Place Kaleidoscope First Flower Real Estate Expert!Your al Estat R Rea a a a t t Kb Ptn, SCIS-Kbtnfr@JNAIrRrE.t tf.t Fft Ir Sbnr Cb tbr F. Mf, C Cfr, Lb, I brr b f r t r t. Southwest FloridaYour Local Real Estate Experts Since 1975 Model mania at Babcock Ranch reflects towns emphasis on front-porch Living BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comWhat its like to live at Babcock Ranch is no longer a guessing game. Now offering 12 singlefamily model homes in the Lake Timber neighborhood some with sweeping lake vistas the vision of Americas first new solar-powered town is clearly in focus. Visitors are bound to find the perfect home, or two or 12. Created by Southwest Floridas top builders, each model capturing a mood, a moment and the imagination from oneand two-story floor plans, two to four bedrooms and lifes little extras like bonus rooms, lofts, studies and dens. While each model has its own personality and architecture characteristic of Southwest Floridas pre-World War II neighborhoods, they all share a common thread environmentally friendly design that conserves water and energy and emphasizes front-porch living. Square footages range from 1,025 to over 4,000 and prices start in the $200,000s to over $900,000. Visitors can make the most out of touring each model by bringing a bike or renting one from Curry Creek Outfitters in Founders Square. Theyll also discover more models are under construction, including inventory homes by Pulte offering occupancy as early as March 2018. Open models feature five by Stock Development, two by Fox Premier Builders, four created by Homes by Towne and two from Florida Lifestyle Homes. Currently under construction are several other models by Castle Harbour Homes and Fox Premier Builders. Lennar is building a mix of twin villas and single-family homes in a 176-site neighborhood. Welcome home. COURTESY PHOTOSStock Developments Crystal model, above, The Taylor By Florida Lifestyle Homes, far left, and a rendering of Fox Premier Builders Timberbuilt Cabin model, left.


BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2017 A29 Broker participation is welcome. Prices, plans, specifications 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 parties 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 offering and should be considered as informational only.We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many local rst responders, business partners, families, volunteers, and employees who are actively restoring Southwest Florida and Babcock Ranch to its former splendor. Thank you for your assistance, support and patience.AFTER A STORM PASSES, THE REAL MEASURE OF RESILIENCY IS THE SPEED OF WHICH A COMMUNITY CAN COME TOGETHER TO RECOVER A better lifeBABCOCKRANCH.COM 888-659-7488COURTESY IMAGESAn artists rendering of Castle Harbour Homes furnished Fort Davenport model is set for completion in January in the Lake Timber neighborhood.VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHHomes by Townes Sterling at Babcock Ranch.


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BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2017 A31 Southwest Floridas newest lakefront farm to table dining experience only at Babcock Ranch800-659-7488 BABCOCKRANCH.COMOPEN MONDAYSATURDAY, 10 A.M. 11 P.M. SUNDAY 10 A.M. 9 P.M. 42850 CRE SCENT LOOP, BABCOCK RANCH, FL 33982 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 compliment 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 good time then it makes them want to remember the good time they had. With a soft opening at the beginning of March, the Outfitters store got a taste of the business to come at the Founders Festival on the weekend of March 11 and 12, when an estimated 20,000 people showed up to get a look at the beginnings of this unique place. The store went through about $6,000 worth of merchandise and had about 90 people using the kayaks and paddleboards. As the town continues to grow, the Outfitters store plans to offer further goods, services and events such as sunset cruises on the lake. Paddleboard yoga classes are now being taught. As our town grows, Curry Creek Outfitters will grow along with it by offering more products and services to our guests, Mr. Serfozo said. The store is stocked with items for rent or to purchase, including shing rods and tackle, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.


A32 FALL 2017 BABCOCK RANCH BABCOCK RANCH CUISINETable & Tap offers taste of Old Florida ambience, splendid food BY NANCI THEORETntheoret@babcockranchtelegraph.comAdmittedly, I was probably looking forward more to seeing Babcock Ranchs unique commercial and residential architecture than I was to sampling the cuisine created at its first restaurant, Table & Tap. I love the idea of farm-to-table dining (some of the restaurants produce is grown onsite) but I was eager to inspect the new towns style a low-countrymeets-old-Florida vernacular, novel to the area but so appropriate for Southwest Florida. My inaugural visit was a best-of-bothworlds experience: Great food served in one of the first buildings completed in Babcock Ranchs Founders Square. Table & Tap recalls Old Florida with its lap-siding, metal rooflines (mesmerizing during a summer rainfall) and rustic interior design hello, barn door. The restaurant offers a number of inside dining areas, its largest incorporating a lounge area and bar serving patrons inside and outside on the oversized wrap-around patio. Rockand brick-clad walls, a cozy fireside seating area, floating rafters and wood flooring add rustic warmth and charm without being kitschy. A smaller dining area can be closed off with the aforementioned barn door. Early-afternoon rain had chased away the humidity and my companion and I opted to join most of the other diners outside under the tin roof covered patio overlooking the sweeping Lake Babcock. It was the perfect setting to observe the towns smattering of completed model homes from a distance and imagine the water eventually surrounded by additional residences, native landscaping and amenity buildings. Table & Tap offers a full-service bar with a somewhat limited selection of whiskey, bourbon, rum and gin displayed on wood crates. A handful of draft selections include Babcock Brew and a rotating tap which during my visit featured Sarasota-based JDubs passion wheat. I ordered the namesake beer, a refreshing pilsner made by Fort Myers Brewing Co. Table & Taps lunch menu provides choices to eat healthy or indulge: Five salads, including roasted beet ($10) and chicken paillard ($12) and small plates such as miso-braised pork belly and fried goat cheese with local honey plus an assortment of sandwiches, among them fried gator and a fried green tomato BLT. The chef also prepares daily specials based on recently acquired ingredients like the watermelon gazpacho and chicken and waffles available during my visit. My companion curated her selections from a three-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) which included the options for house salad, organic chicken noodle or butternut squash soups for starters and a choice of short rib tagliatelle or two sandwiches as the main course. Diners also pick from two desserts as well. In addition to my guests soup, which looked basic but packed a lot of homemade flavor, we also ordered chicken wings and the braised pork belly. We took our servers recommendation and ordered the chicken wings ($10) plain with a trio of sauces for dipping. It was spoton as the wings remained crisp and we werent forced to choose between sweet or savory. I preferred the buttermilk (which wasnt listed on the menu) over the sweetness of the mango barbecue and the mango habanero, which provided a late-hitting heat. The pork belly ($9) was also crispy on the outside and marbled with layers of moist meat and fat. It was great on its own; wonderful with the accompanying cherry bourbon glaze that gave the dish depth. My companions chicken salad sandwich was a daily special and served on a buttery whole-grain croissant. The emphasis on fresh was apparent; the server said the chef makes the restaurants mayo and brought us ramekins to dip our French and sweet potato fries (sides also include fresh fruit or a house salad). The French fries accompanying my burger ($15) were hearty, the kind that can stand up to malt vinegar. A blend of bison, brisket and ground sirloin, the burger was grilled to a perfect medium rare, its flavor and juiciness benefitting from the meat combo. A buttered and toasted brioche bun didnt turn soggy and three chunks of homemade pickles a curious taste bordering on dill and bread and butter were a nice addition to the plate. The prix fixe menus miniature strawberry shortcake proved a good size with just enough spoonfuls of ripe strawberries, whipped cream and shortcake to sate a sweet tooth. The tres leches cake ($7) was moist as it should be; not super saturated like some versions. I detected a nice note of cardamom. Table & Tap is a great place to unwind and relax. An outdoor game area offers cornhole, oversized Jenga blocks and an equally large board inspired by the Connect 4 game. All proof that Table & Tap wants patrons to enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening hanging with friends or family. NANCI THEORET / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHFireside seating offers a cozy destination for conversation. Miso and cherry bourbon glaze enhance a simple pork belly appetizer.A combination of bison, brisket and ground sirloin makes for a melt-in-your mouth burger.The prix xe menus miniature strawberry shortcake. A buttery whole-grain croissant and chicken salad with homemade mayo offer a fresh avor pro le. 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BABCOCK RANCH FALL 2017 A37 AROUND BABCOCKBabcock Telegraph advertisers and Realtors tour Babcock Ranch 6 9 1. Eric Riemenschneider, Jerry Elliott and Gray Davis 2. Lynn Bacon and Bill Bacon 3. Transport vehicles ready for the tour. 4. Christin Collins and David Collins 5. Scott Folsom and Joan Cox 6. Lori Spratlin, Richard Plummer and Cathy Sink 7. Bruce Foster, Janis Bowles and Connie Sherrard 8. Guests visited various model homes during the tour. 9. Table & Tap serves up lunchVANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH VANDYMA Rick Severance, Michelle Churchill and Natalee Burns 7 8 Let OUR Family ... Take Care of YOUR Family P hysician-Owned. P atientC entered Oces close by in Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres and Cape Coralbtnnn Welcome to Babcock RanchThrough All Life Stages Caring For Your Family Family Pra ctice Internal Medi c ine Obstetrics & G ynec ology Pediatrics


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GRAND OPENINGModels Now Open 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 proud to debut our new model collection in the Lake Timber neighborhood of Babcock Ranch. Were excited to be a featured builder in this innovative solar-powered community, and honored to bring our award-winning quality and style to Babcock Ranch. Our collection of threeand four-bedroom single-family homes range from 2,676 to 3,200 square feet, with great rooms and luxurious outdoor living spaces. Come experience these beautiful models by Stock, now celebrating 15 years as one of Southwest Floridas leading homebuilders. 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 From the low $400s