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PAGE 1 Vol. III, No. 1 FREESPRING 2018 Cooking upA new menu is cooking at Table & Tap. A6 Social shotsBabcock Ranch unveils solar facility that will power the town. A32 DelishSlaters blends nostalgia, convenience and gourmet fare into onestop shop.A22 d s e et eGRAND THE INSIDE: See who was on the scene at the Hometown Grand Opening. A34-35 What was once only imagined has now come to fruition. BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comSyd Kitson tall, articulate, affable, a man with foresight and tenacious persistence who might have made a great governor or senator did not voluntarily go into politics. People who once played professional football for the Green Bay Packers may be a little too blunt or goal-oriented to ask for votes. Instead, the president and CEO of Kitson & Partners was dragged into both local and state politics starting 13 years ago, in 2005, when he put together the biggest public-private real estate deal in Florida. He worked with elected and appointed officials in Tallahassee, Charlotte and Lee counties, and with the private owners of the sprawling, century-old Babcock ranch, to create a green town of the same name and protect the lands surrounding it, themselves amounting to more than 110 square miles of wilderness and agricultural land. Thirteen years later the proof is in the pudding, served up at a grand opening last month attended by thousands of visitors, the long line of their cars stretching out for miles north and south on State Road 31 running past the entrance to Babcock Ranch: Mr. Kitson is doing what he SEE REALITY, A8 REALITYAbove: Downtown Babcock Ranch. Right: Syd Kitson, president and CEO of Kitson & Partners, addresses the crowd at the recent Babcock Grand Opening.VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH


A2 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH PublisherPason Gaddispgaddis@floridaweekly.comEditorJeffrey Culljcull@floridaweekly.comEditorial AdvisorLaura Kellerlkeller@kitsonpartners.comPresentation EditorEric Raddatzeraddatz@floridaweekly.comContributing WritersEvan Williams, Roger Williams, Glenn Miller, Laura Tichy-SmithPhotographerVandy MajorGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz Hannah Kruse, Alisa Bowman Paul Heinrich, Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerTara Rosheimtara.rosheim@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 Babcock Ranch reaches 100 home contracts BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comAs Babcock Ranch celebrated its official Grand Opening, construction workers continued to erect houses in adjacent soon-to-be neighborhoods, a sign of another milestone for the new town: We are happy that weve reached our 100th (home) sales contracts almost in line with the grand opening on March 10, said Laura V. Keller, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Kitson & Partners. That also really marked the completion of Founders Square with everything in place, Lee Health (wellness center) being kind of the last piece. There are now eight homebuilders signed up to construct houses at Babcock, providing a mixture of single-family, town homes, and villas that range in price from just under $200,000 to about $1 million. The list includes Castle Harbour Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Homes by Towne, Lennar, Pulte Homes, Stock Classic Homes and Solara Homes by Banroc. Theres something for everybody, really, Ms. Keller said. Town planners envision neighborhoods one day filled with some 19,500 homes and 50,000 people. It all started with the first residents, Richard and Robin Kinley, who moved here in January from Acworth, Ga., an Atlanta suburb. They purchased a Homes by Town design with smart features that allow them to change the temperature or arm the security system by voice command. Now weve got a steady flow of homes being completed and people excited to move in, Ms. Keller said. The Kinleys are partially retired Baby Boomers; he worked for a medical technology company called Medtronic and she is a former high school French teacher and quilter. On another end of the age spectrum, Millennials are among the homebuyers. Weve got everything from young families with kids obviously, the school is important to folks who are going to use (their house) for a part-time vacation home in the winter, Ms. Keller said. They are also a geographically diverse bunch, whether people from the northeastern United States or Floridas densely populated east coast seeking out the hometown pace of life that Babcock promises. Many have been drawn to the promise of green living, sustainability and technological innovation. The towns plans to preserve wildlife SEE SALES, A13 VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThere are now eight homebuilders signed up to construct houses at Babcock Ranch, providing a mixture of single-family, town homes, and villas that range in price from just under $200,000 to about $1 million. Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A.henlaw.com239.344.1100Fort MyersBonita SpringsSanibelNaples 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 (2006-2018) Erin Blumer BunnellLL.M Estate Planning Eric GurgoldFlorida Bar Board Certied in Wills, Trusts and Estates LL.M Taxation




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A new menu is cooking at Table & Tap BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comA newly revamped spring menu at Babcock Ranchs farm-to-table restaurant Table & Tap, overseen by Chef Richard Howze, offers dishes that range from elegant to rustic and accessible to adventuresome, sometimes all at the same time. Wild boar chops from a nearby farm complement a list of more traditional fire-grilled cuts, for instance, and salad and small plate options includes one of their most popular new dishes, pork and pancakes house smoked pork served with sweet corn pancakes, hot sauce and maple syrup, a hometown Babcock take on the chicken and waffles concept. Its reflecting trends in the market but with our stamp on it, said Kitson & Partners food and beverage director Tom McGregor. That one dish really represents us in a nutshell. To be sure, the menu offers more than just pig. Vegan vegetable soup, charcuterie boards with items such as homemade pickles and Sea Island pea hummus, long-popular plates like a fried-green tomato BLT, and fresh mahi all help round out the spring menu, which Chef Howze plans to update seasonally. One of his favorite dishes is blackened foie gras served with brioche caramelized with honey and whiskey, finished with blueberry jam. (The full menu can be viewed at tableandtap. co. Thats .co not .com.) His plates are filled with carefully sourced proteins and produce, he said, from Babcocks own gardens and Florida ranches and farms whenever possible. Greens and vegetables come from the restaurants own kitchen garden that will encompass several acres, as well as Babcock Ranchs burgeoning community garden. Ken Ryan with Herban Gardens in North Fort Myers is a consultant for the gardens at Babcock Ranch who is planning to help provide produce such as cucumbers, Everglades tomatoes, Cuban oregano, breakfast radish and watercress. We focus on as much local as we can, said Chef Howze, who took over culinary operations at the restaurant in October. There are (also) national farms that promote our standards and do it in a way that reflects environmental responsibility and accountability. The back of the house culinary team is encouraged to take part in creating the menu, too. Theyre the ones that spend 10 to 15 hours a day on the line sweating it out and getting the food to the window, Chef Howze said. Im just inspiration. Beyond the print menu, daily specials keep things fresh as well. On the evening of Thursday, March 22, ahi tuna was among the features. Its yellowfin so were not getting into the bluefin tuna, which is on the endangered species list, Chef Howze pointed out. Table & Tap has also made a few other changes. It added an outdoor beer garden and patio where customers can dine al fresco or plan private parties, and where the restaurant will sometimes hold beer dinners. The garden sits under a big old oak tree with a deck and stage for laid-back musical entertainment. Before coming to Babcock, Chef Howze worked as executive chef for Stilwell Enterprises on Sanibel Island, chef de cuisine at Naples Grande Beach Resort, and executive chef at Edgewater Beach Hotel. He oversees culinary operations at Table & Tap, Slaters Goods & Provisions and Babcock Neighborhood School. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHAlong with a new spring menu, Babcock Ranchs farmto-table restaurant Table & Tap has added an outdoor beer garden and patio. CHEF HOWZE A6 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH at Babcock Ranch Welcome to Timeless Florida Living THE CAMDEN 3 BEDROOM WITH DEN, 2.5 BATH 2,029 SQUARE FEET | BASE MODEL PRICING STARTS AT $419,000 239.344.8221 | Visit us at: PHASE ONE: LIVE NEAR DOWNTOWN SHOPPING, DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS MODEL AT: FOXPREMIERBUILDERS.COM/THE-CAMDEN/ MODEL HOME NOW OPEN DAILY!


A8 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCHpromised, almost as if hed waved a wand to make it happen. Many businesses have opened their doors in Founders Square; new residents are moving into homes built into various neighborhoods across half the 18,000-acre town every week (the other half will be preserved indefinitely); and protected lands amounting to a vast 73,000 acres are now owned by Floridians and managed by state and county government, thanks, in significant part, to Kitsons vision and effort. Its an extraordinary success both for the public and for the private developers, one with no apparent downside. And wand-waving had nothing to do with it. The history of these things is very complex, but when youre passionate about something you dont look at obstacles as problems, you see them as challenges and opportunities, Mr. Kitson noted, when asked to name the biggest problems hes faced in the last 13 years. That said, we faced one of the worst recessions in the history of our country. When you go through something like that, and emerge and build a new town, youre proud of it. Babcock Ranch, he had promised in 2005, would one day include 19,500 homes and 6 million square feet of commercial space not to mention schools, cultural centers, lakes and one of the most expansive park systems of wild and recovered agricultural fields and forests in the Sunshine State, all of it powered from a specially designed 440-acre solar field. For that, the first of its kind in the United States, Mr. Kitson had to politic a little more, sweet-talking Florida Power & Light into coming aboard for the deal by tying his town and solar field into its grid, drawing power from Babcock and returning it to every home, every business, and every public space in the new community. But to do all that, first he had to convince the private owners to sell him more than 91,000 acres. Simultaneously to achieve the primary goal of putting the vast majority of the historic ranch into permanent preserve he had to convince the state, with some county additions, to buy back 73,000 acres or so and preserve it for all future Floridians. And he had to convince a skeptical public he would do what he said develop the most self-sufficient, low-impact community ever built in the state, one that makes a seeming contradiction a reality: he would bring in more people, but accomodate that growth in way that would restore natural systems where residents could live in harmony with their natural environment. But no sooner had Mr. Kitson and his partners put the deal together, assembling monies, officials and private owners and working to accommodate all the different concerns they had, than the economy collapsed. The region ultimately became number one in the nation for foreclosures, saddled with high unemployment rates and mired in difficulties. Kitson & Partners waited it out, but not by sitting around. We also used it to our advantage we used that time to refine permits and get the approvals we needed, and to take a hard look at the plan, to decide exactly what we wanted to be, here. So, the time was well-spent. It was hard, not only for us but all Americans. And for people around the world. We were not alone in discomfort, pain and hardships. But I think were pleased with the outcome.REALITYFrom page 1VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHGrand Opening festivities. Late 1800s Montana goldminers, the Perry McAdow family, purchase what is now Babcock Ranch, calling it the Crescent B Ranch.1899 The Punta Gorda Bank is chartered by the state with capital of $15,000. McAdow is named the banks president. 1914 The 91,000-acre Crescent B Ranch is acquired by Edward Babcock, a Pittsburgh lumber magnate and politician.1930s Edwards son Fred is now managing the property and its numerous business operations.1997 Fred Babcock dies and his heirs attempted to sell the property to the state.July 31, 2006 Kitson & Partners close on the purchase of the 91,000-acre ranch from the Babcock family and sell 73,000 acres to the state for permanent preservation. October 2015 The FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center breaks ground. November 2015 Work on the new town begins.April 22, 2016 On Earth Day Babcock Ranch unveils its plan. Syd Kitson introduces it as the nations rst town to run on solar.June 2016 The groundbreaking for the Table & Tap restaurant launches construction at the lakefront anchor of the downtown district, Founders Square.July 2016 The Babcock Ranch Foundation Inc. is created to bene t the greater Babcock Ranch Community, Babcock Ranch Preserve and the Southwest Florida region.September 2016 Builders join at Babcock Ranch to break ground on model homes in the communitys rst neighborhood, Lake Timber.December 2016 Community leaders join future students to launch construction of Babcock Neighborhood School.March 11-12, 2017 Founders Square is opened to the public. More than 15,000 people turn out for the rst annual Founders Festival.August 2017 Babcock Neighborhood School opens. Its greenSTEAM educational program integrates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics within a thoughtfully provided holistic learning environment.October 2017 Babcock Ranch forms a partnership with Transdev to introduce a driverless shuttle system. January 2018 The rst residents of cially move in to Lake Timber.March 2018 FPL releases a groundbreaking project: combining cutting-edge batteries with a solar power plant to create the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in the U.S. to date.March 10, 2018 Babcock Ranch celebrates its of cial Hometown Grand Opening with a parade, trolley tours, live music, food trucks, a farmers market, and a grand nale reworks show.April 2018 Lee Health opens its new health and wellness facility in Founders Square for residents of Babcock Ranch and surroundin g communities.1910 1950 1990 1890 1930 1970 2010 1920 1960 2000 1900 1940 1980 Babcock Ranch timeline:


BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2018 A9Now 13 years later, the town of Babcock Ranch is thriving and Mr. Kitson has exceeded expectations. The first homes opened and were occupied in January, the towns various neighborhoods there are eight builders and more likely to come together offer homebuyers almost 60 floor plans ranging from about 1,400 to almost 4,800 square feet, a K-through-8 school is under construction, in addition to the current charter school now serving the community, and more schools are planned. We grew more quickly than we thought and that was before any residents were moving into Babcock, said Kitsons educational consultant Christy Noe PhD., president and CEO of Collaborative Educational Network in January. We are anticipating that growth by being proactive in making additional space for those kids. The town square, known as Founders Square with its shops, restaurants and a specially designed Healthy Life Center maintained by Lee Health Systems, is thriving. And, Publix has signed on to build a store at Babcock in the near future. But this is not a development company that sits back and admires itself. Theres competition everywhere because the economy is popping, for one thing, which puts Mr. Kitson into a broader but not becalmed sea of growth across the region not just at Babcock. Some of his challenges will be other projects: the transitional market between infill and outlying suburban areas all the way to LaBelle (in Hendry County, said Randy Thibault, president of Land Solutions and a respected analyst of regional trends, who described emerging market conditions to Florida Weekly about 15 months ago. Where there are new-home increases in places like River Hall and Portico, you have an inventory of existing communities that have infrastructure, shopping, theyre close to I-75 so for the next two or three years they will absorb buyers, and Babcock Ranch will be competing with them. But none of them are planned like Babcock, and none of them are likely to grow stronger and more open even more accessible like Babcock. Beyond the next two, three or four years, Mr. Thibault said, those projects will get sold out, and Mr. Kitson will be in the meat of the market. Although that appears to be coming to pass, Mr. Kitson doesnt see it as a given. Theres still a lot of work to do, he says. We have a great stable of builders but we have to do two important things: One is introducing different product types and continuing to grow our price points. Already diverse, Babcock is going to get more diverse. So now we have a lot of single-family homes, and some townhouses, the twin homes, he explains. But for us we need to be thinking about different products like condominiums, apartments, coach homes. We want to bring a variety of housing choices to people so we can continue to grow our stratification. With those homes will come more schools a second, bigger K to 8 schools is under construction now, since the first is filled to capacity and many more businesses. We have to introduce more businesses, he says. People are moving here, people who work here are moving here, people parents with kids going to school are moving here. So we want to grow a number of jobs on the property, so people can choose to stay here. To stay at Babcock rather than driving all over the region; better for them, better for the infrastructure and environment, better for everybody else. INSIDE: See who was on the scene at the Hometown Grand Opening. A34-35 We grew more quickly than we thought and that was before any residents were moving into Babcock ... We are anticipating that growth by being proactive in making additional space for those kids. Christy Noe, president and CEO of Collaborative Educational Network in January


It was love at first sight for these new Babcock residents BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentPerhaps its fitting that Bill and Diana Gillet closed on their Babcock Ranch home on Valentines Day. Theyve fallen in love with Babcock Ranch and their home under construction in Lake Timber. Even when we were building we didnt want to leave, Mr. Gillet said. We didnt have a place to sleep but we wanted to stay. It was that enchanting. Like their very own Enchanted Fortress, one might say. Its like a dream, Mr. Gillet said. Bill and Diana have a home in an Estero gated community. All it took to convince them to move was one visit to Babcock Ranch. Then it was time to decide on the neighborhood and model. They selected The Brandywine, a Homes by Towne model. It reminds us of cottages back home, said Mr. Gillet, who is from Worcester, Mass. The Brandywine features an amenity common in Babcock Ranch but not many other places in Florida a porch. Brings back childhood, Mr. Gillet said of the porch. Matt and Christina Angerer are trying to create special childhoods for their two very young children. Aiden is 3 and Kayla recently turned 1 month. To Matt, 37, and 33-year-old Christina the chance for Aiden and Kayla to grow up in Babcock Ranch is a magical allure. Thats why theyre having Lennar build one of its 3,867-square-foot Washingtonia homes in the Trails Edge neighborhood. For this young family, Babcock Ranch will be self-contained. Matt operates his business, VerticalRent, out of the Hatchery in Founders Square. He looks forward to the day his children attend the Babcock Neighborhood School only steps away from where he operates his online real estate business that helps independent landlords. For now, though, as their home is being built, the Angerer family is renting in Cape Coral and commuting to Babcock for work and to follow the progress of their homes construction. Matt is from Pennsylvania and Christina is from Miami. His parents had retired to Punta Gorda. Matts mother read an article about Babcock Ranch and forwarded it to her son. We were trying to find a different pace of life, Mr. Angerer said. Babcock Ranch seemed to offer that a break from the urban rat race, a pace that is more civilized and family-friendly. This world gets crazy, Mr. Angerer said. He sees Babcock Ranch as a bit of refuge from the worlds craziness. They will soon live in a country setting in a beautiful home within walking distance of Founders Square, the Hatchery, where Mr. Angerer rents office space, and the Babcock Neighborhood School, where Aiden and Kayla can attend Grades 1 through 8. Plans call for a high school in the community before the Angerer kids are ready for that education milestone. Christina Angerer is a licensed real estate broker and can work from home. She grew up in Miami and has endured South Floridas urban sprawl since childhood. She said her parents have visited Babcock Ranch. They love it, Mrs. Angerer said. So, they eagerly await the completion of their Washingtonia home by Lennar to be so they can move in and embrace the Babcock Ranch lifestyle. They monitor their homes progress on a regular basis. A10 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH CHRIS KOVAZ / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHDiana and Bill Gillet closed on their new Babcock Ranch home in February. California Closet Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Each franchise independently owned and operated. Experience a California Closets system custom designed specically for you and the way you live. Visit us online today to arrange for a complimentary in-home design consultation.239.919.3552 californiaclosets.comNAPLES 2950 Tamiami Trail #11 ESTERO Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Rd. ESTERO Miromar Design Center, 10800 Corkscrew Rd.


BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2018 A11 We drive by every day, Mrs. Angerer said. The chance to live in a place where stars are visible at night and surrounded by nature is especially appealing to Mrs. Angerer. And once they step out of their office or home, the Angerer family will be within minutes of cycling or kayaking or nature preserves. That and the solar-powered premise behind the town all helped lure them to the new and growing community. This is how towns should be in the future, Mr. Angerer said. The future has arrived at Babcock Ranch, the place where Aiden and Kayla Angerer will grow up. This could be my 20-year plan, Mr. Angerer said. Its a lure that is attracting more residents virtually every day. On their first visit to Babcock Ranch, Bill and Diana Gillet sensed something. We just felt at ease, Mr. Gillet said. Theres something special here. So special, they decided to make Babcock Ranch their home. They werent the first. And wont be the last and are always eager to talk about their enchanted home. To anyone who will listen, Mr. Gillet said CHRIS KOVAZ / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe Gillets in their new home, The Brandywine, a Homes by Towne model. Voted Best Place to Buy Window Treatments 2017 2017 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 2018 A13and its homebuilders dedication to create energy-efficient houses are selling points, as is what is probably Babcocks most famous innovation, a solar field that will provide all its power. Were inspired by the vision of Babcock Ranch and we believe in the sustainable concept, said Josh Graeve, vice president of sales for Pulte Group, a homebuilder. We have seen demand from our consumers to offer high quality, energy efficient homes. Weve had a tremendous response so far from our prospective buyers and even real-estate communities. More than ever before were finding our homeowners want an active, healthy, connected lifestyle and Babcock Ranch offers all of those at an incredibly affordable price. Pultes single-family homes start at about $220,000, he said. One of its model homes is in the Lake Timber neighborhood. Weve seen a tremendous response of walk-through traffic and interested buyers, Mr. Graeve said. Many people are saying that they love the concept of looking over the large Lake Babcock and being within walking distance to downtown. Home sales are also driven by the towns ambassadors at the Discovery Center in Founders Square, men and women who provide an overview of what builders offer, answer questions about the town and its vision, and guide potential future residents to check out model homes if they wish. Ms. Keller estimates there have been about 5,000 visitors so far this year to the Center. SALESFrom page 2 VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHHomeowners want an active, healthy, connected lifestyle and Babcock Ranch offers it. More Life Built In PULTE HOMES AT BABCOCK RANCH16984 Curry Preserve Drive, Babcock Ranch, Florida 33982 | 877.843.9784 Prices shown are estimated base prices, do not include lot premiums or options and are subject to change without notice. Commun ity Association fees required. Additional terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Photographs are for illustrative purposes only, are not intended to be an actual representation of a specic community, and depict models containing features or designs that may not be available on all homes or that may be available for an additional cost. This material shall not constitute a valid oer in any state where prior registration is required or if void by law. Please see a sales associate for details. Pulte Homes and More Life Built In are registered trademarks of PulteGroup, Inc. and/or its aliates. 2018 Pulte Home Company, LL C. All rights reserved. CBC057850. 4/11/18 Pulte Homes can help you upgrade your life with a brand-new home designed with the features of your choice, so you get everything you need to personalize your home. Twelve consumer inspired home designs are available with open layouts, innovative kitchens, exible l iving spaces, and beautiful nishes all insightfully designed for the way you live. Come tour our new Arbordale model now open, and see what it s like to live in a home with More Life Built In. | 877.843.9784NEW ARBORDALE MODEL NOW OPEN IN LAKE TIMBERPlan Your Visit Today THE LIFE YOU ENVISION. AVAILABLE NOW.Single Family Homes from the $220Ks Open Floor Plans with 2-5 Bedrooms and 2-3 Car Garages Walking distance to Founders Square and Babcock Neighborhood School 1and 2-Story Designs with 1,671-3,293 Sq. Ft.


A14 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCHHealthy Life Center: Centerpiece of a fit Babcock BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentThe Babcock Ranch health and wellness center, the Healthy Life Center, wasnt yet officially open on the late winter morning when supervisor Mathieu Knapp walked a visitor through the gleaming, two-story, 26,400-square-foot facility overlooking Founders Square. The final pieces of workout equipment were being nestled into place or waiting on a sidewalk to be carted through the doors. The roaring, buzzing sound of workmens drills echoed off walls as Mr. Knapp walked through, explaining what is now available to Babcock Ranch residents and visitors. After strolling by the check-in desk, the tour really began on the wooden basketball court where a basketball sat on the floor, practically begging to be picked up and shot. The Telegraph jokingly asked Mr. Knapp to dunk. I cant dunk, Mr. Knapp said. But I can try to shoot a 3. At the Telegraphs urging, Mr. Knapp then launched a couple of long-range jump shots. Both rolled around the rim but failed to go through. Although the shots rimmed out and few people can dunk, its clear the new facility, which opened April 2, should be a slam-dunk fitness option at Babcock Ranch and for nearby residents and guests. The facility is operated by Lee Health, which is perhaps best known for HealthPark Medical Center and Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. The new Babcock Healthy Life Center is one of four such Lee Health facilities scattered around Lee County along with ones in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Estero. The center at Babcock is also more than that a basketball court. Far more. The facility has strength-training equipment, both free weights and machines. A few steps out the door a six-lane saltwater pool awaits. Between the building and the lake is an exercise lawn that offers natural grass and synthetic turf. Yoga and other classes are offered there. There is a part of the center that is called a Functional Area, which features rowers and self-propelled treadmills. Oh, and so much more More cardio equipment and Pilates classes and other classes that symbolize the overall active lifestyle that Babcock Ranch represents. Perhaps befitting Americas first solar-powered town, the energy generated on the bikes and treadmills and elliptical machines doesnt just dissipate into sweaty mist. There is sweat equity at this facility. The energy put out on a bike or other cardio machine is churned into the buildings operation, helping keep the lights on and air conditioning humming. This innovation, Mr. Knapp said, comes from an Italian company, Technogym. All of our cardio equipment will actually put energy back into our grid, Mr. Knapp said. This is clearly more than a place to lift weights or hit 3-point shots. Mr. Knapp said the facility opened with a physical therapist on staff. As it grows well meet the demand, Mr. Knapp said. That means eventually primary physicians as well as rehabilitation specialists will practice in Babcock. By this summer primary care and medical care specialists will be offered. Flexibility was built into the facilitys design. The basketball court can also be used for volleyball or yoga or boot camp style fitness classes. Great care went into planning the center. That includes the 25-yard saltwater pool, which has a zero-entry ramp for disabled patrons. The pool will be used for more than laps. It can be used to teach kids to swim or aqua aerobics. The Healthy Life Center will be a centerpiece of a fit community, one with cycling trails and kayak rentals. Mr. Knapp said there are plans to build tennis and pickleball courts near Founders Square. He is not sure of the timetable for the courts. But hes sure of what is inside the Healthy Life Center and its views of the lake and Founders Square. The cardio and weight rooms offer vistas that are far more enticing than that of most urban fitness facilities, which are often found in shopping centers in the midst or urban sprawl. The Babcock Ranch Healthy Life Center is in the country, in a sylvan setting where one can watch the sun glisten off the lake or folks in the green space at the heart of Founders Square. As Mr. Knapp walked through the upstairs exercise rooms he pointed out various features. He said the facility offers four recumbent bicycles and four upright bicycles. A whole line of treadmills, he said, walking by the gizmos. At least 10 or 12 and they all have screens on them. If the view of the basketball court or the yoga lawn or Founders Square or the lake isnt diverting enough those screens allow users to watch, as Mr. Knapp noted, YouTube videos, Netflix videos, Internet for games. Then there are two Stairmasters. This place is about more than gizmos. Mr. Knapp pointed out rooms where physical therapists will work with residents and guests. When you become a member at Healthy Life Center you get two appointments with our fitness staff, Mr. Knapp said. One being a fitness assessment. Get your body composition, get your strength, your cardio. Your goals on the second appointment. To build a whole exercise routine. Yes, more than a typical heath club. We go above and beyond normal strength and cardio, Mr. Knapp said. Its more than muscles and aerobic capacity. The Healthy Life Center offers a Mind & Body Program. This means approaches such as yoga, meditation and hypnotherapy. What does that mean? It means, according a pamphlet, that a certified clinical hypnotherapist will help people use the subconscious to overcome issues such as fears, alcohol dependency, eating disorders and more. And after that, maybe one can top off a workout with a long-range jump shot on the basketball court. CHRIS KOVAZ / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe two-story, 26,400-square-foot Healthy Life Center has strength-training equipment, both free weights and machines, and plenty of cardio trainers such as bikes and treadmills and elliptical machines along with a full-size basketball court.


ALL TOWNS ARENT CREATED EQUAL.Sure, every town has its beautiful park or its lake view. Its grand home or its city hall. But the truth is most towns arent created at all. This one is. Babcock Ranch is an entirely new kind of town. One where the streets are planned but the wilderness isnt. Where energy comes from the oldest source in the world and powers the very newest technology. Where luxurious amenities come at an unluxurious price. T his is a town where the frontier meets the front porch in a way thats never been seen before. Broker participation 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.BABCOCKRANCH.COM 888-659-7488A better life BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA


BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2018 A17 MODEL HOMES AT BABCOCK RANCHBabcock Ranch has seven homebuilders offering more than 50 home designs including townhomes, twin villas, cottages, single-family executive, manor and custom homes featuring oneand two-story plans, two to six bedrooms, and 1,400 to 4,761 square feet of living space. Homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty nesters and retirees alike, with prices ranging from the $190,000s to $1 million. Homes are built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, emphasizing energy and water conservation. More than 30 model and quick-delivery homes are now open or under construction by Castle Harbour Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Homes by Towne, Lennar, Pulte and Stock Classic Homes. Many models are open for viewing daily. Discovery Center at Woodlea HallYour first stop on a visit to Babcock Ranch should be the Discovery Center, located at Woodlea Hall in Founders Square. Here, Town Ambassadors will provide an overview of the town and its distinctive features, as well as an introduction to the builders and the homes they offer at Babcock Ranch. The Discovery Center is open daily. For more information on hours and directions, call 877-7096620 or visit Homes for sale in Babcock Ranch VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe Discovery Center (left) is the focal point for obtaining information about Babcock Ranch. Its located in Woodlea Hall (above) in the towns downtown district. INSIDE: COMING SOON Pulte Homes16984 Curry Preserve Drive Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 877-843-9784 Pulte Homes offers eight single-family home designs in the Parkside neighborhood, priced from $218,990 to $298,990, and four home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $283,990 to $395,990.Lennar17709 Wayside Bend Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 888-214-1450 Lennar offers 14 villa and single-family home designs in the Trails Edge neighborhood, priced from $185,999 to $374,999.Florida Lifestyle Homes17101 Bullhorn CircleBabcock Ranch, Fl. 33982239-561-8022 Florida Lifestyle Homes offers four single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $499,500 to $785,500.Homes By Towne42556 Timber Walk TrailBabcock Ranch, Fl. 33982239-543-1055 Homes by Towne offers eight single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $349,900 to $469,900.Stock Classic Homes 42191 Lake Timber Drive Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 239.558.1379 Stock Classic Homes offers nine single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $389,990 to $579,900.Fox Premier Builders42146 Lake Timber Drive Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 239-344-8221 Fox Premier Builders offers four single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $364,900 to $436,900.Castle Harbour Homes12801 Commerce Lakes Dr. Unit 6 Fort Myers, FL 33913 239.209.5648 Castle Harbour This fourbedroom, three-bath Dream Ready home is available for a June 2018 move-in and is priced at $945,000.Solara Homes by BanrocBabcock Ranch Hatchery 42881 Lake Babcock Drive, Suite 200 Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 941.716.0720 Solara Homes by Banroc will offer luxury twoand three-bedroom townhomes and alley-load single-family homes in Lake Timber. Homes and townhomes will range from 1,600 to 2,200 square feet under air with oversized twoor three-car garages.


A18 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH FLORIDA LIFESTYLE HOMES FOX PREMIER BUILDERS Whisper Creek Whisper Creek by Allison Ramsey Architects, is a two bedroom and two and one half bath home design offering convenient one-floor living. The base price includes a standard one car garage with a carport, but can be upgraded to the garage of your choicetwo car garage or two car garage with an apartment over the garage. 2,324 sq. ft. 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Base Price: $499,500 Offering two bedrooms, two baths and a study that can also serve as a third bedroom, the Sydney model features a Craftsman design with stately fieldstone-anchored columns with a comfortable veranda. Light weathered wood plank ceramic tile and a sophisticated, neutral palette unify the Sydneys living spaces. The Sydney design also features a two car garage, walk-in pantry, covered front porch, and a spacious outdoor living area. The Sydney Base Price: $364,900 1,555 sq. ft. Single-Family


BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2018 A19 HOMES BY TOWNE LENNAR Base Price: $423,000 Base Price: $324,999 2,545 sq. ft. Furnished model 3,283 sq. ft.


A20 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH PULTE STOCK CLASSIC HOMES Base Price: $296,990 Base Price: $519,990 3,191 sq. ft. 1,980 sq. ft.


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Slaters blends nostalgia, convenience and gourmet fare into one-stop shop BY KAREN Let others salivate at the sight of a Wawa. It may be larger than Slaters Goods & Provisions, but this convenience store is so much more than convenient. Awash with brick and wood, Slaters sits on the town square at Babcock Ranch, offering a well-chosen assortment of staple items to take home or eat there. Big baskets of oranges, apples and pears tantalize from a display in the middle of the store, just as they did in old-time general stores. Gleaming silver urns are filled with locally produced Bella Balsamic vinegars as well as olive oil. Grab a bottle and fill it up yourself. Pick up a bottle of Wicked Dolphin rum or select from the noteworthy assortment of wines, stop in the produce section for some greens and dragon fruit and dont forget to stock up on local honey. Gourmet cheeses, sausages and jars of artisanal pickles line still more shelves. A refrigerated case along one wall holds a colorful assortment of fruits and vegetables including fresh berries, broccoli, ginger, cauliflower, zucchini, tomatoes and citrus. Or perhaps you want to eat now. Check out the back of the store beneath the sign announcing CHOW and youll find an expansive and immaculate organic salad bar, fresh-baked cornbread and big oatmeal cookies (save room for one of these). A smiling staffer is on hand to take your sandwich or flatbread order, too. And, of course, there are options for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Its about 5 miles to the nearest Publix, says Executive Chef Richard Howze. So, the concept is a grab-and-go grocery with an organic salad bar, toiletries, local produce and Babcock Ranch honey. Theres still plenty of space left in the store so more items will be added as the community grows and the store gets more traffic. Mr. Howze also plans to start a Babcock Ranch line of canned pickled items such as okra and other veggies as the developments official farmer, Ken Ryan, produces them. Meanwhile, its a convenient and fairly busy place to stop for a quick snack or meal for those who dont want to take the time to dine at Table & Tap, the developments restaurant just across the street. Mr. Howze oversees the preparation of food in both spots, even supplying meals for the 180 pupils at the developments school with A22 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH 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


dishes made in the Slaters kitchen. Overseeing both operations can be a big job but, he says, I have a fantastic team. Customers order at the counter, then food is delivered to their table, either indoors or on the sprawling dog-friendly front patio that overlooks the town square and lake. As befits the communitys sustainable philosophy, there are cloth napkins in lieu of paper. Whether its a mushroom and goat cheese flatbread, or house-smoked brisket on brioche with fries or house-made chips, each dish is made fresh. The sandwich comes with crunchy pickles made on premises as well. Considering that only a handful of people have moved in to the development so far, its clear that curious outsiders have discovered this inventive little shop, judging by the number of occupied tables and the constant line of people placing orders. The store is named for Bolmon Bo Slater, the grandson of a slave who worked for the Babcock family as a ranch hand, eventually rising to ranch manager. He worked with the Babcocks from the s until his death in 2009 at age 92. A chalkboard on one wall bears a sketch of a man on a horse and this quote: I somehow felt if I could just speak the words out loud to my God and my tree, Id better understand where Ive been, where I am, and maybe where Im goin. Its attributed to Bo Slater. Slaters Goods & Provisions, 42881 Lake Babcock Drive, Babcock Ranch; 239-4494626; open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 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. AIRTREK .aero THE LIMIT BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2018 A23 OPEN 10 A.M. 6 P.M. DAILY, 800488 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 10AM 5PM MON-SAT 11AM 5PM SUN, 800-659-7488 OUTFITTERS@KITSONPARTNERS.COM CURRYCREEKOUTFITTERS.COM 42850 CRESCENT LOOP BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA 33982A SPORTING GOODS AND OUTFITTERS STORE AT BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA. RECREATIONAL RENTALS INCLUDING BIKES, KAYAKS, BOATS, AND OTHER COOL STUFF.


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Welcome to the Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch, a destination that promises a vast array of modern health services along with a vision of wellness, sustainable living, and the power of possibilities: Fitness: Stay t with our state-of-the-art equipment, workout classes, basketball/pickleball courts, and lap pool. Mind and Body: Pilates, hypnotherapy, brain boosters, and massages will break through barriers and nourish your spirit. Education: Discover essential ways to prev ent chronic conditions, enrich your nutrition knowledge, and uncover truths about hot new trends. Rehabilitation: Living with pain? Our physical therapists provide relief for all kinds of injuries and conditions. Coming Soon-Medical Care: Find a primary care doctor through Lee Physician Group starting in summer 2018: Check-ups, screenings, treatment for illness, and disease management everything families need to stay healthy. A new health and wellness facility and lifestyle at the community town center for residents of Babcock Ranch and surrounding communities.Healthy Life Centerat Babcock Ranch Welcome to an inspiring way of life.Providing on-site health care is part of Babcock Ranchs plan for a vibrant community. The Healthy Life Center will help put your plan into action as we set the health and wellness standard for Southwest Florida and build foundations for a thriving future. For more information go to or call: 239-343-3540 239-424-1499 (Rehabilitation) Experience the vast array of services with this Complimentary One-Week Pass for Healthy Life Center at Babcock RanchHealthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch


Solara Homes by Banroc, Babcocks newest builder BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comA real estate development and home-building company with a mission statement that aligns with Babcock Ranchs reputation for environmental consciousness Your Home and Nature in Harmony has signed on as the eighth homebuilder for the town. Naples-based Banroc Corps. Solara Homes will begin offering models near the beginning of May, said Banroc founder and president, Harry Bandinel, with home delivery and construction starting in October. Ive always had that kind of in my DNA to try to develop (homes), but save nature, live in harmony with it, said Mr. Bandinel. It makes living nicer. Its healthier and nicer and just a better way to live. He described Banrocs Solara Homes as a relatively small, privately held homebuilder with the flexibility to cater to clients desires that some of Babcocks first homebuyers have already shown a connection to trends such as going green, health, sustainability and cultural awareness. Its a lot of what people are looking for, he said. Solaras single-family homes and town homes will range from 1,600 to 2,200-square feet and include twoor three-car garages. Large windows, French doors, pools and spas, an in-law suite, as well as private courtyard patios and rooftop garden terraces designed to make outdoor living accessible are all features and options for homebuyers. The homes are energy efficient the company aims to make projects LEED or USGBC-certified whenever possible and surrounded by native vegetation that makes lawn care easier. Solara also offers unique healthy home and high tech smart home options. Healthful additions include a fully non-VOC home, a gym and spa, sauna, advanced water filtration system, and ultra-violet filtered HVAC system. Smart features include advanced fiber optic cable, a full home entertainment system, a built-in vacuum cleaner, and a remote security video monitoring system, all of which can be controlled through your phone or device. Townhomes range from $325,000 to $425,000 and single-family from $395,000 to $495,000. Solara is planning to build initially across from Founders Park with views looking over Lake Babcock, and in the northwest side of Timberlake. The homes are customizable with the company managing the entire development process including the initial design, engineering and architectural plans, construction and sales. Mr. Bandinel, an architectural engineer, has led Solara designs with a continential flair, culling American, Hispanic and European influences from his world travels. Ive built and designed homes all over the world, he said. I try to take the best of each culture. My next project is to talk to Babcock Ranch about doing smaller homes, he said. Babcock town planners are eventually looking at some 19,000 homes in total throughout the development and all the homebuilding companies that are signed on. For his part, Mr. Bandinel said Solara Homes plans to build homes at Babcock over the next 10 to 15 years as the town grows, with he potential to build 100 to 200 homes per year. A26 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCH


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A28 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCHIntroducing the Babcock Ranch ambassadors BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comAll things Babcock first become evident when visitors arrive at Woodlea Hall, the towns Discovery Center and informal city hall. That includes not just touch-screen displays of the many neighborhoods and now 56 floorplans available, the wilderness and recreational opportunities, the driverless cars, a solar field that powers everything, or state-of-the-art tech wired into every home and commercial space. It also includes some of the most interesting and pleasant people you could ever hope to find, the Babcock ambassadors, four of them who greet visitors. Ambassador is an apt word. Theyre chosen for their ability to explain the Babcock world clearly, mean what they say, and to understand and embrace the best interests of their visitors which, after all, is the best way to represent the nations most novel and advanced town. Let us introduce you to them. Rick Vorell: Affable, energetic and poised, Rick Vorell was a seeming stage-star and whirlwind, everywhere at once in the Discovery Center during the Grand Opening last month that drew thousands to Founders Square to see the town and tour the many homes now beginning to populate Babcock Ranch. One would expect no less from a man whose avocation is acting: He played the district attorney in 2016s Hanging Millstone, filmed in the region, and he does both television and theater as well as commercials when occasion permits. An experienced ambassador at Babcock, Rick began his real estate vocation in1989, more than a decade after arriving in Southwest Florida from his native Cleveland, Ohio, with a high school sweetheart. Years later his parents moved to the region, and he cared for them during the last decade of their lives. Among his other passions, both wild places and workouts are high on the list. He regularly rides a three-wheeled recumbent bike, often putting in 40 or 50 miles a week, and works out in the gym. A conventional bicycle puts undue stress on wrists and neck, pedaling puts undo stress on the kneeswith the recumbent bike, Im using just my leg muscles. Each session I do high intensity, interval workouts. He also loves to camp in the Ten Thousand Islands or other wild places so his affinity and affection for Babcocks unique marriage of wilderness opportunities and front-porch lifestyles with low impact is deeply genuine. What I like about Babcock now is that everything we said would happen is happening its coming to fruition now. And you see people who used to say, Im thinking about buying a house here, now say, Look at this place I have! The energy here is just wonderful. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe Babcock Ranch Town Ambassadors, from the left: Sales Concierge De by Miller, Ambassador Gena McHenry, Ambassador Rick Vorell Ambassador Angela Bishop, SVP of Marketing and Sales Laura Kell er, Sales Concierge Leza Galli and AmbassadorWilliam Kinchelow. Catering! FROM HOT DOGS TO WHOLE HOGS WEVE GOT YOU COVERED!Catering Available For Any Size Event! Call Amanda at (239) 209-0940 We have Pick-Up, Delivery and Full Catering Staff Services Available! Take Out Call 239-693-2223 13908 State Road 80 (Across from Riverdale High School) g g Find Your Location, View Our Menu or Download Our APP at AWA RD W I NN I NG P O RT C HARL O TTE ARTI ST o ffer s hi s Limited Editi o n Ar c hi v al Print s Studio visits by appointment c a ll: 941 8 753942 To view the entire collection ple as e v i s it: www .h ow ard s pielman. com A FF O RD A BLE A R T H OW ARD S PIELMA N B l u e P al m M agical Plac e K aleid osco p e F irst F lowe r K K K K K K Add The Beauty Of Florida Landscapes To Your New Babcock Ranch Home.


BABCOCK RANCH SPRING 2018 A29 Angel Bishop: Angel Bishop was born in Buckingham, a rural community preserve area about 15 miles south of Babcock Ranch, so the ranch was always part of my backyard, she says. She spent her teenage years in Canada, had the first of her two daughters there, then returned to the U.S. and worked in the medical field for 25 years, eventually helping women victims of human trafficking recover and begin to control their own lives. Angel is a do-gooder from start to scratch. She also co-founded and helps maintain an orphanage in Kenya for very poor abandoned children, a place that can both feed and school them. She traveled there and lived briefly in the village (in a house made of cow dung) where the orphanage now exists before deciding to commit herself to the project, she says. Now, shes committed herself to Babcock Ranch. What I like about Babcock is pretty much all of it, she explains. I love the whole health and wellness aspect (Lee Health systems has opened a wellness center in Founders Square), I love the cleaner form of energy (a completely solar powered town). In her spare time she prefers anything outdoors. The beach. Traveling. But most of all hanging out with my two grandbabies. Gena McHenry: A Texan by birth and upbringing, Gena McHenry first heard of Babcock Ranch while she and her husband were living in the Virgin Islands for eight years, raising a son. That was after shed graduated from the University of West Florida (1994) and opened her own real estate business with offices both in Florida and Alabama. If youre a person who is high maintenance or materialistic, you probably couldnt live there. Amenities are limited. You have to be laid back. At Babcock, she says, you can have the amenities and the simple life in a beautiful place, at the same time. The thing I liked about Babcock from the start was the solar power. We had solar in the Virgin Islands, and I drove out to Babcock and was immediately mesmerized by the sustainability. What brought her here in the first place, though, were two Category 5 hurricanes back to back last year Irma and Maria. Followed by 92 days without power. Thats not going to happen at Babcock Ranch, a place about as hurricane-proof as you can get. When shes not working, Gena prefers the simplest of relaxations: going to the beach, paddle boarding perhaps, and just sitting and relaxing. William Kinchelow: The newest of the ambassadors, William Kinchelow arrived in Florida 22 years ago from a childhood and early career that has much in common with the founder of Babcock Ranch, Syd Kitson. Although he grew up in Pittsburgh, William was born in northern New Jersey, attended college in North Carolina, and played football: He became an undrafted free agent for the Detroit Lions, playing on their practice teams until injuries ended his career. He arrived in south Florida to take care of his father not long after that, ultimately moving to Southwest Florida and founding and owning a mortgage business for 10 years, before undertaking a real estate career. Articulate, thoughtful and curious by nature, he jumped at the chance to join Babcock Ranch as an ambassador. Its extremely innovative. Its the future, he says. I first heard about it on social media. I did some research, and decided I wanted to be part of the team, to grow with company. When he isnt working, William is usually spending time with his family. He works out regularly, bicycles frequently, and spends as much time as possible with his eight-year-old son. 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. A better lifeBABCOCKRANCH.COM 888-659-7488First, we drew a circle around the land we wouldnt touch. The open prairie. The wetlands. The pine forests. The homes of hawks and panthers, herons and bass. The places where youll run, walk, bike, think, exhale. On what was left, we planned a town. But not just any town. A town where neighbors sustain each other and the suns energy sustains us all. A town where you can have a connected life. A purposeful life. An engaged life.WHAT WE ARENT BUILDING IS AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE ARE. CAMP IMAGWhere Learning is Fun!NOTE: Active members receive a $50 discount for each week of camp, so become a member today and SAVE!Integrated curriculum blending STEM, history, and the arts in NEW themed weekly sessions for rising 1st-8th graders Summer BreakJune 4th August 9thJr. Camp Assistant Training Program for grades 9-12Register online at


A30 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCHVenturePitch brings its own version of Shark Tank to Babcock BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comAlthough you probably dont know their names or the products they hope to sell not yet, anyway entrepreneurs and their startup companies abound across Southwest Florida. But only four of the regions best will get the chance on April 12 to compete at Babcock Ranch for the chance to receive two $25,000 equity investments from a panel of seasoned local investor judges. Similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, they will pitch their plans at a public event in front of an audience. orida applied with detailed plans to enter the competition, called VenturePitch SWFL. The non-profit business advocacy group SCORE had by press time whittled the applicants down to a top 10. They include everything from Accugentix, which makes devices used to ingest medicinal CBD oil, to The Nickel Ride, a green transportation company. The final four will pitch their business plas to five judges at the finale of the event at Founders Square in downtown Babcock. Doors open at 4 p.m. beginning with an Expo in The Hatchery (upstairs from Slaters Goods & Provisions). Free and open to the public, it will feature presentations from innovative entrepreneurs from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Sarasota counties, including the 38 companies that didnt make the final cut. Then, starting at 5:30 p.m., the ticketed final pitch event will be held just across the street at Babcocks new Lee Health Wellness Center. Tickets are $55 to $75 and may be purchased at (enter VenturePitch SWFL in the search box) or call 687-5821 for details. VenturePitch SWFL has held eight pitch events since it was started in 2015 through the Tamiami Angel Fund, made up of a group of local angel investors, wealthy individuals who take the risk of investing in and often mentoring startups. They aim to strengthen a culture of entrepreneurship in a local economy that remains overly dependent on the three-legged stool of construction, tourism and agriculture, said Timothy Cartwright, a founder of the competition. If the last recession taught us anything its that our economy is not diverse enough and we need greater economic development, said Mr. Cartwright, a partner of Naples-based Fifth Avenue Advisors and Tamiami Angel Fund, as well as the separate Adrenaline Venture Fund, which is used to make investments in the winning companies. Innovative companies such as the 42 that applied along with a supportive community, including investors, he suggests, can diversify the economy and protect it from future recessions. The firm IHS Global Insight says venture-backed companies in the U.S. represent 11 percent of private jobs and 21 percent of the GDP with $2.9 million in sales, but SWFL at this time falls well behind that potential, Mr. Cartwright said. Babcock Ranch, known as an up and coming solar-powered city, is another example of the economic and technological diversification he promotes, and is the events title sponsor. What better way to celebrate the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit it took to bring about Babcock Ranch than to host a VenturePitch competition there, he said. Last year, Charlotte County-based entrepreneur Keith Grant, a retired firefighter and inventor won the VenturePitch judges $25,000 investment, helping him bring to market his tools for the marine and fire fighting industries, including a HydraSpear, a nozzle that fits over a hose or water pipe; and GatorFloss, a finger saw. It was an intense competition. It was hair pulling and Im sure I have a lot of gray spots Ive never seen before, he said. At the final event at Babcock, business leaders will have eight minutes to pitch followed by a seven-minute Q&A and will be scored 10 points by each judge (50 points is perfect score) on factors such as how well they identify and meet a need in the marketplace, and their management team. Some of the companies considered for the final four: 1950 makes WarpWrapz sport goggles; AmbuTrack makes devices that measure the distance patients who use a walker walk; Envision Solutions helps stroke victims regain lost vision with a home computer-based therapy program; and Jejos Market is an e-commerce marketplace with healthy food, drink and personal products. The five investor judges at Babcock will be Jason Dolle, founder and CEO of Testimonial Tree; David Diamond, co-founder and president of DeAngelis Diamond Construction; Tom Gardner, founder of KeyView; David Holms, president of Farr Law Firm; and Adria Starkey, Collier County president for FineMark National Bank and Trust. CHRIS KOVAZ / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe Hatchery, a coworking space for entrepreneurs to share ideas and collaborate, is the site of an Expo as part of VenturePitch SWFLs Babcock Ranch Shark Tank.


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A32 SPRING 2018 BABCOCK RANCHBabcock Ranch unveils solar facility that will power it BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comBabcock Ranch aspires to many innovations that will make it the most sustainable, environmentally friendly city in the U.S., its founder, Syd Kitson, told journalists at a press conference on a chilly, sunny Friday morning, March 9. The most fundamental of those is the promise that it will generate enough solar power to fulfill all its energy needs and then some. Mr. Kitson and Florida Power & Light vice president of development Matt Valle were there to unveil a new $15 million, 10-megawatt battery storage system. It will be used to store energy produced by a solar field of 340,000 electricityproducing panels at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center. Before Mr. Kitson and Mr. Valle spoke in front of media crowded atop a three-story tower looking out over that vast glimmering solar field, Hank Williamss All for the Love of Sunshine played over the P.A. system. It is the largest solarplus-storage facility in the U.S., they said, capable of producing 74.5 megawatts. Thats enough to power some 15,000 homes, though Babcock Ranch is slated to eventually have about 19,000. Were going to have another facility here in the near future that will allow us to power 20,000 homes and significantly more, Mr. Kitson said. Mr. Valle explained that the batteries make solar power more reliable because they store electricity that can be sent to the grid on a cloudy day when the panels cant produce enough energy on their own, or during periods of peak energy use, such as a hot summer night when people crank up the air conditioning. Improving technologies for energy storage are moving us ever closer to our goal of full reliance on clean, renewable energy, Mr. Kitson said. As home to the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in America, we are proud to be leading the way. He adds to journalists on a tour of the battery facility, We want people to take what were doing and have people replicate it in Florida, in the country, and maybe even throughout the world. FPL plans to study the battery system to improve solar energy technologies throughout Florida and elsewhere. FPL is building an incredible amount of solar power cost-effectively so we can bring the economic and environmental benefits to all of our customers while keeping their bills among the lowest in the nation, said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, in a press release. At the same time, we continue to innovate every single day, and the new system we unveiled today is a shining example of how were changing the current. In 2016, FPL says, it commissioned several battery-storage pilot projects. Systems are currently being tested at Everglades National Parks Flamingo Visitor Center, the Crandon Tennis Center on the island of Key Biscayne as well as other locations across south Florida. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHBabcock Ranch founder Syd Kitson, with the FPL solar field in the background, addresses the media at the unveiling of a new 10megawatt battery storage system. Top: Syd Kitson and and Florida Power & Light vice president of development, Matt Valle, reveal the 10-megawatt battery storage system. Above: The newly completed three-story observation tower overlooks the solar field. We want people to take what were doing and have people replicate it in Florida, in the country, and maybe even throughout the world. Syd Kitson, president and CEO of Kitson & Partners


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