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PAGE 1 Vol. III, No. 2 FREESUMMER 2018 Theres an app for thatBike share program makes it easy to pedal around Babcock. A2 Staying greenInterest grows as Babcocks community garden takes root. A30 On the ranchPhotos from a fun community picnic.A32 S VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH BABCOCK RANCH: Visionary Syd Kitson Visionary Syd Kitson leads the way for leads the way for cities of the future cities of the future SEE SEE FIRSTS, A8 FIRSTS, A8 yd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & yd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, has always refused to join the great Partners, has always refused to join the great Church of Your Laurels. Church of Your Laurels. The custom of people in that church is to rest on The custom of people in that church is to rest on their accomplishments. But that is not Mr. Kitsons their accomplishments. But that is not Mr. Kitsons custom even though he could rest on his professional custom even though he could rest on his professional football laurels (he played guard for the Green Bay Packers football laurels (he played guard for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for five years) and on his one-of-a-kind achievements in real five years) and on his one-of-a-kind achievements in real BY BY ROGER WILLIAMS ROGER WILLIAMS A CITY OF A CITY OF Babcock Ranch has become the first city to do many things.


A2 SUMMER 2018 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 MajorProduction ManagerAlisa Bowman abowman@floridaweekly.comGraphic DesignersChris Andruskiewicz Paul Heinrich Meg Roloff Scott SleeperCirculation ManagerTara Rosheimtara.rosheim@floridaweekly.comAccount ExecutivesAngela Schivinskiangela@floridaweekly.comGail Dingeegdingee@floridaweekly.comMichele Foleymfoley@floridaweekly.comBusiness Office ManagerKelli CaricoPublished by Florida Media Group LLC4300 Ford Street, Suite 105 Fort Myers, Florida 33916Phone: 239.333.2135 Bike share program makes it easy to pedal around Babock BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentThe Republic brand bicycles are parked and gleaming, right outside Curry Creek Outfitters on Founders Square in the heart of Babcock Ranch, waiting for riders. All it takes is a simple phone app and $5 an hour to hop on one of these high-tech bikes and explore the communitys neighborhoods, woods and lakesides. Theyre called shared bikes; one customer can rent one for the morning and another can pedal off on it that afternoon. The bikes dont even have to be returned to Curry Creek Outfitters, as there is another station at Babcock Ranch where they can be dropped. Eventually, as more homes are built and the communitys system of bike paths expands, several such stations will be scattered around the town, according to Mike Serfozo, manager of retail stores. Our bike share program is pretty cool, Mr. Serfozo wrote in an email to the Telegraph. Residents or visitors can simply download the Bloom Bike app on their phone and then rent a bike by the hour; the app actually unlocks the bike and starts the rental clock, he explained. Once the bike is returned and relocked, the rental clock stops and the charge is made to the users credit card. There are currently 16 bicycles available to rent. Ten are parked outside Curry Creek Outfitters and the other six are at the second station at Sunset Park. The bike stations are defined by a technology called geo-fencing, Mr. Serfozo wrote. The areas in which a bike can be left are defined by GPS rather than being a physical bike stand. Once the bike is back to within the geo-fenced area, it can be relocked. One of the beauties of geo-fencing is that no physical location or fixed equipment such as bike stands is required. When a big event takes place at Babcock Neighborhood School, for example, a temporary bike drop-off can be set up quickly and easily, all online. I can make a quick phone call and they can make a geo-fence thats a legitimate place to leave the bikes, Mr. Serfozo said. Each bicycle is equipped with a basket and bell, the former handy for cyclists pedaling around town and perhaps purchasing a T-shirt or cap in Curry Creek Outfitters or a sandwich to go at Slaters or Table & Tap, two of the new towns eateries, and the latter good for alerting fellow cyclists or walkers. Republic Bikes is headquartered in a 50,000-square-foot assembly facility in Dania Beach on Floridas east coast. Companies including Google and Microsoft, Walmart, Nike and Charles Schwab are customers, and the company story has been covered by publications as varied as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Vogue magazine. Were honored to be part of the project, founder Avery Pack said about the presence of Republic Bikes at Babcock Ranch, which is closely aligned with Republics vision of bicycle usage and sustainability, he added. Mr. Pack expects more of his bicycles will make the 148-mile journey from his factory to Americas first solar-powered town. We VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHRepublic bicycles awaiting renters outside Curry Creek Outfitters. SEE BIKES, A13 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 Marcie CharlesLL.M Estate PlanningErnest H. HatchFlorida Bar Board Certied in Wills, Trusts and EstatesChristopher G. PriceLL.M Estate Planning Eric GurgoldFlorida Bar Board Certied in Wills, Trusts and Estates LL.M Taxation


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A6 SUMMER 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!Babcock Ranch Foundation sets sights on giving kids opportunities BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentAl Dougherty has big titles and big responsibilities in and around Babcock Ranch. Hes the chief operating officer for Kitson & Partners, the company behind the town. Hes also president of the nonprofit Babcock Ranch Foundation. Launched in 2016, the foundation is young but has dreams as expansive as the ranch itself. Those dreams all focus on helping young people. Mr. Dougherty knows how important guidance and mentors can be to young people. The foundation is a dream come true to me, he said. Sitting in his Babcock Ranch office, he recalled moving to Southwest Florida in 1980 with 200 bucks and a guitar. At 18 years old, he disappointed his father by not going directly to college. Instead, he went to work for WCI, one of Floridas premier developers. After three years, I realized Dad was right, he said about the value of earning a college degree. He started going to school at night, and it took him five years to get a two-year degree. During that time, Byron Koste, the president of WCI, noticed this bright and focused young man. Mr. Dougherty recalls Mr. Koste firmly telling him the deal: You will continue going to school. You will get your bachelors degree, he said the big boss told him after he earned his associates degree. Mr. Dougherty persevered and earned that degree. And its the memory of a mentor such as Mr. Koste that in part inspires him today. He wants the Babcock Ranch Foundation to do for many what Mr. Koste did for him long ago. A similar vision motivates Syd Kitson, the man behind Kitson & Partners, developer of Babcock Ranch. As chairman and CEO, Mr. Kitson spells out his vision on the Babcock Ranch website: How can we use this magical place as a catalyst to make peoples lives, especially childrens lives, better? How can we effectuate real change for future generations in need? We want to start a culture in Babcock Ranch from the very beginning that is rooted in giving back, especially to the regions children, by passing on a stable legacy. Its part of how our company and our community can step up for the next generation. The mission statement for Babcock Ranch Foundation echoes Mr. Kitsons vision: support, enhance, and implement projects that positively impact many worthy causes in Southwest Florida. Passionate about the issues that most profoundly affect at-risk children, Foundation projects build on the rich heritage and many abundant opportunities in our region and at the Babcock Ranch Preserve. Through both partnerships and new opportunities, we strive to help educate and inspire the next generation of Floridians. The foundations first golf tournament fundraiser took place last October at Talis Park in Naples and attracted more than 100 golfers. Information on the foundation website noted the tournament was designed as a partnership with well-established nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. The website also pointed out the foundation is committed to supporting the new Babcock Neighborhood School. Another golf tournament at Talis Park is scheduled for this fall.Stay tuned for moreNow, two years after its birth, the Babcock Ranch Foundation is getting closer to announcing specifics about how it will operate. Much like Babcock Ranch, the foundation is the product of years of careful thought and planning. We dont want to be just another foundation, Mr. Dougherty said. We want to make an impact that lasts generations. Much of the foundations focus will benefit efforts in Babcock Ranch, from agriculture to health and wellness. Maybe the kids come out here and grow a garden, Mr. Dougherty said. (Community gardens already are sprinkled throughout the new town.) We think there is a wealth of opportunity for the kids. A consultant who is an expert on foundations shepherded the nonprofit through its formation, working out countless details on accounting, financing and risk management matters. During the next four to six months, more details will be decded. This summer we will put the nuts and bolts of the plans together, Mr. Dougherty said, adding the impetus will remain giving youngsters a chance. Syd talks about giving kids opportunities they would never otherwise have. Simply put, that is the mission of the Babcock Ranch Foundation. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH


A8 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCHWe are the first solar-to-power facility in the world that has 10 megawatts of battery-storage power tied to a solar field of this size. Its a whole new frontier. Were very proud of that. Syd Kitson, CEO and founder of Babcock Ranchestate development. The chief visionary and founder of Babcock Ranch, Mr. Kitson has run up a string of firsts that appears to be unprecedented in Florida, and perhaps even in the United States. But instead of sitting back and resting on his laurels, he just keeps adding to the list.How it began Mr. Kitsons list of firsts started when he spent several years in the early part of the first decade of this century trying to secure an unprecedented land deal. There were many obstacles: skeptical people, worried elected officials and, most significantly, a devastating recession. Like Sisyphus, the Greek mythological figure who kept rolling a rock up a mountain only to have it slip back time and again, Mr. Kitson found it profoundly frustrating at times. But he persisted, ultimately convincing the state of Florida and Lee County together to buy more than 73,000 acres of the original Babcock Ranch as a state preserve chock-ablock with bear, deer, wild turkeys and even a panther or three, along with a ranching and farming operation; Kitson & Partners would develop the other 18,000 acres or so as a new green, low-impact town. It became the largest preservation land purchase in Florida history and the first and only state preserve to run on its own income from traditional ranching and farming operations that continue on site, without state tax money in support. Looking back, I think thats the thing were most proud of today preserving the original ranch, Mr. Kitson said last week. As a developer, Mr. Kitson is making money by doing good which may or may not be a first, but is certainly a rarity. And his list of firsts continues to grow.More firstsBabcock Ranch is the first town in Florida to introduce self-driving vehicles. Its also the first town in Florida to insist on Florida Green Building Coalition Standards throughout the community. Those include third-party certification for both residential and commercial structures, resulting in exceedingly efficient energy use. Its the first town in Florida to put a public school on-site and begin teaching children before the first residents moved in. Its the first town in America to lead off with a town center on a lake around a village green dominated by a fine restaurant and shops and that also includes a state-of-the-art fitness center. Operated by Lee Health, the Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch offers cardio exercise equipment that generates power every time its used. That power helps run the building a first in the United States. And its the first town to future-proof current and emerging technologies as much as its possible to do, for the benefit of current and future residents. Babcock provides a full gigabyte of fiberoptic service to every home and business, with conduit already laid to expand that service up to five gigabytes eventually. People and professionals occupying this town are likely to remain on the cutting edge for decades to come.The solar firstPerhaps most famously, Babcock Ranch was the first development in Florida to convince a major power company to create a solar field that would provide as much or more power than the development could use. At build-out, Babcock is projected to have about 19,500 front porches, or homes, and up to 6 million square feet of commercial space. A lot more solar is coming, too and it will come to Babcock first. Florida Power & Light is doubling their solar generation at Babcock Ranch to give us the largest solar footprint in the state of Florida. We will have more than 700.000 panels on close to 900 acres of land, Mr. Kitson said. There will be more than 700,000 panels on 900 acres of land, Mr. Kitson said. To gain perspective: A square mile is a section of land, or 640 acres. The solar power FP&Ls field produces flows into the grid. And the town will never take as much or more than it provides, out of the grid, company officials have said. Not only that, We are the first solarto-power facility in the world that has 10 megawatts of battery-storage power tied to a solar plant of this size, Mr. Kitson said. Its a whole new frontier. Were very proud of that. Stephen Heiman, a spokesman for FP&L, explained whats happening at Babcock from the FP&L point of view by describing the town as a place with no net carbon footprint. In an age when most people acknowledge that carbon emissions are among the most dangerous problems facing Americans and everybody else on the planet, this is a town people can get behind. Power companies, too. The battery storage facility at Babcock is the largest combined solar-plus-battery storage system in the United States, Mr. Heiman said. There may be larger batteries and larger solar fields in the country, but this is the largest combination, he added. Batteries have increased reliability delivered to the grid, especially in summertime, he said. Stored capacity can be discharged to the system and we can ultimately keep our generation output higher. That stored capacity can be used during storms or on cloudy days, for example. The lithium-ion batteries, look like little shipping containers and can be recharged fairly quickly, Mr. Heiman said.View from the insideRichard Kinley and his wife, Robin Kinley, knew they were going to be retiring earlier than some both at about age 60. He worked for a major corporation in Atlanta; she taught French in public schools there. He grew up in Delaware, near the Atlantic coast, and graduated from Pennsylvania State University; she grew up all over as a Navy brat but finished high school in Pembroke Pines FIRSTSFrom page 1 VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHAbove: Babcock Ranch is the first town in Florida to roll out a comprehensive mobility plan that includes self-driving vehicles. Left: The FPL solar footprint eventually will consist of 700,000 panels on 900 acres. ARCHIVE BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHBabcock Ranch became the largest preservation land purchase in Florida history.


BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A9on the east coast of Florida and graduated from Bates College in Maine. The day they signed a contract to move into a house in Babcock, they had no idea they were the very first to do so. The Kinleys had looked at other places Colorado was one but ultimately Babcock, with its proximity to wilderness and warm water, its location at more than 30 feet above sea level and in a region that has been hit the least over recent centuries by major storms, and its reduced carbon imprint appealed to them the most. And for better for worse, I trust my instincts, Mr. Kinley said about the decision to buy at Babcock. My intuition had been truthful to me over the years, and it was again, he said. When tours to other potential retirement places didnt inspire them, he thought about the Sunshine State. I remembered this solar town in Florida, he said. The Kinleys looked at Babcock and fell for it. It sounds almost foolish to make such a large decision over something that was truly falling in love (from afar), but it worked out, he said. They found a single-story, 2,400-squarefoot Homes by Towne model on a lake with a southwest exposure that would accommodate everything they need. The great room design had a separate dining area and an office for him as well as a workroom for her 12-footwide quilting apparatus (she produces quilts from designs people send her from all over), a lanai with a small pool, 12to 14-foot ceilings, granite countertops, porcelain flooring that looks like wood, a guestroom and a master suite with his-and-hers closets. The day the Kinleys signed a contract for the house, We noticed they seemed anxious at the signing, he recalled. Afterward, they said, Youre the first residents! Others purchased homes and began to build near the Kinleys home before they moved in, so now they dont have to listen to the sounds of construction in the immediate neighborhood. And theyve made friends, a number of them with fascinating stories, they say. So one of their biggest fears moving from Atlanta to a small place making friends has proved needless. The physical way a town is set up can affect your emotional and physical wellbeing, Mrs. Kinley said. Here its easy to get exercise and do outdoor things. And when you get out of your house, you meet and talk to people. The Kinleys live a seven-minute walk from downtown. Its amazing how vigorous the people are here, she noted. Theres a guy in his mid-70s who rollerblades up to get his mail, plays ice hockey and so on. Residents meet on Thursdays for happy hour and to get acquainted at the wellreviewed Table & Tap restaurant. Sometimes Mr. Kitson attends to share the moment and hear any concerns. Thats probably a first, too, for a major developer. Nobody feels alone, and if thats not a first, nothing is. Theres an impression, definitely with people who have lived (in Southwest Florida) a long time, that (at Babcock) youre out in the boonies, Mr. Kinley said. Yes, its surrounded by wild country. But weve never gotten the feeling were in the middle of nowhere. Instead, its a wonderful community nestled in the middle of unbelievable nature. BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHRichard and Robin Kinley on the day they moved to Babcock Ranch. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHBabcock Ranch is the first town in Florida to insist on Florida Green Building Coalition Standards throughout the community. Equipment at the Healthy Life Center generates power every time it is used. Although he certainly could, Syd Kitson has never been one to rest on his laurels.


A10 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCHBabcock Neighborhood School gets new building again BY LAURA TICHY-SMITHBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentIn fall 2017, Babcock Neighborhood School opened in a brand-new building at full enrollment with 156 students. In fall 2018, 338 students will start school in a larger building being constructed this summer. The challenge for us is how do we maintain the mission and vision that Babcock has set out for us in regard to high student engagement, the project-based learning environment and the academic rigor, says Principal Shannon Treece. All of those things matter every time you grow. Ms. Treece anticipates moving her staff into the new building on July 25. When school starts in August, she adds, Were only going to fill 17 of the 25 classrooms, trying to control the growth, she adds. Construction of the larger building came a year sooner than originally was planned. This success would be remarkable for any educational institution, but what makes it even more amazing for the charter school is that no child yet resides at Babcock Ranch. Any student in the Charlotte County Public School district qualifies to apply, so Babcock kids will get to know their neighbors outside of the community. The school eventually will offer instruction through the eighth grade; it opened last year with classes for kindergarten through sixth grade, with seventh grade added for this upcoming school year. A high school eventually factors into the community vision. Syd (Kitson) did not want any student who started at Babcock not to be able to finish at Babcock, Ms. Treece says. The schools instructors engage students in a cross-curricular learning process called project-based learning. I would say most kids around America are bored because they read, get lectured to and then take quizzes. If they arent engaged, learning isnt going to happen, the principal says. At Babcock, however, Were going for a much deeper, rigorous experience. Theyre still getting the same standards and showing us theyre mastering the same content, but the delivery of the instructional component is the engaging hook. Its hard for the teacher to develop that type of environment. Its much easier to say, Open your textbook to chapter three and answer these questions. Here, its about the magic our teachers make happen in their classrooms. Ms. Treece has selected and trained the teachers who nurture that magic. Last year, BNS sixth graders took second place in a multi-county solar cooker building competition where they beat high school-aged teams. LAURA TICHY-SMITH / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHBabcock Neighborhood School will move into this new building on Lake Babcock in order to accommodate the growth of its student body. The new school will open in the fall of 2018 with 17 of its 25 classrooms lled. 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.


A kindergarten teacher won a Golden Shovel award from the Florida Department of Agriculture for a hydroponics-based project her class did to learn about healthful foods. Do the math: Thats two out of seven classes (29 percent) that won awards in the schools first year. School administrators recently learned that BNS students and teachers had earned additional accolades. The school earned a grade of A in the annual Florida Standards Assessment, and its third graders led all others in Charlotte County schools in the FSA English Language Arts test. Some of this success on the FSA assessments came from identifying students who were struggling because they had arrived to BNS with a mish-mash for an educational background. This required modifying teaching approaches to help the students catch up. We started with eight classroom teachers and one ESE teacher, and we realized we had some significant academic gaps with the students who came to us, Ms. Treece says. It took a few weeks to determine where they were and how to reduce those gaps academically, so we went to our governing board and asked to move one of our teachers into a curriculum-support role for interventions specifically in reading and writing. We focused on third through sixth grade because, being older, their gaps were bigger. This will get better when our kindergarteners are in fifth grade. They will look different than the fifth graders who came in this year. The principal adds 100 percent of last years parents are sending their children back for the 20182019 school year, which is an unheard-of retention rate for any school. Its not all rainbows and Skittles out here, but theyre willing to be here because they feel its good for their kids, she says. They see something different in Babcock as a community, and they know that Syd has been very clear about the mission for the community. He wanted a school that would reflect the beliefs and pillars that Babcock is built on. I know STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) has this association of, Oh, its a STEM school, so its got to be good. My philosophy is schools ought to be doing this stuff anyway. We refer to it as STEAM here because we integrate the arts, but we use that acronym as Strategies That Engage the Authentic Mind. At the end of the day, how are we ensuring our students are growing through their experiences here and learning every day? That sounds fun, but its hard to make happen. It takes a lot of planning by our teachers. BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A11 Principal Shannon Treece sits in a classroom of Babcock Neighborhood Schools original building, which opened a year ago. The school staff is set to move into the new building on July 25. 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. READY TO WORK, WHEREVER WORK TAKES YOU.0% A.P.R. FINANCING FOR 48 MONTHS*0$ DOWN, RTV-X Series *$0 Down, 0% A.P.R. nancing for up to 48 months on purchases of select new Kubota RTV-X Series equipment from participating de alers in-stock inventory is available to qualied purchasers through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A.; subject to credit approval. Some excep tions apply. Example: 48 monthly payments of $20.83 per $1,000 nanced. Offer expires 8/31/18. See us or go to for more information. Op tional equipment may be shown. 3771 Palm Beach Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 239-694-2185www.creeltractor.comServing the Fort Myers and surrounding areas for over 46 years. TRACTOR COMPANY


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BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A13believe this is just the start of our program at Babcock Ranch, he said. These guys love this whole concept, Mr. Serfozo said of Republic regarding Babcock Ranchs environmentally friendly philosophy. And not only that, he said, You cant get a flat with these bikes. How is that possible? Theyre solid. No tube, he explained about the tires on every Republic bicycle. To date, about 5 miles of Babcocks planned 50-mile network of bike paths are open with plans to add several more miles by year-end. In the Babcock Ranch big picture, bike sharing is an ideal fit. One of the concepts of Babcock is we want people out of their vehicles, Mr. Serfozo said. The whole idea is walking and biking. It also fits with the commuity emphasis on sociability. Every home has a front porch to encourage friendliness and neighborliness. Thats the goal, Mr. Serfozo said. The emphasis is on socializing. You cant do that when you have thousands of people in vehicles. You get them walking and biking, then youve got the opportunity for socializing. Just outside Curry Creek Outfitters in the middle of Woodlea Hall, town ambassador Gena McHenry makes the same point. We are encouraging people to live outside more than inside, Ms. McHenry said. Across Founders Square at The Hatchery, Michelle Churchill, Babcocks lifestyle director, also encourages activity, whether it be cycling, walking, running, yoga or paddleball. The idea is to foster a healthy lifestyle, Ms. Churchill said. No doubt those Republic bicycles parked outside Curry Creek Outfitters have their place in the plan. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHBabcock residents or visitors can scan a code with their phone to unlock a bike and start the rental clock.BIKESFrom page 2 More Life Built In PARKSIDE AT BABCOCK RANCH17528 Silverspur Drive, Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 | 877.843.9784Prices 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. 7/11/18 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 finishes all insightfully designed for the way you live. Come tour of our two new professionally decorated models now open, and see what its like to live in a home with More Life Built In | 877.843.9784TWO DECORATED MODELS NOW OPEN IN PARKSIDEINSIGHTFUL DESIGNS, FLEXIBLE FLOOR PLANS, BEAUTIFUL FINISHESSingle Family Homes from the $220s Open Floor Plans with 2-5 Bedrooms and 2-3 Car Garages Walking distance to Founders Square & Babcock Neighborhood School 1-and 2-Story Designs with 1,671-3,293 Sq. Ft.


A14 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCH BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentThe Parkside neighborhood of Babcock Ranch is in the heart of the blossoming new town. Drive, cycle or walk through Founders Square, slip by Slaters Goods & Provisions and Babcock Neighborhood School on your right, Curry Creek Outfitters and the new Healthy Life Center on your left, and suddenly, Parkside is on the right, practically before you realize youve passed the center of town.The neighborhood by Pulte Homes ultimately will have about 150 residences of several styles with two to five bedrooms and ranging from 1,600 to 3,000-plus square feet. All of them are Smart Homes, offering the latest in technology to enhance comfort and convenience.Theres no cookie-cutter formula, Matt Peacock, Pultes general sales manager, said about the offerings. The Parkside model names reflect the ambience of Babcock Ranch, resonating with the woods and lakes and the rest of nature that help make Americas first solar-powered town special. There is the two-bedroom, two-bath Summerwood with 1,900 square feet and pricing that begins at $237,990. The Canopy name evokes a tree-shaded country lane. Starting at $234,990, the singlestory design with 1,972 square feet has flex space that can allow for a den, a formal dining area or a fourth bedroom. The town of Babcock Ranch is seen by many as an oasis of green space in an increasingly urbanized Florida. It is fitting, then, that one of Pultes Parkside models is called the Oasis. With three bedrooms and two baths in 2,162 square feet, the single-story design starts at $240,990. Cape Coral residents Steve and Sharon Winters eagerly look forward to moving their young family to Babcock Ranch in general and Parkside specifically. Why Babcock Ranch and Parkside for the Winters family? Prices are much cheaper than anywhere else in Southwest Florida for new construction, Mrs. Winters wrote in an email to the Telegraph. Also, they liked the larger lot sizes in Parkside. As for Babcock Ranch in general, she added, The concept of everything right around that you need was exciting to us, especially with little kids. When friends and family ask what she likes most about their soon-to-be home, Mrs. Winters replies: Everything! and goes on to list details including the emphasis on sustainability, with solar power and natural gas; the small-town feel with no traffic and a neighborhood school; and the awesome restaurants and shops. Mr. Peacock said Pulte Homes is excited to be involved with a project such as Babcock Ranch and to be working with Kitson & Partners, the guiding company behind the town. In the dawn of the automotive age, industry pioneer Henry Ford said customers could buy a Model T in whatever color they wanted as long as it was black. Thats not the Pulte way. We give everyone the chance to personalize, Mr. Peacock said. That could mean, for example, the type of flooring or the color of cabinets and countertops. Pulte, which was founded in 1950, is one of eight current builders helping Babcock Ranch become reality. The company is also building homes in Lake Timber, a neighborhood to the west of Founders Square. For Joshua and Andrea Fortin, the future is at home in Trails Edge BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentJoshua and Andrea Fortin both bring eloquent perspective to conversations about Babcock Ranch, which theyve called home since May 31. That was the date they closed on and moved into a Sylvester model Lennar home in the Trails Edge neighborhood. That eagerness to move into their new home on closing day is a symbol of their passion for Babcock Ranch. They couldnt wait. Mr. Fortin, 30, is an adjunct history instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University and a teacher at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres. Mrs. Fortin, 29, is an assistant professor at Hodges University, where the courses she teaches include introduction to speech communication and advanced public speaking. On an early summer afternoon, this educated couple met with the Telegraph in the Hatchery to talk about the town and their home and neighborhood. Mr. Fortin mentioned the nearly palpable sense of tranquility that overtakes him when he turns off State Road 31, now named Babcock Ranch Road, and starts driving into Babcock Ranch. You just relax, he said. And then as youre crossing the bridge you get this whole kind of meditative process of coming out here and getting back to that connection we both loved originally. The Fortins previously resided in Lehigh Acres. Theyve also lived in a community near Daniels Parkway in South Fort Myers and in Estero. Everything is different for the couple in Babcock Ranch. Mr. Fortin used the word biophony to describe the sound. Biophony? The natural soundscape, he said. Out here you might occasionally hear a truck or occasionally a plane, but otherwise its you and Florida and the water and all those other things that help us be the best us. His wife welcomed her turn to explain the young couples love for Babcock Ranch. Recalling their first trip over that bridge into the budding new town (the only one in America that is solar-powered), I looked at him and we just kind of had this moment together: This place seems different, she said. Then we got out and saw the boardwalk and had brunch on the water. I just turned to him and said, I have to live here. He said, Me, too. The moment launched their mission to become residents of Babcock Ranch. They had looked just about all over Lee County for a new home. We could not find a place that felt like home no place that we wanted to live, Mrs. Fortin said. But thats what this place had Its home every time we come out here.Then they had to settle on a builder and a neighborhood within Babcock Ranch. The Trails Edge community where Lennar offers six models of what the company calls Executive Homes, with pricing from the low $200,000s was just right.Babcock Ranchs sustainability, its bike paths and walking trails, kayaking opportunities and overall convenience all added to its appeal. Its important for us to be part of a city like this, Mrs. Fortin said. We really believe in the vision they have of making this a model for the future from how the electricity is gathered to the water and how were using that efficiently. The Fortins talk about their move to Babcock Ranch as if its much more than merely a new house theyve purchased. Were literally investing our lives here, Mrs. Fortin said. We believe in it. So much were not only investing our money but our time and our energy here And its only going to get better. They have no doubts about the choice they made. There are very few things Ive never been worried about, she said. Im a worrier, but this place is something special. Weve put our money where our mouth is. Several days before the Fortins met with the Telegraph, this correspondent drove through Trails Edge to see for himself. The neighborhood was humming with activity. Workers were putting the final touches on the sign at the entrance to the community. Cement mixers moved slowly along, roofers banged away atop new homes, and landscape crews put sod in place. The noise doesnt bother the Fortins. We dont mind because we know it will be done when its done, Mr. Fortin said, adding Trails Edge, first phase is targeted for completion by the end of the year. Although work continues, new neighbors are settling in all around the Fortins. Driving through Trails Edge, one cant help but notice signs in front of numerous homes with one word and one punctuation mark: Taken! VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHThe Parkside neighborhood of Babcock Ranch is in the heart of the blossoming new town.VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHAndrea and Joshua FortinParksides many options please a young family from Cape Coral


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


Fox Premier Builders offers four single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $364,900 to $436,900. BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH Babcock Ranch homes for everyone INSIDE: COMING SOON Florida Lifestyle Homes offers four single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $499,500 to $785,500. Lennar offers 14 villa and singlefamily home designs in the Trails Edge neighborhood, priced from $185,999 to $374,999. 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. Homes by Towne offers eight singlefamily home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $349,900 to $469,900. Stock Classic Homes offers nine single-family home designs in the Lake Timber neighborhood, priced from $419,990 to $609,990. 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 twoor three-car garages. HOMES AT BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 | A17 SUMMER 20 18 www. B a b coc kR anc hT e l e g rap h .co m The Discovery Center, top, is the focal point for obtaining information about Babcock Ranch. Its in Woodlea Hall, above, in the towns downtown district. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH Florida Lifestyle Homes 17101 Bullhorn CircleBabcock Ranch, Fl. 33982239.561.8022 Lennar 17709 Wayside Bend Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 888.214.1450 Fox Premier Builders 42146 Lake Timber Drive Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 239.344.8221 Pulte Homes 16984 Curry Preserve Drive Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 877.843.9784 Homes By Towne 42556 Timber Walk TrailBabcock Ranch, Fl. 33982239.543.1055 Stock Classic Homes 42191 Lake Timber Drive Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 239.558.1379 Solara Homes by Banroc Babcock Ranch Hatchery 42881 Lake Babcock Drive, Suite 200 Babcock Ranch, Fl. 33982 941.716.0720Babcock Ranch has eight 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 quickdelivery 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 877-709-6620 or visit


BY FLORIDA LIFESTYLE HOMES The Taylor model features an open floor plan with 16-ft. wood vaulted ceilings in the great room and kitchen. This Florida Lifestyle Homes model offers an expansive covered front porch, three bedrooms, three baths, a study, walk-in pantry, formal dining room, and morning nook, as well as a detached two-car garage. Enjoy the natural preserve view from the spacious covered lanai and private pool with multiple water features. The Taylor A18 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCH FLORIDA LIFESTYLE HOMES FOX PREMIER BUILDERSBY FOX PREMIER BUILDERS With Fox Premier Builders, there are various options to upgrade this home to suit your lifestyle. The Camden provides comfortable living with a simple floorplan including a two-bedroom plus study with an option for a third bedroom. Customize your options from a standard one-car garage to an upgraded two-car garage, where you can even add an apartment overhead. This option is perfect for hosting guests who want their own space. This model also includes an eight-foot-deep porch surrounding the home that would be the perfect relaxing spot to enjoy life on the ranch. CamdenSpecifications Base Price: $419,000 2,029 sq. ft. 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms Lake Timber Designer Furnished Home Type: Alley-Loaded Single Family Builder: Fox Premier Builders Specifications Base Price: $595,000 2,784 sq.ft. 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Lake Timber Designer Furnished 239.561.8022 239.344.8221Home Type: Single Family Builder: Florida Lifestyle homes


BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A19 HOMES BY TOWNE LENNARBY LENNAR Comfortably designed with 2,032 square feet of versatile living space, this home features four bedrooms in a desirable split plan, three baths and a dining room with adjoining great room ideal for socializing. The spacious optional den invites houseguests and media lovers alike. The lanai is perfect for enjoying the laid-back Florida lifestyle. The large garage offers room for two cars plus storage. BY HOMES BY TOWNE This sprawling home features 2,441 square feet with plenty of room to roam. The inviting porch and foyer open to the spacious great room, large kitchen with a center island and the dinette area. The main level has two bedrooms plus a den, while the upstairs offers a bonus room and half-bath. Jade SylvesterSpecifications Base Price: $226,999 2,032 sq.ft. 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Trails Edge Status Home Type: Single Family Builder: Lennar Specifications Base Price: $425,900 2,441 sq.ft. 2 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms Lake Timber Designer Furnished Home Type: Single Family Builder: Homes by Towne 239.543.1055 888.214.1450


A20 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCH PULTE STOCK CLASSIC HOMESBY PULTE HOMES The Oasis suits smaller families perfectly. This efficient layout provides three bedrooms, as well as the convenience of a sing lestory design. Flex space off the foyer makes a great den or study, or it can serve as a fourth bedroom. The easy flow between the interconnected kitchen (with optional island), caf area, and gathering room were designed with family life and entertaining in mind. BY STOCK CLASSIC HOMES The Sebrings 2,676-square-foot great room plan includes a formal dining room, island kitchen, three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, and a two-car garage. The outdoor living area is a large, open concept, drawing the eye to the most beautiful views. Doors that open the dining room to a covered front porch contribute to the homes sense of connection with the outdoors. Oasis SebringSpecifications Base Price: $241,990 2,162 sq.ft. 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Parkside Designer Furnished Home Type: Single Family Builder: Pulte HomesSpecifications Base Price: $449,990 2,676 sq.ft. 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms Lake Timber Designer Furnished Home Type: Single Family Builder: Stock Classic Homes FL E X 1 2' -5 x 1 2' 3" B EDR OO M 3 1 2' -5 x 11 -1 B EDR OO M 2 1 2' -5 x 11 -1 0" O W N ER 'S S UITE1 8' -5 x 1 2' 8" G ATHERI NG R OO M1 9' -7 x 17 -1 0" C AFE 1 9' -7 x 5 -1 0" 2 C AR G ARA G E1 8' -7 x 1 9' 9" OPT. GARAGE 4' EXTENSION FO YER L AU N O PT O PT L T BATH WI C O PT KITCHEN O PT P ATI O E XTE NS I ON O PT TRA Y O PT DR O PPED TRA Y L U N DER CO U N TER R EF O PT L 1 0' 0" x 1 0' 0" 1 2' 0" x 1 0' 0" CO VERED L A N AI O PT S EAT OtiIld O PT S H O WER O PT IS LA N D O PT C AB S. EN TR Y 239.558.1379 877.843.9784


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A22 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCH BY GLENN MILLERBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentSyd Kitson is the name most often associated with Babcock Ranch. But talk to Mr. Kitson and hes quick to credit two men without whose wisdom, guidance and inspiration, he says, there would not be a town called Babcock Ranch. Americas first solar-powered town would not be coming alive in Southwest Florida if not for Dick Cuda and Jack Peeples. Their names are now permanently attached to Babcock Ranch, with a trail named in honor of Mr. Cuda and a park for Mr. Peeples. I really love these two men, Mr. Kitson said. Without them, Babcock Ranch would not even be a possibility. Mr. Cuda is the son-in-law of the late Fred C. Babcock Jr., the son of the ranchs founder. Himself a former owner and CEO of the ranch, Mr. Cuda ran the operation for more than 50 years. Mr. Peeples is the lawyer who shepherded a complex land deal through a legal maze that resulted in the 2006 Babcock Preservation Act, which has been heralded as the largest land preservation buy in Florida history. Without Jack, this deal would not have happened, Mr. Kitson told the Telegraph recently as he was starting the drive from Orlando to Babcock Ranch. This is in essence the story of three wise men coming together to save land and broker a deal that combined capitalism and environmentalism. The previous owners of Babcock Ranch could have made more money by selling to somebody other than Mr. Kitson. They could have sold it to 100 people for more money, he said. But they didnt. Kitson & Partners paid more than $500 million for 143 square miles of the ranch. Three wise menMr. Peeples, 88 years old and a veteran of the Korean War, was on his way to South Korea on an Honor Flight when he heard the Telegraph wanted to talk to him about Mr. Kitson. His respect for Mr. Kitson is so profound that he vowed to get back to the Telegraph. After a grueling flight and a few days recovering from jet lag, he called the Telegraph, happy to tell us why the heirs of the Babcock family wanted Mr. Kitson above all other suitors to purchase the land. Mr. Peeples described Mr. Kitson as a man of stubborn vision. The family had the property on the market for many years. But they couldnt find the right buyer, the type of person or company who loved the land and would protect the forests and streams and woodland creatures while at the same time building homes and a community. We couldnt find anybody with enough courage, enough vision, Mr. Peeples said. Until they met Mr. Kitson. It took about 24 hours to strike a deal, Mr. Peeples said. Agreeing to a deal was just one step in the process, however; working out the details was another matter. The deal was complicated, but at its essence was the sense that the Babcock familys wishes for the land be honored. This family wanted to keep the land preserved, Mr. Peeples said, adding it took three visionaries to make it happen: Mr. Cuda, Mr. Kitson and then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. I went to the governor and said I want to make a deal, Mr. Peeples said.Enter Syd KitsonSyd Kitson was the only person on the planet who had the resources and vision for this, Mr. Peeples said. Mr. Kitson returns the respect, describing both Mr. Peeples and Mr. Cuda as men of impeccable integrity and character.Although legal niceties are necessary in the modern world, Mr. Kitson said, the Babcock Ranch deal was effectively consummated in the most old-fashioned way: Its really the handshake of the person youre doing business with.Mr. Peeples and Mr. Kitson recalled meeting in the Governors Mansion with the governor and Mr. Cuda. The goal was to find a way to preserve the special nature of a beautiful and threatened patch of Florida. Mr. Kitson told the governor about his vision for Babcock Ranch. He told me that if youre crazy enough to do this, then we will work with you, Mr. Kitson said. The governor, he added, really wanted to preserve this land. The governor and Syd and Dick all had an idea that it (Babcock Ranch) should be special, Mr. Peeples said. But wanting something is one thing; making it a reality is another.A Land RememberedOne of Mr. Kitsons favorite books is Patrick Smiths A Land Remembered, which evokes a pristine, 19th century Florida that is long gone. But some of that past is has been preserved in Babcock Ranch. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH Dick Cuda, Syd Kitson and Jack Peeples. Kitson credits other key players in the Babcock success story PESTTERMITERODENT LAWN 800GOTRULY Whether its your Home We have you TRULY protected! or your Business... 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VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH Syd Kitson, Jack Peeples and Dick Cuda.Mr. Peeples believes a big part of what made preservation of the ranch possible is a trait he sees in Mr. Kitson. That stubbornness, he said. There is something in Mr. Kitsons background as a football player at Wake Forest University and then in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys that he believes translates well to this quest. What it took was a professional football player, an offensive lineman who always pushes forward, Mr. Peeples said. The Babcock project was a singular achievement for all involved. Theres nothing we ever did that compares to this, Mr. Peeples said. Although Mr. Peeples is modest when it comes to his role in the story of Babcock Ranch, Mr. Kitson praises his work to make it possible. Without Jack, this deal could not have happened, Mr. Kitson said. Mr. Peeples was apparently omnipresent as everything moved forward. Whenever there were issues, he was there, Mr. Kitson said. Jack was critical for this deal. It took a year a year of working 18-hour days, seven days a week to sort out the legal complexities of the deal, Mr. Kitson said. Often the key players slept only two or three hours a night. Thats what it took to get the deal done, he said. Indeed, the story is too complex to sort out in the Telegraph, he agreed. Were going to write a book on it. BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A23 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 A SPORTING GOODS AND SUNDRY STORE AT BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA. RECREATIONAL RENTALS INCLUDING BIKES, KAYAKS, SUPs, AND OTHER COOL STUFF.HOURS TUESDAY SATURDAY 10 AM 5 PM SUNDAY 11 AM 5 PM CLOSED MONDAYS Experience The Outdoors. 941.467.1485 OUTFITTERS@KITSONPARTNERS.COM CURRYCREEKOUTFITTERS.COM 42850 CRE SCENT LOOP BABCOCK RANCH, FLORIDA 33982


A24 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCHSquare Scoops dishes out two of lifes necessities: ice cream and caffeineVANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHDave Bonderenko happily serves up ice cream treats and coffee drinks. Square Scoops Where: 42881 Lake Babcock Drive, Babcock Ranch Phone: (941) 257-4936 Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. BY KAREN FELDMANFood & Wine EditorWhile the name might conjure up visions of four-cornered blocks of ice cream perhaps those little mass-manufactured vanilla, chocolate and strawberry bricks of childhood thats not it at all. Square Scoops, the ice cream and coffee emporium at Babcock Ranch, appears to have landed its name because its on Founders Square, along with Slaters Goods & Provisions, offering supplies as well as quickservice sandwiches and salads; Recharge Juice Co., with its fresh fruit drinks; and Table & Tap, the solar developments premier farm-totable restaurant. You could think of it as the four establishments forming something of a perfect square of nutrition and culinary delight. Its the latter in which Square Scoops specializes. Adjoining Slaters, Square Scoops is a cozy space with bright white walls and chalkboards on two of them. On a low-hanging board in front of a row of child-sized seats, the blackboard bears a chart listing six ice cream flavors and the invitation to Vote for the Flavor of the Month by placing a chalked hashtag below your choice. The candidates: Rocky Road, Pistachio, Caramel Rum Twist, German Chocolate, Bear Claw and Moose Tracks. Someone has added a seventh option Bubble Gum on the side. At the moment, it appeared Moose Tracks was leading the pack. A large board behind the counter bears the tempting assortment of ice creams, sorbets, sherbets and frozen yogurts currently on offer as well as the variety of coffee drinks available. Standing in front of the board and behind the spotlessly clean glass display cases is Dave Bonderenko, the hospitable supervisor of the operation. To say that hes a bit overqualified for this job would be an understatement: After spending many years as a food and beverage manager at Las Vegas casinos with names like Bally and Luxor, he retired and moved to Charlotte County. His current job is as much pleasure as work, he says. I really like Babcock Ranch, Mr. Bonderenko said. (Developer) Syd Kitson and his son, Tyler, are down-to-earth guys who are doing things right. They know everyones name. Its a great place to be. He obligingly hands out samples of various flavors, and when a customer cant decide among three flavors but only wants a small serving, hes happy to create a (round) scoop comprising all three. The ice cream is exactly what it should be: rich, creamy and possessing the deep flavor of whatever variety youve chosen. The Apple Strudel tastes just like its namesake, as do the Banana Cream Pie and Chocolate varieties. True to the developments mission to be local and sustainable, the product comes from The Ice Cream Club, a company based in Manalapan in Palm Beach County. During the school year, children from nearby Babcock Neighborhood School can be found digging into sundaes or industriously licking ice cream cones after a day of classes. Customers of Table & Tap and Slaters are likely to stop by for dessert or a latte, cappuccino, macchiato or other coffee concoction. Babcock employees and those who spend time at The Hatchery, the on-site business incubator, find it a convenient spot to satisfy a sweet or caffeine craving as well without having to leave the development and drive several miles. When weather permits, customers can sit outside on the broad porch that runs from the ice cream shop along the entire front of Slaters from which they can enjoy a prime view of the town square and the lake beyond it. Otherwise, booths in the shop as well as the aforementioned row of pint-sized stools along the wall accommodate customers. Its small wonder, then, that Mr. Bonderenko considers the job at which he works 40-plus hours a week a breezy retirement gig. Compared to the hours and stress of what I did before, this is fun, he said. I really enjoy it. A family enters with three excited youngsters eager to order. He excuses himself and turns to attend to them with a broad smile and a Welcome to Scoops. What would you like today? Total protection for all your insurance needsWere Brightway, North Ft. Myers, your local insurance experts. With access to over 100 insurance companies, we can provide you with the coverage you need at a price you want. 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A26 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCH BY LAURA TICHY-SMITHBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentAs he assists visitors boarding the 12-passenger canopied boat, Capt. Mike Serfozo offers the requisite safety lecture as a oneliner: Welcome to the Solstice, and Id like to point out that life jackets are in that bin, he says, pointing under the starboard seats. Be nice to the guy on the end because hell be the one selling you a life jacket if you need one. With everyone comfortably seated, he nudges the boat out from the dock thats just steps from Table & Tap. As he does so, the gentle hum is more reminiscent of a kitchen cake mixer than the rumble of a boat engine. Its so noisy, Capt. Serfozo says with a wink. What do you think of that quiet? Even cruising at its top speed of 7 knots (about 8 miles per hour), the main sounds you hear aboard the Duffy electric boat are those of wind and wave. Its an ideal sightseeing boat because it doesnt make any noise, Capt. Serfozo says. Its so smooth and quiet. This is why we call it a whisper-quiet boat. Smooth is definitely the word for this ride. Even though the 290-acre landlocked, freshwater Lake Babcock seldom sees heavy seas, even the queasiest landlubber should have no problem aboard this steady craft. Even when its choppy, this boat doesnt do bad at all, Capt. Serfozo says, explaining the stability is due to the boats combination of width and weight and the depth of the keel. Its an ingenious design 16 full-sized batteries lined up below the middle bottom of the boat add a lot of stability. And its all-electric, he adds, with no emissions, so no oil and no gas. Ecologically, its the cleanest boat you can buy. Certainly, given the Solstice is recharged with electricity generated by Babcocks solar field, this particular Duffy truly can be said to run with zero emissions. While you could rent a paddle craft to explore Lake Babcock by yourself, an afternoon cruise aboard the shaded, breezy Solstice provides the opportunity to view the sights in comfort with a captain to narrate what you see. Typically departing at noon and 2 p.m. daily, the cruises currently are complimentary. Seating is by reservation, but walk-ups are accommodated as space allows. Monthly wine and cheese sunset cruises are offered as well at $15 per person, or you can reserve a private sunset wine cruise (lemonade is served to passengers under age 21) if you have a minimum of six passengers. Dates for the monthly sunset cruises are posted on the Babcock Ranch Facebook page. Its intended to be an amenity something to get people out on the lake so that theyll go home and talk about it and post photos of us, Capt. Serfozo says. The cruise provides a mixture of sightseeing, wildlife viewing and history about Babcock Ranch. The captain is always game to answer questions about the town. During the cruise, he explains that the 25-foot-deep lake was dug a century ago to provide fill materials for building local highways. Since this is an old lake, its had a lot of time to build up fish, he says. We havent added any except for a small fish called a gambusia that helps with the mosquito population. Its not uncommon to catch (and release) a 5to 8-pound bass from Lake Babcock, he says. Eagles have been spotted many times, and alligators are often seen sunning along the bank. Capt. Serfozo especially enjoys an alligator sighting when children are along for the ride. Theyre used to seeing them on TV, but to see a live one gets them excited. They feel like theyve seen something special, he says, VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHBabcock Ranch offers monthly sunset wine and cheese cruises aboard the Solstice. 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Call the rm at 239.931.7566 to arrange your consultation 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 Vol. I, No. 1 FREESPRING 2016 CowboysA look at the Babcock Ranch cowboys who work cows roughly the way its been done for a century. A8 Town makersThe people responsible for the Babcock Ranch vision. A28 LifestyleImmerse yourself in working, learning or playing. A24 N A SUMMER DAY IN 2004, SYD Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, set foot on Babcock Ranch for the first time. Like most first-time visitors, he was immediately taken by the enormity of the place and the magnificence of a tableau that time had somehow forgotten. Yet for all its obvious natural beauty, Babcock Ranch spoke to Kitson in a more visceral way as he traversed the long drive to the propertys secluded Cypress Lodge for a visit with the Babcock family. Maybe the rushes of lush, mysterious forests that intermittently lined the road reminded him of a childhood in small-town New Jersey, where he and his friends spent their days discovering hidden places they would claim as their own. Perhaps the vastness of the pastures recalled the promise of having a blank canvas on which he could create his life when he left home for Wake Forest University and ultimately a career as a lineman in the NFL. Or maybe it was the boldness of nature itself and the hold it exerted on every facet of the Ranch that reminded Kitson of the unmitigated joy he continues to experience during hiking and kayaking adventures that can last weeks at a time. Whatever it was, Babcock Ranch spoke to Kitson in a familiar way that day and he listened. Ill never forget the first time I came to Babcock Ranch, said Kitson. Coming down the long drive, all I could see were the cattle, the beautiful landscapes, and the wildlife habitats. All of a sudden, I started to decompress. It was an incredible feeling. We drove to the Cypress Lodge and had a great visit with the family. As we sat on the porch, we were looking at the alligators and the fish jumping and all of the animals coming down to feed. It was just magical. I remember thinking this is a very, very special place. From that moment, I was hopeful Id have an opportunity to do something with this beautiful property. The visit with the Babcocks was propitious, both for the family and for Kitson. In 1914, Edward Babcock, a Pittsburgh lumber magnate and politician, purchased the 91,000-acre Crescent B Ranch from Perry McAdow, the scion of a family that made its fortune in the gold mines of Montana. The renamed Babcock Ranch served as the base for the familys timber business, the most prominent end-users being the diamond mines in South Africa that used the pine-based pitch to ward off termites. By the 1930s, Edwards son Fred was managing the property and became the face of Babcock Ranch. After Freds death in 1997, the heirs attempted to sell the property to the state. In 2005, discussions with the state were terminated. At the same time, Syd Kitson and his partners were engaged in conversations that would expand their business model. Kitson & Partners success to that point had been built on purchasing distressed properties and re-introducing them in a fresh, appealing way. While the enterprise was successful, the partners knew they wanted something more. I remember talking with my partners and say-Babcock Ranch The building of a new hometownOSEE BABCOCK, A14 IMAGES & RENDERINGS COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH IN THE BEGINNING Ill never forget the first time I came to Babcock Ranch ... It was an incredible feeling. Syd Kitson Syd Kitson BY KEVIN CAFFREYSpecial to Babcock TelegraphAt right: Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. Center: Unspoiled settings of Babcock Ranch. Along the top: Artists renderings of Babcock Ranch. NEXT PUBLICATION DATE: OCTOBER 10, 2018ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITYTHE BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPH Cowboys A look at the Babcock Ranch cowboys who work cows roughly the way its been don e for a century A8 Town makers The people responsible for the Babcock Ranch vision. A28 Lifestyle Immerse yourself in working, learning or playing. A24 N A SUMMER DAY IN 2004, S YD Kitson, Chairman and CE O of Kitson & Partners, set foot on Babcock Ranch for the first time. Like most first-t ime 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 obv ious natural beau ty, 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, mys terious forests that intermittently lin ed the road reminded him of a childhood in small-town New Jersey, where he w and his friends spent their d ays discovering hidden places they would claim as their o wn. Perhaps the vastness of the pa stures recalled the promise of having a blank canvas on which he could create his life when he left home fo r Wake Forest University and ultimat ely a career as a lineman in the NFL. Or maybe it was the boldness of nature itself and f the hold it exerted on every facet of th e Ranch that reminded Kitson of the unmitigated joy he continues to experience during hiking an d kayaking adventures that can last weeks at a time Whatever it was, Babcock Ranch spoke to Kitson in a familiar way that day an d he listened. Ill never forget the first tim e I came to Babcock Ranch, said Kitson. Coming down the long drive, all I could see were the cattle, th e beautiful landscapes, and the wildlife habitats. All of a sudden, I started to decompress. It was an inc redible feeling. We drov e to the Cyp ress Lodge and had a great visit with the family. As we sat on the por ch, we were looking at the alligato rs and the fish jumping and all of th e animals coming d own to feed. It was just magical. I remember t hinking this is a very, very special place. From that mom ent, I was hopeful Id have an opportunity to do s omething with this beautiful property. The visit with the Babcocks was propitiou s, both for the family and for Kitson. In 1914, Edward Babcock, a Pittsburgh lumbe r magnate and politician, purchased the 91,000-acr e Crescent B Ranch from Perry McAdo w, the scion of a family that made its fort une in the gold m ines of Montana. The ren amed Babco the base for the family s timber prominent end-use rs being t he in South Africa that used the p i ward off termites By the 1930 Fred was managing the propert face of Babcock R anch. After F the heirs attempt ed to sell the p In 2005, discussi ons with t he sta At the same time, Syd Kitson were engaged in conversation s th their business mo del. Kitson & that point had be en built on pur properties and re -introducing th appealing way. While the enterp the partners knew they wante d s I remember talki ng with my p Babcock Ranch The building of a new hom etown g O SEE B IMAGES & RENDERINGS COU RTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH IN THE B E G G I N N I N I N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N I N N I N N N Illnev Ill nev erforget er forget g the first the first time I c tim Ranch Ranch Ranch. Ranch ... Ranch ... Itwas Itwasan It wasan It was an It was an incredib edibl bl incredi incred incre inc e fe e Syd Kitson BY KEVIN CAFFREY Special to Babcoc k Teleg raph At right: Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. Center: Unspoiled settings of Babcock Ranch. Along the top: Artists renderings of Babcock Ranch. Vol. I, No. 4 FREEWINTER 2017 Meet the prosA Q&A with Axel Kallenborn, Babcock Ranch town ambassador.A6 New appBabcock amps up its tech with new apps. A18 Around Babcock Babcock Neighborhood School groundbreakingA36-37 ROM ALL OUTWARD APPEARANCES, 2016 WAS A VERY BAD year for celebrities. But it was a very good year for growth and development in the Sunshine State and not because the states population increased by almost 400,000 to about 20.7 million (demographers estimate growth to increase at about 1.8 percent each year for about two decades to come, the fourth most rapid growth rate in the United States).FSEE PROGRESS, A8 BY ROGER WILLIAMSrwilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.comAlthough Babcock will grow in phases through the next several years, almost all the major living benefits are up and running now for the first residents.2016: A year ofPROGRESS This 10-year vision materialized in less than 12 months its awe-inspiring just in the sheer volume and quality of the work completed. 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adding with a smile, They dont know we see them all the time. He has the Solstices young passengers sit back with him and serve as first mates aboard the cruise, which he says also gives them a kick. While pointing out the wildlife, he says sometimes he also has to answer questions about animals that dont live at Babcock. Its amazing how many people ask if we have dolphins in the lake, he says. They live in Wisconsin, so what do they know? He also fields a lot of questions about community founder Syd Kitson, and hes always happy to share Mr. Kitsons life story and vision behind developing Babcock Ranch. If he doesnt know the answer to a visitors question, Capt. Serfozo knows where to point them to the right direction to get the correct answer. More than anything, he says, he makes sure to show people a good time and provide them a unique perspective on Babcock Ranch. I love pointing out this view of the town, he says, steering the boat around to a certain angle, because standing in the town, you dont get the view you can get from looking back at it from the water. It gives people a sense of what the place will look like as we expand. BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A27 MIKE SERFOZO / COURTESY PHOTOIf you have at least six passengers you can reserve a private sunset cruise aboard the Solstice.LAURA TICHY-SMITH / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHAn electric boat sightseeing tour of Lake Babcock provides a unique perspective of Founders Square. We make insurance a priority, so you dont have to.We understand you have more important things to take care of in life than comparing insurance plans. Thats why at McGriff Insu rance 2018, McGriff Insurance Services, Inc. All rights reserved.13515 Bell Tower Drive Fort Myers, FL 33907 239-433-4535 4704 SE 9th Place, Suite 102 Cape Coral, FL 33904 239-772-5400 889 11th Ave. N, Suite 201 Naples, FL 34108 239-261-0428 2705 Tamiami Trail, Site 113, Toles Paa, Pnt Goda, Foidb 33950www.tnnrifsrdesign-.o | 941-621-2074Bautiful Spaceswe createScia Pacesin veryfu ervice nrib tecobating Inrif Dco Artwork | Furniture Custom Window Treatments & Bedding Decorative Accessories Lighting | MirrorMate Frames | RugsBinds n Saes HunterDouglas Priority Dealer | Plantation Shutters Flair 21 Collection | Horizons Window FashionsDcoative Pinting n Wlcoverings York Wallcoverings Seabrook Wallcoverings | J.F. Wallcoverings Decorative Paint Finishes by local artists Bndb Sith 2 2 201 201 201 1 5 5 5 5 Voted Best Decorator g 2015-2017


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A30 SUMMER 2018 BABCOCK RANCHInterest is growing as Babcocks first community garden takes root BY LAURA TICHY-SMITHBabcock Ranch Telegraph CorrespondentOn a patch of land surrounded by a white picket fence at the corner of Saddleback and Wild Pine South, a thin man with a gray ponytail and a wide-brimmed hat tends to some plants in raised wooden beds and metal troughs. As he fiddles with the valves on the irrigation lines leading from the rain barrel, he notices a weed. He cant help himself; he stops to pull it immediately. I just cant walk by a weed, he said with a laugh. After working as a professional farm-to-table gardener for more than 30 years, with 22 of those years here in Southwest Florida, if Ken Ryans didnt pull every weed the moment he saw it, they might have overtaken him. Recently retired from his business, Herban Gardens, this winner of the 2014 Innovative Farmer Award from the University of Florida IFAS county extension service now shares his extensive experience with Babcock Ranch as its community gardens consultant. The community gardens where residents can try out their green thumbs eventually will be rented and managed through the homeowners association, but for now Mr. Ryans is overseeing the handful of gardeners more informally and has been working with the HOAs lifestyle director, Michelle Churchill, to compose the first draft of community garden rules. This possibly could happen in the latter part of 2018 or early 2019, Ms. Churchill said. Then the HOA could offer a garden day for residents to learn from Ken. We hope that will encourage more people to take plots. Some of the content included in the draft document runs more toward advice for gardening in Southwest Floridas intense environment, Mr. Ryans said. The people who have come out so far listened to my advice, and their gardens are doing very well, he said. I told them the best thing to grow now (in summer) is herbs. Dont try any vegetables, and youll be more successful. They liked the idea of the herbs. Floridas growing seasons are opposite those of the northern states, so winter is vegetable season here. Then, its grow anything you want, Mr. Ryans said, although he does offer this advice: Grow what you really like, and grow what is hard to find in the stores. You arent going to save money with a garden, but youre going to have the freshest produce available, and if youre careful about the pesticides, youll have the cleanest available. Of two couples currently growing gardens, he said, one is inexperienced and the other has LAURA TICHY-SMITH / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHKen Ryans, a professional farm-to-table gardener for more than 30 years, is Babcocks community gardening consultant. 239.337.3446 1520 Broadway Ave, Suite 100 Fort Myers, FL HAVIN G AN EVENT ? G SA CALL...WE DO IVE US D O IT AL L L L ! ! ! G G Historic Downtown Rooftop Bar Spectacular Views! COME VISIT THE FORT MYERS River District! Enjoy A COCKTAIL AT OUR Rooftop LOUNGE! LIVE MUSIC EVERY Art WALK & Music WALK! FL


experience from up north and is having to learn technique modifications for Florida. He started them with the smallest beds (livestock watering troughs with growing media) to nurture their knowledge before they move to bigger plots (wooden-framed beds of varying sizes). Start small. Get your hands dirty and your feet wet, and later, if you want a bigger one, well get you a bigger one, he said. We want people to be successful in these gardens. We dont want them to fail, give up and say they dont want to do that anymore. Mr. Ryans served as a model gardens project manager for a nonprofit community garden in Boston for five years, and he is using that experience to modify Babcocks existing garden and to design and oversee construction of its future community gardens. As the neighborhoods get developed, theyll probably bring on a garden for each neighborhood, he said. Ive not heard a set number, but Ive heard there are plans for numerous gardens. Ive gotten a lot of interest, he added. People stop by when they see me out here to ask about it. I really want to encourage everyone who lives here to get involved. Its not rocket science. Life revolves around food, and if youre eating something with no pesticides and non-GMO, youll be healthier. VANDY MAJOR / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHLivestock watering troughs serve as containers in Babcocks first community garden. BABCOCK RANCH SUMMER 2018 A31 LAURA TICHY-SMITH / BABCOCK RANCH TELEGRAPHKen Ryans at the community garden. (941) 467-1492 | 42850 Crescent Loop, Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Now Open#HowDoYouReCharge@ReChargeJuiceCo 100% RAW Juice!GRAND OPENING EVENT 9-2PM7.21JOIN US 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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Sunday 10am 9 pm As Seen On See n LIVE 3,200 Gallon Tank With an Interactive Virtual Dive Experience HISTORY & SCIENCE CENTER Virtual Fort MyersThe Past Meets the Present Travel Back to 1856 and Visit The Original Fort Myers as You Interact with the Environment Just like the Early Settlers. $5OFFREGULAR ADMISSION FOR A PARTY WITH 3 OR MORE GUESTS.ONE COUPON PER PARTY.CODE: FW12000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers ----------------------------------------------------------239.243-0043 Sat: 10 to 5 Sun: 12 to 5 Nature Photography ContestTo celebrate National Nature Photography Day on June 15, Babcock Ranch hosted a Nature Photography Contest where one grand prize winner was awarded placement in the Telegraph and a $100 Table & Tap gift certificate. The photo submissions of nature at Babcock Ranch were judged on three elements creativity/originality, quality of submission, and representation of contest theme. Featured here is the winning photo, Serenity by Angela Weber. I love the wonderful trails around Babcock Ranch with its beautiful native plants, wildlife and scenic views of the various lakes! Each visit is amazing and relaxing! Follow us on Instagram @BabcockRanch for more beautiful Babcock Nature photo submissions.SERENITY BY ANGELA W. AND THE WINNER IS...


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