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  • May 22,2017 - Babcock Ranch inspires active living
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    Submitted by Hall+Media Strategies Inc. 4:05 a.m. ET May 20, 2017 The band shell on the edge of Lake Babcock is a great place to make friends while getting fit.(Photo: Submitted) BABCOCK RANCH — From miles of trails, lakes and an activities calendar jam-packed with weekly, quarterly and annual events, the new eco-centric town of…  Read More

  • May 17,2017 - Stars aligned
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    By: Kevin McQuaid | Commercial Real Estate Editor May 12, 2017 Syd Kitson began work on Babcock Ranch, an 18,000-acre town in Charlotte and Lee counties, more than a decade ago. The project was sidelined by the recession, but today it is among several showcase real estate communities moving forward in Charlotte County. For years,…  Read More

  • May 17,2017 - First garden being planted at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:05 a.m. ET May 13, 2017 Babcock Ranch has started planting its first neighborhood garden. The garden is centrally located in one of the Lake Timber neighborhood’s green spaces.(Photo: Submitted)   BABCOCK RANCH — As construction of buildings in the Downtown District and new residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood…  Read More

  • May 17,2017 - Town ambassadors welcome you at Babcock Ranch
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    2017-05-10 / Real Estate News BY EVAN WILLIAMS ewilliams@floridaweekly.com The town ambassadors, Paige Rausch, Janis Bowles, Rick Vorell and Jennifer Laritz COURTESY PHOTO From the land of sunshine and sustainable technology, four ambassadors welcome visitors who stop by Babcock Ranch to find out more about the solar-powered community which is in the works. Their embassy,…  Read More

  • May 09,2017 - Homes by Towne to begin move-in homes at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:04 a.m. ET May 6, 2017   The Sterling is one of four move-in ready unfurnished Homes by Towne residences poised to begin construction in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch.(Photo: Submitted) BABCOCK RANCH — Kitson & Partners announced that Sarasota-based Homes by Towne is poised to begin construction of four…  Read More

  • May 09,2017 - Lee County looks ahead to driverless car revolution
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    BILL SMITH , BSMITH@NEWS-PRESS.COM Published 2:56 p.m. ET May 1, 2017 | Updated 5:55 a.m. ET May 2, 2017 Cars that drop you at work then head home to take the kids to school are among scenarios that roadbuilders are looking at as self-driving vehicles make their way from the drawing board to the showroom…  Read More

  • May 02,2017 - Babcock Ranch's Table & Top offers healthy choices
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    Submitted by Hall+Media Strategies Inc. 4:05 a.m. ET April 29, 2017 Located on the boardwalk along the edge of Lake Babcock, Table & Tap was the first building to be completed at Founder’s Square.(Photo: Submitted) BABCOCK RANCH — Everywhere you go at Babcock Ranch, you’ll meet people who are passionate about their role in creating…  Read More

  • May 02,2017 - BABCOCK RANCH’S TABLE & TAP
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    The News-Press Published 8:59 a.m. ET April 26, 2017 | Updated 9:07 a.m. ET April 26, 2017 Babcock Ranch(Photo: Babcock Ranch)  Babcock Ranch, Fla. – Everywhere you go at Babcock Ranch, you’ll meet people who are passionate about their role in creating a whole new way of living.  You’ll see the vision for this solar-powered,…  Read More

  • April 24,2017 - Enjoy weekly music nights at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:08 a.m. ET April 22, 2017 Babcock Ranch, the new town being built by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County, is inviting everyone to a twice a week free live music performances at the band shell at Founder’s Square. (Photo: Picasa) BABCOCK RANCH — Babcock Ranch, the solar powered town…  Read More

  • April 24,2017 - At Babcock Ranch, it’s back to the future
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    rwilliams@floridaweekly.com April 20, 2017 Fiber isn’t just fast, it’s future-proof as well — two very different things equally important. Each reality is now apparent at Babcock Ranch in the vital new partnership of CenturyLink and Kitson & Partners, creators of the nation’s greenest, biggest solar-powered city. “When people think of broadband, they usually just relate it…  Read More

  • April 24,2017 - Florida Lifestyle's Taylor model ready to open at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:07 a.m. ET April 22, 2017 Kitson & Partners announced that Florida Lifestyle Homes is poised to complete its furnished Taylor model in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch.(Photo: Submitted) BABCOCK RANCH — Kitson & Partners announced that Florida Lifestyle Homes is poised to complete its furnished Taylor model…  Read More

  • April 24,2017 - Lake Kinley named after first homeowners at Babcock Ranch
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    Andrea Stetson, Special to The News-Press Published 4:06 a.m. ET April 22, 2017 | Updated 2:34 p.m. ET April 22, 2017 The Sungold is one of the models that Homes By Towne has open for viewing at Babcock Ranch.(Photo: Andrea Stetson/Special to The News-Press) There’s a big perk to being the first person to purchase…  Read More

  • April 24,2017 - Dinner at Babcock Ranch’s “Table and Tap”
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    By Southwest Florida ForksApr 21, 2017 Babcock Ranch Punta Gorda FL Babcock Ranch (BR) is a residential and commercial development in Southwest Florida consisting of approximately 18,000 acres. Half of this area will be devoted to greenways, lakes and parks and less than 10 percent for commercial use; the remainder will used for residential development. BR also has…  Read More

  • April 20,2017 - Babcock’s Perfect Game plan not so perfect for Lee County
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    PATRICIA BORNS , pborns@news-press.com Published 5:44 p.m. ET April 19, 2017 | Updated 4 hours ago Photo by Jack Hardman/The News-Press. Perfect Game generates millions for the Lee County economy. The county is looking to see if it is feasible to build more fields to expand Perfect Game’s foot print. Andres Santana, of Miami FL,…  Read More

  • April 11,2017 - Babcock charter school hires Oasis principal
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    PAMELA McCABE and THYRIE BLAND , The News-Press Published 11:02 a.m. ET April 8, 2017 | Updated 9:52 p.m. ET April 8, 2017 The Babcock Neighborhood School has hired its first principal. Shannon Treece, who is the principal at Oasis High School in Cape Coral, has been picked for the K-through-8 charter’s top job. She was selected from  more…  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Strength & Conditioning at the Ranch
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    Strength & Conditioning Starts May 30, 2017   10:30 am – 11:30 pm   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Strength and Conditioning class that incorporates muscular strength and endurance, that includes upper body, lower body exercises as well as core.  Utilizing Exercise bands, and floor mats. Please bring your own mat and/or hand…  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Fitness at The Ranch
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    Fitness at The Ranch (Sat) Starts May 20, 2017   9:00 am – 11:30 pm   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Come join us at Babcock Ranch for some AM fitness! Now starting every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ages 14 & up….  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Paddle Board Yoga
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    Paddle Board Yoga June 17, 2017   11:00 am – 12:30 pm   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Ever wanted to learn to Paddle Board and at the same time try Yoga on a Paddle board? If so, now is your opportunity. Professional teaching and instruction on large based Paddleboards.  Life jackets, ankle…  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Tuesday Night Live
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    Tuesday Night Live – April 18th, 2017   5:30 pm – 8:30 pm   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Every Tuesday night there will be live programming at the band shell. Music featured will be multi-genre, extensive repertoire. Come out and enjoy some live music at Babcock Ranch! Music starts at 5:30 p.m….  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Run at the Ranch
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    Run At The Ranch Starts June 14, 2017   6:30 am – 7:30 am   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Every Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Join us in our weekly morning run across Babcock Ranch. Learn the land and experience natural Southwest Florida. Ages 14 & up. Registration is required….  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Yoga & Meditation
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     Yoga & Meditation Starts May 20, 2017   10:30 am – 11:00 am   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Join us every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for Meditation & Yoga Immediately following you can participate in Paddle Board Yoga from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration Required. Registration is FREE….  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Saturday Concert Series
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    Saturday Concert Series Starts May 20, 2017   4:30 pm – 7:30 pm   42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch, FL 33982 Saturday night there will be live programming at the band shell. Saturday evenings will have live music from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Music featured will be to be determined. Come out and enjoy some…  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Lennar to create new neighborhood at Babcock
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    SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY/ April 4, 2017  Lennar is joining the roster of builders at Babcock Ranch, the nation’s first solar-powered town. Kitson & Partners announced an agreement for a mix of twin-villas and single-family homes at price points within reach for a broader range of homebuyers. “The neighborhood located southeast of Founders Square, adjacent to our…  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - Rich visitor experience at Babcock Ranch
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    April 7, 2017 BABCOCK RANCH — Even though it is literally just beginning to come out of the ground, a visit to Babcock Ranch, the new solar powered town being built by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County, off State Road 31 just north of the Lee County Civic Center, is seemingly equal parts a trip…  Read More

  • April 07,2017 - All About The Great Outdoors
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    April 7, 2017 Just a few weeks after officially opening to the public, Founder’s Square at Babcock Ranch is springing to life. From morning exercise classes to brisk business at the lakefront “Table & Tap”, the daily buzz of activity in this new town being built by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County gives the…  Read More

  • April 05,2017 - Oasis High principal to head new Babcock charter school
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    April 4, 2017 Breeze staff reports , Cape Coral Daily Breeze         Babcock Neighborhood School has hired Shannon Treece, the principal of Oasis High School, to lead its new K-6th grade charter school set to open in August. Treece was selected from among 164 applicants to serve as the school’s first principal and she will…  Read More

  • April 05,2017 - BABCOCK RANCH : LA PREMIÈRE VILLE VERTE AMÉRICAINE
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    French Wire April 4, 2017 Dans un pays où le pétrole est roi, concevoir une ville verte qui fonctionne entièrement aux énergies renouvelables n’était pas un projet évident. Et pourtant, la ville de Babcock Ranch est déjà en train de sortir de terre. Cette ville nouvelle, fondée en Floride par un promoteur immobilier, compte accueillir…  Read More

  • April 05,2017 - Babcock charter school names principal
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    By SOMMER BROKAW / STAFF WRITE, CHARLOTTE COUNTY April 4, 2017 Babcock Neighborhood School recently named Shannon Treece, 39, as the first principal of the new charter school. The charter school is located on Babcock Ranch, the nation’s first solarpowered town off State Road 31 in Charlotte County. Developer Kitson and Partners retained Collaborative Educational Network, a…  Read More

  • April 05,2017 - Oasis High principal to head new Babcock charter school
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    April 4, 2017 Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer Babcock Neighborhood School has hired Shannon Treece, the principal of Oasis High School, to lead its new K-6th grade charter school set to open in August. Treece was selected from among 164 applicants to serve as the school’s first principal and she will spearhead…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Lennar Just Added To Build In Babcock Ranch!
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    By Mindy Sylvester Real Estate Agent with MVP Realty March 27, 2017 10:37 AM ​Babcock Ranch, Florida just added Lennar homes to the other 5 big name builders.  Lennar Homes is a Miami-based builder that will take part in 180 homes in the Babcock Ranch, FL community. Lennar plans to build twin-villa homes and single…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Babcock Neighborhood School Selects Principal
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     PRESS RELEASE DATE:  April 3, 2017   CONTACT: Lisa Hall       850.508.7782 lisa@hallmediastrategies.com Shannon Treece brings wealth of experience to innovative “Green STEAM” school Babcock Ranch, Florida – Babcock Neighborhood School (BNS) today announced selection of veteran school administrator and teacher Shannon Treece as principal of the new public charter school that will be opening with Kindergarten through 6th…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Florida Eco-Friendly Town Opens For Business
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    AFP Relaxnews Updated: March 27, 2017, 10:40 AM IST With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy use, Florida’s first sustainable town is now open for business. The buzz about Babcock Ranch, an eco-friendly city of the future and the largest development…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Crowds Attracted to Babcock Ranch
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    The News-Press Published 1:23 p.m. ET March 22, 2017 | Updated 2:29 p.m. ET March 30, 2017 Babcock Ranch Aerial(Photo: Picasa) SOLAR POWER A POWERFUL  ATTRACTION FOR BABCOCK RANCH Over the past year, the nation’s most innovative, sustainable new community has been taking root just beyond the front gates of Babcock Ranch. Master Developer Kitson…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Lennar to build 180 homes in solar-powered town
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    The Miami-based company plans to build twin-villa and single-family homes at Babcock Ranch March 26, 2017 12:00PM Rendering of Babcock Ranch Miami-based Lennar will build 180 homes at Babcock Ranch, a master-planned development near Fort Myers that will run mainly on solar power. Lennar plans to build twin-villa homes priced at about $180,000 and single-family…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Florida’s First Sustainable Town Opens: Babcock Ranch
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    By Zayan Guedim – March 23, 2017 Initiated by a former football player, Florida boasts the first eco-friendly planned community, which is fully powered by solar energy. Currently in search of residents, Babcock Ranch will host a community of 50,000 people. As photovoltaic technologies grew in the 2000s, the idea of a solar-powered city gained momentum. Many…  Read More

  • April 04,2017 - Eco-friendly Babcock Ranch opens for business
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    Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:48AM PressTv User Babcock Ranch, a solar-powered community in southwest Florida. (Via Babcockranch Website) An environmentalist’s utopia has become possible as an Eco-friendly Florida town opens for business. Babcock Ranch city is a planned community with an area of nearly 70 square kilometers. It has all things green, from a farm-to-table…  Read More

  • March 24,2017 - Florida’s First Sustainable Town Opens: Babcock Ranch
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    By Zayan Guedim – March 23, 2017 Babcock Ranch Aerial Map | Babcockranch.com Initiated by a former football player, Florida boasts the first eco-friendly planned community, which is fully powered by solar energy. Currently in search of residents, Babcock Ranch will host a community of 50,000 people. As photovoltaic technologies grew in the 2000s, the…  Read More

  • March 24,2017 - Eco-friendly Babcock Ranch opens for business
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    Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:48AM PressTv User Babcock Ranch, a solar-powered community in southwest Florida. (Via Babcockranch Website) An environmentalist’s utopia has become possible as an Eco-friendly Florida town opens for business. Babcock Ranch city is a planned community with an area of nearly 70 square kilometers. It has all things green, from a farm-to-table…  Read More

  • March 24,2017 - Bringing Life to the “Village” at Talis Park Golf Club
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    By Joe Barks | January 31st, 2017 Talis Park Golf Club, Naples, Fla. A new multi-purpose clubhouse/community concept with a unique interaction of indoor and outdoor space has been added to a distinctive golf course to enliven the rebranded Naples, Fla., property. In December 2003, Kevin Shields stared out at a treeless, 465-acre property on…  Read More

  • March 22,2017 - Babcock Ranch: è negli Stati Uniti
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    International attention – this from a tech pub in Italy March 18, 2017 Alimentata completamente da fonti rinnovabili, Babcock Ranch utilizzerà solo ed esclusivamente energia solare per abitazioni e servizi pubblici di Jessica Fabiano Una cittadina completamente sostenibile, alimentata interamente da energia solare prodotta da una centrale elettrica di 443 acri, senza costi di utilità aggiuntivi…  Read More

  • March 22,2017 - La première ville verte des États-Unis est sortie de terre
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    International Headlines Article in French Mis à jour le 22/03/17 à 10:10 Publié le 22/03/17 à 10:06 VIDÉO – Une ferme utilisant l’énergie solaire, des voitures qui roulent sans chauffeur, des maisons construites selon les dernières normes écologiques : la première ville verte des États-Unis a vu le jour. Elle doit accueillir 50.000 personnes d’ici…  Read More

  • March 22,2017 - Florida eco-friendly town opens for business
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    March 22, 2017 by Kerry Sheridan (Agence France Presse) With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy use, Florida’s first sustainable town is now open for business. The buzz about Babcock Ranch, an eco-friendly city of the future and the largest development…  Read More

  • March 22,2017 - Lennar to build villas at Babcock
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    2017-03-22 / Real Estate News The new Lennar neighborhood will be in the area marked Phase 2A, just south of the community park. COURTESY PHOTO Lennar is joining the roster of builders at Babcock Ranch, the nation’s first solar-powered town. Kitson & Partners announced an agreement for a mix of twin-villas and single-family homes at…  Read More

  • March 22,2017 - First public event at Babcock Ranch draws thousands
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    2017-03-22 / Real Estate News A crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 attended the first public event at Babcock Ranch, a two-day festival March 11 and 12. The crowd far exceeded what organizers had predicted. “We knew people were excited about the concept of a sustainable, solar-powered town where people can reconnect with the environment and…  Read More

  • March 22,2017 - Florida eco-friendly town opens for business
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    By Afp Published: 22:08 EDT, 21 March 2017 | Updated: 01:13 EDT, 22 March 2017 <img id=”i-36371369a3a83897″ src=”http://i.dailymail.co.uk/1/2017/03/22/05/wire-259313-1490159606-839_634x422.jpg” height=”422″ width=”634″ alt=”The interior of a model home at Florida’s eco-friendly community of Babcock Ranch, which includes a solar farm and the latest in energy efficient homes and vehicles” class=”blkBorder img-share”/> The interior of a model home…  Read More

  • March 20,2017 - The Essence of Life at Babcock Ranch
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    The News-Press Published 9:21 a.m. ET March 15, 2017 | Updated 9:40 a.m. ET March 15, 2017 In Roman times, the term “Civitas” referred to the law that bound a social body together, bestowing responsibilities on each individual on the one hand, and the rights of citizenship on the other.  In effect, that law created…  Read More

  • March 20,2017 - Welcome to the ranch
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    Babcock Ranch is open to the public this weekend for the Founder’s Festival Founder’s Festival to showcase Babcock Ranch  By ANDREW JAROSH STAFF WRITER On Wednesday, workers were erecting both buildings across the street from Woodlea Hall, Babcock’s first civic building and the town’s information center. Other construction, including home building, dotted the nation’s first solar-powered town. Those wanting a closeup of Babcock Ranch will have…  Read More

  • March 20,2017 - HAROLD BUBIL: Babcock Ranch making development history
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    Posted March 16, 2017 Florida development history was made last weekend at Babcock Ranch in southeastern Charlotte County. In a scene that was reminiscent of the real estate promotional events of the 1920s Florida Land Boom, about 20,000 people attended the two-day Founders Fest event, which gave the public its first look at the first…  Read More

  • March 16,2017 - Builder gains entry to coveted community
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    By: Business Observer March 15, 2017 Babcock Ranch — Miami-based Lennar, the second largest homebuilder in the country, has joined the roster of builders at Babcock Ranch. The builder will handle a mix of twin villas and single-family homes, according to a statement in the master-planned community. Twin villas at Lennar’s Babcock Ranch neighborhood will start…  Read More

  • March 16,2017 - Kitson’s dream unfolding before everyone’s eyes
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    John HACKWORTH March 13, 2017 COMMENTARY EDITOR Syd Kitson sat at his desk, a picture window behind his second-story office offering a portrait of an evolving landscape. It was just a couple of days before the Founder’s Festival open house at Babcock Ranch in eastern Charlotte County. It would be the best opportunity yet for…  Read More

  • March 16,2017 - If you cook it, they will come: Table & Tap open at Babcock Ranch
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    ANNABELLE TOMETICH , ATOMETICH@NEWS-PRESS.COM Published 11:00 a.m. ET March 14, 2017 Table & Tap is open at the still-under-construction Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County, and already this middle-of-nowhere restaurant is drawing in diners. The new Table & Tap overlooks Lake Babcock at Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County, just north of the Lee County line.(Photo: Special to…  Read More

  • March 14,2017 - Babcock Ranch holds Founder’s Festival
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    Thousands get first look at new town in the making March 13, 2017 By VALARIE HARRING (vharring@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze Runners rockin’ Nikes beneath the lakefront bandshell as they accept awards. Tots chasing bubbles across a manicured lawn dotted with picnic tables. Couples sipping beverages at an al fresco cafe overlooking the water…  Read More

  • March 14,2017 - The Most Sustainable Town in America
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    “This isn’t just some quirky thing for yuppies.” By Marlene Cimons Source: Babcock Ranch It was love at first sight for Richard and Robin Kinley. But it took a sunset to seal the deal. The Kinleys, both 59 and living in Atlanta, visited southwest Florida in January to look at Babcock Ranch, a planned community that…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Stock & Homes by Towne to showcase Babcock Ranch models
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:03 a.m. ET March 4, 2017 Base priced at $414,000, the Sungold model is the first of four furnished models being built in Lake Timber by Homes by Towne.(Photo: Submitted)  BABCOCK RANCH — Master Developer Kitson & Partners announced that furnished model residences by Homes by Towne and Stock Development…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Everyone welcomed to enjoy progress at Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival Saturday and Sunday!
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    2017-03-08 / Real Estate News Above: Babcock Ranch is a new eco-centric town under construction by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County just 20 minutes east of Fort Myers off Florida State Road 31. Babcock Ranch is the first solar powered town in the world. Left: Visitors to the Founder’s Festival at Babcock Ranch will…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Solar-powered Babcock Ranch partially opens
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    March 10, 2017   PUNTA GORDA, Fla. The future of solar is shining bright at Babcock Ranch. Since December, solar-powered community has opened its first civic building, retail store and farm-to-table restaurant. “I like the idea of it being sustainable with solar,” said potential resident Ray Slipatchuk. “I think it’s about time that Florida had a…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Babcock Ranch establishes state-of-the-art communications network
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    March 2/2017 CenturyLink Inc. and Kitson & Partners announced they will provide one of the fastest residential internet speeds available in the U.S. to residents of the new, solar-powered town of Babcock Ranch, now under construction in Southwest Florida. CenturyLink will be the exclusive broadband provider in Babcock Ranch, delivering gigabit internet service over its fiber network to every…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Babcock Ranch is open to the public this weekend for the Founder’s Festival.
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    By ANDREW JAROSH  3/10/2017 STAFF WRITER Two key features of the Town of Babcock Ranch — a charter school and grocery store — are on track for a July opening. Work is progressing on Slater’s Goods & Provisions, featuring a coffee shop, takeout items and an ice cream shop, and the kindergarten through eighth-grade Babcock…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Founder’s Festival offers first look at Babcock Ranch
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    By GARY ROBERTS  3/12/2017 STAFF WRITER BABCOCK RANCH — At this weekend’s Founder’s Festival, celebrating the startup of Babcock Ranch, Tiffany Kern enjoyed a tour of the emerging community, but it took some effort. Competing in the 5K Sun Run, she took the scenic Sunset Trail, encircling a lake and fishing pier, crossing a bridge,…  Read More

  • March 13,2017 - Going driverless in Southwest Florida
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    PATRICIA BORNS , pborns@news-press.com Published 5:11 p.m. ET March 10, 2017 | Updated 10:21 p.m. ET March 10, 2017 A battery-powered, electric Easymile autonomous vehicle goes for a shake-down drive — minus a driver — on the interior roads of Babcock Ranch north of Lee County, Florida on Friday afternoon.(Photo: Patricia Borns/The News-Press)  Vasilas Karavidas maneuvers…  Read More

  • February 28,2017 - Public invited to Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:08 a.m. ET Feb. 25, 201 BABCOCK RANCH — Master Developer Kitson & Partners is inviting the public to come enjoy the progress being made at Babcock Ranch during a two-day Founder’s Festival event on Saturday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 from noon to 6 p.m. The opening…  Read More

  • February 23,2017 - Public invited to enjoy progress at Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival & Sun Run March 11th and 12th, 2017
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    2/23/2017 Public invited to enjoy progress at Babcock Ranch during Founder’s Festival & Sun Run March 11th and 12th, 2017 Above: Babcock Ranch is a new eco-centric town being built by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County just 20 minutes east of Fort Myers off Florida State Road 31. Babcock Ranch is the first solar…  Read More

  • February 15,2017 - Commentary: Conservation by large tract owners is key
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    By Eric Draper, Executive director, Audubon Florida 4:58 p.m. ET Feb. 13, 2017 Eric Draper Executive Director Audubon Florida(Photo: Courtesy) A for-sale sign on Immokalee Road near Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary caught my attention a few years ago. The seller offered a square mile of land zoned for 250 houses on land where cattle were…  Read More

  • February 06,2017 - Babcock Ranch now has an official “first family.”
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    February 03, 2017 The honor went to Richard and Robin Kinley from Acworth, Ga. The couple signed the first contract for a home to be built in Babcock Ranch, an 18,000-acre solar-powered town 20 miles east of Fort Myers in Charlotte County. The Kinleys should be settling into their new home inside the development’s Lake…  Read More

  • February 06,2017 - Founder’s Square is the heart of Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:07 a.m. ET Feb. 4, 2017 Founder’s Square will serve as a central gathering place and the site of community events and celebrations at Babcock Ranch.(Photo: Picasa)  BABCOCK RANCH — The band shell that will host concerts has been completed. On the opposite side of the green, a splash pad is…  Read More

  • February 02,2017 - Babcock tour reveals remarkable progress
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    Ray Sandrock Charlotte County staff from the Community Development and Public Safety departments and Legislative Affairs and Public Information offices met with officials at Babcock Ranch Friday for their latest monthly update. The meeting featured a tour of the residential and commercial areas currently under construction. Topics of discussion included development and planning timelines, permitting, certificates…  Read More

  • February 02,2017 - Founder’s Square The heart of Babcock Ranch
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    2017-02-02 / Real Estate News The band shell that will host concerts for those gathered on an inviting green has been completed. On the opposite side of the green, a splash pad is nearly finished and waiting to hear the playful laughter of children of all ages. Benches that offer inviting places to relax, read,…  Read More

  • February 01,2017 - Lee kids take lead in applications to Babcock charter
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    PAMELA McCABE , PMCCABE@NEWS-PRESS.COM Hands-on activities. Access to outdoor classrooms. The ability to fly drones, keep bees and learn how a nearby solar farm powers an entire city. These factors — and many more — captured the attention of the Stark family in Fort Myers Shores, and had parents Beth and Steve racing to beat Tuesday’s application…  Read More

  • February 01,2017 - Babcock Ranch home sales underway
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    llian Idle 11:02 PM, Jan 22, 2017 8:49 AM, Jan 23, 2017   CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A new town in Southwest Florida is changing people’s expectations on how to live. Babcock Ranch off Highway 31 near Ft. Myers is using solar energy to become a greener community. Babcock Ranch said when all said and done…  Read More

  • January 19,2017 - First home sold at Babcock Ranch
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    First home sold at Babcock Ranch The News-Press staff Published 11:36 a.m. ET Jan. 19, 2017 | Caption to come(Photo: Kitson & Partners) The first home of the nearly 20,000 planned for Babcock Ranch development in Charlotte County has sold. Master Developer Kitson & Partners announced that Sarasota-based Homes By Towne has processed the first…  Read More

  • January 16,2017 - FPL unveils plans for 298 MW of new Florida solar parks
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    Jan 16, 2017 08:24 CET by Ivan Shumkov Solar power system. Author: Mountain/ \Ash. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic. January 16 (SeeNews) – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) on Friday unveiled plans to add more than 298 MW of solar capacity in its home state in 2017, having just plugged in three photovoltaic…  Read More

  • January 16,2017 - First residences at Babcock Ranch to be completed in February
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:08 a.m. ET Jan. 14, 2017 New models will open in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch in February. Lake Timber’s choice of lakefront, porch home, cottage, town home, and condominium residences will line streetscapes dotted with parks. BABCOCK RANCH — Master developer Kitson & Partners announced that furnished model homes…  Read More

  • January 13,2017 - Kitson creating a new version of 'Home Place' at Babcock Ranch
    Naples NewsRead More

    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:08 a.m. ET Jan. 7, 2017 As construction of Phase I of the Downtown District and furnished model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch continues to progress as planned, Master Developer Kitson & Partners’ unique brand of place making is becoming evident.(Photo: Submitted)   BABCOCK RANCH —  As…  Read More

  • January 13,2017 - Mitchell project, with Pasco aid, to add high-end office space
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    C.T. Bowen, Pasco Times Columnist Monday, January 9, 2017 11:00am TRINITY — The Mitchell 54 West project, envisioned as a town center and a pedestrian-friendly gathering space amid shops, restaurants, movie screens and 800 homes, is adding a new component to bolster economic development. The 330-acre site at the southwest corner of State Road 54…  Read More

  • January 06,2017 - Babcock Ranch, with model homes soon to open, will have big impact on Charlotte County
    Builder and DeveloperRead More

    January 6, 2017 It took a lot of planning, patience, money and vision to get to where Babcock Ranch is now. It also took a lot of faith on the part of developer Syd Kitson, of Kitson & Partners. But after a decade-long delay caused by the Great Recession and the housing bust, buildings are…  Read More

  • January 06,2017 - Kitson creating a new version of “home place” at Babcock Ranch
    Florida WeeklyRead More

    January 5, 2017 SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY As construction of Phase I of the downtown district and furnished models in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch continue to progress as planned, master developer Kitson & Partners’ unique brand of place-making is becoming evident. A new town being built by Kitson in Charlotte County, Babcock…  Read More

  • January 03,2017 - Restaurant at the Ranch When they build it, who will come?
    Charlotte SunRead More

    1/1/2017 By Sue Wade One four-way stop sign stands idle at an intersection leading to a downtown-in-progress. Two one-ways lean lazily against each other, waiting to be given a job after more roads are paved. Birds sing, undisturbed by the rumbling of jackhammers and earthmoving equipment. Tenderly transplanted native cabbage palms and grasses are beginning to take root…  Read More

  • January 03,2017 - Charlotte County’s ‘Future is Now’
    Charlotte SunRead More

    By GARY ROBERTS Staff Writer Charlotte Sun – 12/3/2016 PUNTA GORDA — Speaking to hundreds at the April groundbreaking of Babcock Ranch, the nation’s first solar-poweredcity, developer Syd Kitson welcomed the excited throng through a door into the future. Beneath a clear blue sky and a boundless horizon, Kitson talked about a vision, 10 years in…  Read More

  • January 03,2017 - Babcock Ranch, with model homes soon to open, will have big impact on Charlotte County
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    After a long delay, Babcock Ranch is becoming a reality – with big implications for Southwest Florida’s smallest coastal county. 1/3/2017 By Harold Bubil Real estate editor PUNTA GORDA – It took a lot of planning, patience, money and vision to get to where Babcock Ranch is now. It also took a lot of faith on…  Read More

  • January 03,2017 - Babcock Neighborhood School breaks ground
    Charlotte Florida WeeklyRead More

    Submitted December 29, 2016 Babcock Neighborhood School COURTESY PHOTO Prospective students, parents and community partners recently joined with Kitson & Partners to celebrate the launch of construction of Babcock Neighborhood School. The new public charter school just began accepting applications over the Thanksgiving weekend, and more than 45 students have already requested enrollment for the 2017-18…  Read More

  • January 03,2017 - Person to Watch in 2017: Babcock Ranch's Syd Kitson
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    PATRICIA BORNS , pborns@news-press.com Submitted Jan. 01, 2017 Syd Kitson Position: CEO of Kitson & Partners Background: Played guard for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys Babcock goal: To be a model community for other developers Why is Kitson & Partners CEO Syd Kitson one to watch in 2017? How long do you have? In December, the Palm Beach Gardens-based developer…  Read More

  • December 16,2016 - Fulfillment of Kitson & Partners’ vision for Babcock Ranch unfolding
    Naples Daily NewsRead More

    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:03 a.m. EST December 3, 2016 Construction of the Babcock Ranch Downtown District’s Woodlea Hall and the Table and Tap restaurant fronting Lake Babcock is on schedule for completion by Feb. 1, 2017.(Photo: Picasa) BABCOCK RANCH — As Homes by Towne, Stock Development, Fox Premier Builders and Florida Lifestyle Homes continue to…  Read More

  • December 13,2016 - Babcock Ranch breaks ground for charter school
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    PAMELA McCABE , PMCCABE@NEWS-PRESS.COM 5:06 p.m. EST December 12, 2016 Children were asked to tend gardens as part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Babcock Neighborhood School, a K-through-eight charter school that will open next fall in the eco-city.(Photo: Special to The News-Press) A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday at the site of the future Babcock…  Read More

  • December 13,2016 - Personnel note: Developer Sydney Kitson named to universities board
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    MICHAEL MOLINE Dec.9, 2016 Sydney Kitson, a former professional football player turned developer, has secured a one-month appointment to the Board of Governors of Florida’s State University System. Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment Thursday, subject to Senate confirmation. Kitson will complete what’s left of former governor Morteza “Mori” Hosseini’s term. Hosseini stepped down in March to become a…  Read More

  • December 13,2016 - Construction of Babcock Ranch school underway
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    (WBBH-Script) Babcock ranch’s first charter school is under construction and its first students are expected to learn there in the fall. Ground was broken Monday on a public charter school that will become the only school within 10 miles of the new Babcock Ranch community. It will cover prekindergarten through eighth grade, and enrollment is…  Read More

  • December 13,2016 - Babcock Ranch breaks ground for charter school
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    PAMELA McCABE , PMCCABE@NEWS-PRESS.COM5:06 p.m. EST December 12, 2016 A  groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday at the site of the future Babcock Neighborhood School, a K-through-eight charter in the solar-powered eco-city.The blended residential and business development is being built just north of the Lee-Charlotte county line, near State Road 31. Although the school will sit on the Charlotte side of…  Read More

  • December 13,2016 - Babcock Neighborhood School breaks ground
    Charlotte SunRead More

    By SOMMER BROKAW Staff Writer CHARLOTTE COUNTY — Babcock Ranch developer Syd Kitson said he dreamed of developing “the first solar-powered town in America” over a decade ago. Now he’s excited about starting to see it come to fruition with the groundbreaking ceremony for the town’s school. “There’s nothing more meaningful to me than seeing…  Read More

  • November 28,2016 - Could Babcock be a date night destination this Valentine’s Day?
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    PATRICIA BORNS , pborns@news-press.com 8:20 a.m. EST November 28, 2016 Matt Seiler, food and beverage director for Babcock Ranch, stands at the site of Table and Tap on Monday, October 21, 2016 in south Charlotte County. The new locally-sourced, farm-to-table restaurant has a target opening date in early February, in time for Valentine’s Day.(Photo: Patricia…  Read More

  • November 28,2016 - Babcock neighborhood school accepting applications for 2017-2018
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    BABCOCK RANCH — Master Developer Kitson & Partners announced that the Babcock Neighborhood School (BNS) that will open next fall in the town of Babcock Ranch is now accepting K-8 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Babcock Ranch is a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar powered town being developed by Kitson east of Fort Myers, off State Road…  Read More

  • November 28,2016 - Babcock Neighborhood School takes applications for 2017-2018
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    November 23,2016 The Babcock Neighborhood School that will open next fall in the town of Babcock Ranch is accepting K-8 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Babcock Ranch is a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar-powered town being developed by Kitson & Partners 20 minutes east of Fort Myers off State Road 31 in Charlotte County. Construction of furnished models in Lake Timber, the…  Read More

  • November 17,2016 - Florida Community Seeks to Improve Future Housing Design
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    Posted on: November 08, 2016                                                          Babcock Ranch has a lens on what will be important and how By Jennifer Castenson Just a couple of decades ago, getting a driver’s license was a turning point in life. It changed one’s outlook, independence, and freedom. Today, the access to technology and the interconnectedness that it affords us…  Read More

  • November 14,2016 - Castle Harbour Homes joins builders at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:08 a.m. EST November 12, 2016 Plans have been finalized for Castle Harbour Homes’ Huckleberry model in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch. Castle Harbour will be offering a minimum of four floor plans.(Photo: Submitted)  BABCOCK RANCH, Florida — Master developer Kitson & Partners announced that Fort Myers-based Castle Harbour Homes has…  Read More

  • November 14,2016 - Babcock Ranch offers town and country living
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 5:05 a.m. EDT November 5, 2016 Every residence at Babcock Ranch will be within a five-minute walk of a park.(Photo: Submitted)  BABCOCK RANCH — Kitson & Partners’ commitment to land preservation has been well-documented since it purchased the 91,000-acre Babcock Ranch property in July 2006 and simultaneously sold 73,000 acres to the state…  Read More

  • November 14,2016 - Info Center Breaks Ground at Florida Mega-Community
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    Posted on: November 02, 2016 Courtesy Babcock Ranch When the town of Babcock Ranch is complete, it will comprise 19,500 residences and a total of 6 million square feet of commercial and community space. More than half of the total land will be dedicated for green spaces, lakes and nature trails. Ultimately, approximately 50,000 residents…  Read More

  • November 14,2016 - Real estate briefs: Castle Harbour joins Babcock builders
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    news-press.com 10:30 a.m. EST November 12, 2016 Plans have been finalized for Castle Harbour Homes’ Huckleberry model that is slated to begin construction by the end of the year in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch. Castle Harbour will be offering a minimum of four floor plans ranging from approximately 2,300 to nearly 3,000 square feet…  Read More

  • November 04,2016 - Florida Community Seeks to Improve Future Housing Design
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    HIVE Posted on: November 04, 2016 Babcock Ranch has a lens on what will be important and how By Jennifer Castenson Just a couple of decades ago, getting a driver’s license was a turning point in life. It changed one’s outlook, independence, and freedom. Today, the access to technology and the interconnectedness that it affords…  Read More

  • November 04,2016 - Models, infrastructure and downtown area are progressing at Babcock Ranch
    Naples Daily NewsRead More

    Naples Daily News 10-30-2016 BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. — As Homes by Towne, Stock Development, Fox Premier Builders and Florida Lifestyle Homes continue to build new furnished model residences in the community’s Lake Timber neighborhood, master developer Kitson & Partners announced that infrastructure installation and construction of Phase I of the Downtown District continue to progress…  Read More

  • November 04,2016 - Syd Kitson, New Florida Chamber Chair, Will Help Make Florida More Competitive
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    By: Florida Chamber of Commerce November 3, 2016 For the last 100 years, the Florida Chamber has focused its agenda on one simple and powerful idea: free enterprise. We have made it our mission to unite with business leaders who believe in free enterprise principles, who have Florida’s long-term future in mind and who want…  Read More

  • October 24,2016 - Syd Kitson named chair of Florida Chamber of Commerce
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    Florida Politics October 24,2016 Sydney W. Kitson will be the next chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce‘s board of directors. The news was first reported by POLITICO Florida on Tuesday. Chamber spokeswoman Edie Ousley confirmed Kitson’s election by his fellow board members. Kitson will serve one year as chair, beginning Nov. 1 and ending Oct. 31, 2017. According to his Chamber bio,…  Read More

  • October 24,2016 - Florida Lifestyle Homes will start models in Lake Timber
    Naples NewsRead More

    Naples News Staff Reporters, October 24,2016 Master developer Kitson & Partners announced that Florida Lifestyle Homes is poised to begin construction of two furnished lakefront model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch at the end of this month. Construction of a third furnished model will begin shortly thereafter. Babcock Ranch is a…  Read More

  • October 19,2016 - Fox begins three lakefront models at Babcock Ranch
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    Naples Daily News Staff Reporters October 18, 2016 BABCOCK RANCH — Kitson & Partners announced that Naples-based Fox Premier Builders has started construction of three furnished lakefront model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch, a new 18,000- acre eco-centric, solar powered town being developed by Kitson 20 minutes east of Fort Myers,…  Read More

  • October 19,2016 - Babcock Ranch designed for multi-layered sustainability
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    Naples Daily News – Staff Reporters October 18, 2016   BABCOCK RANCH — When Kitson & Partners’ Chairman and CEO Syd Kitson and a select group of town makers started planning the new town of Babcock Ranch more than 10 years ago, they established a set of core values that continue to provide the foundation…  Read More

  • October 18,2016 - Kia, Murdock Village, economic development
    Charlotte Sun Staff ReportersRead More

    Charlotte Sun Staff Reporters Two events, two big steps forward on economic development. Saturday’s grand opening of the new Fuccillo Kia of Port Charlotte generated a huge amount of excitement. Charlotte County is now home to the largest of Billy Fuccillo’s four Florida Kia dealerships. The 70-acre site off U.S. 41 just south of the…  Read More

  • October 18,2016 - Solar town applies to develop in Lee
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    PATRICIA BORNS , pborns@news-press.com 9:56 p.m. EDT October 10, 2016 From right, Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, chats with Brian Bishop, of New Panel Homes, at one of the future home sites in Babcock’s first neighborhood under construction in Charlotte County. The developer filed an application last week to extend the…  Read More

  • October 18,2016 - Babcock Ranch designed for multi-layered sustainability
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates4:08 a.m. EDT October 15, 2016 BABCOCK RANCH — When Kitson & Partners’ Chairman and CEO Syd Kitson and a select group of town makers started planning the new town of Babcock Ranch more than 10 years ago, they established a set of core values that continue to provide the foundation for how the…  Read More

  • October 18,2016 - Florida Politics Staff Reporters
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    Florida Politics Staff Reporters Sydney W. Kitson will be the next chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce‘s board of directors. The news was first reported by POLITICO Florida on Tuesday. Chamber spokeswoman Edie Ousley confirmed Kitson’s election by his fellow board members. Kitson Kitson will serve one year as chair, beginning Nov. 1 and ending Oct….  Read More

  • October 04,2016 - Skip the Trip: Charlotte County Implements Online Permitting
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    September 30, 2016   FCCMA  News By Site MGR Charlotte County, Florida is embracing the sustainable and technologically advanced community of Babcock Ranch, being developed by Kitson & Partners. To allow contractors to skip the 90-minute roundtrip to the county’s building department, we have created an online permitting system. The spirit of Babcock Ranch is sustainability, innovation…  Read More

  • September 26,2016 - UN Global sustainability initiative graphic
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  • September 26,2016 - Designing for community at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 3:03 a.m. EDT September 18, 2016 The Babcock Ranch architectural style is derived from styles found in pre-World War II neighborhoods throughout Southwest Florida. Deep, open porches characteristic of these regional styles will be positioned tighter to the street and encourage social interaction and connectivity.(Photo: Contributed) Kitson & Partners Chairman…  Read More

  • September 26,2016 - Stock Development starts models in Lake Timber at Babcock Ranch
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 4:01 a.m. EDT September 24, 2016 The 3,076-square-foot under air Crystal is one of five furnished models being built by Stock Development at Babcock Ranch.(Photo: Submitted) BABCOCK RANCH — Kitson & Partners announced that Naples-based Stock Development has started construction of five furnished lakefront model residences in the Lake Timber neighborhood at…  Read More

  • September 26,2016 - Babcock Ranch to Offer Self-Driving Cars by 2017
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    BABCOCK RANCH BLOG Posted on: September 21, 2016 Kitson & Partners Project planners for a large Florida MPC say they plan to introduce automated vehicles for use by its first-phase residents and businesses in 2017. This will make Babcock Ranch the first community of its type to offer driver-less cars to its residents while capturing…  Read More

  • September 26,2016 - FPL installs 500k solar panels at three new plants
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    By Susan Salisbury – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 5:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 Florida Power & Light Co., which is the largest generator of solar power in Florida, announced Sept. 15 that it has completed the installation of half of the million new solar panels it plans to add by the end…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - Florida’s booming population risks sprawl ahead
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     By John Kennedy – Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau Posted: 5:26 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 TALLAHASSEE — Florida in 2070 will be a state brimming with almost 34 million residents — 70 percent more than today – but it doesn’t have to be covered in concrete stemming from urban sprawl, a report released Thursdayshows. 1,000 Friends…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - FPL halfway to sunny goal of 1 million solar panels installed by year’s end
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    FPL halfway to sunny goal of 1 million solar panels installed by year’s end   PETER SCHORSCH  5 days ago  Florida’s top utility is kicking its solar capacity into high gear, celebrating the halfway mark of an audacious goal of one million solar panels in operation by the end of 2016. Florida Power & Light, the…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - Florida utility hits installation milestone for three PV projects
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    By Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth Thursday, September 15 2016 / Updated: Thursday, September 15 2016 Babcock Ranch project under construction Florida Power & Light is halfway toward installing one million solar panels by the end of this year at three PV projects in the state totaling 74.5MW of nameplate capacity. The utility said the…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - FPL says it hits half-million new solar panels
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    By Staff report Sep 15, 2016 at 10:52 AM Florida Power & Light Co., which bills itself as the largest generator of solar power in Florida, said Thursday that it had completed the installation of half of the 1 million new solar panels it plans to add by the end of this year to power…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - First residences underway at eco-centric Babcock Ranch
    Florida WeeklyRead More

    SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Sept. 16, 2016 Above: A rendering of Lake Timber, the first neighborhood under development atBabcock Ranch, an 18,000-acre town being developed by Kitson & Partners 20 minutes east of Fort Myers off State Road 31 inCharlotte County.Sarasota-based Homes by Towne has started construction of the first residences at Babcock Ranch, the 18,000-…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - First school approved for Babcock Ranch
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    Staff Writer Sept. 16, 2016 A public charter school approved for Babcock Ranch will put education with a strong environmental focus within walking distance of the earliest settlers of the new solar-powered town. An application for the tuition-free public charter school was approved the Charlotte County School Board. Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School will begin accepting enrollment…  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - Babcock takes shape
    Charlotte SunRead More

    Homes underway at Babcock Ranch By ANNE EASKER Staff Writer When the first residents move into Babcock Ranch early next year, they may be drawn from around the country — local Floridians as well as transplants from as far as Oregon, attracted to the eco-friendly, Old Florida lifestyle on which Babcock has staked its identity….  Read More

  • September 20,2016 - Babcock's first homes are underway
    Charlotte SunRead More

     PATRICIA BORNS Builders showed off their new home plans Monday at Syd Kitson’s embryonic Babcock city – plans in some cases as unique to Southwest Florida as the solar field that will power the community straddling Charlotte and Lee counties. The five builders who’ve staked a claim to the first 193 home lots had to agree…  Read More

  • September 13,2016 - BABCOCK RANCH TODAY-SS-OC-VO
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    News Flash on WBBH Monday September 12, 11 am HOMEBUILDERS ARE STAKING THEIR CLAIMS AT BABCOCK RANCH IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY. IT’S BEING CALLED FLORIDA’S TOWN OF THE FUTURE. BABCOCK RANCH IS THE FIRST TOWN IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY TO BE POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY. CONSTRUCTION ON THE FUTURISTIC TOWN HAS ALREADY STARTED. THESE HOMES START…  Read More

  • September 13,2016 - Homebuilders stake their claim to lots
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    News Flash on WBBH Monday September 12, 6am news TODAY — HOMEBUILDERS WILL BE STAKING THEIR CLAIMS TO LOTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA’S COMMUNITY OF THE FUTURE. BABCOCK RANCH IS ON THE CHARLOTTE-LEE COUNTY LINE. IT’S THE FIRST SOLAR POWERED TOWN IN THE COUNTRY. 450-ACRES OF PANELS WILL BE INSTALLED TO POWER IT. BUILDERS WILL BE…  Read More

  • September 13,2016 - BABCOCK RANCH SCHOOL-OC-ZM-SS
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    News Flash on WBBH Friday September 9, 11 am THE TOWN OF THE FUTURE JUST RECEIVED APPROVAL FOR ITS FIRST CHARTER SCHOOL. BABCOCK RANCH IS ON THE CHARLOTTE-LEE COUNTY LINE. IT’S THE FIRST SOLAR POWERED TOWN IN THE COUNTRY. 450-ACRES OF PANELS WILL BE INSTALLED TO POWER IT. THE BABCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL WILL BE TUITION…  Read More

  • September 13,2016 - Construction begins on homes at Babcock Ranch
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    Posted: Sep 12, 2016 5:47 PM EDTUpdated: Sep 12, 2016 5:47 PM EDT By Tim Wronka, Charlotte County Reporter CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Florida’s city of the future is another step closer to reality. By early next year, some of the first residents will be living in Babcock Ranch, a solar powered town being built in Charlotte County. “This…  Read More

  • September 12,2016 - First residences underway at Babcock Ranch
    Naples Daily NewsRead More

    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Sept. 10, 2016 BABCOCK RANCH — Master developer Kitson & Partners announced that Sarasota-based Homes by Towne has started construction of the first residences at Babcock Ranch, a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar powered town being developed by Kitson east of Fort Myers off State Road 31 in Charlotte County. Homes by Towne is building…  Read More

  • September 12,2016 - Babcock's charter school approved by Charlotte board
    Fort Myers PressRead More

    Submitted by: THYRIE BLAND and PAMELA McCABE, PMCCABE@NEWS-PRESS.COM  September 5, 2016 Plans to build a K-through-8 schoolhouse in Babcock Ranch were approved by the Charlotte County school board Thursday. The school, called the Babcock Neighborhood School, is set to open next fall in the solar-powered eco-city, which is being built just north of the Lee-Charlotte county line near State Road 31….  Read More

  • September 12,2016 - UN Global Sustainability Initiative
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  • September 09,2016 - Babcock Neighborhood School preparing for Fall 2017 opening
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    RELEASE DATE:   September 8, 2016 CONTACT: Lisa Hall   lisa@hallmediastrategies.com / mailto:lisa@hallmediastrategies.com Charter application approved for first school at Babcock Ranch Babcock Neighborhood School preparing for Fall 2017 opening Babcock Ranch, Florida – A public charter school approved for Babcock Ranch puts world-class education with a strong environmental focus within walking distance of the earliest settlers of the…  Read More

  • September 08,2016 - Southwest Florida building boom is a boon to buyers
    Naples Daily NewsRead More

    Submitted by: June Fletcher 12:02 p.m. EDT September 3, 2016 After a long recessionary dry spell, a flood of new homes inundated the Southwest Florida housing market over the past six years. Now the question becomes: Is this flood about to recede? “The new home market in Lee and Collier County has softened along with the…  Read More

  • August 31,2016 - Clive Daniel Home Designing Interiors for
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    Naples, FL – August 2016 / Newsmaker Alert / In less than a year, residents will be living in homes on Babcock Ranch, the world’s first solar-powered town. Clive Daniel Home, the award-winning home furnishings retailer, is proud to have been selected by featured builder Stock Development to provide total interior design for one of…  Read More

  • August 31,2016 - Stock Signature Homes to build models in Palm Beach
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 8:12 a.m. EDT August 29, 2016 Soco Interiors is creating the interior for Stock Signature Homes’ Aqualane furnished model in the Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club in Wellington.(Photo: Submitted) Stock Signature Homes, the luxury homebuilding division of Naples-based Stock Development, announced it will begin construction of the first…  Read More

  • August 25,2016 - FrontDoor Communities' Model Home Open for Tours at Talis Park
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    Discover the Sienna, a resort-style coach home that remains popular with buyers in Naples, Florida   Sienna Evening NAPLES, Fla. – Aug. 24, 2016 – PRLog — FrontDoor Communities is excited to announce that sales of resort-style coach homes continue to soar at Corsica at Talis Park in Naples, Florida. To discover these high demand…  Read More

  • August 23,2016 - Kitson & Partners enhances amenities at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates 8:23 a.m. EDT August 22, 2016 Developer Kitson & Partners announced it is further enhancing the array of amenities it has designed and constructed to suit Talis Park’s health-oriented lifestyle. The North Naples community’s Casa Cortese that offers an outdoor lounge experience adjacent to the Talis Park Golf Club’s driving range…  Read More

  • August 11,2016 - Babcock reveals Lee County development plan
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    PATRICIA BORNS, pborns@news-press.com August 9, 2016 Babcock developer Syd Kitson met with Alva residents Monday evening to discuss his development plans for a roughly 6.5-mile area fronting State Road 31 in Lee County. Highlights of the plan, which extends his new town south from Charlotte County, center on 40 much-debated amateur sports baseball fields that Lee County…  Read More

  • July 20,2016 - Clubhouses of the year focus on resort living
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    May 23, 2016 By Jack Crittenden Private clubhouses dominated Golf Inc.’s 2016 Clubhouse of the Year competition, which recognizes the best new and remodeled clubhouses that opened in 2015. Seven of the nine honorees this year are private or semi-private clubs. Private clubs have traditionally invested more into clubhouses, as they serve a wider function…  Read More

  • July 20,2016 - 2016 Clubhouse of the Year
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    An island clubhouse and Harbour Town take top honors in a year dominated by clubhouses designed to appeal to families and resort-style living. By Jack Crittenden Talis Park is not your father’s country club. Syd Kitson bought the private community out of receivership in 2011 and immediately set out to reposition it in the highly…  Read More

  • July 18,2016 - Babcock Ranch designing water stewardship from ground up
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    BY EVAN WILLIAMS, ewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.com July 13, 2016 Mike Acosta, Babcock Ranch’s director of utility operations. COURTESY OF BABCOCK RANCH Planners are aiming to make the Babcock Ranch community an oasis of water conservation and stewardship in Florida. At its heart: a new, state-of-the-art water and sewage treatment plant that will align with building, landscaping and…  Read More

  • July 18,2016 - Meet the Townmakers
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    July 13, 2016 Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO Kitson & Partners TOWN-MAKING REQUIRES DIVERSE skill sets, each of which contributes to the creation of a place where people will live, learn, work and play. It is a process that must be patient, committed to listening to the land, and mindful that the place being created…  Read More

  • July 18,2016 - Babcock Ranch president sees himself as orchestra conductor
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    BY EVAN WILLIAMS, ewilliams@babcockranchtelegraph.com 7/13/2016 Rick Severance, 48, grew up in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, the oldest of three brothers, all athletic. Mr. Severance competed on the swimming and diving team at Florida State University. A marathon runner and triathlete, he puts in about 40 miles a week these days to stay in shape….  Read More

  • July 12,2016 - Babcock Ranch breaks ground
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    By ANNE EASKER Staff Writer “Here we are about to go vertical,” Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, said Tuesday, with shovel in hand over the construction site of downtown Babcock Ranch. “We picked up our permits and plats today and are ready to go.” It was a historic day as Kitson…  Read More

  • July 12,2016 - Babcock's solar city breaks ground with first downtown building
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    PATRICIA BORNS, pborns@news-press.com 9:14 a.m. EDT June 29, 2016 Tuesday marked a quiet, official groundbreaking at the new solar city of Babcock as construction of its first downtown building – a farm-to-table restaurant – got underway Tuesday. With some permits in hand and more to come, the moment is a milestone for investors who patiently…  Read More

  • July 12,2016 - This Could Become America’s Most Eco-Friendly Town
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    Madeline Diamond Intern 07/07/2016 01:19 pm ET Developers in Florida are building a solar-powered town that would be one of America’s newest sustainable cities, and it could be complete by 2017. They’re building an eco-centric “town in the making” on 17,000 acres in southwest Florida. Babcock Ranch will feature homes, a downtown center and more. A 75-megawatt solar…  Read More

  • July 12,2016 - Syd Kitson discusses Babcock Ranch vision
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  • July 12,2016 - Babcock breaks ground for Founders Square
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    Construction for first town center buildings to commence June 28, 2016 By VALARIE HARRING (vharring@breezenewspapers.com)          The glasses weren’t rose-tinted but the town square viewed through provided virtual reality goggles was cast with a distinct visionary blush: A large lakeside park with lush lawns, dock, boardwalk and band shell. Splash fountains and pedestrian-friendly trails winding…  Read More

  • July 12,2016 - Back at the ranch
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    By: Business Observer July 01, 2016 Kitson & Partners is wasting no time since it unveiled plans for Babcock Ranch April 22. Heavy equipment is moving tons of dirt on the first phase of what will be a town of 19,500 homes and enough commercial space to fill 52 football fields on the Charlotte and Lee…  Read More

  • June 27,2016 - Kitson & Partners Breaks Ground on Babcock Ranch Downtown
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    Babcock Ranch will mark another milestone on Tuesday, June 28, as construction of the first downtown district buildings gets underway. By Staff, 6/24/2016 at 12:30pm Babcock Ranch will mark another milestone on Tuesday, June 28, as construction of the first downtown district buildings gets underway. Kitson & Partners chairman and CEO Syd Kitson will provide progress…  Read More

  • June 20,2016 - Babcock Ranch, America's first solar town, tries to lure FGCU
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    THYRIE BLAND, TBLAND@NEWS-PRESS.COM 11:56 a.m. EDT June 17, 2016 The developer of America’s first solar town wants Florida Gulf Coast University to be a part of the community. Kitson and Partners, the real estate company developing Babcock Ranch, asked FGCU to be part of the Charlotte County project when it was conceived about 10 years ago and…  Read More

  • June 20,2016 - Babcock Ranch is a New-Age Town in an Old Natural Setting
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    by Gary Mooney June 16, 2016 The New Today: Babcock Ranch Lights Up Southwest Florida Horizon<img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”https://www.facebook.com/tr?ev=6042082246158&cd[value]=0.00&cd[currency]=USD&noscript=1″/> When asked the best part of Babcock Ranch, John enthuses that “all the parts are cool and that’s what makes it so cool! You can just live here quietly, start a business or own…  Read More

  • June 20,2016 - Baseball Field Construction Tops the List at Babcock Ranch
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    By Gary Mooney June 16, 2016 The New Today: Babcock Ranch Lights Up Southwest Florida Horizon<img height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=”” style=”display:none” src=”https://www.facebook.com/tr?ev=6042082246158&cd[value]=0.00&cd[currency]=USD&noscript=1″/> A fascinating aspect will be the construction of 42 baseball fields, one of the largest such complexes in Florida. John explains while that may seem unusual, it projects to attract roughly 200,000 players annually,…  Read More

  • June 20,2016 - Nature is Everywhere at Babcock Ranch
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    By Gary Mooney June 16, 2016 The New Today: Babcock Ranch Lights Up Southwest Florida Horizon Nature is everywhere. “As soon as you drive over the entry bridge, you experience a half-mile water feature, with oaks, pines, cabbage palms, and tree-lined streets,” John offers. In addition to the surrounding preserves, pocket parks and water recreation…  Read More

  • June 20,2016 - The New Today: Babcock Ranch Lights Up Southwest Florida Horizon
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    By Gary Mooney June 16, 2016 The new city of Babcock Ranch, under early development just east of I-75 and on the border of Charlotte and Lee Counties, will eventually have 19,500 homes, with all power from its adjacent 443-acre solar field. When all 330,000 panels are up, they might just generate enough high voltage…  Read More

  • May 17,2016 - Sun king
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    By: Jean Gruss | Editor/Lee-Collier April 29, 2016 Few communities in Florida have earned the kind of positive national recognition as Seaside. The Florida Panhandle town, designed by Andres Duany and built from scratch near Destin, earned Time magazine’s development of the decade award in 1990 and the Urban Land Institute’s highest honor. Now, Palm…  Read More

  • May 17,2016 - Construction is bustling at Florida's first 'sustainable town'
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    By Afp Published: 22:30 EST, 26 April 2016 | Updated: 22:30 EST, 26 April 2016 With deep pockets and an environmentalist’s zeal, retired American football player Syd Kitson dreamed up a plan to build the United States’ first solar-powered town on a vast swath of rural land in southwest Florida. Now, nearly a decade after…  Read More

  • May 13,2016 - BABCOCK RANCH IS BACK ON TRACK
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    BABCOCK RANCH IS BACK ON TRACK World’s first solar-powered town, the largest development in the country, is under construction in Florida. By Jennifer Goodman   Phase one of Babcock Ranch is slated to open early next year. Imagine 19,500 homes powered exclusively by the sun, and not one of them with solar panels. That is the…  Read More

  • May 13,2016 - Solar Power, Eco-Centric Ethos Fuel Babcock Ranch
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    Syd Kitson CEO and Chairman, Kitson & Partners May 12, 2016 Solar Power, Eco-Centric Ethos Fuel Babcock Ranch Cities around the world – from sprawling megalopolises to sleepy beach towns – are striving to make their public systems greener and more efficient, implementing everything from bus rapid transit to permeable sidewalks. It is impressive to…  Read More

  • May 13,2016 - Kitson has led Palm Beach Gardens-based firm since 1999
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    By Susan Salisbury – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016 Sydney Kitson is Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a Palm Beach Gardens-based real estate company specializing in the creation and development of master-planned communities such as Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach and commercial…  Read More

  • May 13,2016 - New Florida Town Designed With Autonomous Cars In Mind
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    May 4th, 2016 by Steve Hanley Babcock Ranch is a new community near the shores of the Coloosahatchie River east of Fort Meyers, Florida. It is being designed to be as sustainable as possible and to accommodate autonomous cars. In fact, the developer expects self driving cars to serve as the town’s public transportation system….  Read More

  • May 12,2016 - Kitson, FPL break ground on real community of the future
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    By Antonio Fins – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 11, 2016 An up-from-the-ground Florida town powered by solar energy. With self-driving transportation. And locally-grown food. Sounds like a Walt Disney community of tomorrow vision, but it’s really being built by a Palm Beach Gardens-based developer and the Sunshine State’s largest utility. Last month, Kitson & Partners and Florida Power &…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch considers 300-acre baseball gift to Lee
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    April 22, 2016 Can you imagine catching a game of amateur baseball in the rural open fields of northern Lee County? The developer of the Babcock Ranch community and Perfect Game, an Iowa-based baseball training, scouting and tournament company that holds tournaments in Lee County, are exploring the idea of donating about 300 acres to the county for the development of…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - New Legislation Puts Florida in Leadership Role for Driverless Cars
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    April 22, 2016 The transportation bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this month explicitly allows riderless cars to hit public roads for research. A new Florida law puts the state at the helm of researching what may be transportation’s most futuristic technology: self-driving cars. The transportation bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Florida building world’s first solar-powered town
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    Beginning new era of smart growth? April 22, 2016 Kelsey Ramírez Everything is about to change for a small area in Southwest Florida as Kitson & Partnersunveiled today their development of the world’s first solar powered town. Babcock Ranch, when finished, is not only the nation’s largest development currently underway, but will also be the first…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Syd Kitson on Babcock Ranch
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      VIDEO Q&A Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners and incoming Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, discusses his real estate company’s signature planned community, Babcock Ranch Florida Trend magazine has posted a video interview with Syd Kitson which was taped earlier this month. You can watch the video via this…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - A Solar-Powered Eco-City for 50,000 Breaking Ground in Florida
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    The Babcock Ranch development will be primarily powered by a $300 million solar array   BY BARBARA ELDREDGE  APR 22, 2016, 9:23A Construction is kicking off on a development hoping to become America’s first solar-powered city. Located in southwestern Florida just 13 miles from Fort Myers, the under-construction Babcock Ranch development is slated to encompass…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - This New Super-Sustainable Town Will Run On Solar Power And Use Driverless Cars For Public Transit
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    ADELE PETERS 04.22.16 11:30 AM This New Super-Sustainable Town Will Run On Solar Power And Use Driverless Cars For Public Transit (video) When a massive ranch in Florida went up for sale 10 years ago, on a piece of land five times the size of Manhattan, the owners had offers from buyers around the world. But…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - New solar-powered city close to opening
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    2:20 PM, Apr 22, 2016 2:44 PM, Apr 22, 2016 New solar-powered city close to opening (video) CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — It’s been ten years in the making, and now, Southwest Florida’s ‘City of the Future’ is becoming a reality. The plan to essentially build a self-sustainable city on vacant land on Babcock Ranch near Punta…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - 'Sustainable' Babcock Ranch becoming reality
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    By Harold Bubil Published: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. Syd Kitson says he knew his dream of a building a new city in rural Charlotte County could come true when he first saw the 91,000-acre Babcock Ranch in 2004. After generations of stewardship, the…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch Grand Reveal
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    April 22, 2016 WATCH: Babcock Ranch grand reveal (video) BABCOCK RANCH, Fla.- In less than a year, residents will be living in homes on Babcock Ranch, the world’s first solar powered town. “It feels awesome, I’ll probably buy the first home!” said developer Syd Kitson who adds this day has been 10 years in the making. Once completed, the ranch will have nearly…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock’s new eco-city is rising fast
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    Posted: April 22, 2016 By Patricia Borns, The News-Press Syd Kitson unveiled his plans behind the city of Babcock Ranch in Lee and Charlotte County. The city will be powered by the sun making the first city in the world to get all it’s power from solar panels. (Andrew West/The News-Press) Eleven years after the…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Construction begins on solar town of Babcock Ranch
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    Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:58 PM EDT Updated: Apr 22, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Construction begins on solar town of Babcock Ranch (video) It’s been almost a decade since the town of Babcock Ranch, stretching across the line of Lee and Charlotte counties, has been in the works. On Friday, the renderings for the 17,603 acres of…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch Unveils Solar-Powered Town to the Public
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    By TARA CALLIGAN • 4.23.2016 Developers Kitson and Partners unveiled Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County today. It will be the first town in the nation primarily powered by solar energy, along with a few other surprises. A decade in the making, Babcock Ranch plans to marry a small, hometown feel with modern technology.  Construction has begun on 1,100…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babock 'grand reveal' promises a 'town of the future'
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    From Cape Coral Daily Breeze By VALARIE HARRING April 23, 2016 The crowd of 600-plus fit no ready demographic – big-money investors, farmers, ranchers, staunch environmentalists and government officials by the score – but they all came to Babcock Ranch Friday to celebrate Earth Day with a “grand reveal” of what developers promise will be…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch Grand Reveal Broadcast Coverage
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    Babcock Ranch Grand Reveal Broadcast Coverage 4.25.16 Below and attached is a list of the broadcast hits from last week – it includes coverage regarding the potential sports complex as well as the Grand Reveal ceremony. These clips are organized by station and then earliest air date to latest.   A big thank you to…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Florida Town Will Be Country's Most Sustainable
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    Discovery News ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES APR 25, 2016 03:00 PM ET // BY TRACY STAEDTER In Florida a new development is on track to become the country’s most sustainable community. The Babcock Ranch, on the Gulf side of the state east of Punta Gorda will feature a huge solar farm and public transportation that comes in the form of…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch designing for future
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    Andrea Stetson, Special to The News-Press April 25, 2016 When the Babcock Ranch community is built, it won’t just be designed for today, it will be designed for the future. It will also be designed green. That’s because the “green lady” is guiding the way for Southwest Florida’s biggest new development project. Jennifer Languell, of…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Bold plan for solar-powered Babcock Ranch development, stalled by recession, hits restart button
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    Robert Trigaux,   Times Business Columnist, April 22,2016 A bold plan to build a new town in southwest Florida designed to run on solar power — sidelined by the recession a decade ago — hit the restart button Friday morning with a celebratory event announcing Babcock Ranch is back in business. Located between Fort Myers…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch, Florida to become world’s first solar-powered town
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    RealtyBiz News April 26, 2016 A real estate development firm from Florida is hoping to create the world’s first town that runs completely on solar power.  Kitson & Partners said the development will,, once completed, become the world’s first solar-powered town. The development is already notable for being the largest that’s currently under construction in…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock - International interest
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    April 27, 2016 Construction is bustling at Florida’s first ‘sustainable town’ With deep pockets and an environmentalist’s zeal, retired American football player Syd Kitson dreamed up a plan to build the United States’ first solar-powered town on a vast swath of rural land in southwest Florida. Now, nearly a decade after he first purchased the…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Construction is bustling at Florida's first 'sustainable town'
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    Plans allow for a public school, a downtown area with shops and restaurants, hiking trails and lakes for kayaking  AFP PUNTA GORDA, UNITED STATES: With deep pockets and an environmentalist’s zeal, retired American football player Syd Kitson dreamed up a plan to build the United States’ first solar-powered town on a vast swath of rural…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock Ranch wants to be a testbed for driverless vehicles
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    This solar town in Florida welcomes autonomous cars John Beltz Snyder April 28, 2016 Near Fort Meyers, Florida, just miles from the Gulf of Mexico, a new town is under development with the environment at the forefront. Bordering the 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve and the 75,000-acre Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, the town of Babcock Ranch will be…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - This Florida Town Wants to Be the Most Sustainable in America
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    By Justin Worland April 28, 2016 ‘Babcock Ranch will exemplify what it means to be a town of the future’ Babcock Ranch may look like the many of the other burgeoning housing developments in southwest Florida. Thousands of acres of land in the development will soon be transformed into homes and offices for a population that…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Rick Severance, the new president of Babcock Ranch.
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    Article from Business Observer BY: JEAN GRUSS | EDITOR/LEE-COLLIER April 29, 2016 Rick Severance, the former CEO of Seaside in the Florida Panhandle, is the new president of Babcock Ranch. Photo by Ed Clement Few communities in Florida have earned the kind of positive national recognition as Seaside. The Florida Panhandle town, designed by Andres…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Preservation of SWFL is summit subject
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    Cape Coral Daily Breeze April 29, 2016 By CHUCK BALLARO If the environment is healthy, so are its people, meaning lots of money coming into Southwest Florida. That was the message as more than 200 business and community leaders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs on Thursday for the second annual…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Kitson earns a Standing O
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    Business Observer May 3, 2016 Ten years after he engineered the blockbuster purchase of Babcock Ranch, Syd Kitson and more than 600 of his closest friends recently celebrated the start of the 19,500-home project on the county line Charlotte and Lee. “Can you believe it?” Kitson told the crowd, which gave him a rousing standing…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Babcock ‘grand reveal’ a county milestone
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    Charlotte Sun on April 28th Charlotte County commissioners, staff and I attended the Babcock Ranch “grand reveal” Friday. Developer Syd Kitson made special mention of the hard work and cooperation between his company and county officials past and present, especially our Community Development Department. Commission Chairman Bill Truex addressed the gathering of more than 640 guests…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Solar Energy-Loving NFL Vet Syd Kitson is Building the Smartest Town in Florida
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    By Joe Carmichael   May 6,2016 Syd Kitson is a Green Bay Packer turned Dallas Cowboy turned Florida real-estate investor and city planner. For the past ten years, his firm has been working on Babcock Ranch, a planned community of 19,500 homes that will be the first American town solely dependent on solar energy when…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - The right environment
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     Charlotte Sun – INK IN MY VEINS The right environment David Dunn Rankin The world’s first solar city is sprouting in southern Charlotte County just 15 minutes from downtown Fort Myers. Quiet electric autonomous cars will pick you up at your home, drive you to downtown Babcock Ranch for dinner and park themselves. Then when…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Can self-driving cars run your town’s transit system?
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    DAVID CURRY   May 8, 2016 Babcock Ranch, located eight miles east of Fort Myers, Florida, is a new sustainable smart town currently in development. Kitson & Partners are in charge and earlier this week suggested that autonomous vehicles would be the main mode of public transport. Similar to NuTonomy’s plans in Singapore, Kitson & Partners wants to have…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - World’s Most Sustainable City’ to Run on 100% Solar
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    Lorraine Chow , May 8, 2016 “Less than a year from today, the first residents will be settling into a whole new way of life—one that is conscientious, engaging and connected,” said Syd Kitson, the CEO of the development company Kitson & Partners, who has been working on this ambitious plan since 2006. The project was approved as part…  Read More

  • May 10,2016 - Editorial - New model for development
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    Charlotte Sun – editorial from 4/28 OUR VIEW New model for development The Next Big Thing was officially feted last week during a “Grand Reveal” ceremony for Babcock Ranch, billed as both the nation’s first “solar town” and the nation’s largest single development currently under construction. Babcock Ranch is a little smaller than the island of Manhattan,…  Read More

  • April 20,2016 - Solar town of Babcock Ranch getting closer
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     Submitted by: Chad Gillis – NEWS-PRESS.COM February 5, 2016 The town will consists of 19,500 homes, 6 million square feet of commercial space and public amenities, like hiking trails and restaurants Rendering of Downtown Babcock Ranch development(Photo: Submitted photo)  Charlotte County will soon be home to a town that is being billed as the most environmentally sensitive…  Read More

  • April 20,2016 - Babcock Ranch considers 300-acre baseball gift to Lee
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    Submitted by Penelope Overton – news-press.com April 20, 2016 Can you imagine catching a game of amateur baseball in the rural open fields of northern Lee County? The developer of the Babcock Ranch community and Perfect Game, an Iowa-based baseball training, scouting and tournament company that holds tournaments in Lee County, are exploring the idea of donating about 300…  Read More

  • February 09,2016 - Solar city begins to shine. Construction begins on Babcock Ranch
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    By BRENDA BARBOSA  / Sun Correspondent February 5, 2016 CHARLOTTE COUNTY — In the 10 years since former NFL player-turned-developer Syd Kitson sealed the deal on a sweeping stretch of pristine land straddling Charlotte and Lee counties, he never wavered from his vision to create the community of Babcock Ranch, an innovative solar city where thousands…  Read More

  • February 09,2016 - All Systems Go for Babcock Ranch
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    RELEASE DATE:  February 5, 2016 by Lisa Hall of  Hall Media Strategies Site preparation work is well underway as Kitson & Partners prepares for the formal launch of Southwest Florida’s long-awaited new town Punta Gorda, Fla. – Kitson & Partners has set Earth Day 2016 as the official birth date for the new town of Babcock Ranch…  Read More

  • February 09,2016 - Developers reveal plans to create first solar-powered town at Babcock Ranch
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    February 5, 2016 By Reporter Kristin Sanchez BABCOCK RANCH, Fla.- Plans to transform Babcock Ranch, located along State Road 31 in Charlotte County, into the world’s first solar-powered town are in the works. The vision is to create nearly 20,000 homes and 6 million square feet of commercial space that will be powered purely by the sun. “To be…  Read More

  • February 09,2016 - Palm Beach Gardens developer breaks ground on huge new development in Lee County
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    Development work at Babcock Ranch near Fort Myers. The developer of the massive Babcock Ranch development in Lee County says the solar plant is under construction, roads are being built and the first residents should move in next year. Babcock Ranch is slated for 19,500 houses. Florida Power & Light is building a solar plant…  Read More

  • January 13,2016 - He’s building a sustainable city
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    BY EVAN WILLIAMS IF OTHER AMBITIOUS REAL ESTATE developers in Florida are shooting for the moon, Kitson & Partner’s Babcock Ranch is aiming for the sun: a utopic, future-minded town of 19,500 homes and 50,000 people built from scratch and powered entirely by solar energy, with six million-square feet of retail and schools and electric…  Read More

  • January 13,2016 - Sales through Nov. 30 top $135 million at Talis Park
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    Submitted By Caffrey & Associates Posted: Dec. 13, 2015 Developer Kitson & Partners’ reported year-to-date land sales worth $31.58 million and new construction contracts valued at $104.227 million have been processed at Talis Park through Nov. 30, a total of $135.807 million. November marked the completion of the Vyne House clubhouse and a nearly three-acre…  Read More

  • January 13,2016 - Floor & Décor takes over Beall's lease at Gateway Plaza in Sanford
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    Published at: 2016-01-08 15:40 | Author: CIJ Florida  Kitson & Partners has secured a 10-year, 62,500-square-foot lease for its second Orlando-area location of Floor & Decor at Gateway Plaza in Sanford. Located 20 miles north of downtown Orlando, Gateway Plaza is a 214,489-square-foot retail center whose other anchor tenants are Bed, Bath & Beyond, Michaels,…  Read More

  • January 13,2016 - Back at the ranch
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    By: Jean Gruss | Editor/Lee-Collier January 01, 2016 Syd Kitson says the rebound in the population growth puts Babcock Ranch on the map for 2016. Kitson & Partners, developers of Babcock Ranch Why 2016 is important: Babcock Ranch could be the newest nexus of development on the Gulf Coast. One of the biggest land deals…  Read More

  • January 13,2016 - Unique development strategy driving success at Talis Park
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    Submitted By Caffrey & Associates Posted: Jan. 03, 2016     In 2015, Kitson & Partners continued to execute a development strategy that in three short years has established Talis Park in North Naples as a preferred destination for luxury homebuyers. Kitson’s strategy is based on the premise that design and choice matter. The efficacy…  Read More

  • January 06,2016 - Who needs steering wheels? West Palm firm plugging automated cars here.
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    By Tony Doris – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH — Push a call button and the car shows up at your door in 40 seconds. No steering wheel. No gas or brake pedal. No driver. Door opens, you sit down. + A vision of self-driving cars in the 1940s   “Take me to…  Read More

  • October 07,2015 - He’s building a sustainable city
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    BY EVAN WILLIAMS SYD KITSON VANDY MAJOR / FLORIDA WEEKLY If other ambitious real estate developers in Florida are shooting for the moon, Kitson & Partner’s Babcock Ranch is aiming for the sun: a utopic, future-minded town of 19,500 homes and 50,000 people built from scratch and powered entirely by solar energy, with six million-square…  Read More

  • July 27,2015 - Residences at Vyne House generating interest at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates  Jul 26, 2015  With the construction of Phase II of the New Fashioned Vyne House clubhouse on schedule for completion by Nov. 1, the penthouse-style Residences at Vyne House are generating strong interest among homebuyers at Talis Park in North Naples. The Residences at Vyne House presents the ultimate In…  Read More

  • July 27,2015 - Clive Daniel Home to create interiors for models at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Lennon Communications Jul 26, 2015 Clive Daniel Home has been selected to provide total interior designs for three models for Stellar Living Homes in the North Naples community of Talis Park. All three models will feature interiors designed by Rebekah Errett-Pikosky and Jean Losier. Located in the Prato neighborhood, an enclave of 24…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - The Coach Homes at Corsica unveiled at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Jul 19, 2015 Developer Kitson & Partners is expanding the choices available to luxury homebuyers within the Talis Park gated golf course community in North Naples. Kitson introduced The Coach Homes at Corsica, a new luxury coach home product to be built by FrontDoor Communities, a leading homebuilder and community…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - Stellar Living Homes begins three models at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Jul 5, 2015 Talis Park announced that Stellar Living Homes has started construction of furnished model residences in the North Naples community’s Prato and Brightling neighborhoods. Each residence will showcase interiors designed and executed by Clive Daniel Home’s Rebekah Errett-Pikosky and Jean Losier. Stellar Living’s Cipriani model is one of…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - 10 Resident Ready homes available in Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Jun 28, 2015 Ten furnished and unfurnished Resident Ready homes are available in Talis Park’s Brightling, Il Corso, Seneca and Prato neighborhoods. Talis Park’s Resident Ready Program is designed to meet homebuyer demand for completed or nearly completed residences. Homes at every stage of the construction continuum are available, including…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - Van Emmerik Custom Homes completes construction of the largest residence in Talis Park
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    pr@conricpr.com Jun 24, 2015 Van Emmerik Custom Homes, Inc. is pleased to announce it has completed construction of the largest residence in the prestigious luxury living community of Talis Park in Naples, featuring an extreme level of customization, exquisite materials and artisanal craftsmanship to bring the grateful homeowners’ vision to life. In partnership with architect…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - Showcase estate models offered at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Jun 7, 2015 After completing a record-setting 1.4-acre estate homesite sale for $2.15 million in its Firenze grand estate home neighborhood, and finalizing the sale of the 2015 Golf Dream House in its Prato estate neighborhood, Talis Park announced that four furnished estate Showcase model residences have been started or…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - Florida Chamber chooses Kitson & Partners CEO Syd Kitson as regional chair
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    By Phil Ammann – Jun 3, 2015 Commerce named developer Sydney Kitson as Southwest Florida Regional Board chair.Kitson, who is CEO of private real estate development firm Kitson & Partners, will serve a one-year term as one of 12 individuals in the Regional Chair Program. “As an active business leader in the Southwest Florida region, I am…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - New amenities at Talis Park on schedule for fall completion
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates  May 31, 2015 Developer Kitson & Partners announced Phase II of the Vyne House Clubhouse, a new Sports Complex, and a south entry gate at Talis Park in North Naples are all on schedule for completion this fall. Kitson also announced the extension of Talis Park Drive, the community’s primary…  Read More

  • July 21,2015 - Pasco commission OKs $261,500 more in consultant costs
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    By Laura Kinsler | Tribune Staff Published: May 22, 2015 NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners reluctantly agreed to spend another $261,500 to extend the contract of the Washington, D.C., consulting firm assisting with the permit application for the Ridge Road Extension. Commissioners last year hired Dawson & Associates at a cost of $512,000 to…  Read More

  • July 20,2015 - Sales top 35% in Watercourse at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Distinctive Properties May 17, 2015  Il Corso, the Watercourse neighborhood being developed within the resort-style community of Talis Park, has exceeded the 35 percent sold mark. According to Rod Soars, Watercourse’s sales manager, 11 of the neighborhood’s 30 detached luxury villas have been purchased. Watercourse consists of one- and two-story villa homes all…  Read More

  • May 18,2015 - ‘Here We Grow Again’
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    FGCU forum foresees building boom in Charlotte. By GARY ROBERTS –   STAFF WRITER May 16, 2015 FORT MYERS — A home-building explosion is about to ignite in Charlotte County, real estate experts said Friday at a “Future of Development” conference on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.    Rick Dalton, executive vice president for KB…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - Sales top $59 million through April at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates May 10, 2015 Talis Park, a gated golf course community being developed by Kitson & Partners in North Naples, processed 16 closed builder and end-user lot transactions, furnished model sales, and new home construction contracts worth $11.4 million in April. The April sales activity capped a four-month period in which…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - Penthouse-style condos offer expanded choices at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates May 3, 2015   As Talis Park’s diverse array of single-family neighborhoods continue to generate record-setting sales and new construction activity, an increasing number of luxury homebuyers are choosing to enjoy the convenience, freedom, and simplicity of the carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle available in the North Naples community’s Carrara and Residences…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - Charlotte County's economy starting to take off
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    DAN DELUCA, DDELUCA@NEWS-PRESS.COM May 1, 2015 By every measurable indicator, Charlotte County’s economy is on the upswing. Real estate? In the fourth quarter of 2014, the county had the state’s largest increase by percentage in single-home sales with 1,057 homes sold, a 25 percent rise from the previous quarter. Business growth? So far in 2015,…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - Harbourside to start Aviano model in Corsica at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Apr 27, 2015 Harbourside Custom Homes is poised to begin construction of its furnished Aviano model residence in Corsica, a new neighborhood within Talis Pthe award-winning gated golf course community in North Naples. Developer Kitson & Partners recently expanded the community’s single-family home site offering by releasing 12 of the…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - Interior design styles enhancing appeal of Residences at Vyne House at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Apr 19, 2015 Developer Kitson & Partners announced that purchasers of the penthouse style Residences at Vyne House to be built at Talis Park have the opportunity to select one of three interior design styles created by Lori Fountain, IDS of F.T. Design Inc. in Sarasota. The Residences at Vyne…  Read More

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    Submitted by Gulfshore Homes Apr 19, 2015 Gulfshore Homes’ President Steven Watt announced they have selected and are working with Naples-based Garden Bleu to design the outdoor features and home landscaping plan for the Cielo model in the Seneca neighborhood of Talis Park in Naples. Garden Bleu President Edward Westwood and team designer Lin Lin,…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - First quarter sales at Talis Park up 261% over 2014
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Apr 12, 2015 Talis Park, a gated golf course community being developed by Kitson & Partners in North Naples, reported processing 19 closed builder and end-user lot transactions, furnished model sales, and new home construction contracts worth $20.7 million in March. The transactions processed in March included a 1.4-acre estate…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - New models poised to open in Seneca at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Apr 5, 2015 Furnished models, by Fox Custom Builders and Gulfshore Homes under construction in Talis Park’s Seneca neighborhood, are on schedule for completion in May. Wrapped by the vistas of Talis Park’s golf course, Seneca’s 43 north and south facing lakefront homesites feature water and double or triple fairway…  Read More

  • May 11,2015 - Fat Papa’s restaurant plans locations in Broward and Palm Beach
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    April 02, 2015 Brian Bandell Senior Reporter- South Florida Business Journal   Chicago-based Fat Papa’s, which specializes in hot dogs and Italian sausage, announced plans to open restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Manalapan. Crossman and Co.’s Kim and John Fitzgerald  represented landlord Kitson & Partners in both deals. It owns both Galt Ocean Marketplace in…  Read More

  • March 31,2015 - Interior for Harbourside's San Remo model completed by Vogue
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Mar 29, 2015 Vogue Interiors announced designers Leslie Gebert, Allied Member, ASID, and Sheila Corasaniti, IDS, have completed an interior that exudes both sophisticated elegance and luxurious comfort for Harbourside Custom Homes’ Villa San Remo furnished model in Seneca at Talis Park. The interior design takes full advantage of the…  Read More

  • March 31,2015 - ‘In the Park' opportunities available at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Mar 29, 2015 Talis Park, a gated golf course community being developed in North Naples by Kitson & Partners, offers the possibility of living in a parklike setting surrounded by gently undulating terrain, nature preserves and lakes, or in a maintenance-free environment within walking distance of the community’s amenity core….  Read More

  • March 31,2015 - Borelli Homes Breaks Ground on Private Residence in Firenze at Talis Park
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    By: Clay Cone Posted 3/21/15 Borelli Homes has broken ground on the first private residence in Firenze at Talis Park. The two-story residence, designed by Stofft Cooney Architects of Naples, will feature a coastal West Indies style. The home will offer nearly 10,500 square feet of air-conditioned living space and 14,600 total square feet with…  Read More

  • March 31,2015 - Homeowners air Trinity development concerns
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    By Laura Kinsler | Tribune Staff   Published: March 20, 2015 TRINITY — The development team from Kitson & Partners met with dozens of Trinity residents this week in an effort to assuage their concerns that a new shopping center and housing development on Mitchell Ranch would add to traffic and flooding problems in surrounding neighborhoods….  Read More

  • March 31,2015 - Charlotte inches toward solar farm incentive
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    By ADAM KREGER    STAFF WRITER – Sun Herald CHARLOTTE — County officials have indicated they’ll soon sign off on an economic development incentive for Florida Power & Light, as the company could begin construction later this year on a massive solar farm in the Babcock Ranch area.    The incentive essentially would give FPL…  Read More

  • March 16,2015 - Southwest Florida real estate briefs
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    Submitted Mar 15, 2015 York to host show, attendees welcomed Jim York, a local Realtor, is hosting a new real estate show that started in February. The show is every Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. through the end of the year. There will be a new guest who specializes in a relevant topic each…  Read More

  • March 16,2015 - Sales at Talis Park nearly $19.5 million in February
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Mar 15, 2015 Talis Park, a gated golf course community being developed by Kitson & Partners in North Naples, reported processing 18 closed builder and end-user lot transactions, furnished model sales, and new home construction contracts worth $19,492,766 in February. New homebuyer traffic continued to be up over 250 percent…  Read More

  • March 16,2015 - Gulfshore Homes selects Pacifica to design model in Talis Park
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    Submitted by Gulfshore Homes Mar 15, 2015   Gulfshore Homes’ President Steven Watt selected Naples-based Pacifica Interior Design to design and furnish the Dorado, a new luxury custom model in the Prato neighborhood at Talis Park. Lusia “Lou” Shafran, principal designer and CEO of Pacifica Interior Design, will implement the interior design and furnishings for…  Read More

  • March 16,2015 - Gulfshore Homes completes plan for Dorado model in Talis Park
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    By: Gulfshore Homes March 04, 2015 Gulfshore Homes’ president, Steven Watt announced that plans are finalized for a new luxury custom model, the Dorado in the Prato neighborhood of Talis Park in Naples. Designed by Stofft Cooney Architects, it is spacious at 6,336 square feet of air-conditioned living. The Dorado model includes four bedrooms, one…  Read More

  • March 02,2015 - New Telegraph Creek Preserve entrance opens
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    Special to The News-Press February 28, 2015         Haven’t been to Lee County’s Telegraph Creek Preserve in a while? Well when you do, you’ll notice a change. The public now has an additional way to access the preserve with the opening of a new public entrance. This Conservation 2020 preserve’s amenities include equestrian trails, hiking…  Read More

  • March 02,2015 - McGarvey begins Astaire estate model at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Feb 22, 2015   McGarvey Custom Homes has started construction of its 6,820-square-foot under air, two-story Astaire furnished estate model in Talis Park’s Prato neighborhood. With graceful estate homesites overlooking the Sea Dwarf Paspalum fairways of Talis Park Golf Club’s 14th and 15th holes, lakes, preserves and citrus orchards, the…  Read More

  • March 02,2015 - Estate home designed by Weber Design Group completed in Talis Park
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    Submitted by Weber Design Group Feb 22, 2015   Van Emmerik Custom Homes has completed construction of the largest home within Talis Park’s exclusive Prato estate neighborhood. With architecture and planning by Weber Design Group and interiors by Design West, this impressive residence is situated on an acre lot and offers some of the most…  Read More

  • February 26,2015 - Developers break ground at Bay Pines
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    Construction begins on final retail component by Tiffany Razzano Tuesday February 19, 2015 Kitson executives who came out for the Feb. 19 groundbreaking include Tom Hoban, Al Dougherty, Gary Nelson, Tim Johnson, Matt Buehler and Ginny Feiner. Robert Bandes and Mike Hoovey from Bandes Construction Co., Inc. also attended. SEMINOLE – Kitson & Partners broke…  Read More

  • February 19,2015 - Harbourside's San Remo model opens in Seneca at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Feb 8, 2015 Harbourside Custom Homes’ furnished Villa San Remo model is now open for viewing and purchase in Talis Park’s Seneca neighborhood. Seneca is an enclave of 43 luxury residences offering Talis Park’s “In the Park” living experience. Wrapped by the vistas of Talis Park’s golf course, Seneca’s north…  Read More

  • February 19,2015 - Jimmy Johns, Starbucks coming to VA area
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    SEMINOLE February 19, 2015 Residents here can look forward to having the city’s first Jimmy Johns and Starbucks across from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, according to Kitson & Partners. Kitson, based in Palm Beach Gardens, bought the 60 acres across from the medical center in 2010. Thus far, the property, which once…  Read More

  • February 19,2015 - Documents approved for The Residences at Vyne House at Talis Park
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    Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Feb 1, 2015 The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes, has approved developer Kitson & Partners’ Residences at Vyne House project application and that purchase agreements are now being accepted for 14 luxury condominium residences adjacent to Talis Park’s Vyne House…  Read More

  • February 19,2015 - Sales momentum carries into new year at Talis Park
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     Submitted by Caffrey & Associates Feb 15, 2015 After reporting 95 closed homesite sales and 51 new construction contracts worth $102 million processed in 2014, the sales and new construction momentum at Talis Park has carried into the new year. The gated golf course community being developed by Kitson & Partners processed seven closed builder…  Read More

  • February 19,2015 - Bay Pines redevelopment project nears completion
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    By: Lisa Hall February 19, 2015                           Kitson & Partners to construct final retail component of the mixed-use infill development in Pinellas County Palm Beach Gardens – Palm Beach Gardens based developer Kitson & Partners today broke ground on the final retail component of the company’s large-scale mixed-use development project in Pinellas County, Florida.  The 9,110 sf…  Read More

  • February 13,2015 - Plans for mall on Mitchell Ranch land unveiled
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    By Laura Kinsler | Tribune Staff TRINITY — West Pasco soon could get an outdoor shopping mall to rival The Shops at Wiregrass. Kitson & Partners this week unveiled a site plan for 330 acres of Mitchell Ranch at the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Little Road, giving Trinity area shoppers a hint…  Read More

  • February 13,2015 - Palm Beach Gardens developer advancing massive Lee County project
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    By Susan Salisbury Palm Beach Post Staff Writer – The planned Babcock Ranch development in Southwest Florida has taken a big step forward with an agreement that calls for Florida Power & Light Co. to be the sole provider of its electric service. Since 2006 Palm Beach Gardens-based Kitson & Partners, headed by Syd Kitson, has…  Read More

  • February 13,2015 - Power company settlement ends obstacle to Babcock Ranch development
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    By Josh Salman – Thursday, October 23, 2014   CHARLOTTE COUNTY – The developers of Babcock Ranch have reached a settlement with two utility providers, lifting one of the last roadblocks to breaking ground on the massive development. The settlement allows Florida Power & Light to serve the new city, which its developers still plan on…  Read More

  • February 10,2015 - Developer Reaches Agreement with Companies to Pave Way for Solar-Powered Town
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    By Topher Forhecz  / WGCU  A Florida real estate developer is one step closer to creating a sustainable town after settling a dispute with energy companies over land. Developer Syd Kitson said he plans to build a solar-powered town on Babcock Ranch in Lee and Charlotte Counties. Kitson announced plans for his solar-powered town in 2009….  Read More

  • February 10,2015 - Back at the Ranch
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    SMART GRID A Site Selection Web Exclusive, January 2015 Back at the Ranch A new town is about to pop up in southwestern Florida, and energy innovation is at its heart. The dream that is Babcock Ranch is inching closer to reality, thanks to a new utility agreement making FPL the sole power provider. All…  Read More

  • February 09,2015 - Luxury feel without luxury rules
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    Andrea Stetson, Special to the News-Press 12:08 a.m. EST January 25, 2015 John Hillman, head of sales and marketing for Talis Park, points out the new amenities planned for the clubhouse expansion.( Photo by Andrea Stetson/Special to The News-Press)  There’s no economic downturn at Talis Park, which had more than $100 million in sales in…  Read More

  • February 06,2015 - Mitchell 54 West project moving forward in Pasco
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    TRINITY – The 330 acres in Pasco County owned by the Mitchell family has remained a ranch for generations even as the area around it developed. But now plans are in the works for an outdoor shopping center, movie theater and a community with 800 homes. It’s known as Mitchell 54 West. “I think it’s…  Read More

  • February 06,2015 - Parrish key to FPL's plans for more solar energy
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    PARRISH — Florida Power & Light plans to triple its current solar capacity — adding nearly 225 megawatts of new solar power — and Parrish is one of three sites central to the plans. FPL released details about its plans to build substantially more solar energy capacity. Before the end of 2016, FPL plans to…  Read More

  • October 23,2014 - FPL, LCEC and Kitson Reach Agreement on Power
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    The owners of the Babcock Ranch development will give up their dream of operating an electric utility on their planned “city of tomorrow.” Instead, Florida Power & Light will provide the electricity to the 18,000-acre residential/commercial project on the eastern borders of Lee and Charlotte counties. In exchange for $11.3 million the Lee County Electric…  Read More

  • October 23,2014 - Agreement Reached to Provide Clean, Affordable Electricity to Babcock Ranch in Charlotte and Lee Counties
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    JUNO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Babcock Ranch Community Independent Special District (ISD) and Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) today announced a settlement agreement that addresses the parties’ outstanding issues and provides a path forward for Babcock Ranch development. Part of the settlement includes Babcock Ranch ISD…  Read More

  • August 29,2014 - Plan for Walkable Community Takes Shape in Trinity
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    TRINITY — A sprawling residential and commercial development on State Road 54 is more than a year from breaking ground, but the developer is releasing some details about the project, including a walkable courtyard rimmed by shops and restaurants. Kitson & Partners, out of Palm Beach Gardens, said it envisions “a unique lifestyle destination” combining…  Read More

  • August 11,2014 - August 11, 2014 – Syd Kitson Tries to Seize Power in Babcock Ranch
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    CHARLOTTE COUNTY – For nearly a decade, Syd Kitson has touted plans for a first-of-its-kind city powered solely by energy from the sun. Now, the real estate developer and former NFL offensive lineman says that for his ambitious vision to become a reality, he must be allowed to set up his own power utility at his…  Read More

  • July 23,2014 - July 23, 2014 - Florida Must Face Future and Think Solar
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    Re: “Solar power too costly for taxpayers,” A. John Birkle, July 17. It goes without saying that Mr. Birkle’s strong opinion about the cost of solar energy and about Babcock Ranch trying to maintain its right to run its own electric utility was shaped from a career spent in the fossil fuel based utility industry….  Read More

  • July 13,2014 - July 13, 2014 - Sparks Fly in Babcock Ranch Power Struggle
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    Syd Kitson says he needs to set up his own electric utility on the sprawling Babcock Ranch to build his solar-powered city of tomorrow. But the Lee County Electric Cooperative and its allies counter that Kitson’s dream would be bad policy and potentially bad for consumers— disrupting the long-term plans of existing utilities. At the request…  Read More