Every city and town across America is learning how to best handle day-to-day activities in the wake of COVID-19, and Babcock Ranch is no exception. My team and I are meeting daily to monitor up-to-the-minute guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help inform our operational decisions. I want to share with you several important decisions made at our last meeting.
The good news is our hometown has many outdoor activities that are available for your enjoyment. The public parks and walking trails remain open. Our simple request is that you bring sanitizing wipes and clean any shared equipment before and after each use.
Next, I’d like to share updates regarding other operational changes that will affect your activities.
Food & Beverage Operations: We have made the difficult decision to suspend operations at Table & Tap beginning on Wednesday, March 18, at 5 p.m. We know this will be disappointing to many of you, and we apologize for the inconvenience. The health and safety of the community is our prime concern, and we believe this is the most responsible course of action.
Slater’s Goods & Provisions will remain open during regular business hours (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.), offering a full menu for takeout only. You will notice newly designated parking spaces on Lake Babcock Drive that will provide convenient curbside service. All market items will be available for curbside pick-up as well. Your orders should be placed by phone directly with Slater’s at 239-449-4626.
The walk-up window will remain open at Square Scoops during regular business hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.).
Special Events: All events at Babcock Ranch are postponed until we notify the community otherwise. This includes all community and lifestyle events hosted by the Homeowners Association, as well as all events hosted at The Hatchery. Again, we know these popular activities are important to you, and we will resume programming as soon as COVID-19 guidelines ensure that it is safe for you and your family.
Property Owners Association:
The Lakehouse will be closed until further notice. At this time, the swimming pool at The Lakehouse will remain open.
The Association has suspended the issuance of photo identification cards at the Association’s office. Please call 941-676-7191 for directions on how to secure a card via mail.
We encourage you to communicate with the Association’s management for any of your Association needs either by email at [email protected] or by phoning 941-676-7191.
The Hatchery: Members may continue using their space at The Hatchery during regular business hours. Please follow CDC guidelines (such as social distancing) when using The Hatchery.
Curry Creek Outfitters: Curry Creek Outfitters will be closed until further notice.
Babcock Ranch Healthy Life Center: Lee Health decided to temporarily close all of their Healthy Life Centers, including Babcock Ranch, through March 31. If you have any questions, you can contact Tracy Siekmann, the Director of Healthy Life Centers, at [email protected].
Woodlea Hall: The Discovery Center will remain open, along with the Kitson & Partners offices. We are following CDC guidelines for appropriate social distancing, frequent sanitizing, and hands-free greetings of guests and visitors.
These are challenging times. My promise to you is that we will remain vigilant and focused in our effort to keep the hometown of Babcock Ranch safe and healthy. I am heartened by the stories you have shared of neighbors caring for one another in the spirit of mutual support. It is that spirit that makes Babcock Ranch such a special hometown. Thank you again for your trust in us.