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Self-Driving Shuttle Ushers Students to School At Babcock Ranch

The wheels on the shuttle go round and round even when nobody is driving it. A self-driving, electric shuttle takes students to school once a week at Babcock Ranch. The shuttle is part of a lofty plan for autonomous vehicles at Babcock. Its plan is to introduce a service that will allow its residents to call for driver-less […]

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Jeb Bush, Syd Kitson celebrate innovation in education at new Babcock Neighborhood School

BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2018) – Former Gov. Jeb Bush joined Syd Kitson, elected officials, and community and education leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the new Babcock Neighborhood School in Babcock Ranch. The school, completed two years ahead of schedule to meet growing demand after BNS’s initial year of operation, features a […]

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ReCharge Juice Co. at Babcock Ranch to hold July 21 Grand Opening

The ReCharge Juice Co. at Babcock Ranch will celebrate its official grand opening on Saturday, July 21, with activities from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. that are free of charge and open to the public. Located in Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center in Founder’s Square, ReCharge Juice Co. offers 100 percent raw juice mixes. To […]

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Babcock Neighborhood School Best In Class

School in solar-powered town earns an A on its first state report card Babcock Ranch, Florida – From the day that Babcock Neighborhood School (BNS) first opened its doors, there’s been little doubt that the school’s project-based curriculum was inspiring a passion for learning among students who arrived each day filled with energy and anticipation. The annual […]

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ReCharge Juice Co. Opens

The ReCharge Juice Co. is now open for business. Choose one of our delicious 100% raw juice mixes or create your own. ReCharge Juice Co. is focused on creating some of the most delicious and highly nutritious raw fruit and vegetable specialty juices for you to recharge your mind, body and soul. ReCharge Juice Co. […]

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America’s First Solar Community Coming To Life In Florida

Fox News reporter, Phil Keating reports on the progress of the development that hopes to become America’s first self-sustaining city, Babcock Ranch. It’s now the country’s first, fully solar city. A dream starting to come true for new residents, like Josh and Jasmin Day. To watch the full segment click here.

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Babcock Ranch, Lee Health leaders light it up with friendly power competition

Babcock Ranch Developer Syd Kitson, and Lee Health president and CEO Larry Antonucci, and their teams took part in a friendly competition at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch. The facility has the first electricity-generating workout equipment in the US, and that’s just one of the elements that […]

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Announcing Battery Storage at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center

Babcock Ranch’s clean energy efforts were taken to the next level when FPL created the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in the U.S. today. Each of the ten large gray steel battery storage units at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center can store 1 megawatt of power and discharge for 4 hours. The adjacent 440 […]

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The Country’s First Solar-Powered Town Has Arrived in Florida—And You Can Live There For Less Than $200K

Babcock Ranch was recently featured in an article from Coastal Living: “In a state nicknamed after sunshine, Floridians—and loads of tourists—bank on the sun for many things: warmth, Vitamin D, the perfect weather for lazy-day beach lounging. And in the new community of Babcock Ranch, 50,000 residents will rely on it for 100-percent of their […]

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New Florida City Will Produce its Own Power and Run Self-Driving Buses

Daniel Shoer Roth of the Miami Herald dubbed Babcock Ranch as the city of the future in a recent feature about our solar energy initiatives and self-driving shuttles. The city of the future will not be the cold metal domes or Mars settlements of science fiction movies. It will be a community of 19,500 homes […]

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New Driverless Shuttles to Hit the Roads in Babcock Ranch

Driverless shuttles were test driven today in America’s only solar city. This comes one week after the first owners moved into their solar home in Babcock Ranch. Passengers in these shuttles say they’re taking everything pretty slowly, but add that this technology might just be the future of mobility. To read the full story, click […]

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Babcock Ranch Testing 1 of 65 Driverless Shuttles Worldwide

Our driverless shuttles have made a splash! We were recently featured in NBC-2 for our automated shuttle, 1 of 65 in the world! There are only 65 automated shuttles in the world, and now Babcock Ranch is home to one of them. The driverless vehicles is the first of its kind in Southwest Florida. The […]

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Richard and Robin Kinley are First Residents of 17,500-acre Master-Planned Community of Babcock Ranch

Our first residents, Richard and Robin Kinley, were featured in a story from the Herald Tribune. To the locals near Southwest Florida’s bays and beaches, Babcock Ranch seems “way out there” — 30 minutes southeast of downtown Punta Gorda and 20 northeast of Fort Myers. But young retirees Richard and Robin Kinley say it seems […]

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Is Florida’s Babcock Ranch the City of the Future?

The brainchild of former football star and developer Syd Kitson is getting attention as a potential model for forward-thinking cities. The city of the future will not be the cold metal domes or Mars settlements of science fiction movies. It will be a community of 19,500 homes surrounded by thousands of acres of green space […]

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An ABC News Feature: Welcome to America’s First Solar-Powered Town

Our first residents, Richard and Robin Kinley, were the focus of a recent article from ABC News! “Richard and Robin Kinley are among the retirees who move to Florida every year. However, this couple gets to watch the sunset every night over a lake that’s named after them — Lake Kinley. The sustainable Babcock Ranch, […]

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Babcock Ranch Featured on CBS This Morning

We’re excited to share that we were featured on CBS This Morning for our sustainability and solar efforts. Take a look at the clip featured on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 below.

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Boost Your Exercise Routine! Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

Let’s be honest: Some days you just don’t feel like exercising. Whether you run, cycle or walk, sometimes you’re just not motivated to get out there. You have all kinds of excuses: It’s hot, it’s raining or I have too much work to do are just some of them. Even professional athletes hit slumps. That’s […]

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Walking to Improve Health

With more than 50 miles of trails, Babcock Ranch offers plenty of opportunities for walkers. In fact, developer Kitson & Partners developed Babcock Ranch to promote pedestrian instead of vehicular traffic. The town’s streets fanning out from the downtown area called Founders Square are specifically designed to encourage residents to leave their cars parked and […]

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Lee Health Gets Exclusive Babcock Ranch Medical Rights

Lee Health and Babcock Ranch have sealed a deal to give the public hospital system exclusive rights to perform medical services in the new, ecologically minded community northeast of Fort Myers. The deal, which the hospital system’s elected governing board approved Thursday, provides Lee Health these rights for the first five years and gives the […]

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In Southwest Florida, Taking a Shine to the Nation’s First Solar-Powered Town

We were thrilled to have Diane Daniel on-site last December to write a piece to be featured in the Washington Post. “Along a dirt road leading into Florida’s past, I stopped to marvel at its future, or at least one vision of it. I was headed to Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours, where visitors pay to tour […]

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