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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. 0

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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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First Homeowners Move into Babcock Ranch Community

“Babcock Ranch, the nation’s first solar city–years in the making–is celebrating a major milestone.” We are very excited to announce that our first homeowners, Richard and Robin Kinley, moved into their new home on January 4, 2018! Take a look at recent story covered by WINK News about this historic day for Babcock Ranch. Click here […]

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Babcock Ranch Featured on BBC Newsday

Babcock Ranch is making international headlines and was most recently featured on BBC Newsday. “A big moment in renewable energy for the United States: at the start of 2018, the town of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida will become the first community in America to be fully solar-powered.” Listen to the entire clip about Babcock Ranch below. […]

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Babcock Ranch, the Solar Town, Ramps Up in 2018

Babcock Ranch was recently featured in the Fort Myers News-Press for what’s to come in 2018. “For Babcock Ranch, a solar-powered community in the works for more than a decade, 2017 turned out to be the year it visually became a town thanks to a restaurant, a school and a community gathering space. As 2018 […]

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Calling all entrepreneurs: VenturePitch SWFL to be held at Babcock Ranch

Source: Naples Herald December 7, 2017 Entrepreneurs will compete for up to $50,000 of investment funding in a “Shark Tank” style competition held as part of 2018 VenturePitch at Babcock Ranch in April. Contestants have until February 15 to submit their application for the event where four finalists will be able to pitch their business […]

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Electric Slide: Buy Home, Get Car

Our builder, Florida Lifestyle Homes, was recently featured in BuilderOnline.com for their exciting new incentive: buy the Lauren model and get a choice of the Chevy Bolt or Volt.  “When we started looking at the types of incentives we wanted to put together for Babcock Ranch we wanted to focus in on what the town […]

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Florida Lifestyle Homes introduces Sidney design at Babcock Ranch

Florida Lifestyle Homes has introduced the Sidney, a new custom home design nearing completion at Babcock Ranch, a new eco-centric town being developed in Charlotte County, east of Fort Myers off State Road 31. Located on the preserve in the Lake Timber neighborhood, the Sydney is close to the Lake House and Founder’s Square, the […]

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Self-Driving Cars Will Transform the World as We Know It—Including Where We Live

Babcock Ranch was recently featured in a story on Realtor.com about the future of real estate as autonomous vehicles make their way into the mainstream.  Clare Trapasso,  the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor, writes: Suburbanites who don’t live in a city can still get in on the autonomous, ride-sharing action. […]

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Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School Takes Home 1st Place Prize for Solar Energy Cook-Off

We’re very proud of our students at the Babcock Neighborhood School! Our students took home the 1st place prize for the 6th Annual Solar Energy Cookoff. “The Annual Solar Energy Cook-Off Challenge brings students from grades K-12 together, working as teams to design, build and cook their original dish in their solar “cookers” demonstrating the […]

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Setting a standard for sustainable growth

Babcock Ranch setting a new standard for smart, sustainable growth

Solar-powered town garnering national, international attention Florida Weekly November 29, 2017 People across the nation are talking a lot about the need for responsible growth, sustainability and “smart cities.” But to find someone who is doing something about it – you have to travel to Southwest Florida. Babcock Ranch has been attracting national and international […]

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Driverless future

Florida is leading the way to a driverless future

By Joe Rinzel, special to the Tampa Bay Times Published: November 16, 2017 There is a new city being developed in southeast Florida near Babcock Ranch where some 50,000 residents will have access to one of the first driverless taxi networks in the country. This is yet another example of how Florida is now an […]

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Miami is Home to Terrible Drivers. Here’s a Fix to Road Rage and No-Signal Turns.

The driverless-car revolution is coming to Manhattan streets in early 2018. Trials are running in Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Boston and San Francisco. But the ride of the future is not yet on the calendar for Miami, a city that needs autonomous vehicles more than any other to render its notoriously bad drivers obsolete. Hang in there, […]

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Lee Health inking deal to become Babcock Ranch’s sole medical provider next year

Lee Health is negotiating a deal with Babcock Ranch that could make the public hospital system the sole medical provider in the burgeoning Southwest Florida development by next summer. Under the terms of the arrangement, Lee Health would begin opening a Lee Physician Group family practice clinic, a physical rehabilitation facility and a wellness center in […]

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Babcock Neighborhood School Practices Innovative Learning

Babcock Neighborhood School Featured for Innovative Learning Practices

Our first school, Babcock Neighborhood School, was featured in the News-Press for our innovative, hands-on approach to learning. “Hands-on learning. One-on-one attention from teachers. The “best” lunches ever. And being able to attend a solar-powered school on a campus that sits smack-dab in the heart of an up-and-coming city. There’s a lot to love about […]

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Babcock Ranch Home Sales Booming

“Make the Move” sales event nets multiple contracts The launch of two new neighborhoods with home prices starting in the $190s is spurring rapid growth for Babcock Ranch. The innovative new solar-powered town opened pre-construction sales of homes by Lennar and Pulte with an invitation-only event on Saturday, November 4th. The day was a big […]

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Massive Community Posts Big Sales Day

More than 1,000 people attended a showcase event over the weekend for Babcock Ranch, the master-planned community and solar-powered town that straddles the border of Charlotte and Lee counties. Dubbed “Make the Move,” Babcock Ranch officials say the launch of two new neighborhoods, from Lennar and Pulte, with prices starting in the $190s, has spurred […]

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Weather warnings: Lightning protection in Babcock Ranch

Babcock Ranch, the community under construction on a parcel that straddles the Lee County-Charlotte County line, aims to be both the nation’s first solar-powered city and the first to have its own lightning-protection system. The system, made by Sunrise-based Thor Guard, will sound an alarm when it detects lightning within 10 miles of the 17,000-acre development […]

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Lee County students drawn to Babcock charter for innovative, hands-on learning

Hands-on learning. One-on-one attention from teachers. The “best” lunches ever. And being able to attend a solar-powered school on a campus that sits smack-dab in the heart of an up-and-coming city. There’s a lot to love about being a student at the newly-opened Babcock Neighborhood School, and nothing proves that more than the charter school’s […]

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The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

The ads promised paradise, “Legendary Lazy Living” in a “Waterfront Wonderland.” The brochures sold the Florida dream, “an enchanted City-in-the-Making (average temperature: 71.2 degrees)” without winter, worries or state income taxes. Cape Coral was America’s land of tomorrow, just $20 down and $20 a month for a quarter-acre slice of heaven: “Breathtaking, isn’t it? How […]

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