At Babcock Ranch, the “F” in TGIF stands for Fridays, food trucks and fun. The world’s first solar-powered town located just northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31 is introducing monthly Food Truck Fridays, starting Jan. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Guests can visit Founder’s Square, the heart of Babcock Ranch, to enjoy fare from ten of the area’s most popular food trucks, including Buddha Blends, Classic Cuban, Kona Ice, Ma Petite Creperie, Red Roc Cravings, Rollin’ Raw Bar, Squeezers Lemonade, Sweet Cheesus, Table & Tap, and Zoet Sweet Boutique.
Local rock, reggae and blues band Mad Soul will entertain the crowd under the Babcock Ranch bandshell. Guests can bring picnic blankets for lawn seating; tables will also be available.
Registered guests in attendance are eligible to win one of three gift cards that can be used at Babcock Ranch’s Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery, Table & Tap restaurant, Slater’s Goods & Provisions, or Curry Creek Outfitters retail store, which offers recreational rentals.
Additional Food Truck Fridays are scheduled for Feb. 22, March 29 and April 26.
In 2018, Babcock Ranch welcomed more than 10,000 visitors to its Discovery Center and surpassed the 250-homes sold milestone.
Babcock Ranch was created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand. Half of the town’s 18,000-acre footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch’s homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district.
Emphasizing a front-porch lifestyle to nurture a sense of community, Babcock Ranch promotes healthy living through a walkable community plan, 50 miles of planned biking and hiking trails, interconnected lakes for paddling enthusiasts, a robust calendar of exercise classes, and the Healthy Life Center managed by Lee Health at Founder’s Square, with health club facilities, nutrition counseling, therapeutic services and medical offices.
Table & Tap restaurant, Slater’s Goods & Provisions, Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery, Curry Creek Outfitters, and Babcock Neighborhood School welcomed the greater community to Founder’s Square even before the arrival of the town’s first residents last January. A sprawling downtown park offers a lakefront bandshell, boardwalk, covered pavilions, and charging stations for electronics, including cars. An autonomous shuttle – part of the town’s mobility plan – provides transportation between homes and Founder’s Square. And with plans to expand into On Demand services, goods delivery, and hourly/daily car rentals within the next year, Babcock Ranch will continue offering compelling mobility solutions that reduce the need for car ownership in the new town.
Babcock Ranch has eight homebuilders offering more than 50 home designs including twin villas, cottages, single-family executive, manor and custom homes featuring one- and two-story plans, two to six bedrooms, and 1,400 to 4,761 square feet of living space. Homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty nesters and retirees alike, with prices ranging from the $190,000s to $1 million. Homes are built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, emphasizing energy and water conservation, and offer a full gigabyte of fiber-optic connectivity.
More than 30 model and quick-delivery homes are now open or coming soon by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Homes by Towne, Lennar, Pulte Homes, Solara Homes by Banroc, and Stock Classic Homes. Many models are open for viewing daily.
For more information about Southwest Florida’s new hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620.
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