The Estates at TwinEagles has earned the top award in its field from the Council for Sustainable Florida during its 2003 Sustainable Florida award competition. The annual awards recognize businesses and individuals for projects that manage, protect and restore Florida’s natural assets.
The Estates at TwinEagles is a 1,115-acre master-planned community being developed by The Bonita Bay Group in North Naples. The company was chosen as recipient of the Award of Excellence in the business category for its work in The Estates at TwinEagles to protect, enhance and restore the community’s abundant natural assets. The judges considered the company’s innovative public private partnerships, alliances with environmental organizations and its commitment to responsible land stewardship, including participation in Audubon International programs. The Bonita Bay Group has created more Audubon International Signature Sanctuaries than any other company in the world.
In March 2002, The Club at TwinEagles received certification as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, the 11th Signature Sanctuary in Florida and the 33rd in the world. The community was also the site of Home & Condo’s 2003 Dream Home, a showcase of green building techniques, which appears in a national video documentary entitled “Success in the Sunshine” currently airing on PBS stations.
“The Bonita Bay Group has been a partner in the council since it formed in the 90s, and it shares our mission to promote the best sustainable practices and encourage others across the state to implement them,” said Sharon Cooper, executive director of the CSF. “The Bonita Bay Group has again demonstrated the company to be community and corporate partners who care about the way it does business, about the environment and about the future of Florida.”
“The Bonita Bay Group acquired The Estates at TwinEagles in August 2000 and immediately began working with the Florida Wildlife Federation and Collier Audubon to create a land stewardship plan,” said Susan Watts, vice president of The Bonita Bay Group and general manager of The Estates at TwinEagles. The plan is designed to rehydrate formerly drained wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and create a four-mile, north-to-south flow way/wildlife corridor through the property. The overall plan calls for reintroducing historic flow ways and turning farmland and ditches into shallow wetlands to restore surface flow and aquifer recharge, improve water quality, and increase wetland habitat and diversity for wildlife.
“The Bonita Bay Group is deeply committed to the environment and we have been fortunate to have an opportunity to transform The Estates at TwinEagles into a successful model of environmentally responsible development,” said Watts. “This community is a great example of a true cooperative effort with environmental leaders and county officials to accomplish things that could not be done individually.”
“We’re very proud of what has happened at TwinEagles,” added Nancy Payton of the Florida Wildlife Federation. “The collaboration between The Bonita Bay Group, Collier Audubon and the Florida Wildlife Federation has shown it can be done, and has opened doors with other development interests. This project set a precedent on many different levels: we demonstrated that you can retrofit an existing project and make it better; that it’s possible – and important – to look beyond the project boundaries and evaluate environmental issues from a regional perspective; and that involving the brain power of a number of organizations and agencies benefits the process.”
The 2003 Award of Excellence is The Bonita Bay Group’s third CSF recognition. In 2002, The Brooks Commons Club Beach Club earned the top award in its category as a turtle-friendly amenity. In 2000 The Bonita Bay Group earned an Outstanding Performance Award, the highest recognition, for Bonita Bay, the company’s flagship community.
The Brooks Beach Club will be presented in July as a case study at the 2003 Sustainable Florida Awards Program held in conjunction with the 2003 BELL Conference in Fort Lauderdale. The presentation will use the beachfront amenity as an example of sustainable development and coastal preservation. The Estates at TwinEagles will be featured with other 2003 award winners on the CSF Web site at www.sustainableflorida.org.
“When our partners are doing the right thing, and those practices are profiled and visible so other companies can learn, it’s a great way to help ensure our resources will be here for future generations,” Cooper said.
The Council for Sustainable Florida is dedicated to improving Florida’s economy and environment while building a safer, healthier, higher quality of life for all of its citizens. For more information about the Council call (850) 539-5099, or visit www.sustainableflorida.org.
The Bonita Bay Group is developing The Estates at TwinEagles in keeping with its ongoing commitment to meticulous planning, environmental stewardship, integrity and attention to detail. The overall master plan includes homes and recreational amenities surrounded by nearly 800 acres of open space. The first phase of The Estates at TwinEagles master plan includes 66 estate homesites along the first of two Nicklaus-designed golf courses. The community is certified by Audubon International as a Signature Sanctuary and participates in the University of Florida’s Yards & Neighborhoods water conservation program.
Named to Golf & Travel magazine’s list of the 12 Most Intriguing Golf Communities in America, The Estates at TwinEagles is a low-density community with an abundance of natural areas. Each of the 66 homes in phase one is situated to create an extraordinary sense of privacy with view corridors unobstructed by other homes and lot sizes ranging from one-half to two acres. TwinEagles Realty of Collier County Inc. is now offering estate homesites from $290,000 and estate home packages from $1.2 million.
Residents and nonresidents are eligible for membership in The Club at TwinEagles, which offers a Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II co-designed championship golf course. The Club at TwinEagles hosted The ACE Group Classic, a Champions Tour event, in February 2002 and 2003 and will host the tournament again in 2004.
For information or to request an escorted tour, visit The Estates at TwinEagles Information and Sales Center located inside the community’s entrance on Immokalee Road seven miles east of I-75 in North Naples. For additional information, please call (239) 352-8000, toll free (888) 403-0085 or visit the Web site at www.twineagles.com.