Naples Reserve residents enjoy a day at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Residents of Naples Reserve got the chance to explore a natural wonder located in their own backyard during Naples Reserve Day at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
As part of its overall commitment to the environment, Naples Reserve, in conjunction with the community’s developer, iStar, is a platinum corporate sponsor of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This sponsorship helps support preservation efforts at one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The 110,000-acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is home to 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals.
During Naples Reserve Day, community residents enjoyed free admission to the Reserve, explored its walking trails, and visited the touch tanks and other exhibits at the Environmental Learning Center, including the photography exhibit “Man and Nature: People, Planet and Prosperity.” The day also featured a special community screening of the National Geographic documentary Science Fair.
Naples Reserve resident Sue Marquardt has been volunteering at Rookery Bay since moving to Naples Reserve two years ago. She had previously volunteered at another natural site while living in the Chesapeake Bay area and wanted to continue similar efforts locally.
“I’ve always been interested in science and in preserving the ecology of the area I live in,” she said. “And since Rookery Bay is around the corner from Naples Reserve, it makes it very easy. Rookery Bay helps educate people how important this ecosystem is to maintain and how important the water flow is in this area.”
Her husband, Tom Marquardt, is president of the board of the Friends of Rookery Bay. He considers it a major plus that his community helps protect this valuable natural area.
“We just really appreciate them being a sponsor of Rookery Bay,” he said. “It shows that Naples Reserve and iStar are embracing the environment and that they understand that they play a role in preserving it.”
The 688-acre community was created amongst 22 lakes and sweeping open water views and emphasizes lakefront living with Southern Coastal-inspired homes and amenities along the water’s edge.
The lakes provide prime opportunities for using the community’s new Hydrobikes, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and enjoying scenic vistas. The community’s centerpiece 125-acre Eagle Lake features a large tiki hut on destination Kontiki Island and also offers a mile-long stretch of lakefront nestled against the Picayune Strand State Forest, a 76,000-acre state park with protected pinelands, cypress swamps, marshes and abundant wildlife.
iStar has completed the community’s initial lakefront resort-inspired amenities, including the $7 million Island Club social center featuring a 5,160-square-foot clubhouse and an adjacent 3,500-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a movement studio for spinning, Zumba and yoga. Outdoors, an expansive, resort-style, zero-entry pool offers dedicated lap lanes and ample room for relaxation.
Indoor and alfresco gathering areas at the Island Club include a lakeside fire pit and casual beverage and dining options at the Chat ‘n Chill Tiki Bar and Latitudes Cafe. At the Outrigger Center, a variety of watercraft options are available for residents’ use, as well as a flex-space available for game days, special events and other activities. Cruises on the community’s two Duffy electric boats depart from the center’s floating docks for residents to explore Eagle Lake and Kontiki Island. Naples Reserve also offers homebuyers along Eagle Lake the opportunity for a personal floating boat dock.
The lakefront Match Point complex, now open, offers residents access to five tennis and four pickleball courts. Nearby, the Walk & Wag dog park provides a place for residents and four-legged friends to enjoy together. An additional dog park – Paws Awhile – is also planned, as well as a Kid’s Cove playground and picnic area and a meandering linear park for biking, hiking and jogging. Navigating a loop road circling Naples Reserve, the park is designed to engage residents with their natural environment and provide an alternative mode of transportation throughout the community.
A best-selling South Naples community, Naples Reserve offers 18 fully decorated models available for viewing, built by Southwest Florida’s premier homebuilders, including Ashton Woods, D.R. Horton, Florida Lifestyle Homes, KTS Homes, Lundstrom Development, Marvin Development, McGarvey Custom Homes and Stock Signature Homes. Homes are priced from the low $300,000s to more than $1 million.
Naples Reserve is located off U.S. 41, 2 miles southeast of the Collier Boulevard/CR 951 intersection and 10 minutes from I-75, Exit 101. Visit the community at 14885 Naples Reserve Circle or online at www.naplesreserve.com.
About iStar Land & Development:
iStar Land & Development creates unique communities, considering the best use of the land with a focus on future residents. iStar has financed and invested in over $10 billion of residential projects since 1993, making it one of the largest investors in luxury condominium, multifamily and master-planned residential developments in the U.S. Its portfolio has included interests in over 18,000 condominium units in the nation’s top markets, and 65,000 acres in master-planned communities with the potential for an estimated 50,000 single-family and multifamily units. Offering a fully integrated platform, the team includes best-in-class developers, architects, builders, marketers and community liaisons.
iStar (NYSE: STAR) finances, invests in and develops real estate and real estate related projects as part of its fully integrated investment platform. Building on over two decades of experience and more than $40 billion of transactions, iStar brings uncommon capabilities and new ways of thinking to commercial real estate and adapts its investment strategy to changing market conditions. The company is structured as a real estate investment trust, with a diversified portfolio focused on larger assets located in major metropolitan markets. Additional information on iStar is available on its website at www.istar.com.