Bonita Springs, FL
(Feb. 10, 2014) – An extensive beach renourishment and stabilization project at Pelican Landing’s private 34-acre Beach Park is now complete, according to WCI Communities, which is developing The Colony Golf & Bay Club within the larger Bonita Springs community.
The $2.8 million project on Big Hickory Island widened the park’s Gulf of Mexico beachfront by as much as 250 feet and included the installation of concrete king-pile groins designed to stave off future erosion.
The Beach Park, rated by Pelican Landing and Colony residents as their favorite amenity, offers a private beach experience, complete with an elevated beach house with open decks, two open-air picnic pavilions, and a large screened pavilion with a deck. Additional amenities include shower/restroom facilities, umbrellas and chaises, two beach bocce courts, and a nature library.
The park, located on northern Big Hickory Island, is accessible only by boat; Pelican Landing provides daily water shuttle service for residents and their guests.
The community association identified beach renourishment and stabilization as a priority in 2008 after documenting the loss of useable beachfront from rain and tropical storms. Officials and residents worked with leading state coastal engineering experts through the state permitting process and Lee County.
Orion Marine Construction pumped 100,000 cubic yards – roughly 133,000 tons – of sand to the beach, dredging from an offshore shoal near New Pass linking Estero Bay to the Gulf. Florida Marina Construction constructed seven erosion-controlling king-pile concrete groins. Dunes also were created in front of the park’s buildings.
Pelican Landing funded its half of the project through a five-year contribution to the replacement reserve account which was included in annual assessments. The remaining portion was paid by the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, and Hyatt Coconut Plantation, a Hyatt Residence Club, both of which offer use of the Beach Park as an amenity for its guests.
Residents of Pelican Landing and The Colony use the Beach Park for swimming, sunning, shelling, bird-watching and fishing. During the winter season, the community association offers sunset and eco tour cruises, beach walks, and concerts on the beach twice a week.
The Beach Park is just one of the many recreational and social opportunities available to new homebuyers in The Colony, WCI’s 809-acre master-planned community within Pelican Landing.
Other Pelican Landing amenities available to The Colony residents include a canoe park, tennis courts, fitness center and community center.
The Colony’s resident services program can arrange everything from key-holding, housekeeping services and pantry stocking to dry cleaning, domestic and international travel, and at-home massages or yoga instruction.
Residents can explore membership opportunities at The Colony Golf & Country Club, offering a variety of amenities, including formal and casual dining options, a cocktail lounge, golf pro shop, men’s and women’s lounges and locker rooms, and the Spa & Fitness Center. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool and a tennis pavilion with six Har-Tru courts.
Every resident of The Colony also enjoys the use of The Bay Club, a private waterfront dining venue overlooking beautiful Estero Bay.
The Colony Golf & Bay Club offers new homes in Bonita Springs, Fla., including penthouse-inspired condominium residences in Cielo and Terzetto beginning in the mid-$400,000s. Two model homes are now open for viewing at Terzetto, where quick-delivery homes with near-immediate occupancy also are available.
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