Esplanade at Azario Lakewood Ranch Shines in December Traveling Golfer Series

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – (December 1, 2020) – Construction of a new golf course in America has become a rarity. Only 17 new golf courses opened in the country during 2019. Compare that to an average of 400 new golf courses…continue reading

Update to Comprehensive Plan Vital to Future of Island

Every 10 years, communities and counties throughout the State of Florida are required to update what is known as their Comprehensive Plan. Simply put, it involves what a community’s goals and aspirations are in terms of how a community is developed. The result of that is what is known as the Comprehensive Plancontinue reading

New life for faded shopping plaza could mean new luster in North For Myers

Waldrop Engineering assisted RD Management secure a grant for $1.7 million for redevelopment of the Merchants Crossing shopping center in North Fort Myers. The grant was unanimously approved by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, and championed by Chair Brian Hamman under the North Fort Myers Revitalization Incentive Program . The funding will be used to off-set project costs for the demolition of Sears and other underutilized retail spaces in the center, and redevelopment with multi-family housing, civic space, and mixed-use amenity areas.

Waldrop’s Staff prepared the grant application and worked with Lee County’s Economic Development and Community Development Staff to ensure the project meets the strict eligibility criteria under the grant program.

We are excited to see this project move forward and serve as a catalyst for future revitalization efforts along the Cleveland Avenue corridor!

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Indian Rocks Beach Approves Plan for Townhouse Development

For decades, land on the east side of Gulf Boulevard on the north end of the city has been…continue reading

County Approves Subdivision Expansion

The new expansion is located in Village H in Horizon West, near the brand-new…continue reading

Waldrop Engineering Hires James Abney as Senior Irrigation Specialist

Waldrop Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of James Abney, L.I. as Senior Irrigation Specialist….continue reading

Waldrop Engineering Hires James Ink to Lead Office in Fort Myers

Waldrop Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of James Ink, as Director of Operations for their Downtown Fort Myers….continue reading

Waldrop Engineering Hires Fred Drovdlic as Principal Planner / Senior Project Manager

Waldrop Engineering is pleased to announce the addition of Fred Drovdlic, AICP, as Principal Planner / Senior Project Manager….continue reading

Waldrop Engineering Opens New Office in Fort Myers

Waldrop Engineering is proud to debut their new office in Downtown Fort Myers. Located in the heart ….continue reading

Alexis Crespo named Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year 2018 by the American Planning Association – Florida Chapter

Congratulations to Alexis Crespo, AICP, Vice President of Planning with Waldrop Engineering on being named the 2018….continue reading

Architect Chris Wilczynski to design second course at Florida’s Lakewood Ranch

Five years after designing the signature course at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch in southwest Florida, Michigan golf course architect….continue reading

Waldrop Engineering Hires Victor Barbosa to Lead Office in Tampa

Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Victor Barbosa, P.E. as Director of Engineering to lead their Tampa Office. Victor has….continue reading

City Approves Renovations for Downtown Bonita Springs

Big changes are coming to Downtown Bonita Springs along Old US 41. On Wednesday the Bonita Springs City council voted 6-1 to approve a rezoning request by Waldrop Engineering for a project known as the “Terry Street Assemblage.” The request….continue reading

Crespo Named as LaBelle’s new City Planner

Lieutenant Shawn Reed, City Attorney Dek Rooney, Superintendent of Public Works Michael Boyle and Finance Director Ron Zimmerly presented reports at the Commission Meeting on April 12. Alexis Crespo introduced herself to the Commission as La Belle’s new….continue reading

Babcock Ranch Development Plan for Lee Approved; opponents worry about rural atmosphere

Babcock Ranch jumped back-to-back major hurdles Wednesday in Lee  County, clearing a path for the south part of the budding solar powered town to begin to take shape in the….continue reading

Prominent real estate broker to run area group

Fort Myers – Longtime Southwest Florida commercial real estate broker…continue reading

Babcock Ranch zoning request heads to county commission

Babcock Ranch has taken another step toward getting its Lee county plans approved. Donna Marie Collins, the county’s chief hearing examiner, on Wednesday…continue reading

Everglades Wonder Gardens on the mend from Hurricane Irma, executive director says

After weeks of hard work and uncertainty, the Everglades Wonder gardens has emerged from the worst of Hurricane Irma’s damage with a direction, said…continue reading

Babcock Development Gets Green Light in Lee

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to transmit the Babcock Ranch comprehensive plan amendment to the Department of Economic Opportunity. The amendment will support development of the 4,157+/-acre property with up to 1,630 homes and 1.17 million square feet of commercial uses. The application proposes to conserve 50% of the property under permanent conservation easement, including high quality wetlands, uplands, and flowways. The project will serve as a logical extension of the Town of Babcock Ranch currently under development in Charlotte County, and create new tax base and services for Lee County. Waldrop Engineering’s Planning Department assisted Kitson & Partners in developing the “North Olga New Community” future land use category to effectuate this quality development pattern. The Waldrop Team also conducted numerous outreach meetings to earn community consensus on the proposal…continue reading

Storey Lake Approved for Expansion

The Osceola Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning map amendment to allow for the expansion of Lennar’s Storey Lake resort community in…continue reading

Hidden Treasures of Bonita Springs

The City of Bonita Springs Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee held their 2nd annual committee event on Saturday May 20th, 2017. Hidden Treasures of Bonita Springs – a Family Friendly, Walkable Scavenger Hunt, allowed participants to explore the downtown by foot (or bike!) while learning…continue reading

City Council to implement the Bonita Beach Road Visioning Study

Bonita Springs City Council unanimously approved amendments to the comprehensive plan to implement the Bonita Beach Road Visioning Study. The Waldrop Planning Department…continue reading

Waldrop Engineering seeks entry level L.A.

We are currently seeking applicants for entry-level positions, and consideration for summer internships.  We are offering immediate availability…continue reading

Quadrum breaks ground for resort-style senior housing in Fort Myers

Developer Quadrum Global and general contractor DeAngelis Diamond held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of a resort-style senior housing development in Fort Myers….Continue Reading

Gary Hains and David Torres create successful FL Star

Gary Hains and David Torres took a big risk and it paid off with big success. At the height of the recession, the two men left their jobs with Toll Brothers to strike out on their own….Continue Reading

A New Year, A New Look for Waldrop Engineering

Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, showcasing many familiar local projects and award winning…Continue Reading

Electric car ports, drone schools amongst possible new additions to Bonita Springs building code

Technology is growing at an incredible pace, and cities like Bonita Springs are working to keep up. However, updates to the Land Development Code will prepare for the…Continue Reading

Solar Town Applies to Develop in Lee

With homes and downtown buildings rising in Charlotte County, the new town of Babcock Ranch filed an application last week to expand its footprint into Lee. What could its application mean for neighbors and the region, if approved? While Lee planners and interest groups study the 398-page tome, two issues — water quality and compatibility — stand out…Continue Reading

Collier Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Wawa Store in East Naples

A Wawa planned for East Naples near Collier Boulevard has cleared another hurdle. The proposal — for the southwest corner of U.S. 41 and Price Street — got a unanimous thumbs up from the Collier County…Continue Reading

700 Unit DR/GR Project Resubmitted

Plans for a 700-unit housing development on outer Corkscrew Road in unincorporated Lee County have been refiled by the developer…Continue Reading

Olympic coach finds new home in Sarasota

After coaching the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Aimee Boorman looked forward to going home. Only her “home” was about to change. A Houston resident, Boorman decided…Continue Reading

Outdoor Oasis: Purposeful Paradise for the NEXTadventure Buyer

PurposefulParadise Seasoned homeowners shopping for their next home put a lot of stock in the quality of the view. Deep inside, most people are seeking out a serene setting in a home that is well-designed for comfort and convenience…Continue Reading

2016 CBIA board of directors and committee chairs names

The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) announced its board of directors and committee chairs for 2016. The announcement was made at their annual Holiday Happening Dinner at the Olde Cypress Country Club in Naples on Dec. 9….Continue Reading

Real Estate Investment Society Announces New Officers and Board Members

real-estate-image The Real Estate Investment Society (REIS) announces the election of officers and the Board of Governors to lead the …Continue Reading

Bonita Springs Ponders More Downtown Apartments in Exchange for Public Improvements

In an effort to make its dream of a vibrant, walkable downtown become reality, Bonita Springs City Council Wednesday unanimously moved forward with an ordinance that would allow developers to build more apartments in exchange for creating “green” buildings, public spaces, art exhibits and river access…Continue Reading

FGCU campus entrance gets a makeover

The Eagles’ nest will have a new face soon; a new project to enhance Florida Gulf Coast University’s entrance, at FGCU Boulevard and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, kick-started with the beginning of construction a couple of weeks ago…Continue Reading

Quail West Golf Country Club

Once understated and aged, the rebirth of the Quail West Golf and Country Club main entrance aimed to reposition this community in a post-recession market…Continue Reading

The Great Lawn

post-image14 Located in the heart of the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) campus in Fort Myers is a central yet underused space that has been transformed into an iconic…Continue Reading

Engineered for the Rebound

Recessions have a way of clearing a path for entrepreneurs. Consider Ron Waldrop, a civil engineer who started out as a solo practitioner in Bonita Springs in 2000…Continue Reading

Waldrop Engineering Expands Architecture Department

Waldrop Engineering, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of Alexis V. Crespo, AICP, LEED AP to their Planning and Landscape Architecture Department…Continue Reading