Groundbreaking held for Hill Tide Estates in Boca Grande

NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2016) — Naples-based development partners Seagate Development Group and BCB Homes held a ceremonial groundbreaking Nov. 1 for the new community of Hill Tide Estates ( coming to life in Boca Grande. Guests learned about the community, met the developers and other team members, and enjoyed a catered, continental breakfast.

The nearly 10-acre Hill Tide Estates on the southern tip of Gasparilla Island offering water access and views will be a notable addition to Boca Grande. The 19-homesite development for luxury single-family homes connected by paver streets is the single largest and last contiguous parcel to build on. Home sites begin at $1.4 million, with Gulf Coast International Properties the exclusive real estate firm representing the community.

Instead of traditional “grown-up” shovels typically used to ceremoniously dig the first scoops of dirt at community groundbreakings, Hill Tide Estates representatives enlisted the help of The Island School in Boca Grande. Fifth-grade students at the K-5 charter school dressed up children’s plastic sand shovels using colorful motifs and island-like designs, including seashells and other design items reflective of the area’s charm and artistic expressions. The Island School students are frequently involved in Boca Grande activities as part of the school’s focus on encouraging children to build a sense of community.

To preserve the island’s innate character, Hill Tide Estates will honor architectural standards established by Gasparilla Island residents. Whether buyers choose BCB Homes or Seagate Development Group as their builder, or retain another one, Hill Tide Estates will maintain the integrity, heritage and personality that define Boca Grande. Some features will include a gated entrance in the northwest corner of the property, a mini parking area for golf carts, a landscaped nature walk to an observation pier, and a beachfront chickee hut that will look out on Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande Pass.

“This is an exciting occasion for all of us, we genuinely envision something phenomenal for this parcel of land,” said Bill Price, CEO of Seagate Development Group. “It will always be the only community in Boca Grande with views of Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, in a single, unobstructed panorama.”

FP&L previously owned the property, where from 1958 to 2002 they operated the FP&L Boca Grande Terminal, a tanker receiving and transshipment facility. When FP&L “repowered” the plant using state-of-the-art technology and natural gas in the early 2000s, the facility was no longer needed and its four large storage tanks were decommissioned. The electric utility sold the property to the current owners in 2015.

Hill Tide Estates is located at 890 Belcher Road, Boca Grande, FL 33921. Call (877) 244-5584. Visit online at, and follow the construction of the community from the web cam link. Contact Gulf Coast International Properties on Boca Grande at (941) 964-1778. Online at

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