Nocatee attracting more businesses

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Nocatee continues to attract new businesses to the growing community’s central hub.

Last year, Nocatee Town Center saw the opening of Ben & Jerry’s, Burn Boot Camp, Clean Juice, First Watch Daytime Café, fit20, GreenWise Market, Lululemon, Makk Fashions, Panera Bread, Really Good Beer Stop, Sherwin Williams and Tank’s Sushi Bistro.

In the health-and-wellness sector, Baptist HealthPlace at Nocatee, CareSpot Urgent Care and Flagler Health Village opened their doors.

This year, Suntrust Bank has opened a branch near GreenWise Market at the intersection of Town Plaza Avenue and Crosswater Parkway.

And more is coming.

This summer, the link, a unique co-working space and hub for innovation start-ups is slated to open. The 22,500-square-foot “smart” building is under construction now. The facility will be a hub for tech entrepreneurs to launch their businesses and then flourish.

The enterprise, considered the “workplace of the future,” will also offer occupants’ families an environment of learning, playing, thinking and doing. There will be recreational and educational activities, as well as a fitness room and an area for yoga classes.

Another big development is the opening of Amazing Explorers Academy, also set for this summer. It will be located on the northwest corner of the roundabout between Lakeside and Publix, north of the Town Plaza Office Condos and opposite Flagler Health Village.

This early learning academy fosters a nurturing environment where children can develop lifelong learning skills. Curricula that focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics will equip these children for the future. Cameras will allow parents to observe via an app available to them.

In addition, the academy has partnered with Nemours Children’s Health Center to provide healthy meals and with The Contentment Foundation to help children and staff learn about emotional intelligence and mindfulness.

In addition, construction has begun on a CVS Pharmacy, which will be located north of the David Weekley Homes Design Center on the corner of Nocatee Village Drive and Crosswater Parkway. It is slated to open early in 2022.

Beyond homes and businesses, new amenities continue to add to the quality of life for Nocatee residents.

West End Park has large, shaded playgrounds, open-air pavilions and small and large dog park spaces. The park is accessible via several sidewalks. It is located south of Baptist HealthPlace on the north side of West End at Town Center – which is located between Preservation Trail and Colonnade Drive.

Settler’s Pond, meanwhile, will feature a recreational area anchored by a 14-acre pond, which will be stocked for fishing.

Scheduled to open this summer, Settler’s Pond will allow outdoor enthusiasts to use kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. There will be a large, shaded playground and a lakefront pavilion with restrooms on site. Small and large dog park spaces will also be available.

The park will have walking trails to the new Settler’s Landing neighborhood and Pine Island Academy, the new K-8 school.

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