Florida Real Estate News for Palm Coast and Flagler County Florida

SunBelt Land Management Buys 2,000-acre Former Ginn Development

Once marketed as The Gardens at Hammock Beach, this John Anderson Hwy ICW property will be completely re-planned by SunBelt. SunBelt has three other local developments.

By Toby Tobin
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PALM COAST, FL – June 8, 2018 – Based in Charlotte, N.C., SunBelt Land Management, is betting big that Flagler County’s future is bright. The company recently closed on the purchase of acreage on either side of John Anderson Highway once marketed by Bobby Ginn/Lubert-Adler (Ginn-LA) as The Gardens at Hammock Beach. The $11,500.000 sale closed May 24.

SunBelt has a long history in Flagler County beginning with the development beginning in 2001 of Palm Coast Plantation, a private, gated Intracoastal Waterway community on Colbert Lane. SunBelt’s latest purchase reaffirms the company’s commitment to Flagler County where it has three other large projects in various stages of planning or development. SunBelt manager, Ken Belshe says, “We are a large, well-established regional developer. We could have chosen any place in the southeast to invest our money. We chose Flagler County.” SunBelt has purchased nearly 3,000 acres in the county within the past ten months.


Gardens at Hammock Beach parcels

The Gardens at Hammock Beach

The Gardens at Hammock Beach was master planned and approved for 453 residential units and 230,694 square feet of commercial space. Its 2,000 acres straddles John Anderson and is bordered on the east by the Intracoastal Waterway and on the west by Bulow Creek. It was to feature a Fred Couples Signature Golf Course plus:

  • Riverfront villa-style clubhouse
  • Traditional Italian gardens
  • Indoor and outdoor dining
  • Resort-style pool and fitness center
  • Intracoastal docking facilities
  • Nature trails
  • Kayaking, canoeing, and bicycling
  • Water taxi to and from Club at Hammock Beach

Homesites were available from about $500,000. Unlike previous Ginn sales launches that famously sold out in one weekend, the Gardens launch yielded only 14 lots sales. The bubble had burst, and the project was put on indefinite hold. To make the property more marketable to other developers, Lubert-Adler reacquired the 14 lots and vacated the plats, creating a clean slate for potential developer/buyers. Enter SunBelt.

SunBelt’s plans for the new acquisition are still formative, but Belshe indicates that the yet unnamed development will not include a golf course; a lesson learned in the wild west days of 15 years ago.

Marina del Palma

Launched in February at an invitation-only event, Marina del Palma is the first of the four local SunBelt projects to reach the market. It’s master-planned as a private, gated 109-acre nautical community where each homesite has a slip in the private boathouse and membership in the private marina club. Direct unobstructed access to the ICW is only a few minutes away.

The 154 residential lots are currently being sold (several sales have already closed) and the marina is under construction. A later phase will include 461 multi-family units that will have their own amenities; to not conflict with the homeowners’ marina club. Frontage on Colbert Lane is reserved for 45,738 square feet of commercial space. Marina del Palma website


Marina del Palma site map

Colbert Preserve – Roberts Pointe

This 182-acre multi-use project is located between Colbert Lane and Roberts Road. A Master Planned Development order was recently issued that entitles SunBelt to develop a maximum of 1,5000 residential units and 422,288 square feet of commercial space. The property was acquired in October 2017.


Colbert Preserve - Roberts Pointe

Palm Coast Park (north of Hargrove Grade)

Last August, Sunbelt acquired 790 acres of land within the Palm Coast Park Development of Regional Impact (DRI) which straddles US 1 from Hargrove Grade to Old Kings Road. The acquired property is on the west side of US 1 and immediately north of Hargrove Grade. This property is entitled for 400 single-family and 400 multi-family units.

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reader comments
Sunbelt, aka Palm Coast Intracoastal
Posted by Arline Rocco
Jul 16, 2019, 11:54 am
Sunbelt is also using the name Palm Coast Intracoastal. FL corporate records show that it is owned by William "Gary" Allen, North Carolina.
Property on us1
Posted by Lorraine Call
Jun 26, 2018, 9:25 pm
Hi Toby
I know the sawmill creek property on US1 and Matanzas Woods was sold, do you know what is going to be built there.

Great Update
Posted by Rob Ridgely
Jun 09, 2018, 4:30 pm
Excellent information, Toby. Thank you.

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