WINDMARK BEACH Master Plan, Port St. Joe, Florida

Low-impact beach community on Florida's Great Northwest coast

WindMark Beach is a 2,020 acre site overlooking the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve on the Gulf of Mexico. Its 4-mile waterfront is one of the longest undeveloped beaches in the region and has been preserved by relocating a State Highway and replacing it with a unique pedestrian and bicycle-friendly beach walk. As project manager and one of the lead master plan designers, Philip worked with landscape architects and civil engineers to help create this low-impact development. A ‘light-on-the-land’ approach was achieved by introducing top-down construction, building homes and boardwalks on raised pilings and applying advanced techniques in water detention. WindMark Beach comprises 1,662 residential units arranged in a series of ‘villages’, each one connected by paths to the beach walk. A 65,000 square feet mixed-use town center serves the whole community and creates a focal point and gathering place. Planned amenities include an 18-hole golf course, two beach clubs, four pool clubs, a tennis club and two fishing piers anchoring each end of the site. In 2008, WindMark Beach Received an "Award Of Excellence" from the Florida Chapter Of The American Society Of Landscape Architects (Flasla)

The local paper, The Star of Port St. Joe, published the "History Leads to WindMark Beach". You can also watch the consultant team on YouTube explain the genesis and environmental sensitivity of the design while attending the WindMark Beach's Inaugural Opening in May 2008.

Project size: 2,020 acres
Completion: Phase I - 2008

A 3-mile public walkway replaced the beach front highway.
Overlooking the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve on the Gulf of Mexico
A low-impact beach community
A boardwalk connects the town center to the beach.
The town center’s central cooling tower helps reduce environmental impacts.
Roofs with deep overhangs provide shade and protection from the elements.
One of the many public open spaces at WindMark Beach
Homes,with parking to the rear, are connected by a boardwalk to the beach.
An unique pedestrian and bicycle-friendly beach walk.


Port St. Joe, Florida