New Urbanism: Rosemary Beach in the Florida Panhandle

New urbanism has taken hold in the Caribbean-inspired cottage colony Rosemary Beach in the Florida Panhandle.

| November/December 2003

You can find a new urbanism by visiting Rosemary Beach in the Florida Panhandle.

Rosemary Beach in the Florida Panhandle


Eight miles from the town of Seaside on northwest Florida’s gulf coast.

Painting the town

Named for the wild rosemary that grows throughout this 107-acre project, Rosemary Beach eschews typical Florida pastels in favor of earthy tones. “Our natural color scheme is taken from the landscape,” says town architect Richard Gibbs. “The gray and brown homes are the colors of native scrubs and indigenous trees.”

Close-knit community

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