WaterColor -- a newbie on the A

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 03:06 PM.

Rester was only with St. Joe for 3.5 years, from 1998-2001, but they were the formative years of molding the resort, naming it, and determining what it would look like.

"Timing is everything. WaterColor came to the market at right time," he said. "People used to think of this as the redneck Riviera . Seaside and Andres Duany generated its change, but the area was improved by WaterColor. The architecture and planning was exceptional. There was a pattern book that detailed each section and each section had its own set of house plans and colors and open space with green space that runs through the corridor. I think everyone involved with the project is proud of the way it turned out. The people who live there are proud. It was well executed and has been time tested."

Success has a lot of authors, Rester added.

The WaterColor Beach Club was designed by Chick Grant, and local architect Tom Christ, who designed The Boat House.

"There were a lot of design people and all very experienced. It took an enormous effort. Chick had a lot of influence and Rummell had excellent taste," said Rester.

As for his own influence, the former VP's hand can be seen at the 60-room WaterColor Inn.

"They proposed a 155-room hotel. But we didn't have a lot of beach front and they wanted to take it all for the hotel. So, we put the pool over the hotel and I was able to get the hotel reduced to 60 rooms, which left some beachfront for homes," said Rester.

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