Shell Point’s new neighborhood, The Enclave, welcomes its first residents

Shell Point welcomes new residents at The Enclave

CUTLINE: Several of the new residents of The Enclave gather on the front porch of the neighborhood’s community building. From left to right: John and Barb Findley, Jim and Nancy Walts, Frank and Karen McGlynn, Marcia and Richard Fenn, Beth and Bob Bauer, and Lyn Reeves.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2020) – The first phase of construction on The Enclave, Shell Point Retirement Community’s newest neighborhood, is complete and several residents have already begun moving into the community.

Located on 19.59 acres along On Par Boulevard within Shell Point Retirement Community, The Enclave features nine single-family homes and 26 villas as well as a 1,600-square-foot community center. Construction is complete on 22 of the single-family homes and villas, and construction continues on the remaining homes. The single-family homes range from 2,316 to 2,744 square feet, plus lanai, with either a three-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplan or a three-bedroom, three-bathroom, plus den. The villas range from 1,632 to 2,001 square feet, plus lanai, with either a two-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplan or a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, plus den.

An aerial view shows the progress of The Enclave at Shell Point as new residents begin moving into the first completed homes.
An aerial view shows the progress of The Enclave at Shell Point as new residents begin moving into the first completed homes.

Designed by RDG Planning & Design, the private, gated neighborhood is surrounded by the natural beauty of a nearby golf course and offers scenic lake views. Shell Point Retirement Community engaged RDG to design The Enclave’s residential layout and dedicated community center, where residents have easy access to high-end amenities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.

A community center featuring old-Florida style architecture stands at the entrance of The Enclave neighborhood at Shell Point.
A community center featuring old-Florida style architecture stands at the entrance of The Enclave neighborhood at Shell Point.

The architectural design for the community center incorporates views of the nearby lake as well as a swimming pool, outdoor shower, deck seating under a large shade structure and accessible restrooms. Mirroring the vintage style of the surrounding neighborhood, RDG’s design creates a charming, familiar aesthetic reflective of the community’s location in Southwest Florida.

The pool area at The Enclave’s community center features a separate whirlpool and a large swimming pool with designated lap lanes and recreational seating areas.
The pool area at The Enclave’s community center features a separate whirlpool and a large swimming pool with designated lap lanes and recreational seating areas.

The interiors of the community center were created by Meghan Kolund, design director at Wegman Design Group in Naples.

The Enclave community center will host neighborhood get-togethers and various resident-life functions such as card and game groups.
The Enclave community center will host neighborhood get-togethers and various resident-life functions such as card and game groups.

“The interior of the community building features a great room concept with a refined contemporary design that features a wood-trimmed coffered ceiling, modern linear chandeliers, dark wood furnishings, a large screen TV, and a streamlined kitchen with dark grey wood cabinetry, Cambria quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Set amid these upscale interior finishes, the large gathering room provides space for residents to come together to socialize,” Kolund said.

The Enclave community center is set among the fairways and lakes of Shell Point’s championship golf course.
The Enclave community center is set among the fairways and lakes of Shell Point’s championship golf course.

The architectural designs of the 35 single-family homes and attached villas in The Enclave neighborhood were created by Annette Nilles, president of Nilles Design Group. The homes feature old-Florida design elements that are enhanced by the native landscaping design created by Stantec Landscape Architecture.

According to Adam Hinds, vice president of operations for Shell Point Retirement Community, the remaining homes in The Enclave are in various stages of construction, which is progressing on schedule.

“We are excited that new residents have begun moving into the neighborhood and we look forward to welcoming more in the near future,” Hinds said. “As construction continues, two to four homes will be completed each month through January 2021.”

The general contractor for The Enclave is Wright Construction Group. Civil engineering services for land development of the community elevations, drainage and roadways were provided by Johnson Engineering.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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Shell Point offers hospitality scholarship for local teens

CUTLINE: High school students in Southwest Florida have the opportunity to earn up to $7,500 through Shell Point’s new hospitality scholarship program.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 6, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community, located in Fort Myers just east of Sanibel Island, is offering a new scholarship opportunity for local high school students who have an interest in the hospitality industry. Initiated by Shell Point’s Human Resources department, this new program will offer paid, part-time positions in one of the community’s three assisted living facility dining venues.

“This is an ideal opportunity for Southwest Florida teens who are interested in a part-time job that will also help them gain exposure in both the culinary and senior living industries,” says Karen Anderson, vice president of human resources for Shell Point. “It’s also a great way to earn additional money towards post-high school education and build relationships with our residents who have rich life experiences to share.”

The scholarship program offers three levels of grants ranging from $2,000 to $7,500. Guidelines include, one to three years of employment in a dining position and at least 780 hours of work time. These culinary and customer service positions will offer students great experience in the hospitality field and will also provide ideal work hours with no late nights.

For more information about Shell Point’s scholarship program, contact Human Resources Director Megan van der Meide at 239-454-2063.

Shell Point to host informational seminars in Sanibel, Naples, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs

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Photo 1: Shell Point Retirement Community returns with the Shell Point Retirement Roadshow, a series of informational seminars that will be held in Sanibel, Naples, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs.

Photo 2: The Island, one of six neighborhoods at Shell Point, offers residents waterfront views, boating access and a variety of floor plans, including studio apartments up to three-bedroom executive suites.

Photo 3: The Woodlands neighborhood is comprised of four atrium-style buildings, scenic nature views, two restaurants and access to Shell Point’s championship 18-hole golf course.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 5, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community presents the Shell Point Retirement Roadshow, a series of informational seminars that will be held in Sanibel, Naples, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs in March and April. The meetings will offer guests the opportunity to learn about the resort-style retirement options and comprehensive lifecare available at this award-winning waterfront community located in Fort Myers.

Residents from Sanibel, Naples, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs are invited to attend one of the following seminars:

  • Wednesday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. – Sanibel

Sundial Resort, 1451 Middle Gulf Dr. in Sanibel

  • Tuesday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. – Naples

Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples

  • Thursday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. – Sarasota

Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota

  • Wednesday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m. – Port Charlotte

Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor St. in Punta Gorda

  • Thursday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. – Bonita Springs

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs

During these presentations, Shell Point’s experienced retirement counselors will explain the benefits received when becoming a resident at Shell Point, the advantages of lifecare, the numerous retirement options available and an overview of the community. Once the presentation is complete, guests will have the chance to ask specific questions and schedule a visit to the community for a personal tour.

“We understand that people may want to learn more about Shell Point before driving from their communities,” said Ronette Icso, vice president of sales and marketing for Shell Point. “By bringing the presentation closer to their current homes, we are able to educate them on the many benefits of choosing to live at Shell Point. From this, they can determine if it is an option they would like to consider for their life planning, and if it is, they can take the next step to come for a tour of our beautiful campus and see it for themselves.”

Admission to these seminars is free and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested by calling 239-454-2071 or registering online at www.shellpoint.org/roadshow.

About Shell Point Retirement Community           

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access, six public restaurants, a championship 18-hole golf course, and many other recreational and educational activities. Learn more at www.shellpoint.org or 1-800-780-1131.

Shell Point’s Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries speaker series welcomes Jay Saccaro on March 30

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CUTLINE: Jay Saccaro of Baxter International, Inc. will cover innovation and progress in modern health care during Shell Point’s final Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries session on March 30.

Free community health care program to address innovation in modern health care

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community will conclude its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on March 30 with a presentation by Jay Saccaro, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Baxter International, Inc.

Free and open to the public, the presentation, entitled “Innovation and Progress at a Modern Healthcare Company,” will offer an overview of the innovation process and approach at Baxter International, Inc., including the company’s focus on customer input in product development. Saccaro will also share specific examples from Baxter’s renal business, where the focus has been on modernizing the devices that are used in home treatment for end-stage renal disease and the use of technology to improve patient experience.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 30 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

Saccaro is a leader of Baxter International, Inc., a Fortune 500 American health care company that focuses on products to treat hemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders and other chronic and acute medical conditions. He originally joined the company in 2002 as manager of strategy for the company’s BioScience business, and over the years assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of financial planning and vice president of finance for the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as corporate vice president and treasurer. He previously held strategy and business development positions at Clear Channel Communications and the Walt Disney Company, and was also senior vice president and chief financial officer at Hill-Rom Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is a community speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ragtime pianist Peter Bergin March 25

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes ragtime pianist Peter Bergin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 as part of the Concerts & Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community concludes the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by ragtime pianist Peter Bergin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

The Michigan-based ragtime artist has entertained audiences for over two decades. Classically trained, Bergin’s mission is to celebrate life through music and stories. He especially loves sharing the rhythms and history of ragtime piano, which brings him immense joy and satisfaction. Bergin looks forward to bringing ragtime to audiences everywhere as a testament to America’s original popular music.

Shell Point presents 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale March 20-21

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community will present the 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale on March 20-21, featuring the creative works of talented Shell Point residents.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join its 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale, taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21 at Coastal Commons in Coastal Links at Shell Point.

Hosted by creative Shell Point residents, this year’s show will feature talented artists and a variety of media, including oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, watercolors, pastels, collages and other two-dimensional works. All items on display are created by Shell Point residents, and each artist will showcase his or her medium, while giving viewers the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. Plus, each artist will be present to discuss the artistic process and inspiration behind each piece.

“Shell Point residents put an incredible amount of effort, originality and care into the creation of quality products to be sold at our art events,” said Laura Slack Hubbard, Shell Point resident life director. “Thousands of people have attended this show throughout the years, and the quality of work is outstanding.”

The 2020 Two-Dimensional Art Show and Sale will be held on the second floor of the Coastal Commons, located in Coastal Links at Shell Point, 17500 On Par Blvd. in Fort Myers. Admittance is free; however, fine art is available for purchase by cash or check only. An on-site ATM will be available.

For more information on the upcoming event, visit www.shellpoint.org.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes FGCU Wind Orchestra March 19

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Wind Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series announces the final concert in its Performing Arts program with a performance by the Florida Gulf Coast University Wind Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $15 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

The FGCU Wind Orchestra is conducted by Timothy Yontz, director of bands and head of instrumental studies for the Bower School of Music & the Arts. Comprised of the finest wind and percussion students at Florida Gulf Coast University, the FGCU Wind Orchestra was formed in 2008 and has already performed world premieres and commissioned works.

The Wind Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2015 and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2018. With strong support of the outstanding studio faculty, every student in the ensemble is given the opportunity to learn from instructors who emphasize expressive musicianship and artistry.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes The Queen’s Cartoonists March 5

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by The Queen’s Cartoonists at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series continues its Performing Arts program with a performance by The Queen’s Cartoonists at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

The Queen’s Cartoonists will play music from classic cartoons and contemporary animation. The performances are synchronized to video projections of the original films, and the band leads the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem and comedy. Tying this diverse concert together are comedic anecdotes involving the cartoons and their composers.

During this performance, expect to hear a repertoire that will include the Golden Age of animation, cult cartoon classics, modern animation and elements of a musical circus.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series welcomes ‘Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin’ Feb. 27

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community continues its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. 

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series continues its Performing Arts program with a performance entitled “Embraceable You: The Music of George Gershwin” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $40 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Straight from the Broadway stage, Dean Balkwill and Lisa Ferguson Balkwill are triple threats brimming with charm and charisma, performing the music of George and Ira Gershwin – musical comedy at its finest. During the performance, guests will enjoy dance numbers, nostalgic ballads and romantic comedy, all backed by live musicians and set in the post-war Paris of 1948.

Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine & Performing Arts Series welcomes Penning & Langford Feb. 12

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CUTLINE: Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Penning & Langford on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. as part of the Concerts & Conversations program of Shell Point’s 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues the Concerts & Conversations program of its 2019-2020 Fine and Performing Arts Series with a performance by Penning & Langford at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point, 14441 Woodsong Lane in Fort Myers. Tickets for this event cost $30 and can be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone at 239-454-2067.

Soprano Diane Penning and tenor and pianist Paul Langford met nearly five years ago at a performance arranged by a mutual pair of musician friends. Both accomplished and seasoned artists individually, the two forged a duo with a repertoire that includes music from the Great American songbook, encompassing Broadway and standards as well as well-known songs that soared to the top of the charts.

During this performance, Penning and Langford will take the audience on a musical journey with a remarkable variety of great music from shows like “West Side Story,” “King and I,” “Sound of Music” and “Camelot,” as well as standards by Gershwin and Cole Porter, and songs like Perry Como’s smash hit “It’s Impossible” and the ever-popular “You Raise Me Up.”

As part of Shell Point’s Concerts & Conversations program, guests can enjoy fellowship and a dessert reception with the performers following the concert.