FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 28, 2010) – The Shell Point Golf Club, located at Shell Point Retirement Community, welcomes Michael Raber as the new Head Golf Professional. Raber is a certified PGA Golf Professional, and has over six years of Head Professional Golf Experience.
“We are very excited to have Mr. Raber join our team at the Shell Point Golf Club,” said Michael Mongoven, Director of Golf for Shell Point Golf Club. “He brings a lot of experience to the club, and we know that his arrival will continue to make sure that every day is a great day for golf at the Shell Point Golf Club.”

Raber graduated from Brockport State University in 1994 with a degree in finance, and began his golf course career at the Skaneateles Country Club in 1996 as an Assistant. In 2000, Raber worked as the Assistant Golf Professional for Gulf Harbour Golf and Country Club, and briefly moved to Massachusetts in 2003 to work at Townsend Ridge Country Club and Butter Brook Golf Club. Prior to becoming the Head Golf Professional at Shell Point, Raber worked at the Copperhead Golf Club and The Country Club of Naples.

The Shell Point Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course that opened in 2000. The course offers a grass driving range and practice green, lessons, Shell Point Golf School, a fully-stocked pro shop and snack bar, and all the course golf carts are equipped with GPS monitors. The course is open to the public, and is located at the entrance to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida, just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel Island Causeway. For more information, or to schedule a tee time, call (239) 433-9790 or log on to



FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 1, 2010) – The final performance in the Shell Point Retirement Community Summer Music Series will be Reiko, Violinist and Friends, on Monday, August 2, at 7pm.  This was the first year for the Shell Point Summer Music Series announced Dawn Boren, Director of Resident Life, and it has offered performances by talented performers in the Church Auditorium located on The Island of Shell Point.

    “Reiko is a very talented performer, and we have had her visit Shell Point on many occasions,” says Boren.  “We are very happy to have her offer the final performance of our inaugural Summer Music Series, and look forward to having her again in the future.  She is definitely popular with our residents, and the outside community.”

Reiko is a native of Tokyo, Japan and attended the prestigious Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, where she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance.  Following her graduation, Reiko came to the United States and continued her training at the celebrated University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under world renowned Italian violinist Franco Gulli.

In 1982 Reiko moved to Ft. Myers to begin her career as the Concert Master of the Southwest Florida Symphony.  Reiko has served as concert master for 6 orchestras and became one of the most prominent freelance violinists in the country.  Reiko and friends will present a concert of both classical and popular pop favorites.

Tickets for the final concert are $15.  To purchase tickets, or receive additional information about this concert, or future concert series, please call (239) 454-2067.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.


FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 1, 2010) – Shell Point Retirement Community has completed the first phase of construction on the new rehabilitation facility and administration buildings, a $5 million addition to the Larsen Pavilion, Shell Point’s skilled nursing facility. Shell Point broke ground on these two buildings in December 2009 and completion is anticipated for the end of this year according to Bob Southern, director of project development for the community.

Wright Construction Group is the contractor for the building project, and David Van Loon, senior project manager for Wright Construction Group, is coordinating the construction. Jeff Sinatra, Project Superintendent for Wright, was responsible for the construction of the foundation for the new building. “The rehab addition will be a two story structure located to the east of the Larsen Pavilion,” said Van Loon. “Soil borings during design indicated that additional soil bearing capacity would be required beneath the new facility,” he said. To increase the bearing capacity of the soil under the rehab facility, the engineers specified a CSV pile system to be installed below bearing elements. The CSV system involved the drilling of approximately 350, 6-inch diameter holes in the subsoil and packing these “piles” with a dry sand/cement grout mixture. Ground water, over a period of seven days, hydrated the grout mixture forming concrete piles to increase the existing soil bearing capacity. At the end of seven days, the piles were load-tested to verify bearing capacity. Following the completion of the test, a “geogrid” and structural fill was put into place.