Award-Winning Dining

Variety Praised by Contemporary Long Term Care Magazine

FORT MYERS, FLBountiful buffets at the Crystal Room. Grill specialties at the Island Cafe. Homemade specials at the Cafe Promenade. Fine dining at The Mahogany Room.

The variety of dining choices available at Shell Point has caught the attention of Contemporary Long Term Care magazine, a trade publication that covers the industry of healthcare and housing for senior adults. In its September 2002 issue, Shell Point was honored with an “Order of Excellence” award for the best customer service and dining procedures among all senior facilities in the country.

“I’m proud of all of our dining services employees and the hard work they do every day,” said Al Slickers, director of hospitality.

One of the most important aspects of Shell Point’s excellence, according to the magazine, is utilizing the feedback continuously garnered from residents. “We exist only to serve them,” said Slickers, “and we thrive on their thoughts and comments. Much of this award belongs to them.”

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Shell Point Golf Club Mkes NBC-2’s Dream 18

Among The Finest Golf in SW Florida
FORT MYERS, FL – With more golf courses than most any other county in America, Lee County, Florida is a duffer’s dream. What if you could assemble a Dream 18 of the best and most challenging holes in the area?

This is exactly what NBC-2’s sports anchor Tom James has endeavored to do, profiling a different “hall-of-fame” hole every week. The fourth hole of his Dream 18 is at the Shell Point Golf Club; it’s the par-3 seventh hole.

NBC-2 sports anchor Tom James and Shell Point Golf Club pro Jim Carpenter compare their efforts at the par-3 seventh.

“We’re honored that Tom came out here and chose one of our holes to be on his dream list,” said Jim Carpenter, the Shell Point Golf Club’s head professional. “We have a distinctive design, and that’s one of the holes that gets a lot of comments from our guests.”

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Emergency Services Appreciation Day

Thanks To Our Local Heroes
FORT MYERS, FL – A special Emergency Services Appreciation Day will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on The Island at Shell Point. The Edison Regional Bloodmobile will be at Shell Point that day, accepting blood donations from residents and staff. It will be parked in front of The Village Church.

In addition to the Bloodmobile, representatives from the Iona/McGregor Fire and Rescue Station will be on hand from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Residents are invited to stop by and express their appreciation to these local heroes for the efforts they make on our behalf every day. Fire department personnel will conduct giveaways throughout the day, and accept donations to assist firefighters and rescue workers in New York. Shell PointÕs own security manager, John Dattilo, and fire safety officer, Jim Runninger, will also be there.

Shell Point is located off Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, just two miles before the Sanibel Causeway.

Money Magazine Features Shell Point

Just Like Living on a Cruise Ship

FORT MYERS, FL (September 1, 2001) – What does Shell Point have in common with a cruise ship? A couple of recent media appearances have tried to answer the question.

One story happened inadvertently, as a barge ran aground on a sandbar near the north end of The Island. While it was stuck, it attracted quite a bit of attention from passersby and the local media. While the 300-foot barge posed no danger (and eventually freed itself), two local television stations produced stories about the odd sight. They interviewed several residents, including Wes and Fran Allison (Junonia), who took a cameraman out on their pontoon boat to get a closer look. Remarking on the riverview from Junonia, Wes told the reporter, “It’s like living on a cruise ship.”

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USA Today Features Shell Point Dining

Not Just Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

FORT MYERS, FL (August 11, 2000) – Recognized as the industry leader in lifecare retirement communities, Shell Point has been recognized by USA Today as a provider of high-quality dining services.

The front page of August 11th’s Life section of the nationwide newspaper featured an article by Maria Montoya about the changing nutritional tastes of seniors, interviewing Shell Point resident James Arter as an example. Montoya also mentioned the popularity of Shell Point’s restaurants to the outside public, quoting Director of Hospitality Al Slickers as saying, “It’s really amazing what the reaction has been to our menus.”

The article also featured a color photograph of chef Mel Reinhart at the grill, working in the kitchen of The Island’s Crystal Room.

Four of Shell Point’s restaurants are open to the public:

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President Peter Dys Recognized With Business Award

Shell Point a Leader in the Community

FORT MYERS, FL (December 14, 1999) – Peter Dys, executive vice president of Shell Point Retirement Community, was recently selected as one of six finalists for the Chamber of Southwest Florida’s Business Leadership Award.

Dys was among good company. The list of finalists included Sam Galloway, Jr., a prominent Fort Myers businessman; William Valenti, senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank; Dr. Kenneth Walker, president of Edison Community College; Richard Botthof, recently affiliated with First Union National Bank; and the eventual award winner James F. Garner III, partner in the law firm Pavese Garner Haverfield Dalton Harrison & Jensen. Garner was among local community leaders who helped organize the Business Development Corporation (BDC), a forerunner of the Horizon Council economic development advisory group.

Dys was recognized as a finalist for his ongoing contribution to the business environment of Lee County through his management of Shell Point for more than the past 15 years. However, it was his pivotal role in the recent expansion plan of Shell Point that put him at the forefront of the business leaders in our area.

For 31 years, Shell Point has provided residential and health care services to seniors in Southwest Florida. The community has prospered to become one of the largest in the nation and one of the most financially sound through conservative fiscal management and prudent administration. It would have been easy for the management team, led by Dys, to continue with “business as usual.” However national statistics indicated unprecedented upcoming growth in the senior market that Shell Point serves, which would create a demand for new and expanded services.

Without planned growth, current senior services in Southwest Florida would not be adequate to meet the oncoming demand.

Based on Shell Point’s experience in the senior health care industry and effective, pro-active leadership, Shell Point embarked on an aggressive 10-year expansion plan which will provide state-of-the-art health care services for area seniors. During the expansion, Shell Point continues to deliver nationally-celebrated services to its existing population of 1,400.