FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 4, 2012)

The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes The League of Women Voters of Lee County to present a local Candidate Forum at Shell Point on Thursday, October 4, at 7pm. This forum is open to the public and will take place at the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. For questions related to this event, please call (239) 489-8472.

From 7:00pm until 8:30pm, the forum will take place for the offices of District 19 – Congressional, District 30 – Florida Senate, and District 3 – County Commission. Following the official forum attendees will have the opportunity to ‘Meet and Greet’ with the candidates from 8:30pm until 9:00pm.


Senator Burt Saunders Talks With Shell Point About Recent Legislation


FORT MYERS, FL (June 10, 2008) – Florida State Senator Burt Saunders spoke to residents of Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers on Tuesday, June 10, at a Town Hall Community Forum. The forum was presented as a session of the Academy at Shell Point, the community’s lifelong learning and continuing education program. Senator Saunders covered a variety of topics important to seniors including a recap of recent legislative activity that occurred in Tallahassee during the 60 day session starting in March and ending in May.


More than 200 people attended this event which was held at the Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community.

The program opened with remarks by Peter Dys, who has served as president of Shell Point Retirement Community since 1985, and serves on the Governor’s Continuing Care Advisory Council for the State of Florida. Following his comments, Dys introduced Senator Saunders who spoke for approximately one hour about major legislative issues including energy, the environment and taxes. After his remarks, Senator Saunders answered questions from seniors in the audience who expressed a variety of concerns including energy questions in relation to the nuclear power plants, funding for child abuse, immigration, Ethanol options, and single pay medical services.

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Standing Room Only For Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani During Visit To Shell Point

FORT MYERS, FL (January 15, 2008) – It was standing room only when Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani stopped by Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida on Monday, January 14, at approximately noon to host a Town Hall Community Forum.  More than 1,100 people attended this event which was held at the Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community.

Mayor Giuliani spoke for approximately 20 minutes and then discussed his “12 Commitments to the American People,” which outlines his goals for the future should he become president.  Following his speech, he quickly moved into an extended question and answer session with the audience and fielded questions on a variety of issues including cutting taxes, availability of health care, illegal immigration, and the price of gasoline.

The crowd of mostly seniors seemed supportive and Giuliani did not have to contend with any protestors or hecklers on this stop, as opposed to some of the other previous locations along his campaign trail.

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Barbara Bush Speaks at Shell Point

Governor Jeb Bush Joins His Mom

FORT MYERS, FL (November 1, 2000) – How often can you say that a former First Lady came to your neighborhood, or that you shook hands with the Governor? On October 30, many Shell Point residents got the chance to experience both, as Barbara Bush and Jeb Bush visited The Island at Shell Point.

The Village Church was filled to capacity with residents, the media, local politicians, and the general public, plus a standing room only crowd which topped the audience at around 1500 people. Florida Governor Jeb Bush spoke first, and then introduced his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush. Both had quite a bit to say about senior issues like Social Security and Medicare, life in the public eye, and (of course) a certain Presidential candidate. Noticing the number of people in the room, Mrs. Bush remarked, “The people in this room could sway this election!”

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Florida’s Elder Affairs Secretary Visits

Gema Hernandez Declares Shell Point an Ideal Example

FORT MYERS, FL (July 13, 2000) – Dr. Gema G. Hernandez, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, recently visited Shell Point as part of the Elder-Ready Communities Awakening Tour 2000. Secretary Hernandez spoke in the Social Center to a large group of government and community leaders and representatives from a number of social service organizations that provide services to seniors in southwest Florida. The audience included representatives from the Shell Point Residents’ Council, residents of Shell Point, and other guests.

Dr. Hernandez is traveling the state of Florida as part of Florida’s Elder-Ready Communities Awakening Tour. Lt. Governor Frank Brogan and Secretary Hernandez launched this event last month in Tallahassee. The purpose of the tour is to encourage Florida’s counties and cities to take steps to make their communities elder-ready.

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US Representative Porter Goss Visits Shell Point

Watches State of the Union Speech with Residents

FORT MYERS, FL (January 27, 2000) – Politics took center stage at Shell Point recently, as residents received a unique opportunity to interact directly with their link to the Federal legislature. United States Representative Porter Goss, whose constituents include the people of Fort Myers, joined about twenty residents to watch President Clinton’s final State of the Union address on television.

Normally, all 435 U.S. Representatives and 100 Senators pack the House chamber for the annual event. However, a debilitating January snowstorm had ravaged the east, including Washington, DC. Goss and his aides decided to stay in the Fort Myers area rather than take the risk of travelling during the storm.

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