Country Inn and Suites “Sanibel Gateway” Opens to the Public

Lee County’s Newest Accommodations Choice Right Here at Shell Point

FORT MYERS, FL – The new Country Inn and Suites “Sanibel Gateway” hotel recently completed at the entrance to Shell Point Retirement Community is now open to the public! Located at 13901 Shell Point Plaza, the corner of Shell Point Boulevard and Summerlin Road, the new four-story hotel is just 1.6 miles from the Sanibel Causeway. Featuring 112 rooms (30 percent of them suites), conference rooms, heated swimming pool and exercise facilities, the hotel will provide high-quality accommodations to Shell Point visitors and guests, as well as tourists and other travelers in southwest Florida.

Just in time for the holidays, the hotel is now accepting reservations locally by calling (239) 454-9292. Reservations will also be taken at 1-800-456-4000 (be sure to mention our location, “Sanibel Gateway.”) You can also click here to reserve a room online.

(left to right) First ever guest Paul Hardin from Sarasota receives a gift basket from director of sales Theresa Chastonay, general manager Pat Johnson, and desk clerk Ellen Pollock. Remarking on his historic night, Paul said, “It was fabulous. The location was perfect, the room was great, and I slept like a baby!”

Continue reading “Country Inn and Suites “Sanibel Gateway” Opens to the Public”

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.

Art By The Lake To Showcase Beautiful Works

Public Welcome to The Woodlands at Shell Point

FORT MYERS, FL – Artistic works of all genres and styles will be showcased at “Art By The Lake,” a one-day event to be held at The Woodlands at Shell Point on Friday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Many of the 1,600 residents of Shell Point Retirement Community demonstrate their finely-honed artistic talents through watercolor, oil paint, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, photography, textiles, and other genres. The general public now has a chance to browse through and purchase some of their best works, displayed in a beautiful outdoor boardwalk setting.

Continue reading “Art By The Lake To Showcase Beautiful Works”

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.”

Continue reading “Money Magazine Features Shell Point”

Peter Dys Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Shell Point

FORT MYERS – Shell Point’s president Peter Dys celebrated his 20th anniversary as a Shell Point employee on August 1, 2005.

Peter began working within the field of aging services and the nursing home industry in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. He was also very involved in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, which led him to join Shell Point’s Board of Directors in 1981.  When Shell Point’s executive director at the time, Bernard King, pondered retirement, the board requested that Dys consider accepting the position of administrator of Shell Point Village for one year, under Dr. King, and then become the executive director.  He formally accepted this position on August 1, 1985 at age 40.

Continue reading “Peter Dys Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Shell Point”

Dr. Bernard King Goes To Be With the Lord

Shell Point Continues as “King’s Crown”

Dr. Bernard S. King
March 30, 1913 – July 12, 2001
Treasurer of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (1952-1977), First Treasurer of the Alliance Development Association (1963), Member of Shell Point’s Board of Directors (1963-1977), Shell Point’s Executive Director (1977-1985), Shell Point Resident (1986-2001) More than just a wise steward of God’s resources…
More than just a God-fearing leader…
Dr. King was indeed the very image of Shell Point.

His wisdom and hard work brought Shell Point to financial stability.
He instituted the Resident Quarterly Meetings, ensuring that management and residents would function hand-in-hand.

His unconditional commitment to Shell Point became clear whenever he spoke, while his humility and dedication to the one true King shone through his actions.

Let it be known that Shell Point is truly a Crown to the King.

A Month of Remembrance

Shell Point’s WWII Veterans Have Stories to Tell

FORT MYERS, FL (May 19, 2001) – May is a month of remembrance, with two important holidays dedicated to the men and women who served our country in times of conflict. Armed Forces Day, celebrated this year on May 19th, has saluted all branches of the armed forces since its inception in 1949, when the services were unified under the Department of Defense. Memorial Day honors the nation’s armed services personnel killed in wartime and was first observed in 1868 as a salute to those lost in the American Civil War. This year, the holiday is on Monday, May 28th.

The following articles, which recognize several of Shell Point’s veterans, were originally printed in the March issue of the Land & Sea Journal and are reprinted here in an abridged version.

Continue reading “A Month of Remembrance”

Rosemont Welcomes Its First Residents

Woodlands Getting Bigger and Better

FORT MYERS, FL (April 16, 2001) – Rosemont, the second residential building to be completed in The Woodlands at Shell Point, began welcoming its residents to move in this April and May.

(photo at right) New Rosemont residents George and Renee Fitzgerald (center) are the first to move in. Helping them with the move are their daughter Kathy Rich (left, with husband Larry) and their son Pat Fitzgerald (right).

This marked yet another milestone in the 10-year expansion plan of Shell Point Retirement Community. Founded in 1968 by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Island at Shell Point now has over 1,400 residents. Seeing the need for more top-quality programs and services, Shell Point purchased 700 adjacent acres in 1998, with an ambitious 10-year plan to expand and build more communities.

Continue reading “Rosemont Welcomes Its First Residents”

Shell Point’s Wildlife Neighbors

Protecting The Surrounding Environment and Biology

FORT MYERS, FL (April 1, 2001) – We’re blessed to share our small part of the planet with an abundance of wildlife, many of which find Shell Point a safe haven. Many residents enjoy watching manatees as they frolic in the security of the lagoon on The Island. Dolphins often patrol our waterfront on the Caloosahatchee River. The local waterways are also popular places for visits by egrets and ibis, along with ducks, turtles, and fish. Nesting platforms have been placed around The Island for the ospreys that return every year to nest and raise their young. In the past couple of years we have enjoyed visits from a pair of American oystercatchers who have been nesting on our Island beach, where Shell Point personnel carefully rope off the nesting area to protect these unique birds and their offspring.

Considering the sanctity all this wildlife that surrounds Shell Point, we must be careful how the lives of the 1,500 residents and 600 employees impact the habitats of the wildlife. So when Shell Point decided to purchase 780 acres of property to expand its programs and services for Shell Point residents, we took the initiative in assuring that the environment would continue to allow native plants and animals to thrive.

Most importantly, a large portion of the new land will be eternally preserved for wildlife and the ecosystem that serves it. The property on the west side of Shell Point Boulevard has been deeded back to the state of Florida to be maintained forever as part of the Estero Bay State Buffer Preserve. This land (approximately 500 acres) is made up mostly of submerged wetlands, which are important to preserve not only for the wildlife that inhabits the area but also for the benefits that the wetlands provide to surrounding water bodies. Before turning this land over to the state, Shell Point eradicated all the exotic plants (plants not native to this area). Exotic plants such as the melaleuca and Brazilian pepper trees, need to be eradicated because they crowd out native species of plants which are beneficial to wildlife.

A large mosquito ditch running parallel to Shell Point Boulevard, which interrupted the natural flow of water, was filled and leveled to a height to recreate historical water flow and increase the likelihood of regrowth of native plant species.

There are three separate preserves within the actual boundaries of the expansion property, including a 27-acre wetland area called a slough. In another preserve area, a borrow pit (a large manmade lake) exists. It was dug long ago to get fill dirt to form Shell Point and McGregor Boulevards. This is a popular spot for wading birds and for different species of fish.

We’ve gone to great lengths to protect one species of bird in particular: a pair of nesting bald eagles. Currently there is a 1500-foot radius around its nest, located near the 8th hole of the Shell Point Golf Club. No construction will occur during its nesting season (October 1 – May 15). In 1967, the bald eagle was officially declared an endangered species under a law that preceded the Endangered Species Act of 1973; it is also protected as a national symbol under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Another wildlife neighbor that lives on Shell Point’s new property is the gopher tortoise. These slow-moving reptiles are so named because they dig burrows in the ground to call home. Shell Point has spent approximately $25,000 so far to relocate the gopher tortoises to a fenced-in preserve area consisting of almost four acres, where they will be protected from danger and out of the way of future construction.

Shell Point has also taken care to preserve land inhabited by those who came before us. Through an archeological survey of the property, a mound was found, approximately one acre in size, that is believed to have been used for burial purposes by a Native American civilization between 650 and 1200 A.D. This burial mound will be preserved in perpetuity.

It’s no easy matter to buy and build on land in southwest Florida. Shell Point has undergone intense scrutiny from many environmental agencies, including the South Florida Water Management District, Corps of Engineers, Regional Planning Council, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Lee County; that’s a lot of people to satisfy. But Shell Point is committed to partnering with these agencies to maintain an ecological balance for these plants and animals. We welcome these “wildlife neighbors,” some old and some new, into the Shell Point family.

United Way Donation Goal Met

Residents Give Over $35,000

FORT MYERS, FL (February 19, 2001) – For many years, the residents of Shell Point have been an important part of the United Way Campaign, earning recognition as leaders in supporting this vital community service. This year was no exception, with Shell Point exceeding its goal of $35,000, with a grand total of $35,427! The community is proud to be the home of four Keel Club Members (donating $1,000 or more), as well. At a recent Residents’ Council meeting, Dr. Erwin Rudolph, chairman of the Residents’ Council, was presented with a plaque of appreciation by United Way associate Kay Timms.

(photo at right) United Way campaign associate Kay Timms, Shell Point coordinator Cindy O’Grady, resident volunteer Dr. Erwin Rudolph, United Way campaign chair Laurel Smith (with life preserver), resident volunteer Jean Gilman, and Shell Point volunteer coordinator Teri Kollath.

United Way Campaign Chair Laurel Smith thanked the residents of Lee County for their tremendous generosity in exceeding this year’s $3.4 million goal, as well as over 1,000 volunteers for spreading the campaign message, “Be a Life Saver. Support United Way.” The 2000-2001 Campaign was the 8th year in a row that the United Way of Lee County achieved or exceeded its goal. Continue reading “United Way Donation Goal Met”