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.

Local Skippers Set Sail for Shell Point

Boaters Feel Right at Home

FORT MYERS, FL (October 13, 1999) – Members of a local boating club from Cape Coral set sail for an outing at Shell Point recently and discovered the advantages of the community’s unique setting and lifestyle firsthand, according to Lynn Schneider, director of public relations.

“The name of the club was the Nauti-Skippers,” said Lynn with a chuckle. “They were such a nice group of people, and we had a great time as we showed them around The Island.”

The boat club has more than one hundred members from around the Cape Coral area who enjoy sharing their time out on the waters of Southwest Florida. This group, comprised mainly of retirees who love an active lifestyle, boated over to Shell Point together and “came aboard” for an extensive tour of The Island and lunch in the Crystal Room.

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Shell Point’s Hurricane Shelter Unique

Residents Thankful For Their Port in the Storm

FORT MYERS, FL (July 1, 1999) – Where’s the safest place to be in a hurricane? For residents of Shell Point the answer is simple – and close to home.
Their port in any storm is the facility’s parking garage, which works doubletime as a hurricane shelter strong enough to withstand a Category Five storm with winds up to and beyond 200 mph… even bigger than were felt in 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, which devastated southeast Florida.

Shell Point’s directors realized the ineffectiveness of an evacuation of The Island’s residents, including some who are bedfast, in the event of a hurricane. The directors began looking into the possibility of a shelter on The Island itself. After two years of planning, four months designing, and six months building, the hurricane shelter was completed.

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Lessons Learned From a Quilt

FORT MYERS, FL (April 11, 1999) – By Lynn Schneider

If I were forced to take a lie-detector test someday, there is one question I would surely fail: “Are you a patient person?” Beeeeep! In truth, I would have to say, no, I am not a patient person. It is a bad habit and one I continually try to break. That’s why I attended the recent Quilt Show at Shell Point with an attitude of wonder and amazement. All those little pieces of fabric, all those tiny stitches, all that patience!

Evidently I was not the only one impressed by the display. Marilyn Mayers, a resident at Shell Point, recently sought out the individual who has been bringing quilting to Shell Point through a series of classes held in the Resident Activity Center. “I had frequently seen announcements about a quilting class taught by Vera Graham, a resident here,” said Mayers. “I was anxious to meet this lady who makes thousands of hand stitches on a single quilt – the more stitches per inch, the more valuable the quilt.”

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Shell Point Announces 10-Year Expansion

FORT MYERS, FL (January 1, 1999) – During its 30-year history, Shell Point has earned a national reputation as one of the finest retirement communities in Florida. Located on its own private, 75-acre island on the Caloosahatchee River near Sanibel Island, the community has received numerous awards for its natural beauty, medical services and recreational programs.

With a past founded on excellence, Shell Point has turned toward the future, and is setting out on its most ambitious undertaking ever – a ten-year, $750 million project that will create one of the most comprehensive lifecare communities in the world.

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Annual Shell Point Open Charity Golf Tournament raises $67,000 for future Arts Center

FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 25, 2017) – Shell Point Retirement Community, a resort-style, nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Fort Myers, recently hosted its 14th annual Shell Point Open Charity Golf Tournament, raising more than $67,000 to benefit the future Arts Center at Shell Point.

Presented by The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, the annual event brought more than 144 Southwest Florida golfers together for a four-person, scramble-style tournament on Shell Point’s championship 18-hole course. Golfers enjoyed breakfast at The Breezeway before hitting the greens, and concluded the competition with a luncheon at the Banyan Grill, which also included the opportunity to win prize drawings and giveaways.

Wright Construction Group served as title sponsor of the 14th annual Shell Point Open Charity Golf Tournament, along with premier sponsor DeAngelis Diamond and signature sponsor FineMark National Bank & Trust.

The Club at Shell Point features an 18-hole championship golf course that opened in 2000. The clubhouse features a sophisticated experience in a classic setting with fine dining, salon and spa, and fitness facilities. The course offers a driving range and practice green, lessons, and a fully-stocked pro shop and snack bar. The course is open to the public, and is located at 17500 On Par Blvd. in Fort Myers. To learn more, visit www.shellpointgolf.com.

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 2,400 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 ACADEMY OFFERS SEMINAR SERIES ON THE STORY OF INDIA

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 17, 2010) – The public is invited to attend a seminar series titled “The Story of India” presented by Professor Adrian Kerr, and sponsored by The Academy at Shell Point. The event will take place on Tuesday’s, September 7, 14, 21 and 28, with each session being 10:00am to 11:30am in the Grand Cypress Room located in The Woodlands neighborhood in Shell Point Retirement Community.

    The series will offer an historical perspective of India from the origins of its native people, to the re-taking of its position on the world stage. India is the second largest country by population, and is the leading country in the technical service industry. Tickets for each seminar are $10, for a total cost of $40 for the entire series. If you would like to sign up for the seminars, or for more information, please call (239) 454-2054 as seating is limited.

“India’s history, religious, and cultural impact are much more widespread than many people realize,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “It is an honor to have Adrian Kerr back at Shell Point again discussing this country’s history and its impact on the world.”

Professor Adrian Kerr is regularly invited to give talks on various topics internationally, and has participated in TV and Radio programs relating to topics in which he is considered an expert. This series is for those interested in the history of India with each lecture focusing on a different stage of “The Story of India”.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 115 classes each trimester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

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 which is open to the public, as well as recreational/fitness facilities and deep water boating access for its residents. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.

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