FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 8, 2012) – The Academy at Shell Point invites the public to attend an Academy class regarding Modern Piracy, Somali Pirates and The International Efforts Against Them on Thursday, March 1, in the Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point Retirement Community. Tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $10 each by calling (239) 454-2054.

Award winning maritime author and lecturer Robert Macomber returns to Shell Point to offer an overview of the piracy situation in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Guests will learn about the pirates, the merchant ships they prey upon, and the efforts of the international community to lessen the threat. Macomber will include in the presentation unclassified portions of his project for the Center for Army Analysis at Ft. Belvoir (Metro Washington DC) and personal anecdotes from his own confrontation with pirates in Columbia.

“Robert Macomber has offered intriguing and informative presentations as part of our Academy in the past, and we are so pleased to welcome him back,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “The topic of piracy has been in the news quite often in recent years, and this presentation will offer insight into this terrifying situation and the efforts that are taking place to help keep waters safe.”

The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Life Long Learning 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 and McGregor Boulevard, 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

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