Monday morning Yoga on the Beach FOLKS

Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park

Join us on Monday mornings for Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park.

The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS)  offers Monday morning yoga on the gazebo at Lovers Key this season through April.

FOLKS is committed to providing high quality and affordable Yoga for everyone. Join instructor Sandy McShane for an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow (multilevel) and experience the magic of yoga on the spectacular Lovers Key gazebo on the beach.

Your participation helps to fund the future Environmental Learning Center, as a portion of the class fee will be donated to the FOLKS.

Bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you may need.

Be sure to give yourself time to park, and take the tram down to the gazebo.  The tram departs to the beach at 9am and 9:15am to make the class.



$10 per class plus park entry fee.

Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.


CONTACT: For additional information please contact Sandy McShane



Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park will take place:

Mondays 9:30am to 10:30am

Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

FOLKS Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Concert

Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Free Acoustic Concert 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Beach BBQ 5:15pm followed by Songwriters concert at 6:15pm


Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) has joined with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA), to offer a series of monthly Free Acoustic concerts of all original music this upcoming season.

FOLKS (Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.) has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free Acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts will take place in the large gazebo located right on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people.  Additional seating is also available on the sand.

The ACMA is a Fort Myers based organization that promotes local artists who write and sing their own original songs.   Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase.  The show will finish with a fabulous Lovers Key Sunset.

Come Early and give yourself time to take tram to the beach.


This months Songwriters at Sunset will feature local musicians:

Chuck Williams, David and Carolyn Stanley, and Joe Virga. 

Beach BBQ 5:15pm
Concert 6:15pm

Come early for the BBQ and stay for the music!

Chuck Williams has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years up and down the east coast with his music. This songwriter’s music is of love gained, love lost, growing up and moving on. He can take you on a journey that makes you think, smile and at times want to cry.

David and Carolyn Stanley have been playing various genres of music solo and in several different groups since they were teenagers. As a duo in Fort Myers, their performances feature David’s original music with David on vocals, guitar and harmonica and Carolyn adding vocal harmonies and accompaniment on guitar, banjo, or charango.

Joe Virga In the late 70’s and early 80’s was part of the open mic scene in Greenwich Village, playing at The Speakeasy and Gerdies, along with such talents as Rod McDonald, Suzanne Vega, David Roth and Christine Lavin. Today Joe continues to write, perform, and win awards for his music.

For more information, visit our website at


FEES: Free with paid park entry fee.

Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.


Songwriters at Sunset

Thursday, April 5  2018

Beach BBQ 5:15pm
Concert 6:15pm to sunset
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Kathleen Hessert to speak at Luncheon March 16

Celebrity publicist and brand consultant to speak at March 16 luncheon


Who do Peyton Manning, Venus and Serena Williams and Pope Francis have in common? Kathleen Hessert, a reputation management consultant and social media expert. Hessert will be the guest speaker at the March 16 Speakers Assembly luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa.

After an early career in broadcast news, Hessert is now the founder and president of consulting firms Communication Concepts, Inc. and Sports Media Challenge. She has worked to manage the brands and reputations of some of sports celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, musicians and universities. In 2015, she led a three-month social media campaign to promote Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. At the March 16 luncheon, Hessert will discuss “Persuasion in Today’s Environment.”

Registration is required for this event by March 13. Seats can be reserved at or at (239) 948-7909.



The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida is a 501(c)6 non-profit, non-partisan organization. It strives to foster an informed membership by presenting the world’s best thinkers, leaders with distinguished accomplishments, and speakers with proven ability to enlighten, educate and entertain listeners. The Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida offers eight events between November and April, and also offers scholarships to area students. For more information, please call (239) 948-7909 or visit

Miromar Outlets’ Baby Leprechaun Races



Miromar Outlets will be crawling with babies on Sunday, March 11 during the Baby Leprechaun Races starting at 11 a.m. in WINK Playland. This popular event, hosted by B1039 radio, doesn’t require the luck of the Irish—just a fast crawler!

Now in its 10th year, the Baby Leprechaun Races is open to the public and eligible for participants 18 years and older who register their crawling baby (no walkers please!) before the official race time at noon. Babies must crawl past the finish line; lucky winners will receive prizes from the pot o’ gold including a $200 Miromar Outlets gift card for first place, $100 Miromar Outlets gift card to the second-place winner, and a $50 Miromar Outlets gift card for third place.

Parents are sure to find their lucky Leprechaun a treat at any of the 140 stores in Miromar Outlets, or purchase a Miromar Outlets gift card where one size fits all. Miromar Outlets gift cards are good at all 140 top designer and brand name outlets with savings of up to 70% off retail prices.

Miromar Outlets has been voted Best Shopping Mall and Best Factory Outlet Mall in Southwest Florida for 19 years in a row. Find great savings on top names including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, H&M and many more. Shoppers of all ages can experience the Rock Climbing FunWalls in the award-winning WINK Playland equipped with an exterior playground and sun shades.

Miromar Outlets is located at exit 123 off I-75, on Miromar Outlets Boulevard in Estero, between Naples and Fort Myers, across from Miromar Design Center. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit online at

Annual Zonta Luncheon Honoring Woman of the Year

Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero Annual Luncheon Tickets on Sale

2018 Woman of the Year Tiffany Esposito to be Honored at Event


Bonita Springs, FL –  March 12, 2018-  The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is pleased to announce that Tiffany Esposito has been selected as 2018’s Woman of the Year. She will be honored at the club’s annual luncheon, featuring MC Kellie Burns, NBC-2 News anchor, and guest speaker Amira Fox, Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 20TH Judicial Circuit of Florida.

The Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Bonita Bay Club, 26660 Bonita Bay Blvd., Bonita Springs. Tickets are on sale now for $50.

Since 1998, the Club has selected a Woman of the Year from nominations of women who are well known for their philanthropic and service contributions to improve the local community. Former recipients have all played key leadership roles in local charitable organizations and foundations or may have worked tirelessly on women’s issues that represent the heart of the Club’s mission; to improve the circumstances of women at all stages of life, both locally and globally. 

Past recipients of this award include:  Brenda Tate, Teri Lamaine, Lori Nelson, Jennifer Benton, Trish Leonard, Jane Wheatley, Arden McCurdy, Cherrill Cregar, Fran Luessenhop, Nancy Near, Marjorie Rubacky, Patsy Graham, Nancy Keefer, Diane Lepola, Barbara DuFrane, Jackie McCurdy, Marie Tranovich and Jane Hogg.

To reserve seats at the luncheon, visit or call the Zonta Club message line at 239.434.5134.

Shell Point to Host Informational Seminars

Shell Point to host informational seminars in Sanibel, Bonita Springs, Naples, Port Charlotte


Shell Point Retirement Community is presenting the Shell Point Retirement Roadshow, a series of informational seminars that will be held in Sanibel, Bonita Springs, Naples and Port Charlotte in March. The meetings will offer guests the opportunity to learn about the resort-style retirement options and comprehensive lifecare available at this award-winning waterfront community located in Fort Myers.

Residents from Sanibel, Bonita Springs, Naples and Port Charlotte are invited to attend one of the following seminars:

  • Wednesday, March 14 at 9:30 a.m. – Sanibel

Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way in Sanibel

  • Tuesday, March 20 at 9:30 a.m. – Bonita Springs

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs

  • Tuesday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. – Naples

Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N. in Naples

  • Thursday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m. – Port Charlotte

Charlotte County Cultural Center, 2280 Aaron St. in Port Charlotte


During these presentations, Shell Point’s experienced retirement counselors will explain the benefits received when becoming a resident at Shell Point, the benefits of lifecare, the numerous retirement options available and an overview of the community. Once the presentation is complete, guests will have the chance to ask specific questions and schedule a visit to the community for a personal tour.

“We understand that people may want to learn more about Shell Point before driving from their communities,” said Ronette Icso, vice president of sales and marketing for Shell Point. “By bringing the presentation closer to their current homes, we are able to educate them on the many benefits of choosing to live at Shell Point. From this, they can determine if it is an option they would like to consider for their life planning, and if it is, they can take the next step to come for a tour of our beautiful campus and see it for themselves.”

Admission to these seminars is free and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested by calling 239-466-1131 or registering online at

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 or 1-800-780-1131.

Pelican Isle Yacht Club Celebrates Annual Fleet Review

Pelican Isle Yacht Club Celebrates Annual Fleet Review


On Saturday, February 10th, over 130 Members of Pelican Isle Yacht Club and their guests gathered for the annual Fleet Review and Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony. This is a special Yacht Club tradition, during which the Club’s fleet is reviewed by the Commodore, Flag Officers and visiting dignitaries, either from the club grounds or from a vessel anchored or moored nearby. Commodore Rick Baird, Vice Commodore Dick Hobbs and Rear Commodore David Kessler reviewed the fleet from the Club’s Portside Patio accompanied by Commodore Tom McMeekin and his wife Diane from Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, Commodore Robert Winterhalter and his wife Diana from Marco Island Yacht Club, and Commodore James Lozell from Naples Yacht Club.

In the Review was 19 Member vessels as well as the North Naples Fire Boat 1 and the Collier County Sheriff Marine Unit.

Once the Fleet Review was concluded, all Members and guests gathered by the Club Mast for the Blessing of the Fleet. The tradition of blessing the fleet began centuries ago in Portugal where villages sought divine intervention at the beginning of the fishing season, both for a good harvest and for protection from the dangers of the sea. To this day it is performed in fishing ports all over the world.

Following the Ceremony, Members and guests enjoyed a poolside barbeque lunch.

Pelican Isle Yacht Club recently re-opened in January 2018 following a $4.8 million dollar clubhouse renovation. The Club is conveniently situated in an exclusive Southwest Florida location just five minutes from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Wiggins Pass on the Cocohatchee River. Pelican Isle Yacht Club is truly unique—it’s Naples’ only private island club. Members enjoy a luxurious, inviting environment with remarkable amenities for relaxation, entertainment, socialization and fun. Come dine, play, party, exercise, and dock your vessel a stone’s throw from the magnificent waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Visit us online at

For more information please contact Kathie Pedit, Membership Sales & Marketing Director, at or (239) 566-1606 ext. 102.

FGCU in Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition

FGCU participates in Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition


The Ethics Case Competition Team from Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Lutgert College of Business participated in the 4th Annual Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition at Stetson University February 22 and 23. The FGCU team of students Dominic Dent and Kyle Johnson was led by faculty advisers Dr. Craig Randall and Dr. Eric Dent, Uncommon Friends Endowed Chair Professor of Ethics.

The FGCU team finished behind division winner, the University of Florida, and runner-up, Iowa State University.  The Southeast Regional draws universities from all over the country, and this year, Canada.  Two judges, both Stetson alumni, were from Southwest Florida: Helena Dabrowski, Director of Finance at Sunshine Ace Hardware, and Theo Etzel, CEO of Conditioned Air.

Etzel commented, “It was very refreshing to see the level of passion that the students put forth in coming to ethical, not just legal, approaches to solving business problems.”

The students addressed an actual, current business issue, how pharmaceutical company Allergan should proceed in an environment in which it has controversially transferred their patents of dry-eye medicine, Restasis, to the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe.  Students made recommendations taking into consideration ethical, financial, and legal implications.

“It was an exciting experience, and we all contributed and worked hard,” said Kyle Johnson. 

Florida Gulf Coast University and the Uncommon Friends Foundation will host an ethics case competition for area high school students on May 12.

For more information, contact Dr. Eric B. Dent, or 239-590-7162

Job Posting: Sales Associate

Fortunoff Backyard Store

Fortunoff Backyard Store is the largest outdoor furniture retailer in the country! Since 1922 we have developed a widely recognized and trusted brand noted for quality, selection, service and value by offering our customers only the highest quality outdoor furnishings at a great price. Our Sales Associates enthusiastically contribute to other tasks and projects to keep the store running at its best and understand that being performance driven with sales is the priority.


You have a passion for selling, people and happiness! You understand that as sales associates we are in the “people business”. You understand the art of selling. You believe that the quality and style of what you sell is important. You enjoy taking the time to understand the needs of customers, making suggestions and assisting in their product selections. You are comfortable with asking for the sale!


Two years proven retail experience desirable. Proficient computer skills and the ability to learn required. Flexibility to work a retail schedule that includes nights, weekends, holidays, and special sales events.

Moving and placement of furniture on the showroom floor.

The ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Perform additional functions that may be assigned at the discretion of management.

We hire enthusiastic individuals who want to be successful!


Our Sales Associates are commission + hourly rate + incentive compensated. We offer a Competitive Benefits Package after 60 days for full-time associates including: Medical, Dental, STD/LTD and Life Insurance, 401K with company match.


If you believe you are right for the position and up to the challenge, please reach out to me directly. You can reach me at the store or through email. I am looking forward to speaking with you!

Billy Lovins, Store Manager

Fortunoff Backyard Store – 15465 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34110 – (239) 301-5265