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News from the Friends of Lovers Key State Park
July 26, 2016 - On-line Store is Now Open!
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A Message from the Park Manager
by Gloria Beauchamp

In the last issue I left you with a cliffhanger regarding some good news FOLKS had to share. Through the support of private citizens and the city of Bonita Springs the Lovers Key Visitor Center has gained some traction.  State legislation has appropriated $450K to the project and the process has already begun. 

Park staff and the Friends of Lovers Key are very excited for this major step forward. The Friends are also working with an exhibit company to begin the design concepts for the interior of the visitor center. Want to be involved? There are excellent opportunities to contribute to the exhibits including naming opportunities.

While our future is looking brighter with this great news we are continuing to welcome new visitors to the park every day from all over the world.  Visitors are “Lovin it at Lovers Key.”  We have seen a continued increase in visitation every year including during the summer. If you are heading out to the park this summer be sure to check the weather and pack accordingly.  Afternoon thunderstorms are almost a daily occurrence.  Play safe!

Show your Love for Lovers Key!


Did you know you can now purchase Lovers Key T-shirts and ladies Tank Tops on our on-line store for only $17 each, plus tax?

Ladies Tank Tops are side seamed and contoured, 5.4 oz 100% cotton, and come in 4 colors.

T-shirts are heavyweight, 6.1 oz 100% cotton, and come in 5 colors.

All are available in four popular sizes - M, L, X-L, and XX-L at our website.


What is your color today?


For the Monday blues, brighten your day with a neon blue Tank Top.
On temperate Tuesday, a stonewashed blue T-shirt is tops.
Whimsical Wednesday calls for a neon yellow Tank Top.
Turbulent Thursday is definitely a lime T-shirt day.
The neon green Tank Top is for freaky Friday.
A candy pink T-shirt or neon pink Tank Top is reserved for saucy Saturday.
And on a sunny Sunday it’s yellow or maybe the royal blue T-shirt.


Visit http://friendsofloverskey.org/shop.html to see all styles and colors.
The sale of merchandise, shirts and cookbooks is our top fundraising activity. All proceeds go to the support of Lovers Key State Park. A primary goal of the Friends of Lovers Key Is to help fund the development and construction of a Visitors Center at the Park.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 29 - 4pm to 7pm

FOLKS 50's-60's Sock Hop on the Beach at Lovers Key State Park


Join us at the gazebo on the beach for a fun-filled evening of 50's and 60's music, dancing and contests! Dinner and snacks will be served including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, snacks, wine, beer and old-time root beer floats. There will be a Hula Hoop contest, Best Outfit contest, and a Jitterbug contest.

RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466
or email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

$40 per couple FOLKS members
$45 per couple non-FOLKS members
Cost includes Park Admission.
 

Friday, October 14 - 5pm

Sunset/ Moonlight Kayaking at Lovers Key State Park


Join us for a Sunset/ Moonlight paddle through the mangrove-protected estuary inside Lovers Key State Park. This 2 to 2.5 hour guided tour will transport you back to old time Florida as you peacefully paddle through the winding waters around Black Island. You may encounter Manatee, dolphin, and Tarpon as you glide through the waterways.

A Lovers Key Adventure guide will point out the wild life and explain the background of each species including the plants, trees and flowers. The guide will amaze you with the stories of how a bearded pirate lived on Black Island, and his treasure that is said to be hidden in the park.

RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466
or email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

All of the kayak rental costs will be donated back to FOLKS from our generous sponsor Lovers Key Adventures. Thanks!

Tour cost includes Park Entrance Fee.
$15 per person FOLKS members
$20 per person non-FOLKS members

plus kayak rental
$38 Single kayak
$58 Double kayak
 
Want to see more ways to love Lovers Key? Visit our events page!
Lovers Key State Park Interpretive Events
August, 2016

Fri. August 5, 10am
A Walk on the Wild Side

Wed. August 10, 10am
The Art of the Calusa talk

Fri. August 12, 10am
Beach Walk and Estuary Tour

Thurs. August 18, 10am
Junior Ranger Program: Sea Turtles!

Fri. August 19, 10am
Florida Manatee talk

Wed. August 24, 10am
Signs of Wildlife

Fri. July 29 and August 26, 10am
Sea Turtle talk

Space is limited – Call for Reservations: 239-463-4588  
 


Lovers Key #1 on Trip Advisor

TripAdvisor currently lists Lovers Key State Park as #1 of the 45 "Things to Do" for Fort Myers Beach. In fact, the culmination of positive ratings earned the park the Certificate of Excellence for 2015.

"We have visited Lovers Key every time we are in this area. The scenery is beautiful, peaceful, definitely not like other beaches around this area. We have seen manatees on our walks on the beach in the past as well as birds of all types. "
– Visitor from Cincinnati, Ohio

Creature Feature: Slippersnails

Contributed by Katie Moses, Lovers Key State Park Services Specialist.

The Atlantic Slippersnail (Crepidula fornicata) is one of the most common shells found along the beaches of Lovers Key State Park. The shell is shaped like an egg or oval that has been cut in half. On the underside of the shell is a ledge to support the internal organs (this ledge extends about half the length of the animal).

The Spotted Slippersnail, Spiny Slippersnail and Eastern White Slippersnail can also be found along our coastline but are not as common as the Atlantic Slippersnail. These intriguing shells are quite often picked up by beachcombers and then placed back on the beach. Beachcombers may not find them as enchanting as some of the other more “beautiful” shells, but these little snails have led quite an extraordinary life.

First of all, one of the most intriguing facts about all seashells, is that the animal (Mollusk) made the shell.  All seashells found on the beach are the protective and supportive skeletons left behind after the animal has died or possibly been eaten by another Mollusk or larger predator.  

The most common shells are from bivalves (two hinged shells- i.e. clams) and gastropods which are snails (typically with one coiled shell). Slippersnails as the name may give you a hint belong to the latter group. Many snails have a foot (body) which allows them to maneuver, but once Slippersnails reach adulthood they typically anchor themselves to a hard substrate and remain stationary.

Slippersnails are colonial snails with one female and many males. If you find a live colony of Slippersnails it is quite a site to see as they live in stacks with the largest and oldest on the bottom and the snails progressively get smaller towards the top of the stack. The female is found on the bottom of the stack and the rest of the colony are males.

So what happens when the female dies or gets predated? Well this is the best part…. The largest male turns into a female! The sex change is not precisely timed, but depends on the presence of other individuals in the stack. What an amazing adaptation to ensure survival in the harsh beach environment for these small little snails!

Calling Volunteers!

Photo by T. Srock.There are many ways to volunteer your time and talents at Lovers Key. Whether you're a people person or more hands-on, we need you now! You don't have to be a full-time resident to lend a hand. Please take our Volunteer Interest Survey to let us know what you like to do, and that you're willing and able to help.
 

More great taste from the FOLKS Love'n to Cook Cookbook

Parmesan Garlic Chicken

1/2c grated cheese
1 envelope Good Seasons Italian Dressing
6 chicken breasts
1/2 tsp garlic powder
 
Mix cheese, garlic powder and dressing.
Moisten chicken in small amount of milk.
Coat with mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until chicken is done.
– from the kitchen of Rosie Cordes, Bonita Springs, FL
 
The FOLKS Love'n to Cook Cookbook gives you 200 pages of delicious and inventive recipes from FOLKS members and local chefs. Original illustrations throughout by FOLKS Board Member Rich Donnelly. Purchase yours at the FOLKS online store.

The Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed by the citizens of the community to support Lovers Key State Park and is registered as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your Membership and Donations are tax-deductible.

 
Business Partners help support the environmental education mission of the Park.

Ashmore & Associates
Bonita Beach Jewelers
John Brady/Everglades Wonder Garden
Donnelly Design Build
Florida Everblades
Guest Services, Inc.
IconDo Design
Johnson Engineering
​Lovers Key Adventures
Lovers Key Resort
Newlove Vacation Rentals
Presstige Printing
Maureen Guenther & Tom Reed: Sunshine Team-Sunstream Realty
The Sand Lovers

Add your business to the list! Contact Contact Shelley-Sue Williams at (516) 381-3518.

The Environmental Education work of the Friends of Lovers Key is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors.​
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