News from the Friends of Lovers Key State Park
October 2, 2017 - No love for Irma at Lovers Key
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Lovers Key State Park is Now Reopened!

Many of our friends and members have been wondering how our piece of paradise in Southwest Florida fared through Hurricane Irma. Lovers Key State Park had many trees downed and some buildings damaged as well. The park was shut down following the storm and reopened on September 27.

Specimen plants, such as this one in the tram circle, were damaged by the storm.

The main use area is now reopened. That consists of the main parking area, Lovers Key Adventures, and the boardwalk straight out to the beach. Some of the park is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma, so there will be no tram service to South Beach or food concessions on the beach for a while.

Fortunately, the Gazebo on the beach was not damaged, although there was at least 12” of over wash from the storm surge. This resulted in the boardwalk, beach, roadway and trail to the pier becoming covered with sand. The sand will stay there as there is too much to remove.

Many small branches, as well as some large trees, were blown by the wind and water.

Areas that will remain closed until they have been cleared and made safe are South Beach, the North Entrance, the Eagle Trail, the Black Island Trail, and the Bayside park. At the South Beach 3 inches of sand will be removed from under the tram shelter so it meets the ADA guidelines for head clearance. The tram road will have to be leveled and shell added for a road base.
Lovers Key Island had a lot of over wash and subsequently lost a lot of dune and sea oats. The beach profile has moved inland, a term commonly referred to as the “roll over effect”.

The main restroom at the tram stop will be getting new skylights, but the ceiling is still intact. Park staff and dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to clean up the park, and will continue until all is completed.

The South Beach restroom will be getting a new roof and ceilings in each restroom. The concession area and gift shop had its tin roof ripped up, but is reopened for water sports rentals (paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, electric boats). The gift shop is now open with a limited number of items for purchase. 

As you can see, much work remains to be done, so no interpretative events are currently planned for October. Park staff remain confident, however, that the beloved ranger-led experiences can resume in November. A big thank you goes out to the park staff members and dedicated volunteers who have worked to clean up the beach, the trails, and the butterfly garden and will continue to do so until all is completed.
You know you love Lovers Key. Donate Today.

From Naples News:
Baby manatee stranded on Lovers Key rescued, transported to SeaWorld

A baby manatee, no more than two weeks old, was rescued Wednesday after stranding itself or washing upon the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Read about the rescue and learn fascinating facts about the development of infant sea mammals in this informative article, words and images courtesy of Andrea Stetson.  
Many thanks from the FOLKS!

FOLKS would like to thank Dennis Goodman of Dennis Goodman Photography for the stunning photographs he has graciously given permission for the FOLKS to use in their upcoming 2018 Calendar. All of the photographs in the calendar were taken by Dennis. They are a reflection of the gorgeous scenery and wildlife you can find inside of Lovers Key State Park. 

FOLKS would also like to thank Len Eckert of iconDo®. Len was integral in the design and layout of the calendar. Please consider purchasing this fabulous 4-color calendar and help to support the future VIsitors Center at Lovers Key State Park! All proceeds go directly to the Visitors Center.

Spotlight on Dennis Goodman

The beautiful scenery in and around the Florida Everglades has become the primary focus of Dennis Goodman’s award winning photography. For Dennis, a 30-year resident of Naples, the thrill of pursuing the perfect shot is enhanced by the endless array of wildlife he spots with such as birds of all shapes and sizes, alligators, snakes, butterflies, raccoons, panthers, turtles and so much more.

His inspiration has always been derived from the beauty he finds in nature; indeed it has become a spiritual expedition. Dennis’ goal as an artist is to showcase the beauty and wonder of God’s amazing creations. He finds incredible satisfaction when he is able to touch the emotions of the viewer, to have them experience the photograph.

Dennis has earned numerous awards including the Epson International Pano Award. You may have seen his photographs in publications such as Nature’s Best Magazine Top 100, Audubon, Kiplinger Magazine, Gulfshore Life, Florida Weekly, Destination Naples, and so many more. You can see them all year long in the 2018 Lovers Key State Park Calendar.

Dennis is also involved as a Board Member for 1st Wednesday ART ALIVE! in Naples.  On the first Wednesday of each month from November through April, more than two dozen artist studios and galleries that comprise the Naples Art District open their door to the public from 5-8pm.

You can visit Dennis at Dennis Goodman Photography & Printing Art Gallery, 5880 Shirley Street, Suite #207, Naples, FL 34109.

Spotlight on Business Sponsor
Len Eckert Owner of iconDo®

In 2003, Len Eckert founded iconDo® on the belief that simple is better. By talking directly with the designer of your project, the final product is achieved as cost-effectively as possible. Quality work and attention to detail make IconDo® a pleasure to work with! Len was heavily involved in the production of the 2018 FOLKS Calendar and was instrumental in creating the format and design.

Len creates eye-catching logos, stationery, signs, characters, illustrations, sales materials, renderings and more for a variety of clients in Southwest Florida. When asked what he likes most about his the work he does, Len says, “I get paid to color!”

A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Len has extensive design/advertising experience handling department store, in-house agency, silk screen industry, newspaper and magazine accounts. He also served for 12 years as Senior Art Director with a large Madison Avenue-based advertising agency, directing large accounts such as The Coca-Cola Company, Arby’s Restaurants, 7-Eleven Inc., Dunkin Donuts, Blue Diamond Almonds and many others.

Locally, Len has satisfied design needs for Mobile Exposure, Bonita Living Magazine, Trianon Hotels and Trianon Properties, Inc., Collier County Government and Southwest Florida’s Diamond District, FOLKS, as well as many others.

Contact Len today for all of your design needs!

Lovers Key State Park featured on Yelp as a top Staycation Spot in SW Florida.
“I went to the Lovers Key state park to paddle board with a friend. This was just excellent. We saw a manatee, birds, and a turtle. This is not crowded and the amenities are great! Overall a great impression, and I will come back!”
– Benjamin A. 

Wear your Support for FOLKS

The  FOLKS merchandise sales are growing every month!
Merchandise sales account for the largest portion of our fundraising efforts.

If you haven't yet purchased a FOLKS tee, tank,cap, or cookbook, consider one for yourself or for a friend, and you'll be contributing towards our fundraising efforts towards our future Visitors Center. All of these items make excellent gifts too!  

FOLKS colored tees and tanks are always available on our website. To see all styles and colors visit

The sale of merchandise, shirts and cookbooks is an important 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.

Join the FOLKS Today
FOLKS would like to thank the following Business Sponsors for their support as we fund raise for the future Visitors Center. Please consider visiting their businesses and supporting them as well. Business Partners help support the environmental education mission of the Park.

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


Save the Dates!
Mark your Calendars!

2017/2018 Season of FOLKS Special Events

Check our website and upcoming E-News for more details as these events draw near.

Songwriters at Sunset Free Live Acoustic Musical Concerts in the Gazebo
First Thursday of the Month
Dec. 7, 2017
Jan. 4, 2018
Feb. 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
April 5, 2018
Dec. 6, 2018

Great Outdoor Adventure Day
Dec. 2, 2017

Santa on the Sand
Dec. 10, 2017

Tropical Beach Party on the Beach
Jan. 18, 2018

FOLKS Annual Membership Meeting
January 23, 2018

Nautical Market and Boat Show
Feb. 9-11, 2018

Valentines Vow Renewal on the Beach
Feb. 14, 2018

Wine Tasting on the Beach
March 21, 2018

Luau on the Beach
April 11, 2018

13th Annual Turtle Trot and Family Fun Day
May 12, 2018
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.
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