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New aquatic center opens at Shell Point

March 24, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Shell Point Retirement Community celebrated a ribbon cutting for the LifeQuest Aquatic Center with key executives, project supporters, and residents.

After the ribbon cutting, Shell Point residents enjoyed tours of the new $2 million Aquatic Center, which features a 99,000-gallon main recreation pool with two lap lanes, a zero-entry access, and shallow and deep water areas. The Aquatic Center also has a 23,000-gallon therapy pool with an easy-access ramp and an adaptable water chair for those needing assistance entering the pool. There is also a seven-person hot tub, an old-Florida style pool house, a Chickee Hut shade structure, shade sails over the pool, and lounge areas.

The 8-month project was completed by Wright Construction Group, Jackson Pools, Johnson Engineering, RDG Planning & Design, and Winter Interiors. The LifeQuest Aquatic Center replaces the original island pool, which was constructed in 1968.

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The Shell Point resort services and management team includes Craig Norling, Leslie Brand, Mary Franklin, Bob Southern, President Peter Dys, Scott Moore, Cheryl Cooper, Melanie Brod, and Michelle Smith. PHOTO PROVIDED.

Residents attended a special afternoon presentation about preventing, reversing, or controlling chronic disease through aquatic exercise. Dr. Bruce Becker, an internationally-recognized expert in the field of aquatic exercise, explained how it can be a remarkably effective tool for battling high blood pressure, obesity, insulin resistance, and other chronic illnesses.

"The LifeQuest Aquatic Center represents the power of our joint efforts to make this project a reality," said Shell Point President Peter Dys. "This project would not be possible without Shell Point residents' generous endorsement and support for growth and change. Today, we celebrate our success."

LifeQuest is Shell Point's balanced approach to wellness that emphasizes Six Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Community/Social, Educational, and Natural Environment.

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. To learn more about Shell Point, please visit or call 1-800-780-1131.



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