Friends of Lovers Key host first event in Welcome & Discovery Center

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Innovative Exhibits and New Technology on Display at New Center

Thursday, March 25th the FOLKS hosted “An Evening of Discovery” to celebrate the completion of the new Welcome & Discovery Center at Lovers Key State Park.

This private catered event included live classical music, tours of the center, interactive exhibits and more. FOLKS directors, donors, volunteers, FOLKS members, business sponsors, state park officials, architects from OAK the builder,, representatives from Sweet Sparkman the creators of the exhibits, and others were all in attendance to celebrate the opening of the first building of its kind to be built in the Florida Park system in over 10 years .

Several dignitaries, including Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy, Fort Myers Beach Councilmen Bill Veach, Dan Allers, Jim Atterholt and Bonita Springs Councilman Laura Car were also  in attendance.  Special guests at the event included Katie Moses, Park Manager of Lovers Key State Park, Eric Draper, Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks, and Bob Steiger, former Lovers Key State Park Manager.

Jim Remis, FOLKS President remarked, “Tonight’s event is multi-purpose: a celebration of what has been accomplished and a challenge for what still needs to be done.”  He thanked the state of Florida and donors for making the building a reality,the sponsors, current and prior board members, volunteers and FOLKS members for their endless amount of volunteer hours. “The new Welcome and Discovery Center is just what Lovers Key State Park needed,” said Jim. “We were so excited to host our first event because we were finally able to present the hard work and innovative ideas that went into building this Welcome and Discovery Center.”

Jim explained that though the building is complete, there are still exhibits to be constructed and funded.  There are numerous naming rights still available offering different levels of support that will be used to assist the Park with their needs and further the work on the building build out. He also emphasized there are ongoing funding needs for the new center as well.

Attendees walked the red carpet into the new Welcome & Discovery Center, enjoyed cocktails and hors douvres, toured the exhibits in the new center, and were treated to a 9 minute sneak peak at the new Tom James documentary film titled, The Lure of Lovers Key. At sunset VIP guests were shuttled to the beach for a champagne toast at sunset.

Learn More:

The Lovers Key Welcome and Discovery Center is located at 8700 Estero Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931. For more information and to sponsor a naming right or to donate to the center, please visit or call Debbie Voorhees at (830) 832-5001.

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