When David Shakarian first began planning Bonita Bay, one can only wonder if his mind’s eye envisioned everything that this distinguished community offers today – over 30 years later. Almost certainly he may not have considered the ethereal addition of a specified habitat for one pleasant floaty creature; a garden dedicated to the propagation of butterflies.
Butterfly Garden History
According to Steve Pietrzyk, former director of grounds maintenance operations for Bonita Bay Properties, the scope of planning the Butterfly Garden began in the mid-90s. “Back then, everyone wanted to be here (Bonita Bay) and we were always looking for new and cool things to do – things that were ‘award-worthy.’ At the time, there were no high-rises and visiting Estero Bay Park was like traveling to the ends of the earth!”, says Pietrzyk. Continue reading “Bonita Bay: A Pathway for the Monarchs”→
For the past 14 years running, the Bonita Bay Community Association has proudly boasted the elite status of being named an Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary. The Audubon program concerns itself with five key environmental components that form the basis of their educational materials and serve as focal points for achieving certification status; Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Water and Resource Management and finally, Outreach and Education.Continue reading “BBCA Remains Audubon Certified – 14 Years Strong!”→
Apart from regular daily tasks and routine duties, situations arise that often require an immediate accelerated shift into another mode – ACTION. To switch from everyday work operations to emergency task trained procedures can be challenging, yet on February 21st, the team at the Bonita Bay Beach Park did that very thing. They transitioned effortlessly from the everyday operational mode to an immediate emergency response and all in the blink of an eye.
While winter plays its dreary pranks all over the northern half of the U.S, Florida takes a more dreamy approach to the season by showcasing enviable weather featuring its shining star – the beach!
One day while indulging in the local sand and salt life, Bonita Bay resident Audrey Ferraro, along with her friend Jeanne, was waiting for lunch from the Railhead Cafe, the onsite food service that offers daily bites to beachgoers during the busy winter season.
Completely out of the sunny blue sky, Audrey and Jeanne witnessed something wholly unexpected. Matthew Rutkowski, a cafe worker, suddenly – and without warning – collapsed.
Before anyone knew what was happening, Jeanne – former elementary school nurse – flew into action, and muscled the break-away counter back, and began to assess the victim. When no pulse was detected, Jeanne immediately began to perform chest compressions. Continue reading “BB Employees’ Life-Saving Day”→
Editor’s note: It is not customary to highlight one Bonita Bay resident over another, yet due to her overwhelming exposure in the community, her unrivaled passion for photography, and her unwavering support of the Community Activities team, it is with esteemed honor that we dedicate this post to Anne Macias.
Anne’s photography graces the Bonita Bay website, the walls of the administration offices and activities center, and is a staple in many social media collages and postings. It is unlikely that Anne’s legacy to the preservation of birds on Hidden Harbor islands, her dedication to nature and wildlife – and to our team – will ever be replicated.
UPDATE: The Bonita Bay Resident Wildlife Sponsors have created a non-profit organization and changed their name to theMacias Wildlife Society of Bonita Bay. For those wishing to make a donation in Anne’s memory – or to support wildlife outreach in Bonita Bay – they can be sent to Macias Wildlife Society of Bonita Bay, Inc. | P.O. Box 366002 | Bonita Springs, FL 34136
We all know the classic romanticized linear love story. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl get married and have a family. Until death do they part. The End.
Yet, not all love stories are as straight-forward as the classic love story.
Some love stories replicate a complicated maze; unclear exactly how or where one entered this crazy love-maze and no apparent clue where the twists and turns will end. Without scientific cause and defying all explanation, the crazy love maze delivers love once again, often disguised as something more benign initially. Yet the impact leaves reverberations on lonely souls, rescuing them from their despair. Those that may have vowed “never to love again,” fearful there is no chance of “lightning striking twice” are often happily surprised. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Special: A Bonita Bay Love Story”→
It takes many hands to ensure the grounds of Bonita Bay regularly greets residents with grandiose splendor and natural beauty – and this includes varying species of thousands of trees!
Did you know that Bonita Bay has a certified arborist on staff to keep the canopy of trees looking their stellar best? Meet Santiago Roman!
Santiago has been working for the Bonita Bay Community Association for five years as of January 2018. He discovered this career calling by a combination of his love for the outdoors and a family landscape business. No doubt, it’s a collaboration of genetics and passion! Continue reading “Bonita Bay Arborist Celebrates 5 Years”→