Bonita Bay + Lee Health = Blood Drive Success

Bonita Bay + Lee Health = Blood Drive Success

Since the coronavirus first arrived on the shores of America, people from across the country – as well as around the world – have been struggling with a path of uncertainty and the merry-go-round creation of newly changing procedures.

Lee County was no different.

Local blood banks were in desperate need of replenishing their blood supplies. Lee Health sent a community-wide “all-call” for blood – and the generous residents of Bonita Bay answered.

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Bonita Bay Celebrates Employee Milestones

Bonita Bay Celebrates Employees at Annual CARES (Commitment – Attitude – Resident Focused – Environment – Support) Event

Each fall, the Bonita Bay Community Association honors employees with “service awards” for the length of tenure with the company – and 2019 marked some significant milestones, indeed!

Employees from all departments gather to share in festivities; food, raffle prizes, and to receive recognition for their years of service. Continue reading “Bonita Bay Celebrates Employee Milestones”

Support for Neighboring Bahamians

Support for Neighboring Bahamians

After we experienced first-hand the overwhelming despair of a hurricane, we know exactly the support needed to help those who have been ravaged by a historic storm. Irma was a direct hit on southwest Florida, much like Dorian was in the Bahamas. The difference? The Bahama Islands are in peril – and our closest neighbors need our help.

Recent devastation to the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian

Join the Bonita Bay Community Association’s effort to offer relief to those in need as we act as a gathering spot for donations for those suffering in the Bahamas.

Bring your donations to Bonita Bay Community Association, 3451 Bonita Bay Blvd., #100, Bonita Springs by Thursday, September 12th.  

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Around The Bay – A National Winner!

Last fall, the BBCA social activities department submitted a copy of the Around the Bay newsletter to Association Trends All-Media Contest. (Association Trends  provides support to association executives and industry partners, specializing in data, insight, and training.)

The competition included approximately 300 entries in 23 categories of association communications. To determine winners, the panel of judges weighed creativity, in both overall artistic ability as well as substantive content, along with messaging and total distribution.  Continue reading “Around The Bay – A National Winner!”

The Unmatched Legacy of Late Bonita Bay Resident, Anne Macias

The Unmatched Legacy of Late Bonita Bay Resident, Anne Macias

The Circle of life – perennial energy that flows unceasingly regardless of location. As humans, at our baseline of consciousness, one thing is clear  – our life is a finite event; it possesses a very clear beginning, and without question, a definitive end. What happens “in the middle” is mostly construed of daily choices, habits, a bit of luck and a pinch of happenstance tossed in for good measure.

Legacy is seldom a common theme for the first half of life but tends to become a major consideration once middle-age settles in. More “mature” souls may begin to search the rear-view mirror for clues, posing the question, “What is the essence of my legacy to humankind?” In certain cases, when the ending arrives rapidly and without expectation, legacy is hazy and left mostly unplanned. Continue reading “The Unmatched Legacy of Late Bonita Bay Resident, Anne Macias”

Bonita Bay: From Vision to Reality – Honoring Founder David Shakarian

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I never worked a day in my life. It’s not work when you love what you’re doing. 

-David Shakarian

As a resident – or guest – of Bonita Bay, have you ever walked outside your property to observe the unique landscape, or driven through the main gate and wondered how it all began? Have you contemplated how this incredible parcel of two thousand four hundred acres came to exist?

If you’ve read Bonita Bay resident, David Shellenbarger’s book, Unspoiled Will Spoil You, The History of the Development of Bonita Bay, then you probably possess a solid historical foundation of Bonita Bay’s timeline that began in the mid-1980s and continues today. If you are not familiar with the history of Bonita Bay, it began with another man named David.

David Shakarian.

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Bonita Bay: A Pathway for the Monarchs

103BG-ArborWhen 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”

BBCA Remains Audubon Certified – 14 Years Strong!


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!”

Bonita Bay Nesting Birds – an Audubon Focus

For a second straight year, Bonita Bay – an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Property recognized for its sustainable natural resource management and environmental stewardship, was recently visited by Audubon’s Regional Coordinator, Ann Paul, who was researching a famed nesting spot of local wading bird colonies – Bonita Bay’s own Hidden Harbor Lake and the islands therein.

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Great Blue Heron nest on Hidden Harbor Lake island.

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