2016-02-01 / Community

Love at Lovers Key - A Special Valentine’s Day Event

By Judy Greenwood
Friends of Lovers Key

The Friends of Lovers Key is hosting its seventh annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony February 14 at Lovers Key State Park.

This is one of Lovers Key’s most successful events. It has been sold out for several years in the past and is unique to Lovers Key.

Couples are invited to come to the park for a special wedding ceremony at the Gazebo on the beach. They have the opportunity to choose either a 10 a.m. ceremony or a 3 p.m. ceremony. Both will include a champagne toast, brunch or lunch, coffee and cake, socializing, photo stations as well as door prizes and parting gifts. Guests are asked to bring their own cameras.

Pre-registration is required. The Valentine’s Day event is $75 per couple and is a non-refundable donation. To register, go to www.friendsofloverskey.org or call event coordinator Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466.

Registering early is important. The event has been sold out each year and couples have been turned away. Last year, 16 couples couldn’t be accommodated.

“I’ve attended this event every year since its inception,” said Cheryl Hohmann of Fort Myers Beach. “Positive responses from participants have been overwhelming. A number of couples have come back a second time. Not only is it a beautiful setting, but also a uniquely beautiful, sentimental experience.”

Lovers Key is located at 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach (County Road 865 between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach in Lee County.)

Lovers Key is among the most visited of Florida’s state parks, hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Top Ten Florida Beaches.”

FOLKS is a non-profit group established to protect, preserve and support the park. It sponsors activities throughout the year that bring the community together and raise money for the park. Current fundraising events are for construction of an Environmental Education Center at the park. This facility would allow for increased coastal resource education and environmental awareness programs.

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