About Seven Lakes
As Seven Lakes Condominium Association prepares to celebrate their 40th anniversary later this year, they have received recognition that they are indeed aging well. They have been named the 2010 FLCAJ/Becker & Poliakoff Community of the Year, as well as the winner of the Environmental Protection and Preservation category and Community Relations and Communications category for larger communities. This 1,096-unit association featuring golf and tennis covers 170 acres in Fort Myers, Florida. They began as an adult community for those over age 40 in 1970, and matured to a 55+ community in 1989 when the federal government definition of adult communities was revised. But age is just a number, as manager Jim Schneider remarks, "We have people in their 90s playing golf and tennis, and playing quite well, too!" As a finalist in every category of the Communities of Excellence contest last year, and the 2009 Community of the Year for the CAI South Gulf Coast Chapter, Seven Lakes' honor might not seem unexpected. But Jim says, "We were as shocked as anybody there. This is not a new development, and we were in competition with some pretty impressive communities. To come out on top was really an honor, and we were very pleased! With all the negatives from assessments and expenses, just to be recognized is good for us. It helps all the communities--we will be looking at what other communities are doing to see how we can improve."
Courtesy of Seven Lakes