(Courtesy Friends of Lovers Key/Brent Jesperson)

Summer Guide / New + Noteworthy

Just in Time for Summer

Beach upgrades, breezy frocks and more ways to cool off and enjoy the off-season in style.

Beach Vibes Lovers Key State Park stretches across four small islands, with beaches, bays and wooded trails. Now, the park—one of Florida’s most visited—is raising its cool factor by adding a sleek visitor/learning center that has a community room with lecture and event space (with local art throughout), a gift shop and outdoor classrooms. After 10 years of planning and fundraising by Friends of Lovers Key (FOLK) and the state, the first phase of the $4.7 million, 3,500-square-foot Welcome & Discovery Center debuted in May. The first major project of its kind to be built in the Florida park system in two decades, the center is designed to reward curiosity and educate on the surrounding ecosystem, with its stylized mangrove-like columns supporting the elevated building; 100-gallon outdoor touch tank coming in the fall; and hands-on exhibits that replicate beach and coastal dune habitats inside. At the fish shack-style information desk, you can pick up maps to the 10 miles of hiking and paddle trails, or sign up for a ranger-led tour of the park; and a 5-minute tram ride to the beach is a short walk away. —Chelle Koster Walton Silky Smooth  Launched by Naples’ Allison Pezzuti, silks line Pelerine recently debuted with a rang
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