Southwest Florida has a new Lani Kai

Lani Kai Beach Resort builder and owner Bob “Mr. C” Conidaris, his son Ken, who helps run the family business, Kathy Condaris and JJ and Samantha, two of MC’s 25 grandchildren. COURTESY PHOTO

Joining the legendary resort that has been a landmark on Fort Myers Beach since 1978, a miniaturized version is ready for visitors to the Historic Train Village of Lakes Park. Final touches were underway at the time of going to press.

Train museum volunteers John Stafford and Larry Gessman, along with artist and painter Audrey Murphy, worked for months to create the Tiny Kai, a picture-perfect version of the beachfront hotel, using sand from Fort Myers Beach, a functional waterfall and a hand-painted mural. There’s even a miniature replica of Fort Myers Beach’s iconic fishing pier. Everything is set up along the lake in the park for travelers to enjoy.

John Nogler, Vice President of the Railway Village and Chief Engineer of the Lakes Park Locomotive Fleet, was especially helpful when the Tiny Kai took shape.

All are welcome to visit Lakes Park and ride one of the locomotives that travel 1 mile around the property and through the miniature historic village. For more. information, visit www.rrmsf.org. ¦

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