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Marco Island Yacht Club Welcomes New Clubhouse Manager Thomas M. Leonard

Culinary Institute of America-trained veteran returns to balmy Gulf breezes Thomas M. Leonard, a 30+ year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named Clubhouse Manager at the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC), effective immediately. In his new role, he will be responsible to oversee all daily operations of the prestigious waterfront yacht club and provide leadership and guidance to a dynamic management team and staff. Leonard returns to Marco Island after spending the past five years with Food & Company Caterers in East Hampton, NY, where his deep business and leadership acumen and keen taste for exceptional food elevated ... Read More »

Surge in the Number of Properties Closing Sales Activity Continues to be Strong on Marco Island

MLS statistics, released by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® for Marco Island only properties, show a very active market according to Gerry Rosenblum, President.  Here is a recap of what happened in the Marco Island Real Estate market in a comparison of Real Estate Sales for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 (January – September). 858 Total Sales in 2012 708 Total Sales in 2011 $491,000 Average Sales Price in 2012 $514,000 Average Sales Price in 2011 295 Single Family homes sold in 2012 with a total dollar volume of $203 Million with an average Sales ... Read More »

16th Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest

Premier Sponsor LCEC Supports Event In 1997, Dave Rice, then the overall Christmas Island Style Chairman, requested Lee County Electric Company to support a new event on Marco Island which was a contest to honor the top Christmas decorated homes. Since that time, LCEC has annually supported this independent program. Above, LCEC representative, Tricia Dorn is pictured presenting Dave with a check for $2,000.00. Said Dorn, “It is LCEC’s pleasure to continue financial support of this wonderful annual event. It embodies the true Christmas Spirit and provides an entertainment event for everyone for the entire holiday season. The 1,848 private homes and businesses that ... Read More »

IBERIABANK Hosts Health Plus Lecture: “Aging with Grace”

IBERIABANK in partnership with Physicians Regional Healthcare System, will host a Health Plus Lecture focused on “Aging with Grace” on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marco Island branch of IBERIABANK at 605 Bald Eagle Drive. Carlos Portu, M.D. will discuss simple, everyday changes people can make to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle as they age. Dr. Portu is board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and a member of the American Medical Association and Society of Hospital Medicine. His special interests include multidisciplinary primary care, including integrated diabetes management. This free lecture is open ... Read More »

Celebrities lining up for AOTO Golf Classic

Professional golfers, football and basketball players, as well as Olympic athletes have signed up to participate in the 2012 Art of the Olympians College of Life Foundation Premiere Olympian Golf Classic. To be played Dec. 2 to 4 at The Colony Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla., the tournament pairs celebrity-athletes with amateurs in a fundraiser for Art of the Olympians Foundation Inc., the Fort Myers-based museum and gallery. Scheduled to participate in the inaugural tournament that recognizes the return of golf to the games at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro include: -Cornelius Bennett, football: ... Read More »


NATIONAL CONTEST TARGETS TEN REGIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES - Ten schools from across the U.S. will win $1,000 grant for drug prevention - - Ten families will win an iPad for the home - The National Family Partnership® (NFP) announces the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week®, Oct. 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent, parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused ... Read More »

Acclaimed International Interior Designer Kira Krümm Headlines Shanghai International Design Exhibition in November!

Internationally renowned Interior Designer, and Marco Island native, Kira Krümm was invited to be the showcase designer and key note speaker for the 2012 100% Design “Italian Apartment” exhibition to be held in Shanghai, China this November. Krümm, whose distinct design aesthetic and name brand global appeal has secured her position among Florida’s most influential interior designers, has established a strong presence in China’s art & design industry in recent years, garnering national notoriety from contributions in various international design projects, publications and events. 100% Design Shanghai, China’s leading contemporary design exhibition, presents its fourth annual event at the Shanghai ... Read More »

Regional Women’s Event For Business Growth and Personal Success Women Living Consciously Tour

Powerful You! Women’s Network gratefully announces the Women Living ConsciouslyTM National Tour & Networking Event. These events reach out to women across the entire Hartford Metro Area and they are beneficial for women from all walks of life, especially entrepreneurs and women in business. It serves as a great way for women to come together, learn, share, grow and network with other incredible women. The event will be held on Fri. November 2nd in Ft. Myers at The Plantation Golf & Country Club. This full-day event features three expert speakers, vendors, coordinated networking sessions, introductions, lunch, door prizes and gifts. “We’re ... Read More »

Sportsmen Want BP Fines Used for Fish and Wildlife Restoration in the Gulf

For Hunters and Anglers, Conservation a Deeply-Held Value A new national poll shows sportsmen prioritize protecting public lands above energy production. The poll conducted by Chesapeake Beach Consulting shows threats to America’s conservation heritage are priority issues for sportsmen, on par with gun rights. “As a hunter and as a board member of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), I am personally reassured by the results of this poll,” said Jenny Brock, newly elected Chair of the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF). Regardless of political affiliation, hunters and anglers, many of whom serve as first-line observers of the environment, know that good stewardship of ... Read More »

Project Linus

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Project Linus have partnered to offer a permanent location where community members can donate handmade blankets to children in need of comfort. Project Linus, named after the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz, is a national nonprofit volunteer organization that provides comfort and security to seriously ill and traumatized children through handmade blankets. Since its inception in 1995, Project Linus has grown to more than 400 chapters, with more than four million blankets delivered. CCSO Criminal Research Investigator Michelle Gawlinski has been named the chapter coordinator for the Collier County area. The ... Read More »

Everglades Artist to Open Studio/Gallery at the Esplanade

The Grand Opening Celebration for Jo-Ann Sanborn, Everglades painter, is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7, at the Esplanade, Marco Island, FL. Admission is free, champagne and chocolates will be served. Starving Artist? Not a good portrayal says Jo-Ann Sanborn of Sunshine Studios. Artists shouldn’t starve. Sanborn, a painter who initiated an Artist Colony at the Esplanade three years ago, is alone among the local artists who opted to stay at the popular Esplanade location after the expiration of the Colony’s lease. In the past, artists worked in studios away from the public. Their work was shown in galleries created ... Read More »

For the Love of Cats introduces 2013 “Glamour Puss” Fundraising Calendar

The 2013 Glamour Puss Calendar contains 37 photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through our online photo contest. Each calendar is 11”x 10” folded and printed in full color on matte paper. In addition to the 37 winning photos, the Glamour Puss Calendars contain animal birthday photos in each month as well as business card listings from sponsors and a wonderful collage of the rescued cats and kittens from For the Love of Cats at the back of the calendar. The Glamour Puss Calendars will be available for sale until January 31, 2013 or while supplies last. ... Read More »

Halloween Celebration at The Collection

It will be a monster mash at The Collection at Olde Marco adjacent to the Olde Marco Inn and Suites on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music by Mike Martin will be featured during the costume contest and zombie dance off.  A raffle will be held for some goulish prizes with fine dining and the all shops open for business.  The Collection at Olde Marco offers dessert bars, fine dining, female fashion shops and other shopping fun. For information about the event, you may call 239-642-0101.  The Collection at Olde Marco is located at 100 Palm Street ... Read More »

Prudential Florida Realty

Prudential Florida Realty is delighted to welcome aboard one of the most respected and most successful Realtors in the Marco Island area. Mary-Jo Koval, formerly with Re/Max Results Realty, has joined Prudential Florida Realty as a Broker Associate. “We are very proud to have Mary-Jo join our team of successful Associates,” said George Percel, Managing Broker. “She will now be able to extend to her long list of satisfied customers the stability of more than 30 years in the Marco Island area and the benefits of our wide range of products and services,” Percel went on to say. Mary-Jo moved ... Read More »

Wine elite to gather for 2013 Naples Winter Wine Festival

A remarkable roster of 26 world-renowned, artisanal vintners from around the globe will participate in the Jan. 25 – 27 Naples Winter Wine Festival, which benefits underprivileged and at-risk children. Hailing from three continents and five countries, the esteemed vintners include two from France’s esteemed winemaking families that produce Château de Beaucastel and Domaine Ponsot. Torbreck’s David Powell, considered among the top vintners in Australia, is also participating, as are famed producers from Italy such as Piero Antinori of Marchesi Antinori. U.S. producers comprise 63 percent of participants, with 16 illustrious California vintners, and from Oregon the much-admired Domaine Serene. ... Read More »

Collier County Elections Office Begins Distribution of Sample Ballots for the 2012 General Election

Each registered voter who has not requested a mail/absentee ballot will receive a sample ballot for the November 6th Election   On Tuesday, October 9th, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office began distributing over 138,500 sample ballots for the November 6th General Election. Sample ballots are mailed or emailed to every registered voter who has not requested a mail/absentee ballot. Voters are encouraged to review and complete their sample ballot prior to voting and use it as a guide at the polls. “If not voting absentee, we strongly recommend studying your sample ballot prior to voting,” said Jennifer J. ... Read More »

Collier Fiscal Year 2011 Tourism Tax Collection Sets Record

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) reports that the tourist development tax collections for the fiscal year 2011/2012 set an all-time record with a total of $14,898,250. The previous record from fiscal year 2007/2008 was $14,795,681. Collier County’s tourist development tax of 4% is charged on stays at hotels, campgrounds and short term vacation rentals. The tourist tax money pays for beach renourishment, cultural and event grants, county-owned museum operations and all tourism destination marketing and promotional programs. None of these programs are funded by property taxes paid by residents. It’s interesting to note that the ... Read More »

EMS Display ‘End Domestic Violence’ Magnets for The Shelter’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Initiative

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children announces that Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be joining in the nonprofit’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts this October bydisplaying purple “End Domestic Violence” ribbon magnets on their vehicles. “As first-responders, EMS staff see the effects of domestic violence in our community and, like local law enforcement, are joining us to raise awareness about this social epidemic for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October,” explains Lisa Fasanella, director of programs for The Shelter. In addition to the 50 purple ribbon magnets sent to EMS, The Shelter distributed 980 of the magnets among ... Read More »

Florida’s Paradise Coast Takes Top Tourism Marketing Honors

Collier County’s Tourism Bureau Brings Home Three Flagler Awards from annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Collier County’s official tourism destination marketing and management agency, received top honors in VISIT FLORIDA’s annual Flagler Awards competition honoring the state’s top tourism marketing initiatives at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism held September 5-7 in Orlando. This year’s Flagler Awards were presented for work completed in 2011. Collier County’s tourism bureau brought home three awards including The Henry, the top level award in the Internet Advertising category, for its Paradise Coast Orbitz Winter ... Read More »