Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Adopts “America’s Boating Club” Name

The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) formally approved doing business as “America’s Boating Club – Marco Island.” This identity change was approved by the MISPS governing board and ratified tonight by the organization’s members at its 2018 annual meeting. “Marco Island Boaters of all kinds are invited to join our organization,” said Club Commander Gene Burson. “This new […]

Boater’s Local Knowledge Courses Offered

“There are two types of boaters on Marco Island – those who have run aground and those that will!” The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, then the Boater’s Local Knowledge (Marco Island Area) and the Boater’s Local Knowledge – Backwater Edition (10,000 Islands) classes are for […]

Boating Skills and Seamanship Course Offered

Local Coast Guard Auxiliary group, Flotilla 95, is offering a fall session of Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S), a “boating around Marco Island 101” course. Beginning on October 8th, the four-week, eight-session course will meet Monday and Thursday from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Flotilla Station at Caxambas Park.  Sadly, 67 people lost their lives in Florida boating accidents […]

Caxambas Boat Park to Close for Renovations

The Caxambas Boat Park, 909 Collier Court, Marco Island, will be closed from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 20, 2018 for parking lot renovations. The parking lot will be closed to all traffic. Boaters coming to the park by water will have access to fuel, bait, and the amenities provided by the ship store. Boaters are encouraged to use […]

Boating Skills Course Offered

The snowbirds have flown, and the island is quiet. Just the right time to take care of the things your busy season schedule wouldn’t permit. Your local Coast Guard Auxiliary group, Flotilla 95, is offering a summer session of the Boating Skills and Seamanship (BS&S) course. This is a boating around Marco Island 101 course. This is an eight-session course […]

Marco Island Supports Safe Boating

Forty Marco Island boaters and a handful of dogs wearing life jackets recently spent a Saturday morning at the Marco Island Yacht Club as part of the “Ready, Set, Wear IT!” event for safe boating. Boaters are encouraged to wear a life jacket anytime they are on the water. Children need to wear a properly fitted life jacket whenever in […]

Is Boating Becoming Safer?

Every May, throughout the U.S., National Safe Boating is celebrated with events promoting boating and water safety. Marco Island recognized this recently with a proclamation while members of local boating groups appeared at the council chambers wearing life jackets promoting the Wear It campaign. Efforts appear to be working, and boating is becoming safer. Yet, deeper investigation still raises concerns. […]

Sailing Toward Success

Ryan Garraty can check off one huge accomplishment in his young life and he now has sights set on a new objective. The Marco Island Charter Middle School seventh grader had his heart set on earning a spot on the 2018 United States Optimist Dinghy Association Team in the 11-to-12 age group. He achieved that goal recently at the organization’s […]

Wear IT for Safe Boating

Each boating organization on Marco Island has it’s own special appeal to the public, be it kayaking, fishing, sailing, cruising, boating education, etc. Members of one organization might like to participate in some of the activities held by another organization. We thought that this would be a good way for boating members to be introduced to other boating organizations on […]

Boaters Need a Hurricane Plan

Every boat owner should be prepared for tropical storm and hurricane forecasts. Owners should develop a hurricane plan in advance of possible tropical season weather activity. The plan should include contact information for the owner and any caretaker (in the absence of the owner); alternate caretakers just in case; where the boat keys are stored; what plan for storage has […]

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