Holiday Bazaar in Goodland!

Come out this weekend to the Holiday Bazaar in Goodland! The Goodland Civic Association and Collier County Parks and Recreation are co-hosting the 4th annual Goodland Holiday Bazaar Nov. 16-17. For this event, there will be 10 local musicians playing both days and there will be wonderful artisans and crafters on hand as well. Marker 8.5 restaurant will be serving and Moma Mack will offer hot dogs and chili dogs. This event is being held at the Margood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Ave. The Goodland historic museum will be open the weekend of the event. Information: (239) 734-5523.

3rd Annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge

Come out for the 3rd Annual Marco Island Paddle Challenge Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayak Competition
The event is scheduled from 8:00AM – 4:00PM on November 10th at The Esplanade & Smokehouse Bay, Marco Island, Florida.

This exciting community event raises money to support the Leadership Marco Scholarship fun that provides scholarships to local high school graduates. We welcome Paddleboarders and Kayakers of all skills and ages!

NEW THIS YEAR: A TRUE Endurance Race (6.2 miles), AND SUP Bic One Design
races courtesy of Naples Outfitters! (Registration for BIC One Design day-of only.)

Questions? Call event chairperson Jacquie Koon at 239-389-4511.

Naples Concerts in the Park

Downtown Naples Dining

Downtown Naples Dining


We want to be sure to pass along the 2010 season Naples Concert Band performance dates at beautiful Cambier Park in downtown Naples for your enjoyment.  The old-fashioned, free public concerts  are scheduled on Sunday afternoons as follows:

January 10, 2010 (2:00 p.m.)

January 31, 2010 (2:00 p.m.)

February 28, 2010 (2:00 p.m.)

March 21, 2010 (2:00 p.m.)

April 16, 2010 (7:00 p.m.)

According to their brochure, “These musicians volunteer their time to perform to the delight of thousands.  Their performances include music that spans nearly a century of marches, pops, show tunes, semi-classical and classical selections.  Each concert is unique, and is often enhanced by the appearance of guest conductors, soloists and vocalists as well as special instrumental presentations by band members.”

 Plus, there is an Endowment Fund to assist with the funding operations of the Band and the opportunity for Student Scholarships for deserving students.  “In case of inclement weather, you may call the Naples Concert Band Hotline at (239) 263-9521 for information the day of the concert.”

This is another reason why we love living in this spectacular community that offers an ensemble of 85 musicians for our enjoyment under the shade trees of Cambier Park  at 855 Eighth Avenue South in exquisite Naples, Florida!

We specialize in helping buyers and sellers with Marco Island real estate and Naples real estate!  Please call the McCarty Group at 239 970-3250 at Keller Williams Realty, the #1 Team for Keller Williams in Southwest Florida!

2009 Holiday Parade Celebrations in Naples and Marco Island

2009 Naples Christmas Parade

2009 Naples Christmas Parade


2009 Marco Island Christmas Parade

2009 Marco Island Christmas Parade


If you were blessed to be in Collier County for the beginning of the Christmas holiday season, you would have had the opportunity to stand on the sidelines and enjoy the festive lighted floats, junior and high school bands, fabulous sports cars, motorcycles, lighted boats on trailers, fire engines, dancers, the Shriners, clowns, the Flintstones and more in both Naples and Marco Island!

During the Naples parade, we learned that there is a Naples Ski Club that travels to snowy destinations for ski trips during the winter months. The Naples Gulf Coast High School band knocked our socks off with their holiday performance, which always seems much closer to a college band based on their size and talent. Their motto is, “We are not good because we are big; we are big because we are good!”

During the Marco Island parade, we watched The Newcomers Club dressed in candy costumes, passing out goodies to the spectators and having a great time with their peers. It’s a wonderful club for ladies to join if they are new to the area and would like to get to know a group of fun-loving gals who love to go to plays, wine tastings, luncheons, travel to other destinations and more! The Marco Island Charter Middle School band performed Winter Wonderland wearing Santa hats, green t-shirts and jeans as they marched the two-mile course!

These are just two more reasons why we love living in this tropical paradise now and why we visited this community every year in December before making the move to Florida! Why not trade the snow for sand and make Naples and Marco Island part of your annual holiday experience?
We specialize in helping buyers and sellers with Marco Island real estate and Naples real estate! Please call the McCarty Group at 239 970-3250 at Keller Williams Realty today!

2009 Marco Island Holiday Celebration Schedule

Marco Island Holidays

Marco Island Holidays

Thanks to the efforts of the Christmas Island Style organizers and the recent fundraisers (golf tournament and spaghetti dinner), the activities for this 2009 holiday season on beautiful Marco Island are as follows:

* Nov. 27 – Santa’s arrival, Shops of Marco, 6 p.m.

* Dec. 5 – Tree lighting and community celebration, Veteran’s Community Park, 6 p.m. (musical performances, tailgating with your friends)

* Dec. 6 – Christmas Island Style Holiday Gala, Bistro Soleil, 6 p.m.

* Dec. 9 – Holiday concert and salute to veterans, Marco Island Charter Middle School, 6:30 p.m.

* Dec. 12 – Annual Street Parade, 6:30 p.m. (high school bands, Marco Island Charter Middle School Band, motorcycles, lighted floats, clowns)

* Dec. 16 – Chamber Holiday After Five, Hilton Beach Resort and Spa, 5:30 p.m.

* Dec. 18 – Christmas Movie at the Tree, Veterans Community Park, 6:30 p.m.

* Dec. 19 – Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade, 6 p.m.

* Dec. 20 – Santa’s Calling, YMCA, 6 p.m.

(The dates were gathered from the Marco Island Sun Times per Alejandra Diaz.)

These are 9 more reasons why we love being part of the Marco Island community! Whoever thought that you may need snow to make your holidays special, should consider coming to tropical Marco Island to see how we make the holidays sizzle with all of the community celebrations, parties, holiday lamppost banners, house lighting contests, parades and movies under the stars!

We specialize in helping buyers and sellers with Marco Island real estate and Naples real estate! Please call the McCarty Group at 239 970-3250 at Keller Williams Realty today!

Naples Boat Ramp Expansion Almost Complete

Ten Thousand Islands

Ten Thousand Islands


It was a long six year process to receive the proper permitting to quadruple the boat trailer parking at the Highway 951 facility located across from the road to Isles of Capri in Naples, FL.  With that goal accomplished, “we are already in the midst of the expansion, which is expected to be done by the end of 2009” per Donna Fiala, Collier County Commissioner, as published in the October 2009 MICAwave.  The new boat trailer parking will accommodate 86 vehicles just in time for the busy winter season! 

Here’s another reason why we love living in the Marco Island and Naples area, boaters don’t need to own waterfront properties to have access to the Gulf of Mexico and Ten Thousand Islands, unless they prefer to do so!  Visitors and locals may enjoy fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, and leisurely afternoons on a variety of waterways for recreational pleasure!

We specialize in helping buyers and sellers with Marco Island real estate and Naples real estate!  Please call the McCarty Group at 239 970-3250 at Keller Williams Realty today!