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Marco Island Yacht Club is a member-owned, private club founded in 2001
in Marco Island, Florida. Named one of the Top Twenty Yacht Clubs in America,
the Club provides superior service, dining, social events, boating activities, regattas, contests and world-class fun. The Old-Florida style, two-story clubhouse offers panoramic views of the Marco River, Jolley Bridge and Marco Island Marina and is a sought after venue for weddings and special events. 
 MIYC is an active participant in the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs,
Yacht Clubs of America and Southwest Florida Summer Reciprocal Program. 

Origins of the Marco Island Yacht Club
The Marco Island Yacht Club has roots that go back to the 1960’s, when a small, one-story wooden clubhouse was built on the site we now occupy. Sailing was a big focus, and Members enjoyed participating or watching the action from the patio. However, in the 1980’s, the wooden clubhouse burned to the ground.

The “Marco Island Yacht and Sailing Club” Era
Eventually, the site was purchased by Jack Antaramian. He completed our current Clubhouse in 1998 and established the Marco Island Yacht and Sailing Club (MIYSC) as part of his own development ventures. In 2001, he decided to sell the Club.

Today’s “Marco Island Yacht Club”
A group of interested boaters very quickly put together a consortium to purchase the MIYSC. They decided to limit ownership to 200 Charter Members and mailed offerings to members of several boating organizations on the Island. Response was overwhelming with mailbags of replies coming in. The Steering Committee turned away many potential investors to keep the number to 200, and in the fall of 2001 the Marco Island Yacht Club was born. In addition to the 200 Charter Members holding equity in the Club, there were more than 200 General Members when the Club opened its doors.






Built in 1981 on the southern tip of Marco Island, the ultra-modern Dome House is a complex of stilted concrete igloos slowly being reclaimed by the sea.  A number of legends have sprung up surrounding the origins of the crumbling cluster of domes at the tip of Cape Romano. Everything from a secret cult to aliens have been credited with creating the space-age buildings but the truth is that the now-empty concrete bubbles were born from the mind of retired oil producer, Bob Lee. The structures were built in 1981 and in Lee’s initial conception, the eccentric vacation home was to be a self-sufficient, eco-friendly relaxation spot for his family. Among the innovations at the site are the raised units themselves which would be heated by lighting fires among the concrete pylons beneath the rooms, and the dome-shaped roofs which were to direct rainwater into troughs that would then be collected for showering and dishwater.  Even the tumultuous Florida weather was taken into account and the sturdy, rounded domes were able to sustain hurricane winds with little damage. Unfortunately as the landscape on the edge of the island began to change, simple erosion finally made the homes unlivable. The firm beach on which the domes were built began to be overtaken by the sea, until the domes were surrounded on all sides by water. They only survive thanks to the concrete pillars elevating them above the water level. The Dome House was repurchased in 2001, and while the new owner attempted to refurbish the site, property taxes and prohibitive construction costs delayed the project until there was little chance of saving the buildings. With no chance of reclamation, the abandoned domes make an excellent setting for both wildlife and wild legends. Call the Walter Team today for a house on the Island that will give you and your family years of luxury relaxation and tropical enjoyment. 239-821-0994.

Beautiful Sunny Marco Island Florida


The largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is located just south of Naples and easily accessible with two bridges allowing vehicle traffic on and off the island. 

The island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and offers access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the mangrove-lined estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands. More than just another pretty beach, Marco Island’s mood shifts from sophisticated resort area to historic nautical community and funky fishing village. Boating is a way of life for Marco Island residents and visitors, with many year-round and vacation homes located on the water. Bring your appetite for seafood, whether you plan to catch it on your own or at a local restaurant. For hidden gems, seek out the picturesque waterfront restaurants in the communities of Goodland and Isles of Capri. Visitors have their choice of beachfront resort hotels, several inland hotels, and many vacation rental properties and time share resorts.  Come stay on the Island and Call the Walter Team to view the possibilities for your own piece of Paradise. 239-821-0994  You can own a piece of the Island for your very own!

Signature events taking place on Marco Island include the Mullet Festival in Goodland (January), Wet Paint Live, (February), Marco Island Seafood Festival (March), Taste of Marco (April), Marco Island Festival of the Arts (April), the Marco Island Rocks Concert Series, a weekly Farmers Market (November-April), and a variety of colorful Christmas Island Style events (December).   Call the Walter Team to discover Gorgeous
Sunny Marco Island Florida.  239-821-0994




Key Marco is an exclusive gated community on Marco Island – Key Marco boasts over 540 acres in a lushly landscaped, private community. Community marina – each lot owner is entitled to a boat dock with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Huge views of Barfield Bay.

HOA fees are paid annually ($1600/YR). CDD has been paid off, the O&M Fees are included in the Property Tax Bill. One time application fee of $1,000. Dock and slips are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Application fee $100.  Total annual fee is $6,300 per year. Lot owners requesting a slip must own a Florida licensed and insured watercraft in good running condition. Lot owners meeting this requirement should contact the Dockmaster to request a boat slip assignment. When the property sells, the slip returns back to the association.  Call the Walter Team today to discover Beautiful Key Marco on Marco Island. 239-821-0994


South Marco Beach Access

South Marco Beach Access is one of the two public beach accesses on Marco Island according to the Collier County government website. For easy travel, the beach features a public parking lot with restrooms and a paved walkway over the road and on to the beach. South Marco Beach features one acre of beachfront property, lined with sabal palms and the large, luxury hotels of Marco Island. This beach is the less popular of the two Marco Island beaches, featuring virtually no amenities in addition to the picturesque scenery. Swimmers and sunbathers are allowed on South Marco from 8:00 a.m. until sunset each day.


Tigertail Beach

The most popular Marco Island beach, Tigertail features all the amenities one would expect to find at a Florida beach destination, plus a few unexpected pleasures. Adjacent to the parking lot, guests will find restroom facilities as well as a full-service snack bar. Wander across the white boardwalks to get to the sand and water. Situated on a lagoon, rather than the Gulf of Mexico, the water at Tigertail remains fairly shadow, ideal for kids to swim. During the summer season, lifeguards watch the beach during certain hours. Beach chairs and umbrella rentals are also available at Tigertail. Guests may also enjoy the adjacent butterfly gardens and playgrounds. For a family picnic, make use of the barbeque grills and picnic tables available at Tigertail. Perhaps one of the best things about this crescent-shaped beach is its inclusion in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s South Florida Birding Trail. Nesting shorebirds, including plovers, red knots, spoonbills, osprey, pelicans and even bald eagles are likely to make a home here.


Sand Dollar Island

For an even more remote encounter with South Florida’s shorebirds, the Beach Hunter recommends wading across the lagoon at Tigertail Beach to the offshore Sand Dollar Island. The lagoon is not deep, but some areas may be muddy, so water shoes are recommended. Beach Hunter also warns waders to shuffle their feet as a warning to the stingrays that sometimes rest on the lagoon’s floor. Like Tigertail, Sand Dollar Island serves as a conservation area for nesting shorebirds. Keep an eye out for posted signs, as sometimes portion of the island close to protect the nests. Sand Dollar island features flat, wide beaches accompanied by shallow, clear water. At low tide, the sandbar separating Tigertail and Sand Dollar is often visible.

Call the Walter Team today to find your piece of paradise on the beach!  PH# 239-821-0994

The rich and varied history of beautiful Marco Island Florida

The rich and varied history of Marco Island begins in 500 A.D., when a Native American people, known as the Calusa, settled throughout Southwest Florida. They developed a complex culture based on fishing rather than agriculture, and they adapted to the island by becoming skilled woodworkers who built their homes, docks and canoes from the island’s trees.

They also created some of the finest pre-historic art in North America, most prominently a wooden figure known as the Key Marco Cat, which is permanently displayed in the Smithsonian Institute. You can see similar artifacts from this period at the Marco Island Historical Society, where you’ll also experience the re-creation of a village depicting the day-to-day life of the Calusa.

In the mid-1500’s, Spanish explorers arrived and gave the island its name, “La Isla de San Marco,” but development didn’t begin until William Thomas Collier founded the village of Marco in 1870. His son, William D. Collier, opened the Olde Marco Inn, which is still operating in Olde Marco, on the North of the island. Today, visitors to Olde Marco can stroll through the brick courtyards of Royal Palm Drive, where small tin-roofed shops bring the island’s colorful history to life.

The modern period of Marco Island begins in the 1960’s when the Mackle brothers developed the island into a world-class destination for visitors, complete with the S.S. Jolley Bridge, which gave people access to Marco Island from Naples. When you cross that bridge today, you’ll be entering the modern Marco Island, a blend of old and new, of unspoiled beaches and elegant houses and resorts, of slow-paced living and adrenaline-pumping watersports. It’s this harmony of comfort and fine living within a setting of natural splendor that makes Marco Island the destination of choice for over six million visitors per year, from around the world.

You can find much more detailed area information within our office located at 291 S. Collier Blvd. #104 Marco Island Fl. 34145.   At Island Realty we will inform and direct you to Marco Island’s beaches, parks, attractions, restaurants, shopping areas, grocery stores and other important information you need during your stay on beautiful sunny Marco Island.  Call the Walter Team today because we are your Marco Island Specialists.  239-821-0994