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5 reasons why season in Southwest Florida is the best place to be.

5 reasons why season in Southwest Florida is the best place to be:

There are many upsides to the hustle and bustle of season, the few months where thousands of seasonal residents temporarily increase the area’s population in Southwest Florida. From more opportunities to enjoy breezier beach days to a chance to meet and mingle with new people wherever you go, here are five reasons why season is the best:

  1. Dining options increase 

From deals to new menu items, season in Southwest Florida brings more restaurant options. Both full-time and seasonal residents can enjoy an array of food options, from high-end French cuisine to fresh-caught seafood. Bon appetite!

2. There are more ways to meet new people

With an influx of residents in Southwest Florida during season, there are plenty of opportunities to mingle and meet new people. From walking around shopping centers to attending local events, there are several ways to strike up a conversation with someone new.  Stop in Island Realty and say “Hello”.

3. The weather is perfect

While northern states start feeling the effects of colder weather come November, Floridians instead can hit the beach. Season in Southwest Florida sees a small drop in temperature, causing perfect weather for lying in the sand and dipping your toes in the water, without sweating or burning.  Don’t forget your sunscreen, stop by Island Realty if you run out.

4. There are more things to do

From movie nights in Mercato to Baconfest at the Naples Airport, season in Southwest Florida always brings more things to do. Both year-long and seasonal residents can enjoy an array of performances, festivals and events during season.   Go explore and enjoy!

5. Empty communities come alive

Around Easter time next year, season residents will begin to pack up their bags and return to their homes up north. But for now, neighborhoods and gated communities throughout Naples will remain full. What once were empty neighborhoods now come alive with activity. Call Island Realty today for the best communities to view, and the best deals within those communities. Ph# 239-821-0994

NAPLES AND MARCO ISLAND’S BEAUTIFUL PALM TREES

Coconut Palm Tree: The coconut palm tree is what many people envision when they think of the quintessential tropical palm. It can grow up to 98 feet tall and has long, wispy leaves that grow in dense bunches, providing ample shade. A note with coconut palm tree care—be sure to properly prune and cut back seeds twice annually, or remove small coconuts to prevent them from falling and potentially causing injury.

African Oil Palm: This palm tree is known for the edible oil its fruit produces, and it’s a great choice in a full-sun South Florida landscape when owners desire more shade. That’s because of its deep-green feathery leaves that appear to spew from the trunk top. (There is no crown shaft.) Its leaves can grow up to 15 feet long. Also, this palm is a medium to fast grower, so you’ll achieve shade more quickly than with other palm tree varieties.

Chinese Fan Palm: The drooping, fan-shaped leaves of the Chinese Fan Palm appear to weep, offering shade. This lower-growing palm tree matures at about 25 feet in height. The interesting fan shape of this palm tree adds texture to the landscape.

Palm trees that thrive in the jungle’s under story are the varieties you’ll select for shaded areas of your South Florida landscape. These palms naturally thrive with low sunlight. Many shade palm trees perform well indoors, as well. Here are a few varieties you might select for your property, and the Walter Team will help you find the perfect property.

Rhapis (Lady Palm): The layered Lady Palm grows multiple, thin trunks and fills in with clusters of green fronds. This palm clusters and grows slowly. Not only does it provide privacy screening because of its lush, full display of foliage, it grows strong in full shade.

Red Sealing Wax Palm: The Red Sealing Wax Palm gets its name from the vibrant crown shaft that is the same color as the wax used to seal documents. You’ll also hear this tree referred to ask Lipstick Palm. The red color extends down from the crown at least 3 feet, and it also radiates into the palm shafts. (The remainder of the trunk is green.) Its feather-like palms are emerald on top and lighter green underneath. Red Sealing Wax Palms require lots of water, and they thrive in boggy spots of your South Florida such as in or near water features.

Chamaedorea Palms: Palm trees in the Chamaedorea family are known for their ability to thrive in shaded landscapes and indoors. Within this family are Bamboo Palms, which are great container growers. Leaves range from fine and feathery to thicker, depending on the type of Bamboo Palm. It thrives in well-drained soil, and can withstand temperatures just below freezing. (We rarely see nights like this in South Florida, but it goes to show how hardy Bamboo Palms are.)

When selecting palm trees for the poolside, consider the palm’s sunlight requirements and how much coverage you hope to achieve from the plant. Are you looking for a palm tree that will provide some privacy screening and shade from the sun? Or, do you want a more formal, slender palm that will add structure to the pool area? Palms range in height, growing habit and leaf texture. So, there is a palm tree to suit most any style and a full range of growing conditions. Here are a few poolside palm trees we like. The Walter Team can show you the best poolside areas to buy, and the perfect spot to be enhanced by Florida’s beautiful palm trees.

Buccaneer Palm: This is a great all-around palm tree for South Florida landscapes, including by the poolside. It’s incredibly versatile and thrives in a range of environmental conditions. The native palm is a slow grower and thrives in full sun. Buccaneer Palms require virtually no water, so it is drought-tolerant and low maintenance. Its palms range in color from green to blue-green and silver. They generally reach 10 to 15 feet in height, and their flat, fan-shaped leaves provide coverage from the Florida heat.

Montgomery Palm: This tropical palm tree grows up to 35 feet tall and they are often planted in symmetrical rows to create a border in the Florida landscape. Its palm fronds are stiff, feathered and emerald green. It features a long crown shaft, and the overall stature of the palm tree creates a formal feel.

Palm trees can replace hedges and shrubs in the landscape when you select lower-growing varieties. There are hundreds of small palm trees available, and several are particularly successful in South Florida. The Walter Team can show you houses that will be perfect to be enhanced by beautiful palm trees.

Robellini Palm: The Robellini Palm grows 6 to 12 feet tall, making it a perfect-sized plant for landscape bed areas and smaller spaces where a 30- to 50-foot tall palm tree would look out of place. It features a bushy palm crown with fronds that can create an overall span of 10 feet. So while the Robellini might be a small palm tree, it certainly makes an impact. We love the interesting, spiny branches for their texture. However, you might want to avoid placing a Robellini close to pedestrian walkways where someone might accidentally rub up against its trunk.

European Fan Palm: The trunk of the European Fan Palm is somewhat furry, and its pomade-style leaves are fan-like (unlike Robelinni with its feathery leaves). These leaves are green to silver, offering an appealing hue change. The evolving show of color and appealing textures this palm tree bring to the landscape make it a versatile, eye-catching choice if you’re seeking a small palm.

Put The Right Palm In The Right Place On Your South Florida Landscape

As with selecting any type of plant, it’s all about choosing the best variety for your climate and specific location. (Keep in mind, you’ve got micro-climates on your Florida property areas of shade, full-sun, wind exposure, damper soils and dry spots.) That’s why it’s wise to consult with an experienced landscape professional that can guide you toward the best palm tree for your South Florida landscape.

CALL THE WALTER TEAM TODAY FOR THE PERFECT PROPERTY TO SHOWCASE YOUR FAVORITE PALM TREES.  PH# 239-821-0994

THE MARCO ISLAND YACHT CLUB IS THE PLACE TO BE

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.

CALL THE WALTER TEAM TODAY TO DISCOVER YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE. PH# 239-821-0994

 

THE DOME HOUSE ON CAPE RAMONA OFF MARCO ISLAND

 

 

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 ON SUNNY MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA

KEY MARCO ON MARCO ISLAND

 

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

BEAUTIFUL BEACHES ON SUNNY MARCO ISLAND

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