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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving on the Beach


Whether you’re taking a vacation to a tropical island this holiday break or you’re just headed down the street to the ocean nearby, celebrating Thanksgiving at the beach can be a blast. However, if you’re planning to celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach this year, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Take Turkey in Fun Directions 
It’s Thanksgiving; of course you need turkey. But that doesn’t mean that you need to lug a fully cooked 25-pounder down to the beach. Instead, consider turkey alternatives. For example, you could make gourmet turkey and stuffing paninis, Thanksgiving pizza or bite-size turkey h’orderves. This is a great opportunity to think outside the box.

A major factor in what type of turkey dishes you should bring depends on how many guests you’ll be hosting, as well as the weather. Is a homemade turkey stew the best option or should you go with shredded turkey tacos?

Bring Plenty of Cocktails
Whether you want to stick to classic beach drinks like margaritas or seasonal variations like a frozen Cape Codder, cocktails are key for any beach festivity. Make sure you use your blender to prepare your drinks.

Try Ocean-inspried Side Dishes 
Don’t just stick to the traditional mashed potatoes and green beans. Incorporate shrimp, scallops and other delicious seafood options into your turkey day side dishes.

Play Thanksgiving Games
It’s Thanksgiving vacation, take the chance to play holiday games. Try your hand at some touch football on the sand or a version of corn hole where you toss cans of cranberry sauce.





Marco Island is the largest island in the beautiful chain of south Florida islands called the Ten Thousand Islands. Even though it is relatively close to Naples and connected to the mainland by two different bridges, the island maintains its remote, isolated feel. The island features a variety of delightful out-door activities. Beach-going opportunities abound and include two public beaches as well as several offshore island beaches.

With an average of 264 sunny days a year, Florida’s Paradise Coast is home to one of the country’s mildest climates.

Southwest Florida is a tropical paradise. Warm temperatures, balmy breezes, sunny skies and an occasional shower are the norm for Marco Island. The Gulf Water temperature ranges from the mid 60’s January through March and up into the mid 80’s from June through September. Southwest Florida’s average air temperature is 77 degrees.

Call the Walter Team today, and lets us help you find, and own a piece of this amazing island we call home.  PH# 239-821-0994


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


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.



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