Marco Island is the largest of Florida's
Ten Thousand Islands and is the gateway to the Everglades. It is connected
to the mainland by two bridges, the Judge S.S. Jolley to the north and the
Goodland Bridge to the south. There are 100 miles of man-made waterfront canals
on Marco and the majority of the home sites are on water. The boating in this
area is unsurpassed. Back water or offshore, we have many fun places to cruise
to and the fishing is great too
Our beaches are spectacular with 3
½ miles of crescent shaped beach and beaches you can access by boat on
some of the other 10,000 Islands. There are three main access points to
Marco's crystal beaches. Golfing is another great pastime and we offer several
quality courses in the
area. Marco Island is just 16 miles south of Naples, about 45 minutes south
of Southwest Florida's International Airport and 98 miles due west of
Marco Island is the southernmost point on
the Gulf of Mexico. We get the best weather possible and we get very
favorable breezes in the summer and less rain than the mainland in the rainy
Over 13 thousand residents celebrated the
30th anniversary of the modern Marco Island in 1995. Although William
Thomas Collier has been given the credit of the founding of Marco Island in
1870 it is proven by archeological finds the first settlers were the Calusa
Indians. Samples of Calusa artifacts are in various institutions around the
world. One famous artifact is the Key Marco Cat. The cat is a Calusa Indian
wood carving of half-man, half-panther and is about six inches high. It is
dated to 500-800 A.D. It was discovered on Marco Island in 1896.
The Art League of Marco Island is located
at 1010 Winterberry Dr. You can purchase paintings & sculptures, attend
a workshop instructed by a famous artist (they bring outstanding artists to
Marco from all over the United States), or just browse thru the Gallery.
Classes, lectures, workshops and gallery shows are conducted on a regular
Philharmonic Center for the Arts - This
landmark is home to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, shows and special
events. The extensive and diverse schedule includes classical, traditional
and popular events with orchestral music, opera and ballet as well as musicals,
comedy and drama.
The Marco Library is the largest of seven
Collier County Branches. It is spacious with a large collection of books,
videos and magazines. They offer an extensive schedule of free programs to
children and also to adults.
There are more than 80 restaurants in the
area that offer diversified cuisine. Many spotlight Florida's freshest
seafood straight from the docks - you will enjoy shrimp, sweet scallops,
succulent crabs and of course the best grouper you could ever
There is one elementary school (Tommie
Barfield) and one Charter school located on Marco Island. There are several
elementary and high schools located in nearby Naples. Educational opportunities
are not limited to those offered only through the public school system.
Many private schools
exist to augment the public system, offering pre-school and high school
Coconut Island, with Hideaway Beach in background
SOME OF MARCO'S RARE
Manatees - The manatee is the most
endangered aquatic mammal in the United States. It is estimated only 1800
survive in the wild.
Brown Pelicans - The pelican flock to
docks to eat cleaned fillets and even hooked fish - often with deadly results.
They are expert anglers but are famous for freeloading.
Stone Crabs - Stone Crab season runs
from October 15th to May 15th. Once a crab is caught, if both claws are legal
size, they are pulled off and the crab is thrown back in the water. The claws
can regenerate up to five times in less than a year.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle - Turtle
nesting season is May to the end of October. Five species of endangered turtles
come ashore to lay their eggs on Florida beaches. During sea turtle season keep
all beach facing lights off since hatchlings instinctively head towards the
brightest light on the on the horizon - which should be the moon over the
Burrowing Owls - These tiny,
nine-inch tall birds of prey are underground dwellers. If abandoned holes
aren't available, they will excavate their own homes in grassy fields and
vacant lots. Unlike most owls, burrowing owls forage for insects, mice, snakes
and other pests.
Alligators - Florida has one of only
two species of alligators left in the world, the American alligator. Today,
alligators have recovered from near extinction..
PLACES TO VISIT
Brigg's Nature Center - You can view
a variety of wildlife at the center, including over 100 species of birds.
Located about nine miles north of Marco.
Collier-Seminole Park - Here you can
camp or just bring your family to hike the many nature and wilderness trails.
Along the way you will see many tropical trees, plants and orchids.
Big Cypress National Preserve - The
Preserve has over 700,000 acres. The canoeing is great here and they have
trails for hiking also..
Everglades National Park - The park
offers numerous hiking trails and here you will see some of the rare wildlife I
described. You will have the opportunity to see alligators, turtles, manatees,
snakes, deer, cougar and other wildlife, not to mention the exotic
Remodeling and Renovations >Considering Major Improvements
You have decided that it is time to sell your home. After taking an objective look around, you realize that you have a lot of work to do in order to prepare your home for the market. If it will take more than just cleaning to get your home for showing, it may be time to call in two professionals--a home improvement contractor and a professional real estate agent.
The ideal listing has a modern kitchen and bath, fresh paint, beautiful lighting fixtures and elegant hardwood floors or high-end wall-to-wall carpet. Your real estate agent can offer suggestions about what your house needs, what colors or cabinet styles are popular with buyers, and tips on cost-effective improvements. The contractor can work with you to put your plan into action.
If you feel that the costs or disruption of a major remodeling project would be overwhelming, you have the option of marketing your home as a "fixer-upper." If you decide to sell your home "as is", your agent can prepare a market analysis to give you an idea of what you can expect to net from the sale of your home.
What site discovered in 1965 is considered the world's oldest known habitation?
The Terra Amata site in Nice, France has the remains of 21 huts belonging to the Acheulian culture from 400,000 years ago.
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