Please join us for the best open house you will ever attend..

How did an alligator-infested swamp transform into America’s No. 1 island travel destination?

It wasn’t easy!

In celebration of modern Marco Island's 50th birthday in 2015, author Michael Coleman has published Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground, a compelling 110-page editorial and photographic narrative showcasing the island’s miraculous conversion from sacred Indian ground and backwater trading post to the posh, world-class resort/leisure community it is today.

Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground reads more like a page-turning novel as opposed to the fact-based account Coleman and his editorial team have accurately portrayed. But as you’ll soon learn flipping through the pages, there’s more to this remarkable gem than just iconic white sand beaches and sparkling mansions on perfectly-carved man-made canals . . . much more!

Eight of the island’s top authors, writers and photographers - Elizabeth "Betsy'' Perdichizzi, Don Farmer & Chris Curle, Tom Williams, Marion Nicolay, Quentin Roux, Joel Gewirtz & Barry Howe - collaborated with Coleman on the two-year project.

Fawny live at 6:30 this Friday October 30th!! at La Tavola Restaurant and Bar

On Thursday November 5th the Knights of Columbus will be hosting Christmas Island Style Spaghetti Dinner at the San Marco Parish Center located at 851 San Marco Road on Marco Island. The Center is located right next door to the San Marco Catholic Church! The dinner will be 4:30pm till 7:00pm and take out will also be available. The dinner consists of spaghetti with our secret marinara sauce, meatballs, Italian Sausage, Salad w/dressing, Italian Bread and Dessert. All for the special price of $12.00 per person. $5.00 for Children Under 12. Beverages available (cash bar).
Please bring a baby item (diapers, bottles, etc) to fill our playpen for the pregnancy center of Naples. Everyone invited! Call 239-389-5633 for information.

The first seminar of the 2015-2016 Shell Club season will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.(note time change) at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Gary Lytton, former director of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will present Tales from the Coast: 30 Years of Adventures at Rookery Bay. The seminar is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served following Gary’s program.

Gary is currently serving as the new Executive Director for the Friends of Rookery Bay, Inc., a local non-profit organization with 800 members, established over 25 years ago to help support the mission of the 110,000 acre Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He retired from 33 years of public service in August 2015, after 25 years as the Director for the Rookery Bay Reserve.

That's right! Friday, November 13th is going to be Your Lucky Day but only if you get your ticket now. Don't miss out on this fun evening with good food, a wheel of fortune, a silent auction of delightful mailbox brackets painted by local artists and a live auction of beautiful paintings. The fun starts at 5:30.

Tickets are $35. Call the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts at 239-389-0280 or the Marco Island Center for the Arts at 239-394-4221 to get your tickets.

It will be 'Your Lucky Day"!

November 6-7, 2015
The Friends of Rookery Bay and Coastal Conservation Association of Florida are jointly hosting the Guardian Anglers Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 6-7, 2015. Registration has opened for this fundraiser, which will engage local anglers in a catch-and-release challenge with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Men, women and children anglers are invited to participate.

This two-day event begins Friday evening with the captains’ meeting and reception including cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and raffles at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. On Saturday, anglers may depart from any location they choose within tournament boundaries, from Gordon Pass to Lostman’s River, at safe light. The day concludes with an awards dinner. The cost for anglers to participate is $100. Tickets are also available for non-anglers to attend the evening event. The cost to attend the event on Friday evening is $10. Online registration is available at

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