Michelle Thomas

Naples Boat Show 2020

Less than two weeks ago, we welcomed in the new year with an early evening fireworks show at Naples Pier. One hundred and forty days separate us until summer (June 1st). But, even though the calendar puts us in the dead of winter, we still experience highs solidly in the 80s right now. So it should come as no surprise that the Naples Boat Show 2020 takes place this upcoming weekend.

MIACC hosts Naples Boat Show 2020 at the Municipal Airport this weekend (Jan 16th to 19th). The biggest boat show of its kind in the area, it features huge deals on Cabin Cruisers, pontoons, fishing boats, safety gear, fishing gear, and much, much more.

What: Naples Boat Show 2020
Where: Naples Airport (526 Terminal Dr)
When: January 16th to 19th, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: $12 per person, kids ages 12 & under/FREE
Contact: Marine Industries Association of Collier County (239) 682-0900 or via email

Naples Boat Show 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaA boat show on land? Sounds a little odd, right? Not so. Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) hosts the biggest recreational watersports show in the area this weekend. And it takes place at the Municipal Airport. However, they do provide a free shuttle to the Naples City Dock. So, test drives before you buy aren’t completely out of the question.

MIACC puts on free fishing seminars each day. Brush up on your skills before you head down to the marina. Visit the nautical market and auction for great deals on center consoles, Cabin Cruisers, fishing boats, and more. Visit the marina to see mega-yachts and “regular” yachts in their element. Make sure to outfit your boat with enough properly-sized life vests to fit anyone onboard. Upgrade to the latest and greatest in today’s safety gear. Let the kids roam free in the Kids Club. And when you get hungry from visiting all the vendors, visit one of the food trucks to fuel up.

Boat Show Ticket Info

Tickets cost $12 per person for a one-day general admission ticket. All kids ages 12 and under get in absolutely free of charge with a paying adult. To reserve your tickets, visit the Naples Boat Show box office website here.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Marco Island Rocks Concert 2020

I certainly hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Now that they’re over, we get back to the business of everyday life here in Southwest Florida. But the fun never stops. This weekend, the City hosts the Marco Island Rocks Concert 2020 for the public.

The very first live event in the Marco Island Rocks Concert 2020 Series takes place this Sat, Jan 11th at Veterans Community Park. The next won't happen until April.

What: Marco Island Rocks Concert 2020
Where: Veterans Community Park
When: Saturday, January 11th, 4:30 pm to 9 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: City of Marco Island via email

Marco Island Rocks Concert 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaFor this first Island Rocks Concert of 2020, Naples’ own Sarah Hadeka and the Bruce Springsteen tribute band “The Boss Band” perform live for the public. Veterans Community Park is situated at Park Ave and W Elkcam Dr. You won’t find any seating at the park itself. So, bring lawn chairs and/or blankets from home for your comfort. Unfortunately, you must leave your coolers at home as well. However, on-site food vendors provide all you need to eat and drink while the concert takes place. The next Island Rocks Concert in this year’s concert series takes place on April 4th.

Marco Island’s 2020 Winter Concert Series

If you want the experience of the Island Rocks Concert to continue for a while longer, consider attending the City’s Winter Concert Series. It takes place at Mackle Park every Sunday through March 29th from 2 pm to 4 pm. They also offer this event absolutely free of charge. Each Sunday, one of four local bands perform. Ferguson and Rogers, Naples New Horizons, Marco Big Band, and Bob Smith & Friends alternate weekends. Naples Big Band performs just once for this series: on March 1st. For a complete schedule of the bands, visit the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Water Quality Testing Scam

We expect the City to pump safe water into our households. Whether bathing in it, drinking it or cooking in it, it needs to be safe for our families to use. Flint, MI popped up on our radar back in 2014. As of June 2019, the mayor of Flint still couldn’t tell the public with 100% certainty that the water was safe to drink. Unfortunately, with very real issues like this, scammers popped up to take advantage. City officials want to make residents aware of a Naples water quality testing scam currently making the rounds.

Beware of companies offering free testing of your household water. They might be part of a Naples water quality testing scam going around via mail right now.

Naples Water Quality Testing Scam

What to Look For

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaSome of you might have received a postage-paid notice in the mail from an official-sounding company like District Water Testing. They ask you to fill out a quick form, including your name and address. Then, they want you to mail it back to them. They say that they will contact you for a free test of your household water, including any softeners or purifiers you use.

Beware! This is NOT an official notice from the City. Instead, this company sells home water treatment devices. The likelihood of their company “discovering” high levels of substances in your water are good. But it isn’t anything that their device can’t fix for a fee, of course. They might even use a litmus test of sorts right in front of you. This test changes the color of the test paper to indicate unhealthy levels of bacteria, metals, chlorine, sulfur, iron, etc. It’s all a scam. The only true testing for these substances takes place in a lab.

What to Do

If you receive a notice like this in the mail, do not fill it out. Perform a quick Google search of the company name to see if it’s real or not. Check for reviews of the company. Then, contact the City of Naples’ Water Treatment Plant at (239) 213-3004 to let them know about it. They can also answer any questions you might have about the quality of Naples’ water. It performs literally tens of thousands of tests each year in compliance with the USEPA and Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s safety standards.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Marco Island Boat Parade & Naples New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2019

Countdown to Christmas and New Year’s Eve continues. The score? Eight more shopping days ’til Christmas. Fifteen days ’til New Year’s Eve. Last weekend, we saw the Christmas boat parade in Naples. This weekend, we get to enjoy the Marco Island Boat Parade. In just two weeks, get ready for some Naples New Year’s Eve Fireworks to end 2019 with a bang!

Finish off 2019 with a bang in Southwest Florida by watching the Marco Island Boat Parade on Dec 21st and the Naples New Year's Eve Fireworks Show on the 31st.

Marco Island Boat Parade 2019

Where: Marco Island Visitor Center (The Esplanade, 760 N Collier)
When: Saturday, December 21st, 6 pm to 9 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce (239) 250-8348

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaEvery year, dozens of local citizens add a festive touch to their boats by stringing hundreds of twinkling lights from stem to stern. Then, they parade them around Marco Island purely for the enjoyment of the public. The best places from which to view this awesome spectacle include the Esplanade (Smokehouse Bay) and Snook Inn (Marco River). Stop by early to scout out your best vantage point. Just make sure you bring a lawn chair for your comfort.

Naples New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2019

Where: Naples Pier (137 12th Ave S)
When: Tuesday, December 31st, 7:30 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: City of Naples (239) 213-1000

In just over two weeks from today, we bid adieu to 2019 and welcome in 2020. How will you spend it? Enjoy a little pre-midnight festivities by watching some fireworks over the Naples Pier. Meant to be a family-friendly affair, bring the kids with you. Watch for the “no parking” signs around the pier. Local police strongly enforce these. You wouldn’t want to start the new year off with a ticket, would you? Stick to public parking lots (3rd St S and 5th Ave S) to avoid parking tickets. And, please, stay away from private properties and driveways without the owner’s permission.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos