Safest Cities in Florida: Marco Island & Naples Make the Top 10

We all want our loved ones to be safe. Whether that’s walking to school, playing outside in the neighborhood or tucked away at night. Our family’s security sits high on the list of priorities when searching for a Southwest Florida home. Just last month, the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released its “Safest Cities in Florida” list for 2020. Marco Island and Naples made the Top 10 out of more than 100 cities reviewed.

Looking for a beautiful place to live that your family can also feel safe in? Marco Island and Naples ranked #3 and #6 on the NCHSS list of "Safest Cities in Florida" for 2020.

Safest Cities in Florida

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThe NCHSS compiled a list of FBI crime stats from 129 Florida cities to determine which Florida cities were the safest. Marco Island ranked #3 while Naples came in at the 6th spot. As tourist cities, both Marco Island and Key Biscayne share many characteristics in common. Crime tends to be scarce in both places. Marco Island’s statistics actually skewed lower for violent and property crimes per 1000 people. However, it ranked just behind Key Biscayne due to the fewer law enforcement employees in the city.

How Rankings Were Determined

The officials at the NCHSS reviewed the FBI’s 2018 crime statistics (the most recent year available). They dismissed any cities from the list that either didn’t submit their stats to the FBI or whose population fell below 10,000. They looked at both violent (murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assault) and non-violent crimes (burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny, arson). Then, they added up the total of both and divided it by the total number of residents. In turn, this created a “crimes per 1000 people” ratio. After that, they looked at how many law enforcement personnel each city employs. The higher the personnel per number of residents, the higher the ranking.

Top 10 Safest Cities in Florida

  1. Satellite Beach
  2. Key Biscayne
  4. North Palm Beach
  5. Parkland
  7. Lynn Haven
  8. Oviedo
  9. Sebastian
  10. Groveland

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

Naples National Art Show 2020

We love the arts here in Southwest Florida. They come in many forms. Last month saw the Marco Island Chalk Arts event. Late last year, we celebrated our local culinary arts scene with Naples Winter Restaurant Week. Last summer, the Naples Jazz Society hosted a free Summer Concert series. This month, Naples Art hosts the Naples National Art Show 2020 at Cambier Park.

Hundreds of artists showcase their talents at the Naples National Art Show 2020 in Cambier Park on February 22nd & 23rd.

What: Naples National Art Show 2020
Where: Cambier Park (585 Park St)
When: February 22nd & 23rd, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free ($5 donation suggested per person)
Contact: Naples Art (239) 262-6517 or via email

Naples National Art Show 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaAt the Naples National Art Show, judges encourage artists to utilize any medium they feel most comfortable with. So, you may see glasswork, woodwork, metal, and mixed media next to paintings, photographs, and pottery.

Stick around after the show on Saturday. The Blu-Tones entertain the audience with their renditions of classic hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Artichoke & Co offer delicious tidbits of food for sale as well as several non-alcoholic drinks. It’s strictly BYOB/BYOC (bring your own blanket/bring your own chair). No seating will be provided. Organizers forbid outside food and drink on the premises.

Admission & Parking

Admission and parking to the show are both provided free of charge. However, it costs Naples Art money to host this show each year. Providing a fantastic forum for artists to showcase their work comes at a cost, especially one that makes many top art show lists around the country. Therefore, they suggest (not demand) that anyone attending donate $5 each at the gate to help offset costs. Parking will be available along 5th Ave and Cambier Park.

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

Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020 in Naples

Southwest Florida weather provides a fantastic opportunity to enjoy golfing during the winter. Our amazing courses allow for some serious competitive play as well. That must be why the Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020 comes back to the Lely Resort in Naples next week.

The Chubbs Classic Golf Tournament 2020 returns to Naples' Lely Resort Feb 10th to 16th. It includes the Taste of SW Florida event from Feb 14th to 16th as well.

What: Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020
Where: Lely Resort (7989 Grand Lely Dr)
When: February 10th to 16th
Admission: $20 single-day pass, $40 four-day pass (13th to 16th)
Contact: The Classics Country Club (239) 593-3900

Chubb Classic Golf Tournament 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThe tournament reserves the first few days for competitor practice. Gates open to the public on the 13th, 14th, and 16th at 8 am. On Saturday, however, they don’t open until 10 am. The first round starts around 9 am on Friday, with the telecast starting at 12 pm. The second round starts at 11 am on Saturday, with the telecast starting at 3 pm. On Sunday, watch the final round beginning at 8 am, with the telecast at 3 pm. Awards will be handed out following the last play on the 18th green.

Taste of SW Florida 2020

Starting on Valentine’s Day, the Taste of SW Florida 2020 comes to the Lely Resort. Sample some of the finest cuisine prepared by our most talented local chefs (from 2 pm to 5 pm daily). This event continues until Sunday, February 16th. Each Taste of SW Florida ticket grants you same-day access to the Chubb Classic Golf Tournament.

Chubb Classic Tickets

Pick up a one day pass for $20 per person. But, if you plan on watching the action live on more than one day, purchase a four-day pass for just $40 per person. Only single-day admissions are available for the Taste of SW Florida event. If purchased before the end of business on February 9th, you pay $50 per person. After the 9th, you must pay $60 per person. These may be purchased in four-pack blocks for a discount of $43.75 each ($175 for the four). Simply visit the resort’s ticket website to purchase your tickets today.

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

Naples Cars on Fifth 2020 Charity Event

Known for its beautiful location, Fifth Ave South provides the backdrop for many fun events here in Naples throughout the year. Some of these include charity events like Naples Cars on Fifth 2020. The largest event in the city for the year, Cars on Fifth raises money for those in need: St. Matthew’s House.

All money raised from the Naples Cars on Fifth 2020 charity event benefit St Matthew's House. Come see exotic foreign cars next to classic American muscle cars and help the homeless in our community at the same time.

What: Naples Cars on Fifth 2020
Where: 701 5th Ave South
When: Saturday, February 8th, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: General Admission/$20 per person, VIP/$50 per person
Contact: Ferrari Club of America, Naples Chapter via email

Naples Cars on Fifth 2020

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThe Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America hosts this annual fundraising event. They organize owners of 575 different exotic and American muscle cars, including over 100 Ferraris. Don’t be surprised if you see a vintage Ferrari Spyder next to a classic 1955 Corvette V8. Or a Porsche 356 lined up across from a ’68 Mercury Cougar GT-E. Whether you love international or domestic cars, there is something here to excite everyone’s tastes.

Auctions and Raffles

Three items will be offered up for auction at Naples Cars on Fifth 2020. The first offers up to four hours of travel on the Honda Jet Elite, a private luxury airplane. The second item up for bid is a signed copy of Leroy Neiman’s “24 Hours at LeMans” serigraph. Finally, for the more adventurous of the group, place your bid on a half-hour sunset helicopter tour of Naples for up to six passengers. To view each item and place your own bid, visit the Cars on Fifth website here.

Admission Costs

General admission costs $20 per person for anyone aged 13 or above. Kids under 13 get in for free. For an elevated experience, purchase a VIP wristband for $50 each. This grants the wearer access to the VIP area, where they showcase the most expensive and exotic cars at the event. Plus, receive two drink tickets (choice of beer or wine), catered food, and private restroom facilities. It also allows you access to all other areas of the event for the day. Purchase your wristbands early by visiting the Cars on Fifth website here.

St. Matthew’s House

One hundred percent of the money raised at each Cars on Fifth event benefits St. Matthew’s House. In the last two years alone, over $250,000 was given to St. Matthew’s House. They provide housing (up to 400 people) and food (up to 600 people) for the homeless population in the Naples area every single day. They also operate a food pantry, recovery program, and operate the Immokalee Friendship House. They’ve been serving Naples and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.

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