Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019

Stone crab season starts tomorrow! You know what that means. Time for the Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019 to kick into high gear. That’s right. In just 10 days, Old Naples Waterfront fills up with stone crab and much, much more.

Come to the waterfront between October 25th and 27th for one of our treasured annual traditions, the Naples Stone Crab Festival. Free admission and tons of entertainment as well as mouth-watering crab dishes for sale.

What: Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019
Where: Old Naples Waterfront, Tin City Bayfront (1500 5th Ave S)
When: Oct 25th (4 pm to 9 pm), Oct 26th (10 am to 9 pm) & Oct 27th (10 am to 5 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Stone Crab Festival contact form

Naples Stone Crab Festival 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaThis marks the festival’s 10th year of bringing delicious stone crab, tasty desserts, amazing live music, and family-friendly activities to Tin City. Festivities begin with live music at 4 pm on the Bayfront Stage. But, a Stone Crab Festival isn’t a festival until the traditional cracking of the first stone crab. That takes place at 5 pm at the Tin City parking lot and 5:30 pm on the Bayfront.

Thousands of people attend this festival every year. It’s easy to see why. Dozens of food vendors serve the most delicious crab dishes you’ve ever eaten. Plus, arts and crafts vendors offer unique items that make great birthday, anniversary or Christmas presents for your loved ones (or yourself). Saturday and Sunday begin with a block party that the whole family can enjoy. Two stages (Tin City and Bayfront) bring live musical entertainment all weekend long.

Pure Florida and Naples Princess both offer discounts on their cruises and watercraft rentals. Enter the ice cream eating contest. But watch out for that brain freeze. Let the kids roam free in the Kids Corner, filled with tons of activities meant just for them. You won’t want to miss a minute of all the excitement the stone crab festival brings to the waterfront!

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

Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019

Living on the Gulf of Mexico, we enjoy some of the finest and freshest seafood around. Even if you don’t necessarily like seafood, some of the most talented chefs live and work right here in Southwest Florida. They pooled their talents and put together the Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019 so that they can share their knowledge and skills with you.

Learn how to make some of your favorite dishes from your favorite chefs during Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019 from Oct 21st to 30th. Proceeds fund scholarships and training programs for aspiring chefs in the area.

What: Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019
Where: Various Naples Restaurants
When: October 21st to 30th, times vary
Cost: $60 per class
Contact: Beth Preddy, Event Coordinator (239) 404-5014 or via email

Naples Originals Foodie Camp 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaWhether you’re a chef in your own right, work the grill at a greasy spoon or simply want to enhance your family’s dinner menus at home, everyone learns something new at this foodie camp. Over a dozen chefs, most of whom own and operate their own local restaurants, offer classes showcasing their special brand of cooking. Learn how to make a mouthwatering paella from Chef JC Perez at Lamoraga. Find out the perfect way to cook different cuts of beef from Chef Adam Nardis at M Waterfront Grille. Discover what it takes to make delicious crab cakes from 21 Spices’ very own Chef Asif Sayed. And put together the most delicious appetizers for your next party with the skills you learn from Jeanne Harvey at The Real Macaw. And those are only four of the talented chefs hosting classes at foodie camp.

Ticket Information

Tickets cost $60 per 90-minute class. During each class, students learn how to make a two or three-course meal. They also receive a quick mixology course including appetizers. Enjoy a glass of wine as well. Each class includes its own folder complete with recipes and helpful tips so you can practice your newfound skills at home. Plus you receive one raffle ticket to enter to win a Foodie Camp apron signed by one of the chefs and a $50 gift certificate to one of the restaurants represented at the camp. Foodie fun! Purchase your tickets online here.

Where Does the Money Go?

Proceeds from the Foodie Camp fund scholarships for hospitality school at Florida Gulf Coast University as well as the St Matthews House’s culinary training programs. Since 2015, the Foodie Camp has managed to raise more than $40,000 for these programs. With your help, they could take their efforts over the $50,000 mark. No matter what your skill (or lack thereof), please consider registering for at least one of the Foodie Camp classes this year. They’re all great and well worth it!

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

How to Make Your Marco Island/Naples Home Safer

Compared to almost every other cities in Florida, Marco Island and Naples rank among the safest. In fact, according to, only Key Biscayne and Satellite Beach rank higher in safety than Naples (#4) and Marco Island (#3). Even so, it always makes sense to stay on top of security to avoid becoming a statistic. If you want to keep your loved ones as secure as possible, follow these tips to make your Marco Island or Naples home safer.

Even though Marco Island and Naples land in the top 5 of safest cities in Florida, our family's security tends to be one of our highest priorities. Find out how you can make your home safe for all who dwell within.

How to Make Your Home Safer

Schedule a Safety Home Inspection

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaWhether you just moved in or you lived in your current home for years now, schedule a safety home inspection. North Collier Fire Control offers free safety home inspections for any resident who asks for one. Simply contact Donna Smith at the Life Safety & Prevention Bureau (via phone at 239-597-9227 or via email) to set up your free inspection. Inspections will be able to point out potential safety hazards that you may not have even been aware of before.

Change the Locks

One of the most common things new homeowners overlook is their door locks. Don’t assume that the set of keys you were handed at closing are the only set floating around out there. Install a keyless door lock for less than $200. Then, you won’t worry about fumbling in the dark for your key, allowing prowlers an opportunity to attack.

Let There Be Light…a Lot of Light

If you tend to work late at night, one simple way to scare away would-be robbers is by installing lights on the exterior of your Naples or Marco Island home. It’s a fact that burglars prefer dark, unlit homes to brightly lit ones. Motion-sensitive lights go off when they sense a prowler (man and beast) in the area. “Smart” lights allow you to control any light in your house while you’re away from the convenience of your smartphone. Throw off potential thieves by changing up which lights are on in your house at different times on different days while you’re out of town.

Install a Smart Home Security System

Whether monitored or unmonitored, smart home security systems have come a long way. According to PC Mag, their experts looked at several different home security systems. Their most recommended systems for your house? ADT Pulse, Vivint SmartHome, and SimpliSafe. Their initial start-up fees run between $49 and $230, with each requiring a monthly monitoring fee. SimpliSafe can be installed yourself while the other two require professional installation. Alexa easily hooks up to all three as well.

Be Friendly With the Neighbors

One of the most effective yet least tech-savvy ways to increase the security of your household is to get friendly with your neighbors. Talk to them. Let them know when you expect a delivery or plan on being gone for vacation. Ask them to keep an eye on your place while you’re gone. In return, offer to do the same for them. The more eyes watching out for suspicious activity in the neighborhood, the better. And create a phone tree so that all of your neighbors can quickly and easily get in touch with one another in case of an emergency.

Practice Your Exit Strategy Regularly

It always helps to put an emergency exit strategy in place. If a fire starts in one part of your house, how do you exit to safety? Where do you meet up to make sure everyone’s OK? Set up a direct line of communication with someone outside of the area (grandma in Des Moines, an aunt in Salt Lake City, etc.). Then, make sure everyone has that number memorized. When big emergencies strike (such as a hurricane), local lines tend to clog up with people trying to reach others. Therefore, designating one person for everyone to contact frees up the phone lines. They can disseminate any information necessary. This really helps if you get separated from one another. Practice how you should handle these types of emergencies on a regular basis so that they become second nature. If once a month isn’t feasible, consider doing it once a season.

Don’t Share Everything Online

Finally, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t share everything online. Sure, Bali looks even better in person than pictures. You’re so excited to share the gorgeous photos you took that you can’t wait to upload them right away. But you should…wait that is. Today’s burglars can be quite technically-advanced. Even if you don’t announce your current location in your social media post, the geo-tags on your photos give you away. If they do a little digging, they can find where you live. Since you can’t be in two locations at one time, your home becomes prime target #1 for a break-in. Save your vacation pics until after you arrive safely back home.

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

International Coastal Cleanup 2019 Along Naples & Marco Island Beaches

Our Southwest Florida coastline is valuable real estate in more ways than one. Besides actual home values, these beaches provide a place for the area’s natural flora and fauna to flourish. It also provides endless hours of entertainment for our loved ones. We need to keep it clean and free from debris that might wash out into the ocean and harm the creatures living there. You can help by joining the International Coastal Cleanup 2019 along Naples, Marco Island, and Everglade City beaches this weekend.

Help keep our Southwest Florida beaches clean and our ocean water safe from harmful trash at the International Coastal Cleanup 2019 in Naples, Marco Island & Everglades City.

What: International Coastal Cleanup 2019
When: Saturday, September 21st, 8 am to 11 am
Where: Naples, Marco Island & Everglade City Beaches
Contact: Keep Collier Beautiful (239) 580-8319 or via email

International Coastal Cleanup 2019

Search homes for sale in the Naples/Marco Island areaBack in 1986, two women working for the Ocean Conservancy (Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara) spoke with the Texas General Land Office about organizing volunteers to clean up their local beach. But instead of just picking up trash, they wanted to catalog every piece of trash and where it was found. They believed this would help them find ways to reduce and/or eliminate future ocean waste.

This idea quickly caught on. It eventually grabbed the attention of countries around the world. Today, dozens of countries and hundreds of coastal cities around the country participate in a coastal cleanup.

How to Join In

One way to participate in the coastal cleanup is to simply show up at any of the beaches listed below before 8 am on Saturday, September 21st. Make sure you wear sunscreen, a hat, and glasses to protect yourself from the sun. Bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. If you have a large group of at least 10 people (boy/girl scouts, co-workers, clubs or organizations), you need to pre-register. To do so, contact Keep Collier Beautiful at (239) 580-8319 or via email. With only a few days left, you need to contact them right away.

Naples Beaches

  • Barefoot Beach
  • Clam Pass
  • Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
  • Florida Southwestern State College’s Adopted Canal
  • Golden Gate Canals
  • Haldeman Creek
  • Keywaydin Island (Naples Cruise Club)
  • Lowdermilk Park
  • Naples Bay (Naples Sailing & Yacht Club)
  • Naples Pier
  • Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Vanderbilt Beach

Marco Island Beaches

  • Isles of Capri
  • Tigertail Beach

Everglade City Beaches

  • Downtown
  • Immokalee
  • Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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