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This home on Isla del Sol in Fiddlers Creek is one of eight on show during a locally-organized tour this Sunday.

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This home on Isla del Sol in Fiddlers Creek is one of eight on show during a locally-organized tour this Sunday.

Sunday survey

Realtors ML Meade and Natalie Kirstein of Marco Island have put together a luxury home tour this Sunday at Fiddler’s Creek.

The twosome draw attention to the community’s lush landscaping, and also amenities such as golf, tennis, nature trails, casual and fine dining, and also beach and marina membership.

The tour runs 1 p.m. through 4 p.m., and homes featured are in the $650,000 to $3 million price range.

The tour starts in Bellagio, the third street on the right upon entering the community.

A map of the eight homes on view is available at 8511 Bellagio.

Call Meade at 293-4851, or Kirstein at 784-0491.

Stamp out the weekend wait

The USPS Contract Postal Unit located at Keep In Touch, Cards, Gifts and More in the Shops of Marco (Barfield and San Marco Road) is offering Sunday service to postal patrons through the end of season.

Co-owner Mike Held, said due to overwhelming demand by postal patrons, the store decided to extend Sunday service through the season.”

Held’s business partner Jiri Mikulinec said taking care of postal business on a Sunday beats standing in line of typical busy Mondays at the main post office.

While no mail will go out on Sunday it will allow patrons the opportunity to mail packages or buy stamps on Sunday, particularly because the self-service machine was removed from the main Post Office last year, Held said.

Seasonal hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

All postal services from certified mail to sending packages and buying stamps are available with the exception of postal money orders.

Mail pick up is weekdays at noon and 4 p.m., and on Saturday at noon only.

Internet, fax and notary services are also available at the store.

Classy relief

Local businesses take note: Your private portals could win you acclaim.

Nominations are being accepted for the eighth annual “America’s Best Restroom Award,” presented by Cintas Corporation.

Criteria are that restrooms must be free and open to visitors, the public and employees.

Nominators are not required to have a professional relationship with the business or staff that manages the facility, but personal experience is encouraged.

In an esthetic sense, past champions have boasted breathtaking skyline views, unique décor and sparkling fixtures.

Up to 10 finalists will be announced in June, at which time the Internet public will be asked to cast their votes.

The contest has attracted tens of thousands of votes since its inception in 2002.

Previous winners have included restrooms at Notre Dame University, The Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio.

For more information call David Brandt at 757-456-5212.

Nominations can be submitted through March 31.

Join the Club

Just 100 bucks. That’s the amount it costs to join the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s Presidents Club, and Chamber President Joyce McFarland is exhorting as many members as possible to do so.

In her monthly magazine article, McFarland says the extra $100 makes a big difference in the Chamber’s budget.

“You may not realize it, but it has been five years since the last dues increase, partly due to the President’s Club adding extra revenue,” she writes.

“The Chamber’s upcoming Business Expo participant fee has remained the same for the past three years, as well.

“Your chamber is very cognoscente of the economic situation and the impact to Marco area businesses, so the extra income generated from the President’s Club helps in keeping costs to our members down.”

An extra benefit, McFarland says, is an invitation to an exclusive cocktail party at the end of each year.

Also, throughout the year, President’s Club members attend After Fives free of charge, and receive preferred seating at Chamber events.

McFarland also is promoting a “Business-To-Business” program that offers President’s Club members discounts at participating Chamber member businesses by showing their laminated President’s Club membership card.

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