A local airboat company has expanded its services to include a water taxi service between Caxambas Park and Stan’s Idle Hour Restaurant in Goodland.
The Island Breeze can carry 32 passengers, and departs at 11:30 a.m. Sunday with an estimated arrival time of around 1 p.m. depending on “eco stops” that might occur during the ride over to Goodland.
Departure time from Stan’s is 4:30 p.m., with the same loose arrival time at Caxambas Park for the same reasons.
Passengers, according to First Mate and publicist Jenny Buehrer, will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases at Stan’s.
Advance reservations are required (24 hours), and prices have yet to be determined. Call 970-2340
The company’s airboat tours run out of Stan’s Monday through Saturday, and the boats are moored at the restaurant.
Performing against the flow
By many standards 2008 was not a good year in real estate in the Marco Island area.
However, 29 Marco Island Prudential Florida Realtors did excel under very trying circumstances and were recognized at the company’s recent annual awards luncheon.
Keynote speaker Jon Gordon — author of the immensely popular The Energy Bus motivational book — told the audience that the solutions to challenges are within each one of us, and that successful people always look forward and are motivated to find opportunities when others despair.
This is certainly true of Helga Wetzold who was recognized as the No. 11 ranked Realtor among more than 1,800 Prudential Florida Realty associates.
Other award winners were:
n President’s Circle Award: John and Sandra James, Judy Kenney and Patty Carnes, Susie Hauze, and Lee and Wanda Day.
n Leading Edge Award: Michelle and Wright Taylor, Rod and Diane Rodrigue, Barbara and Gerry Rosenblum, and Janice and Bobby Camposano.
n Honor Society: Lisa Grear, Tony Bernosky, Maureen Roberts, Jon Busch, Gordon Potter, Phil and Victoria Josberger, Peggy Forrester, Patricia Rodinsky, Ed and Maryanne Valvano, Susan LaGrotta and Jack Owen.
I am very proud to be associated with this group of outstanding Realtors. They are exceptional in that they will be successful during good times and during the challenging times.
They are dedicated to their customers and provide exemplary service to retain their allegiance. These people are the true real estate professionals.
— George A. Percel Eagle i contributor and Prudential Florida Realty Managing Broker.
CHS Healthcare’s Marco Island Pediatrics has announced the arrival of Dr. Ashu Paul to their Marco office.
Dr. Paul is a pediatrician who has been working at CHS/FSU Immokalee Pediatrics, and replaces Dr. Kelly Fontana.
Marco Island Pediatrics will be accepting new patients for Dr. Paul as of April 6, 2009.
“We wish Dr. Fontana the best in her new endeavor and we are pleased to be able to place an excellent pediatrician in our Marco pediatric office,” said CHS Healthcare’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jerry Williamson.
Dr. Paul has been with CHS Healthcare’s Children’s Health Network of pediatric offices since 2007.
Marco Island Pediatrics is located at 40 Heathwood Drive. Call 394-0693.
Appointments are currently being scheduled for new patients, school physicals and vaccinations.
Shores Opens Doors
Marriott’s Crystal Shores Vacation Club has swung open its doors to guests with the completion of phase 1.
It comprises 71 two- and three-bedroom villas, and will eventually have a capacity of 219 units.
Resort amenities include a zero-entry pool area with waterslide and extensive landscaping, a zero-entry modern designed pool with a whirlpool spa, and six cabanas.
Also on offer for guests is an outdoor terrace with fire pits and barbecue areas
Stilts elevated pool bar and grill offers lunch and dinner daily, and is open to the public.
Floor plans range in size from 1,100 to 1,450 square feet, and villas have attractive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls which open up to balconies with panoramic views.
Other resort features include a convenience store, a resort activities center and a temporary fitness center featuring Life Fitness equipment.
Later additions will include two pools, whirlpool spas, a fitness center and owners’ lounge.