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If you still needed confirmation that we live in one of the top boating areas in the nation, you’ve got it now.

A prestigious list of the best yacht clubs in America has named three in Collier County to its list of the top 20.

They include the Marco Island Yacht Club on the Marco River, the venerable Naples Yacht Club, situated on Naples Bay in the heart of downtown Naples, and the Pelican Isle Yacht Club, five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico at Wiggins Pass on the Cocohatchee River.

All three were selected for the Platinum Clubs of America 2014-2016 list of top 20 yacht clubs, Naples as No. 8, Pelican Isle as No. 14 and Marco Island as No. 16.

“We are excited and honored by our recent Platinum Clubs of America recognition,” General Manager at Pelican Isle Yacht Club Robert J. DiBiase said. “We know that Pelican Isle Yacht Club is a very special place and are happy to see that others are also acknowledging this as well. We feel our friendly membership, wonderful club amenities and prime location in Collier County are key to its success. Top it off with quick and easy beach shuttle or boaters access to two of the finest beaches and in the country.”

At Naples Yacht Club, Commodore Russell G. Overton said, “Naples Yacht Club is honored to be the top-ranked Platinum Club in the state of Florida in the yacht club category. We are in the top ten nationwide, which is a source of pride to our membership, as they celebrate our club’s heritage and observe our time-honored traditions. Our staff strives to maintain this status each day by delivering on the promise of ‘ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.’”

Platinum Club recognition is a respected award in the private club industry with only the top 4 percent of private clubs receiving platinum status. Platinum Clubs of America is managed by Club Leaders Forum.

Initiated in 1997, the Platinum Clubs of America vote takes place every other year and is conducted through a nationwide vote of 4,400 club managers and presidents or owners.

There are seven criteria for a club to be considered for selection as a Platinum Club of America, ranging from its amenities, staff and service to its fiscal management.

Voters are requested to select clubs in five categories: Golf Clubs, Country Clubs, City Clubs, Athletic Club and Yacht Clubs. Points are awarded for each vote and the total number of points are divided by the number of voters to provide an average score. The clubs are ranked by score, highest to lowest and 125 country clubs, 50 golf and city clubs and 20 athletic and yacht clubs are acknowledged with platinum status until the next vote in September 2016.

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