Realtors merge forces

In a move aimed at future growth and expansion, top performing Realtors Mike O’Rourke and Mike Boland earlier this year merged their businesses into the long-established Sandlin Team.

The Sandlin Team has consistently been #1 in sales volume in the Marco Island Area, with sales of more than $1 billion since 1982. The combined operation stilll functions under the Sandlin Team name.

“The Sandlin Team is the benchmark for excellence in the real estate business, and this merger has been a terrific fit for the three businesses to grow aggressively,” O’Rourke said. “The client and customer focus, shared values and mutual respect made this an exciting and dynamic opportunity for serving all our clients and customers.”

Alan Sandlin said O’Rourke and Boland have demonstrated excellence throughout their association down the years and particularly noted “integrity in their personal lives and businesses and businesses, giving generously of their time and talents to raise the bar of the real estate profession.”

Linda Sandlin described O’Rourke and Boland as the “perfect complement to team values, which are the cornerstone of the success of the Sandlin Team.”

Milestones in the team’s history are: founding (by Linda Sandlin) in 1982; joining the ReMax brokerage in 1986, forming the first team in 1995, achieving more than $100 million in sales in 2004; deciding on “aggressive expansion” in 2014, and merging with Boland and O’Rourke in 2015.

The office is at 886 Park Avenue, #102, opposite Veterans Community Park. Website is

Local golf course keeps top 100 ranking

For the 11th consecutive year, The Creek Course at Fiddler’s Creek is ranked among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the country.

The Arthur Hills-designed course is notable for lush natural surroundings and features a series of strategic and challenging holes.

The magazine’s criteria for selection includes overall strength of routing, feature shaping, natural setting, greens, variety and memorability of holes, conditioning and maintenance and landscape management. This year, more than 700 course raters from across the country reviewed more than 3,000 courses to create the list.

For membership details and more information on Fiddler’s Creek, call 732-9300, stop by the Fiddler’s Creek Information Center at 8152 Fiddler’s Creek Parkway, or visit

Marco resort scoops kudos

In the past couple of years, Marco has had a generous share of TripAdvisor salutations, and now, the Marco Beach Ocean Resort has been selected by readers of Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top 25 resorts in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico and Central regions.

The “beachfront boutique” resort ranked No. 18 in the magazine’s 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. It has75 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom suites with balcony views of the Gulf or gardens.

A big local and visitor favorite is the award-winning Sale e Pepe restaurant, while other amenities include a spa and fitness center; swimming pool; and direct access to the beach. The resort is a popular choice not only for vacations, but also for destination weddings and executive business meetings.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort is at 480 South Collier Blvd. Call 393-1400 or 800-715-8517, or visit

New Yoga studio opens in town

If you’ve been hesitant to experience the mind and body benefits of yoga, Kerri Lampos pledges to change that in a heartbeat.

She has launched Revival Yoga Fitness Studio, which she says offers a “serene environment to learn and practice yoga, empower, and connect with others.”

Lampos says she was inspired by studios in California, Colorado, and her sister’s studio in the Chicago area.

“After practicing yoga for years at home, in a gym or recreation center, practicing yoga in a studio brought the realization of what was missing. It’s an entirely different experience and it brings your practice to a whole new level,” she said.

The studio will keep a diverse schedule while offering occasional workshops and add classes to cater to student feedback.

“This is all about bringing the studio experience to the island and feedback is a critical piece to that,” Lampos said.

Dish out some goodwill

As he does every year, Realtor Bill Filbin invites Marco Islanders to cook up some hot side dishes for delivery on Thanksgiving morning to St. Matthews House in Naples.

Home cooks are asked to drum up precooked, reheatable side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casseroles, baked yams, vegetables and pies. Kandy at the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (394-5616) will supply aluminum disposable trays with covers before the time, and donors are asked to bring the food along to the assocation buidling at 140 Waterway Drive (near City Hall) between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The only request from Filbin is that the trays of food contain no excess liquid.

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