By Natalie Strom
Without the support of volunteers, the City of Marco Island would be a much different place. No fool to this fact, the city honored its volunteers at a luncheon held on April 25th at the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum.
A lovely lunch of chicken salad, wraps, BBQ beef sandwiches, meatballs, pasta salad and divine multi-flavored cheesecake slices were the fare of the day.
City Manager Dr. Jim Riviere and Council Chair Joe Batte both spoke briefly, thanking all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
As volunteers and city employees dined together and enjoyed each other’s company, Leslie Sanford of the city’s Human Resources Department called up each group of volunteers to be recognized. The list seemed endless. From the Planning Board to the Arts Advisory Committee to the Beach Stewards and Burrowing Owl Monitors, the city volunteers must never sleep. Of course there are many more volunteers than those mentioned above. One mustn’t forget about the many other committees: Audit Advisory, Beach Advisory, Beautification Advisory, Waterways, Parks and Recreation and Bike Path Advisory.
Those who donated time to the Marco Fire Rescue Foundation or Police Foundation were in attendance as were the many other volunteers that serve on boards not mentioned within this article or through private organizations that are an asset to the city.
It was a nice break from lots of hours logged with zero pay, all for the benefit of the city. The hard work of these volunteers is evident as the general gravitation towards Marco by people from all over the country continues to grow year after year.