Tag Archives: Mackle Brothers

Bridge Dedication a Joyous Occasion

A crowd gathered to watch as the former Smokehouse Bay Bridge was renamed the Herbert R. Savage Bridge.

By Don Manley Humor dispensed lovingly and a deep well of respect highlighted the dedication ceremony for what is now known as the Herbert R. Savage Bridge. The former Smokehouse Bay Bridge was renamed to honor the man known as the city’s “unofficial mayor” for his role as a chief architect for the developers of modern Marco, the Mackle Brothers, ... Read More »

Celebrate Marco Island’s 50th Anniversary


By Don Manley Much has changed on Marco Island since the Mackle Brothers ushered in the community’s modern era in 1962. It was then that the brothers – Elliott, Robert, and Frank, Jr. – went together with the heirs of Barron Gift Collier and established a joint venture to develop the Island. Their company, the Deltona Corp., created a master ... Read More »

Marco Island City Council


By Pat Newman There were plenty of waves Tuesday night at Marco Island’s City Council meeting when the resolution to approve a temporary use permit for construction staging at Rose Marina came up for discussion. Ultimately, the 50-year old family-owned marina, was approved for using lots zoned “residential” for boat storage while constructing a new storage facility in a vote ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association


Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the ... Read More »

Building Paradise: Q&A with Herb Savage

Herb Savage sits in his office where he keeps memorabilia, amazing photographs and architectural plans. PHOTO BY NATALIE STROM

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Many Marco Island residents know Herb Savage. The man has lived here since 1979, but his legacy on Marco Island supersedes that date. As the official architect to the Mackle Brothers, Savage helped create the vision that is now Marco Island. Approaching his 95th birthday on January 6, Coastal Breeze News asked Savage to sit down ... Read More »

Tradewinds Tracks Marco’s Past

The Tradewinds Condominium.

By Natalie Strom – natalie@coastalbreezenews.com How old is Marco Island exactly? Currently celebrating its 15th Anniversary as an incorporated City, we all know our island home is much, much older. Thousands of years old, if not more. Thanks to Calusa Indian remnants we know this much. Settlers came in the late 1800‘s; fish camps, schools, general stores and even a hotel or ... Read More »

Prudential Florida Realty Associates

With more than 110 Realtors and guests in attendance three Prudential Florida Realty Associates were recognized and honored by their peers at the 37th Annual Installation of Officers and Directors and annual awards presentation of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors at Hideaway Beach Club. Gerry Rosenblum was installed as President for 2013 of the Marco Island Area Association ... Read More »

REMEMBERING HELEN: Building the Marco Community


By Craig Woodward  CWoodward@wpl-legal.com  On Wednesday, November 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a church which first opened 46 years earlier in November of 1966, many old timers came together to celebrate the life of a Modern Marco pioneer – Helen Tateo. She and her husband, Vince, moved to Marco Island in August of 1966, just a little over a ... Read More »

Marco Toastmasters: A New Chapter

By Kathleen Zehler Wednesday, September 26, 2012, marked the date as the first official meeting for the New Chapter of Toastmasters of Marco Island. Toastmasters Club is a driving force with a noble mission: To help more men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understanding, ... Read More »

Woodward speaks to Newcomers Group

By Marilyn Honahan  marilyn@coastalbreezenws.com  The members of Newcomers Club of Marco Island were entertained at their May monthly meeting by guest speaker, local attorney and historian, Craig Woodward. Craig, an attorney with Woodward Pires and Lombardo, was introduced by the Newcomers Program Co-Chair, Helen McCullough. He grew up in Old Marco moving here with his family in 1968 and has ... Read More »

Another of the greatest generation lost: Eugene Ostrom

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Eugene Ostrom passed away April 7th, 2012 in Schaumberg IL. Gene served in the Army Air Force as a nose gunner and flew missions over Germany, to survive those were against great odds. His Commander in the European theater was none other than Jimmy Stewart. Gene will be missed by his friends and comrades of ... Read More »

The military life of Herb Savage

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Herb Savage is a man who wears many hats. He has been married for more than sixty years and is a father to three adult children who have kids of their own. As one of the original architects to the Mackle Brothers, he designed the first hotel on Marco Island, now the Marriott. He also developed ... Read More »

Local Company a part of S.S. Jolley Bridge construction

By Natalie Strom  Every family-owned business comes with a unique story. Marco Marine Construction is certainly no different. The seawall and dock company was formed over thirty years ago and has steadily grown throughout its lengthy history. In its thirty-first year of business, the company celebrated a milestone when it was asked to be a part of the construction of ... Read More »

The Headstone Project

Craig Woodward  I appreciate the many people who commented or called about the last article written about John Weeks and his family. One point that concerned readers was the comment that his wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Weeks Sawyer was buried in an unmarked grave at the Marco Cemetery. Clearly the wife of the first settler of Collier County, who moved here ... Read More »

Buried Secrets

Diane Bostick Author: Joseph Finder Publisher: St. Martins Press, 2011. I have given quite a bit of thought since I started writing these reviews as to what makes a book something I want to continue reading. Sometimes it is beautifully detailed descriptions of people and places. Sometimes it is the thrill of the chase. Sometimes it is learning about something ... Read More »