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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, and his decades of civic involvement, unceasing good cheer and enthusiastic support for all things Marco. “Everyone here knows how lucky we are to have Herb and Emily Savage as residents of our island,” said local historian and attorney Craig ... 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 plan for the community the Mackles envisioned and also handled construction. In January of 1965, property in Modern Marco was made available to the public for the first time. The 50th anniversary of that momentous occasion will be commemorated the ... 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 of 4-3. The lots are owned by Rose Marina, but Magnolia Court area homeowners argued that deed restrictions imposed by the Mackle Brothers, Marco’s original developers, and currently MICA (Marco Island Civic Association) allows only single family residential homes on ... 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 Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... 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 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 and share some of his memories of building an island, thoughts on how Marco has grown over the years and how it feels to be surprised by a birthday party thrown in his honor at the Rose History Auditorium at ... Read More »

Tradewinds Tracks Marco’s Past

The Tradewinds Condominium.

By Natalie Strom – 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 two followed. The era of “Modern Marco Island,” however, began on January 31, 1965. The Tradewinds Condominium along Crescent Beach was the fourth high rise, built in 1973. This may not answer the question as to how old Marco Island ... 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 of Realtors. In his acceptance speech Gerry reminded Realtors that the real estate market in the Marco Island area continues to show positive signs of recovery and that he will do his utmost to ensure through the Association that it ... Read More »

REMEMBERING HELEN: Building the Marco Community


By Craig Woodward  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 year and a half after the official grand opening of the Island on January 31, 1965. They had first visited in February of 1966 and within eight months moved here permanently, bringing with them their three young sons: Paul, age ... 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, and contribute to the betterment of mankind. The group brings together all walks of life from high school youth to adults in various professions. The meeting was held at Centennial Bank under the direction of Naples Toastmaster Chris Pritchard and ... Read More »

Woodward speaks to Newcomers Group

By Marilyn Honahan  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 lived here for 44 years. His father was Marco’s first attorney who began practicing here more than 40 years ago. Craig’s love of history led him to raise $1.1 million to help build Marco Island’s Historical Museum where he was ... 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 the VFW and was truly a part of the greatest generation. Gene’s impact on Marco Island will remain as he was instrumental in founding the local VFW post 6370. Gene along with Dr. Wes Johnson put in many hours to ... Read More »

The military life of Herb Savage

By Natalie Strom 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 the original Deltona home design. He has been the President of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects. He is active in the Rotary Club of Marco. He is also a military man. And that is the “hat” ... 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 the new S.S. Jolley Bridge. The Ricci family moved from Albany, New York to Marco Island in 1973. At that time Marco Island was barely a dot on the map, but there were big plans in store. Don Ricci Sr. ... 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 in 1862, deserves more recognition. Lizzie died in 1939 in the middle of the depression and although there were four generations of Weeks living on the Island at the time, the family was not affluent. However, her grave site is ... 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 I know nothing about, told in an interesting way. But one of the most important things for me in a book of fiction or biography is that I care about the people in the book; that I want to know ... Read More »