Today the Steering Committee of the Big Flag Campaign met with Tim Pinter, Director of Public Works for the City of Marco Island. The group and Pinter toured the Jolley Bridge to determine an appropriate place to install a permanent American Flag. Following their discussions, it was agreed that the best location for the Flag pole would be in the second median island as you enter Marco from the Bridge. At this site, the American Flag will be visible from the crest of the Bridge.
According to Chairman Dave Rice, “This has been a whirlwind week. In such a short time, so much has been accomplished. Since kicking off the Big Flag Campaign on October 3, the City – acting in the interest of the public — has provided invaluable assistance and cooperation. The meeting today with Mr. Pinter has greatly moved this project forward.”
The Big Flag Campaign Steering Committee maintains that it is not seeking public funds for the project. It believes there is ample support from the community to raise necessary funds from individuals, businesses, and clubs. Indeed, since the process has moved so quickly, the Steering Committee is now diligently working to find a nonprofit partner so that it can begin accepting donations. In the meantime, the Campaign welcomes and is accepting financial commitments from individuals and organizations.
In addition to Chairman Dave Rice, the other Steering Committee members for the Big Flag Campaign include: Litha Berger, Keith Dameron, Joe Granda, Carla Mickes, Carole Roberts, Dick Shanahan, and Leo Sutera. As the project moves forward, they are eager to work with others in the community.
The goal of the Campaign is to have a permanent American Flag in close proximity to the Jolley Bridge and visible for all entering Marco Island. The group is aiming for completion prior to the arrival of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to the Island.