For some Marco Islanders, it seems like just yesterday. For many others, they never knew it any other way. Believe it or not, it has been twenty years since our island paradise took on the status of “city.” The journey to this distinction was not an easy one. The proposal was presented to voters six times, beginning in 1980, before it finally passed by a narrow margin. Marco Island officially became a city on August 28, 1997. It is only fitting that the City of Marco Island should celebrate this milestone event in true Marco Island style – a party! And not just any party – a week-long celebration was in order to commemorate this monumental occasion.
Manager of Parks, Culture and Recreation, Samantha Malloy told us “The City wanted to do something to celebrate the anniversary and decided to see if other local groups would like to participate in the festivities as well. The Chamber of Commerce, Museum, Center for the Arts, YMCA and the local schools were all interested in participating in some format. We developed a committee consisting of a representative from each group. Each organization chose a date and planned their own event at their location.” Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce
The kick-off festivities began at the Chamber on Tuesday, August 22. This was a celebration of many sorts as the Chamber was celebrating its own 40-year anniversary. Since November 3, 1977 the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy business and tourism climate while protecting the quality of life in our community. A packed house enjoyed a cash bar from Chamber neighbor, The SpeakEasy along with a delicious buffet of substantial appetizers generously co-sponsored by The SpeakEasy and Chamber member “The Print Shop and More.” Executive Director Dianna Dohm, Administrative Coordinator Donna Niemczyk, Director of Sales & Marketing Katie O’Hara, and Chamber Board President Alex Parker were all on hand with the company of Chamber volunteers and board members. “Many of our members and residents had not been in the Chamber in years. We were excited to have them stop by for this event,” said Dohm. Urging the community to stay connected with the Chamber, she added “We are also showcasing our new website, created with the help of The Print Shop and More. So far we have received great feedback on the new improved site.” Be sure to check it out at www.marcoislandchamber.org.