As a prelude to the monthly Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) meeting and program, a special celebration was held to mark the renaming of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge to the Herbert R. Savage Bridge.
Members and guests of the Society joined Herb and Emily in singing “God Bless America” and cutting a cake that pictured the two of them on the bridge at the dedication ceremony held May 30, 2016 – Memorial Day.
Stepping up to the microphone with words of gratitude and praise for Herb’s decades-long contributions to Marco Island were MIHS board member, County Commissioner Donna Fiala, longtime friend, past president of the MIHS and island historian, Craig Woodward along with another past president of the Society, Alan Sandlin.
Pat Rutledge, president and executive director of the MIHS told Herb, Emily and the group how proud the Historical Society was to partner with Craig Woodward and submit the proposal to the city to recognize Herb in this important manner. “Herb Savage is an icon of Marco Island and a living member of the rich history that the Society represents,” said Rutledge. “We are enormously grateful for all of his accomplishments.”