I am relieved to hear that Marcoites are safe and that many have homes that are intact. Unfortunately, a large number of homes have suffered varying degrees of damage. Many Marcoites, including the Marco Island Christmas Home Tour Committee, Home Tour homeowners and volunteers, have dealt with the clean up and now are waiting for insurance agents and contractors to show up so we can repair the damage and move on with our lives. This process will most likely take some time and patience for many of us.
Sadly, numerous citizens have lost or sustained substantial damage to their homes on Goodland, Isles of Capri, Everglades City, Key West, and some on Marco Island. It is wonderful that there is a high level of Marco Island support from businesses and citizens to aid hurricane victims by means of donations and physical labor. The focus is on helping others, on and off the island, as it should be. With this in mind, I feel it would be insensitive to move forward with the December 1, 2017 Marco Island Christmas Home Tour. It is difficult to feel comfortable inviting the public to stroll through beautifully decorated homes for the holidays after so many have lost theirs or are still in the process of expensive repairs.
The Christmas Home Tour Committee has held several productive organizational meetings since last winter. I am extremely grateful for their time and for their enthusiastic assistance. I am very sad, however, to cancel the 2017 Marco Island Christmas Home Tour, but in my heart, I think it is the appropriate thing to do.
On a positive note, the Christmas Home Tour Committee, Home Tour homeowners, and volunteers, are all on board and will be ready for the Christmas Home Tour next December. We hope to see you all there in 2018!
Life goes on. God bless all hurricane victims and all who selflessly came to their aid.
Linda J. Turner, Chair
Marco Island Christmas Home Tour