For 32 years the Snook Inn and the Passini name were synonymous with what the Marco Island lifestyle represented. The iconic setting on the Marco River became one of those “had to visit” places if you were coming to the island. If you were lucky enough to live here, it would be one of the first places you’d take visiting friends to enjoy the ambiance of the island.
Old timers would tell you that it sat alongside one of the best snook holes in the area, hence the name Snook Inn. Anglers would come from far and wide to enjoy the fishing, food and cold refreshments. They would also be able to stay at one of the small motel rooms, which sat along the east side of the present day parking lot, until they were demolished to provide additional parking.
Over the years Dennis Passini, the managing partner has been acquiring additional properties on behalf of the company that abutted the popular spot, and now owns everything to Tampa Court, minus a small trailer court which abuts the Snook Inn. That piece of property is presently being actively marketed for sale.
“We met with our employees on Wednesday afternoon and spoke to them about the pending sale,” said Passini on Wednesday morning. “They are like our extended family…I knew it was time, but it is a bittersweet moment,” said Passini. The Snook Inn has always been considered as a one of best establishments to work for on Marco Island, providing their personnel with excellent benefits and a stable work environment.
The owners of DaVinci’s Italian Restaurant will be the new proprietors of the Snook Inn. This will be in addition to their ownership of Marco Prime and The Oyster Society. Luigi Carvelli is listed as manager.
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