There will be 466 of the new dark green ornate lampposts on Collier Boulevard when the road reconstruction project is completed.
Many are already installed along South and North Collier Boulevard.
The posts are designed to display banners and hanging baskets. Both items are projects of the city’s Beautification Committee. Local resident and business owner Gary Elliott has been helping the committee with the projects.
“We got to the city engineer and found out how many lampposts there are in each section,” he said. “We’re not going to put banners and hanging baskets on every lamppost.”
The committee will test the banners and baskets to see how residents react by installing some at the island’s intersections.
Elliott said that Chris Neal of the Art League of Marco Island helped with the design of the first banner, which will be for the annual “Christmas Island Style” event. The committee approved the 2-foot by 5-foot banners and about 50 will be ordered, according to Elliott. He expects that they will be installed in time for Thanksgiving.
Elliott added that the committee is trying to locate some “Welcome to Marco Island” type of banners to hang on the posts for the tourist season.
Different banners for other holidays could be displayed as well along the boulevard.