History in Motion

The story of the Church of God is bound up with that of the old cemetery on Bald Eagle Drive. The Deltona Corporation gave land for all of the churches on the island in the 1970s and later decided to ask these churches to take charge of the cemetery.

Projected for completion in 1971, the new Marco Beach Hotel was beginning to take shape on Collier Boulevard. The new 400-room structure was going up just south of what then was called the Marco Beach Hotels and Villas -- later renamed the Marco Islander.

File photo courtesy of Marco Island Historical Society

Projected for completion in 1971, the new Marco Beach Hotel was beginning to take shape on Collier Boulevard. The new 400-room structure was going up just south of what then was called the Marco Beach Hotels and Villas -- later renamed the Marco Islander.

The Church of God was the only one that accepted and Deltona accordingly deeded the cemetery to the church in 1982. The church moved its original building on a flatbed truck to the cemetery location in April of that year, and soon broke ground for a second building, which they still use.

What’s new with the Historial Society? -- How much would you pay for a good lunch and to see Herb Savage roasted? Deltona’s architect, Herbert Rosser Savage, has agreed and is willing to be roasted to raise money for the museum!

Savage will be roasted -- ready or not -- at an 11:30 luncheon on June 6 at an Island Country Club luncheon. Tickets are $45 ($20 for the museum drive is deductible). Tickets are available at: the offices of Woodward, Pierce, & Lombardo, 606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 500, M & I Bank (at The Esplanade) 800 N. Collier Blvd., and Holiday House, 133 S. Barfield Drive.

Join the fun!

A musuem for Marco Island -- Marco Island is the site of significant prehistoric archaeological and anthropological discoveries, as well as a distinctive part of Florida’s pioneer and modern history.

The Historical Society is a 300-member volunteer organization whose mission, in a community that has undergone radical physical change and explosive population growth, is to bring Marco Island’s past alive for current residents and visitors.

The MIHS is running a capital campaign for the museum, which has raised more than $1.4 million toward a capital campaign goal of $4.5 (The land and funds contributed by the county represent an additional $4 million.) Groundbreaking for the museum is scheduled to occur in late 2007. Completion of the first component of the museum, a 4,000 square-foot Living History Hall, is scheduled for 2008-09. Join the effort by calling Member Services Chairman T. J. Brown at 389-6447.

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