NAPLES — It was a tax day with tea bags in Naples Wednesday and Marco Islanders took a drive to put there foot down on government spending.
"I am shocked, bewildered and disappointed there is no planned and organized "Tea-Party" on the Island. It seems we have the perfect demographics for such an event and that, as the voice of Marco, you would lead. Shame!" wrote Islander Ed McGrath to the Eagle in early April.
While Marco didn't host their own tea party, Islanders, taking up the cause of lower taxes and cutting government spending, took the drive up to U.S. 41 and Pine Ridge Road to voice their opinions.
An estimated 3,000 people congregated for several blocks along U.S. 41 in the mid-afternoon heat. Many had tea bags hanging from their hats and posters with phrases such as "keep your change." Others wore t-shirts, such as one that read "You can't spend your way out of debt!"
Marco Islanders such as Aria Brown, 4, and her grandmother, Melissa Brown, left their mark too, yielding signs and waving while passing cars honked, apparently in approval.
"It was amazing. It was packed with all these people and tea bags hanging from their hats," said Islander Linda Flores.
She said she went primarily to witness a modern day tea party. When asked about her like or dislike of taxes, Flores had this to say: "Do I believe in smaller government and lower taxes? You bet I do."
Given it was April 15, Flores said her family filed an extension, and she worries for her kids who "will be paying this debt off, probably, for as long as they live."