History in Motion

Remember when Palm Isle and Sunny Shalows were two of the only condos on the south end of Marco?

Caralyn Kolatoe / Marco Island Historical Society

Remember when Palm Isle and Sunny Shalows were two of the only condos on the south end of Marco?

Fast facts

What Henry Flagler and Addison Mizner did for Florida’s east coast, Henry Plant and Arthur Vining Davis might be said to have accomplished on our side of the state.

Florida has actually had more than one land boom, witnessed by the architecture from the Art Deco period in Miami, and the huge explosion of Spanish influence from another period.

Following in the footsteps of these giants in our area, came Barron Gift Collier. Later the Mackle brothers of Deltona purchased Marco Island from the Collier Corporation.

The photo depicts a view of Marco with the Palm Isles condominium on Huron Court, showing canals already in place but not a single building. Palm Isles was one of the earliest to rise on the south end of island, followed by Sunny Shadows, also shown.

What’s going on with MIHS

Dr. William Marquardt recently spoke to a large meeting of the Society at St. Mark’s Episcopal church, detailing what goes into the job of running a museum.

We are indeed fortunate that we will be partners with the professional and dedicated staff at the Collier County Museum system in Naples to accomplish the various tasks required in collecting, evaluating, displaying and caring for acquisitions, as well as items on loan from other museums around the country.

If you have never visited Dr. Marquardt’s museum in Gainesville, do yourself a favor and stop there on your next drive north.

Last call to be on the wall!

This is a reminder that May 15 is the last chance to be listed on our wall as a valued member of the Founders’ Circle of donors.

The requirement is a donation of only $1,000 and it can be stretched over a four-year period, making it less than a dollar a day.

If you’re interested in joining this select group of civic-minded people, call Bill and Betsy Perdichizzi at 239-394-1254.

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