MICA: There’s no place like home ... Marco Island that is

The green at Residents’ Beach as the sun sets.

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The green at Residents’ Beach as the sun sets.

Once again, I have been reminded of the beauty which surrounds us on Marco Island. A friend who had lived on Marco for more than 25 years moved to Oklahoma about two years ago in order to be closer to her family, and she is certainly thrilled to be living so close to her children and grandchildren and to be a part of their daily lives. But ...

You know the story. You’ve heard it before. There is no place like Marco Island. We easily forget on our little island how lucky we are to live here. And on the phone this morning my friend reminded me. She said, “Oh, I miss Marco so much. Ruth, Marco Island is paradise. Don’t ever leave!” She’ll soon be visiting Marco for the first time since she moved and she is so looking forward to her return.

She is planning one of the highlights of her visit — a trip to the Marco Island Residents’ Beach with her member friends. As it turns out, she’ll be in town for our next show at Residents’ Beach on April 26. At 5 p.m. Magic Moments will take the stage and take us all back in time with their playing of many melodic hits from the ’50s and ’60s. You can join us, too, if you are a Residents’ Beach member. Just bring your ID, a lawn chair and a blanket. Sit back and enjoy the show or jump up and be part of the show with your dance moves! It’s up to you, but don’t let another day slip by without having a little fun.

Look around and imagine that you are seeing our island for the first time. Think back to your first trip over the bridge. Absolutely stunning, as I recall, with the sun glistening on the water and palm trees topping off the view.

We all do get caught up in our daily lives on Marco just as we did in our former lives in other less breathtaking locations. But take a few minutes today and look around you. Yes, we truly do live in paradise. How about taking a walk on the beach – with no ipod. Just listen to the sounds of the crashing water of the Gulf, the call of the many different birds, children laughing, enjoying the beach. Yes, our little island truly is spectacular.

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