VIDEO: Savage a Golden Eagle

Island icon recognized with city’s highest civic award

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  • For once a little short on words, Savage instead responded with his equally traditional and sonorous rendition of God Bless America
  • Savage “thrives on helping others, and has made endless civic and charitable contributions to Marco Island during his lifetime.” - Proclamation

Herb Savage receives highest City of Marco Island Golden Eagle Award

Savage, often called the Mayor of Marco, ...

After receiving his award, Herb Savage leads the room in a rousing rendition of  ‘God Bless America.’ Next to him is his wife, Emily, while councilors surround the couple.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

After receiving his award, Herb Savage leads the room in a rousing rendition of ‘God Bless America.’ Next to him is his wife, Emily, while councilors surround the couple.

After five minutes in session, council Chairman Rob Popoff ordered a recess for everyone to sample a congratulatory cake, held here by Police Chief Thom Carr. With Savage, left, are councilors Wayne Waldack, Bill Trotter and Frank Recker.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

After five minutes in session, council Chairman Rob Popoff ordered a recess for everyone to sample a congratulatory cake, held here by Police Chief Thom Carr. With Savage, left, are councilors Wayne Waldack, Bill Trotter and Frank Recker.

An initiative of city public information coordinator Lisa Douglass, these cufflinks and a mounted chunk of recently-removed masonry from the Marco Island Marriott Resort — designed by Savage — were presented to the Islander at a Rotary Club meeting the following morning. The links also contain small bits of masonry. Quentin Roux/Staff (2)

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

An initiative of city public information coordinator Lisa Douglass, these cufflinks and a mounted chunk of recently-removed masonry from the Marco Island Marriott Resort — designed by Savage — were presented to the Islander at a Rotary Club meeting the following morning. The links also contain small bits of masonry. Quentin Roux/Staff (2)

A couple of years ago, they gave him a roast. This time around, it was a toast.

An unsuspecting Herb Savage — lured to the Aug. 3 City Council meeting ostensibly to lead the pledge of allegiance — showed surprise and delight when council Chairman Rob Popoff afterwards began to read out a proclamation in his honor.

It was the city’s highest civic honor, The Golden Eagle Award, which has so far been given to just a handful of other people.

A visibly touched Savage — an affable, iconic octogenarian whose roots go back to the island’s original development through high-ranking association with the Deltona Corporation developers — listened as Popoff read the proclamation.

It stated, in part, that Savage more than met the awards requirements by having a “long, honorable history of service to fellow citizens.”

It continued that Savage “thrives on helping others, and has made endless civic and charitable contributions to Marco Island during his lifetime.”

Also mentioned was his contribution as the island’s architect during his tenure as vice-president with the Deltona Corporation, and his “countless military services and remembrances ... dedication and service to his country during World War II.”

For once a little short on words, Savage instead responded with his equally traditional and sonorous rendition of God Bless America.

Afterwards, Chairman Popoff said honoring deserving citizens with the Golden Eagle Award is paramount.

“We’ve had so many divisive issues on the island, we’ve lost track,” he said. “We need to do more of this.”

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