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Some 150 Marco Islanders packed the Marco Island Civic Association Beachhouse to debate the future of Residents’ Beach.
Chief argument was the Deltona Corp.’s proposal to lease 250 feet of the 1,000-foot beach front for a club for its future off-island property owners. Deltona is offering an annual rent of $35,000 to $50,000, thus largely funding the operation of the remainder of Residents’ Beach for locals.
Islanders would also use the facilities of the Deltona beach club free. One resident, clearly in the minority, said the Deltona offer was an opportunity that can not be overlooked. It will guarantee operation and maintenance of the Residents’ Beach. Most said the fee wasn’t enough and that residents of the possible 11,000 off-island dwelling units would crowd the beach and the 200-car parking lot. Some questioned the legality of the proposal.
Collier County will ask residents to approve an additional one-cent gas tax to help finance road improvements. Commissioners have agreed the gas tax was the best solution to raise funding needed for planned highway projects. Commissioners turned down a suggestion to increase property taxes.
Islander Brian Basik has earned “Cadet of the Month” honors for his Marine Military Academy in Harlington, Texas. Basik, who holds the rank of Cadet Sgt., is a post graduate at the U.S. Marine Corps-oriented academy. He competed with 325 cadets for the honor.
Spurred by substantial increases in house and condominium sales, the Deltona Corp. reported it more than doubled its first quarter earnings over 1978. Frank Mackle Jr. announced the company’s net income climbed 138.3 percent to $1,971,000, or 50 cents a share in the first three months of this year, compared to $827,000, or 23 cents a share in 1978.