The photo shows approximately 40 planes that once descended on Marco Island when the 4,000-foot paved runway ran north from San Marco Road, complete with terminal building and Unicom communications. Islander George Moore recalls that this group of planes came from the Pan Am Flying Club around 1968.
Marco was a popular place for such weekend gatherings when pilots and their families could relax for what was billed as fun in the sun. Pilots from all over Florida, and often from Georgia, were drawn to our tropical paradise. The off-island airport opened in 1976 and George Moore was manager there for several years. It is now known as the Marco Executive Airpark and is under the jurisdiction of the county.
What’s new with the museum
Did you ever name a star for a friend or relative? We have a newer idea. You may have noticed that the facsimile of Naples artist Paul Arsenault’s winning mural for he museum’s outer wall is in place. The finished mural will be made up of 720 eight-inch ceramic tiles. Each tile may be purchased for $100 as a memorial or gift (a neat idea for Christmas). You may name it for the person or persons you choose, and the complete list will be displayed at the museum. In addition, you will also receive a special thank-you letter and certificate. Send your check to the Marco Island Historical Society, P O Box 2282, Marco Island, FL 34146—Attention: Betsy Perdichizzi. Call 394-6917 for more details.
Marion Nicolay and Betsy Perdichizzi, of the Marco Island Historical Society, compile this report on a weekly basis for the Eagle. Shirley Beckwith oversees the archiving of photos for MIHS.