Optimists not withstanding, the final decision on Deltona Corp.’s revised development plan for its Marco Island community will not be coming for a long time. The Florida Department of Environmental Regulation said it will rule on the development in one to three weeks, but Forrest Fields, of the DER, said, “Regardless of the decision, it will have to defend its action at an administrative hearing,” that could take from four to eight months. Once a decision was made, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which also must rule on dredge and fill permits, “will probably put it in limbo,” he said.
Dawn Norgren was named runner-up in the Miss South Florida preliminary pageant contest. “It was really a rewarding experience,” she said.
The Art League of Marco Island will have a skirt-painting class. Instructor Helen Guma suggests that participants bring articles of cotton blends, because they take paint better than synthetic blends.
The galleries were small, but the Marco Island Country Club’s annual tennis tournament was as intense as the U.S. Open. Some 50 players competed. Brian Shaughnessy defended his singles title against Ed Corrado. Joyce Poteet won the ladies’ singles crown, downing her daughter, Amy. Hubie Hauck and Julian Samuels downed Ed Sluetz and Corrado for the doubles championship. In the women’s doubles Helen Shreve and Noreen Corrado edged Kitty Hauck and Joyce Poteet. In mixed doubles, Hubie hauck and Helen Shreve nipped Ed and Prinda Sluetz.
Albin “Al” Varoski Jr. is the new head professional for the Marco Island Racquet Club. Varoski comes from Falmouth, Mass., where he was winter teaching professional at Tennis of Maine, a nine-court indoor facility.