30 years ago in the Eagle

More highlights from 1979: An Incorporation Study Committee, named by state legislators, voted 5-2 not to recommend incorporation of Marco Island at this time.

Marco’s Marriott Beach Hotel disclosed plans to expand the resort facility from 529 to 700 units.

Ground was broken for a 71,230 square-foot Island Shopping Plaza at the intersection of North Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive early in the year.

The newly-formed Marco Island Home Builders are considering fighting the proposed flood plain ordinance scheduled to become effective in the unincorporated areas of Collier County on Jan. 15.

Fort Myers theater operator James Record announced plans to reopen Marco Island’s Cinema 1 and 2. The 450-seat twin theater had been closed for two years.

The Art League of Marco Island broke ground for its new building on Winterberry Drive, on land donated by the Deltona Corp.

Plans were disclosed for the development of HIdeaway Beach, including 623 units on the 211-acre Ruppert estate property.

Eight Islanders were elected to the Marco Island Beach Association, with a series of weekly planning meetings that began in August.

In September, Sheriff’s Deputies thwarted the largest drug smuggling operation in the county’s history. An estimated 10 to 20 smugglers were in the midst of unloading $20 million worth of marijuana on the south side of Big Marco Pass.

A record fleet of 87 sailboats participated in the 14th annual Summerset Regatta.

Hundreds of visitors and residents flocked to the opening of Eckerd Drugs in the Island Plaza in November.

In late November, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation denied Deltona’s application to complete development of its Marco Island community. It turned out to be an early death blow to the company.

Approval of a bare bones community center was approved when commissioners approved a municipal service district to build and operate the center.

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