Monte Lazarus honored with 2011 Citizen of the Year award on Marco Island

Monte Lazarus, named 2011 Marco Island Citizen of the Year during Christmas Island Style’s Holiday Gala on Sunday, receives a big kiss from his wife, Sandi.


Monte Lazarus, named 2011 Marco Island Citizen of the Year during Christmas Island Style’s Holiday Gala on Sunday, receives a big kiss from his wife, Sandi.

Marco Island Citizen of the Year

Monte Lazarus is winner.

— Marco Islanders know him for speaking his mind, and Monte Lazarus has provided proof in words and in deeds. They know him, too, for his compassion.

Lazarus was named Marco Island’s 2011 Citizen of the Year during ceremonies on Sunday at Christmas Island Style’s Holiday Gala. The award gala was sponsored in part by the Naples Daily News. The newspaper’s Publisher and President Dave Neill presented the award.

After retiring from a successful law career, Lazarus put his talents to work as a tenaciousness board member for more than a dozen organizations in Collier County. Drawing from his law background, he gave voice to many in dire straits as a board member for Avow Hospice, Lorenzo Walker Vo-Tech Center, the Civil Air Patrol Squadron and pro-bono legal advisor for the less fortunate.

On Marco Island, Lazarus serves as a multi-collaborative volunteer, often getting diverse groups to work together toward common goals. He is known for bridging thoroughness with persistence with an eye to strengthening the community.

Neill praised the power of Lazarus’s advocacy.

No one who knows this year’s recipient is ever in doubt about his position on any matter. He is a fierce advocate for the rights of others and is devoted to making this community a better place to live, he said.

Lazarus was raised in New York City and served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Yale Law School and represented clients in various areas of law. He held the title of Assistant to the Chairman for the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington, D.C., until 1973. Later, he became Senior Vice President for United Airlines until 1988 when he moved to Marco Island.

Craig Woodward, of the Law Firm of Woodward Pires & Lombardo and a prior recipient of the Citizen of the Year, called Lazarus a deserving candidate.

“Monte is the ‘go to’ guy,” Woodward said. “He knows practically everyone on the island and gets things done. He’s a real asset to the island.”

Lazarus served on five City of Marco Island advisory boards including the planning board, code enforcement board, charter review committee, Mackle Park’s planning committee and Veterans’ Community Park’s planning committee. He also worked on the Marco Island Healthcare Center Task Force.

He volunteered on the boards of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation, American Cancer Society, Greater Naples Leadership and a number of Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce committees where his wife, Sandi, is executive director.

“What I love about Monte is his vast knowledge about everything from J. Edgar Hoover to the minutest detail of what’s happening on Marco Island,” said Sandi Lazarus. “He’s always the one who listens to everything everyone says; and then, sums it up with an appropriate understanding of the situation. And he’s usually right.”

Pat Neale, former law partner, described his admiration for Lazarus.

“He is one of the most brilliant, compassionate, humorous and wonderful human beings I have ever known.”

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happy6 writes:


lauralbi1 writes:

Congratulations Monty !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well deserved !!!!!!!!!!!!
Ed Issler

happy34145 writes:

he's one rude man. what a joke.

ed34145 writes:

Well done!

RayPray writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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"Better give Minozzi this award post human."

>>> Post Human? Hmmmm.

"Fay Biles did more for Marco Island than this two guys together."

>>> Agree 100% on this!

>>> But this posse of provincial poobahs just can't resist confabulating in order to hand each other ornate plaques of exiguous significance, as long as they can afterwards rush off to some serious old guy imbibing.

blogsmog writes:

What a living train wreck this marco mafia gang is.. who was on the election committee for this award?... Lazarus's wife, the remaining 12 members of the Marco chamber of commerce and the ghost of Glenn Tucker....pooey!

26yearsonmarco writes:

I believe I saw an OBAMA sticker on the back of this guy's car.

Is he a Community Organizer??

Ruger writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

I believe I saw an OBAMA sticker on the back of this guy's car.

Is he a Community Organizer??

Well its no secret that he is a registered democrat.

So much for a Balanced Budget!

Throat_Yogurt writes:

because a vast knowledge on Hoover will do Marco well......

happy6 writes:

look at the picture...does he look like a dufus or what.

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