Marcophiles: When a garage door goes down, a U.S. flag goes up

CHRIS CURLE
The home of Tony Frazzano at 155 Bermuda Road on Marco now sports a faux-finish American flag on the garage door. Tony says his neighbors like it too. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

The home of Tony Frazzano at 155 Bermuda Road on Marco now sports a faux-finish American flag on the garage door. Tony says his neighbors like it too. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

Maggie Campo joins homeowner Tony Frazzano in a salute to the flag Maggie faux-finish created on the garage door of Tony's Marco home. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent

"Every great artist signs their work so I asked Maggie to sign it," Tony says.

Maggie Campo joins homeowner Tony Frazzano in a salute to the flag Maggie faux-finish created on the garage door of Tony's Marco home. Chris Curle/Eagle Correspondent "Every great artist signs their work so I asked Maggie to sign it," Tony says.

For homeowner Tony Frazzano, a lot of thought and a lot of detail work went into creation of this garage-door flag even before artist Maggie Campo took on the project.

“I’d been thinking about it for a long time,” Tony says” and I thought there might be a lot of red tape involved. As it turned out, no one gave me a hard time.

“I called the city to make sure I could do it. They said I didn’t need a permit, but they also told me to phone the Marco Island Civic Association and check with them. “MICA said it was OK with them. Then I called the Veterans of Foreign Wars and they also said it was OK. I just didn’t want to offend anyone, yet didn’t see how somebody could be offended.”

Tony, a Marco resident for 26 years, is a Korean War era Air Force veteran who wants his flag to be a salute to all veterans and patriots.

“Everyone who goes by likes it,” Tony says, including his neighbors on Bermuda Road.

“They think it’s very nice too,” Tony says.

We asked Maggie about her work to create a look that Tony wanted.

“When Tony phoned and asked if I would like to do it, I thought it was a cool idea. I was a bit leery at first, but when I looked around the neighborhood I saw some neighbors who had American flags flying, so I knew it would be good.

“We outlined it first, then applied the faux finish to create a decorative painting. It’s all done by hand. The stars are created with a metallic pearl kind of paint. They shine when the sun hits them.

“I had never done a flag on a garage door before and I was honored to do it. It took a total of about 25 hours. The exterior paint will last a long time, especially because I sealed it with a clear coat.”

Tony says it turned out great and he especially likes Maggie’s touch of showing the flag waving, so to speak.

Now passersby who see the big flag often wave back.

Update on the ‘Big Flag’ bridge project

The idea of putting up a big American Flag on the Jolley Bridge is alive and kicking, even though some initial efforts to get some support from government entities hit some roadblocks.

Some of that was expected. Apparently everyone thinks it’s a good idea, but it is big, it is complicated and it is expensive, hence the bumps in the roads.

Supporters of the idea, however, are resilient and willing to keep trying.

We refer you to the Farmer File column in the Naples Daily News of Friday, in which you’ll hear from some of the pioneers of the Big Flag project and at least one public official who is plunging in to help.

If you have ideas or suggestions, email us: don@donfarmer.com and chris@chriscurle.com. Thanks in advance.

Enjoy a pizza, help a kid

If you feel like a pizza today – you know what we mean – you could head up to the California Pizza Kitchen at Waterside Shops. There, today the 23rd only, 20 percent of your check will be donated a local charity that helps kids with medical issues and their families. And that includes families here on Marco Island.

It’s the Ricky King Children’s fund, whose chairman is Patrick Junkroski, known to many islanders for his computer expertise.

As examples of the fund’s good work, it has several Marco families in financial need with medical equipment for their children. There apparently is no other non-profit organization devoted to providing medical equipment to disabled children in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

“Many of the children fall between the cracks of larger organizations and insurance agencies,” fund officials say.

For details on the pizza-charity event today, phone the fund office, (239) 262-1808 or see the website: www.rickykingfund.org. As we said, enjoy a pizza, help a kid.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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