... In the Eagle:
Quality Inn at Angler's Cove opening
Marco Island's newest motel, and Quality Inn's first venture into condominiums, is expected to open in August. It is the Quality Inn on Marco Bay at Angler's Cove. Bert G. Hawkins, general manager, said the project will be the best thing to happen on the island since the Mackle brothers conceived their master plan for the resort community. A host of amenities include two swimming pools, two putting greens, two tennis courts, a hot dog and hamburger stand and a bar. Also scheduled in the first year is a 150-seat restaurant and lunge and banquet rooms. To start, 50 one bedroom apartment units will open, with plans for another 100 mini-suites by Jan. 1.
U.S. Rep. L.A. "Skip" Bafalis took a firsthand look at damage done by the unnamed storm on June 17. After inspecting the Residents Beach, with representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bafalis said, "Residents will not hesitate to leave" when a major storm nears. "This illustrated the need for people who did not believe just how dangerous the water can be." He also suggested the inspection may lead to federal disaster aid funding.
The Fist Bank of Marco Island has received approval to open a branch in Everglades City, Alfred W. Roepstorff, the bank's president announced. Work will begin immediately on remodeling about 700 feet in the city hall building, formerly operated by the city manager, a post that was abolished in March. Opening is planned for Oct. 20. Everglades City has been without a bank when the Fist Bank of the Everglades, founded in 1923, moved to Immokalee following an exodus of county government and business interests in the wake of Hurricane Donna in 1960.
Even as Collier County crews install a bicycle path along Elkcam Circle and Sixth Avenue, there are plans for another on the island and on Isles of Capri. The county has budgeted for the projects as part of an overall county plan. The Marco Island bike path would go along Collier Boulevard, from Bald Eagle Drive to Tigertail Court. The Isles of Capri path would be along Capri Boulevard, from San Juan Boulevard to Pelican Street. The projects are part of a proposed capital improvement budget.