30 Years Ago: Unnamed storm causes hurricane-like havoc on Marco Island

The Marco Eagle front page 30 years ago.

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The Marco Eagle front page 30 years ago.

An unnamed storm might as well have been a hurricane as it crept up on Marco Island causing high winds, high tides, extensive rain and flooding. Darrold Brackett, chief attendant at Residents Beach, observed seas of 10 feet and high tide on Friday morning that was five feet above normal. The high seas swept away most of the beach front at Gulfview Club. Winds tore out a chain-link fence, trees and shrubbery. At the Marriott Beach Resort nine chickees were leveled. In terms of rainfall and duration, the storm was the worst to hit Marco Island since Hurricane Donna in September, 1960. Total rainfall varied on location, but the numbers were 14 to 18 inches in four days.

When Marco residents go to the polls in November they can expect it to take time. With Collier County precinct lines being redrawn as a result of the 1980 U.S. Census, Mary Morgan, County Elections supervisor, had planned to have a number of poll locations for 600 to 800 voters. Instead, due to various problems, there will be but one polling place for up to 3,000 voters.

Capt. Les Binns, Marco Island's first resident deputy sheriff, will turn in his badge on July 31. His retirement will mark the end of an era that began 16 years ago. Binns recalled, "When I first started there were more construction workers on Marco than residents."

Marco Island's First National Bank Mets got off to a poor start this season, but what a turn around. The Cinderella Mets were 5-5 at midseason, then went on a terror to win their second straight Collier County Little League Championship. Members of the winning team included Bo Camposano, Brian Calvi, Ron Fredericks, John Laupert, Scott Needles, Ross Atherton, Joey Skidmore, Karem Pakel, Matt Camposano, Louis Woessner, Bobby McInnis and Ron Fredericks. Manager Paul Calvi and coach Ed Camposano guided the team.

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