Letter to the Editor: 48 years of a Mackle Marco Island

This is a reminder that we are all here on Marco Island because on Jan. 31, 1965, 48 years ago, the Mackle Brothers, headquartered in Miami, and their organization opened up the island of Marco to the world.

It was an outstanding weekend, in that approximately 25,000 people visited the Island being developed by the Mackles.

For recent visitors information, it was a great adventure because a son in the Collier County family, Barron Jr., and their attorney, Norm Herron, visited the Mackles in the early 1960s to discuss developing the Island. Frank, Robert and Elliot Mackle, along with their executive vice president, Neil Bahr, their architect, Jim Vensel, drove over to visit the Island. After a short time of visits and conferences, the Mackles were selected to develop Marco.

Being the No. 2 architect for the Mackles, it was my pleasure to design the buildings for them, as Jim was responsible to plan the Island layout. They accepted the theme of Polynesian style, particularly Hawaiian, by using palm trees, waterways and the like.

Years later, I retired and suggested to my wife Emily that we move to Marco Island and I would maintain a one-man office. My wife opened up a shell shop and has enjoyed the excitement of the variety of such items to work with – another experience of life.

It is my desire, having worked with Jim Vensel, Neil Bahr and all of the other great members of that team to remind every resident and visitor that they are here in paradise. I say again and again, thank you, Mackle brothers, all of whom are viewing us from the heavens above – as are Neil Bahr, Jim Vensel and others of that paradise team.

My final comment is that I wish to say to all residents and visitors, God bless America along with the Mackle families.

Herbert Rosser Savage, Sr.

Marco Island

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gladesgator writes:

What a nice letter! Many thanks for taking the time to write it.

Brisla writes:

Herb, you did good. Your designs were much better than what we've seen since.

MrBreeze writes:

As I have stated many times, The Mackles and all envolved with the development of Marco Island were far ahead of their time. To take on such development in that era was a very big deal to pull off.

They had the right stuff and we should admire their work. I love my Deltona Home and hope it will remain standing for another 48 years.

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