Having been involved in the development of Marco Island as an architect with James Vensel the chief planner, Neil Bahr and the Mackle Brothers, Frank, Robert and Elliott, I feel that I knew the aims that were held in creating a magnificent place for everyone to live and enjoy.
Having a respect for the Civic Association is important; but years ago after Emily and I moved to Marco, after my retirement from Deltona Corporation, I decided to join MICA. I sent a check and letter to them for my dues and membership. Soon after that, I received a memorandum stating that I had to prove “permanent residence” to become a member. I decided that I would not return the check and not join if they did not know me.
Fred Kramer, an attorney on Marco for many years and his wife Marrianne made a great decision, following the old Mackle theme, provide for the old and the young, a fun place to play golf and sit in a garden known as the Marco Golf and Garden Miniature Golf Course, rather than a row of buildings with 25 ft. setbacks on their several lots on Winterberry Drive and across the alley from the Jewish Synagogue of Marco, The Art League and others.
Back in the ‘60s, Frank Mackle, the president of Deltona advised me that the plan was to make Marco available to young and old families, retirees and anyone else; and that is what happened then. The Marco Golf and Garden did just that.
Hearing that the MICA has caused a legal action to be taken to close that facility is shocking and I hope that the City Council of Marco Island will get involved with the matter, having approved it. A vote of the citizens of Marco would be a tremendous project, but the MICA board asking the membership to vote on its use would be a method to seek an opinion of citizens desire of the island.
I recently heard that Marco is one of the top selections for vacations in the USA and that is a good sign of the ole Mackle theme. Evidence of that happened just a week ago. Our son, Herb Jr. took a young family, visiting Marco, to the golf course and enjoyed it very much. They were from Sweden and were very impressed with Marco. I was very impressed with the fact that the family of four each spoke good English.
Lastly, Fred Kramer is an attorney and is aware of legal matters of our community, the ole Mackle theme and our popularity. I ask each one of us to step up and help keep the use of “our little golf course” going. Do you remember the Pitch and Putt course at the original “hotel” The Marco Beach Hotel and Villas, now replaced with the Marriott? Us older ones remember that.
God bless America and that golf course!
Herbert Rosser Savage, Sr.