There is great sadness in my heart that Marco Island Civic Association has forced Marco Golf & Garden to lock their gates and close the window to their pro shop.
As the senior bartender at Sasso’s, the restaurant located adjacent to this miniature golf course, I have seen firsthand the fun and heard the joyful voices of the families, couples and groups of seniors who have enjoyed playing the well-appointed and designed course. A great example of how well appointed this venue is, it was awarded the Marco In Bloom 2013 Winter Commercial Property.
However, I am expressing a concern from another perspective. Having owned a marketing, advertising and graphic design business in a resort area of Vermont before moving to “Paradise,” Marco Island is losing a great marketing opportunity. The challenge in a resort area has always been what a community can offer during the offseason. Marco has that opportunity of marketing itself as a family friendly destination. Families vacation when the school year ends. July and August are typically a soft time for businesses here. These families will need to make reservations at our hotels, rent condos, shop at boutiques and beach shops, dine out or buy groceries from our markets.
Marco Golf & Garden is a step toward being a year-round destination.
Marco Island is home to many year-round families as evidenced by the new charter high school.
Aside from the tourist impact, the buzz at the bar at Sasso’s is from our year-round locals who remember the putt-putt of years ago. They are excited that mini golf was finally back!
MICA please, turn your tunnel vision into a wider view.