The history of modern Marco Island stated when the Collier family acquired this part of Florida. When Barron Collier Jr. went to Miami to confer with the Mackle brothers it was a tremendous plus for their property’s development. The fact that the designation of our area as Collier County was caused by the fabulous Barron Collier Sr. family’s and the later development of Marco Island by the Mackle bother’s Deltona Corp. beginning in 1964 is another plus for Florida and for Collier County.
Even the Mackles wanted to make a change in the master plan after they filed it with the county. They felt that we needed more access to the beach and they submitted a request to install additional parking facilities along Collier Blvd. and as I remember the MICA, at the Residents Beach, objected to this. Ultimately the county did not approve added public parking.
After Congress passed a law as suggested by environmentalists, which stopped Marco Island development, the Mackles’ organization ended up leaving and assigned MICA, being given the Resident’s Beach, to represent the island as this was still a county area, not a city; therefore the residents would help administer community matters.
In my opinion, when the citizens voted to form a city, those matters would be taken over by that leadership, the approval of the golf course. The city made a very good decision in accepting this location. Perhaps we would have had additional parking if we had been able to show the city such a need for change. Change is something which is needed when it improves the lives of its users. I hope that our citizens will seek out a petition to sign.
Herbert Rosser Savage