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Santa visits Marco Island, 2013

Bill Holmes and CIS chairman Steve Stefanides. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Bill Holmes and CIS chairman Steve Stefanides. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Sarah Walsh, 3, and dad Tim live in Orlando, but the grandparents live on Marco. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chloe Coddrington, right, with Alexander Coddrington. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Man in Red waves from the MIFD's Tower 50. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tim Walsh with Sarah, 3, and family, with, from right, Susie and Dave Walsh, and Ed and Cindy Crane. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chase Cook, 2, is ready for bed after the event. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tammi Williams with her rack of antlers. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Logan Terrer, 5, of Marco with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Fire Chief Mike Murphy, Bette McGilvray, Steve Josselyn, and Barbara Murphy - the ice skating committee. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bill Holmes and CIS chairman Steve Stefanides. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Logan Terrer, 5, of Marco with Santa Claus. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rumor has it this 1969 Jeepster Commando convertible is Santa's sleigh when he's off duty. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Toni Ortelli of Sapphire Dry Cleaners outside her shop. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kinsley Threewit, left, and Caden Anderson on the bumper of Santa's fire truck. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Santa has a new ride. Unlike years past, when he has dropped from the sky via helicopter for his annual visit to the Shops of Marco, he showed up Friday evening in a shiny red sleigh that was actually the Tower 50 extension ladder truck of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department. He was accompanied by Mrs. Claus, long-suffering as always behind every successful global entrepreneur is a partner, smiling, waving and baking cookies elves, and his own security detail, headed up by Carmen Dasti.

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