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May After Five, Marco Island Chamber

See larger Lesa Saffen of Water Walkers Paddlesports enjoys the evening and the view. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Lesa Saffen of Water Walkers Paddlesports enjoys the evening and the view. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Guests load up their plates in the buffet line. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Karen Urbanik, from left, Sandy Boy, Kathleen Reynolds, and Mancy Boyer enjoy their food and each other's company. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Megan and Matthew Calabrese use game equipment for their own ends. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lesa Saffen of Water Walkers Paddlesports enjoys the evening and the view. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • CJ's on the Bay co-owner Curt Koon keeps the buffet stocked. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • CJ's on the Bay's 'Chef Laura' Owen takes a break after the guests have been fed. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marco Eagle 'brain trust,' from left, Mary Quinton, TJ Boone and Linda Flores pause for a picture. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Richard Shanahan helps future scholarship winner Sutton navigate the stairs. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Scholarship committee members Desiree Buhelos, left, and Jada Shigley and Nancy Carrington, right, join Lely High seniors, from left, Alessea Lane, Ross Castillo, Zachary Halaschak, Jennifer Schoen, and Karissa Ziegelmann. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to the five. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lely High seniors, from left, Alessea Lane, Ross Castillo, Zachary Halaschak, Jennifer Schoen, and Karissa Ziegelmann are all smiles after receiving their awards. The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to the five. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Liesbeth van Teeffelen collects ribs for her entire table (she claimed).The Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce held their Barbecue on the Bay Wednesday afternoon at CJ's, and presented scholarships to five high school seniors. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

he Barbecue on the Bay, held annually as the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s May “After Five” social gathering, serves as the quasi-official end of season marker on the island. Area businesspeople and merchants have been going flat out for months, and with the snowbirds largely flown to their northern coops, this is the chance for locals to relax and unwind.
So on Wednesday afternoon, Chamber members and supporters gathered at CJ’s on the Bay to catch up with their counterparts, and enjoy picnic food, perhaps along with an adult beverage. But the highlight of the affair focused on the younger generation.

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