You can’t really “hide” eggs on a soccer field. The pancake-flat, clipped grassy area held no cover for 20,000 brightly colored plastic eggs, waiting for swarms of eager, not to say rapacious, young children to come and scoop them up into buckets, bags and baskets. The Easter egg hunt and, again, “hunt” is the traditional term, but it could perhaps more accurately be termed the Easter egg grab provides the culmination of the massive kiddie party that is the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Spring Jubilee.
The section of the island is called “Old Marco,” and the name may be more apt than many people realize. Just steps away from the Snook Inn at the north end of Bald Eagle Drive, Gene Erjavec led a group of Boy Scouts on a tour down into Marco Island’s past, excavating their way down through the remains of 10,000 years of human habitation. The area is a hotbed of history. Just around the corner at what is now Vernon Place, the storied Key Marco Cat was unearthed in 1896 by a Smithsonian expedition led by Frank Cushing. The earliest modern settlement of Marco Island took place here, and the spot chosen for the dig once held the home of Ralph Doxee, whose family clam cannery provided a major early economic engine for Marco.
Local Re/Max real estate associates have a lot of reasons to celebrate about 430,000,000 of them. That figure, $430 million, is the total dollar volume for the brokerage group as a whole last year. This number, which should cheer all Marco Island property owners and the office’s friendly competitors, puts the Re/Max Affinity Plus at number two for Re/Max offices in the entire state of Florida, behind only the Sarasota affiliate.
With their legs a little heavier, but their hearts and wallets a little lighter, Marco Island has put another Relay for Life into the record books. Uncounted hundreds, comprising 29 different teams, walked around and around the track, moved for this year to Mackle Park, starting at 4 p.m. on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and carrying on through the night till 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
The Friends Of Tigertail Beach once again called on volunteers to help clean up Tigertail Beach on Saturday, at the annual Bay Days cleanup event. Garbage bags and work gloves were provided courtesy of Keep Collier Beautiful.
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