‘Savage’ Bridge officially named
Monday was a busy day for both Herb and Emily Savage. The well-known Marco couple could be seen dashing from a ceremony on the newly completed bridge on Collier Boulevard to the annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Veterans Community Park.
The Savages always lead the annual veterans programs with a rousing rendition of ‘God Bless America,’ as Emily begins with the verse and Herb engages the crowd and leads them in the chorus of the well-known patriotic song.
This Memorial Day was different however, as the community came together to honor Savage for his many years’ service to the island, and his role as one of the team of professionals who helped craft the vision of the Mackle family, who developed Marco Island beginning in the ‘60s.
The former Smokehouse Bay Bridge will now be known as the Herbert R. Savage Bridge in his honor. The dedication took place an hour before the park ceremony that honors those who fell in battle in defense of our nation.
“You’ve been roasted, toasted, saluted but never muted,” said Council Chairman Bob Brown as he welcomed attendees and the Savage family and guests to the short ceremony.
Local historian, attorney and longtime resident Craig Woodward regaled those present with some stories about Savage, whom he’s known since childhood. But it was all done with great respect and admiration for the man who has become such a part of Marco history.
“Herb now has an alleyway and a bridge named after him, so you can’t ask for much more,” kidded Woodward during his short presentation.
Savage and his wife Emily had the honor of unveiling one of the two signs that will stand in his honor at each end of the bridge.
“I can’t tell you how much this mean to me, this is just a great honor,” said Savage.
He was then whisked away by Police Chief Al Schettino to the nearby park, where he and Emily indeed led the crowd in his favorite song, ‘God Bless America.’