Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island spent a recent Saturday morning refurbishing heavily eroded trails impacted by hurricane Irma within the Otter Mound Preserve. 

With some 20 volunteers that included Rotarians and Marco Island Academy Interact students under the supervision of Alexandra J. Sulecki, Collier County Parks Coordinator over three miles of trail were redressed with over 200 bags of mulch.   

A not-so-advertised Marco Island treasure, the preserve is located in the residential area of Marco Island, known locally as the Indian Hills section. Otter Mound and the property surrounding it was a home site for early settlers in the Caxambas Village who worked in the Marco Island clamming industry.

The “mound” on which Otter Mound Preserve sits was constructed by the Calusa native inhabitants from oyster, southern surf clam, lightning whelk, and other shellfish species and dates between 700 AD-1200 AD.  As commented by Chelsea Casabona “this area is a hidden beauty right here in our daily midsts.”

A key component of Rotarian life is community service and support and care for the environment is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. This is not the first time Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise has assisted with the preservation of this historic site. The club has become a volunteer partner with Collier County in the annual care and up keep of the preserve.

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets at Stonewall’s American Bistro on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. For more information about the Club and its activities, contact Bill Morris at 239-642-6020 or via email at or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at



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