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"Marco Island, Florida's Gulf Playground" author Michael Coleman will be speaking about the island's storied history during a presentation/book signing from 7-9 p.m. at the Marco Island Museum, Rose History Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 31.

It's the only time Coleman and his editorial team of eight local writers and photographers will meet to sign books. Admission is free.

Coleman's presentation: "An Opening Day To Remember: The Birth of Modern Marco Island," will occur exactly 50 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world.

Rare "Opening Day'' images/promotional materials will be shown as part of Coleman's presentation.

Eight of the island's top authors, writers and photographers – Elizabeth "Betsy'' Perdichizzi, Don Farmer and Chris Curle, Tom Williams, Marion Nicolay, Quentin Roux, Joel Gewirtz and Barry Howe – collaborated with Coleman on the two-year project.

The book's introduction was written by 95-year-old island architect/icon Herbert Rosser Savage.

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