Marco Island is getting national recognition this week. While some locals think it might be good for the businesses on the island, others say their peace and quiet on the island could be disturbed.
“Marco’s more relaxed, laid back,” said Michael Csaky. He and his wife love that they’re just steps away from the beach.
After falling in love with Marco Island years ago, they decided to call it home.
People at USA Today seemed to fall in love too, naming it one of the ’10 Best’ island escapes in America that you can drive to.
Aside from the beaches, Marco Island has many more attractions.
“Marco island’s history goes back 6,000 years at least. We’ve had people here on Marco Island since that time… I think today, people think of Marco as relatively new,” said Patricia Rutledge, executive director of the Marco Island Historical Society.
Rutledge says the original developers designed Marco Island as a luxury location for retirees.
“People are coming and wanting larger homes, larger spaces,” she said.
While there are now tall condos and big hotels, many residents hope their tiny and quiet slice of paradise stays just that.
“I think if it did get too congested, that would drive people away,” Csaky said.
Collier tourism officials say most current visitors to hotels and beaches are driving in. They hope more will start flying down once traveling feels safer.