How did an alligator-infested swamp transform into America’s No. 1 island travel destination? . . . It wasn’t easy!
Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground, a compelling 110-page editorial and photographic narrative written by local author Michael Coleman, will soon be on sale in celebration of the modern era’s 50th birthday in 2015.
From curses, a kidnapping and buried gold treasure to sun-drenched beaches, savvy global marketing and million dollar mansions on perfectly carved man-made canals, the book reads more like a novel as opposed to the fact-based account portrayed by the author.
“It’s almost impossible to fathom all that has occurred here over the years given its small geographic size and remote location,’’ said Coleman. “Yet its conversion from sacred Indian ground and a backwater trading post to the posh resort community it is today is nothing short of miraculous.’’