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A FARAWAY PLACE THAT’S NOT SO FAR AWAY BY KATHERINE SNOW SMITH

A MASSIVE RENOVATION OF THE FORMER MARRIOTT ON MARCO ISLAND has elevated the gulffront property to a JW Marriott Resort, making it the latest luxury hotel in Florida. But one key feature that’s been a facet of the hotel since it was first developed as a small, independently owned getaway in the 1960s remains: Guests drive up a hill to get to the lobby so when they walk in, the first thing they see through two-story windows is an expansive view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Photograph courtesy of JW Marriott Resort

Bay Magazine - March, 2017  

Fly Away. Vol. 10, No. 5. Copyright 2017.

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