Long time island resident Marie Parham was honored on the evening of Saturday, February 21st when friends and family gathered to celebrate her 85th birthday. With live music from Wil and Dale, great food and two birthday cakes, the group celebrated Miss Marie’s milestone birthday in fine fashion.

Marie and her late husband George built the landmark Sands Hotel in the early 1970’s. Hauling buckets of cement by hand, Marie was a big part of the laborious process and remembers well the huge undertaking. The Sands Hotel is located on a large lot on Barrier Reef Drive right across the street from Central Park. Recently the building has been renovated into Hasta la Vista Hostel and is run by Marie’s granddaughter.

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