• Tony Marino feted

    By Cameron Douglas

    The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala event on March 11 at Passionfish to honor Pacific Grove’s City Employee of the Year: Parking Enforcement Officer Tony Marino. Residents, professionals and officials packed the main dining room to show their appreciation for this fine human being. Among those present were Dan and Beth Cort, former police chief Carl Miller and former city councilman Bob Davis.

    Tony is that pleasant man in sunglasses who rides around in a scooter and, yes, sometimes issues parking citations. But few people take issue with that because of the high level of good will and professionalism he brings to the job. “I’ve never seen more people come out for the person who gives out parking tickets,” remarked Mayor Cort, who presented the award.

    Cindy and Ted Walters set elegant plates on the tables with servings of butternut squash custard topped with Dungeness crab, pea shoots and fritters with pork belly arancini. Chamber Ambassadors Dee Boyer and Diane Garrison greeted guests and poured wine.

    The event became a good-natured roast as Tony’s brother Steve paid tribute. “There’s a lot of stories I could tell about Tony — and I’ve got the pictures to prove it!” Steve also praised his brother for having “the patience of a saint and the temperament of an angel.”

    Police Chief Darius Engles said he often sees Tony as one or the other is finishing a shift. “Tony is everything you’d want in an employee,” said the Chief. “He’s always on time, and always ready to help.”

    Chamber President Moe Ammar thanked the Pacific Grove Police Department for providing something that keeps visitors coming back year after year: a sense of complete safety. As for Tony’s contribution, Mr. Ammar told the humorous — but true — story of a German tourist who, after receiving a parking ticket, actually stopped in at the Chamber to tell about Officer Marino being such a gentleman. “Tony is an ambassador of the community,” said Moe.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 14, 2009

    Topics: Front PG News

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