MICA members elects four new directors

You may not have been aware, but a very important election recently took place on Marco Island. Members of the Marco Island Civic Association were mailed ballots to elect four individuals to the MICA Board of Directors, which consists of 12 volunteers who each serve a three-year term.

Elected to the board were Allan Bristow, Frank LaCava, Bill Patterson and Beverly Trotter. They join existing board members Shirlee Barcic, Bernardo Bezos, Ed d’Alessandro, Bryan Hauser, Jim Johnson, Howard Jordan, Linda Shockley and Steve Stefanides.

This is a very dedicated group of volunteers whose purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment. Two major responsibilities of MICA are the enforcement of the Deltona Deed Restrictions and the protection, maintenance, and improvement of the Marco Island Residents’ Beach. Each board member serves on one of MICA’s committees as well.

As required by the MICA bylaws, at their March Board of Directors meeting, the Board elected officers. Howard Jordan was elected to serve as president for a second year. Jim Johnson will again have the title of vice president, and Bernardo Bezos will serve as treasurer. Linda Shockley accepted the position of secretary. Now the entire board looks forward to a progressive year.

An article about the MICA Board of Directors would not be complete without thanking outgoing board members. Kathy Sullivan served on the MICA Board for six years and also was president of the association for two of those years. As with any organization, the office of president has many responsibilities and much is expected. Kathy did not disappoint the membership and served with gusto!

JoAnne Youman began her stint on the MICA Board in January 2002 and most recently served as secretary for the last few years, as well as the recording secretary for MICA’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Although JoAnne’s term on the board is finished, we must thank her for continuing to dedicate her time to ARC.

While MICA thanks all of our volunteers, we are always on the look out for individuals wishing to dedicate a couple of hours per month to the Marco Island community by serving on one of MICA’s committees. If you’d like more information, please call Ruth McCann at the MICA office at 642-7778.

An event you’ll definitely want to put on your calendar: Bedtime Bundles, a 501c(3) corporation serving our area’s migrant children, is hosting a most decidedly different event, a Doggie Happy Hour, from 5:30 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at CJ’s at The Esplanade. You are invited to attend and if you have a precious pooch, bring him or her with you on a leash, of course. A donation of $5 per person is suggested and in exchange you will receive a doggie goodie bag. Certainly, you do not have to have a dog in your life to attend. Dog, no dog, stuffed dog — you are invited! CJ’s will be offering specialty drinks, and $1 per drink will be donated to Bedtime Bundles. Bedtime Bundles is a not-for-profit program that helps address the basic needs of the migrant children by giving them an easy-to-transport pillowcase filled with essentials such as toiletries, pajamas and blankets. Come on out on Wednesday and join in the fun for an excellent cause.

And just a reminder of a first for Marco Island: The Marco Island Seafood Festival will be held at Veterans’ Community Park on March 28 and 29. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island and both Rotary Clubs on Marco have joined forces to create this inaugural event.

There will be seafood vendors from around the state as well as local vendors. Paradise Seafood Company and Nacho Mama’s will represent our local favorites! There will be three live bands each day for your listening and dancing pleasure. Please visit their Web site at www.MarcoIslandSeafoodFestival.com for details.

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