PHOTOS: Talk turns to politics at MIAAR membership luncheon

The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) met Tuesday at the Hideaway Beach Club for their general membership luncheon, but the topic kept shifting to politics.

After Marco Island Councilman Jerry Gibson led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to begin the meeting, Board president Susan Ackerman kept the agenda and presentations moving briskly.

Speaker after speaker rose to laud the Realtors for their contributions to RPAC, the Realtors’ Political Action Committee, and the help that gave to electing the group’s preferred candidates, and especially to defeating Amendment 4, that would, they said, have tied up local property rights in knots.

“You have literally saved the state of Florida,” said Bill Poteet, the president-elect of NABOR, the sister association of Naples, and a frequent visitor to MIAAOR meetings. “Had Amendment 4 passed, you would have been paying for it for the rest of your life.”

Dick Shanahan read the list of RPAC-backed candidates in Florida who won their races, a whopping 92 percent, he said. Candidates endorsed by RPAC won 82 percent of Congressional races, 100 percent of Florida Senate and Cabinet races, and 93 percent of Florida House races.

MIAAOR’s RPAC chair, Anne McDonald, reiterated the glad tidings. “I’ll try to keep this short, but you know me,” she began. After her report, she remained at the podium as Realtor Support Network chair Ron Webster picked a raffle ticket. Surprise — the name on it was hers.

The head table, including Gibson, Ackerman, Webster, President-Elect Bill Filbin, event sponsor Bill Morris, and CEO Shirley English were introduced. As sponsor, Morris took a few moments to talk about the services his law firm offers, and, in honor of Veteran’s Day, added something extra for those who served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Veterans were asked to stand, and Morris had a lottery ticket for each.

The board of directors, committee chairs, Realtor Support Network members, and MIAAOR staff were thanked for their contributions.

“This is a very good board,” said Poteet of NABOR after the meeting. “They’re committed to Realtor excellence, and they represent the Realtor community very well.”

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