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Date of Issue: May 11, 2006

SAM plans, reorganizes

Save Anna Maria Inc. held a planning and organization meeting Saturday, with new president Sheila Hurst listing needed committees and pressing for volunteers from the sparse post-winter-season membership in attendance.

There was, however, enthusiasm for a project already undertaken independently for the most part by board member and treasurer Billie Martini.

She organized and arranged attendance by some of the Island’s state officials at a meeting on May 25 to discuss problems relating to wind-insurance coverage and she asked SAM to sponsor the event, which she has proposed to take place at Holmes Beach City Hall.

The event proposal was approved, with The Islander newspaper co-sponsoring and lending resources for the event.

Already scheduled to appear are banking and insurance professionals and two Island-area state house representatives, Bill Galvano and Ron Reagan.

Galvano proposed a measure to increase the wind-velocity zone on the Island in the just-ended legislative session, and Reagan voted against the measure. The measure failed by two votes.

Martini hopes other elected state officials representing the Island area will plan to attend but not all have yet responded.

In other business, SAM raised its dues from $10 per year to $12 and appointed members to head committees on the comp plan, education, environmental concerns, community awareness and appointed members to attend city meetings as "watchdogs."

The next meeting of Sam will be Saturday, June 3, and will feature Suzi Fox, director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, who is expected to talk about turtles and respond to questions concerning the controversies of habitat preservation, nesting and Turtle Watch.