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Date of Issue: July 05, 2007

Gloria Dei votes to go 'bare'

Olga Ippedico, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church’s council chair, and the Rev. Rosemary Backer, speak to members about wind insurance for the Holmes Beach church. The church’s bill for 2007 is $42,167, more than the $10,983 billed in 2006 and far more than the $1,496 billed in 2004. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church’s membership voted recently to go through the 2007 hurricane season without wind insurance.

The church’s insurance quote for 2007 was $42,167 — that’s more than the $10,983 billed in 2006 and far more than the $1,496 billed in 2004.

Church members, meeting at the Holmes Beach church with their pastor, the Rev. Rosemary Backer, and their council chair, Olga Ippedico, discussed the costs.

They also read over a letter from Kenneth F. Aicher, assistant to the bishop for administration for the Florida-Bahamas Synod ELCA from Tampa, to which the church is a member.

Aicher wrote, “Our collective hope for fair and adequate ‘named wind’ insurance programs in the commercial market, as well as legislative reform to the Florida Citizen’s Insurance program, has not developed as we had anticipated for this year’s insurance renewal season.

“As a result, most congregations are left to sort through myriad issues relating to coverage options and to seek the best plan to provide protection against both property damage and litigation.”

The church voted to go bare this hurricane season.

Meanwhile, the Lutheran churches are trying to create a national insurance policy.

Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria, facing high costs, also has decided to go bare this season.

Citizens Property Insurance has given St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach a $42,000 quote and Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly the Island Baptist Church, a $24,000 quote.

The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach is covered by national church insurance policy.