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Vol. 14 No. 39 - July 22, 2014

letters to the editor

AMICCO to continue on AMI

As executive director of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO), I write to assure you that the rumor of AMICCO permanently leaving the Island is greatly exaggerated.

AMICCO was founded on Anna Maria Island over 22 years ago and Anna Maria Island will continue to be the home of our organization. We are committed to enriching this community by providing high quality music for our patrons and subscribers. To do this, we must ensure that timely access is available to the concerts. For some time we have heard from the public and musicians regarding increasing difficulty in reaching the concert hall due to traffic delays during February and March. In response to these concerns and on a trial basis only, two concerts of the 2014-15 season (February 22 and March 22) will be held at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church on Cortez Road. This location will be evaluated at the end of the 2014-2015 season to ensure that the needs of our patrons are met. Concerts scheduled for December 14 and January 25 will continue to be held at our long-time concert home, CrossPointe Fellowship Church. In addition to the four seasonal concerts, AMICCO will perform on the Island at the November 8 Symphony on the Sand beachside concert.

AMICCO will continue to be a major contributor to the cultural life of this community. Anna Maria Island is our home and will remain so with the continued support of our patrons and musicians.

Jeanie Pickwick, executive director
Anna Maria Island Concert
Chorus & Orchestra

Time for new energy

The recent letter to The Sun from Kathy and Kirk MacKenzie spoke honestly to the frustrations and concerns of a number of community members who have supported the center with time and money over the years. We take their views seriously particularly given their significant support of the Center and its goals.

All agree that it’s time for new energy and a fresh direction. The Board has recently added seven effective and highly qualified new members and intends to add several more within the next few weeks. We are grateful for the community response and that so many are willing to serve. I, personally, am appreciative of the Board members who have been willing to stay and weather the storm.

Costs have been reduced and we are evaluating other areas in which to identify savings. New revenue streams are being developed while existing ones are being reviewed with an eye to improvement. We have a plan, which was presented at the community meeting on July 14, and we have the talent and commitment needed to execute that plan.

We are united in our vision for a community center that serves the entire community, resident and visitor, young working families and retired seniors, in a way that is both beneficial to them and self- sustaining for the Center. We are thrilled that Kathy MacKenzie has offered to serve on the Board to help in this effort and count on her candid views going forward as we focus on solutions together.

Dawn Stiles,
Center executive director





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