The Federation of Manatee Community Associations (FMCCA) held its 50th year Golden Anniversary Celebration at the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton Feb. 26.
In 1964, the federation was formed by a few individuals who believed that community associations could best contribute to society and improve and protect our quality of life if they became knowledgeable about government and projects.
It was felt then, as well as now, that responsible citizens should be interested, involved and knowledgeable about those things that reflect the needs and wishes of citizenry.
Out of these original thoughts and ideas came the federation. A few at first and then more community associations and individuals joined as the concept grew.
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FMCCA President Jim Kaiser was the master of ceremonies. He introduced myself, Ernest "Sandy" Marshall, past president and a 45-year continuous member, presently second vice president. He outlined the history of the federation and now the federation has touched the lives of people in our county.
Some of the significant federation accomplishments displayed on posters at the celebration were: commercial fishing restrictions in our county, the sale of Manatee Memorial Hospital at a profit, opposed oil refineries at port, opposed FPL from burning orimulsion at a Parrish plant, opposed excessive county contract for garbage collection, supported county and school impact fees, helped draft county nuisance abatement ordinance, recommended recycling and conversion of waste for usable fuel, supported red-light cameras, opposed store-front commercial slot machines, make annual recommendations for county and school board budgets and state legislation.
Past FMCCA presidents recognized were Harlan Twible, Farrell Baker, Harold Crapo and past secretary, Betty Griffith.
The federation wishes to thank Kay Lynn Duncan, committee chair, and Carole Atkins and other committee members, guests and local county and municipal public officials and first vice president Paul Valenz; treasurer Vic Coveduck, and Jim Garden, promotions coordinator.
Ernest S. Marshall