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Duck Key Property Owners Association






Well over 100 DKPOA members attended the Meet the President's reception at Margaret and Bill Braun's beautiful home.

It was wonderful to be with fellow neighbors and friends as they gathered together, not just to meet me, but to also honor the past presidents that helped build and promote the values and traditions upon which DKPOA was founded.

Briefly, I'll outline where your association is now and where we are going. Your board's immediate priority has been to keep DKPOA united as a cohesive force dedicated to the preservation and protection of our residential islands, and we've made tremendous progress toward that goal.

We're also getting re-organized. You can look forward to more communication through a newsletter sent after every board meeting.

New booklets will be published each year listing current members' phone numbers and addresses. We will be expanding your board to maximize membership input. Although we have not completed our 2002/2003 action plan you can be assured that it will include your views and will represent the will of our membership.

My wife Mary and I are proud to live on Duck Key, proud to be members of DKPOA, and I am personally honored to be able to serve as your President.

Art Apkarian



Renewal membership dues letters will be mail on November 1, 2002. In order to have your name, address and telephone number in the new directory, dues must be paid by January 13, 2003.

The Board of Directors would like to recognize long term members and will be requesting that members state on their renewal forms the year members joined the association.

At the April 16, 2002 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board Members decided to provide all members with tubes and 5 year DKPOA stickers. Each year, upon receipt of renewal dues, a different color decal will be applied to the tubes to indicate those who are current members.



The Association's By-Laws allow for nine members to serve on the Board of Directors. Currently there are seven positions filled and the Board would like to fill the other two by the November 2002 Board meeting. Any association member who has an interest in serving can get in touch with one of the following members of the Nominating Committee:

Art Apkarian, President: Duck Key Phone: 289-0705, Michigan Phone: 616-247-0845, Email:

Web Gokey, Past President: 305-289-0499

Dave Lyon, Past President: Duck Key Phone: 743-6389, New York Phone: 716-469-6389

The next Board meeting is scheduled for November 18, 2002. It has been decided that a Board meeting will be held every third Monday of each month for the 2003 year.



Ed Gottschalk has met with a representative from Monroe County, and the County has agreed to mow the easements and removed fallen trees . At DKPOA's request, pot holes have been filled and the deck of the main bridge has been repaired. Hawksí Cay has agreed to maintain the easement and road from Truman Bridge to U.S.1.

The Marine Resources has put #2 and #4 buoys at the south end of Duck Key Channel. However, they have marked a preferred route around Tom's Harbor Island.


Welcome Back Party: The 2002 Welcome Back Party will take place on Saturday, November 9. The cost will be $10.00. The time and place will be determined at a later date.

Annual Dinner Dance: The 2003 Dinner Dance will be held on January 19th at the Yacht Club. The theme is Coco Cabana. The cost of the dinner will be $50.00 per member, and we will dance to the music of the same band we had at the 2002 dance.



The tournament was held on April 20, 2002. No boats returned to dock at Bill & Marilyn Braun's for the weigh-in; however, later at the fish fry, there were three teams who claimed victory. It was decided that to award the grand prize, a drawing would be held among the three contenders. The grand prize, a $150.00 gift certificate to Duck Key Marina, was won by Dave Williamson.

The 4:00 Fish Fry was a big success and THANK YOU to Scott & Diana Walker for hosting the event and for providing and frying all the delicious fish. The event included raffle prizes, and a $100.00 gift certificate to Worldwide Sportsman was given to Scott and Diana for all their efforts to provide us with such a great time.

We also send a big THANK YOU to Louise Skidmore for organizing the tournament and fish fry. Your efforts were very much appreciated.

Congratulations to Gail McNichol for catching a 16" tuna on her first fishing adventure.



Joe and Jo Ann Orr

President Art Apkarian has requested that we add a new feature to the newsletter and include a member in each issue. Since I had a short time to publish this issue, I decided to feature members I know really well, Joe and myself.

Joe and I moved to the Keys in 1968, however, not together. Joe is originally from Union, South Carolina and I grew up in Elmira, New York. Joe moved to the Keys after taking a cruise upon graduation from college and met several Marathon High School graduating students. He later visited them and fell in love with the Keys.

Joe graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Caroline with a teaching degree and upon arriving in Marathon obtained a position at Marathon High School teaching math. He later received his master's degree in Education Administration and was promoted to Vice Principal at the high school. In 1985 he was appointed Principal at Stanley Switlik Elementary School. The last two years of his educational career was working at the District Office as Principal on special assignment developing the math initiative for Monroe County Schools. Joe retired from the school system in June 2001.

I moved to the Keys with my one year old daughter and previous husband. I became employed at the Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys in June 1973 and worked in many positions over my 26 years of employment. During the last 12 years,m I held the position of Chief Fiscal Officer and I retired in June 2000.

Joe and I met in 1979 and were married in 1981. We lived for 22 years on Grassy Key and in 1985 built our first home across from the Dolphin Research Center. We lived there until September 1, 2001 when we moved into our Duck Key home on Bahama Drive.

Joe and I both enjoy snow skiing, traveling, and reading. Joe is still involved with the school board doing consulting and I work part-time at a local security company.

We love living in the Keys and living on Duck Key We look forward to meeting more of our new neighbors.



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