Questions, concerns? We get lots of those from supporters as well as adversaries, so here are some more straight answers.
Why did Proposition 3 have so many votes against it when so many people I talked to were for it?
Because “Purcell” gave Director Marshall Kyger its proxy to cast its 471 votes against Proposition 3. Subtract those votes and it’s clear that Proposition 3 got the majority (552 to 513) from property owners who unlike “Purcell” actually pay dues.
So Prop. 3 would have won if Purcell had not interfered?
Sadly, no. We needed 173 more votes to pass it if “Purcell” had not pushed in. To change bylaws, instead of a
majority you need 2/3 of the total votes cast in person or by proxy. But there’s some very good news in those vote numbers, too.
First, In elections the candidate receiving the greater number of votes wins and “Purcell” can’t vote due to terms of the Takeover Agreement, so we will have an advantage and meanwhile can keep building a majority large enough to create a community that’s no longer controlled by just a few.
Second, the old guard (now calling themselves “The Diamondhead Collective”) hasn’t much hope of increasing support from dues-paying members. Their sole policy is pouring unreasonable amounts of money into amenities, most particularly golf and country club, against all evidence that their choice of projects or management are effectively benefitting the membership as a whole.
Why the quotation marks around Purcell?
Because we’re trying to figure out who or what “Purcell” is and which “Purcell” used Kyger to cast its 471 votes against governmental accountability and transparency. In the past, Purcell meant Diamondhead’s corporate developers, but shortly before the annual meeting we heard rumors that they had sold the company.
When the results of the vote were announced Saturday, Treasurer Michael Schaefer went on record challenging the “Purcell” votes, visibly angering some of the directors who opposed Proposition 3. An empurpled Kyger insisted that the votes he cast were legitimate. A sketchy story finally emerged that the original Purcell has sold the company to an unnamed firm that will still call it Purcell.
We’re still awaiting full information since neither “Purcell” nor Herr Kyger apparently wished to fully inform dues-paying POA members, whose pockets they don’t mind picking for their significantly-less-than-successful projects, about this change of importance to the entire Diamondhead community.
What’s with all those angry emails, letters, and inserts sent out by opponents?
Fear. “The Collective” feels the power slipping away and it frightens them. It’s understandable. Unlike golfers who love the game for its own sake, the old guard has been accustomed to inflating its self-esteem on a notion that the golf and country club scene — their “life style” as they put it — lent them some apparently longed-for prestige.
Then other property owners, weary of paying the $1.5 M plus annual deficits incurred by the group, began pointing out that the alleged “elite” looked more like Snopeses on a beer budget finagling a champagne lifestyle on everyone else’s dime. Oh, snap!
By the time ABC appeared on the scene wanting improved government, it made a handy target. When The Collective could find no valid arguments or facts with which to defend their position, they reverted to origin, picked up mud and started slinging. But their resentment spreads further and deeper than ABC. As one of them puts it — so charmingly, so elegantly:
. . . the “bastards” around here really do try to grind us down what with their idiotic demands to rid us of POA dues. . . . that pay for the upkeep and amenities we need to keep Diamondhead from becoming just another place with weed strewn lawns/driveways filled with old and new cars, boats, machinery, toys, RV’s, etc.