APSTA Annual Meeting and Elections, Saturday, September 1, 2018

Alligator Point St Teresa Association Annual Meeting and Elections, Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Alligator Point St Teresa Association Annual Meeting and Annual Elections is scheduled for this Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Mission By The Sea, on Alligator Drive.

All property owners on Alligator Point, Bald Point and St Teresa are invited to attend.

The annual meeting will begin at 9:00 am and will discuss annual issues and conduct the annual election of officers and directors.

The available biographies for board candidates are listed below.

The annual meeting will be immediately followed by the monthly board of directors meeting. The next monthly meeting of the board of directors will be on Saturday, October 13th.

Biographies  of APSTA nominees for 2018 Election

Jim McCloy, Nominee for President

Jim McCloy was elected to the Alligator Point St. Teresa Association board of directors in 2009. He served on numerous committees and attended a majority of board meetings for many years. He was elected President 2011 and served in that capacity for five years stepping down in 2016. During his presidency Jim lead an effort to update the bylaws; consolidating the membership and elections committees, expanding the coverage area for the association to include St. Teresa and reducing the quorum requirements. Jim worked with the Sheriff to improve law enforcement presence during his presidency, including the installation of no parking signs (some of which he personally removed and had relocated to more efficient placement). With the approval of the board of directors, Jim ordered “no dumping” signs and personally placed them along Alligator Drive and Bald Point Drive. Jim lead the efforts to have the first ever “No Parking Ordinance” passed by the Franklin County Commission.

Jim McCloy is presently retired from the Florida Department of Financial Services (formally known as the Department of Insurance), having retired in 2004. During his tenure with the Department,  he served in many leadership capacities: Legislative Affairs Director, Director of the Division of Liquid Propane Gas, Director of the Division of Agent and Agency Services and Director of Training. He was also Disaster Preparedness Coordinator and Emergency Coordinating Officer for the Department, engaging in response and recovery operations following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Governor Jeb Bush appointed Jim as Emergency Coordinating Officer (ECO) from 1999 through 2004. In that capacity he oversaw disaster response activities for both the insurance industry and State Emergency Operations Center.

Michelle Darpel – Board nominee

I am Michelle Darpel and my husband Gary and I are thrilled to be making our home here on Alligator Point! Together, we have seven children, and grandchild #4 is arriving any day now! After retiring four years ago from my career as a fourth grade teacher in Kentucky, where I am a native (and diehard UK fan), we became full-time RVers, traveling all over the country, until a year ago when we quite literally stumbled upon and fell in love with Alligator Point. Since purchasing our home and becoming full-time residents, we have developed a deep appreciation and passion for this special place and plan to live out the rest of our days here. It is my sincere desire to work hard and do everything in my power to not only preserve our way of life here, but to also make our little slice of paradise the best it can possibly be. As a retired, full-time resident, I have the freedom and flexibility to be “all in” with my commitment. I believe in giving back to your community and I would be honored to serve my fellow residents and neighbors on the APTA Board. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me!


Michelle Darpel

Cell: (859) 797-8332

Email: michelledwean@att.net

Bill McMillan – Board Nominee

My name is Bill McMillan. My wife Sabrina and I have a home at 1569 Alligator Drive on beautiful Alligator Point. We have 2 children, Norman (36), Annie (34) and 5 wonderful grandchildren that love “The Point”.

After graduating college, I worked 9 years in the ready-mixed concrete business, then Sabrina and I established and operated (for 31 years) a general contracting / construction management firm serving north Florida and south Georgia.  The Alligator Point / St. Teresa community has provided a lifetime of great memories for myself and my family. I was fortunate to have spent time as a child at St.Teresa with my uncle (Rod Shaw) and his family. As an adult my immediate family vacationed on the Point in the early 1990’s, then purchased a home in 1996.  I am privileged to be nominated for election to the APSTA board and appreciate the opportunity to give back to this special place.

Best Regards,

Bill McMillan



Sean Kearns-Board Nominee

Hi neighbors! My wonderful wife Helena and I moved here in May of 2017.   Prior to that we came out here to enjoy the beach often as we raised our families in Tallahassee.  We fell in love with this place and looked forward to the day we could become empty nesters and move here.  I still work in Tallahassee managing Book Fair Warehouses for Scholastic Book Fairs, making that commute a few days a week.   When I am not working I do all I can to stay put on this island. In the past 16 months we have met a lot of wonderful people out here that share the same passion and dreams we have for a wonderful community.  I have become very involved in the volunteer fire department and feel I can make a difference in out wonderful community, thus I have volunteered to be part of the taxpayers association.

Mike Lester – Board Nominee

Hello neighbors,

My name is Michael (Mike) Lester.

I reside at 1274 Alligator Drive here on beautiful Alligator Point. I am a relatively new resident here and have had a great experience thus far.

Before retiring and relocating here I had spent all my life in middle Tennessee.

I retired in early November after a 50 year career in the retail grocery business. The last 35 years as a butcher , and the last 20 as a meat department manager.

I am honored to be nominated for selection to this board, and will do my best to help make our little piece of paradise even better.

I can be reached at:

Cell phone.   615-653-6008

E-mail.   mrlest@aol.com

Dr. Andrea (Andy) Novak

Dr. Andrea (Andy) Novak has a Ph.D. in higher education, communications and marketing.  Her postgraduate work was completed at Harvard in Management. She spent 46 years in higher education.  The last 30 years were as a university vice president of academic affairs and 7 years as a management associate at the University System of Georgia Chancellor’ office overseeing academic affairs in 32 colleges and universities in Georgia. Dr. Novak has worked with many community and government agencies in developing policies, writing and implementing grants and providing resources to communities. After retirement, she spent 5 years at FSU working with faculty to help them achieve tenure and promotion. Her house was built in 1997 on Bald Point Road and she has been a permanent resident since 2013.  She has been active in APSTA since 1997. Andy has been a board member and has participated in several APSTA committees including the nominating committee.  She attends the County Commissioners meetings and keeps updated on issues concerning Franklin County. Dr. Novak would like to be considered a write in candidate for President of APSTA.

Allan Feifer – Board Nominee

Allan Feifer is a full-time resident of Bald Point. He is President of Concerned Citizens of Franklin County, Inc. a county-wide group that is for transparent, fair and affordable government.  A long-time supporter of APSTA as both an active member and Board Member, I have always been for what’s best for Alligator Point/Bald Point when it comes to issues of Life Safety, Taxes and assured access to individual properties. If reappointed to the Board Mr. Feifer will concentrate on providing a permanent solution to the road and erosion problems of Alligator Point and seek to maximize the financial support due to us by Franklin County for the $1.6 million in property tax contributions paid by our locale each year.

Carol Rippee – Treasurer Nominee

Owner of Rippee Construction since 1995, a general contracting and construction management company specializing in commercial and educational construction. Florida Certified in public accounting and general contracting.

John Murphy-Secretary Nominee

A native of Tallahassee, I graduated from Florida State in 1982 and was employed by the Florida Legislature for 27 years before retiring in 2012.  I have been a resident of the St. Teresa/Alligator Pt. area since 1988, and an APTA member for the past 19 years, serving currently as Secretary. Additionally, I’ve been a member of the Alligator Pt. Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years and have served as the representative for District 2 on the Franklin County Planning & Zoning Commission since 1996.  I believe the most pressing issues facing APTA and our community are: the preservation of Alligator Drive as a viable thoroughfare; maintaining an adequate supply of potable water; and requiring developers to adhere to the guidelines set forth in the comprehensive plan. My goal is to act always in the best interest of the community.