DIPOA Monthly Meeting, April 21, 2022 at 6pm

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The next Board of Directors meeting of the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association will be held on:

Thursday, January 20, 2022 
6:00 pm
Lower Level – Isle Dauphine Club

All members are welcome to this open board meeting.

Current News


This year the terms of three of our directors are coming to a close and their seats will be filled during the 2022 Annual Election, which culminates at the Annual Meeting Saturday, May 14th.  The Annual Meeting notification letter and ballot will be mailed to each property owner at the address we have on file, sometime in early April.  If you have moved or changed your mailing address, please contact our office or go to “Update our contact information” at the bottom of our Homepage.  We encourage all property owners to exercise their right to vote whether you pay annual dues or not.  There are seven candidates for the three available seats.  Their biographies are below.


Victoria Helm (Incumbent), 509 Ft. Stoddard Pl., email: pete_bob_love@yahoo.com

I am Victoria Helm, and I have had the pleasure of serving on the DIPOA Board for the last three years, as the organization’s secretary. When I ran previously, my platform was focused on returning the Isle Dauphin Club to the membership, for their use and enjoyment. We were able to do that within the first 3 months of my election to the board. Likewise, we were able to reinstate the practice of having in- house elections, saving the POA thousands of dollars that had been spent on out-sourcing elections. My vision for Dauphin Island is the same today as it was three years ago. I want the island to remain the quaint, quiet place we enjoy daily. I will always fight to keep big development from ruining our property and destroying our hometown atmosphere. Making our parks, beach, and facilities available and open to our membership is a primary focus for me and I will always seek ways to provide access to our beautiful properties. Your vote will help make this possible, and I would appreciate your support.

In 2005 I decided to move back to the area, so I made a plan, and in two years, retired from my corporate job and moved. My children will become island property owners at some point, and will enjoy the home I built. I hope that when that happens, there will still be NO STOP LIGHTS here.

I attended Semmes High School and hold a degree from Ouachita Baptist University. I have worked in public school as a teacher, and in the corporate world, as well. I am a member of the Woman’s Club and serve on 5 committees within the POA structure.

Eric Bay (Incumbent), 1112 Narbonne Place, email: Eric.Bay.DIPOA@gmail.com

As my first term as a Director and Vice President of the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association comes to an end, I look back at the last three years and all of the things we have accomplished as a Board. Our greatest accomplishment has been opening the Isle Dauphine back up to the members. We have a lot of work left to do to restore this iconic building and should I be elected to serve another term will work to bring our flagship property back to the glory it once was. Property values are important to us all and this site, restored properly, will benefit each and every one of us in the long term.

My wife and I are long-time vacationers to the island and for the last five years full-time residents. We now own four properties (two houses, two lots… one of which is for conservation) and intend on retiring here someday. Our daughter has grown up on the island and we want nothing more for her than to keep the quaint family-oriented community it has been for as long as I can remember.

I am employed by an environmental engineering firm out of Baton Rouge and work from my home here on the island. I am the Geospatial Manager for the company and for the last twelve years my primary client has been USEPA where I work as an Emergency Response contractor. My job has allowed me to travel to many different places and see many different things. My experience has given me a unique insight in how to best maintain what we love while also building on the things that make our island special. This continues to be my goal and I hope I have earned your vote for reelection.

Jane Tully Watkins, 148 Natchez St., email: diturtlelady@gmail.com

My vision for Dauphin Island is to ensure that the island maintains its serenity and way life as it has for many years for both residents and wildlife. My priorities are to ensure that the DIPOA waterfront parks are always available to property owners and that the Isle Dauphine remains pristine in its setting with no outside development of the buildings and golf course. This island is special to me because my father loved it so much and was interested in keeping it a beautiful unspoiled space for property owners to enjoy for years to come. He was particularly interested in the wildlife which led me to be a part of the turtle studies at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

I have been a full-time resident of Dauphin Island for 38 years. Prior to that, my family owned a home on Port Royal St since 1958. My father was the attorney for the Chamber of Commerce during the development of the island and advocated that the POA properties would remain available for all property owners. Upon moving to Dauphin Island, I wanted to give back to my community, so I joined the Dauphin Island Fire and Rescue. I then went on to become a National Registered EMT and volunteered my time with Fire and Rescue for 13 years. I also owned a business on the island where I was able to understand the needs of both residents and visitors.

I was a medical assistant and went on to be a teacher of Medical Assistants in clinical applications. I was an instructor/trainer for the American Heart Association and The Red Cross. I spent 8 years in United States Navy Reserves Medical Corps and was called to active duty during Desert Storm.

Dennis Garcia, Ph: 731.431.6018, email: dennisg@wmccontracting.com  

I am submitting my application for one of the positions that will be up for election on the DIPOA Board.  As an owner of several West End properties, my wife Christine and I have a vested interest in the community of Dauphin Island.  The Island is a great place to take a break from modern life.  My DI story starts there.  My wife made me look, and I was hooked from the moment we drove over the bridge.  Two and a half years later, we now own four rental properties.   We have lived in several areas, and we always choose to become involved and positively contribute to the communities we live in. I also believe that we need more representation from the property owners who do not reside on the Island full time.

Preserve, Protect, and Promote.   These three words define my priorities for Dauphin Island.  I will work to preserve the special qualities of Dauphin Island with the understanding that this town depends on the businesses that support it which include fishing, tourism, and vacation rentals to name a few.   My current priorities include the golf course and tennis courts and the beach access for residents and visitors.  I would also like to see the Town and the Board be on the same page.

My desire to serve coupled with my experience as a business owner makes me a qualified candidate for this position.

Kate Jones, 1425 Oleander Lane, Dauphin Island AL 36528, Ph:615-330-4501, email:  katejones04@me.com

I believe that a strong board is the basis for a successful community. I would like to be a part of building a board that continually improves our community and raises the quality of life for all residents, owners, and visitors to Dauphin Island while protecting our quaint natural environments and beaches. We need to provide a balance between natural habitats like the bird sanctuary and turtle nesting areas while allowing for growth and continual beach re-nourishment.

My family, husband and two children, resides in Tennessee and hope to make Dauphin Island our permanent home soon. We own two houses in the trees that are vacation rentals and are building on the West End. Dauphin Island is our home away from home with frequent trips to the Island. We found our happy place.

I have an MBA from Belmont University and spent 15 years interpreting legal disputes and policies and mediating successful terms for all parties in the insurance industry before starting my own company. I am also the Treasurer for an HOA and sit on a NFP board that encourages women and junior golfers by supporting the spirit of the game. In all of my roles, I work with a variety of people and service providers to come to resolutions that benefit everyone and ensure that there is no bias or favoritism. I will bring this level of trust and problem solving to the property owners I represent. My previous experiences taught me that attention to detail, flexibility and adaptability are good qualities to bring to any task. I will bring all of these qualities and my love of our island to my role on the board and will ensure that we keep the big picture in mind for the benefit of all in our community.

Ryan Luechtefeld, 2342 Island Shores Drive, Dauphin Island, AL 36528. email: ryanluechtefeld@yahoo.com

My wife and I, along with our 3 children, started coming to the island when our now-11-year old was just a toddler. These trips only grew more frequent after my mother-in-law purchased a condo here in 2013. Since that time, we have introduced numerous friends and family members to the area.  One of the highlights of our summers over the last decade has certainly been the annual Memorial Day trip south. That vacation, which always begins the day school lets out, usually includes 2, 3, or even 4 other families from IL who figure out quickly why we fell in love with the island and why we would like to retire here one day. In November of 2020, we took our first steps towards achieving that dream by purchasing our “second home” on Island Shores Drive

When not in south Alabama, I work as a Mortgage Consultant in O’ Fallon, IL where I run a branch which consists of 8 loan officers and 9 members of our operations department. I have been in this business for 18 years and am, in fact, looking forward to opening a new mortgage branch in Dauphin Island later this year. We are currently working on getting the necessary licenses and finding a location to “set up shop.”

The house and future mortgage office have given me the motivation to run for the DIPOA Board. Being on the board, would give me a voice to ensure that the island keeps what we all love about the island. This obviously consists as much of the small-town feel as it does the sand and sunsets. It would also give me a voice to make sure the island grows enough to make sure future generations can get to experience what we get to experience.

Timothy Nolan, 2542 Bienville Blvd., email: Timothy.nolan@myccmortgage.com

If I am elected to the Board of the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association my priorities will be to preserve the island’s natural beauty and small town feel while supporting local businesses, enhancing property values and striving for improvements that benefit the community.

My vision for the property owners here on Dauphin Island are to be informed of the Associations benefits, updated on the issues that the Board addresses and increase membership and participation.

My wife and I first visited the Island in August of 2019. We were immediately in love with the laid back lifestyle and beautiful beaches. The people we met were welcoming and loved sharing information about their town. The following weekend we returned to begin looking at properties. We were lucky enough to find a home and closed in December of 2019. Our family and friends have enjoyed their introduction to the island as well. I accomplished a personal goal of allowing my extended family a place to make great memories for generations to come.

I have been in the Mortgage Industry for almost 30 years. I currently work as a branch manager and loan officer at Cross Country Mortgage. After closing on my home my Realtor, Dot Small, listed me as one of her Mortgage Professionals. I have closed over 40 loans and have learned a great deal about the housing market and property details here on the island. This allows me the opportunity to inform them about the benefits of membership and encourage their participation.

Info about the Lease Management …

The last meeting of the DIPOA board of directors was held May 8, 2021.

Read the full minutes of the meeting.

The last meeting of the DIPOA board of directors was held May 8, 2021.

Read the full Treasurer’s report.