The arts organization will stage two shows -- "Afternoon with Amadeus" and "An Island Adventure with Gilbert & Sullivan" -- at
The schedule tweaks are on a trial basis for AMICCO, which pays churches to use space for rehearsals and performances.
"We're going to see how it works out," said AMICCO Executive Director
Pickwick, who lives in
"We just wanted to try to be true to our patrons and really spread ourselves a little farther out in the county," Pickwick said, adding that
AMICCO is still an Anna Maria Island organization. "The island is in our hearts and we'll never leave. ... We just want to make it a little easier to get to our performances."
"I think it's very exciting. I think it will help us broaden our base because there are some people who don't want to come to the island on a Sunday afternoon," she said. "I think it will be a really great boost for us."
Ambrose, a former AMICCO Board member, said pushing two shows off island was not something they really wanted to do.
"We've had so many people telling us how many problems they have getting on the island," Ambrose said. "We tell our musicians to get there early but, if traffic is backed to
Ambrose said she thinks the changes will be good for all parties.
"Traffic would be lighter in town," he said over the phone Tuesday afternoon.
The deputy has worked the island since 1991 and says traffic is a lot busier now than years ago.
"That's what happens when you get increased tourism -- you get increased traffic," Sellitto said.
In the 1990s, there was a tourist season in
After hearing about AMICCO's schedule change from a fellow island resident,
"I was horrified. This is the first of our (island) institutions to be lost," Peelen said. "From my perspective, the traffic at this level is going to cause more and more losses."
Peelen, who has lived on the island since 2006, said traffic congestion is so bad residents can't even get around the whole island.
"The predictable end is that this will become
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