By Editorial Staff
Published June 6, 2000
By Jeff Schweers, FLORIDA TODAY
“If the decision was made over the issue of abortion, that’s cowardly of Coldwell Banker. I don’t want to do business with people who do business that way.” — Tammy Sobieski, clinic director
SUNTREE — Brevard County’s only women’s health clinic that also provides abortions will be forced to relocate in August when its lease runs out.
Coldwell Banker, the property manager for Suntree Plaza, told WomanCare last week that the lease won’t be renewed on the 3,800-square-foot building behind the plaza parking lot.
“I feel sad for the women of Brevard County,” clinic director Tammy Sobieski said, promising to find the clinic a new home in Brevard.
WomanCare, the successor to Aware Woman Center for Choice, moved to Suntree Plaza last August after the Florida Department of Transportation forced it out of the building on U.S. 1 to make way for a road-widening project. Aware Woman had occupied the building for two decades.
Pro-life activists reacted to the relocation with moderately sized protests that quickly died down to a handful of stalwarts at least three mornings a week.
“I don’t know what the problem is with us being in the building, except the obvious, which is that we provide abortions among other services we provide our clients,”. Sobieski said.
Carla Casey, senior property manager for Coldwell Banker, said tenants and patrons were not happy with the situation.
“There are concerns all the way around, whether it’s the general public or the tenants,” Casey said. “When you start getting into an issue … everybody has a different opinion.”
Jean Lehmann, owner of the Kids Cottage consignment shop, said she was relieved to see the clinic leaving. She remembered how protesters had initially threatened to put all the plaza’s tenants out of business in order to pressure the landlord into evicting the clinic.
“I don’t want to be in the middle of a fight,” said Lehmanri, who is still considering breaking her three-year lease to find a quieter location. “I’m really tired of it.”
Sobieski said she’s sorry that some people have preconceived notions about clinics that provide abortions and that Coldwell Banker would cave to the pressures.
That kind of shortsightedness and intolerance is offensive to women,” Sobieski said. “If the decision was made over the issue of abortion, that’s cowardly of Coldwell Banker. I don’t want to do business with people who do business that way.”
Coldwell Banker took over as property manager after the original manager, Golden Triangle Corp., went out of business, Casey said.
Sobieski said she had wanted to discuss renewing the clinic’s lease with Coldwell Banker. She said she paid the $4,500-a-month rent on time and brought about 300 clients and their families to the plaza each month.
“I’d be disappointed if this is their final decision,” Sobieski said. “I hope they’re not that shortsighted. That building was vacant a year before we moved in.”
Forerunner - Home » Florida's Murder Industry »
Your comments are welcome!
With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Special Two-Disc Set!
After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
$49.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
$14.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
Special offer: Order 5 or more for $5 each.
Watch a clip from Martin Luther.
$9.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!
Running Time: 130 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)