Manager's Report March 2022 - by Pamela McFarland
Updated: Mar 20
I would like to express congratulations to Mark Hooker, Pat Mandjack and Charles Battleson on their 3-year term for the Board of Directors. And “Thank You” to Dave Bailey and Mary Kline for your service on the Board. I am looking forward to working with the new Board this year to accomplish the business of Golf Lakes.
The 2021 Officers of the Board of Directors are:
Mark Hooker -------President
Gerry DeJong -------V. President
Karla Blevins------------ Secretary
Judy Keller ---------Treasurer
The annual meeting requires a lot of work on behalf of the Board, staff and volunteers. I want to thank everyone who contributed to another successful annual meeting. As a reminder state law requires a certain number of unit owners vote on the blue ballot and election. It is important that you participate in this process or all the work is for nothing.
I am sure all residents are enjoying the Florida sunshine and the spring weather. Usually, this time of year there are a lot of guests coming to share our beautiful weather. Residents are responsible for their guests. Be sure your guests are aware of and follow the rules. These rules are in your park directory.
On Thursday, March 24th there will be a SPRING CLEAN UP DAY at Golf Lakes. The vendor who picks up your trash items will pick up anything (other than hazardous waste) that is put out at the curb free of charge. The Association is hopeful that residents will get rid of items stored outside that have potential to blow in a wind storm. Please take advantage of this free pickup and do a spring cleaning. Trash days are Tuesday and Friday at your home. Yard waste may not be combined with household garbage. Yard waste cannot be put in the compactor with household garbage. Do not bring garbage to the barn area or recycling area. It is not the job of your maintenance staff to service the residents’ garbage needs.
Golf carts are to be driven on the roads and on the owner of the golf carts property. Please do not drive your carts on the common area, golf course or other owner’s property. Rule IX. 8. Any person who owns or operates a golf cart in Golf Lakes shall have liability insurance on said cart.
The Association hopes to replace poles and backboards on the electrical system for your homes again this summer. The county is getting stricter on allowing older disconnects to be reconnected to the new backboards. I would suggest that owners check their disconnects, so if you get a letter that your backboard is being replaced you will be able to make a decision about your disconnect. Also, don’t forget to be sure your address is on the breaker box on the backboard. This will be helpful in case of an emergency.
The Association has the palm trees trimmed in the common area and along the roads in August. If you have a palm tree on your property and would like it trimmed at that time the cost is $25.00 per tree. You can bring the money to the Park Office and we will sign you up. If a tree is diseased along the roads they are removed as quickly as possible to prevent spreading of the disease. The stump will be ground as soon as 6 or more are available.
The Rule Reminder for this month is the rule pertaining to putting items away before leaving for an extended time. Stacks of concrete cannot be left during the hurricane season, please get rid of them or put them inside. This includes blocks or sticks with string to block your driveway from use. PLEASE COMPLY. The other Rule Reminder is concerning outside plastic storage sheds which are no longer allowed in Golf Lakes. The Association has a list of current residents with these plastic storage sheds and no others will be allowed.
Top soil is available to residents at the recycle center. Do not take the soil under the cover next to the equipment shed. This is special soil that is only for the golf course and please do not dump old dirt in this soil.
Don’t forget the clubhouse parking is a one way entrance and one way exit. Please let us do our best to keep the clubhouse parking as safe as possible.
Notary service is available free of charge to our residents at the office. Please do not sign the document until in front of the notary. For your convenience, you might want to check with the office to be sure that a notary is available and any witnesses you might need.
Some residents may be leaving this month to head to their summer homes. Don’t forget to sign out at the office and provide the name of the person who is responsible for the yard work including planters and flower beds in your absence. Also, please take a walk around outside your unit before you leave, to prevent getting a letter in the summer. Please take care of any mildew on your unit especially awnings.
RULE REMINDER: IV. 15. All residents who will be away any time, for more than 7 days, during official hurricane season (June 1st to November 30th), must stow away all outdoor objects prior to leaving. This includes, but not limited to flower pots, grills, decorative statues, outdoor furniture, garbage cans, bicycles and rain barrels. If not stored properly or anchored permanently all such items will be removed. If an expense is incurred it will be charged to the owner.
III. 13. Utility Rooms/ Sheds must be of conventional construction and must meet all setback requirements and if at all possible are to be extensions of existing structures. Stand alone sheds such as Rubbermaid or sheds made of vinyl, plastic or any flexible material are not to be used. Any existing stand alone sheds/storage units, shall be securely anchored to the ground as approved by the Manager. However; when the property changes hands the sheds/storage unit made of vinyl, plastic, or any flexible materials must be removed.