Manager's Report November 2020 - Pam McFarland
November usually marks the start of the many activities of the 2020-2021 season. Due to Covid-ba19 many activities have already been cancelled. There are many requirements by the State of Florida for Associations to have certain meetings for the residents. The Association will do their best to keep you informed how those meeting will be held this season. Your staff is excited and thankful for another season with our full time and winter residents.
We have had a very wet and humid summer, please be sure to check your home and awnings for the need to have them pressure washed. I like to give residents time to return before sending out letters but many are in need of cleaning now so you might get a letter.
The Lawn Mowing Contracts are to be mailed in by November 1st. Please remember if you have this contractor take care of your lawn per this contract you are responsible to protect your siding, air conditioners and wires from damage.
The Association is responsible for some parts of the water system going to your home. Please contact the office if you have a need to work on your water system to be sure it is not the Association’s responsibility. The only water valve a resident or vendor can shut off is the one at the home. Please do not look for or use the other valves in the park. The office can help you if you cannot get your water shut off.
There is a phone in the laundry room that is completely accessible to everyone for 911 calls if there is an emergency close by.
Don’t forget all FOBs to pool, fitness center and clubhouse have been turned off until residents sign the waiver required by the Board of Directors.
The north and 53rd gates will be closed 24/7 and can be exited only by a remote. The Board of Directors will be revisiting this issue at the November 12th Board Meeting. Be sure to get instructions from the office for the guest entry system so you can get your guest through the gate when it is closed. Please remind your guest they cannot follow another car in or enter on a resident’s click as the gate may close on their car. Guest must use the call box or the resident will have to go to the gate to let their guest in. REMEMBER TO LET GUEST IN FROM THE CALL BOX YOU MUST PUSH 9 NOW AND NOT 6.
If you are wanting to walk out the 53rd gate, there is a button installed right of the gate on a pedestal that if you push it and use your clicker at the same time the gate will open. You cannot get back into that gate. You can get out and back in at Gate Street with your clicker. The office has a request form for groups who need to have gates opened earlier or closed at a later time for events. Please submit your request at least a week in advance when possible.
The gate going into the Greens of Manatee Golf Course does require the same transmitter as the gates. Please do not use this gate to get to 44th Ave. This is for golf course use only.
The first communication meeting is usually scheduled for Monday, November 5th. Communication meetings are not mandated by the State of Florida and at this time there has not been a decision if these meetings will be held this season. This is normally a great opportunity for residents to keep informed of the business of their cooperative. I encourage you to attend all of these meetings which are held the first Monday of every month, November through April at 7 p.m. when and if they are scheduled.
The 2021 Budget has either been hand delivered or mailed to all residents. Be sure to mark your calendars for the Budget and Communication Meeting, Monday, December 7th. The 2021 Budget will be discussed at this meeting, remember to bring your copy of the budget with you. This meeting may be a zoom meeting. Please watch for updates.
Please put garbage out by 8 a.m. Tuesday and Friday, during the season, as collection begins early in order to complete the park before dark. Only use clear yard trash bags available for sale in the office for yard trash. This prevents the yard trash from being put in compactor. Also, make sure all trash weighs no more than 40 pounds.
Dumping of building materials and yard waste by residents is not allowed in the barn and recycling area. Contractors should remove all old materials when they are hired to work in the park.
The recyclable items are limited to specific items. The maintenance staff and volunteers would prefer to not sort undesirables out of the recycling bins every day. Please make it your business to identify the recyclable items that Golf Lakes collects. Please recycle Monday through Thursday so that the bins do not become overflowing during the weekend.
The Golf Lakes’ greens require a different type of top dressing and was purchased in a large quantity due to delivery charges. This top dressing is just west of the mower garage south of Pelican Lake. Please do not take the top dressing, take off the cover or dump old soil on the top dressing. The location of top soil for your use is by the recycle center.
The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our residents.
RULE REMINDER: IX. VEHICLES, TRAFFIC, AND TRAILERS
5. No utility trailers, motor homes, campers, truck campers, converted buses, or originally manufactured vans equipped with water tank or supply hose or 110 electrical hookups or furnace or sewer hookups shall be permitted in the Park at a residence for more than 8 hours.
· Such vehicles are never to be used for sleeping over purpose in the Park.
6. Residents or visitors with utility trailers, motor homes, campers or travel trailers shall park the same in the designated area in the north parking lot for no longer than 72 hours within a 10 day period.
· Owners must post the address and phone numbers (on vehicle) of the resident using the North lot for parking.
· Vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.