I would like to thank everyone for all of the hard work you have done improving our community. We have come a long way over the past year and our hard work is paying off. I commend everyone for working together and raising the bar here in Bay Lakes. As an HOA Board, we must keep an open mind to the needs of our community and address long-term goals as well as those with more immediate urgency or community concern.
Maintaining Our Park
Our first project this year was to protect our Bay Lakes community’s investment in our HOA Park docks and caring for them for years to come by giving them the protectant coating that will ensure a longer useful life. This coating has been applied and the project was completed and the docks look wonderful. When I asked on NextDoor for recommendations for Painting Contractors, I received quite a few recommendations. After meeting many of them in the HOA Park to discuss our needs, we went with the contractor that we felt would do a great job. When you visit the docks, you can see that they did and that this goal was achieved.
Another pressing issue on our list was the health of our trees in our community’s Park. After having consulted with different arborists and tree companies who viewed the trees in the Park, we determined that the trees needed immediate attention to extend their life and completed the trimming prior to Hurricane Season. Hilltop was the winning contractor and they did a wonderful job. The park and trees in the Park looks better. We still have our routine service; however, now everyone agrees that we have extended the life of our trees in our Park.
Memorialize Loved Ones
We still have items we need to work on in our Park, such as the replacement of fencing and clean up, which we will continue to address. Some Owners have expressed a desire to memorialize loved ones within our community. The Board is in favor of individuals or families placing memorial items, like a memorial bench, picnic tables, or tree in our park as a permanent reminder of a loved one. Please feel free to reach out to the Board for options that have been approved and we will work with you to make it a reality. Our park has many opportunities to meet needs and be improved and a memorial can be a way to remember a loved one and be a way to improve the Park for the community.
Safety and Security
Now for safety, security, and general reminders. We are a community not a Racetrack. We have a lot of walkers and bike riders through the day and many have voiced their concern about near misses from vehicles traveling well over the speed limit. We should all agree that some of these drivers are guests of Bay Lakes residents. Please ask your friends and visitors to slow down as were a family community. The Sheriff, as you know, patrols here at different times and has been giving out speeding tickets. Everyone please slow down.
It seems to come up all the time that “we need security cameras.” What you see on TV are not security cameras but TV made to look like the camera shot. Our best defense as always is if you see something say something. Case and point on NextDoor you may have seen the photos of the person recently Citrus Chase stealing lawn ornaments. This is an example of the image you will get.
With all of this said, we researched potential systems to hopefully answer some questions. To have cameras installed to cover the Apopka Vineland entrance, Kilgore entrance, park entrances, and the park there are some issues. For example, real time monitoring is not a current option, if something happened someone would have to go to the cameras and download the stored video (they hold up to 30 days) to review, as well as the costing is looking to be between $50,000.00 and $60,000.00 Plus a monthly fee of $200.00 mandated by Orange County to insure they are functioning properly, along with the increased utility costs to power them. These companies at the moment are unable to provide us with 24 hour off-site monitoring, as the locations that need to be monitored do not have Internet access. To get this access would cost even more as there is no infrastructure in place to make this happen. We will continue to gather information and if the community feels this is a direction they want to peruse we will put this forward for a community wide vote on a special assessment to raise the funds.
Vandalism is on all of our minds. We have seen a downturn in this, but still have isolated issues. Our due diligence to our neighbors and ourselves is our best defense.
Last, but not least, some reminders for all of us:
Please keep your dogs on a leash and pick up after them. You are in violation of Orange County Ordnance and this could lead to other issues.
It is against Orange County Ordinance to park a vehicle over a sidewalk path. You can be ticketed for this action and the Sheriff has noted that he is seeing a lot more of this and will begin to hand out notices.
Parking on your lawn / grass is a violation and we ask that if you do not have enough driveway you park in the street in front of your residence.
Our neighborhood is zoned as a “SFR” & “LTR”. This means that if you have others staying in your residence that are not family members you are in violation of the Orange County Zoning Rules and Regulations in regards to a Single Family Residence. Also if you are renting a room for visitors you are in violation of the Bay Lakes Rules and Regulations you agreed to when you purchased your property or if a Renter when you signed your rental agreement with your Landlord. Orange County also states that we are zoned as a Long Term Rental community. Any owner renting a room thru VRBO or any other other source that is under six (6) months and one (1) day is in violation of OC Zoning and is subject to a fine from the county. Any Renter subletting a room or room is in violation and breach of their rental agreement subject to eviction by the Owner.
Request for Volunteers
As President, I would like to thank each member of our community and the Board that continue to help us by volunteering. Our Volunteer Board that was put in place 33 years ago to maintain our community’s appearance and oversee Bay Lakes. As a community, the best road to improvement is for our neighborhood to work together as a team. I ask all of you to please help your neighbors by volunteering with our events and projects. Without your help, we put in jeopardy the continuity of the events we currently offer to get to know your neighbors and have some fun. Leaving it all up to the few that continue to give is not a community effort. We are a diverse community with many levels of talented people living together in Bay Lakes. You may feel that it is not your responsibility, or that you don’t have the time. But anything you can help out with is a help to our community. An extra set of hands goes a long way. Our next event is coming up at the end of the month!
Community Emergency Response Team Training
We have posted on NextDoor and Facebook links to the upcoming CERT training class. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Teams and provides you with basic tools and knowledge of how to help you community along with first responders during an emergency. The more neighbors that take this class the better prepared we will be. The more trained CERT members we have the better off we all will be during a tough situation.
Update Contact Information
Now is the opportunity for you to help by volunteering for a great community. Please take the time to update your personal information on our Bay Lakes HOA web page. Also all of the HOA rules and regulations are posted online on the website for you to re-familiar yourself with them and get a jump on items that you might need to address. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Thank you all for you’re continued support and let’s continue to work together keeping Bay Lakes the great little gem that it is now and in the future.
Kind Regards Burt Bracegirdle
President, Your Bay Lakes HOA
June 24 -5:30 PM Summer Fun Run June 24 - 6:00 PM Summer Fun Celebration in the Park July 10 - Board of Directors Meeting @ SW Library August 1 - Neighborhood Watch National Night Out August 15 - Board of Directors Meeting @ SW Library September 5 - Board of Directors Meeting @ SW Library
The speed limit in Bay Lakes is
Let's slow down and keep our families and children safe!
Remember to keep your cars locked and outside lights on at night.
Notifying the Next Door community is helpful, but please continue to report incidents to the Orange County Sheriff's Office
BAY LAKES SUMMER FUN CELEBRATION Saturday, JUNE 24th
Festivities kick off with a Summer Fun Run - Runners meet in the Park at 5:30 PM
At 6:00pm, join us in the park for:
Pie Bake Off (bring a homemade pie)
Ice Cream Eating Contest
Kids Bike Parade (make sure to come with a decorated bike)
Movie in the Park
Please come out and meet your neighbors, your Volunteer HOA Board and enjoy the Park!
MAINTAINING OUR PARK
As most of your know, recently, we had the trees trimmed in the park. Our goal is to keep our park beautiful, and our trees healthy for as long as possible. A special thank you to Hill Top for all of their hard work on this project. And a special thank you to all of you who were courteous and kind to Hill Top while they worked. Below you’ll notice the before and after pictures.
Our goal for our park is for it to be beautiful, and used by residents as it is our most distinct feature in the neighborhood. So, feel free to hang out, or book a party. Just go to the HOA website and sign up.
Our youngest residents gathered to hunt eggs throughout the park
2017 Egg Hunts in the Park
This year we hosted two fabulous egg hunts. A glow-in-the-dark hunt was hosted for our tweens and teens. They hunted throughout the park looking for glowing eggs, toys, and necklaces. Our youngest residents gathered the next day by decorating eggs and hunting them throughout the park. Each child enjoyed a treat bag filled with fun. Also, there was a completion to guess the number of jellybeans and malt balls in collectible cups. This was a new fun addition to our annual egg hunt.
A special thank you goes out from Bay Lakes to Twistee Treat for supplying free ice cream to all our egg hunters.
Business Section STATE OF BAY LAKES REPORT as of March 15, 2017: Homes in Bay Lakes: 392 Homes Sold this year: 9 ($277,525 average*) Home Active Listings: 8 Homes Pending Sale: 0 Price Range Presently Sold: $219,100 to $350,000 *Includes two foreclosures that have sold.
Number of homes sold by year and average price
(historical data): 2016: (16) $283,100*
2015: (22) $260,000* 2014: (19) $250,000* 2013: (22) $250,000* 2012: (21) $225,000* 2011: (11) $225,000* * (All values are based on Orange County Property Appraiser’s data)
Compliance with Covenants & Restrictions
As we communicated last year, one of the main goals of the Bay Lakes HOA Board of Directors is to partner with the homeowners to raise the overall appearance level of the neighborhood and ensure we are keeping up with our sister communities in the Dr. Phillips area. By doing this, we will ensure our property values continue to keep pace with the rest of the local market and that we remain a desirable community for people looking to move into the area.
To help in raising the appearance level and comply with the agreements as Homeowners that we made when we purchased our homes, we restarted the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) last year. The Committee's function is to ensure the individual property owners maintain their homes to the levels outlined in the HOA Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions and further defined in the Bay Lakes HOA Policies and Procedures. Both of these documents can be found on the Bay Lakes HOA web site at the following address:
Common items the ARC will be looking for include, but are not limited to the following:
• Boats, RVs, Vehicles or Trailers stored or parked in the driveway or front yard
• Garbage cans or other items stored in view from the street
• Faded paint or rotten wood on the house or trim
• Fencing that needs cleaned, repaired or replaced
• Fencing that is missing around AC units or pool pumps in view from the street
• Roofs that need cleaned, repaired or replaced
• Trees trimmed to a minimum clearance of 10 feet above the sidewalk
• Bushes trimmed to an even height and not blocking the sidewalk
• Grass cut to a consistent height (4-5 inches) and no bare areas or visible weeds in the lawn
• Flower beds that need mulched or weeded
• Sidewalks, driveways and curbs that need edged
• Sidewalks and driveways that are stained or discolored and need cleaned
• Mailboxes that need cleaned, repaired or straightened
• Basketball hoops that need repaired or are no longer in use and need to be removed
Similar to last year the committee has audited the neighborhood and violation notices are being mailed. If you can bring your property up now to the standard agreed as a resident of Bay Lakes we would appreciate it.
We are aware that some lawns may be dry due to the drought and now that we are in the rainy season, we will be enforcing violations for brown or bare spots in lawns, but encourage you to do your best to maintain you lawns and avoid more costly repairs down the road. We are also aware that some of the larger and more expensive items will take longer to complete and are willing to partner with you to develop a plan and timeline for completion.
Along the same lines, please remember that all projects that impact the exterior of the homes are required to have ARC approval prior to commencing. The Request for Architectural Approval can also be found on the Bay Lakes HOA website at the above web address. Completed forms can be submitted via email to email@example.com or mailed to Bay Lakes HOA, P.O. Box 690284, Orlando, FL 32869. Responses will be given within 30 days although most often can be completed much quicker depending on the scope of the project.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss specific issues regarding your home, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this initiative which is vital for the ongoing health of our neighborhood.
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