The “Homeowner” by definition is the person whose name is on the property deed filed with the county and state. This means that if you are not on the deed to the property and you vote this vote does not count. Please be sure and have the person on the deed vote so that the vote from your property counts!
Also it seems that there is some confusion with the ballot. We hope that this will clarify this issue:
At the moment the Volunteer Board of the Bay Lakes HOA Board consists of only five (5) members, which is the minimum per the HOA rules, and we have been running at the minimum for some time. The term for anyone on the board is two (2) years.
Unfortunately, as the community has evolved over the years the volunteerism fell off and no one was able to make the commitment. This brought us to the current situation where some of the Board Members have stayed on to keep our HOA in compliance with the Florida Laws. If we fail to comply with the FL law for HOA's; then, the management of the HOA would default to a management company chosen by the county. Once an HOA is in default – it cannot be reinstated. This is very important because it could potentially increase the amount of HOA dues each property is responsible for paying up to 10x the current amount and most of this would be for “management” versus improvements to the community.
Since the departure of the long standing President the Board, along with some in the community, something had to change! Your neighbors in the community started to volunteer time and express a renewed interest in making Bay Lakes a better place to live and own a property.
Bay Lakes held an event in August for the “National Night Out” and at the event we placed sign-up sheets for neighbors to sign up and learn more about the HOA Board and potentially have their name placed on the HOA ballot. We are pleased that during this event people showed a renewed interest in the community and signed up to serve in our community, on the Board and on Committees!
These people were contacted and attended Board Meetings to get a better understanding of how a Home Owner’s Association operates and the commitment that it requires.
With this new interest in the community two (2) of the long-standing Board Members decided that they could resign, and we felt it was necessary to increase the size of the Board to the maximum number of Board Members of nine (9) to eliminate the risk of default due to losing Board Members during a term.
Three Board Members of the current Board are serving the second year of their term. This is why when you look at the ballot you have six (6) names, and it asks you to please vote for 6 Members. We have three existing and need 6 people to allow a full HOA Board.
We are very excited about the renewed interest in helping make Bay Lakes a great place to live. Please vote for all 6 Board Members – they are going to help renew the spirit of our community. We will be sending additional information out about those offering their time and asking for your vote in a communication later this week.
We hope this clarifies any concerns about the voting process and the HOA Board. Please vote and mail your ballot today or attend the Annual Meeting and vote!
This is an important vote for our community and we are requesting that Bay Lakes Rock the Vote – please vote for your Neighbors who have volunteered to serve and for the Special Assessment to improve the neighborhood!
Your Neighbors, The Bay Lakes HOA Board