Volume #32 : Iss. #4 | A Publication by and for the Bay Lakes at Granada Homeowners Association
Hello Bay Lakes Neighbors,
The HOA Board would like to share the list of the accomplishments completed during the year. It's important for the owners of homes in Bay Lakes to understand what is being accomplished within a budget that barely covers keeping the more than 27 acres of common area up. This is being done by each of 10 HOA Board members donating literally hundreds of hours to our neighborhood. We have had very few or no Volunteers for some events, projects and clean-ups. We will need to have more participation going forward or we will not be able to continue some of the events. Bay Lakes has the lowest assessment in all of Orange County we are surviving and not thriving. We ask that you consider a donation with your assessment orbecome a sponsor with your business or a Gold Key family.
That said, we made tremendous progress this year in Bay Lakes and here is a summary:
ARC and General Neighborhood Appearance: We noticed an increase in our community in overall appearance. 130 residents with noted violations successfully addressed them raising the overall look of our neighborhood. A program was put in place to send first, second and third notices and ultimately there will be fines for a fourth notice. As an example, of the work the Volunteer Board Members are doing: If only the ARC process were outsourced it would cost approximately $30,000 a year, which would be about half of our current operating budget.
Park and Granada Blvd., Green Space, and Front Entrance: The park docks received a coat of weather seal to help them last for many years to come. Fortunately, the trees in the park were trimmed prior to Hurricane Irma. This limited the damage and saved many trees. As a reminder, the trees had not been trimmed for many years. Also, many of the trees at the entrance and in the park are reaching the end of their typical lifespans. We consulted with an Arborist to better understand upkeep now and in the future and to plan for the continuity of trees in Bay Lakes. The front entrance to the community received an overhaul and in August, there was a new plant design at the Bay Lakes sign and the front sidewalks were cleaned. New tennis nets were installed in the park. We installed new LED high efficiency lights in the park in a few locations (where possible) to provide energy savings and better visibility.
Community Events: This year there was increased participation at a variety of events designed for neighbors to get out and meet their neighbors. In neighborhoods where people know their neighbors it is proven that there are lower crime rates. There were a variety of events for the neighborhood in 2017:
The Annual Garage Sale in January
A Spring Fling in the Park in March
An Easter Egg Hunt for both younger and older children
Annual General Membership Meeting in October
Winter Festival in the Park in December
Communications: In an effort to bring the community together the BayLakesHOA.com website was built in 2017. It was upgraded this year to include PayPal payments and features an annual event calendar. Additionally, you can get the Tennis Court code via the website. We have added a link to sign up your business to support Bay Lakes ($240 annual) and a link to become a Gold Key Family supporting Bay Lakes for $10 a month ($120.00 a year). We also automated this process and you can click the links and sign up online. Four quarterly Newsletters were published. Communications were sent out for each event, and for special and safety announcements. The neighborhood communicates widely on NextDoor.com and there have been alerts about potential suspicious activity and lost pets. As always, if something is concerning please remember to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department first.
Hurricane Irma: The neighborhood banded together and pulled through Irma with many neighbors helping others. The HOA arranged clearing of the roadways after the storms as well as common area debris clean up.
We are looking forward to continuing to build up our neighborhood in 2018. Please see below for some upcoming events and important information.
Your Volunteer HOA Board
Request to bring our property values up in 2018:
If your property needs any of the following - please get a plan to address these issues:
Sidewalks and driveways pressure washed
Mailboxes straight and in good repair and an appropriate height for a mail truck to delivery your mail. After the hurricane many mailboxes were damaged. Please replace or repair yours if it is not in good condition
Trim trees, especially those that were damaged in the hurricane, if you have branches that can fall on others as they walk on the sidewalk - please ensure that this is taken care of
Clean up any leftover debris
Pick up garbage outside your home
Reminders for all of us:Please keep your dogs on a leash and pick up after them. You are in violation of Orange County Ordinance if you do not.
It is against Orange County Ordinance to park a vehicle across a sidewalk. You can and will be ticketed for this action. Our deputy has noted 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 again ask that if you do not have enough driveway you park on 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 to visitors you are in violation of the Bay Lakes Rules and Regulations you agreed to when you purchased your property. Or as 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 Orange County Zoning and is subject to a fine from the county. Any renter subletting a room or rooms is in violation and breach of their rental agreement subject to eviction by the owner.
Winter Festival Recap
Thank you to all who joined and helped out with this year's Winter Festival in our park. We had a great time catching up with neighbors we haven't seen in a while and meeting some of our newest residents. This year we had vendor booths to showcase neighbor's businesses, a bounce house, a DJ and craft stations. And, Santa Clause made a special appearance. A few event photos below!
Safety Reminder Bay Lakes speed limit is Slow down and keep your families and children safe!
And 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
You can make a difference in Bay Lakes. Volunteer! How, you ask? A few ideas:
Look for opportunities on NextDoor or contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
1/13 Annual Bay Lakes Garage Sale 1/8: Board of Directors Meeting 7pm
2/5: Board of Directors Meeting 7pm
3/10 OR 3/25 (date TBD) for Spring Fling in the Park
Business Section STATE OF BAY LAKES REPORT as of November 2, 2017: Homes in Bay Lakes: 392 Homes Sold this year: 15 ($279,023 average)+ Home Active Listings: 6 Homes Pending Sale: 2 Price Range Presently Sold: $219,100 to $350,000 * *Includes three foreclosures that have sold (one twice).
+ This includes three foreclosure properties that 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)
Architectural Review Update
Thank you for all the cooperation we have received so far in addressing items on notices mailed out
over the past few months. There have been numerous improvements made and the neighborhood is
really looking much better than it has in a number of years! We know this isn’t always an easy process
but want to Thank You for the support you have shown in helping to raise the appearance level of our
Even though we’ve made significant progress, below are a few items to keep in mind as we go forward:
Garbage cans – still a bit of a work in progress, but the number of cans stored in view from the street
has decreased substantially. This really goes a long way with raising the appearance of a home. We
have got many homes in the neighborhood that are very well kept. The first thing someone sees when
looking at your home shouldn’t be your garbage cans.
Sidewalks – although the sidewalks belong to Orange County, the ongoing maintenance and cleaning of
them is the responsibility of the homeowner. They should be maintained in a similar fashion as the
driveways. Clean sidewalks and driveways give a great first impression of a property. Should you
have any issues with sidewalks from cracking or shifting (up or down) which could create a safety
hazard, please report those issues to 311 and the county can address.
Trees – remember to periodically have your trees pruned. This helps maintain the overall health of the
tree as well as the lawn below it which may not currently be getting sufficient light. For those people
with trees in the areas between the street and sidewalk, the county will come out and prune but only to
certain specifications. To get it the way you want may require an added expense on your part.
Lawns – we know it’s been a challenging year for lawns, but please continue to address bare spots and
high levels of weeds in the lawns. For those homes with sidewalks in front of them, remember that the
portion between the sidewalk and street is part of your lawn and should be maintained to the same level
as the main area.
Again, thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to working with you as we continue to
brighten up our neighborhood.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss specific issues regarding your home, please send an email to email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this initiative which is vital for the ongoing health of our neighborhood.
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