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The Greater Pines HOA Board of Directors welcomes you to our community website!
Our goal is to make this site your “one-stop” place for all neighborhood questions and activities. We hope the information provided serves your needs and encourage you to explore the entire contents.
 
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SINCERE THANKS!
Posted on Sep 20th, 2020
The HOA Board of Directors would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all the volunteers that help keep our neighborhood GREATER!
 
To the members of the Neighborhood Watch & Safety Committee, Architectural Review Board and the many flexible volunteers:
 
You are all amazing and our community is better because of you!
 
POOL HOURS EXTENDED
Posted on Aug 31st, 2020
 
The Pool and Recreational Areas are now open every day from 10AM to 8PM. 
To allow mandated daily sanitizing, earlier opening is not available at this time.
PLEASE NOTE:
There have been a few incidents of mischievous vandalism around the pool area. If you notice suspicious behavior or acts of vandalism, please notify the HOA by calling (352) 404-7878 or Email your observations with details. Please be sure to include date and time.
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Hurricane Season in Here!
Posted on Jul 24th, 2020
 
As Americans focus our attention on a safe and healthy reopening of our country, it remains critically important that as Florida residents, we also remember to make the necessary preparations for hurricane season which began on June 1st.
 
Take time now to prepare for an emergency and potentially catastrophic damage.  Take steps to minimize damage to your home and property as well as the homes and properties of your neighbors.
 
We’ve compiled a list of helpful links to aid neighbors in preparing for hurricane season.
 
Preparations to complete before hurricane season:
  • Sign up for emergency alerts specific to Lake County.
  • Build an emergency supply kit.  Include non-perishable foods & water, as well as plywood and other materials to protect your home.  For a printable checklist of most needed items, visit:
  • Print a tracking map
  • Get an insurance checkup on home, vehicles etc.
  • Check for flood insurance and information
  • Clear gutters, trim trees/shrubs/bushes, remove debris from yards
  • Identify evacuation routes and shelters (don’t forget to plan for pets!)
  • Create an emergency plan and communicate it to friends/family so that you know how to get ahold of one another if needed. 
 
For specific information regarding how to prepare during a hurricane watch, hurricane warning and what to do during a storm please refer to the following links:
 
The National Weather Service and NOAA have compiled a wealth of materials and activities to help educate and discuss severe weather (including hurricanes) with kids and teens here: 
 
Check in with your neighbors and help the elderly or others who may need assistance getting prepared ahead of a storm.  Consider exchanging phone numbers and contact information so that you have them in the event of an emergency.  
 
Together, we can weather any storms.
RECREATIONAL AREA IS NOW OPEN
Posted on May 29th, 2020
Dear Greater Pines Homeowners,
 
 With guidance and direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health authorities, our recreational area is now open and we are asking you to take additional steps to ensure the continued good health of the community.
 
In compliance with CDC guidelines and local health regulations, we have made some changes in the recreational area operations and rules. These changes will be in force until authorities tell us otherwise. You will see new signage around the pool and parking lot areas as well as instructions for safe use. It will require everyone’s cooperation and compliance with the new guidelines to keep these amenities open and operating in a safe manner.
 
Until further notice the following rules (in addition to normally posted rules) will be in effect:
 
·      New pool hours are daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.
 
·      All minors must be accompanied by adult 18 years or older. No exceptions!
 
·      Do not leave the gate open or prop it open in any way.
 
·      Pool access shall not be granted without a personally issued key fob. Do not open the gate to strangers or persons with no key fob. Anyone wishing to obtain a new  key fob may use the information posted in parking lot bulletin board to contact the HOA.
 
·      The number of people in and around the pool area must not exceed 50% of posted bathing load. This now means no more than 34 people are to be in the pool area at one time. If you arrive at the pool and there are already 34 people present, please do not stay. You are welcome to return later when less people are present.
 
·      There shall be NO parties or large gatherings of any type. Please limit the use of recreational area to Greater Pines residents only. Due to limited capacity allowance, no outside guests are permitted.
 
·      Persons that are ill will not be permitted in any recreational area. This includes the pool, cabana or deck area, tennis court and tot-lot.
 
·      Please disinfect areas you will be using. Our recreational area is sanitized daily, however, not between each use.
 
·      Please practice social distancing as described in signs posted throughout the area. Keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others. This would include leaving a space of three empty pool lounge chairs between you and others not in your party.
 
·      The use of facial coverings is encouraged when in areas frequently used by others but not in the pool water as they may be difficult to breathe through when wet.
 
Anyone violating these posted rules and regulations will have their usage rights suspended for 30 days in which time their electronic key fob will be deactivated. Homeowners are responsible for all persons in their party. Security cameras continuously operate and record all activity in the recreation area.
 
Everyone has a role in making sure our neighborhood is safe as possible and remains open. While the safety and good health of our community remains our top priority, please be aware if posted safety practices are not followed we may be forced to close the recreational area until governmental authorities complete their safety program phases and allow businesses to operate at 100% capacity and without additional safety guidelines.
 
These rules and regulations are in place as a shared effort to stop the spread of the virus. Please be aware you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure when using the recreational and common areas.
 
Our residents make this neighborhood a great place to call home and we thank you for looking out for each other and keeping the community safe and healthy!
 
Feel free to contact us by email at GPHOA@cfl.rr.com or by calling (352) 404-7878
 
 
Thank you and have a GREATER day!
 
Your Board of Directors
 
THINGS TO KEEP KIDS BUSY
Posted on Apr 3rd, 2020
SOURCE: The News Leader, Clermont April 1, 2020
 
Here are several FREE resources for interesting projects and fun activities to keep youngsters busy:
 
Award-winning children's author and illustrator Mo Willems, the Kennedy Center's first Education Artist-in-residence, is offering educational "Lunch Doodles" videos daily at 1 PM EDT at www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems 
or on the Kennedy Center's You Tube cannel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJesXuEK5ERsyh-0DvM4PQ)
 
NASA offers a ton of educational and fun resources for children and students of all ages,
from spacesuit coloring pages to instructions on how to build and launch a foam rocket.
Visit nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html
 
The Old Farmer's Almanac has a nice variety of games and stories at www.almanac.com/kids
 
Scholastics offers resources for teaching grades K-12 to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
Visit classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
 
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with interesting videos, activities, fun critter facts and games.
Visit kids.sandiegozoo.org
 
Yellowstone National Park virtual tours provide opportunity to explore the vast park from the comfort of your home.
Begin your trek at www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
 
PBS Kids has games, videos and more to entertain and educate the younger members of your household. Visit pbskids.org
 
 
INFORMATION RESOURCES
Posted on Mar 19th, 2020
For CoronaVirus Questions:
 
The LAKE COUNTY CITIZEN LINE is open.
Residents may call (352) 742-4830 
Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM
 
 
The FLORIDA DEP'T OF HEALTH HOTLINE
can be reached 24/7 by calling 1-866-779-6121
 
 
PLEASE SLOW DOWN!
Posted on Mar 8th, 2020
 
Drivers traveling at a high rate of speed continue to pose a safety threat. 
Recent incidents of drivers exceeding the posted speed limit include personal property and community damages.
 
Folks, please obey our neighborhood Speed Limit! 
 
 
Watch your Mailbox!
Posted on Feb 19th, 2020
 
Keep an eye on your mailboxes for our
Community Newsletter that will be mailed in early March
Community Drainage Area Cleanup
Posted on Sep 25th, 2019
Over the last several months your HOA accepted bids and contracted with an environmental company to clean and grade the neighborhood’s storm
water runoff retention areas, culverts and baffles.  In all, there are 25 drainage culverts with baffles in Greater Pines and nearly all of them were almost completely blocked with debris. Unfortunately, there was a huge volume of garbage and litter including old car tires, engine oil bottles, (even an old set of crutches!) as well as papers, soda/beer cans and bottles, snack wrappers, paper etc.
 
 
      
 

As homeowners, please be mindful that all of the street gutters in Greater Pines lead to these drainage areas. It is vitally important that yard clippings and waste not be blown into the street where it eventually makes its way down these drains then collects and quickly blocks the flow of water.  Instead it should be blown back into the yard-please be sure to communicate this to any lawn service you use!  These culverts do not drain into Lost Lake at the back of the neighborhood as the lake and immediate surroundings have been deemed a conservation area by the State of Florida.  Instead the water is directed into one of the retention areas until it is absorbed or evaporated.

The expense to complete this project was approximately $20,000, however it is evident from the pictures it was long overdue. Thanks to the foresight and planning of the Board there were sufficient funds available to complete this project.  After recent heavy rains, the drainage system proved it was restored and working as intended. 
 
Moving forward, the landscaping crew is responsible for maintaining the baffles and drainage areas, keeping them free of litter and clearing any vegetation as it grows.  Additionally, there will be annual Spring time inspections of the baffles and regularly scheduled inspections every 5 years of the rest of the pipes/cleanouts.
 
     
 
Cogon Grass infestation in our neighborhood-Why YOU should care
Posted on Jul 18th, 2019
 
A few weeks ago our Board of Directors were walking neighborhood property with members of the Florida Forest Service and examining pine trees for pine beetle infestation when the Forest Service noticed an infestation of Cogon Grass.  The Foresters immediately became very concerned and adamantly recommended doing whatever it takes to eradicate it as quickly as possible. 
Cogon grass is an invasive, non-native plant that is considered a pest in 73 countries and one of the “Top 10 Worst Weeds in the World.”  It is extremely difficult to control once established, and the longer treatment is delayed the more expensive treatment becomes.  Left untreated, it will increase fire hazard, kill pine trees, decrease native plant and wildlife habitat and continue to spread, ultimately decreasing the value of real estate. (Reference: Florida Department of Agriculture and the Florida Forest Service Websites https://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Our-Forests/Forest-Health/Invasive-Non-Native-Plants/Cogon-Grass)
Over the next several weeks, our HOA Board will be working with the Florida Forestry service to formulate a plan to treat and eradicate Cogon Grass from the community areas.  Each homeowner is asked to inspect their property for Cogon Grass—together we can beat this pest!
 
IDENTIFYING COGON GRASS
 
Cogon grass is a tall (2-5 ft.) perennial grass with bright yellowy-green foliage. The leaf blades are 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch wide with a mid-vein which is clearly offset to one side, and serrated (toothed) edges. The rhizomes are hard, scaly, and cream-colored with sharply pointed tips.  The seed head is fuzzy, white, and plume-like. Cogon grass grows in loose to compact bunches, each ‘bunch’ containing several leaves arising from a central area along a rhizome. The leaves originate directly from ground level and range from one to four feet in length.
Welcome Neighbors
Welcome to the Greater Pines Homeowners Association Official Website.  On this website you will be able to view information on the community and contact the Board of Directors.  This site is designed to be user friendly and allow residents to obtain information.  Please give us your feedback at gphoa@cfl.rr.com
 
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