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Welcome Homeowners and Neighbors!
 
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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Pool Key Hours
Posted on Jun 13th, 2021
DO YOU NEED A KEY TO THE POOL AND TENNIS COURTS?
 
Key Fobs will be issued to homeowners the next three Tuesday evenings, June 15th, 22nd and 29th at 6 PM at the pool cabana office.
Homeowners please bring identification with Greater Pines address.
If you purchased recently, please bring ownership documents.
For rentals, the homeowner must sign, notarize and submit the
Electronic Key Form before a key fob is issued to the renter. This can be
found on our website: www.GreaterPinesHOA.com under "Documents
and Forms"
New Pool Hours
Posted on May 11th, 2021
The new pool hours listed below:  
 
10am-8pm    
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!
 
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.
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
 
Just moved to the neighborhood check out our new Greater Pines New Resident Packet
 
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