Judging the 2020 Holiday Home Decorating Contest was a real challenge as there are so many homes and yards decorated with festive lighting and displays this year!
After several nights of drive-arounds, we are happy to announce the following homes were selected and will receive gift cards from ACE Hardware.
#1) 13109 Long Pine Trail
#2) 14401 Stone Pine Court
#3) 14651 Pine Cone Trail
If you haven’t cruised around the neighborhood and taken a look, it would be worth your time to do so! Many homeowners poured lots of energy and creativity into their displays and the results are absolutely beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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