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This is Mollie calling from the Association’s business office with important information. Please note that a text of this phone call will be available on the Association’s website, “the mainlands.com”.
Over the next few weeks I will be conducting exterior home inspections throughout the community. I will be citing violations for the following:
Weedy flower beds Palms with dead fronds
Bushes that need trimming Damaged gutters and downspouts
Broken windows and or screens Driveways in need of paint
Clutter Broken Flower Boxes
Please walk the exterior of your home to inspect and correct anything that may be a violation prior to my inspections.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept 14 as the Mainlands will be hosting the wounded warrior parade beginning at 10 am. We will have over 200 bicycles on Mainlands Blvd. Please do not park on the boulevard and use caution if driving on Mainlands Blvd. Anyone requesting an American Flag or who wishes to participate or just has questions should contact Skip George at 727-510-2894. It is our hope to have our residents lining the Blvd sidewalks with waving flags to honor and support our veterans.
The following is the process the Master Association has put in to place regarding distribution of the 40th Street Gate Devices. Please note that each address in the Mainlands, Units 1-6, will be issued one RFID Strip at no cost per Board vote at the March 2019 board meeting. If instead of your first free sticker you would prefer a FOB, residents may purchase first FOB at a discounted price of $20. All additional devices, whether FOB or RFID, will be charged as listed below.
ONLY ONE STICKER OR FOB PER MAINLANDS RESIDENT VEHICLE
Terms of Participation
1. Available for additional purchase are two device options for use of the gates. Regardless of which option you choose there will be a required registration process.
RFID Strip, $24. This strip is applied to the exterior of the vehicle and will automatically open
the gate upon approach. The strip cannot be removed once installed. Removal will deactivate
the strip and render it useless. This strip can be used in golf carts as well as vehicles.
FOB, $38. This is a hand held device which you must activate with the click of a button pointed in the direction of the gate. This option can be removed from the vehicle and can be used in any vehicle the resident is in, it can also be used in golf carts.
2. Gates will require use of either device for each entry and exit.
3. Our seasonal residents can register for their devices upon their return to the Mainlands.
Driver’s license and vehicle registration. Please note that if neither of these show a Mainlands address you will need to provide another proof of residency, i.e., water bill, electric bill, etc.
Residents in Units 1-5 can either pay for their purchase in cash or have it charged to your maintenance account. Those that are on auto debit for their maintenance payment will have the amount of their purchase auto debited when their maintenance fee is auto debited (between the 3rd and 5th of the new month). Unit 6 residents must pay in cash as we do not hold residents accounts at the business office. We do not have credit card payment capability and will not accept personal checks. If your choice is the RFID strip we will install on your vehicle at the time of purchase. Fobs are pre-ordered and will be delivered to your home via the management staff.
The purpose of gating our community is to aid in control of nonresidential cut through traffic. As such, please be aware of the following restrictions.
1. Devices will be made available to Mainlands residents only and require proof of residency.
2. Devices will be limited to one per registered vehicle. Residential golf carts will be allowed a RFID strip.
3. In the event your device is lost or damaged we ask that you report this to the Mainlands office. We will at that time deactivate the device registered to your home. A replacement device will be available for purchase at the same price of your original device.
4. If the RFID is your chosen option you must notify the office if you sell your vehicle. We will deactivate this strip and you may purchase another strip for your new vehicle.
5. If you sell your home we request that you notify us so we can deactivate your device.
6. Tenants of Mainlands will NOT be able to purchase devices. You as the homeowner must purchase and register same to your address.
7. Any resident found to be in breach of these restrictions will result in deactivation of your device and your gate privileges will be rescinded. Each entrance to the community will be under video surveillance 24 hours per day to help us in this effort. Please govern yourself accordingly.
8. Seasonal residents may register upon their return.
9. Gates will remain open 24/7 until all systems are checked and all residents are in receipt of their devices.
All updates to this document will be sent out via the robo call system. Please contact the office if you do not receive the robo call alerts and we will add your number to the system.
For the Mainlands Master Board of Directors,
Manager Minutes June 18th, 2019
Just to update everyone regarding this morning’s Master Meeting. We had a representative from all Boards but Unit 6.
The insurance companies have been denying renewal of homeowner policies referencing the roofs. Some of the homes denied have roofs that are still under warranty. Most roofs have no issues, leaks, broken tiles, etc., but are still being denied because the insurance industry does not feel less than 3 years of useful life is insurable. As a result your Boards must make hard decisions between budgeting for roof replacement and keeping the maintenance fees manageable. Trust that they take raising maintenance fees very seriously but these new guidelines leave them little choice.
Master President George Filiau directed me to write to our Governor describing our situation and ask for his help. I did and the letter was mailed on May 14th. Thus far we have had no response.
We were notified by Accurate Electronics that the 40th Street gate installation will begin on June 24th. We are working on putting the procedures in place for distribution of the devices and will notify you via robo call and posting on the website the decisions are final. Please note that the gate will remain open until all residents have their devices and all the testing is complete.
ROBO calls are an important part of distributing information to the community. If you are not receiving the calls and would like to please notify the office so we can get you signed up.
We have leased the location of our business office since the development of the Mainlands, 50+ years. The owner of the property owns a considerable amount of land in the area. He has begun to sell some of his parcels to various business and the Master Association is concerned that eventually he may decide to sell the parcel that our office leases. In an effort to be proactive we have been in talks to find a suitable location in Mainlands to build an office space. Given that land within Mainlands is scarce we looked at several locations. Two possibilities are the front entrance lots which some of us affectionately call the “monuments”. As these parcels belong to the Master Association the Board voted to have these two lots appraised. The gas station side appraised for $740,000 and the Tons of Tile side appraised for $675,000. At the Board meeting the Board had two options to consider. Sell one of the lots and use the funds to build a new office space on the other OR sell both lots and approach Fred Hudson to purchase his empty lot (opposite Tasty Treat) and build on that parcel. More information to follow.
For the last six years our maintenance staff has been placing animal traps on resident properties when a work order is called in for a nuisance animal. The Board voted to stop this practice because of an injury to one of our workers while retrieving one of the traps with a captured raccoon. The new policy will be that homeowners with a nuisance animal on their property may borrow a trap from maintenance, purchase bait and set it accordingly. If an animal is captured they will call 727-582-2600 #6 to have animal picked up. Once the animals are picked up the homeowner will be responsible for returning a clean trap to the office. The maintenance staff will continue to fill the holes that are on your property but not until the animal is removed.
We recently have had calls to the office regarding nuisance alligators in our lakes. The removal of these reptiles has become a point of contention in the Mainlands. Some of our folks enjoy watching them others are fearful and want them removed. The Board discussed this matter at length and voted to have them removed rather than subject the Mainlands to possible liability. Residents are asked to call the office and we will notify Florida Fish and Wildlife for removal.
We were approached by WWAR15.ORG with a request to allow a Wounded Warrior Parade through Mainlands Blvd on 9/1/2019. Our veterans will be on tricycles and bikes and will drive the boulevard from 10:00 am to 11am. The Board voted in favor to allow the parade. Flyers will be displayed in the clubhouse for your review.
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