Property Managers Report – August 2017

BAR CODE REMINDERS:

If your barcode isn’t opening the gate, it is probably a result of one of these things:

  • you are a renter with an expired lease
  • you had a temporary tag that expired and you didn’t notify the POA of the new license plate number; or
  • your barcode decal is old and/or damaged.

If the sticker looks gray and black (instead of black and white) or if there are scratches or tears on the decal, it is time for a replacement. If you park outside or use a car wash regularly, the barcode will typically start to fail after approximately two years. The most sensitive reader is at the Northlake Blvd entry so if you are having problems there (or any other PGA gate) just stop by the POA office with the vehicle registration and $5.00 (and the car, of course) and we will have you in and out in minutes.

Please do not pull barcodes off and re-stick them on new cars (or other cars). They are designed to tear but even if you successfully transfer the barcode, it won’t work (or not for long). As indicated above, it only takes a couple minutes to get a new barcode so please help us keep our database accurate and get a new barcode. Likewise, let us know if you get a different license plate so we can update the records.

A point on the weather and barcodes: We are in the regular afternoon rain cycle. It’s good for the plants and grass but doesn’t allow us to attach barcodes. Please don’t get upset with staff when we can’t attach a barcode immediately following rains. We don’t mind getting wet, but the glue on the barcodes does not like any dampness. If there is any moisture at all, the decal just slides off. To answer your next question, no, we can’t just give it to you.

We are hopeful that someday we will have 24 hour access control so it is important the database is accurate. If we don’t attach the decal we have no way of knowing whether it was put on the registered car or given to a friend, relative, housekeeper, etc. (Amazing I know but, yes, it does happen). Also, if the device isn’t attached exactly right, the scanner won’t accurately read it.

STORM SEASON:

Just a quick reminder (again: yes, I’m nagging) storm season started already and late August starts the peak time for those “H” storms to blow in and devastate the place! If you don’t already have your preparation procedures in place please get started. Information for preparation before, during and after a storm can be obtained at any local TV station website and here in the POA website.

A LOSS TO ALL OF US:

After almost 20 years as your property manager, I’ve come to know a lot of you and with deep sorrow and regret, had to weather the loss of a good number of residents.  Although I can’t mention everyone, I would be remiss not to mention Phil Slifka who we lost last month.

Phil served on the POA Board from 1999 to 2012 where he Chaired the Maintenance & Landscape Committee. He continued to chair the Landscape Committee for several more years after leaving the Board.   He was instrumental in the plan for Masters Park and the “In Honor Of” benches and plants in that park.  His daughter Judy has a tranquil bench/arbor on the west side of the park. I remember when residents donated to buy it in Judy’s memory…..so many donated!

That alone speaks volumes for Phil and Naomi Slifka. I think almost everyone in PGA knew and loved Phil and even those who didn’t know him personally saw him walking his best bud, Sammy, along Ryder Cup while keeping an eye on the common areas of  The Legends and PGA National. He always had a smile and time to chat; he truly cared about the community and all of PGA National.  Phil will be sadly missed by his neighbors and friends, and the Lang Management team at the Legends and at PGA POA.  Our thoughts and sympathy to his wife, Naomi.

Property Manager’s Report – July 2017

This will be a brief article since I’m busy building the boat for everyone! That’s what we get for complaining about the drought. Seriously, it has been good to see everything growing and turning green but enough rain already! The drainage system is working well. Please remember when we have periods of little rain then experience heavy rain, all the leaves and debris float to the big metal storm grates and clog the surface. If you have a storm grate in your yard, take a rake and clear the leaves off the surface. Under NO circumstances should you ever lift the grate and do NOT use your hands. Once the water flows, it moves fast so be careful.

Some other reminders for this time of year:

PGA POA ASSESSMENT: If you’re reading this and you haven’t paid your $730 annual assessment to PGA POA, I have some bad news: Your payment is now late. Not to worry, interest doesn’t start to accrue for a little while yet so you still have time to get your payment into the POA … but hurry!

THE CRITTERS: Last month I reminded everyone that alligator mating and nesting season is upon us. Please remember that feeding of any Wildlife is prohibited per the PGA POA rules.

In addition to being against the rules, feeding alligators is dangerous and causes them to lose their fear of humans. They will learn quickly to associate humans with food….and you could become the food. Please do not feed alligators under any circumstances! Don’t think they are only in the water, use extreme care when walking (or walking your dog) especially in areas where there is water nearby.

I actually saw a ‘gator crossing Ryder Cup Blvd just south of Marlwood Park a few weeks ago. He got to the edge of the street and stopped and someone (who surely was not obeying the 35 mph speed limit) almost ran over him and he ran back to the preserve area. Wow! Can they move fast! He snuck back to the side of the road and I can only assume he finally made it to the water on the other side.

STORM SEASON: One more season that is upon us is the famous storm season also known as “the H-word”. If you do not already have your supplies and readiness kit, you should immediately make provisions for same. Remember that drinking water is important because once weather forecasters report that a storm is in the vicinity, bottled water disappears from the local stores; it is always the first thing to go. If you don’t know what supplies you need to have on hand, you can find a list here on this website.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer!

Property Manager’s Report – June 2017

IT’S A LOVE HATE THING
Love should always be first so let’s address that: When spring is in the air (and it was…. I seem to remember a couple cooler days) the critters do what they do. The babies are now starting to get around so certain animals like foxes (who may make their den under your raised deck or in the wooded area by your house) might be more aggressive. Be careful of all wildlife and pay particular attention at dawn and dusk or at night when many of the critters are out. Also, alligator mating season was a little over a month ago so Momma Gator has been protecting her nest and her young ones. Don’t approach any animal and please do not feed ANY wildlife! Doing so is not only against PGA POA Rules but it also causes the animals to lose their fear of humans and causes them to approach by associating humans with food. I promise there is enough food for all the critters without your intervention.

The hate thing is the dreaded Hurricane: This is the last time I will use the “H” word in its full form because Hurricane Season officially begins June 1st. This is the time when you should start preparing by checking your supplies of water, batteries, non-perishable food and other supplies. This POA website has a number of suggestions for preparing your home and family. If you have storm shutters, remember that PGA POA rules only allow clear panels and accordions to be installed/closed for the season. If you will be away during storm season, you should have someone available who can install your hurricane protection for you in your absence and you should make those arrangements now so the person has you on their list of homes to secure. Don’t forget about potted plants, patio furniture and any other decorative items you may have outside. You might think the storm can’t pick up that 50 lb. birdbath…. but you’d be wrong.

CHANGES AT PGA POA
The Assessment: The annual assessment (due on July 1st or before) is now $730.00 Please remember that the Board cannot remove interest charges once they start to accrue so please be sure to pay on time.

This is the first increase since 2011. Despite the best efforts of the Board, it was necessary to increase the annual assessment by $30.00 per residential unit. A copy of the operating budget and the footnotes that explain each line item is included with the assessment coupon in the large flat package mailed June 1st. Please note that there is also a “Direct Debit” form if you would like to sign up to have the funds transferred from your bank account.

The Board: With deep regret, I must let you know that the POA President, Bob Hodgson, has resigned from the Board. He was first elected in 2003 and served continuously for the past fourteen years and served as President since 2006. The Board and POA staff will miss his leadership and we wish him the very best. The Board of Governors will appoint someone to fill the vacancy so if you have experience with HOA/Condo boards and you’re interested, please send me a note (before June 20th) and provide your experience and background.

The Hearings Committee: The Committee is looking for volunteers. Per State Statutes, Hearings Committee members cannot be members of the PGA POA Board, nor can they be a spouse of a POA Board member. This committee meets as needed to determine whether to fine owners who continually violate the POA Rules and governing documents. No one likes to impose fines but everyone purchased under deed restrictions that require certain maintenance standards and require all owners to abide by the documents. When an owner fails to do so, the Board may refer the matter to the attorney for action; enter the property and correct the violation; or refer the matter to the Hearings Committee (or any combination of these options). Owners may meet with the Hearings Committee and the Committee and the Committee may then impose fines of $100.00 per day. Per the Statute and POA By-Laws the Board of Governors cannot overrule the Hearings Committee’s decision. If you feel that you are interested and qualified to serve on the POA Hearings Committee, please send me a letter with your contact information and background. The submittal deadline is June 20, 2017.

THEFT
In addition to homes being “broken into” (and I use quotes because doors aren’t locked and/or alarms aren’t set it) we now seem to have a problem with someone helping themselves to newly planted landscape. The POA has had plants stolen from Burwick Park, Marlwood Park and PGA Blvd. So to the person in the white vehicle with the new bed of Arboricola, SMILE: you are on camera and we may be contacting you with some people in uniform. To everyone else, keep your eyes open for suspicious activity and report it to the police. Minor or non-emergency matters can be reported to PGA Security at 627-1600 or to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department at 799-4445.

THE RUMOR
Several people have told me they heard a rumor that I am retiring. Maybe it was hopeful thinking on their part but the answer is no, it’s just another rumor. Besides, I can’t retire – I’m no good at crossword puzzles!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

No one really cares if you’re miserable so you might as well be happy.

Property Manager’s Report – January 2017

This month I will probably make up for my missing articles over the last few months (uh oh!)

First, with regard to the POA Annual meeting: Thank you to all who attended and sent in ballots. We would also like to express sincere appreciation to Roy J. Traina and Susan Weiss who ran for election; we trust they will be involved in the community via the various committees. Board members re-elected were Sam Boyd, Bob Brown, Bob Hodgson and Jack Hughes who will serve with those board members completing their second year of office: Mike Engelsher, Art Garbarino, Ralph Infanti, Bob Kramer and Karen Warshaw.

Speaking of Boards, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Mr. Ralph Duckett of Marlwood Estates. He served on the Marlwood Board for ten years, helped a number of PGA residents as a house sitter and was always willing to lend a hand. He had a warm smile and always a kind word. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.

HONDA CLASSIC
As you know, this is the month of The Honda Classic. Marlwood Park (on Ryder Cup Blvd) will be closed February 13 through March 2, 2017. The Honda Classic will be using the parking lot only; however, due to liability concerns and because parking along the road is prohibited and causes damage, the playground will also be closed. Please use the Burwick park on Tournament Blvd at Medalist.

Residents of PGA National will again be able to use the shuttle to get to and from the events. Please stop by the POA office or check this PGA-POA Shuttle Schedule link. For all other Honda Classic information go to www.TheHondaClassic.com

REMINDERS AND UPDATES

Paths: There are more walkers, runners and bicyclists than ever in the community. It is wonderful to see such an active community but it scares me to death to see the way some of the drivers have near misses with these active members! Please remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way. Likewise bicycles using the roadways are just like a car and must follow the same traffic laws as vehicles.

Some of the communities have a crosswalk for pedestrians before the intersection stop sign but there are pedestrian warning signs that should be heeded. As you leave a community or intersection, please slow down before the cross walk then proceed with caution to the stop sign. Because bicycles use the street and the sidewalks, they can come up quickly.

Guardhouses: The Board of Governors and Long Range Planning Committee are completing the re-facing of the remaining three guardhouses (PGA Blvd at Ryder Cup and the Ave of the Masters and the Tournament Blvd guardhouses). You may notice some gaps in the stone but this is because the impact glass windows are on back-order. All work will be completed by the end of February.

Circle: I’ve mentioned the Long Range Planning Committee’s goals for the renovation of the traffic circle on Ave of the Champions. It is very early in the discussion phase and nowhere near the design phase but as soon as the Committee feels an idea is acceptable, I will include a rendering or description. As always, we will put signs up with information in the POA office but we are MONTHS away from any of that.

TRASH TALK
Please remember that you cannot use other community’s dumpsters to dump your trash. Just like you pay for waste removal on your property tax bill, these communities (and individual owners doing work at their home) pay to have their dumpsters emptied. Some of the communities have gotten so frustrated over people driving up and throwing trash, construction materials and everything in between into their dumpsters that they have camera installed and they search license plates and charge the violator. Other communities go through trash bags when cars pull up to dump and they find identification of whose trash has been left.

Owners should also alert their contractors (and make it part of any contract) that all debris must be removed at the end of each workday per POA rules AND that debris must be properly disposed of and may not be placed in dumpsters within PGA National.

FIRST GRADE RULES
You remember what you learned in first grade: Say please and thank you and share. Here are some more reminders: Smile at a stranger. Instead of getting upset with drivers, yield the right of way and wave (but not with one finger). In summary, as a popular country song says: Always be humble and kind.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. Make it a happy month!

Property Manager’s Report – August 2016

Thanks to those who called and said they missed my article….nice to know someone is reading this. I enjoyed my first “real” vacation since I came to PGA 18 years, 7 months and 10 days ago (but who is counting). Yes, I really was on vacation and had a great time in Sanibel. Someone asked if they finally put me in the padded cell. Ha Ha

This month I will be more brief than ever….and you know how I ramble on and on. I have only three things to point out:

First and most importantly: LOCK YOUR DOORS AND SET YOUR ALARMS. PGA has always been fortunate to enjoy low crime rates but lately we’ve had some “break ins”. I use the quotes because in every case the alarm was not set and in many cases, all of the doors were not locked or windows were left open. I cannot overemphasize the need to be diligent, secure your home and car, and to watch your community.

If you have an absentee neighbor and you don’t think someone should be around their house please call the police or security. We are happy to look into it. Not all crime occurs at night although afternoons seem to be a favorite since it is when many owners go out to dinner. This reminds me: don’t create a routine. Anyone watching your house will easily notice if you go out every night at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. If you have an alarm, get motion sensors and glass break sensors. That way, if they get in, the alarm will be tripped – but you have to turn it on!

Second: The annual assessment notices were mailed June 1 st for the PGA POA assessment due July 1 st . If you have not already mailed your payment, it is now late and interest charges have started accruing. If you can’t remember if you mailed a $700.00 payment to PGA POA, just call. We are happy to check our records.

Third: If you see something that needs attention or repair in the POA common areas (parks, along the main roadways/sidewalks, etc.) call the POA office. I am only one person and this is a darn big place so I appreciate the extra eyes.

Next month I should be more caught up from my week off and I will be able to bore you with a much longer article.

Wishing all of you a wonderful August (stay inside; it is just too hot outside).

Property Manager’s Report – June 2016

LOCK IT OR LOSE IT
There should be an article in this issue from the Security Director, Keith Echols. The City is again experiencing problems with theft. While typical theft is as a result of vehicle (or home) doors left unlocked, there have been a few incidences of sliding glass doors being pried open and small items stolen.

Please remember to lock your vehicle and your home and SET YOUR HOME ALARM! Crime exists everywhere so please do your part to secure your property and be alert. If you see suspicious people, don’t be afraid to call security and, if you are truly concerned or see a crime in progress call the police.

THE STUPID GATE WON’T OPEN
If you are having difficulties getting in (especially or only at the Northlake entry) it could be that your barcode sticker is worn out. Sometimes rumors spread that the barcode is too high, too low, or that it is raining or the sun is at the wrong angle, etc. I promise you that is not the case; it is a laser that reads the barcode from 24” off the ground to 65” from the ground so unless you have a barcode on a skateboard or a tractor trailer, it should read fine.

If you look at the decal and it is gray and black (or all black) and no longer has black and white stripes then it is time to replace it. Likewise, if there are any tears or holes, it won’t work. Barcodes should never be peeled off one vehicle and put on another. Not only will our data base be wrong but the barcode may not work (or not for long). The Northlake Blvd reader is the most sensitive so when your barcode is starting to go bad, that is the gate where it will start failing first.

To get a new barcode, bring your vehicle registration, $5.00 and, of course, the car to the POA office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and we will replace it for you. Please note that only PGA owners and authorized renters are permitted to have barcodes. Also, because we put the barcode on the car (and not you) the vehicle must be registered to the owner or renter.

Yes, we need to see the registration even though you showed it the first time you got a barcode and we are sorry for the inconvenience. The car may have been registered to someone else in the interim and, more often than not, the license plate may have changed since it was first issued and we’d like to have the correct information. We try to follow procedures carefully so if the POA ever gets full time access control, we don’t have to start completely over in rebuilding a data base for 5,000 homes and issue all new barcodes. We sincerely appreciate your understanding in this regard.

WE THE “YOU PEOPLE”
I admit (with appreciation!) that we haven’t been called a “you people” in quite some time. When speaking with your property management company (whether at the POA or your neighborhood) please remember that the management staff takes direction from, and follows the policies of, your elected Board members. The staff are employees of an independent company and are often blamed…but we have big shoulders so it is all good.

The POA gets calls and visits from residents who are upset that something isn’t being addressed by their neighborhood association to that resident’s satisfaction. We explain that the POA can’t assist with the way an individual neighborhood association is run. Each community elects a Board to handle the matters of the association. That Board hires a management company or an individual manager to handle the day to day affairs and ensure that policies and procedures of the association are carried out. It is just like any business; the staff cannot fire a company or a person who is hired by someone else (in this case, the Board for the Association). Complaints and concerns need to be brought to the Board’s attention. Of course, the POA will continue to do what we can – often it is just passing along your request.

IT ISN’T ALL ABOUT MONEY
It is time for the annual assessment to the POA. The invoices were mailed on June 1 st and anyone with a prior balance or credit should have a note explaining same with the coupon. Likewise, those who signed up for “direct debit” will receive a budget and a note reminding why no coupon is enclosed. Remember, the POA assessment notice comes in a large flat envelope with the operating budget. The coupon is on the bottom of the letter and a return envelope is enclosed for your convenience. Assessments are due July 1 st to avoid interest charges.

If you are interested in signing up for Direct Debit (so the assessment is taken directly from your account each year) forms are available at www.pga-poa.com under the “Documents & Forms” heading. If you want to start this procedure for the upcoming assessment, the form must be completed and returned before June 20th .

As always, if you have any questions, just call us at (561) 627-2800

STORM SEASON
This is it! The official start of storm season was June 1st so I can’t use the “H” word for a few months. As a reminder, this website (www.pga-poa.com) has some helpful information regarding preparations before, during and after storms.

Every year I get calls about a “generator on wheels” outside various fenced areas along the main PGA National roads. The most noted seems to be the one on Avenue of the Masters at Masters Park. Those are, in fact, generators placed by Seacoast Utilities and the fenced areas are “Lift Stations” (i.e.: the equipment that keeps the sewage systems working). It is important that they be run by generators if power is out. After Jeannie, Francis and Wilma a few years ago, Seacoast started placing the generators. They are installed until the end of November when the storm season officially ends. They may not be pretty but it is a whole lot better than what it might look like if they weren’t there to work when power is out! Your understanding is appreciated.

HAPPY SUMMER
Wishing all of you a happy month with good friends and in good health.

Property Manager’s Report – January 2016

First, I would like to wish all PGA residents a very Happy and Healthy 2016!

ANNUAL MEETING
Just a reminder that the POA Annual Meeting will be Wednesday, January 20th in the Masters Ballroom at PGA National Resort. Sign in starts at 5:00 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. This year, there were five people being elected to the nine member board. There were two new candidates (Samuel Boyd, Jr and Bob Kramer) along with incumbents Mike Engelsher, Art Garbarino, Ralph Infanti, Karen Warshaw. Don Paulus, whose term was to end in January, 2016, previously resigned leaving a vacancy and Jeanne Larsen, whose term ends in January, 2017 resigned in December so the Board voted to appoint the two new candidates to fill both vacancies. Since the statute change doesn’t allow nominations from the floor at the meeting there was no need for a formal election. One of the candidates will serve a full two-year term and the other will serve until the end of Jeanne Larsen’s term (January, 2017). It is still important for residents to attend the meeting.

The City and County officials take time out of their busy schedules to speak at the meeting and bring residents up to date on matters of importance; representatives of Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District will tell you what is going on with sidewalks, lake maintenance, roads and drainage; and the POA’s auditor will be there to review the financial status of the POA.

Ok, here’s the hook….every good sale has one, right? If the above doesn’t convince you to come to the meeting, the good folks at Honda Classic generously donated a number of passes (including two tickets to the Champions Club at Nicklaus Village which entitles ticket holders to access the 12,000 sq ft air conditioned hospitality tent on the 18th hole). There are a number of opportunities to win other passes via drawing so please plan to attend the annual meeting.

NORTHLAKE BLVD ENTRY
As I write this, the landscapers are finishing up plantings to get the entry cleaned up in time for the Christmas holidays. We are still trying to finish everything by December 31st but with the holidays, I expect it will take a little longer. I know this paper usually comes out around the 10th of the month so as you read this, I’m hoping the job is complete. When it is totally finished, let me know what you think (yes, good and bad). The Maintenance Committee and Board can always enhance things if necessary.

THE FUN THINGS
The Art Festival on December 12th was successful but there weren’t many PGA residents attending. The Special Events Committee will be deciding whether to continue with the event in future years or not. It is a lot of work to organize and it is held for the residents’ benefit. Please let us know if you feel the Arts & Crafts Festival should continue to be held or if future events should be cancelled.

The Annual Children’s Party in the Park will be held, as always, in April. This is always a successful event. More information will be published over the next few months.

AS IT BEGAN, SO SHALL IT END
I started by wishing you all the best for the New Year. The beginning of each year also starts another year that I’ve served the residents and Board of PGA POA and this year will be number eighteen. I cannot believe how quickly time passes. The annual children’s party each April reminds me how fast time marches on. Last year a resident with a toddler stopped to say hello. She said she remembered when she was a kid playing the games and going down the giant slide and now she was there with her child. Wow! I remember going down that giant slide when the event was in tiny Marlwood Park. To my left was Siro DeGasperis (the first POA President after transition from the developer) and to my right was Ralph Infanti (a Board member who is still serving) – it was a fun ride until that last bump when I went airborne. If Siro and Ralph hadn’t been holding on to each arm, I probably would have ended up in the wilderness preserve with the alligators! Those who blame me personally for everything from leaves falling to rainfall, had the perfect opportunity to see me go. Oh well, memories!

Property Manager’s Report – December 2015

by Property Manager, Dawn Levinstein

Only two matters to discuss this month:

  • The Northlake Entry
  • The Annual Art Festival

THE NORTHLAKE ENTRY

First, let me start by saying the POA and the City of Palm Beach Gardens don’t like trees removed unless they are an undesirable species and unless they will be replaced with other trees. The trees along the south end of Ryder Cup Blvd are Bischofia trees which are just a step above Ficus in their level of undesirability. Click here for the University of Florida’s website which is quite clear about the fact that Bischofia trees are not a good choice, especially for “street trees”.

I have been including information about this planned project in my articles for a full year but when the work began the phones started ringing off the hook with residents who had no idea what the construction was all about. Then the rumors started (and some are really interesting) so I thought I’d try again to let everyone know what is happening even though we are hopeful that the project will be completed within the next few weeks.

The POA is only making changes between Northlake and the City Park/Preston Community entry (with existing trees left in place immediately south of each of those driveways). We are NOT widening Ryder Cup Blvd. and we are NOT continuing all the way up to PGA Blvd.

By clicking here, you will find the renderings we have on display in the POA lobby and which were shared with your HOA/Condo President at previous Council of Presidents meetings.

The Northlake Blvd. entry to PGA National has always been thought of as the “back gate” and for the past 15 years the POA Board has tried to make improvements and enhancements. But it was finally time for a complete redesign to enhance the south entry, especially with the Jog Road Turnpike tie-in and the proposed developments to be built west of PGA National. The additional traffic on Northlake Blvd that will result from developments to the west supports the Board’s opinion that this entry should reflect the beautifully maintained overall PGA National community’s appearance and that it should stop looking like “the back gate”.

We know that seeing the trees coming down was a shock but the “beautiful trees” are actually Bischofias and are very brittle, non-native, undesirable trees.  Every time we have a windstorm or heavy rain, branches fall from these trees and block the roadway.  The root systems are aggressive and they drop ‘fruit” periodically that take root and over time sprout into new trees.  The POA authorized the removal of Bischofia “street trees” in Preston and The Island years ago and most of the residents have removed them.   The University of Florida narrative contains a quote from the University experts and they too acknowledge that these trees are less than desirable.

The ficus hedge along the berm south of  Preston’s exit (behind Preston Court homes) will be replaced with an arboricola hedge and will be grown to the existing height so the residents don’t lose their buffering.  Also, as you can see now, the beautiful blue flowering Queens Crepe tree south of Preston’s exit lane is NOT being removed and the Oak trees on the west side of Ryder Cup Blvd. (just south of the Queens Crepe) are being relocated to the Ryder Cup Blvd. center median.  Neither the POA nor the City allows or want oaks to be removed.

At each corner of Northlake Blvd., a low stone wall and pillars will be placed to mirror the main entry on a smaller scale; the wall itself will receive the same stone finish used on the monument sign. The area behind and in front of the wall will be planted with trees and shrubs.  A row of Royal Palm Trees will line each side of Ryder Cup Blvd. (where the Bischofias were removed) and the Oak trees will follow the center median from Northlake Blvd. to the guardhouse.  Upon completion, the redesign will open visibility, draw the eye away from the mechanical traffic control equipment the county put on the south side of Northlake Blvd., and will create a beautiful entry to PGA National.

As with all changes, we have to go through a construction phase which is always difficult and, as I stated above, a shock to see but we are doing our best to get the job done quickly. In fact, we have requested that the contractors meet a December 31st deadline. Once complete, we may need to enhance some areas but we ask for your patience during the planting and grow-in phase. We appreciate our input, as always, and trust you too will be happy with the long overdue project once it is complete.

ART FESTIVAL/CRAFT FAIR

The 10th Annual Art Festival & Craft fair is Saturday, December 12th from 10:am – 4:pm in Masters Park.

Please be sure to take a stroll through the park, enjoy some music from “Jammin’ Jim” and have a snack or lunch while you shop. All items are hand-made by the artists and include everything from clothing for people and pets, to photography, sculptures, children’s bows and clothes, to jewelry and accessories. You just might find the perfect holiday gift too! It is one day only so support your community and don’t miss it!

Property Manager’s Report – November 2015

Welcome Home
Our seasonal residents are starting to return. This means that traffic will be just a little busier and with everyone in residence, we will have more walkers, joggers, bicyclists, etc. sharing the roads and walkways. Please be courteous to pedestrians (they have the right of way) and watch your speed within the community. The new sensors and cameras on vehicles sometimes cause us to forget that our head is on a swivel for a reason: When backing up, don’t rely solely on your vehicle camera – look behind you!

It’s a Bird-Brain Thing
If you have ever spoken with me, you probably know that I like all animals. I don’t eat anything with a face and I enjoy, but respect, wildlife. Before I fall off my soapbox, I thought I’d take an opportunity to remind you that you should not be feeding any wildlife – and this includes birds. A couple months ago I explained how feeding birds may bring rats (to eat the left over seeds), bunnies (to nibble on the seeds that sprout), foxes (to nibble on the bunnies) and on up the food chain. I admit that I had a bird feeder on my property but way, way far away from the house (I live on well over an acre) so all that wildlife can stay out there…..or so I thought. The woodpeckers decided that my chimney had a fun metal piece to bang on (usually about 5:00 am); the squirrels decided to play tag on my roof and there is a rumor they are eating the wires for my satellite dish; and the neighbor’s cat is really getting fat. Last week my neighbor asked me if I noticed his cat bringing mice over as presents for me. “Uh, do you think they came from my bird feeder?” I asked. He probably thought I was nuts asking about a bird feeder when he was talking about rodents but guess what? I no longer have a bird feeder. Oh, and the cat is now giving me dirty looks.

Lock It Up
The residents of PGA National have always had the pleasure of experiencing little to no crime and as a result, we tend to forget to lock our car (or house) doors and we sometimes leave valuables in the car in plain view. Unfortunately, in mid-October, a number of residents had items stolen from their cars and in one case the car was taken (but recovered within PGA a few hours later). I believe I am correct in stating that all of the cars were unlocked.

This is a good reminder for everyone to keep doors locked and reiterates the reason why the POA cites owners for leaving garage doors open: It only takes seconds for items to be taken. Please do not leave spare keys in your car; keep your car and house doors locked and set alarms. Also, as I’ve said in the past, if you see anything suspicious, call the Palm Beach Gardens Police and/or PGA Security. Obviously, if it is an emergency, call 911. We want everyone to continue to enjoy the beautiful safe community PGA National has always been.

Counting Down to Fun
The annual Art Festival & Craft Fair will be held Saturday, December 12th in Masters Park from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All PGA residents should be spreading the word and of course stopping by to shop! It is a one day event but some of the best artists and crafters will be right here in your community offering fabulous hand-made one of a kind items at very reasonable prices: Just in time for the holidays! Of course I plan to be there selling my jewelry (Look for “Dawn’s Designs” …. not that I’m soliciting or twisting your arm …. much). Truly, there is something for everyone and “Jammin’ Jim” will have some wonderful music mixes of all kinds for you to enjoy while you stroll through the park. Please mark it on your calendar and don’t miss it!

Property Manager’s Report – October 2015

DON’T MAKE ME BEG

In the last issue, I mentioned that in January it will be time for the POA Annual meeting and elections.  There are vacancies on the nine member POA Board of Governors so if you have some experience with associations, feel you can offer good input, you play well with others, and you are interested in serving on the Board of Governors, be sure to send a “letter of introduction” (i.e.: your name and contact info and a brief background with your related experience).  I will pass the info on to the Nominating Committee.

The annual meeting will be Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the PGA National Resort so mark your calendar and attend the meeting.  This is the annual member’s meeting (or owners’ meeting) and a lot of information about PGA National is shared.   Local officials also attend with information about the area and planned projects around PGA.  Don’t worry, the meeting rarely lasts more than an hour so it is a great reason to go out and enjoy a nice meal after (or before!) the meeting.

ANY SLOWER AND WE WOULD BE STOPPED

Oh wait, we are stopped!  For those who are wondering if the POA lost its mind and just wants to leave black paper on the outside of the Northlake guardhouse, the answer is no.  We sincerely apologize for the delay but the plan was to install impact glass on the doors and windows.  The stone contractor began his work but the window company closed up (no pun intended) so it caused some delays while a new company fabricated windows.  By the time you read this the project should be moving along nicely.  Again, we appreciate your patience.

LIGHT IT UP

No, not the cigarette – the holiday lights!   For all who have been complaining about the holiday lighting (myself more than anyone, especially since people yell at me – really – about the design) I am happy to report that the plan has been changed considerably this year.  Of course the Northlake entry will be under construction but we’ve managed to have the center median trees nicely lit.  The other entries will have different lighting too and the Board heard you when you said the various displays (carolers, train, etc) were ‘dated’ but Santa and the Reindeer must continue to fly past the PGA logo on the hill.  I don’t want to spoil it but I hope you’ll enjoy the new lighting plan.  The lights go on around Thanksgiving….wow, where did the time go?

THEY’RE BACK……..

I can’t believe it is October!  As I just said, what happened to the whole year?  Seasonal residents will start returning soon and if you are into horror movies, you probably noticed that my heading is a line from a famous one. No, I am NOT calling our seasonal residents horrors!   I’m referring to the frightening time of year.   It is, after all, the month of Halloween and in addition to the heavier traffic with residents returning, we will have lots of Ghosties and Ghoulies doing the “Trick or Treat” thing.  Every year we seem to have more families with children moving into PGA National.  That’s a good thing but we all need to remember that it means more people on and along the roadways.  The maximum speed in PGA is 35 mph and that is only in a few areas.  Most streets have a 25 mph speed limit.  The point to all this babbling is to nag you, again, to slow down inside the community and watch for pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, children and wildlife!

Wishing all of you a safe and happy Halloween – BOO!