WE ARE WELL INTO ANOTHER WONDERFUL SEASON! THE GROUNDS AND BUILDING LOOK GREAT! THE SOCIAL ELVES HAVE KEPT THE LOBBY AND GROUNDS DECORATED AND ARE COORDINATING A GRAND SERIES OF EVENTS FOR THE SEASON. THE LOBBY IS NOW BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED FOR VALENTINES DAY AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR VALENTINES’ POT LUCK AND DJ!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HELPING HAITI, SEE THE INFORMATION AND BOXES IN THE SOCIAL ROOM THAT DAVE AND JANE KLAR HAVE ORGANIZED. ALSO, INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BELOW IN THE "ARROUND TOWN" SECTION BELOW.
The Oceanside I Website – http://www.islanddunesoceanside1.org// is available for contact information, meeting minutes, rules and regulations, the Newsletter, the latest on storm advisories and the house directory by unit number and by alphabetical listings. This web-site is secured for Unit Owners through your password – contact Barbara Blanchard at the office if you need help.
Our sincere thanks to Rip Rapacki who developed the Island Dunes web site and has been managing it. Unfortunately he is retiring from web site duties and and we need a replacement – any volunteers? Please help!
Your ideas, suggestions and input to improve future editions of your Newsletter are sincerely requested and greatly needed. Please Email input to Barbara at email@example.com.
Many thanks to contributors to this newsletter – Ted Blanchard, Sue Brown, Marylin Fletcher, Terry Kish, Dave and Jane Klar, Jean Micera, Betty Monin, Charles Singer, Doug Smith, Marilyn and Jerry Walters
OCEANSIDE I BOARD AND MANAGEMENT NEWS
The Annual Members Meeting was held on January 20, in the Social Room. Reports were made by officers, managers, and committee chairs. The full reports will (hopefully) be available on the website, and are summarized below. Following the members meeting, there was an organizational meeting which resulted on the following designated responsibilities for 2010:
The ID board: Mike Monin, President; Paul Barton, Vice President; Bob Hammond, Treasurer; Marilyn Walters, Secretary; Joanne Gillese, Director
IDCC board Representatives: Jim Ziemba and Charles Singer
POA Board Representatives: Paul Gillease and Jean Lallement
The Presidents Report - Mike Monin
Our heartfelt thanks to the efforts of Ted and Barb who have been nothing short of spectacular in keeping our building, its operation and its finances in very good shape.
Three areas of cost increase caused our overall unit assessments to increase some 3% which, under the circumstances, was quite modest:
Additions to Reserve accounts – these accounts are targeted to help defray predictable costly events in the maintenance of the building to keep unexpected owner assessments to a minimum, and to abide by Florida statutes.
A higher increase to insurance costs than we had been told to expect.
Costs related to the two units going through the foreclosure process including lost assessments and dealing with the legal processes.
We are indebted to the efforts of Doug Smith, who has been on the Board or on the POA or just working like crazy for the organization for years! He’s decided to retire from the Board and we’re going to miss him badly. Our sincere thanks and great appreciation for all he has done for us. We will miss his active participation on the board, but look forward to continuing to receive his wise counsel and advice.
Thanks to all owners for their cooperation in regard to the repairs required for painted fire sprinkler heads and covers. Nearly 40% of the units had to have some work performed to bring the systems back into code compliance. It’s important to emphasize to any future contractors the importance of not painting or moving any fire sprinkler head or cover.
We have been making a continuing effort to correct the deterioration of the rebar reinforcement in many areas of our concrete balconies - with a program of regular monitoring and repair we hope to avoid the massive rebar restoration programs that some buildings have had to undergo.
We can all be thankful for the fact that we are blessed with a community of folks who have a long term attitude and care about their neighbors. We have had a couple of instances of owners or renters not following rules regarding short term rentals, parking, noise, pool activity, or walking across the dunes. We addressed each situation with the owners and will continue to monitor. Ted is currently putting together a new "package" of rules and information for renters and new owners.
We still need to receive copies of the "Declaration Page" of the condominium insurance papers from a number of units showing the Association of Island Dunes Oceanside I listed as an "Additional Insured" and that the policy carries at least $2000 worth of coverage for "loss assessments". This is an annual requirement of the Florida condominium statutes.
One of the really great things about living at Oceanside I is the community feeling that has been generated over the years. That kind of atmosphere doesn’t happen by accident. We’ve been blessed with outstanding efforts on the part of many people. This would include Jim Ziemba and Charles Singer for the IDCC board, Paul Gillease and Jean Lallement and Doug Smith for the POA Board, Jerry Walters and his team for the ARC, Jean Micera and her team for the Social Committee, and the ID Board for all their efforts. All these folks have done and continue to do an awful lot for all of us – many thanks!
Last but certainly not least my sincere thanks for the work of my fellow Board members – Joanne Gillease, Bob Hammond, Doug Smith, and Paul Barton. They’ve attempted to minimize my ability to make mistakes and, if anything at all went right with the Board this year, it’s their fault.
The Treasurers Report – Doug Smith
We were slightly under budget for 2009 due to the timing of some charges, collection of late fees and interest, and reduced maintenance charges and insurance costs. The surplus will be transferred to reserves for painting of the building, expenses to bring our elevators into compliance with the revised State Codes, bad debt exposure, re-bar repairs and boiler re-piping.
The Manager’s Report – Ted Blanchard
Finished 2009 inspections and rebar repairs - will start shortly on the 2010 inspection.
Completed Expert Shutters annual inspection & lubrication in 2009 - had fewer problems this year - will be starting on March 15, 2010 for the inspections and lubrications.
Completed the Fire Sprinkler Inspection - had over 150 heads to be replaced.
Door replacement was started - will start inspection soon for 2010.
- Completed 2009 insurance info from owners mandated by the Florida Statute.
- Performed all annual and semiannual maintenance.
- Replaced sewer pipes in the bike room and maintenance room.
- Put in new exhaust fans in the trash rooms.
- Replaced the door opener on north front door.
- Installed a new remote for the exercise room hooked up to the thermostat in the office.
- Had all inspections of the fire alarms & fire sprinklers required by law.
- Had the annual maintenance of the roof done per our contract.
- Hired a new maintenance man, Steve Mai. He is very good at his job and is doing well.
SOCIAL COMMITTEE - Jean Micera
Jean opened her remarks by thanking the members of the Social committee for a great deal of hard work throughout the year. She also stressed that the committee was actively interested in attracting new members and encouraged anyone who was willing to participate to join the group. Events that had been successful in the past and are planned for 2010 include:
Regular TGIF Parties in the Social Room on Friday evenings
A Super Bowl Party with Super Bowl Pool on Feb 7
A Valentines Party on Feb 12 – Pot Luck
Bridge, Mahjong, and other games on a regular basis
Bingo for "huge" prizes
The "Jersey Boys" excursion in March
See the board in the lobby and the elevator listings for details of dates and times.
The Social Committee WANTS YOU! Come join the fun!!
BOOK CLUB NEWS – Terry Kish - There have been some changes to our dates and books. We are meeting on the third Monday of the month, a change from the second Monday.
Feb. 15 The Shack - Author William Young - Building I social room at 4pm
March 15th - A Land Remembered - Author Patrick Smith - Building II social room at 4pm
April 19th - Mornings on Horseback - author David McCoullough - Building I social room at 4pm
THE ARC COMMITTEE – Jerry Walters
Arc committee issues to be addressed during 2010 include:
Staining or painting the front walk
Notice information sheets on the table in the social room
Standing water in the walkways
Ping pong table top, net, paddles and balls
Carpet and pads and/or floor tile in the elevators
Consideration of reserves for boiler capacity, replacement of metal door frames , spotting on the waterlines due to corrosion
Consideration of a decorative low brick border along the horseshoe walks to keep the chips in place, while adding a classy touch – perhaps some new plantings along the walk and near the building
Consideration of a lobby monitor and in-house cable hook up for information on building activities and meetings.
COUNTRY CLUB NEWS – Charles Singer, Marylin Fletcher
The Country Club
The Club will be sending out a survey to all the Club Member on the operation of the golf and tennis programs and the restaurant. Please complete and return as soon as possible. The survey will be helpful to the Club’s Board on the direction of the golf and tennis programs and to the restaurant owner on the operation of the restaurant. Your input will be appreciated.
Our new restaurant, Pietro’s, had a good summer and is now in full swing for the Season. It is an excellent facility adding to the ambiance of our complex and your support is encouraged. Pietro’s is now offering gift cards to Island Dunes residents providing a 10% discount (i.e. $100 card for of $90). The gift card can be used for food, drinks and taxes – tips would be on a cash basis.
Peitro’s is now offering a Sunday brunch – the first brunch in late January, was very well attended and offered a delightful array foods: omelets/waffles made to order, sausage and bacon, salad, salmon, roast beef, seafood newburg, chicken, rice, vegetables, and a lovely offering of desserts complimented with coffee and a mimosa or glass of champagne. Get your reservations in early as it is sure to be a popular venue for Valentine’s Day and Easter.
The tennis soft court season is in full swing. A "6.5 Mixer" was held in January with play in the morning and a cookout following. The courts were full and everyone had a good time. The hard court season is underway with the men's round robin on Wednesday mornings, to which all men are welcome, and lots of play for the ladies.
The Club Championship will take place two weekends in February with a round robin format. The first round will be February 13 with men's and ladies' doubles. Mixed doubles will be played on Sunday. The following weekend will feature the finals in all three categories and the annual picnic when play is finished.
Our pro, Conray deCuba, is always happy to find games for newcomers, as is his assistant, Elaine Kast. Don't hesitate to visit with either one of them. See you on the courts!
The golf season is well underway. The routine for the season includes ladies 18 holes on Mondays at 8:30, ladies 9 holes on Wednesdays at 9:00, men’s skins on Tuesdays at 1:00, men’s 18 holes on Fridays at 8:30 and couples on Sundays at 1:00pm. The February schedule includes a Ladies 9 Hole Invitational on Feb 3rd and the Susan G. Komen Cancer benefit on Feb 10th.
Tune up your game so we can field a great team to defend the Cup in the Condo Challenge which we won last year!!
ISLAND DUNES POA - Ted Blanchard
The POA Annual meeting is scheduled for February 10, in Building II at 7:00pm.
Phase #1 of the planting has been completed with Phase #2 to be done in February and March. There was some frost damage to the property. The landscaper feels that most of the plants will come back, but some will need to be replaced. The signs at the south end of the property, the front entrance and guard house have been repainted.
Work completed during the summer included
* Planting of 15 trees around the property
* Landscaping around the lift station, pool gate areas, north and south car rinse areas in November with more work to be done between December and the spring of 2010.
* Installation of new fencing around the north and south car rinse equipment.
* Installation of a heat pump for the Spa was
* Painting of the walls in the pool area, dune walk, and all trash containers
* Installation of a new gas line and two new gas grills
* Repair of pavers and trellises in the pool area.
PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF SOUTH HUTCHISON ISLAND – Charles Singer
There is no substantial new news to report on the beach renourishment program, except that St. Lucie County is seeking to join with Martin County to make the project more feasible. We will keep you advised on developments.
The contract for the repaving of A1A is being let in January and work is scheduled to start in May. We do not know whether the repaving will start at the Martin St. Lucie County line and go North, or start North of the the Power Plant and go South. Most of the work is scheduled to be done at night. The repaving of A1A will be a welcome relief
NEWS AROUND TOWN / PLACES TO GO / THINGS TO DO
COMING SOON_- MEMBERS’ MONDAY AT PIETRO’S – THE FIRST ONE FEBRUARY 22
A terrific evening at a wonderful price!
THE IDEA: Cocktails, dinner and dancing with fellow members of the Island Dunes community in our beautiful clubhouse.
THE GOAL: Have a great time and meet more friends from our five buildings
THE DEAL: Open bar from 6:00 TO 7:00PM - Hors ‘oeuvres - salad - choice of prime rib, grilled salmon, or chicken florentine – chef’s selection of sides - wine with dinner - dessert and coffee - tax and gratuity - dancing to the music of Frankie Holiday
THE TARIFF: $50 per person including everything!! (Billed to the member’s account) – You may also bring guests who are not members who will be billed to your account)
SIGN UP FOR THE FUN BEFORE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
We need 30 couples total from all five building to make this work – just six couples from each building will do it! But we’d love more to fill the whole place!!!
IT’S GREAT TO BE A MEMBER OF ISLAND DUNES!!
HELP FOR HAITI - David and Jane Klar have organized an effort to collect donations for Haiti which will be delivered through Missionary Flights International (MFL) http://www.missionaryflights.org/.
Flying out of St Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, MFL has been flying 4-5 daily round trips to Haiti in the days since the hurricane. Through their years of service in the Caribbean, MFL has earned the trust of the international charity community, they were able to land their planes in the first days after the disaster, and get the supplies to missions working on the island.
What you can do:
Visit the MFL website to get information on what they are doing, and how to help
Donate supplies in the boxes in the social room
Visit the volunteer operation preparing supplies at the airport (see map in the social room) Volunteer to help - call Diane Blair, volunteer coordinator at 410-829-4698 or visit the MFL website to complete a volunteer form
Donate cash – urgently needed to pay for fuel for the planes - tax-deductable donations can be made on line or by check given to Dave Klar made out to Missionary Flights International. Help Dave deliver donations to the airport (hopefully the boxes will be overflowing many times!)
Call the Klars at 229-8680 for information or to provide assistance.
Missionary Flights International is a private non-profit mission aviation service to Christian missions serving in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Established in 1964, MFI provides professional on-going air support to affiliated missions that work in these island nations. Our full-service aviation ministry is a lifeline to the mission community as they strive to meet the needs of the poverty stricken people throughout the Caribbean
Bleach and Other Disinfectants
Tents (Any Size-Highest Quality)
Tarps (All Sizes)
Shoes and Flip-Flops
First Aid Kits
Snack-type food - granola bars, etc., cerealPeanut butterTowels and washclothsPersonal hygiene products - soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.Flashlights & Batteries
AFRICAN LIBRARY PROJECT –
Marilyn Walters who, along with husband Jerry, spent several years teaching in Tanzania, is working on a project to start a library for a primary school in Malawi. She is collecting books for K- 4th grade and would like to include anyone interested. She is contacting elementary schools in Stuart to solicit their help. The books will be sent May 10th to a central location where a container will be filled with several "Projects" and sent to Africa to be distributed. The organization that heads this project has started many libraries in several countries on the continent. Marilyn happened to meet the director last summer and promised to send a library (1000 books). Anyone knowing of a source for gently used books, appropriate for K-4th African children who love to read English books, please let her know.
DESIGNER SHOWCASE HOUSE - March 6 thru March 26
Twenty-one of the area’s leading designers and decorators have worked their magic on the elegant Cashel Estate, site of the 2010 Children’s Home Society’s Designer Showcase House. Tours run from March 6 through 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. Enjoy lunch on the patio overlooking the St. Lucie River, shop at the home and garden boutique, and see how the classical architecture of this 1922 house translates into a warm and welcoming Florida lifestyle.
JENSEN BEACH TRAVEL - 772-334-1300
Jensen Beach Travel organized a trip for us to see the Jersey Boys on March 18 – we have a number of people participating. A couple of other trips they have scheduled might be of interest – if so, contact them directly:
Viscaya Villa with lunch at the Rusty Pelican on March 16
Wicked, the musical, on March 4.
THE LYRIC THEATER – STUART
- February 13 THE IRISH ROVERS
- February 19-28 GYPSY
- March 3 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN
- March 3 A NIGHT OF SAMBA AND SALSA
- March 5 ROY CLARK
- March 9-11 MARK RUSSEL
- March 15-16 ARLO GUTHRIE FAMILY REUNION TOUR
- March 20 AMERICAN BLUEGRASS MASTERS TOUR
- March 27-29 ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART: LATE NITE CATECHISM 3
- March 31 XIAYIN WANG
- April 7-11 STRING OF PEARLS
- April 12 A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA STARRING TONY SANDS
- April 15-16 CHITA RIVERA: MY BROADWAY