The Seascape Scene from President, Linda Schneider
Now that Irma has passed Bonita Springs, I want to make all owners aware the situation at Seascape will be evaluated as soon it is safe to return there. Should there be damage to individual units, owners will be contacted directly.
PLEASE do not call the office. The staff will be dedicated to assessing the damage, cleanup, and securing the community from further damage.
As further information becomes available, updates will be posted.
2017/14/2017 –Activities for the Seascape Team are at an all-time high with the amount of work on the agenda and the projects scheduled for the summer.
The re-roofing project on D Building is coming along. By week’s end the old roof will be completely torn off. On the following Monday, August 14th, through the completion of the project, the air conditioning units will be put up onto racks above the roof surface, which code now requires. This means that during the time they are working on putting the units up onto the racks the a/c will be down for up to 24 hours. If you have a “home watch”, we would recommend you let them know and suggest they check your air conditioning the next time they are in your unit, although no problems are anticipated. Notices of the a/c work schedule will be posted in the D Building elevator.
For owners in D Building who are replacing their air conditioning systems through Crowther, the replacement will occur when they disconnect the a/c units in your “stack.” They expect to achieve 5 disconnects and reconnects each day. The work will begin with the “9 stack.”
On August 10th and 11th, Crowther did the repairs on E and F Buildings. These repairs including sealing around the electrical wires (connections) on the roof that go into the building, along with various other repairs to prevent water instrusion into the buildings or any units.
So everyone who is staying at Seascape is aware of the progress of the work, notices will be posted in the elevator each day.
Since the start of the roofing project, Crowther has lost only two days due to rain, so work is progressing with a minimum of delays. Tropical storm Emily was quite a surprise to everyone, including the weather forecasters who didn’t anticipate the storm. Seascape had some high winds, a rough surf and a lot of rain. All survived the day, even with the high amount of rain before and after the storm.
Janet has sent several emails asking owners if they would like to have their air conditioning systems replaced while Crowther is at Seascape doing work. Crowther is offering discounted group pricing to all those wanting their units replaced. Note that code now requires both the air handler and compressor to be replaced at the same time. For owners in E and F Buildings who have signed up for the a/c replacement project, Janet will advise you of the date when the units will be installed.
We have received notice from the City of Bonita Springs that the City has approved the permit for the installation of the fencing to secur our property at the front of the Community. We are now waiting for the fence to be fabricated by Carter Fence, the vendor who be installing the fence.
Janet along with Dan Isaacson, our landscape architect, continue to work with the City of Bonits on the remainder of the project. The City denied portions of the project and is asking for changes in some of the landscaping choices, more specifications on the pedestrian bridge and a cross section on the paver walkway which crosses to the street through the grassy area in front of E Building. The proposed grills and grill area in front of the tennis courts were also part of this submittal.
The letters for Dolphin Way concerning their encroachment onto our property with three of their parking spaces and a gate controller were prepared and were sent to our attorney for his review and approval. The letters were approved and as 4 out of 5 Board members voted to allow Dolphin Way to maintain the encroachment if Dolphin acknowledges the property belongs to Seascape and will relocate their parking spaces and gate controller should Seascape desire the use of the property. We also have asked Dolphin Way to share in the cost of the shrub replacement and irrigation between the properties.
Bain Sealcoating’s permit has been approved for removing the asphalt from the parking spaces we were required to convert to grass by the City of Bonita Springs when our gates were installed. He is also removing the asphalt in a pattern which accommodates the current placement of the parking bumpers Dolphin has located on Seascape property. The asphalt must be removed to allow for the planting of the shrubs (Arborcola) and irrigation to complete the property line plantings between the two communities.
As part of the summer work, Roger and Dave have power washed the exterior of F Building. Elias Brothers loaned us a Dome-type pressure cleaner which they used to clean walkways. Using the dome pressure washer was an experiment to see if it cleaned the walkways better than the scrubber originally recommended. If, when you arrive, you notice some residual water inside your entry door, this is probably water from the pressure washing of the entry doors. The job of touching up paint throughout the F Building will continue, as it does on all our buildings. The non-screened exterior lanais on the one stack of F Building are to be pressure washed. Roger and Dave have removed the letters on the Seascape sign located by the F entrance/exit, painted the sign and letters and reattached the letters. The sign now has a fresh clean look. This along with numerous other jobs will continue throughout the summer.
July 14, 2017
Phew! Will the rain ever stop? Rain was reported to be generally above average for the State, even with the normal amounts of rainfall that falls during the summer, known as ‘the rainy season’. Add in the heat and humidity, and you have days where you either really appreciate the AC, or are running for cover as the next rain storm comes through.
Preparations are being made for the start of the work on D Building to replace the roof. The anticipated start date is scheduled for July 24th. Janet has sent an email to all of you informing you of the details of the project. All the owners of D Building have been informed about the preliminary inspections requested by Crowther. These preliminary inspections will occur approximately July 11th and 12th.The inspections will be on the air conditioning units and the 5th floor ceilings in all the D Building units. A Seascape staff member will always be in attendance if entrance into your unit is needed.
While work on D Building roof is underway, the air conditioning units must be disconnected. Crowther will work to see that the ‘down time’ will be minimal. They will not be disconnecting all the units at one time, but do one end of the building and reconnect those, then move onto the other end of the building. Reconnecting the air conditioning to the units that are occupied will be a priority.
During the time work on D Building is underway, parking restrictions will be in effect for parking under and on the south side of the building, the side between D Building and Dolphin Way. Crowther needs that area available for their equipment.
Janet is also working with Crowther for a group price for any other owners in the complex who may wish to replace their air conditioning units. She will be providing this information to all owners at Seascape. It is required, and has been for some time, that both the air handler in the unit and the condensing unit on the roof are replaced when an air conditioning system is replaced. Crowther has their own HVAC division to replace the air conditioners, so there will not be a separate company doing the work.
This year the building in the rotation for dryer vent cleaning was E Building. The work has been completed. Lint Out actually had an employee who could climb the building to access the dryer vents that were not on the walkways. It was quite impressive to see their employee going up the side of the building.
We have purchased a new riding mower. Roger can now mow the grass on a machine which not only has a ‘zero turn’ radius, but also a mulch kit. A new edger was purchased as well. Both pieces of the old equipment were used and repaired for many years.
Roger and Dave continue to be busy with summer projects. They have painted the north Seascape sign by F Building. This not only included the walls of the sign, but the letters as well. It has really ‘sharpened up’ the appearance of the sign.
Roger will continue to install doors on the ground storage lockers. He plans to complete 15 of these doors throughout the summer. Dave paints each of the doors after they have been installed. Dave is also painting all the common area doors. With the salt air and humidity, it does not take long for the rust to come through.
A new ‘cabbage’ palm has been planted on the north side of E Building to replace the palm that had died and was removed from there.
One of the projects Janet will be doing this summer is to review all the condo door locks. She will be advising all owners who need to replace their door locks to replace the lock set with the Baldwin lock set previously approved by the Board of Directors. If you wish, Roger can install the lock set for you. He does this in his ‘off-time’.
The ‘fence project’ is in the permitting stage. Once the fence and pedestrian gate installation is complete, Janet will send the entrance code via email. The pedestrian gate will be located just south of the middle of E Building. Meanwhile, there is a pedestrian gate already installed next to the north gate. If you have need of the code for that gate, please contact Janet by email.
Remember, do not give any of the gate codes out to others. Janet provides temporary codes to Seascape guests and these are deleted from the system once the guest leaves. #001 from the entrance gate will connect to Janet and the office and she can activate the gate from there. This is the number you are to use for all vendors. We also now have cameras at both gates which permit her to see who is requesting entrance.
Janet, along with Isaacson Landscape Architecture Group, have been involved in the permitting process and presenting plans for the landscape plantings and other segments of the gate and fence project that will secure Seascape, and enhance the appearance of the fence area.
Dan has also been involved in the bridge project that will be used to cross over the grassy area to the street, the bayside sidewalk, paper boxes, car wash and parking, tennis courts, grills, and tiki hut area.
As in previous years, a path has been created from people cutting across the lawn to access the paper boxes or exit the property. This is the area where the additional gate and new path with the bridge is to be located. All the plans have been completed and submitted to the City of Bonita Springs for approval. Our hope is to have the City’s approval and have the work completed before the time when owners start returning to Seascape.
Many of you may remember Elias Brothers was asked to provide us with a budgetary figure for replacing the screen frames (and screens) for each unit. When the screen frames are replaced they must meet a new code. Our engineer, Gerry Maron, has shared some important information he gained from his experience at Bay Harbor. The screen frame posts are larger than the current ones. Any owner replacing or installing sliding glass walls (doors) at the front edge (gulf side) of their lanai should install the doors at least two (2) inches inside the current screen frames.
Removal of the Sea Grapes on the south property line has been completed. In the area where the old Sea Grapes were Arboricola has been planted by Greenway Landscaping (owners of F105), and the irrigation system has been upgraded. The result is a great improvement over the aged Sea Grapes.
Bain Sealcoating had planned to complete the preparation of the line for planting of more Arboricola to complete a landscape wall of shrubs on the south property line. They were to have cut and removed the asphalt between Seascape and Dolphin Way on July 5th. Unfortunately, with all the rainy weather we are experiencing, the project had to be postponed. The new date for cutting the asphalt is August 8th. They will also be removing the asphalt from the two parking spaces the City required us to remove when they approved the gates. The City wants both spaces sodded.
Janet provided some interesting information on the number of guests we have had at Seascape during the past two years. Seascape is quite a busy place. A compliment goes out to the Seascape staff for their explementary work with only two full time and one part time staff member. The staff is complimented over and over on how well kept the community is. Janet sees that the office practices are always consistent and is always looking out for our best interests. Kudos to all.
6/14/2017-The drought in Florida must be over. The rain has been coming in torrents recently. Janet says she does not remember rainy weather that continued as it has recently, in steady-hard downpours, generally accompanied by wind. This has been the pattern particularly for the first week of June.
We’ve now gone from fires in Collier County and the surrounding areas due to lack of rain, to so much rain it has caused flooding throughout the Marco Island area. The flooding was so bad on Marco that many of the roads were closed.
In fact, since Janet and Roger have been at Seascape, they report that there have been very few times when they have seen water standing in the grass in front of E Building extending to the large tree in the center of the lawn. This has occurred twice in the past week.
So, if you have a home watch or a friend who watches your unit, it might be a good idea to have them check your unit to be sure all is dry. It isn’t often we have rains to this intensity, but when we do it is a good idea to just double check the situation.
In preparation for the D Building roofing project Crowther Roofing and our engineer suggested Janet have a plumber check all the roof drains. You may have noticed the downspouts on the side of the garage level pillars. When it rains, these drain the water from the roof. Sometimes the water even gushes out, depending on how hard it is raining.
A review of the condition of the drains was accomplished by Jonathon Williams Plumbing. They used their cameras and examined each drain. All the drains were clear, except for one. It was unclogged and now all the drains are clear and ready for the roof project.
During the time the website information was being organized, the contract for the D Building roof has been received from our attorney. The contract has been reviewed, any suggested changes made, approved and is now ready for the signature of the Board.
There are a few details associated with the project that we will be discussing further. This includes more information on the date when the project is anticipated to begin. As we have pointed out previously, effort is being made to assure all are aware this project will be underway this summer. Information will be on the website as to the start date. Janet will also provide information onsite. It will be up to you to share that information with any guests you anticipate having while the project is ongoing.
We will also be sending out quotes for air conditioner replacement for all owners in the community who might be interested in a replacement. Replacement will include both the AC condensing unit located on the roof and the air handler,mlocated inside your unit.
As part of the project Crowther Roofing will be enlarging the hatch to the roof on F Building. This will require that a cut be made through the roof for the installation of the new hatch. While this is underway, you can anticipate noise associated with the work. The hatch is to be enlarged to 4 feet by 4 feet.
The hatch will also be enlarged as part of the re-roofing project on D Building. The light in the 5th floor owner storage, where the hatch to the roof is, had to be relocated. The fixture was in the area where the hatch is to be enlarged. Brittiania Electric has already moved the fixture in anticipation of the work.
There will be some roof repairs on E Building too. As Janet receives more detailed information, she will share it by sending out emails.
As always, we want everyone to be aware of these projects, and strongly encourage you to share it with any friends, family or guests you might be expecting.
The Sea Grapes (shrubs) located along the property line between Seascape and Dolphin Way have been removed. Arboricola has been planted in their place by Greenway Landscape Supply. The irrigation system also had to be repaired and updated. Removal of the Sea Grapes was a challenge and had to be done very carefully as the large roots of the Sea Grapes were as thick as tree trunks in some areas.
We want to thank Greenway Landscape Supply for their work on this project. You may not be aware, but the owners of the company are also owners at Seascape.
Since we had to give up parking spaces at both the north and south entrance gates, we are adding another parking space by D Building. To do so a coconut palm was removed in the small island at the end of the Sea Grapes. Although our intention was to transplant the palm to the north side of E Building, where a palm was lost previously, the palm was planted so deeply that it snapped in half when the attempt was made to remove it.
The coconut palm that had died on the north side of E Building was successfully removed and a new palm with be planted there soon.
As noted in a previous web posting, we’ve had a problem with weevils damaging or killing our Bismarckia Palms. To prevent further loss of the palms, we had the roots drenched for weevil control in May.
Roger had noticed that the #2 unit on our pool heater/cooler was leaking. Symbiont Service was called and found the unit icing up and water leaking from the coil/hose that supplies water. They replaced the hose and purged the air from the loop to repair the problem.
Roger and Dave have been busy repairing the wood on both bridges leading to the beach. Following the repairs, they painted both bridges. Now we hope for a kind season, lacking in hurricanes and kind to newly repaired and painted brides.
Superior Fire Service has tested the fire pumps in all 3 buildings. All the units were in good working condition.
The last activity to bring to your attention is the cleaning of the dryer vents. As you are aware, each year we clean the dryer vents in one of the buildings. E Building is the building to be cleaned this year and the work is currently underway and being done by Lint Out.
5/15/2017 -The population at Seascape may be less, but the work never stops. Along with the day to day maintenance, there are a greater number of projects being scheduled this summer than we generally undertake. Preparation has already been underway for all these projects. Replacing the roof on D Building is one of these larger projects. At a meeting on April 28th, the Board selected Crowther Roofing as the roofing company who will be doing the work. The company was selected from quotes from three bidders. A fourth bidder also presented a quote, but was not interested in doing a modified bitumen roof system. We will try to update this information as a start date is set. If you are having guests in your unit, make sure they are aware of this project. The project will be overseen by Gerry Maron PE, who has assisted us in several other projects. A meeting will be held soon at Seascape on May 9th, between Gerry and Crowther Roofing, to discuss the details of the re-roofing of D Building, additional repair work on E Building and enlarging the roof hatch on F Building. As part of the re-roofing project, the HVAC condensing units on the roof will be temporarily removed. The current code requires all HVAC condensing units be raised on stands. We will work to negotiate a community price for HVAC replacements for any owners who may wish to replace their HVAC systems. We will share this information as it becomes available. The new gates are now in. A pedestrian gate has been created next to the north gate as a pedestrian exit off the property. This was required and it was recommended this would be the ideal location due to the available space and easy access to creating a sidewalk without additional permitting. It is now time to proceed to Phase II of the plan to secure the Community. Although the Board was under the understanding that to fence the open areas of the Community would require a vote as a change to the common elements, they have since learned that since the work is being done for security purposes, the only vote needed to fence the Community is that of the Board. At the April 28th, Special Meeting of the Board, the board voted in favor of installing the fencing. Competing bids are being obtained to complete the fencing to finish the objective of securing our property from trespassers. Although the new gates have helped to discourage some trespassers, many continue to trespass around the gates (an area where fencing will be installed to close off the areas) or across the grass.
On the planning for the pathway/walkway/pedestrian gate entrance/exit off the property in front of E Building, drawings created by Dan Isaacson, Landscape Architect, who has worked with us on landscape projects in the past, were available for owners to view at the March meeting. Dan has been working with the City of Bonita Springs, and we are happy to report that he will be able to use his drawings for permit approval instead of us hiring a civil engineer at a cost of over $7100. As part of the preparation work for the walkway, the right-of-way at the front of our property will need to be located and ‘spot elevations’ taken. We are asking the surveyor, who works for J. R. Evans Engineering, the company who did the LOMR, to assist us when he is at Seascape to complete the survey work for the south property line. Previously, in ‘shooting the line’ for the LOMR, it was found that our neighbors to the south had parking spaces infringing over Seascape’s property line. The Board is having our attorney write a letter to Dolphin Way in regards to the property line, but an official written survey is needed before sending the letter. One of the upcoming landscape projects is to remove the palm tree that is in the island at the end of the Sea Grapes on the south property line by Building D. This will be transplanted on the north side of E Building to replace the palm that is dead. This island will be removed, the area filled in with asphalt and a new parking space created. Another upcoming project is to have Bain Sealcoating cut the asphalt from the area where the Sea Grapes currently end to the south entrance gate. The old Sea Grapes will be removed between Seascape and Dolphin Way and new shrubs planted making the south property line a complete line of shrubs. This is to close off the property line on the south side between us and Dolphin Way. A different lock has been installed on the walk-through gate on the north side of F Building. This lock is much easier to use that the one originally installed. The buttons on the lock are lighted. Check with Janet to get the code number for the pedestrian gate. The carpeting on the stairways of E Building will be removed this summer. Any restoration work that is necessary will be completed. The stairs will be sealed and a Tremco Waterproof System with spray texture matching the wall way texture will be applied. Each year we inspect all the buildings for any needed restoration work. It is our goal to stay as current as possible on any needed restoration work. As in past years, there will be some restoration work necessary on all three buildings. This work is scheduled to start in June. Therefore, if you will be at Seascape or will have guests at that time, you/they can expect there will be some noise involved. On the day to day work in our Community, Larry West of Elias Brothers, has given us a pressure washer attachment for Roger to try to see if it would be more effective in cleaning the walkways. Larry plans to be here to work with Roger later in May to see how the pressure washer attachment will work. All the turtle lights have been installed. Please be aware that during ‘turtle time’, which runs from May 1st to October 3st each year, all owners or their guests need to close their blinds. If they don’t have blinds or shades, they will need to close their hurricane shutters. No interior light should be seen from the beach.
Simplex Grinnel has tested all our pull stations on our fire alarm system. Be sure that you or your guests know where the pull stations are on each floor of the building. Fire extinguishers are also located on each floor.
The shrubs by the tennis courts have been replaced. Age finally caught up with those planted there.
Many of you may be aware of the positive results we received after applying for a change of flood zone (LOMR) for E Building. Although we are anticipating a return in premium for the flood zone change, this will not occur until August of 2017.
4/13/2017 - Is it Winter or Spring? In some states, it can’t seem to make up its mind. At Seascape, however, the weather has been warm, and VERY, VERY windy. Wind has not been a stranger in several states recently.
Because of the windy weather, the staff has been constantly challenged in keeping the leaves that continue to blow around cleaned up. Those living in areas with a lot of trees can certainly relate to what is involved in trying to keep blowing leaves cleaned up, particularly in the fall.
The staff has also been busy cleaning the shop and sorting through leftover paint. They have sorted out several cans of paint to discard. They had to separate the paint as to whether it was an oil base or water base paint before disposal.
Janet called Advanced Disposal and the buckets/cans of paint had to be taken to Fort Myers. If any owners have left over cans of paint, they can call 813-319-3400 to set up an appointment to get rid of their paint. The address Lee County has for disposing of paint is 6441 Topaz Ct., Fort Myers, Florida 33966. Chemicals such as latex paint, various aerosol cans, pesticides, pool and spa maintenance chemicals, propane tanks, and other chemicals are brought to this facility for sorting and consolidation by Lee County employees. On the Topaz Solid Waste Annex website, they list their hours of operations (excluding holidays) as Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-noon. The phone number listed on their website is 239-533-8000.
Janet is also again encouraging all owners who have not done so, to change out their door locks and levers with the Board approved lock system. She will be doing an inspection of the locks to assist in reminding those who need to change their lock systems. Uniformity in the building from the exterior is part of the requirements stated in our Documents and we continue to work to bring all areas of the exterior of our buildings up to this standard.
Turtle Time starts May 1st and most of us know what that means. It is time for the turtle lights to be installed. The switch to lighting for turtle season starts May 1 and ends on October 31. During this period, there will be very limited lighting throughout Seascape. It is also the time of the year when owners or your guests need to be aware of light coming from the units at night. The drapes or shades in the unit will need to be closed to prevent lights from within being seen from the beach. In fact, the City of Bonita Springs regularly checks for excess light from condos, homes and all other buildings along the beach. If they note you have lights they can see from the beach that are more than the limited lighting allowed, you may receive a warning or citation (with a possible fine). Please be aware of the lighting limitations as you move about the Community at night or have your lights on within your unit.
Now for the exciting news we have all been waiting for. FEMA has approved and we have received our LOMR (Letter of Map Revision) changing our flood zone designation from the higher zone of VE to the best zone of AE. This is for E Building only.
To apply for the same designation for D and F Buildings, a wall along the gulf side of the property approximately 36 inches in height must be constructed. The Board of Directors will be reviewing this work for D and F soon.
The Association will be applying for a reduction in premium because of the re-designation in our flood zone for E Building and we should receive a credit for a portion of this year’s paid premium. We will update you on an upcoming web posting.
Owners in E Building who have flood insurance may be eligible for a reduction in premium. The engineering company who applied for the change in our flood zone has provided documents which owners can send to their personal insurance agents/brokers for determination of premium change.
A note concerning some upcoming work on the elevators in E Building. The E Building elevators will be down on May 2nd for repairs. The ball valve in the elevator pit is being replaced. The elevators will be down from 8:00 to 12:00 for use. Be sure to make any company making deliveries for you and vendors aware of this time frame when the elevators will be unavailable for use. Janet will post this information onsite as well.
Janet has gotten many questions about the HD boxes from BroadStar and your television service, and what to do with the boxes when leaving your condo. BroadStar has said it is alright to turn off the power to these boxes when closing your unit. But remember, you will need to call BroadStar at 239-214-0003 when you return to receive “hits” to the box once you have turned the power back on to the box.
New south gate
6/1/2016 - While it may be almost summer and many of us are looking forward to or enjoying days on the golf course, boating, or spending time with family and friends, at Seascape the work never stops. While the number of those in residence has dropped, this becomes the time of year to work on larger projects and complete work not accomplished during the ‘busy’ season. As always, your Seascape team is working diligently to keep Seascape at its best.
The Fire Inspector from the Bonita Springs Fire Department has recently completed one of the periodic fire inspections at Seascape. We had no major issues on his ‘to do’ list. There are only a few items noted that Roger will be tackling ASAP to ready the community for his re-inspection.
The fire pumps on each building have also had an annual inspection and ‘run test’. These test results are reviewed by the fire inspector to be sure all of the requirements of the City of Bonita Springs are met.
Among the current repairs accomplished, a compressor has been changed out on one of our pool heater/coolers by Symbiont Services. On Building D, a photocell had to be replaced. This cell controls the lights that come on during the evening hours on the building walkways and the exterior of the building. The problem was a melted wire leading to the photocell that caused it to fail.
Additional work includes all of the palm trees being trimmed and the coconuts removed in preparation of the Hurricane Season. Unfortunately, two lounges were damaged when the trees were trimmed. The vendor will be replacing the lounges at their cost.
Roger and Dave have cleaned all of the lounges and chairs and those we do not need with the decrease in residents have been stored away for the off-season.
Lines have been added for an additional pickle ball count to the north tennis court. Currently out of the three tennis courts, only the center court is lined for tennis only. The north and south courts are lined for both tennis and pickle ball. It would be appreciated if pickle ball players who ‘tie-down’ the net for pickle ball, release it when they finish play.
In the library the computer hard drive, mouse and keyboard have been upgraded. The previous computer was donated and we have had several years of good service from it. The time has come to move forward with a faster computer and improved keyboard and mouse.
Between the remodeling projects a few owners have been doing, Dave has been scrubbing the walkway floors of the D and the F building using our scrubber. Once Dave has completed Buildings D and F, Roger will scrub the walkways on Building E.
Janet is pulling together several projects for the summer. To follow is an overview of those projects:
Replacing condo doors to fiberglass doors. We strongly encourage you to become part of this project if you still have a metal door. They not only are hurricane rated, but the painting and maintenance is almost negligible. The surface is attractive with a wood grain finish.
Changing condo door locks to the Board approved Baldwin lock as requested by the owner.
The lever handle and deadbolt lock are the only approved lock for our doors.
Spall repairs will be accomplished on the areas on lanais where spalling was found during last summer’s lanai inspections. Janet will advise you before the works begins if you were one of those needing to have repairs. The vendor who will be doing the work, Elias Brothers, will need to enter your condo to access the areas for these repairs on the lanais.
Screen panel replacements for owners requesting screen replacements. We are still anticipating a 3-5 year schedule before discussion on replacing the screen frames on the lanais.
D Building is on the rotation for cleaning of the dryer vents. The project is on the schedule for July 21. Janet will be asking if any owner wants additional services by Lint Out.
A review of the parking bumpers for ones that are cracking and need to be replaced will be done. The cracked bumpers will be replaced at the end of July. Staff will stencil the numbers on the bumpers.
Roger will be replacing 19 ground storage locker doors with fiberglass doors. The old fiberboard doors tended to split and warp, and were not a suitable door for an exterior application. The goal is to make all the locker doors exterior fiberglass doors. Door handles will not be installed on the new doors. The door handles frequently damaged the adjoining locker if the door was left unlocked or the day windy. The locker key should be used to open the door.
Janet has been working with Florida Community Bank to move us forward into a system which many of our counterparts have initiated for collecting their quarterly maintenance fees. Many of the businesses you deal with already may use this type of program. Janet will be emailing you information concerning this system and a form for you to complete. Once forms have been completed and the system in place it should be a new convenience for all. Janet asked that owners be informed that the information needed is no more than would be available using our current form of payment.
Several times it has been brought to your attention that when you have any kind of deed change/transfer of ownership and title, Janet should be notified. Another of Janet’s projects this summer will be to review Lee County records to update our records.
A change in the deed is made not only when you sell or transfer your unit (even to another family member), but also when you put your property in a trust or change a trust. According to our Documents the change of deed requires paperwork be completed for Board Approval and updating of those records which the Association is required to keep on file.
When a name change of ownership is made in the deed (even from family member to family member) the change is to be approved by the Board. With this process, as with a sale or transfer, a $100 fee is due to the Association.
You also should note that a deed change (even into a trust) changes your status if you rent your unit. If you were previously grandfathered when the last rental policy was changed, which was March 6, 2009, you are now under the current rental restrictions. This means rentals are not to be less than 30 days and there are to be no grandfathered rentals of less than 30 days.
The following is provided from our documents: Any transfer of ownership not authorized pursuant to the terms of this Declaration shall be voidable unless subsequently approved by the Association.
Please contact Janet if you have transferred your title since the above date.
One of the BroadStar technicians has recommended you turn off your HD box when you are not using the TV. That way any updates will be sent to the box and eliminate the need to do the Quam Scan.
IF YOU WANT AN ADDITIONAL HD BOX FOR YOUR CONDO FOR A TV IN ADDITION TO THE TWO PROVIDED, CONTACT BROADSTAR BEFORE JUNE 30TH FOR TO SCHEDULE AN INSTALLATION.
The monthly cost is $10 for the additional HD/Digital box.If you want a DVR the monthly cost is $15. Scheduling for the box before June 30th will save you the activation fee. BroadStar can be contacted at 239-214-0003.
Here is an interesting article by Casey Logan of the News-Press concerning homeowners’ insurance. This was published in the NEW-PRESS on May 27th.
Hurricane insurance: 13 things to know before the wind blows
Casey Logan, a business reporter for The News-Press, didn’t know much about homeowners’ insurance until recently, because it was a subject he had never covered. He did lots of research, in an effort to provide insights heading into the 2016 hurricane season. There’s so much information out there about insurance, it’s impossible for a homeowner to know everything. To make it easier, he compiled this list of 13 things to know.
1. First, let’s start with the basics. The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1-Nov. 30. Most longtime residents of Southwest Florida, particularly Lee County and north, remember Hurricane Charley, which made landfall Aug. 13, 2004, as a Category 4 storm. Among areas hard hit: Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Captiva, Pine Island, Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach and parts of Cape Coral.
2. The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, better known as the CAT Fund, is in the best shape ever. The state-created fund should have $17.4 billion available this hurricane season. The fund has been building up for 10 years because a hurricane has not made landfall in Florida. The last one was Hurricane Wilma, a Category 3 storm just south of Naples on Oct. 24, 2005. The fund was created in 1993 during a special legislative session after Hurricane Andrew. Its purpose is to protect the state’s interest in maintaining insurance capacity by providing reimbursements to insurers for a portion of their catastrophic hurricane losses.
3. Hurricane deductibles are percentage or dollar deductibles that are higher than for other causes of loss. They are calculated as a percentage of the dollar amount of coverage on the dwelling or as a flat dollar amount like a standard deductible. By Florida law, the application of hurricane deductibles is triggered by windstorm losses resulting only from a hurricane declared by the National Weather Service. Hurricane deductibles apply for damage that occurs from the time a hurricane watch or warning is issued for any part of Florida, up to 72 hours after such a watch or warning ends and anytime hurricane conditions exist throughout the state.
4. What is “replacement cost coverage” and why does it appear to be more than my home’s value? When you file a homeowners claim, the insurance company calculates how much to pay you by evaluating cost to replace your property with new property of the same kind and quality. But here's the critical distinction: If your policy covers your personal property (your home's contents) for its actual cash value, the insurance company deducts depreciation from your personal property’s overall value before arriving at a figure. The longer you own your house or personal property, the more depreciation becomes an issue and replacement cost coverage becomes more critical. Your check will usually be less, sometimes significantly less, than amount it will cost to restore, repair or replace the damage or loss. However, if you have replacement cost coverage, the insurance company will pay what it costs to repair or replace your damaged possessions at today’s prices without deducting for depreciation.
5. Flood insurance is part of my homeowner’s policy, right? No, not typically. You may be required to have a flood policy if you are in a high-risk flood area. Even if you live in a low to moderate risk area, however, it is wise to consider buying flood insurance since about 25 percent of all flood insurance claims come from those not in high-risk areas.
6. Why has Citizens Property Insurance, the state’s insurer of last resort, made an effort to "depopulate" — or push customers out to private companies? The entity was taking on too much risk. By shifting more of the risk to private insurers, it is taking more of the burden off the shoulders of all Florida policy holders.
7. What is a take-out policy? A private insurer interested in participating in the Citizens “depopulation” program, also known as the take-out process, must submit the documentation to the Office of Insurance Regulation for review and approval. If your policy is selected, you will receive a letter from Citizens informing you a private insurer wants to take over your policy. No action is needed to accept the take-out offer, but you can decline it through an opt-out process. An opt-out form is included in your takeout offer. If you would like to decline the offer, you must return the opt-out form within 30 days. However, Citizens warns opting out of a take-out doesn’t exempt customers’ policies from being shopped in its Property Insurance Clearinghouse. Citizens submits policies up for renewal to the clearinghouse to determine whether private coverage is available. If a private policy is available with a premium equal to or less than the Citizens premium, the Citizens policy will not be renewed.
According to Citizens spokesman Michael Peltier:The next notices from Citizens, some of which will contain more than one take-out offer, are expected to start going out in November. If you have more than one offer and you’d like to select one of the private insurers, you will need to indicate your choice and return the form to Citizens. If you do nothing, Citizens will use an algorithm, as it has done in the past, to choose one of those private insurers for you. The new law kicks in July 1, but the next assumption period begins Jan. 1. Citizens estimates 15 percent of people who get take-out offers will get more than one offer in a given assumption period.
8. If I leave Citizens and the private insurer ends up raising my rate, can I go back to Citizens? Maybe. You’ll have to reapply as a new customer, rather than as a renewal. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill in April that provides more information to customers targeted for “takeout” by private companies since many customers complained of steep rate increases in their second year with their new insurers. State law prevents Citizens from raising rates more than 10 percent a year, but private insurers have no such requirement.
9. A spike in Citizens water claims in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties is driving up insurance rates there and, to an extent, everywhere else in Florida.
10. How do I know the untested private insurers who have entered Florida in the past decade will be able to come through for me during a major hurricane or a rash of hurricanes in a short period of time? The Office of Insurance Regulation has taken steps to ensure you’ll be in good hands, according to Peltier, the Citizens spokesman. However, many are untested in such a scenario, so it’s wise to do research on the companies before settling on an insurer.
11. Meteorologists from Colorado State University forecast a near-average Atlantic hurricane season this year, predicting 12 tropical storms will form, with five becoming hurricanes. A tropical storm has sustained winds of 39 mph. It becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph. Of the five predicted hurricanes, two are expected to be major hurricanes — category 3, 4 or 5 — with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. For the U.S. coastline, there is a 50 percent chance of a major hurricane making landfall in 2016. For the East Coast, including all of Florida, the chance is 30 percent. Keep in mind the El Nino pattern that has protected Florida lately has disappeared.
12. Floridians pay the nation’s priciest home insurance premiums, averaging $2,115, up from $2,084 a year earlier, according to statistics released in February. Florida led Texas ($1,837) and Louisiana ($1,822) for the most expensive average premium for standard homeowner policies, according to data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The information is the latest available from the group, based on 2013 premiums. Florida’s premiums are nearly twice the national average of $1,096. Homeowners in South Florida, particularly in coastal areas, tend to pay more than the state average because models say it is the most at-risk in the country for a land-falling hurricane.
13. Don't get complacent. $17.4 billion (the amount the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund has available) is a lot of money, but consider this: the costliest hurricane, based on insured property losses to Florida, was 1992’s Hurricane Andrew. It caused $24 billion in damage to Florida and Louisiana (in 2016 dollars). “Every private insurer in Florida is insured to handle a 1 in 100-year event,” said Lynne McChristian of the Insurance Information Institute. “What if we have a two in 100-year event? What if we have a one in 200-year event? Insurance companies are conservative. What happens if there’s more than one hurricane?”
Sources: The News-Press research
Scheduling information for your calendars: Dates for the Seascape November Annual Members and Board Meeting is Saturday, November 12th
The March Seascape Board Meeting will be Saturday, March 11th.
5/9/2016 - It’s that time of year! Yes, TURTLE SEASON has begun. Each year beginning May 1 sea turtles arrive to nest on Florida beaches as they have for millions of years. Two months later, tiny hatchlings emerge from their sandy nests and travel toward the water using the seaward horizon as their guiding light. Artificial light visible from the beach is said to confuse the hatchlings and instead lures these tiny creatures inland and away from the water. It is reported that thousands of hatchlings die because lights along the beach are not turned off or shielded properly.
Between May 1 and October 31, Lee County beaches are monitored for sea turtle nesting and hatching success and for individual property owner compliance with lighting restrictions. No light source should be directly visible from the beach. Beach residents must shield all lights that can be seen from the beach from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Light can travel great distances so shielding is important to reduce visible lighting along the beach.
Home owners will be asked to correct any violations and/or citations may be issued.
During Turtle Season, between May 1st October 31st, this means our staff has changed out the bulbs on the lights at Seascape to the required low wattage, colored bulbs, and under building and walkway lights have been shielded. Therefore, it will be very dark when you move around the property after sunset. It has been suggested that you carry a flashlight to use as you move around the property.
Turtle Season also has other restrictions those in residence must follow. Everyone in residence must close their shutters at sunset. If you wish to sit on the lanai after sunset, no lights are to be visible from the living area or on the lanai.
If you have drapes which will block any light coming from the unit, you may have lights on in the unit, as long as the light is blocked from being viewed from the beach.
Should you have installed the approved turtle gray doors, you may have lights on in your unit but the shaded doors must be closed to block the light. Closing drapes or blinds and keeping interior lighting at a minimum is still suggested.
Lights may not directly or indirectly illuminate the beach. Even reflected light can disorient sea turtles. Interior lights can illuminate the beach.
Janet will be sending information concerning the recent switchover to HD/Digital TV viewing and a change to the internet to ‘up to 20mgb per unit’.
BroadStar has completed the installation of all the HD/Digital boxes on two televisions in each unit, generally this has been the living room and a bedroom of your choice. Arrangements were made for a member of the Seascape team to accompany the ‘techs’ from BroadStar into any unoccupied units.
In the past, a considerable amount of Janet’s time has been taken up with reporting any internet or cable problems you made her aware of by sending an email to our the BroadStar account manager. BroadStar now wants each owner to call into their ‘call center’ to report all problems. They will first try to help you correct the problems over the phone. The numbers to call are 239-214-0003 or 239-449-6330.
Any guests staying in your unit will need to use your name when calling and will also be required to report the condominium address to the ‘call center’.
The television channel lineup in now accessible via a button on the remotes. A paper copy of the channel lineup is also available in the library.
BroadStar left the boxes that the HD/Digital converters came in. These contained extra wiring, connectors, etc. should you wish to change some of the device positions following their installation. The boxes can be discarded in the recycling containers if you don’t wish to keep them.
Due to the size of the HD/Digital converter BroadStar sometimes had to install the boxes in an alternate location at the side of a piece of furniture. Once you return to Seascape you may wish to re-organize the placement. ‘Techs’ were not permitted by BroadStar to move furniture or furnishing for installation.
PLEASE NOTE: You will not have TV reception if your television is not connected to a HD/Digital Converter box. So if you have a two-bedroom unit, with a total of three TV’s, the third TV will not work unless it is connected to its own HD/Digital converter.
If you wish to have a third converter box, you will need to contact BroadStar at 239-214-0003 or 239-449-6330 to have an additional box installed. There is a $10.00 per month charge for the additional box.
BROADSTAR IS WAIVING AN ACTIVATION FEE FOR THE ADDITIONAL CONVERTER BOX IF THE BOX IS INSTALLED BEFORE JUNE 30TH. AFTER THAT DATE A $40.00 FEE WILL BE CHARGED TO HAVE THE CONVERTER BOX INSTALLED. S0 CONTACT BROADSTAR BEFORE JUNE 30TH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE EXTRA BOX.
There are a very few owners who still have older televisions which could not be connected to a HD/Digital converter box.
Modem/routers were connected in one of two ways. Some were connected to your current router. If this is the case, the user name and password you were using will still work.
If your old router was disconnected and an Arris router installed, you will find your user name will be ‘ARRIS’ and a four-digit number. This will be found on the back of the Arris router where the cable is connected to the router. Your password is the string of numbers after the words: ‘Pre-shared key’.
You can change the user name and password by calling BroadStar at 239-214-0003 or 239-449-6330 or going online to the website assigned to Seascape at www.Broadstar.com/Seascape.
Should you decide to sell your unit, all the BroadStar equipment must stay with the unit. This would be the Arris modem/router and the two HD/Digital converter boxes. If for any reason this equipment is not left, there will be a charge of $65.00 for each modem/router, and $200 for each HD/Digital converter box. THIS EQUIPMENT IS TO REMAIN WITH THE UNIT!
FYI: Our gate project is moving along. Work is ongoing for gate cameras which will be installed at the main gate during the gate installation. Internet access is also being upgraded for the pool area.
4/13/2016 - You can tell the winter season is coming to an end. The lines of traffic are less and the wait for seating in restaurants is becoming shorter. Even the walking ‘beach traffic’ is less.
Approval for our new gates was unanimously passed by the Board of Directors and the contract for the gates to be fabricated has been signed. It will take 4-6 weeks for the gates to be fabricated and ready to be installed. Since it is illegal to use the entrance or exit gates as pedestrian gates, an ‘emergency pedestrian exit’ location had to be established. The recommended area where space is available is adjacent to and tied into the north gate. This pedestrian gate should have a push button combination lock allowing for entrance and exit to and from the community and will be installed at the same time as the gates. There will be a sidewalk on and off the property for safe entrance and exit at this area. The approved gates will all be completed well within the Board approved allotted expenditure. Once the entrance/exit gates are installed and functional, we can then look into moving forward with additional fencing and pedestrian gate/s, with finished walk/s, to further secure the property. Your current clickers and the telephone entry system operation will remain the same as you are using now.
Following meetings with Ali Pool of IOA, an insurance agent specializing in flood remapping, and Elizabeth Fountain of J. R. Evans Engineering, who specializes in services related to flood zone mapping and analysis, flood protection analysis and flood proofing services, the Board held a Board of Directors meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on whether to contract with Ms. Fountain for the purpose of reviewing the current flood zone.
If successful in obtaining a change to our current flood zone, the premiums for our flood insurance could be lowered. The process will take a minimum of 6-8 months, but more than likely may take even longer, until a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) would be received with either a new zone distinction or refusal of a revision.
BroadStar attended the Saturday, March 5th Board of Directors meeting. At that meeting they offered a program for an upgrade in both the internet and cable service. Currently all modems are being ‘swapped out’ for a modem/router combination in one device. BroadStar has recommended this device be installed in the living room. BroadStar says the service offered by the new modem/router should now be available throughout the unit, up to and including the lanai. There will also be an increase in the internet speed available to each unit.
For your internet service the password and user name for the condo are written on the paperwork BroadStar left in your unit on the counter or is listed on the back of the modem/router on a label. The pre-shared key is the password. If you want to change either of these, call BroadStar and they can walk you through the process.
Cable boxes for Digital and High Definition programming are also being installed. The lineup with the new boxes not only offers digital, and where programming is available, high definition video programming. The channel lineup has 200 channels, includes Sirus XM stations, and Dish music channels. An updated TV program guide available on the controller is also part of the improvement. A printed program guide should have been left in your unit. Additional copies are available in the library. Over the summer additional equipment change-overs will occur as part of the improved service.
We know there are transition problems. For Janet to ‘field the complaints she has to email BroadStar and follow up with another email contact to the owner. This is extremely time consuming and requires many extra emails and conversations that could be taken care of with a phone call directly from the owner. Therefore, we STRONGLY encourage you contact BroadStar directly at 239-214-0003 to schedule service and a tech to correct the issue.
On last month’s posting everyone was asked to cover the lounges with towels to prevent damage from sun tan lotion and to not use the spray lotion when on or near the pool furniture because of staining. Unfortunately, many have been observed not using towels and continuing to spray sun tan lotion while lounging on the chaises. Damage from lotions was a problem with the old strapped lounges, but is more obvious with the fabric ones. Please reiterate to everyone residing in your unit, whether family or guest, the importance of using towels and not using spray lotions. Reminder: The stray lotions also causes staining on the walkway surfaces.
An additional notation for your benefit: Several of the communities have reported that cards sent to grandchildren or family for various holidays, have not been received. Many were mailed from drop boxes located on the condominium property. It has been suggested that anyone who has experienced this contact the USPS.
3/18/2016 - Another month has flown by and finally the weather is becoming more seasonal. No one can complain about the beautiful days and the comfortable nights. Even the humidity seems to be lower, making each day very pleasant.
We can also tell it is spring by the birds singing their ‘Spring songs’ each morning, and the voices of the ‘snow birds’ echoing around the complex. You can’t describe the season without commenting on the traffic, which is the first comment from almost everyone. No one should plan on getting somewhere in a hurry. It just isn’t going to happen.
Here at Seascape the days are busy. Roger and Dave are kept busier than ever with all the cleaning and maintenance this time of the year requires. Roger also continues with his regular mowing and edging, and spending time policing the grounds to keep the lawns looking great. The landscape service has been doing a good job with the trimming of the shrubs and other plantings. It’s hard work for everyone and takes a team effort to maintain our property to a level which meets our high standards. Seascape staff regularly scrubs the walkways with the scrubber in an attempt to keep the higher traffic areas clean. Assistance from everyone taking the time to clean up their own messes would be appreciated. If you have a spill that doesn’t come up, contact Janet immediately so we can address the area to prevent staining. Don’t forget that you are NOT to use door mats outside of your doors or spray suntan lotion anywhere on or near the walkways. Covering the lounges with towels prevents damage to the lounges from sun tan lotion. Do NOT use the spray sun tan lotion when you are on or near the pool furniture or furniture along the sand/gulf area. We’ve found it stains the fabric and the damage cannot be reversed.
The palm trees are not only creating a lot of yellow pollen, but have a number of dead fronds. Roger and Dave are trimming those they can reach as part of keeping Seascape shining during Season.
All the fire extinguishers have been inspected and correctly tagged. In a previous posting we reiterated how important it was to know the location of the extinguishers, which are on the walkway, and to share that information with your guests. It is also important to know the location of the “pull stations”. This was discussed in a previous website posting too. You might look back to the November, 2015 posting for a review on the location and use of the pull stations.
As Janet has informed you, the 2015 audit is complete. If you would like a copy, email her and she will send one to you. You will see from the results that Seascape is very sound and moving forward in a positive manner each day.
Should you wish to change the lock on your condo door, you will need to purchase the approved lock set through the office. A designated lock was approved by the Board of Directors to maintain the uniform appearance required by Seascape’s Documents. The lock is a Baldwin lock with a lever type door handle and a deadbolt that matches.’
There may be some upcoming changes to your television and internet systems. The Board of Directors is working with BroadStar to update the video system to digital and HD and improving the internet service. We will keep you posting as we move forward in attempting to make changes. This will all be accomplished within the current contract.
If you are having guests visit you, even for a day, please make Janet’s job easier by registering them in the office and obtaining a temporary parking pass for them. You can do this prior to their arrival. When she makes her rounds and finds a car without the appropriate parking pass, you can expect that car will be tagged. There are no charges for a guest who is visiting you when you are in residence.
2/17/2016“Where has all the sunshine gone?” While a twist on a song lyric, it certainly seems appropriate in describing the weather at Seascape this past month. Although the sun does occasionally make an appearance, the weather is far from typical for this time of year in Florida. Add in a lot of wind and you may find this year has been a real disappointment for anyone wishing to work on a quick tan. The temperatures have been far from warm as well.
Preparations our already underway for the scheduled March Board of Directors Meeting. Work continues on researching the options available to us on entrance gates to enhance the privacy and discourage trespassers to our Community. As usual, discussion will be held on summer work and projects. The meeting will have a full agenda
Unfortunately, we recent had 11 cars broken into. One of the neighboring communities had an additional 3 cars entered at the same or near the same time. There was no damage to the cars, but the glove compartments were riffled and the contents dumped onto the front seat.
The sheriff’s department has taken reports on all of the incidents at Seascape and has increased patrols. They are strongly advising owners to double check that their cars are locked and avoid having anything visible on the seats, or anywhere in the car where bags, merchandise of any kind, or even coats and jackets can be seen from the exterior of the car.
For residential security the Sheriff’ Department is also suggesting that if someone comes to your door, if you have ‘peepholes’, use them before opening your unit doors. Keeping your unit doors locked at all times, even when you are in the unit or leaving for just a few minutes, is another recommendation.
In case of emergencies use 911, but if you need to contact the Sheriff’s Department for a non-emergency situation, the number is 477-1000.
Roger and Dave continue to work to keep Seascape looking its best. With all the wind it has been particularly frustrating to keep ahead of the blowing sand, leaves and debris. No sooner have they cleaned up the community than another ‘blow’ has come though and they are starting over.
There have been and continue to be a number of meetings on multiple subjects involving the City Council, the City of Bonita Springs, the Local Planning Agency, and the local fire department, results of which could affect Little Hickory Island.
The City Council has hired a consultant from Florida Gulf Coast University to evaluate the Bonita Springs Comprehensive Plan, also known as EAR (the Evaluation and Appraisal Report) and determine if it reflects current state law as well as implements the City’s vision. There have been several scheduled public meetings, beginning in late September and ending in January. As far Little Hickory Island, there are many with concerns that the summation of these meetings could result in the building height restrictions being lifted, particularly those specific to the Island, increased density would be permitted, as would construction of currently unlawful commercial entities and the repeated requests addressing errors in that occurred from a previous study of the Comprehensive Plan would not be corrected.
The next City Council Meetings will be Wednesday, February 17th at 9:00 a.m. at the City Hall. Another meeting will be held on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. where public opportunity to speak on agenda items will be given.
Another group, Toole Design Group, has been hired to report on creating a vision for the road system. It is called Bonita Beach Road Visioning: The purpose is reported to be to create a vision for the Bonita Beach Road Corridor. Again concerns have been raised that the desire to enhance the use of roads for additional bike lanes and pedestrian traffic might create issues on Little Hickory Island. Public input is important to this process and several meetings have been held. There is still a meeting entitled ‘Informal Office Hours’ scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd from 4-7 p.m. This same week on Thursday, February 25th from 6-7:30 p.m. a Public Workshop will be held for the community to present opinions to the Toole Design Group.
There has been discussion on a new fire station on Hickory Island. The fire commission is considering a site on the island near Bonita Beach Road and McLaughlin Boulevard. The discussion concerns whether the community wants a fire station on the island and what equipment might to be stationed there. The location is where Century Link had a building. There is reported to be another location also under consideration.
The Public Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District to discuss the proposed fire station location on Hickory Blvd. is noted below.
What: Public Town Hall Meeting for Proposed Site for Hickory Blvd. Fire Station Who: We invite you! This meeting is open to the public. When: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:00PM Where: Bonita Springs Fire Station #4, 27701 Bonita Grande Dr., Bonita Springs 34135
Specifically, the Bonita Springs Fire District was approached by RYD International, LLC, who is willing to donate property at the intersection of Hickory Blvd. and McLaughlin Rd. for the proposed Fire Station. Part of this meetings discussion will be whether or not to proceed with accepting a proposed site offered by RYD. There are additional ‘trade-offs’ involved in the proposal which could be aired at the meeting.
Seascape has been having their own share of meetings. In addition to the meetings about entrance gates, a meeting was held with BroadStar, our cable and internet provider. Another meeting has been scheduled later in February for further discussion.
The dryer vents on the ends of the buildings will have to be replaced. With the amount of wind we encounter, although the inner door remains closed, the outer is ‘flapping’ in the breeze. The company has provided a re-designed unit with weighted doors, which should improve the situation.
A lift will be required to install the new vents. For those needing or interested in having their lanai screens replaced, screen replacement will be included in the vent replacement project. Combining the projects will assist in reducing the cost of a lift for screen work. Please email Janet if you have interest in having your lanai screens replaced. She will be sending an email shortly with further information.
8/10/2015 - It must be Florida if you see temperatures in the 80’s but it feels like 100 or more. Of course you need to add in a chance of rain every day and a great deal of humidity. If you check the weather forecast this is what you will see as this weather pattern is persisting.
In spite of the weather Roger continues to install new ground storage doors. He has 10 doors that he is currently working to get installed. While Roger is working on the door replacement, Dave, our part time staff member, has been putting a fresh coat of paint on the ground storage lockers to keep them looking fresh.
Roger has also installed new aluminum grates on exhaust areas on all three buildings. Being aluminum these will not rust like the ones previously purchased and installed from Home Depot. This is a great improvement because the previous grates would rust within a short period of time and we had to continuously repaint them.
All of the small balconies on the bay side of F Building have been pressured washed by Roger.
He has also built new PVC frames around the trash containers in the areas of the chaise lounges near the beach. The old frames were made of wood slats and were rotting and falling apart. The new ones have a much cleaner and fresher look that the previous wooden frames.
Due to remodeling projects in owners’ condos occurring in all three buildings, and the number of vendors coming and going this summer, we have delayed pressure washing the buildings until all the major work has been completed.
We ask that everyone having work done in their units let their workers know that if they do not clean up after themselves, charges will be levied since our staff now has to take time away from their work to clean up the vendors’ messes.
Janet is reporting outside workers/vendors are not respecting the Community or Seascape property. It is more difficult for the staff to enforce the rules and keep Seascape clean and well cared for if owners do not inform the contractors/subcontractors of the rules at the start of a project, and the importance of keeping all areas clean and undamaged.
Here are some summer projects completed by professional painters for owners. This work has all been for owners as a result of a review of the Community.
Work has been completed for those owners wanting their windows/sliding glass doors painted.
New screens for the walkway sliding glass doors on E Building are currently being ordered for owners.
The painting has been completed for those owners with hurricane shutters on the walkways who wished to have the rusting/flaking end covers on the shutter header repainted.
One evening in July the fire alarm went off in D Building. It was frightening since all the alarms were sounding in the interior of each unit. One of the owners called the Fire Department, who responded quickly. Janet was informed and immediately came to the Community. She and Dave awaited Simplex Grinnell arrival to fix the problem. They remained on the property until the problem was repaired that night by Simplex Grinnell, which was until 3:00 a.m. The
‘culprit’ was a wire which had shorted out.
As anticipated the pipes under all three buildings have started to rust. These have been touched up with paint. All floor storage closets doors (metal) have a new coat of paint, as do the trash room doors (metal).
Due to the installation of our new telephone gate entry system, you may find your ‘clicker’ may not work when you arrive at Seascape. If this occurs take your ‘clicker’ in to Janet once you arrive. She will need it for a few hours so she can program it into the new telephone entry system.
As another reminder, the new system DOES allow for cell phone numbers to be programmed into the telephone gate entry system. This means that when a guest arrives you can let them through the gate using your cell phone by pushing 9, just as you can with a ‘landline’ telephone. Janet will need to know which number you want her to program into the system if you use both a ‘landline’ telephone and a cell phone.
NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR OWNER’S CODE WHICH YOU RECEIVE ON YOUR QUARTERLY STATEMENTS. THIS CODE IS FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE ONLY.
THIS ALSO APPLIES TO ALL VENDORS WHO MAY BE COMING TO YOUR UNIT. A VENDOR IS TO CALL THE OFFICE FROM THE GATE. THIS APPLIES WHETHER JANET IS IN THE OFFICE OR NOT. SHE WILL COMPLETE THE ENTRANCE PROCESS FROM HER CELL PHONE.
A lot of effort and work goes into seeing the code does not become general knowledge. It only takes one owner giving the code to a vendor, friend, renter or anyone else for the work and effort to be in vain.
The Board will continue to work toward installation of new gates for the Community. They are working toward having further information available once the Landscape Committee meets and the Board and committee members are able to physically review and evaluate both the sliding telescoping gate system, which is now installed and functioning at another complex, and a sliding gate system. Due to code we are unable to have a ‘swing’ gate such as Bonita Beach Club installed.
Since we have had several problems with trespassers in the pool, discussion has been held on installing locks on the pool gates. A survey of the Community will be forthcoming. Janet is currently organizing prices for a lock system. By employing a system that could tie into the new telephone entry/gate software we would be able to run reports showing unauthorized entrance into the pool area.
Janet is also getting prices for cameras for the entrance gates. The new phone entry gate box has been scratched and the shrubs at the main entrance continue to be driven over. With a camera system we would be able to see who is doing this damage. Further discussion will be held at a future Board meeting.
With all of the shark bites and sightings in the news lately, the Bonita Springs City Council has taken up the subject at the recent August 5, 2015 meeting. They had on their agenda a request for the Council to approve and authorize Mayor Ben Nelson to send a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Commission to petition them to further regulate ‘chumming’ because it creates a nuisance on Little Hickory Island where there is predominantly human activity.
Work also continues by one of our neighbors from Bayscape, along with a group from Bonita Beach Club. There have been pictures of the sharks from both our beach area and the bay, and interviews by NBC-2.com.
Once again there are no units currently for sale at Seascape.
07-06-2015 - Weather at Seascape has been in the 90's almost every day for the month of June. So, if you are a lover of hot weather, this is the place to be. Throw in a daily shower or two and high humidity levels and you will have no doubt that you are in Florida.
In spite of the weather, work continues at Seascape. The beautiful large Yucca tree that has been a main stay on the road side lawn of the property has been trimmed and thinned out. There was a time we were somewhat concerned that we might lose this landmark due to its height and the electric lines running across the property. Thanks to the installation of even taller poles for the electric lines and 'sprucing up' of the tree, we can now enjoy many more years of its beauty.
Roger has been particularly busy this past month. He has pressured washed the wall between Bonita Beach Club and F Building in preparation for it to be painted.
Replacement of the ground storage locker doors began in the spring. Roger is continuing to replace the doors with exterior fiberglass doors. Some of the old doors are warped, won't open easily, or are split at the bottom. Some have even had the bottom of the door's interior frame fall out. It is the goal to replace all the ground storage locker doors with exterior fiberglass doors over time. Those doors in the worst condition are being replaced first.
At one of our recent fire inspections, the Bonita Springs Fire Inspector asked that we replace some of the exit signs. Roger has replaced 15 of the exit signs with new signs.
You will see Roger out checking the pool and keeping it in A+ condition for swimming year round. To show what a great job he is doing, I am happy to report that we once again passed the yearly pool inspection by the Lee County Health Department with 'flying colors".
Our part-time worker, Dave, has painted the wall between BBC and F Building.
He is also repairing small holes in the doors of those ground storage lockers we will be replacing in the future. He is working to get all of the ground storage lockers wiped down and painted as needed.
As many will remember, we had a main line water break in front of E Building 'in season'. Following the repairs, the area was re-asphalted and sealcoated. When the work was completed some imperfections in the sealcoating were noticed. Janet call Bain Sealcoating, who did the work, and they came out and re-sealcoated the area the last week of June.
I am happy to report that due to Janet's diligence in calling Bonita Springs Water Utility and reporting the break in the main water line in front of E Building, we did receive a credit of over $5000 for the water loss from that leak.
The telephone entry gate system has finally failed. Janet has been trying to work through some intermittent static problems in the gate telephone system for some time. These problems were exacerbated by the age of the system and lack of available repair parts.
Janet arrived at work to find the entry gate phone box did not have a display screen, nor would the system open the gate. This left our only option was to replace the entry gate system with a new one prior to installing one at the time we replace the current gates.
GateKeepers has ordered a new telephone entry system which should be up and running during the first week of July. We have been assured that the new system will be compatible with whichever gate system we choose going forward. This will be either a telescoping gate system or a sliding gate system. The lack of space to pull off the street and open onto the property will not permit the installation of a swing gate, such as was recently installed at Bonita Beach Club. Nor would we be able to get a waiver from the City of Bonita Spring to allow for permitting for installation of a swing gate.
Janet will now have to program all of the owners' names and numbers into the new telephone entry system's computer software. The new system does allow long distance phone numbers, so if you have discontinued using a land line and using a cell phone, you may want to use your cell phone to open the gate. To do this you will need to let Janet know what phone number you want programmed into the gate system. This will permit a guest to call your unit from the gate. You will then be able to open the gate from your unit.
We do want to make you aware that if your cell phone number is used, should someone push your name on the directory, the call will ring through even when you are away from Seascape. The phone number that will come up on your cell phone will be 239-992-2647.
Janet suggests that should you wish to use your cell phone number in the gate system you add the above number to your contact list in your phone directory, naming it 'SEASCAPE GATE'. This will assure you that the incoming call is from the entry gate system.
If you have any questions please contact Janet.
Janet has made two visits to the complex where the telescoping sliding gate has been installed and is now functional. She has also talked to the manager of the complex. She has found the community is very pleased with the gate system. The only complaint was that the out gate has been hit and damaged due to lack of patience in allowing the gate to open enough to permit an exit. In other words, the parties damaging the gate tried to exit the gate before it was sufficiently open. The community has installed a camera system which has recorded the incidents.
In regards to required replacement of hot water heaters every ten years, all owners with tanks that are ten years old have been notified. All of the units have responded to whether they had an a/c float switches and the switches are now installed in all units.
The following are other projects owners are financially responsible for. Janet will be seeking group prices where applicable and scheduling the work for owners who have requested the work.
Painting of walkway windows and sliding glass door frames.
Re-screening for window screens and sliding doors along walkways.
Replace metal entry doors with less maintenance fiberglass doors.
Don't forget to let Janet know if you want to replace your walkway windows or sliding glass doors. There are several along the walkways that are in poor condition.
Lanai screening is also owner responsibility, so if you have screen problems Janet can add you to a list for replacement.
The inspection of the lanais for spalling and the lanai railings has been completed by Janet and Larry West with Elias Brothers. We anticipate having a report from Elias Brothers on the results of the inspection available at the November meeting.
Several owners have replaced hot water heaters while hot water tanks that will fit into our utility closets are still available. If you are interested please contact Janet.
6/5/2015 - Another month has quickly flown by and the Florida summer weather pattern with a daily chance of showers has begun. Temperatures in the area are predicted to be in the 90’s during the day and 70’s at night. Throw in a little humidity and you know you are in south Florida.
Its obvious Seascape is the place to be as we are experiencing a situation we haven’t for several years. There were many years when very few units were available for sale in our community. Recently years found that several have been on the market. As of now, all those units that were on the market have been sold. Currently there are no units for sale at Seascape.
In response to the wishes expressed in three polls to owners concerning smoking, Seascape now has a ‘smoke-free’ policy for the community. “Smoking”, which is defined as carrying, burning, or otherwise handling or controlling any lit or smoldering product containing tobacco, cloves or similar products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes or vaporing is prohibited on all Seascape property, including lanais (i.e. all Common and Limited Common Elements, including lanais).
The smoking ban is all-inclusive; it includes owners, residents, tenants, guests, employees, contractors, vendors or anyone performing a service for an owner or the community. The Florida Indoor Air Act currently contains language covering employees and those providing a service or where work is being performed. In support of the new policy all ashtrays have been removed from every floor of all three buildings. The holes have been filled and the areas repainted.
We appreciate all owners being compliant with the smoking ban and ask you to make sure your guests are informed and aware of the new policy as well.
Summer work is underway in the community. With the decrease in population at Seascape, Roger has cleaned all the lounges and chairs. Those extras we don’t need during the summer have been stored.
Every year the buildings are pressure washed to remove the salt residue to help maintain the paint and sealant of the buildings. Building F pressure washing has been completed.
Roger has planted new plants at each entrance sign. The seasonal replacement cost of the new plants and the labor to install them is not included in the work covered under the landscape maintenance contract.
Dave, in his part-time capacity, continues to consult with Janet and Roger on projects that need to be completed. He is currently repainting the numbers on the car stops in the parking lot.
Superior Fire Protection has completed a fire pump test on all three buildings. This is required on a regular basis.
The light globes on Building E have all been removed and cleaned. Those lights which are required to be shielded for ‘Turtle Time’ have been covered with the required shields. Due to this you will find that there is little exterior lighting available at night and we encourage you to be extra cautious when moving around the community.
On this note, if you do not have the ‘turtle gray’ tinted glass in your slider or windows visible from the beach, the drapes should be drawn at night or steps taken to ensure light cannot be seen on the beach coming from your unit. This lighting ban will be in force until October 31st.
All units have now been inspected for the required A/C float switches and Janet will be contacting those owners who do not currently have float switches. She will organize a ‘group’ price for those needing the switches. The requirement to have float switches has been in place for many years at Seascape and it is now also code.
Janet will next be walking the community to review and inform owners who need to have their sliding glass door frames (on the walkways), screen frames or bedroom window frames repainted. The expense will be up to each owner. A group price was offered for this last year when the building was repainted. Several owners did take advantage of this opportunity.
If you would prefer to have your sliders or windows replaced please let Janet know. If there are enough, group pricing might be arranged for the owners who wish to have their sliders or windows replaced.
Likewise, on replacing the screening on the lanais, Janet does keep a list of requests for lanai screen replacements. Group pricing also helps in sharing the cost to cover the lift to replace the screening.
Hot water tanks continue to be installed for all owners requesting this installation. Please re-read last month’s info on the hot water tanks. Note the changes in the tank’s physical size which will impact us in the future on installing a hot water tank of the current gallons.
Janet’s next project is putting together prices for owners who wish to have their metal unit door replaced with a fiberglass door. These doors are hurricane rated and instead of having to paint them annually, if not more often, the maintenance is negligible.
We will continue to monitor and seek information on installing gates at Seascape. We want to be sure the type of gate selected will be the most suitable for the location and best meet the needs and purpose for installing new gates for many years.
4/4/2015 - You can tell Easter is here as our families are beginning to arrive and more and more children are enjoying the pool and playing on the beach. The weather is definitely ‘beach weather’ and the water in the gulf is warming up.
Work on researching options for new security gates is continuing. At the March Board of Directors meeting an overview was given on information provided by the first vendor we contacted. This was on sliding telescoping gates and the vendor was the same vendor we use for our current gates. The upside of this type of gate is the amount of space needed for installation and the speed at which the gates open and close. As noted at the meeting, research would continue since we want to get at least three different quotes before review by the Landscape Committee and a recommendation from them to the Board of Directors is made.
Since the March 7th meeting we have met with two other vendors who are providing us with information on sliding gates which do not telescope. This type of gate would be slower than the sliding telescoping gate. We are being told a sliding gate should be less maintenance because it is on a wheel, while the sliding telescoping gate has to have a track. It does take more space to install a sliding gate.
All the vendors are providing examples of where they have installed gates like those they are quoting so we can review any problems those communities have experienced, and learn their level of satisfaction with the gates. We are also looking into any permitting issues we might encounter.
We do not anticipate installing the gates this summer as once all the preliminary work, including engineering and drawings are completed, it could take an additional 90 days for the permitting process. In addition, the gates would be custom-made for our community, and that will take some time.
Separate quotes are being provided for two walk gates and fencing of the open areas at the front of the property. We are anticipating the possibility of ‘phasing’ the project due to the cost. Owners must vote to approve the installation of the walk gates and fencing as this would be a change to the Common Elements; while the security gates would be considered a replacement.
We met with BroadStar, our cable and internet provider, in January. We strongly advised them that we felt our internet and cable services were subpar and the internet speed extremely slow. We are now being provided with an increase in internet speed at no additional charge until November, 2015. At that time a decision will have to be made as to whether we wish to continue to receive the new bulk speed. If so, the cost of the internet would be increased.
For anyone wishing to try digital upgrades, BroadStar is offering a special promotion at Seascape for new orders for digital cable. The offer starts now and will continue through November 1st, 2015. A special promo code will be provided to new digital customers and the cost of the upgrade will be $10 per month. This includes one set top box needed for receiving digital cable. The activation fee of $50 is being waived and residents can put the box on vacation during the summer for $5 per month.
On November 1, 2015 BroadStar is proposing that if the Board accepts an extension of 5 years to the contract, the bulk payment would increase $10 per unit per month. The bulk cable would include a ‘Top 200+ digital channels and 1 HD set top box per unit. The price would not be increased again until January 1, 2017, at which time the cost would go up $5 per month per unit.
Anyone interested in trying the digital cable offer should contact BroadStar directly, as the upgrades will be billed directly to the unit owner. Be sure and tell them you are a Seascape owner.
It’s hard to believe it is time to prepare for ‘turtle season’. Turtle Time lighting will go into effect on May 1st. It takes quite some time to change out all the bulbs to turtle light approved bulbs and to install the required shields on each of the walkway and under building fixtures.
Remember that if you are in residence from May 1st through October 31st you must close your drapes or have sliders and windows in a turtle gray tint that blocks 40% or more of the light emission from inside the unit to the beach.
Since the last posting we had a major water leak occur in front of Building E. The repair required the parking lot be excavated to reach the broken pipe. This work was done by Season Paving. The pipes were replaced/repaired by Performance Plumbing. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, when Seaton Paving was filling the hole and compacting the sand, they noticed that an area was ‘soft’. They excavated the area again and found that another pipe, ‘teeing’ off the original pipe, was now leaking. The original leak was from a 3” line and the pipe had a split on the underneath side. The second leak was from a 2” water pipe that pulled apart. We are happy to report that all the leaks were repaired, the hole has been refilled, the area asphalted, and as of this week, resealing of all damaged areas accomplished.
Janet and Roger are both to be praised for their quick and organized response to the situation. They both put in many extra hours to see the repair project through to the end. Thanks to both of them for their commitment to Seascape. The two vendors Janet called also responded promptly. We do not often see projects so large being done during season and it was good to see everyone in action and doing such an efficient and professional job.
There are new federal energy rules taking effect in April that will mean changes for anyone buying or installing a new hot water heater.
On April 16, 2015, the Department of Energy’s new energy efficiency mandates (as part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) will go into effect. The update will affect household appliances manufactured in the U.S. This affects us due to the resizing of the hot water heaters to meet the new standards. Hot water tanks manufactured after April 16th are anticipated to be wider and taller, an obvious problem with the limited space for installation in our community. Janet has been communicating with Performance Plumbing on the problem and they have reserved some tanks that can be installed in the current area we have available. Let Janet know if you are interested in installing a new hot water tank.
Be aware that tankless water heaters have been prohibited at Seascape due to the lack of electric power available to service them coming into the community. We were told by multiple electricians and FPL that the tankless units could cause problems in the breaker boxes in the individual units and ‘brown outs’ in the community.
It also seems to be the season for our pool pumps to start giving us problems. In March the pool heating pumps had to be replaced. Symbiont Systems, who service our pool heaters, did the replacement. In addition to this our chlorine pump quit functioning. It had already been re-built once so a new one was purchased.
Not only have we been dealing with leaks in the parking lot, but due a couple of reports of moisture in owners’ electric breaker boxes, we had Elite AC inspect the roofs on all three buildings. They sealed the roof flanges on the roofs of D and E Building. F Building was in good shape and no work was needed. Our last leak was water leaking down a trash chute of E Building on the ground level. The leak was found on the 1st floor and Superior Fire had to cut through concrete to replace a fire sprinkler head. Let’s hope this is the end of our leaks. We have certainly had more than our share this past month.
After 17 years of overseeing the social activities we have enjoyed at Seascape, we regret to report Diane Corcelli is retiring. Her creativity and enthusiasm has been unequaled as each year we were offered a variety of themes, games and even some athletic challenges. I hope you will all join me in thanking Diane for her outstanding commitment to providing enjoyable activities and events for the community, and for all the time and effort she has given throughout the years.
On the upside, Diane will still be writing and hosting the February skit enjoyed by so many. No one knows what the play will be for this next February, but you can be guaranteed that it will be every bit as creative and hilarious as were the characters in “Passing the Wind”, “Golden Girls Come to Seascape”, “Gold Diggers and Sugar Daddies”, and this years’ rendition of “All in the Family”.
Thank you, Diane, for all the pleasure you have brought to the Community throughout the years.
We are looking for volunteers and ideas for parties/social events for the upcoming year. Please contact Janet if you have any interest. This would be for hosting a single event of your choice, with a group of other volunteers of owners (and renters) helping, much as we did with the highly successful ‘States parties’ some years ago. The first event would be in November around the time of the fall Owners’ and Board of Directors Meetings.
We already have an offer from an owner who would be willing to continue provide equipment and run the highly popular Las Vegas night for a party as he has done in the past. This evening could be expanded with other similar activities. An owner has also volunteered to help oversee the New Year’s Bunch. Let us know what other activities you would enjoy and help plan.