CGPOA October 2019 eMinder

Note from the CGPOA Board of Directors (Jan Edelstein):  Hello Friends and Neighbors,

FEMA’s proposed new maps will raise the base flood elevation for the lowest living level for every property in the Keys by approximately 16” due to a change in the base measurement point.  Many properties also have their zone changed.  See attachment for graphic explanation. (Thanks to Bill Hunter, SSPOA, for graphic help.)  For more information see  If your home is compliant now, “grandfathering” rules can apply for insurance purposes, and for some repairs.  Grandfathering does not apply to substantial remodels or rebuilds – then you must elevate the entire building. .  

OCT 22 Meeting re:  New Flood Maps:  Sugarloaf Shores POA has graciously invited us to their Tuesday, October 22 Members Meeting where County Staff and FIRM will discuss the proposed changes to flood maps.  6:00 P.M. Social. 6:30 P.M. Meeting.  Community Room above Sugarloaf Fire Station.  To manage the limited time, we have agreed to submit our questions in writing in advance.  Please send your general questions to CGPOA Board Member Jan Edelstein  For questions about your property, please contact your insurance agent or county staff:  Margaret Wingate 305-289-2866.    Also, join the Cudjoe Gardens Facebook page to receive updated information.

Idle Zone Proposed at Entrance to Bow and more (Jan Edelstein):  NOAA “Sanctuary Restoration Blueprint” map for Bow Channel (see picture below) which depicts proposed idle zone in portion of Bow Channel.  Tell NOAA what you think:  Enter NOAA and NOS 2019-0094 will autofill.  Attend a meeting:  Key West Marriott Beachside-October 15, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  To see the entire blueprint:  Look for interactive map, Alternative Three, which is NOAA’s preferred alternative. (Also closes Barracuda Keys and others to motors).  Questions or comments to your Board:  Greg Daniels -

UNLIMITED GROWTH IN THE KEYS??? (Jan Edelstein):  The ability of the County and Cities to blow-up the caps on growth in the Keys goes to court next week.  If the issuance of 1300 ‘early evacuate’ ROGOs is approved, we could see another 6,000 to 8,000 such ROGOs.  The citizens challenging the ROGOs need financial help to fight the taxpayer-funded Cities.  Bills are mounting.  PLEASE DONATE and please forward this request to friends, neighbors, anyone who cares about the Keys.  We're almost out of time.

The Florida Keys Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, 

P.O. Box 236, Homestead, Florida 33090-0236,  

-- mark check "Keys ROGO challenge". They are serving as fiscal sponsor for this legal effort.

If you don't care about or want the tax deduction, please send it to:

Robert Hartsell, PA

Monthly Board Meeting:  The next board meeting will be 7:00pm Monday, October 14, 7PM at the home of Chris Cauley, 20730 1st. Avenue West.

🍻🍷CGPOA Happy Hour🍷🍻

Monthly Happy Hour (Cindy Dresow): Join us for happy hour at BOONDOCKS (MM 27 1/2)

Thursday, October 17th at 5PM

The East upstairs dining area will be reserved for us.

Boondocks Happy Hour runs 4 - 6PM, with $1 off house wine, well drinks, domestic beers and drafts  ($3 off a pitcher)

Boondocks offers a huge menu selection.  Music on the patio begins at 6pm with Terry Cassidy and Gary Hempsey.

Enjoy an evening with neighborhood friends under the biggest Tiki in the Florida Keys.

September’s Happy Hour at Paradise Burgers, Spirits & Brews

Rain Report (Randy McDonald):  The rain total for       September was 4.77 inches.  To check rainfall more often, go to: and enter my station:  FL-MN-6. 

Annual Crime Prevention Happy Hour (Jo Socha):    Don’t miss out on the fun at the Annual Crime Prevention Happy Hour on November 21, 2019.  There will be more information to follow in the November eMinder but MARK your calendars! If you have questions, please call Jo Socha at (305) 745-3184 or cell (305) 393-2466

CGPOA Christmas Party (Daniel Border): Gail and I have been meeting and talking details of a Christmas party with several of the local restaurants. We are now narrowing things down. We are looking at the night of December 8th for the party. So please mark that date on your calendars. The November E-minder will have all the details about the party including a sign-up sheet. Last year’s party was at Mangrove Mamas with 85 people attending. We are striving to have this party as good as or even better than last year’s party. Dan and Gail

CHRISTMAS CANTANA practices begin (Peggy Jent):  The lower keys Christmas Cantata will begin practices on October 27 th. At 2:00 pm for orchestra at Senior center in Big Pine. At the Big Pine Methodist Church at 5:00 for the choir. All are welcome who can sing or play an instrument. Great opportunity to join with neighbors to celebrate the season of peace and good will. Please join us. You may call Peggy Jent at 305-304-9745 for more information.

Property Owner’s Concerns:  If a property owner has a specific concern, it must be mailed to the Cudjoe Gardens Property Owners Association (CGPOA) or given to a Board Member in writing.  It will then be discussed at the following Board of Directors Meeting and kept on record.  Please mail any correspondence to:  CGPOA, PO Box 420121, Cudjoe Key, FL  33042


Welcome to The Cudjoe Gardens Property Owners Association

The CGPOA Board meets every second Monday of each month. White Board signs are posted at each street entrance indicating the date, time, and place of the board meeting. Members are welcome to attend. If you have a community concern you can send it in writing to CGPOA PO Box 420121 Cudjoe Key, FL. 33042. The CGPOA Board is comprised of volunteers from the community. If you are interested in serving let us know. For more information and community resources visit

President: Vacant

Vice President: Vacant

Recording Secretary: Cindy Dresow

(305) 744-0558 email:

Corresponding Secretary: : Jan M Edelstein

(208) 720-0709 email:

Treasurer: Chris Cauley

(716) 583-5757 email:

Director: Mary Bell

(312) 810-8282 email:

Director: Dan Border

(305) 962-0437 email:

Director: Greg Daniels

(305) 407-4009 email:

Director: David Dornseif

(312) 810-2222 email:

Director: Walt Drabinski

(305) 394-0784 email:

Director: Richard Schugar

(303) 218-8285 email:

Director: Pete Pedersen

(305) 744-9802 email:

Director: Vacant

Asst. Director Debbie Saavedra (eMinder) (813) 924-4327  email:

Asst. Director: Randy McDonald (Canal Water Sampling)

(305) 587-0690 email:

Asst. Director: Jo Socha (Neighborhood Watch)

(305) 393-2466 email: