Note from the CGPOA President (Greg Daniels): Hello Everyone, I do not have much this month. Please check the CGPOA Facebook Page for any updates. The board will be holding our meetings online via "Zoom" for at least the next two months. If you are interested in participating please let me know. CGPOA also will NOT be holding any organized happy hours until social distancing restrictions are lifted.
CGPOA Recruitment (Richard Schugar): Neighbors-
WE NEED YOUR HELP. The CGPOA Board of Directors is in desperate need of volunteers to fill current leadership vacancies. We are in need of a Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, and a Director. We represent YOU in fighting the shallow well violations, early evacuation ROGO's, and other issues that affect our quality of life and value of our homes. After Irma, mountains of organic and toxic debris were being incinerated across the highway with the noxious and unhealthy smoke wafting into our neighborhood for nearly a month. The Board's efforts had that halted. We also address deed restriction violations as they are presented to us. We will soon be installing a new entrance sign with landscaping.
Your Board is tasked with arranging our monthly eMinder publication, Canal Water Testing, Annual Meeting, Christmas party, Happy Hours, and other social activities. We are currently compiling a new Directory.
If you have accounting talents, legal experience, a leadership history, and give a hoot, WE NEED YOU!
We meet at 7:00 PM the second Monday of each month at the hosting Director's home. Signs are posted on Drost, Sawyer, and Colson, giving the address. All CGPOA members are always welcome to attend. Teleconference meetings are held while the virus precautions are in order.
The current Board members are listed at the end of this eMinder. Feel free to contact one of us with any questions you may have. We hope you will make the investment of your time to protect your investment in your home.
Cudjoe Deep Well (Jan Edelstein): Our complaint about FKAA/DEP’s recent attempt to authorize the shallow wells for primary disposal, in addition to the deep well, is still pending. Some progress has been made and we hope to have a satisfactory conclusion in the next month or so.
Evacuation and new ROGOs (Jan Edelstein): CGPOA and SSPOA wrote jointly to the Governor and Administration Commission urging them to direct DEO and the County to conduct a ‘table top’ exercise of a rapid intensification hurricane making landfall in the Keys (Cudjoe to be precise.) Our idea was that making the situation “real” would slow down or stop any new ROGOs.
Florida Keys Re-Entry (Jo Socha): I would like to get the information out that: We are not giving out the red re-entry stickers, to gain entry into the Keys in case of a checkpoint you will have to show:
A hard copy of a deed recorded in the Official Records of Monroe County, a residential lease for a term of at least 181 days in duration, a 2020 bill from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority bill, Florida Keys Electric, Keys Energy Service, tax bill, or vehicle registration for a property located in Monroe county with a government-issued driver's license or identification card with the same name. Documents establishing ownership of a Florida Keys property owned by a limited liability company or other business entity, e.g. a partnership of corporation, is insufficient to establish residency for purpose of this directive. Please click on the link below for any new updates to the Emergency Directives. Documentation of eligibility for entry shall be in the form of an original document of a hard copy paper photocopy of the original. Digital images and photographs of documentation SHALL NOT BE sufficient documentation to establish eligibility for entrance.
When a new program is set up for hurricane re-entry stickers, I will be sure to let everyone know.
Monroe County Emergency Directive 20-03 8th Amendment Amended May 12th, 2020
Records District 1
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20950 Overseas Hwy, Cudjoe Key, FL 33050
Membership Drive (Cindy Dresow): Hi Neighbors.
We are hoping to meet with you in person, but for
now, a “virtual" membership drive seems the best option.
Annual Cudjoe Gardens Property Owners Membership dues are only $75. Thank you to those who’ve already paid. If you’re wondering where to send your check, here is the address:
CGPOAPO BOX 420121 CUDJOE KEY, FL 33042
You may pay your dues on line at our website: https://cudjoegardens.org.
We are collecting information for a NEW Directory this year. With your permission, we will list your name and address, phone numbers and specific e-mail addresses for each name listed.
Inca is compiling our data base. Please contact her with your current information, and permission to list it. Inca Schultz: <email@example.com>
If you have a new neighbor, please share this information. We want to include everyone. Thank you!
Annual Directory (Cindy Dresow):
Board Introduction (Kathy Niemann): Hello everyone. I am Kathy Niemann and am a new member of the board. I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself and tell you a little about me. My husband, David, and I moved full time into Cudjoe Gardens in July of 2019 after spending several winters here. We moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee which is beautiful and has lots of water itself, but the winters are cold. David hates cold weather. You may see me out pounding the roads every morning with a little brindle mix name Ella or Ella B as Nancy calls her. She looks ferocious pulling to get to you but really all she wants is to say hi. If you see me, stop and say hi. I am terrible with names, but I try.
I was asked to serve on the board last fall and said yes. My goal was to learn more about how the neighborhood functions and to do anything I can to make it better. David and I think it is wonderful as it is. Here are some things I have learned. 1) All violations are driven by complaints. The board does not drive around looking for violations of the restrictions. You must point them out for the board to take any action. 2) This is a big one. The restrictions depend on where you live within Cudjoe Gardens. Restrictions vary street to street depending on when that area was built. If you have a question on a potential violation, please look at the deed restrictions for your house. 3) The board discusses every complaint and tries to find a way to resolve it. Sometimes the person with the violation may live out of state and it take time to resolve the issue. Sometimes the complaint is referred to code enforcement or an attorney. These steps are taken only after we have contacted the owner and they refuse to make the correction.
As a board member, you need to know how to reach me. So here is my contact information:
Address: 20788 6th West
Phone Number: 423-605-4183
I hope to see you around the neighborhood and feel free to contact me with any issues you want to talk about.
Rain Report (Randy McDonald): The rain total for May was 10.74 inches. It was a delightfully wet month following so much dryness. To check rainfall more often, go to: https://www.cocorahs.org/ViewData/StationPrecipSummary.aspx and enter my station: FL-MN-6.
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.