Monthly E=Minder January 2020



Note from the CGPOA Board of Directors (Greg Daniels): Hello everyone. As the Acting President I have been told I needed to write something for the monthly e-minder. I'll keep it short. 2019 has been an interesting year. As a POA we have had a few challenges. We started the year with no President or Vice President. Your Board of Directors stepped up and rotated responsibilities, while not a perfect solution it ended up working out and keeping us going with minimal issues. This Association is here to serve Cudjoe Gardens, we are only as strong as our members. Your participation is appreciated and helps make our community better. If you have a few hours a month to volunteer please let us know. For 2020 we have several big challenges ahead that will affect us all. From FEMA's redrawing of flood maps to the potential addition of 3000 ROGO units in the county, we are here to represent you and your concerns. Everyone should have received ballots and the newsletter, if you have not please let me know. Again, your participation is appreciated.

Thanks, Greg

Cudjoe Gardens Christmas Party (Daniel Border): The annual Cudjoe Gardens Christmas party was held at Boondocks. We had a great turnout, with 71 attending. Boondocks did a great job for us. The food was excellent and plentiful. Everyone attending took home a Christmas decorated wine glass and one person at each table won the center piece. Did you notice the Coldwell Banker banner behind the food serving area? Coldwell Banker donated $2,500 toward our party. We thank Diane Corrlies and Coldwell Banker for this generous donation.

Cudjoe Gardens Holiday Lights Awards(Randy McDonald):

Most Spectacular: Tim Cherry and Peggy Jent have the most spectacular display for the fourth year in a row. 20926 9th Ave. W. This truly spectacular light display covers the property and house with a “must see” extravaganza.

Best Spirit of Christmas:

Perennial winner Cindy Dresow again captured the Best Spirit of Christmas. Her lavish display is spread over her double lot covering a large part of Seventh East. 2

1023 7th Ave. E

Most Original: Greg and Donna Daniels unleashed the Flamingos again this year to capture the Most Original award. 20971 6th Ave. W. “Let’s Jingle and Flamingle”

Judges Special Award: Jo and Bernie Socha lit up First Avenue West with multiple Christmas delights and lighted pathways. 20750 1st Ave.W.

Judges Special Award: Dick and Carol Odgers illuminated Sixth East with lighted palms, pond, and a Christmas tree to grace the end of the court. 21091 6th Ave. E. 

Lighted Bike Parade and After Party (Cindy Dresow): As you can see from the photos below, the lighted bike parade was a huge success.

CGPOA Happy Hour (Cindy Dresow):Thursday, January 16th at 5pm at Looe Key Tiki Bar, Mile Marker 27 ½. Looe Key Tiki Bar has great drink prices during their daily Happy Hour, which ends at 6:30PM. Join friends and neighbors Thursday, January 16 at Looe Key Tiki Bar. Everyone from Cudjoe Gardens will receive 30% off all appetizers, compliments of the owners, Jim & Deb, who live in Cudjoe Gardens.

Entertainment by “Rockin Randall"

Snowbird Meeting and Party (Cindy Dresow): Please come and join the fun as we welcome our snowbirds back to Cudjoe.

Ongoing Events (Cindy Dresow):Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo. Sat, Jan 11 (8-4) & Sun, Jan 12 (8-2)

90 vendors -all things nautical, and artwork.

Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Grounds

MM31 31020 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key

Lower Keys Calendar of on-going events: There is something for everyone, which includes bicycling, bingo, computer club, exercise, paddle boarding, quilting, rowing, singing and more. Check out the attached link. 


Monthly   Board Meeting:   CGPOA

Monthly Board Meeting will be Monday,   January 13th 

at the home of Cindy   Dresow, 21023

7th Avenue East at 7pm.


Cudjoe   Regional WWTP Deep Well(Jan Edelstein): We continue to be stymied by DEP in our quest

to have the Settlement Agreement adhered to   – that is, the shallow wells are to be permitted only for use as

backup to the deep well in the event of   breakdown or scheduled maintenance of the deep well. 

We have a meeting with FKAA at Cudjoe   Regional in the first week of January, after which we will know

if we have to apply to the Circuit Court to   obtain compliance with the Settlement Agreement regarding

shallow wells. On a separate track, we have requested a   public hearing on the proposed new

operational permit for the deep well. (The deep well is permitted separately from   the treatment plant 

and shallow wells.) Unfortunately, the proposed deep well   permit also fails to identify the deep well as

the sole, primary method of wastewater   disposal.



Rain Report (Randy   McDonald): The rain total

for December was 4.96 inches largely due to

the heavy rain of 3.56” on December 23rd.   To

check rainfall more often, go to: 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. 

2020 CGPOA Board of Directors

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 P0Box   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: