Note from the CGPOA Board of Directors (Daniel Border):  Hello Friends and Neighbors.  Mark your calendar for some upcoming exciting events.  The annual Cudjoe Gardens POA Christmas party is on Sunday, December 8th at Boondocks, Mile Marker 27 1/2. Happy hour will start at 4:30pm, and a buffet dinner will start a 5:45pm. Please note: it is very important that we know the total headcount attending one week before the party.  Please return the bottom portion of the attached flyer by December 1. Many thanks to Leigh Anne Schuler for the awesome design of the flyer. Other exciting December events include, the annual Cudjoe Gardens Holiday bike ride, as well as the Light Decorating Contest.  Details of these events will be published in the December eMinder. 

Sanctuary Blueprint (Jan Edelsten:  Please check out the new postings in the CGPOA Bulletin board on the corner of Drost and 4th W.   Thanks to CG residents Nancy Andrews  ( and Bob Schoneck ( for posting Google Earth images showing the proposed changes in Bow Channel, Barracuda Keys and Marvin Key.  They are leading the ‘file your comments’ effort.  Please contact them for more info.  Your Board will file general comments in line with our presentation by Jan Edelstein to the Sanctuary Advisory Committee in October.  (See CGPOA’s Facebook page for a video of it).

Draft FEMA Flood Maps (Jan Edelstein):    CGPOA has requested that the County’s consultant look at the proposed changes of AE 8 to 9 and changes due to wave action, etc.  We also inquired about the status of Letters of Map Revision in the new flood maps. 

1300 ROGO litigation (Jan Edelstein):   Trial has been postponed until December 7th due to a family emergency of the Administrative Law Judge.  CGPOA has made an additional donation to the legal expenses and continues to support this effort with pro-bono litigation support.

Cudjoe Regional Deep/Shallow Wells (Jan Edelstein):   We are back at it.  With no notice to us as Petitioners in the challenge to the 2014 shallow well permits, DEP has agreed to FKAA’s request to “renew” the 2014 shallow well permits for primary disposal.  This is a clear violation of the 2015 Settlement Agreement with CGPOA and SSPOA where FKAA agreed to build the deep well and use the shallow wells only for limited backup.  We’ve brought this to FKAA’s and DEP’s attention several times, discussions continue, and we hope that the permit is corrected soon.  But time is running out for us to challenge the purported “renewal” permit.  Your Board has approved the filing of a petition to preserve our rights, which we will do next week, together with Sugarloaf Shores Property Owners Association.  Our joint petition will join the petition already filed by the individual commercial fishermen.    

Monthly Board Meeting:  The next board meeting will be 7:00pm Monday, November 4th at 7PM (due to the 2nd Monday falling on Veterans’ day) at the home of Jan Edelstein. 

Monthly Happy Hour (Cindy Dresow):

Thursday, November 21 at 5PM

Jo Socha will be hosting this event on 

Socha’s back patio, 20750 1st Ave. W.

Bring a snack, or dish to share, 

and your preferred beverages.

We will learn about Neighborhood Crime Prevention.

The Criminal Investigation Unit will inform us about Ring Security Cameras, 

and how they help Law Enforcement to solve crimes.

Proposed changes for Marine Sanctuary Restoration will be discussed; they will affect all of us.



Thirty of us enjoyed Happy Hour at Boondocks on October 17th, 2019.

Ongoing events (Cindy Dresow): From A cappella to Yoga:

Bike Tours to Volunteering -All Keys Events

Winter Plant Clinics

Monroe County Master Gardeners will address residents’ plant, insect, and gardening questions.  All clinics run 9AM - Noon.   

Home Depot, 4555 Overseas Hwy, Marathon Nov.16th, Dec. 21st and Jan. 18th.

Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. Suite 2-260, Key West, Nov. 4th, Nov.18th, Dec 2nd, Dec.16th, Jan. 6th, and Jan.20th.

Bring bugs or infected leaves in sealed plastic bags.

For more information, call 305-292-4501, e-mail or visit

Island Art Festival

Saturday, Nov 30th, 2019 at 9:00am 

Hand-Crafted pieces of art will be showcased along with food, beverages and live music.
Also Raffles and a 50/50 Drawing

Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce

31020 Overseas Highway

Big Pine Key, FL 33043


Rain Report (Randy McDonald):  The rain total for October was 3.99 inches. 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. 


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: