Note from the CGPOA President (Greg Daniels) :
Hello Everyone. I do not have much to report this month. The "Gardens" have been fairly quiet. We've now been through our first storm scare, and Lobster sport season. I encourage everyone to take a trip through your yard and around your home. Please make sure that there are no items that can become projectiles in the event of a storm. If anyone is interested in attending the next board meeting it will be held via Zoom on Monday the 10th at 7:00 pm. Take care and be safe. Greg
CGPOA Recruitment (Richard Schugar):
NEIGHBORS-WE STILL 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, Director, and volunteers who would like to work on specific projects. 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.
Water Quality/Deep Wells (Jan Edelstein ): CGPOA, Sugarloaf Shores POA and many others were horrified to see that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (the department responsible for managing the Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern) had dropped all wastewater facility upgrades from the proposed annual list of tasks for the County. We have objected in writing, obtained a public workshop on the matter and participated in the workshop urging the inclusion of rules requiring the addition of Deep Wells for Marathon, Stock Island and Big Coppitt.
On a positive note, we are delighted to report that the new Sanctuary leadership has also urged the State to add shallower well monitoring requirements (none exist at this time). And even better, a recent Supreme Court decision (the “Maui Decision”) agrees with our position of the past 6 years – that the federal Clean Water Act, with its extensive monitoring requirements, should apply to shallow well injection in the Keys. Our six years of public education and litigation might be bearing fruit for all of the Keys, in addition to having obtained a deep well at Cudjoe Regional. For more info see www.friendsofthelowerkeys.org
1300 EarlyEvacuateROGOS (JanEdelstein): Unfortunately, the Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of Marathon and the others to allow the novel concept of “early evacuate” ROGOs for permanent residents as a way to avoid the statutory limit on residential growth. The decision now rests with the Governor. If he accepts them, appeals are ready to be filed. Please sign the petition to Governor at www.friendsofthelowerkeys.org.
300 Early Evacuate ROGOS (Jan Edelstein): Over widespread community objections, Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) directed staff in February and again in July to begin the process to accept the 300 ROGOs. CGPOA and others participated in a virtual Community meeting last week with County Staff urging the staff to recommend against them as dangerous, illegal, and subjecting the County to a lawsuit. For more info see www.friendsofthelowerkeys.org
Hurricane Prep (Jan Edelstein): As we move further into August, with the depth of warm water increasing, “rapid intensification” to Major Hurricane strength of tropical storms become more possible. As National Hurricane Center Director Graham points out, all of the 4 most powerful storms to make landfall in the US were only tropical storms three days before landfall – and 3 of them did not even exist five days before landfall. So be ready to bring inside or batten down everything you have outside whenever a tropical storm threatens the Keys. And remember, a tropical storm forecast means winds up to 73 mph.
Preparing for Hurricanes during the COVID-19 Pandemic ( Woody Hutchinson): Be sure to prepare a “go kit” with items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap, and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet, about 2 arms’ length, from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Primary Voting (Cindy Dresow): Primary Voting will be at The Big Pine Community Park, End of Sands Rdl 31009 Atlantis Dr., Big Pine Key on August 18, 2020.
Early Voting: Aug 3, ending Aug 15 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Happy Hour (Cindy Dresow): CGPOA will NOT be holding any organized happy hours or raft ups until social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Free Plumeria(Cindy Dresow): Hi friends. My fuchsia pink plumeria trees in the front yard needed trimming this morning. There are MANY branches from 6” to 6’ tall. You are welcome to as many as you’d like. They are on the river rock in front of the garage. The official name of the fuchsia pink plumeria is “Miami Rose”. They flower 10 - 11 months of the year. There is another pile of branches on the East lawn……..all white plumeria. You are welcome to those, too! They flower 9 months of the year.
If you’d like some yellow # white (Celandine) plumerias, I have plenty in back that need trimming. Also, a pink & white, named Gulfstream in the back of the East lawn that I’d be happy to share. Let me know if you’d like any of those. 305-744-0558, or 21023 7th Ave. East, Cudjoe Key. If you want the ones already cut, no need to call………just come and get them. Simply stick them in the dirt, and keep moist; they make their own roots. If you don’t want them to get huge, plant in a pot, rather than in the ground. Happy growing! Cindy
Rain Report (Randy McDonald): The rain total for July was 9.47 inches. The first four days and the last four days were dry. There were six other days with no rain, but this is a good bit of rain even for the rainy season. 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.