BARCODES AND GATES
Just a reminder: If your barcode continually fails to open the gate (especially at Northlake Blvd which has the most sensitive reader) stop by the POA office with $5.00, your car, and your registration because it is probably time for a new barcode. You can tell by looking at the barcode if it is worn out – the stripes will look black and gray instead of black and white or maybe you have tears or scrapes on the surface. We are presently up to number 34,000 so if your barcode sticker has a number under 10,000 I can almost guarantee it is time for a new one, especially if you park outside regularly.
I just wanted to thank you for your patience regarding some of the lack of landscape and/or entry sign lights. By the time you read this, I am hopeful the complete re-wiring of the main PGA Entry is complete. This problem affected all of the landscape lights from Ave of the Masters to PGA Blvd, including the flag lights. Then, with all the construction at the Northlake entry, we didn’t have lights on the entry sign. Again, by the time you read this I hope everything is finally fixed. If you see a street light out (or on during the day) please report the location to our office. Security completes a report once per week but sometimes they miss a pole since they are doing the inspection in the dark. Please don’t assume someone else reported it; they usually don’t!
WHY DID THE CRITTER CROSS THE ROAD?
Well, heck, I don’t know but I wish you would slow down and let the poor thing cross safely! A resident came to the POA in tears asking us to “do something” about the turtles crossing the street and being struck by careless drivers (I think there is a letter from her in this issue). I pointed out the squirrels, raccoons, and other wildlife I constantly see on the road and it breaks my heart. I’d like to say thank goodness it is not a person but it all just goes back to my constantly asking drivers to slow down and be careful. We have “Wildlife Sanctuary” signs up at the entries; let’s try to give them sanctuary. It is just one of the things that make PGA National a beautiful place to live.
I made a request for anyone who was interested in serving on the PGA POA Board of Governors to submitting their information to the POA office. We had exactly zero replies and the Nominating Committee has been unsuccessful in finding any candidates.
I guess the Board should take this as a compliment because if the residents are upset, we would be hearing from them. One thing I do hear each year is the mistaken impression that incumbent Board members will not be unseated; this is not true. It has happened a number of times in the almost 15 years I’ve been at PGA. There is also a perception that the PGA Resort ‘controls’ the vote. For the record, each commercial property has one vote for every 3,000 sq. ft of building area so the Resort has combined total (ie the Resort, Spa, Fitness Center, etc) of approximately 160 votes and there are almost five THOUSAND homes so if residents take the time to submit a ballot, no commercial entity could ‘swing’ the election.
As of the writing of this article, it looks like there won’t be ballots sent with the Annual Meeting notice but there can still be nominations from the floor. Regardless of the election itself, it is important for residents to attend the meeting. This is the one meeting per year that is a resident’s meeting and the forum for owners to ask questions and make suggestions. Just a year ago, Paul Slepakoff suggested a Veteran’s Memorial.
The Board authorized a Committee (which Paul Slepakoff Chaired) and on November 10th, there was a wonderful ceremony at the recently completed Veterans Garden in Masters Park. Congratulations to the entire Committee for a job well done and, most importantly, a thank you to all Veterans for your service!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I can’t believe the year is almost over….again. On behalf of the PGA POA staff, I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best in the coming year.