PICTURES AND THE CHILDREN’S PARTY
In the last issue of C.A.N.! I mentioned that photos from the April Children’s Party were included. I told another big fat lie….they weren’t printed and I apologize. They should be in this issue and in this case, late really is better than never. I know everyone had a wonderful time and the pictures are evidence of same. There are some spectacular faces so even if you didn’t get to go to the April event, take a look at the pictures….bet they make you smile!
The next event being organized by the POA Special Events Committee is the annual Arts and Crafts event on December 13th. Yes, this successful event is back to the regular second Saturday in December for one day only so don’t miss it! Post cards will be mailed at the end of November. Your fitness tip: Strolling through the beautiful park looking at all the arts and crafts for sale is a good way to walk off all the turkey and ham from Thanksgiving.
I THOUGHT I SAW A GATOR FACE!
If you thought only magicians could levitate, you didn’t catch young Patrick C. walking along Avenue of the Masters and coming face-to-face with an alligator. I was happy to hear that after checking each other out, the gator turned and went back into the water. This is a good indicator that human’s aren’t feeding him (yes, I mean the gator, not Patrick!) As I’ve said before, you should never, ever, ever feed the wildlife, especially alligators; they lose their fear of humans and this is when accidents happen. Just stay away from the alligators and if you are concerned because there is one near your home, call the Alligator Hotline at (866) 392-4286. Remember, they ‘harvest’ the gators (that means they kill them) and although I could use new shoes (due to those who don’t clean up after their dogs….hint, hint) I still don’t want to see alligators killed. The lakes and waterways all connect to the preserve so it is not unusual to see an alligator; however, if you are afraid or if it is showing signs of aggression or lack of fear, you should call the hotline.
In Keith Echols article you will find updates of crime in PGA National and ways to protect yourself. Fortunately, there is not a lot of crime but residents seem to be forgetting about locking their cars (and houses) and not leaving items in view in the car. There were a couple thefts recently where items were taken from unlocked cars.
Also, you are the best defense against crime (or catching those committing it). If you see anything suspicious (such as people in dark clothes at night who are “hanging around” or those “moving” outside of the approved 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. hours, etc.) be sure to call the police or security.
If you are an owner who has noted a “security” phone number based on a call you received for authorizing someone entering the gate, you don’t have the correct phone number. The ONLY number you should call for security is 561-627-1600 which is the main communication/dispatch center. Of course, the access control number (to call in guests) is still 561-694-2783.
THE “H” WORD
It’s that time of year! I’m not allowed to use the “H” word from June 1 – November 30th but let’s just call it storm season and it is again upon us. Now is the time when you should be checking and replenishing your battery and water supplies; trim trees if you live in a community where the association doesn’t maintain them; and make arrangements now for any storm we may have. The POA has a number of helpful hits and links on the website (pga-poa.com) and there is literature in the POA office you can pick up free of charge. The message is simple: prepare early so you aren’t caught without supplies and protection.
THE ‘UGH’ WORD
I guess Ugh is a word? I know that is what I say when I get a bill. Just a reminder that the PGA POA annual assessment was due July 1st. Owners are responsible for timely payment so be sure to mail your $700.00 annual assessment to PGA POA. The POA offered an “auto debit” option this year. You do not have to sign up for it but it does afford you the ability to have the assessment taken directly from your account for your convenience.