IRRIGATION TIME CORRECTION
In my last article I reversed the days that you are allowed to water your grass under the present restrictions. We immediately put a notice on PGA TV 63 but here is the correct information. It should have said if your house number is
-ODD you can water Wednesday and Saturday
-EVEN you can water Thursday and Sunday
You are only permitted to water between 12:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. OR from 4:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on your approved day (above). Sorry for the confusion.
Each morning, I make the rounds through PGA National. I’ve noticed that many owners have been working hard to replace worn or dead landscaping, painting faded homes, replacing roofs, etc. Given that the community is approximately 30 years old it sure doesn’t look like it so thank you for all your efforts!
Most modifications require prior approval by the POA Architectural Review Committee (a relatively simple process). But there are, unfortunately, a couple contactors (one landscaper and one painter in particular) who are proceeding without application to the POA ARC. Please be aware that the property owner is the one penalized for this – not the contractor. The POA suggests that if you are having work done outside your home that you call the POA office at 561-627-2800 to find out if the project you’re planning needs approval (and please don’t rely on what friends and neighbors tell you). If the contractor tells you they will handle it, you should not let them proceed until you have a copy of the POA ARC approval letter. All submittals are responded to in writing by the POA. If you allow a contractor to proceed without approval, the POA can take any or all of the following actions: 1) you could be fined $100.00 per day; 2) the modification can be removed and the area restored to the original condition/color at the property owners’ expense; 3) legal action (at the owners’ expense) can be taken.
Despite what you may have heard about the meanies at the POA we really do try to work with everyone. You purchased in a community with deed restrictions and POA staff is tasked with upholding those restrictions. These restrictions and conditions are one of the reasons why the place looks so good so please cooperate! We really don’t have anything against you personally, we just want to be sure everyone applies.
There was an incident in one of the PGA communities recently where a resident was followed home and property was stolen from them. We always tell people to be careful when shopping (i.e.: watch your purse, lock your car, don’t leave valuables in your car, etc). but you must also be diligent at all times. Be aware of people and vehicles around you. If you are at all concerned, stop at one of the guardhouses if you think you are being followed; drive to the police station, or at the very least, stay in your car and call the police (G4S -f/k/a Wackenhut- will also respond in PGA National).
The Palm Beach Gardens police and G4S are to be commended for the quick actions that lead to the arrest of those suspects referred to above. Within moments of getting the call, security closed down all gates in and out of PGA National (i.e.: a “lockdown” procedure) and a good description of the car was given allowing the police to find the vehicle believed to be involved.
We sometimes get calls about what security does for the residents and this is just one example. They also patrol the communities (in both marked and unmarked vehicles as well as on bicycles and on foot). As a result of this, the “bad guys” know that coming into PGA National isn’t such a good idea and the residents enjoy a very low crime rate. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to complacency from the residents so the POA Board just wanted to remind you that we are not exempt from crime! If you see suspicious activity day or night, either call security or call the police
DOG GONE IT YOU’RE WRECKING IT FOR EVERYONE!
I know I am repeating myself (over and over and over) but this is written to the dog owners who take their dogs to Masters Park (or Marlwood Park or Berwick Park) and allow them to run loose and/or don’t clean up after them. We all know what a nasty pain in the back it is to clean up after your dog but it is a requirement. Not only is it an Ordinance with the City of Palm Beach Gardens, but it is also a PGA POA rule and owners can be fined $100.00 per occurrence per day for violating the rules in accordance with the PGA POA By-Laws and state statutes.
For those who just don’t care about the rules (and if you aren’t picking up after your pet it is obvious that you don’t) then please consider this: do YOU like stepping in gifts from other pet owners? Do you have children or grandchildren? Would you be happy to take them to one of the parks in PGA (or for a stroll along the paths) and have them step in something or perhaps worse, find them crouching down to explore the neat thing they found? Disgusting, yes but give it some thought.
For those who let their dogs run in the great big areas of the PGA parks (especially Masters Park) you must really love your dog…..how would you feel if that dog spotted a squirrel or some of the other exciting wildlife and they followed their nature and ran after that animal…..into the street?! The leash laws aren’t only to protect other people and their pets from being confronted by your pet but the leash is required for your pet’s safety too.
The Board has discussed making the parks “no dogs allowed” parks. If you don’t want that to happen please be a considerate and responsible pet owner. I thank you, my shoes thank you and all the people who call the POA upset over this also thank you. Most importantly, your pet(s) thank you!
THE LAST WORD: Isn’t it too bad we all can’t learn from dogs:
WAG MORE, BARK LESS.