GATES AND BAR CODES
As a reminder for anyone who got a new car, please do NOT try to pull your bar code off and put it on the new car. Even if you get lucky and it works, it will only be for a limited time. The bar codes are made so that they stop working if they are damaged in any way or if the line gets distorted. In addition, we can’t keep our records accurate if the bar code isn’t on the vehicle where it is supposed to be!
If you get a new license plate, be sure to let us know that too.
Once in a while the scanner doesn’t work properly and the gate doesn’t open. Guards have to get specific information when this occurs so please be patient (even if they “just got it the last time you tried to come through the gate”). If it happens more than once, please call the POA so we can find out why the reader isn’t scanning your bar code properly. It is usually something we can easily fix such as an expired lease that we weren’t told was renewed; an owner who had a temporary tag and forgot to tell us they got the permanent one, etc.
We were missing two of our usual four staff members at the POA office during the last two weeks of December If you were one of the 200 people who came in for bar codes during that time, we want to thank you for your patience! The cold weather drove our “snow birds” home again for the holidays and coupled with the seasonal renters, it was a wild time at PGA POA.
The POA Board is happy to announce that they have re-structured the Wackenhut contract resulting in a savings of more than $34,000. per year! An additional patrol has been added permanently. Although PGA National enjoys a very low crime rate in comparison with the rest of the Palm Beach Gardens area, there are still some minor problems. Usually they occur when a complacent resident leaves valuables in site in their car and leaves the door unlocked; or when a resident goes to dinner forgetting to close the garage door or lock the front door of their home (and, believe it or not, even leaves the door standing open!).
Residents and their guests may fish in PGA National but ONLY in specific areas and only if they have a PGA fishing license. This may seem strange until you realize that the perfect way to watch a community is to fish (or pretend to) near homes. This is why there are no authorized fishing areas inside any community. If you see anyone fishing near any residence, please call security at 627-1600. Obviously, if you see anyone who looks suspicious or not, you should always call security.
I was hoping to be able to report who was elected to the POA Board of Governors but this article was actually turned in for printing before the annual meeting so if you missed the meeting, you’ll have to wait until next month or check the POA’s website at pga-poa.com
If you missed the meeting, you missed the opportunity to win VIP passes to the Honda Classic! Ed McEnroe and Brent Waugh arranged for the POA to give away two Saturday passes and two Sunday passes to the Nicklaus Village Champions Club (the air conditioned area by the 18th tee where unlimited food and beverage is served) as well as a number of “any day” passes to the tournament. See, you should have set aside an hour for the annual meeting! Besides, this is the time for the residents of PGA to find out what’s happening in the community and the surrounding areas.
HOW THE HECK ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KNOW???
With much appreciation to C.A.N.! this newsletter is one of the only ways the POA Board can get information to the residents. There are two other sources that we would like residents to get used to using: the website (see above paragraph) and TV Channel 63 (viewed only by those with Cable TV and only within PGA National community).
For example, Christmas Day fell on a Friday this year. Trash in PGA is collected on Tuesday and Friday and there were a lot of confused residents trying to find out when debris would be collected. It was not collected on Christmas Day but it WAS collected New Years Day. If you tuned in to Channel 63 you would have found the answers you needed (along with pictures of friends playing cards, announcements of Board meetings and other information of interest to residents). Just wanted to let you know some sources for information. Of course you can join the others calling the POA for everything and we will always do our best to assist, even when we get questions like “what’s the name of that Thai restaurant by you?”; or “do you know where we go to get our license renewed?” and everything in between!
Have a wonderful day and remember to smile at a stranger…..it will either make their day or scare the heck out of them!