Proposed Change to CHPOA Bylaws
At the upcoming Spring
Membership Meeting (Saturday, April 8,
10:00AM at the Community Center), the membership
will vote on a change to our Bylaws as proposed
by our Board of Directors. The change has
to do with the creation of a standing Audit
Committee to oversee our Treasurer's
accounts. The proposal reads as follows:
Proposed Addition to By-Laws
"D. Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee, appointed by the President,
shall consist of 1 or 2 individuals, excluding any
Cape Haze Board members and the assistant
treasurer, if there is one.
The purpose of the Audit Committee is to:
Attain independent assurance that all
financial records represent the financial
conditions of CHPOA.
Ensure that the year's financial activity
has been properly recorded in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles.
Ensure adherence with the Constitution and
By-Laws and all other policies and procedures.
The committee shall provide the results of its
Audit to the President of CHPOA by March 31st
of the year following the fiscal year examined.
The President shall report the committee’s
findings to the Board at the April Directors
Meeting and to the Membership at the April Special
Cape Haze Speed Limited Lowered
On March 8,
2016, the Board of County Commissioners passed
an ordinance which set the speed limit for the
entire Cape Haze subdivision at 25 MPH.
The speed limit had previously been 30 MPH.
Please be aware of this change and drive safely.
Flood Insurance Reform
Most of us
have heard of changes being implemented in the
law governing the FEMA flood insurance program.
Many folks seem to, at
best, have a vague understanding of these
changes and what it could mean for real estate
values in Cape Haze.
legislators in both the House and the Senate have
made recent attempts to mitigate the planned
premium increases, but their efforts have failed
to make it through the necessary committees during
this past Congressional session. The authors of
the legislation have remarked that the large,
immediate impact on coastal properties was
unexpected and not intended. What happens next is unclear.
To help understand these issues,
the Women's Club scheduled a
presentation by insurance professionals held
at the Community Center on February 19th.
The event was well attended and much valuable
information was provided. The presentation
stressed that contacting our elected officials is
the most effective way to mitigate the unintended
negative impacts of this new law. Click
here to download
notes from this event, including contact
information for our state and federal
In addition, you
here to download a Q&A document. By
here, you can visit the FEMA website
describing the new law and it's implementation.
Deed Restriction Enforcement
probably know, our neighborhood has long
standing deed restrictions that were created to
protect individual property values, and the
utility and enjoyment by all, of our entire
neighborhood. The restrictions, when adhered
to, offer a unique opportunity for cohesion
amongst all of us as neighbors—by treating these
restrictions as minimum standards for the
condition and treatment of our property within
the neighborhood, we honor ourselves and show
respect to our neighbors by allowing them the
maximum benefit of owning property in this
beautiful neighborhood with such a rich history.
In an effort
to utilize our limited resources effectively over
years past, the homeowner’s association has relied
on various measures ranging from: letters,
discreet discussions with owners, and public
reminders in our newsletters and on our website to
enforce the Cape Haze deed restrictions.
Unfortunately, the efficacy of these more gentle
measures has waned as adherence to the
restrictions has slipped.
Homeowner’s Association will therefore be stepping
up enforcement measures in 2010 with an initial
focus on the most egregious violations, these
being the parking of boats, trailers, campers on
properties and the non-maintenance of property.
Applicable law requires that prior to any suit
being filed by the Association we first invite
owners in violation of the restrictions to
mediation for resolution.
While it is
our most sincere wish that matters do not escalate
to a state that will require the employment of
such costly resolutions for all of us, the matter
of compliance has reached a point where we feel
compelled to take additional action. The process
henceforth will be first a notice of violation
with a suggested remedy and a request for a
response. If ignored or there is a disagreement
with suggested remedy, the Homeowner’s Association
will take additional action.
We sincerely hope that this letter
is taken at its face value as a righteous attempt
to protect your property values and enjoyment of
the neighborhood. The Homeowner’s Association is
a neighborly body trying to do right by all
residents of the neighborhood and we beseech you
to show your support in this effort, and to do
your part to maintain the beauty, unity, and
integrity of Cape Haze.
Neighborhood Watch Program Update
In response to an increase in
criminal activity in the area, we are
re-activating our Neighborhood Watch program of
“Neighbors Looking Out for Neighbors” in
conjunction with the Charlotte County Sheriff's
Office (CCSO). As a first step, we are going
to have a representative of the CCSO explain the
overall program. This initial meeting will be held
at the Community Center on Saturday November 14th
as part of our Special Members meeting that day at
4 PM. The read more about this initiative,