Hello dear neighbors. My message will be brief in order to provide space to print important articles pertaining to the fire assessment, horse safety, and membership. Also, the June minutes will be deferred until the next issue. Thank you for your understanding.
· The Village of Wellington recently approved through Florida legislation (HB 979) “banning the sale and use of fireworks within The Equestrian Preserve of The Village of Wellington all days of the year”. SRHOA has requested that the Town Council review this bill and its applicability to our equestrian community for similar legislative rulings. You may wonder why we would pursue this. Look at the following:
Fireworks near stables create loud noises, lights, and smoke. Horses are afraid of fire. The BHS reported 23 deaths and 166 injuries in horses due to fireworks incidences since 2010.
Fireworks may kill chickens due to heart attacks.
Fireworks can send wildlife running into roadways, flying into buildings, and/or abandoning nests and babies,
Fireworks can lead to a flight-or-fight response in pets, resulting in restlessness, panting, pacing, whining, hiding, and/or running away.
Fireworks particles have been linked to coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks and even heart attacks in humans. The noise can cause tinnitus and deafness. Epileptics may experience seizures.
Fireworks may trigger flashbacks and panic attacks in people suffering from PTSD and autism.
· We again face the issue of a proposed north-bound turn at Sheridan and Volunteer…in spite of our opposition and Council resolution. In order to garner support for our position, SRHOA is actively involved in an education campaign with our Davie neighbors west of Volunteer.
· SRHOA will have its August meeting in person at Town Hall! Refreshments will be provided, and the Davie Police Department will kick off our monthly speaker series with a presentation on personal and home security…look for a meeting announcement to follow.
· SRHOA gives its support and thanks to the members of the Volunteer Fire Department for their time and contributions to our community. Did you know…the VFD was originally housed within Sunshine Ranches?
· In our upcoming September issue, look for a wonderful letter from the Town expressing gratitude for your generosity in this year’s scholarship fundraising. Great details will follow.
· Mayor Breitkreuz’s next “Q & A with Mayor Steve Breitkreuz” will be on September 8th. Please join Steve’s Zoom meeting to enjoy a relaxed and collegial discussion concerning events and needs of the Southwest Ranches community.
· Remember, the Council now meets face-to-face at Town Hall on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.
As always be safe, be happy, and be loved.
Updated: Jul 21
Birthday of the Declaration of Independence
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies’ separation from Great Britain.
Sunshine Ranches Homeowners Association (SRHOA) is my HOA…it is your HOA…it is OUR HOA. As many of you know, I have grown up here, so it is not only my home, but my community. I know a lot of wonderful, wonderful people. It is this sense of community which is the foundation of our HOA, a 50+ year association! When you become a member, or renew your membership, you are part of this community. The SRHOA officers and executive board have excellent relationships with the Town’s staff and council, as well as the Davie Police Department. It is these relationships, and commitment to community, which allow us to effectively address your concerns, solve your problems, and provide the information you need without delay. Several residents within our HOA volunteer on Town boards, thus strengthening the input toward policy decisions affecting residents. Monthly membership meetings provide one-on-one discussions with our/your councilmen…there is no “two-minute warning.” The SRHOA publication, The Waggler, is a respected (and coveted) magazine in which residents provide informative articles and share family news, and vital town-related information is conveyed.
So, you may wonder, why this lengthy opening? I/we wish to see all of you as members, whether new or returning, and for you to see the value of membership. My family has held membership in the SRHOA for several decades, as have many others. More of a civic group than homeowner association, our commitment is to community, safety and well-being of our residents (their families and animals), and the preservation of a beautiful rural lifestyle surrounded by nature. Yearly dues are only $50. Each residence is entitled to two votes per household on all motions and major decisions as designated by the SRHOA.
BECOME A MEMBER, OR PLEASE RENEW
As we enter July, we look forward to celebrating the 4th with family and friends. As a courtesy to our agricultural community, please be observant of the noise ordinance and respectful of the impact of fireworks on pets and livestock. The Town will post its holiday signs as a friendly reminder. Have fun, be safe, and take good care of our animal companions.
Mayor Breitkreuz’s July “Q & A with Mayor Steve Breitkreuz” will be on July 14th. Please join Steve’s Zoom meeting to enjoy a relaxed and collegial discussion concerning events and needs of the Southwest Ranches community.
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program (FFL) has a new campaign for 2021: Hire Florida-Friendly. This initiative will empower homeowners by teaching them how to determine whether their landscape professional follows FFL-based best management practices. The statewide outreach campaign will feature a TV public service announcement, radio spots, a website and social media posts that highlight the benefits of hiring Florida-Friendly landscape professionals. The website has general guidelines on what to look for when hiring a landscape professional, recommended certifications and a checklist of questions to ask when hiring a landscape professional. The guidelines and checklist are intended to augment the messages of the Hire Florida-Friendly campaign and help homeowners make informed decisions about their landscape service needs.
Please stay connected…join our SRHOA Gmail (firstname.lastname@example.org), visit our website www.SunshineRanches.org or view our posts at www.facebook.com/SunshineRanches.
As always be safe, be happy, and be loved.
HOA President Christina Brownlow called the meeting to order at 7:40 pm and welcomed all. We sang Happy Birthday to Chris, who was celebrating her 57 birthday. Also, Dolly Parton stopped by via a Zoom video prepared by Jason Halberg, to sing Happy Birthday to the tune of “9 to 5”!
Detective Hobales of the Davie Police Department provided an update on the citations and complaints in the Ranches. A car was burglarized on Saxon Circle. Burglars check the car doors to see if they are unlocked. In one case, they took a gun from a car. He reminded the residents: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR OPEN. There were several mailbox thefts. He recommends for residents to get Locked mailboxes. Some on Marvin Ln and Hancock were pried open. So, please, get your mail early if you can. Also, use caution if you go to the Bank to make a withdrawal.
Officer Christie Laguna wrote 10 tickets on SW 127 on the day of the meeting! She has noticed that a lot of people are not closing their gates in driveways at night. Close your gates at night!
Officer Perez reminded residents to get in the habit to do the “9 PM check”…: Check that your doors are closed and your lights are on. Also, remember that if you go away, you can ask the Davie police to do a vacation check on your residence.
Chris thanked all the officers for their commitment and for all the support. She also recognized all of the people in the line of work that have given their lives for service, to be honored Memorial Day Week.
Chris introduced Councilman David Kuczenski, from District 4. David also recognized the service people ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Other Council members and the Mayor were in a conflicting meeting or out of town due to the holiday.
David advised that there is a pending item before the Board regarding regulation of future nurseries in the town. Some residents want to put restrictions on new nurseries. Others feel that it is up to the owners of the nurseries to decide what they want to do.
There is also a big project to put guardrails along Hancock Road where the canal is. This is a Governor issue. Need to ensure that there is access for horses. Legislature also passed a loosening of regulation on home-based business. Waiting to see what Governor will do with it.
The board is also awaiting the surveying for the re- paving of several of our streets. David also mentioned the speeding issues in the Ranches. There has been significant speeding, esp. on Appaloosa.
The Board wants to also address the painting of the entrance ways. Cindy San Martino is one of our residents who faithfully volunteers to do the painting for the entrance ways. We want to acknowledge her and thank her!
David gave his number and is available for any questions or comments. (305-815-0990)
David acknowledged the issues going on next door to the Cailis’ residence. The new owner of the land there continues to dump.
•Please join any board meeting for comments (no voting privileges).
Memorial Day is not a time to thank people, but to honor those we have lost. 3 pm is a national moment of silence to honor the fallen brothers and sisters.
June 10 and 24 are the next council meeting dates. There is also a monthly open forum by Mayor Steve on the second Wednesday of the month. There is an Advisory board meeting in June, and then a hiatus in July. The meetings will soon begin to be physical meetings instead of Zoom. The Town Hall opens on June 7, from 8:30 am to noon.
Chris opened the meeting to the board for open items. SRHA VP Jason Halberg advised that the HOA fiscal year is from April to March. We have received various renewals and are thankful for these. Some residents have expressed interest in doing online payments and Jason advised that we plan to have it available for next year’s dues.
As a reminder, ANNUAL DUES OF $50 ARE DUE!!
Chris thanked Jason for all his work and enhancements to social media.
Introduced Judi Parker, Treasurer, and congratulated the Parkers (Bob and Judi) who celebrated 47 years of marriage. Treasury update: $22, 580.91 balance, $20,564. as of May. We will provide residents with information, likely on social media about what the $50 annual fee supports.
Finally, resident George Cailis voiced his concern about his neighbor’s land becoming a dump. Approximately 5 loads are coming in per day, and George feels it will become like Vista View Park. The lot is on Hancock on the west side between Luray and Mustang.
Chris’ final remarks were in recognition of several folks who have served our country, and she recognized Bob Parker, a Korean war and Vietnam war veteran. George Cailis also served, and Ed Gonzalez served in military. June 14 is Flag Day. June 20 is Father’s Day.
The meeting adjourned at 8:46 pm. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 7:30 pm, via Zoom.