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Letter from the President

Welcome to offseason, it’s a bit quieter in Berkshire Lakes but we do have some good news, our fantastic Clubhouse is reopened! Some clubhouse activities are back in session, while most of the regular groups are gone for the summer and will restart in September or October.
Also, just a reminder that school is out for our Berkshire Lakes students and summer activities are in full swing around the neighborhood. For the safety of our children, please keep a watchful eye out for them, and slow down following our posted speed limits, making FULL stops at the STOP signs.
So far, July has really been a rainmaker, but our neighborhood is starting to looking bright and green again! Don’t forget though, with the summer rains comes hurricane season so we are including a link on hurricane preparedness on our new website. We ask that you review this information.
Lastly, I’d like to give a big shout out and bigger THANK YOU to all our hardworking, committee member volunteers comprised of Berkshire Lakes property owners. These neighbors of yours and mine are giving lots of their time year round, to help maintain the quality of life we all enjoy at Berkshire Lakes, and they genuinely care about preserving the beauty and tranquility of this community for us all. Thank you to each and every one of YOU!
Best wishes for a great summer at Berkshire Lakes!
Your BLMA President,
Maureen Richards

BLMA Board of Directors

President
Maureen Richards
Vice President
David Orr
Secretary
Linda Craig
Director
Robert DeMarco
Director
Charles Lascari
Director
Michael Peppe
Director
Walter Sanford
Treasurer
Orie LaCroix*
*Orie LaCroix has been generously serving as our treasure on a temporary basis.

Upcoming Meetings

Compliance Meeting – July 16, 2021

Board Meeting – July 21, 2021

ARB Meeting – July 28, 2021

Past Meeting Minutes

May 19, 2021

April 21, 2021

March 29, 2021

March 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

January 29, 2021

January 20, 2021

Latest News

Below is a list of the activities currently underway by our BLMA Team & Committees:

BEAUTIFICATION AWARDS FOR JULY – Congratulations go to….
Yard of the month – 475 Henley Drive
Most Improved yard of the month – 7001 Appleby Drive

BLMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING – Next meeting date is July 21st at  at 7:00 p.m.  at the Berkshire Lakes Clubhouse. The meeting will be available on Zoom. Owners will receive the Zoom access information prior to the meeting. Please note that on the Friday, July 16, signs containing information on the meeting will be placed at the 3 entrances to Berkshire Lakes as well as at the Clubhouse driveway.

BLMA Web Site –The new Web site  launched on June 30, 2021.  The    approved revision to the BLMA Rules and Regulations was posted on the web site and was effective on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Please review the website regularly for BLMA updates and news.

ARB COMMITTEE  Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday,  July 28th. All submissions should be in by the preceding Friday.

COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE – The committee is conducting a joint meeting with Fines to review their processes. The meeting will be held on July  16th at the Clubhouse.

FINES COMMITTEE – The committee will be meeting this month with the compliance committee to review the processes to insure that both committees have no issues or conflicting responsibilities.

FINANCE COMMITTEE –  They have reviewed all accounts, combining repetitive accounts  All changes have been completed.

LAKES COMMITTEE – As recently announced, the refurbishment of Horseshoe Lake has been completed.  The committee is working on choosing the second lake to be refurbished and working the vendor contract.   A legal review of the contract for the next lake is in progress.

MSTU – No meetings scheduled until September.

NEW POOL FURNITURE – New furniture for the pool has been ordered to replace the existing furniture. Delivery has been delayed until October.

NIGHTTIME SURVEILLANCE – BLMA has hired a security firm to periodically patrol Berkshire Lakes single family neighborhoods for violations of our evening parking restrictions. All violations submitted are being processed and letters sent to homeowners.

Berkshire Lakes Latest News - New Pool Furniture | Berkshire Lakes Master Association
Lake Remediation Project | Berkshire Lakes Master Association

2021-2021 Lake Remediation

In the late summer of 2019, it was determined that the Berkshire Lakes Master Board was responsible for the maintenance of five of the seven retention ponds in the Berkshire Lakes development. Serious erosion caused both by drainage issues and wave action had eaten away at many shorelines. A Lakes Committee was formed to determine the extent of the problem and possible solutions. The Engineering Firm ORCO was hired to draw up plans and specs and to invite qualified companies to bid on remediation of all five lakes, separately and as a package.
Throughout January and February of 2020 ORCO developed the Scope of Work with input from Committee members who visited many other communities in which similar erosion problems existed and walked the shorelines of all five lakes to determine the exact extent of the damage. The Request for Bids went out March 1, 2020. Contractor bids were requested to be returned by April 1. Although the RFB’s had been sent to thirteen companies, only seven made offers. The Committee reviewed the bids and narrowed the possibility to four, which after a revised bidding process, was reduced to one. Unfortunately, that company, which had caused delay after delay over the entire summer, found three areas of disagreement in the contract which they considered to be non-negotiable. At that point, the contract was sent to Seabreeze, a proponent of an alternative erosion control method. After a series of technical discussions, an agreement was reached and sent to the attorneys for approval. Unfortunately, it was too late in the season to begin that year but a tentative date for construction to begin was set as January 2020.
Some of the shoreline around the lakes was well within the County and SFWMD guidelines for slope and stability so these areas were to be left untouched, saving homeowners significant funds. The contractor would grade all other banks to a four to one slope and secure them with either riprap or littoral plantings. The riprap was to be hand-placed on poly-woven mat, anchored and topped with 16 -24” stones. The littoral plantings were to be placed in two layers of bio-degradable mat and proprietary soil blend. Most littoral plantings would be utilized on the shorelines in front of townhomes and condos for ease of watering and maintenance. At least ten percent of the remediation would involve the use of plants.
Because the water level was so high, work did not actually commence until March 7, 2021, and was completed on May 23, 2021. Hole Montez Engineering was hired to oversee the project which came in at a cost of $393,233. Currently we are working on a new contract with Seabreeze to continue remediating the remainder of the lakes. Our intent is to apportion the work over a period of years in direct correlation to the amount of money allocated each year to this project by the Finance Committee. By approaching this very expensive enterprise this way, our assessment should not need to be raised again.

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