FROM YOUR PRESIDENT -THE YEAR THAT WAS!!!
Just when we thought we were on the down slide of Covid-19 we are now seeing a rise in cases, younger people are getting sick and even people who have been vaccinated, getting a return of symptoms. Your Board and Volunteers have been continuing to work to increase membership and making Sandpiper Bay a better place to live. We are the original planned community in Port St Lucie so we are the senior neighborhood and the city looks to this area for our accomplishments.
Even through these tough times our membership has grown by 12% to the end of July. The only way we can grow right now is “Neighbors Telling Neighbors”, and that is the part where we need your help. You can either direct your neighbors to www.sandpiperbaycommunity.org or send an email to email@example.com with their name, address and phone number if you have it and we will send them an enrollment package.
We worked with a member and the city to have a memorial bench installed at our park at the end of Gowen and Westmoreland. At the same time we had the city install a second bench as a replacement for a memorial tree that had been removed. It was in memory of a longtime volunteer for Sandpiper Bay, Chic Chilton.
Louisa and Gary Beckett have come forward as volunteers to head up our social and print media. They are in this business now, so it is great to welcome people with experience. If you have information that you would like sent to our members, please send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Quaile who headed up our membership had help from Robin Montcerisier. From a list of new homeowner addresses that Shelly Hammer provided, these two people would locate who the new owners are and we send them a welcome package. Thanks to you both.
Sandra Pikuski who is a member and a web designer volunteered to build us a new web site and tie in a better merchant accounting system is nearing the end of her work. We do need some help in filling in some of the blanks and find some advertisers to sponsor the expenses of the web site. If you have some time please contact Sandy at email@example.com
The Adopt-A-Street has continued to operate under our volunteer Chairperson Ivars Mazjanis. If you are out walking your neighborhood, Ivars would like you to join in his program or better yet help him by starting a group in your neighborhood.
Sandpiper Bay Community Patrol suspended operations for several months and finally started to operate again last month only to suspend operations again because of the spread of the new Covid variant. Not sure when it will operate again.
We have missed offering social events all spring and summer. We planned to start with a bang up get together in September at the Saints Pub but again we can’t make a decision or plans until there is a lowering of covid-19 infections. Kathy Dunkel is our chair for social and as I keep saying she welcomes your input and help.
The Civic Committee continues to meet with the city on your behalf. Here are a few items discussed/proposed at out last meeting:
Sandpiper Bay Park Needs – SBC recommended the need for more benches, picnic tables, an exercise pod and a children’s pod. The city agreed to consider more benches and picnic tables, and the possibility of an exercise pod. Ms. Caraballo, our council woman said that the city does not put children’s pods in Neighborhood parks, plus this park is too close to a main road and would be dangerous for children.
Coyote issues. The city agreed it was a common problem. Mr. Lee provided them with the recommendations from the FL Fish and Wildlife Commission and the program that Atlantic Beach developed and requested that information be given to PSL residents. One key element emphasized was to prevent the availability of human food to the coyotes by securing our food waste.
Bike Lanes at Roundabouts – The need for them was expressed by SBC. The city recognizes this as a significant but costly problem.
Code Compliance- SBC reviewed the summary list provide by the city’s Code Compliance Supervisor. As a summary all definitions are not fully described, and confusion can result. It is recommended that a reference to the compliance code website be included to avoid misunderstanding.
Community Patrol – Community patrol is managed directly by the police department for liability reasons. Coordination with civic associations, where available, should be included for the mutual benefit of the community and their ability to solicit volunteers and support the COP.
Sandpiper Bay Nights – are being considered by SBC. The first night is Wednesday, September 22 at the Saints Pub. Preliminary plans call for 5-7 dining and 7PM on for fun events for our members. Remember, all members get a 10% discount anytime at the Pub when they show their SBC card.
Upgrade the Saints Golf Course – a seed question was asked; can the Saints be up graded to more of a country club atmosphere, especially considering Club Med issues. Further discussion was agreed to.
This piece was longer than I had planned but it does show our continued support for our community