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Duck Key Property Owners Association

 

 

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2003 NEWSLETTER

 Our Objective

TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY OF DUCK KEY

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

At times you may hear the question, " Why should I belong to the Duck Key Property Owners Association? What's the purpose?"

DKPOA's purpose is to serve as a civic organization dedicated to the stewardship of our island community.

Here are a few examples of how we serve:

We monitor and affect county services such as
mowing and trimming of road right-of-ways

repair, maintenance and paving of roads

bridge maintenance

island security and safety


We address island appearance

street sign maintenance

Beautification and enhancement of our surroundings


We address environmental issues

water quality

mosquito control

 

What does this all mean to you and your fellow residents?

 

One could point out that these services would certainly enhance the value of our properties. But I feel our objectives go far beyond just a better return on our investments. It demonstrates our mutual commitment to the care and preservation of Duck Key for us today and for future generations tomorrow.

I'm pleased and proud that we have joined together in DKPOA to accept the challenge and charge of stewardship.

Thank you for caring and working to achieve our common goals.

Art Apkarian

 

ROADS & RIGHT OF WAYS

We have been notified that, until the construction at Hawk's Cay is complete, Monroe County has postponed repaving of Duck Key Drive. In the meantime they are going to repair the bumps in the road.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, March 19 &endash; Board of Directors Meeting, 4:00 &endash; Ed Gottchalk's Residence

Saturday, March 22 &endash; Island Preservation Day, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Fran & Steve Showerman's residence.

 

PARTY AT THE COPA

Margaret Braun and her committee did another great job providing our members with another memorable party at the Copa on January 19 at the Marathon Yacht Club. Approximately 80 members attended this gala. Thank you to Margaret and her committee for the beautiful decorations, swinging music and a great time.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Art Apkarian 289-0705

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Ed Gottschalk 743-2799

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Alene Taynor 743-2983

ENVIRONMENT

Roy Enquist 743-0115

DIRECTOR

Bill Morrell 289-9945

NEWSLETTER/MEMBERSHIP

Jo Ann Orr 743-5437

SOCIAL

Fran Showerman 289-7532

BEAUTIFICATION

Dave Williamson 743-2151

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

The Board of Directors needs members to serve on the board as Treasurer and Membership. Any member interested in serving please contact President, Art Apkarian.

WATER QUALITY REPORT

Brad Rosor at the nature conservancy was contacted concerning water quality. They have been testing 17 sites in the Keys every two weeks since August. Tests ran for six months. One site is on Duck Key near the yacht basin. The tests are two fold. One test is for oxygen content and the other is for bacteria. In the first three months of testing the Duck Key site had the best oxygen content of the 17. We averaged two bacteria colonies per sample &endash; 104 or below is the measure of good water. A copy of the six month report is being mailed to Ron Enquist and will be available to anyone who wishes to read it.

It should be noted that this test was for a short term and is not representative of what a long-term test would show.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

As social chairperson for DKPOA this year, I would like to have your input in planning the next annual dinner dance. If you could fill out the following survey & return it to me at 205 Barque, e-mail me at franshowerman@cs.com or call me at 289-7532, it would be very much appreciated!

Thanks,

Fran Showerman : Social Chair

Should DKPOA continue to have its annual Dinner Dance in the traditional manner?
Should we consider a different format-perhaps more casual-a "party" with a DJ instead of a live band?
Would a different date, for example early February, be acceptable?
What locations options would you like us to look into?

Marathon Yacht Club, Key Colony Inn, Hawks Cay, Other (Please Specify)

Thank you in advance for helping us plan the best event possible for you enjoyment. I look forward to hearing from everyone!

BEAUTIFICATION

ISLAND CAPTAINS CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN

Finally, there is a way to address problems without waiting 30 days for a DKPOA board meeting and approval. Each island now has one or two Captains who can initiate action to solve and fix problems that may arise. For example:

It was discovered that Australian Pines were attacking our barrier breakwalls. These trees are on the Florida invasive plant list and considered highly undesirable. The problem was brought to Ed Gottschalk's attention. Ed used his pre-approved budget to hire Jerry Fortier of Green Thumb Landscaping to nip the problem in the bud. Jerry immediately eliminated approximately 200 of the destructive palms.

So here's the deal. If you recognize a problem that you feel warrants immediate attention, contact your island captain . The captains for each island are:

 

Center Island----Louise Skidmore and Stephanie Mullar
Harbor Island-----Pat Johnston
Center Island-------Vivienne Afshari and Graham Davis
Plantation island----Fran Showerman and Bill Morrell

We are looking for two additional captains who are year-around residents to serve on Plantation and Center Islands during the summer months. If you can help, please contact Dave Williamson, Island Beautification Chairman, at 743-2151.

TWENTY THREE FOXTAIL PALMS APPROVED BY BOARD

The DKPOA board authorized the purchase of Foxtail Palms that will be planted along Bimini Drive. These attractive trees will be a pleasant welcome for our families and friends to enjoy.

In preparation for the project Jerry Fortier has completed mulching, weeding and spraying of the existing trees for protection and ease of mowing.

LET'S TRASH OUT ON ISLAND PRESERVATION DAY

Another positive project to help make Duck Key a better place to live was initiated by DKPOA board member Dave Williamson. It's called ISLAND PRESERVATION DAY.

Volunteers will be picking up trash and debris along the right-of-ways and berms. Our goal is to keep Duck Key as beautiful and as pleasant to the eye as it can be.

Please help us achieve this goal by volunteering on Saturday, March 22nd for clean up duty. Here's the schedule:

8:30 am - Meet at Steve and Fran Showerman's Plantation Island home, 205 Barque Street, for coffee, donuts and assignment to a clean-up team for each island and/or area.

9:00 am to noon - Teams pick up trash and debris. Garbage bags will be supplied, but please bring gloves.

12:00 noon - Hot dog lunch and social at Showerman's.

Please join your neighbors in supporting a great cause. You can sign up by contacting one of the Island Captains: (List names and phone numbers.) There is also a sign up sheet at Club Duck Key.

 

MEMBERSHIP

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Louise Skidmore and Alene Taynor for their efforts in producing our 2003 Membership Directory. New members and members renewing their membership after the deadline for the directory can contact Jo Ann Orr at 743-5437 or joannorr@bellsouth.net for a copy of the directory.

The association current has 202 members. We would like to welcome new members and new residents to our membership:

Charles & Joyce Anderson
Charles & Suzanne Bizilj
Stephen & Donna Blythe
Adam Bookspan
Wayne Brown
John & Lenore Carbone
Homer & Shirley Crain
Michael & Dixie Danzis
Karl & Janet Davis
Gustavo & Maria DeRibeaux
John & Maria Espinsoa
Anne Francavilla
Neal & Candy Gerber
Serafin & Mercedes Gonzales
James & Lannie Hackler
Delano & Belva Hartman
Bobbyjoe & Tina Heinrich
Bart & Bonnie Hovanic
Wendy Jones
James Kirkland
Kenneth Klindtworth
Jon & Elaine Krupnick
Eddie & Gayle Maimo

Robert & Doris Milligan
Lee Mueller
Molly Osborne
Ray & Mary Osborne
Thomas & Bonnie Perkins
Paul & Karen Peterson
Bill & Pat Porter
Thomas & Alice Price
Josip & Anica Raulj
Mark & Iris Reed
William Sattler
James & Jeannette Scrivner
Bernard & Christine Seidling
George & Cindy Shattuck
Paul Shultz
Arthur & Karla Stafford
Jeff & Lee Sympson
Lawrence & Dorothy Thompson
William & Natalie Wagner, Jr.
James & Patricia Walden II
Robert & Nannette Watson
Lyn Westphal
Harold & Judith Zimmermann

CATS AND DOGS: THE STORY, THE GOOD NEWS, THE BAD NEWS, THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION

The story: A large percentage of homes on Duck Key include a dog or cat in the family.

The good news: 99% of the owners are responsible animal lovers. They show respect for their animals and neighbors by cleaning up droppings, keeping pets leashed when walking and controlling excessive barking.

The bad news: About 1% of owners are not cleaning up or paying attention to county leash law requirements.

The solution: If you are part of the 1%, you are obligated to do your part. Simply clean up after your pets, and adhere to county leash laws for the sake of your neighbors. The few that are not monitoring their pets reflect negatively on all pet owners and that is just not fair.

DUCK KEY ON THE WEB

www.dkpoa.com

We are in the development stage of constructing a website for our property owners' association. Any member who wishes to contributed ideas, recommendations or pictures please pass them along to Jo Ann Orr at 743-5437 or email at joannorr@bellsouth.net.

 

PETS

If you do not have a pet, we appeal to you to be tolerant. At times an animal may stray off on its own. Your help and understanding will go a long way. If you do encounter repeat offenders, you may call the County Animal Shelter at 743-3779, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For after hour emergencies, such as a dangerous dog situation, call 393-0294.

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR!!! - JIM COBB

Jim joined the navy at age 16. During his tour of duty he graduated from the Naval Academy. He became an aircraft carrier pilot and a Patrol Squadron Skipper during the 2nd World War.

He then achieved the rank of Rear Admiral in command of the Atlantic and Pacific.

For exercise, Jim ran in marathons until the age of 70. At age 92 he still enjoys walking and golf.

He lives at 222 West Seaview Drive with his wife, Yvonne. They have been coming to Duck Key for 20 years. When you see Jim out walking, be sure to say hello.

 

Duck Key POA

P. O. Box 522606

Marathon Shores, FL 33052

 

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