- President’s Message from Bob Wood
What! 2020! Where did 2019 go? When I talked to my 96-year-old uncle, however, he asked me “Where did the last decade go?”, so I guess time is relative. January is the start of the season in Bay Forest, and everything is up and running. The clubhouse is a busy place, with yoga, book group, art classes, bone builders classes, meetings, ping-pong, and on and on. Outside the clubhouse I see people catching (and releasing!) bass in the lakes, playing bocce, pickleball, and tennis, as well as walking the paths and enjoying the warm Florida sunshine and beautiful Bay Forest . Check out the calendar and I’m sure you can find something that you like to do. Don’t complain about being bored!
Some highlights from the January 15 board meeting are as follows:
- Our incoming guest gate was demolished about mid-January, and will be fixed in the next week, hopefully. Our new cameras gave a very clear video of the entire episode. The $10,500 or so cost will be picked up by the driver’s insurance company.
- The Architectural Review Board, at the advice of our attorney, withdrew their disapproval ruling of The Cove’s planned new color scheme. Our documents are not specific as to building colors, and it was decided that the ARB has no authority to regulate, in this case. We are looking into modifying our documents and adding an approved color section.
- We talked about adding two fountains to the South Lake. There were strong feelings on both sides of this question, and an email poll will be taken of all residents to gauge interest. Rough costing will be developed by Phil. We will talk more about this at the February board meeting.
- The Pickleball Committee has accumulated a large list of players who desire another court at Bay Forest. We must have at least 3 courts to become part of the competitive inter- association league. An ad hoc committee will be formed to investigate if we have a place to put one or more new courts. They will also do the legwork in contacting the appropriate Florida agencies and see about potential issues with water management. Since our lake is an overflow lake, if we direct any runoff into the lake, there may be no issues. See Craig Pihl if you want to help.
- A discussion was held about purchasing a larger, 85” updated TV set in the Carlson Room. The existing 70” TV is about seven years old, and there have been many improvements since this set was purchased. A board vote was taken and passed. A new set will be procured, with the cost not to exceed $2500 . The funds will come out of clubhouse reserves. It will be in place in time for the Super Bowl Party. There are several possible uses for the old TV.We are going to tune up our website, and to this end are seeking one or more photographers to supply us with a series of Bay Forest photographs to be put onto the website. Needed are photos of not only the clubhouse, boardwalk, and the landscaping, but of people playing bocce, tennis, pickleball, and generally enjoying what Bay Forest has to offer. We also need a regular supply of event photos, that can be added to the website. We need a year’s worth of party photos, Nights at the Phil, etc. that would be rolled over and replaced one by one with the most recent event. Appropriate credit will be given. Let me, Phil, or Dave Knoebber know if you would like to help us out. We really need one person to take all this over. Could that be you?Thanks again to the Social Committee for a very successful, sold out Soup and Salad Party held on January 18. Bay Forest folks love to eat, and managed to consume enough calories to carry them through the next week, or maybe even to the Italian Night Dinner Dance on February 1! Life is good at Bay Forest!As always, send me any comments or requests to my email address: email@example.com I hope to see you all at the next regular board meeting on Wednesday February 12 @ 9:30 AM and at the Annual Meeting Wednesday February 26 @ 6 PM.