A Letter From The JL POA Board of Directors:
As we are settling into the summer months, the JL POA Board is excited to share with you an update on the ongoing issues and projects within the Community.
We have successfully transitioned from our newly retired community manager, Beth Kelso, to Sandy Matteson as of June 1
. Sandy is up and running and has been actively working with the Board and committees during the transitionary period. Sandy brings with her a wealth of experience in communities such as ours and has earned accreditation in both community management and large-scale management. Most recently, Sandy spent the last 5 years at Addison Reserve in Delray Beach.
– One of the things we hear most often from our owners is their desire to be kept informed as to what is happening in and around the Community.
One of our primary objectives for 2019 is to communicate more with our residents as we move forward. To accomplish this, we have been sending out the JL POA Chronicle publications more often. In addition, you have been receiving more alerts by email blasts, as well as supplemental material from the Board meetings. It is hoped that this information will give you more insight into the operation and workings of the POA.
In order for the Board to benefit from additional insight on our operations, we have asked for and added homeowners’ input into both our Finance Committee and the task force to explore the operation of the Central Gate. We will forward the committee’s recommendations as they report their findings to the Board.
An important task for the leadership of the
is to focus on the amenities and projects our owners would like to see addressed. We established a Strategic Planning Committee to give us direction on these issues. Collectively we seek your opinion on Johnathan’s and believe it is good to get a sounding of the owners’ concerns.
To give each of you, as owners, a chance to provide input to the Board on the direction we are going, a survey will soon be released by our Strategic Planning Committee. The survey results will provide us with important information in making future
decisions for the Community
. We encourage you to take a few minutes to be open and candid on the survey and to help shape
the lifestyle you want to see for Jonathan’s tomorrow, as well as in the years to come. The survey is anticipated for publication by the middle of July. Look for it to come to you by email through the JL POA Chronicle venue.
– The previous year has seen a great deal of legal issues for Jonathan’s Landing. The immense legal issue dealing with a previous owner’s bicycle accident is now headed for the appeals process. In addition, there have been ongoing issues dealing with the operational aspects of the Marina. Our hope with regard to issues involving the Marina and its uses is that they will be resolved in the near future.
Both cases have taken, and will continue to take, a considerable amount of time and energy from management and the Board. It will be beneficial to be able to get both issues behind us so we can refocus on the Community at large and the residents’ needs.
–The past few weeks have seen the addition of cameras on the Community’s perimeter and waterways. This system includes the introduction of fiber optics to operate the cameras so that our gatehouses can monitor these areas remotely. This will allow our security officers to have eyes on parts of the community without the officer having to be physically present at those locations.
We have begun installation of the fiber optics and hope to complete installation and be operational by October 1, 2019.
The new Vendor ID System in Jonathan’s is underway. With thousands of entries each day into the Community, it is critical we understand who is on-site: in your yards, inside your home and around our villages. We have instituted a new policy in which a vendor pays to have a yearly ID for the Community. This grants quicker access at the gates and provides useful information on the drivers within Jonathan’s, thereby enhancing our security operation. Please encourage all vendors to participate in this program. Registration is now open for all vendors entering the community. Cost for each contractor for the year is $40.00 or $0.11 per day.
Security at Jonathan’s is a multi-layered process. Not only do we need to be diligent with our security operation and staff, but each owner must also ensure that they are doing their part in keeping uninvited persons out of our Community. Please use your locks and alarms at your home. Consider the use of a camera system on the perimeter of your home. Call Security, even if you simply suspect something might be out of the ordinary. It will take the combined efforts of all of us to keep our Community safe.
– We have focused much of our maintenance work this summer on the reconstruction of some older aspects of the community as well as some additional walkaways to be installed. We are currently working on replacing the bulkhead which secures a pump station near the Barrow Island Bridge.
The north, south and central gates will all obtain new walkways late this summer. After the concrete work is completed, we plan to restore much of the plant material along the Indiantown Road entry that has run its natural course. Since we expect permits to be issued expeditiously, our goal is to begin the sidewalk work before many of the residents return for season.
One of the key issues for our Community is the aging infrastructure. We recognize that at 30+ years old, the POA irrigation and drainage pumps are at the end of their lifespan and many have started to require substantial sums of monies to repair them. In addition, the Board has been asked by various groups to look at new and enhanced amenities for the Community. After the previously mentioned survey has been completed, we look forward to sharing our strategic plan by laying out a list of projects the majority want to see accomplished over the next 3 to 5 years.
We have such a great Community -- one that is most desirable, enviable even, and enjoyable.
We, the Board, always want to be cognizant of that fact. We continue to seek your support as we move forward with the common goal of a bright future for our JL Community.
The JL POA Board of Directors