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The Whitley Bay Condominium Newsletter

Fall 2008

 

Budget Preparation Underway

It is now that time of year when the budget and reserve contribution for 2009 are being reformulated.  “Reserve” refers to the money we put aside for replacement of items as they wear out, such as roofs, driveways, and paint, which are mandated by law.  As you know, we hired Urgent Appraisals to do an updated reserve study for Whitley Bay.  The results of that study indicate that to fully fund our reserves, each unit would need to contribute $100.91 per month to the reserve fund.  Currently owners contribute only $21.02 a month to the reserve account.  Homeowners do not have to fund the reserve account at 100%, but it does take a vote of the majority to fund it at less.  This will be an option to be voted on at our annual meeting.

 

Larry Ramsay, chair of the budget committee, treasurer, Ted Clark, and committee members John Sprinkle, Lindsay Leinss, and Brenda Bennett are working on a reasonable and workable budget for 2009.   Prior to finalizing the budget, this committee will ask the homeowners what they think the reserve amount for 2009 should be. 

 

TLC Engineering Study Completed*

In July, TLC Engineering for Architecture submitted its report regarding the condition of our buildings here at Whitley Bay to the Board of Directors.  Condo owners will be happy to know that the walkway cracks are not a structural concern at this time, but an aesthetic one which can and will be corrected by our maintenance crew

  

Most of the plumbing items were found to be either inherent in the original design (i.e. pipe routing, valve location) and not of immediate concern, or possible to correct at minimal cost.

TLC did recommend that a few samples of the soldered joints on the copper domestic water piping should be sent out for testing to prevent future pipe failure.

 

Other issues which are of concern noted in the study include:

(1)  The reinforcing steel on the cooling tower support beams is corroding.  Repair needed as soon as possible.

(2)  The cooling towers and support frames showed extensive corrosion.  Repair needed as soon as possible.

(3)  The ramp up to the second floor parking level showed extensive cracking, most likely a result of slab settlement due to inadequate compaction.  Not an

       immediate structural concern, but the ramp will need replacement sometime in the future.

(4)  A large crack was observed in the southeast corner of the wall of the parking ramp.  The crack should be repaired to prevent corrosion of the concrete

      walls, and an expansion joint should be installed to ensure acceptable long term behavior at the joint.

(5)  The fire protection sprinkler piping in the parking garage needs immediate attention to arrest the corrosion problem.  (Has been completed).

(6)  The steel pipe riser clamps attached to the copper water risers in the chase rooms need to be replaced.

 

Since some of these items were either on the original punch list for Benko, a result of original construction problems, or need to be coordinated with work that Benko may do, Whitley Bay president Jess Taylor is in the process of addressing the issues with Benko. 

 

*If you’d like to see a copy of the TLC study, please contact Tom Jensen at 433-1441.

 

 

          

 

Soldered joints on copper piping                                 Corrosion on cooling tower                                 Rusty steel pipe riser clamps

 

A Response from Whirlpool:

In July, Carol Jensen received a response from La Shanda Armstrong, Executive Staff at Whirlpool to the letter signed by concerned owners complaining about the problems many cooks are having with their ovens.  A copy of that letter is below:

 

Dear Ms. Jensen,

 

Thank you for contacting the Whirlpool Corporation Executive Office.

 

Our cooking products are correctly rated for operation at 208-240 volts.  They will function safely and effectively at both voltages.  There are some variables that can affect product performance.  One is the voltage supplied to the unit.  The appliance manufacturer cannot control the level of voltage supplied to the unit.  There are situations where the supplies to condominiums fluctuate and do not meet the 208 volt minimum, which adversely affects preheat times and cook times (i.e. makes them longer).  If there is a lower voltage supplied to the unit, the elements (surface, bake and broil) don’t have the necessary amount of energy available.  Slight adjustments in your cooking procedure may be needed to get your desired cooking results.

 

Ms. Jensen, we will pass your comments and concerns on to our cooking engineers as they are

considered in future cooking products.  You are a valued customer and if you have further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

 

La Shanda Armstrong

Whirlpool Executive Staff

 

So ladies, it looks like it is up to us to adjust our recipes or get the step-up transformer.  We appear to have exhausted our resources. 

 

New Board Member Named

Don Verner (805) has volunteered to finish out Brock McNally’s term on the 2008 Board of Directors.  Don has been very active in the condominium association behind the scenes in many capacities.  He designed and organized the distribution of spaces in the storage rooms on each floor.  He puts up and removes Christmas lights every year and serves as the chef at our annual fishfry.  Recently he chaired the selection committee for the engineering study done earlier this year by TLC.  Now he will bring his valuable expertise to the board.  Thank you, Don, for stepping up to this task.

 

Board Members Needed

We anticipate a large number of vacancies on the Board of Directors next year.  Please consider serving your condominium in this capacity.  Elections will take place before the annual meeting in February.

  

Water Leaks in One Stack

Tropical Storm Faye did a number on the One Stack.  The wind tore off some of the flapping shutters on the bathroom vents and water got into the pipes.  It then proceeded to find the lowest point in the pipe where it began to drip.  This occurred either in the kitchen or the bedroom.  The insurance company has come out and inspected the damage, so repairs can now take place.  In Unit 1001, the ceiling was removed and mold was found.  Jess Taylor is coordinating the repair of the drywall.  He has had the windows and vents in the one-stack inspected to make sure that they are sealed.  He has also had our maintenance crew seal all the little holes in the roofing that might cause further leaks. 

 

Shutter Repair Status

Everyone is aware that our hurricane shutters have peeling paint on the vertical rails, due to the corrosion of the aluminum underneath.  After several years of negotiating with Best Shutters to repair or replace the stanchions, the Board found it necessary to initiate legal action.  As a result, Benko has stepped in and is working to find a solution to the problem.  They have been working with Shutter Outlet of Orlando who proposes to

remove, strip, clean and pre-treat all the vertical risers with chromium phosphate before painting, which is expected to solve the problem   Jess Taylor continues to work with Benko on this issue.

 

Internal Alarm System

The twelve volt batteries in the internal alarm systems in our units have a three to five year life.  The system tests these batteries daily and when the voltage gets low, the system will perform an audible alert to let you know it is time to change the batteries.  Presently we do not stock these batteries.  A unit owner experiencing this problem can disconnect the batteries and the power transformer until the battery can be replaced.  The system battery is located in the laundry room or closet in most units, not in the key pad.

 

Storage Space Available

There are still some storage spaces available.  If you have not already been assigned a space and would like one, please contact Don Verner at 638-3592.

 

Legislative Changes on Condo Insurance

Governor Crist recently signed House Bill 601 which changes Chapter 718 (the condominium statute).  This is a list of some of the changes that will directly affect your policies that renew on or after January 1, 2009.

 

(1) All unit owners will be required to carry a Unit Owners insurance policy and you will be required to give a copy of the policy to the association

      annually. 

(2) Your policy must carry “special assessment” coverage in an amount no less than $2,000.

(3) Your policy must name the association as an “additional named insured”.

(4) Improvements and betterments made by you to your unit that benefit fewer than all residents must be insured by you.

(5) Air conditioners and their equipment will now be the INSURANCE responsibility of the association.  Please note this does not apply to the maintenance

      of the air conditioners, only air conditioners and their equipment that is damaged by a peril included in the association’s hazard insurance.

 

Please contact your insurance agent if you have any questions about this. 

 

Parking and Security Committee Needs Help

Fall is here and our snowbird residents will soon be arriving.  All of our long-term residents know well what the parking situation is in the winter time. We have only 61 open parking spaces; five of them are designated as handicapped parking and there are 64 units in our building.  Article 10, section K of the Declaration states “All owners and residents of the condominium are restricted to (2) permitted vehicles…”  Penthouses owners have two garages and must house their vehicles within their individual garages.  We will need to begin strict parking enforcement some time in November.  Remember to display your green hang tag or visitor’s parking pass.  If you need visitor’s parking passes, see your floor captain or Diane Verner #805.

 

In addition, we have had security problems inside our building recently.  (See Close Your Garage Doors below).  The committee is in need of volunteers who would be willing to patrol the parking areas at night in pairs to make sure all parked vehicles are in compliance with the Whitley Bay Parking Rules and Regulations and to make sure all exterior doors are closed and latched.   If you are interested in helping out in this area or would like more information, please contact Diane Verner at 638-3592 or Wayne Sanders at 632-0462.  Unless we get more people to walk this building at night, we are going to have to hire a security guard and that will make our condo fees go up even more.

  

Vital Reminders for Everyone - No Food or Glass in Pool Area

We just want to remind everyone that no food or glass containers are allowed in the pool area for safety and sanitation reasons.  Please use only paper or plastic cups for liquid refreshments.  And please don’t forget that wet bare feet track in dirt from the garage, so try to remember to wear flip flops when going to and from the pool.

 

The Watchdog Water Alarm

Since we have had several problems with water leaks in our building, it is recommended that each unit owner purchase one or more Watchdog Water Alarms.  It is an effective early warning system for use near sinks, laundry rooms, water heaters, and

air conditioning drain tubes.  It will detect leaks before they cause costly damage.  They are available at Home Depot for $10.00.

 

Close Your Garage Doors!

Recently Tom, our maintenance man, saw a vagrant come into the garage while the door was up immediately after a car departed.  He was studying the contents of a garage whose owner had neglected to shut the door.  Tom made the man leave, but it is a warning to all of us.  Always close your garage door when you leave.  And if you see someone else’s garage door open and unattended, it might be wise to close it for them.

 

Keeping the Doors CLOSED Makes Us All More Secure

 

(1) To enhance our safety, it is important not to leave doors propped open for any reason at any time, unless the owner or his designee are supervising the

      entranceway.  Keep this in mind when having furniture delivered, expecting workmen who must unload equipment and so on. 

(2) Don’t open the lobby door if anyone suspicious is outside—you wouldn’t open your unit door if you didn’t know who the person was outside.  Use the

      same common sense here.

(3) Don’t let anyone in the building unless you know who they are visiting and have confirmed that the resident is home. 

(4) Always close the door behind you when you leave.  Take extra safety precautions when walking your dog at night. 

(5) For your personal unit, it’s advisable to add a dead bolt.  Keep your unit door locked.  The units all contain security systems which you can arrange to

      have monitored.

 

Where Do I Put My Trash?

For newcomers, emptying the trash and recycling can be confusing.  The trash chute on each floor is located on the west side of the building.  Only 13-

gallon garbage bags that are securely tied may be dropped down the chute.  ALL trash dropped  down the chute MUST be BAGGED—no exceptions! Not even pizza boxes!

 

It’s your responsibility to ensure that all movers and workers in your unit take their trash with them.

 

Large trash & recycles must be taken to the ground floor.  Trash should be bagged if possible, & deposited directly into the dumpster located behind a locked door on the west side of the building.  Your common door key will work for that door.  The trash cans located in the garages

are only for small items, such as the trash you might remove from your car.

 

The recycling bins for newspapers, plastics, glass, and aluminum are located in the ground level garage on either side of the door leading to the second floor garage ramp.  On Tuesday afternoons, the dumpsters are moved outside the west garage door for pickup on Wednesday morning.  If you do not see the dumpsters in their usual location, look for them there.  Plastic containers are large volume, taking up a lot of space.  Please crush them as much as possible before tossing them in the bin.  The dumpster on the north side of the west entry driveway is for cardboard only.  Please break down the cardboard boxes before you place them into the dumpster.

 

Emergency Contact Information: 

(1) In case of a life threatening emergency such as fire, call 911.

(2) For any issue related to building maintenance or cleaning, call Jesse Taylor at 626-8625.

(3) For security, documentation, legal or billing matters, call Reconcilable Differences at 321-799-0660.

  

What’s Happening?

Whitley Bay was surviving with a skeleton crew most of the summer.  Residents are beginning to come back from their summer homes and vacations. 

Diane and Don Verner (805) spent several weeks in their cabin in Georgia.

Vicki and George Spencer (502) bought a new RV and took it to El Paso, where they spent the summer preparing their house for closure.  They sold their house and have returned as permanent residents.

Bev and Brock McNally (902) took their fifth wheel to Saratoga, Wyoming where they hiked and fished in peace until inundated with other Whitley Bay residents.

Carol and Tom Jensen (504) drove 8000 miles and visited every mountain and canyon in the New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota area.

Wayne and Becky Sanders (503) bought an RV one week and drove it to Wyoming the next week.  That was quite a learning experience!

Dori and Ted Clark (903) visited Hilton Head several times during the summer.

Tony O’Flaherty (404) has returned from Ireland. While overseas he visited Scotland for several horse races.

Margherita and Larry Ramsay (306) spent a month in Arizona in excruciating heat and pollution.  Don’t ask Larry if he had fun.

Carl and Phyllis Hunt (801) have still not returned from their home in North Carolina, although they made a quick trip back in August.

No one has seen hide nor hair of Diane and Joe Whitley (1206), but we hear Joe is not spending another winter in Franklin, North Carolina.  So maybe they’ll come back this year.

 

Our sympathy to Ralph and Cindy Perrone on the loss of Ralph’s father, Charlie Perrone who died July 7, 2008, and to Stan and Loretta Bowers whose mother, Mathilda Guida, died on June 13.  Our thoughts are with you. 

 

Happy Birthday to Larry Ramsay (306) on May 25, Dennis Stricklin (904) on June 30 and his wife, Gailyn, on July 3.

 

Happy Anniversary to Margherita and Larry Ramsay (306) on July 16.

 

Welcome to Byron and Amanda Cutrer who moved into #506 on August 1.   Byron works at a non-profit organization and Amanda is busy being a mother to her three children.

           

                                  

The McNallys, Sanders, and One Jensen in Wyoming                                            The Jensens and Sanders in South Dakota

                                                         (Tom took the picture)

 

Mark Your Calendar

Save Sunday December 14th for the annual Whitley Bay Condominium Holiday party.  Details will follow shortly.

 

The Unsung Heroes

There are several people in Whitley Bay Condominium who work quietly behind the scenes to make our lives here more pleasant and never get acknowledged.  We thought it might be nice to mention some of them in this issue.

 

Larry Ramsay (306) has the arduous task of chairing the Budget Committee, trying to make sure all of our complicated building’s needs are met without making our condo fees unreasonable.  He also chairs the Reserves Committee, acquiring and interpreting reserves studies and making recommendations to the board regarding funding of reserves.  And last but not least, he is the person who has done comparative shopping among insurance companies for our condo insurance, a task vital to us all, especially appreciated during hurricane season.

 

Wayne Sanders (503) can be found cleaning out jammed trash chutes, cleaning up litter off our little beach, moving the dumpsters on weekends, reviewing security camera tapes after an incident, on his hands and knees checking a neighbor’s air conditioner, patrolling the garage at night, putting up Christmas lights, and checking to see if doors are locked.  He is often called by residents when a problem arises not because it is his job to help, but because they know he will come to their aid and know what to do.  He serves on the Parking and Security Committee and the Maintenance Committee and is basically a jack of all trades.

 Wayne Sanders

 

Diane Verner (805) chairs so many committees, it’s hard to know where to begin.  As chair of the Social Committee, she is ultimately responsible for all the parties and events we have here at Whitley Bay.  In addition to running committee meetings and organizing the social events calendar, you will find Diane in the kitchen tending to our culinary needs at every party.  She also organizes the putting up and removal of Christmas decorations every year.  As Parking Committee Chair, she led the committee that determined how best to implement our parking rules and regulations.  Now she distributes hang tags and parking passes, makes sure the building is patrolled, and often handles parking problems during Cocoa special events. 

 

 Diane Verner

 

A Word From the Editor

This quarter’s newsletter is a rush job as only Carol is back in town and she just got back, so please forgive.  I hope all of you will send me your birthday information for the December newsletter. 

 

Editorial Contacts:

Carol Jensen, Editor drgender@cfl.rr.com

Beverly McNally, Assistant Editor  Bevsilks@aol.com

 

 


 

The Whitley Bay Condominium Newsletter

Summer 2008

 

What’s Up With Our Ovens?

For four years, the gourmet cooks in our building have been complaining about their ovens.  They take too long to heat up, they can’t maintain heat when the oven door is opened, and if you load them with too much food, they do not cook properly.  What’s the problem?

 

Well we do know what the problem is.  Whitley Bay Condominium is supplied with 208 volts of electricity, as are most condominiums built in Florida.  Many of our major electrical systems run on 208 volts, for example, the elevators, the air conditioning pumps, and the fire extinguisher system.  The generator provides 208 volts when our electricity is cut off in order to power these common necessities.  Whirlpool rates our ovens for operation between 208 – 240 volts, but they work best at 240 volts.  Therefore, it takes our ovens longer to heat up and it is harder for them to maintain heat at the proper temperature.

 

So what can we do about it?  Tom Jensen contacted Whirlpool Corporate Headquarters to ascertain whether or not they made a heating element that is optimized at 208 volts.  If so, we could simply replace our oven heating elements to resolve the problem. Unfortunately they do not make such an element.  However they did say they have encountered this problem in the past with other condominiums and that the problem has been addressed by having each owner install a booster transformer in his unit.  Locally, Robinson Electric has identified that transformer and estimate they can install it for approximately $850 per unit, unless we have twenty units who want the work, in which case, it will be $600.   If you are interested in pursuing this solution, contact Jeremy Langeneck at Robinson & Robinson Electric (636-9505) or your own electrician.  John Robinson of RREC and Jesse Taylor are both looking for ways to reduce the cost.

 

This past week, we sent a letter signed by 17 owners to the president of Whirlpool suggesting that he address this problem by having his engineers design an element optimized at 208 volts for condominiums.  Those of you who did not get a chance to sign the letter are encouraged to write your own letter to:

 

Mr. Jeff Fettig, CEO

Whirlpool Corporation

Administrative Center

2000 North M-63

Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Cc: Mr. Dave Swift, President

Whirlpool, North America

 

Jesse Taylor and Wayne Sanders met with John Smalley from FPL to discuss the problem.  The transformer for our building is a FPL standard Y type transformer.  It takes the 13,200 volt power line supply and reduces it to three phase 208 volts.  If the transformer were a Delta rather than a Y configuration, we could get 240 volts.  Unfortunately, the Delta configuration only provides single phase power and our building is not wired properly to handle that.  Therefore it is impossible for us to get 240 volts into the building. 

 

As you can see, your condo association Board has explored several avenues to resolve this problem, but it remains unsolved, except for those who want to spend what appears to be an exorbitant amount of money. We can still hope that we get a positive response from Whirlpool Corporation or that Jesse or John find a cheaper transformer. In the meantime, you may have to alter your recipes, both for time and temperature, in order to cook some of your favorite dishes, just like we have to do at higher elevations.  At the very least, give your oven a long time to heat up before putting your food in.  A glass or two of wine might also help.

 

 

TLC Engineering to Evaluate Cracks in Concrete Walkways 

Perhaps you have noticed the blue masking tape spanning the cracks in the concrete walkway in front of our units here at Whitley Bay.  Despite appearances, it’s not an attempt to hold the building together.  It’s the work of the maintenance crew and the Engineering Evaluation Selection Committee, chaired by Don Verner. 

 

Due to a variety of concerns about the building that require engineering expertise, the Board of Directors formed this committee to evaluate the feasibility of hiring a certified engineering company to review the entire building.  The seven committee members walked the building several times, identifying and photographing issues to be addressed.  After contacting 17 engineering firms, they solicited formal proposals from three, ranging in cost from $7,100 to $15,500.  It was the recommendation of the committee not to accept any of the proposals, but to seek engineering consultation for the specific problems identified.

 

TLC Engineering for Architecture has been retained to evaluate the concrete deck cracks for potential structural problems, the steel protrusions of the rooftop support beam, and plumbing issues.  The electrical concerns identified by the committee are already being addressed by the Board. (See article, page 1).

 

Need a Little Shade?

Two umbrellas and umbrella stands have been purchased to put in the pool area to protect those who love to swim but want to stay out of the wicked Florida sun.  It will be necessary to store them in the restrooms under lock and key to protect them from pilfering and from the elements.  It is vital that anyone who uses an umbrella dismantle it and put it back in the restroom before leaving the pool.  Otherwise the wind will carry them into the parking lot and beyond.

 

More Improvements in the Workout Room

The leaks in the workout room have all been fixed at last.  As a final precaution, the door that opens onto the south balcony overlooking Willard Street has been turned around so that it opens outward, thus eliminating the problem with rain being driven under the door in heavy downpours.  Six new replacement cables for the Tuff Stuff Apollo 250 exercise machine have been installed and a CXT 100 multi-station pulley unit (see picture below) has been added.  The addition will allow several people to work out with the weight machines at the same time, lowering the chances that anyone will have to wait.  The well-used back and seat for the Vision Fitness recumbent exercycle has also been replaced (much to Lindsay’s surprise) and a sound system for aerobics class has been installed.  Jesse Taylor is working on obtaining a larger mirror for the wall, while Becky Sanders is getting a quote on replacing the carpet with the rubber matting used at other health clubs.  Good job, everyone!

 

CXT 100

 

Book and DVD Exchange

Thanks to the efforts of Vicki Spencer and Margherita Ramsay and the generosity of Ralph Perrone, we now have two bookcases located in the storage room of the recreation room on the third floor.  Several people have already donated books they no longer want.  Be sure to go down and check it out.  Bring books and DVD’s that you no longer need and pick up something new to read

or watch. 

 

Lobby Renovations – To Be!

As you have probably noticed, the furniture has been rearranged in the lobby to provide three sitting areas.  This is phase one of the short term changes recommended by the Lobby Renovation Committee, chaired by Vicki Spencer and Dennis Stricklin.  At the May 20th Board of Directors meeting, several low cost, temporary improvements were approved.   In addition to the furniture rearrangement, the magazine basket and message boards will be relocated to the second floor lobby.  The floral arrangements will be combined and placed on the lower level.  Ralph Perrone and Dennis Stricklin will look into the feasibility of having our maintenance crew move the mailboxes to the second floor lobby.  The post office apparently has no objection to delivering mail to the second floor.

 

The committee has researched several professionally designed local lobbies to obtain ideas for more extensive changes.  Photos have been taken for future review.  Several themes have been suggested, including Cocoa history, nautical, tropical, and elegant.  Suggestions have included wall murals, columns, old Cocoa photographs, and tile mosaics on the floor, among other things. We presently have two proposals from decorators.  However, until we have a better handle on how much money might be available to use for lobby decoration, we will not be able to move forward.  Therefore, long-term and more expensive changes will be addressed in October when our residents return from their summer retreats and we have a better idea on what the budget will bear.

 

 

Elevator Hiccup?

We have been informed by Otis that when there is a power surge, the elevator will drop slightly and hesitate.  Since summer is a time of power surges, don’t be surprised if this happens to you.  It’s not dangerous, just unpleasant.

 

 

Whitley Bay Hires Urgent Appraisals to Do Reserves Study

It has long been recognized by our Board of Directors that the original reserves study done by Dreux-Isaacs Associates before our condominium was even completed is inaccurate.  In order to be sure that we are funding our reserves adequately, it is necessary to obtain a more relevant study which takes into account repair work done after the 2004-2005 hurricanes and in cooperation with Benko over the past four years.  Thanks to the efforts of Larry Ramsay, we have now hired Urgent Appraisals to do an updated reserves study for $1,000.

 

Pipe Painting Continues

The pipe painting project is one that is frequently interrupted by more pressing issues and therefore will be continuing intermittently for some time. We have taken down the warning notice in the elevator.  Just be sure not to park where the crew has placed cones for your own safety.

 

Parking Committee Needs Help

The parking committee is in need of a few volunteers who would be willing to patrol the parking areas at night to make sure all parked vehicles are in compliance with the Whitley Bay Parking Rules and Regulations.  If you are interested in helping out in this area or would like more information, please contact Diane Verner at 638-3592.

 

Storage Space Available

There are still some storage spaces available.  If you have not already been assigned a space and would like one, please contact Don Verner at 636-3592.

 

 

Vital Reminders for Everyone

 

Potential Insurance Rider

Unit owners are reminded that it may be possible for you to get a rider on your homeowners’ insurance that will provide you with money in case of a special assessment by the board.  You should check with your homeowners insurance to see if one is available for you.

 

No Food or Glass in Pool Area

We just want to remind everyone that no food or glass containers are allowed in the pool area for safety and sanitation reasons.  Please use only paper or plastic cups for liquid refreshments.

 

The Watchdog Water Alarm

Since we have had several problems with water leaks in our building, it is recommended that each unit owner purchase one or more Watchdog Water Alarms.  It is an effective early warning system for use near sinks, laundry rooms, water heaters, and

air conditioning drain tubes.  It will detect leaks before they cause costly damage.  They are available at Home Depot for $10.00.

 

 

Who Should I Contact If---?

 

In case of a life threatening emergency such as fire, call 911.

 

For any issue related to building maintenance or cleaning, call Jesse Taylor at 626-8625.

 

For security, documentation, legal or billing matters, call Reconcilable Differences at 321-799-0660.

 

 

In the last issue of the newsletter, we included several reminders for residents about condominium living. 

The two issues  below, open doors and trash disposal,  continue to be problematic. 

Please read this portion very carefully and comply.

 We all thank you for your cooperation.

 

1. Keeping the Doors CLOSED Makes Us All More Secure

 

2. To enhance our safety, it is important not to leave doors propped open for any reason at any time, unless the owner or his designee are supervising the entranceway.  Keep this in mind when having furniture delivered, expecting workmen who must unload equipment and so on. 

 

3. Don’t open the lobby door if anyone suspicious is outside—you wouldn’t open your unit door if you didn’t know who the person was outside.  Use the same common sense here.

 

4. Always close the door behind you when you leave.  Take extra safety precautions when walking your dog at night. 

 

5. Don’t let anyone in the building unless you know who they are visiting and have confirmed that the resident is home. 

 

6. For your personal unit, it’s advisable to add a dead bolt.  Keep your unit door locked.  The units all contain security systems which you can arrange to have monitored.

 

Where Do I Put My Trash?

For newcomers, emptying the trash and recycling can be confusing.  The trash chute on each floor is located on the west side of the building.  Only 13-gallon garbage bags that are securely tied may be dropped down the chute.  ALL trash dropped down the chute MUST be BAGGED—no exceptions! Not even pizza boxes!

It’s your responsibility to ensure that all movers and workers in your unit take their trash with them.

Large trash & recycles must be taken to the ground floor.  Trash should be bagged if possible, & deposited directly into the dumpster located behind a locked door on the west side of the building.  Your common door key will work for that door.  The trash cans located in the garages are only for small items, such as the trash you might remove from your car. 

The recycling bins for newspapers, plastics, glass, and aluminum are located in the ground level garage on either side of the door leading to the second floor garage ramp.  On Tuesday afternoons, the dumpsters are moved outside the west garage door for pickup on Wednesday morning.  If you do not see the dumpsters in their usual location, look for them there.

The dumpster on the north side of the west entry driveway is for cardboard only.  Please break down the cardboard boxes before you place them into the dumpster.

Plastic containers are large volume, taking up a lot of space.  Please crush them as much as possible before tossing them in the bin. 

 

 

Chef Don Verner Cooks A Mean Fish!

The last Social Committee event of the season took place on April 5, 2008 in the recreation room.   Under the direction of Diane Verner, the Social Committee provided 50 residents with a good old-fashioned southern fish fry.  Highlight of the menu, of course, were the delicious catfish and tilapia provided by Chef Don Verner despite the soggy weather conditions. 

 

Because so many people leave town for the summer, the Social Committee has found that events planned during the summer months are not well attended and often cancelled.  For that reason there will be no more planned events until September when the residents return to the roost.  Cheers to the Social Committee for a job well-done.

 

                                                                              

                       Chef Don Verner                              Fred & Tina Petrone, Elizabeth Sickler              Bob & Judy Shrader, Dori Clark, Anne O’Flaherty

 

 

What’s Happening?

Charles Steinberg (701) has recently purchased a building on the corner of Brevard and Derby in Cocoa Village to which he has relocated his law practice.  His business was announced in the April edition of the City of Cocoa newsletter.  Congratulations on your acquisition and move, Charles.

 

Nancy Reynolds (PH01) (below) celebrated her birthday at Chalet Suzanne in February before returning to Kentucky.  Many happy returns, Nancy.

 

 

Captain Willie Barrere (1105) sent a wonderful narrative complete with photos of his last trip from Charleston to Bombay and back aboard the freighter he captains.  The photo below is one of him apparently freezing to death in the Mediterranean.  The snow-covered mountains of Crete loom in the background.

 

 

 

  

Tony & Anne O’Flaherty (404) attended the bittersweet Kentucky Derby last month.  Tony raises thoroughbreds in Ireland.

 

Monday Night Dinners Grow Bigger!

For several years, a group of residents have met in the lobby at 6:00 P.M. Monday nights to go to dinner.  The popularity of this weekly event has grown to the point that some nights we have as many as 20 people.  A look at the smiling faces below will tell you why.  Come join us if you’d like.

 

                                                                                                              

                                           Becky Sanders                                          Joe Whitley                                          Vicki Spencer

 

Happy Birthday to Us

We would like to begin listing all condo residents who have celebrated a birthday or special occasion in the past quarter.  Of course we cannot do so unless you notify us about these occasions and so this newsletter will leave out a lot of people.  In the future, please let us know when and what you are celebrating!

 

Happy Birthday to Betsy Clark (501), Nancy Reynolds (PH01), Larry Ramsay (306), Diane Verner (805), Cindy & Charlie Perrone (1106) and

Becky Sanders (503). 

 

Happy Anniversary to Becky & Wayne Sanders (503) and Tom & Carol Jensen (504).

 

 

Welcome, New Residents

A belated welcome to Whitley Bay to our most recent newcomers: Joan Crawford in 406 and Mike and Daralyn Crawford in 506.

Joan has lived in Brevard County since 1961 and is a real Cocoa old-timer.  She has been buying, renovating and selling houses and condos since 1974.

Mike is a general contractor at Lightholder Construction Company.  He and Daralyn are living here while waiting for their house to be completed.

RDI has notified us that we will have a new tenant moving into 1201 soon.  Their names are Jerry and Connie Smith.  Jerry is retired and Connie is a flight attendant.  They are renting for one year, starting June 15th.  They just sold a home at Whitley Bay West.

 

Although we hope you will have no need to refer to it this season, we thought it wise that we reprint the Whitley Bay Condominium Association hurricane plan below.  These last two pages can be easily printed out or removed from the hardcopy if

you wish to keep the plan on file for future use. 

 

From the Editor’s Desk

Thanks to everybody for all the praise and positive suggestions for the newsletter.  Some very excellent ideas may be a little difficult to implement until we find a way to obtain the information.  For example, it was suggested that we list everyone who had a birthday during the past quarter, but we don’t have access to that information. So this newsletter’s beginning attempt to recognize our residents’ special occasions is pathetically inadequate and even appears self-serving, since the editors naturally know more about themselves and their neighbors than others.  Let’s rectify this!  In the future please notify us if you are celebrating something special! 

 

It was also suggested that we introduce new residents to you.  Unfortunately, even the board has difficulty keeping up with the moves in the building.  This should improve with the help of RDI.  However, if you know of or happen to be a new resident, please contact us at the e-mail below.

 

A great big thank you to everyone who sent pictures and information for publication!  Keep it coming.  Let us know when you find out about

something that you think warrants mentioning in our newsletter.  And continue to make suggestions.  All contributions are greatly appreciated.

 

Because both of the newsletter editors will be gone for the month of September, the next issue will not come out until October.  Just a head’s up so you won’t be disappointed.  Beverly and I will both be exploring the wild, Wild West!

 

Editorial Contacts:

Carol Jensen, Editor drgender@cfl.rr.com

Beverly McNally, Assistant Editor  Bevsilks@aol.com

 

 

 

Hurricane Plan

 

Board members will send out a notice of who on the board will be available during hurricane preparations.  All residents will notify their respective Floor Captain of their plans of staying or leaving.  All residents who will not be staying must leave a phone number where they can be reached in an emergency.  Floor Captains are to report listings to the available board member(s) that will be present during the hurricane. 

 

Hurricane Alert (48 hours from landfall)

 

Residents should perform the following:

Verify that your shutter battery pack is charged.

Make sure you have a hard line phone.

Place freezer ice in large plastic bags and continue to make ice.

Fill your car gas tanks.

Ensure your hurricane checklist is completed.  Included in this list are candles, flash lights with new batteries, important papers, such as insurance policies secured in sealed plastic bags, photographs secured in sealed plastic containers.

Make sure you have cash available.

 

Residents who are evacuating:

Shut off water to your unit.

Notify the board of updated contact information.

Notify your floor captain if you garage unit will be available for a neighbor to use if you won’t be here.

Ensure that hurricane shutters are down.

 

 

Whitley Bay Board Officials will perform the following:

Determine which board members, floor captains, or residents will be available for any hurricane damage assessment and for the point of contact for residents after the hurricane passes.  Areas to assess will include the pool area, generators, air

conditioning system, roof damage, flooding, etc.  Install plywood disc covers over exhaust fans

outside buildings, as required. 

 

Ensure all loose material and equipment is moved inside building.  Tie down equipment that cannot be placed inside.

 

Hurricane Warning (24 hours from landfall with 50 knot winds)

 

Residents will perform the following:

Clean out bathtubs with bleach and fill tubs at least half full of cold water.  This water may be used to wash dishes or flush toilets, as necessary, if water is out for an extended period of time.

Bring all outside doorway mats, plants, pots, and decorations inside.

Secure power on all equipment.

 

Hurricane Warning (12 hours prior to landfall with 50 knot winds)

 

Whitley Bay Board Officials will perform the following:

Make final inspection and preparedness review.

Lock down elevators prior to achieving 40 mile hour winds.  The wind speed concern is a precautionary measure since lockout requires walking on the roof to get to the Elevator Mechanical Room located on the roof.  High winds make this a safety concern. 

Elevator Lock-Out Key, Roof Access, and Mechanical Room Key are located in the Whitley Bay Office Lock Box. 

Take elevator to 12th floor.  Walk up to elevator room located on the roof level.  A key is necessary to access the roof area.  In addition, a Maintenance Room key is required to access both the Mechanical Room and Elevator Room areas.  Keys are located in the office.  Pull elevator #1 and #2 breaker switches.  These are located in the Elevator Room on the left-hand side as you enter the elevator room. 

 

After the hurricane, recovery efforts will consist of the following actions:

 

Whitley Bay Board Officials will perform the following:

Elevators will be restored to normal use when threat of flooding has passed by the following actions:  Re-set breakers located in the roof elevator room.  Walk to the 12th floor and unlock elevators with elevator Lock-Out Key.  Elevators should be in service; if not, contact assessment personnel regarding possible elevator damage.  Note: elevators will operate even though power is lost as long as the Whitley Bay emergency generator is operating.

Set meeting with assessment personnel to compile a listing of damage.

Schedule a meeting with residents, as soon as possible, to provide a status of damage and any safety concerns.

In case of power loss: Generators will be monitored for fuel use with fuel being ordered as required.  Normal use on a full tank of fuel is 3-4 days.  Ensure that generator fuel tank is refilled as soon as possible after power is back on.

 

Residents will perform the following:

If power is lost, set the circuit breaker to the off position.  This will reduce the possibility of power surges and damage to electronic components when power is returned to service. 

Once power is back on, you should reset your air conditioning by the following procedure:

(1) turn off all air conditioning units at thermostat

(2) proceed to breaker box and turn breaker to ON position (breaker should be labeled A/H/U on panel).

(3) turn on air conditioner unit at thermostat and set temperature to approximately 4-6 degrees below room temperature.  If system is not blowing cool air in 5-10 minutes, repeat above reset steps.

Listen to announcements made available by TV and radio.

Be extremely careful when exiting or walking around the grounds as there may be loose tiles from the roof, downed power lines, etc.

Remember to ensure that all garbage disposed of is packaged securely.

 

Minimize the use of water and toilet.

Continuously listen to status updates and general public service announcements.

 

Emergency Shutter Battery Use

 

Each owner has an emergency 400 watt shutter supply battery that came with his unit.  The battery, or Compact Power Generator, will open the shutters in the event of a major power failure.  With the CPG you should also have a charging plug which plugs into an outlet for charging the CPG and a power cord.  The power cord connects the CPG to your shutters to provide emergency power.  The power system also has an emergency light at one end that can be used as a light source, similar to a large flashlight.  Every unit owner is encouraged to review the Users Manual before an emergency to insure you understand how it operates.  Here are a few key bits of information which may help your understanding of the CPG.  For starters, remember this: the charger will turn off automatically when it is fully charged; however, leave it plugged in at all times. 

1. The CPG must be plugged in at all times to ensure a fully charged battery pack is available when needed, before the power goes out.

2.  The charger main power switch must be turned OFF while charging.  This switch is located by itself on the upper right hand side.

3.  When checking the battery a) turn on main power switch; b) turn the AC power switch to ON  (This is located on the left hand side of the charger.) c) if fully charged, the battery light and low battery light will illuminate green.  If the low battery light is flashing, the battery is not fully charged.

4.  To use the CPG to open shutters a) plug the three pronged power cord which came with the unit into the outlet on the end of the CPG. There is a separate plug in for each set of shutters; b) turn both the main power switch and the AC power switch to the ON positions; c) remove the plastic cover under the shutter switches to expose the three pronged plug; d) turn the shutter power switch to the OFF position.  Plug the CPG into the shutters you intend to open and flip the shutter switch.  The shutters should open.

 


 

The Whitley Bay Condominium Association Newsletter - Spring 2008

 

Monthly Condo Fees Reduced!

 

Due to the deliberately inflated budgeting process used by George Reiswig in order to keep us in the black during 2007, to the excellent management of our secretary-treasurer, Diane Whitley, and to the engineering and mechanical genius of Jess Taylor, Whitley Bay experienced something this year that is rarely seen in condominium associations.  We had a surplus of about $62,000 when 2008 was ushered in! 

 

Our condominium documents require that we do one of two things with the excess: (1) return it to the owners as a credit to the 2008 budget, lowering the monthly fee or (2) put it into reserves.  Many owners wanted to see the monthly fees reduced.  Others wanted to see our reserves more fully funded. 

 

The Board decided therefore, to return $18,000 of the excess to the owners by reducing the monthly fee to $525 effective April 1, 2008.  And $22,000 was consigned to the combined reserves.  The remaining $22,000 was set aside for possible expenses which did not materialize in 2007.  If those funds are not needed in 2008, they will be consigned to the reserves as well.  Congratulations to our managing team for a job well done!

 

 

Whitley Bay Hires Management Company

 

After reviewing proposals and interviewing references for three highly recommended management companies, the Board of Directors voted to contract with Reconcilable Differences, Inc. at the March 12th meeting.  RDI was chosen because it met several of the unique requirements considered important by our board. 

  

They will provide bookkeeping and secretarial services, attend our monthly meetings, and walk the building once a week.  They will recommend contractors and vendors and help us negotiate with them.  They assist in covenant enforcements, provide on-call service for emergencies, and keep abreast of the Florida statutes for issues relating to condominiums. 

 

We will remain responsible for oversight of the contractors we hire and for the supervision of our employees, a function Jess Taylor has been serving and wishes to continue.  

 

Additionally, they will allow us to review our own bills and determine their accuracy before passing them on for payment, which will prevent some of the problems we experienced in the past with Space Coast Management.  RDI uses QuickBooks, the accounting program that we have been using, thus eliminating the set-up fee.  They don’t object to our use of Prime Bank, which has been very good to us over the past year. 

 

Michelle Dugan, President of Reconcilable Differences, encourages owners and tenants here at Whitley Bay Condominium to notify the management company at 321-799-0660 of any building maintenance requests, including emergency 24 hour service for those situations that do not require a 911 call. 

 

RDI will provide residents help with documents concerning insurance, legal or billing matters related to the condominium.  Please do not use the Whitley Bay phone number for the above requests.  Doing so will only delay a response.

 

We are looking forward to a productive and rewarding relationship with RDI.

 

 

Flood Damages Recreation Room Just Before Super Bowl Sunday

 

On January 18, 2008, a broken water pipe in the ceiling of the recreation room flooded the facility causing approximately $70,000 worth of damage.  Thanks to the superior efforts of ServiceMaster and Lightholder Building Contractors, the room and furniture were dried out, the ceiling replaced and the room repainted in time for the Super Bowl party on February 3. 

 

Nobody noticed the missing baseboards because all eyes were on the New England Patriots and the New York Giants on our new 46 inch television set, mounted on the north wall complements of Jess Taylor.  Karl Hunt organized the annual football pool and attendees brought delicious hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and desserts for eating during the game.  A good time was had by all.

    

There is still some repair work to be done, (i.e., installation of ceiling insulation and reattachment of baseboards), which will be completed now that Citizen’s Insurance has reimbursed us almost $75,000.

 

 

Annual Meeting Held

February 28th

 

Over sixty condo owners attended the February 28th annual meeting in the recreation room.  The social committee provided a hamburger and hotdog cookout.  New policy and procedure manuals were distributed.   Jess Taylor, President of the Board of Directors, provided an update on the status of maintenance issues on the property.  He is still negotiating with Best Shutters and Benko on resolving the hurricane shutter problems.  Otherwise the condominium is in good shape. 

                                                           

The membership voted to fund the reserves at the current level ($21.01 per unit per month) and to adopt the pooled reserve account method to manage our reserve accounts.  Tom Jensen distributed certificates of appreciation to owners who have served the condominium association in some capacity this year. 

 

Jess introduced the 2008 Board of Directors: Jess Taylor, President; Brock McNally, Vice President; Tom Jensen, Secretary; Ted Clark, Treasurer; and Ralph Perrone, Member-at-large.  Welcome to the new Directors and a heartfelt thank you to those who so diligently served in 2007.

 

 

Lobby Renovations ---

 To Be or Not to Be?

 

A group of interested condo owners met for an informal meeting regarding the possibility of redecorating our lobby on February 12th in the Recreation Room.  At the invitation of Jess Taylor, Mike Crawford of Lightholder Building Contractors presented his proposal for renovations complete with samples and cost estimate.  Estimates ranged from $30,000-$60,000 depending on the scope of the project and materials used.

 

Our condo documents require a majority vote of the homeowners to proceed with extensive renovations and upgrades, while minor redecorating, such as repainting are considered maintenance and can be done without such approval. 

 

It was decided that a decorating committee be formed to further study the issue.  The formation of the decorating committee will be on the next Board meeting agenda.   If you are interested in serving on that committee, contact Beverly McNally at 631-1092.

 

 

2008 Whitley Bay Committees

 

We have several standing committees at Whitley Bay and we can always use more volunteers to serve. 

 

In particular, we need volunteer to be Floor Captain on the 7th and 12th floors.  Floor captains serve as the point of contact for the residents on their floor to answer questions about the building or the association, to welcome newcomers and acquaint them with the rules, to provide parking passes for guests, to collect resident information for our files, and so on. 

 

A list of Floor Captains is also posted on the bulletin board in the lobby.

 

                                                                                                 Floor Captains

 

                            Third Floor:                        Anne Diaz                                         (Unit 302)                                       636-5442

   

                            Fourth Floor:                      Jeff Casterline & Bill Coleman           (Unit 403)                                        690-1270

   

                            Fifth Floor:                         Carol & Tom Jensen                         (Unit 504)                                        433-1441

 

                            Sixth Floor:                        Merrily Jensen                                   (Unit 603)                                        431-3909

 

                            Seventh Floor:                                     ---- We need a volunteer ----

 

                            Eighth Floor:                      Diane Verner                                     (Unit 805)                                       638-3592

 

                            Ninth Floor:                        Brock & Beverly McNally                  (Unit 902)                                       631-1092

 

                            Tenth Floor:                       Alex Sinilnikoff                                   (Unit 1002)                                     504-0770

 

                            Eleventh Floor:                  Cindy Perrone                                    (Unit 1106)                                     631-0580

 

                            Twelfth Floor:                                      ---- We need a volunteer ----

 

                            Penthouse Floor:                Shirley Jaffe                                       (PH 3)                                            633-4709

 

Other committees and their duties include:

 

(1) Social Committee plans and executes all festivities for homeowners; installs and removes all holiday decorations, chaired by Diane Verner

(2) Parking Committee oversees the parking garages and parking lots, keeps up-to-date records, and issues warning tickets to violators, also chaired by Diane Verner

 

(3) Exercise Committee oversees the use of gym facilities and equipment, chaired by Becky Sanders

 

(4) Storage Room Committee oversees the storage areas on each floor, chaired by Don Verner

 

(5) Finance/Budget Committee works with the treasurer and management company to design and implement appropriate financial and accounting policy and procedures, internal financial controls, and the production of accurate, timely financial budgets and reports, chaired by Larry Ramsay.

    

Additionally, the board will appoint an ad hoc committee from time to time to attend to transient issues that arise, such as the decorating committee for the lobby.  If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact the committee chair or a board member.

 

 

Financial Review Available

 

The Condominium Association’s CPA has completed the financial review for 2007.  If any owner would like to have a copy, the Board can send one via e-mail or snail mail.  If you only want to read the review, there is a copy in the white notebook in the kitchen in the recreation room. 

 

P.S.  The white notebook also contains the minutes and treasurer’s reports for all board and member meetings.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

 

The Social Committee is planning a fish fry for April 5, 2008, in the recreation room at 5:00 P.M.  Details will follow.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the elevators.

 

 

New Policy and Procedures Manual Available

 

Most of you received your policy and procedures manuals at the annual meeting.  For renters and residents who did not attend the meeting, please contact Tom or Carol Jensen at 433-1441 for your newly updated and expanded manual. 

 

The information in this manual should be thoroughly digested.  In particular, for those of you who rent out your units, we call your attention to the section on application to lease and lease approval. 

 

 

Workout Room

 

Residents are “enjoying” the now mildew-free workout room.  A survey will be posted to assist the Fitness Committee identify equipment, times the facility is used the most, and how many residents use the room.  This will help in planning new purchases and in equipment replacement. 

 

The current layout may be changed to fit new usage requirements of the participants. 

 

The soon-to-be-formed decorating committee will not only look at layout, but a new paint scheme.  Hopefully a consensus will be found for a color scheme and layout, the Board will approve it, and a work committee will make it all come together.  It’ll be a “Paint & Party” time!

 

 

 Vital Reminders for Everyone

 

Keeping the Doors CLOSED Makes Us All More Secure

 

As most of you know, we’ve had some security issues in this building in the past. 

 

To enhance our safety, it is important not to leave doors propped open for any reason at any time, unless the owner or his designee are supervising the entranceway.  Keep this in mind when having furniture delivered, expecting workmen who must unload equipment and so on. 

 

Don’t open the lobby door if anyone suspicious is outside—you wouldn’t open your unit door if you didn’t know who the person was outside.  Use the same common sense here.

 

Always close the door behind you when you leave.  Take extra safety precautions when walking your dog at night. 

 

Don’t let anyone in the building unless you know who they are visiting and have confirmed that the resident is home. 

 

For your personal unit, it’s advisable to add a dead bolt.  Keep your unit door locked.  The units all contain security systems which you can arrange to have monitored.

 

 

Who Should I Contact If---?

 

Now that we have a management company, this is an easy question to answer. 

 

In case of a life threatening emergency such as fire, call 911

 

For any issue related to building maintenance, security, documentation, legal or billing matters, call Reconcilable Differences at 321-799-0660.

 

 

Keep a Flashlight in Your Unit

 

During a power outage, elevators stop working and the emergency lighting in the stairwells and garages do not function until the generator begins working.  A flashlight is very handy for such emergencies.  Those stairs are pitch black!

 

 

Where Are the Water Shut-Offs?

 

As most of you know, we have had a number of floods due to plumbing problems in the building. 

 

It is extremely important that you know where to shut off the water in your unit.  The water shut-off valves are located under the air conditioners behind a little gray door.

 

It is also recommended that each unit have The Watchdog Water Alarm which can be purchased at Home Depot ($10) to detect leaks under sinks, spas and air conditioners.

 

NOTE:  If you plan on having plumbing work done which would require the water being shut off, the Board needs 48 hours notice in order to notify everyone in your stack of the water turnoff.

 

 

Where Do I Put My Trash?

 

For newcomers, emptying the trash and recycling can be confusing.  The trash chute on each floor is located on the west side of the building.  Only 13-gallon garbage bags that are securely tied may be dropped down the chute.  ALL trash dropped down the chute MUST be bagged—no exceptions!

 

It’s your responsibility to ensure that movers and workers in your unit take all their trash with them.

 

Large trash & recycles must be taken to the ground floor.  Trash should be bagged if possible, & deposited directly into the dumpster located behind a locked door on the west side of the building.  Your common door key will work for that door. 

 

The trash cans located in the garages are only for small items, such as the trash you might remove from your car. 

   

The recycling bins for newspapers, plastics, glass, and aluminum are located in the ground level garage on either side of the door leading to the second floor garage ramp.  On Tuesday afternoons, the dumpsters are moved outside the west garage door for pickup on Wednesday morning.  If you do not see the dumpsters in their usual location, look for them there.

 

The dumpster on the north side of the west entry driveway is for cardboard only.  Please break down the cardboard boxes before you place them into the dumpster. 

 

Plastic containers are large volume, taking up a lot of space.  Please crush them as much as possible before tossing them in the bin. 

 

 

 

What’s Up With Our Residents?

 

Several of our residents were seen in the Florida Today newspaper this past month.  Cindy and Ralph Perrone were King and Queen of Mardi Gras in Cocoa, March 8th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantal Leconte was chairwoman of the second annual “Go Red For Women” luncheon presented by the American Heart Association, February 27.

 

       

 

We express our sympathy to Ralph Perrone and his family upon the death of his mother, Estelle.  She died on Thursday, March 13, just short of her 77th birthday.  A celebration of life memorial was held at the Whitley Bay Recreation Center on Saturday, March 15.  Ralph’s father, Charlie, will be joining Ralph & Cindy here in Whitley Bay. 

 

Diane & Joe Whitley (Unit 1205) are spending most of their time at their Franklin, NC farm this winter.  Construction of a new garage with living quarters on top is taking all of their attention these days.  Joe’s boat, The Dealer, misses him.

 

 

Former resident Janie Cox, now Janie Senner, is busy learning about the Chinese culture as she works as a missionary in Taipei, Taiwan, China.  She’s involved in teaching English, proofreading, and teaching one of her interests, creating stained glass.  She and husband Ed are also visiting some of the sights.

 

 

The Newsletter Concept

 

This is the first newsletter we have had in almost two years and it has been sorely missed by the residents.  So often residents cannot or do not attend the board meetings or social functions (or work out in the exercise room where all the news can be heard), and are therefore in the dark about what is going on here at Whitley Bay. 

 

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep everyone informed about the progress being made to resolve the various problems that arise in normal condominium living, as well as to provide you with vital information that will help to avoid those problems. 

 

My intention is to write one of these a quarter, to be published in March, June, September and December.  I would love to have input from all residents about what you would like to see in the newsletter, so please don’t hesitate to contact me with suggestions or questions.

  

Additionally, we’d like to help you keep up with each other socially and to that end will add a little social news to the letter each issue.  We will need help with that from you.  So let me know what’s happening!

 

Editorial Contacts:

Carol Jensen, Editor drgender@cfl.rr.com

Beverly McNally, Assistant Editor  Bevsilks@aol.com