Aquatic Maintenance Update
Dear Valued Residents,
you are aware, the maintenance and care of our ponds here at Southshore
Falls has always been an important topic for all, your Board of Directors
included. Last year, a change was made to contract Florida Lake and Pond
in the management of the Associations aquatics program, after they
successfully assisted in the remediation of the West side of the
Canal. As of late, our challenges with the aquatics of the
community have resurfaced, and the Board has been working diligently,
alongside the Access Team, and with the support of the Transition
Committee in reassessing our service needs. The Florida Lake and
Pond team lead by Mr. Hubbell have done a good job in trying to resolve
our concerns, however we believe, at this time a change to a more local company
with long standing experience in dealing with similar challenges as those
experienced at Southshore Falls is a prudent decision. We would like to
take a moment to thank Mr. Hubbell with Florida Lake and Pond for his
recent hard work and dedication and hope to work together in the future
in similar venues. During the search conducted last year along with
Florida Lake and Pond, a company named Aquatic Systems was
considered. After our most recent diligence Aquatic Systems was
identified as a vendor willing and capable of guiding us through our
aquatics management and they will be taking over the maintenance of the
community water bodies effective immediately. Along with the Access
Management team, the Board of Directors has worked diligently to put a
plan into place. The plan is available on the Southshore Falls website
for further review.
Systems is a local company with an office in Apollo beach that has 30+
years in the business and has invested in research and development to
understand the underlying causes of algae bloom and invasive plant
growth, midge fly invasion, muck, odors and water clarity/health issues.
As stewards of the beautiful Florida environment they seek to limit
herbicide applications whenever possible while achieving great results.
Below you will find a few
bullet points to touch on key items in relation to The Aquatic Management
Plan. (The water body numbers listed below are identified on the map
- Overall improved water quality expected in 3-4
- The realistic expectation and intention of this
plan is to enhance the aesthetics of the various water bodies within
6-9 months or minimizing algae blooms and invasive plant species.
- On the littoral shelves, our plan is to control
the nutrients of the water and soil through the use of appropriate
chemical treatments improving the environment of the shelf and
allowing 18-24 months for healthy green cattails to fill the shelf.
- Canal 4, ponds 7 and 8 will have a 3 to 5 foot
water barrier/perimeter around the littoral shelf.
- Cattails can take 18-24 months to grow to full
maturity from 0ft to8 ft.
- Canal 4 will have SWFWMD approved plantings
placed on it in 2-3 months.
- All littoral shelf plantings will be maintained
on the shelf as identified by the stakes on the banks.
Recognizing that this is
a summary of the proposed plan, we encourage you to see the entire plan
as presented on the website for the community or by clicking these two
links (Aquatic Management Plan / SSF Waterway Inspection Report June 2014).
While we are certain this plan will not please everyone that abuts a body
of water, we are confident that careful diligence along with an improved
scope of work and a plan which includes short and long term measurements,
we will be able to ensure a better managed aquatic environment. Our
short term expectation is to see improved water quality in 3 to 4 months
and fully restored aesthetic value in 18-24 months. We will
continue to observe the critical checkpoints of these dates and carefully
manage the Aquatic Systems team.
This process has been a
very slow and carefully executed matter. One that required
tremendous patience of the homeowners that are directly affected by the
water bodies in our community, for this we are thankful. We
committed to working together, we committed to delivering a plan and we
remain committed to seeing it through. Thank you, for your patience
as we work together to improve our community.
On behalf of the Board of
Cascade Falls Drive
Beach, Florida 33572
Aquatics Waterway Inspection June 2014
Aquatics Management Plan
COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE
The Transition Committee Members of Southshore Falls
Homeowners Association, Inc. has called a Meeting. The meeting will take place on the date, time
and place noted herein. As a member of
the Association you are invited to attend this meeting
DATE: First and Third Monday
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Southshore Falls Wellspring
Cascade Falls Lane, Apollo Beach, Fl 33572
PURPOSE: First meeting of the month is open,
the third is a working meeting.
July 7, 21, 2014
AGENDA: As required by law, the meeting
agenda is included with this notice
CALL TO ORDER
PROOF OF NOTICE
PROOF OF QUORUM
COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE
The Architectural Committee Members of Southshore Falls Homeowners Association, Inc. has called a Meeting. The meeting will take place on the date, time and place noted herein. As a member of the Association you are invited to attend this meeting
TIME: First Thursday at 1:00 PM study requests
Second Thursday at 10:00 AM study requests
Third Thursday at 10:00 AM decisions
Forth Thursday results delivered to Homeowner
PLACE: Southshore Falls Wellspring Club.
5831 Cascade Falls Lane, Apollo Beach, Fl 33572
PURPOSE: To study and rule on architectural requests
CALL TO ORDER
PROOF OF NOTICE
PROOF OF QUORUM
Assessments must be received by the 5th of the month or will be subject to a $25.00 late fee plus 18% interest.
Assessment Rates in January 2013
Harbour Homes Single Family 238.84
Shore Villas (Doubles) 240.69
Bayside Quad Villas 226.99
The assessments are due at the beginning of each month. Assessments may be paid ahead of time but must arrive no later than the 5th of the first month of any period you intend to pay. Late fees are $25.00 and interest applied is 18%. Please contact me if you are having trouble paying the assessments. We can discuss any differences and create a payment plan.
If you have not received your coupon books for the new year, please contact Cathy in the Clubhouse. Call or Email 813,641.3616 Csobrito@accessyourcommunity.com
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE WILD ANIMALS
Most of the animals you see in Florida (aside from your neighbor's pets) are wild. They are beautiful. But they can carry disease and can become aggressive if they feel threatened. Feeding them only draws them into your space, dangerous for all concerned
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