SSPOA President’s Message – January 2019
Happy New Year!
Greetings friends and neighbors. I hope everyone spent a wonderful holiday season, either on the island or on the mainland, with family and friends. Many mainlanders made their way down the Keys to experience the holidays in the tropics. This was evident by our extended wait time to make a left onto the highway from South Point Drive or the Boulevard and the traffic in town.
The New Year is often a time of reflection. The retrospectives flow across our television screens recounting the pivotal events and the passing of celebrities, politicians, and influencers during the past year. Individually, many of us take the opportunity to look back at our accomplishments as well as failures and perhaps set a new course for the year ahead.
The New Year is the time for resolutions, making promises to either ourselves or others about how we will change or improve our lives during the months ahead. The notion of waiting for the New Year to make resolutions is odd since we should take the opportunity to self-reflect and change course throughout the year, not just at the turning of the calendar.
For my family, there are many significant changes as we enter this New Year. The greatest of which is our decision to move from Sugarloaf to Key West to be closer to and care for my (our) mother. Arriving at this decision was neither easy nor quick, rather it developed over time and has become, at present, the most practical and reasonable for us.
When the cold winds of winter pushed us down to all parts of South Florida, the first vacation we spent in the Keys in 2002 we were immediately drawn in and hooked. In 2005, there was no question where we wanted to purchase our home. Sugarloaf Shores is one of the most fantastic and unique neighborhoods across the chain of islands. Like many of us, we experienced the magic of Sugarloaf and of the Florida Keys and realized that this was going to be our new home.
During the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to become involved in our neighborhood and in the greater community. We have made many new friends and we have enjoyed the “island life.” I’m sure you would agree that it doesn’t get any better than sitting in a beach chair on the sandbar at Marvin, looking across the water dotted with mangrove islands, or kayaking through the creeks, or bike riding under the palm trees along Sugarloaf Boulevard to the jumping bridge or Sammy’s Creek. This is paradise.
I am so very thankful to have had the opportunity to serve on the Sugarloaf Shores Property Owners Association board for seven years, and to have served as the president of the association during these past four years. I am also very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a group of dedicated volunteer board members who tirelessly and selflessly work for our community.
I look forward to seeing you at our next membership meeting on Tuesday, January 29 at the firehouse. The social begins at 6:00pm followed by the meeting at 6:30pm. During the meeting, we will present the new slate of board members and officers on which you will vote during the February membership meeting. We will also bring you up to date on several issues in our community such as the Section F housing project, the proposed radio tower on Blimp Road, and canal debris clean up. We hope you can join us!
Thank you again for your support. We will miss our Sugarloaf community.
May each and every one of you have a prosperous, joyful, and healthy new year.
Please be safe, be neighborly, and enjoy paradise!