SSPOA President’s Message – May 2018
Time marches on, seemingly more quickly with each passing year. It waits for no one. Perhaps these past eight months since Irma have appeared to elapse unapologetically faster than usual as we turn the calendar page to June. How can it be that as many continue to rebuild, repair, or still wait for insurance and contractors that a new tropical season for which we must prepare is upon us?
There are many lessons learned from Irma. The County, the municipalities, and several local organizations including the school district have taken the opportunity to review their hurricane procedures in an effort to improve their preparedness and response. SSPOA is no exception.
Vice president Pam Pameijer led a committee which collected input and lessons learned from residents and drafted a hurricane preparedness guide which provides useful information on what to do in advance of a storm, during (for those who choose not to evacuate), and after. The report will be available to all residents on the hurricane preparedness tab of our website at www.sugarloafer.org. For additional information, you may visit the Monroe County Emergency Management website at www.monroecountyem.com.
As we continue to repair our properties and replace landscaping, your beautification committee has reviewed and assessed the condition of the right of way along the bike path, the approaches to the boulevard bridge, and the entrance to South Point.
During our April membership meeting, we heard from beautification committee chair Huguet Pameijer whose committee developed a multi-staged plan to replace missing palm trees along Sugarloaf Boulevard, improve the green space along the bike path, and improve the entrance to South Point Drive.
After an informative an thorough presentation, members in attendance authorized the board to approve up to $8,000 towards the committee’s phase 1 proposal to fill in along the bike path with large, more mature palm trees. The committee hopes to have the trees purchased and planted during the summer to take advantage of the rainy season.
During the summer, your SSPOA board will continue to follow issues which directly impact our community, especially items our public policy chair, Stuart Schaffer, has been following such as proposed policy changes pertaining to density and development of workforce housing, funding for the boulevard bridge, and removal of Irma debris from our canals.
While there is uncertainty if the tropics in the Keys will be active or calm this summer, it’s most certain that it will be a very active season on the political front. It has been said that our U.S. Representative race will be the most watched congressional race in the nation. Other races to watch include Florida U.S. Senate race, state governor, state attorney, our county commissioner seat, and Keys Energy utility board for which we will now have the opportunity to elect a board member to represent our district.
SSPOA is a non-partisan, apolitical organization which does not endorse candidates or run political ads in our newsletter. We do, however, encourage you to educate yourself on the candidates, especially those who will represent District 2 on the Board of County Commissioners and the utility board. If you will not be on Sugarloaf Key for the August 28 primary or November 6 general elections, be sure your vote by mail request is current by visiting the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections website at www.keys-elections.org.
I wish everyone a calm and restful summer season, whether you spend it off the rock at your northern home or here on Sugarloaf Key. Members will continue to receive The Sugarloafer newsletter each month, and everyone may continue to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sugarloafshores and on the Web at www.sugarloafer.org for current news, information, and updates.
As always, we appreciate your continued support and value your comments and feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of your board members or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our first social of the winter season on Thursday, October 18th and at our first general membership meeting at the Sugarloaf Firehouse on Tuesday, October 30th.
Thank you, please remember to pick up after your pet and, as always, be safe, be neighborly, and enjoy paradise!