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The Oaks Newsletter January 2016

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Please note that the Annual Meeting for our Homeowners Association will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 7PM at the Ascension Lutheran Church, 800 McIntosh Road.

Your attendance and participation are encouraged and appreciated.

Agenda for Annual Member's Meeting, January 20, 2016 

• Call to order

• Determination of Quorum of those present and by proxy

• Proof of notice of meeting

• Approval of Minutes

• Reports of Officers

• Reports of Committees

• Unfinished Business: None

• New Business: Announcement of new Board Members

• Adjournment

An organizational meeting to determine officers of the Board will immediately follow the Annual Meeting. 

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                            Real Estate Activity

In the last six months the following has occurred in The Oaks at Woodland Park:

•  740 Cedarcrest Ct is still on the market and the price has             dropped from $425,000 to $390,900.

•  721 Shorecrest Drive has been put up for sale for $549,000 

•  887 Cedarcrest Ct. sold for $310,000

              Information provided by our neighbor

              Ilene Stracuzzi, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate  

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Everything you always wanted to know about our Nature Preserve

There is a nature preserve in The Oaks at Woodland Park that is bounded by houses on Woodview Drive, Cedarcrest Court and Shorecrest Drive. The land in the nature preserve belongs to Sarasota County.

We talked to Andrea Lipstein, the preserve specialist from Sarasota County, about the preserve. Andrea told us that our preserve is a mesic hammock.

According to Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, the word hammock is derived from hummock, but the exact origin is unknown. It is defined as "a fertile area in the southern U.S. and esp. Florida that is usually higher than its surroundings and that is characterized by hardwood vegetation and deep humus-rich soil."

Hammocks are not extensive, and typically occur in narrow bands only a few hundred meters wide.

Hammocks are typically designated as xeric, mesic, or hydric (which refers to low, medium, and high soil moisture respectively.)

A mesic hammock is more tree-oriented (no aquatic species) and the trees would typically be live oaks, laurel oaks and cabbage palms. The understory would contain native plants such as wild coffee, beautyberry, poison ivy, and saw palmetto.

We walked through our nature preserve with Andrea. She says it is in pretty good condition. There are species in there that could be harmful to our preserve such as Brazilian pepper trees and bamboo. We are not required to take any action to remove these plants. But if we decide to, we must have a plan that is submitted to the County, and the work must be done under professional supervision. If there is someone who lives in our neighborhood who is qualified, that person could provide professional supervision. If not, we would have to hire a company that specializes in maintaining wetlands. Aquatic Systems, the company that is caring for our water retention pond, is also qualified to supervise or do work in our nature preserve.

Homeowners whose property abuts the preserve may not work in the preserve without supervision. However, if a tree branch crosses over their property line, they would be allowed to make a vertical cut in the branch to remove the part that is over their property, but only with permission from the HOA Board. If bamboo or other invasive plants cross the property line from the preserve to a homeowners land, the homeowner may remove those invasive plants. The homeowner must know where their property line is before doing any removal.

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