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President’s Corner

President Tom Beckman

Pond Beautification

I think one of the things that is attractive about Holley-by-the-Sea is how well we maintain our properties. Most important among these are our individual parcels but the common areas are important as well.
Our Maintenance Crew provides Monday to Friday (even around the clock when needed) support to keeping the ‘South of 98’ amenities in top condition. But did you know that they also, under very specific conditions, assist in the North Community? They have most recently assisted (along with Florida Wildlife Commission) with Bear Wise hasp installations, for members who, for various reasons, could not do the installs themselves.
But today’s story is about our Pond Beautification Committee. Clark Cameron is leading an effort to beautify our ponds at the south end of Sunrise Drive. He, and a small band of energetic members, is taking on a monumental task; make the ponds presentable again. Now that the Sunrise Dr. entrance has been ‘built up’ to withstand flooding rains, Clark’s Committee has seen fit to roll up their sleeves and get to work on the ponds themselves. In recent weeks they’ve;

 Pulled trailer loads of trash and vegetation from the east pond
 Placed dirt fill along the pond shoreline to cover roots and make the ground to pond transition more appealing
 Placed plants to prevent erosion and spruce up the shoreline
 Recovered plants from the Butterfly House, at Navarre Park, for replanting at the ponds
 Completed general clean-up around all the ponds

In the near future they plan to;
 Install a bulkhead wall or ‘sea wall’ on the east pond to keep the palms from sliding into the pond and to stabilize the embankment
 Install concrete benches for visitors. The benches are also coming from the Butterfly House.
 Use concrete curbs and pavers, that are in stock in the maintenance office, to outline a parking area and to ring plants to hold in mulch
And the list goes on. But Clark and his hardworking crew need our help. They’ve outlined an ambitious, construction heavy, list of things they want to do and right now they are doing the work mostly by themselves. Mark these dates on your calendars please;

 December 10th, the next clean-up/work day at the ponds
 January 18 (2019), to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting

If you want to get more involved, please let the front office know since these guys need many hands. And let me thank you ahead of time for making your investment in the beautification of our community. Clark you and your Committee rock.

-Tom Beckman
President, HBTS HOA