Welcome to HBTS News
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Holley by the Sea News, a publication of your local news organization, Navarre Press. Several team members of Navarre Press live in HBTS (including me) and we have seen a huge void in dissemination of information for the property owners. Because HBTS is a homeowners association, decisions are made for you by the board of directors. Meeting after meeting, we have heard the directors say that they wish they heard from more of the members. There are more than 4,700 owners, but only 10 percent vote on issues relating to the association.
There is an average of 25 members at each board meeting – not counting the board - which are scheduled for the second Tuesday each month at 6 p.m.
For more than a year Navarre Press has dedicated a page at least once a month to HBTS news that is generated by attending the board meetings. We’ve been told by several residents that while they enjoy the page once a month, they want more.
Also, at several board meetings, residents have expressed the need for better communication from their association. We know that time is precious and you can’t make all of the meetings.
However, you should have a way to know what is going on.
That is why we are here.
HBTS staff doesn’t currently have a communications specialists, be we do. We go to the meetings as homeowners, and we love practicing our craft of journalism, so it is a natural fit. We would also like to see the residents of HBTS become more knowledgeable of the decisions that are being made for them, but more importantly, to get involved in the decisions that affect their lives and their investment in their home. Everyone will make better decisions when they have the knowledge they need to make an educated decision.
Please read everything in this issue, but especially the Q&A with Pete Peterzen, the President of the Board of Directors of HBTS. He expressed better than we can, that as a board member, he wants to know what you think so that he can make the best decision for the association. There are online survey tools that can help them do that. We have volunteered to help by providing a mechanism for residents of HBTS to register for news updates, surveys, and special offers.
Please register now if you have not already done so.
We will also be accepting letters to the editor and free classifieds for residents. The only thing that isn’t a natural fit for us is distribution. We mail Navarre Press, and we would love to mail this publication. However, because of the rules of periodical publications we can’t mail this at a periodical rate unless you are paying us or Holley by the Sea is paying us. Neither is the case at this point but perhaps that will change over time.
Please give us feedback and let us know what you want from your HBTS News.
–Sandi Kemp, Publisher