It’s October. Autumn is here. It’s the season that hosts cider, pumpkin spice, baked apples, cider mimosas, stunning foliage, football, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. It’s the transition from summer to winter. Daylight is shorter. People become more somber and reclusive. The evenings become a little brisker.
What am I thinking? We are not north. We are in Florida, the sunshine state. We do not need jackets or long pants. We don’t travel through the seasons. It’s one long paradise. We still look forward to football, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. The special days will be different for us again, but we are resilient and know just how to handle the circumstances. The leaves, sparked with color, fall from the trees up north. We remain stable, consistent. Our palm trees sway to small breezes. We go outside without shivering. The sun warms our hearts. Think about how fortunate we truly are. Happy Fall.
HPA COVID UPDATE
Now is not the time to let our guard down and relax. We have been cautious and diligent in the wearing of masks, and keeping social distancing. We do not want to fall back. Many countries and cities are experiencing a second wave. We must remain committed. Florida is still one of the hardest hit by the virus with over 205,000 dead in the country.
Palm Beach County may open its restaurants and bars to 100% capacity. It has no bearing on us.
Please do not ask us again. The clubhouse will remain closed until further notice. The safety of our residents remains the priority. Remember to wear your masks and keep your distance. Thank you.
Many have asked whether our clubhouse will be open for voting in November. YES, we are an official polling station. All details will follow when closer.
The closest early voting location to us is the Hagen Ranch Rd. Branch Library at 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. This commences as of Monday, October 19th.
STORM SEASON PRESENTS MOSQUITO CHALLENGE
Due to the multitude of storms we have had, it brings above average rainfalls. This causes a major problem with mosquitoes. Aerial spraying is being conducted. PBC uses industry-standard products for use. After dark, PBC recommends you use insect repellent containing DEET. Long pants and long sleeve shirts are encouraged.
TELEPHONE DIRECTORY ISSUES
I have received several inquiries from residents as to why their names were eliminated from the directory. All were asked a few months ago to check that information was current on our web site and in our files. Many unsubscribe in error just by the press of a simple tab. We cannot reprint the directories nor can we list all those omitted with their information. What you can do is go onto the HP website and go to the phone directory (phone561) and make sure you are listed correctly. It is a quick way for residents to find you, your address, and telephone connection. We realize it is frustrating and inconvenient. You must make sure to check every year that all is up to date.
JEWISH HOLIDAY, SUKKOT
Sukkot is a week long Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur. It celebrates the gathering of the harvest and the protection G-d provided when the Israelites left Egypt. Our residents at 6036 Kings Gate Circle have been gracious, thoughtful, and kind enough to offer those interested, a visit to their Sukkah on Sunday, October 4th between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. Go directly to the back of their villa. You MUST wear your mask and be Covid responsible. Only two people at a time will be permitted inside. It will give you the opportunity for a prayer.
Please note that this offer is being made independently and is not sponsored by HPA.
IMPORTANT RENOVATION NEWS
Below is a current status report written by Sue Loeser, Chairman of the Steering Group (Enid Friedman, Shirley Kafka, Susan Levine, Phyllis Sandler.)
“When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Have a good week and be well.
Dear HPA Residents,
It has been a while since I have sent a Clubhouse Renovation update. Let me fill you in on what has been going on.
If you have been following our community Zoom meetings you know that we hired a construction attorney whose specialty is advising communities on renovations. He explained to us that we cannot renovate in a design/build manner as we had hoped. Instead we need to follow a design/bid/build procedure.
When we passed on this information to Dutch Bliss, the contractor the board had approved for the design/build approach, Mr. Bliss replied that he was not interested in the project if there is a bid process involved. So, Bliss Construction will not be the GC on the job.
In our research when we first began the renovation project Susan Levine contacted over 20 communities that recently renovated their clubhouses. In those interviews and visits Susan also noted who the GCs were for the projects. So, we know several other local GCs who have experience with clubhouse renovation projects. Additionally, our architect Jose Fernandez (from Slattery) may know other GCs who could be invited to bid on our job. MDS will be one bidder and if possible, we will invite two others to do so as well.
At the same time as our conversations with the lawyers, Jose and his team have been working on the design documents that are to form the basis of the bid documents and the permit request documents. We also know that Jose has had conversations and meetings with Susan Welzien from Wells Design Group (WDG) and her team throughout this process.
Jose is hoping that the design documents will be sufficiently completed by early/mid-November so that the bid documents can be created.
While Jose and his team are working on the design documents, the WDG has also been busy. The next step for the WDG is to create multiple colored renderings for us so that we can all see what our new facilities will look like.
Our residents provided input to these details by making all their suggestions via the Focus Groups and by selecting the basic color scheme from the color boards displayed in the Ballroom on January 22, 2020. Our five-person Steering Group has been meeting weekly with the WDG as together we work out the rest of the details needed for the colored renderings.
So, although it may seem that nothing much is going on regarding our renovation project, you can see that we are certainly moving forward. The next deliverables are the design documents from Slattery and the renderings from the Wells Design Group. We will keep everyone informed when either of these two are complete and/or when we have more details about our project.
For the HP Clubhouse Renovation Steering Group
Sue Loeser, Chair