NEWS

Clubhouse Renovation

Clubhouse Project: Summary of our initial meeting with our Architect written by Sue Loeser

Main Floor

  • Theater
    • New entrance
    • New doors
    • New opening for upstairs booth
    • Additional family bathrooms for men and women for the theater bathrooms
  • Lobby/Atrium
    • Expansion
    • Smaller sky light
    • Atrium brought up to be level with the lobby
    • Dedicated room for fitness classes on lobby level of atrium
  • New large conference room in space in front of current ticket booth
  • Expanded admin offices

Lower Floor

  • Renovated ballroom
  • Current ping pong room becomes pre-function room associated with ballroom
  • Expanded kitchen
  • New fitness room with equipment facing windows overlooking north lake
  • Dedicated ping pong room in space that was part of a locker room
  • New locker rooms
  • Second elevator
  • More stairs
  • Renovated indoor pool area

Upper Floor

  • Library/Media room on second floor of atrium above fitness classroom
  • Old library and next card room can open to become one large room
  • Old phase office becomes ceramics room
  • Bathrooms between ceramics room and art room are made smaller

Outside

  • Spa by the main pool
  • Outdoor area between café and main pool revamped

We could all see how many of our ideas from the Focus Group sessions have been incorporated into the design effort.  You know now that you have had a part in deciding what will change.

We even compared a photo of the atrium now and a rendering of how it may appear in the future.  Our professional team will now continue to refine the First Conceptual Design document.  When they are ready to show us the next iteration, we will let you know.  It is a pleasure to know that so many excited people could watch and listen and hold their comments until the meeting was over.

Of course, if you want to share your thoughts, just send us an email.  Here are some comments from our residents, all of whom had additional suggestions/questions and also said the following:

  • “Overall, it looks like we will have a much more functional space.”
  • “I couldn’t have made better suggestions than what was shown today.”
  • “It was extraordinary for The Team, for the Board and for the Residents.  Applause for All……”

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your cooperation and enthusiasm.  Together we all excitedly wait to see how our project progresses.

Sue Loeser, For the Renovation Steering Group

Where do I need a password? The HP Phone Book and HPA Info on the BOD page require a password. You can obtain it by sending an email to Campbell Property Management. In addition, we have a PHASE INFO page in the resident”s section where documents, such as budgets and financial records for each of the 4 phases are stored. Every phase has a different password which you can obtain from your phase president. Some shows require a password to purchase tickets.

 

Covid-19 Updates

Palm Beach County January 22nd Update: There are 101,000 cases and 2,083 deaths.  Note: There are approximately 1.5 million residents in the county. 

Florida: We currently have the 3rd highest number of cases per state. As of January 22nd, we had 1,627,603 cases. The total number of deaths in our state is 25,011.

United States:  The US death toll as of January 22nd is 414,124 out of 24,823,197 cases. 


We’ve learned a lot about Covid-19 the past several months. Here are some key points

  • Almost all cases are transmitted indoors because sunlight kills about 90% of the virus. We also learned that wind, heat, and humidity also help to dilute or kill the virus. However, the caveat is normal outdoor settings are safe as long as you social distance, but keep in mind that large crowds are dangerous.
  • The CDC recently said, wearing a mask will protect you from Covid-19, even if others aren’t wearing one.
  • In December, the CDC said Mask use is most crucial indoors, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Here’s an interesting article: 7 Cleaning Myths and Covid-19

Does vitamin D protect against COVID-19?

There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin D might help protect against becoming infected with, and developing serious symptoms of, COVID-19. We know, for example, that people with low vitamin D levels may be more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections. One meta-analysis found that people who took vitamin D supplements, particularly those who had low vitamin D levels, were less likely to develop acute respiratory tract infections than those who didn’t.

Vitamin D may protect against COVID-19 in two ways. First, it may help boost our bodies’ natural defense against viruses and bacteria. Second, it may help prevent an exaggerated inflammatory response, which has been shown to contribute to severe illness in some people with COVID-19.


Patios:

1.  There’s some confusion about patio applications reference insurance, so let’s hopefully clear that up. The wrong question to ask your insurance company is “will they insure your patio”. Here’s the question you should ask. Do I have at least $300,000 of personal liability insurance? The HPA also requires a “certificate of insurance”, which includes your insurance company as an additional INTEREST on the policy. There’s a reason for this. It means the HPA will be notified if you cancel the insurance policy. 

2. Residents who have an existing patio should have completed their Patio Application before last December 31st or else the HPA may remove the patio and bill the unit owner.

3.  You can download, view, or print the application. Choose the correct option on the Forms Menu.

Visitor Management Software called “Gate Access”. There are 3 ways to use the application.

1. Call the phone number: 561-562-4422
2.  Use their phone app
3. Visit their website 


If you want to use the ABDI Gate Access smart phone app or their website, GateAccess.net you will need a 4 digit PIN number. To receive your PIN, please fill out the form at this link http://bit.ly/HPAPinRequest  or email HPinfo@CampbellProperty.com  Once you receive your PIN, you will be able to manage your guests, including your permanent guest list, from GateAccess.net or from your mobile device by downloading the app: 

iPhone/iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abdi-gateaccess/id437070489?mt=8 or 

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.gateaccess

When using the phone application or their website, here’s what you need to know.

1. Choose HPA as the community
2. The 
User ID is your 10 digit phone number with no dashes or spaces
3. The Password is your 4 digit PIN number 

You will need a PIN number only if you’re calling from an unregistered phone, or if you’re using the GateAccess phone app, or you’re on the GateAccess.net website. In addition, you should know there is just one PIN number per unit, not per resident. Therefore, if you’re a couple, both of you will share/use the same PIN number.

Blue Cafe Cards: Contact our bookkeeper to purchase one. The optional Blue Cafe cards are designed for residents who spend more than their annual $180 limit and want to add additional funds to their account.

Pool Temperature: Did you know that all five pools are calibrated to be 85 degrees year round?

Landscaping Update:
Every HP Villa and Garden Apartment was inspected for dead or missing plants. If you want to pay for additional/optional plants or trees outside off your unit, that is a viable option. Please check out our Landscaping page in the Residents section for news and updates.

Phases I and III
If you live in a villa where the dryer vent is connected to the roof, it is recommended you have the dryer vent cleaned at least once every 2 years. Failing to clean the dryer vent creates a potential fire hazard for you and your neighbors. Phases I and III are working together and they found a good deal for our residents. 

NEWS UPDATES

New HP Unit Application: Our new residents will complete electronic applications to buy or rent at HP. There’s a one-page direction sheet on our website (Phase Info in the Residents section) to guide him/her to the proper website.  Each of our four phases has a separate security code (per the direction sheet) to ensure the applicant is in the correct site for his/her on-line application.  Those who are not computer savvy will be able to get assistance from their realtor or from our Campbell staff.  This new application will streamline the processing for new residents.  We are indebted to Campbell’s Marvin Chery for developing this process.

Ask the Energy Expert
Tiffany Spence is an energy expert at Florida Power & Light Company. She’s conducted thousands of energy audits at homes and businesses, helping customers find new ways to make their bills even lower.
Get the most out of your A/C this summer  By Tiffany Spence
Did you know the average A/C unit lasts about 12-15 years in Florida? Over time your A/C will lose efficiency, however yearly service and maintenance can help extend its life. If your current air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, has needed frequent repairs, or if you have noticed that it is running longer to keep your home comfortable, it may be time to consider buying a new one.

Purchasing a new A/C is a big and expensive decision. But if you are thinking about replacing your A/C before it stops working, you may be eligible to take advantage of our $150 rebate towards the purchase of a new qualifying unit. A new energy efficient cooling system could save you money on your energy bill. For example, depending on the size of your unit. If you replace a 10 SEER three-ton A/C unit with a 16 SEER system, you could save around $377 annually.

More ways to save:
I
f replacing your A/C is not in the budget for this year, we have gathered a list of tips that can help you maintain your unit and keep you cool this summer:

  • Remove debris – On the exterior condenser/compressor, clean leaves and other debris. Cut back branches and vegetation at least two feet in all directions to ensure proper airflow around the unit.
  • Air filters – Check your filter regularly for excess buildup of dirt, dust and pet hair. How often you change the filter depends on the type of filter you have, how often you run your A/C and the number of pets in your home.
  • Keep your coils clean – Dirty coils force compressors to run longer and work harder than required, increasing energy usage and utility costs while decreasing the life of your unit.
  • Clean evaporator drain – Make sure the drain flows freely and there is no blockage. Clean the drain pan with soap and hot water.
  • Air conditioner tune-up – Consider having your unit tuned up by an A/C contractor to ensure your system is working properly.
  • Inspect for duct leaks– Look for rapid dust buildup around vents in your home and remove dirt and buildup. If the ducting system is leaking air, it can cause significant energy losses, causing energy bills to increase while affecting air quality and comfort. If you suspect your duct system may have leaks, you should contact an A/C contractor to check your duct system.

Another saving tip: We also recommend setting your A/C to 78 degrees with the fan on “auto” to help you save. When you leave your home, consider raising the temperature to 80 degrees to save even more.