Hurricane Ian 2022
Your South Bay HOA board hopes that all residents are safe from Hurricane Ian. The board will be assessing damage to the common areas as soon as possible and will secure contractors as needed to restore the beauty of our neighborhood grounds.
As a reminder to all residents: You are responsible for removing debris and downed trees from yards and roadways as well as homes which maintain ‘up to the walking paths’ from backyards.
Large trees which have fallen as well as trunks which are too large for county pickup are the responsibility of the homeowner to remove via contractor.
Smaller organic tree debris should be picked up by the county starting Wednesdays, but the county may also be looking at outside contractors to begin bulk pickup routes as they did with Hurricane Irma. Small organic debris may sit in front of your home for several weeks before the county comes by to pick them up via contractor, and residents will not receive any HOA notices during this time UNLESS the Wednesday pickups begin immediately and are taking tree debris as normal. If as normal, the homeowner is responsible for proper bundling and placement of debris so it can be picked up in a timely manner.
If you have any questions please see the following links for contact information:
Dock Flooding & High Water Levels on Lake Butler
Lake Butler is experiencing historically high water levels in 2022. The South Bay dock available for resident and guest use is currently partially flooded. Please use caution if residents or guests chose to use this amenity while flooding and high water levels are still occurring.
Reminder: South Bay & Orange Country Tree Ordinances
South Bay is located in Orange County, FL which requires homeowners to follow zoning ordinances regarding trees on their property as well as the South Bay HOA common grounds.
The beauty and value of your home and our neighborhood depend on these large trees in our area.
The South Bay HOA urges all homeowners to replant Orange County approved recommended stock list trees as shown below if their lot does not adhere to the approved recommended minimum tree limit for square footage OR when a homeowner removes a tree due to age, disease or hazard which is also listed below.
It is never too early or too late to prepare for hurricane season. Please see the link below for an excellent guide on hurricane season and how to prepare.
Short Term Rental Scams
The South Bay HOA has been alerted by a fellow homeowner that they were the target of a rental scam in the Orlando area. Please be vigilant of unwanted guests trying to enter you or your neighbors properties.
These scams operate by creating fake rental listings – potentially of high end homes – on craigslist and other social media platforms using past real estate photos and public information from the tax and property appraiser offices.
What You Can do:
- Post signage by your front door stating your home is not and will never be a rental
- File a complaint with the state attorney or the IC3
- Save all surveillance footage in case of further issues
Rental Listing Scams – https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
Rise of Rental Scams – https://www.acfe.com/fraud-examiner.aspx?id=4294992310
News: Home Rental Scams Trending – https://www.wesh.com/article/home-rental-scams-trending-on-facebook/36292888
Once again there have been reports of coyote sightings around the South Bay and Bay Hill areas – specifically Lost Cove and Cypress Cove.
Please be vigilant of small pets and children during evening, night, and morning hours as coyotes with a tolerance for humans can be dangerous.
For more resources on coyotes in Central Florida please visit the coyotes page on the Florida Fish & Wildlife website and also take a look at the FWC coyote sighting map for recent reports of coyotes in our area.
2021 Notices and Reminders for Our Community
As we enter 2021 your South Bay HOA board would like to wish all residents a Happy New Year.
The SBHOA board works around the clock to keep our community safe and well-maintained for all of our residents and their visitors.
We would like to outline some general notices and reminders for our wonderful residents below.
Off-Duty Sheriff Deputies
Our South Bay HOA dues do not just go towards keeping the community looking beautiful, they also support the off-duty Sheriff Deputies which keep our community safe during the morning through evening hours. Please give them a friendly wave when passing by and if you feel that they have not been present in your area of South Bay please contact the HOA with your concerns.
Due to COVID and the beautiful weather in Central Florida, our tennis courts have been experiencing a high volume of usage. Please remember that they are for residents only and that guests need to be accompanied by a resident. Any visitor using the courts without a resident will be asked to leave.
There are no motorized or electric vehicles allowed on the walking paths or common areas in South Bay. Please be careful and courteous to others on the walking paths when using them. If you or your children choose to ride bicycles on the paths, please watch your speed and be vigilant of other patrons using the paths.
Please contact the grounds committee with any concerns you may have about South Bay common areas by using our website southbayhoa.org. If you see any areas in disrepair or that may need attention such as planters, trees, or fencing – please let the grounds committee know. We maintain all of these items as frequently as possible but residents who see these areas often may be able to let us know when items need to be taken care of directly.
We encourage residents to please attend any scheduled HOA meetings that they can in order to stay in touch with your HOA board and happenings around the community. Your SBHOA board feels that it’s important for residents to be involved and stay informed. We will continue virtual Zoom meetings in 2021 for all who wish to attend. Information is always updated on our website southbayhoa.org.
We hope you have a wonderful year ahead and we look forward to keeping our community safe and beautiful at all times.