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You'll discover plenty to like about the Lakeland area. We're famous for our moderate weather, with a yearly average temperature of 73 degrees. You'll be a hit with your family and friends when they realize how close The Hamptons is to Florida's most famous attractions. It is just 15 miles to LEGOLAND© and 38 miles to Walt Disney World© and 35 miles to Epcot© Center. The heart of Lakeland, only four miles from The Hamptons, is extraordinarily entertaining with its restaurants, shopping, theatre and museums. Not to worry, Lakeland has some of the finest medical facilities in the country, including the famous Watson Clinic and the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Visit The Hamptons; it's a place you'll want to call home.
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The Hamptons News...August 2013
Greetings fellow Hamptonites,
Following are a few notes to keep those of you here in hot and humid Florida or those of you away in another locale up to speed with important information.
There have been operational issues with sewage lift stations recently. The current lift stations are not as robust as would be optimal and recently there have been a few instances wherein the lift alarms indicating a blockage status have been activated. The City of Auburndale is under contract to service the five privately owned (Florida Parks Associates) lift stations in The Hamptons.
A recent issue with the lift station in the Goldenrod Circle area affected resident homes on Bayshore Drive. The city workers were in process of clearing a blockage at that lift station and used either water or air pressure to clear the obstruction. Unfortunately that resulted in a back flow of effluent into some residents homes.
Needless to write, that was not pleasant and required residents to clean up that effluent. If you are not currently residing in your home in the affected areas here, it is advisable that you have your house guardian check to determine if the back flow affected your home showers, toilets, and/or sinks.
A word of caution to ALL residents regarding what you flush into the sewer system. Despite the wording on product packaging (Handi-wipes as an example and of course larger items) indicating a "flushability" of that product, the previously mentioned FPA owned lift stations are NOT able to efficiently handle such items and consequently blockages develop. As a courtesy to residents, please only flush human waste and toilet paper and not other materials.
Your Hamptons Homeowner Association is beginning a lobbying/discussion process with Florida Parks to upgrade those five lift stations to allow a more powerful process and a less sensitive shut off level as was suggested by the Auburndale Utilities Department. In the mean time, if the lift station alarm is triggered during daytime work hours, please call and inform either the Hamptons Community Office (667-0275) or the City of Auburndale Water & Sewer Dept (965-5500). If the alarm is triggered during non-work hours and weekends, please call the Auburndale nights and weekends phone number 965-5555. This is a non-emergency police number and you will be directed to the applicable operator who will in turn contact the applicable on-call person for utility issues.
On safety related issue, we have had many residents report that many mailbox/lamppost lights are not working. The HOA checked the community this past week - July 23 and 24, 2013. Below is a list of the addresses where lights that were not working.
If yours is one of them, please get it changed and working or ensure that your home guardian who is watching your house changes it. There may instances where the circuit breaker to that lamp post was been shut of inadvertently when a resident was preparing to leave for the season. Some of these lights have been out for six weeks or more. This is an invitation to a thief that there may be no one living there at the present time. Residents do walk in darkness in the late evenings or early mornings when the temperatures are cooler and they encounter sections where there are multiple adjacent homes with no working lights. The street lights are needed to ensure a safe environment.
Lights not working listed by house number:
4, 7, 8, 13, 14, 18, 24, 28, 31, 35, 43, 70, 74, 77, 89, 92, 93, 97, 114, 116, 120, 134, 144, 160, 162, 165, 171, 185, 186, 194, 196, 199, 202, 208, 210, 222, 229, 235, 261, 274, 283, 285, 296, 297, 303, 318, 325, 329, 337, 349, 363, 382, 409, 432, 472, 484, 485, 499, 514, 519, 524, 528, 530, 547, 554, 578, 623, 633, 635, 645, 673, 676, 682, 694, 704, 705, 717, 735, 737, 742, 754, 795, 796, 808, 809, 817, and 822.
Also many homes do not have a number on the mailbox or it is unreadable. When an emergency vehicle needs to find a specific address, the mailbox number helps them quickly search and locate the address in need. The Hamptons system of street addressing in some sections of The Hamptons is less than obvious or intuitive. It could be a matter of just a couple minutes to help save a life. Please help us out and check your address numbers or have your house guardian replace or install them.
On a pleasant note, the recent road paving in the Tulip Circle areas was a success.
Your HOA requested that FPA run mold tests on the card room in the Golf Pro Shop building and those two samples taken on July 8th, 2013 came back with a rating of: No Unusual Mold Conditions Existing. The HOA has copies of those two test reports.
We all live in a privately owned/over 55 community and as such there are life style issues, living conditions, and expectations that are different than those items for people living in other areas such as K-ville across the railroad tracks, downtown Auburndale, or unincorporated Polk County areas. All Hamptons residents (house owners and house renters if applicable) are expected to comply with the applicable community prospectus (P-1 or P-2) under which we lease the land on which our houses reside. We are also expected to comply with Rules and Regulations and Local Community Policies and Procedures. These are posted in the HOA 2012 Resident Directory.
These directives are to ensure a homogenous environment and retirement lifestyle community (safe, friendly, active, and attractive) that were the main reasons for purchasing a house here. To disregard such community residential issues is not in keeping with the expectations of being good neighbors. I need to remind you of vehicle speed limits and stop signs. Just because the time of day might be 6 AM or 7 AM does not allow you to disregard those regulations. I also need to remind you that outside contractors are not to perform construction or site maintenance tasks on Sundays or perform tasks before 8 AM. There are reasons for quiet days and hours and they need to be respected.
The clubhouse ballroom and entry room are undergoing redecorating efforts and new artwork is to be hung shortly. The HOA, FMO, and The Hamptons community events bulletin boards that were in the ballroom are now installed on the wall across from the library. This will allow residents to view those notices without having to enter the ballroom during its use.
If you are not yet aware, there have been four houses disassembled and moved out of our community and a couple more are in planning stages to do so. Your HOA is not sure what impact these moves will have, if any, on the community owners as they prepare for the statutory delivery of 2014 rent notices in late September 2013. The HOA has not been able to get FPA to reschedule a postponed May 2013 meeting with them. We are continuing that effort in order to gauge FPA's intent for the 2014 rent figures. Your HOA is also still requesting FPA to explain/reconcile its pass through taxes figures as compared with county tax figures. We will keep you informed as soon as we get answers.
As always, please feel free to contact any HOA Board Director if you have questions/concerns. Those Directors are: Mike Barry, Rich Moyer, Jim Boyles, Linda Kidd, Gary Kurak, Dick Ludwig, Dan Penzien, Ron Peach, and Denny Mountain.
Hamptons HOA President
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