Monthly Archives: January 2014

2014 Tiara Directories are here

The new Tiara Owners' Directories will be available during the week of 1/27 - 2/2.

You can pick one up in your Lobby as follows:

North Lobby - Wednesday, 10 am - Noon

South Lobby - Thursday, 10 am - Noon

You can also get one directly from Pete and Jeri Bullock at 1505 S during the day or early evening on Wednesday through Saturday 2/1.   Call to verify if someone will be home if it's a long walk over (772-577-3838).

They will also be available at the Super Bowl Party in the North Club Room on Sunday 2/2, from 5:30 pm until the end of the party, at about 8:30 pm.

On Monday, Feb 3rd, the undelivered directories will be taken to Elliott Merrill for mailing to the owner's address-of-record, if the owner has not yet received a copy.

The owner information, phone numbers and email addresses, is also available on the website.  You can log on to www.tiaratowers.org and go to Tiara Community / Directory to view / find the owners by Unit Number, or by Last Name, or print out a listing of the new directory as an "extra copy".

2014 Social Calendar

The Social Activities for 2014 are now in full swing.    The Welcome Back happy hour, held January 17th, in the North Club Room, was attended by 60+ persons, all of whom enjoyed the food and the opportunity to reconnect with other residents here at Tiara.    Quite a few folks stayed until 9 pm, way later than most parties last, visiting and catching up on friends' activities.

Bridge players meet every Monday evening in the South Club Room at 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome and you don't need to have a partner.

Monday afternoon, January 20th, will be the first Canasta game of the season.  Everyone is welcome to come to the North Club Room at 1 pm for card-playing and conversation.

Planning is underway for the Super Bowl party and the Super Bowl Football pool.  Watch for the announcements in the mailrooms this week.  Super Bowl Sunday is February 2nd.

The Social Committee met and planned activities for the full 2014 season.  It's going to be a busy time with activities and entertainment options for everyone.

Golf is in full swing, both ladies' and men's outings.    There's no one committee for golf but I suggest that if you're interested in golfing that you contact Carol Mazza (for a ladies outing), or Ken Tangora, George Monter, or Jim Mikesh for information about men's outings.

Passing

Mary Webster (1201 S), long time owner at Tiara Towers, passed away January 12th after a brief illness.     Her obituary has been added to the bulletin boards in the mail room.

Plans for a summer party at her home in Mere Point, Maine, memorializing and celebrating her life are in the works.   Her family requests no flowers but contributions in honor of her may be made to the charity of your choice.   Our condolences go out to her family.

Bicycle Storage Reminder

Hobby Room and Bicycle Reminders

At the last Board of Directors meeting it was mentioned that some bikes in the hobby rooms have been inadvertently damaged.  We are reminded to use extra care in the hobby room because of the limited space available for grocery carts, bookshelves and bikes.

Please review the bike policy and these reminders:

  • All bicycles must have a Tiara registration sticker (Blue).  See Bill Normington for stickers.  Unregistered bikes will be removed if a violation notice is ignored.
  • Bicycle storage capacity in the hobby rooms is limited to rack capacity (one bike per double bar wheel support).
  • Please do not place bikes in spaces between the double bars.
  • If the hobby room is at bicycle capacity please place your bike in the bottom of the north or south stairwell until a vacancy occurs in the hobby room.
  • Please exercise caution with bike placement or removal from rack to prevent damage to surrounding bikes (especially wheel spokes).
  • Please do not place grocery carriages near bikes or in front of the bookshelves.
  • Please do not place unwanted items or empty cardboard boxes on the shelf near the utility sink as the inevitable removal of these items causes additional work for Bill or Steve.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Questions – please call one of the following committee members.

Bicycle Committee: John Rowinski, Linda Dicker, Bill Dicker

Jan.13th North Beach Association Meeting

The North Beach Association held its winter Members' meeting on January 13, 2014 at the Seal Museum.    The agenda included the Sheriff's crime report and guest speakers, Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson and Eric Gill.

Crime Alerts

Eleven (11) people have been contacted by phone and told that they haven't paid a traffic ticket and have been requested to provide personal information.   These calls are bogus and an attempt to collect information for identity theft.    Real traffic tickets are sent only through the U.S. Post Office and never communicated by phone.

Forty-eight (48) vehicles in the last two weeks have been burglarized because they were unlocked.    Lock it or Lose it!

Internet scan to be aware of.   Calls have occurred from people claiming to be a Windows Tech or a Microsoft Tech and offering to fix a problem that the recipient has allegedly reported.  This person directs the recipient to a website and if the recipient accesses that website his/her personal and network data will be downloaded/stolen.    The calls usually originate from locations outside of the U.S.     Be aware of the zipcode of the originating call and make sure it is legitimate.

Guest speaker - Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson

Commissioner Hutchinson made the following comments:

The bridge over the North Causeway has been discussed by the Commission for replacement by a high rise bridge.   However any work probably wouldn't be performed before 2017, if then.

The Board of County Commissioners is searching for a new County Administrator.  Faye Outlaw, the current Administrator, is resigning in May.

The St Lucie County economy is trending up a bit, unemployment is below double digit, and building permits are up.  This rise is consistent with an uptick of the economy throughout Florida.

All Aboard Florida, the high speed rail service planned to move passengers between Orlando and Miami, is projected to add 32 train trips per day through the county, with no stops planned for Indian River, St Lucie or Martin counties.    The county is responsible for improvements to each crossing that would allow it to be designated a "quiet zone".   If the crossing is not a quiet zone the train engineer is obligated to sound the horn several times as the train approaches the crossing.    The choice is more noise or more taxpayer dollars spent due to the All Aboard Florida project.     St Lucie County is seeking funds from the state to assist in making all crossings into quiet zones.

You may have noticed.....Within the last few weeks residents may have noticed a helicopter flying back and forth along the coast, trailing some kind of sensor equipment.    It turns out that the helicopter was privately funded to search for old WWII relics or ordnance that may have been uncovered by recent shifting of the underwater sands.

The U.S. Corp of Engineers has been conducted a Sands Study to determine sites of large deposits of sand offshore that might be dredged and shipped south to replenish the beaches off Miami Beach.   Seven (7) sites have been identified offshore, between Miami-Dade county and Sebastian.   Only 1 offshore site was identified off the coast of St Lucie County.

Guest Speaker - Eric Gill, Media Coordinator for St Lucie County

Mr. Gill showed the county's website,www.stlucieco.org, and showed some of its key features.   Information about all of the County departments and its activities can be accessed from this website, including all of the meetings of the Board of Commissioners and their taped videos.   It's a good way to stay informed.

The 2014 St Lucie County Fair is February 28th - March 9th at the Fairgrounds which are located off Midway Road, approximately 4.5 miles west of I-95.   For more information visit www.stluciecountyfair.org.

Finally, your representatives to the North Beach Association were accepted as Directors into the association, along with the Directors for all the Home Owner Associations on North Hutchinson Island.  Your representatives are Peter Bullock and Jeri Bullock.