Current Mailings from Elliott Merrill

Just a reminder of some of the items you'll receive from Elliott Merrill during November.    These items are sent to the address of record that is on file with Elliott Merrill.    If you do not receive these mailings, perhaps because your mail is not correctly forwarded to your current location, please contact Elliott Merrill to get that information sent to you.

Notice of the Annual Homeowners Meeting on Dec 6th.       If you can't attend in person be sure to send in your proxy.   There must be a quorum, in person or by proxy, to conduct the meeting.

Candidate slate and Ballot for the 2018 Board of Directors Election.     If you can't attend the meeting in person be sure to send in your ballot, following the detailed instructions that accompany the mailing.

Notice of the upcoming Budget Meeting and the 2018 Budget that is to be voted on at that time.

Information sheet for the 2018 Tiara Owners Directory.    If your information in the 2017 Directory is still correct there is no need to return this Information sheet to Elliott Merrill.   If your information is NOT in the 2017 Directory or it has changed, please return this Information sheet with your correct contact information and SIGN the sheet authorizing this information to be published in the 2018 Tiara Owners Directory.      Florida law requires that there be a signed authorization on file in order to publish your contact information in the Directory.

 

Elections for 2018 Board

Tiara owners:

Due to a clerical error and personal circumstances, my resume was not included in the mailing related to the board election next month.  Bill Dicker (with the support of other board members) has approved, based on this particular situation, that it is appropriate to provide my resume through an email to all owners.

Bob Alexander

 

Bob Alexander
3120 N Highway A1A #903
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
(407) 497-1102
Bob@maxthetest.com
 

RESUME

PERSONAL:

My wife, Sharon, and I were high school sweethearts and have been married for over 50 years.  We have lived in many places in the USA and raised two children who are successfully launched and are now in orbit!  We relocated from the Orlando area to Tiara in 2013 and live here fulltime with the exception of our travels.  I began my community service here with becoming a building captain in the south building.  I’ve served on the Tiara board since 2015.

CAREER:

For the large majority of my career, I have been an educator.  I’ve served families and their children through my positions in both the public and private sectors.  Here are some of the highlights:

Biology Teacher (University City, MO)

School Administrator (Jacksonville, FL)

Education Policy Specialist (Lobbyist), Washington DC for the National Governors’ Association

Regional Director (South Florida, Kaplan Educational Programs)

Chairman of the Board Kissimmee, FL New Dimensions Charter High School

In 1995, I founded and successfully operated a national education consulting firm that specialized in helping schools and individuals improve their standardized test scores with a focus on the SAT and ACT tests.  I closed that business when I moved to Tiara.

In 1998, Sharon and I founded a non-profit educational charity and continue operating it today.  Our mission is to assist parents and teens through the college admissions process including raising their SAT and ACT scores.

BOARD MEMBER:

I believe my greatest contribution to the community has been being the board representative on the Telecommunications Committee and negotiating our new Agreement with Comcast.  Along with several community members who served on the committee, we were able to get Comcast to change their “non-negotiable” terms for our Agreement from an 8-year to a 5-year term and drop their fees to the community and individual owners over $300,000.  In addition, we got them to include High Definition services with no charges to owners.  We further got Comcast to agree to rewiring the building (at no cost to the association or owners) so that owners can take advantage of the complete suite of services.

When the sales team reneged on terms of the Agreement that had been negotiated, I personally contacted the Comcast CEO on two occasions to remedy the business practices to get the proper terms that were agreed to by the board.

In addition, the committee was able to negotiate a relationship with a local company that is bringing fiber optic services into the building at a very small price to the association.  Their competitive services will help keep Comcast from operating as a monopoly at Tiara.

I would appreciate your support so that I can continue to contribute to the Tiara Community.

Changes to Comcast TV service

Tiara HomeOwners:

As you may know, the HOA has signed a bulk agreement with Comcast to provide TV services to all 146 units.    The new contract went into effect on October 1st, 2017.

The new Comcast Bulk Agreement gives every unit owner the following services:

  1. Limited Basic Service  (channel lineup)
  2. Expanded Basic Service (channel lineup)
  3. Digital Starter (channel lineup)
  4. HBO
  5. HD (High Definition) Technology Fee (for the HD service)

Note:  The Digital Starter channel lineup includes the Limited Basic and Expanded Basic channels so your Comcast invoice may only show the Digital Starter line item.

You are entitled to one HD Outlet (HD set top box) and two additional HD adapters with remote controls.

If you have TVs which are capable of showing HD programming you should check that you have the HD Outlet, the HD adapters, and the remote controls.    If you do not have them, or if you are not receiving HD programming, you should call Comcast and request them as part of your Community’s agreement with Comcast.

If you paid the HD Technology Fee prior to October then you have previously upgraded to the HD services.     Now it comes as part of the HOA's contract with Comcast so that Fee ($9.95) should no longer appear on your Comcast bill, or if it does appear it should reflect a price of $ 0.00.

The HOA does not pay for a DVR or any extended channel lineups.   The contract does not include Internet or phone service.

The October bills from Comcast may show some credits because some services you may have previously requested from Comcast, such as HD Technology, are now included in the HOA’s price and are not billed to your Comcast account.

You should review your November bill and make sure you are getting everything that you are entitled to.   Your bill should still include any additional TV packages or Sports channels to which you upgraded and were enjoying from Comcast in September.    If it doesn’t we suggest you call Comcast directly and make sure you are getting everything you ordered.

If you do not have services which you enjoyed previously, it may be that the setup at Comcast has gone awry.   For example, some owners have reported they have lost the ability to record a program even though they are using the same DVR as previously.   Others noticed that the On Demand service isn’t working.

The Channel lineup is slightly different than was offered previously but that is due to a change in the Comcast lineup groups, and offered to all their customers, and not to a specific channel selection made for you by the HOA.

Elliott Merrill Staff Changes at Tiara

Over the past month there have been 2 Elliott Merrill staff changes at Tiara.

The new Account Manager (temp) is Craig Merrill.  Craig replaced Doug Eisinger and was instrumental in getting Tiara up and running after Hurricane Irma.    Mike Gallagher is working with Craig and will take over as Tiara's Account Manager in January.

The new Maintenance Supervisor is David Pugh.   David was previously assigned to the Sands on the River but is now quickly learning the ropes at Tiara.     David was assigned to Tiara when Steve Donnelly resigned in late October.

Gloria Garcia continues to provide excellent Custodial support at Tiara.

Please welcome Mike and David when you see them, and express your appreciation to Gloria for her ongoing efforts to keep Tiara in tip-top shape.

 

2017 Halloween Party

The first "official" party of the 2017 Fall season was a successful Halloween Happy Hour, held October 28th in the South party room.    It was a stormy Saturday evening but even with the rain there were about 38 attendees, many in costume!   The appetizers were plentiful and tasty; the desserts luscious!   If you missed the party, you can still enjoy the photos that were taken.

Memorial Service for Ray Walker

In Memory of Ray Walker

 

The family of Ray Walker, who passed away Friday October 20, is sponsoring a Celebration of Life service for Ray, to be held Saturday October 28th at Tiara Towers, North Club room, at 11:30 am.     This will be an opportunity for friends to gather, pay their respects, share memories of Ray, and show the family that Ray was indeed a dear friend to many at Tiara.

Ray has many friends in Fort Pierce who are saddened by his passing and they are also welcome to join in this memorial service.

Ray called Tiara Towers home for over a decade, first residing in the North tower, and for the past 7 years in the South tower (901 S).   He walked the beach nearly every day, pausing to greet and chat with everyone up and down the beach.   He is well known at many of the local Ft. Pierce dining places.  Ray was 75 years young.

Please dress casually, as Ray would remember us.

The family shared this obituary with us.

Raymond L. Walker

Raymond Lloyd Walker, 75, of Hutchinson Island, Fla. (formerly of Blackshear), died Friday morning (Oct. 20, 2017) at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center following a short illness.

Born Aug. 7, 1942, in Waycross, he was a son of the late Fleming Lloyd and Hazel Thomas Walker. He grew up in Blackshear where graduated from Blackshear High School with the class of 1960. After high school, he joined the military and served in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

He was retired as the agency manager of the Pierce County Office of Farm Bureau Insurance. He was a former member and past president of the Blackshear Rotary Club and was a member of Blackshear First Baptist Church. After retirement, he moved to Hutchinson Island, Fla., to live the “beach life” where he enjoyed walking on the beach, laying around reading and loved the fresh “salty air.”

He loved spending time with his family and friends and always looked forward to his children and grandchildren visiting him. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. His outgoing personality helped him to never meet a stranger, and over the years he proudly helped countless people who found themselves in hard times.

Survivors include his two children, Raymond L. Walker Jr. (Dana Theriault), of Richmond Hill, and Stacie Walker Jorishie (husband, Chris), of Mooresville, N.C.; his grandchildren, Caleb Walker, of Jacksonville, Fla., Chase Jorishie, of Greenville, N.C., Payton Walker, of Blackshear, and Emma Grace Theriault, of Richmond Hill; his brothers and sisters, Carol Strickland (husband, Jimmy), of Lake Blackshear, Mike Walker, of Blackshear, Victoria Anderson (husband, Carroll), of Claxton, and Debbie Walker-Bonati (husband, Frank), of St. Simons Island; his former wife and mother of his children, Feldeen Walker, of Blackshear; two special aunts, Mildred Dowling and Irene Dixon, both of Blackshear; nieces and nephews, Jeannie Morris (husband, Calvin), of Baxley, Ettoria Walker, of Florence, Ala., Tom Walker, of Florence, Ala., Eric Strickland (wife, Lisa), of Richmond Hill, Dr. Brent Anderson (wife, Dr. Julia), of Nashville, Tenn., Dustin Brown (wife, Coleen), of Brunswick, Brooke Walker (husband, Jim) and Angela Smith (husband, Trek), both of St. Simons Island, and Chelsea Anderson, of Atlanta; and several great-nieces, nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

A private memorial service for family and friends will take place at Hutchinson Island in a few weeks [Sat. Oct 28th, 11:30 am]  followed by a memorial service in Blackshear in the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.  Time and date will be announced later.

The family wishes to thank David and Sue Jenkins and the Tiara Tower’s family for their friendships and helping take care of Ray over the years. “Your kindness will always be remembered.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church Blackshear, 670 Main St., Blackshear, Ga. 31516 or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, Ill. 60611 or at http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/ways-to-give/

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Sympathy may be expressed at www.pearsondial.com
pdfh1@accessatc.net

 

 

 

New Internet/Phone Service Available

Until now Tiara Towers unit owners had the choice of getting their Internet and Phone service from only Comcast or AT&T.     Last year Tiara Towers' Board of Directors approved the installation of cabling to offer unit owners another option when choosing Internet and Phone providers.    That new service, offered by Level 4 Telcom, is now available.

Level 4 is a Florida-based communications provider and has provided services to businesses on the Treasure Coast for many years.   They offer several options for Internet service, from Basic with 25 mb download ($39.95 monthly) to Pro with 100 mb download ($74.95 monthly).   Phone service is offered for $25.86 monthly.   Bundled offerings are also available.  Level 4 requires no long-term contract; services can be cancelled with 30 days notice.

Full details and pricing can be found on the Service Order Form.

There are Service Order Forms in the mailrooms to sign up for either Internet service or phone service or both.  The Form can also be downloaded from the Tiara website.    View/print the available options using the Options form Internet & Voice Options (Tiara) 17.10.11   and print the Order form  Internet & Voice Order Form (Tiara) 17.10.11 side 2 to sign up for the service.

Pick up the Form, or download/print the Form, fill it out and Fax or scan and Email the completed Form as directed on the Service Order Form.   Alternatively, you can contact Level 4 at 772-448-7700 to order your service.

Sad News

Our friend and long-time renter Ray Walker (901 S) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 20th.   Ray, a Georgia native, lived at Tiara for many years.     He could be seen almost daily walking the beach, chatting with friends and other beachgoers as he walked to the Inlet and back.   Ray joined in many of the get-togethers at Tiara and is well known at local Fort Pierce dining establishments.    He will be missed.

We expect that a memorial service will be held in Florida, possibly at Tiara Towers South, in the next week or so.   Full funeral services will be with his family in Georgia.   As soon as more information is available we will post it.

Storage Locker Review

Once upon a time ----- there was an accurate list of which storage cage belonged to which unit.     Sadly over time, and with changes in unit ownership, that list has deteriorated.    Each unit is entitled to one (1) storage cage.    Over the years some owners have abandoned their cage when they moved out and new owners have selected any unused/unlocked cage as their own.    Right now it is difficult, almost impossible, to know which units are using which cages.    The Board is trying to update that list.  Please help us.

In each mailroom you'll find a clipboard with spaces for you to identify your unit and the storage cage that you are using.    There are 2 storage rooms in each building, and the storage cages are numbered sequentially across them.    While there were once locker/cage numbers on every cage, several have gone missing.     You can figure out the number of the cage you are using either by noting the number on your cage or counting from the closest cage that still has a cage number.

If you are not in residence at Tiara but have a renter, please ask your renter to figure out the cage they are using and update the list in the mailroom.

If you are not in residence at Tiara you may know your storage cage number from your ownership papers.    If you will not be at Tiara within the next few weeks you can send the cage number that you think belongs to your unit to Jeri Bullock or give her a call.

The goal is to update the Storage Locker list and ensure that every unit has an available storage cage.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Jeri Bullock, 1505 S

jerib99@gmail.com

510-914-0257

After Hurricane Irma

Irma passed and left us with a number of follow-up items.

Landscaping - The landscaping is undergoing a hard cutback during these weeks, to encourage more growth to replace the damages left by Hurricane Irma.   It may look a bit sparse for a while but should help the trees and bushes recover faster.   A more complete landscaping plan will be available later this month.

The annual trimming of the sea grapes has been completed (except for a few missed locations) and those on the 2nd and 3rd floors should enjoy a view of the ocean again.

Unit damages - Please let Steve Donnelly (EM Maintenance) know if your unit sustained any damage due to the hurricanes this year:   water leaks, water intrusion, cracks, broken windows, etc.   The Board needs to evaluate the level of damages to the buildings.    You can fill out a Maintenance request or send an email to the Tiara Newsletter or to any member of the Board with the information about your unit.   Please be sure to include your unit number and owner name along with a description of the damage.    If you took pictures, please indicate that you have pictures and the Board will contact you for a copy of your pictures.