Cantamar is a great community of well-maintained single-family homes
located in the Town of Cutler Bay, Florida (south Miami-Dade County).
We are well-located just minutes from shopping, major highways and Black Point Marina.
Our strong Homeowners’ Association with low fees
maintains Cantamar as a safe and attractive family-oriented community,
and also sponsors fun and free activities for both children and adults.

 

Welcome to our New Website

We are pleased to introduce the new
Cantamar Homeowners’ Association website.
We have updated the site with a more contemporary look
(it was about time after 10 years!) featuring more and larger photos.
We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

As always, any suggestions or comments are welcome!
Just email webmaster@cantamarhoa.org.

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Annual Meeting & Election

GAVEL

Thursday, August 18, 2016
7:00 pm
(sign-in begins at 6:30 pm)
3rd floor
Palmetto Bay Village Center
18001 Old Cutler Road

This is the Annual Meeting and Election for all Homeowners.

The Candidate Application form is now available
(just click the link above).
Anyone interested in serving on the Board needs to submit the completed form
to T&G Management no later than Friday, July 29, 2016,
18001 Old Cutler Road, #643, Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157
or email it to admin@tgms.com.

Also all homeowners (unless you are a single owner)
must have a Certificate of Appointment of Voting Representative
on file with T&G Management.
If you don’t already have one on file, you can download the form at the link above,
and send it to T & G Management Services, Inc.,
18001 Old Cutler Road, #643, Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157
or email it to admin@tgms.com.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, be sure to return your Proxy Form.
Proxy Forms will be mailed out in early August,
or you can download it here.
AFTER COMPLETING THE PROXY, PLEASE MAIL TO:
T & G Management Services, Inc.
18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite #643, Palmetto Bay Florida 33157.
The Proxy must be in our office no later than Friday, August 12, 2016.
You may email it to admin@tgms.com.

After the Election, the Board will be appointing
the new Committee members at the Board Meeting
to be held on August 18, 2016 following the Annual Meeting.
If you are interested in serving on any of our Committees,
please fill out this Volunteer Form
and send it to T & G Management Services, Inc.,
18001 Old Cutler Road, #643, Palmetto Bay, Florida 33157
or email it to admin@tgms.com.

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Real Estate Update

Question of the Day: 
Do you know what our documents state about signs,
commercial banners, and posters on our front lawns?

Our documents state that No Signs are allowed in front of our properties
except for a “For Sale” or “For Lease” sign and
these are not to exceed 2 feet square (288 square inches: 24″ x 12″, 18″ x 16″).
The only other sign permitted is for an “Open House.”

The rationale for this is to maintain a tidy looking community.

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Area Road Work

Road ConstructionFranjo Road Closings for Water Main Work

The Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department will perform a Water Main Installation
along Franjo Road from Caribbean Boulevard to SW 92 Avenue.
Franjo Road will be closed between 7:00am and 5:30pm except for local traffic during the duration of the project.
Traffic will be detoured both North and South bound to Holiday Road.

The work will be done in two phases.
The first phase will close Franjo Road from Caribbean Boulevard to SW 196 Drive detouring traffic to Holiday Road.
The second phase will close Franjo Road from SW 196 Drive to SW 198 Terrace, again detouring traffic to Holiday Road.
(Click on the phase to see Detour Map for that phase.)

The project will begin on July 5, 2016 and tentatively be completed around October 7, 2016.

Access for Local residents, Miami-Dade Solid Waste, United States Postal Service,
Emergency vehicles and Special Needs School Buses will be maintained in the Work Zone during temporary road closures.

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Our Cantamar Softball Team
comes close…

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At the end of the Spring 2016 regular season,
Team Cantamar softball team was in 1st Place with a record of 8-2.
But the playoffs were a heart-breaker:
we were ahead by 3 runs going into the 7th inning,
but couldn’t hold on, and lost 13-12.

We’re planning on a big comeback
in the Summer season beginning July 16th.

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Town of Cutler Bay Zoning Meetings

Public Involvement Meetings
AQUATIC FACILITY

On behalf of the Mayor and Town Council, you are cordially invited to attend a series
of Public Involvement Meetings to discuss the Town’s New Aquatic Facilities.

The Town contracted with a Professional Engineering Firm (Wolfberg Alvarez & Partners)
to host a series of Public Involvement Meetings in order to engage the community
on its vision for a new Aquatic Facility.
Your thoughts and input are important to us.
We hope to see you and hear your opinions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 6:00 pm
at Cutler Ridge Park, 10100 SW 200 St.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6:00 pm
at Town Hall — Council Chambers, 10720 Caribbean Blvd, Suite 115

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6:00 pm
at Cutler Bay Senior High — Auditorium, 8601 SW 212 St.

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00 pm
at Town Hall — Council Chambers, 10720 Caribbean Blvd, Suite 115

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Looking Good!

 For several years, the Association has been looking for a company
to clear the streets of the heavy leaf fall that happens twice a year in the Spring and Fall.
We had asked the Town of Cutler Bay to do this for the community,
but they said since the roads didn’t have curbs it wouldn’t work.

Our Manager continued to work to locate a company that could actually perform the job
the way he envisioned, with two workers with backpack blowers clearing from the sidewalk,
blowing everything into the street and then the sweeper truck picking up the leaves and debris.
Finally, he found “CPM Services” that could provide these services.
Not only did they do this service, but it was at such a reasonable cost,
the Board couldn’t help but give them a try!

It proved to be a great service which we intend to do 4 times a year:
twice each for the Spring and Fall leaf drop.

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Cutler Bay: the 16th Best Place in Florida
to Invest in Real Estate

Real Estate UpdateCutler Bay ranked 16th in Nerdwallet’s 2015 review of 227 Communities in Florida.

The consumer-based economic site based their ratings
on the marketability of homes, affordability, growth and tax rates.
To read the article and see what other communities made their list, visit their website.

And, of course, Cantamar is one of the premier communities in Cutler Bay!

May 2016 Update

(thanks to Pete Quintas, board member and local Realtor)

Cantamar has become one of the most desirable communities
to purchase a single family home in the Town of Cutler Bay.
Sales are starting from $300,000 to $409,000.
The average days on the market in Cantamar is 90 days.
There are six homes currently active in Cantamar ranging from $300,000 to $399,000.

The median home value in Cutler Bay is $267,500.
Cutler Bay home values have gone up 10.9% over the past year.

Renting Out Your House?

Be sure to notify the Management Company if you are planning to rent out your house.
Potential renters have to apply to rent in our community, and an interview will be held with them.
Click here to read the Amendments to our Documents regarding Renters’ Screening.

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April Board of Directors Meeting

GAVELAt the April 21st meeting of the Board of Directors HOA business was discussed.
The winner of the Best Landscaping contest was announced and
the Board discussed moving some money to our “reserves.”
The Board also reminded residents that our homes  cannot be rented out as an Air B&B business.
Pete Quintas, a Board member who is also a Realtor, gave an update on increasing real estate values
in Cutler Bay in general and Cantamar in particular.

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2016 “Beautiful Landscape” Competition Winners

Drum roll please!

The Winner is 8744 SW 206 Lane
for their somewhat technical look and magnificent maintenance…
never a blade of grass out of place nor a weed to behold!

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Landscape2016_Winner_2The winner will be recognized with a sign in front of their home,
and a $50 gift certificate to Home Depot.

There were also two Honorable Mentions:

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20515 SW 89 Avenue

and

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Congratulations to these beautiful Landscapes!
And to all who spruced up: the neighborhood is looking great!

The judges would also like to commend our Past Winners
for maintaining their beautiful lawns:

2015 Winner: 8831 SW 204th Lane

2014 Winner: 8984 SW 206th Street

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Let’s Have a Park on Old Cutler Road

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Thanks to all of our residents
(and residents from throughout Cutler Bay)
who attended the Town Council Meeting on March 16th
and spoke up in favor of the Park.

From a Homeowner who attended the meeting:

Great meeting with a wonderful turn out.

Next time I will speak and represent the Cantamar community.
There were representatives from Cutler Cay and Old Cutler Glen
and others at the meeting.

Really refreshing! The concept for the park is wonderful!
It will be such an enhancement to our communities and
a natural preserve with access to the Bay!!!

The area under contention is a 9-acre area which abuts wetlands
currently being restored by volunteers.
This 9 acres is owned by a high rise developer and
thankfully the first plan was shot down.
One of the speakers presented that since this developer
is not specialized in building single-family homes that
the Town should negotiate the developer donating the land or
the Town should step in and purchase the land .
One community even offered to contribute toward purchasing the land…
a lot of passion!

There is still a ways to go and a lot of political mumbo jumbo;
truly, it was so evident by the Mayor and Vice Mayor’s responses and questions
(in addition to the others at their side).

Let’s Get a Park!

Thanks to Livablecutler for the great image of this beautiful area.
This is what we’re working to save!

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Cantamar is looking for a new Social Committee Chair

Cantamar Social ActivitiesMany thanks to Ann Marie & Rodney Khadoo for all their hard work
managing our social events the past few years.
Unfortunately, work and business obligations won’t allow them to continue.

The Social Committee Chair works with the Board of Directors
to plan and manage our great social events
like the Halloween Party and Santa’s Visit.
The Board is also looking to the Social Chair for suggestions of new events.

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact
the Board of Directors at board@cantamarhoa.org

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Check out our Bulletin Board for these earlier stories:

Mailbox Replacement
Squatters
Renters’ Screening
Muscovy Ducks – Fun to watch, but a hazard
Online Bill Pay for HOA Dues
Don’t Lose Your Ficus