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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Christmas Decorating Contest

Decorating Contest Winner

The Social Committee is once again holding our popular Christmas Decorating Contest
(of course, any holiday decorations make the neighborhood festive, and all will be considered in the contest).
The photo above is one of last year’s winners. Do you think you can beat that?

Start planning your decorating now.
NOTE DATE CHANGE: Judging will take place Thursday, December 22nd.
Be sure your decorating is completed by then,
and that you have your lights on for judging.

Let’s make Cantamar extra festive this year!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle

The Social Committee is pleased to announce that the winner
of the Turkey Raffle is Esther F. from 206th Lane.
Congratulations, Esther!

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Another Great Cantamar Halloween Party

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Halloween night 2016 brought out a lot of little ghosts and goblins
(and princesses, politicians, superheroes and other characters).
Yep, it was another great turn-out.
The weather was nice – cooler than last year – but windy.
In fact, it was so windy, we couldn’t put up the front blow-up entrance because of the wind.
But that didn’t stop us from a really fun time.

We had a lot of participation in the contests: mummy wrapping, apple bobbing,
best costume under 10 years of age, best costume from 10–15 years of age.
And we’ll long remember the entertaining dance performance.

The winner of the Weigh-the-Pumpkin Contest was Mark P. from 206th Street.
Congratulations, Mark!

Check out the photos from the event including
the dance performance and the kids’ contests winners.

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ROAD WORK:
Caribbean Boulevard

An upcoming planned traffic shift for the
Caribbean Boulevard Roadway Improvements JPA  “Gap 2” Work Zone #1
is tentatively scheduled to be implemented the third week of November 2016.

Please be advised that traffic on Caribbean Boulevard
will be maintained in both directions of travel for approximately 4 months.
Delays can be expected.

Click here to see the map of the affected area.

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2017 Budget Approved

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At the October 20th meeting our Board of Directors adopted the 2017 Budget.
Once again, there will be no increase in dues.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Do you know if you’re Covered?

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We are fortunate that crime isn’t much of an issue in Cantamar, and we want to keep it that way!
Each of us needs to maintain layers of protection to help keep crime out.
Our attractive community can be a temptation to thieves. Let’s make sure we’re not an easy target.
Ensure you monitor and report any suspicious activity, lock all doors, and activate your burglar alarms.
CONFIRM that ALL your windows and doors are protected — not just a few.
Some of you who have bought homes from previous owners might think all your windows and doors are protected
when this might not be the case.
Contact your alarm company to check on your coverage, and be sure you have the protection you want.

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Who’s at your Door?

 It’s always important to be cautious when opening the doors to strangers.
If they say they’re representing a utility company, make sure that they show you their credentials.
You may want to consider getting an intercom, or a high-tech doorbell you can respond to from your phone
whether you are home or not, so you don’t need to open your door to people you don’t know.

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Do you know what our Documents state about
Parking on the Street, Lawn or Sidewalk?

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Section 7.9 explicitly states that all vehicles must be parked within Homeowner’s property (driveway or garage)
and NOT on the street, NOT on the front lawn, and NOT on the sidewalk.

HOWEVER, we understand that when we have guests, they do need a place to park so parking
IS ALLOWED ON A TEMPORARY BASIS on the street.
Parking is not allowed on the sidewalk or the front lawn. Vertical parking across the lawn is NOT permitted.
This TEMPORARY street parking is for party or day guests (it does not apply to overnight guests visiting from out of town).
Overnight street parking is NOT allowed.

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Do you know what our Documents state about
Signs, Commercial Banners, and Posters on our Front Lawns?

Real Estate Update

Section 7.23 of our documents states 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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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 are now (late September) about midway through the Fall season and our record is 5-2.
We are currently in second place.

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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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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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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