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 Website

The Cantamar Homeowners’ Association
maintains this website to keep our residents and the community informed
about our great neighborhood.

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

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Next Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Note that the Palmetto Bay Library is not available that night,
so the Meeting will be held at the Thalatta Estate,
17301 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay
(just a little further north on Old Cutler Road).

All residents are welcome to attend.
Come learn what your Board is working on
to keep Cantamar a great place to live.

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Announcing the 2019 Annual Landscape Contest

Summer is almost here, the grass is growing like crazy,
the flower beds are becoming jungles,
and we want to encourage all our residents
to improve the aesthetics of the community
by improving your landscape.

The contest will take place between June 1st and June 20th.
The judges will be checking out the landscapes
and the winner(s) will be announced on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
So start enhancing your landscape now
so it’s ready to shine in June!

The winner will receive a $50 Prize & Certificate

Good Luck to all our residents!

The photos above are a couple of last year’s winners.
Can you beat this?

Important: Remember that if you are making
significant landscape modifications
(adding or removing trees, etc.),
please be sure to submit an architectural application.

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What to do if you find
a Wayward Publix Shopping Cart

If you come across a Publix shopping cart in our neighborhood,
please call Publix at 305-235-2214, ask for Customer Service,
and report its location so they can pick up.

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Corporations/Entities Purchasing Homes to Rent

The Board of Directors and Management in our continuing efforts to make improvements
to the community would like to invite the input from our residents regarding home purchasers.

Right now any home in the community can be sold to an owner
who has no intention of residing in the home or becoming a part of our community.
Some buyers are recently formed corporations/entities that invest in homes to rent.
This is not to say these entities are bad or harmful to our community.

However, there have been some issues when
they have not responded appropriately to maintenance requests, etc.,
and some tenants have not always acted in the interest of our community.

The Board has determined a possible solution would be to modify our Association documents
to include a new rule that a purchaser of a home in the community
must not rent the home for the first year of ownership.
That may help deter most investment entities from making the purchase.
The rationale is to attempt to ensure that Cantamar remains a family-oriented community.

Please send a brief email to admin@tgms.com with the subject line
“Attn: Board — Document Change regarding Rentals,”
to let us know if you would be in favor of this change to the Documents.
We want to gauge if the effort required to obtain the two-thirds approval
of the community is a worthwhile endeavor.

Thank you,
Your Board of Directors

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Join the Community Concerns Task Force

The Board would also like to establish a Task Force
to work on upcoming challenges that our community may be facing in the near future.

Some of these issues include:
the construction of the new Publix Supermarket and accompanying shops
on Old Cutler Road near 97th Avenue;
Traffic and Transit issues; Security and Police matters;
Storm Preparedness, Planning and Response;
New Architectural items such as new Colors, Tiles, Pavers and other new materials/items
(some current items are no longer available), etc.

If you would like to volunteer and assist us in our efforts,
please send an email to admin@tgms.com with the subject line
“Attn: Board — Community Concerns Task Force.”

New Home Colors

On a related subject, the current Architectural Control Committee
has selected a few new home color combinations
which will be reviewed at the upcoming meeting by the Board.
If the Board deems them appropriate,
we will then ask the opinion of residents on the possibility of adding additional colors,
and possibly eliminating some of the old colors.

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Cantamar Celebrated Mardi Gras!

We had a fabulous Mardi Gras Celebration
on Saturday, March 2nd at the Sandbar Sports Grill.
There was a good turnout and great food.
We celebrated with fun activities including the mask contest and
the selection of the royal court where guests drew pieces of paper to determine the court.
Guests who weren’t selected for the court were asked to wear the paper they drew.

Click here for more photos of the event.

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More 2019 Social Events

Our Social Committee has planned events throughout the year.
We hope to see many of our neighbors at these Events:

June 1 -20, Landscape Contest, Winner to be announced June 22

October 31, Halloween Party, Cul de Sac on SW 88th Avenue, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

November 14, Turkey Raffle, Winner to be announced November 14

December 1 — 20, Christmas/Holiday Decorating Contest, Winner to be announced December 21st

December 15, Santa Comes To Cantamar, Front Entrance Park, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

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Important Reminder: PODs

According to Article 7.7.7 of our Documents,
“no portable, storage, temporary or accessory buildings or structures shall be constructed on any lot”
(with the exception of sheds that must be kept from view).
This includes PODs, Dumpsters, and similar “structures” which are
not permitted without the prior written approval of the Association.
With approval, they are permitted for a maximum of 2 weeks.

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Christmas/Holiday Decorating Contest Winners:
Drum Roll Please…

This year’s Christmas/Holiday Decorating winner is:
20660 SW 91st Court “Christmas Wonderland.”
This family will receive a $50 Gift Card and a Sign in their Yard.

Honorable Mentions go to:
8850 SW 204th Street “Happy Christmas”
(this home had inflatables during judging;
unfortunately, likely due to the weather we had, they were no longer there when we went to photograph it)

and
20705 SW 89th Avenue “Tropical Christmas.”

Honorable Mentions will each receive a $25 Gift Card.

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who decorated and made Cantamar so festive during the holidays!

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We had a Great Visit from Santa!

Santa visited Cantamar Sunday afternoon, December 16th.
It was a wonderful afternoon with cookies and hot chocolate,
and kids throwing the football and frisbee.
There was even a slight breeze to keep Santa a little cooler.

We collected a variety of toys for the Cutler Bay Police Toy Drive
to help make this a great Christmas for children
who may not otherwise receive gifts.
Thanks to all who donated!

Click here for more photos from the event.

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2019 Budget Approved

At the November 2018 Board of Directors meeting,
the Board finalized and approved the 2019 Budget.
This Budget reflects a small increase in monthly HOA dues
from $44/month in 2018 to $46/month in 2019.

If you’d like to have a copy of the budget emailed to you,
please contact T&G Management at admin@tgms.com
with the subject line “Cantamar 2019 Budget.”

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Congratulations to our Turkey Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Lisa Cardali, the winner of this year’s Turkey Raffle!

Wishing Lisa, and all our residents, a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Another Spectacular Halloween Party!

Our new Butler figure greeted all the witches and goblins (and princesses and pirates)
at this year’s Halloween Party by lighting up and talking as they approached.
And the weather cooperated for a pleasant evening—not too hot.

We had great participation in our Apple Bobbing and Costume Contests.
Congratulations to the winners: Nathan and Michael in the Apple Bobbing Contests;
Arabella for the Under Age 5 Costume Contest and Jada in the Over Age 5 category.

Thanks to Comcast for providing the pizza,
and to our Social Committee for all their hard work putting this popular event together
and providing popcorn, cotton candy, and the goody bags of candy for the kids…
and of course, to all of our neighbors who came out in costume (and not) to enjoy this wonderful evening!

Our Social Committee puts together the Goody Bags for the Halloween Party

Click here for photos from this great event.

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Important Information:
Street Parking

Recently there have been several complaints received by the management office
regarding Owners/Residents and/or Guests parking
on the Roads of the neighborhood
causing hazardous conditions for other vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

At the Board meeting held on Thursday August 16, 2018,
representatives from the Miami Dade/Cutler Bay Police department
as well as the Public Works Director were present.

They informed those present that parking of Vehicles on
the Roads of Miami Dade County and therefore the Roads
of The Town of Cutler Bay is prohibited in accordance with Section 30-292.
Any violation of this section can result in a fine/ticket of $150 per violation.

Although the police have not pursued this in recent years, that does not mean there is any safe harbor
from such enforcement in the future now that it has been brought to everyone’s attention.

We ask all Association Members, Residents and their Guests to please observe these rules
as to avoid the possibility of being ticketed or fined, and do your best to avoid parking
in the roadways and/or creating a hazardous situation.
Remember, you could be held accountable, and may be liable,
if anyone is injured or there is an accident caused.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation,
The Board of Directors & Management
August 21, 2018

(Note: Stock photo of street parking by David Beatz on Unsplash)

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Annual Meeting & Election Results

Our Annual Meeting & Election was held on Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 pm
in the Feller Room at Palmetto Bay Branch Library.

We did not have a Quorum for the Election, so our current Board will continue to serve.
Thanks to Selma, Tom, Pete, Orlando and Marco for everything they do for Cantamar!

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2018 Annual Landscape Contest Winners

Congratulations to the Winner of our 2018 Landscape Contest: 8753 SW 206th Lane.
This winner will receive a $50 Gift Card and a Certificate.

Congratulations also go to our Honorable Mention: 8995 SW 207th Street.

The Board of Directors would also like to recognize previous winners
who have kept their landscapes in beautiful condition:
20515 SW 89th Avenue, 20631 SW 87th Court, 8754 SW 206th Lane, 8830 SW 204th Street,
20642 SW 90th Place, and 8984 SW 206th Street.

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Many Thanks to our Board and Volunteers
for the Independence Day Flags

Didn’t Cantamar look wonderfully patriotic for the Fourth of July!
Many thanks to our Board of Directors and the Volunteers
who placed the flags throughout the neighborhood.

Also, many thanks to our patriotic neighbors who flew the flag
and/or added small flags to their flower beds.
It really looked wonderful!

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Updated Banking Information for 2018

There is a new Bank Address. Your 2018 Fees should be sent to:

FLORIDA COMMUNITY BANK
PO Box 366249
Bonita Springs, FL 34136

If you use online banking to pay your HOA Fees, be sure to update the information so that your payment gets to the right place.

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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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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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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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Check out our Bulletin Board for these earlier stories:

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