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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Halloween Party

Cantamar Annual Halloween Party
A Huge Success!!

Our annual Halloween Party, held on Sunday, October 30th, was a huge success.
We had a spooktacular turn out, with close to 200 of our residents.

The kids and families enjoyed arts & crafts activities, making potions, costume contests,
musical chairs, popcorn, snowcones, and golf cart trunk-or-treating.

The Social Committee would like to extend a big thank you to all of the volunteers that came out;
we could not run this event without you! 🧡🎃👻

Click here for more photos of the event!

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No Quorum for the
Cantamar Homeowners’ Association

Annual Meeting and Election

The Cantamar Homeowners’ Association held our Annual Meeting and Election
on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

There was not a quorum for the Election
so the current Board will continue  to serve for another year.

Thanks to our Board members, Michelle Steele, Orlando Munoz, Adrian Lopez, Jeff Grene, and Jesse Revilla,
for their service to the community this year.
We look forward to another great year in Cantamar!

Cutler Bay Mayor and Cantamar HOA Board

The Board did hold a Board of Directors Meeting and we were pleased to have the Mayor of Cutler Bay, Tim Meerbott, in attendance.
He gave us an update on all the upcoming projects in Cutler Bay, and answered questions/concerns from our Homeowners.

Mayor Meerbott speaks to HOA Mayor Meerbott speaks to HOA Mayor Meerbott speaks to HOA

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Summer Social Event
at Maxwell’s Another Success

Cantamar group at Maxwell's

On Saturday, July 30th, Cantamar neighbors met up at Maxwell’s on South Dixie Highway.

The Cantamar at Maxwells event was SUPER fun, and we had a great turn out.
The homeowners enjoyed the pizza from this local venue while they connected with their neighbors.

Everyone was very excited to attend, and they can’t wait for the next event.

We raffled two Cantamar custom-made hats.
If anyone is interested in purchasing one, they can do so with the hat store on instagram @nogginz.hats

Click here to see more photos from Maxwell’s.

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Community Garage Sale a Great Success

Our community-wide garage sale was a great success; we had a total of 11 homes that participated.

The Social Committee advertised the event within local social media, with a post to save the date a week prior to the event
and an updated post on Friday 7/15 including the map, showing each home participating.

We also placed signs on Friday afternoon all along the entry points to the neighborhood and the surrounding areas,
a printout of the garage sale map was available at our park and a QR code was also created for digital access to the map.

We hope the sellers had a great success, and we would love to have any feedback sent to cantamarsocialcommittee@gmail.com

Thanks to all who participated, either as sellers or buyers!

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4th flag

Your Cantamar Board of Directors, Committees, and Lynx Property Services wish all our residents a Safe and Happy Fourth!

Many thanks to the Social Committee for placing the flags around the neighborhood.
The flags will remain through the end of the month when they will be collected by the Committee.

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Updated Dues Payment Information

Due to some older stories still on the website (which have now been removed),
there has been some confusion on how to make Dues payments.
This is the latest information from Lynx Property Services, expanding on the information in the letter below.
Of course, you can always pay using your coupon book.

      • Mail – Payments must be made payable to “Cantamar Homeowner’s Association”. Your payments must be mailed to the address below and must include your account number or attached coupon.
        • Mail Payments to Address – Synovus, PO Box 1030 Lehigh Acres, FL 339709
      • ACH Automatic Bank Withdrawal Form – Have your assessments automatically deducted directly from your Bank Account between the fifth and the tenth of each month. In order to register for ACH, please fill out the form and attach a copy of a voided check.

 

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New Coupon Books With Budgeted Rate Increase Sent Out

Lynx Property Services sent out new Coupon Books along with the Letter below the week of May 9th.
If you did not receive yours, please contact Lynx at the phone number in the letter.
NOTE that the Board approved the increase to $60 last Fall for the full year (January—December 2022).
The increase was due to rising costs for tree trimming, lawn maintenance, insurance, and other items.
See below for the details and instructions for making your payments.

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Easter Egg Hunt & Photos with the Easter Bunny
was a HUGE success!!

Thanks to our Social Committee, our first event back after Covid was a HUGE success!
It was a beautiful day, and we had great turn-out.
Our Cantamar families enjoyed meeting the Easter Bunny and taking pictures.
The Egg Hunt was a blast. And everyone enjoyed the refreshments.
Overall, this was great community togetherness!

Click here to see more photos from our Easter event.

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Welcome to our New Management Company

Your Board of Directors has selected Lynx Property Services to be our new Management Company effective April 1, 2022.

By now you should have received your welcome package from them.
If not, please download the documents by clicking on the document thumbnails below or
reach out at the contact information provided in the documents
or on our Contacts page.

Welcome Letter front Welcome Letter back Owner Contact FormACH authorization

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We Have A New Social Committee

Claudia Grene, SW 88th Avenue, committee chair
Frances Revilla, SW 90 Place, committee lead
Vince Gonzalez, SW 206th Lane, committee lead
Jacky Munoz, SW 90 Place, committee lead
Ana Padron, SW 90 Place, committee lead

Thanks to these volunteers. Watch for a new slate of events coming up throughout the year!

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New Board of Directors

Please welcome your new Cantamar Homeowners Association Board of Director members (officer positions were determined at the February 15th Board meeting):

Michelle Steele — President

Orlando Munoz — VP

Adrian Lopez — Treasurer

Jeff Grene — Secretary

Jesse Revilla — Director

The board is excited about the opportunity to volunteer and serve the interests of the community.  If you would like to share a welcome message or have any other comments to share, please drop us a note at our new email address: cantamarHOAcutlerbay@gmail.com.

We look forward to working with you as 2022 promises several new, exciting and positive changes coming to our neighborhood.

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Cantamar Homeowners Association

Dear Cantamar Homeowner,

A message from the Association:

At the Board meeting on Tuesday January 18th, 2022 the board approved a new budget with a ten dollar per month increase.

The increase was deemed necessary due to rising costs for services and insurance and to fund the reserve account at a higher level.

[The balance of this letter contained outdated information and has been removed.
For updated information on Dues payments, please see the newer story higher up on the page.]

Thanks for your attention,
The Board of Directors

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Committee Volunteers Needed

The Board of Directors are looking into expanding and re-establishing committees and
we would appreciate your input and encourage your participation.

The ACC (architectural committee) is seeking homeowners with professions
that will add value to the association/committee.
If you are a homeowner in the Design Field, Architecture, Construction or Real Estate Development
we want to hear from you.
Please provide a brief summary of business/professional/educational experience
for consideration and/or the reasons you wish to participate

The Social/Events Committee is seeking homeowners to re-establish our community events and create new events
for community engagement of children, adults and pets.

We look forward to your participation in our community’s progression for 2022 and beyond.

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Congratulations to the Winners
of our Annual Christmas/Holiday
Lighting/Decoration Contest

Announcing the winners of our Christmas/Holiday Lighting/Decoration Contest!
Winner: 8804 SW 206 Lane
2021 Decorating Contest Winner
Honorable Mentions: 8831 SW 204 Lane
and 20705 SW 89 Avenue
Honorable Mention

The Winner will receive a$50 Gift Card and
each of the Honorable Mentions will receive a $25 Gift Card!

Congratulations to all!

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Congratulations to the Winner
of the Turkey Raffle

Drum roll please…
this year’s winner is the Smith Family of SW 204 Street.
In order to allow them to shop wherever they’d like,
the winner receives a $25 Visa Gift Card.
Congratulations, Smith Family!

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Cantamar Homeowners Association

November 11, 2021

Dear Owners:  After consulting with the Association counsel, and after careful consideration, the Board will allow an owner to proceed with the installation of a metal roof within the community. This will be the second metal roof within the community and owners are advised that the installation of these roofs does not constitute a waiver on the Association to further prohibit metal roofs. To that end, no further metal roofs will be permitted within the Association until the Association adopts a rule allowing same. The Association reserves the right to subsequently proceed with a rule adopting metal roofs after consulting with the appropriate professionals. 

The Board of Directors

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Roofing Materials & Colors

As you are aware, Cantamar had one basic style and color of roof tiles which were originally installed by the Builder/Developer. A few years ago, an owner applied for a flat panel metal roof. As it appeared to be that the future may be in these other type of roofing systems, the Board did approve the application. The only color that was approved was a very similar color to the existing roof tiles of the color “Terra Cotta” to match the rest of the community.

Approved flat-panel metal roof in “Terra Cotta”

Recently another owner submitted for a similar style flat panel metal roof but with a different color. This new color was very different from the current color roofs.

That brought forth some further discussion and thought on how these different roofs would affect the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Do the metal flat panel roofs match the architecture as originally planned by the developer? How many colors of roofs would be acceptable?

Another issue with the roofs is the availability of obtaining the correct roof tiles in the color which exists now in the community. A member of the architectural Control Committee provided samples of a new roof tile product for the community which were concrete tiles instead of the clay or ceramic tiles that were originally installed by the builder. In looking at the samples of these concrete tiles it was determined by the Board that this could be acceptable as a product that would closely match the current roofs. The availability of these concrete tiles appears to be more abundant than the Clay/Ceramic Tiles in various colors.

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Trees near the Property Line

property line trees

Trees growing on or near the property line can cause conflicts and even lawsuits between neighbors. Here are some things to consider with such trees:

  • A tree near a property line belongs to the neighbor who owns the ground where it’s growing. Your survey will show the exact boundary line.
  • If a tree’s trunk lies directly on the boundary line between properties, it is assumed as owned by both neighbors.
  • If branches from a neighbor’s tree extend over the boundary, the property owner may trim the branches back to the boundary line. Trimming must not injure or kill the tree.
  • Spreading roots of large trees can damage fences, curbs and sidewalks; liability for the damage falls on the tree’s owner.
  • If a branch that extends over a property line bears fruit, the fruit belongs to the tree’s owner—no picking without permission.
  • A tree’s owner is not responsible for clearing fallen leaves  from a neighbor’s yard.
  • If a storm sends a limb from your tree through a neighbor’s roof, you might not be liable if you can show that the tree was healthy. But if the tree was in bad shape, you might have to pay to repair the neighbor’s property.

This information is from BobVila.com, click here for the full article. 

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Tree Trimming

The Association will be conducting tree trimming on the swale trees this year in October/November. We ask that owners not trim the swale trees. There are clear guidelines on how trees should be trimmed and several owners have severely damaged some of our trees by hat-racking and other improper cutting.

FYI, here is some information about basic Pruning Standards and more detailed Tree Care Standards.

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Let’s Keep Cantamar A Great Place to Live!!

As a member of the Association and a resident of Cantamar, you play an important role in making your home and the common areas a better place to live and creating a community we can all be proud of.

As a resident of Cantamar, you have certain responsibilities to ensure that your home and the community are maintained at a higher level by complying with the laws (Covenants and Restrictions, also called CC&R’s) that govern our community.

I am sure that we can all agree, we chose to live in the Cantamar Homeowners’ Association for the peace of mind that our property values and our investment would be upheld due to the city ordinances and restrictions related to the use of our property. HOAs (Homeowners’ Associations) add yet another layer of restrictions and prevent our neighbors from painting their homes neon pink with polka dots!

Your Board of Directors and Management have diligently maintained the common areas with several improvements such as the recent upgrade of the Landscaping; however, several residents consistently wait until they receive a violation letter and have ignored certain neighborhood standards which raise property values.

Guidelines

Restrictions and Architectural Guidelines maintain the aesthetics and add value. Here are some guidelines that must be followed:

  • Keep your house painted and in good repair, including gutters, garage doors & fences
  • Maintain your roof and pressure wash
  • Pressure wash your driveway, sidewalk, and apron, and perform repairs when necessary
  • Do not park vehicles on the street overnight preventing EMS vehicle access
  • Do not leave bicycles, scooters, toys in your front yard overnight
  • Keep your mailbox painted and post in good working condition
  • On the day trash is collected, move your trash bins from the curb into your garage and not on the side of your home or in front of your home; make sure any trash around your property is discarded in trash bins and not left on the lawn or street
  • Maintain your landscaping according to landscaping guidelines and remove dead palm fronds
  • Mow, edge, and water your grass regularly
  • Trim your bushes and shrubs regularly
  • Keep your flower beds and lawn weed free
  • Apply pesticides and fertilizers to your lawn
  • Curb your dog and dispose of the bags properly
  • Get approval for any changes to your home before making them

Fortunately, many of our homeowners are compliant with the CC&Rs; however, there are times that violations occur and need to be addressed. To help continue to preserve the aesthetics and appeal of the community, it is helpful to periodically review the documents and comply with these guidelines.

Thank you for your continued compliance, your support and your on-going help in maintaining Cantamar as the premier community in Cutler Bay.

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Dog Waste Notice

dog waste story

Complaints have been received from residents of the community regarding dog waste on the grounds. There has been an increased volume of dog waste that has been found on the common areas owned by the HOA as well as on the private front and side lawns of residents.

If you are a dog owner, please be respectful of your neighbors’ property as well as the common grounds of the Association. In case you are not aware, Miami-Dade County Law requires that pet owners pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their waste. Furthermore, animal fecal matter serves as a food source for rats and will encourage a rat infestation if it accumulates on the grounds of the community. A rat infestation, once it is established is a health hazard in itself and is very difficult to completely extinguish. Furthermore, “People used to think dog feces was harmless; it was considered fertilizer when in fact it contains more bacteria and chemicals than human feces, spreads parasites, and pollutes our water supply,” says J. Retinger, CEO of BioPet Labs.

Abide by County Law or Risk a Fine

All dog owners are urged to abide by the law so that the unsightly and unhealthy appearance of dog waste on the grounds can be eliminated. Please be reminded that pet owners who fail to abide by the County Law can be fined by the County and in cases of repeated violations, the pet can be deemed a public nuisance in which case the County can remove the pet from the premises. If you observe a dog walker not picking up after the dog’s waste, please report it to T&G Management immediately. If possible, please take a photo of the person and the dog with a cell phone or camera as the photo may be very useful in identifying the violator.

All residents are asked to take pride in the community by adhering to the community rules and County Law regarding disposal of pet waste. If all pet owners within the community practice proper pet waste disposal as mentioned above, the health hazard created by pet waste on the community grounds can be eliminated. The Board and Management thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

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Landscape Standards

Our goal is to establish landscaping criteria to enhance our Community’s beauty and increase its value while adhering to the Association’s Rules & Regulations.

In order to clarify and provide additional Guidelines for the Landscape section of the Rules & Regulations of 2007, the Board of Directors and Architectural Control Committee set forth the following Guidelines for minimum standards for Landscaping.

Landscape maintenance shall include quality maintenance of all trees, shrub, ground cover, annuals, turf grass, irrigation systems, treatment of any disease, fungus or pest and periodic fertilization.

1. Turf areas should be regularly cut and edged to maintain a consistent appearance of quality.

2. If a lawn is 25% or more weeds, bare ground, or dying grass it must be restored/replaced. A suitable alternative to sod on the easement between sidewalk and curb would be a ground cover such as jasmine, ARC approval will be required.

3. All damaged plant material, including but not limited to ground cover and sod, shall be removed and replaced with replacements that meet landscape material and maintenance requirements set forth in these Guidelines.

Front yard shall include:

  • Minimum of 1 shade tree or three palms at a minimum height of 6, 8 and 10 feet at time of planting.
  • Minimum of 1 landscape bed no smaller than 8′ X 12′ containing a minimum of 20 shrubs/flowering plants.
  • Shrubs shall be planted underneath the windows of the front wall facing street to provide a softening buffer to the length of the frontage wall of the home.
  • Shrubbery or hedge must be maintained regularly and shall not exceed 4 feet in height. Length and thickness of choice, provided it does not encroach on sidewalk or pedestrian traffic.
  • All landscaped areas shall be primarily grass and shall not be covered with gravel, mulch or any artificial surface. Under no circumstances shall open unplanted mulch areas be acceptable.

Tree Removal

Trees are community assets. Before any trees are removed, a request must be submitted and approved. Requests to remove trees shall include a diagram depicting the approximate location of all existing trees and their types, along with the trees to be removed, the reason for their removal and a copy of Miami-Dade County Permit or Certification from Arborist.

A tree removal/relocation permit is required for the removal or relocation of any tree within Miami-Dade County not specifically exempt under the Environmental Code of Miami-Dade County.

For details on any of the above information, samples of approved plants, and additional photos of lawns to emulate or unacceptable lawns please check out the Landscape Standards document (.pdf).

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Architectural Modifications

Please, Please, Please!
Do not make any changes to your home without prior Association approval!

Do not make any changes to the exterior of your home or lot without first seeking advisement from the Management and
executing an application to be reviewed and approved by the Architectural Control Committee.

Failure to follow this protocol can, and will, result in violations and fines being levied on your account.
The Association may also notify the Town of Cutler Bay and/or Miami-Dade County if the change warrants a permit.

The Request for Architectural Modification form can be downloaded here,
or you can contact Lynx Property Services at FrontDesk@LynxPropertyServices.com.

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Signs Policy Reminder

Cutler Bay great neighborhood Real Estate Update

Signs are not permitted on the properties.
The only signs permitted are as described in the documents in section 7.23.

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.”

So if you have any other signage it will need to be removed.

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New Paint Colors Approved

Your ACC and Board of Directors have approved some additional paint colors.
They also removed some old colors.
You can check out the list of approved colors here.

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What to do if you find
a Wayward Publix Shopping Cart

Publix logoIf 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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Check out our Bulletin Board for these earlier stories:

Pods
Street Parking
Renting Out Your House?
What Our Docs say about Parking
What Our Docs say about Signs
Publix Shopping Carts
Mailbox Replacement
Renters’ Screening
Muscovy Ducks – Fun to watch, but a hazard
Online Bill Pay for HOA Dues
Don’t Lose Your Ficus