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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Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, June 16th, 7:00 pm
by Conference Call

meeting gavel

The Board of Directors will be meeting at the Palmetto Bay Branch Library
for the June Board of Directors Meeting.
Due to limited space and restrictions, any Homeowners wishing to attend
may do so by Conference Call.

If you wish to attend the Conference Call, please email James at james@tgms.com
for call-in instructions and to let him know if you have an issue
you want to discuss at the meeting.

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Leaf Clean Up

great neighborhood Cutler Bay street cleaning

Spring Leaf Clean Up has been completed.
The HOA is working to keep Cantamar looking beautiful!

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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. 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.

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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Congratulations to the 2020 Decorating Contest Winners

Once again, there were so many beautifully decorated homes throughout Cantamar, making the judges job very difficult.
But they have made their decision, selecting one Winner and 2 Honorable Mentions.

Drum roll, please…

The Winner who will receive a $50 Gift Card and a Sign in their Yard is 9143 SW 206 Street.

2020 Decorating Contest Winner2020 Decorating Contest Winner

 

The Honorable Mentions will each receive a $25 Gift Card:

20658 SW 90th Place

2020 Decorating Contest Honorable Mention

and

9113 SW 206 Street

2020 Decorating Contest Honorable Mention

2020 Decorating Contest Honorable Mention

 

Congratulations to all the Winners!
And thanks to everyone who decorated, making Cantamar look so festive!

Here’s wishing all our residents the Happiest of Holidays, and all the best in the New Year!

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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 Sugeily in the Management office at admin@tgms.com.

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Turkey Raffle Winner

Drum roll please… the 2020 winner is Bernard L. of SW 89th Avenue.
In order to allow them to shop wherever they’d like, the winner receives a $25 Visa Gift Card.
Congratulations, Bernard!

We hope all our residents enjoy a Safe, Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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2021 Budget Approved

At the October 2020 Budget Meeting, the Board of Directors approved the 2021 Budget.

We are happy to report there will be no increase in our HOA dues!

If you’d like to have a copy of the Budget and Budget Line Item Explanation emailed to you,
please contact Sugeily at T&G Management at admin@tgms.com with the subject line “Cantamar 2021 Budget.”

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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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Making Changes?

If you are planning to reroof or paint your home,
be sure to check our Architectural Guidelines page
for the latest approved materials and paint colors.

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Updated Banking Information as of 2020

There is a new Bank Address as of 2020. Your Fees should be sent to:

SYNOVUS 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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COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Your Board of Directors and Management company are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. 

Due to the current advisories from the Federal, State and Local Governments
on the issue of containing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19),
Board Meetings of the Association are being held by Conference Call.
We will advise as soon as this changes as to when we will be holding the next in-person meeting.

There will also be no in-person Social Events held until further notice.

Where To Get COVID-19 Information

For the latest information on testing, vaccines, and help, check out these websites:

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Amendments did not Pass

At the January 8, 2020 Special Meeting, the amendments did not pass.
Therefore for now the item has been tabled and we will not be pursuing it further.

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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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Corporations/Entities Purchasing Homes to Rent

Cantamar streetscape

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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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