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, December 8th
at 7:00 pm
 

meeting gavel

Palmetto Bay Branch Library, 17641 Old Cutler Road

At this meeting, your Board will finalize and approve the Budget for 2022.

Residents are welcome to attend.

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Annual Christmas/Holiday
Lighting/Decoration Contest

Have your started your outdoor decorating?

While we weren’t able to hold any in-person Events this year,
we are thrilled to still be holding the Annual Decorating Contest.

If you haven’t started your decor yet, it’s time to get on it.
Judging will be here before you know it.

2020 Decorating Contest Winner
We are looking forward to
an exceptionally festive neighborhood this year!

The Contest will be judged over the weekend of December 18th & 19th
with the Winner & Honorable Mention(s) announced on Monday, December 20th.

Prizes of a $50 Gift Card to the Winner and
a $25 Gift Card to the Honorable Mention(s)
will be awarded.

(The photo above is the 2020 Winner.)

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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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Thanks to our Board of Directors and Volunteers

Many thanks to our volunteer Board of Directors and Committee Volunteers
for working to keep Cantamar the premier community in Cutler Bay and a great place to live!

Board of Directors
Pete Quintas, President
Orlando Munoz, VP & Secretary
Marco Fernandez, Treasurer
John Resuta, Director
Sal Najarro, Director

Committee Volunteers
Rocio Estavillo
Jesse Revilla
Felix Santos
Pam Lucken
Christian Hoheb
J C Turban
Luis Duran
Alisa Nodarse

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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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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.

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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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 Sully 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 Sully 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.

Should we modify our Documents?

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