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- 2018 Budget Approved
- 2017 Annual Meeting & Election
- Lost Dog (August 2016)
- Mailbox Replacement
- Stray Cats
- Renters’ Screening
- Muscovy Ducks
- Wastewater sub-meter
- Travel tip
- Online Bill Pay
- Don’t Feed Birds
- Ficus Whitefly
- Well-Owners’ Tip
- Take Action
2018 Budget Approved
At the October 19, 2017 meeting our Board of Directors adopted the 2018 Budget. In consideration of maintaining services as we have come accustomed to, it was necessary to increase the HOA Fees from $40 to $44 per month per home. It has been several years since the fees were last increased. The Board will continue to do everything possible to save money where and when it can, but in order to properly fund the Reserves and Operations this increase was needed.
2017 Annual Meeting & Election
The Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, August 17, 2017. There was not a quorum for the Election so the current Board of Directors will continue to serve. Thanks to Selma, Tom, Gus, Pete, and Orlando for all they do for our neighborhood. We look forward to another great year!
Lost Dog (August 2016)
Andrea Arellano Castillo, a Cantamar resident, tells us her family
recently lost their pet dog (on or before August 7th).
She is a white Shih Tzu and answers to ‘Minnie.’
If you do happen to find her,
Andrea’s address is 20644 SW 91 Ct.,
or call her at 786-293-1792 and 305-298-8968.
Beautiful Mailbox Company installed the mailboxes throughout Cantamar. They still have the same model currently in the community and can provide replacements. The model is the Key West 100 in Black.
Beautiful Mailbox Company
2360 W. 76th Street,
Hialeah, FL 33016
Toll free: 1-800-856-6983
Adrian spoke with Deloris there.
Prices (Includes product, installation, and tax):
- Mailbox (not including palm decoration w/numbers) $53.00
- Mailbox with Post (Single, includes palm decoration and numbers) $224.70
- Mailbox with Post (Double, includes palm decoration and numbers) $278.20
- Post Only Single (Includes palm decoration and numbers. Using existing mailbox) $208.65
- Post Only Double (Includes palm decoration and numbers. Using existing mailbox) $246.10
Prices subject to change without notice.
Please note that above-ground pools are not permitted in Cantamar. These are typically blue plastic, but the restriction applies to any above-ground pool. The only exception is for temporary kiddie pools under 3 feet. If you have any questions on this policy, please contact the Architectural Control Committee at email@example.com (put “Cantamar ACC” in the subject line).
From Jacky: “We really need to somehow get the message out to our neighbors that they must spay/neuter their pets; especially their cats that live outside. I know of many neighbors that feed stray cats, but don’t take on the responsibility of spaying/neutering them. These cats are going to continue to reproduce, leaving us with an overpopulation of cats.” If you’re going to adopt a cat, become a responsible pet owner. If not, don’t start feeding one. Don’t put people like Jacky (clearly an animal lover) in the predicament she’s in now, where she may need to drop those adorable kittens off at the Miami Dade Animal Shelter, which is pretty much a death sentence.
At the October 2010 Meeting, the manager announced that the changes to our documents to allow for the Screening of Renters had been approved. These changes took effect in March 2011. A mailing describing the requirements will be sent to all owners in February. Click here to read the Amendments to our Documents (PDF). The screening process for new renters is now in place. Potential renters have to apply to rent in our community, and an interview will be held with them.
Be sure to notify the Management Company if you are planning to rent out your house.
Muscovy Ducks – Fun to watch, but a Hazard
Cantamar residents are graced with enjoying a variety of wildlife, literally right in our own backyards. But residents should be aware of potential hazards posed by some of these wild animals. You’ve seen the “Muscovy” ducks. These are the ones with odd-looking “growths” (actually “caruncles”) on their faces. They actually don’t “quack” but they “hiss.”
These non-native ducks produce a large quantity of droppings, which can soil patios and seriously degrade water quality of our lakes. The droppings present a “significant hazard to the health of humans and their pets.” Inter-breeding with other species can decrease their capacity to adapt, resist disease and persist. And they can become aggressive.
How can you help? Please DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS. This will encourage them to go elsewhere, and reduce droppings. Keep your children and pets away from them and their droppings, to avoid spread of disease. The Homeowners’ Association is in the process of relocating this feral species out of our neighborhood. Your cooperation is appreciated.
(source: University of Florida IFAS Extension)
Save on your wastewater bill with a Sub-meter
A great way to save money on the wastewater portion of your bill — the more expensive portion if you receive both water and sewer services — is by installing a submeter. Typically, 50% of the water used residentially is used outdoors. Installing a submeter could reduce 50% of the sewage portion of your bill.
To learn more, visit www.miamidade.gov/water/submeters.asp or call Customer Services at 305-665-7477.
Cantamar on Facebook
Become a Fan of Cantamar on Facebook, a meeting place for parents and kids (and ALL residents) in the neighborhood.
If you’re going to be out of town for an extended length of time, please notify James Popadak at our management company (305-255-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to avoid any possible violations while you’re gone.
Online Bill Pay for HOA Dues
Note that we have changed banks to Florida Community Bank. Make your check payable to Cantamar HOA and mail with your coupon. Payments are due prior to the 15th of each month. If you wish to make payment thru Bill Pay, you’ll need your Bill Pay number which is on your coupons & follow the instructions on the coupon. If you do not have your new coupons, contact Heidy at the Management office (305-255-0900 or email@example.com) & she can re-order them. Note that the bank charges $3.25 per order. Do not mail payments to BB&T.
Please Don’t Feed the Birds
We all enjoy the beautiful wildlife which graces us. However, please do not feed the birds and ducks in the neighborhood. First of all, it is not healthy for them as they become dependent on people for food. Secondly, it encourages them to use the neighborhood as their bathroom, leaving droppings on patios and porches. This is not healthy for us (particularly children playing in these areas).
Don’t Lose Your Ficus!
Ficus (Fig) Whitefly Control
The Board of Directors of the Cantamar Homeowners Association has completed treatment of the ficus hedges along 87th and 92nd Avenues and 208th Street to eliminate the Ficus Whitefly infestation.
The Board recommends that individual homeowners with ficus plants treat their plants at the same time in order to eliminate the infestation from the neighborhood. Contact Fred Hein at TruGreen at 305-889-0654 to arrange treatment (at your own expense). Let him know you are a Cantamar homeowner.
The Fig Whitefly infestation is controlled through a two-part application of insecticides and fertilizers. Ficus are treated with a foliar application of liquid insecticide immediately followed by a root zone drench of imidicloprid systemic insecticide.
The first spraying with a liquid contact insecticide will kill as much of the active insect populations as possible and quickly stop further damage to the plants.
The systemic insecticide is applied as a root zone drench along with a liquid fertilizer. This systemic insecticide provides long-term protection against attack from new populations of whiteflies. The fertilizer helps the plant take up and distribute the insecticide and promote the new growth that will help the plant recover from the insect damage.
We are already seeing dead and dying ficus hedges along Old Cutler Road and 87th Avenue north of here. We want to prevent that from happening in Cantamar.
Well-Owners’ Tip — Beat the Rust
If you have a well and you are noticing rust stains, you could get a 30-gallon Siphoning Feeder System that attaches to your well and add Formula #2000 to it. This will significantly decrease, if not remove all together, all the rust/water hardness.
A resident spoke to Evergreen Sprinklers who delivers for free if you buy 4 gallons at a time (@ $22 each) or you could pick up from them. They also do sprinkler repairs and install the Siphoning Feeder Systems.
Warning: The Home Depot stuff doesn’t work!! I’m speaking from experience. Just thought I’d share with the neighbors before the rust gets out of control.
Our Management Company along with the Board of Directors needs your help. More complaints on a particular issue might help speed the process of change.
FPL Leaning Poles – Please contact Armando Llauro, FPL Project Mgr for our area, 305-387-7815.
Speeding – To report a speeding problem on your street, call the police non-emergency number: 305-4-POLICE (305-476-5423). Or Officer Mary Ann Stahl: 305-234-4237.