CCMA President Update 10/2/20

posted Oct 2, 2020, 9:02 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Friends and Neighbors, 
     I am going to try a less formal way of presenting my report on the Master Board meetings, if you prefer this way please let me know.
     President Bill Durkee announced that the lake project is on hold due to the fact that the lakes are very full, work should be able to proceed next week when the levels are down a bit. He also reminded the Board to let their associations know that signs of any kind are not permitted in Cinnamon Cove. The only exception being open house signs on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. If residents are displaying signs they are asked to please remove them, so that we do not have to do it for them. This is just part of being a good neighbor. Also if your name is not on the deed to your unit your name  will not be placed on the president's email list.
     The Treasurer's report showed that as of August 31st  we are $33,000. in the black, this mostly a result of Covid 19. 
      Cali Dorward was welcomed on board by the Board and she gave a short report about the meet and greets that she is holding front of the clubhouse. She is also very busy getting events lined up for the calendar should we have a chance to open the clubhouse for events in the near future.
      Michael reported that Spinnaker Pool has a new heater and the fence at the Bayleaf pool was in the process of being repaired from the fallen tree. He also reported that the maintenance list given to him by the grounds and buildings committee was almost complete.
      There were no committee reports given as most of the committees had not met in August.

       The Board voted to reopen the exercise room starting next Monday, with multiple stipulations: 
        A. The room is only open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.
        B. Residents are allowed 1 hour per day and no more than 3 persons in the room at a time.
        C. There will be a sign up sheet at the office and you must sign up for the time that you wish to use the room. You also must fill out a liability waiver at the office before using the room.
        D. All equipment used must be sanitized before and after use by the person using the equipment.
        E. A mask is required and social distancing must be adhered to, and the room is only accessible by going into the back door by the exercise room. There is to be no walking through the clubhouse at this point.
         F. Anyone not following the rules posted will be asked to leave and their use of the exercise room withdrawn.

     The Board also voted to purchase 2 POW and MIA flags to be displayed on the flagpole at the clubhouse and also along Cinnamon Cove Boulevard. The Board also voted to purchase a new rubber floor for the exercise room and the room will be closed when the flooring is here and can be installed. Also the Board voted to paint the welcome center.
       Bids for the roofing project at the clubhouse were presented and there were some questions raised so Bill Durkee, Michael and Walter were going to meet to discuss the issue and get back to the Board. The Master Board also decided to hold an orientation work-shop in October, facilitated by Carol Gilson.
     Reported by Jim Drake, Master Board Representative for Terrace II 
Thank You,
William J. Durkee, CPA, CCMA President

CCMA President Update 7/31/20

posted Aug 1, 2020, 7:20 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

The recent Master Board meeting on 7/20/20 was held via ZOOM and telephone and was well attended.

·      The pool situation is still working well but the crowds are not here, yet.

·      As you all know, Florida is not doing well with the pandemic situation.  We are setting records in the wrong direction.

·      The treasurer’s report was favorable, at mid-year. The Lake Erosion Repair assessment is down to approximately 5% of accounts outstanding, which is still too high.  Please, if you are one of these, contact Mickie LeBlanc to arrive at a solution.

·      The clubhouse and exercise room are still closed and will be indefinitely.  But, on a positive note, once we open everything up, the internet will be easier to use, as it was updated.

·      We have hired a new Social Director, Cali Dorward; she begins work on 8/3/20.  The office will still be closed.

·      The patio roof has not been repaired and may have to be removed completely due to the replacement cost.  It was discussed whether to replace it with a roof or a canopy - no decision yet.

·      The Osprey nest has been removed, again.  Hopefully, we will soon have an alternative post for our feathered friends.

·      Some consider our new acreage to be an eyesore and what to do about it was discussed. 

o   Pro-it would look better cleaned up and trimmed.

o   Con-It would have to be maintained regularly ( costly), it might be an invitation to foot traffic of people with dogs, small sports vehicles, exposure of Villas 1 to San Carlos and lots of dust and dirt blowing around.  Discussion was tabled.

·      It was pointed out that all four pools need to be resurfaced, but only one per year, starting with Bayleaf.

·      The new Communications Committee is updating e-mail addresses to hopefully include all owners.  The committee recommended to the Master Board that a Communications Director be named, making one person responsible for e-mail messages, blasts, Facebook and website updates, plus monitoring all communications.  Also, working to recruit a volunteer to monitor Facebook.

·      Local Association Meetings:  Please submit the dates of your association meetings to the office:    or 239-466-7727

·      The pictorial directories were delayed due to COVID-19.  Lifetouch is up and running and Mary Jane Corning and crew are working diligently to get it proofed.  We will let  everybody know when they arrive.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Remember:  wash your hands, wear a mask and keep smiling.  People will see the smile in your eyes.

William J. Durkee, CPA
CCMA President


CCMA President Update 6/23/20

posted Jun 24, 2020, 4:30 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Greetings from paradise.  Just an update as to what is happening when it is not raining.

1. The attendance at the swimming pools has been orderly and successful.  Thanks to everyone for following the rules.

2. As stated in my last update, the carpet is installed and really looks nice.  I think everyone will be happy.

3. Reopening more of our amenities is still under study.  The increase of virus cases in Florida is not making it easy to make a decision. Remember, the clubhouse is still closed.  If you need something or some information, call the office phone number and leave a message.

4. The lake restoration has started and is looking good.  There was a slight equipment problem this week but we should be back on track soon.  Interesting procedure but it is really boring to watch.

5. As we all know, the search for our new social director is underway.  A big thank you to the members of the team.  Good luck.

6. To  the chairpersons of all the committees – please prepare your budgets and get them to Mickie LeBlanc by July 15.  Any questions should be directed to Mickie.

7. If you haven’t sent in your lake assessment, please help us by doing so soon.

A quick word regarding the individuals at the front gate.  They are doing their best to help all of us.  If they don’t answer the phone when you call, it is because they are helping somebody at the side door.  Leave a message with a phone number and they will get back to you.  Do not leave nasty messages.  That is harassment and will not be tolerated.  Nor will we tolerate harassment of Michael or any of our volunteers.  Be responsible adults.

Have a great week.

Remember, wash your hands often, wear a mask and smile.


CCMA President Update 6/9/20

posted Jun 9, 2020, 9:19 AM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 12:43 PM ]

Hello neighbors,

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood.

  • SURPRISE – the rear entrance gate was not working, again.  But, legitimate excuse:  lightning.
  • The Master Board meeting on Friday, 06/05/2020 was really good. 
  • Treasurer’s report by Mickie LeBlanc showed that as of 04/30/2020 CC was under budget expense wise, but anything can change any day.  We just want to be even at year end.
  • The CC office continues to be closed.  If you have questions, leave a message and someone will respond.  If it is about transponders, email
  • Michael Waunsch reported that most things are well in his department.  The patio roof near the main pool does need replacing and 3 bids are being requested.  Bayleaf pool was closed for one day and Spinnaker will be closed one day this week for algae treatment.
  • The search for the Activities Director is back in process.  The last candidates decided not to join us.  So, wish the search committee good luck, again.
  • Residents in the condos have had the same question regarding the drain pipes from their eaves gutters.  The pipes will be extended into the lake and not be blocked.  Lake erosion repair should begin soon, with the long lake probably being the first.
  • Again, swimming pool reopening is still successful.  Thanks to all using them for obeying the rules.
  • When you read this, the clubhouse carpet installation will be completed.
  • Several owners are investigating the possibilities of a community gardening project on the land south of the bank.  They are Mike Palmer and Ray Heuring.  They also will be working with Murray Morrissey on a plan to make the front of that plot more attractive to us and our neighbors.  If you have ideas and suggestions, or if you would like to help, contact one of them.
  • Mary Beth Martel, Janet Carloni and Cherryl Daugherty (The Three Musketeers) have been working with Jeanne to keep the Recreation Dept. ahead of the curve by paying bills, issuing refunds and trying to book next season’s activities.  Of course, we have to wait and see what rules are in effect at that time.
  • The Lakes Assessment currently has approximately 100 delinquent owners.  We are extending the grace period to August 15, 2020. Delinquent notices will be mailed shortly.  If you have not sent in your payment, please do so now and avoid the penalty and interest.
  • Transponder fees  will continue the same for owners – 2 free, then $10.00 per unit thereafter, Renters will now be charged $25.00 per unit.  This only applies to new transponders.  If you are a landlord, please advise your tenants.
  • We have a new Communications Committee.  Look for changes in the CC website.
  • Re-opening of the clubhouse is still under discussion and planning.  Rules and regulations will be issued shortly regarding everything in the clubhouse.

Remember, wash your hands and keep smiling


William J Durkee, CPA


CCMA President Updates

posted Jun 1, 2020, 7:19 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Welcome to summer, everyone.

Hopefully you all had a great Memorial Day.

1. As we all know, the pools are open, but with restrictions.  Those using the pools are enjoying them.  Please continue to follow the guidelines.  Tennis and pickleball players are active, again.

2. The clubhouse is still closed, indefinitely.  The new carpeting should be installed by June 15.  This will

 really improve the appearance of the area.

3. We have a work group which is studying how to open all our amenities, which includes meeting rooms, card tables, gymnasium, library and billiards.  Allowing people back into the clubhouse will be a big step.  The timing is still not certain, but soon we hope.  But remember, there will be restrictions.

4. People using the main pool are aware that the shaded area has been roped off.  The ceiling and roof are in danger of collapsing from the rains.  Repairs are necessary and hopefully not too far in the future.

Waiting on engineers, builders and roofers.

5. The lake restoration project will be started soon.  But that will not cause any disruptions.  It may

create entertainment.

6. The committee in charge of finding our new Social Director has been hard at work and progressing very well.  They will have nomination for the Master Board soon.  Stay tuned.

The office remains closed.  If you need information, call and leave a message.  Someone will respond.

7. We hope to have a Master Board meeting next week.  Details will be posted and sent out via email.

8. One last bit of good news.  Michael had the Lee County Sheriff Department check out the homeless tent on our property in front of Ginger Lane.  It was not being used, so he planned to remove it.  But, before he could, a group of volunteers headed up by Bob and Brenda Vissar  removed the tent and cleaned the area up.  Thank you to those brave volunteers.  Folks, if you go near that area, please be careful of used needles and other drug related items.

Remember, wash your hands and keep smiling.


William J Durkee, CPA

CCMA President

Master Board Meeting Update

posted May 16, 2020, 4:40 PM by Micheline LeBlanc

Meeting started at 10am, with approximately 135 participants.


Kim Luebke, CAM, chaired the meeting, at my request.  Job well done.


We had updates on several items:

A:  Clubhouse carpeting will start soon

B:  Recreation Director search is moving forward and hopefully positive results will be forthcoming

C:  Lake Erosion repair work should be starting around 6/1/20.


After much discussion and interaction, I asked for volunteers to move the swimming pool opening along.  This committee consisted of Mary Beth Martel, Janet Carloni, Michael Waunsch and Bill Durkee.  It took us less than 2 hours to produce reopening procedures and now the pools are open.  Mary Beth and Michael created signage and put them in place.  Please read them and obey.  Enjoy the pools, while keeping yourself and others safe.


The question arose as to why I closed the pools and what powers I had. 

A Board President has all the rights and responsibilities that any President of a corporation has.  The President of the corporation has the right and responsibility to make decisions for the good of the company, using his Presidential powers without board approval, in the case of an emergency.  I shared my concerns with the Board and there was no opposition to the closings expressed.  It was not a vote, but was considered implied consent of approval.  And I did indeed think that we were facing an


There was a small number of residents who were not happy, but the vast majority expressed their approval.

Remember, wash your hands and keep smiling.


Bill Durkee

William J Durkee, CPA

President, CCMA

CC Pools reopen

posted May 12, 2020, 4:48 AM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated May 12, 2020, 4:49 AM ]

!!!Great news folks!!!
After the county and state "soft openings", along with several meetings, discussions, and today's board meeting...The pools will be reopened this WEDNESDAY 5/13 at 10am!
We will need to follow some new rules and guidelines in order to keep the pools open, maintain social distancing, and stay healthy. We will not be "policing" the pools, we will be relying on you as Cinnamon Cove residents to make sure everyone is following along. If the social distancing rules and guidelines are not being met... it could result in immediate pools closures.
Also...please be thoughtful of your neighbors by limiting your time in the pool area to no more than two hours when the pool area is full, this will help with the limited available seating. The health and safety of Cinnamon Cove is, above all else, the most important thing for us to consider. Please be safe, stay healthy, and set the example while using the pools.
Here are the new rules/guidelines:
  • Chairs are apart by six feet marked with yellow tape for each location.
  • Each table has two chairs only.
  • Please limit pool usage to no more than 2 hours if all chairs are in use.
  • If all of the chairs are all in use, please check back at a later time.
  • Please cover your chairs 100% with a towel or sheet to avoid ruining our new furniture.
  • Use the restrooms at your own risk, they will not be disinfected on a regular basis. That is your responsibility when using the restrooms.
  • In order to maintain social distancing, no more than (see below) people in the pool at a time OR 6 feet apart.
  • Please do not bring your own chairs.
  • We will not be policing the pool areas. Please govern yourself accordingly.
  • The pools are open for CC residents ONLY. You must be an owner or renter to use the pools areas.

If the guidelines are not being followed it could result in immediate pools closures.
Per the DOH we can only allow a maximum of 50% of the normal pool occupancy in the pool at once. Those numbers are:
Clubhouse: 13
Satellite Pools: 9
*Hot Tub: 7
Please try to maintain the 6 foot rule should the allowed 50% occupancy number interfere with the proper spacing.
*The hot tub will have yellow tape on the coping to designate where to sit to keep the 6 foot social distancing possible.

COVID-19 CC update

posted Apr 2, 2020, 10:37 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Effective today,  April 2, 2020, tennis, pickle ball and shuffleboard will be closed and locked down.  All Master Association swimming pools will remain closed.
I also encourage Villas 3 and Villas 4 to close their pools.
Remember, social distancing is 6 feet and groups should be less than 10.
Bill Durkee

Florida is shut down as of Midnight April 2, 2020

posted Apr 2, 2020, 4:58 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

It is official. Gov. DeSantis declared the state of Florida is being shut down as of Thursday at midnight and it will last 30 days. It is a “stay at home” order, except for “essential services or activities”.
Residents ,  if you are renting now, new occupants must stay inside for 14 days.  This should include family visiting from out of state.
Hopefully, we can keep smiling, while staying inside.       William J Durkee, CPA

March 18, 2020

posted Mar 19, 2020, 1:53 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 1:53 PM ]

Friends and neighbors,

More bad news.

The CDC has lowered the size of acceptable gatherings to 10. This is not a number that can be controlled at the pools. Plus, Lee County is closing all public pools Wednesday morning.

We are a gated community, but our pools are tested and inspected by Lee County.

Wednesday morning we will be locking the gates to the master pool and hot tub, and the 3 satellite pools.

I regret having to do this, but the safety of our friends and neighbors is of utmost importance.

I want to see all of you back here next year.

This action is sad but really important.

Please, keep smiling, because it is easier than crying at a friend’s funeral.


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