Hurricane Irma Update-September 20th

posted Sep 20, 2017, 5:40 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 5:40 PM ]

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,
   Just a short note to let you know things are moving along as well as can be expected.  
   Association have cleared the streets and trees that were blocking streets have been cleared.  However, trees still have to be cleaned up, and that may take a little more time.  
   All pools are open except for Caravel pool.  The building there was damaged some and will have to be repaired.  
   All in all, we were very lucky, as you probably already know.  
Hope to see you soon and safe travels,

Tony Medley
Master Board

Hurricane Irma - Tuesday, September 12 Update

posted Sep 13, 2017, 4:44 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Again Cinnamon Cove Friends,

            A note of clarification…when I sent you a note on Monday, the word I had from my on-site sources, was that electricity was restored in The Cove.  Of course, later in the day, power went out in some areas.  Sorry for the mix-up and misinformation.

            The official word now from FPL is that the west coast of Florida will be fully restored by September 22.        But the word I keep getting from folks, the buildings are being restored right now.  And other parts of The Cove are up also. 

Also, as I noted yesterday, the streets are very littered with debris everywhere and standing water due to drains and lakes being full.  Getting around is very difficult.  On that note, a good friend took his rake and cleared the storm grates along Caravel from CC Boulevard all the way to Building 12.  There aren’t that many drains along there, but clearing them should allow the high water to drain. 

Yes, there are trees down all over.  But now that the streets are nearly dry the tree companies can come and begin the cleanup process.  Patience is the watchword. 

            Amanda, our CAM, made assessments today and is in process to begin the general cleanup.      

I’m sure you have been keeping up with the status of Florida…fuel, power, cleanup, etc and because of this, if you are thinking about going to CC, you might consider delaying your trip waiting for this to get better.  Also consider that roads into Fort Myers are probably still in pretty bad shape.  A friend of my just posted that his friend is at the Georgia/Florida line heading south in very heavy traffic.

            We wanted the guards to begin shifts today, but because of no power, and standing water, that is delayed.  Hopefully tomorrow this will happen.

Jeanne Hopkins is not able to get out of her place.  She sent this report:


I'm soooo glad we did that. (Set up Facebook page) We are soooo lucky. The devastation around us is heart wrenching. The street up from us is completely under water. The little Marina is pretty much gone, the street after that is worse. Then there is Island Park, well kiss that development goodbye. The water is so deep all the way to 41, you would have to kayak or swim to get to see the houses. I am so blessed, and feel so bad for those people. In San Carlos Park the streets are so flooded people are making "no wake" signs cause if the water isn't in their house, it's up to the door and every time a car drives by it creates a wake into their homes. But even they are lucky. I have a friend that works for FEMA and he says the devastation in Key West is worse than Katrina. I think Mother Nature is mad!!!!


            It has been so reassuring to see so many posts on Cinnamon Cove Clubhouse Facebook page.  The pictures of The Cove and surrounding area are telling.  Thanks to Armina Marinelli for her ongoing dialogue with folks today informing them of the progress of power restoration.  Tom and Kathy Nielsen made a tour of the streets posting many photos documenting the status.  Arlene Friedman and Janet Carloni also posted some photos helping to record for us. 

            There are many photos, so many I can’t put them all on this note.  Rest assured, we are very fortunate compared to so many others. 

            Again, if you want to be part of that CC Facebook page, just go on Facebook, search for Cinnamon Cove Clubhouse, request to join and you will be approved.  Yesterday we had 326 members, today we have 426.  It’s a very good way to keep up with what happening. 

            Be safe and ever thankful for the little things,


Tony Medley

Master Board

Hurricane Irma

posted Sep 11, 2017, 1:54 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 2:11 PM ]

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,
Wow, did we ever dodge the Big One. What we all thought was going to be a certain direct hit from Irma, turned out to be a glancing blow that produced strong winds and heavy rains. 
I watched NBC2 on line all day as it progressed toward and through Fort Myers and was so relieved for Cinnamon Cove and all of us as it did not come our way in a more direct manner. 
Many residents chose to leave the area heading north. But some stayed to ride it out. I heard the wonderful Cinnamon Cove spirit came forth…neighbors taking care of neighbors. The folks in Building 2 gathered on the upper floors and shared food and drink. Building 11 also hosted many folks. Also, Building 4 opened its doors for higher shelter. Those are the ones I heard about, but no doubt, there were others. 
All power in The Cove is back on as of 12:30 or so. That’s pretty amazing. 
A couple of points….
The Cinnamon Cove Clubhouse Facebook page was and continues to be a real plus for communication. There are 313 members on this page, all of whom can see the posted pictures and commentary regarding our area.
Thanks go out especially to Janet Carloni for her great pictures and running narrative of developments. A great thanks also to Tom Nielsen, Armina Marinelli and John Marinelli for their pictures. It’s good to be able to see the aftermath and know it’s not too bad. 
A couple of streets are blocked because of the trees. These will be taken care of as soon as tree cutters can get there. Island Management is on top of this. 
So you know, there is a disaster plan in place and is managed by Island Management. When this kind of occurrence happens, the plan kicks in and needed contractors are contacted and they respond accordingly. 
I did not hear of any residence having water infiltration. That’s not to say it didn’t happen. I just don’t know about it. I am relying on the reports of folks who are there. 
Don’t forget, if you want to join the Cinnamon Cove Clubhouse Facebook page, you must be a Facebook user. Search for the site and request to join the page and you will be approved. 
I hope I can speak for all of you when I say how grateful and blessed we are to have come through this with everyone safe and with minimal damage to our beautiful community.

Local Shelters for Hurricane Irma

posted Sep 5, 2017, 8:45 AM by Jeanne Hopkins

South Fort Myers High School

14020 Plantation Road

Fort Myers, FL 33912




Estero Recreation Center

9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.

Estero, FL 33928



Florida Gulf Coast University Alico Arena

10501 FGCU Blvd S

Fort Myers, FL 33965



Germain Arena

11000 Everblades Parkway
Estero, FL 33928



Bonita Springs YMCA

27200 Kent Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135



N. Fort Myers Academy of the Arts

1856 Arts Way
North Fort Myers, FL 33917



North Fort Myers Recreation Center

2000 N. Recreation Park Way

North Fort Myers, FL 33903






Island Coast High School

2125 DeNavarra Pkwy.
Cape Coral, FL 33909



Harns Marsh Middle School

1820 Unice Avenue N.

Lehigh Acres, FL 33971









Oak Hammock Middle School

5321 Tice Street

Fort Myers, FL 33905



Varsity Lakes Middle School

801 Gunnery Road North
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971


Veterans Park Recreation Center

49 Homestead Road South
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Hurricane Irma

posted Sep 5, 2017, 8:39 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

   If you have been anywhere near a TV or radio in the past couple of days you know a major hurricane is churning in the Atlantic and headed for Florida.  The only unknown is exactly where this monster will make landfall.  But as big as it is, it really doesn’t matter where it lands, it’s going to get all of the state in some fashion. 

  Because of this, the Master Board, with great assistance from Jeanne Hopkins, Michael Waunsch, our maintenance person, and Amanda Williams, our CAM, is taking steps to secure all master property. 

 Preparations and Announcements:
·         All pool areas will be locked and secured at 12 pm on Thursday.

·         The pools will be drained down and have added chemicals added to protect them.

·         The clubhouse will be locked and secured after 5 pm on Friday.  The clubhouse is not a shelter.  Insurance does not cover the clubhouse for this purpose.

·         All entry and exit gates will remain open during the event.  When the guard is instructed to leave, he/she will open the gates. 

·         South Fort Myers and Fort Myers High Schools are open as shelters.  These sites are also pet friendly. 

·         Thanks to Ellie Kloss for these suggestions….if you have someone who checks on your place (absentee owners), have them stop by before and after to inspect.  Secure any loose items you may have outside or on your lanais.

I wish all of us good luck and safety.  Do the right thing and evacuate if so instructed.   


Tony Medley, Master Board

From your Master Board President September 1, 2017

posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:57 AM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 10:59 AM ]

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

 I had a call from a neighbor asking for an update since the heavy rains have passed, at least for now, SWFL and in particular CC. 

Since I am not there, I can only report what I have learned from permanent residents.  Yes, the streets did get flooded and often the water was up into the yards.  The lakes are very full, and as a result, the storm drains were slow to take all the rain.  But, from what I’ve heard, no water entered any residences, and that’s a good thing.  Around 11 or 12 inches fell on our area with right at 20 inches at Page Field.  We were lucky in that regard.   

If you pay attention to The Weather Channel or follow on line, you may have noticed a large hurricane developing in the Atlantic.  Of course, the forecasters say it’s too early to determine the path, so keep an eye out.  

Thanks go out again to the folks who posted reports on The Cinnamon Cove Clubhouse Facebook page.  That was very helpful. 

I am also posting this on the Facebook page.


Tony Medley, Master Board

April 2017 Update

posted Apr 21, 2017, 8:23 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

      By now many of you have made the northern trek and are perhaps settled into that “new” routine.  And because of that, you weren’t at the Master Board meeting on Monday.  Here’s a recap:

     From the President’s Report….

Michael Waunsch was introduced as our new maintenance person.  He comes to us with many years of experience in this field as well as pool maintenance.

Getting bids for drop down bars on the entry gates to supplement the swinging gates.  This is just something we are looking at, not a done deal.  Will keep you posted. 

     CLICKERS WILL BE DEACTIVATED AT THE FRONT GATE ONMAY 1.  So if you don’t have a transponder, you will have to enter through the visitor’s gate.  The clicker will remain activated at the rear gate until Kelly Greens comes on line with their new entry system…same as ours.  Will let you know.

     Board members are beginning the review of the Rules and Regulations.  Will begin serious revision of these in the fall with adoption after much discussion and a town hall meeting for your input.  More to follow.

      Old Business….

      Approval was given to replace the pavers at the Caravel pool.  This is second pool to be upgraded in the plan to do all of the pools.  Please note that some inconvenience will be expected.

     New contracts were given for landscaping and janitorial services.  We are staying with the same landscaping company and switching to a new janitorial service. 

     Policies and procedures for Dwelling Live, Transponders and Rental Cars were discussed and approved.  These documents in PDF format are attached to this email in case you need to have them.

     New Business….

     The Tennis Group gave a presentation regarding their thoughts, suggestions and long range plans for the court’s area.  This presentation was in response to one given by pickleball last month, and offered a couple of options for mid and long range planning.  (The board members have already set in motion a planning group to look at the mid-range plan which would involve the areas around the clubhouse to “find” some space for growth and expansion.)

    I really can’t go further into this, as it is very early in the process.   Along with the suggestions made in the presentation, several positive thoughts have been added to the mix from a few residents.  The plan is to get a professional architect or engineer involved to give us some direction and address feasibility.  I’ll keep you posted and things move along.

     After some discussion on the issue of painting or not painting pickleball lines on the courts, the board felt it was time to move in that direction for a short-term solution.  An 11-2 vote was cast in favor of this motion.  Those voting in favor expressed the opinion that this was done for the overall good and long-range health of the community.

      Along with this, some board members expressed disappointment that a solution/compromise could not be attained prior to the meeting to show good faith and cooperation between the two groups. 

      Now, we move on.

      A couple more items….

     Don’t forget to call Ray Heuring to sign up for the Twins baseball game set for next March.  The goal is to be able to reserve an entire section of the stands with all CC folks.

     Golfers, especially those here during the summer…Kelly Greens is offering a Guest of the Club Summer Golf package.  A flyer with all the information is posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse foyer.  The short of it: Valid May 15 through October 15.  Single rate is $395 with couple rate at $550.  Other info is on the flyer.  You can also call 239-466-9570 for more info.

     A gentleman who walks every day and wishes to remain anonymous has been a diligent volunteer of litter removal this entire season.  He reports he would like for you to put him out of a job.  How? Please don’t litter.  

     I sure hope you have a pleasant summer and if you plan to travel, do so safely. 

Tony Medley

Master Board

March 2017 Update

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:09 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 12:17 PM ]

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

            I must apologize for the lack of a summary note after the March meeting.  A couple of factors played into that, the foremost being my computer was down for about 10 days.  I know, excuses, excuses.  As a result this note is a bit long. To recap:

      Several items in the President’s Report...The maintenance person, Asher, moved from the area and Michael Waunsch was hired.  He has taken over the position like gangbusters.  Remember, he has only one boss, and that is Jeanne Hopkins.  If you notice something that needs attending, please notify Jeanne or fill out a work order which can be found in the drawer in the clubhouse foyer. 

An awning was ordered and is now installed at the Welcome Center.

The newly amended Rules and Regulations are being distributed to all Master Board members for the initial step to finalize these.  This will be a summer-long project with the meat of the work to commence in the fall.  All owners will have an opportunity to voice thoughts about these once we are all back in The Cove later this year. 

Don’t forget to contact Ray Heuring if you are interested in getting tickets for the announced Twins game next March.  Ray and Alec Ginou are heading up this effort.  More to follow as time goes by.  Get ‘em while they last.

Old BusinessWe discussed and will finalize this month the policies and procedures for transponders and all related documents and affected areas. 

New businessDiscussed drop down bars at the entry gates to prevent more than one car from entering at a time.  More forthcoming on that.

IMPORTANT….Clickers will no longer function at the FRONT GATE as of May 1.  This date was extended as a courtesy to late season renters.  If you don’t have a transponder yet, you had better get one or you’ll have to stop at the welcome center for every entry.  In case you don’t know, you get your transponder from the Recreation Office Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 3:00-3:30pm only. Clickers will still be functional on the back entry gate until Kelly Greens' new entry system (same as Cinnamon Cove) is up and running.  Don’t know the date, will let you know.

The last item of new business was a presentation by the pickleball group regarding the need for painting lines on the courts to accommodate play.  The board members were asked to poll their fellow residents and get a feeling for the issue. 

Now for April meeting

Tennis group will make presentation regarding lines on the courts

Discussion and Vote on lines on courts

Final discussion and vote for approval on new pavers for Caravel pool

Update on contracts for janitorial and landscaping

Final discussion and vote on Transponders/Dwelling Live Policies and Procedures

Form small advisory group to help Jeanne decide on action about new card tables.

 - - - - - - - - - - 

Points of Concern and Information

            An alligator has been trolling the lakes of late.  (Nothing uncommon about that.)  You are asked to be aware of him as he has been coming on shore to do what gators do. 

            This note is from a resident…

An open letter to all the residents of Cinnamon Cove.

We've recently gone thru the spring break period with kids and grandkids visiting. I understand that the kids can invade your peace and quiet, but I live for my kids and grandkids, and I live for their visits. If you don't have any, I'm very sorry for you.

We've experienced several instances of residents being less than KIND. "YOU'RE not supposed to run on that side of the road" VS. "I'm sure you're not aware, but you should run on the other side of the road". 

And, my wife and adult children going to the pool during the Rockin out Last Hurrah dinner at the pool, only to have a "HAND" shaken at her, and told "YOU" CAN'T USE THE POOL OR HOT TUB" VS. " Quietly coming over and saying, " I'm sorry but the pool is closed" There was nothing posted in the newsletter or poolside to say the pool was closed.  My wife was embarrassed and doesn't want to go back to the pool.

And then there was a lady in the pool, yelling at a 5 yr old for jumping off the main pool stairs. There were 5 of us in the pool at the time.  He wasn't bothering anyone. Both he and his mom were embarrassed, and probably won't come back. 

I'm asking that CC residents have a little compassion, understanding, and LOVE for our visitors.

Tom Kelly

Vice President Bldg. V 


Jeanne Hopkin’s response…

I did go up to everyone and tell them that the pool would close at 5:30pm and apologized for the inconvenience. There was a family that came in after the event started, I was apologetic, but hurried to tell them that the pool was closed for the event.

At no time was there yelling, I walked over towards the spa and spoke, I may have raised my voice so they could hear me as I wanted to catch them before they entered the water. I will for sure put the closure of the pool in the paper from now on.

That was my fault, I should have communicated better and I apologize for anyone feeling uncomfortable here.

 - - - - - - - - - - 

One more for information….

We are having an issue at building 2, terrace 4 and wonder if any other associations are having this issue. Over the last few days contractors and other owners in buildings are using our dumpster as their dumping grounds for their various projects.

The last few days we have caught 2 of the offenders. Today one contractor was photographed dumping various construction items into our dumpster. He spoke broken English but I managed to get my point across. He declined to tell me where he was working in the complex. He did remove some of the items he put into the dumpster and drove off. Name of the company is DRGRANITE AND TILE COMPANY. Can you send out an email to all association reps to remind the owners that a dumpster is not a dumping ground for contractors.


Fran Mckito


See you at the meeting Monday, April 17 at 10 am.


Tony Medley

Master Board

Annual Meeting Recap

posted Feb 22, 2017, 9:52 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

            The Annual Members meeting was held this past Monday with about 150 in attendance.  Members are invited to address the board with questions or concerns.

Some general discussion arose after a comment was presented regarding not receiving mailings from the Master Board.  To that end, it is the member/owner’s responsibility to ensure the mailing address is always us to date and current with where the resident is residing. 

            Another member addressed those who do not adhere to the speed limit of 15 MPH.  This has been an ongoing problem for many years and has been brought to the board many times.  As this person mentioned, let’s hope that someone (a walker or biker) isn’t injured because of speed on our roads.  A side note…when walking….PLEASE…. walk facing traffic.  More and more walkers are not doing this.  Walk your dog facing traffic. 

            From Jeanne Hopkins, Recreation Director….The Recreation Department is running a survey to know in which recreation activities Cinnamon Cove residents and guests are interested.  Please take a few minutes, click on this link, to complete the survey online.  If you prefer, there are hardcopy survey sheets on the counter in the clubhouse office as well.

            After many months of intense work, the newly amended and restated documents were passed by the members.  This means the board can now move along with wording that is consistent with 2017 and beyond.  The affirmation was overwhelmingly in favor of the new language and guidelines. 

            A great thanks to the outgoing board members who have dedicated their many months of time to the community….Bobbi Watkins, Norm Schuring, Sally Dill and Paul Capella. 

            Following the Members meeting was an organizational meeting where new members were seated and officer elections were conducted.  Also, several topics were on the agenda and discussed.

            The next element of the documents is Rules and Regulations.  Currently these are being attended to by the law office and will be in our hands shortly.  More on that when presented. 

            Transponders….Carolyn Kern made a motion that the current clicker mode of entry be extended on the BACK gate until Kelly Greens has its new entry system (transponder) up and running.  This will make for a smoother transition when KG is fully operational.  This motion passed.  More on that when we get closer to it. 

            Also, at a meeting of those who make the decisions regarding the transponders, it was decided that transponders will not be issued for bicycles and three wheel bikes.  This is a safety concern in that it is not good for non-motorized transportation to be entering the gate where a motorized vehicle is or could be present.  Those on bikes must continue to use the pedestrian gate.

            The next Transponder installation date is this Saturday, February 25 from 1:30 to 4 in the parking lot. 

            Under New Business:

            Bids are being taken for installation of lights in the stairwells leading up to the library area. 

            Also looking at new lights for around the pool and in front of the clubhouse.  This has been an ongoing project in the planning stage.  Getting closer I hope.

            Some discussion on replacing the concrete walkways on both sides of the clubhouse.  The expense is great, so not sure just how this is going to shake out.  Will keep you posted on this one.

            Pool #2 at Caravel Circle at Building 12 is due for new pavers this summer.  This is part of the long-range project to replace the pavers at all the pools over the next few years.  More info to follow as we get closer.

            Maintenance contracts are being looked at with a possible rebidding in the works.  This includes janitorial and landscape to ensure we are getting the most for our money.

            Some discussion was held regarding purchasing new tables for the card rooms.  Nothing concrete here…just got the ball rolling on it.  Jeanne Hopkins will be in on this discussion as well. 

            A couple of other items….

            Reminder…there is NO SMOKING on any Master Board property. 

            There have been a couple of issues of walkers accessing Kelly Greens property that is private, such as the golf course.  You are asked to please stay on the sidewalks in Kelly Greens.

            A resident has compiled a very nice history of Cinnamon Cove.  You can find this on the web site.  Once there, go to the Resource Center and locate the history.  It’s an interesting read. 

            The next Master Board meeting is Monday, March 20 at 10 am.


Tony Medley


Master Board 

February 2017 Update

posted Jan 18, 2017, 9:20 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,


We had a good meeting on Monday attended by about 100 folks.  Discussion covered several topics of interest. 


Don’t forget…today, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:30 – 4:00 transponders will be installed in the clubhouse parking lot.


Note of interest for those who don’t/can’t get the News & Views physically in hand.  The monthly calendar is posted each month  Just click on any event and the particulars for that event will appear.  Sign-up sheets for monthly events can be found on the web-site in the Resources section. 


PLEASE if you haven’t done so already, change your northern address to your Florida one, do so.  This really helps you get mailings in a timely manner especially items from the Master Association. 


On to the meeting:

Two new doors have been installed in the pool house

Three concrete jobs are in progress…two small and one a bit larger. 

Don’t forget, if you have a pet, you, as the owner must have all of the papers   

   that indicate the animal is properly licensed and is current with shots, etc. 

Landscaping Update---

   The front entrance to the clubhouse is nearly complete after a long, time consuming effort.  This whole process began last Spring.  New irrigation, plants, mulch and sod were installed over the past two weeks.  The result is quite a contrast from the old.  Further work planned include lighting in specific areas to enhance the new plantings and fountain area.

   A HUGE thank you goes out to the landscape advisory group for their undying dedication to this….Mary Jane Corning, Bobbi Watkins, Nancy Monahan, Charlotte Walters and Dick Divver.

Revised Documents---

   You will be receiving these documents within the next few days, so be on the lookout.  Please read all enclosed carefully and return your signed Proxy before the date listed.  You will be hearing more about this in the coming weeks as a reminder to send in your Proxy.  It is very important that an affirmative vote be cast from all of us. 

   This has been a two-and-a-half-year long process, one that encompassed dozens of hours toward completion.  Behind the scenes work is often tedious and laborious, and this proved to be true on this matter, but it’s done.  Now, it’s up to us.

   A HUGE thank you goes out to all of those who volunteered their many hours for this…Paul Ripchik, Don Melanson, Ray Heuring, Elena DeFonzo, Pam Klopfenstein and Mike Richard.

   The next step in this process involves amending the Rules and Regulations.  You will be apprised of this as the time draws nearer. 


   To date, over 500 have been installed with more to come.

   Working on an issue for owners who travel and rent a car…it’s in the works.  Will let you know when that is finalized…we still have time.

   Working on rules for renters and how they deal with access, transponders, guests and other unforeseen problems that arise. 


Also, you will be getting another email from me shortly regarding picking up the document packet.  It was suggested by a board member, this would be a way to get it into your hands quicker and save postage.  I’ll let you know when that time has been finalized. 




Tony Medley

Master Board

1-10 of 35