January 2018 Update

posted Jan 15, 2018, 7:32 PM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Master Board Friends,


What a wonderful turnout of around 150 residents for the January meeting of the master board.  As was mentioned in the pre-meeting note, several topics were covered and some were voted on so as to expedite items that needed immediate attention. 


The newly rewritten Rules and Regulations passed with a unanimous vote.  This is the culmination of several months of effort to bring up to date this document which has not been updated in countless years. 


That being said, you will be receiving a packet containing this document along with several other pages of great importance.  The most important is a proxy page that is vital for you to vote on four items, sign and return in the enclosed envelope.  The board recommends you vote yes on these. 


Remember also, the February meeting is the Members Annual Meeting.  If a quorum is not met, a meeting cannot be held, new board members cannot be seated and officers cannot be elected.  Please vote, sign and return.


Speaking of receiving, you can pick up your packet on Thursday, January 18 in the clubhouse anywhere between 1 and 4 pm.  This will save it going in the mail (save money on postage) and you can get it sooner.  This system worked very well last year, so we are doing it again.


Question…can you pick-up a packet for a neighbor?  Yes, you can.  Just bring the ID of that person and you will be allowed to do that for them. 


Business of the day….

            Voted on and approved…purchase of new benches for the clubhouse entry, new trash and recycle containers for the main pool and satellite pools, storage units for shuffleboard equipment.  Also, new doors for the clubhouse dumpster were approved.


PLEASE NOTE….It was stated that Michael Waunsch, Maintenance Supervisor is to oversee all maintenance vendors who come into The Cove.  This is ONLY for those vendors who are working on Master Association property.  This does not apply to anyone you may have working on your individual home.  Nor does it apply for individual associations that may have vendors working.  Sorry for the confusion. 


Don’t forget….pick-up your packet on Thursday at the clubhouse anywhere from 1 to 4 pm.  Please help save some postage money.  Very important….vote on proxy, sign and return mail

Thanks for being so supportive of this board for the past four years.  Board members volunteer many hours in service to our community and it’s greatly appreciated when the support is so outstanding. 


Tony Medley

Master Board

December 2017 Update

posted Dec 20, 2017, 9:45 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

      Around 75 folks attended the last Master Board meeting of 2017 this pastMonday.  As always, a number of topics were covered with some being voted on and others left to discussion and planning for the future. 

       The number one most important item on the agenda was the new Rules and Regulations document.  This is a total upgrade for this important piece.  Four board members reviewed and read this document at least seven times making revisions as necessary.  It is now in its final stage.  Of course, the board wants you to take a look at it and offer any thoughts prior to the board’s voting on its approval at the January 15 meeting.

       A copy of The Rules and Regulations is attached to this email.  A copy of this will also be on the web site.  There will also be a few copies in the office for you to sign out to read if you prefer that method. 

Please take time to check it out and if you are so inclined, you can come and meet with those of us who worked on it to discuss any thoughts you have.  I don’t have a time right now, but will let you know when that date is set. 

If you are not in The Cove and would like to make a comment, please write a separate email rather that responding to this one as responses often get buried in these multi-addressed emails.  This will help us keep things straight. 
Here is a rundown of other highlights:

·      The fence along Caraway Lane is the responsibility of Villas III.  John Baretela informed the board that the Villas III Board is working on this with great haste knowing it could take until early summer for it to be replaced.  Villas III Board is set to meet on January 8 to further discuss options.

·      Attached to this email is an informative insurance breakdown as to the responsibilities of the association and the owner in an association after a storm or damage.

·      The board approved a motion to pay $5,956 for calibration of 26 water system flow meters.  This is an every five year task.  The board felt it should bear the cost since this ground water/irrigation benefits everyone. 

·      The board also approved a purchase/upgrade of a new sound control panel for the sound booth at a cost of $1,986.96.  John Kern explained the need for this new piece and the benefits for all those who use the sound equipment.

·      Two bids for painting the clubhouse exterior have been received.  This was in discussion and will be further reviewed at a near future meeting.

·      Some discussion ensued about a fountain in the middle lake.  A bid of $9,045 covers the fountain and the installation.  It does not cover the electric that would have to be installed for it nor the maintenance for it.  A suggestion was made for this topic to be held until the February General Meeting when residents can openly express their thoughts.

·      Four new tables for the pool deck will be purchased.  This will be handled by Amanda Williams, CAM.

·      The board approved $1,500 to purchase two covers to replace the existing ones at the tennis/pickleball courts.  These structures are exactly like what is currently there.  CC Michael will be heading up this project and will need some willing volunteers to assemble and erect. 

·      We received bids to clean furniture, but it looks like most of that work has been done by residents.  Of course, you know that the main pool furniture was cleaned in the fall, and Caravel pool was recently done by some folks in Building 12.  It looks like those who use Bay Leaf are on top of that pool and a couple of folks have said they will take care of Spinnaker.  If you are a user of any of these pools, and you see someone cleaning, please volunteer to help.  We’re all in this together. 

·         Lastly, the board approved the purchase of lighting for the two wingwalls on CC Boulevard, a lighted fountain for the pond and three lights for the trees at the entrance to the clubhouse.  The motion was to pay no more than $500.

Jeanne Hopkins reported a great success with the Adopt-A-Family program.

We helped two very needy families completely furnish and decorate two homes.  And, thanks to your generosity, each family received food for the cupboard and gifts for Christmas.  It’s a wonderful thing we do as a community.

Also, Jeanne informed us that we now have a source who will take donations for needy folks and not just at Christmas.  If you have items, please DO NOT just drop them off at the clubhouse, call Jeanne and let her know and she can give you direction for this. 

Also, owners who rent unit or units…if you have a renter who returns year after year, please let your renter know all they have to do to get their transponder activated is call Jeanne and give her the lease dates and she will activate the transponder.  Easy as that. 

Recreational Office hours for the holidays…closed Friday, December 22 and Monday, December 25.  Closed Monday, January 1

Our wish is for each of you and your families to have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and wonderful New Year. 

Tony Medley
Master Board

November 2017 Update

posted Nov 14, 2017, 3:56 PM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

            Monday’s Master Board meeting covered a variety of topics, discussed/voted on and not voted on.  About 80 residents attended. 


·         Landscaping…the new crew is getting adjusted to the property and is working with the landscaping committee to further enhance our property.

·         After two residents expressed concern regarding aqua classes and what constitutes being able to conduct a sanctioned (by the board) class, it was restated that (and this was voted on in the October 2017 board meeting), “The Master Board insurance company covers residents who volunteer for programs approved by the Master Board.  The Master Board has determined any organized exercise activities must have a certified instructor due to the potential risk of injury and for safety.”

·         Because the hurricane preparation for Irma was quite successful, we would like to see this preparation list expanded to cover all areas of The Cove to protect our residents and property.  Therefore, a Hurricane Prep brainstorming session is set for Friday, November 17 at 1 pm in the pavilion.  Please plan to attend with your thoughts in mind.

·         Don’t forget to contact Ray Heuring at 315-753-2058 to get your tickets for the Twins/Blue Jays game set for Friday, March 2.

·         Recreation Director, Jeanne Hopkins, reports we have adopted two families for our annual giving.  She also reminded us of the Holiday Program that will take place on Thursday, December 14 at 2 pm.  Cost of admission…1 canned good.  It’s free, but please let the office know if you are coming.  It’s not too late to join the chorus.  Practice…Tuesdays at 3 pm. 

·         As for maintenance….contract has been accepted to erect the downed light pole at the shuffleboard courts.  The roof and soffits at the clubhouse will soon be repaired of the hurricane damage.  Michael continues to stay on top of his daily duties and is continually in the process of finding, repairing, fixing and making good.  As he reported, one of his goals is to get all areas compliant with codes and standards of the county and state. 

New Business...

·         The board discussed and ultimately rejected the idea of another level of entry security with a “drop down bar.”   It was determined that we have very few security breaches to warrant this expense. 

·         The two back gates have been inoperable for the past few weeks because the motors are completely worn out.  Thus, two new motors were ordered and are scheduled to be installed this week.

·         And, along the same lines, the board voted to enter a maintenance contract with MLR gate company for quarterly inspections on the gates to keep them in good working order.

Old Business

·         The Annual Budget was approved and will be in the mail to you in the next couple of days. 

·         Nancy Monahan is heading up a small group to advise on purchasing new pool furniture.  The process will involve deciding on a style and then determining how many pieces need to be replaced and then get on a long-range schedule to do that. 

·         Before the meeting began Elena DeFonzo proposed replacing one of the bubblers in the main lake with a fountain.  She thinks this would add a very pleasing aspect to the clubhouse area.  Amanda Williams, CAM, is advising Elena on the cost of this.  More to follow.

·         On the topic of Sun Covers for the courts….no money has been budgeted for the courts area for several years for this replacement.  Therefore, currently, there just isn’t any money for that project.  It’s going to be up to maintenance to do a repair job on the now-existing structure. 

·         The last leg in the adoption of new documents is now underway.  The Rules and Regulations are in review process and will be, if all goes well, voted on and approved in the next two months.  This has been one of our goals since day one…to have all new rewritten and adopted documents.  More to follow. 

One last thing….

After four years at the helm of the board, four officers have decided it’s time to move on and give new board members, along with the existing board, a chance to bring fresh and new ideas to Cinnamon Cove.  With that, Marvin Berk, Vice-President; Mike Richard, Treasurer; Carolyn Kern, Member-At-Large, along with me will end our term at the Annual Meeting in February. 

If you have thought about being on the board, now is the time to step up.  Forms will be in the mail shortly.   

            Sure hope you have a special Thanksgiving wherever you are.  Travel safely.


Tony Medley

Master Board

November Master Board Meeting

posted Nov 10, 2017, 11:46 AM by Micheline LeBlanc

Hello Cinnamon Cove Friends,

      Here is your reminder about the Master Board meeting re-scheduled for this Monday, November 13 at 10.  Ordinarily the meeting is held the third Monday, but due to scheduling for mailing, it is necessary for this date to take precedent.  Hope you can make it.

      Along with the regular reports, a few other topics will be discussed:

              Drop down arm for entry gates? 

              Discuss and vote for gate maintenance contract

              Discussion of pool furniture…begin the replacement process for well used items

              Lake Aerators

              Rules and Regulations…Policies and Procedures

              Sun Covers for courts’ bleachers

              Approval of Budget

Very Important Social Event for Cinnamon Cove

It’s Cinnamon Cove Day at the ball game. 

Friday, March 2, 2018, it’s The Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 pm. 

Everyone is invited to this much-anticipated event for the low rate of $23 for home plate seating. 

Ray Heuring and Alex Ginou have been working on this project since last Spring Training season and would like to see a great crowd of friends and neighbors.  There is unlimited seating…the more the better. 

Ray will be in Room B after the meeting on Monday to answer any questions or he can be reached at 315-753-2058.

Deadline to order tickets is December 15 and a scheduled meeting will take place that day to answer any questions. 

So…don’t forget…$23 gets you home plate seating for Friday, March 2 for The Twins vs. The Blue Jays. 

See Ray for sign-up sheets.

Encourage your friends and neighbors and let’s make a special day of it for CC. 


See you Monday. 

 Tony Medley, Master Board

October 2017 Update

posted Oct 21, 2017, 12:14 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

Hello Master Board Friends,

     We had a good and well attended first meeting of the season this past Monday.  Twelve board members were either physically present or on the phone to ensure a quorum, so the meeting could progress.  And it appeared about 85 to 100 folks were in attendance. 

     The number one item on the agenda was to get the proposed budget into the hands of the board members.  This will be voted on in November and sent to all owners/members in the near future.

     The final section of the new and revised documents is the adoption of the Rules and Regulations.  In the end, the master board will vote on this final document.  But, it is important for all of us to have input on this.  Currently, all board members have copies and are studying it in order to correct/delete/add to the wording in order to bring it up to date.  This is where you come in.  The board needs for you to look at this as well, and to be willing to discuss it so we can come to the best, final result we can adopt.  I will post to you via email, or by copies in the main office these Rules and Regulations so you can read and then offer thoughts.  At some point, the documents committee will have informal gatherings to hear your thoughts on these.  (More to follow on this for sure.)

    Items on the agenda:

    In the President’s Report a couple of items of note….

·         Shuffleboard courts…roof cover posts in poor condition (possible solutions?)  Michael Waunsch is in the process of having this looked at by professionals.

·         Looking at a drop-down bar at front entrance to impede piggy-backers from entering. 

·         Mentioned that the Facebook page, Cinnamon Cove Clubhouse, was a very effective tool during and after Hurricane Irma keeping all page users well informed.  Many residents expressed their gratitude for this and to those who posted regularly.

                           Recreation Director’s Report

·         A proposal has been made regarding “Neighbors helping Neighbors.”  After a couple of scary moments this past summer and fall regarding folks who live alone, a resident came up with a plan to ensure those who live alone are looked after and checked on regularly.  More info will be forthcoming on this plan. 

·         Know someone in The Cove who could use a “pick me up” or a get well card?  There is a request box at the bulletin board near the restrooms
New Business:

·         Sun covers at tennis/pickleball courts are in very poor condition.  Last spring bids were sought for new, permanent covers.  The board will look at these and determine if this is a feasible solution

·         Thanks to Michael Waunsch, a current Hurricane Preparation Checklist was formulated and enacted prior to Irma.  Now, more needs to be added to ensure all facets of this are in place.  If you would like to be a contributor to this process, keep an eye out and a notification will be sent for a gathering to share ideas. 

·         Help….the pool/bocce chairs and tables are in serious need of cleaning.  Several good hands…cleaning that is…will get the job done.  Some of you have already volunteered.  I’ll let you know when that date and we can spend a couple of hours gettin’ it done.  I know how this works…if you are asked face to face, you will say yes, but I can’t see all of you face to face, so consider this a request for help…face to face.  Thanks.

·         So…here it is, after discussion with Greg Cummings…next Saturday, October 28 at 10 am.  Bring a bucket, soft scrub brush and some rags.  This is a great way to further build community and get to know some more neighbors.  See you then on the pool deck. 

Old Business:

·         Our maintenance person, Michael Waunsch, has been very busy this spring and summer.  He submitted a list of at least 75 jobs/projects he worked on and completed since he came on board.  Some of these are highly visible like ceiling fans at the satellite pools or painting the satellite pool houses, or lights in the stairways up to the library and others that are not so evident, but are completed just the same.  It’s good to have a person who is on top of maintenance issues and who is looking out for the welfare of CC.

More and more neighbors are arriving daily.  If you are departing soon, be sure to travel safely.


Tony Medley

Master Board

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

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