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.


March 16, 2020

posted Mar 19, 2020, 1:51 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 1:51 PM ]

Guess what folks, another update.

This afternoon we locked the doors to the CC clubhouse, indefinitely.

Jeanne, Michael and I agreed that we would not be able to clean and disinfect the building interior sufficiently. The entire building now is not available to anyone, except for the bathrooms.

Tennis, pickleball, bocce and shuffleboard are available, but you use them at your own discretion and risk.

The pool and spa are still open but again at your discretion and risk. The water is probably safe. But, keep in mind that the culprits will be railings, ladders, chairs, tables, gates and bathrooms.

We will keep you informed if and when things change.

Remember, when you go back to your summer home that the entire country is sharing this problem. Be safe.

Remember to wash your hands and keep smiling.


March 14, 2020

posted Mar 19, 2020, 1:49 PM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 1:50 PM ]

As president of the CC Master Board, I cancelled the meeting scheduled for next week, indefinitely.

Also, we are cancelling all sponsored indoor activities, including Core classes and the exercise room. Pool aquatics is also cancelled. This suspension will begin immediately and extend through April.

Before I made this decision, I consulted with our CAM, Attorney and insurance representative. Also, Florida’s current statement of emergency was a deciding factor.

Do not line up at the office on Monday morning. Jeanne will be issuing instructions regarding applying for refunds or credits for the functions which you paid for.

For the latest information on the Coronavirus in Lee county, Florida and the CDC, visit the CC website


Remember, wash your hands and keep smiling.

Proxy Vote

posted Jan 25, 2020, 4:43 AM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Jan 25, 2020, 4:43 AM ]

This is an explanation of question #2 on the proxy recently mailed to you.


An example of a “non-scheduled purpose” could be if a hurricane damaged the clubhouse and the cost is greater than what is budgeted for such an event, then the board is authorized to use reserve funds for the repair and, under the law, these funds must be reimbursed within the fiscal year.  This is a Florida Statute and all associations adhere to it.

No reserves will ever be used for other purposes ,  which  includes the newly purchased land.


Land Aqcuisition

posted Mar 21, 2019, 5:02 AM by Micheline LeBlanc   [ updated Mar 21, 2019, 5:03 AM ]

Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, March 23,2019
CC Clubhouse 

January 2019 Update

posted Feb 3, 2019, 11:15 AM by Micheline LeBlanc


The most recent Master Board meeting was 1/21/19.  It adjourned after 70 minutes, which was great.

After the meeting, I announced a town hall session where anyone could address concerns and suggestions to me in a non-meeting style.  It went well enough that I will try to continue it.

The treasurer reported on the financial condition of the Cove.  As expected, some items were over budget, others under.  Overall, we are in good financial shape.

Miss  Jeanne  spoke on many topics, including upcoming events.  Please read colored upcoming events sheets.  They are posted at the Club House, swimming pools and your own association bulletin board.  Remember, tickets go on sale the day that the newspaper is available, which is usually the last week of the month.  She relayed a message from Judy regarding the exercise room.  Please update your personal information cards.  If something happens to you and there is not current and sufficient information, first responders  are at a loss and you could be in danger.

Michael Waunsch updated us on the physical state of the Cove.  Gates are working again and hopefully for a long time to come.  The speakers around the pool are working.  After the meeting he showed me the newest  improvement to the pool area.  For years volunteers have come to the pool area to water the plants.  We now have an automated watering system to handle that task.  Thank you to all the dedicated people who spent their time making the main pool area a better place to visit.  There is a new cleaning agency on board.  If you see anything that needs attention,  fill out a work order at the club house for Michael.  He will handle it.  Do not tell him in person.  He is very busy and could easily forget.

The Board discussed social clubs and monetary accounts for them.  We encourage the existence of clubs such as computer, card players, etc.  If you collect dues and want to use them for special events like lunches or buying supplies for your particular group, that is fine.  But, if you stage an event and charge a fee while using Cinnamon Cove facilities, that becomes part of the Recreation Dept.  Fees will be collected and deposited in the proper bank accounts and expenses paid for you from same account.  If you desire an accounting of these funds, Jeanne will accommodate you, but please give her ample notice.  This is necessary because proper financial accountability and adequate insurance coverage for activities are responsibilities of the Master Association.

We are organizing a Violations Committee.  The purpose of this committee will be to finally make residents responsible for their actions.  Residents include owners, guests and renters.  We will update you as we proceed.  The committee consists of 3 people and 3 have already signed up.  If you would like to be on the delegate list in case of openings, please let me know.

The 2 mailings for the upcoming annual meeting went out on time, thanks to the CC army of volunteers.   Thank you to all of them.  If you would please return the proxy form to the office in the return envelope, it will help speed up the process.  Otherwise, bring them to the meeting which is 2/18/19.  Registration at 9 am, meeting at 10 am.

On Saturday, 1/26/19, Jeanne organized a car show.  Despite the weather, it was well attended.  Plus, we served hot dogs, chips and soda.  A good time had by all.  Looking forward to the next one.  Thank you, Jeanne. 

Finally, a word about volunteers.  Folks, without volunteers performing the multiple tasks at CC, we would either have nothing happening or our HOAs would be much higher.  So, when you come to the office or an event, think about that.  Smile and say thank you.  I know that most of you already do this, but we need to keep letting them know that we really appreciate them. 

Remember, keep smiling.  Bill

William J Durkee, CPA, CCMA Pres.



Master Board Recap 11-20-18

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:33 PM by Micheline LeBlanc

Meeting went well today. Thank you, board members, for your time.

Eugene Melander and John Baretela have both resigned from the board. Thank you both for your time and efforts.  Gene’s replacement is Jim Drake, building 9.  John’s replacement will be decided soon.

A round of applause was given to Jeanne and Michael for all that they do.  Thank them when you see them.

The attendees also showed appreciation for the work by Nancy and her committees on the pool furniture and landscaping.

I mentioned the lake erosion problem but we can’t do much until we hire a water management engineer.

Several people had written to me via email with concerns regarding the aquatic exercise program.  It was not discussed today because I am waiting for a legal opinion from our attorney.  Some of the concerns are in the process of correction.  Those are contracts, insurance and health safety issues.   The legal question was the limitation of residents’ use of the pool during the paid program.  The whole issue will be influenced by the awaited opinion.

Mickie LeBlanc presented the Treasurer’s report, which shows favorable results for the year.  She also explained the $5 per month increase in the HOA fee and why.  Repairs, maintenance and reserves were the major concerns.  Mickie also presented the 2019 budget, which was passed.  This budget will be mailed to you soon.

Based on Mickie‘s opinion and suggestion, the Executive Board agreed to a professional review of our reserve accounts. This will happen in 2019 and the information will be available for use in determining the 2020 budget.

Jeanne presented us with the December 2019 activity, which should appear on your bulletin boards soon. Jeanne and Marley have started the “Adopt A Family” project.  Their needs are simple: box springs for a twin bed, 2 dressers and nonperishable items.  If you don’t like to shop, give them cash and they will shop.  Be generous, my friends and share the good times.

Michael told us what he did all summer.  Boy, was he busy.  If it needs attention, he is there.  If you see a problem or concern, please fill out a work order.  That is the only way to get things done promptly and properly.  Michael has a wish list of things he would like residents to do, and, maybe we will pass the entire list on.  But, for now, the short list:  Do not touch the pool heater thermostats, shower before you enter the pools and hot tub and try to remember to put your pool chairs back.  Also, if you get to the pools early and the water is cool, there is a reason.  The heaters cannot operate at night during cold weather or they will seize up.  I don’t understand either, but if he says it, it must be true.

Jeanne spoke about the security gates and is waiting for a contract.  The major concerns for Jeanne and Michael are:  1} people trying to enter without passes or identification; If they are your guests, you are responsible.  2} Bicyclists and pedestrians following cars through gates.  Folks, this is dangerous.  Use your key to access the small gate off to the side.  If you don’t own one, buy one at the office.

Transponders:  If you have a problem with your transponder, the new email address is:

Thank you to Diane Swan and Scott Ritchhart for decorating the Boulevard.  Santa’s sleigh should be arriving soon.

Mickie LeBlanc handles the job of getting my letter to you.  Thank you, Mickie.  But, some people are not getting them.  Please enter the following address in your email contact list:  If you get this, please tell your friends to take action.  Also, tell them to sign up for the email list,  by using the email given in this paragraph or by telling the office staff, Mickie, me, or your master board rep, giving them your email address.

Lastly, Carolyn Kern is hosting a decorating party of Saturday, 11/24/18, at 10am.  She needs volunteers to decorate the clubhouse. Your reward will be the beautiful room to share with the rest of the Cove. Please join us.  Pat and I will be there.

Please have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remain healthy.


William J Durkee, CPA

Master Board Meeting Recap 4/16/18

posted Apr 16, 2018, 1:14 PM by Micheline LeBlanc

President’s Report:

·       Jeanne Hopkins’ new title is Community Administrator

·       Working with Securitas on issues with Security Personnel

·       Please watch your speed in the Cove

·       Working on the vegetation along Summerlin Road

Treasurer’s Report:

·       Operating $150,000   Reserves $600,000    Total $750,000

Community Administrator:

·       Working with Securitas on issues with Security Personnel

·       Switching to Comcast for cheaper and faster service

Maintenance Report:

·       Completed shuffleboard storage and landscape lighting

·       Summer project list ready

·       Hurricane Preparedness: 

o   Move your outdoor items inside before you leave

o   Empty your refrigerator and turn it off

o   Hurricane Preparedness meeting May 18, Friday at 2:30

Management Report:  Not available at this time

New Business:

·       Maintenance contract prorated from April 1 to December 31, 2018.

Old Business:

·       Clubhouse to be painted this summer

·       Clubhouse and Spinnaker pools to have new pavers this summer

 Chris Carmichael
Secretary for the Master Board

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