Welcome to the Foster's Creek Homeowners Association website. Here you can find information on current issues in our community, Board meeting information, copies of our governing documents, the names of our HOA Board of Directors, contact information and more. We appreciate you taking the time to visit and welcome your feedback.
November 2015 Updates:
While a number of homeowners are working hard to maintain their properties we are still seeing a number of repeat violations on many others.
Two of the most prominent are tree trimming/general landscaping and the storing of items in front of homes and garages that are supposed to be screened from view.
Many of the trees on residential lots have become severely overgrown with limbs and branches hanging out into the street, low over sidewalks or onto neighboring lots. Homeowners are responsible for the regular trimming and maintenance of these trees to keep them in neat and attractive condition. Yards and planters on a number of lots have also been neglected resulting in bare patches of sod and weeds taking over grass, shrubs and other plants/flowers. This falls under the general home maintenance part of our governing documents and can be found under Section 4.3 - Maintenance of our First Amendment to Declaration of Maintenance and Land Use Provisions.
The storing of items in front of your home in view is also prohibited per Section 4.4 - Screening or Other Uses of our First Amendment document. This includes, but is not limited to, garbage cans, rubbish, stored materials, inoperable vehicles, recreation/play equipment (i.e. play sets or portable basketball backboards) and other such debris. All of these items must be stored within an enclosure or properly screened so as to be out of sight from the front or side streets. Garbage cans and recycling bins can be placed on the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day preceding the designated pickup and must be removed and stored back out of sight once emptied.
We receive several complaints weekly from homeowners who have grown tired of seeing neighboring lots in violation of these rules and, as a result, the Association intends to be much more diligent in recognizing them and taking action.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Our fall 2015 newsletter is now available and you can find it here.
Budget Meeting Recap
Our annual Budget Meeting was held on Tuesday, November 3rd and the proposed 2016 budget was approved unanimously by the Board of Directors.
Copies of the proposed budget were mailed to all homeowners prior to the meeting providing the opportunity to review and raise any questions or concerns they may have. A number of residents attended the Budget Meeting with questions and the Board also heard from several homeowners in advance via e-mail and online.
The primary concern appeared to be the increase in the amount allocated for landscaping in the community. This amount is due to a larger up-front expense needed to complete clearing of the Preserve area behind 47th and 48th Avenues as well as an area between 69th Court East and 69th Street. The Association is responsible for the clearing and maintenance/trimming of these areas and both had become severely overgrown due to several years of neglect.
The Board has no intention of letting these areas become as overgrown in the future and will plan on having them maintained at a lower cost once or twice a year going forward once the initial clean-up is complete. As a result, it can safely be expected that annual assessments will decrease beginning in 2017 though that amount cannot be determined until the end of 2016.
We understand homeowners' concerns over increased dues and would like to encourage everyone to attend a monthly Board meeting to gain a better understanding of our Association's fiscal responsibilities and issues facing our community. A great deal of planning and discussion goes into addressing these concerns before a final decision is ever made and we always welcome homeowner feedback.
If you continue to have any questions or concerns regarding our 2016 budget please contact us or Sentry Management for assistance.
New Board Members
In addition to the approval of the 2016 budget, the Board of Directors also appointed and approved the addition of three new members to the Board.
We would like to welcome Al Cotta, appointed to the position of Secretary as well as Bob Halla and Kim Brownell to Director positions. We are very excited to be working with all three toward the collective goal of keeping Foster's Creek a desirable community for our residents and a place all enjoy calling home.
Autumn is upon us and while we're still experiencing summer-like heat and humidity, we know that drier days are ahead and this is among the best time of year to perform some much-needed home maintenance.
As expected, very few Architectural Review Committee forms were submitted during the summer by homeowners for exterior painting but since September the Association has received six requests with more expected in the coming weeks.
It has also been noticed that a number of fences surrounding homes in the community are in disrepair and starting to show their age. In some cases there may be safety hazards if sections of your home's fence is missing, particularly if you have pets or a swimming pool. Manatee County Code Enforcement can issue citations in certain instances so please inspect your lot's fence regularly and make any necessary repairs/replacements.
Please remember to submit an Architectural Review Committee form for approval before beginning any exterior modifications to your home.
How Often Should I Paint My Home?
This is a question we've received on a few occasions recently as more homeowners receive notices that their homes are in need of new paint. We understand the answer may not always be clear-cut so we contacted a representative of Sherwin-Williams who informed us that five to seven years is about the maximum length of time a stucco home's exterior paint can be expected to last in Florida with our extreme climate conditions. This recommendation appears to be in line with most local painters' opinions as well. Two homes recently painted on 50th Avenue East were given a paint guarantee of seven years by the contractor.
We did our own Google search on the subject and found a number of sites with valuable information on how long you can expect paint on a stucco home to last, paint types to choose from and whether or not your home needs primer applied before painting. Here are a few of those helpful links: http://southernpainting.com/ask-the-painter/ask-the-painter-how-should-i-repaint-my-stucco-exterior;http://paintorlandobeautiful.com/2015/02/20/how-often-should-you-repaint-a-stucco-house-in-florida/; http://www.sherwin-williams.com/press/consumer/story/repainting-stucco/; http://www.trimlinepaintinginc.com/5-ways-to-know-that-your-house-needs-painting-2/.
There are some websites out there that will tell you the paint on a stucco home can last ten to twelve years and while this may be true with the latest high-quality exterior paints available now, this is most likely not the case for homes in our region and with our local climate. Also keep in mind that many homes in the community were built fifteen or more years ago and have NEVER been repainted. Additionally, most (if not all) homes were built and painted quickly to get them sold and inhabited in a short period of time so the chance that multiple coats of a high-quality paint was used is very small.
Homes on the water can realistically expect to need repainting more frequently than those that are not. Many of our residents with homes on our community lakes can attest to the fact that pressure washing and painting is needed more often than their neighbor's house across the street. In fact, one home on 49th Place East has already been repainted twice in the past five years.
Darker-colored homes will often show the need for repainting more frequently than those that are lighter. Additionally, darker trim on a home will often streak or fade before the lighter base does. And if you've tried pressure washing your home and still see dark or gray spots through the paint, this is most likely the paint being worn enough that the concrete is showing through. At this point it's time to paint your home.
Please remember that before you paint your home you must select colors from our approved list and you must submit an Architectural Review Form for approval.
We thank you for your attention to this matter.
Security Patrols and Street Parking
UPDATE: While the occurrences of street parking have declined in recent weeks we still have a number of vehicles reported being parked overnight within the community. Any vehicle with two or more street parking notices will now be referred to our Fining Committee for further action.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: parking vehicles in your yard is not permitted as a way to get around a street parking violation. Vehicles are only to be parked in garages or on your own home's driveway pad. We have noticed an increase in vehicles parked in yards and many of these violations have been documented via photos and notices will be mailed to those residents.
The Association has contracted with an external security company to help enforce our restrictions against overnight street parking. The patrols began on June 19th and at the first visit 14 vehicles were found to be in violation, including one inoperable vehicle. A second security patrol was done in the very early morning hours of June 22nd and a total of 15 vehicles were found to be parked in our residential streets.
Per Section 4.4 (c) of our First Amendment to Declaration of Maintenance and Land Use Provisions of Foster's Creek, "No vehicles shall be parked overnight except on driveway pads or within garages".
Notices have been placed on those vehicles in violation of our deeds and those who continue to park overnight on the street will be subject to a referral to our Fining Committee and subsequently have fines levied against those residents responsible.
If you have received a notice for street parking please take immediate action to prevent this going forward. The Board will not hesitate to use any means available to ensure all residents are in compliance.
New and Prospective Foster's Creek Homeowners and Residents
In recent weeks we have received several email inquiries from individuals looking to purchase or rent homes in our community with questions varying from the amount of our annual dues to what our rules are. First of all we would like to extend a warm welcome to any new homeowners and those considering taking up residence in our community. We look forward to having you as neighbors and hope you'll let us know of any concerns or questions you may have.
We are always happy to answer any of your questions and assist you in any way possible so please feel free to email the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or our community manager at email@example.com.
A number of questions about what our deeds permit and restrict can be answered by clicking the Documents section here on our website and referring to our First Amendment to our Declaration of Maintenance and Land Use or to our ARC Guidelines. These outline in the simplest form our community's rules and can help answer questions about making exterior modifications to your home (i.e. fences, exterior paint options, major landscaping, driveway modifications, etc.), what is permitted or prohibited with regard to swimming pools and other play equipment and vehicle parking.
Reviewing and understanding these documents and what our deeds are can help prospective homeowners make a decision about whether or not Foster's Creek is the right community for them and can help new homeowners understand what is required before making any changes to their home's outward appearance.
Once again, the Board welcomes new and prospective residents and look forward to serving you in the best manner possible.
We Want You...
...to join our Foster's Creek Homeowner's Association Facebook group!
Our Facebook page is a great place for residents to share ideas and concerns and receive community updates more quickly from our Board of Directors. Simply click the link at the top of this page and you will be redirected to our group's page where you can request to join. Once an admin receives your request and verifies you are a resident of Foster's Creek (be sure to check your Messages folder once you've submitted your request in the event we need to get your address and owner or renter status) you will be approved to join our group.
At this time our Facebook page is a closed group and can only be viewed by members in order to help protect our residents' privacy.
If you haven't joined already we hope to see you soon!