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.
February 2015 Updates:
2015 Annual Dues
Annual assessments were due by January 31st and any late payments are now subject to interest fees. Per our documents, unpaid assessments shall bear interest from the date of delinquency until paid at the rate of 18% per annum. If you have not remitted payment for 2015 assessments please do so as soon as possible to avoid high interest fees. If you have any questions/concerns regarding this matter you can contact Sentry Management at (941)361-1222 ext. 51003. Thank you.
Maintaining Your Home
With the holidays behind us and fair weather on the way, now is the perfect time to take care of some of the much-needed maintenance on your home.
We have noticed many homes in need of pressure washing and even painting as well as bare spots in sod, fences in need of repair and mildewy mailboxes. Trees and shrubs are becoming very overgrown and as the oaks drop their leaves, it is creating quite a mess on lawns, driveways and sidewalks.
It has been determined that there is enough of an issue with maintenance violations in our neighborhood that Sentry Management will begin visiting the community every two weeks and look for these problems. Homeowners in violation of our deeds will receive a letter from the property manager with a request to cure the violations specifically within a certain time-frame. If homeowners do not comply, a second notice will be sent giving a maximum of 30 days to comply or they will be referred to our Fining Committee. Our Fining Committee can impose fines upon homeowners who violate our deeds and this, in turn, can be used to put a lien on your
Please understand that we never want to take such severe action on our homeowners but many have become rather lax in their efforts to keep their homes and lots maintained. As a result we are now forced to take a harder stance to ensure that our deeds are adhered to. Most residents take the time to keep their property looking its best and take pride in their homes and it is expected that all who live in Foster's Creek will do the same.
Remember, a little maintenance now can go a long way to prevent issues in the future.
On January 8, 2015 the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the proposed development by Trevesta to build over 1,000 single and multi-family homes as well as commercial space in the area across from Buffalo Road on 69th Street East. There was heavy opposition to this new community by numerous residents in Foster's Creek as well as other subdivisions in the area and many people showed up to the public hearings to voice their opinions as well as sent e-mails to the commissioners asking them to strongly consider voting against what will be known as Pennington Park. Unfortunately the BOCC opted to side with the developers in a 5-2 vote and completely ignore the majority of residents who have serious concerns over what this new construction will most likely bring to the area. Issues such as heavy traffic along two-laned 69th Street, school overcrowding, a decline in local wildlife and conservation areas as well as a reduction in what many in our area have come to enjoy as more rural dwelling were voiced by local citizens and appeared to fall on deaf ears for the most part.
Regardless of your stance on this issue, we encourage you to stay informed and if at all possible, be involved in public hearings, discussions and dialogue with our local elected officials.
It is also important to note that many surrounding residents do not oppose of the single-family homes to be built, but rather the multi-family (apartments) and commercial development as they do not feel it is a good fit for our area.
If you have any questions/concerns regarding the Trevesta development issue, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
For more information on the rezoning proposal received by some of the residents in our community click here.
Update on Speed Study
The results of the speed study in our community by Manatee County have come in and at this time they do not see that we have an issue in Foster's Creek. While many residents may disagree, we can only go from the data that was collected using the speed trailers and speed cables that were temporarily placed on some of our residential streets which showed no problems.
The county's Public Works department has informed us that they will periodically place speed trailers in Foster's Creek as an ongoing attempt to discourage speeding as well as determine if this is an issue in the future.
We appreciate those who comply with our neighborhood speed limits and all who have voiced their concerns/opinions to us over the issue. Please continue to contact us if you see problems with vehicles driving too fast on our streets and please provide us with as much information as possible (type of vehicle, time of day, etc.) so that we can take further action if necessary. Thank you.
As many of you have noticed, a couple of the areas surrounding the playground have been roped off with caution tape as it has been determined that the soil in this area is eroding and wearing away. This has the potential to cause safety concerns and we are not willing to put our residents and their children at risk. As a result, the area is set to be reinforced and installation of a drainage pipe to allow water runoff to flow into the creek may be added as well. This work may shut the community playground down for a few days but it is a necessity to maintain and preserve the integrity of this area.
We are also having the playground gate repaired and reinforced with concrete to prevent the gate from being forced open by those who do not live in our community and who possess keys to the play area. Our play equipment is an amenity that was built for the enjoyment of Foster's Creek residents and was never intended to be utilized by individuals who do not live in the neighborhood or are guests of those who do. Reinforcing the gate and issuing keys is the only way we can secure the playground and help ensure the area doesn't experience damage and vandalism.
Remember, your annual assessments help pay for the playground and gate/fence surrounding it so please do your part to care for it and let us know as soon as possible if you notice any damage or problems in the area.
Even with notices mailed to residents last August with the summer newsletter, street parking continues to be an issue in our community. We understand there are instances where residents need to park vehicles in the street when entertaining or performing maintenance on their homes but we would like to ask everyone to please be mindful of where and when this takes place.
Parking along a curved street where the ability to see oncoming traffic is compromised is discouraged at all times as is parking large commercial or recreational vehicles that limit moving traffic's ability to pass safely.
The Board continues to hear residents' complaints about this issue regularly and while we have not yet had to issue violations, we will not hesitate to begin this practice. Again, we are not referring to those vehicles that are parked for very short periods of time or in a manner that does not adversely impact moving vehicle/pedestrian traffic but rather those who are habitual offenders or create potential safety hazards.
Please also remember that parking vehicles on lawns is prohibited by our deeds. We understand that this may be necessary for brief periods of time when maintenance or repairs are being done on homes, but leaving vehicles parked there for longer than is reasonably necessary to complete this work is not allowed. Homeowners in violation of this have begun receiving notices that they are in violation and we will continue to enforce this.
The exterior modification of homes by painting, tree removal, putting up fences, etc. without first seeking ARC approval continues to be an issue in our community. We cannot stress enough the importance of reviewing our Modifications Committee Guidelines, submitting an Architectural Review form, and waiting for approval before beginning the work on your home. The BOD has taken a zero-tolerance approach to violation of this rule and will not hesitate to take action against those homeowners who choose not to heed it. There is a Fining Committee in place made up of Foster's Creek homeowners and have already imposed rulings and fines on some of those residents in violation.
While our deeds allow 45 days for review of all ARC forms before approval almost all submitted requests are responded to in 14 days or less. There is simply no excuse for failing to adhere to this requirement and doing so results in an enormous waste of the Board's time and those residents who have volunteered to serve on our Fining Committee when there are other issues that could be focused on instead.
Copies of our Modification Guidelines and Architectural Review form can be found under the HOA Documents section of this site.
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!