As usual The Vines Summer "feels like" temperatures of 100+ degrees
on most days. As we write this edition it looks like we've missed
tropical storm Isaias and keeping our fingers crossed that we get
through the hurricane season...unscathed.
On Monday July 27, 2020 the Board took several actions.
Lake Bank Erosion
The VCA signed a contract with Copeland Management to begin the
process of shoring up and reclaiming lake banks throughout the
Community. If our reserves hold up through the Summer (sans
hurricanes) the process will begin throughout Lost Creek during the
2021 dry season. Rather than placing riprap the process includes some
dredging which pulls material from the lake on top of a fabric layer
made from coconut husk and topped with sod. The Lake Bank committee
visited several sites to see the process in action and to see how it
holds up after several years, and we were impressed with the
long-term results. Over the next several years, as reserves are
built, it is expected we can continue the process throughout the
The Board approved several Architectural Requests including new
roofs, generators, repaintings, lanai extensions, landscape
improvements, shutters and awnings.
A new shorter document containing a review of Architectural
guidelines and will be distributed to all Vintage Trace Owners and
new buying prospects, to be sure they understand their obligations
under the VCA rules.
Cane Toads continue to be a problem throughout SWFL. The VCA
contracted with Pesky Varmints for a one-time treatment throughout
the community. Results were mixed and somewhat disappointing. The
contract is not likely to be repeated.
The VCA website will be upgraded in the next few months. The current
website was developed back in 2008 and has fallen behind new
technology. It is not ADA compliant. Amongst other improvements will
be "responsive design." This means that it will appear correctly
regardless of the kind of device you view it on.... tablet, large
screen, iPhone, Android,desktop, etc. It will be much more useful and
be easy to access all documents, meeting minutes, etc. It will have
SSL encryption to avoid "not secure" warnings from browsers.
Rewiring of Vintage Trace Circle
The next section of Vintage Trace Circle is being
rewired and includes the area from the RR crossing over to the gate
house. Be careful when driving in this area for the next few weeks.
Nuthatch Lane Gate Access
There have been several instances of vehicles using the Nuthatch Lane
entry and not waiting for the preceding vehicle to clear the gates
before they pass in front of the barcode reader.
This has caused the first barrier arm to reopen preventing the second
barrier arm from opening. This delays both vehicles. Please adhere to
the following procedure.
Aldi will open in late September or early October. However, before
open the curb cut access and egress from the property onto Rt 41 must
be constructed. In addition, an 8-inch pipe will be placed under
Vintage Trace Circle from the area behind the Aldi store to the
culvert between 19243 & 19227 Vintage Trace Circle. Hopefully, the
engineers can bore under VTC and connect to the culvert without
having to open a 20-foot-wide path across Vintage Trace Circle. We'll
have about a weeks' notice to let everyone know if a detour or a road
closing will be necessary and for how long.
Ficus Hedge vs White Fly
The Ficus hedge surrounding the community is coming through the
Summer without white fly infestation thanks to the persistent
spraying of our pest control company. The growth has been thick and
strong such that trimming will occur soon rather than in the early
Car Wash Outside our Gate
Clean Machine Car Wash will participate in a
Public Information Meeting on August 12, 2020 at 5:30 PM in the
Village Hall Council Chamber. A dozen or more letters of objection
have been written and will be read into the record by VTC and ECC
members. Anyone can speak for 3 minutes or submit a letter to be read
into the record. Contact President James Robinson, if you want to
seak at the meeting.
There is some deterioration of the sidewalk, support and erosion
around the bridge that crosses to Grand Palm, Fairway Bend and
Southwind. Contractors will be bidding on the necessary work and the
communities involved will likely share in the cost of repairs.
Be on the lookout for some guidelines regarding your return to The
Vines. Owners, renters, etc., may have to be concerned about
sheltering in place or quarantining if the Pandemic continues for a
few more months. More to come from both the VCA and the ECC.