An update to the Architectural Guidelines has been approved and
published. Be sure to review them before submitting your AR Forms.
An initial upgrade to the The VCA website is under review by the
Community Relations committee. The current website was developed back
in 2008 and has fallen behind new technology. Look for the
launch of our new website early into the new season.
Nuthatch Lane Gate Access
Aldi has finally received a development order to place the curb cut
in to their store from Rt41. They also will complete the connection
to the culvert on Vintage Trace Circle. These issues will take 4-6
weeks to complete. The store is scheduled to open in early November.
Car Wash Outside our Gate
Clean Machine Car Wash participated in a
Public Information Meeting on August 12, 2020. All VCA Communities
presented their objections along with neighboring businesses. The
Design Review Board explained that a tower on their building is
nothing more than a billboard and is not acceptable to the Village.
Also the noise level is a major stumbling block for Village
acceptance. If they redesign the building and reduce the noise level
then they can come back for another public hearing. As of this dater
they have not responded.
Be on the lookout for some new guidelines regarding your return to
The Vines. The Covid-19 task force meets regularly to consider all
options and will be issuing new guidelines for owners, renters, etc.,
. More to come from both the VCA and the ECC.
The next VCA Board meeting is
scheduled via teleconference on Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 1PM.
You'll receive the agenda and call in phone # a few days before the
The monthly Membership Meeting of
the ECCL was held virtually on Friday, 9/11 at 10 am.
Chief Scott Vanderbrook of Estero
Fire Rescue spoke of budget concerns. The millage will remain at
Architectural & engineering
services for Station 45, to serve those eastern developments out
Corkscrew Rd have been contracted, with contract management and
construction company to follow.
Drive-through Flu testing is not
being done to safeguard first responders. If a gated community can
guarantee 40 participants, a drive-through at that community may be
scheduled. Smoke detector replacement has been discontinued due to
Ruth Watkins, of Calusa
Waterkeepers, reviewed the history and current situation of the
193,000 acre watershed service area . She reviewed past development
of the Outstanding Florida Waterway designation and specific
indicators of water safety regarding fecal bacteria. Testing at
several sites along the five tributaries is discouraging, with the
counts of bacteria, measured in colonies per 100 milliliters well
above what considered a significant health risk. More testing is
needed to determine the sources of the bacterial load.
FGCU is actively working to
determine the sources of human and wildlife contribution.
She encouraged communities to
develop a policy pledge regarding run-off and offered
suggestions regarding disposal of
pet waste, fertilizer usage and use of native vegetation.
There was discussion of toxic algae
and its effect on neurological diseases such as ALS and
Pres. Jim Gilmartin discussed the
Executive Management Team, announcing Allan Bowditch as Chief
Mark Novitski reviewed
distribution of CARES Act funding, survey of potential uses for
Estero on the river property, and development of a commercial
Judy & Barry Freedman
for The Vines Community Association
Non-Emergency Police 239-477-1200
J. McClain (District #3 Village Council Representative)
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