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Issue: # 77

January 3, 2018







Florida Hurricane Clip Art

The clean-up, repairs, and restoration following Hurricane Irma is continuing and has exceeded $100,000 with additional work still to be done.  


The exposed lift station and generator near Grand Palm and Vintage Trace Circle has tree stumps that will be removed early January followed by the construction of a temporary fence of approximately 100 feet blocking the view of the equipment and offering additional security to the residents of the Vines.


Construction of an 8 foot wall along the eastern section of Vintage Trace Circle is being discussed by the Board with the type of wall, color, texture, etc. as well as cost is still to be determined.  The VCA will have to go through a permitting process with the Village of Estero.  Residents will be kept informed as additional information becomes available.


Damage to the chain link fence surrounding The Vines has been noted and it is expected that repairs will be made as soon as contractors respond to our request for bids.


To date the VCA has not heard back from our insurance carrier regarding our claims from the hurricane and it is anticipated that a response will be received in early January.  






The quarterly VCA maintenance charge starting January 1, 2018 reflects a new amount of $570.00.  The includes Comcast payments for 3 months and an increase of $30.50 which will go towards the reserve fund that was depleted by Hurricane Irma clean up.   


Other communities in SW Florida have imposed a special assessment to pay for  the clean up following the hurricane.  The VCA had planned for a hurricane in our budgeting process and had sufficient funds to pay for the clean up and repairs.   


We now need to fund the reserves again by increasing the maintenance charges.  There are still projects that require funding from our reserves, i.e., re-wiring and re-surfacing Vintage Trace Circle, drainage pipes as well as the lakes. 





As part of our normal maintenance work, striping along the curves of Vintage Trace Circle, painting of street bars by Stop Signs, and markings by the railroad crossing will be done in January.


In addition, STOP will be painted on the street in front of the tracks to alert drivers of the Stop Sign.  The Stop Sign by the front entrance has a temporary post until the refinishing or our signs and lamps is completed.


The speed limit is 23 mph.  Speeding or dangerous driving can result in a suspension of owner's bar codes. 


Reminder:  While walking in the community you should FACE traffic.  When riding bikes, skateboards, etc. you GO WITH traffic.  WHEELS GO WITH WHEELS!!!  Also wearing reflective clothing and strobe lights will make people more visible to cars and trucks traveling our roads.





The VCA Rules require that all pets out in the community must be leashed.  Owners are responsible for their pet's behavior and MUST CLEAN UP after their pets.  THIS APPLIES TO VISITORS AND RENTERS AS WELL!  Violators may receive bar code suspensions or de-activation.




It is the responsibility of the property owner to provide documentation to Pegasus for renters within The Vines (not to Estero Country Club).  Security will only provide bar codes to renters who provide a lease for property within The Vines and show the required vehicle registration information.


Renters should also be advised of both VCA and individual neighborhood rules & regulations regarding pets and access to the golf course property, i.e. no walking/biking on golf course.  





January 22, 2018 @ 9AM @ ECC





Gail McCracken, Editor