The Landings Management Association, Inc.

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting

July 6, 2006

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Bob Capo at 7:03 PM at the Landings Racquet Club, 5350 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida.

Determination of Quorum

Present were Bob Capo, Dee Ricapito, Bill Whitman, Richard Bayles, Jerry McFadden, John Newcomer and Fred Stanyer, constituting a quorum.  Also present were four members and Irwin Starr of The Landings Eagle.

Confirmation of Proper Meeting Notice

The notice was posted in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association and requirements of Florida Statutes.

Appointment of Acting Secretary

Richard Bayles acted as Secretary for the meeting.

Approval of Minutes of June 1, 2006 Board Meeting.

A motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

President’s Report:

The President reported that Sarasota County had completed the dredging of the portion of the North Lake under their responsibility.

The LMA received a letter from the president of the Cloisters homeowners association regarding the placement of a warning sign on Landings Boulevard at the intersection of Landings Boulevard and the Cedar Bay Lane.  After a discussion of the problem and alternative solutions, the Board agreed to place a “Caution” sign on southbound Landings Boulevard.

Treasurer’s Report:

The President reported that there was no significant activity during the month of May, the period for which the latest financial statements were available.

Safety and Security Committee:

Bill Whitman reported that  the pothole before the North Gate had been repaired.

He also reported that black on black and black on white bar codes are now available, at no charge, at the Main Gate for those residents who wish to replace the green on white labels.  The reported problem with the ability to remove the existing green label and put on another vehicle was due to the use of an incorrect window cleaner on some vehicles prior to applying the bar code.  This will not recur.

Bill noted that the “President’s Round Table,” an on-line forum for Landings condominium and homeowners associations, had expressed concern about hurricane evacuation procedures and protection of property during such an evacuation.  He reported that the security service retained by the LMA would not be available during such an event and that Richard Mayo had indicated that he would attempt to provide limited security functions during an evacuation.  In the end, each resident will remain primarily responsible for their own safety and security.

Landscaping Committee:

Fred Stanyer reported that the replacement of old geraniums at the Main Gate would be completed in the following week.

Roads and Drainage Committee:

Bob Capo reported that the resurfacing of portions of Landings Boulevard was completed.  The bill ($100,000) for same should be received and paid shortly.  Two outstanding problems – one sunken manhole and one location where pooling was occurring – will be corrected.

A member requested the rationale for replacing the speed bump in front of the Racquet Club after the paving was completed.  Bob Capo replied that the issue had been discussed at an earlier meeting and, because the bump had been in existence for over twenty years, it would be replaced.

Another member requested clarification of why parking spaces adjacent to the resurfaced portion were not included in the resurfacing.  Bob Capo replied that the parking spaces were owned by the individual condominium associations, not the LMA, and it is the associations’ responsibility for such resurfacing.

Lakes Committee:             

Jerry McFadden reported that, in addition to the completion of work on Lake #1 (North Lake) as reported earlier, the level of water in Lake #7 was returning to normal with the recent rainfall.

He further reported that repairs were made to pumping equipment at the Carriagehouse lake which should solve an ongoing problem there.

Jerry raised the issue of access for maintenance to the North Lake by Aquagenics and that they would attempt to use the Kestral Park Way North access point.  If that is not successful, approaches will be made to other homeowners bordering the lake with reasonably sloped access for their permission to use their property.

Jerry raised a continuing concern about the presence of alligators in the Landings lakes and that the LMA should take action to make residents aware of the danger of proximity to the animals and the action they should take with regard to the threat, i.e., calling the Main Gate.  The Main Gate would be advised to record all such calls and their response.  It was agreed that an addition to the forthcoming Green Book revision would include a discussion of the topic.

Nature Trail:

The President said that there was no report.

Public Relations Committee

Dee Ricapito requested that the Board confirm that the formation of a committee at the last meeting to address the drainage issues associated with the Eagles Nest Area did not affect the workings of the committee formed earlier in the year regarding utilization of the natural assets of The Landings.  A member queried whether the latter committee was in fact an official committee of the board or an ad hoc committee comprising members, some of which happened to be Board members.  After some discussion, the Board agreed that that issue should be researched and, if found that it was not an LMA committee, the issue would be addressed at the next meeting.

It was confirmed that the cost of the forthcoming Green Book revision was to be borne by Argus Management under an agreement reached after the publication of the last edition.

New Business:

Fred Stanyer stated that there were indications that the “agricultural well” currently supplying water for the landscaping in The Landings common areas might be failing.  If so, it could only be replaced by drilling two new wells.  Given the risk that the well was pumping salt water rather than fresh water, it was agreed that a test of the well would be ordered and the results reviewed for further action.


Upon a motion made, seconded and unanimously passed, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 3, 2006.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Richard Bayles, Acting Secretary