The Landings Management Association, Inc.

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting

March 3, 2005 

Call to Order

Chairman Bob Capo called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at the Landings Racquet Club, 5350 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida. 

Determination of Quorum

Present were Bob Capo, Ted Humphrey, John Newcomer, Jerry McFadden, Ray Rakoff, Dee Ricapito, Don Smally, Fred Stanyer, and Cliff Truitt, constituting a full Board. 

Also present were, Irwin Starr of the Landings Eagle, Walter Hammerling, and Ron Ditch of Argus Property Management, Inc. and a small audience.

 Confirmation of Proper Meeting Notice

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

Approval of Minutes of February 3, 2005 Board Meeting and Organizational Meeting

A motion was made by Mr. Humphrey and seconded by Mrs. Dicapito to waive the reading of the minutes to both meetings and approve as written. The motion passed unanimously.  

Presidents Report (Bob Capo)

            Mr. Capo reported the installation of a boat dock, having just been completed in the Cloisters section on the bay. He expressed regret that the work was completed without prior notification to LMA. He acknowledged that the installation was legal, and that the easement through the Nature Trail had been deeded with the original purchase of both lots 5 and 6. (It was also noted that no motorized craft may make legal use of the dock.)

 North Gatehouse (Fritz Drybrough)

Mr. Drybrough submitted preliminary plans by Creative Contracting Solutions, for the proposed storage facility at the north gatehouse (drawing attached). He described the structure as simple frame construction with plywood, lath, and stucco exterior, unfinished interior, with a poured concrete floor replacing the existing pavers, and an option for a garage door. Estimated cost is $12,000. In answering questions, it was suggested that swing doors rather than a garage door, might be more the appropriate design for the highly visible location. The question of drainage and water flow around the structure was raised, and considerable discussion proceeded.

A motion was made by Mr. Smally to authorize a $2,500 allowance for costs of further engineering and design, and to proceed through the permit stage. The motion was seconded by Mr. Capo. Motion passed unanimously.

 Landscape (Fred Stanyer)

Mr. Stanyer reported the following;

1        LMA received a letter of Code Violation from Sarasota County Environmental Services (copy attached) regarding the east side of the preserve area within Landings South VII. He summarized the situation saying that an unknown homeowner or homeowners had done extensive cutting in the preserve, causing considerable damage that will need to be restored. At the same time, all unauthorized plantings throughout the preserve, will need to be removed. Potential penalties for noncompliance could amount to $500 a day.

2        We are suggesting that the best solution to screen the view from South VII into the boatyard is to plant six fifteen-foot Areca Cane Palms in the wall cutouts just outside the south gate. Three palms to be planted by LMA on the outside and three to be planted by South VII on the inside. 

Mr. Capo reported receiving a call regarding fixing the swales on Kestral Parkway. He suggested that it be referred to the Landings Homeowners Association for consideration by the Drainage Committee.

 Treasurerís Report (Ted Humphrey)

Mr. Humphrey reported the following:

1        We were about $60,000 over budget at YE 2004. The deficit amounts to a virtual $20,000 with the $40,000 carry-over from 2003.

2        There is $106,000 in our Reserve account.

3        The LMA portion of Tract C&D subsidy of $9,000 had been inadvertently left out of the final 2005 budget. This will force us to run a much tighter budget through 2005.

4        We have renewed the automatic withdrawal on the many FPL accounts we are currently paying.

Some discussion followed the report and Mr. Newcomer suggested contacting the County about painting the outside of the perimeter wall.

 Lakes (Jerry McFadden)

            At this time all the lakes are in good shape and the fountains running. The series of repairs to the fountain in Lake 2 are finally complete. Now the fountain in Lake 5 is tripping the breaker intermittently, and we are investigating the cause. We are in the process of acquiring carp for the lakes. 

Roads and Drainage (Don Smally)

            Mr. Smally presented the finalized contract, approved in the previous meeting, to repave Landings Boulevard from Landings Lane to the gatehouse. The contract should begin within two to three weeks, with all lining and striping to be completed thirty days later.


A motion was made by Mr. Humphrey and seconded by Mr. McFadden to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

 Respectfully Submitted, 

Ron Ditch, Recording Secretary