by Brian Fahey, Chairman
Published January 1, 2020
As I write to you in early December, the holidays serve as reminder to pause our busy lives and be thankful for the family and friends that are a part of it. In my following update, I’ll mention a few other items that I’m grateful for and I hope you are as well.
Over the past two years serving on the PDPOA board, I’ve had the opportunity to work very closely with our management team. I continue to be impressed with their dedication, professionalism and ability to get things done to better our community. I am truly grateful they continue to choose Palmetto Dunes as their place of employment.
Also, over my two years on the board I’ve met many other owners who have volunteered their time to make Palmetto Dunes a great place to live, invest, work and play. I’m proud to be associated with the members of our board and all the wonderful owners that make up the various committees…they all truly make a difference.
2020-2023 Board Candidates
As always, three board seats will become available for the 2020-2023 term. The nominating committee will shortly begin its work in order to be able to make their recommendation by May. During a recent board discussion, a board member stated what is obvious to all of us…our board is heavily weighted towards full time owners and males. If you can improve the board’s diversity, please consider submitting your name for consideration or call Andrew Schumacher to have any questions addressed. Owners that can listen, have an open mind and be able to represent the full community would be a welcome addition to the board or one of our committees.
Port Tack Bridges
Many of you are fully aware of the work being undertaken on the Port Tack bridges. It certainly creates an inconvenience for many owners as we have to take a bit longer route to either exit our community or get to the beach. So, for the next few months, my previous 3-minute pedal to the beach will take about 12 minutes. This makes me appreciate how fortunate we are to have so many beach access points in our community and to be grateful for my 3-minute pedal once the bridges are reopened! Ben Brown, our Director of Planning and Property Operations, is providing daily oversight on these projects which gives me a high degree of confidence these bridges will be done right and most likely will be ‘on time and under budget.’ I would ask affected owners to leave a few minutes early for your appointments as exceeding our posted speed limits creates an unsafe environment for other owners and guests.
Lastly, your volunteer board initiated and made significant progress on a number of strategic projects in 2019 (ARB Improvements, 7 Lee Shore, Beach Front Amenity Viability, Short Term Rentals, 278 Ingress/Egress and Communications.) When the board met in November to begin discussing our 2020 strategic priorities, it was quite clear that we have a pretty full plate just to finalize the strategic projects started in 2019.
We are sensitive to the fact that our professional staff is not an unlimited resource, so each project has to be carefully weighed against the others and often prioritized, at least from a timing perspective. In other words, we knew going into 2019 we would not closeout all of our strategic projects but we are very pleased with the progress to date.
I will close by saying how grateful I am to be able to call Palmetto Dunes home and for the wonderful friends and neighbors I have met since moving here. Best wishes for a prosperous new year.
— Brian Fahey, Chairman