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Association Presidents Informed of LMA Policy Change By Irwin Starr
The November meeting of Landings Association Presidents was extremely well attended, with all but a couple association presidents or representatives at the meeting. The presidents first learned of a revised LMA policy which impacts all association boards and many individual residents of The Landings. Very specific rules are detailed in the Green Book regarding both delivery and service vehicles entry to The Landings during off hours and weekends. Until a recent LMA action it was necessary to get specific guidance, for an exception to those rules, from a designated member of the LMA board. The LMA has modified that policy. The decision on exceptions now rests with the Association president or designee in which the person seeking the exception lives. For individual residents, this means that any request for a delivery, or nonemergency services, not within the designated hours should contact their Association president or designee.
Attendees heard a presentation by Laurel Schiller, an advocate for the planting of Florida native plants wherever possible. She co-owns Florida Native Plants Nursery, and an educated wildlife biologist and ecologist. She stressed the advantages of using native plants which generally require less care, and irrigation than many decorative plants customarily used. Schiller advocates use in areas not requiring a “manicured look.” She brought along a number of good-sized examples of the attractive, and blooming plants representing native species. Interested residents can reach Ms. Schiller at 941-322-1915. The nursery is located at 730 Myakka Rd. in Sarasota. There were several other reports provided to Association president attendees: Safety and security: approximately 69% of automobile entry stickers have been verified. Residents who have not sought re-verification should check with the main gate. Continued on page 4
The Annual Holiday Dinner Dance is Saturday, December 13th in the Lakeside Clubhouse with cocktails at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30 PM. Sammy J and the Saxman will be the live entertainers this year. James Riegel from Black Tie Catering is back again to provide the food. The menu is posted in the Tennis Pro Shop and the cost is $28 per person. Please register in the Pro Shop by December 10th if you would like to attend the party.
Dick Bayles’ name now etched forever in The Landings History Continued on page 18
See page 19
Decal Verification Letters have gone out to owners of properties in Landings South III and IV and Bayview notifying them that the decals registered to them will be suspended on November 1st unless they take action before that date to re-validate them. Owners can avoid suspension by revalidating their decals before November
1, 2014. Owners who will be gone for the month their decals are scheduled to be deactivated may go to the Main Gate before they leave to complete the verification process. The form will be available on The Landings website, www.thelandingsofsarasota.com, or from the Main Gate
Landings History Part III See pages 12 & 13