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In This Edition of The Artisan Branch Community Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3

Artisan Park Clubhouse 1343 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, FL 34747 P: 321-939-2115 |

Celebration Residential Owners Association, Inc. - Artisan Park Service Area c/o Evergreen Lifestyles Management 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32835 P: 877-221-6919 |

APC Committee Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4 International Dining Series. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 5 Getting to Know the Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 6 Upcoming Community Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 8 Creative Room Event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 9 Artisan Club Café Coupon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 9


Hurricane Season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 10

c/o CCMC 851 Celebration Avenue, Celebration, FL 34747 P: 407-566-1200

Princess Tea Event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 12 Recent Events Recap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 13 Alligators Live Among Us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 14

Artisan Club Amenity & Café Hours* Sunday: 12pm-8pm Monday: CLOSED Tuesday: 9am-5pm/Café: CLOSED Wednesday & Thursday: 9am-8pm / Café: 12pm-8pm Friday & Saturday: 9am-9pm / Café: 12pm-9pm *Last orders for food service are 1 hour prior to closing.

Pool Hours

Gym Hours

Dawn to Dusk Daily

5am-10pm Daily

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Onsite Staff Bill McFadden, LCAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-939-2115 General Manager Doug Dingee, LCAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321-939-2115 Assistant Manager

Evergreen Staff Mandy Morgan, LCAM, CMCA, AMS. . . . . . 321-263-7707 Regional Manager Amy Mallinder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-221-6919 Lifestyle Director

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Community Updates BY B I L L M C FA D D E N , G E N E R A L M A N AG E R


n December 31, 2017, while the clock was ticking and the ball was dropping for the new year, Doug and I looked at each other and said the same exact thing to each other at the same time. Welcome to Evergreen Lifestyles Management. The most exciting thing about 2018 has been our transition to being a part of the Evergreen family. My favorite thing that Evergreen has brought to the table for us is the direction and leadership that I have been missing. I truly feel that I have grown both personally and professionally in the past six months. I love the new lifestyle element, especially the Movie Nights with the addition of the movie license. We have shown numerous movies so far, but the most popular was The Greatest Showman. We had close to 100 people here to view the movie and everyone in attendance felt that was a great choice. Evergreen has also helped a lot with our special events. Although currently the weather seems to be a consistent obstacle, we have still been able to host quality events that all the residents have really enjoyed and appreciated. The Spring Festival had well over 100 people in attendance. Our Beach Fest was stuck in the middle of a 2-week rain spell, but was well attended for an indoor beach event. The Café had a very strong start to the new year. Banquets have been consistently busy for the first half of the year. Some of the Café driven special events have been a nice success this year as well. We had 100 people here for the “Big Game.” We had excellent reviews

from our Valentine’s Day Dinner as well. The Easter and Mother’s Day brunches were also well attended and well received by residents. Now for an update on some maintenance items. We painted the Multipurpose Room. We fixed the spa feature and added a really nice planter above the water fall. We have approved and installed the new canvas for the pergolas. We have also approved and are awaiting the return of our re-painted and re-strapped lounge chairs. I think we are going to have a really fun last half of the year. I am very much looking forward to seeing all of the families in Artisan Park around the community this summer. We re-implemented the Happy Family Friday Nights permanently. There will be a designated person here for poolside service this summer, starting July 1st. Many Movie Nights are to come, as well as special events. Before we realize it, it will be Halloween followed by the holiday season. If we finish this year off the way we did last year, Artisan Park Club will see its most successful year ever - not just financially, but an improvement of all resident lifestyles. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of it! Enjoy your summer!

BILL MCFADDEN is the General Manager for Artisan Park. You can reach him at 321-939-2115 or by email at

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APC Committee Update B Y R A N S A I L O R , A P C C O M M I T T E E S E C R E TA R Y


o far, 2018 has been both exciting and challenging for the Artisan Park Club (“Club”) and for the Artisan Park Committee (“APC”). As you are aware, Evergreen Lifestyles Management ("Evergreen") officially came on board on January 1, 2018. The immediate challenge for Evergreen was to make improvements in the Club at the same time that it was learning about the personnel and operations. From the beginning, it was obvious that Evergreen could and would do things for the Club that had not been done before. Two immediate examples of actions that Evergreen took upon arrival are landscaping and maintenance, with savings in excess of $20,000. While Evergreen is doing its job in offering us information and options, the APC is, and will continue to, make the final decisions regarding the Artisan Park Service Area ("APSA"). Furthermore, those matters will be discussed at open Workshops and APC meetings. We need and welcome input from residents, and any major decision(s) will be the result of open discussion at our Workshops and formal voting at APC meetings. It is also important that you understand that, while as individuals we may have widely varying opinions, we ultimately take all actions only as a Committee. We’d like to give you a brief look at just a few of the things that the combined efforts of the Evergreen staff and the APC have accomplished so far this year: • Better results in both maintenance and landscaping due to input from Evergreen specialists. • Reduced purchasing costs for food as a result of Evergreen’s buying power. • Regular on-site maintenance and repairs by an experienced Evergreen employee. • Repainting of the Multi-Purpose Room



• Savings of over $7,000 a year by renegotiating our pool supplies contract. • Purchase of a new Point of Sale (POS) for the Café, which will make it much easier for the cooks and servers to give you a great dining experience. • Significant growth in Private Events held at the Club, with revenue that improves our “bottom line.” • Increased communication to residents about Club activities and dinner specials through email, website, monthly calendars and poster notices in the Club itself. • Development of a survey to find out how owners and residents feel about what Evergreen and the APC is doing and how things can be improved. A variety of new events have been offered for all age groups. Providing these different events is a necessary part of the process of learning which events will appeal to different demographic groups within our community and to the community as a whole. Looking to the future, there are a number of things we hope to accomplish by the end of 2018: • Completion of the new comprehensive landscaping project. • Installation of sound suppression panels and/or baffles in the Multi-Purpose Room and Dining Room to reduce the noise level, as well as the replacement of the window blinds. • Refurbishment of the pool chaise lounges, purchase of some matching pool chairs, and replacement of the pergola awnings. • Repainting of the dining room, billiards room and hallway. Possible repainting of the offices, conference room, fitness room and bathrooms. • Adding, replacing and/or refurbishing the dining room chairs and tables.


• Possible reconfiguration of the dining room, sitting area, bar area and billiards room. • Provide consistent pool-side food and beverage service for residents and their guests. The most comprehensive of the above projects is the replacement and/or refurbishment of the dining room furniture. We also want to consider the creation of additional seating in response to increased demand during busy periods, as well as providing a defined space for bar patrons and walk-ins who do not have a table reservation. Also under consideration is the relocation of the “Children's/Family Area” to the billiards room so that diners are not interrupted by loud noise and television viewing. The update, redesign and the overall “feel” of the space will take into account the Club's “Craftsman” style. This is a good example of the type of issue that requires community


input. Whatever is ultimately decided, we will all be living with it for years. At the last APC workshop, a number of suggestions from residents were incorporated into the overall concept, and we will continue to offer information and alternatives as the process continues. All residents need to understand that any APC member or resident may put forth ideas, and all such ideas will be considered before any decision is made. Much work remains before reaching any final conclusions. Homeowners are encouraged to speak directly with the APC at the workshops or during the homeowner comment period during APC meetings to address any concerns. Finally, homeowners should not be concerned about the costs of the pool furniture, pergola covers or dining room furniture. These expenditures are provided for in the Club’s Reserve Fund, which is continually replenished through our quarterly assessments. The newly-updated reserve study provides for the pool furniture and pergola covers in 2018, and the dining room furniture in 2019.

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Getting to Know the Artisan Park Club Onsite Team Bill McFadden General Manager My name is Bill McFadden and I am Artisan Park Club’s General Manager. I spent a year working in Celebration doing construction with my brother prior to Artisan Park and was able to get to know some of the Artisan Park residents that way. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. I spent the last 13 years of my life in New York working as the Dining Services Coordinator for Sunrise Senior Living of East Setauket. There, I was placed on the quality control team for the nine homes on Long Island in 2008. In 2010 I won the Joy of Service Award with the company. I have been married to my wife Michelle for 13 years. We have five children together: Genevieve, Billy, Charlotte, Henry, and Vivian. We moved to Florida three years ago with a quick seven-month stop in Palm Coast. The only regret I have about moving is that we didn’t do it earlier. I put my time into work and my family; I don’t have many hobbies. But I do enjoy listening to my favorite radio show on satellite radio and playing a few games on my phone.

Doug Dingee Assistant Manager I graduated from high school in 2011 and I'm currently attending St. Pete College, working towards a degree in Business Management. My family is originally from Connecticut and we moved to Florida when I was 13 years old. I have been with Artisan Park since the summer of 2008 and joined Evergreen in January of 2018. Starting as a dishwasher at Artisan Park, I soon moved into bussing and became a line cook. From there I was promoted to a server and then started bartending, where I quickly obtained the lead bartender position. Finally, I earned the position of Artisan Park Assistant Manager, which was one of my huge goals. My everyday tasks range from sending out daily specials to the residents to ordering liquor, beer and wine. I also oversee the Café operations and ensure everything runs smoothly. Outside of working at Artisan Park, I run a side business of detailing cars. In my free time I enjoy traveling and seeing family.





Kenneth “Micky” MacDonald Chef Micky I was born and raised in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. My joy of cooking started at a very young age. Watching my Italian mother do magic in the kitchen inspired me to become a chef. I attended and graduated from Philadelphia's Restaurant School in 1994. Since then I have had many opportunities allowing me to cultivate my skills in various cuisines. I have worked as an executive chef in several premiere culinary establishments, including the Dupont Country Club, the Brandy Wine Country Club, and the Aronimink Golf and Country Club located in Newtowne Square, PA. I have owned and operated two of my own restaurants. Eventually I decided to step back from ownership due to the loss of valuable time with friends and family. My wife and I, after raising two children, decided to take a chance in sunny Florida. We feel very blessed to have landed in this amazing opportunity. I thoroughly enjoy the freedom of making magic happen here at the Artisan Club. Seeing the joy and appreciation of all of the wonderful residents makes it a good day for me!

Tamara Pena Café Server I am originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to Florida in 2005 to be in the Disney College Program. I am a proud mom of sixyear-old twins and I have worked for Artisan Park for a little over a year. I graduated from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College with an Associate’s Degree in restaurant management. I love to come to work because I see everyone here as family. I enjoy making people happy and serving. On my days off, I enjoy going to the pool and LEGOLAND with my kids. While I'm at the pool, I enjoy teaching my children how to swim because I was the captain of the swim team in high school.

Jill Pagoni Café Server I am from a small town in Connecticut called Prospect and moved to Florida in 2013. I attended the Disney College Program in 2012. Now I carry a second job with Disney in merchandise. I am the youngest of six children and I'm currently enrolled at Valencia College to become a Registered Nurse. I have been working at Artisan Park since 2016 and have been with Evergreen since January 2018. I work at the Café at the Artisan Park Clubhouse as a server. On a normal day I take care of the residents and their guests with various tasks. My top priority is satisfying the residents. My favorite thing about working here is the ability to connect with the residents and have a professional relationship with them. I find the variety of every day the most challenging part of my job; each day is different and sometimes it is difficult to adjust.

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S AT - J U LY 14

International Dining Series: French Cuisine - Bastille Day 6pm-9pm • Artisan Café



5pm & 6:30pm • Multipurpose Room

S U N - J U LY 15

Popsicles by the Pool


Water Aerobics

9am-10am • Clubhouse

2pm-3pm • Clubhouse T U E - J U LY 17

Event Committee Meeting


Walking Group

8:30am • Clubhouse

4pm • Clubhouse W E D - J U LY 18

Café Sub Committee Meeting


4pm • Clubhouse

Tai Chi

10am-11am • Clubhouse

T H U - J U LY 19

Maintenance Sub Committee Meeting


Yoga Chill

6:30pm • Clubhouse E V E R Y OT H E R T U E S D AY - B E G I N S J U LY 1 0


6pm • Clubhouse


July 4th Lunch Buffet with DJ 1pm-4pm • Artisan Café & Pool T H U - J U LY 5

Adult Mix & Mingle

4:30pm-7:30pm • Artisan Café S AT - J U LY 7

Live Music: Guitarist/Open Mic 6pm • Artisan Café S U N - J U LY 8

Build A Pet Collar Clinic 1pm-3pm • Clubhouse T U E - J U LY 1 0

APC Workshop 10am • Clubhouse W E D - J U LY 1 1

APC Committee Meeting 7pm • Clubhouse

4pm • Clubhouse

6pm • Clubhouse S AT - J U LY 21

6pm • Artisan Café


7pm-9pm • Clubhouse S AT - AU G U S T 11

International Dining Series: Indian Cuisine 6pm-9pm • Artisan Café S U N - AU G U S T 12

Princess Tea Party

1pm • Clubhouse • Special Guest Appearance T H U - AU G U S T 16


6pm-9pm • Clubhouse

Family Night 6pm • Clubhouse S AT - AU G U S T 18

6pm • Clubhouse T U E - AU G U S T 21

S U N - J U LY 22

Event Committee Meeting

1pm • Multipurpose Room • See Flyer

Café Sub Committee Meeting

Adult Crafting - Acrylic Pour Paint Class T H U - J U LY 26

Finance Sub Committee Meeting 4pm • Clubhouse S AT - J U LY 28

Ice Cream Social 1pm-3pm • Clubhouse S AT - J U LY 28

4pm • Clubhouse

W E D - AU G U S T 22

4pm • Clubhouse T H U - AU G U S T 23

Maintenance Sub Committee 4pm • Clubhouse S AT - AU G U S T 25

Ice Cream Social 1pm-3pm • Clubhouse S AT - AU G U S T 25


6pm-9pm • Clubhouse S U N - J U LY 29 ( L A S T S U N O F T H E M O N T H )

Sunday Brunch

10am-1pm • Artisan Café


6pm-9pm • Clubhouse S U N - AU G U S T 26

Popsicles by the Pool 2pm-3pm • Clubhouse T H U - AU G U S T 30


7pm-9pm • Clubhouse

6pm • Clubhouse

T H U - AU G U S T 9

Creative Room

Karaoke Night

Indoor Movie: Casablanca

Creative Room

Karaoke Night

7pm • Clubhouse

F R I - AU G U S T 17

F R I - J U LY 20

Family Night: PJ Party & Movie: Incredibles

T H U - J U LY 1 2

F R I - J U LY 1 3

W E D - AU G U S T 8

APC Committee Meeting

T H U - AU G U S T 2

Adult Mix & Mingle

4:30pm-7:30pm • Artisan Café


Finance Sub Committee Meeting 4pm • Clubhouse

S U N - AU G U S T 25 ( L A S T S U N O F M O N T H )

Sunday Brunch

10am-1pm • Artisan Café




Labor Day Lunch Buffet with DJ 1pm • Artisan Café & Pool THU - SEPTEMBER 6

Adult Mix & Mingle

4:30pm-7:30pm • Artisan Café S AT - S E P T E M B E R 8

International Dining Series: Greek 6pm-9pm • Artisan Café WED - SEPTEMBER 12

APC Committee Meeting 7pm • Clubhouse


Creative Room

7pm-9pm • Clubhouse S AT - S E P T E M B E R 1 5

Karaoke Night 6pm • Clubhouse


Event Committee Meeting 4pm • Clubhouse



6pm-9pm • Clubhouse FRI - SEPTEMBER 21

Family Night 6pm • Clubhouse

Please watch for the eblast for additional details.

S AT - S E P T E M B E R 2 2

Ice Cream Social 1pm-3pm • Clubhouse S AT - S E P T E M B E R 2 2


6pm-9pm • Clubhouse WED - SEPTEMBER 26

Café Sub Committee Meeting 4pm • Clubhouse


Maintenance Sub Committee 4pm • Clubhouse


Finance Sub Committee Meeting 4pm • Clubhouse

Dates and events subject to change. For further details, please visit or


Please present this coupon to General Manager, Bill McFadden for authorization. Maximum of two (2) coupons per family. EXPIRES 7/31/18

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H U R R I C A N E S & TO R N A D O S

Hurricane Season BY M A N DY M O R G A N , LC A M , C M C A , A M S , R E G I O N A L M A N AG E R

HURRICANE WATCH: Hurricane is possible within 36 hours. (Hurricane shutters may be installed, check Governing Docs for guideline). HURRICANE WARNING: Hurricane is expected within 24 hours. NOTICE: The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS) underwent a minor modification in 2012 in order to resolve awkwardness associated with conversions among the various units used for wind speed in Category Sustained Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds advisory products. The change broadens Winds the Category 4 wind speed range by one 1 74-95 mph Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Wellmile per hour (mph) at each end of the 64-82 kt constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, 119-153 km/h vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and range, yielding a new range of 130-156 shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to mph. This change does not alter the power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that category assignments of any storms in the could last a few to several days. historical record, nor will it change the 2 96-110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive category assignments for future storms. 83-95 kt damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major The new summary table is to the right. Hurricanes have been known to spawn tornadoes. One of the most important things you can do to prevent being injured in a tornado is to be aware of the onset of severe weather. If a tornado "watch" is issued for your area, it means that a tornado is possible. If a tornado warning is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted, or is strongly indicated on radar, and it is time to go to a safe shelter immediately. Be sure to listen to local radio and TV stations for updated storm information. A tornado is a violent storm with whirling winds of up to 300 mph. It appears as a funnel shaped cloud, from gray to black in


154-177 km/h

roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.

3 (major)

111-129 mph 96-112 kt 178-208 km/h

Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

4 (major)

130-156 mph 113-136 kt 209-251 km/h

Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

5 (major)

157 mph or higher 137 kt or higher 252 km/h or higher

Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


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color, which extends to the ground from the base of a thunderstorm. A tornado spins like a top and may sound like the roaring of an airplane or a locomotive. Tornadoes move at an average speed of 30 mph and generally move from the southwest to the northeast. Their direction can be erratic and change suddenly. Most tornadoes are likely to occur during the mid-afternoon and evening hours during the months of April, May, and June. However, they have been sighted and caused damage during other months. Fortunately, we in Florida are not subject too many of the larger type tornadoes that are seen in the Midwest. Most of our tornadoes are small and short-lived. However, they still can cause damage, injuries, and fatalities. TORNADO WATCH: Conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. Be aware of changing weather conditions. TORNADO WARNING: A tornado has been sighted in your area, or is strongly indicated on radar. Take shelter immediately. You should be familiar with the following terms: • Tornado: A violent, whirling, funnel-shaped cloud that touches the ground. • Funnel Cloud: A violent, whirling, funnel-shaped cloud that does not touch the ground. Many people mistakenly call these tornadoes. • Waterspout: A tornado over water. Tornadoes are most likely to occur in the right-front quadrant of the hurricane. However, they are also often found elsewhere embedded in the rain bands, well away from the center of the hurricane. Some hurricanes seem to produce no tornadoes, while others develop multiple ones. Studies have shown that more than half of the land falling hurricanes produce at least one tornado; Hurricane Beulah (1967) spawned 141 according to one study. In general, tornadoes associated with hurricanes are less intense than those that occur in the Great Plains. Nonetheless, the effects of tornadoes,


added to the larger area of hurricane-force winds, can produce substantial damage. We have no way at present to predict exactly which storms will spawn tornadoes or where they will touch down. The new Doppler radar systems have greatly improved the forecaster's warning capability, but the technology usually provides lead times from only a few minutes up to about 30 minutes. Consequently, preparedness is critical. TORNADOS ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANES • When associated with hurricanes, tornadoes are not usually accompanied by hail or a lot of lightning. • Tornado production can occur for days after a hurricane landfall when the tropical cyclone remnants maintain an identifiable low pressure circulation. • They can also develop at any time of day or night during landfall. However, by 12 hours after landfall, they tend to occur mainly during daytime hours.

Category Sustained Winds

Types of Damage Due to Tornado Winds


Moderate Tornado 73-112 mph

Very dangerous winds will produce damage: Frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days. Mobile homes overturned. Moving autos pushed off roads.


Significant Tornado 113-157 mph

Extremely dangerous winds will cause considerable damage: Well-constructed frame homes will have roofs torn off. Many large rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks. Light-object missiles generated. Leaves total devastation in its path.


Severe Tornado 158-206 mph

Devastating damage will occur: Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed homes. Trains overturned. Heavy cars lifted off ground. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks. Tornado will create total devastation in its path.


Devastating Tornado 207-260 mph

Catastrophic damage will occur: Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Well-constructed houses leveled. Structures with weak foundations blown off some distance. Cars thrown and large missiles generated. Total devastation, most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


Incredible Tornado 261 – 318mph

Catastrophic damage will occur: Most if not all houses lifted off foundations and disintegrated. Automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 mph. Trees debarked. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Total devastation, most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

*Fujita Scale (F-scale) uses actual damage to determine a tornado’s wind speed.

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t's hard to believe its been six months since Evergreen started at Artisan Park, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone that has attended special events and programs over those six months. We started off slowly, and took a few weeks to see what had been done before, and how we can add to an already vibrant lifestyle. We have had some great fun with the kids and families introducing some fun craft projects. The ducktape purses and backpacks were a hit, followed by our new Build a Pet series, 15 kids creating a new stuffed animal for them to love, with 8 bags of stuffing, and birth certificates, was so much fun! We are looking forward to continuing this project in the coming months. The Spring Carnival was a huge success, albeit moving it inside due to the threat of inclement weather, with over 100 in attendance, we had many smiling faces as kids and adults played some fun carnival games, mixed with yummy cotton candy and custom cupcakes. The rains came but certainly didn't stop those that attended the now Indoor Beach Fest from having a blast. Live music from Billy Drysdale and an awesome buffet was enjoyed indoors. Finishing out the school year with a color bash - what a wonderful time. Seeing the kids and adults getting plastered with all the colors of the rainbow was awesome. DJ Joe, Bounce House and Snow Cones all helped to create a colorful bash and some memories to last the summer long. Many activities have continued in the clubhouse throughout the spring, including Trivia, Karaoke, and themed dinners to name a

few. We have seen a huge turnout for Bingo, and look forward to continuing to build on these great events. We are working with your Events Committee to further enhance the lifestyle and events. Stayed tuned to the eblasts, check us out on Facebook, or visit the website to see all the great things to come. To give you a little teaser, Build A Pet Clinic coming in July, a new fitness class Tai Chi stars in July every Saturday, and a new Creative Room starts the second Thursday in July. Come out and share with others your creativity, enjoy friendship and fellowship, and if your not a crafter but want to see what others are doing, come on by the clubhouse and see what’s going on. We have also worked with Chef Micky to bring you an International Dinner series to take us around the World – watch out for flyers and more details as we bring delicious tastes from across the globe. Kicking off the season with French Cuisine on Bastille Day, July 14th. I have been working on improving communication for lifestyle events, and updating the websites, flyers, eblasts and the Facebook page. Thank you all again for your feedback and input, If anyone has any suggestions for activities and events, please do not hesitate to let me know. Have an amazing summer!

AMY MALLINDER is the Lifestyle Director for Artisan Park Club. You can reach her at 877-221-6919 or by email at

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Alligators Live Among Us B Y E V E R G R E E N L I F E S T Y L E S M A N A G E M E N T S TA F F


ow much do you know about Florida alligators? We have all seen a Florida alligator at least once. Some of us have seen them a little closer than others. They have a tendency to pop up in the least likely of spots. Or so we think. An alligator’s natural habitat can be found anywhere there is a body of water. That’s right; anywhere there is water! As we have planned our communities and shifted dirt from one area to the other, created rain runoff areas, shifted the dirt to level the property, and created your Amenity Centers, we have essentially invaded their natural habitat. Alligators are cold blooded animals. Due to the nature of how their bodies maintain temperature, they must have ways to heat and cool their bodies throughout the day. An ideal area for an alligator to populate is one with a sunning bank, a pond, stream, lake, and a food supply. Sound like a familiar environment?

Why Not Get Rid of Alligators? They are huge scary reptiles that just look creepy. Their powerful jaws are full of teeth, their skin looks slimy, and they hide in the mud! It is because they are a “keystone” species in their ecosystems. Just as lions are the kings of the jungle, in many cases, the alligator is the king of the swamps. They are usually the top predator in their area only to be surpassed by humans. They are naturally thinning the population of other animals and keeping a balance within that ecosystem. Without this thinning, the food availability for the



other species and the plant life balance could throw off the supply and demand within an ecosystem. That being said, though alligators hunt for food, they are opportunists. They will eat anything available to them, including, fish, frogs, birds, turtles, insects, snakes, small mammals, other alligators, deer, and wild hogs. Once the prey is caught, it is typically swallowed whole. They typically will not physically go into a new area to find one type of food. Alligators can use their jaws to break bones and turtle shells if needed. They also have a flap in the back of their throats that covers their airway to allow it to scoop water animals, like fish, without the water going down into their lungs. Have you ever heard of alligators living in the sewers? You won't find many in New York, but in Florida it is a possibility! You know that picture you created in your head right now of an alligator in a dark sewer tunnel? Did you know that is very similar to their natural dens? Alligators are natural burrowers. They create Gator Holes where they burrow into the earth and create “holes” that will fill with water during wet seasons and retain water during dry seasons providing for water storage for their ecosystem when water may not be readily available otherwise. They also create big caves and tunnels under the surface of the water where they can hide their stockpile of food, rest, and reproduce. These can be tall enough to keep an air pocket for the alligator to breathe and deep enough for the entire length of the gators body. These later become homes for other aquatic life after an alligator has moved to another location.


Since the year 2000, there have been over 120 known unprovoked alligator attacks and some that resulted in a fatality due to alligator drowning, blood loss, or infection of the wound. In 2013, the Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) received 14,917 nuisance alligator calls resulting in 8,053 nuisance gator removals. Generally, an alligator may be deemed a nuisance if it is greater than 4 feet in length and the caller believes that it poses a threat to people, pets, or property. To report a possible nuisance alligator, you should call toll free 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286) for it to be evaluated or removed. In the State of Florida, you must obtain a permit and carry specific licenses to hunt or harvest an alligator from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. If a complaint meets the criteria, SNAP will issue a permit to a contracted nuisance alligator trapper authorizing the removal of the animal. Complainants must be able to grant legal access to the property on which an alligator is located. But, in the case of private property or publicly managed property, such as an HOA community, the HOA manager or legal representative of such must give consent for them to enter the property for the removal.

How to Protect Yourself From Alligators


and opportunity and less likely on the recognition of a specific type of animal. Smaller pets and children are easier targets and resemble other smaller prey. Alligators are not slow moving animals! They can chase you if provoked. They have sharp claws and powerful tails to help them move and attack. If you encounter an alligator, run away. If anyone ever told you to run in a zigzag pattern, don’t. That is a myth that will actually slow you down when you are trying to get away! More often than not, the alligator will run from you first. A non-nuisance alligator will be just as afraid of you as you are of it. Make sure that as you move away, the alligator will not be cornered by the direction you take. This could provoke a scared alligator. If you question whether an alligator within your community is a danger, please contact your General Manager and SNAP to have it evaluated. Remember, most of the time those alligators found within the community are just as scared of you as you are of them! Most of the time they will go out of their way to avoid you or the area you are in. In the case of large alligators, they have grown that big by staying away from people or they would have been removed before they grew so big!

No one wants to encounter an angry alligator! You need to stay alert in areas where you are sure an alligator inhabits. They like to stay under the surface of the water and therefore are not readily spotted. During breeding season, alligators can become even more territorial while mating, making a nest, protecting the eggs, and hatching. Mating season usually lasts from the end of April until the end of September when the eggs hatch. Alligators do stay with their young. If you encounter a nest and were to remove the eggs, a mother alligator will look for them! This is very important to remember this after hurricanes and rough storms! Never ever feed an alligator or swim or wade in the waters they are known to live in, especially at dusk or night when they naturally feed. When humans feed alligators, it causes the alligator to lose their natural fear of humans and to associate humans with a food source. Anything fed to an alligator changes the alligator’s natural behavior. It doesn’t matter if it is human food or raw meat. If you see someone feeding or harassing alligators, please report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC. Feeding alligators is against the law and is, therefore, punishable. It is very important to keep children and pets away from the water’s edge. Do not allow dogs or children to swim or explore waters that a known alligator inhabits. Specifically in areas with signs warning you of an alligator’s presence or that is posted with no swimming/ fishing signs. An alligator’s prey selection is usually based on size

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The Artisan Branch | Summer 2018  

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