I'm excited too see a new format for our POA going forward and think that having a Board that can work on issues together is exactly what we need to ensure that the changes we make and the changes we see in our community are the best ones for all of us. I want to thank all of the board members for their assistance and involvement this year (Charlie Novak, Rich Grubb, Sharon McIlhenney, and Irv Stockdale) and I want to wish the very best of luck to our new board for next year and beyond! I also want to thank everyone who got involved with the dredging project and helped gather and disseminate information, as well as homeowners who have cleaned up and maintained our parks and our entrance, and those who have worked on our beach walkway. This year has truly been a joint effort!
As you know, the TBPOA is a voluntary organization. While that may have some perks (as some of you may know who previously lived in very strict POA/HOA/COA environments), it also has its drawbacks. Without any real "teeth" it's difficult to enact some of the changes that would truly increase the quality of life and the property values for each property owner. That means that it really does fall on each and every one of us to experience our "Quiet Enjoyment" (a right to the undisturbed use and enjoyment of real property by a tenant or landowner) while at the same time keeping our neighbor and their Quiet Enjoyment in mind as well. I don't know anyone in St. Augustine who doesn't have a Treasure Beach story (yeah, okay, some of them are pretty crazy) and as you can see when you look around at all the new construction, our secret is out! So let's do what this eclectic little piece of heaven has always done and work together to maintain our neighborhood's character and charm while making positive changes that benefit all of us.
I love to borrow Austin's motto and say--- "KEEP TREASURE BEACH WEIRD!"
I hope to see each of you at our next TBPOA meeting!