Town Manager’s Message


December 14, 2017

Hello again everyone.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce to you that I met with Sterling Rutherford today and he has given us notice that he will not be financially able to open the Galaxy Restaurant here in VillageWalk. He, like everyone in Florida has suffered substantial losses that were not insured due to Hurricane Irma and he has decided to stay focused on his current restaurant. Fortunately we found out now before incurring any substantial costs.

I will continue to keep you informed as I get more information.


December 13, 2017

Hello everyone. I know we all are getting ready for the holidays so I will be brief. There are a couple of updates that I would like to go over with you.

First, the removal of the stumps. As I said in my last email, it wouldn’t be easy and I was right. We had a couple of “hiccups” but overall, it is going well. For those of you that weren’t at the BOD meeting, the two biggest problems is the fact that the trees were planted with the wire baskets and the rope used to lift them. This creates a problem for the equipment but the contractor is working around it.

Mulch is due in next week. The current plan is to install VillageWalk  Boulevard first to the Town Center and then we will start with quad four this year and work counter clockwise. Remember, do not take mulch from the pallets. The installers will place it as needed and after inspecting each quad, some areas definitely need it more than others.

Comcast is continuing to progress. I want to clear up a couple of things about the work. First, there are two subcontractors working on the interior side. Each of the workers have identification tags. They may NOT be in a marked truck. We will be sending out more email blasts as we fine tune the timing so stay tuned for more. Regarding the exterior install:

Remember, there will be accidents, things will get cut. In some cases the pavers in your drive may be uneven. They will coordinate these repairs weekly. The same for the sod. They will not be doing individual repairs on these items unless they pose a safety hazard. Please contact the Cori at the HOA office if you have an issue and we will co-ordinate the repair. Please do NOT try to track down the contractors and negotiate the repairs and please do not call Comcast. Remember, the connection date is in late 2018 so we will have time to come back to you if you are missed.

Lastly,

the permit for the restaurant was issued today !!!!

We don’t have a start date as of today but as soon as I know, I will keep you posted. We are all excited. One point about the remodel, keep in mind that during the construction, Individual home owners will NOT be allowed inside. It will be a safety hazard and you will not be covered under the contractors insurance. Also, trespassing in a construction area is a felony in Florida. Please, do not go in without permission.

Again, I will send information as I get it.


November 22, 2017

Hello everyone. I would like to take a moment to with each of you a very Happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday from me and your Board of Directors. Remember, all diets are on hold beginning today through January 2, 2018.

There are a couple of updates that I would like to go over with you.First,at the BOD meeting I said I had been in contact with FEMA regarding the removal of the stumps and that they denied us. As I said at the meeting, I asked for reconsideration and they came and measured several of them again but it is a no go. The denial stands. Having said that, we will begin Friday to remove the existing stumps ourselves. It is an arduous task but I don’t think it will take an extremely long time. Our goal is a little over a week however, as we all know there are things that could happen that could delay us. I will absolutely keep you informed of our progress.

Speaking of progress, let’s talk about the restaurant. First, I would like to quash the rumors that the tenant has backed out. He thinks its funny that people take the time to write all of this about him but it is also problematic. Again, I would strongly urge you to not write about things that you are unsure of on a social media site. Please just call my office and I will tell you what is happening. Regarding the permits, there was a snag at the BSU level. There is some question regarding the current grease trap. Our architect has met with them and they have offered a couple of options so the permits should proceed again. We have place the renderings in the lobby of the Town Center with samples of the flooring, wall color chips, and chair fabric samples. Cross your fingers.

FPL is still working on replacing their downed light poles. They are working on the downed ones first and then they will address the ones that are leaning.

Comcast is continuing to progress. I want to clear up a couple of things about the work. First, there are two subcontractors working on the interior side. Each of the workers have identification tags. They may NOT be in a marked truck. We will be sending out more email blasts as we fine tune the timing so stay tuned for more.

Remember, there will be accidents, things will get cut. In some cases the pavers in your drive may be uneven. They will coordinate these repairs weekly. The same for the sod. They will not be doing individual repairs on these items unless they pose a safety hazard. Please contact the Cori at the HOA office if you have an issue and we will co-ordinate the repair. Please do NOT try to track down the contractors and negotiate the repairs and please do not call Comcast. Remember, the connection date is in late 2018 so we will have time to come back to you if you are missed.

Lastly, the approved 2018 budget has been posted to the secure portion of the website.

Again, I hope you all have a great holiday weekend.


October 18, 2017 – Here is an update regarding Comcast

Monday through Friday Comcast will be in VillageWalk working on the fiber optic upgrades to the resident’s homes.  Please be aware Comcast will need access to the interior of each residence to do the upgrade install. There will not be any scheduled appointments for the wiring. This process will take approximately 35-40 minutes for each home.  Just to be clear, they will be bringing the fiber optic dropline to where your wireless gateway is currently. NOTE- if there are possible obstacles such as large furniture, mirrored walls, firewall breaks, concrete walls and etc., Comcast will determine a location for a separate receptacle. They cannot make changes while they are there. You will have to contact Comcast directly to schedule any changes.   As we receive updates from Comcast, the HOA will be sending updated notices via Email Blasts of the street areas that they will be working on.  Please be sure to check your email to receive the updates.

For all residents who cannot be at home during the initial installation, including seasonal residents, Comcast will return and install the fiber optic lines at a later scheduled date (to be determined).

The order of the streets to be wired starting Thursday, October 19 is as follows:

Danios

Cuberra

Zamora

Yellow Fin

Xenon

Wahoo

Vermillion

Upwind

Trevally

Scrub Jay

Queen Angel

Remora


October 15, 2017 –Hello everyone and Happy Sunday,

Just a quick update as to where we are and what’s going on.

I’m sure you have noticed that finally the debris removal is progressing a little faster. Lee County recently opened another dump site so although I don’t have any official notice but it appears that may be helping. Landcare is making good progress with getting back on schedule with the regular maintenance. Aside from the stumps, some areas appear to almost look normal again. If you have trees or shrubs that you think have been missed, please use the landscape/irrigation link on the website. Please do not send these requests to the hot line. That will only delay or cause your request to be missed altogether.

FPL is aware of the downed power poles. This has been a major undertaking for them also. They are hoping to get to us within two weeks.

Comcast is continuing to progress. They will have three crews in starting tomorrow so we will see a lot more digging. They will also begin the inside portion tomorrow. The starting point will be Lure Trail. They will start with the first home on the left and work clockwise. The goal is 40 homes per day. This is the first street so timing will be determined as they progress. This way you know if you are on the odd number side, you would be in the last half of the day. If you are the first 5, the first two hours, etc. This way no one is having to wait all day. There will be “make up” days for those that are missed. Just to be clear, they will be bringing the drop to where your wireless gateway is now. They cannot make changes while they are there. You will have to contact Comcast directly to make any changes. We will be sending out more email blasts as we fine tune the timing so stay tuned for more.

Remember, there will be accidents, things will get cut. Please contact the HOA if you have an issue and we will co-ordinate the repair. Please do NOT try to track down the contractors and negotiate the repairs. The contractors will only take direction from the HOA office or Comcast.

Again, thank you all for being patient and for working together during these trying times. We will continue to improve each and every day.


October 1, 2017 – Hello everyone and Happy Sunday,

I wanted to just fill you in on where we are as we get ready to begin another week.

First, We are continuing with the debris collection. This is a slow and tedious process. This will continue to improve each day as they also continue with the clean up effort. Some of you have asked about getting someone else to help with the process. Honestly if this was a viable concept, we would have done it days ago. This issue is, there are just not enough contractors to complete this massive clean up effort. Not just VillageWalk but everywhere in SW Florida. Even the City is having their own issues.

Secondly, Landcare has began to resume a schedule of normal services. They now have a limited number of regular crew workers for mowing and edging and also additional crew to continue to clean in order to continue the regular service schedule.

One important note. If a tree has fallen on your home or damaged screens or your lanai, they won’t remove the tree until you have spoken with them and filed a claim with your homeowner’s insurance.

I would like to address the issue of the “rumors” regarding the restaurant. We did receive the architectural drawings electronically on Friday. I will receive the printed copies on Tuesday. I have seen comments ranging from “they aren’t going to open until February” to “the tenant is backing out of the deal.” Neither of those are correct. Not even close. As we said at the Town Hall, it is hard to predict an opening date at this point. We don’t know the pace at which the City will move to issue the permits. We don’t believe it to be a drawn out process to do the actual work. We definitely don’t see it going past mid-November and are hoping for sooner. One thing is for sure. It will be really nice when it is completed. Please, don’t post things on social media if you aren’t sure. All that does is upset those that are reading it and they aren’t aware if you are accurate or not. If you have questions, please email or call me to get the correct answer.

Thank you all for being patient and for working together during these trying times.


September 27, 2017 – Town Hall and Irma Update

We had a pretty amazing Town Hall Meeting last night. I wanted to touch on a couple of highlights. I spoke briefly about the timeline before the storm and the steps that were taken to prepare. I also talked about where we are now which I will repeat below for those that weren’t able to attend. Jim gave an update on Logan Blvd and Bonita Beach Road. We got some good suggestions from those that attended.

First, We are continuing with the debris collection. The trucks are here today but again, it is a long process. They began their regular mowing as of yesterday. This will continue to improve each day as they also continue with the clean up effort.

Secondly, Landcare is in process of saving as many of the ornamental trees as possible. Thank you to those that were watering the roots of trees that had fallen in your yards.

One important note. If a tree has fallen on your home or damaged screens or your lanai, they won’t remove the tree until you have spoken with them and filed a claim with your homeowner’s insurance.

As a reminder, the fallen light poles that you see on the streets belong to FPL. We have notified them and they have been here more than once.

Here is some interesting information compliments of Sandy Gibbons:

A FEMA Help Center is located at 26738 Pine Avenue in Bonita Springs. The center will be open 10:00am-5:00pm, seven days a week. This schedule is subject to change based on FEMA’s assessment.

The center will serve both Lee County and Collier County. Residents are encouraged to visit the center to meet with FEMA representatives, file applications and ask questions.

Also, the Bonita Assistance office located at 25300 Bernwood Dr. # 6

In Bonita off Old 41 is in need of volunteers and donations. Their phone is 239-992-3034. they need food, cleaning supplies & volunteers over the age of 16.

Thank you all for being patient and for working together during these trying times.


September 22, 2017 – Happy Friday everyone!!

We made it another week! A lot has happened since the 10th. When you look back, it pretty amazing at where we are today.

First, Tennis Courts. Courts 1 – 4 are now open and you can schedule to your hearts content! We are working on opening 2 more by the weekend. and the final 2 by next week. The light fixture will take time to replace so court 4 can only be used during daylight hours. This may also affect court 3 but I will leave that up to you. We are doing this in an effort to accommodate the tennis community so if we find that people are not abiding by our requests, we will close and lock the affected courts. Please understand that this will not be the final fix for all courts. Some will have work done during December. I will continue to keep you notified. Thank you for your patience.

Third, I just checked and Bonita Springs Utilities and the conserve water notice is no longer there. They did have something about a topic I want to cover which is the smell. It is not sewer but decomposing plant material. This is on the BSU website:

At this time, power has been restored to almost all sewer lift stations. We continue to manually pump those stations without power using portable generators. You may be experiencing a foul smell in your neighborhood. This is primarily due to standing water and rotting organic matter from the floodwaters and debris. In most cases this is not coming from the sewer system. As in any tropical climate, please stay out of any standing water for health reasons.

We are still working with the City of Bonita Springs, and Landcare to facilitate the removal of the debris but it is a slow process. We are beginning today to remove the dried debris.

Please be patient with the gate employees. The rules have not changed. If you have a contractor, please put them on the Dwelling Live list as an approved guest. If not, the guard will attempt to call you but if you do not answer, the guest will be turned away. It is not ok to call or go to the gate and criticize the guard if your guest(s) are turned away.


September 20, 2017 – After Hurricane Irma Update

Here’s where we are now. Not much news but moving forward.

First, the pool. As you saw from our earlier email blast, the pool is open!! Thank you for your patience.

Second, the Tennis Courts. We are still working on a plan to open at least some of them for use until we can get our contractor back out. I will keep you updated. The water is on and we will start tomorrow. We will know tomorrow how many we can open.

Third, I just checked and Bonita Springs Utilities and Lee County Utilities are still asking that residents conserve water. I am enclosing a link from Lee County below and the following is on the BSU website.

https://www.leegov.com/utilities

At this time power has been restored to most sewer lift stations. Those still without power are routinely pumped down using portable generators. We continue to ask customers to use water service sparingly. Limit the use of dishwashers and washing machines, and keep showers short to avoid backups.

We are still working with the City of Bonita Springs, and Landcare to facilitate the removal of the debris but it is a slow process. We believe this will begin tomorrow.

The landscape and irrigation site is back up so please use it to report any non emergency items. This will free up the phone lines some. As I said before, I know there are a ton of small trees down in your individual lawns. We will address those as soon as possible after the initial clean up process. Using the L/I site will help us track and expedite the process.

Please be patient with the gate employees. The rules have not changed. If you have a contractor, please put them on the Dwelling Live list as an approved guest. If not, the guard will attempt to call you but if you do not answer, the guest will be turned away. It is not ok to call or go to the gate and criticize the guard if your guest(s) are turned away.


September 14, 2017 – Here’s another progress update after today.

First, we did receive a small shipment of gasoline today. Now that the power is back on we first have to determine if the credit card reader will work. Once that is resolved we will man the gate and at that point I will send an email and we will turn the pumps on. I noticed today some of the traffic in our community was from neighboring communities.

Second, trash is an issue. Everyone is bringing their own trash to the community dumpsters. We are trying to help and have ordered a dumpster but the waste company is backed up like everyone else. We are in contact with them but please be patient.

Third, since there is no power, the sewer lift stations are not functioning and are relying in BSU to pump them down with a generator. Wait….

Actually I just got notified that you now have electricity. This will solve the sewer problem but brings us to a whole new set of problems.

We have a lot of light poles down. Now that the power is on, please treat each one as live and do not approach or touch it. We have an electrician on standby to begin repairs immediately.

Lastly, The pool will not be open tomorrow. The chemical levels will be dangerously low and it will not be safe. Our pool contractor will come sometime in the morning and make sure everything is in order and I will email when it is safe to return to normal pool use.

I did confirm that all roads are open and passable. There are some areas with small trees but not blocking the roads. If you have issues with tree limbs or anything blocking your driveway or walkways please let me know. I know there are a ton of small trees down in your individual lawns. We will address those as soon as possible after the initial clean up process.

I had the opportunity to see more of you onsite today and and again, thank you to those that were concerned and gave us water, bought us lunch and made us feel appreciated. It is an absolute pleasure and honor to be your Town Manager.


September 4, 2017 – Hello everyone and Happy Labor Day!

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday. As we find ourselves soon saying goodbye to summer, I ask myself where did this year go?

I am happy to see the water receding and lake levels dropping. We are continuing to document the levels and are still on track to get a report from our engineer.

Having said that, let’s move on to our next potential problem. Hurricane Irma continues to move west-southwestward toward the Leeward Islands. Though it is too early to predict, the latest update from the NHC said: “There is an increasing chance of seeing some impacts from Irma in the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys later this week and this weekend.” We will continue to monitor the storm and will be prepared to implement our hurricane procedures when and if necessary. In the meantime, please go to our website and click on the CERT/Hurricane preparedness link for helpful information and links. The link is here:

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On to more positive information. Please join us in welcoming Jim Massey as Chairman of the Tennis Committee. We look forward working with him and the committee in the future. The tennis court resurfacing is continuing as planned and appears that it will finish on schedule. I will forward more information after inspecting the courts tomorrow.

As for landscaping, we are continuing the enhancements as I stated earlier. We have now completed the gas station area and plan to move to the Almaco circle. This week we worked on seven more of the distressed areas on the north side of the wall on Bonita Beach Road. We completed the installation of approximately 100 more shrubs in the inside west wall. We completed the areas on Latitude that I told you about on the south east and south west side common areas at Hammerhead. We are also replacing 400 of the dead/dying shrubs on Village Walk Circle on the west side. This will take us to the south buffer. We are also changing the dead and dying shrubs in two of the Holly beds on the east side of Village Walk Circle. This will be in about 2 weeks depending on weather. You will also notice that the Bromeliads in the four corner enhancements didn’t fare well. These are being changed by Landcare at no charge to us with a different variety that is more sun tolerant.

Lastly a short update on the restaurant. We have been working diligently with the architect to finalize the construction drawings. We are being told that they should be complete this week. The design is a very welcoming, friendly, workable design. The HOA, BOD and the tenant are pleased with the final layout. We are a little behind and I don’t want to give a proposed date until we get permits but we are still hoping for at least a soft opening sometime in October. I will send more information as we get it but there is no truth to rumors that anyone has “backed out” for any reason. We are all looking forward to getting it open so everyone can begin enjoying the restaurant again.

Thank you all for the continued response to the hotline. Please remember that the hotline is for you to give suggestions or comments regarding our community. It is not designed for maintenance or landscape complaints. These complaints will not be responded to. It is monitored by the BOD and myself only. We may not be in a position to forward your complaint.

Please send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


August 20, 2017 – Happy Sunday everyone!  Website is becoming old news so we don’t want to become redundant. Just remember,  we have gone back to the original web address www.villagewalkbonita.com.  Both links will now take you to the new site however, villagewalkbonita.org will not function forever so it will be better just to use the regular one. One point regarding this, we are only archiving 24 months of “The Talk of The Walk” due to storage space on the server.

The key fobs are now live!! Just to be clear and publicly answer some questions and hopefully dispel some rumors. The system has a battery back up. It should last approximately 6 hours. During a power outage they will function as normal using battery power. Should we be in a situation where we lose power for longer than that and the battery loses power completely, each lock disengages. Everything will open. No one will ever be locked inside the pool and not be able to get out. The fitness center is a little different. It not only has a push button and motion sensor release, it has the required push bar which would allow exit upon loss of power. Lastly as I said before, we were able to work out the issues regarding those that would arrive after hours. We now have a solution for that. If you contact the HOA office we will make arrangements for you to pick up your fobs at the gate the same as we do the vehicle bar codes.

Regarding the landscape enhancements,  We are continuing to follow our plan as stated. We are aggressively working on the common areas. We tried a new concept at the formally distressed areas on Bonita Beach Road and the entrance wall providing plants that should not only thrive in those conditions but add color to the former just green palate. The new plants are thriving well so we are adding seven more of those in the next few days.

Lastly, Johnson’s Tree Service is still making great progress. They are going counter clockwise throughout the community and should wrap up in the next week or so.

No, we aren’t having an eclipse party but wanted to pass along some information to those that might be outside or just excited and want to see. This was provided to us by an outside source so we wanted to share:

This is a reminder, especially to those working outdoors, about the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Please see the below link to the National Safety Council for some great information on the do’s and don’ts of viewing the upcoming eclipse and the extreme danger of viewing without proper protection

http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/How-to-Watch-a-Solar-Eclipse.aspx

Thank you all for the continued response to the hotline. Please remember that the hotline is for you to give suggestions or comments regarding our community. It is not designed for maintenance or landscape complaints. Please send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


August 14, 2017 –

Hello everyone. I hope you all are enjoying our crazy weather these days!

First, we have now completed the transitioning from the old website to the new one. We have gone back to the original web address www.villagewalkbonita.com.  Both links will now take you to the new site however, villagewalkbonita.org will not function forever so it will be better just to use the regular one.

The key fobs are now live!! The distribution went relatively seamless. We were able to work out the couple of issues regarding those that would arrive at off hours. We now have a solution for that. If you contact the HOA office we will make arrangements for you to pick up your fobs at the gate the same as we do the vehicle bar codes.

Regarding the landscape enhancements,  We are continuing to follow our plan as stated. We planted 250 shrubs and approximately 4 pallets of sod on the east side of our entrance. We painted and planted approximately 35 shrubs along the section of wall that was bare. We planted an additional 100 along the inside of the east wall. We still need to “tighten up” a couple of areas but it looks really good! We have moved to the west side of the wall and have torn out the dead shrub along that wall. We have 75 more shrubs to be planted there by Friday (weather permitting.) We are still on track with the new plants on Latitude as well. We will move to Almaco and the the gas station area.

We have a new addition at the car wash. We now have a vacuum

cleaner air hose combination. Sadly, the air hose was damaged the first 24 hours but it is repaired and is working fine now. The issue of low air pressure has been resolved. The unit does require $.25 to operate but those that have used it have been very pleased.

Lastly, Johnson’s Tree Service is still making great progress. They are going counter clockwise throughout the community.

Thank you all for the continued response to the hotline. Please remember that the hotline is for you to give suggestions or comments regarding our community. It is not designed for maintenance or landscape complaints. Please send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


June 25, 2017 – Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has enjoyed the short reprieve we have had from the rain.

Remember our next Town Hall meeting Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM. Bring all of your questions and comments to this open forum setting. 
Not a lot to talk about but I did want to bring you up to date with a couple of things.
First, The ATM is here! It is located in the Post Office and is ready to use. My understanding is that it works with most debit cards. It does not work for making deposits.
The key fob installation is proceeding. We will be sending information this week on details for picking up your key fobs. Remember, each home will receive 2 fobs. Our goal is to begin to distribute the fobs the week after the 4th of July holiday.
Speaking of the 4th of July, I have received several requests to remind everyone that fireworks are not allowed inside VillageWalk. It is important to note that some fireworks are illegal. Just because you can buy them, they might not be legal. 
Thanks to the short reprieve in rainfall, the bridge painting is continuing to progress. As of Friday, most bridges still had approximately 1.5 to 2 feet exposed above the water line. I’m sure most of you have seen them painting from the “raft.” I have been checking the work and other than the usual need for touch-up or clean-up, they are doing a good job. 
I hope to have more accurate information this week as far as a start date for the Town Center landscape enhancement. As soon as I know, I will let you know. As I mentioned previously, though the 4 corners are complete as originally agreed upon, we do intend to add more material to each to fill in the small void in the rear of each.

Please don’t forget to send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


June 18, 2017 – First, I want to wish every father in our community a very Happy Father’s Day.

Now a couple of updates. The bridge work is continuing albeit slower than we expected. We have met with the contractor and we now have an increased crew. I actually saw them working from a small raft this past Friday. Again, I appreciate and welcome all of your input/comments regarding the work that has been done so far.
The enhancement for the four corners area of the community is complete as originally agreed upon. Though it is beautiful, we have decided that it needs a little something extra so we intend to add more plants to achieve that “wow” that we were originally looking for.  The next step will be the landscape enhancement for the front of the Town Center and the landscaping to finish the NW corner. We had expected this to be done this coming week however with weather as it appears, it may be pushed back a week. Which brings us to our next topic…..
Weather. Just to make sure everyone is aware, it appears that we may be in for some tropical weather Monday night or Tuesday. This is according to the latest weather models and could change daily. Please pay attention to whatever news station you prefer to stay ahead of this and prepare accordingly. So far as of 9:00 AM this morning Wink weather was leaving it in the air as either a tropical depression or possible tropical storm. I will continue to send updates as necessary.
Since it’s Father’s Day I don’t want to take a lot of your time but we would like for you to be aware that we are closely monitoring Landcare’s progress regarding the mowing schedule. I want to quash the rumors that they are more than 2 weeks behind, etc. As of yesterday afternoon they mowed the entire property this week. We are aware that a lot of the homes were not done the week of June 5th. The HOA and the BOD will work with them regarding that week’s services.

Thanks for all of your comments/suggestions regarding the restaurant on the hotline. We are no longer taking applications for that space. It is absolutely commendable to say that we had 16 total applicants and all but (1) one came from referrals in some way from you guys. That is a wonderful showing of a community coming together for the common good.

Please don’t forget to send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


June 12, 2017 – I hope everyone had a great weekend. I wanted to give you all a couple of updates.

The bridge work continues to be interrupted by the rain. They are making progress but slowly. The ones that are done are looking good. Thanks for all of your input.

The enhancement for the four corners area of the community is almost done. We should have the remaining plants in by Wednesday. The plan is still to move to the front of the Town Center. We expect this to be done this week weather permitting.

The biggest news for today is they installation of the key fobs should start this afternoon. I am told it should take about 10 days to complete but again, that is weather permitting. I will keep everyone informed as to when you should plan to get your key fobs.

Don’t forget our BOD meeting tomorrow at 1:30 PM.

Thanks for all of your comments/suggestions regarding the restaurant on the hotline. Please don’t forget to send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


June 7, 2017 – I wanted to take a minute to update you on a couple of things happening now. In case you weren’t aware, the sprinkler system has been turned off. You will see some of them running as Napier is continuing to make repairs and check them as the dry season is coming to an end.

The bridge work has been interrupted by the rain. In fact, they were working on one of them when they got rained on unexpectedly. We are aware that there are some spots that will require touch up/cleaning. That is to be expected with a job this size. I appreciate all of your input/comments regarding the work that has been done so far.

The enhancement for the four corners area of the community is almost done. Weather permitting that should be completed this week. They also installed the annuals at the front entrance and at the Town Center. The next step will be the landscape enhancement for the front of the Town Center. We expect this to be done next week.

Just a reminder to everyone that was issued a bar code by the builder that was not attached to your vehicle, these will be expiring soon. Please contact Tammy at the Town Center to get a new bar code assigned. Also, check your information in Dwelling Live. If you have changed your license plate or phone number, please update your information. This is causing some guests to be turned away when the owner can’t be reached.

Our plans are to “go live” with the new website by the end of the month. Please don’t forget to check out the site at www.villagewalkbonita.com. Enter password dennisw. You can sign up for email blasts there by clicking on the link under the helpful links tab.

Thanks for all of your comments/suggestions regarding the restaurant on the hotline. Please don’t forget to send comments and suggestions regarding our community to vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.


May 31, 2017  – I would like to take a moment to recognize and thank Noelle and all of the volunteers for a wonderful job at the Memorial Day event. We had a record turn out and everyone had a great time. Great job!!

Now, lets get to squashing the rumors. We have not changed the color of the bridges. What you are seeing is the primer coat. Please, please, please if you have questions, call or email us at the Town Center before you post something that you are not sure of. The contractors seem to be on schedule. If you see anything that seems out of the ordinary, email me at dwhite@swpropmgt.com or call the Town Center at 239-949-9909.

We are continuing to work on our communication so if you know anyone that is currently not signed up to get these email blasts, please encourage them to call us at the Town Center or go to the new web site and click the link “Join our email distribution list.”

We still intend to start planting in the four corners area of the community this week. They should install annual flowers at the monument sign at the same time.

Regarding the NW corner, we are a little behind schedule with the landscape portion and just want to be sure we will have enough rain to support the large amount of plants that will be planted there.

Just a reminder, summer is upon us and our pool will be busy. Please make note of where the safety equipment is and familiarize yourself with how to use it. Also, pay attention to the pool rules.


May 26, 2017 – I would like to thank everyone that came to our town hall Tuesday. It was very well attended and we gained a lot of information. We haven’t done the final tally yet however, it seems that most of the points brought up were surrounding the new restaurant space, and some sprinkler and landscaping issues. We will keep you posted on both.

I’m sure most of you have seen the little golf cart out front on the west side of our entrance on Bonita Beach Road. Those are our maintenance guys and they have now cleaned and painted the entire white cap of the wall all the way down to the northwest corner.

Also, we have now started work on the bridges. We have contractors on site and you will see them throughout the community and the Riverwalk area as they continue to paint the bridges.

We are also on schedule to begin installation for our key fobs in the next few days. I’ll send out an email confirming the date we intend to start that.

We confirmed yesterday that we do intend to start planting in the four corners area of the community in this coming week. They should install annual flowers at the monument sign at the same time. We are very excited to see this. It’s going to be absolutely beautiful.

I will forward more information on the Fountain replacement as it becomes available. We are looking at a couple of different ideas so if you have suggestions, please send them via the village mall hotline.

The HOA and the Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a safe and happy Memorial Day.


May 19, 2017 – First, I would like to remind everyone that our documents restrict rentals to a 4 month minimum.  I am receiving complaints that this is being circumvented and our docs do provide for a fine for violators.

Secondly, this is the time of year that bears are becoming more active. Remember to keep your trash cans out of reach except for pick up days. Do not attempt to approach them. They are really cool to look at but might not like you as much as you like them. They are wild and dangerous. Absolutely do not feed them or any wildlife.

Don’t forget our next Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM.  As always, please feel free to call or email with questions.


May 17, 2017 – I would like to thank all of the homeowners that responded to our email blast. We do now know the persons responsible for the damage to the fountain. Alcohol was not a factor and it occurred after Railhead had closed. It was mischief and the responsible parties will be billed accordingly.

To clarify a couple of points, our previous email never mentioned that the suspected people involved were at, coming from, or patrons of Railhead. Matt was very cooperative when we were looking for video of the incident.

We at the HOA have been aggressively trying to increase our communication as we and the BOD feel this is a vital part to maintaining a great relationship with our community. I am always available to answer questions by phone or email. For those that aren’t sure, my email is dwhite@swpropmgtmgt.com and Cori’s email is cjepson@swpropmgt.com.

We are thrilled with the response to the Village Walk Hotline. Please continue to use it as an avenue to give us ideas and suggestions. vwbonitahotline@gmail.com.

Don’t forget our next Town Hall Meeting on May 23rd at 6:30 PM.


May 16, 2017 – Someone vandalized our property and broke one of the concrete Fountain’s near the town center. We know it was someone that lives inside the community. We know that it occurred between 10 PM Friday night and 6:30 AM Saturday morning. If you have any information regarding the three people that allegedly did this, please contact me at the town center. Any information will be held in the strictest confidence. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to one of us, leave the names on a slip of paper and slide it under the door. This community belongs to each of you and whoever did that acted with blatant disrespect. The value of the fountain is such that it is deemed felony vandalism therefore we truly would like to make sure the people that did this gets the proper punishment.


May 14, 2017 – We have received several complaints about owners not picking up after their dogs. Please, when walking your pets be sure to pick up after them. There are perks stations located throughout the property with bags and disposal containers. Someone went so far as to allow their dog to defecate inside the post office and then, did not bother to pick up after the dog. This is just plain irresponsible. We all want our community to remain as nice as possible so let’s all be adults, and be responsible, and pick up after our pets.