TROPICANA NEWS CLIPS

1.  The Co-op will be represented at the January 23 meeting of the THA, scheduled for 10 a.m. They will have legal counsel present.  This was announced at the 12/12/12 meeting of the Co-op Board.

2. From Snowbird:  “Information from the Tropicana Newsletter is a contest for decorations of homes for the Christmas season. Hoping winners pictures will be posted on the Blog. Fun and nice idea.

Editor’s note:  We would like to post photos of Christmas decorations.  Just email them to me at   Blogfinger@verizon.net

3.  The Tropicana Social Club  (TSC)  had its meeting on Dec 3.  Four nominees for the board were voted in:  Diane Carr, Secretary; Carol Pockett, Director;  Larry Philippi, Director; and Lois Reid, Director.

4. If any of you want some Tropicana Forum business cards,  you can pick one up on the Social Club Bull Board in the Clubhouse. If the cards run out, please email us.

4.   Tropicana Forum 101:  We want to post pictures from Tropicana events.  Please take your cameras and cell phones to these happenings and email the photos and facts to us. Take pictures of your friends and yourself.   You can see the pictures that very day or the next day and share them with your Tropicana neighbors.   For those of you who work on these projects, this is a way to show what a great job you did.

Please tell your neighbors about us.  —PG

5. PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED ADS HERE:   If you are selling something, just send us the information and we will post. it.  Do you have a desk, an exercise machine, a stuffed moose, whatever, your ad will be seen by about 100 Tropicanites a day.  It’s free.  Contact us at blogfinger@verizon.net.

8. From Paul:  Eileen and I will be leaving today and will return in January.  Meanwhile, how about helping us spread the good word about Tropicana to all the residents. Please email us  (blogfinger@verizon.net) with small talk, big talk, bits of news or observations, your ideas and photos of events that you attend.  We will keep up the blog whether we are physically there or not.

There are important meetings coming up. You can tell us what occurred, and we will report your news.  You can give your name or not.  Just tell me if you want to be anonymous.

14 thoughts on “TROPICANA NEWS CLIPS

  1. I feel that Management should keep people informed of anything that affects the community as a whole. Whether it be good or bad. Keeping us informed is just one of the perks of having an on-site manager.

    We were excited for the blog as important news could be given out quickly and accurately. Everything from neighborhood watch incidents to a Boil Water alert. Does’t this sound like a perfect solution???????

    Management manages the community. That means handle, direct, control, govern so let the people know. Communication is important.

  2. Question – Hurricane committee works with wonderful volunteers to secure the community. Doesn’t management, manage? Clarice was in the thick of things during the storm. Is that her job?

  3. She is the Manager of the Tropicana Co., Inc. and she was working with the maintenance man to SECURE THE SHIP. Oh my.

  4. Rather than burdening Clarice with a host of phone calls, snowbirds who are concerned about their property should call friends or neighbours for info about their property. They should be contacted first before the office since Clarice and Dave have lots to do in a pending emergency. We all have been advised before leaving to go north that our property should be free of movable objects and shutters should be down. If this is not done then the owner should be charged $$$$ for the time spent by management to do so. That is not in their job desription.
    Owners can be charged if their property is not neat and tidy, so why not for maintenace which should have been done before they left.
    Thank you Clarice and Dave for going above and beyond your responsibilities.

  5. Thankfully, we dodged the bullet- this time, but this will not be the last hurricane.

    In fairness to the Co-op, this was their first experience in preparing the park for a hurricane and, from all reports, available staff went above and beyond and should not be criticized for their efforts.

    I believe however, there are some lessons to be learned from this experience and opportunities to improve the process. Going forward, the Co- op should establish a written hurricane preparation procedure which would include communication to residents, additional manpower required, and resident education on their responsibilities.

    I agree with Canadian Snowbird that residents leaving their residence unsecured should be charged for the time spent by park staff in doing so in the event of an emergency.

  6. Canadian Snowbird: Love the idea of an additional charge to residents who fail to secure their premises when leaving for season. Also year round residents who know the rules when a tropical storm is coming and do not adhere to the rules. They too would wake-up if you hit the wallet. Great idea.

  7. People who don’t live here full time have no idea what all goes into hurricane preparations. Everyone pitches in to get things ready. The fact that Clarice helped out says a lot about her character and wanting to do what’s best for Tropicana.
    I find it hard to believe that anyone would question her doing that.

  8. Does the base on the water bill go up yearly???? Whats that all about??? Who has the answer for that question???

  9. I was wondering the same…we have always thought that that was quite an inflated base price-with usage even higher!

  10. Is the base of the water going to go up yearly???? Someone must have checked into this. Is there an answer????

  11. EDITOR’S NOTE: This comment was also published as “One Resident’s Opinion.”

    Is there anyone else that is bothered by the newly changed rules but me? I am new here and was hoping to rent out my mobile home, to help off set the rental costs when I wasn’t using it. I still have a good 10+ years of working before I can be down there full time. I understand the need for a background check (to keep us all safe). But limiting rentals to 1 month only -that’s dumb, I had two seniors rent from me last year(1 week and 2.5 weeks) that ended up purchasing in the park. Not everyone is retired or able to spend all winter season in Florida. I understand we don’t want tons of kids or overnight travelers. Those of you that are making rules for the rest of us…come on..

    Most people who are interested in staying in our park are doing so because, they will soon be retiring,checking out the park/area, or have elderly parents nearby that they are visiting or helping out through illness/surgery etc…That’s how we discovered our great park, my parents live in a small RV park nearby and we needed a place to rent that we could visit/help them for two or three weeks each winter.We bought a place here in the park, after renting ourselves, and thought we could pass on our good fortune to our friends and neighbors back home.

    One more thing renters can’t bring a pet? Isn’t that why we like living in a mobile home community? We can bring our companions with us? Of course there needs to be rules( no mean breeds,large sizes,excessive barkers)But most of us have a little fluff ball that travels with us.

    Is there no grey area with this? I am not a rule breaker, but thoughtful and respectful to others within the park that we all love. I am frustrated that a few are making decisions that impact those of us that want to enjoy Florida for our only few weeks, not months.
    Who is representing the renters when these rules were made?

  12. Many of us are up north and making sure our homes are secure for another October Surprise. Thank the Lord. We would be in Florida watching the Weather Channel. Did the Co-op and the Tropicana Homeowners Board meet or was there an obstacle?

  13. i feel sad to read and hear about the sabotaging of our wonderful community. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? Live and let live was my Mom’s quote and I feel the same. Shameful.

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