Festival Area Update

Ravine Gardens Hiking Trails | Florida Hikes!The fence around the Festival Area has been completed. In several places the fence is a few inches off of the property line.  This was done to save the survey pins and large trees.

The fence between developer owned property and Unit 3 was offset about six inches onto the developer property. This was done to save survey pins and give a little extra space where the fence skirts the roadway.  The Festival Area west side fence was curved a few inches into the Festival Area at one location to save a large pine tree that is on the property line.  The south fence was offset about six inches into the Festival Area to save survey pins.  The Festival Area east fence, which changes direction three times, was offset both ways at different locations to save survey pins and large trees, with the majority of the movement onto developer property.

Portions of the trails were cut off by the new fence. They will be rebuilt in the next thirty days. The exercise station and disc golf targets will also be relocated at that time.

The survey looks different than the map attached to the Festival Area lease. That map was taken from the original concept rendering of the development and thus was not to scale.

We are sorry for the inconvenience the trails are causing. Thanks for your understanding.

Dumpsterville

Perhaps you recently noticed that the dumpsters and roll-offs have new homes. With the work that was completed on the clubhouse parking lot and entry ways we took the opportunity to make some changes.

The goals were to 1) reduce the wear and tear on the parking lot and entrance caused by the garbage trucks; 2) create a way to make it easier for members to use the roll-offs; 3) add another dumpster to contain the residential waste; 4) eliminate the need for heavy equipment to move the dumpsters to clean the enclosure and keep the drains flowing. All garbage containers are now located on the northeast side of the parking lot, downwind from the pavilion, bocce ball court, and horseshoe pits.

The garbage trucks come in the main clubhouse entrance and exit onto Recreation Loop, making their way to Vacation Village Drive. The last piece of the puzzle, signage, should be here in the next few weeks. All household waste should be placed in the dumpsters and not in the roll-offs.  The roll-offs are for green waste, cardboard, and non-electronic waste. Contractors are prohibited from using the roll-offs or dumpsters.

Chair Trash

Really!? Someone thought it would be okay to dump an office chair on the carport of a vacant residence. What is going on?

If you are the one who did this, please remove it and dispose of it in a civil and neighborly manner. It was left in the carport of Unit 3 Lot 12. If you were making a statement, you didn’t consider your neighbors.

Thanks for righting your wrong.

Garbage Woes

The garbage situation is first and foremost on the “Git-R-Done” list. Sharing the plan might give some hope that it will be dealt with. Until we can complete the needed improvements, an additional pickup day has been added.

One additional dumpster has been ordered. If there is still an overflow, another will be added. For resident’s convenience, the dumpsters and roll-offs will eventually be housed in the same area. We realize that currently, the garbage area acts as a neon sign. There are plans to make it seem less prominent by improving the appearance. These improvements should also make it easier to utilize the roll-offs and dumpsters.

In order to reduce truck damage to the roadways and parking area, the garbage trucks may be entering and exiting in two different locations. A rock base will be added to the dirt road off of Recreational Loop so as to minimize dust.

We are excited that the Village is experiencing growth. We apologize that we have not managed that growth as smoothly as we had hoped. Your patience and understanding are much appreciated.

An Explanation of the Clubhouse Internet

Components Required For Internet Marketing | Sunny Design Demo ClubPlease be aware that the clubhouse internet was set up for residents to check their email and get on the internet from inside the clubhouse. It was not set up with Zoom or Skype meetings in mind. And it was not intended to provide service to those trying to access it from outside the clubhouse. Residents trying to access the internet from the parking lot or other areas outside the clubhouse may not connect at all or, if they do, may not have a dependable connection.

One resident reported recently that Frontier only allows internet connection for an hour and then cuts it off. Perhaps the resident was trying to access the internet from outside, called Frontier, and was given wrong information. Regardless, this is not correct. Our service allows for unlimited usage. That said, connection interruptions will occur at times due to Frontier – even from inside the building. Other businesses and private customers serviced by Frontier also experience these interruptions. They cannot be helped. The commercially-rated DSL service implemented last fall has been quite reliable so far – unlike what we had in the past when the modem and router had to be recycled frequently to jump start the connection. The wireless access point in the building meets the requirements for delivering dependable service to those inside.

For those residents that have depended on accessing their email and internet from inside the clubhouse, we appreciate your patience until the building is reopened.

Elizabeth Road Will Be Closed on Thursday

Road Closed Sign photos, royalty-free images, graphics, vectors ...Dear Elizabeth Avenue Residents,

As has already been communicated, Seal Coating of the pavement in Vacation Village will be done on Thursday thru Saturday, June 4th thru the 6th.  A map showing the daily schedule was sent out via the Whispering Pines blog.

Please note that Elizabeth Avenue will be entirely closed on Thursday, June 4th from 6 am to 6:30 pm.   If you think you’ll need to drive anywhere on that day, you’ll need to get your car out before 6 am.  We know parking spots are limited, but there should be room along Vacation Village Drive, and the fire gate onto the dirt road at the end of Vacation Village Drive will be left open for parking also.  If you park on Vacation Village Drive, please retrieve your car promptly Thursday evening, as seal coating begins on Vacation Village drive at 6 am Friday.

Also note that during this time the one-way roads will need to be used for two-way traffic.

Thank you for your understanding.

Road Maintenance Details

Detour on Highway 42 in Ephraim starting MondayRoad Maintenance will begin on Thursday June 4 at 6 AM. On that day, the entire clubhouse parking lot will be unavailable until 6:30 PM. This includes the laundry, pavilion, mailboxes, and trash bins so please plan accordingly.

Elizabeth will also be closed all day Thursday June 4. If you live on Elizabeth and absolutely must use your vehicle that day, please move it well before roadwork begins at 6 AM Thursday morning. Someone will be delivering notices to those who live on Elizabeth.

A portion of Recreation Loop will also be closed on Thursday, June 4, from 6 AM to 6:30 PM. Residents of Unit 4 will need to enter and exit on Ellsworth Road thru the fire exit located between lots 18 and 19 off of Mule Skinner.

Entry to the Village will be available via Vacation Village Drive June 4, 5 & 6. However, you will need to exit via the breakaway gates used for fire exits on June 5 & 6.  If it is easier to you, please use the breakaway exits for both entry and exit.

Please be prepared for two-way traffic on all roads for the duration of this project. In order to mitigate confusion, there will be someone available to give direction.

THE WORK WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON ALL DAYS FROM 6 AM TO 6:30 PM.

Upgraded Internet UPDATE

Image result for Ethernet Virtual CircuitCourtesy of Holly Jacobs

Frontier just completed upgrading the clubhouse DSL to an Ethernet Virtual Circuit (commercial-type DSL service). This new internet platform provides a more stable service (less interruptions) and increased internet speeds. You can connect to the internet from the clubhouse with an ethernet cable in the computer room or connect to the wireless network. For wireless, choose WMVV in your device WIFI settings. It will automatically show in your network choices and does not require a password.

Because the new service is more stable, loss of connectivity is not expected to happen often. However, if you’ve confirmed your device is set up correctly to access internet and still have a problem connecting, notify HOAMCO at 928-537-1067, x1404. HOAMCO will, then, contact our IT resource and/or Frontier. IMPORTANT! The internet can no longer be reset with the modem that was underneath the computer room cabinet. That modem has been disconnected and removed.

For those of you wondering about adding internet throughout the community. Sparklight (previously Cable One) did a site study in 2018 and responded that the site was “unserviceable.” Construction costs to bring cable to the location were estimated to be between $20,000 to $30,000. Frontier would also have to add infrastructure that would be costly to the Association and determined to be cost-prohibitive in the past. Individuals have found wireless solutions that fit their needs. Two companies are HughesNet for satellite internet and Wi-Power.

We hope this upgraded service will enhance your clubhouse internet experience.