Dear Fellow Owners,
I just wanted to take a minute to update everybody on what is going on this summer at Harbor Towers. This is the rainy season and this year has not been a disappointment. This May, Punta Gorda set an all time record for rain with almost 16 inches in just one month. It has also been a busy hurricane season with three named storms already. If you haven’t done so, please ensure your units are ready for a hurricane. Last year, when Hurricane Irma approached it was very evident many owners hadn’t taken the time to be prepared. When a hurricane is approaching our maintenance crew and the association is focused on getting the common areas ready for a hurricane and we can’t guarantee time to help out.
Summer is when your association does many long term projects. This summer we power washed the buildings and car ports. This was accomplished last week. The power washing removed the mold and dirt from the buildings. The buildings look great. This is done approximately half way through our painting cycle. We are three to four years out from our next painting.
The association replaced our old landscaping company with Greenscape. In the next few weeks they will be doing extensive trimming of the landscaping and overhauling our irrigation system. We have a number of diseased palm trees which they are removing and replacing. They will also be replacing some of the landscaping at the entrance. We expect good things from them and look forward to working with them.
Our elevators continue to be a problem. After a disappointing year with our old elevator contractor, we replaced them with General Elevator. So far their performance has been okay but not great. The association has authorized replacement of the door mechanisms to reduce failures. During the last year we installed air conditioning in the electrical rooms and surge protectors to the elevator electrical systems. The hope is all this will increase reliability and put off the need for elevator replacement or major overhauls. We took a giant step backwards this week when somebody’s water heater failed and filled the hallway and the elevator shaft with torrents of water for two hours in the middle of the night. If you are not here please turn your water off. If your water heater is old, please consider replacing it.
The association’s new policy of enforcing rental notifications is working well. The behavior of our summer rental crowd has improved this year. Mike Parks and I regularly patrol the parking lots and we are seeing good compliance. I want to thank the owners who rent for cooperating. We now have a data base of which units are occupied and who is staying In these units. When people come back in the Fall and Winter, please remember to pick up your parking stickers from Mike Parks.
One big change coming is cable TV service. Our old contract with Comcast expired and on September 1st a new five year contract will be in place. This is the result of negotiations with Comcast over the last several months. The new contract includes HD television. Each owner will get a HD converter box with two adaptors. This gives you access to over 120 TV channels and over 40 music channels. Each owner will also have access to on demand shows and pay per view channels. If you were to buy this option individually the cost is over $90/month. The cost to the association is $36/month per unit. This is a slight increase over what we are paying now but will be absorbed in your monthly fees. If you are currently buying HD service, you will need to call Comcast and they will reduce your monthly bill by $9.95/month. If you don’t have a HD converter box, you will need to take your old digital box to Comcast and exchange it for a HD converter box.
Mike Parks and Jackie are working hard this summer. At the beginning of the summer the association generates a summer project list for them. Mike and Jackie work their way through this list as time permits. Our water mains continue to be problematic. The water main at the entrance to HT1 broke two weeks ago. The break was underneath the cement sidewalk so it was a difficult to get to and even more difficult to repair.
Construction on Burnt Store Road in Cape Coral has started again. This is the extension of the divided highway south towards Pine Island. Charlotte County is also getting ready to let contracts to complete the third phase of their divided highway on Burnt Store Road. They have done some preliminary clearing of trees with construction to follow. Safe Harbor continues to work on sea wall replacement from Hurricane Irma damage. Their focus right now is on the sea wall by the yacht club and along the channel from the North basin. They are also replacing the boardwalk in front of our buildings. The work has progressed very slowly. They are also getting ready to work on the dry storage areas in the south basin.
The association does its best to keep all insurance information on our website: www.harbortowers.org. We also post our financials and board minutes there. There is a wealth of information there, including an updated homeowners address book. Don Williams and Deby Sage have put a lot of time and effort into our website.
The Board is very proud of the work we do for our wonderful community. I want to encourage each of you to consider board membership. We need fresh ideas and continued enthusiasm. It seems every year the association scrambles to find five owners willing to be on the Board. Harbor Towers is only as good as its Association and board. Have a great Summer and Fall. I look forward to welcoming you home soon.
Board President, Harbor Towers Condominium Association