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Presidents Message October 2020

19 Oct

The Labor Day even was a success. We all want to socialize with our neighbors and friends, but COVID has put a little damper on
our normal social activities. This was a way to say thanks to the members for their support during COVID times. To limit the size of
the group, food was prepared and served by volunteers in to-go dishes for members to pick-up and take home/safe place for
consumption. Thanks to Terry for organizing, Mike for cooking and all the volunteers that helped make it happen. The members
that RSVP’d, you made food purchasing/preparation easier with less waste (Thank You).
Halloween festivities will occur at the park. Additional details are provided in this newsletter. There will be an increase of little
kids running around on the streets. Please be alert and drive with caution. Remember to be safe and continue to follow the same
COVID practices that we have all been subjected to.
I’d like to inform the IOP community that we will be installing a little library. This was a donation from a resident, and we felt
would be put to good use. The concept is simple and if we can all be responsible, there will be a rotation of random donated books
for all ages to read. More information and pictures to come.
IOP members, there are several park improvements that we can accomplish during the upcoming cooler months. I have a list of
things that need to get done. If you are available and interested, please send me an email (flyfshermn82@gmail.com).
1. Boat ramp repair (assessment and quotes underway)
2. Repair/replace the beach seawall (need plans and estimates)
3. Pavilion/gazebo build by the beach (need plans and estimates)
4. Possible pavilion expansion (need plans and estimates)
5. Fix playground equipment—Brackets
6. Clear corner lot vegetation and trees for park expansion
7. Refurbish/Seal pavilion stage with new yellow stripes
8. R&R Plexi-glass on the park bulletin board (almost complete)
9. Clean up the park entrance (landscape)
10. Paint the wood parts of the dock
11. Paint basketball court lines
12. Paint shuffleboard court
13. Clean and reseal the pavilion kitchen siding
Lastly, it’s that time of year. Election time. I have witnessed and increase in
tension and ill-behavior in our neighborhood. It takes all types of people with
different beliefs to make the world go round. Let’s all be adults and be respectful
of others’ beliefs and property (Golden Rule). Presidents are only good for one or
two terms. We will all be friends and neighbors long after the election and will see
each other at park events for years to come.
IOP-Stay cool, safe, alert, healthy, friendly, small and slow down.
Here’s a list of events that are coming up:
• IOP has a fishing club. We meet on the first Sunday of each month. If you’d
like to join or want more details, contact Matt Rock iopfishingclub@gmail.com
for more details.
• Halloween-We are looking for volunteers to help with the event. If yThe Labor Day even was a success. We all want to socialize with our neighbors and friends, but COVID has put a little damper on
our normal social activities. This was a way to say thanks to the members for their support during COVID times. To limit the size of
the group, food was prepared and served by volunteers in to-go dishes for members to pick-up and take home/safe place for
consumption. Thanks to Terry for organizing, Mike for cooking and all the volunteers that helped make it happen. The members
that RSVP’d, you made food purchasing/preparation easier with less waste (Thank You).
Halloween festivities will occur at the park. Additional details are provided in this newsletter. There will be an increase of little
kids running around on the streets. Please be alert and drive with caution. Remember to be safe and continue to follow the same
COVID practices that we have all been subjected to.
I’d like to inform the IOP community that we will be installing a little library. This was a donation from a resident, and we felt
would be put to good use. The concept is simple and if we can all be responsible, there will be a rotation of random donated books
for all ages to read. More information and pictures to come.
IOP members, there are several park improvements that we can accomplish during the upcoming cooler months. I have a list of
things that need to get done. If you are available and interested, please send me an email (flyfshermn82@gmail.com).
1. Boat ramp repair (assessment and quotes underway)
2. Repair/replace the beach seawall (need plans and estimates)
3. Pavilion/gazebo build by the beach (need plans and estimates)
4. Possible pavilion expansion (need plans and estimates)
5. Fix playground equipment—Brackets
6. Clear corner lot vegetation and trees for park expansion
7. Refurbish/Seal pavilion stage with new yellow stripes
8. R&R Plexi-glass on the park bulletin board (almost complete)
9. Clean up the park entrance (landscape)
10. Paint the wood parts of the dock
11. Paint basketball court lines
12. Paint shuffleboard court
13. Clean and reseal the pavilion kitchen siding
Lastly, it’s that time of year. Election time. I have witnessed and increase in
tension and ill-behavior in our neighborhood. It takes all types of people with
different beliefs to make the world go round. Let’s all be adults and be respectful
of others’ beliefs and property (Golden Rule). Presidents are only good for one or
two terms. We will all be friends and neighbors long after the election and will see
each other at park events for years to come.
IOP-Stay cool, safe, alert, healthy, friendly, small and slow down.
Here’s a list of events that are coming up:
• IOP has a fishing club. We meet on the first Sunday of each month. If you’d
like to join or want more details, contact Matt Rock iopfishingclub@gmail.com
for more details.
• Halloween-We are looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you
are interested contactAl(aheast4748@hotmail.com)
IOP Garage Sale-11/6 & 11/7 from 8AM-2PM

Presidents Message September 2020

13 Aug

It’s that time of year…. hurricane season. Please make sure you are prepared this season with not only the essential hurricane supplies, but also make sure your ditches are cleared out and haul off unwanted trash and debris. If you have a generator or chainsaw, make sure it is running correctly. Have basic replacement parts on hand like spark plugs, air & oil filters, oil, chains, and fresh gas. There are plenty of people that can help get your generator/chainsaws running if you’re having problems. Ask for help on our Facebook page or contact one of the board members in this newsletter.
We will be doing a Labor Day event this year (9/7 starting 5-9pm). IOP members will need to RSVP by 9/4 for a prepared meal (http://evite.me/KcaYv8499d). Currently the event will be open to members only but may open to members and guests if COVID conditions improve. Additional details are provided in this newsletter and on the IOP Facebook page. Volunteers will be needed to prepare/serve food and clean up. If you are interested, please let Terry (terrygardner8425@gmail.com) know.

IOP members, you can join the IOP fishing club! If you have a boat or know another member that has a boat and would like to take part in a friendly fishing tournament, then look no further. It’s also a great opportunity to meet likeminded neighbors and exchange lies…. I mean stories. If you are interested in joining, more details are in the newsletter or reach out to Matt Rock (IOPfishingclub@gmail.com) for additional club information.

We are looking for a member to volunteer to run the Halloween Event coming up 10/31. Never done it before…Don’t worry, we are able to help and answer any questions. If interested, please reach out to the board on our Facebook page or contact one of the board members in this newsletter. We will be watching the COVID situation and will announce event plans accordingly as the date gets closer.

IOP-Stay cool, safe, alert, healthy, friendly, small and slow down.

Here’s a list of events that are coming up:
• We are looking for two additional board members. If you are an active IOP member and are able to attend the board meetings (First Tuesday of every month 7pm@IOP Park) let me know (flyfshermn82@gmail.com).
• IOP has a fishing club. We meet on the first Sunday of each month. If you’d like to join or want more details, contact Matt Rock at iopfishingclub@gmail.com for more details.
• Halloween is only a couple months away and we are looking for someone to run the event. If you are interested, contact me (flyfshermn82@gmail.com) or feel free to attend our next board meeting (9/1 @ 7pm).

Presidents Message July 2020

21 Jul

Hello IOP Residents,
I wanted to start off by saying that I hope everyone is healthy and safe. Practice cleanliness and social
distancing and adhere to all Local, State and CDC recommended precautions and guidelines. We will be back
to normal as soon as safely possible.
July 4th went off with a BANG. I’d like to thank everyone for their donations for making it the biggest
fireworks show yet and those that help me during prep and setup. Station 77 did another great job escorting,
and the parade was well attended. Lastly, thanks to the few individuals that helped me clean the park the
week before the July 4th event.
We will be doing a Labor Day event this year (9/7 starting 5-9pm). IOP members will need to RSVP for the
event for a prepared meal (http://evite.me/KcaYv8499d). Currently the event will be open to members only
but may open to members and guests if COVID conditions improve. There will be an online auction with all
proceeds going back into the IOP Park. More details will be provided in next month’s newsletter and on the
IOP Facebook page. Volunteers will be needed to prepare/serve food and clean up. If you are interested,
please let Terry (terrygardner8425@gmail.com) know.
There are two additional things to mention. First is that there is an abundance of fawns running around in
the neighborhood. Please use caution when driving or walking as they scare easily. Also, their mothers are in
protective mode, so give them space while out for a walk. Secondly, school will be starting soon and there
will be kids at the bus stops before and after school. Please drive alert and do not speed on the neighborhood streets.
Here’s a list of events that are coming up:
• We are looking for two additional board members. If you are an
active IOP member and are able to attend the board meetings
(First Tuesday of every month 7pm@IOP Park) let me know
(flyfshermn82@gmail.com).
• IOP has a fishing club. We meet on the first Sunday of each
month. If you’d like to join or want more details, contact Matt
Rock at iopfishingclub@gmail.com for more details.
• Halloween is only a couple months away and we are looking for
someone to run the event. If you are interested, contact me
(flyfshermn82@gmail.com) or feel free to attend our next board
meeting (8/4 @ 7pm).

Presidents Message June 2020

24 Jun

Hello IOP Residents,

I wanted to start of by saying that I hope everyone is healthy and safe. I know that
we are all in an odd and difficult time. We can and will get through this, but for now practice cleanliness and social
distancing to help stop the spread of the Corona Virus. Please adhere to all Local, State and CDC recommended
precautions and guidelines. We will be back to normal as soon as safely possible.
With the re-opening of the country in progress, we’ve removed most of the temporary restrictions at the
park, consistent with the latest guidance from Governor DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Demmings. Here’s what
has changed and what hasn’t.
• Social Distancing: Still in effect, although groups larger than ten people are now allowed as long as there is adequate space to maintain six feet of distance among people.
• Pavilion: The pavilion is still available for member use. We have added additional picnic tables for use, spreading them out to promote the required social distancing among families. Please don’t move the tables.
• Sanitizing: No change. We still have regular cleaning, but we are not sanitizing any of park equipment or facilities. Bring your own sanitizer to use as you like.
• Private Event Reservations: Private event reservations are back on. Keep the groups under 50 people and
obey all park/event rules. Bring your own sanitizer and practice social distancing
• Basketball Court and Playground Area: Available for use, consistent with the social distancing as required by
the state and county.
• Boat Ramp: The boat ramp will remain open, but we ask that people not congregate at the end of the dock or
under the pavilion.
July 4th is quickly approaching. There will be a parade leading into the
park. For everyone’s safety, food will not be served. We are also asking to limit
the event to members only. This will ensure that we all can maintain a safe and
comfortable distance apart. More details are included in the newsletter.
In preparation for the July 4th event, there will be a park clean-up happening
on June 27 from 8AM-12PM. If you are interested in helping to clean the
park, grab your gloves/rake/shovel/broom…etc. and come on down.
Several complaints have been made about speeding and observations that people aren’t locking the park gate behind them. Please obey the speed limits in
the neighborhood. From the IOP sign (heading south)-LMJ Rd is 35mph and all
side streets (including the back roads and 5-acre properties) are 25mph. There
is no reason to go faster than 35mph anywhere in the neighborhood. Slow
down. In regards to locking the gate…lock the gate every time you go in or out
of gate. Thanks in advance.

Presidents Message April/May 2020

21 May

I wanted to start of by saying that I hope everyone is healthy and safe. I know that we are all in an
odd and difficult time. We can and will get through this, but for now please continue to practice
cleanliness and social distancing to help stop the spread of the Corona Virus. Thank you all for
adhering to all State and CDC recommended precautions and guidelines.
Given the situation we are in, the board has decided to take precautionary measures by limiting the
functionality of the park. The playground and basketball court has been closed and roped of. Half of
the benches under the pavilion have been stacked to limit the number of people that can sit at the
tables.The boat ramp will remain open, but we ask that people not congregate at the end of the
dock or under the pavilion. Please take note of the safety precautions and park rules below. Please
be respectful of these temporary rules as they will be lifted as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Though all events through May have been canceled, we are hopeful we will be able to begin hostng events again startng with the Father’s Day Fishing Tournament. We will be keeping a close eye on when we can get back to normal, and will take all necessary safety precautions and distancing practices as advised by current guidelines. There is a chance that we will have to cancel if things haven’t cleared up. I will let everyone know as the dates get closer. Finally, I would like thank everyone in this neighborhood for the thoughtful and generous acts that have made this situation easier on everyone. From grocery runs to sharing sanitizer and masks, swapping puzzles and keeping spirits high with signs and paintngs, our residents have looked out for each other and reminded us all what makes IOP such a unique and amazing place to live. To all our kind neighbors:
Thank you.

IOP PARK RULES AND COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
• COVID-19 WARNING :The park facilities are NOT Sanitized! Bring Your Own Sanitizer
• All groups or gatherings must be 10 People or Less
• Individuals in the park should be at least 6 Feet Apart (CDC and Presidential Guidelines)
• Temporary Closures of the Playground & Basketball Court are Effective Immediately
• Reference: State of Florida and Orange County COVID-19 Executive Orders State of Florida
Executive Order 20-91, 1 April 2020
https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91-compressed.pdf

Presidents Message February/March 2020

23 Mar

I have just been elected by the board to be your IOP President for 2020. Last year was a productive year for us, with
substantial progress in several areas of park improvements. I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and
effort to keep the IOP a great place to live and play. This year we’ll build on the success of 2019, and will be asking all our
members to weigh in on what you feel should be the next big improvement project for our community.
IOP members, please be on the lookout for an email from Suzanne Arnold asking you to complete a short survey. We
created the survey to get the best sense of what our members’ priorities are for the coming year. You have three options to
choose from: Boat Ramp Repair, Seawall Replacement, or Build a Beachside Pavilion. Please take the very short time to
complete the survey.
During the membership drive this year, we had the most activity we’ve seen in years. It was great seeing all the new residents and those that took a little break come down and sign up. Our membership numbers are going up, so let’s hope that
leads to even greater friendship and camaraderie among our neighbors. Your continued membership and support make the
IOP a little slice of Heaven in a busy and noisy world.
Thank you all for a great 2019, and I look forward to pursuing new opportunities with you in 2020.

2019 Accomplishments
We got these done with a combination of membership funds and
volunteer labor from our board and other IOPPA members:
 Replaced defective bathroom locks
 Repaired fence from last hurricane
 Repaired gate and replaced lock
 Painted Safety Yellow step markers on dock
 Trimmed tree limbs over trailer parking
 Installed rain gutters on the pavilion
 Repaired wind-damaged flagpole
 Replaced flag & rope for flagpole
 Added lights to the dock
 Painted the water shed
 Added new trash cans for the park
 Refurbished swing set (new chains, hangers, seats, tin protective top cover, paint)
 Established parking area/slots for trailer parking
 Boy Scouts cleaned up the playground, sanded and sealed the picnic tables, uncovered and cleaned the shuffleboard
lane
 Replaced basketball backboard and rim with heavy duty new components
 Installed a new septic lift pump and replaced the breaker
 Added information and guidance signs to the park
 Provided pest control around the pavilion and playground
 Cleared the corner lot of trees and some of the wooded area inside the park
 Prepared and distributed a survey to gather member inputs on priorities for the next big IOP project:
Boat Ramp, Sea Wall, or Beach Pavilion

Presidents Message January 2020

13 Dec

I’d like to start off by thanking all of those that helped with the Christmas Dinner. It was a great event that pulled together friends, neighbors, firetrucks, and Santa and his elf. Thanks to everyone that brought all the additional potluck dishes. There was a well-attended boat parade on the 20th and a golf-cart parade on the 22nd. Our Facebook pages contains parade information or contact one of our board members if you have questions.

As we kick off the new year, I’d like to bring to your attention that the membership drive will take place on Jan. 25th and will display some of IOP’s finest chili and hotwings. You will also receive a membership discount for signing up on/before the event. More information is located on the front page of the newsletter. If you are interested in becoming a board member, this event will be the time to ask questions and sign up.

Bids for park upkeep (bathrooms, lawn care, website maintenance, newsletter editor, and newsletter delivery) are open for submittal. If you are interested in any of the opportunities, please visit the website (http://www.isleofpines.org/community-stuff/), print and fill out the forms, put in an unmarked envelope and give to any board member. Submit all bids at the membership drive or anytime before February 3rd.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2020 will be a great year for the IOP.
-Jes

Presidents Message December 2019

19 Nov

We have a busy month ahead. Our annual Christmas Party will happen on Sunday, December 8th. I need volunteers (about 10) to help coordinate with cooking/prepping/serving of the turkeys and other food and set-u/clean-up after the event. If you would like to help with the event, please contact me (flyfshermn82@gmail.com). More details on the Christmas Party in this newsletter. There is also a Christmas parade that will occur. Consider it as the boat parade…but on land. Be on the lookout for more details on our Facebook page. The boat parade is scheduled for Friday, December 20th. If you have a boat and want to decorate it with lights and spread Christmas joy to those around the lake, please meet at the South end of the lake around 6:30pm. Last year we had about 15 boats, lets try to beat that number. Call it the IOP Land & Lake Christmas Parade.
Finally, the holidays are here and so is the cooler weather. Some of you will be traveling for the holidays, please do so safely. Lastly, if you are able to donate a gift to someone, I encourage everyone to donate something to an organization that helps kids or families/people that are less fortunate.
-Jes

Presidents Message October/November 2019

17 Sep

Thank you all that help to put on the Labor Day event. The food was excellent, the music was on point, the games and raffles were very entertaining. I’d say it was a great success.
Halloween and Camp Night is right around the corner. Be on the look out for more details in the newsletter.
On a much different note, I’d like to bring some vandalism to the community’s attention. There have been multiple issues with someone vandalizing the IOP Park bathrooms with stealing or damaging of bathroom supplies, intentionally attempting to clog the toilets, urination all over the floor in both bathrooms, and spreading of fecal matter in both bathrooms. A report will be filed with the sheriff department. If you know who is responsible, please contact me or the sheriff department. This needs to stop immediately. If anyone finds these issues in the bathrooms, please contact me flyfshermn82@gmail.com.
Also, there are visible signs of vehicles, golf carts, and ATV’s driving on top of the septic field and doing burn-outs on the sides. Several kids have been spotted doing this. No vehicles (of any kind) are allowed on the septic field!

-Jes

Presidents Message August/September 2019

9 Jul

Just like that, we are half way through the year. The temperatures are getting hot and staying hot, if you’re spending any amount of time outdoors, make sure to hydrate and take care of yourself…and your animals.
July 4th went of with a bang. Hope everyone that attended the event had a good time. Thanks go out to Shawn for hosting the event and cooking the burgers/hotdogs, and for those that contributed some tasty side dishes and desserts. If you liked the fireworks but wish they would have gone on for a little longer, feel free to donate at any time.
We will be having a fundraiser event on Labor Day. I encourage you to buy tickets ahead of time. If you like to bass fish, you should look into joining the IOP Bass Fishing Club. Take a look inside for the event details or ask a board member for details (listed inside the front cover of the newsletter).
I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing you out and about or during our next event.