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*****RBCC OPEN HOUSE ******

** Satellite Dish Antenna Policy **

RBOA Board Closed Meeting

Sept 10th Rocky Bayou Country Club invites YOU to an OPEN HOUSE. Come see what membership is all about!


4 foot Alligator spotted in Lake Amick (16 June 2016).  Lakefront property owners take note.  Trapper has been called to remove.  If you see an alligator call Scott Wilcoxen at 850.582.2190.  Thank you.  RBOA BOD


The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will provide additional patrol and check the security of your home while you are away.  You can provide all info on line as follows:
One week ahead of your departure or ASAP thereafter Go to; LClick Resources More Info; LClick OCSO Programs Vacation Security Check.

Have available for input: Your Name, address, email, phone; Next of Kin name, address, phone; dates of trip (depart to return); Other helpful info (cars in driveway, lawn service, pet sitter, neighbor with key, contact info while on vacation, etc.)

Lakes Amick, Henderson, Kenny,
Phelps and Werk

The Rocky Bayou Owners Association (RBOA) has a strict NO SWIMMING policy for these lakes. If you become aware of anyone swimming in these lakes, please contact a member of the RBOA Board. Violations of this no swimming policy will be referred to the appropriate authorities for legal action.

Boating and fishing in Lakes Amick, Henderson and Werk are permitted by RBOA members in accordance with the restrictive covenants. Usage of these lakes is not permitted by non-members. Usage of Lakes Kenny and Phelps is regulated by the Rocky Bayou Country Club. (for entire article click here)


RBOA Documents Now Online

Covenants, by-laws, and other RBOA documents are available for viewing/downloading from the RBOA website.  All of the documents are in Adobe PDF format.  Click on the “Documents” navigational button to access these documents.

Website Address:
You can now access the RBOA website using for the website address. Please add this address to your Favorites / Bookmarks, and tell your neighbors. The Board plans to expand use of the website to provide better communication and improved service. Watch for the changes over the coming months.
Email List:
The e-mail list is an ongoing project that is part of the RBOA website. To join the list, just click on the “E-mail List” button. This should bring up a message window in your e-mail client, with your e-mail address, etc., ready to be sent to the RBOA Secretary-Treasurer. No additional message is necessary; you can just clink on your Send button. As the e-mail list grows, the board will begin to use the e-mail list to communicate with participating members.

With increased interest and installation of satellite dish type antennas for television reception, the Board of Directors as developed a policy to be followed in all 13 units of the association.

Background first:  as directed by Congress in Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, The Federal Communications Commission adopted the Over-the-Air Reception Devices (“OTARD”) RULE CONCERNING GOVERNENTAL AND NONGOVERNMENTAL restrictions on viewers ability to receive video programming signals from direct broadcast satellites (“DBS”), broadband radio service providers (formerly multichannel multipoint distribution service or MMDS), and television broadcast stations (“TVBS”).

This rule (47 C.F.R. Section 1.4000) has been in effect since October 1996, and it prohibits restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming.  This rule applies to video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37”) in diameter, TV antennas and wireless cable antennas.  This rule prohibits most restrictions that: (1) unreasonable delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use: (2) unreasonable increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal.

Unit covenants address placement restrictions on satellite antennas but are outdated (not in line with the OTARD rule).  Accordingly, and effective immediately, installation of satellite dish antennas still require formal application through the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) showing placement location on the property and brief explanation for the location.  See Architectural Control on the web site home page for application procedure.  In general, preferred locations are in the back yard, on the rear roof or rear side of the house. The ACC will act quickly within the OTARD rule outlined above to approve placement of the device.   Your understanding and full cooperation is appreciated in advance.  

Thank you,
Board of Directors.


Rocky Bayou Country Club Request

"The Rocky Bayou Country Club is private property and use of the grounds is for club members and their guests only.  Your appreciation and observation are requested.  Also, please do not allow pets, principally dogs to roam (run freely) on the course.  Dogs are messy and have been seen disturbing sand traps.  Club management thanks you for your understanding and cooperation".   


We are currently experiencing a marked increase in sighting of larger wildlife, including foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and black bears. Other adjoining neighborhoods have similar reports. Many of the sightings have been in backyards and streets, not just roaming through the adjacent woods. It is possible that this increased activity is due to new road and neighborhood construction, or simply new migration patterns of the animals. Regardless, we are asking RBOA residents to be extra vigilant and safety-conscious. Other typical animal issues include alligators and beavers in our lakes. We have not had a sighting of either for a few years now, but it is always possible.

Recommendations:  Do NOT leave food on your patios/decks; do NOT leave small pets outside unattended. Do NOT approach wildlife or tease/agitate. While RBOA cannot necessarily eradicate these animals, please call a Board member if you see them, and we will explore options.


The Board of Directors will conduct a closed meeting of the Board on 11 May 2016 at Niceville City Hall beginning at 7:00 pm with counsel to discuss potential litigation for enforcement of covenants.

Architectural Control
The design and placement of any new houses or additions to the property of an existing house (e.g. pools and enclosures, fence, shed, decks, children’s play units, etc.) must be in accordance with the Covenants for the Unit where the lot is located. The Architectural Control Committee (ACC) operates to ensure this requirement is met. Please submit your application to the ACC with appropriate supporting documentation as indicated in the APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF A HOUSE PLAN OR ADDITION . You can review your covenants by clicking on Documents and then clicking on the Covenant document for your unit. Unsure of your unit or lot? Click  Documents, then click RBOA Member Property Listing, find your address and the Unit and Lot numbers are shown. We will move as fast as possible to review your application. We have 30 days if we need it for new houses.  All others no limit but we will move as fast as possible with a goal of less than 30 days.
Covenant Enforcement

The RBOA Board receives complaints regarding violations of the restrictive covenants on an ongoing basis. Recently, President Dave Ladd mailed a letter to all members regarding covenant compliance. A copy of the letter is available here. The Board has adopted a more assertive position regarding covenant enforcement.  Violators will be notified by certified mail and given and opportunity to correct the violation(s).  Initial approach will include the possibility of a fine levied by the Board  as defined and implemented by amendment to the Association’s By Laws (by two thirds vote of the membership at the 2010 Annual Meeting held in March).  Continued violation will be referred to the Association’s attorney for legal action.   Currently, there are six covenant enforcement actions in progress, one of which has been referred to the RBOA attorney.

Members of the RBOA Board will regularly monitor all units for covenant violations. If you become aware of a covenant violation, please contact a member of the RBOA Board.

Copies of the restrictive covenants applicable to your unit/lot are available under “Documents” on this website. If you are not familiar with your restrictive covenants, please read the covenants applicable to your unit/lot.


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