The Board of Directors May monthly meeting will be held 11 May 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm at Nicevillle City Hall. All members are welcome to attend.
SHERIFF’S VACATION SECURITY CHECK
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 http://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/; 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.
can now access the RBOA website using rboa.net 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.
|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.
The Association is addressing the beaver issue in our lakes. Beavers are taking down trees along the lakefronts. Several complaints have been received. The Board is researching trapping and removing the beavers as one solution. In the interim lakefront property owners/residents should take protective measures by placing wire mesh and or fencing around their trees.
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 RBOA.net 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.
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".
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.
| 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.
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.