MINUTES: Monthly Members’ Meetings


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 pm by SVCA First Vice-president Maureen Holland. Rick Curwood, Second Vice-president, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The minutes from the October 19, 2015 General Membership Meeting as published in the November issue of the South Venice Beach WAVE were approved.

Maureen reported that the SouthVeniceBeach.org web site is open for renewing and buying new memberships. Membership cards will be mailed to those who sign up online. Speaking as editor of the WAVE, she said contributions from members – news items or photos – are welcome.

Maureen announced that a new Trustee has been elected by the SVCA board and will be announced in the December 2015, WAVE and everyone was reminded about the upcoming Community Yard Sale on Saturday, November 21.

Maureen then called for committee reports:

Rick Curwood said after a problem arose with the hall floor, which had been refinished in July, he contacted Service Master Commercial Cleaning Services, the original contractor, and at no charge to the SVCA, they came back and redid the whole floor. On behalf of the SVCA, he thanked them for their prompt and honest service.

Laraine Jansen, SVCA Secretary, made the following announcements.

  • Beautiful Neighborhood Project is Saturday, November 21, 8:30 a.m.
  • Alligator Drive cleanup is Saturday, December 19, 8:30 a.m.
  • No CERT meeting in December. Next meeting is January 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Next Siesta Waterway work day is in January. Date to be determined. The November waterway work day was well attended and the volunteers planted a lot of plants donated by the South Venice Garden Club.

Laraine, also our progam coordinator, then introduced the evening’s speaker, Kevin Burns, Sarasota County Code Enforcement Officer.

Kevin began by defining trash and explaining what can be left at the curb and what needs a special pick up. He discussed the dangers of improperly disposing needles and drugs (take them to the sheriff’s office for disposal), as well as explosive items.

Kevin then answered many questions from the audience:

  • Who does the trash at the end of a driveway belong to? Be careful with paperwork that may contain confidential information.
  • Who owns the drainage ditches in front of homes?
  • What is the proper way to dispose of used razor blades?
  • What happens if garbage is put out earlier than 5:00 p.m. the day before pick up?
  • Do code enforcement officers ride around looking for violations or wait for complaints?
  • What are the restrictions imposed on code enforcement officers—can they enter yards, look over fences, etc.?
  • Can complaints be anonymous?
  • How big is the code enforcement’s area?
  • Who takes care of overgrown foliage that encroaches over the street?
  • How to deal with encroachment onto property from a neighbor’s property?
  • How does one know what trees can be cut down?
  • Will FPL clear trees from powerlines.
  • How many trailers/boats/cars can be on one property?
  • What are the rules for fundraiser signs by our association?
  • Does construction equipment need a permit?
  • There was a discussion about trailers, RVs, and debris in yards.
  • Can RVs parked in a yard be lived in?
  • What if a neighbor is still using an out-of-state license plate after several years?
  • There was a discussion about junk in a non-fenced yard.

The 50/50 winner was Bart Rhoten, who donated $20 back to the SVCA. Thank you Bart! The meeting adjourned about 8:15 pm and everyone enjoyed the snacks and coffee and conversation with their neighbors.

Submitted by Laraine Jansen, SVCA Board Secretary