IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL
(COMPLAINT, QUESTION ABOUT ORDINANCES/LAWS, SEEKING INFORMATION)
On the Web, go to Cape Coral 311
for information about contacting the City
by phone, email, or by filling out a web-based form.
LEE COUNTY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING
SHAMROCK LAKES AND CONNECTED CANALS
If you have a question about vegetation growth in the lakes/canals,
a specialist will come out and manage the issue.
Call Lee County Hyacinth Control at 239-694-2174.
You will be asked to provide your name and address.
Current news is listed here. For past notices, please refer to
"Past Notices: For the Record," located on our website's right side.)
Several concerns have been raised recently (with merit) about the possibility of our neighborhood being designated by the City as a flood zone. Stacey Pasek, a city employee, and SLHA board member, followed up on those concerns. “Please tell people that if they apply for a building permit, we are NOT in a flood zone. They should put a note to that effect on the permit application. To be in a flood zone, the FEMA map must show the boundary of the zone at least touching your primary structure."
Stacey's finding is consistent with our reading of the most recent CC Flood Zone map, issued in October 2022 (post-Ian).
(Approved at the Feb neighborhood meeting)
The Shamrock Lakes Homeowners Association has secured the services of a fellow resident, Paul Fischer, to assist interested homeowners in replacing/adding palm trees on the street-facing portion of their properties. Paul has years of experience in the tree business.
Paul is available to consult with homeowners regarding recommendations regarding what and where to plant, mindful of residents’ tree preferences and disease issues that have affected the neighborhood.
Homeowners will decide if and how to proceed.
For those who want to purchase new trees, Paul is willing to bundle purchase requests to secure a price discount.
To participate, contact Paul Fischer at 239/910-0837.
2023 NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE RESULTS
(February 18, 2023)
Cape Coral Caring Center reports that our food drive netted
527 pounds of food and $375 in cash donations.
Thank you, neighbors!
NEW CAPE CORAL CITY WATERING SCHEDULE AND REGULATIONS
(January 20, 2023)
Additional Watering Changes:
NEIGHBORHOOD TRADITION CONTINUES (December 26, 2022)
Longtime Shamrock Lakes neighbors Joe Kulnig and Carol Kenna (SE 1st Terrace) have relocated elsewhere in SWFL,
and many of us know Joe from his annual Christmas Day jaunt on our canals and lakes dressed as Santa.
Well, the tradition continues because of Barb O’Connell’s facilitation.
With a Santa suit donated by Joe, a jet ski borrowed from Keith Simonetti, and with
spouse Debbie offering support as an Elf, Kevin Breclaw made his rounds on Sunday.
Way to go, Kevin! Thank you!
NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE (December 23, 2022)
We wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes for 2023!
SAVE THE DATES (info to follow)
Sat., Feb 4, 10a: Annual Neighborhood Meeting
Sat., Feb 18, 9a: Annual food drive with food donated to Cape Coral Caring Center
There was damage to our entrance sign, and we thank Paul Fischer and Steve Hammer for returning the sign to an upright position, securing it on an interim basis, and replacing several of the solar lights lost in the storm. Soon, Lee Designs (the company that created the sign) will stabilize the sign in concrete, and Bill Whisler will enhance the lighting.
PROPOSAL REGARDING STREETSCAPE PALMS LOST IN HURRICANE IAN
If you have been following the discussion on our website forum regarding this topic, you know that several proposals have been put forward about how we might proceed, including whether association funds should be devoted to that effort. The SLHA Board met to discuss options, and here is the Board’s assessment and proposal.
The Board voted to submit a survey to neighborhood homeowners to solicit reactions to this proposal. Results will be shared soon thereafter. The results will also be discussed at the February 4 neighborhood meeting. Action will follow.
Look for the survey soon (it will be conducted electronically via our website). You may also wish to comment in the Forum section of our website.
Love this photo, which was taken after Hurricane Ian. From SE 12th Court.
Thanks, Sue Monteleone (October 17, 2022)
Register with Lee County to get emergency info: http://www.alertlee.com/
Hurricane-related info from Lee County: https://www.leegov.com/hurricane
Hurricane-related preparation info from the News-Press: https://www.news-press.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2019/06/01/hurricane-2019-how-prepare-hurricane-supplies-you-need/3770902002/
New Watering Schedule in Effect (posted on June 23, 2022)
The schedule is now in effect. Details here. Thanks, Eric Base, for sharing!
Burrowing Owl Nests in Shamrock Lakes (May 22, 2022)
Location information courtesy of Susan Montelone, with photo provided by Jane Manske
Where to See Burrowing Owls in Shamrock Lakes
At 1020 SE 3rd Street, on front lawn
In the vacant lot just north of 204 SE 10th Ave by cul-de-sac
At 1120 SE 1st Terrace, on front lawn
At 1202 SE Van Loon Terrace, corner of SE 12th Ave., in drainage pipe
At 1219 SE Van Loon Terrace, on front lawn
In the vacant lot just north of 136 SE 12th Ct (three burrows)
Fertilizer Regulations in Effect (starting June 1, 2022)
With the rainy season just around the corner, the City of Cape Coral reminds everyone that rules change on June 1.
The application of fertilizer containing phosphorus or nitrogen is prohibited from June 1 through September 30. Eliminating the use of phosphorus and nitrogen during the wet season helps to protect our canals and waterways, quality of life, and economy.
Excess nutrients can cause harmful algal blooms that can cause fish kills, harm pets and wildlife, and potentially injure people who encounter it.
Critical points of the fertilizer ordinance to remember:
NOTE: This is just a preview message sent for your convenience. This message has not been sent to anyone else.
New Lawn Watering Regulations (April 26, 2022)
(from Thomas Tomlins and Sue Monteleone)
FROM THE CITY: The following irrigation water use restrictions also take effect at midnight on May 2, 2022. The City of Cape Coral will be increasing enforcement activity to address illegal watering.
Due to an abnormally dry season and irrigation water usage exceeding supplies, the Stage 1 Declaration restricts lawn and landscape watering to a mandatory one-day watering schedule, as detailed below. The watering days and hours depend on the last number of the home address:
Addresses ending in 0: Monday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Addresses ending in 1: Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Addresses ending in 2: Thursday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Addresses ending in 3: Wednesday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Addresses ending in 4: Sunday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Addresses ending in 5: Saturday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Addresses ending in 6: Thursday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Addresses ending in 7: Wednesday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Addresses ending in 8: Sunday 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Addresses ending in 9: Saturday 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
For properties or developments up to and including five acres in size that have an irrigation system that simultaneously irrigates multiple properties with different watering times including, but not limited to, duplexes, multi-family units, compound use, and mixed-use units, watering is allowed on Mondays from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. For properties or developments more than five acres in size that have an irrigation system that simultaneously irrigates multiple properties with different watering times including, but not limited to, multi-family, compound use, and mixed-use units, watering is allowed on Mondays from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45-day establishment period is permitted on any day of the week from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Hand watering is allowed at any time.
Entrance Sign Lighting Improvements (April 26, 2022)
Our entrance sign had been illuminated by electricity until it was demolished by an auto several years ago. The City removed the electrical connection during the reconstruction process and asked us to use solar lights to illuminate the sign. We did, but it has been a struggle to achieve the previous level of illumination. We started with 2 solar lights, one on each side, and then transitioned to 4 solar lights, two on each side. Starting this week, the sign is being illuminated by 8 solar lights--four on each side. Two middle lights on top shine down on each side, and two lights shine up. one positioned to the left and the other to the right on each side. In addition, reflective strips are affixed to the front and back edges on both sides of the sign. Hopefully, this approach will do the trick. If not, let us know. I want to thank Bill Whisler and Steve Hammer for working with me on this project.
Shamrock Lakes Sunset Celebration (April 2, 2022)
We had a wonderful gathering--a great party--on Saturday, April 2, 2022, with over 30 neighbors attending. Thank you, Debbie Breclaw, Jane Manske, and Kathy Fear for organizing our gathering and for the many neighbors who participated. brought food, and shared laughter and camaraderie.
A Shamrock Lakes tradition is born!
NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE (March 5, 2022)
Hundreds of people took advantage of Saturday's neighborhood garage sale.
Debbie Breclaw (below, selling at her home) did a fantastic job of organizing the event, including advertising on multiple sites. Thank you, Debbie, and all of you who participated -- as sellers and/or buyers.
NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE (February 25, 2022)
FOOD DRIVE RESULTS. To help city residents in need, we donated a bit shy of a ½ ton of food and almost $300 in cash to the Cape Coral Caring Center. CCCC staff were pleased (photo below). Well done, neighbors! Thank you to Bill Whisler, Kevin and Debbie Breclaw, and Dave and Mary Jo Carroll for collecting the donations.
ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 12 2022
Thanks, Stacey and Don Pasek, for hosting our annual meeting. Thanks, too, to Paul Fischer for giving a talk and answering questions about palms and tree-related issues. About 25 neighbors attended.
Upcoming Events/Activities 2022
ANNUAL MEETING: Saturday, February 12, 10a-Noon: Yard area, Stacey & Don Pasek home, 205 SE 12th Ave, corner of SE 12th Ave/SE 2nd St. Bring lawn chair. Park along the street. Refreshments served. LANDSCAPE-RELATED DOOR PRIZES. Paul Fischer of Fischer Lawn and Landscape is our speaker. Neighborhood update and discussion. Come and enjoy your neighbors. Thank you Pasek’s for hosting our get-together!
NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE: Saturday, February 26, 9 am: Over 1 ton of food collected & $500+ in cash donated last year. See a list of food items (below) to donate. Pack food in a brown paper shopping bag/box/plastic bag and deposit the food at the end of your driveway. We’ll pick up food starting at 9 am on Sat February 26 and transport it to The Cape Coral Caring Center. If you’d like to donate money, you can do so AT THE WEBSITE (bell at the top right of the homepage, contribute at “Donations to Cape Coral Caring Center” or BY CHECK. Make out checks to CAPE CORAL CARING CENTER (tax-deductible) and drop off/mail checks to Bill Whisler, 1117 SE 3rd St. Bill will head our collection team. Thanks, Bill, and thanks to all who donate food and/or money.
BIENNIAL NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE: Saturday, March 5. 9am - 3pm. Hundreds of people took advantage of multiple sales in 2020, and we’ll offer our wares again this year. We encourage you to take part that day—not only as a buyer, but also as seller. If you sell, please know that Cape Coral requires you to register with the city. It’s without cost and simple to complete. Find/complete the form at https://garagesale.capecoral.gov/, print the permit, and display it publicly on March 5. Debbie Breclaw did a fantastic job coordinating the 2020 sale, including advertising on multiple garage sale websites and local newspapers. Her marketing drew a HUGE number of wiling buyers. Debbie will take the same approach this year. Questions? Contact Debbie at [email protected] or at 239/464-9420.
VOLUNTARY ANNUAL DUES ($25): March 1 deadline: By secure website: Registered members go to the site (web address at the top/front of this flyer) and look for the bell with a red circle at the top right of the home page. Click and that will take you to the payment page (pay by draw down to your checking account or by credit card). If you are not registered at our site, go to our web address and sign up. By check: Mail or deliver a $25 check (in care of Shamrock Lakes Homeowners Association) to Bill Whisler at 1117 SE 3rd St. Thank you!
ITEMS FOR FOOD DRIVE
ON WHAT CAN AND CAN'T BE RECYCLED (October 5, 2021)
Thank you, Susan Monteleone. To recycle or not to recycle? That is the question (from WCGU) https://news.wgcu.org/news/2021-09-21/to-recycle-or-not-to-recycle-that-is-the-question What can you recycle in Lee County? Visit Lee County Solid Waste Recycling Center to find out what should, and should not, be recycled and how people can make the most of their efforts to help the environment.
New Law on Code Complaints (July 25, 2021)
Thank you, Barb O'Connell, for bringing this matter to neighborhood attention. Read full specifications below from The Cape Coral Breese.
Beginning July 1, there is a new state law that restricts code inspectors from investigating minor noise and code violations if the person making the report doesn't provide their name and address. These reports include calling 311, by phone, in person, by mail, or by e-mail. However, all "imminent threats," which include public health, welfare, or imminent destruction of habitat or sensitive resources, will be investigated regardless of whether personal information was given by the person reporting it.
Neighborhood Tree Management Opportunity (March 10, 2021)
The topic of tree management came up at our annual meeting. As a follow-up, we offer this opportunity to Shamrock Lakes Neighborhood homeowners—access to tree management services (trimming, feeding, disease control) to interested homeowners.
Paul Fischer will do the work. Paul lives in our neighborhood (123 SE 12th Court) and has been in the tree management business since the late 1980s. His business, Fischer’s Lawn, Landscape and Tree Service, Inc., is ranked #1 on Yellow Pages with a 5-Star Rating. Paul is licensed and insured. Here is his Facebook page and website: https://www.facebook.com/FischersLawnLandscapeTreeService/
Let us know if you would like to talk with Paul about one or more tree management issues. We’ll collect names/addresses and forward them to Paul, who will be in touch with you. There is no obligation once you speak with him.
To do this work efficiently, our goal is to have all the work completed in a concentrated timeframe, hopefully in March.
If you are interested, please contact Debbie Breclaw, SLHA Board member, at [email protected] or 239-464-9420. Please contact Debbie by Sun. March 14. Thank you!
SLHA Food Drive Results (March 1, 2020)
Bravo, Shamrock Lakes!
You contributed over 1000 pounds of food and we delivered a $500 check, too. Cape Coral Caring Center staff were overwhelmed by your generosity.
The Caring Center provides emergency food to Cape Coral residents in need. Last year, CCCC served over 6000 city residents.
Thank you, Bill Whisler and Joe Kulnig, for food pick-up. Thank you, Kathy Fear for the entrance sign, and Debbie Breclaw for entrance sign decorations and day-of-event photos. We also thank those who distributed announcement flyers door-to-door--Frank Fantini and Ali Stark, Mary Jo and Dave Carroll, Steve Hammer and Jan Manske, Susan Patrick, Debbie Breclaw, and Rita Larson and Bill Whisler.
Here are several pictures (below) to celebrate our work. Let's make this an annual event.
You rock, Shamrock Lakes!
NEIGHBORHOOD DUES: Funds support neighborhood efforts, such as maintaining our entrance island. Annual dues are $25 per household by April 1st. There are two ways to pay. 1) Drop off a check to Bill Whisler at 1117 SE 3rd St. 2) Pay at our website via your checking account or credit card and without processing fees. To pay through our website, 1) log into the site and look for the bell on the upper-right side next to Welcome and your name. 2) Click on the bell, and that will take you to pay your annual dues and ‘Make a Donation.’ Once payments have been charged, you will receive a confirmation email. Problems paying dues? Contact Bill at [email protected]
NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27
We won’t be able to hold our annual neighborhood picnic because of COVID-19, but we still want to do something in the name of food and friendship.
We’ll conduct a NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE on Saturday, February 27. We invite you to participate! It’s easy, too.
Bill Whisler and Joe Kulnig will drive up in a van, load the food, and deliver it to the Cape Coral Caring Center, where it will be logged in and distributed to city residents. Questions? Contact Bill at [email protected]
If you’d like to participate, but would rather make a cash donation, go to our website, pick the donation option at the bell with the blinking light (on our home page), and contribute that way. (Make sure you register at our site first—registration instructions are on the back of this flyer). We’ll make out a check to the CC Caring Center equivalent to the cash donations we receive. THANK YOU!
*****ITEMS FOR OUR FOOD DRIVE*****
Dry Beverage Mixes
Flour and Sugar
Canned Beans and other Vegetables
Dry Milk and Canned Milk
Napkins and Plastic Forks
Powdered Coffee Creamer
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Canned Tuna, Chicken, Ham, Beef
Whole Wheat Pasta
Shamrock Lakes Homeowners Association Annual Meeting
(posted January 26, 2011)
Our annual meeting will be held virtually this year--simultaneously via ZOOM (for those who use that technology) and PHONE.
--The date is THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 6:30P.
--To get the ZOOM link or the PHONE NUMBER TO CALL, please email Frank Fear at [email protected].
Your Board of Directors met to conduct its annual meeting. You will find the minutes (WORD and PDF versions) on our website. To the right of our homepage, you'll see PAGES. Scroll down to ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES.
Thanks, Kathy Fear for preparing the minutes for us.
Frank Fear on behalf of the SLHA Board of Directors
Contact: Susan Monteleone
Telephone: 239 673-7332 Email: [email protected] ‘Little Free Library’ Charter #109285, Shamrock Lakes, Cape Coral, Florida
Hancock Bridge Median Project
(photos courtesy Jane Manske)
Posted September 1, 2020
Decisions Reached at Our 2020 Annual Meeting (February)
The policy applies to all of Lee County with additional restrictions for the City of Cape Coral. The new rules go into effect Saturday, April 25. Excerpt from The Cape Coral Breeze
The irrigation restrictions are in place to protect the region's water resources. Limited rainfall throughout the dry season has led to decreased groundwater (water beneath the surface) levels in aquifers in Lee County, officials said.
MAJOR CHANGES--lawn irrigation ONE DAY A WEEK ONLY and landscape irrigation PROHIBITED FROM 9a-5p.
The restrictions include residents on private wells.
Learn more about the restrictions here.
What to Do About Traffic on SE 12 Ave?
(posted March 1, 2020)
SURVEY RESULTS: Approximately 30% of the approximately 85 households registered at our website responded to the neighborhood survey. Those responding favored one of the options presented—install a device to monitor auto speed. The option had the highest score (that is, most liked selections minus least liked selections) of 7 votes. No other option came close. For your information, please find below all the written responses to the survey.
CITY TRAFFIC STUDY: The problem with implementing the preferred option (or doing anything, for that matter) is the City’s response based on its traffic study. The City has concluded that our situation does NOT rise to the level of taking any action, including installing a speed monitoring device, having a police car presence, lowering the speed limit, or posting red flags on the speed limit signs. The Police Department contact said that we can pursue one option (if we so choose)—lobbying our council member to request that the City construct a sidewalk on one side of SE 12th Ave (to serve as a buffer from the roadway).
BOARD ASSESSMENT: It is the judgment of the Shamrock Lakes Board that we NOT pursue the sidewalk option unless there is strong support for that move—especially from SE 12th Ave. homeowners. At the same time, the Board concluded that ‘doing nothing’ is an unacceptable option.
With that in mind, we recommend taking one step and, possibly, taking a second step.
--Create a sign and post it on the post located at our entranceway.
--If we don’t observe a noticeable difference, then we recommend taking a second step—that is, securing the support of two SE 12th Ave. homeowners to post signs on their property (one facing north, the other facing south) with a speed caution message on each sign. We’d position the signs sufficiently away from the roadway to avoid City removal.
YOUR THOUGHTS: You may have other ideas about what to do. We’ve created a FORUM at our website for input/discussion. Find it on the right side of our homepage, “Share Thoughts.” You can also contact any member of your neighborhood board.
Frank Fear on behalf of the SLHA Board of Directors
HERE IS A FULL LIST OF SURVEY COMMENTS:
All of the speeding on SE 12th Ave I have experienced in the 5 yrs I've lived here are residents, appears to be mostly Big Macho Trucks & some sports cars.
This has been a long time issue.
I think most speeders are not residents of the neighborhood.
Although I don't like speeders, I would be STRONGLY opposed to speed bumps.
I do not agree with ANY of these choices. Drop the speed limit to 20 and then, maybe, people will slow down to 30. As someone who's walked this street for 12 years now, I can tell you the speeders are the pool cleaners, the snowbirds, UPS & Fed Ex.
All service trucks.
I don't live on 12th so moderate my answers accordingly.
I have not noticed a problem.
Drivers don't read signs so doubt anything will help.
Thx for working on problem. Might have try several.
We don't live on SE 12th Ave. But we frequently walk and bike that street. The cars often slow.
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job addressing.
A Cruiser sitting around would bring everyone to attention.
I haven’t noticed much speeding. The speed limit is 30, which looks a lot faster to observers than drivers if that makes sense.
Thanks for your efforts.
Speed bumps will slow down police, ambulance and fire response, not to mention breaking their axles. A sidewalk will undoubtedly cause the removal of MANY palm trees on one side of the road. Try flashing the car speed for a while and then TICKETS.
From what I see, there are more residents speeding on SE 12th Ave and throughout Shamrock Lakes.
We believe the speed limit should be no more than 25 mph.
I have never seen anyone speeding on SE 12th Ave.
I don’t really know who the speeders are.
I've dealt with these situations a number of times including numerous traffic surveys. 90% + it is residents. I vote for stop sticks.
Approx. the past month a duck was hit a killed by a speeding vehicle and a squirrel was hit and killed by a different speeding vehicle. Station police (human not just the cruiser) or sidewalks.
Let's get something done. Very dangerous for our walkers and pets.
I'm worried about a worst-case scenario (that is, somebody getting hit) if we don't do something to curb speeding.
MUSCOVY DUCK MANAGEMENT IN SHAMROCK LAKES (February 14, 2020)
This isn't an easy topic to discuss because some neighbors find Muscovy Ducks endearing,
while other neighbors view them as pests.
No matter how anybody feels, know that Muscovy Ducks are an invasive species.
Because of that status, Lee County has passed an ordinance regarding Muscovy Duck management.
We thank neighbor Richard Bradstreet for providing info in that regard at our annual neighborhood meeting. Here is the Lee County Ordinance regarding Muscovy Ducks.
*9; SECTION 10: MUSCOVY DUCKS AS NUISANCES Animal Services is hereby given the authority to declare Muscovy ducks to be a public nuisance. If a public nuisance is determined to exist, Animal Services may break the eggs and humanely euthanize the ducks or authorize other qualified individuals to do the same. Where a nuisance is created by a Muscovy Duck or ducks, and the person responsible for the ducks can be determined, the person may be issued a citation for contributing to the creation of a public nuisance. The possession of or feeding of Muscovy ducks on public property and private property zoned residential is hereby prohibited.*
**What does it mean for Shamrock Lakes?**
**It is ILLEGAL TO FEED Muscovy Ducks.** This practice must stop. Besides, Lee County authorities deem human feeding to be unnecessary because our environment provides ducks with an abundance of edible options. Neighbors are upset at other neighbors who are feeding ducks. Because feeding Muscovy Ducks is illegal, Lee County has set high fines for engaging in that practice—$150 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, and a court appearance with MINIMUM $500 penalty for subsequent offenses.
**If you determine ducks to be pests, what can YOU do? **
(Note: Action can be taken ONLY on your property and not on other properties.)
**HOW TO KEEP MUSCOVY DUCKS FROM INVADING YOUR PROPERTY/LEAVING YOUR PROPERTY:** Lee County recommends securing a PEST COMPANY and asking the company to apply a non-toxic solution (typically in the form of animal urine at the property border) so that the smell repels ducks from your property. [You can read more information about that option here](http://lee.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/sanitary-nuisances/muscovy-ducks.html).
**HOW TO REMOVE MUSCOVY DUCKS FROM YOUR PROPERTY: **Property owners have the legal right to remove ducks from their property. However, STRICT RULES apply about how property owners may take action.
1) **It is ILLEGAL TO RELOCATE Muscovy Ducks to the wild. **
2) **EUTHANASIA IS THE ONLY LEGAL OPTION AVAILABLE.** At issue is HOW that is done. First and foremost, eradication must be done humanely. Know that pistols, rifles, and other similar firearms cannot be discharged legally in the City of Cape Coral. And evidence shows that the use of other means (e.g., pellet or BB guns) often violates the norm of humane treatment. So we recommend contacting a wildlife management service ([an example is Total Wildlife Control](https://totalwildlifecontrol.com/critter-facts-control/muscovy-duck/) to handle eradication for you.
Neighborhood board members are available to discuss this matter, including helping you work through legal and humane solutions. Contact Frank Fear at [email protected] and 517/648-8801 re next steps or talk with any board member—Debbie Breclaw, Kathy Fear, Joe Kulnig, Jane Manske, Barb O’Connell, Stacy Pasek, or Bill Whisler.
[Learn more about Muscovy Ducks here](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscovy_duck//).
***Democracy requires being able to work through difficult issues together.***
SHAMROCK LAKES GARAGE SALE (posted on February 12, 2020)
SALE DAY/TIME IS SAT MARCH 7, 9a-3p
--Leverage your sales by selling on the same day when others are selling.
--We advertise for you in local outlets.
--We post signs at the neighborhood entrance.
--Brings more buyers to our neighborhood.
NOTE: City of Cape Coral Requires Each Seller to Register Their Sale. Easy process.
Go to http://garagesale.capecoral.net/
Display permit on the day of sale in full view of customers.
PAYING ANNUAL ASSOCIATION DUES (February 5, 2020)
ANNOUNCING OUR ANNUAL MEETING
(posted December 19, 2019)
Know that the annual homeowners meeting will take place on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Jane Manske and Steve Hammer, 9 SE 12th Avenue (the first house to the left as you enter our neighborhood). Please mark your calendars!
The Shamrock Lakes Homeowners Association Board will be meeting soon to prepare the annual meeting agenda. PLEASE LET US KNOW if you would like an item/issue added to the agenda. You can share ideas publicly at ''Share Thoughts' (bar to the right on our homepage), or you can send thoughts to me directly at [email protected].
Also, our Board is open access. Let me know if you'd like to serve.
Frank Fear on behalf of the SLHA Board of Directors: Debbie Breclaw, Kathy Fear (Sec), Joe Kulnig (VP), Jane Manske, Barb O'Connell (co-Treas), Stacey Pasek, and Bill Whisler (co-Treas)
THREE ISSUES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
(October 26, 2019)
Shamrock Lakes Neighbors,
When I was working full-time, I hated receiving notices about an issue that I knew applied to one person or just a few people, not to the lot of us. As an exec, I hated sending out those messages, too. But I also knew why: people were complaining.
That is happening now in Shamrock Lakes.
First, ALL DOG-WALKERS MUST CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR PET DOES BUSINESS. If anybody disrespects this obvious rule--and you know who's doing it--document it and report it via the Cape Coral 311 Center at 311 https://etrakit.capecoral.net/etrakit3/CRM/issue.aspx Let me know, too.
Second, SPEEDING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD is always a problem, but IT'S A PARTICULAR PROBLEM WHEN IT'S ONE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE. If you catch a neighbor speeding repeatedly, contact me so that we can talk about how to proceed.
Third, Shamrock Lakes' properties will only remain marketable if each of us MAINTAIN OUR PREMISES. A FUNDAMENTAL STEP IS LAWN MOWING. If a neighbor has issues in that regard, reach out respectfully to find out why. If the neighbor needs help, let's put our heads together and figure out how we can help. If your intervention is ignored, contact Cape Coral 311.
I feel like I'm lecturing, but please also know that I'm receiving calls and emails, which means people are upset. So while I'm at it, let me close with another lecture. When dealing with any of these matters, don't let emotions get the better of you. I worry about a bad situation leading to something worse.
A wealth of hurricane-related information is available online through Lee County government. Go to the County’s HURRICANE PREPARATION GUIDE https://www.leegov.com/hurricane/. The Lee County Visitor and Convention Center has a HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE page https://www.leevcb.com/hurricane-info, which also includes a considerable amount of helpful information.
We have set up a HURRICANE TOPICS page for all neighbors registered at our website. The page is located at SHARE THOUGHTS: ISSUES AND SUGGESTIONS (located to the right on our homepage) and at https://www.shamrocklakes.com/p/Share-Thoughts-Issues-Suggestions-and. Share info, ask questions, offer advice, etc. there.
We are mindful that many neighbors reside elsewhere during the summer months. We’ve experienced anxiety personally during past hurricanes. Know that you are not alone.
--Use our Forum page ask questions and share thoughts, including about the status of your home/property.
--If you would like to talk, contact me at [email protected] and 517/648-8801.
We are here to help.
Frank Fear on behalf of the Board of Directors, Shamrock Lakes Homeowners Association
New Flag at Entrance to Our Neighborhood
...thanks to Steve Hammer and Jane Manske (July 27, 2019)
Summary of Meeting with City and County on the Shamrock Lakes Water Issue (posted July 24, 2019)
Meeting summaries are posted under Pages (right side of our homepage, second from the top).
The PowerPoint presentation will be posted as soon as we receive it from the county.
Thank you, Jane Manske and Barb O'Connell for attending and taking notes!
Comments/questions--post in 'Share Thoughts' Forum (access through the right side of our homepage)
TV Coverage of Shamrock Lakes Water Issue (June 27, 2019)
Here is the URL (link) to view TV coverage re grass debris on Shamrock Lakes. Neighbor Ronalee Ashby is featured, along with several local representatives who are responsible for water management.
Update on Shamrock Lakes Debris (June 25, 2019)
Neighbor Nadine Balasco contacted the City and CC responded with lake treatment today. The County is doing additional treatment work. The City and County are working together, which is a good sign.
With the info received today from Nadine and info offered last week by Susan Monteleone and Deb Breclaw, it’s clear that our concerns have been heard and that public agencies are responding constructively.
In the meantime, Barb O’Connell informs me that a media crew from NBC-TV2 was in the neighborhood this morning. Tune in or go online tonight to view the report.
As always, I’ll share more info as I receive it.
Our board member, Debbie Breclaw, has been researching what is going on with the unsightly debris that has appeared on the surface of Shamrock Lakes. Debbie contacted Lee County to get the details and, this morning, a Lee staff member briefed me about the situation.
The debris, which looks like grass clippings (because it is from a grass plant), is from Vallisneria Americana (also known as wild/water celery). Plant leaves, shed during the reproduction stage, have floated to the surface.
Lee County has been using a natural approach to manage leaf discharge--grass carp (carp eat the leaves). The problem this year is connected to the aftermath of the last hurricane. With high water levels, many grass carp escaped the Cape Coral system. So, now, the County is adding grass carp to the system. Staff believes that replenishing the carp population represents a longer-term, sustainable management option.
The problem is short-term management. For that, the County is using chemical applications. That approach has been initiated, carefully, as the County experiments with various chemicals to see which one (or combo) works optimally. The County will monitor the situation over the next few weeks/months and adjust treatment as necessary.
The big challenge is blue/green algae, which represents a human health hazard (unlike the wild/water celery, which is an aesthetics issue). Wild/water celery helps combat blue/green algae. That is why the County will not eradicate the plant. The primary objective is to keep algae from growing in our water system. Once there, it is difficult to eradicate, and wild/water celery is part of the management strategy.
As you can see, this is a complicated situation that requires taking a balanced approach to water resource management.
We shall keep you posted on new developments/changes regarding this matter.
Xfinity (Comcast) Problems
(May 6, 2019)
Multiple households in the neighborhood are experiencing internet/TV issues with intermittent service interruptions. For comments, go to our Comments section (right side of our home page).
Comment there if you are having problems. Recommend solutions, too.
Neighbor's Cat Missing
(March 20, 2019)
Tina Baldwin communicated yesterday to say that her Hemingway cat, Yogi, is missing--the result of a door left open by a contractor who was working at her home. A photo of Yogi is attached.
The Baldwin's live on Hancock Bridge Parkway at the northern end of our neighborhood.
If you see Yogi, please contact Tina at (727) 320-3019.
New Feature at Our Website
(February 28, 2019)
It's the 'Neighborhood Marketplace" where neighbors can post items of interest for purchase,
and items for sale/trade.
The first item is on the Marketplace now.
Find 'Marketplace' in the column to the right of our homepage, the last item on the list.
Send items for posting--with a description/price, photo, and contact info--to Frank at [email protected]
"The Shamrock List" of Recommended Service Providers
(February 22, 2019)
Thank you, Barb O'Connell,
for coming up with the idea of assembling a neighborhood-generated list of preferred service providers.
Called 'The Shamrock List,"
you can find the first draft of that list on the righthand side of our homepage.
Please add to the list!
Send info to Frank Fear at [email protected].
Include the area of service provision, the personal & company name of the service provider,
and phone and email/website contact info.
We'll update the list regularly.
Shamrock Lakes HOA Annual Meeting Minutes
(February 20, 2019)
Minutes are now posted. See the agenda/minutes portal on the righthand side of our homepage.
Shamrock HOA Annual Meeting, February 7, 2019
SHAMROCK LAKES ANNUAL PICNIC
Shamrock Lakes annual picnic at German-American Club in Cape Coral. Thanks to Joe Kulnig for arrangements, Kathy Fear for sign design, and Jane Manske for creating table ornaments. Fun had by all!
***SHAMROCK LAKES PICNIC INFO***
SUNDAY FEB. 17, starting at 12:30P
Our annual picnic will be held in conjunction with Biergarten Fest at the German-American Club.
The Club is at 2101 SW Pine Island Road, next to Bubba’s Roadhouse. There’s plenty of free parking available.
Admission is $3 per person—waived for Shamrock Lakes Neighborhood residents
who registered to attend (N=2) adults with kids <12 free.
Gatekeepers will have a list of Shamrock Lakes Neighbors who registered.
If you registered for the picnic, and encounter a problem entering, call Frank at 517/648-8801.
If your party includes >2 adults and/or children >12, the cost is $3 per person, payable to the Club at entrance.
DO NOT BRING FOOD or A DISH TO PASS.
FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS are available for purchase from vendors on-site. MAKE SURE YOU BRING MONEY TO DINE!
We’ll SIT AT TABLES RESERVED for the Shamrock Lakes Neighborhood. Look for SHAMROCK TABLE ORNAMENTS!
TABLES ARE CONCRETE CONSTRUCTIONS. We recommend bringing CUSHIONS/BLANKETS for comfortable seating.
Online Dues Paying, Solar Lights, and Canal Treatment
(January 11, 2019)
You can now pay your annual SLHA dues online at this website.
See the flashing red light at the upper right of your home page.
Solar lights have been installed at our entrance sign.
Lee County was contacted and then sprayed for hyacinth growth in the Heath and Grey canals.
ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
(posted January 6, 2019)
The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 6:30p
at the home of Frank & Kathy Fear, 1216 SE 2nd St.
Friendship, good discussion, and refreshments guaranteed!
KUDOS TO NEIGHBORS FOR MAINTAINING OUR INLAND ISLANDS
(Posted January 7, 2019)
Great job by those who took the time to pull weeds and beautify our inland islands--SE 1st Terrace, SE 3rd St., and SE 10th Ave. See results below. Thank you!
'HOMES FOR SALE' IN SHAMROCK LAKES
(posted December 5. 2018)
Information is posted about homes for sale in our neighborhood.
Go to the listing on the right of our home page.
Go to 'Homes for Sale."