BIRD WALK at Highland Oaks Park – Sunday Sept 22nd

It’s songbird migration time! Highland Oaks Park is in the top ten Audubon birding sites in North Miami Dade County. More than 150 species make their home or migrate through the park.

Join us with experienced Audubon ornithologist Smith as we view dozens of beautiful and rare songbirds and waterfowl. This Sunday at 8 am, meet at Highland Oaks Park Community Center.

HOA General Membership Meeting September 18, 2019

The Skylake Highland Lakes Area HOA will be holding a general membership meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at Highland Oaks Park building at 7 PM.

This is your chance to hear from Miami Dade Police, Kent Security, Miami Dade Code Enforcement as well as elected officials and staff members from local and state government including Commissioner Heyman, State Rep. Watson, State Sen. Pizzo, and School Board Representative Dr. Martin Karp.

We will also have Sue Torano from the Miami Dade County Special Assessment District on hand to answer questions. Applications for gate passes will also be available for those in need.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

Join or renew your membership now!

If you haven’t already paid your 2019 dues, or are not yet a member, we will be accepting applications at the meeting. Please help spread the word about this meeting to your friends and neighbors who might not be on social media.

Guard Gates Closed

Miami Dade County has started the process (way too early) of shutting down the Special Taxing District Guard Gates in the area, and I am not sure when they will reopen.

The Skylake Highland Lakes Area HOA has contracted with Kent Security and will be paying the cost, to provide a roving security guard for both north and south of Ives beginning Saturday night.  These shifts will run from 10 PM – 6 AM prior to the storm and will resume when it is safe. This service will run for up to 7 days if needed. 

The HOA would like to remind you to please take to the time to renew your membership or join today if you have not already.

Your nominal $30 yearly membership fee helps fund emergency needs such as this.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. As always, please call 911 for an actual emergency or 311 for non-emergency needs.

Rick Schermer

President

Skylake Highland Lakes Area HOA

305-710-2077

Email Rick

Neighborhood Prep for Hurricane

I wanted to let everyone know that the Skylake Highland Lakes Area HOA is currently working on our Hurricane prep for the entire area covered by the HOA. One of the biggest challenges we face as an underserved, unincorporated area has been access to services post storm.

We have taken the lessons learned after Hurricane Irma in 2017, and put plans in place regarding police, security and our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

State Sen. Pizzo has offered the full assistance of his staff to help us with any resources needed at the state level, including FPL, which has always been a challenge.

We have reached out to Kent Security and put them on stand by to provide roving security if needed. This service will be paid for by the HOA and cover both the north and south of Ives areas. We have also reached out to Miami-Dade PD to make sure they patrol the area as well.

The CERT team has emergency supplies and will stage them with our team members throughout the area. We have also purchased additional emergency supplies for use post-storm. I will post more info on CERT later today.

If you are not already a member of the HOA, now is a great time to join.

Finally, I would like to ask everyone to let their neighbors who might not be part of this website know that we are here for them and to let us know of any special service request.

Construction Update – NE 26th Ave & NE 209 Ter

Commissioner Heyman’s office has passed along the following information regarding the Intersection Improvement Project No. 20180096/Work Order No. 5 (NE 26th Avenue and NE 209th Terrace).

Construction is scheduled to begin during this month, August 2019, and is anticipated to be completed in November 2019. If you have questions about this project, please contact Jennie Lopez, Public Information Officer for Department of Transportation and Public Works, at 305-375-2810 or by email at Jennie.Lopez@miamidade.gov.

Public Space Challenge Colorful Blocks

Public Space Challenge Finalist!

Several weeks ago our very own Bob Weisblum, Government Affairs & Grants Chairperson, brought to the Boards attention that the Miami Herald printed a story regarding The Miami Foundation running a grant contest. They were seeking ideas from residents who wanted to improve their communities and foster neighborliness.

The focus was on pedestrians, cyclists, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, public transit stations, bike lanes, running paths, boat ramps, and waterways. Projects that are adopted would share in $250,000 in grant money. Besides himself entering two project ideas, we would like to thank Board Members Bill Clayton, Marc Frankel, Jacci Seskin, and Bari Schanerman for taking the time and effort in submitting their ideas.

Nearly 300 ideas were submitted and we are proud to say that one of our Board Members entries was chosen among the 34 finalists, congrats Bob!  The entry that is a finalist has to do with the intersections of Ives Dairy Road and 24th Avenue and Miami Gardens Drive and West Dixie Highway.  It involves a design of vivid colors of boxes with signage “DO NOT BLOCK THE BOX’. The purpose is to keep traffic flowing with no standing vehicles in the intersection.

Upon notification of being a finalist, Bob along with Board President Rick Schermer and previous Board President Marc Hurwitz began to contact the county (jurisdiction over Ives Dairy Road) and the state (Miami Gardens Drive). The county refused at this time to a sit-down and discussion, but State Representative Watson and State Senator Pizzo loved the idea. Both have voiced support and Senator Pizzo has forwarded a letter of support to the Miami Foundation regarding the project.

The winners will be named in September and a winning entry can receive up to $25,000 in grant money. The final entry has to submit a lot of paperwork including a budget and costs of implementation and other tasks needed.

This project is in the name of the Homeowners Association and if we are one of the winners we would like to call upon you, our neighbors, to volunteer some time and effort as needed. The winner will have until October of 2020 to complete the task. We will keep you updated as news arrives!

A huge thank you once again to Bob Weisblum for taking the time and effort for the betterment of our community.

HOA General Membership Meeting 2019

The Skylake Highland Lakes Area HOA will be holding a general membership meeting on Wednesday, June 26th at Highland Oaks Park building at 7 PM. We are expecting many of our local government officials to attend including representatives from Miami-Dade Police, Kent Security, Commissioner Heyman’s office, State Senator Pizzo’s office and State Rep. Watson’s office among others.

We will also have Miami Dade code enforcement, Miami Dade Special Taxing District and a county representative discussing Airbnb’s. Gate pass applications will be available for those who need them from the Special Taxing District.

If you haven’t already paid your 2019 dues, or are not yet a member, we will be accepting applications at the meeting. Please help spread the word about this meeting to your friends and neighbors who might not be on social media.

LED Conversion Street Lighting Special Taxing Districts

LED Conversion Street Lighting In Special Taxing Districts

Miami Dade County is committed to a brighter future for our area! Together with FPL, they are working to brighten up our streets for those evening strolls with new LED lighting.

The Special Assessment Districts Division has partnered with Florida Power & Light to convert special taxing lighting districts current street lights to equivalent LED energy efficient street lights. The conversion to LED lights offers many advantages.

LED lights are more energy efficient providing a reduction in energy usage and are more dependable lowering maintenance costs. They have a higher color rendering index which makes it easier to differentiate colors at night and are more directional, which reduces light pollution. The conversion of 903 special taxing lighting districts throughout Miami-Dade County will be done in four phases and is expected to be completed by 2021 or sooner.

Below please find the special tax lighting districts within Commission District 4 that FPL has informed us they are working on converting to LED.

L-0016 Enchanted Lake
L-0027 Sky Lake
L-0042 Highland Sparling
L-0047 Sabal Palm

For more information, contact the Special Assessment District Division at (305-375-2702) or by email at stdp@miamidade.gov; also, you can go to miamidade.gov/parks/assessment-districts.asp.

Change in Leadership at the SkyHigh HOA

Breaking News: Change In Leadership at the SkyHigh HOA

Dearest Neighbors and HOA Members,

We are sad to announce the resignation of Mr. Steve Parkins from his position as HOA President. Mr. Parkins has accepted an exciting job offer which will take him and his family out of state. We thank Mr. Parkins for his service and wish him all the best.

By unanimous vote, Rick Schermer, former Chairperson of the Security & CERT Committee, has been elected as President for the remainder of the calendar year. Mr. Schermer has been involved with the HOA for five years and has been an invaluable member bringing with him vast knowledge in leadership.

Board member Pablo Barreiro, Co-Chairperson of the Security & CERT Committee will now assume the Chairperson position.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Schermer on his election, Mr. Parkins on his new adventures, and Mr. Barreiro in his new position.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming general membership meeting on June 26th, 2019 at 7PM at the Highland Oaks Park building.

On behalf of the SkyHigh HOA,
Erica Chao
Communications Chair