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.

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.

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.