HOA Community Donation Request Letter

Hi Neighbors! We need your help. Your neighbors need your help.
Please see the attached community plea below.

The HOA is coming together to support our community members that are in need at this difficult time. We are requesting your help with donations.

Who: You!
What: Donate canned goods, toiletries, masks, gloves, wipes, vitamins
When: Tuesday, April 7th 12pm – 5pm
Where: Drop off Donations – 207th Street – near the back entrance of VABHOE
Why: Your neighbors need your help!

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All Miami-Dade Park Programs Suspended & County Parks Closed

· All recreation and nature centers will be closed.

· All pools will be closed.

· All recreation programs will be canceled.

· All athletic programs, games, practices and events will be canceled.

· New venue rentals for park facilities will not be processed during the above period; existing indoor venue rentals will be canceled.

· All field trips will be canceled.

Parks are now closed to the public.

The operational changes and time periods described herein are subject to change. As such, you are encouraged to monitor the County’s website, www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

News Alert From Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman

COVID-19 Miami-Dade County Update from Commissioner Sally Heyman

*Miami-Dade County officials continue to work with local, state and federal agencies in monitoring COVID-19, part of the coronavirus family. The Florida Department of Health is updating information regularly. Read the latest information related to COVID-19 in Florida.   

  • Individuals in Miami-Dade County who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should:
    • Call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at (305) 324-2400.
    • Call your medical provider (if you have one).
    • If traveling to a medical office/facility, call ahead of time.
    • Any other questions about COVID-19 in Florida, please call the Florida Department of Health at 1-866-779-6121. For a medical emergency, call 911.
  • Senior Centers
    • Centers were closed at the end of business day on Monday, March 16, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice.
    • County has asked facility administrators to verify that there is a plan in place for seniors to continue receiving meals.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS)
    • All schools have been closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
    • They will not open until Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
    • For more information call MDCPS’ hotline at (305) 995-3000 or visit Miami-Dade County Public Schools updates.
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez – Closing of Establishments
    • An Executive Order was signed on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to close all on-site services at restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues throughout MDC, effective at 11 p.m.
    • Emergency order applies to:
      • Restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, lounges, night clubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, and alcohol and food service businesses with seating for more than eight people, as defined by County code.
    • Kitchens will remain open for pick-up and delivery services. 
    • Take-out and delivery to continue, along with services at airport and seaport.
  • Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez – Use of Micro-mobility Devices
    • An Executive Order was signed prohibiting the use of all common-use mopeds, scooters, and micro-mobility devices, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.
    • New restrictions ensure COVID-19 will not be transmitted by common-use micro-mobility devices.
  • Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez – Gathering of People
    • An Executive Order was signed prohibiting the gathering of 10+ people in any parks, beaches, or recreation facilities owned and operating by the County.
    • Order went into effect on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 9 a.m.
    • Strict social distancing of 6 feet recommended for groups of 10 or fewer.
  • Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS)
    • All libraries have closed effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, until further notice.
    • For more information, visit www.mdpls.org/.
  • Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department
    • They have closed all Head Start/Early Head Start locations for the week of March 16-20, 2020 and as planned, they will be closed for Spring Break, from March 23-27, 2020.
    • They will continue to monitor the situation and will reevaluate when to safely start up services again.
    • For more information, call 786-469-4699 or go to www8.miamidade.gov/global/socialservices/home.page.
  • Price Gouging
    • Please contact the following:
      • Miami-Dade State Attorney Price Gouging Hotline: 
        • 305-547-3300
      • State Attorney General Price Gouging Hotline: 
        • 1-866-966-7226

For the most recent updates and more information, go to miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

Contact Commissioner Heyman
District Office
1100 NE 163 Street
Suite 303
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Phone (305) 787-5999
Fax (305) 787-5998

Downtown Office
111 NW 1 Street
Suite 220
Miami, FL 33128
Phone (305) 375-5128
Fax (305) 372-6179

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.

Slow Down! Speed Hump Installations Start April 27th in Highland Lakes.

For years, the residents have been asking for traffic dampening measures. We’ve been asking for a way to discourage through traffic routed from Ives Dairy. We’ve been asking for a way to slow the speeders endangering our children. We’ve been asking for a way to reduce Stop sign runners.

Beginning April 27th, speed humps will be installed in the locations on the map below. These locations were chosen by a team of county engineers following in-depth analysis. It will take approximately four weeks to complete.

We know that many of you will rejoice. We also know that some of you will not be pleased. We have been told that the design being used are low humps (vs. Bumps) and will have no impact on a vehicle’s suspension if traversed at a slow rate of speed–which is the whole point.

Once again, we’d like to thank all the volunteers of the HOA and Commissioner Sally Heyman who made this possible.