Friday, June 30, 2006

An Update on Renovating the Greens

The crew is hard at work today sprigging the greens. I have posted photos to explain the process.

First We Spread the Sprigs by Hand

And Then We Disc

And Finally We Water

Watering, watering and more watering until, in a few weeks, we are ready to mow!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

We are sad to announce ...

We are sad to announce the passing of former long time resident Helen Manning. A viewing will be held at 10:00 am followed by a service at 11:00 am on Monday, July 3 at the Hiers Baxley Funeral Home located at 910 SE Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

You Can't Believe Everything You Read!

Recently I was shown a flyer that implied that Michael Rich, our developer here at Harbor Hills, had filed for bankruptcy a few years back. The flyer even gave a case number. Upon further investigation, it was found that the case number provided involved a Michael Rich that has a different middle initial, a different address and a different wife's name than "our" Michael Rich. Our Michael Rich was living in Broward County, Florida in 2003 while the one who filed bankruptcy was living in Fruitland Park.
Those printing the flyer may not have deliberately misled us, but they certainly didn't do their homework. If you do some research of your own concerning the parties publishing the flyer and bankruptcy, you might find that this whole situation is more than a little ironic. While they may have bankruptcy issues, our developer does not.

Our Youngest Resident!

Congratulations to Scott and Emma Sentell on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter! Samantha was born on June 22, weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. She qualifies as our youngest resident. I won't ask who might be the oldest!

Congratulations to Bill Murn!

Bill Murn is pictured here with the largest bass caught by a Harbor Hills resident this year! It was "officially" weighed in on Tiit Gentalen's scale at 8 -3/4 pounds - a half pound larger than any Tiit Gentalen has caught this year! I understand that the rainy days have been great for fishing in the Orange Canal.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Your Help Would Be Appreciated

We are in the process of repairing a valve at one of the wells that serves our water system. We hope to have the repairs completed tomorrow. You may notice a small drop in water pressure in the middle of the night when most people choose to irrigate. In view of the amount of rain we have had recently, it would be helpful for us if you would choose not to run your irrigation this evening.

Thank You

Amid all the controversy over a few people who refuse to comply with the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for our community, I realized that the majority of honorable residents who do comply are getting very little appreciation. I may get a few grumbles when I point out to a resident that they have an item out of compliance. But in 99 times out of 100, once the item is brought to their attention, they honor their commitment to the community, and comply. Experience has led me to the theory that even the most community minded person has a particular rule that they would prefer not to follow. But, because they do honor their neighbors, they comply.
I would like to thank all of you who treat me in a respectful manner and understand that there is nothing personal when I bring to your attention that an item needs corrected. I am grateful for your cooperation and am proud to work with and for you. Please understand that we will not let the few defiant residents, who get the attention of the community by refusing to comply, slip through the cracks. We will follow the guidelines set out in the community documents and the procedures allowed by law to resolve the situation. We understand that you would like immediate results and so would we. Unfortunately, in very rare cases, the actions of the resident in non-compliance make immediate correction impossible. We will follow the legal avenues available to us as quickly as possible to resolve the situation to the benefit of the community.
Thanks again to all of you whose actions show that you do value your community and your neighbors.

Friday, June 23, 2006

We miss you!

All of us here at the club miss your smiling faces! Unfortunately, our traditionally slower paced summer months have also been impacted by the renovation of the golf course. The front nine holes are closed and we anticipate closing the back nine next week. We want to assure you that our staff is still here Tuesday through Sunday, hoping that you will join us. During this renovation period, we are making good use of our time, doing everything we can to better your ability to enjoy our great facilities. Please join our personable staff in the Signature Grille for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, for breakfast on the weekends, or for a cocktail or pitcher of beer. We are currently working on a new menu for the Grille and would love to have your suggestions. Please come by to say "Hi," enjoy a meal or beverage, or relax at the pool or inside in the air conditioning. We miss You!
With thanks and best wishes,
The Staff
Pictured above are Nicole, Debra, Leigh Ann, Becca, Christina and Bob

Thursday, June 22, 2006


A beautiful black lab puppy has been found near the north entrance of Harbor Hills. He is approximately six months old and was found without a collar. If you have lost your puppy, please contact Les Ridge at 430-0155.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Kids Camp is Coming!

We have a week of Kids Camp fun scheduled for the week of July 17-21. The lucky children and grand -children of members will enjoy golf, tennis, swimming and cooking with the chef. Camp is limited, for safety reasons, to 36 children. We have had a few cancellations. Please call me at 753-7000 if you are interested in enrolling a child. We promise to send them home tired!

July 3

Please note! Although the club is scheduled to be closed on Mondays while the greens are being rebuilt, it will be open on Monday, July 3.

Monday, June 19, 2006

A Happy Harbor Hills Resident

This crane and its mate can be seen most days taking a stroll down Harbor Hills Boulevard.

Friday, June 16, 2006


We realize that many of our members may be anxious to check on the progress of the work on the greens. Please show great caution and keep golf carts well back from the heavy equipment. If you have questions about the work, please address them to Steve Henne.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Developer Donation

As announced at the 2005 annual meeting of the Harbor Hills Homeowners' Association, Michael Rich offered a donation of $250 per home constructed and closed by Harbor Hills Development plus a bonus if a member of the homeowners' association had referred that buyer. Based on closings for 2005, a donation of $2,750.00 will be made to the association. The resident directors, Regi Chapin, Harold Tassell and Tom Warren will decide how best to use the donation to benefit the community.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Work has Begun!

As promised, we have begun work on the rebuilding of the greens. At this point, only the front nine holes are closed. As soon as the dirt work is complete on the front nine, we will close the back nine and begin work there as well. We hope to open with temporary fairway greens in mid August.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


A new sport has arrived at Harbor Hills! Wallyball is here! One to four members per team can play a volleyball type game with a net in the racquetball court. The equipment is available in the entryway to the court. Rules will be posted there. Bring your own referee!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Round Table Rescheduled

The Round Table meeting for this month was rescheduled and will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 am at the clubhouse. Hope to see you there.