Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CV Messenger Paper


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Ducks, Ducks and more Ducks



Birds, Birds, Birds. You want Birds we got them. 

All over the Village. The birds you see are called Muscovy Ducks.

They are considered a nuisance, but I don’t think so. When I see one of more of them walking, or I should say waddling across a street I have to stop and laugh. Also, if you have noticed, these Ducks expect you to stop when they are crossing the street in your way.

You can see a bunch of ducks on Duck Island. It is probably mating season. No Humans allowed.

If you go there, you will be attacked. It is funny to talk about. But not funny to have a big angry Male squawk at you, flap his wings and snap his beak.

These Birds seem to nest in our neighborhoods and are contented. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.

You should not feed them. You should not feed them bread. This is not good for them, and they will not eat it all. Their bread leavings will attract other varmints, such as Rats, etc.


Cooked and ready to eat, this Duck is known as a Barbary Duck.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

UCO's Broadband (read Wi-Fi)



So Dear Readers, read the above. This was handed out by the UCO organization. It shows the Broadband (read Wi-Fi) deal that the Great One has been working on and harping about.

What do you think of this?

The price is outrageous. Do you think we are going to pay $200 per unit to get what we already have with the Association's WiFi (read Broadband).

So I must be missing something. Or better yet, if you go for this you are missing something.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The anniversary of Shakespeare's death

Saturday the 16th of April is believed to be the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (he is thought to have died on his 52nd birthday).

His death wasn’t front-page news in 1616. In fact, it was barely noted, unless you happened to be in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, his birthplace.

He was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, the Shakespeares’ parish, where the baptismal register had an entry in 1564 that read, “Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakespeare.”

He also penned his own epitaph, a final verse: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare / to dig the dust enclos├ęd here. / Blessed be the man who spares these stones, / and cursed be he who moves my bones.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dead fish filling up the Waterways

Speaking about the Rotten Smell, what about the large fish kill between Oxford and Sheffield. The waterway is FULL of dead fish.

THis may of happened because of poor oxygen due to the rains. But I don't think so.

This is a problem that must be addressed and cured.

See the following post

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Smells again

WHAT IS THAT ROTTEN SMELL ?
The rotten smell wafting through
your window is hydrogen sulfide gasses
that are the product of decomposing algae
and dead vegetation in CV Lake.

The sun sparkling on the waters of
our lake is a wonderful sight. But the
beauty is belied by a closer look at the
slimy green water and the rotting algae
that rings the lake. The most objectionable
thing about it is the smell that wafts
throughout the village as the algae rots in
the sunshine.

Efforts have been made to fix it.
Aerators that bubble air into the water in
an attempt to clean it up have been installed
and there is talk of adding carp to
the lake who will hungrily devour the
green slime that coats the bottom, clouds
the water, then dies away and floats
around rotting. Carp are known to eat
algae but prefer succulent water plants
and small aquatic organisms

The rotting algae is not just contained
in the lake. Irrigation sprinklers,
spray water and the algae it contains all
around the village. Residents are aware
of the objectionable smell, but are they
aware of the potential health hazards of
exposure to the Cyano-bacteria that
come with the algae?

The chart below shows the whole
effects of exposure to hydrogen sulfide
gas. The levels in the air around Century
Village are fairly low and are not likely
to cause the extreme symptoms caused
by exposure to high levels.

Summer will soon be here and the
warm weather can only make the rotten
smell worse as the algae thrives.

Hold your nose and get an air
freshener, it’s about all you can do to
avoid the rotten smell from the CV Lake.

Concentration (ppm) Hydrogen Sulfide
Symptoms/Effects

0.00011-0.00033 Typical background concentrations
0.01-1.5 Odor threshold (when rotten egg smell is
first noticeable to some). Odor becomes more offensive
at 3-5 ppm. Above 30 ppm, odor described as
sweet or sickeningly sweet.

2-5 Prolonged exposure may cause nausea, tearing
of the eyes, headaches or loss of sleep. Airway problems
(bronchial constriction) in some asthma patients.
20 Possible fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, irritability,
poor memory, dizziness.

50-100 Slight conjunctivitis ("gas eye") and respiratory
tract irritation after 1 hour. May cause digestive
upset and loss of appetite.

100 Coughing, eye irritation, loss of smell after 2-15
minutes (olfactory fatigue). Altered breathing,
drowsiness after 15-30 minutes. Throat irritation
after 1 hour. Gradual increase in severity of symptoms
over several hours. Death may occur after 48
hours.

100-150 Loss of smell (olfactory fatigue or paralysis).
200-300 Marked conjunctivitis and respiratory tract
irritation after 1 hour. Pulmonary edema may occur
from prolonged exposure.
500-700 Staggering, collapse in 5 minutes. Serious
damage to the eyes in 30 minutes. Death after 30-60
minutes.

700-1000 Rapid unconsciousness, "knockdown" or
immediate collapse within 1 to 2 breaths, breathing
stops, death within minutes.

US. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

National Walk day

So today is national Walk Day. So, go out and walk. A 30-minute brisk walk will overcome hours a sedentary action in front of the TV or snack table.

WE have a nice walk route around the Village center. So, there is no excuse not to walk.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Are we communists?

Well, he won the election, but his thinking is sequestered, at least, when it comes to Sheffield O. Kelly has been quite, but he has not released his grip on the Board and he is still calling all the shots.

And as for Israels use of the word agitprop, a word from the 50's, look it up, his use of this word is in error. He is calling us Communists!


David Israel 8 months ago

Terri Parker declined to interview me, as I would not go for this malcontent agitprop approach. The malcontent effort to sensationalize the issue and aggrandize themselves is highly counterproductive. The malcontents that appeared on the so-called news piece, are totally unaware of the efforts in train, and the potential damage inflicted by their ill-informed comments! The fact is that Mr. H.I. Levy's efforts have already borne fruit, in readjusting Mr. Kelly's attitude regarding dissolving Condominium. Mr. Levy is not done with this matter. UCO meanwhile is vigorously interdicting irregular call-in channels which have been enabling the flow of residents to and from the Sheffield - O motel. The message to Mr. Kelly is clear, go home, we do not want you here!! Dave Israel

Common use of the Reporter

Olga has reported before, the Reporter was being used as a fish wrapper. Well, she was in the Dollar Store and guess what she sees them using the current issue as wrapping paper. According to Olga, that is the best use of this 'loaded with advertising paper'. Also, think of this, why do we see dumpsters full of this paper? It is because they make a large run to satisfy the advertisers who are probably told an inflated circulation.






Thursday, March 31, 2016

Term Limits are right!

I see that the Boss' coterie is out in force to scream against Term Limits. They want to protect the longevity of David Israel's term as UCO President. To insure that he has a job for life

Their arguments are frivolous. We don't need a Term Limit By-Law all we have to do is not vote for the person and he won't be elected. That is not right. That is forgetting the fact that the incumbent has all the advantages for re-election. He has name recognition. He has advertising on Israel's private blog, which has a large readership. He has the apathy of the DA.

Allowing a President or any UCO Administrator a chance for a life-long job is wrong. What we need is new ideas new thoughts, and new vigor. This only can be attained with new people.

Vote in the Term Limits.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Boss says OK!


Could there be anymore proof of the need for Term Limits than what happened at to-days Operations Committee meeting?

This was a regular Operations Committee meeting attended by all the Committee Members, including Eva, the Manager of the Clubhouse.

A delegation of CV Owners also attended with the purpose of removing the rule to exclude religious material from the Clubhouse library.

There was a discussion on this subject that went on for about 45 minutes, with Eva consistently saying no, David Israel stayed silient for the whole discussion. Finally he said he was convinced and he agreed with the petitioners, after a while Eva also agreed.

And here is the point. The petitioners repeatedly called for a vote on this and Israel said it was not necessary.

So what happened is that when the Boss said OK, then the Clubhouse manager said OK and so the Petitioners got what they asked for.

But , you see what happened here? The President's opinion is the only thing that mattered here. It is exactly what I have been saying, the need for Term Limits becomes a necessity. We don't need a king. Too long in the job breeds arrogance and disdain. Disdain for the needs and wants of the CV residents.

We need Term Limits.

Sprinkler retrofitting

To all Century Village and Associations important issues to consider.
Stewart Richland
Two important issues were discussed at the UCO Executive Board meeting held yesterday that must be addressed by  every Condominium Association here in Century Village.
The first issue deals with the retro fitting of fire sprinkler systems in all condo units. The second issue deals with  infrastructure elements that focuses on the deteriorating condition of concrete walk ways, hand rails and rusted rebar supports.


CHAPTER 718 FLORIDA STATUTES THE CONDOMINIUM ACT
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, And Mobile Homes Northwood Centre 1940 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1030
The information below is found on page 22 of the Florida Business/Professional regulations for Condominiums.
I have taken the liberty to highlight the passages that explain what an Association can do to “op-out” of this very costly retro fitting requirement.  The important issue here is that all Associations must act on this issue prior to the December 31, 2016 deadline date.  Based on the cost to retrofit, it is reasonable to assume that all our Century Village Associations will opt out of this requirement. 
However, what is vital is that each Association follow the opt out instructions outlined below in order to protect their Association from any action that could be taken by the state of Florida.
(l) Certificate of compliance.—A provision that a certificate of compliance from a licensed electrical contractor or electrician may be accepted by the association’s board as evidence of compliance of the condominium units with the applicable fire and life safety code must be included. Notwithstanding chapter 633 or of any other code, statute, ordinance, administrative rule, or regulation, or any interpretation of the foregoing, an association, residential condominium, or unit owner is not obligated to retrofit the common elements, association property, or units of a residential condominium with a fire sprinkler system in a building that has been certified for occupancy by the applicable governmental entity if the unit owners have voted to forego such retrofitting by the affirmative vote of a majority of all voting interests in the affected condominium. The local authority having jurisdiction may not require completion of retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system before January 1, 2020. By December 31, 2016, a residential condominium association that is not in compliance with the requirements for a fire sprinkler system and has not voted to forego retrofitting of such a system must initiate an application for a building permit for the required installation with the local government having jurisdiction demonstrating that the association will become compliant by December 31, 2019. 1. A vote to forego retrofitting may be obtained by limited proxy or by a ballot personally cast at a duly called membership meeting, or by execution of a written consent by the member, and is effective upon recording a certificate attesting to such vote in the public records of the county where the condominium is located. The association shall mail or hand deliver to each unit owner written notice at least 14 days before the membership meeting in which the vote to forego retrofitting of the required fire sprinkler system is to take place. Within 30 days after the association’s opt-out vote, notice of the results of the opt-out vote must be mailed or hand delivered to all unit owners. Evidence of compliance with this notice requirement must be made by affidavit executed by the person providing the notice and filed among the official records of the association. After notice is provided to each owner, a copy must be provided by the current owner to a new owner before closing and by a unit owner to a renter before signing a lease
2. If there has been a previous vote to forego retrofitting, a vote to require retrofitting may be obtained at a special meeting of the unit owners called by a petition of at least 10 percent of the voting interests. Such a vote may only be called once every 3 years. Notice shall be provided as required for any regularly called meeting of the unit owners, and must state the purpose of the meeting. Electronic transmission may not be used to provide notice of a meeting called in whole or in part for this purpose.
3. As part of the information collected annually from condominiums, the division shall require condominium associations to report the membership vote and recording of a certificate under this subsection and, if retrofitting has been undertaken, the per-unit cost of such work. The division shall annually report to the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services the number of condominiums that have elected to forego retrofitting
4. Notwithstanding s. 553.509, a residential association may not be obligated to, and may forego the retrofitting of, any improvements required by s.553.509(2) upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the voting interests in the affected condominium. (m) Common elements; limited power to convey.—
Please note that there is some confusion over retrofitting buildings that are considered high rise structures.  Use Google to connect with the current fire department regulations for multi-storied buildings.
Every Condo owner must become aware of their environment.  Every unit owner should show due diligence when inspecting their apartments and their outside environment.  When you see something that does not seem right, notify a member of the board so they can act upon it.  The problem arises when an owner sees changes in their surroundings, and ignores it. This is dangerous to the safety to all the residents. Many of the problems are hidden.  Such as cracked and stained concrete could be a result of corroding re-bar and deteriorating concrete. The best advice that can be given to any association is to call in an expert to determine if there is a problem, and if there is one act quickly.
In evaluating concrete problems, one of the important decisions home inspectors must make is determining whether a problem is the result of conditions that have stabilized with a low chance of continuing future problems, or whether the conditions that caused the problem are such that there is a high probability that problems will continue or worsen. The goal of inspection or quality control programs is to ensure that contract documents and building codes are followed.
Some causes of concrete and re-bar issues are:
Steel Corrosion
Corrosion of embedded steel is the most common cause of concrete problems. As steel corrodes, the corrosion product expands, and this expansion can crack concrete and cause sections to break loose in flakes. Steel is typically protected by a thin film that develops as part of a chemical reaction with cement. This coating, called passivity, lowers the rate of corrosion to a point at which it becomes insignificant.  Several conditions can damage the passive coating and dramatically increase the rate at which reinforcement steel corrodes.
Leaching by water.
Since most concrete is porous, CO2 will be slowly absorbed by the surface and find its way deeper into the concrete.  Also, water will slowly diffuse through it. If steel has inadequate concrete cover, usually 1-1/2 inches minimum, the pH of the concrete encasing the steel may be lowered to the point at which the passive layer is damaged or destroyed and the rate oTo all Century Village and Associations important issues to consider.
Stewart Richland
Two important issues were discussed at the UCO Executive Board meeting held yesterday that must be addressed by  every Condominium Association here in Century Village.
The first issue deals with the retro fitting of fire sprinkler systems in all condo units. The second issue deals with  infrastructure elements that focuses on the deteriorating condition of concrete walk ways, hand rails and rusted rebar supports.


CHAPTER 718 FLORIDA STATUTES THE CONDOMINIUM ACT
Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, And Mobile Homes Northwood Centre 1940 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1030
The information below is found on page 22 of the Florida Business/Professional regulations for Condominiums.
I have taken the liberty to highlight the passages that explain what an Association can do to “op-out” of this very costly retro fitting requirement.  The important issue here is that all Associations must act on this issue prior to the December 31, 2016 deadline date.  Based on the cost to retrofit, it is reasonable to assume that all our Century Village Associations will opt out of this requirement. 
However, what is vital is that each Association follow the opt out instructions outlined below in order to protect their Association from any action that could be taken by the state of Florida.
(l) Certificate of compliance.—A provision that a certificate of compliance from a licensed electrical contractor or electrician may be accepted by the association’s board as evidence of compliance of the condominium units with the applicable fire and life safety code must be included. Notwithstanding chapter 633 or of any other code, statute, ordinance, administrative rule, or regulation, or any interpretation of the foregoing, an association, residential condominium, or unit owner is not obligated to retrofit the common elements, association property, or units of a residential condominium with a fire sprinkler system in a building that has been certified for occupancy by the applicable governmental entity if the unit owners have voted to forego such retrofitting by the affirmative vote of a majority of all voting interests in the affected condominium. The local authority having jurisdiction may not require completion of retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system before January 1, 2020. By December 31, 2016, a residential condominium association that is not in compliance with the requirements for a fire sprinkler system and has not voted to forego retrofitting of such a system must initiate an application for a building permit for the required installation with the local government having jurisdiction demonstrating that the association will become compliant by December 31, 2019. 1. A vote to forego retrofitting may be obtained by limited proxy or by a ballot personally cast at a duly called membership meeting, or by execution of a written consent by the member, and is effective upon recording a certificate attesting to such vote in the public records of the county where the condominium is located. The association shall mail or hand deliver to each unit owner written notice at least 14 days before the membership meeting in which the vote to forego retrofitting of the required fire sprinkler system is to take place. Within 30 days after the association’s opt-out vote, notice of the results of the opt-out vote must be mailed or hand delivered to all unit owners. Evidence of compliance with this notice requirement must be made by affidavit executed by the person providing the notice and filed among the official records of the association. After notice is provided to each owner, a copy must be provided by the current owner to a new owner before closing and by a unit owner to a renter before signing a lease
2. If there has been a previous vote to forego retrofitting, a vote to require retrofitting may be obtained at a special meeting of the unit owners called by a petition of at least 10 percent of the voting interests. Such a vote may only be called once every 3 years. Notice shall be provided as required for any regularly called meeting of the unit owners, and must state the purpose of the meeting. Electronic transmission may not be used to provide notice of a meeting called in whole or in part for this purpose.
3. As part of the information collected annually from condominiums, the division shall require condominium associations to report the membership vote and recording of a certificate under this subsection and, if retrofitting has been undertaken, the per-unit cost of such work. The division shall annually report to the Division of State Fire Marshal of the Department of Financial Services the number of condominiums that have elected to forego retrofitting
4. Notwithstanding s. 553.509, a residential association may not be obligated to, and may forego the retrofitting of, any improvements required by s.553.509(2) upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the voting interests in the affected condominium. (m) Common elements; limited power to convey.—
Please note that there is some confusion over retrofitting buildings that are considered high rise structures.  Use Google to connect with the current fire department regulations for multi-storied buildings.
Every Condo owner must become aware of their environment.  Every unit owner should show due diligence when inspecting their apartments and their outside environment.  When you see something that does not seem right, notify a member of the board so they can act upon it.  The problem arises when an owner sees changes in their surroundings, and ignores it. This is dangerous to the safety to all the residents. Many of the problems are hidden.  Such as cracked and stained concrete could be a result of corroding re-bar and deteriorating concrete. The best advice that can be given to any association is to call in an expert to determine if there is a problem, and if there is one act quickly.
In evaluating concrete problems, one of the important decisions home inspectors must make is determining whether a problem is the result of conditions that have stabilized with a low chance of continuing future problems, or whether the conditions that caused the problem are such that there is a high probability that problems will continue or worsen. The goal of inspection or quality control programs is to ensure that contract documents and building codes are followed.
Some causes of concrete and re-bar issues are:
Steel Corrosion
Corrosion of embedded steel is the most common cause of concrete problems. As steel corrodes, the corrosion product expands, and this expansion can crack concrete and cause sections to break loose in flakes. Steel is typically protected by a thin film that develops as part of a chemical reaction with cement. This coating, called passivity, lowers the rate of corrosion to a point at which it becomes insignificant.  Several conditions can damage the passive coating and dramatically increase the rate at which reinforcement steel corrodes.
Leaching by water.
Since most concrete is porous, CO2 will be slowly absorbed by the surface and find its way deeper into the concrete.  Also, water will slowly diffuse through it. If steel has inadequate concrete cover, usually 1-1/2 inches minimum, the pH of the concrete encasing the steel may be lowered to the point at which the passive layer is damaged or destroyed and the rate of the steel’s corrosion may increase dramatically.

Pictured below are just some conditions that develop over time and must be addressed.
The issues addressed in this article are important.  Please take them seriously.  Become proactive. 
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Pictured below are just some conditions that develop over time and must be addressed.


The issues addressed in this article are important.  Please take them seriously.  Become proactive. 

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Religous speech - free

The decision to allow all religious material space on the library shelf has opened another question. Does this mean ALL religions ?

When Florida State made the decision to allow religious materials in the schools it had an unexpected effect that had parents howling and officials scurrying. The decree was designed to curry favor with a bible belt electorate. They were still smarting from the loss of prayers in school.

It seems that the kids started getting satanic pamphlets from an atheist group who set up a display around the school and handed out their stuff to all the kids. They said they were atheists and didn't want any religion around their kids. They didn't believe in Satan either , they just wanted to make a point. Needless to say the parents were mortified and outraged.

The uproar from the parents went nuclear. The scurrying officials tried to hide out while they removed the egg from their faces. The kids started wearing satanic T shirts and had pictures of ol' Nick himself adorning their rooms, while the press had a field day.

The people were upset and the governor was embarrassed, bureaucrats lost their jobs or got demoted, while others worked in fear of getting the axe. The Guv' finally had to tell the people there was nothing he could do, "The law's the law" he said.

The atheists continued for a while and the whole incident became a memory of a struggle for a cause they had won. They had made their point .

I don't know if the atheists are still hanging around the school in Talahassee where this all took place. I haven't seen anything in the news about it . Even if they're not , there are still kids wearing satanic T shirts, and Ol' Nick still stares down from the walls of the bedrooms of Talahassee.

Few, if any residents of Century Village could be converted to satanism or any other religion. But you never know. It shouldn't really matter to anyone else if they do.





Neil J. Moore

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

EVA Caves In

A large protest group at the operations' meeting overturned the edict of Eva Rachesky to ban religious material from the clubhouse library. The group dedicated to the rights of religious freedom was vociferous in attempting to sway Eva to change her mind about banning faith based pamphlets and books.  The protesters made valid points on the subject of freedom of religion and the American constitution.  After about 40 minutes of discussion, David Israel who was quiet on the subject finally spoke. He related the story of his trip to the public library when he was 12 years old to borrow the book Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler. Although his mother had a near fit when he brought it home, he read it and said, it did not turn him into a Nazi. Minutes later he turned to Eva and said, in an apologetic tone, I’m sorry, I have to disagree with you on this one;   a short time later Eva relented and decided to change her mind about the ban.

 A compromise, between the protesting parties was reached that if the library were to become cluttered with too many copies one or two would remain, and the rest discarded.

In the past, Eva has always stated she does not take her orders from David Israel, yet it was obvious to the people in the room that Eva relented under his influence.


Term Limits

It is past Time, again, for Term Limits

So, the great one, David Israel is now fighting to keep his quest for a lifetime Presidency alive. He has accused the people that are in favor of term limits as being Malcontents, Disruptors and Lawsuit Launchers. In other words, it is all his opposition that he is tagging with these names. Although the history of Term Limits is long, it goes back to Roman times, it has been part and partial of the UCO by-Laws since the very beginning.

What happened was that the sly one, David Israel, decided that he wanted to be President for life and so he campaigned for the removal of the existing Term Limits. The Delegates, unaware of his ultimate goal, allowed it to pass. Once that was done the path to a life-long Presidency was in site and could be attained.

So now we have to deal with this again. There is no need for life-long administrative jobs in our Village.

What we need, now, is fresh faces, fresh ideas, and fresh vigor. Not having Term Limits just opens the doors to corruption. Corruption that exhibits as self as to keep the Committees populated by their friends. Exhibits itself as not allowing anybody to speak freely either at the Committee meeting or at the Delegate Assembly. Fresh ideas are stifled with insulting remarks.

It exhibits itself by the pushing for his, David Israel's, plan for a Village-wide WiFi, over the will of the DA. They turned it down in an over-whelming vote.

All of this is the product of a sense of empowerment that the major administrators have since they have no fear of curtailment. In essence, they are being elected for life.

Because we have given them the job for life

I ask again what is wrong with Fresh ideas, new ideas from new and vigorous people?

You must support Term Limits.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Pollution

Cootes Area
Carp in the Dump

I recently had an opportunity to visit a marsh just outside Hamilton called Cootes Paradise. It is a very pretty recreational area that became badly polluted during the industrial era when tons of sewage and waste water were dumped with no regard for the consequences for many years. This led to the marsh and the adjacent harbor becoming one of the worst polluted spots in North America. The marsh itself became stagnant with algae blooming in abundance, much like our own lake in Century Village.

In the sixties, it suddenly became a priority to clean it up as the people of the area became aware of the environmental implications of severe pollution.

The city fathers and the provincial government first tried aerating the water with a system of pipes pumping air into the water. A huge project was completed where the waste water was collected then treated before being dumped into the harbor. A multi-million dollar upgrading of the treatment plant was completed and hopes were high that the water would recover.

At first it seemed that there was a bit of improvement. but the marsh was devastated and most of the native plants and animals were gone. replaced by a species of carp that destroyed the vegetation and polluted the water even more with massive amounts of fecal matter they deposited.

A decision was made to somehow rid the marsh of carp by installing a trap at the entrance that would catch anything that tried to enter through the canal that joined the harbor and the marsh. The carp migrated out of the shallow water in the fall before freeze up and would return in the spring. It was imperative to get rid of the carp as they quickly ate the plants that were reintroduced in an attempt to restore the natural fauna that had disappeared.

The first year of operation the trap caught thousands of carp which were dispatched to a local dump in truckloads. Subsequent years saw many more thousands of carp caught and dispatched. Plants that had been carefully cultivated and placed in the marsh now had a chance to survive without the activities of the carp to disrupt their progress. Native fish species like pike, trout , and bass regained a foothold , in the past they had been demolished by the carp which greedily ate their eggs and spread disease through their droppings. Not only that, the carp constantly rooted up the bottom of the marsh causing the water to become turbid and cloudy preventing sunlight from reaching the bottom and killing any plants or animals that tried to grow there. A researcher commented that the floor of the marsh looked like the surface of the moon. barren and cratered due to carp rooting for food. The carp did eat some of the algae but preferred succulent green plants and tiny organisms they found by rooting up the bottom much like a pig would do.

The remediation program has showed some success, though the water has not fully recovered it is becoming more clear and hopes are that in time it will eventually revert to a pristine condition. Some experts predict it could take up to a hundred years to accomplish.

Having been witness to all this and involved in the effort to a small degree. I have to wonder why WPRF would consider stocking CV Lake with carp.

To be sure something has to be done, but stocking the lake with carp who are supposedly going to eat the green slimy algae while continuing to pour semi-treated waste water into the lake is not the answer. Nor is the addition of a few bubblers going to resolve the problem.

In reviewing reports from the remediation committee in Hamilton it is apparent that the water did not really improve with those types of measures. It wasn't until the waste water treatment plants were upgraded to purify the water before dumping it, the carp were removed and native plants were given a chance to flourish that any improvements were seen.

CV Lake is not the only place in Florida where this problem has been encountered, there are many other treatment plants across the state dumping water into the environment that is full of detrimental chemicals.

The problem of polluted catchment basins like the CV Lake must be tackled in a State wide effort. Century Village needs a leader who will voice the concerns on a State and Federal level and put pressure on the owners . Obviously our current administration lacks the will to do either. They seem content to spend residents money on band-aid efforts that so far have not shown much progress in cleaning up the algae laden waters of CV Lake.

The issue of chemical-laden waters ruining the lake was brought to the attention of the administration, but it was pooh-poohed by David Israel who is of the opinion that the chemicals in the water are naturally occurring substances and as such pose no threat. Mercury, lead and zinc are also naturally occurring substances, we know we don't want them in our water. High levels of chemical fertilizers are feeding the algae that is infesting the lake. Until something is done to remove them, which is possible with modern equipment, the algae will continue to thrive.

We really need a leader who has a good grasp of the issue and has the know how to tackle it in an effective way .

Let's get past the idea that stocking the lake with carp is a remedy. The real fix is to clean up the millions of gallons of water that is dumped into the lake .

Neil J. Moore

Funeral Info

Hi All,  Here is the info regarding funeral details for Phil Shapkin

This Tuesday at 12:00 noon at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens 5601 Greenwood Ave.  just off 45th street near St Mary's Hosp. 561-848-8659

It is planned to be graveside service,

Please pass this info along to anyone you think should be notified.
  

Honey

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Latest Messenger Newspaper





WARNING

According to Eva Rachesky, David Israel and the Officers Committee of UCO, our clubhouse Library may contain some religious material, which is detrimental to your mind.  

Please enter said premises at the risk of being introduced to articles, which may influence you into becoming a member of a cult such as, Jehovah Witness, Catholicism, Judiaism, Islam, Buddism, Hinduism, or  atheism.  

If you fail to adhere to the risks and find yourself praying to an unfamiliar god, who does not answer your prayers, please feel free to join the new religion called Terrorism. This is the one where if your god does not deliver the goods you want,  you can beat the shit out of him.