Village of Golf, Florida Newsletter - October, 2017

A Note From Village Manager Christine Thrower

Dear Resident,

It has been just over a month since Hurricane Irma tore through Florida. While cleanup continues, I wanted to share one example that will help illustrate the storm's impact and our response.

As power was lost, one of our priorities was to maintain the lift stations that pump wastewater from your homes. As soon as it was safe to do so, our crews headed out to each of the stations.

Each one needed to be connected to a portable generator and operated for a period of time before the crew could disconnect the generator and take it to the next station. They continued this cycle, traveling from station to station for four days until power was restored. I want to personally thank those individuals and all our staff for their hard work under such difficult conditions.

Nearly 116 truckloads of debris totaling over 3500 cubic yards have been collected from the Village so far. We expect more as you clear the hanging branches or fallen trees from your property.

A significant number of our residents lost power during the storm due to tree limbs knocking out the overhead power lines. As a result, we are currently looking at revising the Village's requirements for tree maintenance. A new ordinance is being presented to the Village Council this month.

Now that the urgency of Irma has passed, please note a number of additional maintenance items that need to be attended to by homeowners as the season begins. Please make arrangements to have your roof tops and driveways pressure washed if they require cleaning. And now is a great time to spruce up your landscaping and plant beds with the beautiful Florida Fall foliage now available. Please don’t forget our code requiring whitefly treatments for your trees and hedges that may be affected by them. This pest is still a problem in South Florida.

I again want to thank our Village employees and contractors who played such important roles in our community's recovery. As we reach the final stages of clean up, please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.

A Message from Mayor Thomas Lynch

I want to thank our residents and staff for working so hard to restore our village. The past several weeks have been a study in commitment, community, and dedication as people work together. People like our Utilities Superintendent John Lisle who was out even before the rains stopped clearing our streets with a backhoe.

Many have said it takes a village to raise a child. This past month has shown that it also takes a village to raise a village. On behalf of the Village Council and all residents, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped return Golf to the special place we love to call home.