HOA Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 28

The next HOA board meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 28 at the Cypress Trails pavilion. All homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The pavilion is outdoors where people can social distance and take other precautions as warranted.

Willow Ridge Family Wins Holiday Lights Contest

Congratulations to the family at 325 Willow Ridge whose lights display won the Brookwood HOA-sponsored contest for 2020. They will receive a gift certificate for $50 at the Valley Smoke Restaurant for their efforts.

The display features white reindeer, a manger scene and icicle lights framing the roofline of the house. This is the first year that a home won that was not on Wayside Lane.

Thank you to all property owners who participated and made the community look bright for the holiday season. Thanks also go to property manager Anna Hornstein, who made a special trip out with her family to judge the contest.

We also appreciate the efforts of Jenna Adair, Ty Blake, David Matheson and Megan Wildenstein for decorating both of the entrances for the community.

Last Weekend to Get Your Lights Up

Only one more weekend to decorate or enhance your holiday yard display for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Valley Smoke Restaurant.

The contest, sponsored by the Brookwood HOA, will be judged this coming Monday, December 21, by Anna Hornstein, our property manager at First Coast. Make sure your lights are turned on by 6pm. Our judge will be looking for creativity, color schemes, amount of lights, coordination of displays, overall appearance, animation and originality.

The winning homeowner will be announced by a news post on the HOA website the following day. Let’s make this a competition where we all have fun and make our neighborhood shine in the process!

Special Board Meeting Tomorrow

The Brookwood HOA Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 2pm via Zoom tomorrow (Thursday) solely to discuss one homeowner’s drainage concerns. If you have an interest in attending, please contact our property manager, Anna Hornstein, to receive a link to attend the meeting. Anna can be reached at (904) 998-5365 Ext. 238 or anna@firstcoastam.com.

Get ready for the 2020 Holiday Lights Contest

The community is starting to sparkle for the season and you have three more weekends to start decorating or enhance your display for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Valley Smoke Restaurant at 11 South Roscoe Blvd.

The contest, sponsored by the Brookwood HOA, will be judged during an evening of the week of December 21 by Anna Hornstein, our property manager at First Coast. Make sure your lights are turned on by 6pm. Our judge will be looking for creativity, color schemes, amount of lights, coordination of displays, overall appearance, animation and originality.

The winning homeowner will be announced by a news post on the HOA website the following day. Let’s make this a competition where we all have fun and make our neighborhood shine in the process!

HOA Board Welcomes New Member

After establishing a quorum, it was announced that the HOA Board of Directors now consists of Bill Fitzgerald, Karen Higgins and Ty Blake at this year’s annual meeting held last week. Ty is a new member of the board with Bill and Karen continuing their service.

It was also announced that a 2021 Operating Budget was passed that reflects no change in homeowners’ fees from the previous year.

After the meeting, the board members decided among themselves that Bill will be the board president, Karen will continue as vice president and Ty will be treasurer/secretary. In practice, the president officially calls and runs the board meetings, but all three members address issues and finances associated with the HOA.

A big thank you to Elaine Prisby who presided as president of the board since its inception until she resigned from the post on October 1. Among her accomplishments while on the board were negotiating additional playground equipment when the developer did not put in a second park; staying on top of vendors such as our landscaping company to ensure all work was carried out in a timely manner; working with an arborist to address issues associated with neighborhood street trees; with her husband, Henry, planting annuals at both entrances, and most recently ensuring that two deteriorating slides were replaced at the playground.

Elaine intends to stay involved with the HOA, especially on the property committee. All board members encourage other community members to help on committees if they are not already involved. Follow this link to find an area that may interest you and then find out more information by contacting our property manager, Anna Hornstein, at anna@firstcoastam.com or by calling her at (904) 998-5365 Ext. 238.

Reminders for HOA Annual Meeting

You have until the end of the business day on October 8 for your proxy to be received by Brookwood’s management firm, First Coast, to vote on the 2021 HOA board members in the event that you can’t attend the annual meeting. You may also send your proxy sealed in an envelope with another community member who can attend the meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the 2nd floor meeting room at Crosswater Hall. The ballots and proposed budget were mailed to each homeowner earlier this month.

If you wish to view the assumptions supporting the proposed budget, they were recently posted on a new “Budget” page within the HOA area of the website.

September “Yard” award goes to Raul Carrasco

Congratulations to Raul Carrasco for winning Brookwood’s September Yard of the Month award. You can see his yard at 268 Willow Ridge Drive.

Raul has made many landscaping and hardscaping improvements to his home over the last couple of years. Along with replacing most of the original plantings in the front yard, he has added four large Sylvestris palms to the front and rear of the home, all of which are surrounded by beautiful paver borders.

A paver walkway along the left side of the home leads to a large relaxing covered patio and open pergola area filled with potted plants. Smaller palms and colorful tropical plants can be found on both sides of the walkway.

September marks the last month that the HOA will provide the award and $25 gift certificate to a home improvement store until spring. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Hold These Dates!

Brookwood’s HOA has two meetings coming up so please make sure they get on your calendar.

A regular meeting of the HOA Board will take place at 7pm on Thursday, September 24, at the Cypress Trails Pavilion.

This year’s annual meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday, October 8, in the second floor meeting room at Crosswater Hall. The meeting can no longer be held at St. John Paul II Church as was previously announced.

Political Signage Reminder

With elections being discussed on a daily basis, please keep in mind that political signs must adhere to the community’s guidelines.

As stated in Brookwood’s Architectural Review Criteria and Procedure Manual, “Only one political sign, no larger than 3 feet by 4 feet, may be placed in the yard no earlier than 10 days prior to the election and must be removed the day of the election.” Also, at no time is a sign permitted in a window.