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Jul 27, 2022
In Club Business
Dear Member, Another Fourth of July celebration is history. As always it was great to see so many Members, family and friends gather together for such a memorable Haig Point Holiday! Every year the fireworks, the music, the food, and the activities get better. I know the team has already begun to plan next year’s extravaganza! On a more serious note, COVID infections are on the rise here on Daufuskie Island. We ask that you help protect our community if you have been exposed or become ill by wearing a mask when traveling on our ferries. Our community still has many vulnerable Members. As I discussed in a recent CEO letter, I would like to remind everyone of our Club Policy that all non-traditional golf carts must receive approval before use within the Haig Point Community. The new Kandi Car is NOT approved within Haig Point at this time. I also ask everyone to follow our road rules, especially going the correct way around the Lighthouse Circle and no under-age driving. I urge you to please consider our club-owned real estate agency if you or a friend are considering buying or selling property. Premier Properties by Haig Point is the most successful brokerage on Daufuskie Island, with the highest total sales volume in 2022. At Haig Point, our team has represented 23 clients for a total sales volume of $12.7 million, more than all the other agencies serving Haig Point combined. And of the eleven properties currently under contract, our company is representing both the buyer and the seller in nine sales for an additional $10+ million in total sales volume pending, $700,000 of which is on Club owned lots. Three of these pending properties have gone under contract since July 1st and include the purchaser paying the new $50,000 Membership Contribution. When you utilize one of our real estate agents you are supporting the club’s development business, the proceeds of which will help fund future Haig Point capital projects. Email info@haigpoint.com for an honest, straightforward and comprehensive property analysis. I urge you to consider supporting all the Club’s business lines, whether it is real estate sales, merchandise, cart maintenance, Food & Beverage Outlets or landscaping and tree removal. Every retail transaction made by the Club puts money back into the clubs revenue. Member usage of Club Services is down and this has a dramatic effect on budgets and cash flow. In fact, a small number of our Members contribute the vast majority of our service revenues. If we have not earned your business in the past, I ask you to give us another chance. Tim Richards and Michael Clarke have transformed our Food and Beverage operation. Juan Rodriquez and the Facility Maintenance Team are ready to assist you with your home repair projects. John Edwards and his team in the golf cart repair shop is ready to help with your cart repairs. The Mansion Mercantile Shop is full of unique gift ideas. The Club is ready to serve you and supporting the Club benefits you and your fellow Members in the long run. As you might have seen, Haig Point was recently featured in an article in Travel and Leisure Magazine! https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/golf-vacations/places-to-retire-with-best-golf-courses. It is truly something to be proud of when a world-class media outlet recognizes the value and uniqueness of our home Community. Thank you for being Members and for making this such a special place to live and work. Enjoy the summer! Doug
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Jul 14, 2022
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This was an email received from Jeff Smith, CFO of Haig Point on July 13 2022. Dear Member Reaching out on the heels of our most recent Member Billing to provide further clarity, as we are fielding a number of questions on this topic. As outlined in the most recent CEO letter, this billing covered the gap between the new Member Rates and the old Member Rates for 22Q1, 22Q2 and 22Q3. There have been few comments/questions regarding the retroactive billing, but there have been a number of questions regarding the change between the amounts of the POA (reduced) and Transportation (increased) Fees. During our 22Q1 and 22Q2 Open Member Sessions and in subsequent, related correspondence, we outlined our needs/efforts to match Member funding sources with actual/projected Club expenditures. As we analyzed our rate structures, our diligence revealed a balancing opportunity whereby Member POA contributions and Transportation contributions warranted a reset, to better align with the Club’s actual/projected expenditures. With Membership’s endorsement of the recommended Dues/Fees increases, those funds have now been properly balanced. To state this another way, the amount of your annual Transportation Fee ($8,020) and annual Marine Capital Fund Fee ($2,500), now reflect more accurately, the true cost it takes to provide the Land and Water Transportation services you enjoy today, to live on, and/or to experience Daufuskie Island as you come and go! Apologize for any confusion we may have caused here, as we had endeavored to cover these changes effectively during our Open Sessions and within the related correspondence. Hoping you find this messaging helpful. With Regard Jeff Smith CFO - Haig Point cell: (213) 359-8441
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Jul 13, 2022
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Looking forward to talking to everybody on the Ferry!
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Jul 08, 2022
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Hello everyone, we are in the process of a small re-design on the site to make it more user friendly, and also add a few form categories to discuss non-goverance topics such as community events, trading vendor information, etc. Also, we want to make the site as inviting as possible. Do you have any recommendations on what you may like to see on the site?
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Jul 08, 2022
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On behalf of the Haig Point Board and Management I would like to thank the Haig Point membership for their overwhelming support of the recent dues increase referendum. With this referendum vote completed, I wanted to take a few moments of your time to review how we will move forward on the Capital Plan referendum. The next steps in the Capital Plan referendum process are as we have discussed in the past: · Employee Retention Credit (ERC) – As you might remember we have been in the process of applying for this tax credit. Upon review of the Haig Point financial information and other data, including the number of employees we have and the timing of mandated government restriction orders, our outside consultants have informed us that we do not qualify for this tax credit. While we will continue to monitor any changes in this tax credit legislation and related interpretations, for Capital planning purposes, we will not plan on receiving an ERC tax refund. · The Board, at its upcoming July 25th meeting, will review Haig Point Managements’ recommendations on the road repair portion of the Capital Plan. We have brought in outside experts to advise us on the best way to repair the roads so that we get the best value for our capital dollars spent. We will review that information and management’s recommendations so that we can then agree on the road repair plan. · Haig Point management will reforecast 2022’s expected financial outcome once we have the June financial statements, which should be towards the second half of July. We expect to have the reforecast completed by August 15th. The reforecast will include the recently approved dues increase, our actual financial performance for the first half of this year and the forecasted cash flows for the club and real estate operations for the second half of the year. The purpose of this is to understand how much cash might be available to put towards the Capital Plan projects. · Haig Point Management and the Board will then update our 3-5 year financial forecast to understand the amount of cash from operations and real estate/membership sales that might be available to invest in the Capital Plan projects. This is likely to be completed by the end of August since it requires the steps above to be completed first. · Haig Point Management will also complete the 3 to 5 year forecast of the required general maintenance repair projects (excluding the roads and docks Capital Plan projects) such as roof repairs, HVAC replacements, revetment, etc. We will then see how those annual requirements compare with the funds we receive from our current quarterly maintenance capital fees to see if any funds are available to invest in the Capital Plan projects. Because the dues increase referendum passed by a substantial majority, Jeff Smith (Haig Point’s CFO) now has the financial negotiating strength to work with potential banking partners to understand the amount of money and terms for the capital we might be able to borrow in order to allow us to offer our members the ability to spread their assessments over three to five years. Jeff has begun those discussions and they will continue in the coming months. Once all of the steps above are completed, the Haig Point Board and Management will complete and vote on an updated Capital Plan presentation. The updated presentation will include the latest cost estimates for each of the five projects, their timetables to complete, how they are to be paid for, along with any restrictions on the use of capital dollars in the Plan. Because of the complexity of this Plan and its various components, we do not have a firm date for its completion, but would expect it to be completed by the beginning of September. Once completed we will get the plan to each of you for your review and then hold Open Sessions to review each Capital Project and answer your questions surrounding them. Once that is completed we will schedule a member vote on each of the five components of the Capital Plan. We will keep you informed on our progress on the above steps though monthly President’s letters. There has been a tremendous amount of work put into this Capital Plan over the last 18 months by the Haig Point Management and the Haig Point Board, as well as several of our Committees. I personally want to thank everyone for the efforts on behalf of all of the Members of our great community. Gary Baum President, Haig Point Board of Directors
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Jun 13, 2022
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From the Board of Directors The Referendum has passed by a wide margin of 73% of voters approving the measure. The Member quorum was also far exceeded with over 77% of the Membership voting in the Referendum.
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May 22, 2022
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Welcome to our first general membership survey. Polling is anonymous and is limited to registered members. All registered members will be allowed to see the results. Members may vote for only one choice under each question unless otherwise noted. Thank you for participating. Have a survey you'd like to run on a specific topic? Send a message. This is your community. Management (Operations and Admin team) Dues Increase Board of Directors Board Meeting Attendance Commitee Meetings Attendance
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Apr 15, 2022
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President’s Letter The Haig Point Board of Directors had a special Board meeting Tuesday April 12th to finalize how we would proceed with the Capital Planning voting process. During that discussion the Board members and members of Haig Point’s management team reviewed: · Member feedback from the open sessions · The potential of bank financing to allow members to spread the assessments over several years · How recent developments with the Employee Retention Credit program might impact the Capital Plan funding Below is brief summary of the outcome of each of those three discussions. Member Feedback Overall, the member feedback has been positive towards the plan, especially the potential Dues increase to get Haig Point’s operations to breakeven. Much of the feedback on the capital plan projects revolved around opportunities to possibly reduce the upfront assessment and possibly spread the funding of the projects over multiple years, or delay some of the projects to assist in spreading the costs. Bank Financing Jeff Smith, Haig Point’s Chief Financial Officer, has held very preliminary financing discussions with three banks, including our current primary banker, Wells Fargo. Based on his conversations with those banks, he felt that if membership passed the proposed dues increases, we should be able to arrange bank financing to allow members to spread the assessments over several years, as the loan would be tied to the special assessment payments by the Haig Point’s membership to secure them. Employee Retention Credit (ERC) The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act contained a business relief provision known as the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), a refundable payroll tax credit for “qualified wages” paid to retain full-time employees from March 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Up until recently the way an organization collected on this was by reducing their payroll taxes sent to the IRS, which meant that it might take years to be fully reimbursed for this credit. We were aware of this and were beginning the process of applying for the credit. We have engaged an outside firm with a great deal of experience in taking clients through it to assist us in this process. Recently, the method of credit reimbursement changed and now there is an opportunity to be refunded the full amount of the calculated credit by the IRS in one or two checks. They also will now include the first three quarters of 2021 “qualified wages” in their calculations. We hope to have the calculations and IRS forms completed and filed by June 30. If the tax filing is approved and processed by the IRS, we should expect to see the funds by the end of 2022 or early 2023. Because it is a complicated process we will not speculate on how much the refund might be or the chances of being successful. But because the amount might be significant, we feel that we should take it into consideration when looking at the overall cash position of Haig Point as it relates to the Capital Plan projects. With this in mind the Haig Point Board of Directors voted unanimously to restrict all of the funds that might come from the ERC application to member approved capital projects. Board Discussion Outcome Based on the above items, the Haig Point Board of Directors voted unanimously to have two separate membership votes on the components of the Long Range Capital Plan. The first would be on the proposed Dues increase. This vote would begin on May 16th. This would allow us to take the steps necessary to get Haig Point’s operations to a breakeven, potentially freeing us to use profits from the Real Estate and Development portion of our business to be used for capital projects. It would also, and this is very important, give Jeff Smith, Haig Point’s CFO, the financial leverage to work with banks and get commitments on the financing of your assessments over a period of years. We plan on having another open session focused on the updated Dues increase prior to the vote, most likely in early May prior to when the voting begins. The member votes on the five Capital Projects will be delayed until later this year when we have a complete picture of Haig Point’s future financial position and the projected funding for those projects. The information would include: · Doing multiple year financial projections, based on the dues increase being approved by membership, of cash that should be available from the Real Estate and Development portion of our organization. · The outcome of the ERC tax refund process · The outcome of our discussions with banks on financing the assessments over years We believe that by doing the above, we can meet many of the capital funding goals our membership has requested. It will also give our members the most accurate picture of how their votes on the capital projects would financially impact them, so they could make the very best informed decision. Once again, on behalf of the entire Haig Point Board of Directors and the management of Haig Point, I want to thank all of you for your involvement and support during this complex Long Range Capital Planning process. Respectfully, Gary Baum President, Haig Point Board of Directors
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Apr 15, 2022
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From Debra Smith: Please keep your eyes out for Geneva’s cat, Pearl, who was last spotted in HP. Very shy at first, but then super friendly. He escaped through a screened window when he was recuperating from a surgical procedure. Call/text if you see him: 404-414-1282
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Apr 11, 2022
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An email from Gary Baum, president of the board. President’s Letter On behalf of all of the Haig Point Board of Directors I would like to thank the many members who attended the first series of Long Range Capital Planning Open Sessions. Your questions, feedback and supportive comments have given us a lot to digest and discuss. Also, during this period several additional items, one potentially very positive to the Long Ran ge Capital Plan, have surfaced. With the above in mind the Haig Point Board of Directors has decided to postpone the next series of Open Sessions for several weeks. During this period the Board is going to review your feedback and examine the items mentioned above to understand how they impact the information we are sharing with you at the open sessions. The Board of Directors is meeting this Tuesday to discuss the above. After that meeting we will send out another President’s letter no later than the end of this week sharing the information from that meeting, including next steps and timetable to bring the Long Range Capital Plan to the members for approval. Thanks you for your continued support. Gary Baum President, Haig Point Board of Directors
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Mar 30, 2022
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There are several member concerns about the proposed Pickle Ball assessment ($300k) and the proximity of the courts to homes. Evidently this is an ongoing discussion in clubs across the country. Here's an article from the LA times. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-03/pickleball-noise-fueling-neighborhood-drama Pickleball noise is fueling neighborhood drama from coast to coast GOLETA, Calif. — Seven days a week, dozens of retirees, college students, children and working parents flock to a sunbaked patch of pavement in this oceanside city just west of Santa Barbara. They’re here to play pickleball, a nearly 60-year-old sport that’s seen a surge in interest during the pandemic, wreaking genteel havoc from coast to coast. On Feb. 18, as the waning winter sunlight filtered through the surrounding chain-link fence, Mike Myers dominated most of the competition. A dedicated player and leading local advocate for the sport, the 56-year-old holds court here at the Goleta Valley Community Center, smacking balls away with boastful shouts tempered by words of encouragement and advice. “Right on the line!” he exclaimed, gesticulating across the court with his paddle after executing a particularly skillful forehand. “Nice try,” he said after another. “No way you were getting that one.” His opponent, a 23-year-old college exchange student from Bavaria named Max Krautter, responded later in the game with a brief education in the fluid use of German expletives. A democratizing sport with a low barrier to entry, anyone can quickly pick up pickleball without spending much money or taking years of lessons. The rules are relatively easy to learn, and the basic strokes are simple enough to get down during a couple of friendly games. Because the playing surface is about one-fourth the size of a tennis court, there’s little ground to cover, especially in doubles. The sport is so physically forgiving that it’s unremarkable to see a gray-haired pair put a beating on their teenage grandkids. But the rapid rise of the game — and the decibel levels, crowds and vocal advocacy it generates — has precipitated an intense backlash in communities across the country. In a lawsuit against Newport Beach, a Corona del Mar woman claimed the sounds of people playing pickleball 100 yards from her home caused her “severe mental suffering, frustration and anxiety.” A South Carolina couple filed suit against a country club near their home, alleging that late-night pickleball games caused “unreasonable interference with” their “enjoyment of their property.” In dozens of legal proceedings, people have successfully claimed that allowing pickleball violates local municipal codes or homeowners’ or condominium associations’ rules. In New Jersey, a local blogger wrote last year that a village with about 25,000 residents had “declare[d] war on pickleball.” Earlier this month, a local news outlet published nearly 4,000 words about a months-long showdown over the sport on a sparsely populated British Columbian island in an article titled “The pickleball coup.” “We hear the ball hit the paddle from inside our homes all day long, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. I want to stress that it’s all day, nonstop.” Some of the language used to describe the internecine pickleball debate is extreme, but it matches the tenor of the confrontations, which often turn neighbors against one another. Goleta, best known as the home of the UC Santa Barbara campus, has been embroiled for months in one such battle, over the future of pickleball on a 27-year-old tennis court at the Goleta Valley Community Center in the city’s old town district. Last year, the center asked the City Council to greenlight a plan to permanently convert the tennis court into four pickleball courts, resurface and paint the playing surface, install fixed net posts, and replace damaged fencing. The outdoor facility is owned by the city, but the nonprofit center has leased it for years and said it would pay for the upgrades. During several hours of public meetings beginning in November, local officials read and heard testimonials from hundreds of pickleball fans who support the project and a handful of nearby residents who consider it a nuisance. The final meeting on the topic — at least for now — unfolded Tuesday evening. ***** There’s no question that pickleball is noisy. Researchers have shown that the sound of a solid pickleball paddle hitting one of the sport’s hard plastic wiffleball-like balls can be more than 25 decibels louder than that of even the hardest-swung Wilson connecting with a felt-covered tennis ball. Katie Pazan lives in a luxury townhome complex within earshot of the Goleta Valley Community Center. During a virtual City Council meeting in January, she decried the “nuisance” sounds of people playing pickleball on the community center’s courts. “We hear the ball hit the paddle from inside our homes all day long, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,” she said. “I want to stress that it’s all day, nonstop.” Myers, the pickleball enthusiast, dismissed those concerns, claiming the sound of the play drops to a minimally bothersome level by the time it reaches nearby homes. Tim Hayes, a 65-year-old engineer who says he lost 35 pounds playing pickleball regularly, acknowledged that “the sound aspect is real” in an interview after coming off the community center courts on Feb. 18. He said a neighbor has a pickleball court about 200 yards from his Goleta house, and that he can often clearly hear the game being played. “I don’t mind because I just love the sound of it. I’m jealous that someone’s got it in their backyard,” he said. And yet, like more than 300 other pickleball players in this town of about 30,000 people, Hayes strongly supports the court revitalization plan and cast doubt on claims that pickleball noise bothers nearby residents. “You’ve got to be kidding. We’ve got the airport, Highway 217, the bus depot and the 101,” he said. “This has got to be the noisiest place in Santa Barbara County, and somebody complained about the noise?” And so a line was drawn in the grass between two groups of residents in this little corner of Goleta. The same thing has happened in communities across the country as the sport has moved into new towns and suburbs accustomed — and in many cases entitled under the law — to hearing less of a racket. Over the last two years, Nicholas Caplin, a founding partner at Lubin Pham & Caplin in Irvine, has represented members of more than 10 California residential communities with newly built or converted pickleball courts in claims against the homeowners’ associations that allowed the changes. Caplin said he could not discuss the specifics of the cases because they all settled via mediation and are typically subject to confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements. But he said that in case after case, HOA codes and covenants included noise provisions that the pickleball courts were ultimately found to have violated. “Homeowners’ associations say, ‘Let’s do a nice thing and make tennis courts into pickleball courts.’ The outcome of that is additional noise,” he said. “The HOA is convinced of their exposure and takes action to avoid escalation, usually by settling, by either agreeing to no pickleball or drastically reducing noise associated with pickleball.” Legal claims against municipalities in California and across the country have forced similar resolutions, because volume levels associated with pickleball violate noise restriction ordinances for residential areas. The claims often result in “really ugly neighborhood drama,” Caplin said, but people who live near the courts typically win out. ***** To substantiate claims of excess volume from pickleball courts, Caplin and other attorneys sometimes turn to companies like Spendiarian & Willis Acoustics & Noise Control. For about a decade, Lance Willis, principal acoustical engineer at the Tuscon-based firm, has performed pickleball-related acoustical analysis in communities from Palm Springs to Massachusetts to Canada. Often, he is hired to measure the sound levels emanating from pickleball courts so the results can be compared against volume thresholds outlined in municipal codes or HOA rules. Sometimes that requires him to set up his handheld NTI Audio XL2 audio and acoustic analyzer on a tripod at multiple points on or near a court during play to determine how loud it is. Or Willis will set the device up on the property line of an adjacent home to measure how much noise is actually reaching neighbors. The loudest sound produced hundreds of times during a pickleball match — the two-to-four-millisecond “impulse sound” generated when a paddle connects with a ball — is inherently louder than those of sports like tennis or basketball, he said. While researchers have found that even a “loud” tennis shot will usually fall short of 60 decibels, Willis said he’s recorded peaks of 85 decibels from a backyard more than 50 feet away from a pickleball court. Extended exposure to 80-decibel noise can cause hearing damage; it’s equivalent to hearing a freight train from just under 50 feet away, according to a Purdue University study. The sound of a blender comes in at 88 decibels. “Pickleball may not appear to produce high levels of acoustical energy, but it does,” he said. “It is not equivalent to tennis or basketball or a lot of the other common activities that you hear at parks. It really has a higher noise impact.” That higher noise impact can mean the difference between violating rules and regulations, as evidenced by numerous places where tennis has been deemed permissible without sound mitigation but pickleball has not. It can also have negative consequences for nearby residents, according to Tom Spendiarian, principal architect at Spendiarian & Willis. “One guy was a Vietnam vet, an old guy, and he said it sounds like a mortar being dropped in a mortar tube — the plunk sound” of a paddle and pickleball colliding, Spendiarian said. “It freaks him out.” ***** By the time the lights over the Goleta Valley Community Center’s four pickleball courts came on one recent Friday evening, dozens of games had already been played. Unlike tennis, in which a single match between two good players can tie up a court for hours, many pickleball matches last just 15 to 30 minutes. The sport is perfectly suited for high-turnover open play. Multiple times an hour, a fresh crop of players steps out on the courts, gets their blood pumping, then steps back outside the fence. Some pickleball players scoff at concerns about noise and commotion and emphasize the sport’s benefits. “There’s just people out there that are just cranky,” Lori Brakka, a 59-year-old Goleta grandmother, said after finishing a match at the community center that Friday afternoon. “They don’t enjoy hearing people laughing and having a good time.”
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Mar 28, 2022
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There is another open session today at 3:00 p.m EST. The link for the zoom is here for those that wish to attend virtually. Please attend! The club is asking the membership to pay for the following: $3 million additional for roads $3.2 million for docks The link for today's meeting is here: https://zoom.us/j/99210856256?pwd=c0EyZHhtV2RBcmRuWk84dnNFdjgwZz09 Meeting ID: 992 1085 6256 Passcode: 817932 By Phone: +1(301)-715-8592 Many people may not know this but you live chat with other members online during the Zoom presentation. Gary will read your questions and hopefully answer them. Also, attached are some photos taken of some areas of proposed repair on the roads. As you drive throughout the club, you will see orange markers where the vendor feels we need repairs. Many are minor.
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Mar 28, 2022
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Scott Hillman has purportedly resigned. This is rumor. Any confirmations? Also, two valets have departed for varying reasons. Charles and Chris. Chris was with the company for years. Both valets manned the Haig Point side of the service.
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Mar 22, 2022
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This is the full video from the Open Session held March 21st. As a reminder, only 4 months ago Doug Egly assured members that the quarterly dues for 2022 would not be increasing (see below). What are your thoughts about this reversal and do you feel it is necessary to re-balance our operational shortfalls? From: Haig Point Club <comment@haigpoint.com> Date: December 1, 2021 at 6:18:43 PM EST Subject: CEO Letter December 1, 2021 Reply-To: comment@haigpoint.com Dear Member, The Haig Point Board of Directors approved the 2022 budget earlier today. We are thankful for all our staff’s hard work with the Finance Committee and Board over the past several months. A summary is being posted to the Club Business Page of the website before the end of the day. At 3 PM in the Clubhouse on December 15th we’ll hold an Open Session to review our 2022 budget, 2021 forecast, our 2020 Audit Report and address any questions you may have. In an effort to help Members prepare for this Open Session, on December 10th we’ll send additional information that will be covered in the meeting for your review. In addition, you’ll soon receive your first quarter 2022 bill from our accounting department. Your quarterly dues are staying the same. You will notice a change in the trash disposal fee. Our trash disposal expense as a community has increased over this past year because of additional usage. More dumpsters, more frequent barging, and new compactor leasing have contributed to higher costs. Therefore, your 2022 trash bill will reflect an increase from $165/quarter to $210/quarter to ensure that we are covering all our labor and other expenses related to trash removal. Doug
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Mar 19, 2022
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A Ferry Talk member received this email and asked that it be published here. This is Gary's email in its entirety. Dues increases are being used to cover year-over-year operational shortfalls. If you are for/against this, please speak up. PRESIDENT’S LETTER TO NON-PROPERTY, NON-EQUITY MEMBERS As most of you are probably aware, the Haig Point Board and Board Committees have spent all of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 developing a comprehensive Long Range Capital Plan. One of the objectives in support of that Capital Plan was to break even on our club operations, and not rely on our Real Estate and Development portion of the business to offset the Club’s operating losses. With that in mind, we focused on our dues as the only realistic path to getting to that goal this year. During that review the subject of the amount of dues that Non-Property, Non-Equity (NPNE) members paid versus the amount paid by Haig Point Equity and property owners came up. There were several points resulting from that review and discussions. NPNE members could not vote on the Capital Plan improvements, and because of that could not be assessed for their costs (~$40,000+ over the next 3 years). The Board was okay with this because of the NPNE members not having the right to vote on it, even though they would be direct beneficiaries of the improvements. NPNE members were paying $18,500 per year versus a Signature Full Golf member who paid $25,852, or almost 40% more. Both memberships had essentially the same privileges and access to the same amenities, common property and services. This difference in membership costs has become an incentive for people to sell their Haig Point house/property and move outside our gate and get a NPNE membership. By doing this they still enjoyed all of the same benefits, with lower annual dues and no liability on capital assessments like those outlined in our Long Range Capital Plan. The same is true for potential Haig Point new members and real estate clients. The NPNE membership has become a disincentive to buying property in Haig Point. While we understand the fact that many of the NPNE members pay anywhere from $1,000 - $2,000 in annual POA at their current locations outside of Haig Point, this is also true for many Haig Point members who live in the Plantations Homes ($4,560), Savannah Walk ($5,400) and the Osprey Island area ($1,335) and still have to pay the higher dues. With those points in mind, the Haig Point Board of Directors has decided to increase the NPNE annual dues as of July 1, 2022 to mirror the Signature Full Golf and Signature Club memberships dues. We are also creating two NPNE membership categories that we will ask you to choose from, which are similar to current Signature Full Golf and Signature Club memberships. The basic difference being whether a NPNE member wants to have a full golf membership, or limited golf under a club membership. The Annual Dues for each of these memberships starting on July 1, 2022 (June 1 billing date), will be: Non-Property, Non-Equity Full Golf - $27,150 Non-Property, Non-Equity Club - $23,430 This assumes the proposed increases this year are approved by a vote of the Equity members in May. As part of this change, we will be reviewing things such as guest privileges, etc. to assure these too mirror the Signature members services and benefits. We would also like to offer you an open session with myself and our CEO Doug Egly to discuss this further, or get a better understanding of everything that is going on with our Long Range Capital Planning. To do so, please Email Doug or I and let us know if you are interest in an open session for the NPNE members. Doug and I are also personally available to you if you have questions, concerns, etc. On behalf of the Haig Point Board of Directors and myself I want to let you know that we truly value you as members and that we did not make this decision lightly. Given the facts as I outlined them earlier in the letter, I think you will agree, there was very little choice in how to move forward in this matter. Respectfully, Gary Baum President, Haig Point Board of Directors
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Mar 18, 2022
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Gary's email is being posted in its entirety. For the record, we have emailed him as well as comment@haigpoint.com to inquire why the sessions are not being held virtually to allow members who are travelling, working, or have health issues to be able to attend. EDIT: Doug Egly directly confirmed that there would be a virtual option for the open session meetings. Open Member Session Monday, March 21st @ 3pm EST https://zoom.us/j/99210856256?pwd=c0EyZHhtV2RBcmRuWk84dnNFdjgwZz09 Meeting ID: 992 1085 6256 Passcode: 817932 By Phone: +1(301)-715-8592 PRESIDENT’S LETTER The objective of this letter is to prepare you for the Monday, March 21st Open Session (3:00 PM) discussion on the Dues portion of the proposed Long-Term Capital Plan. The other objective is to give you an overview of the member voting requirements for the various elements of the plan and how the vote will be structured. The Haig Point Board of Directors met in a special Board Meeting on Monday, March 14th to finalize many of the details of the Long Range Capital Plan, including the recommended dues schedule and the member voting parameters. The Board discussion surrounding the Proposed 2022 Annual Dues & Fees adjustment had the following 6 goals. Achieving Breakeven Operating Performance – Most importantly, we needed to eliminate the current $689K budgeted loss so that the Club Operation breaks even, without reliance on profits from the Real Estate and Development operations. This would also increase the amount of cash from operations to pay for the ongoing maintenance capital needs of the club and protect the club from possible downturns in the real estate market. Use Real Estate and Development profits for Maintenance and New Amenity Capital spending, or Debt reduction, versus offsetting operating losses. Quarterly Dues and Fees Allocated Based on Actual/Budgeted Spending – Within the club, there are basically three areas of services/operations. Club Operations – (Food & Beverage, Golf, Tennis/Fitness, and Equestrian) Property Services (POA) – (Facilities maintenance, grounds maintenance, lodging & members services) Transportation Services (Marine Operations, Land Transportation & carts) We are currently overcharging for Club dues and POA and undercharging for our Transportation Operations. With this in mind, the Board revised the categorization of where member quarterly dues and fees were credited and also assured all of the changes met the Haig Point governing document requirements. As you will note in the recommended 2022 Dues changes below, this was accomplished by decreasing Club Dues by 13% and increasing Property Holder Fees (POA and Transportation by 20%). Achieve annual funding of $1 million for the Marine Fund and $500K for the Maintenance Capital Fund. Set up dedicated funding for the Marine and Maintenance Capital Funds – by approving the recommendation included in the document, we will be able to dedicate funds in these categories to these current and future capital needs, not use them to offset operating losses. Remove current Dues inequities within the various membership categories – Specifically, the Non-Property, Non-Equity (NPNE) membership category. Other than the fact that they don’t own property within Haig Point, our NPNE members, who currently pay $18,500, get the same privileges as a Signature Full Golf Member who currently pays $25,852, almost 40% more. They are also not subject to the upcoming special assessments outlined in the Long Range Capital Plan because they do not have voting rights on these issues. But they will benefit from all of those investments. There are currently 37 NPNE members. With those goals in mind, the Board is putting forth the following recommended changes, some of which will require a membership approval vote and others that can be implemented by the Board. Items Requiring a Membership Vote to Approve Signature Full Golf Annual Dues and Fees net Increase of 5% to $27,150 ($1,298 increase) Property Holder Fees (POA & Transportation) increased by 20% = $2,870. Club Dues decreased by 13% = $1,572 Signature Club Annual Dues and Fees net Increase of 8.7% to $23,430 ($1,870 increase) Property Holder Fees (POA & Transportation) increased by 20% = $2,870. Club Dues decreased by 13% = $1,000 Property Only Annual Fees Increase of 20% to $16,950. Property Holder Fees (POA & Transportation) increased by 20% = $2,870 No Club Dues decrease because they do not pay Club Dues. All of the above changes would be retroactive to January 1, 2022, with the catch-up billing occurring in the June 1, 2022 statements. New members will be retroactively billed back to when they joined this year. Items Not Requiring a Membership Vote to Approve Non-Property, Non-Equity Dues will equal the Signature Full Golf or Signature Club Dues and Fees, depending on which of the following memberships a Non-Property, Non-Equity signs up for by June 1, 2022. Non-Property, Non-Equity Full Golf - $27,150 ($8,650 increase or 46.8%) Non-Property, Non-Equity Club - $23,430 ($4,930 increase or 26.6%) This dues increase will be effective as of July 1, 2022, billed June 1, 2022. It will not be retroactive because of the potential change in membership type and the size of the increase. As part of this, the membership committee is also reviewing any needed changes to what rights these members currently don’t have that Signature Full Golf and Full Club have, with the intention of adding those rights to their membership, with the exclusion of voting rights. National Membership (30 days access) will increase 5% ($300) effective July 1, 2022. It will not be retroactive as National Members are billed once annually, at the beginning of the year. In 2023 and thereafter, our annual dues and fees will be calculated based on keeping the Haig Point Club Operations at the breakeven level each year. It will take into account inflationary changes to Haig Point operating and labor costs, versus offsetting revenue increases due to membership growth. We believe that the changes we are recommending will accomplish all of the goals we have discussed in the letter, as well as in past letters and members sessions. They will also allow us to put in place the things our members have requested in the open sessions and their written questions: Using Real Estate and Development profits for maintenance and future capital needs, etc. Keeping the monies collected for accounts like Marine and the Maintenance funds in those accounts and allowing them to build for future investments Fully funding the everyday maintenance capital needs of our club on a timely basis. The Board and Management of Haig Point hope you will support these recommendations and allow us to get to our goals this year. Especially the primary goals of Operations breaking even and developing the capital we need through operations and real estate, versus borrowing, or delaying maintenance. Voting Parameters There are two sets of votes driven by our two main governing documents, our Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions, and our Club Membership Plan. Below is an outline of each of those and what is voted where. Property Owner Voting (under our Declaration of Covenants & Restrictions) Who can Vote: Signature Full Golf Members – 273 Signature Club Members – 62 Property Owner Only– 24 Quorum Required: First Meeting/Vote – 51% of eligible voters, approximately 183 voters Second Meeting/Vote (if no first meeting quorum) – 33.3% of eligible voters, or approximately 120 voters. Approval Required: At least two-thirds of votes cast in favor of assessments and/or fee increases above the 5% annual limit Simple majority required for any other voting items. Proposed Individual Voting Items based on the Long Term Capital Plan Proposed increase in Quarterly Property Owner Fees and Assessments Assessment of property owners for the repair of the roads in 2022 or 2023 Assessment of property owners for the repair of Docks, Piers and Barges in 2022 and 2023 Please note that in the information sent out prior to the upcoming open sessions and during the open sessions, greater detail will be given on the repair of Docks, Piers, Barges and Roads assessments and timing. Equity Member Voting (under the Club Membership Plan) Who can Vote? Signature Full Golf Members = 273 Signature Club Members = 62 Quorum Required: First Meeting – 51% if eligible voters or approximately 171 voters Second Meeting (If no first meeting Quorum) – 33.3% of eligible voters 112 voters Approval Required: Simple majority required for all voting items Proposed individual Voting Items Assessment for Golf Course Renovation Assessment (2024) Assessment for Permanent Structure for Grill Room Patio (2022) Assessment for Pickleball courts (2022). Please note that in the information sent out prior to the upcoming open sessions and during the open sessions, greater detail will be given on the assessments and timing of the Golf Course Renovation, Grill Room Patio and Pickleball Courts. Also, please note that there will be two ballots based on the outline above and that each item on those ballots will stand on its own for voting purposes. Prior to the beginning of the May 1st vote period, we will also send out an Executive Summary of each item you are voting on so you can be well informed on what exactly we are asking you to vote on. We look forward to seeing you at the open session next Monday, March 21st at 3:00 PM. If you cannot make that open session, we will repeat it Tuesday, April 12th at 5:00 PM. For both sessions, we will also record them and post them on the Club member website in case you cannot make either session so that you can view them at a later time or date. Thank you for your review of these important materials and we look forward to your support. Respectfully, Gary Baum President, Haig Point Board of Directors
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Mar 09, 2022
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The Long Range Open Sessions for March and April have been posted and there is a call for questions. Doug Egly has asked that his office be sent your queries but ideally your questions should also go to Board President Gary Baum (gmbaum112@gmail.com) who represents the owners and oversees management. Per Doug, executive summaries of the sessions will be posted IN ADVANCE of the meetings. This is critical so that questions, if any, can be properly prepared. If you do send questions please share with your fellow members/owners here! This way we can prevent the same questions being asked repeatedly and we can follow up on items that are not addressed in a timely fashion. No question should be "too hard" to answer. Monday, March 21: Dues/Fees Increase Presentation (1) (3 pm EST) Monday, March 28: Community Improvements Presentation (1) (3 pm EST) (Roads, Docks & Floating Barges, Landing Craft) Monday, April 4: Club Improvements Presentation (1) (3 pm EST) (Pickleball, Clubhouse Patio, Signature Golf Course) Tuesday, April 12: Dues/Fees Increase Presentation (2) (5 pm EST) Monday, April 18: Community Improvements Presentation (2) (5 pm EST) (Roads, Docks & Floating Barges, Landing Craft) Monday, April 25: Club Improvements Presentation (2) (5 pm EST) (Pickleball, Clubhouse Patio, Signature Golf Course)
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Mar 09, 2022
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Dear Member, As some of you know, we are in the midst of a Beautification Project around the Mansion and Tabby Lawn areas. There are several items we will be addressing as part of the project. 1. Facilities Maintenance has been power-washing, painting, and repairing the Mansion and the surrounding sidewalks. 2. We will be adding irrigation and regrassing (adding sprigs) to the Tabby Lawn plot closest to the water after Spring Member Weekend. 3. We will be removing the dead trees and landscaping. Plant material and flowers are on-site for the entryway to the Mansion and Valet area. 4. We will be closing the Cart Barn this weekend for painting and cleaning. 5. We have added additional “Member-Only” parking by the current 48-hour parking area. 6. After input from several Members, we will be replanting grass on the edge of the Tabby Lawn where the dead grass previously was located. We will not be relocating the rental cart staging area. The sod should be delivered next Tuesday and laid on Wednesday. We anticipate showing off our face-lift by Spring Member Weekend. I would like to thank everyone for their input on this project, especially those of you who spoke with me personally to clear the significant misunderstandings surrounding the intent and specifics of this project. I am committed to open dialog and to hearing all viewpoints. I encourage everyone to discuss their thoughts with me before ‘boat talk’ gets situations twisted. Please rest assured that your voice matters, is heard and is vital to the elevation of OUR Club. Thank you. Doug
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Mar 01, 2022
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Greetings Fellow Members, It's a beautiful day in Haig Point! Thank you for being a part of this new online community focused on enabling secure, unmoderated and transparent communication among the membership. Ferry Talk was created to build a platform for the membership to communicate with each other towards the betterment of the club for all. The participation of the membership is vital to a member-managed club. In the days following launch nearly 140 members have registered. My name is Douglas Nabors and my family have been Haig Point members for years. I am personally a full time Signature Member. In my time here, many of you have directly expressed concern to me that questions, concerns, and suggestions have not been addressed by leadership. I and other club members created Ferry Talk to ensure those concerns are heard in an unmoderated and private environment; thus ensuring our dialogue will remain as diverse as our membership. I invite all Haig Point members to take an active role in these discussions in the interest of making the club a more equitable and inclusive community that represents ALL viewpoints. Ferry Talk is a place for you, the owners of Haig Point, to make your voice heard. I urge you to use this tool in any way towards the betterment of our community. I would like to assure everyone that the email addresses that you submitted during the sign up process are completely safe. As a member, I respect my own privacy at Haig Point and that privacy will not be breached by your participation in this free speech forum.
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Feb 25, 2022
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Lots of talk about the details of the Melrose purchase. Who is buying, when will it finalize, how do we (HP) fit into the picture? Speaking with some non-HP members on the island, evidently there has been a flurry of recent real estate transactions in the Melrose area.
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