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meiross
Jul 30, 2022
In Club Business
Start paying attentions folks. Beaufort County working to condemn the land next to the Haig Point Embarkation Center. and express yourself before the game is over. There clearly needs to be more information on this significant undertaking. If you object to this unilateral action, start writing to each and every HP Board member, the BC Council, Council Member Lawson specifically, the Coastal Carolina Conservation League, and the SCELP. Let's all get all the facts and information before actions are taken and SLOW DOWN. Speak up for whatever position you might have on this. Word is 400 parking space lot next to the HP lot next to Cross Island Expressway. Planning the Use of Haig Point Docks for running the Beaufort County Ferry to/from Daufuskie island for tourists and residents. This was "stated at a meeting on DFI" at the firehouse by the County Administrator and is a matter of public record. HP property owners have NOT been consulted or voted on this yet, but BC moving forward? WHY? What arrangements have been made without our knowledge? Why do we in HP have to read about this in the Island Packet? WE all own these docks and facilities. Watch it on BC videos. The BC Council voted 7-4 on this. OUR representative - Lawson - voted yes. Where is all this HP transparency we hear about so often? "We are negotiating but we can't talk about it". What about insurance? Who will pay for all of this added operational expense? HP property owners? What about destroying the natural setting? The drainage and runoff in the tidal creek? What about security to the HP lot? Will we need security? Will we need a guard house at the entry for the onslaught of lost visitors? What about DFI public ferry riders? Will they have access to the Embarkation Center to use the bathrooms? And the coordination logistics have the potential for a nightmare. Time to learn more about this and express yourself before the game is over. There clearly needs to be more information on thjis significant undertaking and shared. If you object to this unilateral action, start writing to each and every HP Board member, the BC Council, Council Member Lawson specifically, the Coastal Carolina Conservation League, and the SCELP. Let's all get all the facts and information before actions are taken and SLOW DOWN. Speak up for whatever position you might have on this.
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meiross
Jul 23, 2022
In General
Imagine if Hargray managed going to heaven. Recording: Sorry for Your Demise. Please stay on line. Your Death is Important to us. We appreciate your patience to get to heaven. One of our Angels will be with you shortly. Your wait time is 15 years, 12 hours, 32 minutes.
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meiross
Jul 13, 2022
In Club Business
Be aware that Beaufort County has condemned land for ferry terminals: Melrose Dock AND the land adjacent to the HP Welcome center. Sounds like letters sent to each Council Member referencing Mr. Greenway's comments at yesterday's DFI Council Meeting (at the DFI Fire Station) along with other expressions of confusion re: issues might help. Asking for more time for data collection and discussion certainly is not unwarranted for these condemnations. Letters to the HP Board expressing your concerns may also be of benefit to your neighbors. There's always an opportunity to express an Op Ed to the newspapers. The Melrose Dock land condemnation is also in sync with the BC condemnation of the land next to the Haig Point Embarkation Center for a parking lot (150+ spaces?) next to the Cross Island Bridge. Rumor is BC is quietly trying to cut a deal with HP to use the HP facility for future DFI ferry operations. This most likely would have impacts to our own HP parking, need for security and a gatehouse at our entrance, fencing to protect our vehicles and boats, etc. And WHO will pay for that? Full Golf and Signature Members? Other membership categories most likely would not, as well as special event and visiting golf expeditions who enjoy what the members are/will pay for. I would think the SC Environmental Law Project and the Coastal Conservation Group might have something to say about the destruction of the marsh area around the HP Embarkation Center and impacts to the environment in general. DNR may also not want the bridge columns degraded. Clearly more study is necessary and more transparency is needed in this potential undertaking - not after deals are cut. The vote for the condemnation was 7-4 at the BC Council Meeting last week, BUT it is in the 2nd and 3rd reading. Time to weigh in if desired.
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meiross
Jul 13, 2022
In Club Business
As members consider their position re: tens of thousands of dollars in assessments (and future increases in maintenance costs to support the assessments - lifecycle costing) today's headlines are noteworthy. Inflation surges to new 40-year high as CPI rises 9.1% in June. Interest rates look like they will increase 1/2 to 3/4%. All one has to do is go to the grocery store and notice that the shelves with generic brands are empty. What does that tell you? Food prices are much higher than the 9.1% statistic. Contrary to some perceptions and confusing email content, discussions with banks for loans does NOT mean we won't be paying for the loans. There's no free lunch. The assessments will serve as the debt service. With overruns on capital projects and poor estimates, there may be a need for more assessments. Everyone needs to do their homework before casting a vote.
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meiross
Jun 20, 2022
In General
Now that HP has offered a tour of the Golf Course to sell why we need to spend $15 million on new golf courses and assess the members tens of thousands of dollars ($48 K? each) now, after that dog and pony show - why not ask for a Facilities Tour of the broken docks, dangerous walkways, popping nails, collapsed boarding ramp to the water taxis (gee ... is it possible a large displacement boat moored to a small dock for water taxis for an extended period caused a problem?), maybe explain all the extra money spent to correct mistakes on the HP II for failing the Coast Guard Inspection only to wait for another inspection and not realize any revenue because the boat is dead in the water, maybe see all of the deteriorating roads & bridges, tree roots in the road, maybe throw in some comments on the Facilities Tour as to why the Transportation/Marine Committee isn't involved or perhaps the Finance Committee as to why it isn't participating in any budgeting and forecasting exercises. Do we need a new Marine Department? Well, don't assemble by the grill room as the tent has been taken down so we all can see how hot it is outside while the illustration of the proposed $350 K+ outdoor dining roof we will be asked to finance thorough assessments just went on dis[play as the roof came down. I was born at night but not last night. It's clearly a time for change.
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meiross
Jun 15, 2022
In Club Business
Let's have some true accountability now on how this increase in dues will be spent: i.e. specific project budgets, schedules , ACTUALS against budgeted amounts for each project, event, expenditure, etc and availability to the members of results. Saying that we can't control 90% of our costs is pure nonsense. E.g. do we need to spend how much? on fireworks when Harbour Town is reported to have a show? Would not that money now be better served? Let's not treat this influx of cash like lottery winnings. Our fuel costs have to be through the roof with no end in site. The members need far better reporting of information in a timely manner. NOT gross margin on lines of business which is deceiving. We need NET Margin - Bottom Line, with all G & A included to actually see the true P & L status of EACH line of business and project. With a full staff now of 7 accounting personnel, we should be able to do this. We need FULL Finance & Audit Committee participation in the re-budgeting process BEFORE hand not merely being "informed' (if at all) after the fact. We need to start better managing HP, utilizing the exceptional talents of individuals on the F & A Committee or we will face this again. Up until now the F & A has been merely window dressing and not able to contribute to the HP operation.
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meiross
May 17, 2022
In Club Business
Thanks for the clarification. But a non-vote is still not a Yes vote. Recall the Board election? If you only voted for one candidate, the vote was thrown out. Was that ethical? Two of the candidates might not have been unqualified in the eyes of the voter, and the vote wasn't allowed for the one candidate who was? This is shenanigans by any measure. HP deserves better than this.
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meiross
May 17, 2022
In Club Business
READ THE FINE PRINT ON THE BALLOT FOR DUES INCREASE. It states that if you do not vote it is considered a YES vote for the increase in dues. This disenfranchises people who don't get the email ballot and clearly misstates one's intentions. NOT VOTING is a right in any case. This is despicable behavior by people elected to look out for OUR welfare. This MANIPULATES THE 51% QUORUM REQUIREMENT and the 2/3 AFFIRMATION REQUIREMENT. People need to express any disapproval of this approach directly to the Board. This will no doubt be a tactic utilized in assessments for possibly $50,000 down the road. THIS IS CLEARLY IRRESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP.
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meiross
Apr 25, 2022
In General
HP Members will soon be asked to approve a 10% Dues Increase RETROACTIVE to 1/1/22. This amounts to a 20% increase from 7/1/22 – 12/31/22 if collected in 2022. This will be on top of a 5% increase that went into effect 7/1/21. The Bylaws allow the Board to increase dues in 2023 5% OR the greater of CPI in September 2022. If inflation is still 8.5% in September 2022, then we could be facing another dues increase of 8.5% in 2023. Do not hesitate to ask questions or request financial information from the Accounting Department as input to this important decision.
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meiross
Apr 18, 2022
In General
With HP voting for assessments pending, there are some things to consider. A vote for the millions of dollars of assessment at this time to the tune of perhaps more than $45,000 per member will be yours for life! If you plan to sell your property, the assessments will need to be paid by you or the buyer before closing. This will certainly add to the economics of one’s investment decisions, not to mention support for our health needs, our children, and grandchildren. We might be headed for some tough times. Now may not be the time to incur such a steep personal financial commitment. HP has not had a breakeven performance in many years, and has certainly not demonstrated year to year financial strength. Financial stability with needed infrastructure attention and contingency reserves are prudent actions. HP needs these key metrics as a requirement before wish list spending. Today’s News: “With recession calls on Wall Street picking up as the Federal Reserve embarks on what could be up to eight interest rate hikes this year; Goldman Sachs no longer wants to be left out of the growing crowd. "Our [Goldman] analysis of historical G10 episodes suggests that although strong economic momentum limits the risk in the near-term, the policy tightening we expect raises the odds of recession. As a result, we now see the odds of a recession as roughly 15% in the next 12 months and 35% within the next 24 months," said Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs chief economist, in a new note to clients. Eleven out of 14 tightening cycles since World War II have been followed by a recession within two years, warns Hatzius.” Inflation is actually more akin to 11%, not the government manipulated 8.5% - and that’s not good either. You know this if you have been to the store or gas pump lately. The truly smart play is to wait re: significant capital outlays.We need multiple years of demonstrable financial prudence. We are not there yet. We can address large capital outlays at a later date when current uncertainties are more clearly known.
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meiross
Apr 12, 2022
In General
John and Michelle took the initiative to "beautify" the neighborhood with their own money/efforts/resources to plant flowers, shrubs, etc in the LONG neglected island area on Gleneagles Ct. Similar neglect is evident on Carnoustie, Prestwick, and the Cottages area in general. Some residents have requested pine straw, etc, offering to do the labor themselves especially around the Gazebo. DEAF ears for years. Yet, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent for consultants, golf course designers, eating area pavilions, etc. YET aesthetics are seemingly ignored. My old swim coach used to say, "If you take care of all the little things, the big thing will take care of itself." We are not taking care of the little things at the expense of delusions of grandeur.
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meiross
Apr 01, 2022
In General
The current targeted Pickle Ball location at $300 K? (Only a conceptual estimate which history shows will escalate), requiring take down of 30-40 trees ($1,000 each perhaps or more?), locating it next to the golf course fairway (safety issues), and presents significant noise and nuisance issue to residents. Bad choice! The space originally conceptualized for the golf cottages has already been site prep'd: no trees, level, convenient to facilities. Putting the courts at that location will be cheaper by far. We ALREADY paid for the site prep with our dues. I believe the land is COMMUNITY PROPERTY and hence owned by the members. Private development of cottages on this community property? - how is this possible without a vote by the members? If built who owns them? It's community property - thus members own it. Revenue would accrue to the members - like stock dividends, no? Too many legal issues. We have how many new members now who had NO SAY in the cottages issue from 3 years ago. How many former members who voted for this no longer live here? It is unconscionable to proceed with private development of golf cottages without member input in the present time frame. We are in a new era of inflation, fuel costs, pandemics, substantial increases in insurance premiums, etc. But, we can think about Pickle Ball courts at say $150 K, as the prep'd site is ready. Members own the land as Community Property, while HP we will save money, achieve the objective, and reducing any assessments we are asked to absorb.
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meiross
Mar 18, 2022
In General
Contrary to perceptions, the "Finance Committee" has NOT had any input, discussion, or participation regarding Capital Projects, dues increases, or assessments. The Committee Charter clearly calls for such expectations but participation has been elusive. The future costs to Members is significant and the assumptions used in the justifications are subject to challenge. For example, an inflation rate of 2.6% year to year is unrealistic as we are ALREADY at 8%. Fuel is up more than 35%, while material costs for anything are most certainly to continue an unfavorable upward trend. MUCH more analysis and justification is required, in addition to a needed comprehensive "scrub". The Finance Committee has legal, accounting, project management, finance, contract management, investment, and quantitative skill sets to aid in our future courses of action. The "why" as to the lack of Finance Committee participation is a subject of another discussion.
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meiross
Mar 07, 2022
In General
Rumor is HP Board spent more than $500,000 on golf course design, websites, cottages engineering, outdoor dining pavilion, etc. while bridges, roads, docks continue to deteriorate and NO RESERVES for emergencies. Where's the sense of PRIDE in the Community and our management priorities?
Infrastructure: Decaying in Front of Our Eyes content media
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meiross
Mar 02, 2022
In General
One example: Waiting for repair more than 5 years
Infrastructure .... Low Priority? content media
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meiross
Feb 28, 2022
In General
Our Course Looks Great!
Our Beautiful Golf Course - Right Now content media
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meiross
Feb 26, 2022
In General
This is a great forum for people to share ideas, ask questions, and learn from others. The more information that is shared will facilitate better understanding of issues and how those issues may affect each individual's future comfort level living on beautiful Daufuskie Island.
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