Boating laws discussed at BHR Community Association meeting

Posted 6/13/22

The following is from the Buckhead Ridge Community Association held on April 24:

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Boating laws discussed at BHR Community Association meeting

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BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The following is from the Buckhead Ridge Community Association held on April 24:

Although most of our winter residents have departed, there were many local residents at the “fourth Tuesday” pot-luck dinner and meeting of the Buckhead Ridge Community Association and much news imparted.

One guest speaker, Lindsey Mann from the Florida Wildlife Commission Aquatic Habitat, spoke about the necessity of wearing life jackets when boating. She showed various types of safety devices, but said the $10 “orange one” available almost everywhere, is actually the most effective as it supports the head above water while you are awaiting rescue. She offered many other cautions and encouraged a safe summer on the water.

Stu Taylor, president of the BHR Mosquito Control Board, reported on a review of the 1976 regulations governing canal lot lines. In response to other questions, he said that spraying for mosquitoes can only be done when the wind is below 10 mph. He also reported that most of the areas of hydrillas are now under control.

Commissioner Tim Stanley gave his monthly update on conditions in BHR. He reminded boaters and residents that community canals are a No-Wake Zone with a 5 mph limit and asked cooperation in obeying it out of respect for your neighbors. He said that there is now a light at the community boat ramp and showed new signs, reminding those traveling State Road 78, that the speed limit is 50 for everyone; check out, and obey, the new signs.

Stanley also went on to say that the Bass Pro development is still expected. The builder of the new development just south of BHR has reported that 1700 homesites will be offered. Also, County Manager, Marcos Montes de Oca, is in planning talks concerning trash pickup in BHR.

A reminder of the upcoming hurricane season saw Stanley reminding everyone that due to economic conditions, there will, almost certainly, be no food or ice being delivered, and probably no electricity. He asked the community to begin now to prepare both home, supplies and decisions before a storm comes. He reported that the paving of proposed sidewalks on S.R. 78 will begin in June.

Lisa Beamer, from Muse, announced her plans to run for the School Board and Harley Brook, from Lee County, said he is running for County Judge in 2024.

Our thanks to Bob Jenkins who has been cleaning out the Highway frontage to welcome people to Buckhead Ridge. Any resident of Buckhead Ridge is invited to these community meetings, held the fourth Tuesday of each month, in the hall behind the Fire Station. A pot-luck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meeting which welcomes comments and discussion. For more information, please contact Association Secretary Vickie Anderson at 634-4106.

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