Any exterior project involving additions, removal or replacements on the B.C. grounds requires approval from the Grounds Committee. Such projects include, but are not limited to the addition, replacement or removal of the following:
Important Things to Know
Tree removal by an owner is NOT permitted
Any plantings or ground coverings installed by the owner is the owner's responsibility to water & maintain
"The B.C. is located in a luscious coastal hardwood hammock with ‘old Florida charm’"
Quoting from the Bahamian Club rental website, this is how we advertise our beautiful “Slice of Paradise”. In order to help protect and maintain the beauty of our coastal hammock, a grounds committee was formed.
Searching out free local resources, Antoinette Bornstein and Susan DiLullo, members of the Grounds Committee, met with Joe Sewards from the University of Florida. Joe said that the B.C. is doing so many things right, and that he was impressed with how well we have tried to keep the true natural hammock in place. Joe also gave ideas and names of plants that we should be concentrating on when we start to bring back our environment. “The hammock is already telling us what it wants and needs by the types of plants that are doing well and thriving,” said Joe. By following Florida friendly landscaping practices and utilizing Xeriscape landscaping principles, we can improve the aesthetic quality of our landscaping creating that critical “first impression” that will continue to show our owners, prospective owners and seasonal guests the quality of the Bahamian Club.
The following plants found on B.C. property should be removed.
They are listed as invasive on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council.
A Florida-friendly landscape (FFL) is a quality landscape that is designed, installed and maintained according to the nine FFL principals. It means using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practice to promote the creation and preservation of our native landscape with minimal natural resource usage.
9 FLL Principals
Right plant, right place
Protect the waterfront
Manage yard pests
Reduce storm water drainoff
The Volusia County Extension office has suggested the following plants for our hammock:
Sweet Bay Magnolia
Sabal Palm FL State Tree
Common property is anything outside the area where the midpoint of the mansards meet at the front of your unit as shown
Board of Directors Approved Guidelines
Use of Florida-friendly landscaping as well as Water Wise Principals in planting.
Existing native vegetation to be protected.
No tree removal by owners. No trimming of any type on common property.
Cypress mulch is no longer an approved item as advertised by FFL.
Florida-friendly landscaping recommended plants.
No planting or removal of invasive/noxious plants.
B.C. will no longer provide mulch around buildings and certain common grounds a reas.
B.C. retains the right to remove any planting on common grounds if the Board/Manager deems appropriate.
Green lattice is no longer an approved item.
Grounds committee to determine native (no plant area) on common grounds to maintain a good ratio of native vs cultured areas.
If an owner desires to plant in that predetermined area, approval is needed from the Board prior to planting.
Any and all irrigation systems approved by the Board, per FL Statute 373.62, a rain shutoff valve must also be installed.
Save Our Hammock
In order to preserve and protect our Coastal Hammock and prevent erosion, Florida Friendly Landscape and utilizing Xeriscape Landscaping principles must be adhered to. Hammock is a term used in the Southeastern United States for stands of trees, usually hardwood, that form an ecological island in a contrasting ecosystem. In contrast, it is not a golf course, manicured grounds or desert landscaping.
This website will help guide you through drought tolerant, salt tolerant Florida Friendly/Native plants.
Per our Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, Article II, Section 6, Use of Common Area, any owner wishing to make any changes to the common area requires written permission from the Association. The Grounds Committee has developed the following process for owners to make requests and obtain approval for any enhancements, alterations, or removal of landscaping. This is based on the successful process used by the Architectural Control Committee. Should an owner wish to enhance their area or the common grounds it must be with approved Florida Friendly/Native plants and one of the several different kinds previously approved mulches. Forms are available both in the office and on the website under HOA Forms. Both the Board/Manager has the right to remove any enhancement to the common grounds at any time. Once an owner makes modifications to the landscaping it then becomes their responsibility to maintain, as well as the responsibility of any and all future owners in perpetuity.
Antoinette Bornstein, Susan DiLullo, Kathy Fiumano and Jane Scott
(Board Liaison, Sandy Murphy)