OWNERS QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
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OWNERS QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
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OWNERS QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
To provide for the preservation of property values and amenities within the GOLF HAMMOCK community, it is important that property owners, their families and, if applicable, their lessees, tenants, guests, invitees, assigns, contract purchasers, personal representatives, heirs or any other persons lawfully occupying a specific property, know that GOLF HAMMOCK is a community governed by a HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION.
Each owner should have in his possession a copy of the Development documents which include Declaration of Covenants and Restrictions and amendments thereto, Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws of the Association. Because these development Documents have been amended several times and are quite wordy, we have prepared this ABBREVIATED pamphlet of our current major regulations regarding property owner's responsibilities.
According to the Bylaws ARTICLE VIII, Section 7, the Association has the responsibility “to make reasonable rules and regulations and to amend the same from time to time. Such rules and regulations and amendments thereto shall be binding upon the members when the Board has approved them in writing and delivered a copy of such rules and regulations and all amendments to each member.” It is important that the enforcement of our regulations be fair and impartial. With the cooperation of all property owners, violations can be kept to a minimum.
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COVENANTS, RESTRICTIONS, BY-LAWS AND STANDING RULES
SUBDIVIDING - ARTICLE XVI
No platted lot shall be subdivided, nor shall any portion of a lot less than the whole be sold or transferred to any person, unless the entire lot shall be utilized to enlarge the adjacent lots.
USE RESTRICTIONS - ARTICLE XIV
All of the lands subject to the provisions hereof shall be used only for single family residential uses; only one residence may be built on one lot. Buildings accessory to the use of one family living may be erected provided that they do not furnish accommodations for an additional family. No commercial building shall be erected, nor shall any building be used for any commercial purposes. No trailer, tent, shack or other outbuilding shall be used as a temporary or permanent residence.
PLANS AND SPECIFICATION APPROVAL - ARTICLE XI
Prior to obtaining a building permit and starting construction on any lot, the plans and specifications MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE ASSOCIATION OR ITS DULY AUTHORIZED AGENT, IN ORDER TO DETERMINE COMPLIANCE WITH ARTICLE XIX (MINIMUM SIZE OF RESIDENCE).
SODDING ARTICLE XXII - SECTION 8
All improved lots must be completely and continuously sodded from the edge of the pavement to the rear of the house, excepting only driveways, walkways and landscaped areas.
STANDING RULE: DRIVEWAYS TO GARAGES ARE TO BE PAVED WITH CONCRETE, PAVERS, OR ASPHALT.
CONSTRUCTION - ARTICLE XXIII
All Association approved construction on any lot must be completed within 12 months from the date of Board Approval, date of permit, or notice of commencement, whichever is earlier. Any construction which has been underway for 12 months as of the effective date of this amendment must be completed.
DOCKS, BOATHOUSES, WATERFRONT CONSTRUCTION AND BOATS - ARTICLE XII
Bulkheads or other similar construction may be erected along the lakes or waterways with the approval of the Association. No motorboats or gasoline motors shall be permitted or used in any of such lakes or waterways in Golf Hammock.
ABOVE GROUND SWIMMING POOLS - ARTICLE XXII SECTION 9
No above ground swimming pools are permitted.
STANDING RULE: IN GROUND POOLS AND ALL HOT TUBS, SPAS, ETC. MUST BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY BUILDING CODE.
LAKES AND WATERWAYS - ARTICLE XXIV
Use of any of the lakes or waterways in any manner is limited to Association members and their guests. There shall be no swimming in the lakes or waterways of Golf Hammock. A child under the age of 13 years must be accompanied by an adult when fishing or boating on the lakes and waterways of Golf Hammock.
STANDING RULE: NO FENCE CAN BE ERECTED ON LAKES (OR GOLF COURSE).
GARBAGE AND TRASH REMOVAL - ARTICLE IX
No garbage, refuse or rubbish shall be kept on any lot. All areas for the deposit, storage, or collection of garbage shall be substantially shielded or screened from neighboring property or common areas, including the golf course.
NUISANCES AND REMOVAL THEREOF - ARTICLE VIII APRIL 1998
Nor shall any sign, other than standard “For Sale” sign, be erected on any lot without prior approval of the Golf Hammock Owners’ Association Board of Directors. Said “For Sale” sign shall be removed by the owner within fifteen (15) days of settlement.
STANDING RULES: PROPERTY AND DWELLING UPKEEP REQUIREMENTS APRIL 1998:
Dwellings must be kept in good repair, i.e., house and trim paint must not be overly faded or peeling.
All outbuildings or unattached garages must be maintained in the same manner as the dwelling, i.e., painted and maintained.
Mailboxes and driveways shall be kept in good repair at all times.
Roofs and shingles must be kept in good repair at all times.
Lawns must be cut at least once a week in the growing season and every other week in the dormant period.
All trees or limbs that are dead must be removed immediately.
All shrubbery shall be clipped and maintained at all times (at least once a month).
All leaves falling to the ground must be raked and disposed of before they become a problem to the neighbors.
At no time will weeds be permitted to grow in such a manner as to cause a hazard to your property or your neighbors.
Under no circumstances shall any drainage or retention ditches be filled in or changed. Their original specifications must be maintained.
No yard work by contractors to be done on Sunday.
ADDITIONAL STANDING RULES:
UNDEVELOPED LOTS SHOULD BE MOWED AS FOLLOWS: 1 IN SPRING, 2 IN SUMMER, AND 1 IN FALL (4 TIMES PER YEAR). UNDEVELOPED LOT OWNERS ARE TO FOLLOW ALL COVENANTS, BY-LAWS, AND RULES AS HOMEOWNERS.
CUT GRASS MUST BE CLEARED FROM ALL PAVEMENT.
NO YARD WORK BY HOMEOWNERS OR CONTRACTORS BEFORE 8:00 A.M.
IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN ALL FENCES AND BARRICADES CONSTRUCTED FOR THE COMMON SECURITY OF OWNERS, THE FENCES MUST BE ACCESSIBLE.
LIVESTOCK, POULTRY, AND ANIMALS - ARTICLE XI
No livestock, poultry or animals of any kind may be kept on any lot, except domestic household pets. Domestic animals may be kept on any lot, provided that they are not kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purpose, and provided further that they are kept as not to be an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood. NO MORE THAN TWO (2) DOGS MAY BE KEPT AT ONE RESIDENCE. DOGS MUST BE KEPT SECURED ON YOUR PROPERTY OR ON A LEASH WHEN THEY ARE OFF YOUR PROPERTY.
OFF STREET PARKING - ARTICLE VII
No vehicle of any kind, including automobiles, trucks, travel trailers, motor homes, boats, boat trailers and utility trailers shall be parked or kept on any street or road deemed common property hereunder.
TRUCKS AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT - ARTICLE XV
No truck or other commercial vehicle larger than a three quarter ton pickup shall be kept upon the properties, nor shall a recreation vehicle be kept upon the properties unenclosed, nor shall any boat, boat trailer or utility trailer of any size be kept unenclosed upon the properties. No commercial equipment, road graders, bulldozers, or other heavy equipment shall be kept, stored or allowed in the development except as deemed necessary by the Association.
STANDING RULE: BOATS, TRAILERS, RV'S, COMPANY VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE PARKED IN DRIVEWAYS FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS.
GARAGE AND ESTATE SALES - ARTICLE XXV
Garage Sales and Estate Sales by owners or lawful residents of Golf Hammock are prohibited except such sales for Golf Hammock Association organizations that obtain approval of the Golf Hammock Owners' Association Board of Directors.
ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL - ARTICLE XIV SECTION 3 OF THE BY-LAWS
No building, fence, wall or other structure, or change in landscaping, shall be commenced, erected or maintained upon the properties, nor shall any exterior addition to or change or alteration thereto be made until the plans and specifications showing the nature, kind, shape, height, materials, color and locations of the same shall have been submitted to and approved in writing as to harmony of external design and location in relation to surrounding structures and topography by the Board of Directors of the Association.
ENFORCEMENT - ARTICLE XXII SECTION 4
The Association shall have the right, after giving 30 days' written notice of any violation to the violating party, said notice to be effective upon mailing, to enter upon any property whenever there shall have been built on such property subject to these restrictions, any structure which is in violation here of, or upon which any violation of these restrictions may exist or be permitted to exist, and summarily abate or remove the same at the expense of the owner, and such entry and abatement or removal shall not be deemed a trespass, and the cost thereof shall be a lien in favor of the Association, imposed and enforceable as provided in Article V.
As an alternative, the Association shall have the right to assess fines of up to $100 for each violation for every day that the violation is not corrected. The total fine cannot exceed $1,000 for each violation. If the violating party objects to the fine, the violating party will have 14 days to request a hearing before an independent three member committee appointed by the Board. If the committee, by a majority vote, agrees with the Board, then the fines will be imposed. If the committee fails to approve the fine, then it may not be imposed. If the violating party doesn't request a hearing before the committee, then the fine(s) will be effective 14 days from the date of the notice that details the violations and fines. The fines can become a lien on the property in favor of the Association, imposed and enforceable as provided in Article V. It was passed in June 2005 that a fine of $100.00 will be assessed immediately to any owner who receives a second letter concerning a violation in the same calendar year.
With prior guidance from the GHOA lawyer, on September 5, 2013 the Board unanimously voted to accept this document in its entirety.