<![CDATA[homesofrivieradunes.com - Blog]]>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:12:58 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Riviera Dunes Bike Riders]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 19:17:32 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/riviera-dunes-bike-riders
A group of residents from the Homes of Riviera Dunes rode their bikes today to DeSoto Park. 

It was a crisp cool morning with the usual low traffic experienced on Saturdays.

We crossed the Green Bridge heading south in the pedestrian lane and were pleased to see the lane fully completed. 

After we got on Riverview Blvd, the road became very bike friendly all the way to DeSoto Park. The park was closed due to the government shutdown, but pedestrians and bikers can get in.

After a short break at the park, we all headed back and worked up our heart rates with some really nice sprints along the way.

Everyone made it back safely for a photo opp by an old Scooby-Doo  van in the marina parking.

The trip was a little over 21 miles and we run it at an average of 11.5 miles per hour.

The group rides 3 or 4 times a week, often to Emerson Point.

If interested in joining this group, submit your name and tel/text number on the contact form.
<![CDATA[Yoga Anyone?]]>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 23:02:14 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/yoga-anyone
The Riviera Dunes Yoga classes taking place at the Amenity Center on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9-10 are off to a good start.

They quickly grew in attendance and popularity and many participants have become familiar faces at the gym.  

Riviera Dunes Home Owners have been enjoying Sharon's Yoga classes thoroughly and it is wonderful to have a great turnout each and every week! 

"Participating in the new yoga classes at the Amenity Center has been a great opportunity for me to meet other Riviera Dunes residents and provide a new "twist"  to a healthier me," said Janice Davis, who frequently attends the classes.

"Having yoga classes available in the neighborhood sure is easy and convenient," John Bessey said. "Sharon is a great instructor keeping it interesting and fun as we are all getting more flexible each week", he added. 

Generally, this is supposed to be a great beginner yoga class. Taught by Sharon Donnell, a Rivera Dunes resident, who has 200+ hours of experience. But participants are finding out that it is also good at any level because Sharon shows everyone how to modify each pose. Those who like to take it easy can get into a child's pose while others are attempting the more challenging planks!  

Everyone gets something from each and every class!

Any feedback that you would like to share about the class should be sent to Sharon. Also, 
make sure to reserve your place for each class by e-mailing Sharon at sharond519@sdonco.com before noon the preceding day.

​Donations are accepted, but no more than $5 per class.
<![CDATA[Autumn Gathering 2018]]>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:16:45 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/autumn-gathering-2018
This year the hospitality committee organized the Autumn Gathering which took place this past Sunday at the Amenity Center in the Homes of Riviera Dunes. 

Many of our community members participated and brought with them a variety of delicious dishes for everyone to sample. With over 60 people showing up, there were not much food left for anyone to take home!

We all socialized, ate, drunk and watched a beautiful autumn sunset materialize right before our eyes by the poolside.

It was a cool evening and a beautiful event that everyone enjoyed.

Thank you Emely B. and Carleen J. for your efforts in organizing this special evening. We look forward to be part of your future events.
<![CDATA[HDTV in Amenity Center]]>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 19:56:34 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/hdtv-in-amenity-center
After Spectrum discontinued broadcasting analog TV signals over their cable network, the three TVs in the amenity center stopped working. 

With the leadership of the board and Bill Dianni, all TVs are now back in operation. They all now support HDTV signals with added channels and crisp resolutions.

The two remote controls that controlled the three TVs have been replaced to operate the invisible cable box behind each TV and TV power. 

The board would like to thank Bill for his help and the patience of all our amenity center regulars for allowing the necessary time to get the cable service restored.

Bill Dianni has also been very graceful in allowing the dock committee store pedestals, boxes and crates in his home garage. He has the board's gratitude and appreciation.
<![CDATA[New Pedestals on Community Docks]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 17:29:22 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/new-pedestals-on-community-docks

​After much talk over the previous years about replacing the community docks' pedestals, our "dynamic duo" in charge of the Home Owner Association and the Dock Committee took charge and delivered big! The old pedestals that were rusty and falling apart are now all gone. ​
Earlier in the year, half were replaced and now all are replaced with sleek new pedestals topped by blue caps. They supply power, water and lighting to the docks. Take a walk down any of the three community docks and check them out in person.
Our Home Owners' Association Board and Dock Committee are to be congratulated for not only getting the job done, but also for doing it with as little funds as possible. First, they negotiated a great deal on the new pedestals. Then by purchasing and shipping them in bulk, using residents' vehicles and garages to store them, and doing much of the installation work themselves, they saved over 50% on individual replacement costs!

Thanks to the dynamic duo, Ken & Ken, to Don the electrician and to everyone else that assisted in the process, Riviera Dunes slip owners and licensees will enjoy the new pedestals for many years to come!
<![CDATA[The Red Tide Raptor!]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:33:41 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/the-red-tide-raptor
On our morning bike ride this Sunday, we met David Skaggs at Emerson Point. ​David is a local artist that was hauling on his truck bed his latest creation, a Godzilla-like depiction that he called the Red Tide Raptor!

The sculpture was made from skeletal remains of all kinds of victims of the Red Tide that washed up on the Gulf of Mexico's shorelines. If you look closer, you can see fish heads, shoe crabs, eels, crabs, fish teeth... forming the entire body!

With his art, David shows the devastating impact of the Red Tide on Florida's marine life while simultaneously making a very powerful statement for the need to fight this monster.

David bleached all the remains before he used them and covered it all with epoxy resin. While a tangible visual reminder of the Red Tide was very welcomed and quite motivating to want to do something to solve this serious problem, we were truly thankful that he did not attempt to make us relive our unpleasant Red Tide olfactory experiences!
<![CDATA[Barnacles Be Gone!]]>Sun, 07 Oct 2018 13:11:20 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/barnacles-be-gone
Have you recently taken a stroll over on one of the three community docks at the Homes of Riviera Dunes and noticed something different?
Yes, there are many new pedestals installed and many more will be installed very soon. 
But look closer in the water on the floating docks and you should notice that the barnacles have been removed!
Barnacle growth on docks can cause serious damage to the docks. Not only they grow many inches thick interfering with the path of your boat and possibly scratching its gel-coat as you try to dock it, or while it is docked, but it also adds unnecessary weight burden on the docks. 
Barnacles can add many pounds to the weight of the docks and can damage the floating plastic by puncturing it. 
By removing the mussels, barnacles, oysters and other growth on the dock floats on a regular basis,  the Homes of Riviera Dunes Dock Committee ensures a long lasting life of the docks, minimizing repairs and maximizing the value of the investment that we all are making into our community.
​Thank you Dock Committee for your hard work keeping our community docks in tip-top shape!
<![CDATA[Dock Painting and Repairs]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:45:09 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/dock-painting-and-repairs
Our dock committee in their constant work to beautify and upkeep our community docks has placed an order for prepping and painting dock rusty metal and concrete decks/walkways as specified by an agreement The Florida Paint Company as well as installing new bolts and channels as needed if the materials are provided by the owner. 

There is an opportunity for the owners of private slips attached to their lots to purchase the same maintenance from the contractor (Sureway Enterprises, Inc.) at a quantity discount, rather than individually, while Sureway is at Rivera Dunes servicing the community docks, if we have 10 or more homeowners with private docks that opt in.

This is a great opportunity.  If your home includes a private dock behind it and you are interested in getting this maintenance at a quantity discount, please let Bob Urso or Jconway@cscmsi.com know as soon as possible and no later than Monday, October 1st. Please provide homeowners name, phone number, email address, and property address.

Once you agree to participate in this quantity discount opportunity, you will need to download, print, sign, and return the file Riviera Dunes HOA Docks Single Family 2018 to Tim Woodman (timpaintman@aol.com, Fax: 941-745-1445) at Sureway Enterprises Inc.”
<![CDATA[Red Tide Spared the Manatee River]]>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:23:12 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/red-tide-spared-the-manatee-river
​The algae bloom, known as Karenia brevis, or red tide, has hit the southwestern coast of Florida hard this year. It reached Manatee County beaches in early August leaving in its wake rotten odors and thousands of dead fish throughout much of August. Clean up efforts started immediately after the declaration of state of emergency by Gov. Rick Scott, containing the problem and clearing the dead fish along with its stensh. 

Residents of the Homes of Riviera Dunes were fortunate to be spared the direct effects of the red tide, despite its water access to the Gulf. Being situated six miles from Tampa Bay and 11 miles from the Gulf Coast, has created a buffer zone keeping the red tide from reaching the community.

"There are benefits to living right on the Gulf, but there are also disadvantages," said Nabil Freij. "By living in Riviera Dunes, I like the fact that I have water access to the Gulf, but also keep my distance from it," he added. 

Yesterday, a couple of residents from Riviera Dunes took their wave-runners all the way to Egmont Key and back. They reported blue and green clean water, with schools of bait fish frolicking all over Egmont Key beaches. Although many boaters were missing, the catastrophe that the red tide brought to the area fortunately seems to be receding!
<![CDATA[Slip Licenses Attached to Property]]>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 11:09:17 GMThttp://homesofrivieradunes.com/blog/slip-licenses-attached-to-property
Starting from 2018, the City of Palmetto has issued TRIM notices attaching boat slips to the property of their licensees.  

Licensees of boat slips in any of the Riviera Dunes community docks (Peninsula, Northshore, or Island,) will notice the addition of licensed slips to their 2018 TRIM notice received in August (see image above.)

Licensees should check their TRIM notice to ensure that the information is recorded correctly with the proper slip number and if not, they should contact the management company. 

Property assessments have increased to include the value of the slips, so slip taxes will be included in the assessment of your home and paid directly by licensees to the city.

The Homes Owners Association of Riviera Dunes (HOARD) will no longer be billed these taxes and will no longer send separate tax bills to licensees at the end of each year.

Licensees are also requested to update their vessel registration document and send to the management company. The form can be downloaded electronically from this site and emailed to the management company.