Subdivision of large lots

In response to requests to subdivide larger lots, the Board has given consideration with respect to the first Restrictive Covenant which states:

No lot or group of lots in Sandyport may be divided or sub-divided into smaller lot or lots.

There are a small number of large and undeveloped lots that could be subdivided without detriment to the community. The Board has determined that it is prepared to permit such lots to be subdivided in appropriate circumstances subject to the following criteria:

  1. That the subdivision is approved by the appropriate Government Ministry.
  2. An application is made by the owner for the lot to be subdivided and for new licenses to be issued, at the Owners’ expense.
  3. Draft conveyances with respect to any approved subdivision shall be submitted for the association’s prior approval.
  4. The resulting lots shall not be less than 5,000 sq ft in total area.

‘Dock Tax’ Crackdown On Gated Communities

The following article was published in The Tribune on April 4, 2017


By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

The Port Department yesterday confirmed it is cracking down on fees owed by private/residential dock owners in New Providence’s gated communities, and issuing warnings of site visits to inspect “unregistered” facilities.

Captain Cyril Roker, the Department’s controller, told Tribune Business that it had been given the go-ahead from the Attorney General’s Office to initiate the tax crackdown.

The move has prompted residents of Sandyport, the private residential community at Cable Beach, to seek their own legal advice over the Port Department’s decision to enforce the fee/taxarion measures in its own Act.

A signed letter from Captain Roker, which has been issued to dock owners, states: “Please be advised that in accordance with the Port Authority Act, Chapter 259 section 40A, the Port Controller is sanctioned and obligated to collect an annual tax from any/all owners of private piers, wharfs or abutments on the island of New Providence.

“Therefore, the Port Department is requesting a site visit at your earliest convenience to conduct a survey of all unregistered docks and abutments.”

Speaking with Tribune Business on condition of anonymity, one Sandyport resident said: “Everyone in Sandyport received a letter from the Port Department about a site visit and registration of private docks.

“They want to charge people with docks or access to the canal a fee, which for private homes would be $2 per linear foot. I don’t know if that’s per month or what. We are taking legal advice on this. We don’t know if it’s just Sandyport or what. Obviously this is a concern because property values get affected if we’re the only ones affected by this. We don’t know if this is retroactive or not.”

Captain Roker yesterday confirmed that the Port Department has been issuing letters to private dock owners across New Providence, and not just at Sandyport.

He told this newspaper that while there had initially been a legal “back and forth” over the issue, it had been ‘ironed out’ with the Attorney General’s Office, effectively giving the Department the go-ahead to enforce the fees.

“One of the things we had lacked initially was enforcement,” Captain Roker said. “We’re going in every nook and cranny. We’re putting port officers on every major island; not just a port officer, two port officers and a clerk.

“Their job is to enforce the regulations and collect the revenue. Sandyport was one of the classical examples that we had to iron out with the Attorney General’s Office. It is a development that is private land, and they were under the belief that they didn’t have to pay the Government.

“Once the salt water hits your dock, if you have lake or whatever, that is Crown Land,” he continued. “The Government has a right to tax you on that. All those docks on Lake Cunningham and those gated communities, we are writing them and letting them know our intentions.

“Once we identified the owners we send them a bill. There’s no discrimination. Everyone has to pay. We want to make everyone current. We try to do that at least a month or two months in advance to give everyone a heads up.

“We’re not just here to collect money but we want to see what we could do to better the industry.

A lot pf persons try not to be delinquent. Sometimes the second homeowners sell their property and their lawyers make sure that, at the end of the day, whatever fees are owed they pay them up. Our job is to not be negligent on our part. We send out reminders because sometimes people forget.”

The Port Department’s crackdown could impact owners in some of New Providence’s most prestigous communities, such as the likes of Old Fort Bay and Lyford Cay.

The move is again likely to raise questions as to why another government agency has seemingly waited for some time to enforce the revenue laws, and be interpreted as another sign of the Government’s determination to collect every cent of revenue due to it amid the ongoing fiscal crisis.

Captain Roker said the issue of fee collection was under control, adding: “There were some who felt as though their development was outside the Government’s scope, even though they were paying their sea bed leases.

“Everyone is pretty much in compliance. At the end of the day, when it comes to revenue loss sometimes it’s our own locals who you have to run down. We have no challenges, more or less, in that area. We may be late in collecting the fee payment because persons would have to mail their stuff in and, at least for now, we don’t take online credit card payments.”

According to the Act: “There shall be a charge levied and paid in respect to the financial year commencing July 1, 2003, and each succeeding financial year.”

For private jetties on New Providence, the fee is listed as $2 per linear foot. For commercial jetties it is $6.32 per linear foot, and for industrial jetties it is set at $4 per linear foot.

Private jetties situated on a Family Island are assessed a fee of $1.94 per linear foot; commercial jetties at $6.13 per linear foot; and industrial jetties at $3.88 per linear foot.

Unidentified payments

We are in receipt of a number of payments that we have been unable to identify and are held pending verification. Please review the dates and amounts of the transactions below and log in to check if any are missing from your account. If so, please contact us with confirmation of the payment transmission so that we may credit the balance to your account. Please note that there may be a difference between the transmission amount and the amount shown below due to bank charges (normally associated with international transfers):

Date  Amount
29-Mar-17  500.00
8-Mar-17  826.87
25-Oct-16  223.82
12-Oct-16  57.47
17-Aug-16  20.04
16-Aug-16  652.69
15-Aug-16  375.00
14-Apr-16  64.50
5-Apr-16  2,146.03
5-Apr-16  700.00
11-Mar-16  3,028.47
8-Mar-16  500.00
7-Mar-16  700.00
3-Feb-16  670.00
27-Nov-15  363.84
21-Oct-15  0.22
22-Sep-15  353.22
1-Jun-15  692.77
31-Mar-15  293.00
3-Oct-14  484.69
14-Jul-14  60.00
3-Jun-14  613.91
2-Jun-14  350.00
25-Feb-14  575.00
8-Jan-14  1,194.84
20-Dec-13  5,938.88
12-Feb-13  480.00
9-Aug-12  300.17
2-Jul-12  230.00
21-Jun-12  966.18
13-Jun-12  57.78
30-May-12  3,037.34
10-Feb-12  1,200.00
9-Dec-11  29.97
18-Oct-11  288.86
9-Aug-11  643.27
15-Feb-11  1,509.88

Security advisory

We would like to remind residents that Sandyport continues to be one of the safest communities in the country. Access is well controlled and documented at all official entry points. We operate a verified patrol around the clock to provide a visible presence. In 2016, we increased the number of cameras in service for wider coverage. We address weaknesses as they arise in the perimeter, for instance by replacing chain link fence with walls. Workers need ID passes to enter the property. Visitors must have invites from residents. Our security department received a commendation in an independent review conducted last year.

The Directors review all security reports and determine if we should raise the alarm to all residents. If there is a perceived threat to the community, we circulate a notice. In some cases, the Directors will not circulate an advisory as it does not wish to cause undue concern.

We inform the police of suspected crimes but they will only take a crime report from the victim. Our security team provides support to the police department together with access to CCTV footage and access control logs.

Rest assured that we will inform you of any security threats. In the meantime, if you see anything suspicious, call 327 6943 and for emergencies select ‘0’ at the prompt.

Unidentified payments

We are in receipt of a number of payments that we have been unable to identify and are held pending verification. Please review the dates and amounts of the transactions below and log in to check if any are missing from your account. If so, please contact us with confirmation of the payment transmission so that we may credit the balance to your account. Please note that there may be a difference between the transmission amount and the amount shown below due to bank charges (normally associated with international transfers):

Date  Amount
25-Oct-16  223.82
12-Oct-16  57.47
17-Aug-16  20.04
16-Aug-16  652.69
15-Aug-16  375.00
14-Apr-16  64.50
5-Apr-16  2,146.03
5-Apr-16  700.00
11-Mar-16  3,028.47
8-Mar-16  500.00
7-Mar-16  700.00
3-Feb-16  670.00
27-Nov-15  363.84
21-Oct-15  0.22
22-Sep-15  353.22
1-Jun-15  692.77
31-Mar-15  293.00
3-Oct-14  484.69
14-Jul-14  60.00
3-Jun-14  613.91
2-Jun-14  350.00
25-Feb-14  575.00
8-Jan-14  1,194.84
20-Dec-13  5,938.88
12-Feb-13  480.00
9-Aug-12  300.17
2-Jul-12  230.00
21-Jun-12  966.18
13-Jun-12  57.78
30-May-12  3,037.34
10-Feb-12  1,200.00
9-Dec-11  29.97
18-Oct-11  288.86
9-Aug-11  643.27
15-Feb-11  1,509.88

Biographies for 2017 AGM Director Nominations

CONSTANTINOS BERDANIS

Mr. Constantinos J Berdanis started his Development and Construction Company in 1995. His knowledge and expertise would be a great asset in assisting the community in reaching their goals. Mr. Berdanis is married with three boys.

 

 


SCOTT FARRINGTON

Scott is an experienced executive with over 27 years entrepreneurial experience across a variety of sectors including hospitality, marketing and environmental services. In 2010 he served on the Board of the Sandyport Homeowners Association as one of the Directors responsible for facilitating the transition of the Association from the developer to the homeowners. Scott, 53, has been married to Margo for 16 years and together they have twin boys aged 8.

Background:

Franchise operator for Super Green Solutions – December 2014 – Present

SuperGreen Solutions leads the market as one of the world’s premier advisors, suppliers and installers of domestic and commercial energy efficient solutions.

Owner at Sun-Tee – June 1991 – Present

Principal owner of promotional products and branded wearables manufacturer. Strategic development, including business planning & sales/marketing strategy. Responsible for defining and delivering on the company’s vision. Assisting key clients with their marketing needs with a consultancy led approach to selling. Developing new products and markets including online.

Previously managed several hotel properties in the US and Bahamas.


EDWARD GARDNER

Edward Gardner has been a resident of Sandyport since 2001 and a Sandyport Homeowners Association Director since 2010. His professional business experience has primarily been involved in the Wines & Spirits industry in the United States and the Bahamas along with a brief period managing a cargo transportation company here in the Bahamas called Crowley Liner Services. Presently he is the Vice President of Retail and Purchasing for Bristol Wines & Spirits. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Florida State University.

He and his family truly enjoy the Sandyport community. His three children, Alexandra 12, Ted 11 and Emilia 8, attend the Tambearly School and his wife, Paula, is a homemaker. He has been active in the community organizing the shipment of the playground equipment for the original playground free of charge via Crowley Liner Services. He played a role as a committee member on the original Sandyport Homeowners Association board by assisting management with the purchasing and logistics of the materials to landscape the entrance of Sandyport at a considerable cost savings. Appointed to the Sandyport Homeowners Board since 2010, he has been active in assisting management and attends all Directors meetings. He is also a supporter and contributor to the Sandyport Social Committee that organized the October Social and the 1st Annual Sandyport Christmas Tree Lighting Party benefitting Sandyport Children and fundraiser for charity. Along with his involvement in all of these activities he is also a Junior Baseball League of Nassau little league coach and has coached many Sandyport children over the past 6 years. Sandyport continues to be a great location to live and raise a family. Edward is committed to improving the Sandyport community and our investments as homeowners.


ANTHONY MIAOULIS

Married with 2 children. Lived in Sandyport for 14 years and presently live on Kingfisher Island. Realtor/Developer for Mosko Realty and Pineapple House Development.

 

 


ROBERT SANDS

Robert “Sandy” Sands started his career at the Nassau Beach Hotel in 1971. He subsequently spent terms as General Manager at various hotels in the Caribbean and The Bahamas (Guyana Pegasus, Jamaica Pegasus, Carnival’s Crystal Palace Casino, Crystal Palace Riviera Tower (Formerly Cable Beach Hotel) and worked for three-years as Vice President & General Manager of the Nassau Wyndham Resort & Crystal Palace Casino before returning to the Nassau Beach Hotel in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism Administration from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

In 1993, he received the coveted Cacique “Hotelier of the Year” Award for his outstanding contributions to the development of tourism in The Bahamas. In 1997, he was awarded the Bahamas Silver Jubilee Medal for Tourism.

In May 2005, Baha Mar Ltd. announced the appointment of Robert Sands to Senior Vice President of Administration and External Relations. In this role, he assumed responsibility for the development and execution of Baha Mar’s government relations, corporate outreach initiatives, all government and external affairs, industrial relations and human capital programs.

Mr. Sands, 62, is the Honorary Consul General to Japan, President of The Bahamas Hotel Employer’s Association; the Past President and a Director of The Bahamas Hotel Association; Trustee both of The Hotel Industry Management and Allied Pension Funds; Past Chairman and Director of The Nassau/Cable Beach/Paradise Island Promotion Board; Member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; Member of the Vestry, St. Christopher’s Anglican Church; Director, Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home. Mr. Sands holds various other Directorships in The Bahamas.

He is married to former Senator The Honourable Michelle Pindling-Sands. He has five children; Delano, Omar, Ashley, Lauren and Holly and one grandchild.

Served as Sandyport Homeowners Association Chairman since December 2012.


GILBERT WARD

Gilbert A. Ward of No 1 Governor’s Cay has been a Sandyport resident and homeowner for the past 14 years and is a former Attorney at Law with the law firm of Graham Thompson & Co. and is currently a Director of Valdy Administration, a Corporate Service Company located in Olde Towne, Sandyport. He was a Director and Chairman of the Sandyport Homeowners Association Limited for the year 2010, the transition year from the ownership by the developers to the ownership by the home and lot owners in Sandyport. He is married to Angela Ward, Psychotherapist with the Renascence Institute in Olde Towne, Sandyport.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting 2017

To: The shareholders of 
Sandyport Homeowners Association Limited

            Take Notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will take place at the Gazebo located in Phase 5 (adjacent to the pond) on Friday March 24th, 2017 commencing at 5:30pm.

Forms of Proxy are hereby circulated to shareholders for those who wish to have someone else represent them or to cast their vote. On completion of the form of proxy, same should also be sent to the Secretary via the Office on or before Friday the 10th day of March A.D. 2017. Where shares are held by companies, the company must send in a form of proxy designating an individual to cast the vote on its behalf.

Nominations to serve on the Board of Directors will be accepted until Friday March 10th, 2017. Nominations should be made by email to nominees@sandyportmanagement.com and include a short biography together with a photograph.

Shareholders who are joint owners or owners as tenants-in-common must send in to the Company Secretary (in care of the office) in writing the name of the shareholder who they have authorised to cast the vote on behalf of the said joint owners or tenants – in –common.

Dated this February 14th, 2017

Robert Sands
Chairman

Download notice and proxy forms

 


 

Agenda

  1. The Chairman will call the meeting to order.
  2. It will be determined whether the requirements for a quorum have been satisfied.
  3. To review and adopt the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting of the Company.
  4. To elect Four (4) Shareholders to serve as Directors of the Company for a period of  Two (2) years (Article no. 25).
  5. To review the audited Financial Statements for the financial year ending December 31st, 2016.
  6. To consider and approve the Budget for the financial year 2017.
  7. To receive, consider and adopt the report of the Directors.
  8. To approve of the appointment of auditors for the ensuing year and to authorize the Directors to fix the remuneration of the Auditors.

 



Notes

  1. Any shareholder entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting of the Company shall be entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in the members stead and the proxy holder need not be a member of the Company.
  2. Proxies shall be either left at the Sandyport Management Office in Olde Towne, or communicated to the General Manager, via email. Proxies must be received at least fourteen (14) days before the start of the meeting (Article no. 46).
  3. Election of Directors shall be by secret ballot. Every member present in person or by proxy shall have one vote for each share held.

Lawn chemical treatments

We will be carrying out a chemical application around the common areas of the property on Friday February 10, 2017.

For safety reasons, signs will be placed in the areas being treated and we would ask that parents and pet owners pay particular attention to the affected areas.

In particular please avoid the area between Kingfisher Island and Watercolor Cay.

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