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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.

Distracted driving

We have received an increasing number of reports from residents concerned about texting whilst driving. As a community that promotes safety first, we encourage residents to avoid using mobile devices whilst driving.

Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far one of the most alarming distractions. The average text message distracts a driver for 4.6 seconds: That’s like driving the length of a football field blind at 55mph.

Being a family community, we have younger residents that are at greater risk of having an accident with a distracted driver.

Distracted driving costs lives, please be proactive and let us not wait for an accident to happen. Make a habit of waiting until it’s safe to use the device, inside and outside of our community.

Lawn chemical treatments

We will be carrying out a chemical application around the common areas of the property on Friday January 13, 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 ensure pets and children avoid the area opposite the park located near Roberts’ Isle.

Important changes to construction guidelines

Effective January 1, 2017 amendments to the construction guidelines will become effective. The changes have been adopted to minimize the likelihood of disruption during construction activity.

The full guidelines are available here, the amendments affect two clauses and are highlighted below:

2.1.3                                       Construction activity is permitted only between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Friday save for excavation work which is permitted until 3:00pm. No construction is allowed on Saturdays, Sundays or Public Holidays. Any construction activity considered a nuisance can be stopped by Security and workers may be asked to leave.

2.1.5                                       The contractor is responsible for avoiding damage and making full repairs to any Common Areas, developed or undeveloped properties, streets, sidewalks, utilities, lighting, signage and/or landscaping in the vicinity of the construction site. Before heavy equipment is permitted on the property the owner shall agree to indemnify the Association, by way of written agreement, against loss or damage caused by such equipment. Heavy equipment will be denied access if no specific indemnity is in place from the owner in a written form held at the security gate.

The Indemnity Agreement is available for download at the Construction Guidelines page.

Holiday business hours 2016-2017

Holidays 2015-2016

The Holiday season is here again and it is during this time of year that criminal activity tends to increase. However we wish to assure you that we will continue to do our part to ensure the safety of residents and their property. There are a number of safety precautions the Security Department would like everyone to bear in mind during this season.

  • Call Security Services on 327-6943 to report anything that appears suspicious.
  • To speak to an officer immediately press ‘1’ as soon as you hear the first greeting then again at the second menu.
  • Monitor children and always be aware of their activities. Our Security personnel have had cause to deal with resident children damaging Association property, their time could be better utilized.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. When traveling home at night, be vigilant to ensure that you are not being followed. If you suspect that you are being followed, please  stop at the security gate. This is particularly important for residents who may normally utilize the automatic entry system – do not use it under these circumstances.
  • Drivers of vehicles with dark tinted glass should open their windows when stopping at the Security gate so that personnel can check that the occupants are not under duress.  When there are guests following you home, please give Security Services their names. Also, inform your guest to stop at the Security gate and not to enter directly after you.
  • Provide Security Services with guest lists for any upcoming functions in order to prevent delays or inconveniencing them.
  • Notify Security Services if your property is going to be vacant over the holidays, you may send instructions at our Going away service.

In conclusion, please be reminded that workers’ identification badges and vehicle decals expire at the end of December.

Business hours during the Holiday season:

Dec 23rd – 8am – noon
Dec 24th – 27th – closed
Dec 28th & 29th – 8am – 4pm
Dec 30th – 8am – noon
Dec 31st – Jan 2nd – closed

Business resumes as normal on January 3rd, 2017. In the event of emergencies outside of business hours, please contact 327-6943.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year.

Changes to acceptable roof designs


In light of the extensive roof damage created by Hurricane Matthew, the Board has considered the possibility that owners may want to use alternative materials better suited to severe weather events. The Restrictive Covenants state the following:

The roof structure shall be designed to meet with the wind velocity requirements of The Bahamas Building Code. Roofs shall be shingled with wood or three (3) dimensional ragged cut asphalt.

The Architectural Guidelines (revision 3) also state:

Roof construction comprises timber trusses with wood or ragged cut architectural asphalt shingles on felted plywood sheathing to roof slopes with galvanized or copper flashings, timber dormer construction where applicable and insulation to roof spaces.

Cedar wood or Celotex Dimensional III or comparable fungus resistant shake shingles that are class ‘A’ fire rated in a shade of grey. Finishes with similar appearance are allowable. Apply rain gutters with down pipes to all roof edges.

The Directors have determined that if an owner wishes to install a roof that does not comply with the guidelines, consideration shall be given to only those that are both sympathetic to the Sandyport style and are designed to withstand extreme weather events such as a category 5 hurricane. We strongly recommend that Grace Ice & Water Shield (or equivalent) is used where the installation requires an underlayment to provide added protection against water damage.

All new construction is subject to an application and approval process. Reconstruction of existing features, provided there is no material change to the dimensions, appearance or materials used, do not usually require approval by the Association. If there are changes to the dimensions, appearance or materials used in any construction visible from the exterior then an application should be made to the Association and approval granted before any work commences.

If a construction application is filed for a roof that does not conform to the guidelines, the Association will, at its sole discretion, grant approval only if it believes it is of suitable aesthetic and structural design after considering the parameters set out above.



Hurricane Matthew Clean Up

The Association is not responsible for hurricane preparedness and clean up of private gardens.

Due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, we will be carrying out a complimentary basic clean up of all gardens. After the hurricane clean up contractor has completed their work on the gardens, the gardening contractor will be able to service them.

As a result of the massive disruption, the gardening cycles have been reset to allow the gardening service to follow the clean up. Please expect interruptions in normal service for the next 2 weeks whilst we prepare the property.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Hurricane Matthew Update


Our administrative offices will be closed from noon on October 5, 2016 until 8am on Friday.

Security personnel will remain on property during the hurricane and emergencies should be reported to 327-6943.

Our maintenance personnel are on standby on Thursday October 6, 2016 to respond to emergencies only.

Plans are in place for clean up once the hurricane has cleared.