Cypress Isles News
The official newsletter of the Cypress Isles Homeowners Association
November 2005 Edition - Published Quarterly


In This Issue - November 2005
Holiday Lighting Contest
Entrance Refurbishment Work Begins
No-Go for Go-Peds, Pocket Bikes
2006 Fees for Cypress Isles, WLCA
Board Sets 2006 Meeting Dates
ARC Rides Again
Cypress Isles Contact List
Wind an' Drain
Dude, Where's Your Car?
Telephone Book Recycling Begins!
Dates and Figs

Holiday Lighting Contest
Deck your yard to celebrate the holidays!
Judging for this year's annual Holiday Lighting Contest will be on Sunday December 18th at 7:00 p.m., and prizes of $75, $50, and $25 will be awarded shortly thereafter. Winners will be announced in the next Cypress Isles News in February, when nobody cares anymore.
Mike and Mary Kranz of 774 Spring Island Way are the sponsors for this year's annual neighborhood Holiday Lighting Contest. They have donated funds to award the prizes and certificates.
Mike and Mary are both realtors with Keller Williams Realty. They have worked actively selling homes in local communities for over ten years now. They would like to extend a warm holiday wish to all of their neighbors!
And we here at CI News Headquarters, on behalf of the Board and all of the community, thank Mike and Mary for their generosity!

Entrance Refurbishment Work Begins
Our entrances now have new lighting, with brickwork, signage, and landscaping to follow.
The Entrance Committee continues its diligent efforts to have the project done before year-end. The electrical portion of the project has recently been completed. The "headlight" effect on the front signs has been eliminated and all the CYPRESS ISLES signs are now beautifully illuminated.
We have encountered a few unexpected glitches in the permitting of the brickwork. Our neighbor, Frank Gallagher, has stepped up to the plate and has been a lifesaver for the Committee. Frank is handling the details and working with the County to resolve the problems. We expect the permit to be issued within the next two weeks. We have yet to confirm a new start date with the contractor but remain optimistic that the work will begin in mid-December. The brickwork should take no longer than a week to complete.
The sign contractor will remove the old signs the week after Thanksgiving and will begin preparing the walls to accommodate the new fastening system we designed to minimize vandalism. Fabrication of both the signs and the letters is on schedule and they will be ready to install shortly after the brickwork is completed.
Landscaping improvements for both entrances are fully planned, but will be the last part to be completed, probably closer to next spring.

Claudia and Scott Rilea,
Entrance Refurbishment Committee

No-Go for Go-Peds, Pocket Bikes
Riders and their parents could be cited by Orange County.
As you know with Christmas coming, I want to pass along some important information from a brochure that was given to me by Capt. Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Motorized scooters/go-peds are small two or three-wheel vehicles that a person may stand or sit upon to operate or ride. Some have electric motors and some have gas engines. Pocket bikes are miniature motorcycles that have automatic transmissions. Motorized scooters, go-peds, and pocket bikes cannot be legally operated on public roadways, sidewalks, or bicycle paths.

"Mopeds and motorized bicycles have pedals and may be operated solely by human power. A driver must have at least a Class E driver's license and tag registration to legally operate a moped. The operator of a motorized bicycle does not require a driver's license. Persons 16 years and older may operate a moped or a motorized bicycle on public roadways. Mopeds and motorized bicycles can be operated on sidewalks and bike paths only if operated solely by human power. Persons under 16 may only operate mopeds on private property and must wear protective headgear securely fastened on their heads."

Officers who catch young people illegally operating these may either confiscate them or ticket both the youth and the parent.
Please follow the law. You could save the life of a child who might be hit by a car that does not see them.

Jamie Rodriguez
WLCA Board of Directors

For more information, contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office Specialized Patrol at 407-836-0800.


2006 Fees for Cypress Isles, WLCA
Combined increases are $11 per quarter.
On October 18, the Cypress Isles Board of Directors adopted the 2006 operating budget with a 12.8% increase in quarterly assessments from $39 to $44. This increase will be used for the gradual replenishment and maintenance of our reserve funds. We are fortunate that our current reserves, along with a matching grant from Orange County, allowed us to handle last year's hurricanes and this year's large expenses without a special assessment from the homeowners.
The 2006 budget establishes a long-term reserve funding pattern, so quarterly fees for 2007 and beyond are expected to remain about the same as the 2006 fees. To see the complete Cypress Isles budget, go to our website The link to the 2006 budget is at the bottom of the "Archives" page.
In other news, the WLCA Board of Directors approved a 6.4% fee increase at their November 21st meeting. This increase from $94 to $100 per quarter in 2006 is smaller than last year's 15% increase. The additional funds will be used for site improvements, higher water and electric bills, and the gradual restoration of reserves, which were depleted by hurricane cleanup and replacing diseased pine trees. The complete WLCA budget is on the WLCA website From the home page, click on "Resident Login" (all residents should have received passwords in the mail), then "Documents," and then "WLCA 2006 "Approved Budget."
Please remember that Cypress Isles and WLCA are separate organizations, and your fees are to be sent to separate addresses. Payment coupon books with correct addresses for both Cypress Isles and WLCA are scheduled to be mailed during December.


Board Sets 2006 Meeting Dates
For all you forward-planners…
The Board will meet in 2006 on January 17, March 21, May 16 (annual meeting), July 18, September 19, and November 21. But don't wait for a meeting if you have issues. Board Contact information is included with every newsletter.
Best wishes to all for a cheerful holiday season and a better new year.

Cypress Isles Board of Directors

ARC Rides Again
And dings 87 homes.
Eighty-seven homes were cited for ARC violations in last month's community-wide inspection, with two-thirds of the citations for sidewalks and driveways that needed to be cleaned. The violations were (to the tune of "12 Days of Christmas"): 79 stained driveways and/or sidewalks, 10 missing mulch, 9 dead palm fronds, 7 bad grass patches, 5 landscaping issues, 3 unauthorized driveway painting, 2 weeds, and 1 home with a very dead tree. The total is more than 87 because some homes had multiple violations.
We are all proud of our beautiful homes in Cypress Isles, and we all know the impact that appearance has on property values. For these reasons, friendly reminder letters were mailed with the expectation that problems will be handled promptly.
Thanks to all for keeping Cypress Isles looking good!


Cypress Isles Contact List

Board of Directors
Dennis Horazak, President 407 207-6557
Ron Wiley, Vice-President 407 384-2564
Mike Kranz, Secretary 407 380-6834
Myron Davis, Treasurer 407 737-8200
Lee Blackwell, Member 407 275-2541

Rex Bowman, Community Management Professionals
407 903-9969 Ext. 114

Neighborhood Watch
Kim Schmitt 407 737-1966

Dennis Bode, Webmaster
Sandy & Denny Horazak, CI News Editor 407 207-6557

Handy Numbers
Orange County Sheriff
Non-emergency 407 737-2400
Animal Control (unleashed pets, etc.) 407 352-4390
Progress Energy Streetlight Repair 1-800-228-8485

Wind an' Drain
Do you know where your trash is? It's down the sewers and in our ponds!
That's what happens when trash meets wind. This is caused by all of us. On a windy night we should think about putting our trash out early the next morning without trash can lids. Scott and I are continually pulling out trashcan lids from our pond, along with all the recycling containers, milk & soda bottles. Perhaps crushing these items would help a little from blowing out of our containers. These items are being blown and washed into our sewer drains and causing all kinds of problems. After every heavy rain we are out there picking up all kinds of things that have been washed into our sewers. There may be some newer homeowners who just don't realize that the street sewer water ends up in our ponds.

Cookie Symons, Private Eye

Dude, Where's Your Car?
Auto Burglaries are still the highest rates in all Zones
More often than not, victims have left their vehicle doors unlocked and left purses, bags, and laptops even their keys (!) in plain view. It is not uncommon for criminals to walk down a row of vehicles in a store or church parking lot and check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked.
Sometimes residents take it for granted that we live in a safe area.
Take nothing for granted...
Victims of auto burglaries usually will tell Deputies.....,
"This is Bay Hill, or Windermere or Winter Garden etc, I didn't think I needed to lock my car!"
"I thought since this was Dr Phillips or Ocoee etc.... my laptop was safe in my car!"…
Unfortunately the criminals are now taking advantage of this attitude. Nothing is SAFE Anywhere if not locked up and put out of sight
· ALWAYS Remember to lock your vehicle, regardless of the amount of time or location that your vehicle is left unattended. It is not uncommon for vehicles to be burglarized in broad daylight in a victim's driveway.
· Do NOT EVER leave any items of value in your vehicle (i.e. cell phones, briefcases, laptops, loose change.)
· Do not try and conceal items under seats or in glove compartments. Criminals know all the tricks and they will sometimes wait in parking lots of gyms, schools, parks, etc. and watch where victims hide their belongings.
· If you have a vehicle alarm always use it.
· If you have a pull-out radio, always take it out.
· If you hear glass breaking, a vehicle alarm going off or any other suspicious noises--immediately report it to the police department. Most arrests are due to alert residents, trained in good Neighborhood Watch and Crime Prevention techniques.

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigations Division;
Crime Analysis

Telephone Book Recycling Begins!
Residents of unincorporated Orange County can recycle their old telephone books beginning now until February 10, 2006. Residents should place their old telephone books in the orange recycling bin for collection on their regular recycling collection day.

If you would like more information about telephone book recycling in unincorporated Orange County, please call the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601.
E-mail address:

Dates and Figs

Happy Birthday to:
December 22 - Cookie Symons
February 4 - Scott Symons

Happy Anniversary to:
November 30 - Dick & June Glesener - 64 years!