Oakes Estates Advisory
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
December 7, 2004

Directors Present

Karl Fry
Denny Baker 
Rob Corbett 
Jim Rice  
Lisa Absher
Ray Russell
Mark Smith
Kyle Burke
Diane Corbett
Call to Order/Quorum/
Meeting was called to order at 7:05 by President Karl Fry. A quorum of Board members was present. The minutes from the November meeting were approved and posted on the website.

Treasurers Report 
Treasurer Denny Baker reported that the advisory has $4231.00 in the bank with no outstanding checks.

Old Business

Neighborhood Park: 
Jim Rice was waiting for any further updates on the park. 100+ completed surveys were delivered to the interim director of Parks & Recreation, Murdo Smith.

Child Safety:
It was discussed that we were still very interested in the safety of our children while waiting for the school buses to load and unload every day. The issue of the Super Target has been taking up a lot of meeting time the last couple of months but we reaffirmed that the child safety issue will again become a priority with the Board next year. 

Meeting signs
Lisa Absher was going to look into the cost of purchasing metal-framed "real estate" signs that could be positioned at key points in our community to make the residents more aware of the issues and the importance of attending our meetings.

Target and Kite Development - Super Target Shopping Center
Cliff Meehan, President of Tarpon Bay HOA, and several other representatives from neighboring communities were present to review the OEA draft position statement. Tarpon Bay wanted to add the following stipulations: to prohibit shopping center signage on Oakes Blvd and Spanish Oaks Lane; Target to relocate the current Tarpon Bay sign on Immokalee to another location, hopefully Immokalee, but if no room there, then to Spanish Oaks Lane. Our residents wanted to add very clear "No Outlet" signage on Spanish Oaks Lane to keep people from crossing Oakes and driving down Spanish Oaks mistakenly. It was agreed that we would revise our draft position statement, prioritizing items with the top item being 6-laning of Immokalee all the way to 951 prior to opening the shopping center.

OEA By-Laws - Director Terms
A Motion was made by Mark Smith to adjust the bylaws of the Oakes Estates Advisory (OEA) Board to include the revision that we only have one year terms for the Board and Director positions, with the President staying on as a director and advisor to the incoming Board for an additional year. This motion was seconded by Jim Rice. Voted on and Passed.

Year-End Activities
This suggestion to host a picnic at the Vineyards to build rapport with our neighbors and inform residents about OEA activities was put on hold until next year. Board members and residents in attendance were too busy to commit the needed time for planning and coordination of such an event. Instead, it was agreed to send out an annual letter. Mark Smith volunteered to draft a letter to all Oakes property owners.

A motion was made by Rob Corbett to adjourn this meeting.
This motion was seconded by Mark Smith.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 by President Karl Fry.

Oakes Estates Advisory
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
November 2, 2004

Directors Present

Karl Fry  
Mark Smith 
Jim Rice 
Chuck Cannaday
Rob Corbett 
Diane Corbett 

Call to Order/Quorum
Meeting was called to order at 7:10 by President Karl Fry. A quorum of Board members was present. The minutes from the October meeting were approved and posted on the website.

Old Business

Neighborhood Park:
Jim Rice informed us that the park was now in the hands of the Parks and Recreation Committee and that $100,000.00 had been budgeted for this park. It will be approximately 2 years before the park will be finished. We already have a committee ready to negotiate and discuss with the Parks Department what type of park would be in our neighborhood's best interests. 

Child Safety:
It was discussed that we were still very interested in this safety of our children while waiting for the school buses to load and unload every day. The issue of the Super Target has been taking up a lot of meeting time the last couple of months but we reaffirmed that the child safety issue will again become a priority with the Board. Tom Henning, our newly re-elected Commissioner is familiar with this issue as his neighborhood has been addressing this same problem in their community so this is an active topic.

Target and Kite Development:
A Motion was made by Mark Smith to adopt the following SuperTarget Position Statement an official position of the Oakes Advisory Board, (open to other neighboring communities input) before we will offer our support for the development of this SuperCenter. 
This motion was seconded by Jim Rice.
Voted on and Passed

New Business

Board Terms:
Karl Fry proposed that terms be reduced to 1-year for all board positions. This would reduce obstacles to residents stepping forward, and should not impact continuity as anyone doing a good job would likely have little competition for a 2nd term. It was suggested that the exception be that president agree to remain on the board for a 2nd year to help out his successor. It was agreed that Chuck Cannaday would review the Board bylaws to find out the rules governing nominations etc.. There are vacancies coming available on the Board in February 2005.

Meeting Signs:
Karl Fry remarked that we need to start taking basic steps to notify our residents and attract them to our meetings-signs put up prior to every monthly board meeting. 
A Motion was made by Mark Smith to approve funds up to $500.00 for the purchase of eight signs that would announce our monthly board meetings as well as special meetings required in addition. 
This motion was seconded by Rob Corbett.
Voted on and Passed.

Neighborhood Party in January:
The board discussed having an open neighborhood party toward the end of January. The purpose would be for residents to meet and greet one another and to increase awareness of neighborhood issues and the opportunities to serve on the board. It was agreed that formal planning would begin at December's meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20PM by President Karl Fry.

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Oakes Estates Advisory, Inc.
SuperTarget Position Statement


The Oakes Estates Advisory has adopted this draft official position statement. We offer support for the SuperTarget shopping center if the following stipulations are met.*

1. Retain light at Immokalee and Oakes 
2. Add a right-in from Immokalee into the Target shopping center (if permitted by the Florida Department of Transportation)
3. Complete Immokalee 6-laning from I-75 to 951 before allowing the shopping center to open 
4. Re-Classification of Oakes Blvd as a residential road with 35 MPH speed limit (due to significant drop in traffic counts after Livingston and Logan go through) 
5. Target or the county to fund traffic calming in the form of adding one roundabout on Tarpon Bay (possibly at entrance to Malibu Lakes) and two on Oakes Blvd (one at Spanish Oaks (old 20th Ave NW) and another at either Shady Oaks or Standing Oaks Lane (old 14th or 16th Ave NW)
6. Special traffic calming in the neighborhood of the park (flashing light?) 
7. No widening or expansion of Tarpon Bay Blvd past the rear of the shopping center (leave as two lanes) 
8. Esthetic design input from Carol Wilsey
9. Written and officially recorded restrictions on hours of operation, truck routes (prohibit Oakes Blvd), and nature of business tenants (Target and Kite already have an Operating and Easement Agreement (OEA) which provides many restrictions. We are reviewing it for any gaping holes)
10. Upgraded sizes of landscaping (eg. 15' trees instead of 8' trees, etc.)

*This position statement is a draft only, and is subject to change based on input from neighboring communities.

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Oakes Estates Advisory
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
October 5th, 2004

Directors In Attendance

Karl Fry 
Bob Walker 
Denny Baker
Mark Smith 
Ray Russell 
Jim Rice
Diane Corbett
Rob Corbett 
Call to Order / Quorum
Meeting was called to order at 7:10 by President Karl Fry. A quorum of Board members was present. 

Old Business

Letter from Commissioner Henning
Earlier this summer, we sent a letter thanking Commissioner Tom Henning for helping us overcome skepticism amongst our residents that the county could be our partner. This letter is posted on our website. At the October meeting, Karl Fry presented to the group a letter from Commissioner Henning acknowledging our letter, praising our organization and professionalism, and offering his pledge of continued assistance in the future (assuming he's re-elected).

Target-Kite Development Re-zoning (Super Target Shopping Center)
A meeting has been scheduled for Thursday October 7 at the Tarpon Bay Clubhouse with Target and Kite Development to view computerized traffic simulations that will let us see graphic animations of traffic flowing into, out of, and through the neighborhood surrounding the proposed Super Target shopping center at Immokalee and Tarpon Bay Blvd. and to discuss the surrounding communities concerns about the new Development on Immokalee Road and Tarpon Bay Blvd. Bob Walker, Rob Corbett and Peter Goodin volunteered to attend. The meeting was subsequently cancelled for that evening and we are awaiting re-scheduling.

The board discussed a list of negotiating points to protect our interests and limit traffic through our neighborhood. Bob Walker and Peter Goodin volunteered to meet with county transportation officials and Commissioner Henning to determine which options appear most feasible and compelling to the county. They will report back next month.

Traffic Consultant
It was stipulated by the county that daily trips on Oakes Blvd should drop from 11,000/day to only 3,500/day after Livingston and Logan are completed from Vanderbilt Beach to Immokalee Road. Target and Kite estimated 1,200 trips/day on Oakes, which would bring the total up to 4,700/day after the shopping center was built. However, these traffic estimates have not yet been accepted by the county, and we have no way of knowing whether they are accurate. The Board discussed a suggestion by Dick Ennis, one of our residents, that we hire a traffic consultant to study the effect of the Target Development on our communities. It was decided not to spend the money at this moment, but to reconsider this strategy after our discussions with the county and after viewing traffic simulations provided by Target and Kite. At that time, we may decide to hire a consultant, and to seek funding support from other neighboring communities.

Traffic Light at Immokalee and Oakes 
At the September meeting, a very decisive straw vote was taken among Oakes residents who overwhelmingly opposed removal of the light at Immokalee and Oakes Blvd. The Board decided to officially adopt this mandate and communicate our significant opposition to county officials. Concern over removal of the light was exacerbated by fears of traffic backing up at the Tarpon Bay light due to the new shopping center. 

Old Business

County Referendum to Purchase Caribbean Gardens & Surrounding Lands
All Collier County voters will vote on November 2nd whether to purchase the 50 acres of Jungle Larry's (Caribbean Gardens) and the adjoining 100 acres for preservation and continued operation of the zoo. This property is currently leased to the Tetzlaff family (Oakes Estates residents and members) who would subsequently lease from the county as a "not-for-profit" organization. The zoo has been financially sustaining for several decades so once the land is purchased, it is not expected that the county would have to spend extra money operating the zoo. If the referendum fails, the zoo will most likely cease to exist. A discussion was held concerning the "Parkpac" organization (www.parkpac.com) that supports purchase of these lands. Voting "yes" would save the zoo and would increase property taxes by $37.50/$200,000 assessed value for 10 years, but in return these 150 acres would not be sold to private developers for building condos, apartments, or other commercial projects. And one of the top 10 private zoos in the USA would remain in Naples.

A Motion was made by Jim Rice and seconded by Ray Russell for the Board to officially endorse the referendum for the county to purchase this property. Discussions revolved not around support for the referendum, but primarily around whether the Oakes Estates Advisory should be issuing political endorsements for any political issue or candidate. 

A Vote was taken, with 4 members voting against this motion, 3 voting for this motion and 1 member abstaining. It was decided to send an email to our email list announcing the initiative and providing information for each resident to make a personal decision.
Motion Failed

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 by President Karl Fry.

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