Obituary: Raymond ‘Gary’ Walsh

Raymond ‘Gary’ Walsh

JANUARY 1, 1944 – OCTOBER 24, 2021

Raymond “Gary” Walsh, died on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. He was the son of Raymond J. and Emma (Jorgensen) Walsh, born and raised in Roselle, NJ. Gary had a successful career in the insurance industry until his retirement. In 2000 Gary moved from Macon, GA to Sarasota, Florida to spend his golden years and marry the love of his life, Penelope (Opdyke) Walsh.

Gary was an outgoing and caring person who brought these qualities to all he did. He loved to engage in conversation and be enthusiastically involved in his community and neighborhood. Gary was a long-time member of St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church, Sarasota, FL – a dedicated parishioner, always ready to serve God and his church in many capacities. One of his greatest achievements was completing the Education for Ministry study under the guidance of The University of the South School of Theology. Gary had a love for playing golf and learning to fly a plane, but his fondest moments were spending time with his wife and his family, especially his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife of 21 years, Penelope “Penny” J. (Opdyke) Walsh. He is also survived by his children: daughter, Sheri Ventura (Marty) of SC; his son, Kenneth Walsh (Lainie) of VA; his daughter, Linda Dame (Todd) of PA; his son, Daniel Walsh (Amanda) of GA; his (step) daughter, Kimberley Payne (Steve) of FL; and his (step) son, Ian Gray (Hillary) of SC; and his twelve grandchildren: Emily, Aaron, Mason, Abigail (Abby), Jessica, Sarah, Allison, Rowan, Larken, Jackson, Gunnar and Ansel.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church, 8700 Clark Road (State Road 72), Sarasota, FL on January 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the St Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church Music Endowment Fund or to the St Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church General Endowment Fund. Funeral arrangements are made through Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home, 170 Honore Avenue, Sarasota, FL

Special Assessment: Your Questions Answered

In February 2019, a Notice of Special Assessment was sent to each lot owner in Meadow Walk. Each lot is being assessed $1,000 on a one-time basis.

Update: The Notice indicated that a representative would be in attendance at our next meeting of the Board of Directors on March 26th. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the representative is unable to be present at that meeting; however, the Board of Directors will be available to answer questions from members of the Homeowners Association who attend.

Contact Information
The vendor that we have contracted with is Crosscreek Environmental. Any homeowners whose properties back up to the affected waterway that wish to connect their drainage to the system that is being installed are invited to contact the company for a quote. Their phone number is (941) 479-7811.

Meadow Walk HOA

Why is there a special assessment?
The Meadow Walk Homeowners Association is faced with an urgent need to address a problem with our community’s stormwater management system before costs escalate even higher. Funds which have been set aside in previous years and held in reserve have proven to be insufficient to cover the cost of the needed repairs.

How did the problem arise?
An ongoing problem with erosion has been developing over many years now. This issue affects a critical stormwater drainage area along the west side of the southern border of our community.

Why are repairs needed?
At different times, various experts, engineers, County officials, and others have been brought in to evaluate the situation. The problem has now become severe enough that it must be addressed before the cost to repair it becomes even greater.

How much will repairs cost?
After evaluating a number of options, the Board of Directors ultimately selected a firm that specializes in this type of repair and negotiated significant reductions in the proposed fees. The final fee for this project is approximately $120,000.

Who decided to assess this fee?
During the most recent meeting in December, the Board of Directors voted to proceed with the repairs. Since reserves were insufficient to cover the cost of the repair, it was decided that each lot would be assessed $1,000. This was preferable to raising the annual dues each homeowner is required to pay every year.

My lot is not affected. Why am I required to pay?

The erosion problem affects a portion of the stormwater management system for our neighborhood, which is one component of the “Common Areas” that the Meadow Walk Homeowners Association owns and is required to maintain. Every homeowner in Meadow Walk shares in the responsibility to maintain the Common Areas, regardless of the location of any individual lot.

(c) Each assessment shall be the personal obligation of each Owner. If the assessment is not paid within thirty (30) days after the delinquency date, the Association may, in addition to any other remedies it may have, bring an action against the Owner to collect the amount due. The Association shall be entitled to recover, in addition to the assessment any interest, all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred in collecting the assessment.

 

–Section 3.5 (c) Declaration Of Maintenance and Land Use Provisions of the Meadow Walk Homeowners Association

Why is this not covered by the annual dues that I pay?
While a portion of the dues paid by members of the Meadow Walk Homeowners Association has been diligently set aside each year to prepare for large expenses, the cost of this repair substantially exceeds available reserves.

I pay $600 annual dues, but I don’t see anything being done. What happens to that money?
Annual dues paid by each homeowner every year are used to cover all the costs incurred by Meadow Walk Homeowners Association each year. These funds are used to pay for everything from electricity to operate street lights and sprinkler systems to mowing grass and maintaining landscaping in common areas.

Additionally, the Board of Directors sets aside a portion of the dues paid by homeowners each year to hold in reserve for larger expenses, including maintaining the wall along Palmer Boulevard and the stormwater management system.

A detailed budget is available for inspection at the Annual General Meeting, and the Treasurer provides a report at each meeting of the Board of Directors.

When must I pay the Special Assessment?
Under the terms of this Special Assessment, each lot owner is required to pay $1,000. The assessment may be paid in two (2) installments of $500.00 each, with the first installment due April 30, 2019, and the second installment due by September 30, 2019. Alternatively, payment in full may be made effective immediately.

When does the next Board Meeting take place?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 6:00pm at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota, FL, 34240

When does work begin on the needed repairs?
Work is scheduled to begin in mid-March, 2019.

2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual Meeting

To be held:
December 12th, 2018
Fruitville Library
5:30 p.m

TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF MEADOW WALK:

Your presence and participation at our Annual Meeting is essential. It is imperative that we have a quorum to conduct business. Please make it a point to be present and to share your concerns and ideas.

If you are attending the meeting, your ballot will be handed to you at sign in. Bring any proxies with you that your neighbors might have given you and they will be exchanged for a ballot at sign in. This will allow for any nominations from the floor.

Board of Directors Vacancies:

We will have two (2) vacancies on our HOA board. Please seriously consider volunteering to serve a two-year term. We need a complete board to continue functioning successfully. Enclosed are Candidate forms. Please fill out the forms and mail them to Meadow Walk HOA, Inc., P.O. Box 51533, Sarasota, FL 34232, or save a stamp and walk them over to Gary Walsh at 1033 Meadow Breeze Lane, or email to meadowwalkhoasrq@gmail.com, by December 10, 2018. Not having a full membership of at least five members on the Board always presents the probability of not having a quorum to conduct official business. Please consider joining our Board of Directors team. This is a volunteer service to our neighborhood and we recognize that the members of the Board also have their personal professions and affairs to attend to. There will be times when one or two members may be unavailable or out of town. A full board will help guarantee a quorum whenever needed. Not having a quorum can result in not being able to meet to officially address our HOA obligations.

Download the Meeting Packet for a Candidate Form

Funds and Budget:

Funds: Current funds available will cover payables and expenses through the end of 2018.

Budget: We have projected our 2019 budget to cover contingencies, increasing costs and any other special project expenses for our community of Meadow Walk; the budget will be discussed at the annual meeting.

Assessment of Homeowners Dues:

The 2018 HOA fee was $600 annually. The Board agreed to revisit whether the fees could be reduced for the 2019 annual fees, which was discussed at the last Board meeting. Since our costs have remained at the same level as our previous year, our projections indicate that the annual dues for 2019 should continue to be $600.00 per Lot. In this way, we will be able to have monies for work on the banks around the lakes and bring the preserve back into compliance.

Collection of Assessment Dues:

Our bylaws specify that the full annual assessment is due and payable every January of the new calendar year.

We ask all of you, our neighbors, to please come to this very important meeting.

We look forward to seeing you.

Your Meadow Walk HOA Board,

Gary Walsh, Diane Treharne, Sharon Stringer, Rita Bennett, Mary Lynn Endter, and David Johnson

Annual Meadow Walk Community Garage Sale: Sat, April 7th, 8am-Noon

Community Garage Sale 2018

Meadow Walk residents will be holding our Annual Community Garage Sale in Sarasota this Saturday from 8am to Noon. Come check out all the goodies from this community of 65 homes, located just east of the beautiful Celery Fields on Palmer Boulevard.

Directions from I-75:

Take Exit #210 for Fruitville Road and head east on Fruitville Road to the light at Coburn Road (you’ll see the Sarasota County Library on the corner). Turn right on Coburn Road (heading south) and follow it as it winds around. You’ll come to a “Stop” sign at Palmer Boulevard. Turn left on Palmer Boulevard (heading east), and follow it past the Celery Fields until you come to a neighborhood (Meadow Walk) on the right-hand side. Turn right onto Meadow Breeze Lane and wander around the neighborhood to pick up all the stuff you can’t live without at bargain prices!

Here’s What to Do Afterward

If you’re looking for a great way to spend the afternoon, time your visit to Meadow Walk so that you can head across the street and enjoy the fantastic animals of Big Cat Habitat. They open at Noon, and you’ll have an unforgettable experience seeing the beautiful, exotic animals that they care for. Tell them their neighbors at Meadow Walk sent you!

2017 Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual Meeting

To be held:
December 13th, 2017
Fruitville Library
7 p.m

TO ALL RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF MEADOW WALK:

Your presence and participation at our Annual Meeting is essential. It is imperative that we have a quorum (33 RESIDENTS) to conduct business. Please make it a point to be present and to share your concerns and ideas.

Board of Directors Vacancies:

Unfortunately, one of our board members needed to resign this year. This means we will again have two (2) vacancies on our HOA board. Please seriously consider volunteering to serve a two-year term. We need a complete board to continue functioning successfully. Click here to download a Candidate form. Please fill out the form and mail them to Meadow Walk HOA, Inc., P.O. Box 51533, Sarasota, FL 34232, or save a stamp and walk them over to Gary Walsh at 1033 Meadow Breeze Lane, or email to meadowwalkhoasrq@gmail.com, by November 22, 2017.

Not having a full membership of at least five members on the Board always presents the probability of not having a quorum to conduct official business. Please consider joining our Board of Directors team. This is a volunteer service to our neighborhood and we recognize that the members of the Board also have their personal professions and affairs to attend to. There will be times when one or two members may be unavailable or out of town. A full board will help guarantee a quorum whenever needed. Not having a quorum can result in not being able to meet to officially address our HOA obligations.

Download a Candidate Form

Funds and Budget:

Funds: Current funds available will cover payables and expenses through the end of 2017. This year in addition to the regular monthly maintenance items, we also paid for the removal of the entrance palms that were becoming dangerous and very dirty. We will be replanting in the new year.

Budget: We have projected our 2018 budget to cover contingencies, increasing costs and any other special project expenses for our community of Meadow Walk; the budget will be discussed at the annual meeting.

Assessment of Homeowners Dues:

The 2017 HOA fee was $600 annually. The Board agreed to revisit whether the fees could be reduced for the 2017 annual fees, which was discussed at the last Board meeting. Since our costs have remained at the same level as our previous year, our projections indicate that the annual dues for 2018 should continue to be $600.00 per Lot. In this way, we will be able to have monies for work on the banks around the lakes and bring the preserve back into compliance.

Collection of Assessment Dues:

Our bylaws specify that the full annual assessment is due and payable every January of the new calendar year. Consideration was made to allow for the semi annual payment of dues, however this system was generally unsuccessful.

We ask all of you, our neighbors, to please come to this very important meeting.

We look forward to seeing you.

Your Meadow Walk HOA Board,

Gary Walsh, Diane Treharne, Sharon Stringer, Rita Bennett, David Johnson

Community Garage Sale This Saturday

Note to Meadow Walk residents: Hopefully you spotted our “save the date” email a few weeks ago. If not, please contact us to make sure your contact info is up to date.

Garage SaleIt’s time for our annual community-wide garage sale!

As in previous years, we’ve coordinated with Palmer Glen and The Enclaves, so we expect a decent amount of traffic coming through.

The event will run from 8am to 1pm.

It’s a great time to get rid of all the junk that you moved into the garage during your Spring Cleaning!

URGENT: We must ACT to Protect Our Property Values

Update: More Action Required

Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Our community was well represented amid the hundreds who showed up (ABC 7’s estimate) at last night’s “Neighborhood Workshop” to oppose the proposed Recycling Center project near the Celery Fields.

But this is only the beginning of the fight to prevent this project from being built. As of last night, the developer, Mr. James Gabbert of TST Ventures, LLC, has not yet formally applied for the property’s rezoning from OUR (“Open Use Rural”) to ILW (“Industrial, Light Manufacturing, Warehouse”), nor for the Special Exception which would be required to develop a Recycling Center on the parcel.

But Mr. Gabbert and his representative, Mr. Bo Medred of Genesis Planning, through their presentation and their responses during the subsequent Q&A session, indicated their commitment to filing the necessary applications and seeing the process through to its conclusion. This process will likely take months, and at some point in the future a hearing will be scheduled before the Sarasota County Planning Commission, at which time a decision will be made about whether or not to recommend that the Sarasota County Commissioners approve the petitions.

Restaurant Depot Public Hearing This Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30PM

In the meantime, the Sarasota County Planning Commission will hear conduct a public hearing this Thursday on a separate project which is already much further along in the process: Rezone Petition 16-33, for the proposed “Restaurant Depot” on the northwest corner of Palmer Boulevard & Apex Road.

Since this is a formal public hearing, and not a Neighborhood Workshop, comments from residents who attend will be much more likely to have an impact. Please consider attending this meeting.

You can see all the details of this Rezone Petition here.

Where: Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota (Map)
When: Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30pm
What: Public Hearing


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Your attendance at Monday’s “Neighborhood Workshop” can make a difference!

Where: Church of Hope, 1560 Wendell Kent Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240 (Map)
When: Monday, January 30, 2017, 6pm
What: Public Meeting

In case you aren’t aware, a developer has already begun construction on a “Waste Transfer Station” at the corner of Porter Road & Palmer Boulevard, less than a mile west of Meadow Walk.

In addition, however, they have applied for a “Special Exception” in the zoning of that property and an adjacent chunk of land. This exception, if granted by the Sarasota County Planning Commission, would allow them to construct a 16-acre Recycling Center.

Documents filed with the planning commission indicate that waste will be piled as high as 35 feet, and reports from members of the Meadow Walk HOA Board who were in attendance at a recent similar meeting indicated that the developer plans to build an 8-foot-high wall to obscure the waste from view. Of course, this means that only the bottom 8 feet of the 35-foot high piles of debris will be blocked from view.

In addition to being an eyesore, this project will, if approved, bring with it as many as 75 trucks per day hauling construction waste and other debris to and from this property. You can imagine the traffic from this, as well as the noise, the odors, and the threat to our property values that this project represents.

This includes an undetermined number of dump trucks and landscaping trucks bringing in debris daily, resulting in approximately a dozen semi-trucks hauling away debris every day.  They will have dump trucks, loaders/backhoes/tractors with claws and equipment to break up large pieces of concrete, trees limbs, and other debris.

They can call it what they want but it is a dump that will be unsightly, noisy, and will certainly have a negative effect on all of our property values.

Your attendance at this meeting can help our voices be heard!

This meeting takes place tomorrow (Monday, January 30th) at Church of Hope. Please join your fellow Meadow Walk homeowners as we speak up to prevent this project from being approved.

Note: A huge “thank you” to Sharon Stringer & Gary Walsh from the Meadow Walk HOA Board of Directors for representing us at the last neighborhood workshop about this project. Their reports contributed to the substance of this post. We hope you’ll let your voice be heard at this meeting also!

Proposed Changes That May Affect Your Property

Tonight, 2 separate meetings will be held locally to discuss potential zoning changes that may have an impact on your property value and quality of life here in Meadow Walk.

Proposed Recycling Center Scheduled for Monday, Jan., 30th @6:00pm

A developer has proposed a plan to develop a recycling center at the corner of Palmer Boulevard & Porter Road. This is less than one mile away from our community, due west of the Meadow Walk main entrance. Apparently, this parcel is already approved to be developed into a waste transfer station, and the developer, TST Ventures, LLC, hopes to modify the parcel’s zoning so that the recycling center can be developed there as well.

Recycling Center: Sarasota Palmer Boulevard

Would a waste transfer station & recycling center be good for our neighborhood?

As you might imagine, a waste transfer station & recycling center may bring with it smells and noise which are guaranteed to not be appealing. Since our community is the one closest to this center, it behooves us to be actively involved in the discussion.

Monday, Jan., 30th meeting takes place at 6pm at the Church of Hope.
The address is 1560 Wendell Kent Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240 (Click here for a Google map)

You can see the information filed by the developer here.

It should be noted that TST Ventures, LLC has previously attempted to develop a similar project on a different parcel at 700 Cattlemen Road, and was unsuccessful.

Proposed Restaurant Depot

The other meeting that takes place this evening is a “Neighborhood Workshop” to discuss a zoning change at Palmer Boulevard and Apex Road. The change is being requested by a developer who proposes to build a “Restaurant Depot” on the northwest corner of that intersection.

This meeting takes place at 6pm at Tatum Ridge Elementary School.

Check out the information filed by the developer here.

If you have questions or comments about these meetings, let’s have a discussion on Facebook.

Annual Meeting Dec. 5, 2016 Fruitville Library @ 7 p.m.

TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS OF MEADOW WALK:

Your presence and participation at our Annual Meeting is essential. It is imperative that we have a quorum to conduct business. Please make it a point to be present and to share your concerns and ideas.

If you are attending the meeting, your ballot will be handed to you at sign in. Bring any proxies with you that your neighbors might have given you and they will be exchanged for a ballot at sign in. This will allow for any nominations from the floor.

AGENDA
1. Call to order/welcome/introductions.
2. Calling of the Roll and establishing a Quorum.
3. Appointment of Inspectors of Election.
4. Reports from officers.
5. Election of Directors; nominations from the floor
6. Financial report and discussion.
7. Old Business.
10. New Business.
11. Homeowner comments
12. Election results
13. Adjournment.

Our annual power washing is scheduled to start on Friday November 4th, and continue on Saturday the 5th.

All those who back onto the wall on Palmer Boulevard, please make sure all your tree limbs and bushes are cut back and away from the wall to allow access, so we may clean the wall properly and check for any potential issues.

We will also be cleaning all the gutters, so please have all vehicles out of the gutters to allow us to access them.

If anyone is interested in having these people cleaning their driveway or walkway or side walk while they are here, you can contact Stan at Pressure Perfect, directly at 941-302-3405, and make your own arrangements.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Don't Feed Wildlife

It has been brought to our attention that some Meadow Walk residents have been observed feeding wildlife.

Clean Up After Your Dog

Friendly Reminders

Remember, dogs must be kept on leashes at all times. Please abide by this rule for the safety of your dog, your neighbors and your neighbors dogs. Even a friendly dog could endanger a child on a bike or scooter. And don’t forget to always pick up after your dog.

Any vehicles with commercial advertising must be stored in the garage for overnight parking. Ladders must be removed from work vehicles for overnight parking.

Our subdivision is scheduled for trash and recycling pick-up on Tuesdays. According to Waste Management and Sarasota County, no trash is to be placed curbside until 4:00 pm the day before pick-up.

Please check your post lights.

Painting Your Home?

If you are considering painting the exterior of your house any color other that the original, you must first receive approval from the Modification Committee. If you are interested in looking at the approved Meadow Walk colors please contact the Board of Directors, the Modification Committee, or see the Construction Guidelines for specific details.

Parking / Mailboxes

Please remember, there is no parking allowed on the grass anywhere in the Meadow Walk Subdivision. Although you are legally allowed to park vehicles at curbside we urge you to try and avoid parking overnight on the street for safety reasons. Please refer to the Meadow Walk By-Laws for specific details.

We’ve received a friendly request from our mail carrier asking that residents not block the mailboxes. This includes parking in front of or too close to the box.