Bowling is Serious Business in One Leland Management Community

Association of Marion Landing Owners, Inc.
written by Janet Colacone

… “nose hit”, “powerhouse,” “puddle,” “sixpack” and “tickler.” All these words have something in common. Give up? Well, they’re bowling terms! These terms, and more like them, are very well-known to one of Leland Management’s Ocala Division homeowner associations. The Association of Marion Landing Owners located off State Road 200 in Ocala has their very own bowling center! Besides the customary amenities that Florida’s active adult communities are known for such as shuffleboard, tennis, pickleball, fitness centers, horseshoes, bocce, etc., Marion Landing takes it a step further with its own Bowling Center. There are more and more active adults getting back into bowling than ever before. Bowling allows camaraderie with old friends, meeting new people, bonding with family members, or even teaching a child how to bowl. Marion Landing residents certainly don’t underestimate themselves, or their abilities — they are as young as they feel — especially while bowling at their center.

The Bowling Center at Marion Landing has both sanctioned and non-sanctioned leagues as well as open bowling times for all the homeowners who would like to give it a try and just have fun. Each year the Marion Landing League Bowlers hold a large banquet honoring those top bowlers and teams. Currently, there are four leagues, and each have a Men’s and Women’s Bowler of the Month competition where the monthly winners compete in a “roll-off” for Bowler of the Year. No special fees or charges apply to the Bowling Center. The maintenance of the Center is included in all homeowners’ regular monthly association assessments. The machines were all manufactured in the USA back in the 1960s and were purchased from a military base originally used in a USO facility!
Glen “Erik” Halkola has been employed at Marion Landing for almost 5 years as their bowling mechanic. He is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all the machinery involved in having the Bowling Center on property, which certainly has its unique challenges! Deeann Welch, Leland’s on-site community association manager at Marion Landing, works closely with Erik to ensure the alleys are in great shape for resident bowling. With equipment this old, Erik and Deeann need to be on their toes as far as preventive maintenance goes.

The Association of Marion Landing was one of the first associations to join Ocala’s Leland family back in 2006 when Leland Management opened their Ocala Division. Marion Landing was developed on approximately 197 acres surrounded by thoroughbred horse farms, and has 598 single-family units. Residents of this active adult (age-restricted/55+) community enjoy a 15,300 sq. ft. Lifestyle Center, the 3,400 sq. ft. Bowling Center, fitness facility, pool, spa, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce, and even a small fishing pond. The community has its own water treatment plant as well. Leland provides 5 employees for management of the association including an on-site manager, an activities coordinator, office assistant and maintenance personnel.

Ask any avid Marion Landing bowler and they will say that their community is the ultimate place to retire because of this unique amenity!

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Leland Management President, Rebecca Furlow, a Woman of Distinction

Women of Distinction

Rebecca Furlow, the president of Leland Management, will be recognized at the Girl Scouts of Citrus Women of Distinction and Centennial Gala for her nomination for the Women of Distinction Award.  This award is one of the most prestigious awards that the Girl Scout Organization (now in their 100th year) bestows upon a person.  The Women of Distinction Award is given to those whose outstanding achievements contribute to the wellbeing and future of our community, and have distinguished themselves as outstanding members of their community through individual excellence and high levels of achievement.  Past recipients have included women honored for excellence in the areas of business, education, government, communications, health care, sports, volunteer services, multicultural activities, and Girl Scouting.  To the Girl Scouts organization, Women of Distinction are ideal role models for Girl Scouts around the world; showing them that with hard work and perseverance, anything can be accomplished.

We at Leland Management are extremely pleased that Rebecca was nominated for this award, as Rebecca exhibits the qualities sought after by a “Woman of Distinction” on a daily basis.  Rebecca excels in business, starting Leland Management over 15 years ago, growing it to over 350 employees that serve more than 100,000 homeowners throughout Florida.  She is a pioneer in her profession, actively involved in professional development, professional organizations, continuing education, and has held offices in regional and state associations.  She is dedicated to the community, giving generously to many deserving causes.  She is especially dedicated to raising awareness for many charitable causes in our community such as Restore Orlando, Page 15 and Nathaniel’s Hope.  Every year she sponsors and supports these organizations (among others) and empowers the Leland team to support these worthwhile causes as well.   Additionally, Rebecca always finds time to listen and offer support, guidance, and mentorship to all of those in need of assistance.

Leland Management is extremely pleased that Rebecca has been nominated for this award; please join us in offering her congratulations and wishing her good luck in the final selection process on at the Citrus Gala on Saturday.

Leland Management Featured Community, Ridgemoor

The active community of Ridgemoor is located in North Pinellas County, Palm Harbor, Florida. The community was built in the early 1990’s with careful attention to detail in laying out the home sites, while still maintaining a sense of warmth and sincere appreciation of the natural beauty.

Ridgemoor Master Association is responsible for the common elements shared by 1,196 homes and 19 sub associations. Each neighborhood shares the same care and concern for the upkeep and standard of living the Ridgemoor Development enjoys.
The development contains lighted perimeter walls and decorative aluminum fences, 13 intercom gates, lush landscaping, 42 ponds in which 12 of them have lighted fountains. Decorative community signage and light poles and fixtures continue along all main roadways traveling into each sub association.

The community park area includes tennis courts, basketball courts and a playground area the association is currently upgrading. The community also has many nature trails for walking or biking.

Many original homeowners continue to participate in the community and are active as directors on the board or community volunteers. A twenty-four hour Security Patrol company adds safety and security to the community as well as two community Sheriff Deputies.

Ridgemoor Community
Ridgemoor Front Gate

Mary Fritzler, from Leland’s Tampa Division, is the Community Association Manager for Ridgemoor and meets regularly with the Board to ensure the community continues moving forward. Mary works closely with the vendors of the community to make sure all amenities and maintenance issues are constantly monitored for peak performance and the natural beauty of the community is maintained. The Board of Directors along with Mary and Leland Management stay vigilant in maintaining the necessary daily community operations in order for all residents to enjoy living in

Congratulations to Leland Management Superstar Paul Dumond

The Leland team is pleased to announce our new superstar, Paul Dumond.  Paul has been working at Leland Management for almost 2 years in the IT Department.  Paul has quickly become a favorite of the Leland Team,  as he fixes all of our computer troubles and is always willing to help out when needed.      Prior to working at Leland, Paul worked for Symantec.  Paul loves working for Leland because of the great team and working environment.  In his spare time Paul enjoys playing sports and working on cars.   Here is what some Leland Team members are saying about Paul, “Paul is always helpful and pleasant, fixes computer issues with no attitude.  You can count on Paul!”

Please join us in congratulating Paul

Leland Management Superstar
Leland Management’s Rebecca and David Furlow with Superstar Paul Dumond