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Coyotes are interacting with the residents of central Florida at an increasing rate. This is primarily due to the fact that the increase in the construction of new neighborhoods is cutting into their natural habitats in the surrounding wooded areas. These animals, who once had many acres to live and hunt are now being “downsized” into small sections surrounded by humans. The coyotes are finding themselves with little hunting grounds and are frequenting the developments to find their next meal looking at food sources such as garbage cans and small house pets left out unattended at night. Coyotes have become emboldened by the fact that they have been unopposed in this area for so long, and are starting to become more at home as nighttime bandits in neighborhoods.
Residents have been advised to take precautions such as keeping their pets on leashes when they walk them, do not let their pets out unattended at night, and to carry an air horn or other loud noise maker that would startle and scare the animals away if approached. Residents have also been urged not to go out by themselves when it is dark outside and if they do encounter a coyote, be as “large” and loud as possible (stand tall, wave your arms and scream and yell loudly). For more information on what to do if you encounter a coyote please visit http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/coyotes/tips/hazing_guidelines.html
Rebecca started Leland Management over 15 years ago with three employees and the mission to become the best association management company in Central Florida. Under her direction, Leland has grown to over 350 employees that serve more than 100,000 homeowners throughout the state. During this time Rebecca has developed an excellent reputation for herself and Leland Management based on honesty, respect, trust, and customer service. A true leader, she takes an active role in all aspects of the company and leads by example. As a result of her leadership, Leland Management has won several awards and accolades. Rebecca herself has been the recipient of many distinguished awards such as, Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction, the Women Who Mean Business award, and the Best Place to Work for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Rebecca is a pioneer in the field of community association management. Rebecca is dedicated to implementing and maintaining high standards of professionalism for Community Association Managers and believes that paramount to this goal is proper education and training. To this end she has designed and implemented innovative internal training programs, Board member education programs, and has obtained certification by the State of Florida to teach continuing education courses.
As a licensed CAM, Rebecca remains current with issues involving Associations in Florida, and is actively involved in the Community Association Institute (CAI), and Florida Community Association Professionals (FCAP).
Safety is probably one of the most important aspects to a homeowner. It impacts all ages and avoids no one. Knowing how to safeguard your home can help reduce your chances of crime affecting you and your family. Here are a few tips:
- All vehicle doors should be locked at all times. Even the safest areas are subject to mischievous individuals looking for an open door. If a garage door opener is stored in your car, this is even more reason to lock your doors. If criminals can access this device, you have now invited them in to your home.
- Make sure all valuables are taken out of the vehicle when you get to your destination. These items include GPS, cell phones, wallets/purses, etc. Make sure these items are not left in the car…the glove box is not a safe place for these items.
- Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.
- Park in a well light area. If you park in your driveway, make sure you have outdoor lighting (motion-censored lights work well).
- Make sure shrubbery is maintained and does not allow for hidden spaces.
- Allow for adequate lighting around the perimeter of the house. Use timers or motion-censored lighting to allow for the proper coverage while you are away.
- Keep all doors and window locked. Utilize a security system if available.
- Check with your local Sherriff’s office to see if they have a vacation program to check your home while you are away.
- While on vacation, stop all mail and newspaper delivery.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Meet your neighbors and look out for each other. If you see suspicious activity, call the police.
Leland Management is proud to announce that we were selected by the readers of the Florida Community Association Journal as the Diamond recipient of their first annual Readers Choice Awards. We are especially proud of this award because our communities and board members took the time to cast their vote for us. There were 155 service providers nominated and 3,800 votes cast.
We believe what makes Leland unique is that although Leland is large enough to have all the resources necessary to meet the needs of any association, Leland is family owned and managed. We understand that building solid, long term relationships is very important to the quality of our services and success of our company. Leland’s owners are very involved in day-to-day operations and are readily accessible to our clients and other business partners. Leland Management maintains an excellent reputation based on honesty, respect, trust, teamwork and customer service. Our mission is to provide homeowner and condo associations with the highest level of service utilizing our extensive accounting, management, technology, and customer service experience. Leland Management strives for excellence in every aspect of our business; winning an award solely based on customer input is very special to us.
We look forward to continuing to serve our communities and extend a sincere thank you to all of our board and community members that voted.
Did you know 15% of pet owners have had a neighbor complain about their fluffy friends? Here at Leland Management we receive consistent complaints about neighborhood dogs from residents. Ranging from barking to bathroom choices, we have heard them all with one resident distributing flyers throughout his community and another starting a petition. While it’s true some owners might be inconsiderate and not care how the noise affects others, most are simply not aware of the barking or that their neighbors are annoyed. Hurt feelings, anger and frustration — on both sides — make for a very stressful situation. Here are a few tips that we have found are helpful for both parties.
- A common trigger for consistent barking is boredom. Before you leave the house plan a walk or play session with your dog to stimulate his attention.
- Leave treat filled toys around the house that present a challenge for your dog. The time and energy spent with the toys will distract him/her from any outside stimulus.
- Buy an anti-barking collar. This may seem harsh for an act that comes naturally to dogs but there are non-pain collars that produce desired results by emitting a vibration when he/she barks.
- Finally, take an olive branch to your neighbor and explain that you are working on the problem and would appreciate his or her feedback. Your neighbor can be a great help in solving the problem, since he or she is home during the day and might be able to help you identify when your dog is barking. Ask your neighbor to keep a log of when and how long your dog is barking, and if he noticed anything that might have triggered the barking in the first place. This might be the detective work you need to get to the bottom of the barking, as well as a way for your neighbor to be part of the solution.
Leland and your community association manager are not able to step-in in this area. If you feel the complaint needs to be addressed by someone other than your neighbors the best thing to do is call city hall.
For more information about ways to curb consistent barking visit http://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-problems/dog-barks-left-alone/