Pets and HOAs

DakotaMany of us have pets which are considered members of our families. In fact, nearly half of Americans have a dog and around thirty-five percent have a cat.  These furry friends can provide many emotional benefits and give affection and companionship to their human families.

If you are a resident of a homeowners’ association or condo association and you have pets, it is important to make sure you are following the rules in regards to possible restrictions. Most communities are proud to be pet-friendly, but usually have sets of reasonable guidelines to make sure you and your pets can coexist peacefully with all residents of the community.  Here are some tips to ensure that your four-legged friends will continue to be welcome in your association:

  • Review the rules. Some associations require approval for pets or they have weight restrictions. If you currently own a large dog and are considering moving into an HOA, make sure you read the governing documents to see if your pet will meet the requirements. Additionally, if you already reside in an HOA, make sure before you get a new dog that it will not violate existing rules and regulations.
  • Clean up after your pet. This is very important since your neighbors probably do not want to step in anything left behind by your pet. A lot of associations have doggy bag stations which make cleaning up after your dog much more convenient. This is a simple step to take that will help keep your fellow owners happy and therefore less likely to make complaints about you or your pets.
  • Be mindful of noise caused by your pets. All dogs bark from time to time, but sometimes barking can become excessive and become a nuisance to surrounding neighbors. Sometimes a pet owner may become accustomed to the sound of their own dog barking, but this is likely stressful and upsetting to neighbors who might be trying to relax or sleep. If your dog barks excessively, try to isolate the cause. Maybe playtime or a walk will help relax your furry friend and reduce barking. In some cases, it might be a good idea to research the problem online or even seek out the help of a professional. Not only will this help keep the peace with neighbors, but it will likely strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
  • Do not allow your pets to wander. Anytime your pet is outside, he or she should be on a leash. Even if you think your dog will not run off, all it takes is a nearby squirrel or another distraction to gain your dog’s attention and create a potentially dangerous situation. Also, some people are afraid of dogs and should not have to feel nervous if your unleashed dog is wandering towards them. You may know that your dog is friendly, but a stranger might not realize this. Additionally, leashing your dog is Sadieusually not only a regulation for the association, it is often a city law. For the safety of your pet and other residents, always leash your pup.

Pets are great members of our families and usually a very positive addition to any neighborhood. Just remember to be respectful of others and follow regulations within your association. If you do this, even residents that might not be as keen on pets will likely be perfectly fine with having you and your pets as neighbors.

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Community Spotlight: Ironwood

This community is a hidden gem on the south side of Jacksonville, Florida.  Ironwood Village HOA was founded in 2005. This gated, 550 home community is a mixture of both single family homes and townhomes.Ironwood Sign

Ironwood has two amenity centers; each one offers its own fitness facilities and pools.  These amenities are a favorite place for many Ironwood residents. Some residents state this was the reason why they moved to the community in the first place!  One amenity center also offers a large community room which is used for board meetings, parties, and holiday celebrations.

The location of the Ironwood community is one of the things that sets this community apart from the other Jacksonville communities. Many residents drive from many miles around the region to get to where we are located. The reason is Ironwood is close to many premier medical facilities, shopping centers, office buildings, and major highways.

Leland Management began managing the Homeowners Association in June 2014. Since then, Leland and the Board of Directors have worked together updating the amenity centers with new painting, state of the art flat screen TVs, LED lighting for interior and exterior illumination, fitness equipment upgrades, new pool furniture, and a major landscaping update. These and many other upgrades have presented Ironwood as a clean, upscale community with a newer feel to it. Ironwood Pool

The Board President Stanley Hayes says, “The Board of Directors have followed the same philosophy, and that is ‘Our mission is to do our best to make Ironwood a great community to both live in and in which to raise our families in as well.’”

Leland will continue to assist the board in making Ironwood a desirable place to live.

Choosing the Right Breakfast Foods

We all know breakfaiStock_77367931_LARGE-500x333st is the most important meal of the day. It jump starts your metabolism and gives you energy for the day. But depending on your breakfast choice, you could be cheating yourself.

Many of the breakfast foods we love contain large amounts of white flour, sugar and corn syrup — all ingredients that are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream. Foods like cereal, waffles, toast, waffles and pancakes are usually made from processed white flour that raises your blood sugar and will cause your body to produce a spike in insulin. This is often followed by low blood sugar – which makes you feel hungry, tired, and less focused. So you reach for a quick snack, probably something that will give you a quick burst of energy (empty carbs again) and this starts the whole process over again.

To avoid this seesaw kind of day, start your day with whole grains and some kind of protein. These will take your body longer to digest, so you won’t experience that spike in blood sugar.

Here are some examples of easy-to-make breakfast foods that will sustain your energy levels:

  • Peanut butter – It’s a great protein. Spread it on toast instead of jelly or top a banana with it.
  • Oatmeal — Because oatmeal is a whole grain it will give you energy. Plus it is high in fiber, which will help you feel full longer.
  • Eggs – Any way you prepare them, eggs are a great protein for breakfast. Try combing an egg with a complex carb, such a whole-grain bread. Add fresh vegetables to your scrambled eggs for an added dose of vitamins and fiber, Just avoid frying your eggs in fat.
  • Greek yogurt – It offers almost double the amount of protein of regular yogurt. Top it with fruit and granola, or mix it in a smoothie and you should feel full until lunchtime. Avoid flavored yogurt, because it has high levels of sugar.
  • Beans – They’re not a common breakfast food in the United States, but people in other countries are accustomed to beans first thing in the morning. Beans are full of fiber and protein, making them a great breakfast food. Try adding beans to a breakfast burrito.

Get your day off to a great start by giving your body the fuel it needs.

Source: UCF College of Medicine

Meet the Team: Frank Pelot

This edition of Meet the Team features Orlando CAM Frank Pelot. Frank’s family came to Florida in 1854.  He was born in Ocala and raised in Belleview with his parents and older sister.  Frank has also lived in Ohio, Michigan, and Utah, but largely remained in Florida. Frank

Frank enjoys education and learning which is apparent when looking at his college history.  Frank holds two degrees including a Bachelors in Mechanical Design Technology obtained from the College of Central Florida and a Bachelors in Business Education from the University of Phoenix.  Frank spent many years working in the aerospace industry.  He worked on many important projects during this time, one of which was the cruise missile program.  He also worked in the stainless steel business before retiring.

Though Frank may have retired from the aerospace and stainless steel industries, he was nowhere near finished working.  Frank was and continues to be active on the board of his HOA; in fact, he is currently president of his association.  He had a friend that worked in the community management industry also so his interest in the field led Frank to obtain his license.  At an FCAP event, he met the owners of Leland Management, David & Rebecca Furlow, and ended up joining Leland three years ago.  Frank says he likes working for Leland because of the people, the open and friendly atmosphere, and the technology that Leland utilizes.  Frank has obtained his CFCAM designation so he is definitely enjoying the field!

When Frank is not at work, he enjoys playing golf, working with computers, and teaching adult classes at his church.  He lives with his wife of 42 years, Judy, and has a son named John who lives in Jacksonville.  For the future, Frank wants to continue to remain healthy and active.  He currently works out four to five days a week.  He also wants to keep working as long as he possible can.  We are proud that Frank is a member of the Leland family and hope you enjoyed learning more about him in this installment of Meet the Team.