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Gulf Revisited – 2011

Gulf Village Owners Meeting

May 10 – 19, 2011

 

 

Part 1: Memphis to Trapp Farm

Part 6: So-So Golf for Birthday Boy

Part 2: Trapp Farm to Gulf Shores, AL

Part 7: Score of ‘59’ beats golfer’s age

Part 3: Golf Practice at Gulf State Park

Part 8: Upgrading Library Privileges

Part 4: Shopping at  Big Box stores

Part 9: Gulf Shores to Pearl, MS

Part 5: Condo Owners. Meeting

Part 10: Drive to home in Memphis

 

- Updated June 9, 2011

 

Several photos of the interior of our condo at Gulf Village, Ala., are posted on the website of our property manager, Kaiser Realty, which also has pix of the exterior of the complex as well as area beach shots. There are additional pix mainly taken by Betty Nolan during our trips to the area in recent years. They are posted at www.kodakgallery.com in various albums registered under Lewis “Buzz” Nolan’s email address. Email lewis_nolan@yahoo.com for instructions how to access the Kaiser pictures and also the Nolan pictures.

 

By LEWIS NOLAN

 

May 14, 2011 – Saturday – Annual meeting of fellow condo owners at Gulf Village

 

Betty and I arose about 6:30 a.m. in our one-bedroom condo on West Beach at Gulf Shores, Ala., to prepare for the annual meeting of the Gulf Village Owners Association.

 

Unlike at previous meetings I’d attended, this one was held in a plush meeting room at the Craft Farms’ Cotton Creek Country Club – for a rental of $750 for a couple of hours. For that we had the use of a nicely furnished room with lots of soft drinks and coffee included.

 

Betty and I seemed to be the first owners to arrive and were greeted by Frank Massey, whose Coastal Consulting company manages our Gulf Village complex of three condo apartment buildings (two are two-story structures and one is a four-story structure plus a half-dozen or so duplexes on pilings and two swimming pools).

 

Danny Endress, our association president who has served with distinction for several years and who owns one of the duplexes, was among the early arrivals. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk to Danny and Frank about a couple of matters on my mind, saving me from having to bring them up under “new business” during the meeting. One dealt with my interest in the association making available to owners Internet access at a reasonable cost (in fact it was on the agenda) and another dealt with some loose, wood work trim on the new decking of the porch outside our unit.

 

Our owners’ group accomplished several things to improve our property and operations, making the long trip worth the trouble.

 

  • On the motion of a fellow owner – Joe Somers - who is a retired engineer I’ve gotten to know over the years, we effectively tabled a proposal to spend $30,000-to-$40,000 in consulting fees to have our all our property exactly re-measured on the chance that the historic measurements of the one, two and three-bedroom condominiums were not accurate. Joe introduced the “set-aside” motion after pointing out that the potentially very small savings on a per-unit tax cost basis amounted to only very few dollars per month and wasn’t worth the large cost.
  • We approved without dissent a proposal by a communications company – Coastal – to install a complex-wide system of telephone service with optional Internet access for a monthly fee of about $30 a month (plus tax). The local firm services other condo complexes without any complaints that we are aware of and sounded like a better approach than what we are now paying a regional telephone company to handle for us.
  • Members present voted in person or by proxy to make the governing owners association Board of Directors 100 percent male. A long-time female member of the board voluntarily stepped back and a new owner, a relatively young man with an engineering background, stood for election to the spot she had occupied while a year-round resident of the property for some years.
  • We approved without objection a proposal from the Board for a special assessment of all property owners to raise the $50,000 cost for repairs to concrete pillars supporting the complex buildings that had become cracked with age and the forces of several hurricanes.

 

We also heard a full report on the “state of the business” from Danny. I was pleased that indications are pretty strong that the Gulf Shores rental market is turning around now that the worst of the big BP oil spill is behind us and that our aggressive advertising seems to be regaining the interest of potential renters in beach vacations to Gulf Shores.

 

After the meeting concluded, Betty and I repaired to the municipal library to check our Internet mail. I was surprised to read that the Dow Jones Industrial Average had plunged more than 100 points the previous day. That was a step backward from a long run of daily gains that thankfully corrected the next week.

 

I caught up with at least some of the news of the day by checking the Internet websites of major newspapers. I found an editorial in The Commercial Appeal’s editions of May 12 under the headline of “Flood troubles just beginning.” It said that while “The Great Flood of 2011” was still underway, local officials “should be congratulated for reacting early to the flood threat by identifying the endangered areas and warning residents in those neighborhoods to seek shelter elsewhere. So far, no one has died.”

 

It went on to note that the Mississippi River had crested at 47.87 feet at Memphis Tuesday morning, just short of the 1937 record of 48.7 feet. That means, “there is still a need for sharp focus on helping the thousands of people affected by the worst flooding here in 74 years to recover from their losses – including residents forced from their homes, business owners and farmers and ranchers.”

 

We left the library to return to our condo, where Betty changed into swimwear to sun on the beach; I took my customary afternoon nap and did a little writing on my laptop computer.

 

Later, she sautéed some delicious tilapia fish for dinner and served it with baked sweet potatoes and a small portion of white wine.

 

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