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Ride Around Meeting Minutes for June 5, 2024

Colonial Country Club
Community Development District

A Ride Around Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Colonial Country Club Community Development District was held on June 5, 2024 at 8 a.m. in the Colonial Country Club community in Fort Myers, Florida.

Present and constituting a quorum were:

Sally Hefti – Vice Chair
Howard Klein – Assistant Secretary
Giovanna Scuderi – Assistant Secretary
Joseph Zajac – Assistant Secretary

Also present were:

Cal Teague – District Manager, Premier District Management (PDM)
Chris Pepin – Field Manager, Community Field Services
Patrick Tohill – Colonial Country Club Director of Agronomy
Mandie Rainwater – Assistant District Manager, PDM

The following is a summary of the actions taken at the Colonial Country Club Community Development District (CDD) Board of Supervisors ride around meeting.

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS Call to Order and Roll Call

The Colonial Country Club Community Development District Ride Around Meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Hefti. Four Board members were present. Also in attendance were Cal Teague, the District Manager, Chris Pepin, the Field Manager, Patrick Tohill, the Colonial Country Club Director of Agronomy, and Mandie Rainwater, Assistant District Manager, PDM.

SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items

There were no Audience comments on Agenda items.

The Board discussed the Golf Course expansion and that CDD approval was needed to make changes to some of the lakes to improve play on the golf course. After discussion, District Manager Teague stated that Engineer Marshall had reviewed the plans and did not believe there would be a negative impact on the lakes, and that it might also increase the storm drainage storage capacity of the lakes. The Board then authorized staff to execute any documents needed to move this project along, which the Chair will sign.

On MOTION by Vice Chair Hefti, seconded by Supervisor Scuderi, with all in favor, the Board authorized staff to execute documents for lake modification for the golf course expansion project, with the Chair authorized to sign.

THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Community Assets Inspection

The Board and staff conducted an inspection of CDD assets and proposed projects.

A. View the eroding berm around Lake 11

Field Manager Pepin pointed out the erosion on the berm and discussed measures to correct existing issues and prevent future erosion. It was determined that staff will develop a multi-year restoration plan to build up the berm to remediate the current erosion and to prevent future erosion.

B. View the areas on Lake 1 and Lake 22 that need sod

Field Manager Pepin stated that the landscapers can attach sod with sod staples to restore the sod on the GEO tubes. He also noted that the irrigation system seems to be turned off in some of the zones, which might prevent some areas from being watered. He will work with Patrick Tohill to correct any irrigation issues.

C. View palm trees needing pruning in preserve islands and dead pine behind 9661 Hemingway Lane along walking path

The Board and staff observed areas that need pruning and/or dead tree removal. There was also discussion concerning HOA improvements that may be impacting areas that are the CDD’s responsibility. It was determined that staff will draft a letter to the HOA, requesting better communication before future construction.

D. View completion of butterfly gardens

The Board and staff observed the gardens and noted possible animal tracks. It was determined that the sign in Garden #1 may need replacement in the next year. There were no issues found in Garden #2.

E. View vegetation growing over perimeter wall adjacent to walk path

The Board and staff inspected the area and determined that staff will obtain proposals to address the issues.

F. View lake 28 washout 11035 Iron Horse Way some sod needs in other areas

After inspection, it was determined that staff will obtain quotes to address a washout, which requires a small drainage basin and a pipe extended into the lake. Sod will be used when the washout is filled, and a drainage structure will be installed. There was also discussion about refreshing the littoral shelf areas around Lakes 28 and 21 with additional littoral plants, such as Golden Canna.

G. View new boardwalk on Colonial Country Club Blvd

There was discussion on aesthetics and qualities of the HOA boardwalk where a synthetic material was used. The Board will determine if this is a process they could consider for the CDD’s Preserve Boardwalk.

FOURTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Supervisor Requests/Comments

There were no further Supervisor requests or comments.


There were no Audience comments.


The Board returned to the Clubhouse, and the meeting was adjourned.

On MOTION by Supervisor Zajac, seconded by Supervisor Klein, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.

The Next Regular Meeting will be on June 24, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Secretary/Assistant Secretary
Chair/Vice Chair