Subcommittee of Surface Water Management
Neil Price (also BOD Liaison)
Committee Background and Responsibilities
Since the 2017 purchase of the golf course the HOA is responsible for maintaining the Cape Royal Preserve, in compliance with the rules and regulations of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Lee County under permit #36-00450-S. This includes Reflection Lake, the community’s only natural lake.
Specific committee responsibilities include the removal of exotic plants and nuisance plants, removal of debris causing harm to preserve plantlife/wildlife, maintenance of mangroves, inspection of plants and trees within the preserve area, and improving wildlife habitat. The committee also coordinates work with the Golf Steering Committee for any golf-related issues or structures related to the Preserve—e.g., bridges on the golf course spanning the Preserve.
The committee uses both community volunteers, fondly called the “Swamp-Rats,” and 3rd party contracted services to accomplish this. New volunteers are always welcome, and residents contemplating volunteering should contact the chair for a description of work. Reasonable physical fitness is required, as this activity entails physical work.
In 2018 SFWMD provided an official Certificate of Compliance for the Preserve, and the Preserve committee has continued to maintain, and even improve upon, this status. Additional responsibilities include the following:
Understand the issues relative to its scope responsibilities by communicating with the BOD and HOA membership.
Develop and manage the approved annual Budget.
Develop tactical plans specific to the budget, committee plans and objectives.
Execute plans utilizing project management skills.
Manage BOD approved 3rd party contracts.
Periodically assess future requirements of the Committee’s long range planning and communicating to the Board.