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Surface Water Management

Bill Ready
Board Liaison:
Neil Price
Volunteers needed:
Current Members:

Bill Ready, Lakes Chair
Elaine Chapman-Moore, Preserve Chair
Marty Davidson, Drainage Chair
Dave Blancett
Bill Colman
Debbie Davidson
Clydie Douglass
Gregg Forsberg

Committee Background and Responsibilities

The HOA is responsible for the maintenance of the community’s surface water management permits and is the operating entity for the South Florida Water Management District’s Permit No. 36-0045-S. 


In 2018 a new committee was formed to develop a multi-year plan and budget to ensure Cape Royal community compliance in Lake Maintenance as required by the Lee County’s Land Development Code (LDC), Section 10-329.  This committee oversees three existing 3 HOA subcommittees: 

  • Lakes Subcommittee, chair open

  • Preserve Subcommittee, chaired by Elaine Chapman-Moore

  • Drainage Subcommittee, chaired by Marty Davidson


Although these three subcommittees will still operate independently from one another, they will be part of the Surface Water Management Committee—ensuring consistency of focus and avoidance of redundancy.

 The purpose of this committee is to provide for the long-term maintenance of the lake and lake-shoreline areas and provides guidelines and direction to the lot and home owners, golf course lessees, contractors and others who might impact the surface water management system within our community.  Thus protecting the public’s health and safety, preservation of property, and enhancement of water quality.   The new committee is focusing on the following areas:


  • Place an increased emphasis on lake maintenance including development and implementation of a lake inspection program utilizing certified personnel.

  • Identify corrections needed to harden shore areas and correct these shorelines, through coordination with golf course lessee over a multi-year timeframe, through a yearly budget and reserve funding for costs associated with appropriate corrective actions.  

  • Development of educational and inspection and planting programs for all lot and home owners in the community related to littorals, lawn maintenance activities and community drainage standards and requirements.  

  • Develop septic system maintenance material for homeowners.

  • Responsible for drainage associated with the “inner swales” (between homes and the golf course) and the “outer swales” (between homes and the street), as well as water from the roads, ditches, and common areas.

  • 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.

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