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Draft Meeting Minutes for March 20, 2024

Laguna Lakes
Community Development District

The regular meeting of The Board of Supervisors of the Laguna Lakes Community Development District was held at the Laguna Lakes Clubhouse, 15250 Lakes of Laguna Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida and also via web conference on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

Present and constituting a quorum were:

Jonathan Busa – Chair
Michelle Martel – Assistant Secretary
Bruce Given – Assistant Secretary
Mike Cutler – Assistant Secretary

Also present were:

Cal Teague – District Manager, Premier District Management (PDM)
Melissa Gindling – Assistant District Manager, PDM
David Schmitt – Engineer, Hole Montes & Associates

The following is a summary of the discussion and actions taken at the Laguna Lakes Community Development District (CDD) Board of Supervisors regular meeting.

FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS Call to Order and Roll Call

Four Board members were present, and the District Manager, Cal Teague, called the meeting to order. Also in attendance were Melissa Gindling, the Assistant District Manager, David Schmitt, the Engineer, and Several Residents.

SECOND ORDER OF BUSINESS Approval of the Agenda

Add 6B: Request to Relocate the Fountain

On MOTION by Supervisor Martel, seconded by Supervisor Cutler, with all in favor, the Agenda was approved, as amended.

THIRD ORDER OF BUSINESS Audience Comments on Agenda Items

A resident commented that it may not be advisable to move the fountain.

A resident asked if there is an intention to involve Monterrey when moving the fountain is considered.


A. Items to be Pulled for Discussion

No Items were pulled.

B. Motion to Approve Consent Items

On MOTION by Supervisor Cutler, seconded by Supervisor Given, with all in favor, the Board approved all of the Consent Items.

C. Consideration of Items Pulled for Discussion

D. Consent Items

i. Draft Regular Meeting Minutes for February 21, 2024

ii. Financial Statements for February 2024

iii. March Field Report

iv. Irrigation Work Orders Log

v. Fiscal Year 2023 Audit Report


A. Irrigation

District Manager Teague reported that No Limit is in the community multiple times per week, as requested.

i. Irrigation Pump Replacement Update

District Manager Teague stated that West Coast Electrical has informed staff that the electrical service for the new pumps needs to be upgraded, and that they will be submitting their proposal soon. This additional work could possibly push back the estimated pump installation date of May 6th, depending on the receipt and approval of the proposal. A more realistic installation date is June. Staff will also have new Engineer David Schmitt review the installation plans. District Manager Teague stated that the contract for the pump installation has been signed, and the deposit has been paid.

There was also discussion concerning the email received from resident Ron Coiro regarding his ongoing irrigation issues. While No Limit claims no changes have been made to the irrigation schedule until this week, Mr. Coiro states several residences are running at the same time, resulting in low pressure, which was not how the timer was set up previously. The Board also felt there may be additional ongoing issues with the irrigation clock in this area, although No Limit reports it is working properly. Chair Busa stated that the new pump installation will help with this issue. After further discussion, it was decided that Supervisor Cutler will research the decoders in this area and determine if the newly replaced decoders or the recent time change caused this issue. He will report his findings to staff.

B. Resident Plantings in CDD Berm at 15460 Laguna Hills Drive Follow-up

District Manager Teague stated that three letters have been sent to the resident, and the CDD’s request to remove the plants has been ignored. The CDD’s attorney recommended sending one more letter, requesting the removal by a certain date, and if this is still ignored, the CDD can remove the plants in their easement. The Board had no objection to this course of action.


A. Engineering Contract Follow-up

The engineering contract and rates were included in the packet for the Board’s review. District Manager Teague noted that the rates are typical, and the Board had no objections to the new contract. New engineer David Schmitt was introduced to the Board, and the Board stated they were looking forward to working with him.

B. Request to Relocate the Fountain

Chair Busa gave an overview of the mold and algae issues in the pool and noted that this had been discussed previously by the CDD Board, but since there were new members on the LLCA Board, he would like to revisit the issue for their benefit. It had been suggested that these issues in the pool were caused by the spray from the fountain, and Dr. Gudavalli from the LLCA asked the CDD to relocate the fountain further from the pool.

Vice Chair Wessler’s email on the issue was discussed, which stated that the fountain was an unlikely cause of the mold and algae issue, and that the pool company likely needs to clean the pool more thoroughly. It was also mentioned that the fountain was down for several months previously, and the mold issue persisted in the pool during that time.

Multiple residents in attendance commented that they are against moving the fountain, because they had paid more for their homes, so they can have a view of the fountain.

After discussion, the Board agreed that staff will forward the email from Vice Chair Wessler to the LLCA and let them know that the residents at the CDD meeting had not been in support of moving the fountain, since it will change the view and noise level for multiple homes. They also requested that the letter suggest that the pool contractor should address the mold and algae issue.


Field Manager Pepin’s report was in the packet, and the following was discussed:

A. Project Updates

District Manager Teague reported that Field Manager Pepin met with Martha from JVM this month and conducted an inspection of the interior eastern berm and exterior berm for missing or dying plants. Martha logged everything that is needed and will be sending over several proposals for the April meeting.

i. Sod on Belleza Way

Terra Nova has not given a start date to Field Manager Pepin as of yet, so he asked JVM to give an estimate. He did notice that many of the smaller spots have naturally filled in, and there is only 1 large area that needs to be replaced.

ii. Installation of Red Maple Tree

District Manager Teague reported that the tree will be planted closer to the rainy season, and Supervisor Martel asked staff to notify the homeowner.

A resident at the meeting also requested the replacement of two other maple trees which had been killed by the hurricane. Staff will verify her address, and if the maple trees are on CDD property, the Board asked that they be replaced.


A. FEMA Reimbursement Update

District Manager Teague stated that there are no updates from FEMA.

B. Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Discussion

District Manager Teague stated that the draft of the proposed Budget will be presented at the April meeting. The Board also asked staff to acquire a line of credit for $100K for an extra cushion, since the pump project has depleted the reserves. District Manager Teague stated that he will be presenting a Budget amendment reflecting the pump replacement project.

On MOTION by Supervisor Cutler, seconded by Supervisor Martel, with all in favor, the Board approved staff to acquire a $100,000 line of credit.


District Manager Teague reported that Attorney Cohen has been consulted on the contract with Hole Montes, and on the resident plantings in the CDD’s swale.


There was no report from Engineer Schmitt.

ELEVENTH ORDER OF BUSINESS Supervisor Requests/Comments

Supervisor Martel asked staff to check the warranty on the newly planted Sylvester palms behind the monument signs in Monterrey and Pebble Beach, since they are looking stressed. Staff will also have the irrigation contractor check the water supply in this area.


A resident reported ongoing irrigation issues at 9100 and 9080 Spring Mountain Way in Monterrey. Staff will ensure this remains on the work order log. Chair Busa explained that a new consultant company will be monitoring the entire system remotely, setting the irrigation schedule, and forwarding issues to No Limit, and this will start after the new irrigation pumps are installed.


On MOTION by Supervisor Cutler, seconded by Supervisor Given, with all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

The Next Regular Meeting is March 20, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

Chair/Vice Chair