After the original land owners, Gulfstream Development Corporation, went bankrupt, Taylor Woodrow purchased the land. J&J Builders had the exclusive rights to develop it. As new residents began to purchase homes, this new lifestyle included living in a deed-restricted community under the control of a developer and their exclusive builder. Residents feared that if the developer went bankrupt, they could be responsible for massive debts. They realized owners needed to have both input and protection. In 1998 a small group of residents formed a committee whose purpose was to form a homeowners’ association, which would represent all the subdivisions. Unfortunately, forming one HOA was not possible. However, members of The Lakes of Jacaranda persevered to form an LOJ HOA, working to insure a smooth and safe transfer from Taylor Woodrow to the residents of the community. A sub-group was formed to study the by-laws so they could make recommendations that were in the best interests of the community. Eventually they gained representation on the Taylor Woodrow board.
Volunteers stepped up to lend their expertise in maintaining the community’s roads and wetlands. The newsletter, social opportunities, security and safety and the directory were created to bring the community together. Eventually they entered the age of technology and a new option for communication was born, the LOWofJ Website.
Thanks to the hard work of concerned residents, the transition from Taylor Woodrow to the LOJ Home Owners’ Association was a smooth one.
A brief synopsis of a write up by Joel Kreiss