A 55+ Community in N. Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2020

Edition No. 7

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Manager's Corner
 

Fred

Ready, set, 2020! Here at Del Tura, we start every new year stronger than the last with an event calendar full of activities you’re sure to love. This year, we encourage you to incorporate more kindness into your daily routines. Keep reading for tips!

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Manager's Corner

Fred

Ready, set, 2020! Here at Del Tura, we start every new year stronger than the last with an event calendar full of activities you’re sure to love. As you prepare for all the fun and comradery with neighbors, I encourage you to pause for a moment and reflect on five ways to incorporate more kindness into your 2020 routine.

  1. 1. Begin every day with a kind intention. Adding “Be Kind” to the top of your to-do list serves as a simple and constant reminder to help you cultivate a more compassionate attitude.
  2. 2. Smile and say hello to a resident you have never met. You never know how much your smile could brighten someone else’s day! Plus, saying hello may spark a conversation that would have never happened otherwise. In 2019 alone, over 100 new residents have joined our community, so there are plenty of new faces around the neighborhood!
  3. 3. Express compassion on social media. It’s easier to be harsh when hiding behind the anonymity of the internet, but remember there are real people on the other side of the screen. Even if someone’s view is different from yours, try to use compassion and offer words of kindness.
  4. 4. Volunteer within the community. Having a team is much better than relying on a few individuals to do everything. This is a great way to meet new people and support our community clubs/activities. By getting involved, you may also encourage a neighbor or a friend to join in. It can be contagious!
  5. 5. Engage in self-compassion. Don’t forget to include yourself in your kindness practice. Notice how you speak to yourself and work to replace any negativity with positive and helpful thoughts. This is sure to carry over into how you communicate with others.

With these items in mind, I encourage you to jump in with both feet and turn 2020 into your best year ever at Del Tura! On behalf of Hometown America and the entire Del Tura staff, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020!

Sincerely,

Fred Taylor
Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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With a Side of Love

While the air is filled with love, fill your stomach up too. When many think of Valentine’s Day, they think of chocolate covered strawberries and heart-shaped foods. Looking to spruce up your recipes this year? Try these 10 nutritious foods that won’t only supercharge your meals, but your love life too.

Holiday Spirit Recap

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The past two months proved the holiday spirit is alive and well in Del Tura! Throughout the season, our residents enjoyed a host of holiday events and activities. Click below to look back at all the seasonal happenings from 2019. Which one was your favorite?

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Holiday Spirit Recap

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The past two months proved the holiday spirit is alive and well in Del Tura! Throughout the season, our residents enjoyed a host of holiday events and activities.

  • • In November, four of our incredible residents (Leon Buss, Dan Larson, Jim Hinrichs, and Frank Barilla) hosted the first annual 2019 Holiday Wreath Competition. Residents made wreaths that symbolized a State or Province with the requirement that they had to be 30 to 35 inches and lit with LED lights. We hung the spectacular entries on the iron fence at the entrance for all to enjoy. Thank you to all resident voters who donated, your support will help us include additional lights for next holiday season.
  • • December 7 was the annual Choralaires Holiday Concert. Residents were in awe of the magnificent performance that helped us celebrate the season in song. Both the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows reached standing room only. The annual tree-lighting ceremony was a nice touch.
  • • December 9 was the annual Holiday Golf Cart Parade. Numerous decorated golf carts lined up for the 6:30 p.m. start. The creativity, effort, and detail that went into these floats was nothing short of amazing.
  • • On December 22, the Golf Cart Choralaires once again took to the streets of Del Tura to spread Holiday cheer with Christmas Caroling. This group has talented voices that brought joy to many residents!

Thank you to every resident who volunteered their time and talents to help ensure the 2019 Holiday Season here at Del Tura was special!

Upcoming Events
 

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There’s always something exciting going on here at Del Tura. From a performance by vocal impersonator Karen G. to the Paisley Craze Dance – you won’t want to miss any of our upcoming events. Read on for a full schedule.

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Upcoming Events

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Karen G. Performance – Vocal Impersonator
Saturday, January 18
Starlight Ballroom
For details and tickets, please contact the Del Tura HOA office in person or at (239) 731-3461.

HTA Golf Invitational
Monday, January 20
For details and how to enter your name into the lottery drawing, please contact the Del Tura HOA office in person or at (239) 731-3461.

Paisley Craze Dance
Sunday, February 15
Starlight Ballroom
For details and tickets, please contact the Del Tura HOA office in person or at (239) 731-3461.

“A Taste of Broadway: A Musical” – Presented by the Del Tura Repertory Company
Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22
Starlight Ballroom
For additional information, please email Jacqueline Keen at anxietykeen@aol.com.

Important
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Important Info

There’s important legislation on its way to Florida in 2020, specifically regarding manufactured housing. Keep yourself up-to-date by reading up on senate bills 818 and 1022, courtesy of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association.

Your Health

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Powder That Powers

While consuming your daily serving of fruits and vegetables is essential to a healthy diet, it isn’t always easy to do. Superfood powders have made an appearance as an easy way to consume your daily serving of nutrients. Check out the ways you can add these powders into the foods you know and love!

Sales Update
 

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Listing your home? Contact your trusted Del Tura sales representatives. While we’re sad to see you go, our team will help you through every step with resources like advertising, a team to handle the paperwork, and specialists committed to getting you the most for your home. Contact Susan and Betty today!

Swimming Pool Rules

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January and February are typically when our five pools, five spas, and kiddie pool are used the most. To ensure, a positive experience for all residents and their registered guests, we ask everyone to follow the posted rules. Click below for a refresher!

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Swimming Pool Rules

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1. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY. Swim at your own risk.

2. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a resident. No person shall be allowed to enter the pool who cannot independently understand the risks and responsibilities of use of the pool and by themselves safely enter and exit the pool.

3. No running or horseplay on the pool deck and no horseplay in the pool.

4. Non-toilet trained children are not allowed in the pool but may use the kiddie pool in the North Recreation facility.

5. One must shower prior to entering the pool. Facilities are provided.

6. NO DIVING.

7. No food, glass or pets in the pool or on the pool deck.

8. Pool Hours:

a. The Clubhouse and the North Recreation pool/spa areas are generally open for use from sunrise to 10 p.m.

b. The Madera, the Sierra Madre, and the Las Palmas pool/spa areas are open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Hours may vary based on maintenance requirements, seasonal variations, artificial lighting, etc.

9. Emergency Medical Services--dial 911. As indicated at each specific pool. The nearest phone is in the clubhouse.

10. Bathing Load varies by location.

11. Residents and their sublessees and guests are prohibited from bringing children under 18 years of age to the swimming pool and leaving them as they are expected to personally supervise their children.

12. Swimming in the swimming pool is permitted only between the aforementioned hours.

13. A child who cannot safely swim may not be brought to the swimming pool unless accompanied, at all times, by an older person who is at the swimming pool in proper bathing attire.

14. All persons using the swimming pool must be appropriately attired.

15. Swimming pool safety equipment should be kept in place and shall not be used, except for its intended purposes.

16. Pneumatic floats or other items of a similar nature, other than swimming aids, are not permitted in the swimming pool.

17. Running, jumping, skating, or any other activity which creates a danger or annoyance in the general swimming pool area is prohibited.

18. If suntan oil is used, a beach towel must be used to cover patio furniture.

SPA RULES

1. The temperature of Spa is not to exceed 104 °F or 40 °C.

2. No animals are permitted in the Spa.

3. One must shower prior to entering Spa. Facilities are provided.

4. Emergency Medical Services--dial 911. As indicated at each specific location.

5. No children under 18 are permitted in the Spa.

6. Pregnant women; people with health problems; and people using alcohol, narcotics and other drugs that cause drowsiness should not use the Spa without first consulting with their doctor.

7. No lifeguard on duty. Enter at your own risk.

8. Spa depth is measured in feet.

9. No diving.

10. Bathing Load – varies by location.

11. Spa Hours - generally open for use during daylight hours, seven days a week. Hours may vary based on maintenance requirements, seasonal variations, artificial lighting, etc.

Capital Updates
 

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2019 was an extremely productive year regarding capital improvements. Del Tura management executed numerous sizeable projects. For a recap of some of the larger ones and to learn about some of the upcoming updates for 2020, keep reading.

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Capital Updates

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2019 was an extremely productive year regarding capital improvements. Del Tura management executed numerous sizeable projects. Some of the larger updates completed were:

  • 1. Replaced old carpet in the management office with vinyl plank flooring.
  • 2. Resurfaced the 12 shuffleboard courts.
  • 3. Resurfaced the North Pool.
  • 4. Purchased new tabletops for the outdoor pool area tables.
  • 5. Repaired fiberglass and re-gel coated tanks at the Clubhouse and Madera swimming pools.
  • 6. Resurfaced the four tennis courts.
  • 7. Replaced the broken 8’x2’ concrete overflow pipe at the north ditch area.
  • 8. Replaced the Centralized Irrigation System (CLIS) pump station #5 that services the Tierra Entrada loop.
  • 9. Replaced all Del Tura street signs with high-density reflective aluminum to make them more visible at night.
  • 10. Replaced two old six-passenger sales carts with new ones.
  • 11. Replaced the operating system for the sliding gate at the community entrance.
  • 12. Replaced multiple sections of broken aluminum fencing along the Highway 41 wall of the community.

In 2020, we will again aim to complete even more capital projects. Once the 2020 projects are in the system this month, we can begin the first updates of the year. Keep an eye out for the next edition of this newsletter to see what’s first to come down the line this year!

Home & Garden

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Home Safety Tips

Home is where the heart is and it should be where we always feel the safest. As we move through adulthood, our at-home safety begins to look different than when we were younger. Make sure your home is comfortable and cozy in all chapters!

Golf Invitational
 

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January is the perfect time of year to spend a day golfing with your neighbors in the Florida sunshine. Join us on Monday, January 20 for the annual Hometown America Golf Invitational, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. sharp! Read on for more info.

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Golf Invitational

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January is the perfect time of year to spend a day golfing with your neighbors in the Florida sunshine. Join us on Monday, January 20 for the annual Hometown America Golf Invitational. This action-packed day begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start!

Fivesome’s will take the course with closest to the pin and hole-in-one prizes at stake. All golfers will receive complimentary beverages from the Del Tura staff along with a delicious lunch after the event provided by the Fountain Grille/Poolside Pub. We’ll then wrap up the day with a special awards ceremony.

This is a special event and each year it is one of the many ways we have an opportunity to thank our residents who call Del Tura home. For details on how to enter your name in the lottery drawing, stop into the Del Tura Pro Shop or give them a call at (239) 731-7814.

Resident of the Month

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As we continue to grow the HTA Del Tura newsletter, we are thrilled to incorporate this new segment in the coming months. To do this, we need your help. We are looking for residents to nominate others who go above and beyond at Del Tura. Read on to learn more!

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Resident of the Month

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As we continue to grow the HTA Del Tura newsletter, we are thrilled to incorporate this new segment in the coming months. To do this, we need your help.

Throughout the year, please nominate other residents who go above and beyond to help make Del Tura a better place. You can submit nominations in writing to the Del Tura management office during business hours or simply email it to Colleen Walters at cwalters@hometownamerica.net.

We look forward to introducing you to the first selected resident in the March/April newsletter!

Veterans Day Recap

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Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served our country. Each year, this day is special here in Del Tura because of the number of veterans who are part of our community. For a full recap of the event, please read more.

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Veterans Day Recap

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Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served our country and to reflect upon the heroism of those who passed while serving. Each year, this day is special here in Del Tura because of the number of veterans who are part of our community.

The November 11th Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony took place at the community memorial at 11 a.m. The weather was nearly perfect at 80 degrees with blue skies. Thank you to nearly 600 residents who attended to honor our neighbors and loved ones who have served. In nearly 14 years in this industry, we have never seen a memorial/ceremony more meaningful and special than the one we experienced at Del Tura on this day.

After the ceremony, residents enjoyed complimentary BBQ in the community courtyard on behalf of Hometown America and Matarrese Enterprises (Nick). The BBQ lasted from noon – 3 p.m. Your Del Tura staff enjoyed many conversations with residents as we shared a meal together.

We would like to take a moment to thank the Del Tura veteran’s group and all residents who participated in the ceremony. Also, a big thank you to Nick and his entire staff for preparing this delicious meal and serving such a large group in a timely manner.

It is because of the willing sacrifice of an untold number of men and women, that we enjoy living in the best country on earth. All of us are forever thankful and will never take our freedom for granted!

Travel

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New Year, New Destination

The City of Love attracts year-round, but many people avoid the French capital because they believe it’s too expensive. If you’re looking to brush up on your français – look no further. Use this guide to see how you can travel to Paris without breaking the bank.

Cauliflower Everything

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Just like fashion, food has trends too. Recently, kale has been pushed aside while cauliflower takes a turn in the spotlight. People are raving over this new superfood that they can substitute into their daily recipes. From pizza to steak, keep reading to see what the craze is all about.

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Cauliflower Everything

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Just like fashion, food has trends too. Recently, kale has been pushed aside while cauliflower takes a turn in the spotlight. People are raving over this new superfood that they can substitute into their daily recipes. Unlike the previously superior green leaf, cauliflower provides multiple benefits in the kitchen. Make sure to add this vegetable to your next grocery list so you can replace ingredients like potatoes and meat.

Still not convinced this veggie is up to par? Try your hand at making one of these delicious dishes from Bon Appetit magazine. Or, mix it up by adding a touch of garlic, lemon, or cheese to give your meal some extra pizzazz. You can even make pastas, salads, and steak with this universal produce.

Test out one of these recipes at your next potluck and you’ll have everyone wondering if there are actually vegetables in your dish!

Ready, Set, Design
 

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Looking for a new way to spruce up your home this year? We’ve got great ideas to transform your manufactured home so it looks new and modern again! Keep reading for simple décor tips to boost your space without breaking the bank.

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Ready, Set, Design
 

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Looking for a new way to spruce up your home this year? From new flooring or lighting options to playing with textures, we’ve got great ideas to transform your manufactured home so it looks new and modern again! Whether you’re a renovation pro or a first-timer, these five tips will help you have a hassle-free makeover.

  • 1. Rule of Three. Installing a chair rail is one way to make a room look taller. Following the “rule of three” (taking your wall’s total height and dividing by three) allows you to easily measure the space and create the perfect fit.
  • 2. Cohesion and Flow. Cohesion is a design technique that will create flow throughout your living space. Adding textures, like wood or tile, in each room can tie the whole design together.
  • 3. Light. Natural or recessed light is a designer’s best friend. The addition of either lighting type to a home makes it feel larger and more welcoming.
  • 4. Minimal Décor. A collection of furniture and/or décor can create a cluttered and closed-off space. Professionals recommend keeping your room collections to groups of three.
  • 5. White is Right. Want to make your room appear larger? White is the perfect wall color for making your space feel bigger.

Not looking to fully remodel your home? Changing the décor of your space can create a look that is fresh and on-trend. If you don’t have an eye for design, House Beautiful has pulled 50 easy home décor transformations to inspire you. Dust off your hammer and nails, because it’s time to get decorating.

Sweet Servings
 

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Looking for a new dish to bring to the next community potluck? With these quick and easy-to-make festive treats, you’re sure to be the hit of the party. Read on for special holiday-themed desserts to get everyone celebrating!

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Sweet Servings
 

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Looking for a new dish to bring to the next community potluck? With these quick and easy-to-make treats, you’re sure to be the hit of the party. Grab your bowl and mixer, because these dessert ideas will have ready to dive into the kitchen.

First up this season is a holiday that was originally known for the exchange of homemade cards and sweets. Saying “I love you” this Valentine’s Day is easy with one of these heartfelt confections. Utilizing strawberries is a quick and natural way to create a pink-colored delicacy that is full of flavor. Or, try a twist on a classic cake by baking up some red velvet Oreo truffle brownies.

You won’t need the luck of the Irish to help impress your guests at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day party. Shamrock shaped cookies and green velvet cupcakes will have everyone’s eyes on the dessert table. Feel free to sit back and do a jig, because with these treats your St. Patrick’s Day menu is going to be a piece of gold.

While these holidays are the first on the docket, there are always other parties and events where sweets are a plus. Check out these 100 baking tips to help make any holiday baking a breeze. Is your sweet tooth tingling yet?

Entertainment & Leisure

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Upcoming Nonfiction

Each year brings new, incredible nonfiction books to our shelves and 2020 is no exception. If you want to learn, find inspiration, or lose yourself in an impossibly true story you’re sure to find something you’ll love in these hot new reads!

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

SafeHaven Insurance

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