A 55+ Community in N. Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2019

Edition No. 1

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Manager's Corner
 

Fred

Happy New Year! We wish all of our residents a happy and healthy 2019. Read on to learn more about Hurricane Irma repair progress and what you can expect in the new year.

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Manager's Corner

Fred

Happy New Year, Del Tura! We’d like to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2019.

Throughout 2018, many of our residents continued to work with their insurance companies to coordinate Hurricane Irma related home repairs. On behalf of the entire community, I thank all of you for your diligence with these repairs.

The Del Tura management team worked with numerous vendors to coordinate and complete the long list of necessary community repairs. We’d also like to thank our maintenance staff who worked hard addressing and resolving many items themselves. As a result of everyone working together, and the good fortune of a mild 2018 storm season, Del Tura has returned to a sense of normalcy.

With Hurricane Irma officially in the rear-view mirror, we are excited for a fantastic 2019. My hope is all residents can relax and begin the new year by enjoying all of the great community amenities, daily scheduled activities, and wonderful events the HOA has planned. To check out our list of upcoming events, click on the Upcoming Events article later in this newsletter.

On behalf of Hometown America and the entire Del Tura staff, we thank you for your residency and look forward to serving you in 2019.

- Fred Taylor

Community Manager

We're Closed
 

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The community office will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays.

  • • Tuesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • • Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day

Food

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Boost Your Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? A balanced meal in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and helps improve your energy and concentration throughout the day. Plus, it prevents overeating later in the day. Check out these 31 breakfast recipes to inspire your next morning masterpiece.

Capital Improvements

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2018 was a very productive year here at Del Tura. Read more for the full list of improvements completed this past year.

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Capital Improvements

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2018 was a very productive year here at Del Tura. Some of the community improvements are, but not limited to, the following:

  • 1. Replaced two air conditioning units, one in the Clubhouse and one in the golf pro shop.
  • 2. Added four new AED Defibrillators. There is now a defibrillator at all five outdoor pool areas and one just outside of the restrooms near the Starlight Ballroom.
  • 3. Implemented a resident Emergency Mass Communication Phone System.
  • 4. Completed numerous pool area improvements - Repainted of all 5 pool area fences, new piping installed in the North Pool pump room, replacement of the North Pool heater, replacement of the North Spa heater, replacement of the Sierra Madre Spa heater and replacement of the Madera Spa main drain cover.
  • 5. Replaced 5 lake fountains.
  • 6. Installed a new pump motor and chlorinator system at the community front entrance fountain.
  • 7. Installed 45 new “No Swimming/Alligators Present” signs around the 20 community lakes.
  • 8. Installed 25 new “Golf Cart Only” signs at the golf cart path crossings
  • 9. Converted the one remaining tennis court behind the main pool to 4 pickleball courts. We now have 8 pickleball courts total.
  • 10. Replaced the existing lighting at the pickle ball courts with a twelve LED light lighting system.
  • 11. Added a new LED dimmer light system in the Starlight Ballroom per the HOA’s request.
  • 12. Replaced the refrigerator in the Starlight Ballroom kitchen.
  • 13. Replaced the Control Head of the Kitchen Suppression System.
  • 14. Replaced the restroom partitions in the women’s restroom at the North Pool area.
  • 15. Replaced rusted door frames entering into the North Pool area restrooms.
  • 16. Made numerous electrical upgrades throughout community.
  • 17. Repaired the golf cart path between the 3rd and 4th holes on the North golf course.
  • 18. Replaced the Centralized Irrigation System (CLIS) pump station #4 that irrigates the 1100 and 2200 blocks.

Hometown America takes pride in keeping our community looking its best – something the management team and our residents are truly thankful for. Stay tuned for our next newsletter when we will share the first few projects of 2019.

Pickleball court

#9: Our fantastic new pickleball courts.

Sales Update
 

Sales update

Looking for a resort-like community with a variety of activities, nearby beaches, and water activities? Do you know someone interested in living the stress-free Florida life? Look no further. Read on to learn more about our current sales offers.

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Sales Update

Sales update

At Del Tura Golf & Country Club, we pride ourselves on our stunning community. We invite you to check it out for yourself. We’re confident you’ll love it as much as we do. Our resort-style community includes 5 heated swimming pool and spas. We also offer plenty of fun-filled activities and amenities, along with access to our onsite Restaurant and Pub.

Right now, you can get half-off your lot rent for six months when you buy a new home. We also have a special offer for veterans as a way to thank them for their service. When a veteran purchases a new home, they are eligible for a $5,000 discount off of the purchase price.

If you’re a current resident, you can still take part in the fun. How would you like the chance to choose your neighbors? Our referral reward program lets you do just that and get paid for it. If you refer a friend and they purchase a new Hometown America home, you can receive up to $1,000.

Thinking about listing your home? Give our hardworking sales team a call at (941) 621-6209. They are committed to getting you the most for your home as quickly as possible. Plus, this is a great time to list your home as the winter season is approaching and we will soon welcome our snowbird friends back to the Sunshine State.

Holiday Baskets
 

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Each year, Del Tura residents volunteer their time, money, and resources toward helping our local community. This past year, our residents continued the tradition of the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. Read on to learn more..

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Holiday Baskets

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For the past 36 years, the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets have provided food and gifts for families in need. Over the past 7 years, there have been 70 families who benefited from the generosity of Del Tura residents.

A special thank you to Charlene Ruotolo (Chairperson), Betty Scheetz (Co-Chairperson), and Ruth Anten (Flyer Distribution). You are vital to our community and we are fortunate to have your leadership skills and vibrant passion for helping others.

We would also like to thank each and every resident volunteer who stepped in and helped with packing boxes, wrapping 350-400 presents, and staging and loading the boxes into the Nations truck.

It warms our heart to see how all of you positively impact our community throughout the year.

Sincerely,

The Del Tura team

Your Health

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Serenity & Strength

If you’re looking for a gentle form of exercise with powerful physical and mental benefits, Tai Chi may be the best option. Comprised of a series of choreographed, low-impact movements, Tai Chi is meant to help improve your strength, posture, and stress. The best part is this increasingly popular workout doesn’t leave you feeling sweaty or sore! Try out some basic moves to see if Tai Chi is right for you.

Upcoming Events
 

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This time of year is full of excitement at Del Tura. From our outdoor movie to the annual HTA Golf Invitational, you won’t want to miss out on any of our events. Read on learn more and how you can join in on all the fun.

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Upcoming Events

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Outdoor Movie
Thursday, January 10

6 p.m. on the 9th hole of the South Golf Course
Movie is TBA

DUO – A Comedy Vocal Show (Sponsored by the HOA)
Saturday, January 19

7 p.m. in the Starlight Ballroom

HTA Annual Golf Invitational
Monday, January 21

7:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse Courtyard

New Resident Informational Party
Wednesday, January 23

3 to 5 p.m. in the Royal Palm Room

Valentine’s Dance
Saturday, February 9

7 p.m. in Starlight Ballroom

For more information on any of these events please contact the community office.

Craft Fair
 

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Del Tura is known for having the best craft fair in town. Last year’s event was no exception. A total of $3,350 was donated this year, making it a true success. Thank you to everyone who helped it succeed. Read on for more highlights.

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Craft Fair

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Del Tura is known for our one-of-a-kind craft show throughout the North Fort Myers area. Last year was no exception!

The fair was held on November 2 and 3, 2018 with about 60 vendors – around 20 more than the year prior! We are so happy to see this annual event growing. All proceeds from the bake sale, raffle, and vendor fees go to charity, and this past year a total of $3,350 was raised.

A special thank you to Kay Nezamis and Wendy Wells for your time and dedication in coordinating this annual event. We would also like to thank every resident who volunteered and helped make this event successful. We’re so excited to see what 2019 will bring to this wonderful event.

Pool and Spa Rules
 

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One of the many perks of living in Florida is the use of our wonderful pools and spas year-round, including the colder months like January and February. To get the most out of our facilities, please mind a few simple rules.

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Pool and Spa Rules

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One of the many perks of living in Florida is the use of our wonderful pools and spas year-round, including the colder months like January and February. To get the most enjoyment out of our facilities, we ask that our residents and their registered guests follow a few simple rules.

Swimming Pool Rules:

  • 1. There is no lifeguard on duty so please 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 enter and exit the pool safely by themselves.
    • a. Residents, their sublessees, and guests are prohibited from leaving children under 18 years of age unattended as they are expected to personally supervise their children.
  • 3. No running or horseplay on the pool deck or in the pool.
  • 4. Non-toilet trained children not allowed in the main 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. Swimming in the swimming pool is permitted only between the hours posted. Pool Hours are as follows: Clubhouse Pool and Spa Area and the North Recreation Pool and Spa Area are generally open for use from sunrise to 10:00 pm; the Madera Pool and Spa Area, the Sierra Madre Pool and Spa Area, and the Las Palmas Pool and Spa Area are open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. Hours may vary based on maintenance requirements, seasonal variations, artificial lighting, etc.
  • 9. For Emergency Medical Services, please dial 911, as indicated at each specific pool. The nearest phone is located in Clubhouse.
  • 10. Only a certain amount of people are allowed in the pools/spas at one time. The specific amounts are posted at each location.
  • 11. All persons using the swimming pool must be appropriately attired.
  • 12. Swimming pool safety equipment should be kept in place and shall not be used, except for its intended purposes.
  • 13. Pneumatic floats or other items of a similar nature, other than swimming aids, are not permitted in the swimming pool.
  • 14. Running, jumping, skating or any other activity which creates a danger or annoyance in the general swimming pool area is prohibited.
  • 15. If suntan oil is used, a beach towel must be used to cover patio furniture.

Spa Rules:

  • 1. The temperature of the 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 the spa. Facilities are provided.
  • 4. For Emergency Medical Services, please 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. There is no lifeguard on duty.
  • 8. The spa depth is measured in feet.
  • 9. No diving.
  • 10. Only a certain amount of people are allowed in the pools/spas at one time. The specific amounts are posted at each 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.

Home & Garden

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Clear Your Clutter

New year, new stuff. As the new year rolls in, you’re probably taking stock of what you’ve got and what you no longer need. One great way to clear the clutter and make a quick buck is to host a garage sale or join one in your community or church. There are plenty of ways to make your garage sale stand out from the crowd, like working with a group to create a bountiful and diverse sale. Take a look at these ideas for ways to get the most bucks for your bang.

Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Keep reading to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

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Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but at the time Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Read below to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

  • 1. Fight fear with gratitude. Ted describes himself as a chronic worrier. He says to combat this, along with therapy and the help of his wife, he replaces the fearful thoughts with ones of gratitude.
  • 2. As you grow older, work harder. Ted explains age is a marker but it’s not everything. What you’re capable of is more related to our creativity, passion, and determination. Although he may have a bit more trouble memorizing lines now, he simply works a bit harder and it pays off.
  • 3. Know what’s important, be kind. No matter what financial worries his family had growing up, Ted was always reminded of how loved he was and exposed to a variety of people with diverse perspectives. While grieving the passing of his parents, he was reminded to focus on what matters most. His best advice? Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.
  • 4. Surround yourself with passionate people. Find the smartest people you can and work with them. That’s how Ted continues to push himself. He explains he’s stopped thinking of himself as a start and begun working on projects of creative people that inspire him.
  • 5. Accept that life will be messy. Self-deprecation has long been Ted’s comedic calling card. Rather than taking himself too seriously, he chooses to accept the messes that come with life and learn from them. He says he wouldn’t change any of his mistakes because they made him who he is today.

Today, viewers know Ted Danson as Michael on The Good Place or as a prominent environmental activist. Aging certainly isn’t slowing him down and it shouldn’t! Learn more about Ted’s tips for a balanced life and see if any of them work for balancing your own.

Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving as fast as our technology and it can be challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

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Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving almost as fast as our technology. Sometimes it can feel challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger has predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

  • 1. Regional flavors. Whether it’s authentic southern cuisine or a true Philly Cheesesteak, people love food that reminds them of home and, according to Kroger, that’s not going to change any time soon.
  • 2. Plant-based foods. Meat or dairy free diets are steadily growing in popularity. As more people participate in Meatless Mondays or switch to a plant-based diet, food suppliers will provide a wider variety of available options.
  • 3. Trendy diets. In the quest for health, many are trying the newest diet trends like Keto or Whole30. Kroger not only expects this to continue, but increase as we head into the new year.
  • 4. Low sugars. Another popular diet change for 2019 will include decreasing or cutting sugar entirely from diets. While this may not be the best choice for everyone, 47% of consumers have said they are working to minimize their sugar intake.

Do Kroger’s predictions match up with yours? Learn more about them and give some of these trends a try for yourself. Maybe you’ll find meatless Mondays make your least favorite day of the week a bit more exciting.

Budgeting Made Easy

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Overspending is an easy habit to form and sticking to a budget is difficult. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Read more to learn how to stick to your plan and stop wasting time on unnecessary financial worries.

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Budgeting Made Easy

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Tracking finances can quickly become taxing but it must be done. Overspending is an easy habit to form, but after retirement you are often without a steady source of income and relying heavily on savings. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Don’t waste your time on unnecessary financial worries, learning the basics of budgeting is simple and fast.

First things first, be honest about your budget. Consider exactly what your current income, account balance, and expenses are. It’s easy to overlook small expenses but they add up over time. This may seem like common sense, but meticulously laying out finances is the foundation of a strong budget that you can continue in the long term.

Frequent expenses include home, transport, travel, and healthcare. Along with bills, it’s critical to note extraneous home expenses like maintenance or updates. If your car is guzzling funds as well as gas, consider using mobile apps such as Google Maps to find public transport routes near you. On the bright side, sticking to your budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel! Check out our travel article on the right side of the page for tips and destinations to make your vacation scrapbook-worthy for less. The last expense, healthcare, is sometimes unavoidable. However, by taking care of your mind and body, it becomes easier to prevent certain medical emergencies.

The last step is to keep track of your expenses. This is the part where most budgeters give up. Keeping a detailed record of what you spend can be demoralizing and difficult. To combat this, rewire the way you think about keeping track of your expenses. Turn it into a game where the goal is to find new ways to save on your purchases and keeping track of those purchases is how to keep the score. Plus, technology makes it easier than ever to record expenses with the various mobile apps designed for this very purpose, like Clarity Money. With this app, you can track your spending digitally whether you’re on a mobile phone or computer.

With these strategies, sticking to your budget is easier than ever. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to live well on less, click here. Give your budget a makeover and see how much you can save.

Travel

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Vacation for Less

Ready for a getaway but worried about the funds? There are plenty of tips and tricks for vacationing on a budget so you can enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. However, the destination is often the most expensive part of a vacation. This list features 18 of the best affordable destinations to make your holiday one for the books. With these travel hacks, there’s no need to keep putting off your next trip!

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, 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

SafeHaven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

 

Entertainment & Leisure

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Time to Cut the Cord?

As technology continues to advance, more people are “cutting the cord” by getting rid of cable. Streaming services provide a wider variety of ways to watch your favorite programs, whether you’re on-the-go or snuggled on the couch. They only cost a fraction of a normal cable bill and most services offer a free period, so you can try before you buy. This is a great way to see if cutting the cord works for your lifestyle.