A 55+ Community in N. Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2021

Edition No. 13

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Manager's Corner
 

Fred

Happy New Year! We think many people will agree with Community Manager, Fred, in saying that we’ve never looked forward to the new year quite as much as 2021. Keep reading for a special message from him for some things to look forward to in the coming months!

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Manager's Corner

Fred

Happy New Year!

I can confidently say that in my entire life I have never looked forward to a new year as I have looked forward to 2021!

As a country, we have some big picture items to look forward to. Most importantly, it will hopefully be sometime this year that an approved COVID-19 vaccine will be in place and available for Americans. This will be a huge step forward in the process of us returning to a sense of normalcy.

As a community, we have entered our peak busy season this month. Temperatures are ideal and it brings me joy to see you out being active and enjoying golf, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, bocce, swimming, and the many other activities here in the community.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with making the safety of yourself and your neighbors a top priority in 2021.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!

Fred Taylor
Community Manager

Office Closed
 

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The Community Office will be closed on Friday, January 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Spice it Up: Cajun Style

If you love spicy but are getting tired of the traditional route, we have a solution for you. Take your taste buds to New Orleans through Cajun seasonings, a delicious blend of spices, perfect for flavoring chicken and seafood and adding into main dishes like jambalaya and gumbo. Not to mention, it’s a great way to spice up classics like deviled eggs or potatoes. Which of these fun dishes are you going to try first?

Street Safety Reminders

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In order to ensure all our residents can enjoy the community safely, we wanted to send out some reminders about the rules of the road here in Del Tura. Read on for the full list!

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Street Safety Reminders

Street Sign

In order to ensure all our residents can enjoy the community safely, we wanted to send out some reminders about the rules of the road here in Del Tura:

  1. Please remember, the speed limit within the community is 16 mph.
  2. The traffic right-of-way is pedestrians, bicycles, golf carts, then vehicles.
  3. Regarding community sidewalks:
    • • At no time are vehicles allowed to park on sidewalks or obstruct a pedestrian’s ability to walk on the sidewalk.
    • • Trash cans, recycling bins, and horticulture should not be placed upon any portion of the sidewalk that causes an obstruction.
    • • The community golf cart paths are open to golfer carts only. No pedestrians, bicycles, or non-player carts are allowed.

Thank you for respecting our community’s rules and helping to keep each other safe!

Sales Update
 

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Your Hometown America sales team is your resale listing authority! Why? Buyers come to us, we employ all the right kinds of media to sell your home, we understand the community lifestyle and fees, and we are vested in getting you more for your home than outsiders. For sales assistance, please contact the sales office.

Capital Improvements

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Each year Hometown America and Del Tura management complete numerous capital projects, and 2021 is no exception! We look forward to letting you know about the first few approved projects for this year, but for now, read on for photos of our ongoing project to repave the streets in the community!

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Capital Improvements

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This past November, Hometown America began the first step in a multi-year project to begin milling and re-paving the community streets in Phase I. In this first step, the top parking row and fire lane in front of the clubhouse were completed, as well as the southeast end of Via Del Sol.

Your Health

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Vitamins, Nutrients, & Minerals - Oh My!

Is your multivitamin doing the most when it comes to your specific needs? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the countless vitamin and nutrient options available, and difficult to know what the best thing for your body and lifestyle can be. With guides like this one from Care/of, you can be confident that you’re doing what’s best for your body!

Happy Updates
 

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Throughout 2020, the Del Tura management office was contacted by residents who communicated they were ready and able to assist other residents with a true need in the community. Thus, a resident volunteer program was made! Read on for how to get involved with this fantastic group.

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Happy Updates

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Throughout 2020, the Del Tura management office was contacted by residents who communicated they were ready and able to assist other residents with a true need in the community.

This past November, a small resident volunteer group dedicated a couple of days to power wash a resident’s home, driveway, and sidewalk. They then painted the entire home exterior.

In the new year, these resident volunteers will continue to assist residents with a true need. If you are a resident reading this and you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the Community Office at (239) 731-3433 for additional information.

If you are a resident and know of a neighbor in need of some volunteer assistance, please contact the Community Office at the phone number above and let us know.

When we work together, we build a stronger sense of community!

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

For this issue, we wanted to send out a helpful reminder on our community’s insurance policies, straight from Hometown America. Read on for the official regulations surrounding property insurance and what your insurance should cover.

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Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

As a reminder, per the community rules, The Community Owner does not provide insurance for the Home Owner's manufactured home or any of Home Owner's personal property located on or about Community property including that located on the leased premises. The Home Owner is strongly urged to obtain and keep in force during the term of his Lot Rental Agreement a policy or policies of comprehensive liability, fire, windstorm, and flood insurance insuring Community Owner and Home Owner against perils arising out of the ownership, use occupancy or maintenance of the manufactured home lot and all areas appurtenant thereto. Such insurance should include coverage for the market value of the home and the removal of the manufactured home after a fire, windstorm, flood, or Act of God.

November Fundraiser

November Fundraiser Laser Show

Each year in November, resident Bart DeGraaf coordinates a month-long fundraiser that usually ends with a ball. Due to the pandemic, an indoor event was not possible, but thanks to the creativity and hard work of Bart and his team, they put on an amazing laser show! Read on for the full recap.

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November Fundraiser

November Fundraiser Laser Show

Each year in November, resident Bart DeGraaf coordinates a month-long fundraiser consisting of multiple events that have historically culminated with a ball in the Starlight Ballroom.

Due to large gathering restrictions in place before this past November, the annual ball was not an option. Therefore, Bart and his army of resident volunteers had to think outside the box to come up with a new outdoor event that could be done working within the guidelines of the persisting pandemic.

Resident Dave Adams planted a seed with Bart regarding the idea of an outdoor laser show. Bart discussed the possibility of this type of event with both community management and the Del Tura HOA.

With approval and sponsorship from both the Del Tura HOA and Hometown America, Bart and his volunteers proceeded full speed ahead to make this large event a reality.

On Saturday, November 21, 2020, the first-ever Del Tura Laser Light show was held at 7:15 p.m. The theme of this 45-minute show was Woodstock Revisited. Everything went smoothly and it was an amazing event!

Hometown America would like to thank Bart and every single resident volunteer that worked tirelessly to make this such a wonderful event during challenging times! Your creativity and determination are appreciated and admired by all. Most importantly, we are happy to see your fundraising efforts for cancer were fruitful!

Home & Garden

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Look Sharp with Succulents

Wondering what plants to add to your garden in the new year? If you’re looking for a beautiful, completely customizable, and easy-to-care-for option, consider making a succulent garden this spring! With this guide from The Spruce, your succulents will be flourishing in no time, indoors or out.

Upcoming
Events

Events Calendar

Del Tura has a lot of exciting events in the works, including a classic car and motorcycle event. Read on for the full list of events, as well as where and when they will be. We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Events

Events Calendar

We have two exciting events happening in January:

Del Tura Health and Wellness Fair
January 8, 2021
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Starlight Ballroom
For more information, please contact: ad4088@comcast.net

Del Tura Motorcycle & Classic Car Event
January 30, 2021
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Del Tura Clubhouse Parking Lot
For more information, please contact: rideforfun239@gmail.com or
Call/text: Tony Double at (239) 738-8400
Sheila Double at (239) 628-7786
Dorathy Biddinger at (239) 980-2775

Yard of the Quarter

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We are happy to announce our fourth 2020 Yard of the Quarter winner, Suzanne Montgomery of 4116 Via Aragon! Thank you, Suzanne, for all your hard work maintaining such a beautiful yard. As a token of our appreciation, she received at $50 gift card to Home Depot. Keep up the great work!

Resident Appreciation

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As always, we want to remind our residents of how much we appreciate each of you year-round. Please look forward to a few special things happening in February to celebrate you, and your continued choice to make Del Tura your home.

Experiences

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Galleries Galore

Travel through world-famous art galleries without a single passport stamp! Many galleries and museums worldwide are offering virtual tours to help keep guests safe while still providing an in-depth, immersive experience of multiple countries arts and culture. Will you visit London, Paris, Rome, or all of the above?

Create Your Own Zen

Create Your Own Zen

Looking for a way to relax and get-in-touch with nature without doing difficult yard work? Try your hand at a DIY mini Zen Garden! Sand, stones, and some small plants are all you need to start your journey to mindfulness and tranquility. Keep reading to create your very own!

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Create Your Own Zen

Create Your Own Zen

Looking for a way to relax and get-in-touch with nature without doing difficult yard work? Try your hand at a DIY mini Zen Garden! Sand, stones, and some small plants are all you need to start your journey to mindfulness and tranquility.

First, let’s look at where Zen Gardens originated. While there have been many versions of them throughout the centuries, the one you’ll most likely recognize is from Buddhist Zen Monks in the Muromachi Period. After anxieties regarding civil wars during the Heian period, people wanted gardens that reflected the Buddhist beliefs of the never-ending cycle of life after death. The always altering state of the Zen Gardens reflect life as the Buddhists know, and it brought them peace.

Interested to see if your own Zen Garden will bring you tranquility like the monks? Here are a few tips get you started:

  • Use calming elements such as black and white sand, smooth stones, and small plants, but feel free to customize and add your own flares, such as essential oils, as well!
  • Use a container to match your style. Wood boxes are more natural, while glass adds an elegant flare.
  • Don’t forget your mini rake! Raking the sand is a great way to release stress and start your journey to finding Zen.

We hope creating your Zen Garden gives you not only a new, creative hobby, but also one that brings you some inner peace.

Recreate Your Childhood

Recreate Your Childhood

Trying new recipes is always fun, but sometimes, nothing can satisfy your craving for a classic, home-cooked meal that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood. If you’re in need of some inspiration, or are maybe just curious to compare your own family recipes with someone else’s, read on!

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Recreate Your Childhood

Recreate Your Childhood

While there are some recipes we can happily leave in the past (looking at you, meat jelly), there are many classic recipes that we would love to see make a comeback. Trying new recipes is always fun, but sometimes nothing can satisfy your craving for a classic, home-cooked meal that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration or are simply curious to compare your family recipes with someone else’s, we have some ideas for you.

A throwback appetizer that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck are Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs - they’re sweet, tangy, simple, and delicious. If you’re looking for something to feed the whole family, try Tuna Casserole or Beef Stroganoff. They both have a hearty egg noodle base and are great served fresh and as leftovers. For dessert, try an elegant Baked Alaska. With a mouth-watering pound cake on the bottom and a fluffy meringue top, your guests are sure to be impressed by this unique dish.

Have you tried any of these recipes, or will you be trying any? Whether you’ll be recreating them or not, we hope we brought back some childhood nostalgia for you with these blasts from the past.

Black History Month

Black History Month

February marks the 45th anniversary of Black History Month, first celebrated in 1926 as a way to raise awareness of Black American’s contributions to history and later became a month-long celebration in 1976. Keep reading to learn more about the history of this month.

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Black History Month

Black History Month

In 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted the first week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history. Prior to this time, little information could be found regarding African American history. Important achievements were left out of history books, and there was a general misconception that African Americans had made little contribution to U.S. society or history. 50 years later, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as African American History Month. The month of February was chosen because it celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom dramatically affected the lives of African Americans. Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was a writer, lecturer, editor, and civil rights activist who escaped slavery at age 21 and went on to campaign for the abolition of slavery, establish a newspaper, and hold the office of Minister to Haiti. He was a major voice in the anti-slavery/civil rights movement of his time. Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809), as the sixteenth president of the United States, issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, thereby declaring that all slaves within the Confederacy would be permanently free. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Dr. Woodson, sets the theme for the month.

Source: Diversity Central

Entertainment

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Don’t Hate the Player!

If your family members are seemingly always playing games on their phones and tablets and you can’t beat ‘em - join ‘em! With a variety of mobile gaming options available, from cards to word puzzles, those that you can play solo or online with friends, you can stay connected and entertained wherever you go!

Connect with Us
 

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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

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 (800) 206-2753 for a quote.