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September 07, 2021

Notice Regarding Nonnative and Invasive Species

After considerable research and deliberation, the Winston Park Board of Directors made the decision to approve the humane removal of several nonnative and invasive species from association property. The decision was reached at the Homeowners Association meeting that took place on September 2, 2021. The agenda for the September meeting reflected that this topic would be discussed (item #5), and the agenda was posted on the Winston Park website, and subsequently linked on Nextdoor, on August 19, 2021, giving homeowners ample time to reach out to management or the board with questions or concerns. No inquiries or comments about this issue were received prior to the meeting date, and no objections were raised during the homeowners forum at the start of the monthly meeting. Therefore, the board proceeded to make decisions that were in the best interest of association property. 

Most neighboring homeowners associations in the area control nonnative and invasive species by conducting annual cullings. Winston Park has not conducted one in close to a decade, but recent increases in these species’ populations, as well as considerable property damage have made it unavoidable at this time. Our state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends preventative measures to manage nonnative and invasive species populations, and homeowners can do their part to help with this by not releasing nonnative animals into the wild, and by not feeding local wildlife.

The removal process in Winston Park will be conducted by an experienced and insured member of the community in accordance with all state and municipal guidelines, and with the utmost consideration for the dignity of the animals in question. This process will not affect the small black coots that have resided around our lake for years, nor will it affect any other animals that are native to South Florida and are not invasive. Only the following species will be affected by the removal process:

Green Iguanas

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, green iguanas are a nonnative reptile species, and they are considered invasive due to their impact on native wildlife. They can cause damage to infrastructure by digging burrows that erode or collapse sidewalks, foundations, seawalls, berms, and canal banks. They also leave droppings that can transmit infectious Salmonella bacteria. The Winston Park management team has already discovered evidence of significant damage to our pool deck due to burrowing green iguanas, and there has been considerable cost associated with the sanitary removal of their droppings on the pool deck and walkways around the clubhouse. For the health and safety of our residents, as well as the integrity of our community infrastructures and ecosystem, the Board of Directors has approved the humane and ethical removal of green iguanas from association property. 

For more information on green iguanas, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission information page here: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/reptiles/green-iguana/

Muscovy Ducks

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Muscovy ducks are not native to Florida, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a control order for the species. Muscovy ducks can create problems with native species through competition, and they can transmit diseases and interbreed with the native waterfowl. Their populations tend to increase quickly, which can lead to messy sidewalks and driveways, damage to property, conflicts between neighbors, and excessive nutrient loading in waterways. In Winston Park, members of the community have repeatedly and habitually ignored posted signage advising against feeding the ducks, which has led to an explosion in their population as well as unsanitary conditions and costly cleanups along the walkways near our lake and clubhouse. These ducks also cause frequent traffic hazards in our community when drivers stop suddenly or swerve to avoid hitting them, leading to possible collisions and/or animal remains in the street. For the wellbeing of our residents and management team, and in the interest of Winston Park property, the Board of Directors has approved the humane and ethical removal of Muscovy ducks from association property.

For more information on Muscovy ducks, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission information page here:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/waterfowl/muscovy-ducks/

Egyptian Geese

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Egyptian geese fall into the category of nonnative waterfowl and therefore do not belong in Florida. They can negatively impact native fish and wildlife, cause costly property damage, and can pose a threat to human health and safety. The Florida Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program encourages minimizing the adverse impact of nonnative species, like Egyptian geese, through prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, and management. The Egyptian goose population in Winston Park has already caused considerable and costly damage to the thatched roofs on chickee hut structures in the clubhouse area, and they contribute to messy cleanups that monopolize our management staff’s time and resources. In the interest of local native species and Winston Park property, the Board of Directors has approved the humane and ethical removal of Egyptian geese on association property.

For more information on Egyptian geese, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission information page here: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/birds/waterfowl/

Domesticated Fowl

According to the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances, poultry and domesticated fowl are prohibited in residential districts such as Winston Park. Furthermore, the presence of roosters in a residential zone violates county noise ordinances. For these reasons, the Board of Directors has approved the trapping and relocation of domesticated fowl, specifically roosters, on association property. 

For more information on the ordinance prohibiting poultry, please visit the Miami-Dade County homepage here: https://www.miamidade.gov/building/standards/residential-animals.asp

For more information on the noise ordinance, please see the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances, Sec. 21-28 here:

https://library.municode.com/fl/miami_-_dade_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH21OFMIPR_ARTIVMI_S21-28NOUNEXPR

August 03, 2021

Updated facility hours and rules. Due to the resurgence of covid delta variant, we are temporarily forced to reduce some of our hours. The pools will be open only from 12-5. Rentals of the chiki hut and lounges will be suspended for the time being.

Lastly, we ask all persons who enter our facility to please wear a mask entering. They must remain on in any indoor space.

The board and our clubhouse staff greatly appreciate your cooperation.

July 26, 2021

The Winston Park HOA Board is delighted to welcome, Carla D. Rivas, as the new WPK-8 principal!

Ms. Rivas will be introducing herself at the WPHOA Board of Directors meeting to be held at 8:00 pm on August 5th. Neighbors, come and join us in welcoming Ms. Rivas as she leads our community school which is one of the top rated and award winning K-8 schools in Miami-Dade County.

Homeowners can attend the August 5th meeting :

  • virtually by zoom ( call clubhouse at (305) 386-3854 for meeting ID and password)
  • or attend in person - (masks are required) 


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