This Page Contains General Information Includes Association Documents, Budgets, Rules and Regulations, Applications for ARB homeowner request, for Sales or Rentals, Information regarding both Deer Lake Homeowners Association (HOA) and Deer Lake Property Owners Association (Master POA)
What is a Homeowners Association? There are three features that make a homeowners association different from traditional forms of homeownership.
1. First is that you share ownership of common land and have access to facilities such as clubhouse, swimming pools and tennis courts that often are not affordable any other way.
2. The second is that you automatically become a member of a community association with all other homeowners and, as such, must abide by the association's rules and documents.
3. Third, as a member of the association, you will pay an assessment as determined by the Association's elected Board of Directors using an annual Budget, that will be your share and used to maintain the common areas and provide services such as landscaping, and professional management.
Community associations have the authority to collect assessments and to take legal action, if necessary, when members don't meet their obligations. In fact, associations have an obligation to all members to collect assessments to pay for the upkeep that ensures property value.
Landscape Welcome Letter
What Landscaping Services Are Provided to the Homeowners at Casa del Lago?
Please click on the "palm trees and lawn" image to the left to read our homeowner's landscape welcome letter. This letter outlines the various landscaping services that you, as a homeowner, will automatically get for your lawns and shrubs from our Landscape contractor.
New Homeowner Welcome Letter Document
A New Homeowners Welcome Letter From Our Association President - George Boyer
Please click on the "house" image to the left to read our new homeowner's welcome letter.
Deer Lake Homeowners Association Description "The HOA" In January 2006, Engle Homes, turned over the control of the Deer Lake Homeowners Association to the residents of Casa Del Lago. A five member volunteer Board of Directors, elected by homeowners, has the authority and duty to carry out the Homeowners Association business. Casa Del Lago is a deed-restricted community of 197 homes and operates as a Florida Homeowner Association. Homeowner associations place certain restrictions upon homeowners and is different than living a "non-association" residential community. When purchasing a home in Casa Del Lago, homeowners have agreed to become a member of the Deer Lake Homeowners Association and to follow the documents, rules and regulations of the HOA. This Association has recorded covenants and restrictions that protect all of us and ensures that our property maintains its value. Some of the rules have to do with safety and are mandated by the State of Florida. Others have to do with aesthetics; still others have to do with being a "Good Neighbor." These goals can only be achieved through everyone's cooperation. As a member of the Homeowner's Association, we encourage you to get involved, attend meetings, join committees formed within the HOA or run for a Board seat at the next annual election.
The Board of Directors and Community Management Company Association members - the owners - elect a board that sets policy and directs the affairs of the community. The Board members has the authority and responsibilities as found in the Deer Lake Association Governing Documents and also the Florida Statutes that govern how Homeowner Associations should do such duties as contracting and overseeing service suppliers, management companies, attorneys and other professional services. The board may also appoint committees of members to help with such areas as clubhouse activities and architectural review decisions.
Boards rely on help and advice from skilled professionals like community association managers, attorneys with expertise in community association law, and accountants who understand the unique financial needs of community associations.
Our HOA Community Association Manager is Pat Schoo with Schoo Association Management, LLC. 9403 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite C, Fort Myers, Florida 33919. Office phone 239-362-3091. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
All Estoppel Requests should be directed to the Deer Lake Homeowners Association Management office of Schoo Management, Inc. address location is 9403 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite C, Fort Myers, FL 33919, office phone number 239-362-3091 and Fax number 239-362-0894.
The current members of the HOA Board of Directors are as follows: George Boyer, President 415-1633 Karen Martin, V. President 502-396-5995
Bill Snodgrass, V. President 822-6647
Bradley Messina, Secretary 815-298-6670
Steve Kowalski 480-352-1565
Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association Description "The POA" As a Casa Del Lago homeowner, you are also a member of the Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association. This non-profit corporation is responsible for the Conservation Areas including the wetlands, woods, buffer, and surface water management system that serves our residential neighborhood and the adjoining Cypress Walk Neighborhood to the south that is under development. This Master Association assesses our residential neighborhood and Cypress Walk once per year for the cost of maintaining the natural state of the Conservation Easement in accordance to governmental regulations, permits, and requirements of the South Florida Water Management District. In November 2008, the developer (Engle Homes) controlled Board was turned over to the current elected Board of Directors of homeowners. The new Board hired community management company, Schoo Management, to replace the prior management company, Family Property Services. The Budget and Assessment amount for entire year are approved annually by the Board of Directors. The Board approved Master POA Budget detail can be found on this website page.
Preserve Area Reminder:
The Preserve areas that are adjacent to many of the homes in our community are natural habitats designated by South Florida Water Mangement District as specified by our use Permit. They are monitored by SFWMD and residents of Casa del Lago need to understand that these areas are indeed preserve areas, and are expected to remain in their natural state, in perpetuity. Do not enter, trim, plant, cut or disturb these native areas in any way under possible penalty.
POA Contact Information Our Master POA Community Association Manager is Pat Schoo: email@example.com with Schoo Association Management, LLC. 9403 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite C, Fort Myers, Florida 33919. Office phone 239-362-3091. All Estople Requests should be directed to the office of Schoo Association Management, LLC. Our POA Board of Directors has three seats and currently filled by: George Boyer, President 415-1633
Karen Martin, Vice President 502-396-5995
What is the HOA Architectual Review Board And How Does It Work?
The goal of the Architectual Review Board is to assure that all residential properties adhere to the strict aesthetic standards as set forth in the Architectual Review Board Guidelines, which are available on this website. These guidelines have been developed to assist all Casa del Lago property owners to maintain, and hopefully enhance the value of homes within our Community.
Homeowners wishing to undertake any modifications and/or improvements to their property or landscaping visible from the exterior must submit an ARB Request Form and receive approval by the ARB prior to initiating the project. ARB Request Forms are available on this website and available from the Schoo Management Office.
The Architectual Review board will review all requests based upon how the proposed modification contributes to and maintains Casa del Lago's Mediterranean-inspired architecture and ambiance. The ARB will respond to the homeowner in a timely manner.
Thank you for accepting the responsibility to work together to maintain the high standards of our Casa del Lago community.
This is only a Summary - the entire guidelines and application can be found in the next section The volunteer Architectual Review Board has the authority to review and approve all changes to the exterior of homes including landscaping changes requested by Homeowners. Our rules require that a homeowner, desiring to make a change to their exterior appearance of their home or yard, submit an ARB request that specifies the change that is being made. This ARB request will be reviewed by our HOA volunteer ARB people and approval or denial with reasons stated will be returned to the homeowner. No change to the exterior of a home or yard can be made prior to receiving an approval. For a complete explanation, please review your current Deer Lake Homeowner Association Declaration documents and the Board approved Rules and Regulations.
ARB Form Must Be Filled Out by Homeowner For example, an ARB request form plus supporting plans, documents or drawings must be filled out for any proposed changes prior to adding or moving a tree, painting the house or front door, adding new pavers, adding a swimming pool, installing curbing, changing exterior lights, or putting a playset in the backyard.
Who to Give Your ARB Request To Requests for ARB approval may be submitted directly to George Boyer the Chairman of the ARB committee, or to Schoo Association Management, LLC at 9403 Cypress Lakes Dr. Suite C, Fort Myers, FL 33919. For more information, you may also contact ARB Chairman, George Boyer at - 239-246-5460 cell or at - 415-1633 (home) or Schoo Association Management, LLC by phone at 239-362-3091 or by FAX (239) 362-0894.
ARB Timeline Info Once the application is received by George Boyer of Chairman of the ARB, the request will be processed as quickly as possible. ARB committee meetings are held as needed. Each application will be reviewed within 30 days of receipt.
Do You Want to Submit an ARB Application? Here's How...
Architectual Review Board Guidelines And Application Document To Fill Out and Return to the ARB for Approval if You Wish to Make Any Changes to the Exterior of Your Home orLandscaping
Click on the image located to the right to view and print out the complete ARB rules and application that needs to be followed if you intend to make a change to the exterior of your home.
ARB Rules and Application
What Recommended Hardwood Trees Fit Our Smaller Yards Better?
Remember, before you consider adding or removing any tree on your property, be sure to submit an application to the ARB committee and choose an appropriate variety and size Tree for our limited size properties.
To suppliment the ARB Guidelines regarding hardwood tree selection, please click on the image to the right to read and print off a list of recommended hardwood trees suitable for their size and beauty in our neighborhood.
What Color Can I Paint My Home?
These are the Approved House Paint Color Schemes
Remember, before you buy your paint and begin to repaint your house, be sure to submit an application to the ARB committee and choose your color selection and paint scheme from the approved house paint colors.
To suppliment the ARB Guidelines regarding house paint selection, please click on the image to read and print off a list of approved house paint color schemes. A wall chart of these colors can also be found in the clubhouse hanging on the back of the office door.
Approved Color Schemes
Tow Away Zone
Tow Away Zone Notice Click on the sign image to see this sign at our entrance.
Tow Away Zone - Homeowners Please Note! Any vehicle parked on street overnight may be towed. Parking on our streets is a safety hazard and may prevent emergency vehicles from reaching homes quickly if needed. Our community rules do not allow anyone to park any vehicle on the street overnight.
Selling, Buying, or Renting? Do you plan to sell or rent your Casa Del Lago home? Please click on the Image below to obtain the forms that need to be filled out in advance of purchasing or renting your Casa del Lago home and be provided to and approved by Schoo Management, Inc.
Please Note that all Estoppel Requests should be sent to our Association Management office of Schoo Association Management, LLC. 9403 Cypress Lake Drive, Suite C, Fort Myers, FL 33919 Office phone number 239-362-3091 and Fax number of 239-362-0894.
For Sale Sign Guidelines
Clubhouse Rules and Application to Use It for Private Parties Click on the image to read and print out the Clubhouse Rules and Application for use the Clubhouse for a private party
Remember to contact George Boyer, (phone 415-1633) or Schoo Management, (phone 362-3091) when you want to reserve the clubhouse for a private party. George Boyer will need your completed application and payment.
Clubhouse Rules and reservation application
Clubhouse Parking Passes Overnight parking at the Clubhouse is not permitted unless the vehicle has a valid parking pass visible on the dashboard.
How to Get One? Contact Board Member - George Boyer 415-1633 or another Board member by phone who will meet you and give you a Parking Pass good for up to 7 days.
Clubhouse Parking Rules
Lee County Pet Regulations Click on the image to read and print out the all regulations regarding Pets in Lee County Florida.
Lee County Pet Ordinance
Community Associations and Dogs
A Letter From Our Community Manager, Schoo management Inc. Click on the image to read letter from Schoo.
Community Letter from Schoo Management
Do You Need Replacement Clubhouse Pass Cards and Front Gate Openers? For replacement clubhouse pass cards and electronic gate openers please contact George Boyer by phone at 415-1633 or Schoo Management.
Cost for replacement cards and gate openers are: Clubhouse Pass Card $10.00 each - make check payable to Deer Lake HOA Front Gate Opener $20.00 each - make check payable to Deer Lake HOA
Gate Access Codes and Directory at Gate Changes: If your phone number changes or you need a gate access code, please contact George Boyer at 415-1633. He will need your address, name and new phone number to make the changes.
Deer Lake Homeowners Association Declarations Document This document (50 pages long) contains the covenants, the articles of incorporation, and the By-laws for the Deer Lake Homeowners Association. This association owns and is responsible for the common area, the roads, the recreational amenities contained in this document. In addition to this document, the Board of Directors have approved certain rules and regulations which can be found in the web site or you may request a copy from Schoo Management, Co.
Deer Lake Homeowners Association Amendment to Declaration This document contains two amendments to the Association Declaration for the Deer Lake Homeowners Association which were approved by the necessary vote of homeowner members on January 20, 2016. Please click on the document link to the right of this block to read the new amendments.
Homeowner Association Amendment
Deer Lake Homeowners Association Board Approved Rules and Regulations This document contains the current Official Rules and Regulations for the Deer Lake Homeowners Association, Inc. These have been approved by the Board of Directors.
Current HOA Rules and Regulations
2021 Deer Lake HOA Year End Financial Results This contains the 2021 Deer Lake Homeowners Association Year End Financial Results.
2021 Deer Lake HOA Year End Financial Results
2022 Deer Lake HOA Annual Budget This contains the 2022 Board Approved Budget and Homeowner assessments for the Deer Lake Homeowners Association. Budget calculations show the quarterly assessment amounts billed to each homeowner. The Final Approval for this 2022 Budget occurred on December 1, 2021.
2022 Board Approved Budget Deer Lake HOA
Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association Declaration This document contains the covenants, the articles of incorporation, and the By-laws for the Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association. This association owns and is responsible for the Conservation Easements, including wetlands, woods, buffer areas, and surface water managment system.
Master POA Declarations
Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association Amendment to Declaration and By-Laws This document contains the approved amendments to the Association Declaration and the By-laws for the Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association as officially recorded on July 13, 2015. This association owns and is responsible for the Conservation Easements, including wetlands, woods, buffer areas, and surface water managment system.
Master POA Amendment
2022 Approved Deer Lake Master POA Annual Budget and 2021 Year to Date Financial Results Click on the attachment to view the 2022 Budget for the Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association. The Final Board Approval of the 2022 Budget occurred on December 1, 2021.
2022 Budget for Master POA
Casa del Lago Site Plan Click on the attachment to view the site plan that was developed by Engle Homes. The area marked as Future Development has been completed and is called Cypress Walk by Neal Communities.
Cypress Walk Neighborhood Association Site Plan Click on the attachment to view the site plan for the new neighboring community called Cypress Walk. The new homeowner association was developed by Neal Communities. Cypress Walk Association is included as a member of the Deer Lake Master Property Owners Association is responsible for a share of the maintenance of the woods and wetland preserves located between our community of Casa del Lago and Cypress Walk.