Merry Christmas from the Bay Hill Sign Committee!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Merry Christmas from the Bay Hill Sign Committee!
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Bay Hill Conservancy’s autumn program was enthusiastically embraced by the community. Tony and Carolyn Green, new owners of the Bay Hill Marina and Resort, Captain’s Table Restaurant and Safe Harbor Yacht Sales were overjoyed at the crowd who came to hear about their visions for the marina’s future.
Tony began by thanking attendees for their patience this summer as the purchasing process went on longer than anticipated. However, delay turned into opportunity as Tony and Carolyn were able to observe daily operations and plan changes to implement immediately upon closing. Tony emphasized that this is a village and is advertised as such and they intend to be a part of the village.
Their motto is “Service, Service and More Service,” and they are big believers in FREE. Small things make a difference. One example Tony gave is that when boaters are filling up at the marina pump the children are given free Popsicles, and boaters are given free bags of ice. This seemingly small kindness in turn creates repeat business from happy customers. The Greens believe kindness, generosity and quality service goes full circle.
The crowd listens as Tony & Carolyn list their visions, as follows:
New computer system, including a customer card system. These cards can be used for purchases and will allow them to track sales and offer discounts at various levels of use.
WiFi is now available at the restaurant and they will be expanding it marina wide.
They plan to change one fuel pump to diesel.
Electrical currents of boaters have been inspected. Boat owners must comply with safety standards.
Captain’s Table restaurant will remain open until the end of the year, closing January & February. They are accepting orders for smoked ham or turkey for Thanksgiving, and they WILL BE OPEN and serving Thanksgiving meals. They also provide event catering.
The store on the dock will become a convenience store, ship store and boutique.
First Order of Business is to clean up the overall site. This will take some time.
Their goal is a clean EPA Certificate.
They will become a TVA Certified Green Marina.
A recycling program at the marina and a recycling system for boaters.
Marina sewer and pump-out system are currently undergoing renovations.
Replace the barrier barges with enough rip rap to create a much larger harbor.
Expand the harbor 300 feet, adding more docks that will include a golf cart accessible convenience store and restaurant.
Talk to the Village HOAs about creating a Community District, which will allow the restaurants to have a private club license.
Employing a grant writer to help them find funding for the many opportunities they envision.
Possibly leasing Limestone Park, east of the bay from the marina, acquiring a 30 year lease and convert it to a high-end RV park and add a dock at the boat ramp.
Planning “floating cottages.” These cottages will be rentals where boaters can pull up, park and stay overnight
Planning more efficient use of boat slips and dry stack, including pull up ramps for jet skis and PWC’s.
New, well-equipped pontoons and cruisers available for rental in Spring 2009.
The pool/fitness meeting room will set up as a meeting room for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and as a boater’s lounge.
They will offer jet ski winterizing, and other boat services.
The pool & fitness area will be secured and security cameras installed for surveillance. The HOA at Rivers Edge is also working with Tony on security issues.
A handrail will be installed at the steps leading up to the swimming pool.
Tony proposed working with the HOA’s to keep the area attractive and to maintain the roads.
When asked if the marina plans to install a boat launch ramp Tony responded that they would like to but don’t have the space to accommodate one.
Tony wants to enforce the one way street from the marina office to the restaurant.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Bay Hill Conservancy is proud to announce the autumn program. Tony and Carolyn Green, the new owners of Bay Hill Marina and the Captain's Table Restaurant will give a presentation to the Bay Hill Conservancy. The entire neighborhood, including the Ledges, boat owners and the media are invited. Come on down and bring a friend!
Tony and Carolyn will tell us how they discovered Bay Hill Marina, where they hail from and what their plans are for the marina's future. Please join us in welcoming the Greens to our beautiful Village.
Snacks provided by Captain's Table Restaurant
Bottled water will be provided.
For more information, contact:
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Carroll and Debi are planning a Very Special Program for October - date TBA. Watch your e-mails and this blog for details. In the meantime, enjoy excerpts from an article Debi found in the August-September 2006 issue of Cabin Life Magazine.
"How can you ensure that the lake you love remains beautiful and healthy for generations to come? You can show your love for your lake by incorporating these 10 tips into your lake life.
1. Buff up the buffer: A lakeside buffer is a growth of unmowed native vegetation from the shoreline extending to upland areas. Grass mowed down to the edge of the water is not a true buffer. Although it provides groundcover, it is not effective for filtering pollutants in runoff water, and it's poor wildlife habitat.
2. Let a fallen tree lie: Shallow water near the shores of lakes are vital nurseries for all fish species as well as a variety of birds and animals. Practically all fish species rely on nearshore habitat at some point in their life cycle. Deadfall - such as a fallen tree in the water - provides great habitat
3. Control exotics: If exotic species are present in your lake, they will be nearly impossible to eradicate. Is there a prevention program in your lake? Does your lake association mail out information on spotting and controlling exotics plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil?
4. Minimize mowed lawns: Rainwater and snowmelt runoff can deliver clean and pure water to a lake - and that's a good thing - or it can deliver fertilizer components and sediments - and those are bad things. Mimic Mother Nature's work if you can.
5. Avoid fertilizing: A native groundcover should thrive without fertilizer. However, if you do use fertilizer consider using phosphorus-free varieties.
6. Balance plants and algae: A battle is always raging in lakes between plants and algae. When plants win, the result is usually clear lake water. You can help the plants win.
7. Maintain that septic system: A malfunctioning septic tank system can contaminate nearby drinking water wells and deliver unwanted materials to the lake.
8. Catch and release: Why is fishing fun? One of the reasons is fish taste good. Releasing most large fish back to the lake helps maintain balance through the fish community.
9. Keep things in check: Sometimes just a simple visual checkup can help point you in the right direction. Example - check the runoff patterns on your lot (is it eroding, is there sheet flow, any problems?), check water running off roofs and gutters, check detergents and use non-phosphorous detergents if possible; properly store hazardous chemicals.
10. Monitor the lake health: Several benchmark tests can be used to gauge lake status and some things can be monitored just for fun. Daily journals of wildlife observations and lake phenomena can be handy references.
So keep a journal, let your shoreline grow au natural, release the lunkers and fertilize your garden with leftover bait minnows. All these activities can make your lake a little bit better. And if you and our neighbors all take care of your lake, it can be enjoyed by many, many generations to come."
To read the complete article click on this link: "Loving Your Lake"
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Wayne & Deb Bullard's villa
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Yesterday's rains were liquid gold to the farmers, added several inches to our depleted water table, and brought that special God-given green to our lawns and plants. It also caused various birds and creatures to seek shelter during the all-day downpour. Unfortunately, some of us at Bay Hill attracted millions and millions and millions of what I've been calling those Weird, Obnoxious Swarming Things to our porches and doorways, and plastered upon our houses. They reminded me of Maylies the way they hummed overhead and lifted up in frenzied angst when you walked by them. See the photo above? They were that thick all over my porch and house. Ick.
They don't bite, they don't eat foliage or fruits, but they do emit a black, tarry goo that's close to impossible to remove. What ARE these things? Where did they COME from?!
Ah, I know. I'll ask Damien Simbeck, our TVA Wildlife Biologist and Friend of Bay Hill.
I have not seen a decrease in mayfly populations along the area reservoirs. May be a local decline (movement of populations, changes in reservoir substrate, etc.) that you are noticing at Bay Hill. The same cause(s) may explain the recent increase in midge populations."
Thursday, April 24, 2008
We now have appropriate signage to let family and visitors know that they've come to the right place, and it's taken a Village to accomplish this. The Bay Hill Sign Committee thanks each and every one of you who contributed personal funds so that our Village can be appropriately marked for not only friends and family, but delivery services, fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, horse-back riders, bicyclists, UFOs, or whatever and whoever needs to find us.
Direction Sign at the "T"
Oh, I know what you're thinking. Yeah, the signs are great....but the land around them looks terrible! The signs are low to the ground and there is a lot of stuff behind them competing for attention. The marina clearly overshadows the east-side sign, and the west-side sign has that house behind it. The west-side sign has other problems as well, like a row of old boxwoods between it and the street, and a light pole. Clearly, obviously, and without a doubt more work has to be done.You will be pleased to know that several landscaping plans have been visited, and even more may be proposed. BUT NOTE - any landscaping for that area must and will wait until autumn. Why? This summer the drought is expected to continue, and that could be the death knell for any new plants put in those particular areas. Again, why? New plants required LOTS of water and attention in order to become established. The Bay Hill Conservancy has recommended the use of native plants which, when established, will require lots less maintenance. However, they must be established just like any other plant. Water is key, and the water issue will be worked out before autumn. Autumn, winter and spring rains, if we get them, are critical. Regardless, even through winter, watering has to be monitored even if we half to schlep gallon jugs of H20 in the back of our cars or golf carts and hand water each plant.
So, keep your eyes on the prize - next spring they will be Fabulous!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
There are apparently lots of tasty snacks for the Mallards here.
Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings."
Friday, April 18, 2008
Who can forget the tornado that plowed through the marina, and hurricane's Katrina and Rita? I cannot imagine the fury of those hurricanes further south, as here it was quite frightening. Thank you for sharing your photos with us, Patty. Her next set of photos will be posted soon.