Jan-Feb-Mar 2018 ♦ Volume 23 Issue 1 ♦


3rd Wednesday of every-other Month at 7:00 PM At Cecil’s BBQ on Orange Ave
2018 Board Mtgs.—in January, March, May, July, September, & November

Annual Fish Fry

Date: April 21, 1 – 5 PM Hosted by Larry & Jeannie Jones
RSVP by April 17th >  https://lakeholden.org/talap_rsvp/

*Guests are welcome, but there will be a $5.00 donation requested for each non -member resident and/or guest. Bring your own lawn chair & adult beverage.

Notes from the Prez…. It’s Spring in Florida …..by Tasha Golis

The azaleas and golden trumpet trees are in bloom around the lake. The pollen count is HIGH. It is great to see boats out on the water, the numbers growing each weekend.

Dock and seawall repair and construction continue around our lake. Hurricane Irma left behind a lot of damage.

Our annual General Membership meeting was held Wednesday January 17 at the Holden Heights Community Center. We elected the volunteer board. Thank you to Brenda Worden for acting as Vice President last year. She has stepped down, but will remain active on the board.

City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Officer Rosado, and County Commissioner Pete Clarke spoke at our meeting. They support our community and have been helpful with issues that have popped up over the past years. I recently reached out to Commissioner Clarke about the undeveloped property on Westmoreland near Pineloch Elementary. The area has become a dumping ground for household waste and construction debris, with increased transient traffic. His office has been instrumental getting code enforcement and the Sheriff Office to act.

I recently saw a Lake Holden Yacht Club Facebook post by Kyle D. thanking Commissioner Sheehan for the improvements at the railway crossing on Pineloch.

Reach out to your commissioner:
City Commissioner Sheehan patty.sheehan@cityoforlando
County Commissioner Clarke: district3@ocfl.net

Consider attending the Lake Holden Property Owners Association meeting Wednesday March 21 at 7 pm. The LHPOA Board meets every other month at Cecil’s Texas Style BBQ on Orange Ave to get updates from the Water Advisory Board and discuss issues that affect the health of our lake front community.

You can find out more by attending a Water Advisory Board meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm at the Facilities Training Center: 2010 East Michigan St.

Larry and Jeanne Jones will host the Annual Fish Fry on Saturday April 21 from 1 to 5. They always throw an amazing party. It’s another wonderful tradition on Lake Holden: fresh fried fish with all the fixins’! Bring a covered dish to share, your favorite adult beverage, and a lawn chair. This event is free with your paid LHPOA dues and guests are just $5.

Check out lakeholden.org it has a ton of history and information about our lake. You can RSVP for the Fish Fry and click on the PayPal link to pay your $30 annual dues. Have you found and liked the Lake Holden Property Owners Association Facebook page? Get to know your more of your neighbors. Get involved.

Tasha Golis

President Lake Holden Property Owners Association

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes… by Rhea Cammenga

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2017     Cecils BBQ      By: Rhea Cammenga

Call to Order: 7:00pm

Board Members in Attendance: Tasha Golis, Brenda Worden, Karen Perdue, Diana Robbins, Rick
Richbourg, Mike Holder, Gunnar Schuler Rhea Cammenga

Board Members Absent:

Guests Present: Jeannie Richbourg, Lionel Robbins, Caroline St. Clair, Donny Cammenga

President’s Report: None

Water Advisory Report by Lionel Robbins:
● Adustments are being made to the 34 th Street pond
● WAB is encouraging residents to attend regular meetings and to be involved in the process
● M Holder Q: concerned about the navigational problems the pondweed is creating
● L Robbins A: Controlling hydrilla is always first priority. Considering more information on triploid carp in low stocking rates combined w/ current methods of control. Lake Pickett successful in using method to control. Continued discussion is needed.

Vice President’s Report: None

Secretary’s Report:
● Windermere (Butler Chain) mayor and Belle Isle (Lake Conway) having jet-ski and kayak/SUP rentals set up on their shores. Residents complaining about dangerous behavior and garbage left behind from non-residents. Need to keep a watchful eye on any public access to the lake.

Treasurer’s Report:
● Updated financials provided.
● LHPOA 83 members paid, 116 unpaid
● Using more contact via email to reach unpaid residents

Old Business:
● Thanks to Larry/Jeannie for hosting and Diana/Lionel for assisting in a great fish fry this year.

New Business:
● BBQ 10/28 Brenda Warden will be hosting 1-4pm. RSVP on new website.
● R Richboug : All website info is ported to new site platform. Benefits are realtime data, member info, search by street, permitting info for shore improvements, digital newsletters with PDF’s, meeting times, WAB info and easier RSVPing to events. New platform is easier to update and maintain. R Richbourg has maintained since 1996.
● City residents need to email city reps to inquire about the alum station data collection and accessing that data.
● M Holder moved to reimburse R Richbourg for porting data to new site platform. K Purdue Seconded.

MOJ: R Richbourg, 2 nd K Perdue

Meeting Adjourned: 7:36


LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes

September 20, 2017     Cecil’s BBQ       By: Rhea Cammenga

Call to Order: 7:03 pm

Board Members in Attendance: Tasha Golis, BrendaWorden, Rick Richbourg, Michael Holder, Larry Jones, Rhea Cammenga

Board Members Absent: Karen Perdue, Diana Robbins, Rick Fender, Gunnar Shuler, Ed Carr, Joel Gregor

Guests Present: Ron Guire, Todd Carr, Greg Kiffer, Caroline St. Clair, Dana Krutzfeldt, Michael Donaldson, Donny Cammenga

President’s Report: – Tasha Golis
● City update regarding trash pickup post hurricane Irma. Yard debris equivalent to 4.5 years normal yard trash.
● Advise drop-off locations, handling, etc.
● Water Advisory Report – Rick Richbourg:
● WAB meeting postponed until next Wednesday 9/27/17 @ 5:30
● FWC (Ed Harris) contact and county Liason (Melissa Lavigne) did bio survey on LH plant population.
Current area treatment for Illinois Pondweed is 10 acres, just increased to 13 acres. Focusing on main
corridor for navigability.
● Budget approved for county street sweeping and CB cleaning (BMP’s) to reduce bio-waste in lake
● Attended Lk Jessamine WAB meeting. Compromise and communication with State and WSIA over
negligent boating practices discussed.

Secretary’s Report: – Rhea Cammenga

● Conway/ Belle Isle currently dealing with same negligent boating practices. Currently has a city “No Wake”
ordinance to protect property and wildlife due to post-storm water levels. BIPD confirmed that it is enforceable
Water conservation efforts remain important; water treatment plants dealing w/ overwhelming amount of effluent.
● Contacted Lisa Lotte at CoOrl regarding water level monitoring station at N end of lake. Confirmed that
equipment is there, but not functioning and will not be online until further notice.
● Discussion regarding making LH a “No Wake” zone until water subsides to a normal high water level.
● R Richbourg: Motion to petition County / Pete Clark for County ‘No Wake” ordinance, M Holder 2nd motion
● B Worden: Motion to table petition to County (above), RCammenga 2nd motion. Theory is that lake levels would reduce before the Ordinance could be passed and that enforcement would be an issue. In the interest of keeping the neighborly demeanor, continue to spread the word about the damage wakes cause in high water and request that the advisement of No Wake be followed.

Treasurer’s Report: – Karen Perdue (By T Golis)
● Updated financials for last 2 months
● No new membership activity

Vice President’s Report:– Brenda Worden
● Nothing to Report

Director’s Report:
● Michael Holder: contact if any residents need hauling of debris away
● Rick Richbourg
● Lionel & Rick both have staff gauges (marked measuring gauges) installed on their docks based on the
official benchmark posted by the City at the North end of the lake.
● Jeanne Richbourg (Newsletter Editor) has requested meeting minutes emailed as soon as approved
● LH Website www.lakeholden.com has latest newsletter online now

Old Business:
● None

New Business:
● T Golis will be retaining petition against Future Land Use change of Lake Holden Gardens (issue dropped by
petitioner) in the event that the request becomes active again.

● BBQ 10/27/2017 from 1-4 pm.

Motion to adjourn
Adjournment: 7:44 PM


LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes

November 15, 2017.    Cecil’s BBQ     By: Rhea Cammenga

Call to Order: 7:00 pm
Motion to approve Sept Minutes: (with spelling edits) B Worden, 2 nd K Purdue

Board Members in Attendance: Tasha Golis, BrendaWorden, Karen Perdue, Diana Robbins, Rick Richbourg, Michael Holder, Larry Jones, Ed Carr, Rhea Cammenga

Board Members Absent: Rick Fender, Gunnar Shuler, Joel Gregor

Guests Present: Dana Krutzfeldt, Lionel Robbins, Jeff Purdue, Mike Powell, Margaret Powell, Donny Cammenga

President’s Report:– Tasha Golis
● Water Advisory Report – Rick Richbourg:
● WAB working on rehabbing 43 rd Street pond, waiting on feedback from proposed improvement company
● Patricia Ann Ct residents working on petition to remove non-lake access homes from MSTU via ballot

Secretary’s Report: – Rhea Cammenga:
● Nothing to report

Treasurer’s Report: – Karen Perdue (By T Golis)
● Updated financials for last 2 months
● Working on early membership drive for 2018, weighing e-drive vs. paper drive

Vice President’s Report: – Brenda Worden
● Orange County Historical Dept contacted Brenda for input/info on Jernigan property for Pioneer Days

Director’s Report:
● Nothing to report

Old Business:
● Great turnout at BBQ. Thanks to Brenda for hosting

New Business:
● Annual Holiday Boat Parade/Party is December 23, 2017
● Annual 2018 Board of director’s meeting January 17, 2018 @ Holden Heights Community Ctr
● Financial Documents Storage – transfer and storage, discussed how long records need to be kept

● OBT Next project has been discussing the County purchasing land on the lake and converting to public park.
Changes have been made to the initial drawing removing public lake access from the renderings/sketches.
Continued involvement is needed to make sure that lake stays within character that has been protected.

Motion to adjourn: R Richbourg, 2 nd Diana Robbins
Adjournment: 7:34pm

Lake Notes… Water Advisor Board Meeting By Lionel Robbins,

WAB Chairman (407-859-3050)

Your WAB has been busy and there is a lot to show for it. People who volunteer their time are hard to come by but volunteers with a passion is even tougher to get. Those that need to be recognized for their service with a passion are Caroline St. Clair, Dana Kruetzfeldt, Michael Powell and Rick Richbourg. Please join me in thanking them for their time, efforts and passion for Lake Holden.

In the past twelve-month period, the following are some of the topics the board has covered:

39th Street Pond – Large amounts of debris is collecting within the pond and invasive weeds are noticed. Mike Powell is taking action by contacting FDOT officials and asking for their attention to the pond.

43rd Street Pond – The WAB voted to begin evaluation of raising the control water elevation within the pond. The result will increase the capacity of the pond and achieve a higher load reduction efficiency.

Alum Treatment Plant- Now that the Plant is owned by the City Of Orlando, the WAB is working with Streets and Stormwater Division to adjust the alum dosage as suggested by Dr. Harvey Harper of Environmental Research & Design. Also, the City is providing the WAB with a Water Quality Report on a quarterly basis.

Boating Regulations, WISA Water Sports Industry Association, Vessel Registration On Lake Holden, and Wake Issues are regular topics discussed. There are noteworthy discussions on how these topics affect the water quality of Lake Holden.

Curb inlet baskets – This project was spearheaded by Bill Allen in 2008-9 continues to be a viable method of preventing debris from entering the lake. There are over 115 baskets in stormwater drains around Lake Holden.

Grass Carp – There are frequent discussions about the possibility of using Grass Carp to assist the control of hydrilla. It would be a cost savings of thousands of MSTU dollars annually.

Lake levels and Data Logger – After the 2017 hurricanes, there were several discussions about the lake level and if the WAB could be more pro-active in preventing flooding. One method of documentation is an automated device that would provide accurate daily measurements.

MSTU/Budget- The WAB should soon get an updated statement of the MSTU. That data will be shared as soon as it is made available.

OBT Next and New School on Holden Avenue-Both are topics that could have future impact on the water quality of Lake Holden. The WAB is keeping close tabs on the progress of both projects.

For more on these topics and others, please join us at the Facilities Training Room, 2010 East Michigan Street, Orlando – The Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and starts at 5:29 PM, you are welcome to join anytime.

Favorite Recipes – 3 Snacks for the Boat

Caramel Snack Mix

Don’t be surprised if this nutty, caramel-y, chocolaty snack mix disappears quickly! Good thing it only takes six ingredients to whip up.

1 12 – ounce box crispy corn and rice cereal (about 12 cups)
1 1/2 cups mixed nuts, cashews, or almonds
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup light-color corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
2 cups chocolate-covered raisins, chocolate-covered peanuts, or semisweet or milk chocolate pieces

1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a foil roasting pan, combine cereal and nuts; set aside.
2 In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; stir gently to coat.
3 Bake for 30 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from oven. Spread mixture on a large piece of buttered foil; cool. Wash and dry the foil roasting pan.
4 Break cereal mixture into pieces; return to clean roasting pan. Stir in chocolate-covered raisins; cover.

• Chocolate Spiced Snack Mix: Prepare as above except add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger to the butter mixture.

Black Bean Salsa

1 15 – ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a medium bowl, combine black beans, cucumber, tomato, green onions, lime juice, cilantro,
oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cover; chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours.
Serve with your favorite chip.


Mini Pizza

1 (10 count) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1⁄4 cup pizza sauce
10 slices pepperoni
3⁄4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Flatten each biscuit into a 3 inch circle and press into a greased muffin cup.
Spoon 1 teaspoonful of the pizza sauce into each cup.
Top each with a slice of pepperoni and a spoonful of cheese.
Bake at 425F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or chilled.


Household Tips…Get Into The Green Scene…

Submitted by Rhea Cammenga

There are easy ways to reduce the amount of trash that you create.

Reducing & Reusing…
…the disposable things you consume is the biggest & best way to make an impact. Do you get coffee on the way to work? How many cups (paper/plastic) do you go through in a year if you add them up? Some places even give discounts for bringing in your own reusable cup. How much would you save if you used reusable containers?

…is also a way to make a big difference. Below is a list of things you can recycle, whether you live in the City or the County.
Pasteboard (cereal/food & shoe boxes, empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls)
Paper bags
Flattened corrugated cardboard boxes
Magazines & catalogs, phone books, newspapers and junk mail
Office, writing, & note paper
Metal cans (tin, aluminum, & steel) and empty aerosol cans
Glass bottles & jars
Juice & milk cartons
Plastic bottles & containers labeled #1 – #5 (more are recyclable in the City)

The basic ingredients for a beginner compost pile/container
Greens: fruit & vegetables/scraps/plant remains, coffee grounds, tea leaves /bags
Browns: dead leaves, plants & weeds; sawdust straw; old flowers & hay.
Other items include paper towels; paper bags; shredded cotton clothing (torn up); egg shells; hair (human, dog, cat etc.) Add these in small amounts.
Air. It is possible to compost without air if you don’t have a compost bin that mixes easily, but mixing it make the compost process more effective.
Water. Your pile should be about as damp as a sponge that has been wrung out.

All of the above are aimed at reducing what you put in your trash container, which is less in our landfills. Once you learn the basics, it takes little more, if any, effort than just tossing things in the garbage. Small effort = big impact!

~Thought for the Day ~

“Today choose forgiveness over self-pity.

Choose vulnerability over putting up walls.

Chose joy over fear.”

Lake Holden Water Sports

N E I G H B O R S.  The newsletter is looking for a water sports contributor!   Hoping to find a person(s) who is willing to share their passion and enthusiasm for all things Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Wake Skating, Bare Footing, Kayaking and all manor of  other water sports. Please contact me at: 4newsletterATlakeholden.org



Fun Photos from the 2017 Annual Fish Fry – You can join in the fun this year!


Important Message from the Treasurer…By Karen Perdue


Please use the form below to renew your LHPOA membership. While membership in the Lake Holden Property Owners Association is voluntary, membership does have its privileges. Membership Includes:  invitation to all the POA picnics and events (You and your immediate family), voting privileges, and most of all… participation and support of OUR Lake, water quality improvements, and all the great people that live around the lake. The Board is working on a ton of great lake and water quality improvement projects. Your support is greatly appreciated. JOIN LHPOA TODAY!


Join by sending in application, below, or if you wish to renew on-line, we are also set up through PayPal at https://LakeHolden.org/join/

LHPOA Membership Application


I want to be a part of the solution—please send my newsletter by e-mail to save $$ and paper! Make your checks, in the amount of $30.00, payable to the Lake Holden Property Owners’ Association, Inc. and mail it along with this form to:
Karen Purdue at 4606 Tinsley Drive, Orlando Fl 32839