Apr-May-Jun 2018 ♦ Volume 23 Issue 2 ♦


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

Membership BBQ

Date: Fall Date to be announced,  Hosted by Brenda Warden
RSVP to be announced

*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…. Hello Summer …..by Tasha Golis

We are at the halfway point of 2018.  This year has been an exciting year for the Lake Holden Property Owners Association.  New relationships are being made with our community and cherished traditions are continuing.  We are looking forward to the rest of the year.

The LHPOA Board meets the 3rd Wednesday every other month (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov) at Cecil’s Texas Style BBQ on Orange Ave at 7pm.  All homeowners are invited and encouraged to attend to learn about our wonderful lake.

In March, Kristen Sims, the Public Awareness Specialist for the Streets & Storm water Division for the City of Orlando attended our meeting.   She was very informative and has become a valuable source of information regarding curb drains, street sweeping, water quality, and best practicing for protecting the lake.   For example did you know the City recommends that you do NOT fertilize within 10 feet of the water.  In Orange County the rule is 20 feet.   The City also recommends that you bag your leaves. Not blow them into the street. City residents can receive a free composter.  She hopes to get the curb drain plaques that read “Only Rain down the Drain. And drains to Lake Holden” installed on the City side.  The County side plaques were installed last year.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones once again hosted the Annual Fish Fry on April 21st.  It was a fabulous day with great weather.  The food was epic.  We had a big turnout with several new homeowners in attendance.  Mayoral candidate Pete Clarke joined us.  As did two District 3 Commissioner candidates: Bobby Lance and Eric Rollins.  I appreciated these gentlemen coming out to meet us and hear our concerns about the lake.  We all need to stay informed and get out and vote!

In May I attended a lunch organized by Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Robbins.  Members of the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) were invited to meet with myself and other LHPOA Board Members in order to develop a better relationship.  Our lake is home to several Water Sports professionals and this was an opportunity to meet with them, to learn more about their sports, and for both sides too voice some concerns about the use of the lake.  The prevailing take away for the meeting was the need for more communication and education.  Home owners need to insure that guest drivers extend courtesy to other boats on the water, respect lake front residents property i.e. moored boats, shorelines and structures, regulate music levels and keep passes to a minimum in the same line.  Since that meeting Wake Responsibly sign have posted on the ramps and on the South Island.  I also learned that planning all of our LHPOA events on Saturdays was preventing a large population from attending because of their work schedules!  Brenda Worden will host the Annual Fall BBQ this Fall on a SUNDAY afternoon (date TBA).    I was a great lunch that opened some doors on a relationship between lake residents and water sports professional residents.

Nina Yon the Director of Development with United Against Poverty attended our May meeting.  Mr. Todd Carr suggested she be invited to speak with our group.  United Against Poverty is that group of buildings on Michigan right by the railroad track.  She came to talk to us about their charity work.  They are working to “give a hand up, not a hand out”.  She provided us with literature about their enrichment, education and employment programing.    They are working to break the cycle of poverty.  Stop by and check out what they are doing in and for our community.

Mark you calendars now for our July 15 Lake Cleanup.  Central Florida Recon is a group  “to protecting Central Florida’s environment by removing human pollution out of waterways”.  I spoke with Aimee and her crew will be parking at the South ramp with kayaks, grabbers, and buckets to pick up any trash they find in the lake.  They plan on hitting the water from 9 am to 11am.  She said everyone is welcome; arrive by car, boat, canoe, kayak, SUP or jet ski.  Let’s all  show up as a community and participate.  What a great way to spend a morning!  This is a simple way to keep Lake Holden awesome.

Check out both our Lake Holden Property Owners Association and Lake Holden Yacht Club Facebook page.  You can also find the Lake Holden Yacht Club on Instagram.

See you on the water!

Tasha Golis

President Lake Holden Property Owners Association

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes… by Rhea Cammenga

LHPOA 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2018   Holden Heights Community Center

Call to Order:  6:06pm

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

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

Guests Present: Lionel Robbins, Caroline St. Clair, Dana Krutzfeldt, Gary Davis, Michael Donaldson, Donny Cammenga

President’s Report – Tasha Golis

    • Patty Sheehan, Guest Speaker:
      • Redevelopment @ Orange & Pineloch: Mixed use residential/commercial, Lucky’s Market
      • Will lead to less panhandling, less crime
      • I-4 closures upcoming, detours through downtown, Michigan entrance closed 1 year
      • Check 411 for closure/detour info
      • Letter from Lake Holden Terrace residents lead to change in traffic, only right turns onto Michigan from LH Terrace
    • Officer Eddie Rosado, Guest Speaker:
      • District 4 crime stats online – calls for service/ incidents
      • Call 911 for any suspicious persons, let operator decide whether it’s an emergency
    • Pete Clark, Guest Speaker:
      • 29th Street @ Michigan, performing test case for 1 way traffic to reduce non-local traffic
      • Air B&B new regulations from state
      • Expansion Cypress Grove East to RR tracks
      • Continuing to green space plans on OBT
    • Tasha Golis:
      • Boat parade/social success, 2 new paid members 
      • OBT Next project – 10 mile corridor rehab, originally included boat ramp to LH but has since been omitted. Green space only, leaves lake Semi Private, no public access
  • Water Advisory Report – Rick Richbourg:
    • Working on  rebid to clean pond at OBT & 43rd 
    • Sign up for county notifications for lake chemical treatment alerts

Vice President’s Report – Brenda Warden

Secretary’s Report – Rhea Cammenga

Treasurer’s Report – Karen Perdue

Director’s Report

Old Business 

New Business


Motion to adjourn

Adjournment:  6:45pm

Central Florida Recon To Do Cleanup of Lake Holden Shoreline!!

Lionel & Diana Robbins

WHEN:  Sunday, July 15th TIME:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00’ish a.m.

WHERE:  Boat Ramp at the end of MacArthur Dr. on the east side of the lake. 

Central Florida Recon reached out to the Lake Holden Water Advisory Board for a volunteer to help them with access to the lake for the purpose of cleaning up our shoreline.  So of course, Lionel volunteered us!!  Just to let you know who CFR is . . . they are a group of volunteers who provide shoreline cleanup of local lakes “because it is the right thing to do to protect the beauty of Central Florida lakes”.  They are not associated with Orange County.  They will be launching six kayaks with trash bins to do the collecting.  Anyone interested is encouraged to come and join in!!  If you know of a particular area in need of clean up, please let us know!  Oh, and be sure and show your appreciation if you see them out there . . . yell a big Thank You!

If you want to participate, Central Florida Recon will have a few extra kayaks to share, but we will need to know in advance if you want one.  Volunteers will paddle the waters of Lake Holden and fill bins with trash.  If you have a standup paddleboard (SUP) we have a supply of buckets and trash grabbers that can be placed on the front of the SUP if you would rather stand up instead of sit in a kayak.  There is no time requirement.  You can volunteer for 30 minutes or two hours.  All of our efforts will directly benefit Lake Holden.

Lake Notes… Water Advisor Board Meeting By Lionel Robbins,

Aquatic Plant Management

EPD conducted their quarterly inspection of invasive plants on March 13 & 14, 2018.  They found dense patches of hydrilla in numerous locations around the lake.  On April 24 & 25th a “BLOCK TREATMENT” was done on many of these areas.  A block application is dropping granular herbicide in a specific block area to concentrate the treatment in dense plant areas.  Please see map below for specific locations of treatments.  As always, if you see invasive plants in your area, please notify any WAB member and we will pass it on to EPD.  On a side note, please see the green line (or straight line) extending generally north and south.  That “run” has been determined to be the Navigational Corridor determined by Orange County EPD and Florida Department Of Environmental Protection.  The latter being the permit issuing entity to treat the invasive Illinois Pond Weed.  The two yellow zones are the general area of on-going treatment.

Boating Regulations

There are many ways to enjoy recreational activities on Lake Holden and all are noteworthy discussions on how these topics affect the water quality of the Lake.  However not all activities impact water quality so the WAB has opted to remove this topic from their agenda and pass it on to the LHPOA.  Certainly, if a certain activity(s) becomes a water quality issue, the WAB will address the issue(s) as needed.

Officer Elections

During the May 16, 2018 meeting, the Advisory Board reelected Lionel Robbins as Chair and Caroline St. Clair as Vice Chair of the Lake Holden Advisory Board for the following year.  

Educational Videos

Vice Chair Caroline St. Clair suggested the WAB create a series of educational videos for lake-related issues.  She will spearhead the creation and provide input for the content.  Rick Richbourg will create a channel for the videos.   

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.

Reappointment of Board Members

Rick Richbourg and Lionel Robbins were both reappointed to the WAB effective on March 20, 2018 and will expire12/31/2019.

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.

Asparagus – 2 Ways……….Cold  or  Baked

Cold Asparagus

3 lbs Asparagus or enough for your group

5 oz Parmesan Grated Cheese – processed or fresh

Kens Cesar Salad Dressing – fully body or light

  1. Clean and remove woody ends of asparagus.  
  1. Put ice and water in a dish big enough to chill the asparagus once cooked.
  1. Bring a pan of water to a boil.  Add some or all of the asparagus.  When the water comes to a boil again, set timer for 2 minutes.  Immediately, remove the asparagus and transfer to chilled water to stop the cooking.  Leave in chilled water till the asparagus is cool.  You may need to repeat the cooking and cooling process until all the asparagus is done.
  1. Place some asparagus in your serving dish to cover the bottom of the dish.  Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and drizzle with some of the salad dressing.  Repeat until you have used all the asparagus and top with the Parmesan Cheese and salad dressing.
  1. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  I like to rotate the bottom asparagus to the top just before serving to help mix up the salad dressing. 

Sensational Baked Asparagus

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

1 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice – fresh or concentrated

2 tsp. Garlic – crushed

Pinch of Salt and Pepper

1 lb Asparagus or enough for your group

1 cup Romano Grated Cheese

  1. Clean and remove woody ends of asparagus.   
  1. Whisk oil with lemon juice.  Stir in garlic and add salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Place Asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet with sides and sprinkle with Romano cheese.  Drizzle with the dressing.
  1. Bake 12 – 15 minutes.  Serve warm.


Household Tips…Lawns, Lakes & Fertilizer…


Orlando’s lakes start right in your lawn. As rainwater travels through your yard, it picks up anything it can carry on its way to the nearest storm drain, destined for a nearby lake. Help keep our lakes clean by responsibly maintaining your yard.

  1. Follow these lake-friendly best practices:
  2. Keep your yard waste out of streets and sidewalks
  3. Pick up your pet’s waste
  4. Dispose of household hazardous waste at your nearest hazardous waste drop-off facility
  5. Keep your car free of leaks
  6. Maintain your septic tank properly
  7. Keep grease and other food items out of your sanitary sewers

Learn other ways you can help to keep our lakes clean at cityoforlando.net/stormwater.


There are many local resources available to assist you to keep our waters clean and maintain your yard properly:

  • Stormwater Violation Reporting – stormwater@cityoforlando.net 407.246.2370
  • Stormwater Education and Outreach – stormwatereducation@cityoforlando.net kristen.sims@cityoforlando.net 407.246.2257
  • Keep Orlando Beautiful – cityoforlando.net/kob 407.246.2752
  • UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Office – sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/orange orange@ifas.ufl.edu 407.254.9200



  1. Learn how to read your label and understand what you’re buying before you go to the store.
  2. All fertilizer labels display an N-P-K number showing the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the fertilizer.  
  3. Use zero-phosphorus fertilizer. Florida soils are generally rich in phosphorus and don’t need additional amounts. Extra phosphorus ends up in our lakes instead of your yard. Look for the N-P-K number to have a 0 in the middle.
  4. Use a 50% slow-release nitrogen formula. These fertilizers are designed to allow nitrogen to release over time, maximizing your yard’s consumption of the nutrient. This will keep your yard looking good longer and save you money in the long run.
  5. Follow the label instructions.
  6. The instructions on the bag will help you calculate how much fertilizer to use, as well as when and where to use it.
  7. These labels are in accordance with federal and state laws.


  1. Only fertilize when your yard needs it. If your yard already has the right amount of nutrients it needs, your lawn won’t soak up the extra that you have added. All of the excess nutrients will be washed away with the rain.
  2. Never fertilize before a rain storm. If heavy rain is in the 48-hour forecast, wait to fertilize. Your yard only needs about 1⁄4 inch of water to set in the fertilizer. Any more water than that will wash away the work you just did.
  3. Use a 15-foot “fertilizer-free zone” around water.  Keep at least 15 feet away from lakes, streams, and ponds when spreading your fertilizer. This will reduce the amount of fertilizer runoff.
  4. Clean up spills.
  5. If fertilizer ends up on a paved surface such as a driveway, sidewalk or street, sweep it back onto your lawn and collect it for later use.
  6. Pesticides and herbicides can be harmful, too!
  7. Be mindful of how much and how often you’re using pesticides and herbicides. Always follow the directions on the label.
  8. Don’t let your time and money get washed down the drain by improperly fertilizing.




~Thought for the Day ~

A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere.


Diana Robbins, COB

In recent years, the issues of how recreational boating affects shoreline erosion, possible damage to docks and safety of others have been discussed by most lakefront property owners.  In some instances, verbal confrontations have ensued and nearly intensified to physical confrontation.  Efforts to quell the various conflicts were frequently considered but to no avail until one method that was used by the Lake Conway Home Owners Association seemed to be the answer.  They brought together the interested parties for an educational meeting that featured the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA).  WSIA already had experience with the issues of various boating activities and having the educational program, “WAKE RESPONSIBLY”.   

To explore the possibilities of Lake Holden joining the WSIA program, Lionel Robbins arranged a meeting with the Executive Director and founder of WSIA, Kevin Michael and Larry Meddock.  They were very receptive to assisting with organizing a meeting with a select few LHPOA members and invited all professional wakeboarders to attend.  The meeting was held on May 11, 2018.  The LHPOA was represented by President Tosha Golis, Chairman of the Board Diana Robbins and Lionel Robbins.  Cobe Mikacich was the spokesperson for WSIA and attending professionals Dallas Friday, Scott Kell, Tayler McCollough, Gunnar Shuler, and Hollie Waldrop, as well as Lt. Naomii Tye with Fish & Wildlife Conservation.  This meeting was to hopefully bring together the water sports community and the property owners around Lake Holden.

Diana opened the meeting by describing the many projects instituted by the Water Advisory Board and the LHPOA over almost two decades that helped the Lake become one of the cleanest lakes in Central Florida.  The realization that the MSTU monies come from lakefront owners and those living in the sub-basins made many sit up in their chairs.  Some questions were about Alum Treatments of the past and what was anticipated for the future.

Tasha reminded everyone that they were welcome and encouraged to attend any WAB or LHPOA meeting.  She provided the on-line information of the LHPOA website and Facebook Page, and offered her phone number for more information.  There were several questions about the organization and all were answered.  One comment was that all the LHPOA social events were on Saturday.  It was requested that some Sunday events be scheduled so those who must work on Saturday could attend and Tasha agreed that switching up the days was something that could be accomplished.

As the meeting progressed, the group felt that education of property owners and to review with their guests the need to extend courtesy to other boaters on the water, respect lakefront residents’ property, i.e. moored boats, docks, shoreline/seawalls and regulate music levels would be worth the effort.  It was noted that those in attendance were willing to be the forerunners in this education process and that nothing can be gained by “shaking a fist”; finger gestures; shouting expletives from the dock or stopping their boat to discuss violations is a solution.  As part of the education process, Cobe presented the LHPOA with Wake Responsibly signs and cards and Towed Water Sports Boating Handbook, all produced by WSIA.  Cobe also indicated he would request additional materials for the LHPOA to distribute, and we are currently acquiring that information and will be distributed to all lakefront homeowners/renters.

A map of Hydrilla and Illinois Pond Weed treatment locations of Lake Holden was reviewed.  The “preferred” line for towed recreation was discussed, i.e the central corridor down the middle of the lake.  It was explained that the MSTU provided the funds to clear the navigational passageway that was determined by the State and County Environmental Protection Departments.  It was acknowledged that wind direction and wave effects from the wind sometimes prevents that corridor from being used.  Everyone was reminded that it is desired to stay at least 150 feet away from shoreline, docks or other structures.  Also, when not using the preferred corridor, keep the passes to a minimum in the same line.

What came out of this meeting was mutual respect!  It was impressive the amount of respect shown by the attendees to the idea of having this gathering and there was participation by all with positive input.  Those of us who are not wakeboarders gained much information and insight to the technical side of wakeboarding, wake skating, etc., and those who routinely participate in such activities gained insight as to what the concerns are to property owners and other boaters.  

As a closing, Lieutenant Naomii Tye of FWC described the use of Lake Holden and other surface waters as a “privilege” and not a “right” that can be taken away by violating boating regulations.  She described the two most prolific violations were boating under the influence (BUI) and reckless operation of a powered vessel.

Because this meeting was so successful we anticipate others in the future and we will keep everyone updated and apprised of future dates and times!!


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


These are not tips……this is the law!


  • When there is no posted speed limit, a vessel operator shall operate the vessel in such a manner that will not endanger persons OR property.
  • A vessel shall operate at IDLE SPEED when within 100 feet of shore, docks and other vessels.  A vessel that is operating at slow speed is completely off plane, has settled into the water and is proceeding without wake or with minimum wake.  When a vessel is pulling someone behind their vessel, whether it be a skier, wakeboarder, tube, etc., both the boat and skier must be outside of the 100 foot designation for idle speed.
  • Must have a U.S.C.G. approved for marine use, fire extinguisher on board (B-1).
  • Must have a sound-producing device readily accessible (whistle, horn, etc.).
  • Must have a copy of current registration on board.
  • There must be on board the vessel as many flotations devices as there are passengers.  These must be U.S.C.G. approved personal flotation devices (Type I, II or III).

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC, i.e. jet skis, etc.)

  • All personal watercraft must carry all equipment required of a Class A motorboat (anchor and line and paddle or oar not required).
  • Must have a U.S.C.G. approved for marine use, fire extinguisher on board (B-1).
  • Must have a sound-producing device readily accessible.
  • Must have a copy of current registration on board.
  • The operator and all passengers MUST WEAR A U.S.C.G. APPROVED PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (Type I, II or III).
  • If the vessel is equipped with a lanyard it must be attached to the operator.
  • The operator MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OF AGE – 18 years of age if rented.  If the operator is under the age of 18, he/she must have a Boaters Safety card.  The card and a picture I.D. must be carried while operating the PWC or any other vessel with horsepower greater than 10 HP.
  • Allowing someone under the age of 14 to operate a PWC is against the law.  Both the owner and the child are subject to individual fines.
  • Operation from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise is prohibited.

Important Phone Numbers:

Orange County Marine Patrol:  407-254-6806

Orlando Police Dept. Marine Patrol:  407-246-2442


  • Flashlights and battery-powered lanterns are much safer than candles.
  • Battery-operated radios.
  • Keep a generous supply of batteries, all sizes, on hand.
  • Nonperishable food supplies.
  • Have all prescriptions filled.
  • Keep a First Aid Kit in your home, as well as your automobile.
  • Make sure you also have food supplies for your pets, as well as any medical supplies your pets may need.  Remember the kitty litter!
  • Have bottled water available in case of possible water contamination.
  • Have a good supply of household cleaners, as well as disinfectants on hand.
  • Make sure propane tanks are full for use with gas grills and outdoor cooking utensils.
  • Make sure your automobile has a full tank of gas.
  • Have cash or travelers checks.
  • Know proper steps if a “boil water” alert is issued.
  • Make sure windows and doors are secure and properly protected from flying debris.
  • Discard perishable food items not refrigerated more than 24 hours.
  • Turn off lights and appliances during a power outage.  It is also a good idea to turn off the main power switch to your home from the outside electrical box to prevent a power surge and possible damage when power is restored.
  • Never touch fallen power lines or wires!  Consider all lines to be “live and dangerous”.
  • Do not try to remove fallen trees/limbs that are entangled with fallen power lines.
  • DO NOT use a generator in an enclosed area of the home, including the garage.  Do not place under windows or under crawl spaces where carbon monoxide could potentially enter the home.  Make sure your generator is in working condition by running it about 15 minutes before running any household appliances.  Do not plug a portable generator into an outlet; connect it into your electrical wiring or main electrical panel.  Try to have a generous supply of fuel for your generator on hand.
  • Know your resources and those of your neighbors.
  • Know of residents in your neighborhood who are elderly and may need special requirements.  Disabled or elderly residents who need assistance with mobility or medical needs may be placed on the Special Needs Shelter Registry by contacting the Orange County Medical Clinic at 407-650-4031.  Do not wait until a storm is on the way…do this now.
  • Advise family and/or friends if going to a shelter or staying somewhere other than your home.
  • Stay off roadways unless it is an emergency.  Watch for debris and road flooding.  When streetlights are out, every intersection is a four-way STOP.
  • Have tarp or canvas on hand in case of roof damage.
  • Make sure all your laundry is done before the storm hits!!  Especially underclothes and towels!!


Use 9-1-1 only in an emergency.

OUC:  407-823-9150

Progress Energy:  1-800-228-8485

Bell South Repair:  1-800-964-6444 or 611


Fun Photos from the 2017 Membership BBQ – This year’s date to be announced. You don’t want to miss the fun!


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