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Real Estate Boom!

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Remember a little while ago I promised to update you about a new sale at the Hawks Nest? Well, here we go. Four weeks in a two bedroom in March, which were owned by the estate of a deceased owner, sold on bids for $77,000. That’s over $19,000 per week!

Now, before we go updating our net worth statements, we should realize that this is more than $5,000 per week higher than the previous high price ever paid at the Hawks Nest, at least that I’m aware of. I think that this was somebody that just really, really, really wanted those weeks.

At the same time as I teased you about this sale, I also told you about the sale of all that vacant land on the West side of Kyle Way to the man who owns the Sunset Grill. I still have no information as to what he plans for the property. If anybody knows, please write me at info@hawksnestowners.org.

More Neighborhood Sales

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The real estate market on Knights Key has been quite active of late. As I reported earlier, the owner of the Sunset Grille bought two lots South of the restaurant from Jim Chaplin, the original developer of Chappy’s. Since then, he has bought one more lot from Kyle Keys, LLC which now gives him a total of 230 feet of vacant ocean frontage at a cost of $1,185,000. I wonder what he has in mind???

Now, it appears that the Knights Key Inn has been sold as well. No information as to the buyer yet.

Finally, I teased you a little bit about a high priced sale coming up at the Hawks Nest. I don’t have anything further to report right now, but I’m hoping that the details will be available soon.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

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There’s been a big sale in the neighborhood. Jim and Bettye Chaplin, who owned most of the West side of Knight’s Key, and developed Chappy’s Restaurant, now the Sunset Grille, have sold 2 vacant lots along Kyle Way West To John S. Kotch, the owner of Sunset Grille. The sales price appears to be $800,000.

Don’t we all wonder just what plans Mr. Kotch has for this property. Maybe just to expand the parking, but that’s a lot of money to pay for a parking lot.

Whatever it is, unless it’s a for a personal residence, they will probably have to move the gate further down closer to the Hawks Nest. So will we now be in a gated community?

Speaking of sales, I think I’ll have a high priced sale to report at the Hawks Nest in the near future. Stay tuned.

Minutes of Annual Board and Owners’ Meetings

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On the weekend of May 17th and 18th, several meetings were held at the Hawks Nest. There was a board meeting on Saturday, the annual Owners’ Meeting and Election held on Sunday, and the board’s organizational meeting held after the results of the election were announced. Here are links to the minutes of those meetings:

MAY 17 HAWKS NEST BOARD MEETING

MAY 18 ANNUAL OWNERS MEETING & ELECTION

HAWKS NEST ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING 2014

Jim Barringer – Update

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President Gary Tucker notified me today that Jim Barringer has passed away. Jim and his wife, Angie have been owners at the Hawks Nest for nearly 30 years, and Jim served several terms on our Board as a director and as an officer.

Click Here for a link to Jim’s Obituary.

ELECTION RESULTS

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The annual meeting was held this afternoon. I have just received word of the results of the board election. While this is not an official tally, I got these numbers from someone who was at the meeting and took notes. Here are the unofficial results:

Gary Tucker – 613 votes – ELECTED
Charles Weidner – 439 votes – ELECTED
Alden Corley – 357 votes – ELECTED
James Dobbs – 264 votes
Martin Shapiro – 203 votes
Mary Smith – 67 votes

We should all be very pleased with the outcome of this vote. The new board looks to be very strong, and I trust they will work together as a team to continue the progress that has been accomplished over the last year.

The winners deserve our congratulations, and those who weren’t elected deserve our thanks for having enough interest in the Hawks Nest to run for the board.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t at the meeting today, so I’m not in a position to give you shadow minutes, but in the next few days, I hope to talk to several people who were there and from those conversations, be able to recount at least some of the things that went on.

John Beers Sr.

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I’m sorry to report that I received the news that long-time Hawks Nest Owner, John Beers Sr. passed away on May 6 after a short illness.

John & Dorothy only owned one week, Week 13, but had many friends at the Hawks Nest, including my parents and Sue & me. The Beers’ had not been down in quite a few years, but their son, John Jr. has been coming in recent years.

This year, John & Dorothy had planned to come back for the first time in several years. All of us Week 13 people were excited to see them after all this time. We knew that John would be having his 85th birthday soon, so we planned on having a party for him during our annual Friday night get together.

Unfortunately, shortly before they were to come down, they received the news of John’s illness which prevented their trip. Disappointed as we were, we circulated a birthday card for John, signed by everyone, and sent it up to Michigan.

We’re all sorry to hear of his passing, but John Jr. tells me that his dad’s spirits were good right up to the end. Click here for a link to John’s obituary. He will be missed.

If anyone would like Dorothy’s address to send a card or note, write me at bob@hawksnestowners.org.

BALLOT CHANGES

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The ballots for the upcoming board election have been mailed and you should be receiving yours shortly. the procedures for voting have changed this year. I have posted information regarding these changes and my thoughts regarding the candidates in Bob’s Blog. Please take the time to read at least the portion regarding ballot changes before you vote.

Bob Hogg