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Welcome to Bayshore Place!

Bear in BSP!

As you probably know, we've had a visitor show up in BSP during May - a black bear.  Here's some info from FL Wildlife:

Thank you for contacting FWC about the bear you have seen in your neighborhood. Northwest Florida is an area where bears have and will always be present; our goal is to prevent them from lingering in residential areas by providing technical assistance and outreach/education.

The very best approach to prevent bear encounters is to secure attractants that bring bears into neighborhoods. Household garbage is extremely high in calories and provides bears with a large caloric reward for very little effort. Black bears do not view humans as prey, but can and will learn to associate humans with food if they are continually rewarded with free meals from garbage cans, bird feeders, or pet food bowls. Once they lose their natural fear of humans and learn to treat them as a source for a handout, they can become a nuisance and a hazard. Scaring bears away when they are spotted will help reinforce their natural fear and let them know they are unwelcome. Trapping and removal of bears is a last resort; it does not become a viable option until after every effort has been made to secure the attractant. Getting in front of the situation before it becomes a nuisance issue resulting in garbage-habituated bears is the number one most effective approach to managing and mitigating human-wildlife conflict. Relocating bears is rarely an effective option as the bear will highly likely return to the area, another bear will move into the area, or the bear will simply become someone else’s problem in another part of the panhandle. The panhandle of Florida is bear habitat, and the growing human population in the area will only increase human-bear interaction if we do not work to secure our attractants that entice bears out of the woods and into neighborhoods. We strongly encourage finding long term solutions to discourage all bears from entering the neighborhoods to begin with. Other points to consider:

The FWC has experienced a three-fold increase in the number of human-bear conflict calls over the past several years. This is due in part to the increase in bear population but also to the rise in human development. However, in one neighborhood at Hurlburt Field outside of Eglin AFB, we reduced the number of bear-related incidents by 70% after the property management company and waste services came together to offer universal bear proof cans for residents’ use. Now, the only calls that come from that neighborhood are the result of a resident forgetting to latch their can. Otherwise, the problems have been completely eradicated. That is a big step!

Bears that climb fences to access garbage cans, bird feeders, grills, and other attractants can be deterred by erecting electric fencing around the outside of the fence. One strand low and another at chest-height that are offset from the fence using 6” insulators can be very effective at keeping bears out and preventing property damage. Watch a short video about how to install electric fencing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KkLxi5KZ8cY. I have also attached a link to assist you with installing an electric fence.

You could also try building garbage caddies to prevent bears from making a mess: https://myfwc.com/media/1883/caddyinstructions.pdf

Ensuring bears don’t linger in an area is a community effort and we really hope to get the whole neighborhood to be bear-wise. Many counties have bear resistant trash cans offered through their waste service providers. Please contact your waste service provider if you feel you need these types of trash cans, but be advised that there is sometimes an additional charge for these types of containers. You are also able to use retrofit kits for your trash cans, which are an inexpensive option for securing your trash. I have included an attachment with details on this. If you, or any neighbors, need additional assistance with bear-proof trash cans or information on how to obtain those, please let me know and feel free to provide my contact information with anyone who needs further assistance in the area. It is our goal to help alleviate human-bear conflicts and help residents live in concert with the growing bear population; we appreciate your cooperation and initiative in working toward an acceptable solution. Please let me know how we can provide you with any further technical or hands-on assistance and feel free to visit our website at http://myfwc.com/bear.

The Youngs are departing...

The Youngs are departing the neighborhood and we are looking for a person or people to assume the responsibilities currently held by them.  Responsibilities include:

1. Coordinate the date for the Fall yard sale.  Place and pay for an ad in the NWF Daily News for Thurs-Sat. Place and retrieve the 5 announcement signs on John Sims Pkwy and Bayshore Dr.  Store the signs when not in use.

2. Coordinate a group effort to clean and maintain the entrance as needed.  Usually done once in Mar/April and once in July/Aug.  Collect and maintain funds for pine straw purchase and any other goods or services as needed.  Examples are purchase of flowers or bushes and hiring of work not accomplished by residents like sidewalk cleaning.  We have several hundred dollars left from last year’s collection.  This should be more than enough to get through this year barring any unusually large projects.

3. Sweep pine straw off entrance sidewalks, power wash portions of the walk not done by others, clean trash and debris, and rake/remove leaves around the center island, spray weed killer, and cut small vines from bushes.  These tasks were accomplished as needed and not on a regular schedule.

4.  Coordinate actions with the Niceville Public Works Dept such as power washing the entrance walls and signs once a year when tree droppings or mold appear, replace lights when out of order, request use of the water source when needed, and any other special projects such as security signs.

5.  Represent BSP to the Niceville Police community liaison officer. 

6.  Check on the BSP website and provide info to the webmaster for posting.  Pay webmaster for the annual web site renewal fee.  Post the BSP website info sign at the 3 way stop 2-3 times a year.

Bayshore Bunco

Ladies, want to meet your neighbors?  Join us monthly for Bunco!  We normally play on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, but that does sometimes change.  Don't miss out on all the fun!  
Email Carine at thecarine@hotmail.com for more details. 
See the Bayshore Bunco Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/3070807663144610/

Services listing

Under the NEIGHBORHOOD menu you'll find a listing of folks within the community that offer baby sitting, pet setting, lawn services, and other services.  If you would like to be listed, please send an email with your information to bspadmin@themailsite.com.  Please support your fellow neighbors when you can!

Bayshore Place Covenants

As requested by some of our residents, I've uploaded a copy of the Bayshore Place Covenants to the website and listed them under the NEIGHBORHOOD menu.  These are for Phase X-b and are dated July 2005.  They're the most recent covenants available from the Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts.

Bayshore Place Mailing List

An emailing list has been set up to easily pass information throughout the neighborhood.  Just send an email to bayshoreplace@themailsite.com and your email will be mass-mailed to everyone on the mailing list.  Note that you must be a member of the list to send to the list -- that will avoid us receiving a lot of spam.

If you're not on the list, you can join the list by sending an email to bspadmin@themailsite.com.  Enter something like "Add to BSP Mail List" and specify which email address(es) you want added to the list.  It might take a day or so to be added.  If you don't want to be on the list anymore, you can unsubscribe by emailing that same address and letting us know which email addresses to remove.  Please pass the word to your neighbors who may not know about the mail list or this website!