Lake of the Pines may see a recall
Lake of the Pines resident Dave Campbell almost has enough signatures to launch a vote that could recall the gated community’s board of directors.
Campbell has stood in the cold outside the south county board meetings and walked from house to house on weekend evenings to draw attention to the effort – all because he is fed up with the way many of the directors make decisions without listening to the residents, he said.
“There are a lot of people here up in arms. There is a lot of animosity – mostly because we are not allowed to have a voice,” said Lake of the Pines resident Grant Stratto, who is also a supporter of the recall effort.
The most recent issue concerns a one-season “trial run” change of the quiet hours on the lake, cutting the time residents can do recreational activities that create big waves – such as wakeboarding and tubing. A first reading of the new law took place at the board’s meeting on Tuesday – but not without a significant showing of opposition. Campbell and his supporters say they merely want the final decision made by the residents themselves, with a vote.
Board President Ralph Kendrick said the decision was made after getting phone calls and e-mails from residents, as well as input from meetings held by a seven-member “lake committee.”
“This is a good example of how the board has to operate. What we have is basically half of the community in favor of the change and half the people who are not,” Kendrick said. He said the board has broken no laws in the process, and he refers to his fellow board members as being “strong individuals in terms of their character and integrity.”
“I was in the Navy for 27 years. With that kind of training, I would never offend or be a nuisance to other boaters,” Kendrick said.
For people aligned with Campbell – who also is a former lake committee member – this is just the latest action showing the growing generational gap between the board and the residents with more younger families moving in.
“If you look at the age of the people on the board, they tend generally all to be retired, and mainly tend to be male. The old generations just go nuts when they are questioned.” he said.
The dispute between Campbell and Kendrick is a personal one, as well – and one that has hit Campbell hard. Campbell said he and Kendrick were “best friends” until last year, when Kendrick used his influence to outlaw wetsuits being worn during the swim section of the annual community triathlon race.
“He is a world-class swimmer,” Campbell said of Kendrick. Campbell felt the decision put people’s lives in danger.
The Board of Directors is also responsible for raising the community members’ annual dues – and some charge the board with raising fees to subsidize the financially strapped golf course, an amenity that in the past has always been expected to pay for itself.
Kendrick said that while it may be true that the board had to pay for some of the golf course’s costs this year, it was a tough decision.
“Collectively, these recreational opportunities are what make LOP the recreational community that it is,” he said.
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