Home Owners of Ocean Sands Facebook Group Breaks 500

 

OCEAN SANDS FACEBOOK GROUP
TWO YEARS OLD AND MORE THAN 500 STRONG!

In April of 2015, the Governance Committee was formed by unanimous floor vote at the Annual Owners Meeting. Due to Coastland’s failure to disseminate pertinent information about our community, we went to work to find a way to better connect neighbors with neighbors. We set out to build a database of owners’ contact information, and in 2016 we launched our first email to the Home Owners of Ocean Sands. Our mailing list has since grown to more than 1,300 subscribers.

Later that same year, we began work on an owner website, designed to host information about Ocean Sands, including FAQs, legal documents, emails and posts. We announced oshoa.org in the winter of 2016.

In August of 2017, the Governance Committee created the Home Owners of Ocean Sands Facebook Group, and invited homeowners to join. It started small, but there are now 517 verified owner members. On this Facebook page, owners share important information about our homes, our community and events, vendor services, beach and dune crossover status, hurricanes and tropical storms. Whenever Ocean Sands suffers the brunt of a storm, for example, neighbors reach out to neighbors, sending photos and checking homes for those who are unable to get here to see for themselves.

Since this is a closed group, only members who own property in Ocean Sands North may be admitted. This is meant to provide a safe place for discussion among owners. Members are held to the basic FB standards of respectful and courteous discourse.

If you are a member of our Facebook Group, thanks for joining! If not, please send a request to join by clicking here: Home Owners Of Ocean Sands. Spread the word to other Ocean Sands neighbors!

Finally, we continue into 2019 to get the job done. So if you, or someone you know, haven’t signed the Written Consent Form to amend the Declaration, please do it this week! More than 80% of Facebook members have sent in their signed Written Consent Form. Doing so will amend the Declaration and place control of our community into the rightful hands of ALL owners, not the Developer. We’re getting very close to reaching that goal. Question about the form or process? Send us an email: admin@oshoa.org.

Here’s a link to the email that will explain why, and take you to the form that you need to sign: http://oshoa.org/2017/08/10/written-consent-to-amend-the-declaration/

Do it this week.

The Governance Committee,
Al, Rick, Dennis, Chris, Robert, Greg, Jim and Jeanne

 

 

Consent Form Update – More Progress Toward Self Governance

MORE PROGRESS TOWARD SELF GOVERNANCE

Now that the annual meeting has passed, we thought you would want to know the status of our community’s effort to achieve self-governance.  We have been making steady progress! Thank you.

By the end of the Annual Meeting, a total of 552 properties have approved the change by completing their Written Consent Form. This represents 80.4% of the legally required signatures to remove Coastland’s control of the Ocean Sands POA Board. Technically, this is done by cancelling the special Developer Class of voters in the Declaration of Restrictive Covenants. Coastland will have just one vote for each of the eight (8) lots they still own. 

We, us, all the owners, within Ocean Sands North are so close.  Finally, this feels like it is a very achievable effort and it is.  At this point we request (read – need!) every owner who has signed to check with your immediate Ocean Sands neighbors, the house to the left, the right, and behind you.  Convey to them the urgency and necessity of removing the tyrant crippling our chances to improve the quality and value of our community!

If you haven’t signed please re-read all the various communications concerning Coastland’s poor treatment of our community and the Ocean Sands POA Board. The change to all-owner control will only benefit you and all your fellow owners! Reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

Governance Committee

Al, Rick, Jeanne, Greg, Chris, Jim, Robert and Dennis

Notarizing is EASY

So many owners have told us that the only thing stopping them from sending in their Written Consent form is the need for a notary. The notary requirement is one we would have gladly skipped, but our attorney warned that not having a notary certification on each form would create a potential claim of fraud.

All forms need to be notarized. Normally, we only see notaries when buying or selling a home or signing a will. For most people these are not frequent activities. We are hoping a quick set of reminders will help get many owners over the hump.

WHERE:
Notaries are available many places. Wherever you find a notary, the seal will be honored in North Carolina. Follow this list in order of ease:

  • Your bank – almost always has a notary in the branch. Often notarization is free if you have an account.
  • Public Library, commonly free
  • UPS or FedEx stores are very convenient, not free
  • Real Estate firms, usually
  • Your employer may have a notary in the Legal or HR department
  • Law Offices, always

HOW:

  • Print out the form and complete it, but do not sign it yet
  • Go to the notary you found above
  • Sign the form in front of them
  • Provide your driver’s license or passport as identification
  • The notary will examine the driver’s license to identify you
  • Often, they will record your information in their logbook and you may be asked to sign. This is in case the notarization is ever challenged.
  • The notary will fill in the Certification section, sign, date, and stamp the form. The form will be returned to you.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

  • All owners need to sign for Joint or Partnership, but they can sign different copies of the form. The attorney will match them up.
  • For Trust ownership, use the Trust form. All Trustees must sign, but they can sign different copies of the form. Fill in the exact name of the Trust (we can find it for you). When you sign your name, write “Trustee” after your signature.
  • For LLC ownership, use the Corporation form. Fill in the name of the LLC. When you sign your name, put your corporate title after your signature. It might be Manager, CEO, President, Owner, etc. It is never Registered Agent.
  • Mail the form directly to the attorney. The address is at the top of page one.


Getting the Written Consent form notarized is not be a burden. Total time at the notary should be well under 15 minutes if you are prepared. The forms notarized at the Annual Meeting by our mobile notary usually took less than 10 minutes, unless the owners wanted to chat. If not free from your bank, notary fees run between $2 and $15 depending on state laws. The need for a notary should not be an obstacle to submitting your form. Over 560 forms have been submitted already.

If you have any questions, or need a blank form please reply to this email.

The Governance Committee,
Al, Rick, Jean, Dennis, Chris, Greg, Jim, and Robert

More Progress Toward Self Governance – Update on Consent Forms

More Progress Towards Self Governance
Now that the annual meeting has passed, we thought you would want to know the status of our community’s effort to achieve self-governance.  We have been making steady progress! Thank you.

By the end of the Annual Meeting, a total of 552 properties have approved the change by completing their Written Consent Form. This represents 80.4% of the legally required signatures to remove Coastland’s control of the Ocean Sands POA Board. Technically, this is done by cancelling the special Developer Class of voters in the Declaration of Restrictive Covenants. Coastland will have just one vote for each of the eight (8) lots they still own. 

We, us, all the owners, within Ocean Sands North are so close.  Finally, this feels like it is a very achievable effort and it is.  At this point we request (read – need!) every owner who has signed to check with your immediate Ocean Sands neighbors, the house to the left, the right, and behind you.  Convey to them the urgency and necessity of removing the tyrant crippling our chances to improve the quality and value of our community!

If you haven’t signed please re-read all the variouscommunications concerning Coastland’s poor treatment of our community and the Ocean Sands POA Board. The change to all-owner control will only benefit you and all your fellow owners! Reply to this email with any questions or concerns.

Governance Committee

Al, Rick, Jeanne, Greg, Chris, Jim, Robert and Dennis

Watch for the Annual Meeting Overview email  –  coming soon!
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