Members - get involved! Volunteer by contacting any board director to find out what you can do.
Our web site needs pictures, such as Garden & Landscaping ideas for our Garden! page.
How about some Christmas or Holiday Decorations photos?
Things to Do - Freewoods Farm
Freewoods Farm is down the road! See Sugar Syrup being made through Nov. 25.
Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles
December 4 - 6, 11 - 13, 18 - 20.
Brookgreen is adding a New Holiday Tree Lighting and Mobile App Nights of a Thousand Candles will delight guests from 3 to 10 p.m.
with beautiful candle and lighting displays and exceptional entertainment. One of this year's most exciting new features is the 80 foot tall Holiday Fir Tree decorated with 60,000 lights. Located in the arboretum, this beautiful tree will be lighted each night in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m.
Other new highlights include The Peppermint Forest in the Children's Garden, The Ice Garden in the Lower Left Wing garden, and the addition of a garden by candle light. Adult tickets are $18 and tickets for children are $10. Tickets are available atwww.brookgreen.org
, at the gardens, and by phone at (843) 235-6016
. Dinner. http://www.brookgreen.org/
Moss Creek Road Berm Ownership Puzzle
Board member Lem has rediscovered the Moss Creek berm marker - looks like the roadside berm is part of those adjacent owners' easements! The Board has set up a marker with blue tape at the west corner of the Berm. If any member has a recent survey of their property with news regarding pond and berm boundaries, please share with the Board.
Open Meeting Notes - 11/6/2014. An open member meeting was held Thursday 11/6 at the Socastee Library. At issue was berm maintenance. The general opinion of members in attendance, which happened to be mostly non-berm owners, is that owners should be mainly and financially responsible for landscape maintenance of berms on or adjacent to their property and easements. This is a tough issue.
Cooperative Boundary Maintenance
It is this writer's opinion that it should be a "give and get" cooperative effort. Perhaps the POA should tackle the large issues, such as funding annual clearing and weed prevention of berms, while owners be ultimately responsible for maintenance in between clearings, including improvements such as enhancing the berm landscape with mulch, plant, tree and shrub selections of their choice and funding same. Let's face it - overgrown berms are just plain ugly, especially the ones viewable from Moss Creek Road. This berm should serve as a preview to travelers, guests and friends of owners, of the beauty of Moss Estates.
Berm owners who argue it's unfair to them, that the POA should fund as they fund storm water management pond water quality, should be aware that it is required of the POA covenants/by-laws that pond owners have to keep their banks maintained. Last summer, pond owners had to clear shrubs and trees dipping or growing into the pond at great expense to these owners and threat of fines.
On the other hand, berms and pond banks which are inaccessible, such as berm-bank located across the Maiden Lane canal pond, have never been addressed. As a result, Nature has taken over with the vigorous growth of beautiful Carolina pines--which are stately-looking, friendly to wildlife and the environment, and improve the scenery of our entire community. One last idea - the POA together with owners should adopt a long-term budget and phased-in plan, such as working on the tough landscape problems, section by section, over time, such as quarterly. Teamwork! it has to be a cooperative effort with owners' participating, being accountable and responsible.
Greater Burgess Community Organization
- Have you considered joining the "Greater Burgess Community" organization?
- Membership is open to individuals, POAs, and businesses residing in Burgess Community.
- This organization has taken the lead in supporting the quality of life and business in our area and it's infrastructure, property, roads and planning.
- They are in-the-know on state and county regulations and plans governing neighborhoods like Moss Estates.
- They also participate with the Horry County Planning Commission on plans like the Burgess long-range plan, the Hwy 707 and Holmestown overlays and more.
- They invite speakers representing different concerns, like officers from Horry County Police to speak on public safety and much, much more. Use the link below to learn more about then:
- Moss 2014 Board of Directors Election results and recent officer appointments:
- Tim McGraw, President
- Lem Donelson, Vice-President
- Laurie Dunn, Secretary
- Directors-at-Large: Jack Higgins & Henry Elsesser
- Important - Covenants Amending Vote Results - TABLED - NO QUORUM!
At issue is the term "matching" with regard to adding structures to properties. This term has caused some consternation and head scratching. A past board once interpreted "matching" to mean that structures like sheds must exactly match the homes' materials. So early on, an owner of an all brick home was advised to build an all brick shed.
Currently, there are approximately a half dozen backyard sheds--all built or installed to code. Three closely match home construction - 2 built by our original builder/developer-- but others are prefabricated with vinyl that matches the home.
The majority of the board would like to better define matching and make the article more fair as the Covenants do not say matching "in color" or "in materials", etc. Your support is needed.
About Our Moss Estates POA Community:
Moss Estates of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29588 is a beautiful community of 54 homes and properties, located southwest of Myrtle Beach in the Burgess community, west of Route 17 Bypass and off of Route 707, between Socastee and Surfside in the County of Horry. The Intracoastal Waterway is west of us and the Atlantic Ocean is east.
Our homeowners' association is the Moss Estates Property Owners' Association (POA), Inc. and our management company is Premier Management Group. This is our Board and Member web site. Our POA has low annual member fee of $350 per property--unlike the exorbitant fees you find in some other SC POA/HOAs. This fee covers street lights, storm water pond management, signage, POA maintenance of common areas, liability insurance,annual audit, postage for mailings to members, and POA management.
We are proud of our scenic neighborhood of half-acre or greater sized home sites, some adjacent to protected state wetlands woodlands. Our storm water management ponds, while maintained, are very naturalistic. Our ponds are home to a variety of wildlife, such as blue heron, snowy egrets, turtles, sun fish, blue gill, catfish, mallard ducks, and even a junior alligator nicknamed "George." [Update: While Gator George has not been seen since Spring 2013, Son of George was spotted last summer.] Migrating swan visit each spring and fall. The woods abound with both deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, including Carolina pines, water and live oak, star gum, wax myrtle, red bay, jessamine - Carolina jasmine, and wild magnolia.
Beaches, shopping centers, the Socastee post office and the Socastee Library are all a quick drive. There are public boat docks to the Intracoastal Waterway nearby. There is major county government office center and brand new South Strand Recreation Center nearby on Scipio Lane, off Holmestown Rd.We are in the Saint James School District - GO SHARKS!
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