This issue is much broader than simply the lack of a boat launching site for the residents of Mallard's Landing.
There are at least four villages now that have residences that back on Fiddler's Creek, Mallards, Bellagio, Runaway Bay and Marsh Cove, all of which will need a boat launch site.
It is my understanding that all boats must be out of the Creek before hurricane season starts, to prevent them from becoming flying boats. This means that each boat could make multiple trips into and out of the Creek each year, hence necessitating a convenient launch site.
For each village to have a launch site is obviously a waste of money even if land were available, which has not been determined.
That raises the question of who is to pay for it and where should it be located.
The residents who have already paid for a dock assuming that there must be a boat launch site available certainly will be thinking that they should not have to now pay for construction of a launch site.
With at least four communities now involved, centralized planning is required.
Who better than the Foundation to assume the lead since they not only make all the rules, but also know the long term goals of the Declarant.
Certainly the By-laws and Covenants must be changed to recognize that residents can and do have boats on the Creek. Boating cannot be prohibited on that "Water Feature".
It would certainly be an embarrassment to Lennar to discover that they had sold docks to buyers who were either not permitted to launch a boat on the Creek or given permission had no point of access to do so.
There are also other questions that need to be addressed:
Why are only original purchasers allowed to have a dock?
I was told that resale buyers in Mallards were not allowed to add a dock. While I can appreciate the economics of encouraging initial purchasers to purchase options, it is also beneficial to resale values to be able to offer potential buyers the option of adding a dock if they are boaters
Why is use of the Creek limited only to owners whose property backs on the Creek? The NaplesDaily News article , which appears to be a Lennar sales ad, states that the Creek is for the use of Fiddler's Creek Homeowners. I read that as meaning all Homeowners.
When is the rest of the Creek going to be completed and who is going to develop it? Will there be other villages that have Creek access when the Creek is completed?
I believe that these questions should be presented to the Foundation Board before the Annual Meeting in April for answering at that meeting.
Preparing a list of relevant questions and conveying it to the residents representative on the Foundation Board would jump start the process.
"Each residence in Runaway Bay will boast a classical Mediterranean exterior along with upgraded interior, including tumbled marble floors and upgraded kitchen cabinets. Homes situated along The Creek also have a dock option at the time of purchase. The Creek allows for electric boats, kayaks and canoes for Fiddler’s Creek homeowners to enjoy at their leisure. Other residences will offer expansive golf course views."