The much needed update to the Association's Articles of
Incorporation and Bylaws was completed on Nov. 15, 2007. They
can be read online at these links:
Click here for a map of
properties in Overbrook Gardens showing house numbers.
Click here for a map of original lot
numbers. This was found in a badly deteriorated state but was pieced
together and scanned to produce this PDF. Zoom in on it and it becomes
Click here for
the Google map of this area. Drag the cursor to move the map.
Someone sent in a copy of a newspaper article that shows a photo of a
painting of the old Bridge St. bridge that crossed Forked Creek before Overbrook
Gardens was developed.
for the complete article and the picture. Also, while digging through the
this 1966 Herald Tribune article
was found. Apparently there was some controversy surrounding
the removal of the bridge.
early aerial photograph of Overbrook Gardens, apparently taken for a real estate
brochure in the late 1950s, was found in Ed Bohon's archives. His house at 1953
Fairview Dr. was built in 1960, one of earliest houses built in Overbrook Gardens.
Note that his house is not in the photo.
Click here to view the photo. Note
the Bridge St. bridge and the Englewood Isles (now) shoreline that extends into
North Forked Creek. This no longer exists and we have, instead, the placid
basin between Fairview and Forked Creek Drives and Englewood Isles. A
perfect turning area for raising and lowering sails! You can also plainly
see the shoal at the entrance to Greenlawn Channel. Also note the absence
of "native" Mangroves----anywhere!!!
Smith has provided two additional pictures of our neighborhood in earlier days which are
Click here for the
full article that was in the Herald Tribune on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
featuring Overbrook Gardens in the Real Estate magazine.
Lot 12 Mangrove Damage
The Association has been
charged for two mangrove violations by the State of Florida's Department of
Environmental Protection, one in 2004 and a much larger one in 2008. The following links
show a document trail for both. The Lot 12 violation was done in early
2008 by person(s) unknown but has cost the Association some $6000, extreme stress to the Board,
and uncounted hours of volunteer time. There were many more emails, reports, consent orders (and
rebuttals), conference calls, meetings, and photo excursions that are not
listed. The process was completed on Oct. 2012 when the DEP made their
final inspection of the property, reviewed documentation of the restoration
process and issued a letter releasing the Association from further restoration
work and reporting requirements.
Photos of the 2008 Mangrove Damage.
Warning Letter, May 5, 2008
Executed Consent Order, June 2, 2009
Attachments to Executed Consent Order, June 2, 2009
Sign Installation Report, July 6, 2009
Time Zero Report, Sept. 2, 2009
Status Report, Mar. 2, 2010
Status Report, Sept. 2, 2010
Status Report, Sept. 2, 2011
Status Report, Sept. 2, 2012
This is the final status report required.
Final DEP Inspection of Restoration. Oct. 3, 2012.
DEP Closure Notice. Oct. 4, 2012