Overbrook Gardens Association

Serving Members of a 538 Home Boating Community on Forked Creek's North Banks
P. O. Box 202, Englewood, FL 34295


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Community Affairs 

The Overbrook Gardens Association is incorporated in the State of Florida.  The Association is a member of theAerial view of Overbrook Gardens Area Southwest Sarasota County Alliance of Homeowners.   Members of the Board of Directors attend seminars on subjects such as: development of grants applications, disaster preparation, and neighborhood leadership development: and when appropriate, they attend meetings of such groups as the Englewood Area Planning Advisory Board, The Englewood Community Redevelopment Authority, the Sarasota County Planning Commission, and the Sarasota County Commission.   Participation in all of these activities gives Overbrook Gardens a greater voice in community affairs as well as access to a broad base of knowledge on what is going on and how to get help when necessary.   

 

The Association hosts a meeting for all community residents each November.  This is done to update residents on Association activities, to hear of concerns from the people who live in our community, and to introduce the Association to non-members.  Click here for the minutes of the meeting in Nov. 2016.  For information on current community activities see What’s New In Overbrook Gardens.

 

Elected Officials for Our Area

Florida U.S. Senators and Representatives

Florida Congressonal Districts

 

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan: 16th Congressional District

 

State Senator Greg Steube: District 23

State Representative Julio Gonzalez: District 74

 

Association Budget

The annual Association business meeting is held each February where the budget plan is presented to the members.  Click here to access the minutes from the 2017 meeting.  The Board of Directors approved the $20,836 Association budget for 2017 at the February Board of Directors meeting.  Click here to view the budget in PDF format.  Click here for the 2016 end of year report showing how the $23,688 was spent last year.    You can download the free Adobe Reader here

 

 

Bylaws

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:

Articles Of Incorporation Of Overbrook Gardens Association, Inc.
 

Maps
Click here for a map of properties in Overbrook Gardens showing house numbers.

Click here for the Google map of this area.  Drag the cursor to move the map. 

 

History of Overbrook Gardens

Someone sent in a copy of a newspaper article that shows the old Bridge St. bridge that crossed Forked Creek before Overbrook Gardens was developed.  Click here for the complete article and the picture.  Also, while digging through the Associations archives this photo and article in the Herald Tribune dated 2/10/66 was found.  Apparently there was some controversy surrounding the removal of the bridge.

An 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.  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!!!

Jo Smith has provided two additional pictures of our neighborhood in earlier days which are here and here.

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.

          2004 Violation

        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

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the time zero and status reports.  Click here to access the Adobe web site for a free installation.

       Sign installation report, Jul. 6, 2009

       Time zero report, Sept. 2, 2009 

       Status report, Mar. 2, 2010

       Status Report, Sept. 2, 2010

            DEP Receipt

       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

 

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