The Council was formed at the instigation
of Bob Hornung, Chet Claudon and Tom Curley on February 5, 1988 by
twelve Village Presidents (see attached document). Its purpose was
to provide a forum for discussion and resolution of common problems
and to provide liaison with the Developer. Officers included a
Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer. It has met monthly,
November to April, since its inception.
It quickly became apparent that preparing for the turnover from the
Developer to the
property owners of Jonathan's Landing Property Owners Association (JLPOA) and
the Golf Club, along with the disposition of the Marina, Cable Television and
the Sales Complex, required the attention of some group of property owners.
Consequently, in December 1989 a Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) was
appointed. Members were as follows:
Shortly thereafter, five sub-committees were appointed:
|Don Foley||Golf Equity|
|John Ruchalski||Community Service and Annexation|
|Duke McCall||Miscellaneous Acquisitions|
A word of explanation of the function of each sub-committee:
||This is a separate entity which the Developer planned from the beginning
to dispose of separately either to Jonathan's Landing residents or an outside
firm (it has been sold to an outside firm with scheduled closing January 1995).
||In 1989 equity memberships were capped out at 1,050. The Golf Club had
roughly 600 equity members. The objectives of the Committee were to induce
the Developer to reduce the cap to 900, to work to gain additional equity
members, and to review the Golf Club By-Laws.
|Community Service and
||The Town of Jupiter had been making noises about annexing Jonathan's
Landing. In addition, there were proposals that Palm Beach County put a
road and bridge over the Intracoastal between Admiral's Cove and Jonathan's
Landing. This Committee was to deal with such matters.
||This Committee was to study acquisition of the Sales Complex, the
Security System and the Cable TV station.
||As the various sub-committees reported their findings with related data,
this Committee would assess and coordinate the financial aspects.
||The LRPC dealt with the Developer on matters relating to the Articles of
Incorporation, By-Laws and Covenants and Restrictions involved in the
turnover of all elements of JLPOA.
By May 1991 the Golf Equity Committee was successful in getting the total
equity memberships reduced to 900 maximum.
In late 1991 the JLPOA turnover was scheduled for early 1993. JLPOA
comprises Administration, Security and all common property including the
infrastructure of roads, bridges, etc. Negotiations to avoid future litigation
and to prepare for the assumption of such responsibilities argued for an
official representative group, which the Presidents' Council proposed. The
Developer agreed to set up an official Transition Committee of eleven persons.
Seven were to be chosen from the Presidents' Council LRPC and four other
property owners. This Transition Committee (TC) was duly ratified by vote of
all Jonathan's Landing residents on November 1, 1991. It was constituted
|Finance||Tom Curley, Jim Branagan|
|Legal||Charles Cobb, Chet Claudon|
|Permits, Licenses||John Rochalski|
|Security, Cable TV & Sales Complex||Duke McCall, Don Cates|
|Property Management||Robert Wigor|
|Design Control Board||Don Foley, Tom Hosea|
|Moderator (Chairman)||John Hoff|
Inasmuch as all members of LRPC and sub-committees were on the official
TC, the LRPC was disbanded in December 1991.
The Transition Committee begain negotiating with Jonathan's Landing, Inc.
(the Developer). By March 1993 it had reached agreement on changes in the
Articles of Incorporation, Covenants and Restrictions and By-Laws. There
were still a number of items on the "punch list" dealing with engineering,
infrastructure and water permits to be resolved. The developer was talking
of "turnover" in April 1993. This made it necessary to proceed with the
the election of a Board of Directors from the residents to operate the JLPOA
after turnover. The Board was elected according to the agreed By-Laws on
March 31, 1993 and was constituted as follows:
JLPOA Board of Directors
||Longshore, Bridgegate, Cape Pointe
||Windrift, Narrows, Hidden Cove, Southern Cay
||Riverwind, Shearwater, Cresson Island, Lantern Bay
||Port Dickinson, Passage Island, Casseekey Island,
Barrow Island, Jonathan's Island
||Windward Village, Crosswinds, Greens Cay, Baytowne, Bayhead
Since the documents were not signed as of April 1, 1993, the JLPOA Board
had no authority and was therefore designated Board-elect. As the Transition
Committee and the Board-elect reviewed the documents and the physical
(engineering) aspects of Jonathan's Landing, they felt that JLPOA was not
ready for turnover. In addition, the relationship of JLPOA to the Golf Club
had not been agreed upon. Extensive further negotiations involving the TC,
the JLPOA, the Golf Club board and J.L., Inc. have taken place. Agreement
having finally been reached, a class action suit has been filed in the courts
by the TC with J.L., Inc. Turnover will occur, it is hoped, in early 1995.
The Golf Equity Committee, which was a sub-committee of the original
Long Range Planning Committee, continued to operate as an informal body.
However, anticipating the turnover of the Jonathan's Landing Golf Club, Inc.
to the equity members no later than December 31, 1995, a Golf Transition
Committee was named by the Developer in May 1993 to replace the Golf Equity
Committee. It is constituted as follows:
Vice Chairman and Legal
Real Estate and Equipment
The committee concerns include all aspects of the Golf Club. A major
function is to increase the present 670 (approximate) members to the 800-900
range. To assist in reaching this goal the Committee obtained the same rights
for non-resident equity members as were provided resident equity members.
In December 1994 the Developer hired two marketing specialists to sell
additional equity memberships.
The Golf Transition Committee should not be confused with the elected
Equity Advisory Committee, which was established by J.L., Inc. in 1986 to
discuss golf matters with the Developer. It meets monthly. At present
it consists of the following:
||Equity Advisory Committee
James K. Adams (2 year term)
In addition to the work of the Long Range Planning Committee, the Transition
Committee and the Golf Transition Committee, the Presidents' Council has
worked with the Developer to formulate or improve other matters relating to
Jonathan's Landing, to wit:
|Jonathan's Landing Rules and Regulations (adopted 3/89)
|Dining Room smoking policy (1/93)
|Dining Room dress code (1/92)
|Safety/security (patrols, speeding, stop signs, guard uniforms, etc.)
|Macadam road and fence west of driving range
Following is a list of Presidents' Council officers since inception:
|Chairman||Robert Horning||John Hoff||John Hoff||John Ruchalski||William Renner|
|Vice Chairman||Chet Claudon||Charles Cobb||John Ruchalski||Eugene Ellison||.|
|Secretary-Treasurer||Tom Curley||Robert Latimer||Robert Latimer||Robert Latimer||Robert Latimer|
The Presidents' Council wishes to acknowledge especially the outstanding
contributions to the leadership and work of the Council of Bob Hornung
(1923-1991) and John Hoff (1918-1993). Both were key figures in the
successful operation of the Council.