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The Deercreek Country Club Owner's Association strives to provide information and organization for the many residents of Deercreek. Feel free to look around and find out who we are and what we do.

Make sure to take a look at our calendar and come out to meet some of your fellow residents at our community events.



Welcome New Residents 

Richard Jr. & Karen Gardner

Paula Soehlig

Dominic & Jennie Migliarese

Husain Abbas & Zainab Bahram

Mallik & Jyostna Jerripothula

Navin Chadha

John& Carrie Kasper

We Say Goodbye 

Curtis & Terri Hartin

Mark & Rita Allen

Walter & Mary Beissinger

James (Bon) & Eileen (Kyung Hee) Koo

Carmel & Emogene Morris

Christian & Stacy Badics

 

 

News and Updates

  • The View - September 2015

    By Dena Grossman

    Bimal and Vaishali Doolabh


      



     

    Bimal and Vaishali Doolabhlove color, the exterior color of their home and yard reflects just that. Everywhere you turn, there are shades of pink, red, blue and green. Adding to the color are interesting plants of asparagus fern, weeping youpan, and blue daze. An abstract stone container holds individual cactus plants. On the other side of the house, very showy hydrangeas adorn a free form bed. A live oak tree surrounded by jasmine groundcover make a statement in another circular bed. Thank you to the Doolahbs for sharing their love of color and plants with Deercreek.

  • Spotlight on Charity: BOOKS-A-GO-GO

    BOOKS-A-GO GO is a 501c3 international nonprofit organization that collects used and new children’s books to gives to children from low-income families.   These books are distributed through schools and organizations that support these children.  Since its inception in 2007 by Deercreek resident, Betty Metz, BOOKS-A-GO GO has given out over 800,000 books to needy children in the US and abroad.

    Books are necessary in the home for children to improve their literacy, to develop a love of reading and to experience the world through books.  BOOKS-A-GO GO is run by volunteers and operates out of the Duval County Teacher Supply Depot, so 100% of all donations are used directly for the purchase of books and their distribution. Thousands of books are given out each month, so any book donated is welcomed and needed.  The DWA will have a children’s book drive for BOOKS-A-GO GO from September 6-19.  The focus is on gently used and new books for PreK through 5th grade. For this drive, you can also include books for older children, activity books, kid’s magazines, and even half used coloring books.  All are needed and much appreciated!  A collection bin will be placed at the DCC Guardhouse.  Books can also be dropped off at the home of Natalie Jackson at 10135 Deercreek Club Road.

    If you would be interested in being a BOOKS-A-GO GO volunteer, we can always use help with sorting donated books by grade level and with monthly distributions to teachers at the Duval County Teacher Supply Depot.

    For further information on BOOKS-A-GO GO, please contact Natalie Jackson at 519-5802.

  • September 2015

    Narrow Road to the Deep North

     The Literary Circle’s book selection for September is Narrow Road to the Deep North. This is a Man Booker award winning novel whose title was taken from one of the most famous books in Japanese literature, written by the great haiku poet Basho. Flanagan’s novel has at it’s heart one of the most infamous episodes of Japanese history, the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway (aka, The Bridge on the River Kwai) in World War II.

    In the dispair of a Japanese POW Camp on the Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife 2 years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

     
    We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:00. This month we will be meeting at the home of Sian Lawrence (in Queen’s Harbor).
    For more information about the Literary Circle contact Mary Louise Selzer at 363-1618 or MLSelzer@comcast.net


  • DCC WILD HOGS

    By Brenda Edwards & Natalie Jackson 

    You’ve probably heard of the Wild Hogs, but have you heard of the DCC Wild Hogs? Well, that is a group of Deercreek residents who just completed one of their bucket list accomplishments. Danny Edwards, Ron Jackson, and Kirk Landau along with their friend, Doug Rosebourgh, completed a motorcycle trip from Jacksonville to Canada and back. Their main goal on this trip was to visit the most northeastern point in the United States, which is Madawaska, Maine. This is the second corner of the United States that they have visited on their motorcycles. The first one was Key West, which they accomplished in 2009.

    Along their trip they visited Gettysburg, Amish country, The Baseball Hall of Fame, camped in the Adirondacks Mountains and Shenandoah Parkway. They also rode to Montreal and Quebec City in Canada before heading back home to Deercreek. They encouraged all Canadian geese to stay in Canada, and not to follow them back to Deercreek. The total number of miles traveled on this trip was 4,507 miles.

     

    The next item on their bucket list is to ride to the most northwestern point of the four corners of the US which is in Washington State.  For their final bucket list stop, they plan to visit the most southwestern point in the US, which is in California.  Many motorcyclists that accomplish this feat of visiting the four corners of the US celebrate by getting a tattoo.  The wives of these DCC Wild Hogs have encouraged them to get T-shirts instead!

  • Don't Feed the Wildlife...Especially the Geese!

    By Peter Daechsel

    Have you noticed that we have a growing population of resident Canada geese in our neighborhood? If your home backs onto a lake or if you are a golfer, you have, for sure, seen the damage and mess first hand. This situation is only going to get worse, much worse, if we don’t take action to manage it.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website states, “Sometimes resident or non-migratory, Canada geese damage property or crops, introduce disease, or present threats to public safety”.

    At a recent meeting of the Deercreek Men’s Golf Association, there was a decision made to form an ad hoc committee to evaluate the options available for managing Canada goose activities at Deercreek. One thing is clear; if we do nothing the population will grow very quickly and the attractiveness of our wonderful community will be diminished. Here’s why, - some not so fun goose facts:

    1. Geese have a life span of up to 24 years.
    2. Geese are grazing animals, eating grasses and succulent plant material.
    3. An adult goose eats up to 4 lbs. of grass daily.
    4. An adult goose drops 2 lbs. of fecal matter daily.
    5. Geese typically return to the same nesting and birth sites every year.
    6. The average clutch size is slightly more than 5 eggs per nest.

    It is estimated that an established goose population increases by 20% each year.

    Tom Maxwell, Deercreek’s Head Golf Professional estimates there are approximately 200 geese in our neighborhood. In five years, if we do not manage the geese population, that number more than doubles. We already have a problem; imagine the extent of it if the geese population doubles! Do we want to be known as “Goose Creek?”

    Based on initial research, there are a number of techniques to be considered for successful and cost-effective management of Canada goose activities. It appears that no one technique alone will be enough to overcome this challenge. Some of the options include:

    • Discontinuance of feeding
    • Habitat modification
    • Humane hazing and scaring techniques
    • Chemical repellents
    • Control of reproduction

    In virtually every article on Canada goose management, the first control measure is to not feed them. It is known that feeding waterfowl can lead to crowding and increased susceptibility to diseases. So please, do not feed the geese or any other wildlife. They may be cute as fluffy little goslings, but they quickly grow into prolific adult geese.

    Our plan moving forward is to:

    • Complete our research on available techniques.
    • Benchmark other Jacksonville communities that are further ahead of us on this topic.
    • Contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to determine what support they may provide.
    • Draft a recommendation for a community goose management program.

    In the meantime, we welcome input (and support) from the community. Please forward your suggestions to fldex@bellsouth.net and please do not feed the geese.

  • Opening of two lanes into Deercreek Club Rd coming soon!

    Drivers take heed,- the two lane turn on to Deercreek Club Road will be opening soon. Once you make your turn please remember to stay in the lane as directed by the guided lines. This is a huge change from the previous single lane turn. In addition, there is now a pedestrian crosswalk. So please be alert for pedestrians crossing the street going across Southside Blvd as well as pedestrians using the walkway on Southside Blvd. in front of the community.

    And remember the speed limit on the entrance road to the gate is 30 mph, the same as the interior roads of the community. Please drive safely and responsibly and adhere to all speed limits and stop signs.


  • Who Owns the Road between Southside and the Deercreek Guard gate?

    By Jim Lowell

    I’ve often heard questions about who owns the stretch of road between Southside and our guard gate. The simple answer is, we do; that road—in and out—is Deercreek property. The confusion arises because there are commercial establishments—like Watson Realty—along the road. This confusion also leads to questions, such as: Why is this fairly open road posted at only 30 MPH? And, why does our security company patrol this road and issue tickets?

    The answer to both questions is straightforward. Like the rest of Deercreek, since it’s our property, Deercreek rules and regulations, including our 30 MPH speed limit apply.

    That said, I think more explanation is necessary about the need to enforce our 30 MPH speed limit between the gate and Southside Blvd. One of the jobs of our security company is to help Deercreek maintain a community that is safe for our residents, their guests, and our contactors, whether someone is walking, on a bicycle, or in a powered vehicle. And, as anyone can see who is either coming into or leaving our development, Deercreek Road from our guard gate to Southside Boulevard can be a very busy road. It can have any mix of the following: runners from our development and from the Bank of America building across Southside; people walking in and out after being dropped off by, or needing to catch, a bus on Southside or over at the Avenues Mall; cars, trucks, and motorcycles coming to our development or Watson Realty, and any number of contractors, including Connors Landscaping, JEA, AT&T and Comcast, to name just a few.

    To make matters more complex, this is a curvy road, and vehicles and pedestrians are often not visible until one is already upon them. That’s why a rule is in place to include a 30 MPH speed limit, and why our security service is tasked with enforcing that limit from our guardhouse to Southside Boulevard.

    We’ve made every effort to make this road a safe and attractive one to travel; so, for the benefit of everyone, slow down to 30 MPH, enjoy the scenery, and ask your guests to do the same.


  • We Need You!!

    We need to find people who would like to help keep Deercreek one of the premiere communities in Northeast Florida. We need residents to step forward and volunteer to show their community spirit by running for the board or join a committee. Openings are available for Common Property and the Architectural Review Board.

    The Board is responsible for running the Deercreek Country Club Owners Association (DCCOA). This means establishing the budget, working with the various committees and the management company to keep the Association running smoothly, and attending the monthly Board meetings. The Board meetings generally run between one and a half to two and a half hours long. Board members are also expected to serve as liaisons to one of the committees, which generally meet once a month. Committees meet once a month and do the ground work for future projects, as well as the community’s day to day operations. As you can see, the effort is not burdensome. The reward for this gift of your time comes from knowing that you are doing something to maintain and improve your community.

    So how do you get involved? Please contact either Margie Blake or Carol D’Onofrio.


  • August 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

    CLICK HERE to check out Board Meeting Highlights from August 2015

     

  • Why did you buy in Deercreek?

    Well maintained, neat, esthetically pleasing, property values, gated community? Whatever reason, the esthetic look, security, feel of the community, and not to mention the country club lifestyle, you bought into a deed restricted community which comes along with covenant restrictions and rules and regulations that dovetail the covenants. Would you want to see an orange house, stuff piled in the driveway, sloppy exteriors, boats and cars on the street, blocking driveways and overall poor maintenance of properties?

    The rules, were created by the developer who had a vision for the community. The Homeowners Association along with the Property Manager have an obligation to maintain the covenants, rules and regulations that apply to this community. The task of the Board of Directors is to uphold the values and maintain the community, keep a fiscally run association and carry out the covenants that were provided to and acknowledged by each home owner.

    What if the Board of Directors, the Property Manager and the Architectural Review Board did not care and chose not to uphold any rules within our community? It sure would make their job easier, but the community would neither have the standard it maintains today nor the reputation that it has earned.

    So, back to the original question. Why did you choose to purchase a home in Deercreek? If the answer is because of, - the aesthetic look of the community, the visual presentation of the community, the security, and many other aspects that hold and perhaps even enhance our property values; then take a moment and appreciate the covenants of our community because without them, none of these things would be possible. Like them or not, our covenants provide clearly defined rules that are in place to achieve those goals.

     

  • It was a Chella-bration

     

    On Wednesday evening August 5 over 130 members and close friends came out to celebrate with Chella Choi. Chella is a Deercreek Country Club member and also a LPGA tour-winning player. After many years on tour with her father at her side, as her caddy, Chella won her first tournament in a one-hole play off at the Marathon Classic. We are incredibly proud of Chella and honored that she calls Deercreek Country Club her home course. Wondering why everyone was wearing orange in the pictures? Orange is Chella’s favorite color. She sets a wonderful example to young women in the game of golf and represents her city with great integrity.

    Congratulations Chella!

    CLICK HERE to see more photos

  • Deercreek Home and Garden Club

    By Patty Tomka

    September 22 - 10:00 AM at the Club

    'Daylilies Will Brighten Your Day'

    Did you grow up in an area where Daylilies, Queen Ann’s Lace and Goldenrod lined the back roads? They grew all by themselves with no gardening required and brought a smile to your face whenever you passed them. We recently vacationed in NC, where daylilies were part of every flowerbed. Those daylilies were usually yellow or orange but today’s array of hybrid daylilies is amazing.

    We have asked Ray Wensell, the Awards and Honors Liaison from the American Hemerocallis Society, to come and talk to us about how the field has changed and how we can grow them in our yards.

    Daylilies are not native to America but came from Asia, where the buds are also roasted and eaten. But the plants grow so easily that they were passed from neighbor to neighbor from coast to coast. The pioneers threw roots in the back of their covered wagons and they survived the trip to grow in their new locations, tolerating awful soil and blooming year after year.

    Hemerocallis means ‘beauty for a day’. The flowers open in the morning and die at night! But each stem has a dozen flowers each, so the blooming lasts for weeks. Breeders have tinkered with the originals so that we now have thousands of different cultivars. There are various heights, bloom times, colors and shapes. There are singles, doubles, minis, evergreen and reblooming. With this amazing variety, you can surely find something that will be perfect for that bare spot in your yard. Mr. Wensell will bring along some plants for sale so that you can get started on your own daylily collection. They WILL grow!

    Plan to come for the Home and Garden Club meeting at 10:00am and then stay for lunch to meet old and new friends.

    Deercreek Home and Garden Club, where no one is a stranger for long.

     

  • Real Estate Activity

    By B. J. Weyer, Watson Realty Corp. REALTORS® 

     Are you ready for some football? I love football and remember the days of my sons throwing the football in our front yard. September means the Jaguars have started their season, and college rivalries are back - competition every week! The real estate market is also competitive. Only 8 homes are currently for sale in Deercreek, plus 3 under contract, with 13 homes sold and closed over the last three months.

    Homes for sale, listed on NEFAR MLS as of 8/7/15, range in price from $329,900 - $524,900. The List Price per Square Foot varies from $132.14 per sq ft to $164.29, with the average at $147.25. The variance in list prices can be attributed to the size of the home, 3 car garages, pool vs. no pool, newer roof or HVAC, updated kitchen and baths, and exterior upgrades such as summer kitchens and pavers.

    The 3 homes under contract range in size from 3073 to 4609 sq ft and are priced from $409,000 to $549,000. These homes have been on the market from 39 to 349 days, with an average of 145 days.

    Over the three-month period ending 8/7/2015, the average price per sq ft of the 13 homes sold increased to $140.47, up from $128.68. The prices range from $315,000 to $875,000 and the homes were 2050 to 6190 sq ft, and on the market for an average of 78 days, down from 92 days.

    Competition is good in the real estate market and we always want active buyers and sellers. As we know, the Deercreek Womens Alliance, Garden Club, Men’s Golf Association, Literary Circle and other groups make Deercreek the place to live. So whether your team wins or loses in football, we can all agree Deercreek is a winning community!

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  • Twin Bed Frame and Desk

        ($175) Twin 3 piece sleigh bed in excellent condition. ($200) Light wood desk that is also in excellent condition. Contact: (904) 635-8672 shainayatt@gmail.com

  • 2 Antique Chairs

    2 Antique Chairs in Floral Fabric - excellent condition $300 Call 904.607.0024  

  • C.R.Laine Sofa

    C.R. Laine Sofa if red damask chenille fabric. Excellent condition.

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