Article Courtesy of The Ledger
By Mike Ferguson
Published January 29, 2017
POINCIANA - The Homeowners Association in Poinciana is bucking the trend of
being just a disciplinary entity.
Instead, it is rewarding homeowners who take pride in their homes and yards with
a beautification program called Poinciana Beautiful.
"We wanted to make sure to recognize people who made an effort to take care of
their property," said Mark Maldonado, general manager of the Association of
Poinciana Villages. "We wanted to show that we didn't just enforce violations."
APV, founded in the mid-1970s, is one of the oldest homeowners associations in
the United States. The nine-village community spans parts of Polk and Osceola
counties and is made up of more than 26,000 homes and 200 businesses. Each
village has a five-member board.
"We've been working diligently to put this all together," said Trish Moore,
communications coordinator for APV. "I think it will be contagious among the
APV, its code-enforcement department and volunteer patrol officers have worked
together to identify yards and homes that stood out in the community. Seventy
finalists have been selected, and judges will choose a winner from each at a
celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Community Building, located at 445
Marigold Ave. It's free and open to the public. Carol Saragusa, an actress and
host for The Walt Disney Co., is the emcee. Classical group Nova Era also will
"We have limited seating and right now, that's filling up very fast," Moore
said. "The event is going to be professionally organized."
Winners will receive a yard sign that reads "Poinciana's Best Front Yards" and a
monthlong membership at the APV Community Swimming Pool. APV also is working
with local businesses to award gift certificates.
"With the spirit we're seeing now, we're definitely going to be moving forward
with this on an annual basis," said Dottie McStay, APV master board president.
Maldonado said the idea didn't originate because residents weren't taking caring
of their yards, but just the opposite. Maldonado said the number of violations
was going down and there was a noticeable uptick in yards that were well
maintained. Maldonado said other communities have inquired about the program.
"We wanted to make sure things continued to move in the right direction," he
said. "There's a buzz around the community - a very positive one."