OCSA Newsletter Fall 2019

Message from the OCSA President – Bob Krohn

The busy summer has flown by and the kids are already back in school. That doesn’t mean that there still isn’t a lot of great boating remaining in the year! We encourage you to enjoy the club, the lakes, and the beautiful seasonal sunsets as the OCSA staff is always poised to assist in your every picnicking and boating needs! We “thank” the membership for their continued support of the club and celebrate a safe boating season. Safety is no accident! Best regards! 

Bob Krohn, OCSA President 2019

Message from the General Manager – Debbie Warner

It was great seeing our members and their families enjoying the summer months on the lake. We are so lucky to have the beautiful Butler Chain of Lakes and encourage everyone to keep the lakes safe and clean. Please be respectful of the lakes, neighbors, Bird Island, and your OCSA membership.

A new OCSA video was created in May and is located on the homepage of the website, www.ocsaclub.com. It was created as an educational tool highlighting the OCSA rules and regulations, history, services, and amenities.

All closing times are posted on the website. A webcam is also on the website and is a great way to view lake conditions prior to coming to the club.

Remember to bring your membership card with you when you are at the club. The membership card and the current 2020 red vessel decal are required to receive the gas discount.

The Board Room in Blaine Hall has been remodeled. It’s a perfect place to hold a small meeting, up to 16 people. If it’s time to venture out to a new meeting place with your colleagues, then we have the perfect place for you.

We always have fun planning special events throughout the year. If I can be of assistance, please contact me directly at 407-876-2010 or ocsaclubmanager@gmail.com. The office hours are 7AM-3PM Monday-Friday. See you at the club!

Debbie Warner
General Manager

“SUDDENLY IN COMMAND”

FREE CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 14TH

You are invited to a FREE class at OCSA on September 14, 2019 from 9:00AM – Noon in Lake Sheen Hall. Do you know what to do if the captain of your vessel is unable to continue due to injury or some other problem? What would you do if you found yourself Suddenly in Command? This free class will provide you with valuable information.

MUSIC NIGHT

OCTOBER 5th 7:00PM-10:00PM

Come enjoy music by The Down Brothers. They are a local band in Southwest Orlando. Many of you may be familiar with their wide variety of fun rock, western, and classical music. They frequently play at Dexter’s, The Windermere Food Truck event, and The Vineyard. The cost is $30 per person and includes beer, wine, BBQ, and live music on Lake Sheen. Be sure to make a reservation on the website, www.ocsaclub.com.

OC ALERT

The Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) manages aquatic plants using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved aquatic herbicides.  Invasive and exotic aquatic plants are controlled to maintain navigation, recreation, and promote an overall healthy environment for fish and wildlife.

Interested citizens can be alerted in advance of EPD treatments via text or e-mail through the County’s alert system (OC ALERT).  Any applicable restrictions will be posted through OC ALERT in advance of a treatment.  Orange County EPD does not provide notices via dock/shoreline postings.

Below is information needed to sign up for OC ALERT to begin receiving herbicide treatment notifications.  These alerts are sent for treatments performed by EPD only.

In order to receive treatment notifications and important lake updates, please click here to register for OC ALERT.  Once signed in, you can manage your Alert Subscriptions.  Select Lake Alerts, then select your lake(s) of interest. 

Alternatively, you can download the OC Alert mobile application.

To learn more about Orange County’s Mobile Applications and Newsletters, please visit: http://www.orangecountyfl.net/Home/NewslettersAlerts.aspx

OCSA RULES AND REGULATIONS - REMINDERS

  1. Only members can launch a vessel at OCSA. There is no one-time pass for non-members.

  2. Remove all OCSA decals when you sell your vessel.

  3. The member must arrive prior to a guest arriving at the club. All guests must leave when the member leaves the property.

  4. No vessel shall block the ramp access channels. This area is for loading and unloading purposes only.

  5. Launching is prohibited during periods of inclement weather to allow for vessels exiting the lake to do so without delay.

  6. Vehicles and trailers are to be parked in designated areas only. Do not block boat storage areas and do not park in member’s rented boat storage areas. Head-in trailer parking only.

For more information on OCSA rules and regulations, please view the new OCSA video on our website, www.ocsaclub.com.

FLORIDA LIFE JACKET LAWS:

  • All recreational vessels must have at least one personal flotation device (PFD) that is U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved and of the proper size for each person on boat

  • Vessels 16 feet or longer must have one “throwable” Type IV PFD which is USCG approved and immediately available

  • Children under six years old must wear a USCG approved life jacket at all times on any vessel less than 26 feet in length that is underway in Florida waters

  • Children under 13 years of age on vessels operating on waters outside the geographical boundaries of Florida must wear a USCG approved PFD unless the child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin

  • Each person on a personal watercraft (PWC), such as a Wave Runner or Jet Ski, must wear a USCG approved life jacket

FLORIDA VESSEL REGISTRATION NUMBER AND FLORIDA VALIDATION DECAL MUST BE DISPLAYED AS FOLLOWS:

  • Number must be painted, applied as a decal, or otherwise affixed to both sides of the bow and placed where it can be observed clearly.

  • Number must read from left to right on both sides of the bow.

  • Number must be in at least three-inch-high bold BLOCK letters.

  • Number’s color must contrast with its background.

  • Letters must be separated from the numbers by a space or hyphen equal to the letter width: FL 3717 ZW or FL-3717-ZW.

  • Florida validation decal must be affixed to the port (left) side of the vessel within six inches of the registration number. The decal may precede or follow the number.

WHO TO CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE ON THE LAKE

407-836-HELP – Call Orange County Sheriff’s office to report an incident

FACILITY RENTAL AGREEMENTS

You can find three rental agreements on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. The Blaine Hall rental agreement is for Blaine Hall, the Board Room, the Front Porch, Pavilion 1, Pavilion 2, and Pavilion 3. The Lake Sheen Hall rental agreement is for the newer clubhouse. Each rental agreement comes with a 6-hour timeframe which includes time to set up and break down. The third rental agreement is for fishing tournaments. The only area that can be rented on the weekends during peak season, April 1st through Labor Day, is Lake Sheen Hall.