OCSA SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2018

Message from the OCSA President – Ken Petterson

Welcome to all new members that have joined the club! We are here to ensure you make the most of your membership and are proud of all that OCSA has to offer. Enjoy your unique recreational experience on the Butler Chain of Lakes.

If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact the office. Wishing everyone a very safe and fun summer!

Ken Petterson
OCSA President


Message From the General Manager – Debbie Warner

MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGER

I would like to welcome all new members to the club. We were successful in filling all open memberships in April.

Thank you for coming out and enjoying our 6th Annual Casino night. The 1st place winner with $110,000, Brandy Kim, received a $100 Darden gift card. The 2nd place winner with $87,800, Greg Barrows, received a $50 Black Rock gift card. 

The Memorial Day celebration was enjoyed by all. It was nice that for once the weather forecast was inaccurate and it didn’t rain until after lunch was served.

Our website has a new look. Go to www.ocsaclub.com to see the updates. We have added a WebCam that enables you to see a live view of the lake. This was a request made by a member who wanted to be able to see the lake conditions prior to traveling to the club. Please let us know what you think about the new website.

The OCSA operating hours are also on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. 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.

Debbie Warner
General Manager

New 2018 Boat Docks - Orange County Sportsmen's Association
New 2018 Boat Docks

SAVE THE DATES:

  • Labor Day Family Fun Day, September 3rd
  • Music on the Lake, October 6th

SAFE BOATING TIPS AND REGULATIONS

Provided by the Orange County Environmental Protection Division

  • BE COURTEOUS to lakefront property owners and to those who share the lake with you.
  • DON’T LITTER. Trash is unsightly and can cause environmental hazards and threats to wildlife.
  • AVOID MAKING LARGE WAKES in shallow water or near the shoreline.
  • FOLLOW AT SAFE DISTANCES. 
  • IT IS PROHIBITED TO OPERATE a vessel, water ski or wakeboard with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher or while under the influence of drugs.

For more information, go to http://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/.

  • In order to operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or greater, Florida law requires anyone who was born on or after January 1, 1988 to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the FWC.  http://myfwc.com/boating/safety-education/id/
  • All operators are responsible for operating their vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner with regard for other vessel traffic, posted restrictions and other circumstances so as not to endanger people or property.  Failure to do so is considered careless operation.
  • A person must be at least 14 years of age to operate a personal watercraft in Florida.
  • All vessels, with the exception of non-motor-powered vessels less that 16 ft in length, non-motor-powered canoes, kayaks, racing shells or rowing sculls, regardless of length, must be registered through your local Tax Collector’s Office.  The Certificate of Registration must be on board and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the vessel is operated. http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/faqboat.html
  • Recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of reduced visibility (fog, rain, haze, etc.).
  • Personal watercraft may not be operated from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise, even if navigation lights are used.
  • The owner and/or operator of a vessel is responsible to carry, store, maintain and use the safety equipment required by the U.S. Coast Guard. http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=V-DEPT&category=virtual-safety-check

To report unlawful activity on the lakes, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit at 407-836-HELP (4357).


BIRD ISLAND

Bird Island - Butler Chain of Lakes
Bird Island – Butler Chain of Lakes

Bird Island is a private island protected by the Audubon Society and has become a bird sanctuary where pelicans and other birds have chosen to build their nests. It’s also a very popular party place that locals go to. Please be mindful to keep the island clean and take your trash with you.

The public is not allowed on the island itself but on a nice day on the weekends you will see many boats moored around the island in the water and enjoying the day in their boats.

The unofficial rule is that if your ankles are wet you are not in violation of the sanctuary rules. You should not be on the island itself. The island is frequently monitored by the local water safety patrol so please abide by the rules.


OCSA RULES and REGULATIONS

The OCSA rules and regulations can be found on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. Here are a few reminders:

  • Pets are not permitted on OCSA property. Pets taken out on a member’s vessel must be transferred directly, without stopping, from the vehicle to the vessel. Upon return, the pet must be transferred directly, without stopping, back to the vehicle. Pets must be carried or leashed at all times. OCSA has provided a “dog walk” area by the exit gate for the comfort of your pet. Pets must be leashed and transferred directly, without stopping, to this area. All waste must be disposed of properly by the pet owner.
  • No vessel shall block the ramp access channels. This area is for loading and unloading purposes only. Tying off in the ramp is prohibited at all times.
  • Guests must be accompanied by a member and/or spouse, or an immediate family member which is 16 years of age or older. Members are required to be on the property prior to their first guest arriving and must stay until the last guest leaves the property. This includes all parties and events that a member is sponsoring.
  • Children over the age of 22 require their own membership if they would like to come to the club without a parent or member.
  • Power loading and unloading are prohibited as it damages the ramps and access channels.

WHO TO CALL IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE

  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit at 407-836-HELP (4357).

FACILITY RENTAL AGREEMENTS

Our peak season is April 1st through Labor Day.  During this time, we cannot reserve space on Saturday and Sunday. We do reserve space Monday-Friday. The rental agreements are on the website, www.ocsaclub.com. The Blaine Hall rental agreement includes Blaine Hall, the Front Porch, Pavilion 1, Pavilion 2, and Pavilion 3. The Lake Sheen Hall rental agreement is for the new clubhouse. Each rental agreement comes with a 6 hour timeframe which includes set-up time.  The third rental agreement is for fishing tournaments.

Orange County Sportsmen's Association - Butler Chain of Lakes Sunset
Sunset on the Butler Chain of Lakes

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