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LAFFITE'S COVE NATURE SOCIETY - FAQ

Am I a Member of LCNS?

Every owner of a lot in the Laffite's Cove subdivision is automatically a member of the Laffite's Cove At Pirate's Beach Nature Society (the "LCNS") and pays assessments to it annually.

What is the LCNS?

The LCNS is a Texas nonprofit corporation formed in 1992 pursuant to the Declaration of Covenants recorded in the Galveston County Real Property Records (the "Declaration"). All Lots in Laffite's Cove are subject to the terms of the Declaration, which are part of what may commonly be referred to as the deed restrictions for the subdivision.

How does the LCNS fit in with the Property Owners Associations?

The LCNS is different and distinct from the property owners associations. As an owner in Laffite's Cove, you automatically belong to three owner's organizations - the Pirate's Property Owners Association, The Laffite's Cove Property Owners Association, and the LCNS. You are required to pay assessments annually to all three. The LCNS has functions that are separate from those of the POAs, which are charged with more traditional subdivision functions such as deed restriction enforcement and maintaining the landscaping in the subdivision.

Why does the LCNS exist?

The LCNS was formed to handle some important functions that are unique to Laffite's Cove. When Laffite's Cove was developed, the concerns of environmentalists and various government agencies (including the Corps of Engineers) led to various compromises and agreements that were ultimately reflected in the Corps permit that was granted for construction of the subdivision and the canals (the "Permit"). The Permit called for creation of the LCNS so that a permanent organization would exist to ensure that the terms of the Permit were observed and maintained over time.

What are the LCNS' responsibilities?

Generally, the LCNS is responsible for (i) owning, operating and maintaining the Laffite's Cove canals, (ii) operating, maintaining, protecting and preserving the Laffite's Cove nature preserves, and (iii) performing all of the other duties allocated to the LCNS in the Declaration. These additional duties include taking all action necessary to comply with the terms of the Permit.

Why is there grass in the canals?

The grass in the canals is a marsh plant commonly known as smooth cordgrass. The permit required the developer to plant an intertidal fringe marsh in the canals 15 feet in width. The cordgrass serves important environmental functions, including providing habitat for marine life. The Declaration specifically requires each canal lot owner to maintain this fringe marsh in the manner required by the Permit, including replanting if necessary. Do not take any action to disturb or destroy the cordgrass in the canals. If your lot is not in compliance with the Permit, you will be financially responsible for creating and maintaining a fringe marsh that complies fully with the Permit. You must advise CKM Property Management if you believe your marsh is not in compliance and you must obtain proper approval before beginning any work in the canals, including any construction of boat houses, piers, jet ski lifts or other improvements. The LCNS may assess canal lot owners from time to time as necessary to cover the cost of bring their lots into compliance.

What other rules do I need to observe?

There are rules restricting access to the nature preserves that are posted on the signs located in the subdivision. Failure to observe the rules can lead to various penalties, including fines. The nature preserves are protected wildlife habitat, not parks, and the rules are designed to ensure that both wildlife and citizens may enjoy the preserves for many generations to come.

What if I have other questions?

Questions may be directed to CKM Property Management or to any board member. Please take the time to register for updates at laffitescovenaturesociety.org. You will find more information at the website, including contact information.

 

LAFITTE'S COVE NATURE SOCIETY - MEETING SCHEDULE

September 12, 2015 - Board of Directors meeting - agenda



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