Tennis Center stops brewing coffee – first no cups for water – now no coffee

Even though tennis players have been paying into a coffee kitty for their own coffee, that was not good enough.  NO COFFEE is the new mantra at the Tennis Center.

Why?

This is the notice the Tennis Center staff emailed to some players referencing the board appointed task force’s recommendations: ” … These included some inefficiencies and ineffectiveness within the tennis operations as well as the strong position that no cash transactions should be permitted as this amenity”.  

the message went on to say:  • To eliminate the handling of cash by the tennis staff, the staff has attempted to find a company that would provide a coffee vending machine. Unfortunately, this investigation has not been successful. As a result, the past practice of the staff collecting cash, making coffee and cleaning up after players has been discontinued, effective immediately.

OK, so coffee is relatively cheap so why doesn’t PLCA just pay for it and perk it like Pelican Bay and other communities do?… Did the PLCA appointed Task Force only focus on a coffee kitty?

On the positive side, If this actually translates into the realization that Cash Management procedures are important then we can expect that all cash transactions at the Tennis Center will be run thru the PLCA accounting system.  What you say?  Yes, for years Dave’s lessons, tennis ball sales, social event, stringing, drills, etc. etc. etc. have not registered on the PLCA books.  What you say?  Yes it’s true.  Residents do not receive receipts for any transactions at the Tennis Center nor does PLCA report  “additional income” on the Tennis Director’s W2 (or on a 1099 if they wish to consider that a separate business he runs while being paid as a full time salaried employee).

The resident comprised Tennis Study Group recommended real accounting controls – and did not concern themselves with petty cash for coffee.

This coffee business is silly — It sound as though that pesky study group must’ve really made the tennis director and the community manager angry … and now they will teach you a lesson and make you pay for it! (just not in cash)

Express yourselves folks.  Stop this foolishness and institute good business practices NOW!

7 thoughts on “Tennis Center stops brewing coffee – first no cups for water – now no coffee

  1. What is the position of the Auditor of the PLCA books in this matter? Any and all financial transactions on the common grounds of Pelican Landing should go through the book of PLCA. Contractors, such as the tennis pro, should be given a 1099 each year as the IRS requires.

    • Larry,
      Early this year I and another resident spoke with the PLCA auditor on this subject. During the January 19 PLCA Board meeting, PLCA President, John Duder, and Manager, Marie Martel, claimed that the auditor said I made the appointment under false pretenses. I and my neighbor also received a nasty letter from the PLCA Attorney, Tom Hart. Unfortunately, this board resorted to vilifying us rather than make needed changes to the inadequate business practices.
      I assure you that when making the appointment I clearly stated my name, identified the fact that I am a resident of Pelican Landing, and I specifically identified that the purpose of requesting the meeting with Mr. Bravo was to discuss internal controls.
      In my opinion not only are good business practices lacking in the way Pelican Landing’s business is conducted, unfortunately integrity is in very short supply.
      Anne Cramer

      • WE LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE ALSO HAVE THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHT TO CONTACT LEE COUNTY ON ANY ISSUE REGARDING PELICAN LANDING. ALL WE HAVE TO STATE WHEN CONTACTING LEE COUNTY IS THAT WE ARE A RESIDENT LIVING IN LEE COUNTY AND IN PELICAN LANDING. WE ARE RESPRESENTING OURSELF AND NOT PELICAN LANDING AND HAVE THE INDIVIUDAL RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT OUR PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE AND WHAT LEE COUNTY SAYS THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THEM.
        THIS MAY BE COMPLETELY CONTRARY TO WHAT THE BOARD AND MARIE MARTEL BELIEVES.
        STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS.
        WHAT IS THE BOARD SO AFRAID OF? INDEPENDANT AUDITORS? HOW INDEPENDANT ARE THEY IF THEY ARE PREVENTED FROM TALKING TO A MEMBER OF THE PELCIAN LANDING COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION? A MEMBER HAS A CONCERN AND CANNOT SPEAK TO THE AUDITOR? WHAT COUNTRY ARE WE IN? ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SUPPRESSION OF DISSENT, CHARACTERIEZED BY A LACK OF FINANCIALTRANSPARENCY.

  2. This coffee thing is crazy. Tennis players are chipping in to buy the coffee. THIS AMENITY SHOULD BE PAID FOR BY PLCA OR TAKEN FROM PROCEEDS THAT THE CLUB SHOULD BE GETTING FROM DAVE’S LESSONS, BALL MACHINE RENTAL, AND PRO SHOP SALES. THIS COFFEE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ANY PLAYER, GUEST, AND ANY RESIDENT STOPPING BY THE CENTER. (JOGGERS,ETC).

    On a scale of one to ten, the cash handling of the coffee fund is about a minus ten compared to the cash handled for lessons etc. Hopefully the policy will be changed as to what Dave receives and what the club is entitled to, so a cash management system is necessary.

  3. Sometimes it is issues such as this that cause us to peal back the onion to see the entirety of the problem. And the problems are systemic.

  4. It is apparent that the tennis staff has not completed their hospitality training or has flunked out. Either way,, residents are being deprived of playing a nice game of tennis and afterwards sitting around with a cup of coffee and solving world problems.
    The new policy on coffee has to change or we change management….that is how strong residents feel about this issue.

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