Flora’s Bluff and Killegray Ridge is a small community on Bald Head Island that was created by planner Chuck Dietsche and architect Dan Costa. It is an ecofriendly village of 67 quaint shingled cottages that embraces the natural beauty of the dune and beach with minimal environmental impact. The Homeowners Association (HOA) owns and preserves the open spaces around the homes for all to enjoy. Truly unlike any other group of homes on the island, owners and visitors consistently comment about the warm neighborhood feel of Flora’s Bluff and Killegray Ridge.
New landscaping will be added this Fall to the Scotch Bonnet area which provides access to Dune Crossovers #28 and #29. The contractor is going to assess drainage and potentially address periodic road flooding with grading and plant installation. Look for updates and photos soon.
Ground cover refresh is planned for this Fall as well. Due to the issues with flammable pine straw, we are switching to mulch and ground cover plants. Mulch is much more expensive than straw so you’ll notice common areas looking ‘more natural’. Mulching will be concentrated in high-traffic areas and hardy plants added in appropriate spots. Owners may contract independently for mulch around their homes or haul mulch from the Village site. Recall, that the HOA has tubs, a cart trailer, and rakes available for DIY projects. The board will consider increasing the ground cover account in the 2024 budget.
At the annual meeting, we discussed the need to adjust the Reserve Fund plan since estimates for long-term projects, particularly road resurfacing, were not reflective of real costs. Led by our Treasurer, Josh O’Brien, the board approved an updated plan that reflects realistic pricing and timing. The plan allocates most near-term reserve contributions to road resurfacing and then switches to saving for boardwalks and dune crossovers. It also includes investing in interest-bearing accounts to help provide income. This approach, along with disciplined operations spending, allows for holding dues at current levels.
Owners will be notified of home maintenance compliance issues in the next few weeks. Plan to make needed repairs soon now that peak season is over. The FBKR board inspects properties in our community while the Bald Head Association does so for the rest of the island. The FBKR board routinely cooperates with owners to resolve repair and maintenance issues. Severe violations are forwarded to BHA.