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VOL. 32 NO. 3                                                                              MARCH 2024

      Meet Your New Board - PJ Petkovic                                                                     From The Desk

         My name is PJ Petkovic                          Subsequently, I worked in the marketing department of
                                                         another senior living community in McLean, Virginia,
      and I am the General                               catering  exclusively  to  retired  military  officers,  FBI,  Of Commissioner
      Manager of Stratford Court
      and serve as the District                          CIA, DOD, and other high ranking government officials.
                                                         During the pandemic, I spent nearly four years with
      9  Director  (Edgewater                            Five Star Senior Living working as a marketing director  Marci Woodward
      Pointe Estates & Stratford
      Court) on the Boca Pointe                          and  executive  director  at  two  of  their  communities
      Community Association                              in Montgomery County, Maryland. Most recently, I   A Message from Marci
      Board of Directors. I am                           served as the executive director of a faith-based, Jewish
      originally from the southern                       retirement community in Rockville, Maryland that serves      This month, I had the
      part  of  Serbia,  formerly                        independent living residents.                      opportunity to accompany
      part  of  Yugoslavia,  and                            For me, working in senior living is not just a job, it is   my fellow Transportation
      relocated to the United States in 2007.            an opportunity to build relationships, support health and   Planning Agency  (TPA)
         With a total of 15 years of experience in the senior   happiness, and serve others. I take great pride in listening   board members on a
      living industry, my expertise lies in improving operations,   to the unique stories of our residents and associates on   valuable  site  visit  to
      providing  exceptional  customer  service,  and  excelling   a daily basis. These interactions drive me to serve with   Orlando, exploring the latest
      in marketing and wellness initiatives. In 2008, I began   professionalism and gratitude, allowing me to become a   developments in mobility.
      my career in the senior living industry at a large campus   better leader who inspires not just followers but future      We  started  the  day
      continuing care community in Gaithersburg, Maryland.   leaders.                                      off right with a smooth
      Over the years, I held various roles in the wellness,                                                 Brightline trip from Boca
      sales, and administration departments at this community.                                              Raton to Orlando. It was my first time on this newest leg
                                                                                                            and it seems to have a healthy ridership.
      Village Spotlight – Esplanada                                                                           a tour of the train station connected to the Orlando
                                                                                                               After arrival, we had a good stretch of our legs with
                                                                                                            International Airport (MCO). It was bustling with activity,
      By Dr. Paul Hart, Esplanada President                 Recently,  the  demographics  of  Esplanada  has   a lot of people heading down to us in South Florida!
                                                         undergone a change with younger families with children      Next, we went to Beep headquarters for a lunch
         Just over 30 years ago, construction began at Esplanada.   moving in, which gives a very balanced feeling to our   panel discussion with several local leaders and
      The original plan was to have an outer circle of homes   community. A seven-member board manages Esplanada.   stakeholders who shared the various ways they are
      and dwellings along the central access road. However,   The board includes several of the more long-term   tackling  mobility  in  central  Florida.  It  was  a  great
      the builder went bankrupt before the entire project could   residents but also includes our community’s newest   presentation but we could have used more time for
      be completed, and only about half of the construction   residents.                                   Q&A as a lively discussion was just beginning….
      was actually completed.                                                                                  We all got a chance to ride in Beep’s autonomous
      A new builder developed                                                                               vehicle (AV) and take a quick tour of what the Tavistock
      the remaining land, which                                                                             Group has built in Lake Nona.
      is now called Palomar.                                                                                   The city-within-a-city has parking garages for
         There  are  86  homes,                                                                             everyone who needs to drive there but then micro-
      which are divided between                                                                             mobility is king.
      some two-story and mostly                                                                                They have more miles of roads/pathways dedicated to
      single-story dwellings. The                                                                           AVs, bikes, scooters, and pedestrians than for cars. The
      entrance to Esplanada  is                                                                             next-gen version of Beep’s AV will be out next month.
      shared with Palomar and                                                                               I’m curious to see what’s next!
      was  improved  about  15                                                                                 Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
      years ago. It features a                                                                              (LYNX) had a beautiful purple bus waiting to take us to
      terraced waterfall with                                                                               our next stop in Kissimmee.
      gardens on either side which                                                                             There we visited the SunRail commuter train
      is unique among Boca                                                                                  station  in  downtown  Kissimmee  and  walked  the
      Pointe villages. The HOA                                                                              area to witness the benefits of their Transit Oriented
      has carefully preserved the                                                                           Development. It’s a lovely place and I think most of
      color scheme of the homes                                                                             us would’ve been happy to spend more time there. Job
      and the landscaping which                                                                             well done Kissimmee!
      presents a very lovely and
      harmonious appearance to                                                                              From The Desk Of on page 3
      the community.

                                                                                    Please Help

                                                                                      Spring is here! Now is the time to clean out your closets! The homeless shelters
                                                                                    are accepting used clothing. Please bring any clean, gently used clothing that you
                                                                                    would like to donate. The drop off location is at the BPCA office located at 6909 SW
                                                                                    18th St., Suite A120 in the Boardwalk shopping plaza. The donations are distributed
                                                                                    to local churches and homeless shelters. Thank you for your generous donations this
                                                                                    past year! It is greatly appreciated! 
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