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Initial Hwy. 11 improvement proposal. 

December 11, 2021, 11:58:43 PM
Here is some more info ...   fcc ruling on homeowner association covenants  mapping & channel list for local TV broadcasts  channel locator and signal strength estimator

Antennas are frequency selective, and each TV channel is transmitted on a different frequency.  The bow tie antenna is designed to work on a broader range of frequencies and has been around for at least 50 years.  You can "google" bow tie antenna for a lot of extra information.

Some do it yourself bow tie antennas:

A ready made antenna inside an enclosure with a built in booster:   

YouTube video on above antenna:
December 11, 2021, 11:51:51 PM

    In 2009 the FCC forced us to move to the new standard of modulation for the off-air broadcast stations. The reason they did this is because the new modulation technique is vastly superior. Almost all of the transmitter locations for New Orleans are in the Chalmette area so you really can get about 35 channels of free off-air broadcast stations perfectly here in Eden Isles by pointing your antenna in that direction. I personally have been using free broadcast television only since 2009 and I am completely satisfied with it. Twilight Zone comes on ever night on channel 6-2 at 10PM and the main broadcast channels, i. e.; 4-1, 6-1, 8-1, 12-1, 26-1, 38-1, and 54-1 all broadcast in High Def and these are free, advertiser supported channels.

    My antenna is located in the attic of my home. Most houses in Eden Isles have those large open attics and there is enough signal in Eden Isles so that this will work fine here but you have to use a special amplified antenna. Do not look for this type of antenna at Radio Shack or Home Depot, they will not know what you are talking about. They do not have the amplified kind that you need. To get the correct antenna that you need, you must order it from Ebay. You have to put in three search words: ( amplified tv antenna ). This will pull up the kind of antenna that you need. Usually they only cost about $35 including shipping. (See the picture)  This is the only kind of antenna that will work here in Eden Isles. The other kind that is un-amplified will continually drop out and become very annoying.

    Our government offered us coupons back in 2009 to buy the Digital TV adapter boxes and these work good and are still available if you have the older style of televisions in your house. From the back of the adapter box there are stereo RCA type connectors to get surround sound to go with the excellent picture but to get the beautiful 1080 pixel over-air high definition video you will need a modern TV.

     There is a free online TV guide at  To use this you put in 70458 for the zip code and then put "Over the Air, NorthShore" and this will show you what is available. There is so much free TV that I seem to get all that I want. I understand now why it was that we needed to go this new method. Most of us were angry that this was forced on us but now I understand that it was for our own betterment. The problem now is that many people do not understand that there is free quality television because we all abandoned antennas years ago because of poor performance.

... Bill Northup,
    Eden Isles Resident

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December 11, 2021, 11:48:56 PM
Bulkhead Failure & Maintenance:

Bulkheads normally fail due to maintenance issues and the force of nature.

Tidal changes that occur every day cause immense weight changes against the bulkheads far greater than boat wakes not to mention the tremendous flow of water that accompanies the running of the tide.

Also a big effect is the difference in soil moisture and the accompanying weight change caused by rain in the yards.   Dry soil weighs less than wet soil.   This is also constantly changing due to the tide levels.  Having a backyard pool or higher lot elevation also exhibits additional force on the bulkheads.  Ever wonder why the bulkheads fail outward? This is because the yard is pushing more than the water.

And then there is the fact that the metal tie backs holding the bulkheads in place are simply rusting through.   Nothing is going to save the bulkhead at this point.   This has been aggravated by the salt water brought into the sub soil of our yards from Katrina and other high water events.  The closer you are to the lake the more salt you will be exposed to.  Costal Florida residents and municipalities have vastly increased maintenance and failure problems related to salt water.  If you immediately put in new tie back rods or drive pilings at the first sign of failure you might be able to save it.  Eventually every bulkhead will require maintenance.

All of the above naturally occurring forces of nature vastly outweigh any effect of typical boat wakes we see here in Eden Isles relative to bulkhead failure.

Wakes should be minimal to prevent damage and unreasonable motion to moored boats.  Wakes develop relative to a vessel's theoretical hull speed.  This is generally accepted as 1.34 times the square root of the water line length of the boats hull.  Speed must be kept significantly below this for minimum wake.  Hull shape also plays a part in making wakes.  Because of the physics relating to theoretical hull speed small boats like wave runners will generate wakes at a slower speed than a large boat traveling at a faster speed.

One should also observe wakes with reason.  For instance when windy there is a ripple on the water and many so called wakes just blend in with that whereas the same boat at the same speed could be called out by the same person on a dead calm day for making a ripple on the water which may be confused as a wake - I've see it happen.  Real wakes are those forces exhibited by a passing boat that cause moored boats to unreasonably tug on their lines.

Wakes should be kept to a minimum.  After looking at some of the pictures of passing boats that have been posted on "Nextdoor" I am only providing real info to keep people from getting into legal battles that after much expense they will loose.  Quite frankly I have seen the Coast Guard, Wildlife Enforcement and St. Tammany water patrol boats make wakes bigger than some of those pictures. 
December 11, 2021, 11:30:42 PM
? Can I erect a partition on the property line into the water to keep the bow of the boat next door from protruding under the back of my boathouse?

You technically own the water bottoms out to 1/2 way across the canal.  However, you cannot build a deck past 12' or 10' into the canal depending on what source you go by.  No structures other than fencing / decking is allowed in the 5' offset from the property line.  You must retain clear access to the required 5' side yard - no sheds etc.   

There are cases where you need to create that partition.  One would be the situation where you have a pool and it is possible to walk from a neighbors dock to yours.  The law requires yards with pools to be fenced so you would have to either build a fence to secure your yard or fence off the pool itself.

I am not the authority but the parish may have some input.  If it were me I would probably build the fence you want but not out more than 10'.

Please zoom in with the Assessors GIS site to get an idea of your property lines before building then back off a few inches just to be safe.  See
December 11, 2021, 11:24:07 PM
An excellent publication on neighborhood security is available here:

Of course preventing unwarranted exposure is the first step.
December 11, 2021, 11:21:00 PM
November 28, 2016



Dear Ladies & Gentlemen:

As a resident of Eden Isles I feel the duty to give my feedback regarding security issues.

While I have no objection to garage sales "Neighbor to Neighbor" within Eden Isles I have real concerns with advertising garage sales or other neighborhood events outside of our immediate area.   

Eden Isles, Moonraker & Clipper Estates were created and zoned for single family private homes.   Encouraging non residents to visit our neighborhood without regard violates our right to privacy and exposes us to significant security risks.  Many who use a realtor in marketing one's home also do so in the name of security.

For security reasons many fine neighborhoods have gates to deter outsiders.  Less secure neighborhoods have lower property values and higher crime.  Since our streets were dedicated to the parish, Eden Isles cannot install gates.     

It is important that those not familiar with the metro area realize we are only 15 minutes from one of the most dangerous and crime ridden cities in the country.

Security and opening up the neighborhood to unknown visitors "in mass" simply do not go together.  When you are not expecting it or when evacuating for storms some of those "visitors" will be coming for our things simply because they have already been exposed to what we have.

I would encourage homeowners to demand that people running for HOA boards commit to keeping our homes private, recognize known security risks, and in general commit to the expectations of safety, security & preserving the integrity of our neighborhood.
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CLICK HERE TO GO TO TOPICS / Eden Isles and the Covenants
December 11, 2021, 08:51:51 PM
April 2017

Covenant questions seem to come up regularly especially with new residents and the advent of "".  Below is a little research on the matter.

A primer on the Eden Isles Covenants (reservations, restrictions & conditions)

The Eden Isles HOA owns no property in the subdivision, is not part of the covenants and not part of your deed restrictions.  This is why Moonraker and Clipper Estates (collectively just as large as what is traditionally thought of as Eden Isles) do not support entrance maintenance costs even though their access is via Eden Isles Dr.  Eden Isles Dr. & it's median are public property and the responsibility of the parish!  The utilities, water, sewerage and electricity for the whole area (Clipper & Moonraker included) are contained within this public area, yet the Eden Isles HOA has taken it upon themselves to cut the grass on this public thoroughfare.   
see ...  (lists property ownership - the E.I.H.O.A. does not own any property)

The Eden Isles HOA can neither govern anything nor enforce the covenants except as a designated volunteer representative of a named complainant.  Contrary to the assumption of many, the Eden Isles HOA is in name only and is actually a neighborhood civic association.  The parish has mostly turned a blind eye to the HOA's activities on non-owned public property such as entry way signage and beautification.  Since parish officials are elected and rotate from term to term it is quite possible they too do not always know the difference.
see ...  (gives legal definition of Civic Association versus HOA)

Our subdivision was designed by the developer and zoned by the parish as single family private homes.  The general assumption is that no home based business or other activity is allowed that would result in an unusual number of packages delivered, attract an unusual number of vehicles, cause a disproportionate number of non residents to come onto the property or otherwise disturb the privacy associated with single family home ownership.

At this time the HOA has about a 20% membership, therefore it does not represent the overwhelming majority of homeowners.  This, in part, may be due to its disregard for private home ownership.  It throws public events including inviting, in mass, the public from outside of the area to HOA sponsored and promoted garage sales.  It also holds HOA sponsored public events on non-owned grounds within the neighborhood.  This is not only an unwarranted intrusion into homeowner privacy but puts homeowners at risk.   Most homeowners understand that.  In fact, many quality subdivisions are gated to enforce the privacy of single family home ownership!
To get a handle on what the HOA is and is not, a real study of the covenants are in order.  The covenants (reservations, restrictions & conditions) are part of everyone's legally binding property deed as recorded in the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse.  Read them over & over until you really understand them!  In reality the HOA has become nothing more than a social club who's mission should be concentrating on representing the best interests of the Eden Isles residents before their elected officials along with preserving the safety, security and integrity of the neighborhood.  (note, advertising garage sales and other events in mass to residents outside of our immediate area is a security & safety hazard)
see ...

Now let's talk about the "by-laws" of the HOA which some have confused as having some sort of power.  The by-laws have absolutely no effect on the vast majority of homeowners.  They simply govern the HOA itself and mostly apply to it's board of directors.  So what comprises the HOA?  It is the members and that's it.  Think about what would happen if the HOA were sued - are you insured?
see ...

As defined in the covenants, the real teeth of governing the neighborhood was in the hands of the Architectural Committee, a legally formed entity not connected with the HOA.  The Architectural Committee, as outlined in the covenants, is to hold annual elections in order to be a valid entity.  Following Hurricane Katrina the Architectural Committee was allowed to collapse and the State of Louisiana formally terminated it as a legal entity.  The current HOA often refers to the "Architectural Committee" but whatever they think they are referring to does not exist as a legal entity and therefore not capable of legally enforcing anything.  Despite the collapse of the Architectural Committee the Covenants endure, it's just that the HOA is not the enforcement mechanism.
see ...

Fortunately most of the covenants are mirrored in the parish code of ordinances and enforceable by the parish.
see ...
see ...

So who enforces the covenants?  You do!  This means you can personally sue your neighbor regarding a breech of covenants.
see ...

Additional historical information on the formation & makeup of Eden Isles and the why of just about everything is still available on the archived "legacy" website stored at -  Simply click on "Eden Isles".

   Note, this post is printable in .pdf format by way of the attachment.   

                                    rev. 6/17
Yacht / Boat Maintenance Services  - Updated Sept. 2020

Divers for underwater hull cleaning & changing of zinc's on your boat.
                    (expect to pay around 2.50 a foot, 100 min. for cleaning; changing of zinc's usually extra)

Underwater Boat Servicing LLC ... readily available in Gulfport; Eden Isles by scheduled maintenance agreement only
- Aaron Seal  228-669-6371

Diver & Captain: Eddie Black  504-875-8199
- based in Gulfport but will service Slidell area

Bluewater Marine - Dock service & Hull cleaning diver
c/o Eric Conter  985-685-8046

Seaquest Diving Service
(bottom maint, hull survey, zincs, prop pulling, recovery)
c/o Ray Meek 228-669-4845

Underwater Services (Irish Bayou area)
Chuck Wolfe (rec. by Sea Tow)
note: also does towing

Pelican Dive Services (St. Tammany / Gulf Coast area)
P.O.  Box 234
Abita Springs, La. 70420
  24/7 Service  -  Insured
  Hull Cleaning and Inspection, Prop Removal, Zinc Replacement
Contact: Jason Baker 985-373-3019

Ricardo Gutierrez (West End New Orleans but travels)  NLA, retired 2018
3337 DeSaix Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70119
PH: 504-250-0213
note: has done hull cleaning & zinc service many, many years

Shipshape Diving (Gulfport Area - may expand) ... card from Gulfport Municipal Harbor
Ryan Shoemake  email:
phone: 601-716-7811

Deep South Dock & Piling Restoration (Slidell area)
- other diving services also available like hull cleaning

W-C Boat Doctors
200 Marina Dr
Slidell, LA 70458

Prop Dusters - Rhet Johnson
note: moved to Florida, no longer available

Matt Perret (hwy.11 / Slidell area)
note: no longer returns calls

Prop Repair.

Jefferson Propeller

Yacht painting:
... Carlos Martin  850-530-6574
     works with Awlgrip & Imron

Yacht detailing / boat washing:

... Salty Dog Boat Detailing: Jason Ritterr 985-774-9195

... Dockside Marine -
  Wash, wax, detail, interior: Terri Boyet 985-768-1874  ! RELIABLE !
  Fiberglass, painting, monthly boat washing: Tim Sanchez 985-215-3198

... Tina Crooke: 985-707-3894 (active in Oak Harbor Marina)

... All the Small Detailz: 985-710-1894

... Ship Shape: 850-305-4489

... Pristine Vessel Cleaning: Kevin Smith 985-956-3528     

* These guys are hard to find when you need them.  If you have any other divers or yacht service providers you would like to see listed, please post your reply or send a note to with the subject line of "Yacht Maintenance".  ... Thanks