Posted on: March 13th, 2020 Posted in Residents Only

Good afternoon,

Thanks to all of you who attended the meeting last week. It was a packed house. If you were not able to attend the meeting there is a summary of the meeting posted on both the River Bluffs portal and the CEPCO portal as well. One of the things I have been asked to repeat quite a few times this past week is my recap of the “numbers”. In the community we are now up to 155 sold and occupied homes and an additional 30 that are sold and under construction and we have sold a total of 205 homesites. With Cottage Park and Mariner’s Watch (the townhomes at the marina) coming online, we expect sales to be even more vibrant this year.  Elements Landscaping will be onsite next Monday and Tuesday and we are excited to see them get going in the neighborhood. Please make sure that all your communication with them via email so there is a good record of it. The email address to use is

The curbing in the new section of Phase 3 on the south side of the property has been installed and they are currently grading the roads for rock to be put down prior to asphalt. Once the rock has been put down on the roadways we intend to release the pricing of those new homesites to the public and we anticipate substantial sales activity. Crews continue to work on finishing the installation of electric and water service to the docks and please remember to stay off of the riverwalk between the marina and the deflector that sticks out from the riverwalk. We are working through the last building permit hurdles (having to do with ADA compliance) with New Hanover county for the Pavillion at the marina and should be able to start very soon.

The obvious topic to put forth in this update is the ever-changing status of the Covid-19 outbreak and continual efforts to keep it from spreading. The news on the virus is changing so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up and misinformation (and sometimes pure panic) don’t help separate fact from fiction. I don’t pretend to have anymore information than anyone else but can only speak to what we can (and will) do here at River Bluffs to both help prevent problems and respond if we do have problems. A key thing to remember is that the easiest preventative measures are just that, easy! Wash your hands, don’t shake hands, practice “social distancing” (which I think means no hugging and no holding hands) and if you are feeling bad don’t put yourself in contact with others. Nursing homes in the county are prohibiting outside visitors. I’ve instructed the Sales team and the Porches staff not to shake hands for awhile. Some may think that’s silly but it is truly the simplest preventative step there is. If the situation deteriorates, we have a plan to implement additional steps to do all that we can to keep everyone safe.

Our goal at Porches is to make it the cleanest restaurant in New Hanover County as the staff there rely on the neighborhood’s support and we intend to keep it operating. The staff will be be doing both routine and “deep” cleanings each and every day and Michael will be working with them to make sure the best practices for cleanliness are kept in place throughout the entire restaurant. If you would prefer not to come to the restaurant, Michael’s crew will gladly arrange to deliver food to you (only within the community). Just call the restaurant during normal operating hours and they will be happy to accomodate you.

Thanks for your continued support of River Bluffs. I’d like to say we are excited about the onset of spring in the community but honestly, it feels like it’s already here. We will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available and I hope you all have a great weekend.

John Lennon