JULY 24, 2019

Ben Franklin was not a resident of Beau Chene, but he sure would have loved it here.  From the sparkling yachts in the marina with their nautical American flags to the massive July 4th celebration at the Beau Chene Country Club, Ben Franklin would have loved this great American neighborhood.          

Franklin famously said that an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure. This quote also rings true when Louisiana finds itself in Atlantic Hurricane season. The Beau Chene HOA Board manages the books with hurricane preparation in mind.  Lance Rase, the treasurer of the Beau Chene Board, along with his finance committee manages all accounts with the thought it may be necessary to use major funds for a post hurricane clean-up.

While Hurricane Barry was a non-event, this does not mean that the Beau Chene HOA and the staff were sitting at home watching Bosch on Amazon.  Our CAO, Cristina Donovan, was on site and oversaw the major preparation pre-storm, during the storm, and post-storm.  

Beau Chene HOA Pre Storm Preparation Action Items

  • BCHOA Public Works (PW) Staff inspected all community drainage ditches and culverts throughout and removed debris
  • Fueled and tested all equipment (including chain saws, pumps, trackhoe, backhoe, dump truck and trailers) and generators to ensure operational status.
  • Brought in and stored adequate diesel and gasoline fuel to operate equipment & generators through the storm’s potential impact
  • BCHOA PWs implemented storm protocols for water and sewerage locations

Beau Chene HOA During Storm

  • Public Works staff stayed on site from Friday afternoon through Sunday
  • Water system (2 water wells) and wastewater system (sewer plant and 20 lift stations) closely monitored throughout the weekend to ensure operational status
  • Public Works Operator, Marty Vining, stayed on-site Friday night and Saturday night monitoring all systems and roadways
  • Public Works Operator, Jacob Killian, worked all day Saturday and Sunday monitoring all systems and roadways
  • Asst. Dir of PW, Lindsey Adkins, was on call all weekend and on-site Saturday and Sunday at varying times
  • Dave Vinson and Lindsey Adkins kept all parties involved via phone

Beau Chene HOA Tree Removal on Beau Chene Drive

  • Cristina Donovan, CAO, was notified of fallen tree by a neighbor and immediately contacted on-site PW Operator, Jacob Killian.
  • Jacob Killian placed “Road Closed” signage and followed on-call protocol contacting Lindsey Adkins
  • Three more BCHOA PW Operators arrived within 30 minutes to assist in removal of tree – Marty Vining, Paul Hunt and Michael Flocke (main equipment operator)
  • Jarrells Tree Service was called and was also able to respond quickly
  • Tree removal was completed within two hours and Beau Chene Drive re-opened 

Beau Chene is a massive neighborhood, and we are very lucky to have such great employees.  We were ready for the storm, and we will be ready for the next one. On behalf of all Beau Chene homeowners, I would like to publicly thank all those who make this the best neighborhood in Louisiana.

I would also like to thank Louise Rusch, the chairwoman of the CEC, and Don Beaver with Beau Chene Country Club.  They put on a great firework display that brought together both club members and non-members and treated Beau Chene residents to an incredible celebration beneath the stately oaks.  Mark your calendars for Friday, September 27th which is the next party Louise and Don have planned.


Doug Tate

President Beau Chene HOA

July 4, 2019 Holiday Hours

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day.  We will be open regular hours 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM (closed one hour for lunch) the rest of the week.  There will be normal garbage pickups. 

For any water or sewer emergencies please call our main number at (985) 231-6285 and press #3 for Lindsey. 

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at: 

Main Guard Gate     (985) 845-7560

East Guard Gate       (985) 845-8495

Marina Guard Gate (985) 845-7022

Enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July! 

Cristina Donovan


A letter from Doug Tate, President BCHOA – Summer 2019


June 21, 2019

Summer is in full swing in this great neighborhood. Kids are avoiding their summer reading and opting for sleeping late, fighting with their sister, eating the remaining Easter candy, watching YouTube, and that is just at my house. From summer camps to Destin vacations to learning how to mow the lawn, summer means something different to every resident.

The Beau Chene HOA Board has been busy with elections and preparing for the new marina entrance. At the HOA meeting on Friday June 14, 2019 the following members were elected to executive positions:
Doug Tate – President
deShea Richardson – Vice President
Lance Rase – Treasurer
Jay Whealdon – Secretary

This will be my second term as president, and I would like to thank all homeowners for allowing me to serve. I moved here 2 months before Katrina and my life has unfolded within the 3 gates of Beau Chene. My son learned how to hit a baseball in our backyard and my daughter would choose to go to the Beau Chene pool over a family trip to Austin. Professionally, I manage money for the working affluent at Benjamin F. Edwards, hold a BA in Communications and a MBA from LSU. I am married to the former Alexandra Sampedro, and have 2 children, Lucy who attends CES, and Preston who attends SPS.

deShea Richardson is the newly elected vice president of the Beau Chene Homeowners Association. She is a native of Baton Rouge where she earned multiple degrees including a law degree. She and her husband James Richardson have 3 beautiful kids JP, Constance and Charlotte. The Richardsons love this neighborhood so much, that they are on their second home in Beau Chene. deShea is a partner in the Mandeville law firm Harrison & Richardson.

Lance Rase was recently re-elected to the Beau Chene Board and continues his role as Treasurer. Lance is married to the former Erika Laughlin and they have 2 beautiful children, Abby and Nicholas. Lance is an executive with Consolidated Grain & Barge and holds an undergraduate degree from LSU and a graduate degree from Tulane. Lance is active on many boards but is most proud of chairing Crawfish Cookin for a Cause, a 501c3 charitable organization, which recently raised over $60k for families affected by catastrophic illness.

Jay Whealdon has been a board member and its corporate secretary for 7 years. Jay and his wife, Phoebe, have lived in Beau Chene for 17 years and are next door neighbors of Doug and Alex Tate. Jay has been engaged in the insurance and reinsurance industries for over 40 years. Phoebe is a full-time real estate agent with Coldwell Banker TEC. Both Jay and Phoebe are involved with business and local charitable organizations and are active members of First Baptist Covington in various capacities.

The 2019-2020 committees will be chaired by the following individuals:

Louise Rusch – Community Enhancement Committee
Paul Angelle – Environmental Control Committee
Lance Rase – Finance Committee
David Parnell – Governance/Legal Committee
Jay Whealdon – Insurance Committee
David Pesses & Neal Hennegan – Infrastructure Committee
Geoff Hingle – Security Committee
David Pesses & Louise Rusch – Liaison Committee

As we enter hurricane season, we want to remind our residents to have an evacuation plan. Additionally, our HOA balance sheet is managed with an eye on storms in the gulf. A large sum of money is kept liquid and semi-liquid in case of emergencies like Katrina. History tells us that we will take a hit from a storm within the next 5 years. We need to be financially and organizationally prepared for a hurricane.

Beau Chene is the premier neighborhood in St. Tammany Parish, and it is our responsibility to ensure it stays that way. With over 5,000 residents and over 1,500 properties, there is strength in numbers. If you have ideas, questions, concerns, comments, etc. please do not hesitate to contact me.

Doug Tate
President Beau Chene HOA

Keeping You Informed – BCHOA 2018 Drinking Water Quality Report

Beau Chene Water System Customers:

The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act requires potable water suppliers to inform our customers yearly concerning the quality of the water and services that we deliver to you each day.

Beau Chene’s 2018 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT will be published in the ST. TAMMANY FARMER newspaper on June 12, 2019.  Paper copies of this report will not be mailed but will be available at the Beau Chene Administration Office as well as on our website at bchoa.org/information/documents-forms.

Your water system staff wants you to be assured that your potable water meets and exceeds all LDHH and Federal regulations and is delivered to you as SAFE, QUALITY WATER.

Please call me with any questions at (985) 231-6285.

Thanks to you our customers,

David W. Vinson 
Director of Public Works

2019 Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Residents

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2019 and will end on November 30, 2019.  According to an updated outlook from the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project, this year’s Atlantic hurricane season may see fewer storms and hurricanes than last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be any less dangerous.  The forecast is predicting a “near average” season. No matter what the forecast says, this is a good time to start your preparations.

Beau Chene Homeowners Association has several forms of communication in place if we are impacted directly by a hurricane.  The Beau Chêne Homeowners Association website is www.bchoa.org.  Messages and updates will be posted to the site when access is available and on our member only Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeauCheneHOA/ and our public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeauCheneCommunity/ .

The Beau Chêne Homeowners Association’s hotline phone number is 1- (314)–272-0288.  Please make note of this hotline phone number.  This is a message only hotline to keep residents – especially evacuated residents – informed of conditions in Beau Chêne and is only active during storm events.  Please refrain from leaving messages when calling this number.
Be prepared should a hurricane evacuation be ordered by the Parish.  Make sure your car is ready in the event of a possible evacuation. Make sure to map out a route before you get on the road to your destination.  To be informed of current conditions in the Parish please visit their website at: http://www.stpgov.org/residents/emergency-preparedness.

Office Closed

Dear Homeowners and Residents:

We will be closing our Beau Chene Homeowners Association (BCHOA) office tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1st at 11:00 am. Cleco will be providing a new electric line to our office building and will, out of necessity, shut the power off to the building while the work is performed. The BCHOA office will close at 11:00 am and remain closed the rest of the day.

We expect to reopen on Thursday, May 2nd at our normal business hours of 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM (closed for lunch 12:00 – 1:00 PM).

For any water or sewer emergencies while the office is closed, please call Lindsey at 985-630-2717.

For all other emergencies call the Security Guards at:

Main Guard Gate 985-845-7560

East Guard Gate 985-845-8495

Marina Guard Gate 985-845-7022

Save the date- April 27th for Beau Chene Community Concert

Beau Chêne Homeowners Association (BCHOA) and Beau Chêne CC (BCCC) have partnered this year to bring you a community concert featuring the sensational sounds of “SugarBomb”. The concert is from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Saturday April 27th at the outdoor Pavilion behind the clubhouse. The concert is complimentary and BCCC will provide food and beverage stations with the ability to handle cash and BCCC charge accounts.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music! Outside food and beverages will not be permitted on the BCCC property.
Cristina Donovan
Chief Administrative Officer

Keeping You Informed: Hydrant Flushing

To:  Beau Chene Water System Customers

As part of Beau Chene’s Public Works Operation and Maintenance program, water system operators will be flushing fire hydrants beginning Monday, April 1st and continuing through Friday, April 12th, as necessary.  This operation will be conducted at night between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

The purpose of flushing the fire hydrants is to remove loose mineral deposits from the water system distribution pipes.  Flushing operations are performed on a bi-annual basis, normally early in the year and then again immediately before the local fire district conducts required hydrant flow tests for firefighting and insurance rating purposes.

If as a result of either our hydrant flushing or fire district flow testing, you experience mineral deposits in your water, please open your outdoor faucet where water enters the house, and run water slowly until it is clear.  Then slowly run your indoor faucets until your system is clear.  Problems with deposits should be minimal as Beau Chene’s potable water system has been treated to sequester these naturally occurring well water minerals since 1996.

Very truly yours,

David Vinson
Public Works Director

Beau Chene Country Club Hosting 2019 Business First Bank Golf Classic

The Business First Bank Golf Classic returns professional golf to Beau Chene Country Club, April 15th-20th.  This is an opportunity to see future PGA and LPGA Tour Members compete on both of our courses.  It is also a great opportunity to get into the action by volunteering.

This year, Beau Chene is hosting both the APT and WAPT (Women’s All Pro Tour).  Volunteers are needed as starters, spotters, scoring checkpoints, scoring tent and live scoring on Friday and Saturday.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Capouch at (985) 789-0720.

Also, in the past, we have had many generous homeowners open their homes for private player housing.  We have had only positive feedback from members that have previously housed players. Mary Pitts will again serve as Private Housing Chairperson.  You can reach her at (985) 630-3978 if you would like to volunteer. Please consider opening your home to a young man or woman chasing his/her dream to play on the PGA Tour.




Mardi Gras Letter From Doug Tate

The Mardi Gras ladder is one thing in this world that I love and hate at the same time. Clearly, there are other things I hate and love at the same time….my treadmill, the TV show “Switched at Birth” that my 10-year-old daughter is making me watch on Netflix, and the Randazzo King Cake that my wife keeps showing up with at home. The Mardi Gras ladder is a huge pain to transport across the lake and add to that I need to carry chairs, tables, coolers, paper towels, cameras, etc. My 14-year old son Preston gladly carries the Popeye’s bag full of fried chicken, my daughter Lucy carries a few empty Mardi Gras bags that she hopes to fill with beads, and my wife, Alex will usually bring a 12 pack of LaCroix (I will carry it back to the car post parade because no one will drink it on the parade route).

When the kids were little I absolutely loved the ladder. I would put Lucy and Preston in it, they were safe, secure, and in 1 spot. They were a captive audience, and had no choice but to sit there and smile for the 100 pictures we made them take. They had an unobstructed view of the best free show on earth, New Orleans Mardi Gras. Now, they want to see their friends at Mardi Gras, and I will struggle to get 1 picture of them together.

Change is inevitable; it is the train that is always on time and things are no different here in Beau Chene. When I moved to Beau Chene back in 2005 when Preston was 6 months old he was the only child around. Alex and I were the young parents. Boom, fast forward 13 years, and I am the old parent, but Alex is still the young hip mom. There are kids all over the neighborhood. My next-door neighbors, Megan and Brandon, are younger than my little sister and have the cutest little kids we have ever seen.

Change is coming fast and furious to the Beau Chene Marina. The new owners have been working tirelessly for months to get ready for the boating season which is almost here. Their new office looks fantastic, and the residents that I have spoken to in the marina are thrilled with the change. The marina entrance is also up for a complete renovation. The Department of Transportation has signed off on the new entrance and exit lanes. Matt Voelkel of MV Designs is almost done with the design of the new guard house and we can expect the construction to begin sooner than later.

The Beau Chene Homeowners Association is not immune to change. As the residents have gotten younger and younger, we have been forced to change our communications habits. The HOA now has an Instagram account, a Facebook account, and an interactive website. The board has also welcomed the opportunity to work hand in hand with the Beau Chene Country Club on community wide projects like 4th of July Fireworks for All Residents of Beau Chene.

To all the young parents in Beau Chene who will be using Mardi Gras ladders this season I would like to give you 3 pieces of advice; 1. Strap the ladder down tight as it will be windy on the causeway. 2. Don’t leave the ladder out overnight as Mayor Cantrell has vowed to destroy them if you do. 3. Enjoy the ladder because kids at Mardi Gras are the best.

On behalf of the Beau Chene Homeowners Association, I would like to wish all residents a safe and happy Mardi Gras season.

Doug Tate
President Beau Chene Homeowners Association