POLL: Swim & Tennis Committee Resident Survey
A small area may be developed at the Swim and Tennis Center. What amenities would you like to see?
Westchase’s best and brightest return to school in August. As in past years, WOW wants your back-to-school photos.
After years of departing from the back of Westchase Elementary for its trip to South Tampa, the Robinson IB bus stop will shift to the front of the elementary school for the coming school year. The shift came at the request of a Westchase parent who felt the front of the school would allow safer access for students who walk or bike to the stop.
Ernie Sylvester, a longtime and beloved Westchase volunteer, who was honored for his service as the recipient of the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award in January 2014, died on Friday morning, Aug. 14, after a long illness.
At their Aug. 13 meeting, the WCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve their 2016 association budget, including a significant decrease in homeowners’ assessments. If VMs take no action to reject the budget within 10 days of the Aug. 13 board meeting, the new homeowners’ assessment for 2016 will be $291.
Held the last Saturday of October, The Great West Chase 5K/10K and Children’s Fun Run will kick off Halloween this year! Help WOW promote school success for underprivileged kids by joining a fun, fall tradition in Westchase.
Meeting on Aug. 11, nearly two dozen Westchase Voting Members (VMs) and Westchase Community Association Board of Directors reviewed and shaped a draft of the association’s 2016 budget. If adopted without change at the Thursday, Aug. 13 meeting of the WCA Board, Westchase homeowners will see a $21 decrease (a 6.7 percent decline) in their HOA dues to $298 in 2016.
A their Aug. 11 meeting Westchase VMs reviewed rules for the association’s upcoming board elections and discussed a Neighborhood Response Team to address emergencies.
After releasing the county’s long-range transportation plan in June, Go Hillsborough has scheduled three-months of community meetings to pinpoint road projects residents want funded if a proposed sales tax referendum passes.
Beleaguered Westchase commuters inconvenienced by the closure of Veterans off-ramp at Linebaugh Avenue on July 26 may see relief by early September. On Aug. 12 Christa Deason of Florida Turnpikes Headquarters told WOW, “We expect to have the Linebaugh off-ramp reopened in the next two weeks.”
A special session of the Florida Legislature between Aug. 10-21 looks poised to change Westchase’s U.S. congressional district. Currently Westchase lies within Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ district (Rep., District 12); under proposed maps, the community would be shifted into Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s district (Dem., District 14).
The Aug. 4 meeting of the Westchase CDD saw supervisors addressing the significant street flooding that occurred in Westchase the previous day and pass their 2016 budget.
Coldwell Banker, Jeannie Nicholson
12197 W. Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33626
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