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March 2015

WCA Director Kathy Carlsen Dies

After a brief illness, recently elected Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Kathy Carlsen of Glencliff died on Saturday, March 21. After a number of years serving as Glencliff’s voting member, Carlsen ran for the WCA Board in September 2014, one of two residents who defeated incumbents running for reelection. In addition to her service on the WCA Board, she regularly attended the monthly meetings of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD).

VMs Discuss Guideline Amendments and Notification Process

Twenty-one Westchase Voting Members (VMs) attended the St. Patrick’s Day VM meeting on Tuesday, March 17, where they discussed the proper process for submitting guideline amendments for public notice in WOW. The monthly meeting normally occurs on the second Tuesday of each month but was moved because it fell during Hillsborough County School District’s spring break.

Westchase Pressure Forces Weak Amendment to State Bill on Security Cameras

While Westchase opposition forced an amendment to a proposed law in mid-March, a bill before the Florida legislature could still significantly affect resident access to CDD security camera footage.

Bill Before Florida Legislature Could End Westchase Resident Access to CDD Security Camera Footage

A bill being pushed by the Ballantrae Community Development District and currently sponsored by Westchase’s state senator, John Legg (R.), if passed unchanged, could slam the door on Westchase residents’ access to Westchase CDD security camera footage at their security gates.

WOW Preparing 2015 Resident and Business Directory

Were you in last year’s WOW Resident Directory? If not, now’s the time to take action! WOW's Resident and Business Directory serves as Westchase's popular phone and address directory. It's strictly opt-in, so if you don't fill out the form, you'll be left out!

WCA Board Handles Resident Fine Appeals and Tennis Court Usage Rules

Trash can troubles, tennis program growing pains, and a request for an extended POD stay were topics at the March 12 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board meeting.

Westchase Spring Garage Sale Is May 2

Throw open your garages and let the spring cleaning begin! The Westchase Spring Garage Sale is Saturday, May 2. The sale is one of two such events held annually on the first Saturdays of May and October. (The Westchase Fall Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015; please mark your calendars.)

Your Westchase Home: A Strong Community Produces Rising Prices

Despite the last decade’s roller coaster ride of Westchase home prices, one truth has remained unchanged. From its beautiful appearance and well-kept amenities to its strong schools and remarkable strength of community, Westchase is loved by its residents and especially its newcomers. Marking one of the earliest arrivals of the year, Andrew and Emily Barrows moved into The Bridges in January 2014. “My wife and I found out we were going to have our first baby and we knew then that we needed to find a home for our growing family,” explained Andrew. “What initially attracted us to Westchase were the family friendly neighborhoods, walkable restaurants and parks and proximity to family and friends. We also looked for homes in South Tampa and Safety Harbor. After looking, we ultimately decided to buy in Westchase because we knew it would be a great place to raise our family.”

Add Instant Curb Appeal With Five Quick Fixes

Curb appeal is a buzz-phrase that’s received a lot of attention in recent years. HGTV has a show dedicated to it. Real estate agents will insist that it can make or break a sale. What it all boils down to is that everyone wants a home that makes a great first impression.

Westchase Bobcats: Fact or Fiction?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Is that a bobcat in my backyard?” There’s a very good chance the answer is yes.

Westchase CDD Supervisor Brian Zeigler Resigns

Former Bridges resident Brian Zeigler resigned his seat on the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) in an e-mail sent to District Manager Andrew Mendenhall late on Feb. 25. “It is with regret that I have to announce my resignation from the CDD Board effective immediately,” he wrote, “as I have sold my home and now reside just outside of the Westchase area.”

Fords Resident Andrew Moss Honored as Minahan Award Finalist

For Robinson High School junior Andrew Moss, it began as a small idea. In middle school he organized a seven-on-seven football tournament. He raised money for charity, hoping it would help honor the legacy of his selfless grandfather. Then it mushroomed into something much larger.

Fifth Annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt March 29

Mark your calendars! The bunny’s back in town! This year’s Easter Egg Hunt, benefitting the American Cancer Society, will take place on Sunday, March 29, from 1-4 p.m. at the Westchase Rec Center. All children who are elementary school-aged and younger are welcome to participate in the egg hunt and activities.

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