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News OVERVIEW FOR Friday, September 22, 2017

County Clarifies Storm Debris Clean Up

Did the county forget to pick up your Hurricane Irma storm debris this past Monday? As grandma used to say, “Whoa, Nellie!” While many Westchase folks wondered why the yard waste collection truck drove past their big pile of landscaping debris from the recent storm, it wasn’t a mistake. Nor was it because you didn’t bundle it properly.

WCA Board Adopts 2018 Budget

At their Sept. 14 meeting the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors voted to approve the association’s 2018 budget, which includes a $13 dollar increase in the annual assessment.

WCA Budget Workshop Projects $13 HOA Assessment Increase

The Sept. 5 Westchase Community Association (WCA) annual budget workshop combed through a draft of 2018’s $1.5 million budget prepared by Association Manager Debbie Sainz before landing on a new assessment for Westchase homeowners. At $275 the 2018 assessment represents a $13 – or 5 percent – increase over this year’s assessment.

Sept. 12 CDD Meeting Cancelled

The monthly meeting of the Westchase Community Development District, slated for Tuesday, Sept. 12, has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma and staff’s need to focus on community clean up. The next meeting of the district will be Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Westchase Community Association (WCA) office on Parley Drive in West Park Village.

WCA Reschedules Board Elections to Sept. 26

Westchase Community Association (WCA) President Ruben Collazo has announced that the Voting Member (VM) meeting/WCA Board elections, scheduled for Sept. 12, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard. All members of the WCA are welcome to attend.

WCA Facility Closures Updated; Board Elections Likely to Be Postponed

Due to continued high winds, Westchase’s pools and tennis courts will remain closed through Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Westchase Community Association’s (WCA) annual board elections, also scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, may be postponed to the Westchase Voting Members’ monthly meeting in October.

Westchase Freebooters Hold Successful Recruiting Event

Some Freebooters take advantage of a photo opp with their Mermaid Ambassadors

Ye Westchase Krewe of Freebooters enjoyed a very successful recruiting event and pub crawl on July 19. Based on the level of interest and applications received to date, the growing organization will achieve record enrollment this year.

Westchase Fall Garage Sale Is Oct. 7

It’s time to make some room for your upcoming holiday gifts! The Westchase Fall Garage Sale is Saturday, Oct. 7. The sale is one of two such events held annually on the first Saturdays of May and October. (The Westchase Spring Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018; please mark your calendars.)

How Many Deed Restriction Violations Letters Do You Get?

Be honest. Is the number of deed restriction violation letters you’ve received in the last three years typical? In July the Westchase Community Association (WCA) announced they had completed an audit of its deed restriction violation process to ensure it is being done equitably.

County Offers Updates on Citrus Park Drive Extension

On the cusp of finishing their plans for the Citrus Park Drive Extension, Hillsborough County staff offered a new timeline for its start and completion at a July community meeting.

WOW Issues Correction on Storm Surge Evacuation Maps

If you’re basing your judgment of your evacuation zone based on the maps printed in June’s WOW, it’s time to look again. Each year in preparation for our June 1 edition, WOW examines Hillsborough County’s evacuation maps. We did so again in early May this year. Unfortunately, Hillsborough County then made adjustments to their online evacuation maps after the June WOW went to print.

GAC Considering Study of Parking and Safety

“Haphazard parking is creating a safety problem in Westchase,” said Rick Goldstein, Chair of the WCA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC).

Run the Great West Chase!

You’ve likely considered it. Perhaps you even made a mental promise that this year would be your year. Now it’s time! The Great West Chase 5K/10K and Children’s Fun Run will kick off Saturday, Oct. 28. (And, if you've never run it before, it only takes 20-30 minutes three times per week over eight weeks to go from your sofa to the finish line!)

Three WCA Board Seats Face Sept. 12 Election

Ashley Wait, The Bridges

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., the Westchase Community Association (WCA) will hold its annual meeting in the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s activity room. The annual meeting marks the Westchase Voting Members’ (VMs) election of the WCA Board of Directors. Three seats are up for election this year – those currently held by WCA Directors Joaquin Arrillaga, Rick Goldstein, and Chuck Hoppe. All have indicated they will run for reelection. Also announcing their candidacies for the board are Thomas Hurter of Kingsford and Basil Piazza and Ashley Wait of The Bridges. The seats hold terms of two years.

Westchase’s Wonder Dog

A superhero has landed in Westchase and his name is Duncan. But why is he there and how does it involve you?

2017 WOW Dining Survey: Your Winners and Runners Up

Drum roll, please! In August and early September, scores of Westchasers completed the 2017 WOW Dining Survey to pick the Best Restaurants in Tampa Bay. While the Best in Tampa Bay appear on page 28 of the printed WOW, the runners up in each category are worthy of honorable mentions here.

Sept 23 Carwash Benefits Brentford Resident

Brentford’s Andrew Abbott, 20, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in mid-April. A community carwash has been scheduled to benefit Andrew at the Westchase 7-Eleven on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Left Hand Linebaugh Turn into Fords Banned for Two Months

The restriction went up on Thursday, Aug. 10, and immediately caused complaints on social media. As part of its reclaimed water line project, Hillsborough County crews shut down the left turn onto Gretna Green into The Fords from eastbound Linebaugh. Instead, they are directing motorists to drive to Montague Street and make a U-turn.

WOW 2017 Scholars: Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain

Julia Hossain

In June WOW announced the nine Westchase seniors selected as our 2017 WOW Scholars. This month we offer the final three profiles of our scholarship class. We introduce Nicholas Fata, Teresa Manipadam and Julia Hossain.

Relay for Life Keeps Vigil

The Westchase community continued its decade-long tradition by staging the all-night Relay for Life fundraiser event at Davidsen Middle School over April 28 and 29. It celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those who lost the fight and provided hope for people who are battling the disease.

Rotary Pub Crawl April 29

The Rotary Club of Tampa Westchase has announced its 10th Annual Pre-Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl. The crawl has been the club’s most popular event within the Westchase community. In 2016 the Westchase Rotary, along with the help of its sponsors and revelers, raised $11,000.

Reclaimed Water Pipe Project Impacts Linebaugh Medians

The Westchase CDD and WCA have been deluged with calls from residents concerned about the work in the Linebaugh Avenue medians and its impact on traffic. What's going on? Read on...

Where Will They Go?

Alonso High School is jam-packed. The situation is the product of the full-sprint expansion in northwest Hillsborough County – its new housing developments, apartment complexes and townhomes sprouting like weeds on steroids.

A Travel Dream Come True

Nancy and Gary Konopka

For years Greens residents Gary and Nancy Konokpa and Nancy’s brother, Frank, talked about going to Greece. “A trip to Greece has always been on my brother-in-law’s bucket list,” said Gary.

Friends of the UTB Library: The UTB Library - Your Terrific Resource

We all have busy schedules. Sometimes with everything going on, it is easy to miss out on the advantage of treasures like the Upper Tampa Bay Library within our community.

Woodbridge Villas Tackles Renovations With Big Special Assessment

Woodbridge Villas board members Rick Goldstein, Mary Rodriguez, Nilo Menendez and Phyllis Roman visit their community’s pool to check recent work there.

This summer Hillsborough County transit supporters kick off a year and a half long campaign to convince local residents to vote for a half cent increase in the sales tax. If they’re smart, they’ll hire Woodbridge’s homeowners’ association board to lead the effort.

Newcomers Luncheon Feb. 19

The Newcomers of Northwest Hillsborough will gather for lunch this month on Feb. 19. They’ll meet at 11 a.m. at the Floridan Palace, 905 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602.

Plan to Attend the Aug. 12 TED Meeting

Westchase residents are encouraged to attend a meeting of the Policy Leadership Group for Transportation and Economic Development in Hillsborough County (TED). It will be held on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor board room of the County Center.

Public Notice of Westchase-Wide Guideline Changes

In addition to offering changes to the Westchase CCRs and Bylaws, Westchase VMs are considering amendments to the Westchase’s Single Family Residential Guidelines. If you read this article last month, the Documents Committee submitted some changes to the proposed Guidelines after the May meeting of the Westchase Voting Members. Changes of substance are indicated by italics in the summaries below.

WCA Board Hears Costco Update; Decries WOW Coverage of Investment Properties

There was a packed audience for the February Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors’ meeting. Residents attended not to speak during the open residents’ forum, but to hear about the proposed Costco development at the corner of Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue.

Costco Developer to File Rezoning Request March 6

While it was announced in January that February would see a formal presentation by the Costco development team, February’s WCA meetings came and went without its appearance.

Proposed 2014 WCA Budget Draft Contains $2 Assessment Increase

The 2014 draft budget that emerged from the roughly 90-minute Westchase Community Association (WCAO) Budget Workshop on Aug. 20 produced a projected assessment of $322. The amount represents a two dollar increase over the 2013 assessment. If adopted, it would be the first increase in the WCA assessment since 2008.

Westchase VMs Approve Three Guidelines

In a very brief meeting that preceded the Westchase Association’s Aug. 20 budget workshop, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) took their final votes on three amendment to Westchase and neighborhood-specific guidelines. In all cases, the 20 VMs present cast unanimous votes.

VMs Entertain New Paver Rules for Driveways and Sidewalks

The July 9 meeting of Westchase VMs started with two quick, unanimous approvals for Abbotsford's and Chelmsford’s new mailboxes before VMs turned to driveway pavers.

VMs Approve New Mailboxes for Castleford and Portions of The Bridges

At their June 11 meeting, Westchase Voting Members’ (VM) two main agenda items were final votes for updated mailboxes for Castleford and the Bridges. VMs also received an update on the county’s new garbage collection system, scheduled for rollout in October.

CDD’s 2014 Draft Budget Recoups Incorrect 2013 Credit

Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors are discussing a tentative spending plan that projects a 7.62 percent increase in operations and maintenance spending. The plan, which may see adjustments at the CDD's July and August meetings, is slated for final approval on Aug. 6.

CDD Supervisors Approve Harbor Links’ Streetlight Conversion; Stonebridge Homeowners Voice Concerns

The June 4 meeting of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) saw resolution of a years-long process to address a Westchase neighborhood’s leaking gas lights and attendance by a number of Stonebridge residents concerned over nearby developments that could significantly impact them.

Memorial Services Scheduled For Westchase Swim Coach Kelley Allen

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Manager Debbie Sainz and Operations Manager Kelly Smith have released information about upcoming memorial services for Kelley Allen, the WCA’s Director of Competitive Swimming. Allen was tragically killed on Oct. 28.

Tales from the Black Friday Ninjas

Some Westchasers celebrate Thanksgiving night by pulling the covers over their heads and relishing their turkey-induced slumber. Others become Black Friday Ninjas. Millions of Americans choose to participate in the highly competitive consumer Olympics known as Black Friday, where average shoppers display the stealth and cunning of a ninja in order to bring home retail gold. These warriors head out in the dark of night risking a stray elbow to the eye or worse, a shopping-cart wheel to the freshly pedicured toe.

Public Notice of Residential Guideline Changes

At their Oct. 11 and Nov. 15 meetings, Westchase Voting Members (VMs) will be considering changes to the Westchase Residential Guidelines. The Westchase Residential Guidelines is a supplementary document to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs). Both documents spell out architectural and use rules for Westchase residential properties.

Help a Wizard Make Magic

With just an hour of your time each week, you can dramatically change the life of a child who needs an adult role model. Westchase Elementary is looking for mentors for this school year. Can you lend a hand?

School Open Houses, 2011

Several private schools in the area are holding open houses to the community in the upcoming months. The list below is not a complete listing of all private schools in the area. Some of these institutions hold open houses in different locations; please contact the school admissions office for more information.

Westchase Birthday Celebration Oct. 29

This year Westchase turns 20 and you’re invited to the biggest birthday celebration around! On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3-7 p.m., WOW is throwing a party to celebrate all that is great about our community. All residents are invited to join the fun on the West Park Green on Montague Street for a celebratory street party. The party will be held on the afternoon of the tenth anniversary running of The Great West Chase 5K and Children’s Fun Run.

Fitness Trail Opens This Month

The Westchase Community Association (WCA) and Community Development Districts (CDDs) are happy to announce the upcoming opening of the Fitness Trail in Baybridge Park.