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News OVERVIEW FOR Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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.

Alonso Construction to Add New Classroom Wing and Enlarge Cafeteria

With its student population bursting at the seams, parts of Alonso High School will be under construction this fall. The new addition will ensure the school’s growing enrollment can be better accommodated for the 2016-17 school year.

WSA Awards Volunteer Rand Fortin Memorial Scholarship

Ineke Husgen presents the WSA’s Rand Fortin Memorial Scholarship to Jonathan Sims.

Five years ago Westchase Soccer Association celebrated its 10th year in the community. At the same time, we mourned the loss of one of our most dedicated volunteers, Rand Fortin. Rand was a single man with no relatives in the league, but he refereed two games every Saturday. To honor Rand’s commitment to refereeing in our league, the WSA Board decided to create a scholarship in his name.

Davidsen Middle Gets New Attendance Boundaries

At their June 9 meeting The Hillsborough School Board adopted attendance boundary changes for Davidsen Middle School beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

Three Seats Open in Sept. 8 WCA Board of Directors Election

INTRO: Will you consider volunteering to help your community? Election for three WCA Board of Directors’ seats will take place Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center.

Lexington Park Apartment Complex Sold for $64.5 Million

A Westchase apartment complex will soon see upgrades after changing owners. Atlanta-based Polluck Shores Real Estate Group purchased Lexington Park at Westchase, located across from The Shires, on June 4 for $64.5 million.

Proposed 2016 CDD Assessments

The Westchase Community Development District (CDD) will approved its budget and final assessments at their public budget hearing on Monday, Aug. 4. Thus, the proposed assessments listed below may change after further public input. Please see WOW Online at for coverage of that meeting, the approved budget and homeowners’ finalized assessments.

A Salute to Westchase Veterans, Part I

Edward Lynch

Two exist currently on the WCA Board of Directors and three of the eight past WCA presidents have been counted among them. They range from nearly 90 to as young as 20. They have lived in Okinawa and Inchon; in Berlin and Bosnia; in Kuwait and Kabul. Now they collectively call idyllic Westchase home.

Citrus Park ER Opens for Business

Emergency after hours? A new medical option opened in mid-June across from the Citrus Park mall. While Westchase is home to several urgent care centers, if you needed after-hour emergency care prior to June 11, the closest emergency room was Tampa Community Hospital in Town ’N Country. In mid-June, however, the Citrus Park ER opened at 12922 Sheldon Rd, just three miles outside of Westchase.

CDD’s $1.1 Million Parks Improvement Plan Announced

Westchase CDD supervisors will formally review their park designer’s proposed plans for renovating Westchase’s parks on July 7 – and they want your input. Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors will be reviewing their designer’s draft plans at their monthly meeting at the WCA office building at 4 p.m. on July 7. At that session, the parks Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) plans will be changed based upon supervisors’ wishes and resident input before their final adoption.

Nope. You Can’t Use Fireworks in Westchase

Each New Year’s Eve the explosive celebrations prompt Westchase complaints. Since it’s “legal” to buy fireworks in Hillsborough County, it must be all right to use them in the community, right? Think again.

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.