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News OVERVIEW FOR Thursday, April 28, 2016

David Weekley Development Triggers West Park Heartburn

A new townhome development is prompting concern in West Park Village and on the WCA Board. David Weekley homes has proposed building 36 townhomes on land lying south of Fifth-Third Bank adjacent to the high power lines in West Park Village.

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.

Hillsborough County Commission to Vote on Transit Referendum April 27

The Citrus Park Drive Extension Advocacy is calling for Westchase residents to contact their county commissioners before important votes that could shape transportation improvements within the community.

Gourmet Market to Open in West Park Town Center

A new gourmet market is coming to town, courtesy of The Olive Tree Store. The store will be expanding into the space formerly occupied by the children’s clothing boutique, Mi BeBe. The Olive Tree’s owners, John and Donna Woelfel, said that they hope to have the new gourmet market some time the first few weeks of April.

Newcomers Luncheon April 21

The Newcomers of NW Hillsborough invite you to their monthly luncheon on April 21. It will be held at 11 a.m. at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, located at 4110 W. Boy Scout Blvd, Tampa 33607. The restaurant is located just across from International Plaza in Tampa. If you haven’t experienced the casual dining in this fine restaurant before, you’re in for a treat.

Presidential Primary: How Westchase Voted

Few Americans alive can recall a primary season that has gained more attention than the current one. Among other things, the March 15 presidential primary in Florida triggered an historic participation rate for a state primary election. Despite the attention and turnout, however, you might be surprised at how few Westchase voters actually participated in the presidential primaries.

Qualifying Period for CDD Candidates Announced

The General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be about more than which political party wins the U.S. presidency or control of the U.S. Congress. That election will give Westchase residents the opportunity to run for a position as resident supervisor on Westchase’s Community Development District (CDD).

Westchase Relay for Life May 21-22

The Westchase community is preparing to pull an all-nighter in the fight against cancer at May’s Relay for Life. Westchase and its surrounding neighborhoods will again team up in the fight against cancer during this year’s Relay for Life, May 21-22 at Alonso High School.

WCA to Replace Westchase Tennis Courts With Mini Golf Course

In April, Westchase will see the conversion of these tennis balls to the colorful, dimpled balls used in mini golf courses.

After months of debate over the possible use of the Tennis Cabana at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center and the association’s tennis programs, WCA Directors decided to take their programs in a different direction in March. The message to residents? Put down your racquets and pick up your putters. Oh, and those tiny pencils without erasers.

Westchase Food Truck Rally April 8

Fight cancer by joining the latest food truck rally in the community. A food truck rally will be held in front of Westchase Elementary on Friday, April 8 from 5-9 p.m. A variety of food trucks will serve an assortment of cuisines...including barbecue, Mexican, desserts, Japanese and even waffles!

Sewer Line Replacement Keeps Countryway Busy

Residents curious about the utility work along Countryway Boulevard now have an answer. Because WOW never hesitates to flush out the truth.

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.

Westchase Spring Garage Sale Is May 7

Throw open your garages and let the spring cleaning begin! The Westchase Spring Garage Sale is Saturday, May 7. The sale is one of two such events held annually on the first Saturdays of May and October.

Baybridge Park Work Commences

Residents whose routine includes visits to Baybridge Park and its playground found the park closed on Thursday, March 3. The closure marks the beginning of the district’s $1.6 million capital improvement program to refurbish Westchase’s major parks.

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.