News OVERVIEW FOR Sunday, March 09, 2014
Hillsborough County Mosquito and Aquatic Weed Control will be treating the Westchase area on Wednesday, March 5, from 6:30 p.m.-midnight, by air with the pesticide Anvil 10+10 ULV to control adult mosquitoes. If weather or mechanical issues prevent this treatment Wednesday, the mission will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 6, from 6:30 p.m.-midnight.
With data collected and numbers crunched what’s the chief lesson of Westchase real estate sales in 2013? It could be this: There’s a fine line between popping a champagne bottle cork and popping a Xanax.
A new subdivision on Sheldon Road received approval at the March 11 Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC) meeting. The BOCC voted unanimously to approve a request submitted by the home builder corporation Taylor Morrison to rezone a 22-acre currently vacant site from agriculture use to single family home. Taylor Morrison’s vice president for sales and marketing, Cammie Longenecker said the company is proposing to build 74 single-family homes in the new community.
The Westchase Voting Members (VMs) will consider a request to change the neighborhood-specific guidelines for Kingsford at their March 11, 2014 meeting. According to the current Kingsford mailbox guideline, all mailboxes within that neighborhood must be “white with a flag (no specific color for the flag required) mounted on a white wooden post; post shall have brass lettering for numbers and gold stripes be on the post.”
If you are looking for an enjoyable volunteer activity and have an interest in Westchase’s programs, a fun opportunity awaits you. The Westchase Swim & Tennis Committee meets quarterly on the third Thursday of each quarter at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center from 6-7 p.m.
We want your dogs! We want them to come to the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon on March 22! The fund-raising event will be held at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park (601 Old Water St. Tampa, FL 33602).
In mid-February Alonso High School's Track and Field campaign kicked off at Leto High School with the team hoping to build on last year's record setting season. Just last May senior Quatasia Fantroy captured a Gold Medal at the State Finals in the triple jump with a 38'9.75" leap, the first gold medal for Alonso Track and Field in its history.
The Newcomers of Northwest Hillsborough will meet at 11 a.m. on March 20. They’ll gather for lunch at Brio Tuscan Grille at International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite B209, Tampa, FL 33607. Our guest speaker is Deputy Judy Wooster from the Community Outreach Department of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department.
With the growing presence of investors snagging homes throughout the Tampa Bay area, many homeowners’ associations are beginning to rethink rules on home leasing. Recent estimates have investors snagging upwards of 45 percent of home sales in Tampa Bay. The demographic shift has prompted some associations to consider additional rules to limit harmful effects arising from leasing.
It’s March Madness. The Big Dance. No matter what you call it, the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is the highlight of the year for basketball fans across the country. “Maybe it's because I grew up in Indiana, where every house on the street has a backboard affixed over their garage door, but to me, March Madness is bigger than the Super Bowl,” said Casey Wilkening, Bridges resident and creator of the Westchase Hoops Madness online bracket.
Is an investor eyeing the home for sale on your block? While there is no statistic WOW can currently point to as an fully accurate indicator of the total number of Westchase homes that are owned and leased out by investors, one real estate statistic from 2013, according to real estate experts, speaks to the changing face of home-ownership in the community.
As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society knows how important every birthday can be. The remarkable progress they’ve made against cancer in the past 100 years is thanks in part to the support, passion and relentless dedication of Relay For Life participants.
There’s no slowing down for the members of the Westchase Rotary Club. This spring Rotarians are springing into action in the community by doing good deeds. Catch 23 will host a “Strappy Hour” Soles for Souls Shoe Drive on Thursday, March 13, from 5-8 p.m. Please come and join Rotarians and Westchase residents for a Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour. Bring in a new pair or gently worn old shoes and you will get a free drink and make a difference in the life of someone who doesn’t have shoes.
Hillsborough County’s garbage roll cart swap-out period concludes March 15. Any roll cart size changes after March 15 will incur a $30 charge each. If you'd like a smaller garbage can so it fits better in your garage, it's time to act now.
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.
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.
Following two positive rabies tests on raccoons in recent months, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has issued a rabies alert for Citrus Park on Feb. 4. The alert will last for 60 days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Westchase Community Association (WCA) and Community Development Districts (CDDs) are happy to announce the upcoming opening of the Fitness Trail in Baybridge Park.