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From the President, Jan. 17: Patience Counseled on Golf Course Issue

Congratulations to the Westchase Charitable Foundation and to the Westchase tennis community for the enormous success of the inaugural Westchase Open tennis fundraiser.

There is so much credit to go around. I'm afraid that if I start naming names, I will invariably miss a few and cause offense. So let me start by saying that this community is incredible. Westchase produces a bounty of volunteers, contributors and altruists. I know of no other community so dedicated to selflessness.

Back in July 2017 Eric Pogue came to me with this idea. And I remember saying to him, "Eric, this is a big idea and I love big ideas."

Well, Eric (and friends) pulled off one of the nicest, classiest and most energetic events Westchase has seen in a long time (outside of the Great West Chase, of course). So congratulations again to everyone who made this happen. I'm already looking forward to next year's Westchase Charitable Foundation tennis tournament!

The other really big thing happening in Westchase is obviously the potential purchase of the Westchase Golf course by the Westchase Community Development District (CDD). Let me begin by saying that as president of the Westchase Community Association (WCA), I have full faith and confidence in the abilities and motives of our CDD supervisors. They will no doubt do the appropriate and necessary fact finding and then make a careful, considered and intelligent business decision, focused on how best the community should move forward (or not) with this enterprise.

And I emphasize the “or not” part of my statement. There isn’t a supervisor on that board who wouldn’t hesitate to walk away from this endeavor if they found that it wasn’t a good idea or that an incontrovertible business case couldn’t be made for the purchase.

CDDs in the state of Florida operate under very strict guidelines under Florida statutes. They conduct business in the open (“the sunshine requirement”). And the Westchase CDD has a history of making thoroughly vetted, excruciatingly researched, legally scrubbed decisions that have withstood the test of time.

So I ask everyone to be patient. Please take a deep breath. Step back and allow our CDD supervisors to do their job. Right now that job is to get the property under contract and then conduct six months’ worth of due diligence. During which time everyone can attend meetings, ask questions, receive answers and state their opinions. Hang in there. Everything will be okay!

Last, I want to address the issue of spring cleaning. Spring in Florida really begins in February. In February the ravages of winter reveal themselves: dead plants, dead sod, moldy driveways and roofs, paint that needs refreshing and more. Every year our members are surprised when they receive the friendly reminders that they have not yet performed these necessary maintenance items. So my suggestion is to get ahead and stay ahead. Start your spring cleaning now! I know that I will.

My contact information is in the back of the WOW. Feel free to reach out to me anytime you need my assistance. Thanks for reading!

By Ruben Collazo, WCA President

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