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WCA Board Honors Former Resident; Hears Opposition to Swim Team Expansion

At the March WCA Board meeting directors awarded the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award and heard residents oppose last month's board decision to expand the association’s swim program. A handful of residents were present at the March Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board meeting to address the expansion and West Park resident Debra Gurino presented a petition opposing it.

A handful of residents were present at the March Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board meeting to address the expansion and West Park resident Debra Gurino presented a petition opposing it. Gurino said that she was not against the swim team or the swim team coach but was against their use of the Village pool due to the increase in traffic and noise it would bring to the neighborhood and the limitations it would place on residents’ use of the pool. Gurino said that when a swim team had been allowed to use the facility previously, the traffic and congestion made it difficult for residents to drive down the street or park in front of their houses and for the postal service to deliver the mail. Several residents echoed Gurino’s opposition. One resident said she had been disappointed when the swim lanes at the pool at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway were taken away from residents who wanted to swim for exercise during swim practice. She added she hoped the same would not happen at the Village pool. She said it was already hard to get a lane at the West Park pool, especially once the slide was open.

WCA President Ruben Collazo told the residents that the board had already approved the measure last month with the intention of evaluating it at the six-month mark. He said they had heard from WCA staff that it would have minimal impact to the residents. He said the board could not discuss it because the swim team was not on the agenda for the meeting. Later Director Chuck Hoppe asked that the swim team be added to the agenda for the April board meeting.

Opening the board meeting, Collazo presented former Harbor Links/The Estates resident Mark Ragusa with the Nathan Lafer Good Neighbor Award. Stating that Ragusa had served on every board in Westchase including the WOW, Community Development District (CDD), WCA, and Boy Scouts, Collazo said it was a pleasure to give him the award. Ragusa said that Nathan Lafer was a great human being and when he heard he had been honored with the award, he was taken aback. He said he had enjoyed every board he had served on.

Two Greenpointe residents attended the meeting to appeal their deed restriction violation fines – both for parking on the street. The first resident said that her family had not received a violation in 16 years for parking on the street even though they had always done so since they live at the end of a cul-de-sac and their driveway is shorter than most in the neighborhood. She said they did not have room in their two-car garage for either car due to her two kids’ sports equipment, which could not be left outside. She asked if there was anything she could do to change the rule and Director Brian Ross told her she could go to her neighborhood to see if they were in favor of amending the rule but that would not have any bearing on the current violation. Collazo told her that while the board was sympathetic with her predicament, it was their job to uphold the community’s rules and regulations and that the only solution was for her to clean out her garage so they could park one car in the garage and the other in the driveway and not to park in the street.

The other Greenpointe resident said that her mother had moved in with her and her family and that her garage was also filled with children’s toys and her mother’s furniture, which had since been sold. Directors all voted in favor of Ross’ motion to table the violation for one month to allow both residents time to come up with a parking solution that did not involve parking on the street.

During the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) report, former chair Joe Odda warned the board that there was opposition to the expansion of Citrus Park Dr., mainly from the Fawn Ridge and Mandolin neighborhoods. He said that the board should be prepared to have people attend the final public meeting to speak out in favor of the project.

All voted in favor of board secretary and WOW Member Keith Heinemann’s recommendation to reappoint Jonathan Stein and Carolyn Reynolds to the WOW, Inc. Board of Directors.

The next WCA Board meeting is scheduled for April 13, at 7 p.m., at the WCA Offices at 10049 Parley Dr.

By Marcy Sanford

COMMENTS

By Jacqueline DeAngelis on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 02:30pm

Please note: the WCA Board Meeting that is scheduled for April 13, 2017 will be held at the Swim & Tennis Center, 10405 Countryway Boulevard at 7pm, and not on Parley Drive as indicated above.

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