Welcome to The Cumberland Manors
(A Deed Restricted Community)
Cumberland Manors is a deed restricted community
located in Northwest Hillsborough County. We are within minutes of the
Veteran's Expressway, Citrus Park Mall, schools, theaters and restaurants.
There are 247 single family homes in our community with common areas that
include a park with ponds and a playground.
The next Board of Direcor's Meeting may be held on October 20th, 2016 at 6PM in the offices of Greenacre Properties 4131 Gunn Highway Tampa, FL 33618-8725. For further information call: 813-600-1100 Ext 117.
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** Political Signs **
In accordance with ARTICLE VII: Lot Servitude, Section 29. APPURTENANCES, (b) Signs. No sign or other informational display may be displayed to general view from any Lot except a reasonable name and address sign and one dignified lawn sign not exceeding five square feet in surface area advertising a Lot for sale, lease, or other disposition.
This regulation means NO political signage may be displayed anywhere on any Lot.
** No Street Parking in Cumberland Manors **
’Except for passenger automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and vans of one-ton capacity or less, and such other vehicles as the Association from time to time expressly may permit by its rules and regulations (collectively, "permitted vehicles"), no boat, trailer, or vehicle may be parked, kept, stored, maintained, or restored by any Resident anywhere within the Properties, except within the improvements on the Lots severally. Any permitted vehicles owned or controlled by any Resident at all times must be parked upon a Lot and not within any street right-of-way.
Except for emergency repairs, no permitted vehicle may be maintained or restored except within the improvements upon a Lot. The foregoing restrictions do not prevent the temporary, non-recurring parking of any vehicle, boat, or trailer for a period not exceeding 48 hours upon the driveway on any Lot, nor the routine servicing and repair of any permitted vehicle upon the exterior of any Lot that is completed within 36 consecutive hours.’
Over the past few years we have received many complaints of homeowners parking on the streets, blocking traffic every night and totally ignoring any letters sent by the Homeowners Association (HOA) or our attorney. We’ve talked to our attorney and he directed us to contact the County since our streets are County maintained. The County told us we could install signage and gave us direction as to what needed to be on the signs, color and the size. A sign company was contacted; they made the signs and installed them at the entrance on Heathridge, the entrance coming in on Craggy Cliff from Eaglebrook and just over the bridge at the Park on Heathridge.
What this means to all of us is that if a homeowner continues to park on the street night after night, you have every right to call the Sheriff’s office and they will come out and ticket the owner and the vehicle may be removed. Now this is not to be confused when a homeowner has a party one evening and many cars are parked on the street for that one night!
This is strictly for those continuous offenders who park on the street and we do have a few who have frustrated many of their neighbors.
Please feel free to contact Denise Schek at Greenacre Properties or you can call 600-1100 Ext. 117, if you see a vehicle parked overnight, get a picture, if possible, and the address, and they will get a violation notice.
Another reminder: No commerical vehicles are allowed in our driveways or on the street with your company name or logo. Check that out in your Deed Restrictions. You will receive a violation notice if this does not stop. The vehicle must be in your garage or parked somewhere out of the community.
** Our Opposition to PUD 16-1116 - The new development off of Nikki Lane **
Proposed Subdivision Could Overwhelm Nikki Lane With Traffic
By Mike Kersmarki
Vice President, Cumberland Manors Home Owners Association
A proposed subdivision just north of the Cumberland Manors and Cumberland Estates neighborhoods wants to include gated access at the eastern dead-end of Nikki Lane.
If approved, it could eventually mean more than a thousand extra vehicle trips each week on Nikki that also would feed into Heathridge Drive.
Your homeowners association opposes this extension of Nikki because it would further exacerbate significant traffic and safety issues already impacting Heathridge, which has been troubled for years by speeding and too many dangerous stop-sign violations.
Heavy construction equipment also could needlessly endanger the small Heathridge Bridge for the next couple of years if access is granted to Nikki. Damage to that bridge would be disastrous because it could strand hundreds of people in the two Cumberland communities.
Both of the Cumberland HOAs share a common entrance at Heathridge Drive off of Bellamy Road, which is the primary access to Ehrlich for more than 2,500 residents north of Ehrlich in various subdivisions intersected by the Veterans Expressway.
Hillsborough County has scheduled an Oct. 17 zoning hearing in downtown Tampa regarding the proposed 55-acre development by the William F. Sutton Family Limited Partnership.
The more residents who voice opposition to the installation of access to Nikki, the greater chances that such a proposal would be denied.
How to Tell the County You Oppose Such a Use of Nikki Lane
Residents have several options to express their opposition to the Sutton’s application.
• Speak during the public hearing on Oct. 17 (a Monday) or submit written testimony and/or written evidence for that public hearing. The zoning meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the second-floor commissioner’s board room at the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy, in downtown Tampa. We hope as many residents as possible can attend the Oct. 17 meeting.
• Submit testimony and any evidence in writing to the office of the county’s Zoning Administrator at least TWO business days prior to the Oct. 17 hearing to be included as part of the record of the hearing. That means submitting such comment by the end of business on Oct. 13, according to Eric Denney, a legislative aide to County Commissioner Ken Hagan.
• Submit written statements that the county says would be “given consideration in the preparation of Development Services Staff’s Final Report to the Land Use Hearing Officer.” Such written statements must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the Oct. 17 hearing. Depending on how that requirement is read, it’s likely that such statements should arrive at the county no later than end of business on Monday, Oct. 3. That said, it may be wiser to make sure the county receives the documents no later than the end of business this coming Friday, Sept. 30.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In all written documents, reference needs to be made to the Sutton’s application number, RZ 16-1116 (PD). The county planner who is reviewing the Sutton PD proposal is Michelle Heinrich (813)-276-2167; firstname.lastname@example.org"
The county says there are three options to deliver such written statements and evidence, which should be addressed to the Land Use Hearing Officer and delivered as follows:
1. Hand delivered to the County Center’s 20th floor at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., in downtown Tampa.
2. Mailed to P.O. Box 1110, Tampa, FL 33601
3. Via e-mail using the Development Services web page: "http://fl-hillsboroughcounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=904 Click on the ‘Email Us’ link under Contact Info on the right side of the web page. That takes you to a page with the heading: Customer Service Center – At Your Service. It’s little unclear what to do after that, so if you have questions, call 813-272-5600 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Here Are More Details About the Sutton Planned Development
The Board of Directors for the Cumberland Manors HOA opposes the Sutton PD’s design that calls for a road gate with access to the eastern end of Nikki Lane, a quiet, winding, low-volume residential street not designed for the additional traffic from the Sutton PD.
The proposed 67-home Sutton PD also calls for another gate off of Copeland Road.
But common sense and general employment patterns would mean that commuters living in the Sutton development would likely use the Nikki gate in much greater numbers than Copeland because it would give them much quicker access to the Veterans Expressway.
Commuters and others using the Nikki gate would be able to reach Heathridge, which safely feeds into the traffic light at Bellamy and Ehrlich roads and the Veterans Expressway a block away.
By contrast, the proposed gate at Copeland Road on the northwestern side of the proposed Sutton PD eventually leads into a difficult, heavily congested, fast-moving intersection at Gunn Highway.
There is not a traffic light there, which would force residents of the Sutton PD to make a difficult and potentially dangerous left turn onto Gunn Highway – a task made even more difficult during the morning and evening commutes. Using Copeland would significantly add to the drive time for those residents of the Sutton PD who want to access the Veterans Expressway.
Moreover, traffic will only increase on Copeland in the coming years, further shifting traffic to the Nikki gate if it’s allowed to be built. At least one other residential project is currently under construction on the north side of Copeland. Also, crews have been installing storm drains and other utilities along Copeland this month (September), increasing the potential for further development along Copeland.
Some Possible Alternatives to a Sutton PD Gate at Nikki Lane
1. Allow the Sutton PD to only construct the Copeland Road gate, eliminating Nikki Lane as a gate option.
2. Create an alternative, safer access to Hutchison Road to the north by establishing a second gate that accesses one of the residential roads in and around Lake Armistead. That would include but not be limited to Armistead Lane via Hammock Woods Drive or extending access to Chastain Road.
3. Extend Bellamy Road a short distance north to enable the Sutton PD to install an eastern gate off of Bellamy Road immediately to the west of Carrillon Estates. Bellamy Road is a consistently straighter throughway designed for considerably larger volumes of traffic than Nikki Lane.
But Pamela Mueller, president of the Carrillon HOA, and Mike Lima, president of the Native Woods HOA just south of Bellamy’s intersection with Heathridge, have both said in correspondence with Cumberland Manors that their HOAs would oppose any attempt to extend Bellamy Road, raising traffic and quality of life issues for their residents.
At this time, the Board of Directors for the Cumberland Manors HOA is asking that the county eliminate Nikki Lane as an option for a gate for the Sutton PD.
If necessary, the zoning needed to enable the Sutton PD should be delayed so the county can further study the viability and costs associated with the various options cited here, as well as weighing the impact on various neighborhoods.
Cumberland Manors is steadfastly opposed to using a gate at Nikki Lane because of its impact on Heathridge, which already suffers from speeding, stop-sign violations and other problems.
Some Related News for Improving Traffic Safety on Heathridge
Our HOA has asked the county to study the costs and viability of installing raised intersections to calm traffic at three stop signs along Heathridge at Bellamy, Craggy Cliff Street and Appaloosa Drive.
We believe that Sheriff's Department citation records over the years would indicate that there has been a serious problem in which some residents have disregarded some if not all of the stop signs along Heathridge, a road in which several children live and play.
Moreover, there is a short curve approaching 45 degrees along Heathridge near its intersection with Bellamy. Higher speeds by those drivers who ignore stop signs only increases the risk to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles.
Additionally, when drivers heading out of the subdivision on Heathridge disregard the stop sign at Appaloosa, they increase the risk to pedestrians because there is a blind spot created on the other side of a nearby raised bridge (which the county has been kind enough to recently clear debris from the underlying creek, which has flooded several times).
It's already prudent to slow down before crossing over that bridge and installation of a raised intersection at Appaloosa would encourage lower speeds (though signs cautioning/warning drivers of the blind spot on each side of the bridge also might also help).
We also have asked the county to study the possible installation of a three-way stop sign at Heathridge and Bellamy. The current stop sign only halts traffic on Heathridge as it enters Bellamy. Traffic on Bellamy currently does not stop at that intersection.
There has been significant residential development over the years along Bellamy and adding a raised intersection and a three-way stop sign at Heathridge and Bellamy would significantly increase safety there for all residents concerned.
We want to work with the county and the Sutton developers in any way that's reasonable to resident safety and in our common interests. While we welcome reasonable growth to the community, the development of neighborhoods in and around Bellamy now require careful planning to ensure safety and quality of life issues, as well as helping to preserve property values.
Future Dates in November and December for the Sutton Proposal
To be qualified to file Oral Argument and to speak before the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Land Use board hearing on Dec. 13, there are a couple of ways for an individual to become qualified, according to Eric Denney, a legislative aide to County Commissioner Ken Hagan.
• You spoke before the Zoning Hearing Master on Oct. 17;
• You submitted written testimony to the Zoning Hearing Master, if you could not attend the hearing on Oct. 17.
After which, in both cases, you must file the Oral Argument paperwork and submit that within 10 days after the Zoning Hearing Master files his/her report.
The Zoning Hearing Master has 15 days to issue their report after the Oct. 17 hearing, which will be by Nov. 7.
Ten days after that, on Nov. 17, is the deadline for interested residents to file for the Oral Argument mentioned to be eligible for the Dec. 13 county commissioners hearing. That paperwork should be available at the Zoning Hearing meeting on Oct. 17. Staff will be there for anyone requesting assistance for the Oral Argument paperwork, etc.
** Mosquito Bite Protection in Florida **
Help Stop Mosquitoes from Living and Multiplying Around Your Home
Did you know that standing water around your home can support the breeding of mosquitoes? Mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in and near standing water. As little as one teaspoon or bottle cap of water standing for more than one week is enough for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. Additionally, many bothersome mosquitoes typically only travel a few hundred feet from their breeding site.
You can help stop mosquitoes from breeding by using these tips:
• At least once a week, empty, turn over or cover anything that could hold water: tires, buckets, toys, pools and pool covers, birdbaths, trash containers, recycling bins, boat or car covers, roof gutters, coolers, and pet dishes.
• Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
• Put away items that are outside and not being used because they could hold standing water.
• Keep flower pots and saucers free of standing water. Some plants, such as bromeliads, hold water in their leaves—flush out water-holding plants with your hose once a week.
• Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorination.
For more tips on preventing or reducing mosquitoes, visit HCFLGov.net/MosquitoNinja . You can also report a mosquito-related issues to Hillsborough County Mosquito Control by calling (813) 635-5400.
The Department of Health has also created a kid-specific campaign called Spill the Water! at SpilltheWater.com that has great information for families.
Click Here to see the Florida Department of Health Mosquito/Zika Information.
** Violation Letters **
Richard Ulmer, President
Cumberland Manors Homeowners Association
Again this week, I went around the neighborhood with our Property Manager, looking for violations. The last time, we did fine a few new ones, and some second notice violations, for those the fines begin.
For those who get a second notice, beware the fines start, and they can cost more than fixing the violation.
After all, this is a DEED RESTRICTED community, and we have rules and regulations. Click Here for a copy of the Minimum Community Standards. I am know most of you adhere to these standards, but others do not. Go outside and look around at your neighbors, and if you see someone that doesn't adhere to these standards, please consider giving them a copy of these standards.
Another thing we found is that a lot of houses are without house numbers. This is a county violation, and a safely issue for emergency vehicles trying to find your home during an emergency, so LET'S GET THOSE HOUSE NUMBERS UP!!
One last thing, our contract with Greenacre Properties only covers two (2) visits per month by our Property Manager to find these violations, and you know that isn't enough. Several of the violations occur at times our Property Manager can't be here, so your Board of Directors created two committees, a Violations Committee to supplement the Property Manager's work in identifying these violations, and the Covenants Compliance Committee, which decides whether or not a violator gets fined.
What we need are some neighbors to volunteer some of their time for the Violations Committee so that we can keep our community up to the standards we all want for our neighborhood. By keeping violations to a minimum we can keep our property values up - RIGHT!! We already have neighbors who have volunteered for the Covenants Compliance Committee, but not enough for the Violations Committee, so if you wish to volunteer for the this committee, just Email - Denise Schek, and we thank you for doing so.
Okay, one more thing, if you are interested in seeing what violations you have, Greenacre Properties has a web portal that you can sign onto as see this kind of information.
You will soon be getting a letter from Greenacre Properties telling you how to access this portal. So keep an eye out for this letter, and let's hope it's not a violations letter, too.
** Pond Safety **
** Clerk's Office Launches Property Fraud Alert Service **
From fraudulent rental agreements to fake deed filings, mortgage fraud is among the most rapidly increasing white collar crimes in the U.S., according to the FBI.
But you don't have to be a victim.
The Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court is helping the public protect themselves with a new Property Fraud Alert service.
This new free online service protects the public from fraud by monitoring documents being recorded in the Official Records of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
By signing up for free property fraud alerts, you will receive notification by email or telephone whenever a document is recorded in Hillsborough County using your name or your business's name.
Time is not on the victims side when it comes to property fraud so receiving prompt notification can provide valuable time to stop criminals. Launched on November 9, Hillsborough County Clerk's Office is among the first few municipalities to offer a free fraud alert service to the public.
It's easy to sign up for Fraud Alert!
How to Sign Up
1. Online go to Property Fraud Alert or call 800-728-3858.
2. Click ‘Continue’ to begin the registration process.
3. Choose whether you would like to monitor a person’s name or a business name.
4. Enter the name you would like to monitor.
5. Enter either an email address or telephone number where you would like to be alerted.
Note: Repeat the process to monitor additional names. If you entered an email address, you will receive a confirmation message.
If You Receive an Alert
If a document is recorded that matches your monitoring criteria, you will receive an alert within 48 hours.
The alert will provide you with an instrument number, which is the Clerk's File Number or CFN.
Search the online Official Records to view the actual document. To search using the Instrument Number, choose the Instrument # in the upper left corner of the page and enter the instrument number from your Property Fraud Alert.
For assistance, please contact the Clerk's Recording Department at 813-276-2029 ext.: 4367.
If you suspect you are a victim of fraud, contact law enforcement.
To Change or Cancel your Property Fraud Alerts Subscription
Please call 1-800-728-3858
** Traffic Violations **
We have patrol officers cruising our neighborhood, and catching a few of us not doing what we are supposed to do.
These officers are Officer Marisa Viano and Sgt. Steve Gaskins, and others as needed.
To see the report of violation for this year Click Here.
To view last years report Click Here..
**Yard Debris Disposal Options**
Hillsborough County residents who may have downed tree limbs and other storm-related yard debris can place material out for normal residential yard waste collection on their scheduled day. Residents may set out a maximum of two cubic yards, which amounts to approximately 12 30-gallon containers for curbside collection. Tree trimmings and limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and cut to lengths less than 4 feet.
Bulkier storm debris and excessive amounts of residential yard waste (i.e. tree limbs and branches larger than six inches in diameter), may be delivered to one of the County's three Yard Waste Processing Facilities for disposal:
• Falkenburg Facility, 346 Falkenburg Road in Tampa
• Northwest Facility, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa
• South County Facility, 13000 US Highway 41 in Gibsonton
These sites are open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Hillsborough County residential solid waste customers must bring a copy of their Annual Property Tax Bill showing their Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Solid Waste Disposal and a driver's license or other photo identification.
For more information, call the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Division at (813) 272-5680 or visit the website at www.HillsboroughCounty.org />SolidWaste.
**Keep Our Ponds Clean**
Some of our homeowners may not be aware of the damage done to our ponds and wetlands by throwing trash and debris into the stormwater drains around our development.
In Cumberland Manors, we have a retention system to maintain and control the flow of storm water run off. This interlocking system is made up of the storm water drainage system, our ponds and wetlands.
What this means is everything that is dumped into the streets or down the storm water drains goes directly into our ponds, and that includes the one in our park that your children play near.
So for the health of everyone in our development and to maintain our ponds and wetlands in a more pristine condition, let us all try to clean up any trash or debris we see in the streets so that it does not end up in the storm water drains.
One more thing, Do Not Put Your Doggie Waste Down Any Sewer In The Development, It Pollutes Our Ponds, and is a violation of Animal Ordinance Number 14.
Do not place any debris - lawn trash or otherwise - in stormwater inlets, ditches, or other waterways.
Dumping into the drainage system can easily create blockages that result in flooding during a severe rain - the house you flood my be your own.
It's also a violation of the Hillsborough County EPC Waste Management Rule 1-7 and Stormwater Ordinance 94-15 to dump anything into any public drainage system. Contact the EPC at 813.627.2600 if you witness dumping
** Adherence To The Bylaws Of CMHOA **
Just to let all of the homeowners know that because of a few of us our legal bills are climbing higher every year. After all this is a deed restricted community.
The main reason is that some of you don't feel you have to obey the homeowners association bylaws, re: rules and regulations, and the only thing that makes these homeowners take notice is a letter or lawsuit filed by our lawyers, and that cost all of us money.
If you aren't aware of the bylaws they can be found in the CMHOA Official Documents . So if you see anyone ignoring these rules and regulations, please ask them not to, or contact Denise Schek at Greenacre Properties and report them. This may save us all some money in the long run.
** Thinking About Painting, Landscaping, New Roof, New Fence? **
Changes to the exterior of your home and/or yard needs Architectural Review by the ARC Committee. An ARC form can be printed from our website: ARC Form
Our new palette of colors can be found at Home Depot or Greenacre Properties located on Gunn Highway.
Each of us can do our part by making our own homes a beautiful place to live. As a community we will all benefit and continue to see our property values soar.
We appreciate your cooperation and welcome you to join the Architectural Review Committee.
** The Association Email Mailing List **
Get your Crier, Meeting Notices, Dues Reminders, and Annual Meeting papers by subscribing now.
This will make your life easier and make the necessary reporting requirements of the Association less expensive.
Enter the 21st century and let us communicate with you electronically
** Important Dates **
The next Board Meeting of the Cumberland Manors Homeowners Association will be help on October 20th 2016 at 7PM at Greenacre Properties offices. This meeting will attend to those homeowners to be fined for failing to correct violations.
** Hillsborough County Will Give You Money 4 Mercury **
Hillsborough County residents can exchange hazardous mercury-containing devices for a $5 grocery store gift card at Household Hazardous Waste collections through April 2015, while gift card supplies last. Collection events are held monthly on selected Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
• First Saturday of the month - 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa • Second Saturday of the month - 13000 U.S. Highway 41 in Gibsonton • Third Saturday of the month - 6209 County Road 579 in Seffner
Examples of mercury-containing devices that are eligible for a Money 4 Mercury gift card include thermometers, thermostats and switches. No commercial or business-related waste will be accepted. Gift cards are limited to one per eligible vehicle, while supplies last.
When a mercury-containing device is disposed of in a solid waste landfill or incinerator, the mercury can contaminate the air, surface water and groundwater. Residents are encouraged to always properly recycle mercury-containing devices at a hazardous materials collection site.
For more information about mercury collection events, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Money4Mercury, contact Hillsborough County Solid Waste at (813) 209-3042, or email email@example.com.. Residents may also bring other household chemicals and hazardous wastes to the collection event for proper disposal, including compact fluorescent bulbs, other light bulbs and batteries; however, these items are not eligible for a gift card.
The goal of the Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Division's Money 4 Mercury program is to educate and safely manage mercury containing items. Funding for the program is provided in partnership with Covanta Hillsborough, Inc. and through a $5,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County Pollution Recovery Fund.
** Animal Ordinance Violations **
For those of you who own pets, here is a list of the animal ordinance violations that you may or may not be aware of.
Click Here to view the complete list, and pay special attention to ordinances 10 and 14, because they are the ones most people violate.
** Pet Restrictions **
In Hillsborough County it is the law that all dogs be on a lease when off of your property. Any animal caught without a lease is subject to being brought to the county animal shelter, and if the animal has not tag, of being euthanized. So, if you love your pet don't let it run free.
Also, when walking your dog, be sure to have a pooper scooper and bag to collect their droppings. It is also a law not to clean up after your pet. Beware the police have been notified of several pets running loose in the neighborhood and of residents who do not pickup after their pets. Take this as a friendly reminder, and lease your pet and pick up after them.
** Loose Dogs Have Become An Issue **
Reprint of an email received from a Cumberland Manors homeowner:
This past Sunday morning, I was walking my ten year old hound dog around the neighborhood as I do two or three times a day. Of course since he tends to run off after squirrels, he is ALWAYS on a leash. Then at the stop sign at Heathridge, a large and unleashed dog resembling that of a pit bull or large cur dog ran out of the open garage and attacked. It got my dog right in the jugular, where attack dogs and hunting dogs are trained to bite. Luckily I have worked with wild animals and hunting dogs for over a decade so was able to prevent major damage to my dog and to myself, although both of us were bleeding quite a bit from the struggle. Also, a passerby was kind enough to jump out of his vehicle and assist in getting my dog to safety and fighting off the attack dog.
The reason for this email is not to report the owner of the dog, since the Sheriff Department and Animal Services have already confiscated the dog and issued citations to the owner. However, I am reaching out to you to see if there is anything that can be done in the community because, since moving in about three years ago, my dog and I have been attacked over five times by unleashed dogs or dogs that overpower their owners holding the leash. From the elderly woman or child walking a larger stronger dog, the gentleman who walks his dog while smoking a cigar, the home by the fenced in retention pond in Turtle Creek that has holes in the fence, etc. No one in this community should have to go through this and people should be aware of the strength and aggression of their animals. Normally, since I deal with wild animals on a regular basis and normally carry a hunting knife, I fear that another such attack will not go so well for the attacker.
Hopefully the community can raise some awareness about these attacks and stricter penalties can be enforced for those people that violate leash laws.
This is just one example of problems with loose dogs. So, if you see a loose dog or have another animal issue, call Animal Control at 813.744.5660, and they will send someone out to investigate.
** Hurricane Information Update - Humorous **
Just to show you that we Floridians have a sense of humor, Click Here to get, the good, the bad, and, the humorous, side of the Florida Hurricane Season.
For a list of emergency phone number, Click Here.
** Dirty or Discolored Roof? **
So you got a violations letter that your roof needs to be cleaned. Well don't panic, and DON'T USE BLEACH and DON'T USE A PRESSURE WASHER. Do use a product called Spray & Forget at Home Depot and Lowes. These work, according to several of your neighbors who have used it. So about that violation letter, get yourself some of the cleaner and them let Greenacre Properties know you have used it, and this will make everyone happy, and we won't have to spend money on lawyers. Thanks.
** What to do Before the Burglar Comes **
There has been a serious rash of vehicle burglary's going around. It is involving vehicles that have been left UNLOCKED with various items left in plain view inside the vehicles, CELL PHONES, LAPTOPS, IPADS, IPHONES, PURSES, WALLETS, CASH. They have also been breaking in with the vehicles being locked but with these items still being left in plain view.
These incidents are occurring anywhere between Lutz to New Tampa and all points in between. Gated communities, non-gated communities, doesn't matter. people are letting their guards down and the thief's are taking advantage. Our Patrol Units and Detectives are doing everything in their power to find the bad guys and bringing them to justice, but we need the publics help in securing their vehicles and items first.
Don't make yourself an easy target.
When suspicious activity is going on around you or your neighborhood, don't hesitate to call the Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 247-8200 to report it, immediately.
This information was sent by email from:
Deputy Tom Wesolowski, #842
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
District 1-Community Resource Deputy
North Central/New Tampa
Office: (813) 264-8950
Fax: (813) 264-8952
There are enough easy targets to make residential burglary one of the fastest growing crimes in recent years. These safety tips are designed to help you target harden your home!
They are simple, basic security measures that will make your home less inviting and, in so doing, cause the burglar to look elsewhere for an easier target.
Make Your Home Look and Sound Occupied By day, leave drapes and shades in normal position - the way you have them when at home. Don't leave easily movable valuables in sight close to windows or in plain view. At night, leave on some inner lights, nightlights or bathroom and hallway lights. Consider buying automatic timers that turn lamps on after dark, then off a few hours later or at dawn. These timers can turn a radio on, too, so your home sounds occupied.
Never leave garage doors open, especially with no car in sight. This is like a WELCOME sign to burglars. It's best to keep your garage door closed even when you're at home. When leaving for longer periods, don't forget to move easily stolen objects like a power mower, garden hose, lawn chairs and bicycles from your yard and keep them safely locked up. Be a Good Neighbor
Keep an eye on your neighbors homes and have them do the same for you. If you see something suspicious - movement inside when a home that should be empty, a strange car or truck in the driveway, a loiterer, call Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department non-emergency (813-247-8200) or Tampa Police Department non-emergency (813-231-6130) immediately. Make a reasonable effort to get a good description and license number, without endangering yourself.
Burglars have been known to use a truck and openly carry off valuable possessions. If neighbors haven't mentioned moving, be suspicious. Police would rather you called than wished you'd called. Don't Welcome Burglars by Telephone.
Burglars often try to find out if anyone's home by telephoning. If you get several suspicious, "wrong number" calls or "nobody at the other end" calls, keep a record of the caller's telephone number. Teach your family members, especially, children, not to give out information by telephone, especially about who is home, who is out and how long anyone is expected to be out. Make it hard for burglars to "case" your home by telephone by not putting your name on your mailbox, doormat or on your doors. Your name on display only makes it easier for the burglar to look up your telephone number in the directory.
Hillsborough County Police Department - District 3
Emergencies: Dial 911
Non-Emergencies: (813) 247-0330
** Safe Kids USA News **
Child Safety A Must, Especially During Summer Vacation
Safe Kids USA offers these tips for keeping kids safe during your vacation:
Properly secure all children younger than 13 in a back seat for every ride in the car. Keep children in the right type of car seat or booster seat until adult lap and shoulder belts fit them correctly. If you are flying to your destination, bring any car seats with you so your children ride safely in cars while on vacation.
Make sure your children wear a helmet and other protective gear every time they bike, skate, skateboard or ride a scooter. Bring the gear with you if none will be available while you're traveling.
Bring your own folding playpen rather than using a borrowed crib. If you do use a hotel's crib, inspect it for broken or missing parts to make sure it is not defective, damaged or even recalled from the market. Visit http://www.recalls.gov/ to check the model number.
Actively supervise children in or around water. Never take your eyes off of your children. Always make sure your children wear life jackets when riding on boats or playing in or near open bodies of water.
For more information, please visit http://www.usa.safekids.org/
** Hints From Hillsborough County **
Here are some hints from the Sheriff's department on how to stay safe this summer, the State Forestry service presents a workshop on wildfire prevention and the county extension service hosts a family friendly open house on June 11. Click here for the full details.
** Check Out Crime In Your Area **
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has a new web site to help you track the crime in your area. Click Here to see for yourself. A very interesting site with lots of good information.
** New law allows all residents to install Florida-friendly landscaping **
A new law promotes the installation of Florida-friendly landscaping. The law states that homeowners associations (HOAs) may not prohibit a homeowner from applying Florida-friendly landscaping to their property or create any requirement or limitation in conflict with state law.
Florida-friendly landscaping emphasizes nine easy-to-accomplish principles that, when practiced, can have a significant positive impact on yards and the environment. The concept was developed by the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program.
By following Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices, homeowners use a low-maintenance approach to landscaping that conserves water. Homeowners also spend less time maintaining their lawns and more time enjoying them.
Because homeowners can no longer be prohibited from following Florida-friendly landscaping practices, they will have more freedom to choose the type of plants and turf that are right for their property, said Sylvia Durell, Florida-friendly landscaping project manager. This is a great opportunity for homeowners to get know their yard's sun, soil and moisture conditions and put the right plant in the right place.
The law, which goes into effect today, also states that HOAs may not fine homeowners for brown lawns when the homeowner is abiding by water shortage rules such as the District's water shortage orders that restrict residents to watering their lawns one day per week.
For additional information about water restrictions, water conservation and the drought, please contact your local utility or visit the District's web site at www.WaterMatters.org/drought/
To learn more about Florida-friendly landscaping, please visit www.WaterMatters.org/yards or www.FloridaYards.org
** New Recipe Section on the Website **
There has been a new link added on the left side of this page for recipes. Many of us are looking for new recipes or easy recipes that we know will be good.
That's why we have started this section. These recipes are tried and true and come from homeowners and friends and are worth trying for your family.
We are also looking for you to contribute your favorite recipes to share within our community. If you have a favorite recipe please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish it and give you credit for the recipe.
Look for new recipes, articles and who knows what else within this recipe section!
** Homeowner's Business Referrals **
We have a section on our web site for referrals from members of the community. It includes businesses like air conditioning contractors, plumbers, roofers, landscape contractors, etc. If you are looking for someone to make home repairs or provide a service, you can look at the companies that your neighbors have recommended. If you use a company and have been very satisfied with the service they provided and want to add them to the referral page, please send an email to email@example.com Include the name of the company, what service they provide and their telephone number. If the category is not currently listed on the referral page, it will be added.