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GAC Chair Successfully Removes Political Opponent from Committee

During the May 9 Westchase Community Association Board Meeting, the fate of the association’s early morning swim program was also briefly discussed. Operations Manager Kelly Shires reported that there were now 11 swimmers so a few more people have joined. Treasurer Shawn Yesner stated they would give the program one more month to push for …

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GAC Invites State Representative to Address VMs

At the May 14 VM Meeting, Florida Representative Jamie Grant (R., Dist. 64), fielded questions from VMs and residents. Grant’s district encompasses portions of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties and includes Westchase. Woodbridge VM Rick Goldstein, also chair of the Government Affairs Committee (GAC), which invited Grant, said the visit was the first part of a …

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CDD to Explore Creation of Community Garden

The surprise vote came at the conclusion of the Westchase CDD’s nearly three-hour May 7 meeting. Supervisors of the Westchase Community Development District (CDD) stalled on their adoption of a consistent street tree plan but voted unanimously, at Supervisor Brian Ross’ suggestion, to explore community uses for a CDD parcel located between Stonebridge and The …

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Alonso High School to Debut IB Program in 2020

Elections, the old saying goes, have consequences. And one of the consequences of last November’s election will impact Alonso High School, potentially reshaping the role it plays in the education of Westchase and Northwest Hillsborough County students. The November 2018 election saw West Hampton resident Steve Cona win a school board seat long held by …

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FEMA Issues New Flood Designations Affecting Westchase and Surrounding Neighborhoods

While the Countryway and Twin Branch Acres communities may face significant changes that will require some homeowners to carry flood insurance, Westchase neighborhoods appear likely to see some changes to their storm surge zones. A new look at topographical maps and flooding potential has prompted FEMA to redraw flood maps for our area. The new …

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WCA Board Receives Clean Audit; Appoints Electronic Voting Committee

Directors received a glowing audit report, agreed to a request from the fire department and approved members for a new electronic voting committee at the April 11 Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors meeting. The meeting began with appeals from two Westchase homeowners who are renting out their homes. The first, from the Greens, …

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VMs Discuss Regional Transportation and Election Changes

After roll call and the approval of the last month’s meeting minutes, WCA President Ruben Collazo passed the VM meeting to Government Affairs Committee Chair Rick Goldstein. Goldstein introduced Ray Chiaramonte, former Director of the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation group, who was in the audience. Goldstein reported that the GAC had been working on putting …

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Upper Tampa Bay Trail Temporary Closure Scheduled

From Monday, April 8 through mid-May, a short segment of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail will be closed. The closed area lies just south of Linebaugh Avenue and continues until the trail’s intersection with Sheldon Road just north of the current wastewater treatment plant at Sheldon’s intersection with Waters Avenue. The trail will remain open …

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