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WCA Board Changes Management Contract; Debates Permitting Alcohol on Pool Decks

The July 11 meeting of the Westchase Community Association saw directors approve a change in the association management contract and debate allowing the consumption of alcohol at the community pools. The meeting began with a resident appealing a fine for failure to screen playground equipment in his yard. “The house came with a swing set …

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CDD Opts for New Engineer; Approves RFP for Two Westchase Cell Towers

The July 2 meeting of the Westchase CDD saw supervisors select a new engineering firm and approve bid documents for two new cell towers on the western side of Westchase. Opening the meeting, supervisors heard from Bennington resident Linda Connolly, who expressed concern that two more palm trees were recently installed along the roadside in …

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Home Renovation Tips: What’s Trending and How to Save

Home renovation has become a very popular pastime for homeowners. The popularity of shows on HGTV has exploded over the last few years, inspiring people to tackle do-it-yourself projects and use terms such as “rustic” and “farmhouse style” to describe their new looks. Updating your home can give it a totally different feel and is …

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VMs Hear About Transportation, Storm Prep and Elections

The June 11 Voting Members meeting opened with Deb Guerino (Alternate, Villas of WPV) discussing the GAC’s Transportation Survey. The survey will be posted July 1 on the Westchase Neighborhood News Facebook page and will appear in World of Westchase and have a monitored email for responses. The survey’s purpose is to gather information about …

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CDD Adopts Street Tree Plan; Closes in on Cell Tower Bids

The June 4 CDD meeting began with Attorney Erin McCormick discussing updates made to the district’s cell tower bidding document since the May 7 meeting. Westchase Community Development District (CDD) supervisors had received the updated document, called an RFP, in email and were supposed to have reviewed them prior to the meeting for input. Based …

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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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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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