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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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GAC Transportation Survey: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Over 150 people every day are moving into Tampa Bay and that impacts every single one of us. Growth is great (most of us transplanted from somewhere else, didn’t we?) but it has impacts to our roads, interstate systems, taxes, parking and our quality of life. In response, the Westchase Government Affairs Committee (GAC) has …

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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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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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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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