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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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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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Westchase Lifeguard Saves Own Family from Riptide

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Director Joaquin Arrillaga and his family were in Puerto Rico for spring break when his daughter helped them narrowly avoid tragedy. Joaquin, his wife and their two daughters had decided to spend an hour at the beach. While his oldest daughter, Amanda, didn’t want to get her hair wet, her dad …

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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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