WOW NEWS

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...

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,...

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...

CDD Votes to Bid Out Engineering Contract

Meeting for the first time in two months, Westchase CDD supervisors moved forward on their plans to bid out their engineering contract and elected to hire a consultant to guide them through a competitive process in selecting a cell tower builder. In recent months supervisors had moved forward with a location and tentative consideration of...

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...

Countryway Boulevard Speed Limit Changes

Drivers accustomed to traveling 45 miles per hour on Countryway Boulevard north of Linebaugh will have to ease off the gas pedal this month. In March Hillsborough County decided to make the speed limit a consistent 35 mph between Linebaugh and Race Track Road. In recent years this stretch of Countryway has had two different...