Sometime overnight Friday 2/28 – Saturday 3/1 some cars were broken into on Havasu Court. Neighborhood Watch is in touch with the detective investigating this crime. If you have any information about this or if somebody tried to get into your cars please call the Sheriff’s Office on 813 247 8200 and quote crime reference number 2014114619. Also, if you have security camera recordings, please review them for anything suspicious at that time.
The safest place for your car is the garage. If you cannot park in a garage, remember to take valuables out of your car.
The next Board Meeting is on Saturday, March 1st at 9:00 am opposite the soccer field. Click the link below for the agenda. The weather should be good, so I hope that lots of you can make it.
Today, the Management Company conducted a drive-through inspection of the community. 60 of the 326 houses in Lakeside had their trashcans stored in such a way that they could be seen from the street. All of those 60 houses will receive a fine of $25 in the mail this week.
The fine can be appealed within 10 days. If we made a mistake or the fining committee recommends leniency the fine can be cancelled. We also understand that reasonable people may disagree about what is “visible.” If you appeal against a fine, your case is reviewed by a committee that is entirely independent from the Board and the Management Company.
You can appeal a fine here. You are also welcome to make an appeal by calling, faxing or writing Cory Mallory at Unique Property Services (813) 879 1204, 1207 N Himes Ave, Suite 3, Tampa, FL 33607.
We are planning a community party for Saturday, March 15th. There will be burgers, hot dogs, soda, games, music, and the chance to meet your neighbors. Everybody who lives in Lakeside is welcome.
Last year’s party was a great success because of the many people who volunteered their time (or their barbecues.) If you can help out with this year’s celebration please drop by the park opposite the soccer field this Saturday, February 15th at 2:00 pm for a planning meeting. If you want to help, but cannot make it to this meeting, or if you just have some questions, please call Vanessa Moorhead on (813) 971-6949.
Lakeside Community rules require trashcans to be stored where they cannot be seen from the street. After we got the new rolling trash cans the Board agreed to have a temporary trashcan amnesty to give residents time to make arrangements to store their trashcans. That amnesty ended on January 31.
Our property manager will be doing an inspection of the community, probably on Monday February 17th. If she sees a trashcan from the street then the owner risks receiving a fine. Please make sure your trashcans are out of sight and please talk to your neighbors to let them know about the risk of being fined.
There are 326 houses in Lakeside and I am hoping that I can find some people who can give advice on these issues:
1) Lighting of the entrance sign at Symmes Lake Drive
I’m sure we have all noticed that this sign is not very well illuminated at night. We could try simply cutting back the bushes but I am not certain that this is really the problem and it may damage the bushes. We used to use metal halide bulbs which required a ballast. The ballast was damaged by water leaking into the fitting and we now use halogen bulbs without a ballast. The metal halide bulbs cost a lot more (as much as $80.) If you know about the pros and cons of ballast vs. regular lighting or even using LED lighting please contact me through this website. I’d like to talk to you.
2) Retaining wall at the soccer field
The 2014 budget contains funding to build a retaining wall along the east side of the soccer field. As you can see on this image from Google Street View, there is a problem with erosion and dirt washing over the sidewalk. If you have experience with this type of construction please contact me through this website. I’d like to talk to you.
You can download the minutes for the January 2014 combined Members and Board Meeting here.
The annual members’ meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 1/11/14 at 10:00 am at the Riverview Branch Library. Hope to see you there.
Also, the November manager’s report is available for download from the Documents section.
The Board has approved the minutes for the last Board Meeting which was held on 11/16/13. You can download the minutes here. At the Meeting the Board also agreed the budget for 2014. The budget is included in the minutes but, if you prefer, you can download it as either a PDF or Excel file. Quarterly Assessments for 2014 remain unchanged at $182 per quarter. If you have questions about the budget, please post them below.
Finally, at 10:00 am today (Saturday 11/30) I will be hanging the Holiday lights on the entrance sign at Symmes Lake Drive. If anybody would like to help, just come along at 10:00 am.