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Switch Out of Trash Containers

Progressive Waste Solutions in an agreement with Hillsborough County will permit residents a one time "swap-out" of their containers for something smaller and more manageable by calling the trash hauler at 813-248-3802.  The time frame for this FREE swap runs from January 15, 2014 through March 15, 2014; afterward there will be a $30 charge to residents. 

Tour de Village 2014 Photos Are In

Photos provided by: Newsome's Studio of Photography

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Name Change Gives Carrollwood Club Chance to Rebrand

Chris Wilkerson

Tampa Bay Business Journal

For the past several months, Carrollwood Country Club General Manager Andy Green has found a sign on the grounds that needed to be changed almost every time he left his office.

The process of changing the club’s name back after a term as Emerald Greens has meant more than just changing out stationery and business cards. There’s a 27-hole golf course with 27 pin flags, way finding for the cart paths and all new golf shirts, balls, towels and visors in the clubhouse, but that’s just scratching the surface.

“There’s more signs here than you would ever think,” Green said looking out over the ninth hole on the Club’s Cypress course.

The Club’s new front entrance sign is being built by Odessa-based Designer Golf Co. and should be ready in September. The company, which works with courses and clubs all over the world, is handing all of CCC’s signage related to the name change.

The club, which started as the Carrollwood Country Club in 1972, changed its name to Emerald Green during an ownership change in the early 2000s when a 50-room condo hotel and 56 townhomes were built on the property. The recession hit the club hard and Santosh Govindaraju’s Convergent Capital Partners bought it for less than $500,000 out of foreclosure. Convergent spent about $1 million on member-focused improvements including course renovations, a new bar in the clubhouse and pool deck landscaping. They also built a bocce court outside the front of the courthouse.

Golf clubs are not exactly what Convergent does. Renovating an office building in downtown Tampa to become an upscale Aloft Hotel and making an offer to rehab the flailing Channelside Bay Plaza are more Convergent’s speed.

The company sold CCC to Concert Golf Partners for about $6 million in June led by Tampa native Peter Nanula. Concert has four clubs now with a goal of acquiring up to eight or 10, Green said. Concert has spent about $500,000 on capital improvements including retrofitting the maintenance shed, which was still original to the property, and the new signage. “A benefit of having two ownership groups over the past two years is both saw things that needed to be invested in,” Green said. Convergent concentrated its capital improvements on outward-facing, membership-pleasing projects and Concert has been able to take more back-of-the-house improvements, he said. The club has about 1,000 members between golf memberships, tennis memberships and general memberships and Green’s goal is to add 500 more during the rebranding.

Tampa Native Profiles History of Carrollwood Area in New Book

 By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

“Where’s a book about Carrollwood?” I asked myself while perusing the gift shop at the Tampa Bay History Center in September 2012. Upon realizing there were essentially no books covering one of the most vibrant communities in northwest Hillsborough County, I was moved to fill a void that had glaringly gone unfilled for far too long – I decided to put pen to paper (or, rather, fingers to computer keyboard) and write Images of America: Tampa’s Carrollwood. This 128-page pictorial history book will be released by Arcadia Publishing on December 2nd, 2013 and contain more than 200 photos of our beautiful community. 

Of course, all history books need to tell a story. So, in Tampa’s Carrollwood, I take readers back to 1894, when Rev. Issac Ward Bearss and several of his close friends and family members chartered a wagon train from Missouri to Lake Magdalene and started what is today known as Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. Images that span back to the 1890s contain the faces of individuals with familiar names, including Bearss, Stall, and Mabry, among others. Tampa’s Carrollwood also delves into the history of the local lakes, citrus industry, and other facets of the area predating the phenomenal suburban growth that would come once Matt Jetton (a.k.a. the Father of Carrollwood) started developing land around Lake Carroll in 1959.

And while this book pays homage to the area as it was known many decades ago, there are plenty of memories to be relived in this book by folks of younger generations. Does Mission Bell Square, Lake Ellen Beach Park, or Alessi Farmers’ Market ring a bell, anyone? So, whether you are an octogenarian Tampa native, an original Phase I homeowner who has called Carrollwood Village home since the early 1970s, or recently bought a home in the Carrollwood area and want to learn more about the community, Tampa’s Carrollwood is a book that you are sure to enjoy.  

As a northwest Hillsborough County native with a love for social studies (among a multitude of other topics), I have been intrigued by local history since my youth and had always dreamed of writing a book about the community. As a young man (I’m 32 years old), it was wonderful to interview many of the more seasoned members of the community and listen to the stories they told of life in the Carrollwood area when Dale Mabry Highway was still two lanes wide and citrus trees grew just about everywhere here. It is my hope that you will learn much about our community and relive countless cherished memories through the stories, trivia, and photographs that abound in Images of America: Tampa’s Carrollwood.

Please try to have your resident parking passes in place or some form of ID when using Village Phase III Parks.

The following are excerpts from a note to Village residents from Phase III President, Bill West. The full text can be seen under "Read More" below.

"In the past many non Village residents have been using our parks, especially the main park at West Village and Burrington. We have never been against this, however over time we have seen many non residents leaving trash and abusing the facilities. Our main park is also often overcrowded with many parking on the landscaped areas and damaging the irrigation. The costs have become too high."