Hillsborough County’s new trash cans not for use until Sept. 30
By Yvette C. Hammett | Tribune Staff
Published: August 22, 2013
TAMPA — Some residents were so eager to use their new over-sized garbage cans from Hillsborough County that they immediately loaded them with trash and sat them out by the curb.
Problem is, the trucks equipped with robotic arms meant to lift the heavy receptacles won’t hit the streets until late September.
And the new cans are too heavy for garbage collectors to manually lift and dump. Under their contract with the county, the waste haulers are not required to reach into a can and remove anything.
So when they encounter the new cans filled with trash by the curb, the haulers flag them with a reminder that they should not yet be used. Then they leave without dumping them.
Every resident in Hillsborough County is receiving two new cans — one for garbage and one for recyclables.
The county included information about the automated program and when it starts when the cans were delivered. But residents may have overlooked the envelopes, which were placed inside the bins.
Hillsborough County Utilities has since started placing stickers on the lids of the new cans it delivers to make sure the information doesn’t get overlooked.
“It’s hit or miss. Some folks have started trying to use them,” said Utilities Director John Lyons.
About 30 percent of the county’s residents had received their new receptacles as of this week, said Kim Byer, manager of the new automated collection system. About 10 percent of those residents are filling and using the new cans prematurely, she said.
“The majority of the county residents have a start-up date for the week of Sept. 30,” she said. About 30,000 residents in southern Hillsborough County will be phased in beginning Sept. 3. Progressive Waste Solutions, the hauler in that area, will use that time to train employees on the new equipment, Byer said.
Garbage will continue to be picked up twice a week under a service option approved unanimously by Hillsborough County commissioners.
The commission’s vote to move to an automated garbage pickup system came despite informal polls and a telephone survey that showed 62 percent of county residents favored keeping manual collection.
Commissioners acknowledged the difficulty of changing a system that has been in place for decades, but said it has been used successfully in numerous other locations and the advantages in cost savings, environmental impacts and safety for garbage collectors are too significant to ignore.
Name Change Gives Carrollwood Club Chance to Rebrand
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Date: Friday, August 30, 2013,
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
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.
Zoning Officials Reject Cemetery Plan Near Carrollwood Village
Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer
BILL VARIANTampa Bay Times
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:20pm
TAMPA — Residents usually show up at zoning hearings to protest proposed changes that would intensify development next door by allowing a Walmart or an all-night convenience store.
Carrollwood Village residents turned out in force at a hearing Tuesday to protest a change that would have allowed a cemetery next to their neighborhood west of Dale Mabry Highway.
Commissioners voted unanimously to deny a request to change the zoning on 3 acres of the 18-acre St. Paul Catholic Church land that would have allowed for the burial of its parishioners.
Commission Chairman Ken Hagan, who described himself as an "extremely progrowth" board member whose wife attends St. Paul's, made the motion to deny the change. He said he didn't buy residents' arguments that a cemetery would add to traffic congestion in the area, because funerals are already held at the church.
"However, I cannot imagine a more inappropriate use than a cemetery on this property," Hagan said.
The board vote came despite recommendations from a hearing officer and staff that it should be approved. No review agencies raised objections.
Residents have been protesting the proposal for weeks. Aside from the traffic concerns, some cited the potential that a cemetery would decrease their home values. Attorneys who live in Carrollwood Village and represented their neighbors for free said some people who now have views of trees would look out over gravestones.
But commissioners aren't supposed to reject zoning changes because nearby residents simply don't like what may go there. The proposal has to run counter to county growth and development guidelines.
So the neighbor-lawyers argued that a new cemetery, usually allowed in rural areas, was not compatible with what has become an urban part of the county. That's the argument Hagan seized upon.
"What they're doing is asking for lower density so they can get something you would normally see in a rural area," lawyer Kelly Overfield said after the meeting. "I mean, there's a Chili's right there."
An attorney for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, which covers a five-county area including Hillsborough, said they will review options with their client.
Diocese general counsel Joseph DiVito noted that the church worked closely with neighbors who expressed concern and planned a wide buffer between residential streets and the planned cemetery. He said he couldn't imagine a less intrusive proposal to the neighborhood than wide-open green space, noting that the church could now build a day care or assisted living facility on the property and has entertained proposals for the latter.
DiVito said the church has 30 days to appeal to the board's vote in circuit court or could consider a challenge based on First Amendment religious protections.
"The church doesn't do that lightly, so we'll have to assess whether that's something we want to do," he said.
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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.
Deed Restrictions and You
“To each his own”, said the old man as he kissed his cow, and for the most part, this is true even when you decide to live in a master-planned community such as Carrollwood Village. With that in mind, sometimes it’s good to reflect on why it is we live in “The Village”, and what our responsibilities are as good neighbors and fellow citizens; which lead me to the topic of deed restrictions.
Deed restrictions are a set of restrictive agreement or rules, usually set forth in the Deed, limiting how you can and can't use your property. Community restrictions are set forth to accomplish three goals, the first of which is to ensure the upkeep, maintenance, improvement and administration of common areas and neighborhood facilities and to promote homeowner property values. This may include, maintenance of the entry to the neighborhood, basketball and tennis courts, landscaping of all common areas, along with the maintenance of all playgrounds and greenbelt areas, the hiring of private security, etc. The second goal is to provide continuity and stability for the welfare of the membership (you). The third is to ensure membership compliance with each Village’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R’s) or deed restrictions.
While the homeowners association is charged with these duties and responsibilities, it is still up to each of us as members of our association to adhere to the standards that comprise the covenants, conditions and restrictions. That means if the restrictions call for your trash containers to be concealed from public view on non-trash collection days that doesn’t mean store them on the side of your garage and then get offended because the Association is attempting to remind you of your obligation to conceal from public view your containers! No one wants to live next to a neighbor who doesn’t bother to maintain their yard or keep their home in decent repair. It’s not only unsightly, but shows a lack of respect for your neighbors and neighborhood and can depreciate the overall value of those homes near the offending property. Why would anyone want to live in a deed restricted community with a strong homeowners association if not for the fact that the neighborhoods are well maintained and a good environment to raise a family?
In all cases, when a homeowner’s association sends a property owner a violation notice, it is not because they enjoy sending them out (notices cost the Association money), but because the resident has failed in some way to live up to their obligation to themselves and/or others. The people who take the time out of their lives without compensation to assist in running the Association, the elected Board, is charged with the very important task of working to benefit you. These dedicated men and women do their very best to build a community that will be a lasting legacy for the next generation resident, your children.
The deed restrictions for all neighborhoods in Carrollwood Village are available for everyone to read here at Carrollwood Village’s official website, under "About the Associations." When reading through the restrictions, the violations you spot, may just be your own!
Doggie “Do” and Don’t!
Since taking over as Community Association Manager in January, I have fielded thirty or more calls from residents complaining about neighbors walking their pets in the morning and/or evening to do their daily “constitutional” allowing their pets to defecate in the grass and then not bothering to pick it up. This is not only a “un” neighborly thing to do, but it is a health hazard to other people and pets that may come along at a later time.
Hillsborough County Animal Ordinance 00-26 as Amended by Ordinance 03-8, SECTION 14. ANIMAL WASTE REMOVAL states, “Any feces deposited by a dog, cat, or pet pig on public property, public walks, recreation areas or the private property of others must be immediately removed by the person who has custody or control of the animal unless otherwise authorized by the property owner.”
Yes, yes, we all know that cleaning up after your dog may be a little embarrassing and not necessarily pleasant before that first cup of coffee, but someone has to do it. Cleaning up after your pet’s morning and evening sidewalk hike is necessary for maintaining a healthy environment. Did you know that doggie “do” is a high contributor of contamination in our ponds and creeks? Some of you may be thinking that doggie “do” is actually a fertilizer and good for the grass, but that is as far from the truth as Cairo is to Tampa!
So, you may be asking yourself, what’s the issue? To begin with, dog feces may contain such “goodies” as parvovirus, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, threadworms, campylobacteriosis, giardia, and coccidia. If left by a resident in the common grasses, these parasites will contaminate the water, soil, and can even cause infection in both pets and humans (especially children). The microscopic hookworm larvae can be passed to another pet or person directly through the skin or by accidental ingestion as can other bacteria.
Wow, you may be saying to yourself, can this really infect me? The simple answer is “yes,” humans are capable of contracting hookworms, tapeworms, threadworms and campylobacteriosis (a common bacterial infection in humans). This is the most significant reason to avoid allowing dogs (especially puppies) to like your face and mouth - affectionately known as "puppy kisses." If a dog has recently eaten feces or attempted to groom their hind quarters and come into contact with this infectious material, there is a chance the parasites will be passed directly into your mouth. Children are especially venerable to infection because they tend to enjoy playing in the dirt, where parasites such as hookworm larvae lay dormant waiting for a new host. Young children may also put dirty hands or toys in their mouth, further increasing the chance for infectious material consumption.
Now that we have the “Doggie Do’s and Don’ts,” please be a good neighbor and clean up after your pet. It’s good for you, your pet, your neighbor and the environment. Remember that old slogan, “Give a hoot and don’t pollute?” Let’s substitute a few words and remember to “Pick up your poop, so it can’t pollute!”
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."