In the future all community news updates will be posted under the Community News Tab...so click there to read current news and bulletins. For information on TWAC (the Tarpon Woods Action Committee), click one of the TWAC links, info on Storm Water-click that link, information on the front Islands/entrance-click the TW islands Alliance link, the golf course/Beef Obrady's-click golf course link, and so on to other links.
TARPON WOODS ENTRANCE & ISLANDS ALLIANCE
3449 Brian Rd. S.
Palm Harbor, FL 34695
Newsletter #25, January 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR HOMEOWNERS! PLEASE DO NOT NOW BEFORE YOU FORGET.
It’s us again, asking for the yearly contribution. If you’re new to this community, this is an organization of volunteers who keep the entrance island and select internal common areas as attractive as possible. This includes mowing, weeding, water, fertilizing & insect control, flower planting, mulching, tree trimming and holiday lighting. The granite entrance signs and vegetation were funded by homeowner contributions several years ago.
The attached budget projects those expenses which will be paid by contributions. Competitive bids are secured where needed. We make every effort to plan for typical expenses but unforeseen expenses seem to always appear. Some of these for 2014 were: 3 “NO SIGNS’ signs; installation of holiday lights; sprinkler repairs & concrete protective donuts; two plantings of seasonal flowers; electrical repair for lights on sign and sprinkler system; replacement of very old, non-working light fixtures; recurring water and electricity costs; periodic sod replacement, etc.
There was a 2-car accident at the intersection of TW Blvd & Tanglewood Trail on June 20, 2014. Sheriff Gaulteiri secured the formal Accident Report for us and we were able to be reimbursed by the driver’s insurance company for extensive damage done to the turf and destroyed shrubs and trees.
Two vendors were terminated for non-compliance with contract terms and replaced by two who have a “tried & true” performance to yards of residents. We observe their work and discuss areas that need attention.
We welcome useful suggestions from you on the Contribution Form which also includes an invite to residents to join this committee. We especially need volunteers to replace two members who are resigning after 20 years of participation.
The annual contribution has again remained at the low $25.00 amount. We appreciate all the support shown in the past. With no homeowners’ association in Tarpon Woods which requires much higher funding, we hope you will be able to join the community effort this year.
Thanks in advance,
RAY JACOBS, SALLY HOOD, JOAN MINNIS, PHYLLIS PARCELLS, NIECIE HALFON, RICHARD MUCCIOLO, DICK RUHLING, NEIL TUBER, GAIL THAYER, KEVIN CANTRELL, KATHLEEN FLEMING
Please visit Community news for traffic impact 3/1/13 to 11/1/13 on TW Blvd.
TARPON WOODS BLVD WILL BE CLOSED FOR UP TO 8 MONTHS
Your Tarpon Woods Action Committee in conjunction with Pinellas County has arranged a two hour open house (NOT A MEETING) at East Lake United Methodist Church on February 28th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. There will be County representatives there to explain what will happen to our community during the construction and installation of drainage piping on Tarpon Woods Blvd. YOU CAN COME ANYTIME DURING THE 5 to 7 period for information as information tables will be set up…to repeat: this is not a meeting but an open house where you will be supplied with information during this question and answer session. Tarpon Woods Blvd will be closed to local traffic only, during this EIGHT MONTH period. It is in your best interest to attend this forum at your leisure to get the information. During most of the period only ONE LANE will be open.
Ray Jacobs, President
Tarpon Woods Action Committees
TARPON WOODS ENTRANCE & ISLANDS ALLIANCE
3449 Brian Rd. S.
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Newsletter #23– February 2013
Belated Happy New Year to all Homeowners!
It’s the same OLD group of beggars asking for the yearly contribution of $25 to continue to keepthe Tarpon
Woods’ entrance islands and select common internal areas neat, clean and attractive. The constant oversight
efforts have again helped to keep the same requested small amount this year.
The holiday lights and decorations were installed again this year by Decorating Elves, as in the past three years,
with a slight increase in the number of lights and corresponding increase in costs. They continue to be the
lowest bidder of several. A problem occurred keeping all the lights on due to a culprit first disconnecting
extension cords and later stealing one. Petty thievery with a large impact on the decorations!
The seasonal plants at the front of both islands and the rear of the second island continue to be replaced a
minimum of three times a year and more often if necessary by Dale Wallace Landscaping. New mulch is also
installed if needed. This was most recently done last month.
The granite entrance signs and concrete support and planter box were in dire need of repainting the gold
lettering and the concrete. Competitive bids were secured but were still expensive but the finished product was
a vast improvement.
The sprinkler system on these islands had to be repaired several times in order to maintain the grass and
flowers. Fertilization and weed control was a recurring cost as was mowing.
New sidewalks were installed on the West end of TW Blvd. by Pinellas County. The heavy equipment parked
on adjacent island ruined a portion of the grass but was replaced by the contractor.
The Contribution Form included in each year’s letter contains a line asking for residents to join this committee.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING US. MANY OF US HAVE SERVED SINCE 1994 AND FATHER TIME IS
TAKING ITS TOLL. THE ALLIANCE CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS. IF IT IS NOT
STAFFED, PINELLAS COUNTY WILL RESUME OWNERSHIP OF THE ENTRANCE ISLANDS AND
THE SAME LEVEL OF MINIMAL CARE THAT FORMERLY EXISTED WILL RETURN. THEY WILL
LOOK LIKE THE MEDIANS ON EAST LAKE ROAD, WHICH IS AWFUL. WE MEET
APPROXIMATELY 6 TIMES A YEAR FOR AN HOUR AND THE INDIVIDUAL DUTIES ARE NEITHER
HARD NOR TIME-CONSUMING.
For community news go towww.tarponwoodscommunity.com.
Thanks in advance,
Richard Mucciolo, Joan Rahm, Niecie Halfon, Phyllis Parcells,
Ray Jacobs, Sally Hood, Rose Metz,
April 7th, 2012
The Tarpon Woods Entry and Islands Alliance would like to thank those members of the community who so generously donated to help keep our community and front entrance looking the way it is....those of you who forgot to send a check...please make one payable to:
TWE&IA and mail to:
3448 Tarpon Woods Blvd, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Again we say Thank You!
See November 2011 update in community news.
The traffic control update:
Based on the information we have developed thus far, there are a number of improvements that will be implemented and which do not require BCC action. These include:
August 12, 2011
Commissioner Latvala has reported that the request by TWAC to slow the traffic down on Tarpon Woods Blvd is moving through all of the departments involved in a solution and she will report back next week on progress so far.
At the annual meeting of members of the Tarpon Woods Action Committee (TWAC), members in attendance requested something be done about the speeding on Tarpon Woods Blvd and Tanglewood Trail. As a result a petition was circulated throughout the community and almost 700 signatures were obtained. TWAC officers and the two women who did most of the work getting the signatures will meet with Commissioner Susan Latvala to present the petition and the specific requests of the residents on what they think should be done. The meeting with the Commissioner is scheduled for June 15, 2011 and we will report back to the residents as soon as we get some information back.
To all Residents;
Please go to the Flood Resolutions tab on the left to follow activity and correspondence with the County on recent flooding.
Also refer to the Community News Tab for additional recent activity relating to local issues and the proliferation of politcal signs at the entrance to Tarpon Woods.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS
The annual meeting of the members ofthe "Tarpon Woods Action Committee, Inc." will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd, 7:00PM at the
I. Call Meeting to Order:
II. Introduction of Guest:
III. Tarpon Woods Flood & Drainage Update:
IV. Business Meeting:
B. Treasurer’s Report: Diane Saccomani:
C. Election of Directors: (The Nominating Committee has nominated: Sharon Bauer,
1. President appoints Inspectors of Election
2. President calls for the Election – last chance to make sure all ballots have been turned in.
3. Inspectors leave to count ballots.
D. Unfinished Business:
E. Report of Officers:
F. Reports of Standing Committees:
G. Reports of Special Committees:
H. New Business:
I. Inspectors announce new Directors.
There will be a brief meeting of the New Board of Directors immediately following adjournment of the General Meeting.
For more information on the Tarpon Woods Action Committee (TWAC) and the Annual Meeting, please go to www.TarponWoodsCommunity.com .
Tarpon Woods Action Committee, Secretary
PLEASE PRINT YOU PROXY BELOW AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AT END OF THIS NOTICE.
______ Sharron Bauer*
______ Richard Mucciolo*
______ Richard (Dick) Ruhling*
______ Phyllis Parcells*
______ Diane Saccomani*
______ Harry Ohn*
PLEASE CHOOSE SEVEN (7) FROM THE ABOVE LIST.
*Nominated by the Tarpon Woods Action Committee Nominating Committee
**According to the bylaws, other nominees may petition the Secretary no less than 20 days prior to the Annual Meeting, to be included in the list of nominees for Board of Directors. Nominations will also be taken from the floor, at the Annual Meeting, on the date described above and may be hand written on the proxy.
You may print this Proxy and use it for your ballot, following the following directions:
Place your proxy, after voting in a plain white sealed envelope, with the printed name, address amd signature on the front of the envelope of the household member voting (only one voter per household--do not sign proxy...it is confidential ) and submit to Secretary of TWAC prior to or at the annual meeting.You may deliver it to her address.
Tarpon Woods Action Committee
December 13, 2010
Mr. Maroun S. Jalo
Michael & Michelle Inc.
The Tarpon Woods Action Committee
would like to thank you for your swift and
complete cleanup of the area behind your
property that was becoming an eyesore.
You can be sure we will let our community
know how you have cooperated with us.
we thank you for your cooperation.
TARPON WOODS ENTRANCE & ISLANDS ALLIANCE
3448 Tarpon Woods Blvd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Newsletter #21 – February 2010
Happy Twenty-ten Homeowners!
It’s hard to believe this volunteer group has existed 21 years as we begin a new decade. Let’s hope we all stay healthy
to its completion. We’re up to our usual request for an annual contribution of $25 to maintain the lighted Tarpon
Woods entrance sign as well as lawns, trees, plantings on two main islands and select common internal areas. This is
no doubt the only cost in the present economy which has remained the same for several years despite the increase in
many of our vendors’ costs. We like to believe it is partly due to prudent use of our small budget.
The 2009 mailings to residents of Tarpon Woods, Bridlewood & Stag Thicket prompted less than 50% participation for
this ongoing community enhancement effort which mirrors the interest shown in past years. Without an overall
Homeowners Association to legally collect this small amount, our only recourse is to rely on your feeling of pride in
our entryway and community.
For new residents who may not know the history of this Alliance, it was formed in 1994 by volunteers concerned with
improving a deteriorating 1970’s wooden sign on an ugly entrance. Some of those are still a part of this group!
Donations funded the two-sided granite TARPON WOODS sign. New sod, trees & bushes were slowly added as money
allowed and lawn care was contracted. Holiday lights came much later and the decorating work was done by this
group until the last three years. We hope you enjoyed the display this year which was the prettiest yet.
In addition to normal maintenance costs of lawn and plant care, fertilization & insecticides, water, electricity,
sprinkler system repairs, the concrete sign base had to be cleaned & new plantings put in on both entrance islands.
All these costs have risen and the level of care we can provide is directly proportionate to the funds collected. The
recent freeze will require extensive plant replacement, unfortunately.
We thank you in advance for helping us serve the community in maintaining the attractive entrance and other areas
we all enjoy. Please complete the Contribution Form attached and return it with your check to the letterhead
Richard Mucciolo, Joan Rahm, Niecie Halfon, Phyllis Parcells, Bob Painter, Colin Swinborne, Ray Jacobs
You probably noticed the construction signs go up on TW Blvd. for Toniwood Rd. Here is an update from the public works department:
1. Pre-construction meeting held on Monday (1/4/10)
2. Message boards are anticipated to be put up tomorrow to advise residents of planned lane closure for Monday (1/11)
3. Mobilization of contractor anticipated for tomorrow with some jack & boring work taking place
4. Next week is anticipated to be the first full week of construction
5. Anticipated construction duration is 3 months
Hi Richard, 12/9/09
I had a report of an injured deer right before the entrance to the golf course on Tarpon Woods Blvd. It was in the median but managed to walk away. Will you please forward to your list. If anyone spots and injured deer (it was a baby) please call my cell phone at 431-2856.
Barb Walker, Palm Harbor, FL
TARPON WOODS ENTRANCE
We ask all residents to refrain from placing any kind of sign on the center island as you enter Tarpon Woods. This means garage sales, houses for sale, rent, etc. Please tell your Realtors not to place open house signs there either.
Commissioner Latvala requested I forward this E-Mail string to you. Please see message below and attachments.
Melissa K. Brooks-Barker, Executive Assistant
to Commissioner Susan Latvala
At the County commission meeting in December Commissioner Latvala brought up the question of the signs posted for land-use and zoning cases and the fact that they were not easy to read and did not hold up under the weather. The Planning Department agreed to look at an improved way of doing this. We performed some research with the other local agencies and how they did this and were amazed to find that they were doing the same method as we were or in some cases doing less.
Currently the required notice of public hearing sign is posted on parcel lots to let the public know that there will be a public hearing in the future regarding the use of land. The signage is posted in accordance with county ordinance and is removed after the subject hearing. As it was noted at the board meeting the notice of public hearing sign appears to show weathering or buckling and is difficult to read from the street. This situation occurs even though the signs are enclosed in plastic to reduce exposure to the elements and two wooden stakes are used to brace the sign to prevent buckling.
The project was undertaken to develop land-use action signage that would be easier to see, easier to read, able to withstand the elements longer, and provide a web address to the
The current land-use action signage is constructed of yellow cardboard with preprinted standard information and the specific case details are then written with a permanent black marker on the board indicating; case number, public hearing date /time, public hearing location, and with five blank lines to list what the owner has requested. The land-use action sign detail sheets are sealed in plastic and glued with the entire board mounted on two wooden stakes and placed on the affected property site. A picture of that sign which is yellow is attached.
The Planning Department after an evaluation has come up with the following improved approach. The proposed new version of the signage which was decided upon would be made of corrugated plastic with steel wire supports and preprinted text and would have a place for two laminated documents (land-use case information sheet and a case locator map). This corrugated plastic sign would be weather resistant and would withstand fading from ultraviolet light for a longer length of time. Laminating the actual case information sheet and locator map would seal out any condensation that usually forms with paper products that are just covered by plastic(the current procedure). An example of what this sign would look like is attached and is the blue sign.
This proposed signage contains larger text for the main title, the contact number, and a web address. The case information sheet and subject map would be a standard template that could be reproduced quickly and easily. This more detailed information cannot be read read from a street but does provide details to those people that wish to obtain that level of information.
We believe this new sign will hold up better with the weather and actually present a better image for the county.
In summary, the yellow sign attached is the current procedure and the blue sign is the new procedure.