December 2015/January 2016 Newsletter
(Pelican) is now available on the website.
Pelicans are located under the menu item "Resources"
Georgie Watson Boehlen
It is a small stretch of land—easily over-looked. It sits between 2 small
subdivisions, east of Key Vista Nature Park , just off of Strauber-Memorial.
The houses—some big, some modest—are obscured by the trees in most aerial
views. It contains wetlands that are
a vital habitat for wildlife.
Bobcats, otters, and yes, some coyotes, share this sliver of land with egrets,
ibis, other waders and birds and, of course, alligators.
These wetlands also serve as a barrier from flooding; not only with the
afore mentioned subdivisions, but also for a much larger subdivision across the
street, named Key Vista. In Key
Vista, 167 units are housing for those 55 years and older.
Across Key Vista Blvd., are many more homes for younger families; many
Perhaps it is because this stretch of property is small.
Perhaps, it is because the population is scant.
Perhaps, because this strip of vegetation is in an unincorporated area of
Pasco County named Holiday. Perhaps,
all these statistics have led the leaders of Pasco County to discount concerns
from the residents about development off Strauber-Memorial.
After all, the number of votes there are miniscule compared to those of,
say, Trinity. Perhaps, because it is
a small stretch, the zoning regulation required that only people who lived 500
feet from the property be notified of the petition to change the zone from
agricultural to residential.
Therefore, many residents of Key Vista were not informed of the proposed
development or of the meetings to discuss the matter. Even the MASTER BOARD OF
KEY VISTA WAS NOT NOTIFIED!! The
numbers are just too small.
However, those of us who live in communities on either side Struaber-Memorial
will be affected. Should the
wetlands be destroyed, the buffer that keeps us all from flooding will be gone.
The street will flood and excess water will be in the backyards of Key
Vista. Our flood rating to receive
flood insurance is based on what is here now.
If the land is developed there is a risk that our flood insurance rates
will be higher. If suddenly, we are
considered to be on a flood plain, we may face decreasing values on homes that
have already lost money due to the economic downturn.
Sixty homes will
be built; (small in comparison to other developments) presumably housing
children who will need to cross or catch a bus on Strauber-Memorial.
The developer’s answer is to put a pedestrian stop light which the kids
push to stop traffic. This puts much
stress on the small two-lane highway; which has no shoulders and already has a
development just down the street. Strauber-Memorial could become a parking lot
during school hours. We all know how
congested Key Vista Blvd, becomes during school arrivals and departures.
But yet, Pasco County has says that the traffic is too small in number to
widen the roads. It is also too small to want two exits from the development.
60 homes could become trapped should there be a fire similar to the one a
few years ago on Strauber-Memorial. They will be built “Key West” style; which
means living quarters will be above garages or on stilts.
Obviously, there already is a concern about flooding to demand this
style. If it floods them, it can
conceivably flood Strauber-Memorial and from there Key Vista. But it’s a small
strip of land, home to mostly otter, osprey, alligators, bobcats and other
wildlife. They don’t vote.
care about this small stretch of property and how the development may affect
your home, your environment, and your pocketbook; please CALL: 727-847-8100. This connects
you to our commissioner, Kathryn Starkey.
The meetings are Nov.19 and Dec 15.
Both are at 1:30 and convene at the West Pasco Government Center Board Room,
8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey. Tell them your concerns.
Please ask them to move the meeting dates until after the holidays, so that the many of our citizens who go away for the holidays or are busy with
family functions can attend. Numbers
count to politicians. If many of us
call, things can change. If many of
us attend, they have to listen. It’s
just a small slip of land, but with a huge impact.
KEY VISTA MASTER HOA
The Master HOA is conducting a short survey and would like your input.
completed, you may email it to the clubhouse, place in the drop box that is
located in the clubhouse parking lot, or place it in the suggestion box that is
located in the lobby. Thank you again for your time.
Please click on the link below for more information.
"Key Vista Master HOA Community Survey"
2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month,
7:00 to 9:00 pm
at the Key Vista Clubhouse.
Must Be 18 Yrs of Age to Play Bingo*
There will be cash prizes and refreshments.
Regular & Jackpot Games
Regular Bingo Books $6
Jackpot Sheet $2
Towing Policy in Key Vista
effective December 14, 2015
The tow company, A1 Recovery, hired by Key Vista will only enter
into Key Vista to tow an illegally parked vehicle once they receive a call from
any resident, employee, or Board member of Key Vista reporting the illegally
parked vehicle. The tow company has been directed to take all pertinent
information from the caller, including the caller’s name, address, and phone
number before sending the tow truck. The vehicle in
question must be in violation to be towed, and the tow driver is required to
photograph vehicle before towing. All days and times still remain in effect.
IF YOU WITNESS A VEHICLE THAT IS FLAGRANTLY ABUSING THE PARKING
RULES, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A RESIDENT TO REPORT THAT VEHICLE. THE TOW
COMPANY’S CONTACT INFORMATION IS: A1 RECOVERY, INC. 6129 SIESTA LANE, PORT
RICHEY - Telephone: 727- 536-5600.
CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH YOU’RE VEHICLE MAY BE TOWED:
1-PARKING ON COMMON GROUND AND COMMON GRASS
AT ANY TIME
AT ANY TIME
3-PARKED ON KEY VISTA STREETS FROM
(If you are having a party, you may obtain one day guest passes to park on the
street from 11pm-2AM.)
4- OVERNIGHT PARKING AT THE STORAGE LOT
AT ANY TIME
**YOU MAY PARK YOUR VEHICLE IN THE KEY VISTA CLUBHOUSE LOT ANYTIME
FOR UP TO 24 CONTINUOUS HOURS, AND UP TO 72 CONTINUOUS HOURS WITH A PASS FROM
THE CLUBHOUSE MANAGER. ANY VEHICLES LEFT IN THE LOT FOR MORE THAN 24 CONTINUOUS
HOURS WITHOUT A PASS IS SUBJECT TO TOW.
We ask that all input, questions, concerns, etc regarding towing be
done in writing by contacting our association manager, Chris Haines, at
Key Vista Clubhouse Parking Policy
These will go into effect immediately. The tow company will no
longer be able to access our clubhouse parking lot unless called by the
clubhouse manager. There will be a 24hr free parking policy for residents and/or
guests; with written permission from the clubhouse manager; you can obtain an
additional continuous 72hr pass, limit 1 parking pass per vehicle per week. This
will be on a case per case decision by the clubhouse manager.
We have also formed a new towing committee which consists of 4
resident volunteers. There may be more changes to come; our intent is to keep
our community safe, secure, and happy. All residents are welcome to make any
suggestions. See forms at clubhouse.
Single Family House Colors
The Single Family House colors are
available for viewing online. They are located under the menu
item "Gallery then
"Single Family Home Paint Colors".
As of December 1st, there are
spaces available in the storage lot! Contact Lisa at the
clubhouse, if you would like to get on the waiting list.
Bright House Basic/Standard - Analog, Digital, HD Channel
Key Vista residents pay for Bright House Basic/Standard TV
service in their Masters HOA fees. Residents have asked what channels we receive
with this service. The channel listing, as of Dec 2013, is now available online.
You will find the listing under the menu item "Resources" then
Watch your speed in Key Vista.
All streets are 20 MPH, except Key Vista
Blvd., which is
Curb Your Dog
- There has been a visible increase in the amount of pet waste showing up on the
sidewalks and common areas around Key Vista. There are "Pet Stations"
distributed throughout our community with FREE bags for waste pickup. There is
NO excuse for not picking up after your animal!
Disputes with neighbors or other law enforcement issues must
be directed to the Sheriff's Dept. Homeowner Associations do not
have law enforcement capabilities.
Keep personal property secured at all times. This
includes homes and vehicles.
There have been solicitors and
suspicious persons in the neighborhood recently. Please be cautious as to
their intentions and call Pasco County Sheriff's
Non-Emergency Dispatch at (727) 844-7711 to have
them removed. The phone number is inside every Pelican
proper procedure is to contact the property manager, Rocco Iervasi, from Melrose
Management Partnership at (727) 787-3461 or
Gulf Trace Elementary
For more information, go to the school's website at
Don't forget to clip those Box
Tops for Education and
Campbell's Soup labels. You can drop
them off in the Clubhouse - (Manager's Office).