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THE BEAUTY OF TARPON WOODS


COMMUNITY NEWS UPDATES

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.

THANK YOU TARPON WOODS

THANK YOU TARPON WOODS CONTRIBUTORS

Thank you very much to all of the homeowners that contributed your $30 to the Tarpon Woods Entrance and Island Alliance!  We, the members of the committee, are committed to keeping our community beautiful and safe and welcome any suggestions you may have to improve the appearance of our beautiful neighborhood.  We also appreciate all of the kind and encouraging comments that we received.   

If you did not receive a contribution form or just forgot, you can still send a check to:

 TWE&IA, 3440 Brian Road South, Palm Harbor, Florida  34685. 

Thanks again for the contributions and for doing your part to keep Tarpon Woods a lovely place to live! 

Sally Hood (Treasurer)

ANNUAL REQUEST FOR DONATION

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.

 

For community news, go to www.tarponwoodscommunity.com and www.HOApub.com.

 

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

see COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TRAFFIC UPDATE

Please visit Community news for traffic impact 3/1/13 to 11/1/13 on TW Blvd.

TW BLVD TO CLOSE

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

DONATE NOW!

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 keep the 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 to www.tarponwoodscommunity.com.

Thanks in advance,

Richard Mucciolo, Joan Rahm, Niecie Halfon, Phyllis Parcells,

Ray Jacobs, Sally Hood, Rose Metz,

Dick Ruhling

 

A BIG THANK YOU

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!

2012 Begging Letter

TARPON WOODS ENTRANCE & ISLANDS ALLIANCE

Send Checks of $25 to: 3448 Tarpon Woods Blvd. Palm Harbor, FL 34685

Newsletter #23� February 2012

Greetings & Best Wishes to all Homeowners!

It�s your friendly Committee volunteers presenting their annual update of activities and asking for the usual $25 per residence to maintain the entrance islands and select common internal Tarpon Woods areas. It has been a constant effort in our 23 years of oversight to keep the requested contribution at the same small amount which we have done again this year.

The holiday lights & decorations were installed by Decorating Elves again this year as 2011. We were  pleased with the presentation this year which included expanded areas and have received many compliments.

There were a number of electrical issues this year to include sensors for lights, replacement of outlets and lights, irrigation boxes, etc. The freeze-damaged plants & small trees had to be replaced in the spring and fresh mulch applied.

Continual damage occurs on Island #2 when Westbound out-of-control vehicles run onto the grass leaving deep ruts which must be filled in with dirt & sod. Digital pictures were taken and sent to Pinellas County officials with yet another request to install speed inhibitors of any sort. This was finally approved after several years of contact with the county. 

There was the best response ever to the 800+ letters that were mailed to residents last February � 67 % versus 4.51% in 2010. This was very gratifying to us who meet monthly and constantly monitor the contractors for the best service possible. It is our sincere hope you will assist again by completing the Contribution Form attached and return it as soon as possible with your check to the address above. We try to answer the questions and comments you pose on this form. For community news, go to www.tarponwoodscommunity.com.

Thanks in advance,

Richard Mucciolo, Joan Rahm, Niecie Halfon, Phyllis Parcells, Ray Jacobs, Bob Painter

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TARPON WOODS ACTION COMM. MEETING 2/27/12

SEE TWAC LINK FOR DETAILS

9/30/11 TRAFFIC CONTROL UPDATE

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:

- The sidewalk along Tarpon Woods Boulevard should be under construction before the end of this calendar year. There will be a gap on Tarpon Woods at the creek bridge; we are planning to construct a pedestrian bridge there next year, subject to funding availability. The sidewalk along Tanglewood Trail is scheduled for construction next calendar year.

- In relation to the request for additional speed limit signs, we are placing six speed feedback signs, which show both the speed limit and ¿your speed¿ based on an internal radar unit. These have proven to be quite effective in reminding people of their speed. These will be placed at key locations along Tarpon Woods Boulevard.

- The request for No Parking signs is being deferred until our BCC workshop on parking signs. In the meantime, we will be contacting TWAC reps to determine the background on why these signs are desired and to confirm that they would be an appropriate measure.

- The multi-way stop requests are being studied¿if we find that improvements should be made using traffic engineering criteria (i.e., the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) we will be making those improvements. If we find that improvements do not qualify using those criteria, our Board adopted Residential Traffic Management program policy (attached) allows us to initiate a petition process for the specific installation of devices on local residential streets. This would apply to the requests for multi-way stop signs at the Tanglewood Trail locations.

- Tarpon Woods Boulevard is a collector road and is not included in the Board adopted RTM program. If the studies do not indicate a need for multi-way stop signs at their requested locations, there is not a defined mechanism in place to install these and would be looking for Board direction.

 

Susan Latvala

8/12/11 UPDATE

The county will begin a study on Tarpon Woods Blvd & Tanglewood Trail....to decide what type of traffic controls to install and address the no parking areas...in addition we have been informed that the installation of sidewalk will begin this year from just east of the Brooker Creek Bridge to East Lake Road....the section over the creek will not be completed until next year as it requires building a foot bridge.  

FOLLOW UP TARPON WOODS TRAFFIC

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.

TRAFFIC ON TW BLVD AND TANGLEWOOD TRAIL

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.

TWAC   

2010-2011 FLOODING INFORMATION

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.

 

 

 

2011 ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS

 

 

 

 

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 East Lake Firehouse at 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor  .  

 

Agenda 

 

I.                   Call Meeting to Order:  Ray Jacobs, President

II.                Introduction of Guest:

III.             Tarpon Woods Flood & Drainage Update: Ray Jacobs

IV.             Business Meeting:

 

A.    Reading and approval of the minutes of the 2010 Annual Meeting (including names of new Directors).

 

B.     Treasurer’s Report: Diane Saccomani:

 

C.     Election of Directors: (The Nominating Committee has nominated: Sharon Bauer, Ray Jacobs, Richard Mucciolo, Harry Oun, Phyllis Parcells, Richard (Dick Ruhling, and Diane Saccomani).

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 .

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sharron Bauer

2215 Toniwood Lane, Palm Harbor, FL  34685

Tarpon Woods Action Committee, Secretary

 

PLEASE PRINT YOU PROXY BELOW AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS AT END OF THIS NOTICE.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

PROXY

 

 ______ Sharron Bauer*

 

 ______ Raymond Jacobs*

 

 ______ 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.  

 

LET'S THANK THE RALLY STATION

Tarpon Woods Action Committee

800 Tarpon Woods Blvd.

Palm Harbor, Florida 34685

                                                                                        December 13, 2010 

Mr. Maroun S. Jalo

Michael & Michelle Inc.

Rally Service
2525 East Lake Road

Palm Harbor, Florida 

 

        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.

 

Again,

we thank you for your cooperation. 

 

Thank you, 

Ray Jacobs

President

727-415-7627

 

 

Annual Begging Letter


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
address.  

Thank You,  

Richard Mucciolo, Joan Rahm, Niecie Halfon, Phyllis Parcells, Bob Painter, Colin Swinborne, Ray Jacobs

 

1/12/10
TARPON WO0ODS ACTION COMMITTEE ANNUAL MEETING
 
The annual meeting for the members of the Tarpon Woods Action Committee is February 19, 2010, AT 7:00PM.
 
Location: East Lake Fire House, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd.,
 
Directions: West on Village Center Drive from East Lake Road (YMCA, Lutheran Church and Golf Course street) , to end, left to fire house a few hundred yards on left.

1/04/2010

You probably noticed the construction signs go up on TW Blvd.  for Toniwood Rd. Here is an update from the public works department: 

On Toniwood...
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.  

Thank you,

Barb Walker,  Palm Harbor, FL

TO ALL CONCERNED RESIDENTS OF TW AND RIDGEMOOR                                           June 25, 2009
 
I am attaching a copy of my correspondence with Al Navaroli, Zoning Commissioner for the County of Pinellas...AND once again asking you to email and if no computer have friends snail mail....I am also adding a letter sent by one of our residents already which you can use as a sample to send. This email is going to a huge list, however, if you do not contact those who will vote on this....we have no hope. If you are interested please read this entire email. 
 
    I would suggest that all of you who SUPPORT BLOCKING  this extension to build townhomes in Tarpon Woods, immediately email Mr. Navaroli (anavarol@co.pinellas.fl.us) and Commissioner Susan LatVala, objecting to any and all extensions to Marc Rutenberg to build Townhomes on this Tarpon Woods site, beyond September 6, 2009. Also copy in the CCbox, State Senator Michael Fasano (fasano.mike@flsenate.gov) and Representative Peter Nehr (peter.nehr@myfloridahouse.gov).
 
    Also address and send, on the To line, not the Cc line, the email to all of the county commissioneers: (use the Cc line for Nehr and Fasano)
 
 
    In addition, since we do not have Ridgemoor Residents on our lists and all TW Residents, I am requesting that you forward this to all of your friends and contacts in Ridgemoor and Tarpon Woods to also protest this issue since it will impact all of  us.
 
Thank you for your help and support on this very important issue and impact on our property values. See photo at end of email to see how this will impact our community.
 
SEE COMMUNITY NEWS LINK ON THE LEFT FOR MORE INFORMATION AND CORRESPONDENCE ON THIS MATTER....

4/2/09

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.

Thank you, 

3/20/09 Tarpon Woods Action Committee held its annual member meeting at the Firehouse on Tarpon Lake Blvd at 7:00pm. Guest speakers from the County and CNCN were in attendance and presented an update on flood issues. The normal business of TWAC followed with the election of new directors and Officers...see the Directors side bar for the new directors.

3*23*09
Commissioner LatVala;
    Thank  you for a job well done!
    I am also blind copying all on our extensive email list here at Tarpon Woods. As you know, I do it when I have a complaint!

Mr. Mucciolo,

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 Pinellas County government website where citizens could go for detailed information regarding that land-use action.  There was also the requirement that since the signs were disposable each sign  should not represent a significant investment. 

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.