In 1973, a newspaper article appeared indicating  that Lloyd M. Ferrentino intended to develop an area off East Lake Road consisting of 478 acres with other principals involved in the venture.  The 478 acres comprised of 150 acres designated for a golf course and related facilities with another 80 acres devoted to conservation areas, the remaining acreage of 250 acres would be available for resale for individual home lots possibly for some townhouse and multi-family development.  The area in question was zoned RPD5 and permitted a maximum density of five (5) living units per acre.  When the master plan for the original development was prepared and presented, it was anticipated that some 2,390 units would or could be built in the area in question.  The original design of the golf course and drainage in the area was prepared by John Anderson who, unfortunately, is deceased.  As indicated in conversations with the original developer, it was anticipated that certain areas of the development with lower elevation, i.e.; Toniwood, Annwood and the Brian Lane North areas, would flood during a 10 year flood event up the curb of the streets and to the property lines in a 25 year flood event. The original design, also, anticipated some flooding of the golf course itself.   Building regulations in effect at the time the area was developed didn’t deal with 50 and 100 year floods issues

In the original plan, most, of the ponds within the golf course were interconnected and flowed freely within the drainage system.  Ultimately the ponds would flow and drain towards Brooker Creek.  Some of these ponds actually have weirs on them designed to be opened when water levels rise. The streets in Toniwood and Brian North seem to be apparently compromised when high water from the creek stops flowing smoothly and backs up onto the adjacent fairways of the golf course in these neighborhoods.  Since the ponds over the entire back nine (9) of the golf course seem to be connected by culverts with the intention that they would ultimately flow to Brooker Creek, it appears that the maintenance of the pond and culverts within the golf course is an important part of any solution to the flooding. Brooker Creek, itself must be restored to a free flowing tributary to allow proper drainage.  It is apparent to anyone who has viewed the condition of the ponds, culverts or Brooker Creek the original drainage system as designed for the community has been compromised by lack of maintenance and further development.  It is a fair argument our first step to resolving the flooding issue is to restore as much of the original drainage plan within the current community as possible, and then to seek further solutions to  alleviate as much of the flooding as possible. Unfortunately a home owners association was not established to address the common areas of the community and to interact with the County government.Many of the Deed Restrictions have been ignored or left to be enforced by individual legal actions.

Deed Restrictions.  Many homeowners have asked whether Tarpon Woods is a deed restricted community.  The answer is YES!  However,   Tarpon Woods has never had a Homeowners Association to enforce the deed restrictions.  These restrictions may be enforced by individual homeowners.  A copy of the documents is available for a small copying fee by contacting the Tarpon Woods Action Committee or the Island Alliance which does not have the authority to enforce these deed restrictions.