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2017 Holiday Decoration Contest…

2017 Holiday Decoration Contest:

Arguably, there are few contests as subjective as holiday decorations, so with many beautifully decorated AG homes nominated for consideration, the HOA Board of Directors (BOD) decision wasn’t easy. The HOA BOD congratulates William and Sheila Merchant of 10223 Quails Landing Avenue, for their complimentary and tastefully decorated home. The Merchants will receive a $25 Home Depot gift card and winning certificate, as well as their decorated home being featured on this HOA website.

Thank you to all residents that took the time to display wonderful holiday spirit and congratulations again to the Merchants!

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Storm Drain Gutter (Miami Curb) Cleaning

Storm Drain Gutter (a.k.a. Miami Curb) Cleaning

The HOA Board of Directors (BOD) has recognized and evaluated the increasing concerns that residents have with storm drain gutters (a.k.a. Miami Curbs) based on oak tree damage and resulting drainage problems. The CDD is responsible for repair and maintenance of storm drain gutters and is researching methods to correct these problems. The HOA BOD requested legal review to address any possible relief of covenant enforcement regarding gutter cleanliness. Based on HOA attorney’s advice, CDD storm drain gutter responsibility, and the significant number of gutter repairs required throughout the community, the HOA formally voted to withhold enforcement of storm drain gutter cleaning and will review the topic again in 1 year.

Any outstanding violations specifically related to Storm Drain “Gutter” only, will be cleared from the homeowner’s responsibility to complete cleaning of. All other cleaning responsibilities, such as driveways, walkways and sidewalks are still the responsibility of the homeowner. If you have any questions, please use the HOA website “Contact Us” link to communicate with our team.

Thank you all for working with us to review these concerns and gain temporary homeowner relief as repairs are sought and affected throughout the community.

Sincerely,

HOA Board of Directors

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Flatwoods Park Controlled Burn Today – 26 Oct 17

Good Morning Neighbors,

The local Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) representative contacted us this morning to advise that SWFWMD will be taking advantage of ideal conditions today to conduct a fully supervised Controlled-Burn today of less than 200 acres in the Flatwoods area behind the community of Corey Lake Isle. Smoke will likely be visible from most neighboring communities along Cross Creek and Morris Bridge Roads. The Controlled-Burn is meant to last no more than one day; however, lingering smoke may take a few days to dissipate. If residents believe they witness a continuing or apparently uncontrolled fire, please call the Fire Department or 911 and report it.

For further information referencing why Controlled-Burns are conducted and the precautions taken by SWFWMD to provide safety to both nearby residents as well as local wildlife, please visit the SWFWMD webpage: http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/

For a more relevant news article by SWFWMD addressing our current Controlled-Burns, please see the following article: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/news/arti…

Please pass this information on to your friends and neighbors and thank you for helping to keep each other informed of safety and security matters affecting our New Tampa area. As of this posting, this is all of the information we currently have.

Kind regards,

HOA Board of Directors via Local Authorities and Safety Representative

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Homeowner’s Association Super Inspection!

If you have not read the previous “Super Inspection” post, or seen the last few HOA articles in the Arbor Greene Gazette, please take the time to review this latest post.

The Arbor Greene Homeowner’s Association (HOA) Board of Directors has heard and investigated multiple resident complaints over the past few years regarding the decline in the overall upkeep and compliance with official governing standards throughout the community. As a result of these investigations, the Arbor Greene HOA has ended it’s partnership with Greenacre Properties after attempting to gain the quality and professional management services that the entire Association had been paying for and expecting but not receiving.

After addressing numerous concerns with Greenacre Properties leadership, the Arbor Greene HOA Board of Directors was offered a solution to add additional personnel to the Greenacre management team in order to “keep up” with the work required to bring the beauty and consistency back to our community that had been lacking. The Greenacre price-tag for this addition of personnel was proposed at an additional $50,000 per year, nearly doubling the management fee to Arbor Greene and meant to be shared by all homeowners in an effort to repair the problems caused by the same management company’s lack of consistent management. This increase would have lead to an HOA fee hike of 40-50% per homeowner. The HOA Board of Directors decided that any increase in costs to the Association in order to regain our community, would be better spent only by partnering with a new and more professional management company. After a month of review and comprehensive board level interviews, the Arbor Greene HOA Board of Directors chose to end the relationship with Greenacres Properties in order to partner with a more professional and more capable management company; Creative Management.

Partnered with our HOA Board of Directors, Creative Management has begun a thorough and comprehensive “Super Inspection”, designed to report and catalog all compliance matters from the largest to the smallest. At the direction of the HOA Board of Directors, Creative Management will be working with residents to gain compliance with the pre-existing governing standards required to maintain and improve the property investments that each owner purchased within this community for.

The HOA Super Inspection is underway and may take up to 2 months to complete. Please be patient and if you receive any compliance standard notices that you are unsure about, please be sure to communicate with the Creative Management team who will help to provide all of the information necessary to assist in your understanding of the standards within Arbor Greene. For a preliminary review, please visit the Arbor Greene HOA Website at www.arborgreenehoa.com/rules-regulations/ for Covenant information and individual village guidelines.

Please do not hesitate to use the Contact-Us option on our website in order to ask any questions you may have either before, during, or after the Super Inspection.

Thank you for your understanding and for caring about our community. This Board, partnered with Creative Management, are aimed at regaining the beauty and luster that each of us invested in our community for.

Sincerely,

Arbor Greene Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors

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Latest Arbor Greene HOA News Article!

Hello Arbor Greene Neighbors,

The HOA Board of Directors have investigated numerous claims against our previously contracted management company over the past few years, and presented those findings to management leaders for accountability and resolution. Management leaders revealed that our contract fees were not enough to compensate for their newly admitted inability to properly manage our community without a substantial fee increase. The management leaders then proposed adding staff for an extra $50,000 in annual fees, to be shared by the entire community, to try to bring Arbor Greene back to basic standards. Company leaders then admitted that their management of Arbor Greene was never truly enough to sustain our community’s needs. The proposed increase in management fees, subsequent administration and legal fees, would have led to a nearly 50% increase in annual HOA dues. After learning that the licensed management company we trusted was never admittedly able to properly manage our community, the HOA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to end our partnership with the company and find a new company capable of returning our community back to the original standards it was built on.

The partnering with Creative Management coincides with the annual HOA budget review and adoption. With associated administrative and legal fees, this year’s annual budget depicts a 27% increase over last year’s HOA fees and is reflective of the level of quality management our community is now contracted to receive and the attention our investments fully deserve. Please watch for the new budget mailing.

Please consider coming to the Arbor Greene Clubhouse on 10 October at 6:30 PM to “meet and greet” the Creative Management staff as well as your HOA Board and DRB members. This first of its kind gathering allows residents an informal opportunity to meet the new team and discuss any HOA related topics. This event is paid for by your volunteer HOA board members and vendors, and not funded by your HOA fees.

Thank you for your helpful feedback and for caring about your community.

Sincerely,

Arbor Greene HOA Board of Directors

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FEMA Teams Canvassing Disaster-Designated Counties to Help Survivors

FEMA Teams Canvassing Disaster-Designated Counties to Help Survivors

ATLANTA – Outreach teams from FEMA are canvassing Florida communities affected by Hurricane Irma.

The teams are working in federally designated counties, including Hillsborough, to help residents register for disaster assistance and to quickly identify and address immediate and emerging needs. The teams can also provide application updates and referrals to additional community resources for remaining needs.

These mobile team members can be easily identified by their federal photo identifications and FEMA clothing. Florida residents are reminded to ask for photo identification before providing personal information.

Housing inspectors contracted by FEMA will also be working in disaster-designated counties, inspecting damage sustained by survivors who have already registered with FEMA. When FEMA-contracted inspectors arrive at a home, they will display official photo identification. If the photo identification is not displayed, it is important to ask to see it. This helps prevent fraud.

Please keep in mind FEMA employees do not solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, damage inspectors, and FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration staff.

Here are some tips to remember to safeguard against fraud:

Ask to see ID badges. All FEMA representatives wear a federal photo ID badge. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter, please contact local law enforcement.

  • Beware of people going door-to-door. People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money. Be sure to verify federal ID badges of disaster assistance staff who may visit your home.
  • FEMA Disaster survivor assistance teams are in affected communities providing disaster assistance information and helping survivors apply for FEMA aid. They are wearing FEMA shirts and federal photo IDs. Disaster survivor assistance teams never ask for or accept payment for their services.
  • FEMA does not have “approved” contractors. Beware of contractors who say they are affiliated with FEMA. Don’t sign anything you don’t understand or contracts with blank spaces.
  • Again, Federal workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help with registration.

If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

Always use licensed and bonded contractors and ask for credentials. Use Florida contractors if you can. You can verify a Florida contractor’s license online at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Never pay for anything in advance of work being done. If you have a complaint about anyone soliciting your business, contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Florida counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and Volusia.

Survivors who sustained damage or losses caused by Hurricane Irma in those counties can begin applying for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA’s helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and video relay service (VRS). Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking and use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585. The lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET until further notice. Survivors may also register by downloading the FEMA mobile app.

On Sept. 10, Florida received a federal major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance for Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. All 67 Florida counties were designated for the Public Assistance Program (Categories A-G), including direct federal assistance.

On Sept. 11, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Palm Beach, Putnam, and St. Johns counties were added for Individual Assistance.

On Sept. 13, Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie,  Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties were added for Individual Assistance.

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This Is What It’s All About…

Our recent brush with disaster exemplified our neighbors ability to prepare, communicate, and help each other! Tampa dodged a major bullet with the break-up of Irma’s hurricane force winds, while splitting the force between Orlando and Tampa, avoiding direct higher forced winds on our areas. South Florida, the Keys, Puerto Rico, and several other islands were still hit hard and need as much support and prayers as possible. However, as seen all across our community the day after Irma passed by, neighbors were out helping each other clean up debris, downed trees and make minor repairs. This level of effort and support among community residents is what makes our community one of the best communities in New Tampa!

Thank you all for being there for one-another!

Arbor Greene HOA Board of Directors

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Yard of the Quarter

Congratulations to our 2nd Quarter 2017 Arbor Greene Yard of the Quarter Winners, Michael and Linda Shepherd of the Preserve. Their beautifully landscaped and maintained property pictured below, was chosen from a list of several submitted contenders, all of which presented a wonderful example of the beauty that our community is known for! Along with a winning certificate (shown below), the HOA Board also presented these neighbors with a $25 gift certificate to a local home-improvement store. Congratulations!

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Are You Ready With A Storm Plan?

During a storm is not the time to learn you didn’t have a plan. Consider reviewing the following links and advice from experts that could help save you and your family’s lives.

Consider reviewing and making the following checklists part of your Hurricane Preparedness Kit:

Check out the “Weather Safety” tab on our “Resources” page for these links and more. Please share this information with family, friends, and neighbors. The Arbor Greene HOA Board of Directors wishes you and your family a safe summer and fall season.

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Out With the Old…and In With the New…

The Board of Directors is proud to announce that after a lengthy and thorough review, we have chosen to partner with a new and more capable management company, Creative Management. Creative Management promises to bring a fresh, fair, and consistent perspective, aimed at revitalizing our community’s original beauty and value. Our new HOA Community Association Manager, beginning 1 September, is Helen Kelley. Helen can be reached at hkelley@creative-mgmt.com, 727-478-4909, extension 101, or using “Contact Us” on the HOA website. The HOA Board, partnered with Creative Management, is determined to ensure Arbor Greene receives the highest level of quality management expected of a premier community. Please watch your mailbox for an introduction from Creative Management.

Please see the attached New Management Introduction Letter with important communication information requests and answers to important questions:

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