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Neighborhood notebook

By LOGAN D. MABE, MELIA BOWIE and JOHN BALZ
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 27, 2002


Council member Ferlita to speak on New Tampa

NEW TAMPA -- Tampa City Council member Rose Ferlita will speak Thursday at the Tampa Palms Golf and County Club on Tampa Palms Boulevard.

"We want to know what's in store for us in New Tampa; what's going to happen with the roads, what's going to be allocated out here," said Carol Poland, vice president of the New Tampa Community Council, which is hosting the event. "She's not going to be talking about running for mayor or anything. This is strictly in her role as councilwoman."

The event is open to all New Tampa residents and businesses. The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Problem turned into lawsuit without talk

LUTZ -- How did a landscaping problem lead to a lawsuit?

Nobody would meet to talk about it.

Mark Maconi Homes was accused of landscaping a new home in ways that departed from the plan approved by the Cheval Property Owners Association. After being notified last summer, Maconi had opportunities to talk about it at each monthly meeting of the association's Architectural and Landscaping Review Committee, said Steve Decker, the association's attorney.

When Maconi didn't do that, a $500 fine kicked in, Decker said.

Steve Barnier, general manager for Maconi, said a meeting would have been pointless because Cheval refused two requests. First, the committee wouldn't meet with Barnier at the $900,000 house where the landscaping was questioned, where Barnier hoped it would point out the problems, he said. Alternatively, the committee would not welcome Maconi's landscaper at its regular meeting because he wasn't a property owner in Cheval, Barnier said.

Without one of those two circumstances, Barnier would not be able to understand the problem, he said. He's not a landscaper.

But since Maconi was sued on Jan. 3, Barnier has contacted Decker, the men said. They plan to meet.

Connolly elected to head Northdale Civic group

NORTHDALE -- The Northdale Civic Association elected new officers Thursday.

Kevin Connolly, who recently revamped the community's deed restrictions enforcement process, was elected president. Connolly replaces former president George Aboud, who did not seek re-election.

Other officers elected were vice president Matthew Wizeman, secretary Nancy Stearns, and treasurer Bill Castens, who was re-elected to the post.

Tampa Palms re-elects four members to board

TAMPA PALMS -- Four members of the Tampa Palms Owners Association board of directors ran unopposed and were unanimously re-elected Wednesday at the homeowner's association's annual meeting.

Board president Bill Edwards will continue to represent District 3 -- Ashmont, Coventry, Canterbury, Cambridge, Sanctuary, Reserve and Kensington.

In District 2, Ray Wheeler will represent Palma Vista, Faircrest and Nottingham.

Dudley Bryant will continue to serve District 4 -- Stonington, Enclave, Treemont, Estates at River Park and Wyndham.

And Kalyn Brandewie will once again represent the commercial district in Areas I and II.

Officers and term limits will be set next month. Per association rules, at least two members will serve two-year terms.

Hunter's Green residents urged to scrub mailboxes

HUNTER'S GREEN -- Eighty percent of the compliance notices sent out to Hunter's Green residents are about the condition of the mailboxes and posts, according to the community's January newsletter.

Residents are urged to set up a routine maintenance schedule, the newsletter said. Plastic boxes should be cleaned with bleach and water on the first weekend of each month. Wooden mailboxes should be re-painted every six months, and stucco should be checked monthly for possible repairs.

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