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Periodic updates from the HOA president.

1/28/21 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!

I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful holiday! And now we are back to life in the time of Covid….heavy sigh. Time for some neighborhood updates:The recipient of a $100 Amazon gift card as the holiday light decorating contest winner is Steve and Karen Fickett. I hope you had the chance to drive the community and see all the decorations, lots of holiday spirit around here and we certainly had fun as well as difficulty trying to choose an actual winner! Btw, the decision has been made to hire professionals to do the decorating at the front of our community next year, so we look forward to it being spectacular!

We have been investigating the cost of obtaining a lighting certificate at the pool. Our last pool inspection cited us for improper lighting to allow for night swimming. Our pool hours have always been 7am-10pm. It has been determined that to be compliant would cost nearly 10k. Therefore, we have elected to permanently change the pool hours to dawn-dusk. Signage will soon be changed to reflect the new hours. Should you notice any activity after dark at the pool, please report to the authorities for trespassing. Unless it happens to be a Board meeting! Sometimes we go long…

We are again planning to pursue amendments to our by-laws. Attempts to make changes have failed the last two years. To prevent a third failure, we plan to implement an on-line voting site. There is a cost to provide this service, so we do not plan to fail again. Please look for more information to follow. If you have any suggestions about how the membership should receive important information from the HOA and management service, please contact us! We have had numerous residents claim they were not aware of things going on in the community. Currently we utilize: 1) this website, 2) the sign as you exit the community, 3) email blastssent to all residents with email addresses on file, 4) mailings. This Association does NOT currently utilize facebook. Keep in mind if your dues are late, you will receive 3 mailings before being sent to collections. You will not receive notification by any other means. Please understand, that means you could be as much as 3 months late on one payment and then another payment would be due. This would make a homeowner owe $318 plus late fees. The idea is to prevent that, as it may be a financial hardship to those on a fixed budget. We are aware the coupon books were sent late this year, and I apologize for that. Late fees and notices were waived for January’s payment ONLY.

I am feeling the need to remind folks about a few things here in our beautiful community. Your Board of Directors are strictly volunteers just trying to dowhat is best for our community as a whole. We are here to protect our assets, our property values, and minimize our liabilities. Our decisions are not easy and we do not take this responsibility lightly. We are working hard to raise the standards here just a bit, which shouldn’t raise any objections from homeowners. What this means is homeowners must pay their dues, and pay on time. This also might mean more violation letters to enforce the rules and you will begin to see follow through with the habitual offenders and those that tend to ignore violation letters. With all the construction going on in front of us, it is more important now than ever that we are vigilant about property maintenance. This is about preserving our property values! No violation letter is ever sent with malice or meant to offend anyone. The fact is, we have all chosen to live in a deed-restricted community, so that means there are rules and restrictions that must be followed. Enforcement of the rules has been a source of complaint from our long time residents and we are attempting to correct that. We are also planning to have the streets cleaned again. This will help decrease accumulation in our drains and assist with drainage during the rainy season. I also feel it makes a big difference in aesthetics to our community for a relatively low cost. Sidewalks will be addressed again this spring, fair warning will be given via all the aforementioned avenues.

Our social calendar was non-existent last year due to Covid. I certainly hope that will change this year as we learn more about how to deal with this virus and vaccinations are nearing completion. We need to have fun again as a community. Suggestions are always welcome!

Congrats to our Tampa Bay Buccaneers!Sincerely,
Sincerely, Karen Mason, HOA President

12/24/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!

Thank you to all who contributed to the food drive. We managed to donate 180lbs of food to “Feeding Tampa Bay”, combined with 2 other locations. Thanks again, well done!

The winner of the holiday light decorating contest and recipient of a $100 Amazon gift card is Steve and Karin Fickett at 2333 Foggy Ridge Pkwy. It was not an easy decision for the judges, as there were several worthy of the award. Next year we may award a runner up as well. Speaking of next year, the plan is to hire professionals to decorate the front entrance. Hopefully nothing will get stolen as has happened both this year and last. 

On behalf of the Twin Lakes Board, I wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.

Sincerely, Karen Mason, HOA President

12/15/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!

And Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all are staying healthy and happy!

In case you haven’t heard, we are having a holiday light decorating contest. It is looking festive around here, so good luck to all. Judging will take place on Dec. 22, with announcement of winners to follow. Prizes will be awarded after Jan. 1 for the winner and the runner up.

We are also conducting a Twin Lakes food drive to benefit “Feeding Tampa Bay.” There is now a donation box at the pool. Let’s fill’er up! We will be taking donations through Dec. 23 and help is needed now more than ever. Please give what you can. Suggested items are: canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, boxed meals, breakfast items such as cereal and oatmeal, peanut butter, pasta, rice and beans… anything helps and everything is appreciated! I would like to personally thank you in advance for any and all donations. AND thank you for making Twin Lakes a great place to live.

Sincerely, Karen Mason, HOA President

11/7/20 Message from the President:

The following is my report from the annual meeting. Thank you to all who attended!

Hello Neighbors!

This year Twin Lakes implemented many changes that are now being realized as property improvements. The list begins with hiring Wise Property Management. We now have a management company that follows up and follows through. We have hired a new lawn maintenance company, Green Bandit, that has fixed irrigation problems, cleaned planting beds, installed new landscaping, cleans and inspects drainage weirs, and they don’t skip mowing days!

Also- in case you didn’t notice – we have a new look here at the pool. New paint, fresh landscaping, renovated restrooms, added attic space to our storage room as well as new filing cabinets for storing records. We added a second magnet to the gate to prevent entry without a FOB. The playground has been refreshed with new mulch, new stain, and a complete clean with safety check. The fence between Foggy Ridge and Tioga surrounding the pond has been repaired and replaced where necessary. Existing overgrowth in that pond area is to be removed soon. Sidewalks continue to be addressed annually as budgeted. Hazardous dead trees have been removed, all others have been trimmed. This includes the trees and scrub at the lakefront to facilitate future projects. We have applied for a government grant that will give us more trees to replace the ones removed and should be notified soon if that grant will be awarded to us. 

We continue to struggle with the berm reconstruction at Tinder Ct. Initially, we hired an engineer in late 2019 to assess the entire problem and advise on how to remedy the situation there. We had a difficult time finding someone to do the work and eventually hired GA Nichols. However, upon completion it was obvious the work performed did not solve the problem and has even created new problems. This has resulted in a dispute between your HOA and the vendors involved that remains unresolved. We have now hired a different engineer to help us determine the best way forward. 

I would like to take a moment to address the issue of easements on your property. When you purchase a home, your paperwork should tell you if your property includes an easement. An easement, most of you know, allows others to use your property to access property owned or maintained by the county or the HOA. If you are not sure if your property contains an easement, I have a map here with the easement points highlighted. This is important to know because since hiring a new lawn maintenance company, they have been instructed to access retention ponds and common areas via easements only. Very often, this has not been possible due to fences and landscaping impeding access. Therefore, in order to mow the retention pond they must use someone else’s property to gain access, and that is not fair, since that is the reason for “easements.” So please check out the map before you leave today.

On to future projects: Our community contains 3 main amenities (other than the great people that live here): the pool, the playground, and the lake. We have made improvements to 2 out of the 3. So our goal looking ahead is to create a waterfront park area here at the lake with possibly the addition of a deck, pergola or gazebo type structure maybe even a dock or boat launch. In order to do the dock some legalities will need to be investigated. In order to do any of those things, I will forewarn, may cause an increase in dues. We have a very healthy budget, largely due to our “thrifty” Treasurer, and I intend to keep it that way. The next thing I want to discuss with you is our Documents and the need to modify, improve, and cause them to work in our favor. Some of you may remember we tried to address this last year but couldn’t make quorum. Even after daily door knocking and numerous emails we just could not achieve our required 70%. 70% of 235 homes is 165 – a very hard number to reach! No surprise this is one of the things we need to change! We want to lower that number to something much more feasible to actually obtain. Our docs are over 25 years old. We intend to start by changing to gender neutral pronouns and one class of voting membership instead of 2. I would like to include amendments that limit the number of rentals in the community. Currently we have about 15% of homes here owned by Corporations. I prefer to keep that number from rising above 20%. I would like to have some way to address habitual rules violations. This is a constant source of complaints. Please understand as an HOA there is only so much we can do, especially with our current documents. We may be holding a “special meeting” just to discuss documents and we are also investigating the possibility of utilizing a voting website to get these amendments approved. Please be aware, this costs money, but it simply must get done.

Lastly, our social committee took a hit this year due to Covid-19 so no picnic or parties. However, I am hoping to host a super bowl party here either in the parking lot or in the field. Last year we decided to suspend the curb appeal award through the winter months, so I am going to convert that award to a “best in show” holiday light display for December. Our decorations upfront will have a different look this year as well since several of our decorations were stolen last year. This concludes my report and We will open the floor to questions now, with each member asked to limit comments to 3 minutes. 

Sincerely, Karen Mason, HOA President

9/7/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!
I would like to start by saying how proud I am to live in this community. The neighborhood is looking great and your pride of ownership is showing everywhere! We have awarded the “Curb Appeal Award” to 3 different addresses, all located on Painter Dr. 24329, 24214, and 24467. Soooo, gauntlet laid to Foggy Ridge and Tioga!!

POOL HOURS: The pool hours have been changed to: Dawn-Dusk. The reason for this is our lighting, which apparently is not sufficient for night swimming. This has not been an issue for us in the past, but we now have a new inspector! We are investigating what will be necessary to be compliant for night swimming and what the cost will be. In the meantime, the pool Fob’s no longer work after 8pm. ALSO:it is sad that I need to say this, but please clean up after yourselves at the pool. Take all your belongings home with you and leave it clean for your neighbors. Keep in mind, we have cameras there.

ARCHITECTURAL REQUEST COMMITTEE (ARC) REQUESTS: We live in a deed restricted community, so exterior maintenance is mandatory and changes to the exterior of your home requires approval via request to the Architectural Review Committee. Requests can be submitted through the management portal at: Wisepm.com. What requires an ARC request? Basically anything that deviates from what you currently have. For instance: if you are replacing a white vinyl fence with a new white vinyl fence- no request needed. If you are replacing a white vinyl fence with a wood fence- you need to submit a request. If you are adding to your driveway, if you are replacing sod with rock-you need to submit an ARC request. If you are repainting your house with the same color-no request needed. If the color is new- ARC request needed.

We now have an approved paint palette at Sherwin Williams (located off SR 54 behind Wendys, and across from Lowes). Those colors are already approved, just submit the request with the color chosen and proceed. If your chosen color is outside the Sherwin Williams palette, you must wait for approval. Which is happening quickly, thanks to our new portal from Wise Property Management. When in doubt about the necessity, go ahead and submit, its easy!

NEWSPAPER: The Laker Lutz News is a weekly publication that is delivered to your driveway. It contains useful information about what is happening in our area, such as entertainment, new stores and restaurants opening, road construction and closings, etc. If you do not wish to receive the paper, please contact: LakerLutzNews.com>circulation and discontinue delivery. Often times this paper is left in driveways only to be washed into our drains and end up in our lake and retention ponds, or left in the road to be splattered around as mush. So please, discontinue, dispose of properly, or possibly receive violation for debris in your yard.

ANNUAL EVENTS: We have postponed the annual picnic due to the pandemic. We hope to make up for it come springtime. The annual yard sale will be held October 10th. We will advertise in all local publications. Our annual HOA meeting will be held November 9th at the pool. Time TBD. Please please please plan on attending if you possibly can! Be on the lookout for your Board members canvassing for proxies. I cannot stress enough the importance of your proxy or attendance. Our governing documents are original to the community and MUST be updated. In order to accomplish this we must have 70% of homeowners voting. This is a very high number and not easily accomplished. Last years attempt was unsuccessful. Please help us get it done this year! Proxies will be mailed out in advance of the meeting from WPM. Talk to your neighbors! If they cannot attend, encourage them to send proxy or designate you as their proxy if you will be attending. Again, this is important and we really need your help!

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: We had 2 open positions on the Board and have filled those by appointing Jennifer Armstrong to the position of Secretary and Frankie Marchica to Director. I would like to thank them for stepping up. Your Board is always open to ideas and suggestions, so please do not hesitate to reach out. If you would like to get involved in your community,we could always use some help!

Thank you all for making Twin Lakes a great place to live!

Sincerely, Karen Mason, President

Hello Neighbors!
I would like to start by saying how proud I am to live in this community. The neighborhood is looking great and your pride of ownership is showing everywhere! We have awarded the “Curb Appeal Award” to 3 different addresses, all located on Painter Dr. 24329, 24214, and 24467. Soooo, gauntlet laid to Foggy Ridge and Tioga!!

POOL HOURS: The pool hours have been changed to: Dawn-Dusk. The reason for this is our lighting, which apparently is not sufficient for night swimming. This has not been an issue for us in the past, but we now have a new inspector! We are investigating what will be necessary to be compliant for night swimming and what the cost will be. In the meantime, the pool Fob’s no longer work after 8pm. ALSO:it is sad that I need to say this, but please clean up after yourselves at the pool. Take all your belongings home with you and leave it clean for your neighbors. Keep in mind, we have cameras there.

ARCHITECTURAL REQUEST COMMITTEE (ARC) REQUESTS: We live in a deed restricted community, so exterior maintenance is mandatory and changes to the exterior of your home requires approval via request to the Architectural Review Committee. Requests can be submitted through the management portal at: Wisepm.com. What requires an ARC request? Basically anything that deviates from what you currently have. For instance: if you are replacing a white vinyl fence with a new white vinyl fence- no request needed. If you are replacing a white vinyl fence with a wood fence- you need to submit a request. If you are adding to your driveway, if you are replacing sod with rock-you need to submit an ARC request. If you are repainting your house with the same color-no request needed. If the color is new- ARC request needed.

We now have an approved paint palette at Sherwin Williams (located off SR 54 behind Wendys, and across from Lowes). Those colors are already approved, just submit the request with the color chosen and proceed. If your chosen color is outside the Sherwin Williams palette, you must wait for approval. Which is happening quickly, thanks to our new portal from Wise Property Management. When in doubt about the necessity, go ahead and submit, its easy!

NEWSPAPER: The Laker Lutz News is a weekly publication that is delivered to your driveway. It contains useful information about what is happening in our area, such as entertainment, new stores and restaurants opening, road construction and closings, etc. If you do not wish to receive the paper, please contact: LakerLutzNews.com>circulation and discontinue delivery. Often times this paper is left in driveways only to be washed into our drains and end up in our lake and retention ponds, or left in the road to be splattered around as mush. So please, discontinue, dispose of properly, or possibly receive violation for debris in your yard.

ANNUAL EVENTS: We have postponed the annual picnic due to the pandemic. We hope to make up for it come springtime. The annual yard sale will be held October 10th. We will advertise in all local publications. Our annual HOA meeting will be held November 9th at the pool. Time TBD. Please please please plan on attending if you possibly can! Be on the lookout for your Board members canvassing for proxies. I cannot stress enough the importance of your proxy or attendance. Our governing documents are original to the community and MUST be updated. In order to accomplish this we must have 70% of homeowners voting. This is a very high number and not easily accomplished. Last years attempt was unsuccessful. Please help us get it done this year! Proxies will be mailed out in advance of the meeting from WPM. Talk to your neighbors! If they cannot attend, encourage them to send proxy or designate you as their proxy if you will be attending. Again, this is important and we really need your help!

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: We had 2 open positions on the Board and have filled those by appointing Jennifer Armstrong to the position of Secretary and Frankie Marchica to Director. I would like to thank them for stepping up. Your Board is always open to ideas and suggestions, so please do not hesitate to reach out. If you would like to get involved in your community,we could always use some help!

Thank you all for making Twin Lakes a great place to live!

Sincerely, Karen Mason, President

5/6/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors! Great news. The pool renovation is complete! The bad news is there will be no “Grand Opening” due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Beginning Saturday, May 9th, our pool will be open! Our pool “bathing load” is 39, so per the Governor’s recommendations as well as the CDC, we will open at 50% capacity-18 people at any given time. This will be self enforced via the “Twin Lakes honor system!”

Your Board of Directors sincerely hopes that you enjoy the newly renovated facility and we look forward to many celebrations enjoyed together there with family and friends. This Board would like to thank and give credit to: Legacy Construction and their crew Nick, Carlos and Zoran;  Norm Turner and Ali Erturk for the donation of vent covers and fans that you will notice provide excellent ventilation in our restrooms. Robert at J&H Pressure Washing and Lawn Maintenance for the landscaping, Playground King for disinfecting and servicing the playground equipment and Total Community Maintenance for painting the pool deck after some repairs to lift the sinking pool deck.

We hope you will agree that the transformation is really nice. I personally would like to thank the entire board for their help and cooperation with this large project made difficult thanks to Covid-19.

I would also like to add: ENJOY, STAY SAFE, AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER! The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for May 19th, at 630pm, at our beautiful pool. BYOM – Bring your own Mask!

Sincerely, Karen Mason, HOA President

3/30/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors! With all of our “spare time” I have noticed many folks in their yards preparing for spring. So we will return the “curb appeal award” this month. You have the potential to win a gift card. Good luck!

Much progress is being made at the pool, and it is Looking good! Completion date is still scheduled for April 13, but opening date TBD due to Covid-19. Our contractor is requesting that all residents refrain from dumping ANY type of garbage in the construction dumpster. There are guidelines for what goes in the dumpsters and if he doesn’t know what’s in there, it poses a problem. So PLEASE, no dumping there.

As a reminder, April dues should be sent to:

Twin Lakes Association
c/o Wise Property Management
18550 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Lutz, FL 33548

If you have already made payment to Westcoast Management, no worries, it will transfer over to Wise Property Management. You will receive a coupon book for future payments shortly.

Thanks for making this a great place to live! Sincerely, Karen Mason, HOA President

3/14/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors! I have some really exciting news to share: Beginning April 1, Wise Property Management will begin providing services to Twin Lakes as our new management company. This was a difficult but necessary decision as well as a lengthy process. Your Board of Directors researched several companies, narrowing it down to three. We personally interviewed the final three and unanimously agreed to hire Wise Property Management Services to replace West Coast Management. Official assumption of duties begins April 1st. Introduction to Wise Property Management will take place April 13th at the pool. Look for an announcement/welcome letter to arrive in the mail very soon.

Since quarterly dues become due on April 1, please send your April payment to:

Twin Lakes Association
c/o Wise Property Management
18550 North Dale Mabry Hwy
Lutz, FL 33548

If you have already made payment to Westcoast Management, no worries, it will transfer over to Wise Property Management. You will receive a coupon book for future payments shortly.

And more exciting news: On March 16th work will commence to give our pool a new look. This will include repairs and updates requiring closure of the pool. We certainly apologize for any inconvenience. Completion of work will happen on or before April 12th. To celebrate we will be hosting a grand opening “Spring Fling” on April 25th. Look for more details to follow! Hope to see you there!

Thank you for your help in making this a great place to live!

Karen Mason, HOA President

3/2/20 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors! I have lots of updates for you! I will give the good news first: very soon work will begin on the pool house. This will involve the repair of the pool deck that is sinking in several different areas, repair of wood rot and termite damage to the pool house as well as repainting the structure and updating the bathrooms. This will however, require a closure of the pool for a period of about 3 weeks. I realize the timing is not perfect, but this is the earliest we could find a reputable contractor willing to do the work. It will be an improvement to look forward to!

Other good news: we have pre-approved a paint palette in order to stream line the approval process. All you need to do is go to Sherwin-Williams (located behind Wendy’s on SR 54) and ask for the Twin Lakes palette. They have put together about 30 paint selections to choose from, for which you need no approval. All you need to do is submit which paint chip you have chosen with the ARC form and go ahead and paint! Of course you also have the choice of selecting a palette outside of the Sherwin Williams selections, but with that you would need to submit the ARC request and get approval from the committee.

And now the bad news: we did not obtain enough proxies to add the amendments to our by-laws. We have a very high number of 70% to obtain quorum and although your board worked very hard to get to that number, it just didn’t happen. So we will need to try again. What I hope everyone understands is that changing our documents is not about raising our dues. It is about updating and making required changes so that we can actually address some of the issues that we hear residents complaining about. As always, if you have questions or concerns, I encourage you to attend a Board meeting at the pool or at least email us. There are many more new and exciting things coming to the neighborhood so stay tuned!! Thanks for reading and spread the word!

Sincerely,

Karen Mason, HOA President

12/19/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors,
On behalf of your Board of Directors, I would like to wish all of you a safe and wonderful holiday!

A few updates to pass along: The pool has been secured for the winter- the chairs have been cleaned and stacked under cover to help keep them in good condition for next season. Feel free to use them but please put them back when finished. Sidewalk work for this year is complete but will continue sometime next year. Our new sign has been erected, hopefully you all appreciate the upgrade and new location! We continue to have electrical issues with our lights at the entrance, working on a permanent fix for this ongoing problem. On a side note- someone stole our new reindeer but a replacement has been purchased. The berm washout behind Tinder Ct has been fixed, however the work continues, including replacement of cracked drainage pipe with a larger pipe, re-grading of the lower pond, and repairs  and improvement to the weir and skimmer. All work has been approved by SWFMWD. We continue to communicate with AG Spanos Corp. about the new development along SR 54, and have requested an upgrade to the barrier fencing. They have expressed a willingness to honor our request and we will keep you posted. Our annual meeting was well attended and “successful”. Denise Helbig, President of West Coast Management gave a short report followed by my report of all that your Board of Directors has accomplished this year. Vice President Ali Erturk and I answered all homeowner questions with microphones in hand. This was a very productive forum that we hope to continue in the future. This Board has worked very hard for you this year with a spirit of cooperation that is responsible for a pretty long list of accomplishments that we are all very proud of. We are all working volunteers that have what is  best for the community as a whole driving our decisions.

Looking forward to next year we hope to make some improvements to the pool house. Exactly what kind of improvements will depend on what our budget can handle as we have dealt with several big ticket items this year. My goal would be to repair the wood rot and re-paint at the very least. Discussions include upgrades to the bathrooms, screen enclosure for the area currently under roof, and a side deck with picnic area. I plan to post the agenda in advance of the meetings both here on the website and at our new sign up front. This will give you the opportunity to plan ahead if you would like to speak on any of these topics. We have also changed our meeting format to include a sign-in sheet for homeowners in attendance where you can designate your topic of concern. This will allow the Board to address the homeowner concerns first, thereby preventing you from waiting til the end for your 3 minutes to speak! The goal is to encourage more of you to attend and participate!

******************REMINDER**************

PLEASE MAIL YOUR PROXY TO WEST COAST MANAGEMENT ASAP

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If you no longer have the form, please contact West Coast Management at 813-908-0766 to email a new one. If you turned one in at the annual meeting, nothing more for you to do. Otherwise, be prepared for one of your board members to come knocking on your door! These forms are imperative for us to be able to move forward with updating our antiquated Association documents. So please be kind and open the door if you see one of us knocking- won’t cost a dime and only a couple minutes of your time.

Thank you all for making Twin Lakes a wonderful place to live, and Happy Holidays!
 
Sincerely,
Karen Mason, HOA President

10/9/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors,

Very soon you will be receiving information about our annual meeting and special meeting coming up on NOVEMBER 9TH. Your packet will contain information about the proposed amendments to our HOA documents. Please take a few minutes to read through the information packet provided and designate your proxy in case you cannot personally attend.

Should you have any questions about the information I recommend you attend our next Board of Directors meeting on October 16th, 630pm at the pool and PLEASE bring your proxy form with you.The Board will attempt to keep our business short so we can give each Homeowner the opportunity to ask questions-but limiting that time to 3 minutes will be enforced so all can speak. In addition to the items listed above, there will be other information discussed, including but not limited to: sidewalks, storm drainage issues and resolution, and the apartment development adjacent to our neighborhood.

As a reminder, this is NOT the “Annual meeting” but rather a Board meeting to give you an opportunity to ask questions should you have them, prior to the Annual meeting. I cannot stress enough the importance of your attendance or your proxy at the annual meeting. We need 70% of the membership to vote on the proposed changes-a very high number! This process is time consuming, costly, and not something we wish to repeat! So please, talk with your neighbors! If they cannot attend, urge them to send a proxy! In addition, expect to see a board member knocking on your door asking if you plan to attend and if not, please volunteer your proxy form to them. We simply must get this done!

In case you have not noticed this Board is getting a lot done but we need your help!
 
Respectfully,
Karen Mason, HOA President


9/15/19 Message from the President:
 
Hello Neighboors,

So much going on in the community, where do I begin?
 
Let’s start with sidewalks. We hired Rose Paving to address tripping hazards between 1/2″ and 2″, by either replacing or grinding as necessary with a timeline of 5-7 days, depending on weather. Rose Paving sent us a subcontractor to do the job without first informing us and the work is still not complete. We have been in constant contact with the foreman of the job who reassures us that the work will be completed to our satisfaction. They will not be receiving payment until it is. That said please understand that not all sidewalk issues will be addressed at this time due to budget constraints. Going forward we plan to address the sidewalks annually and do a few at a time in an effort to stay on top of the problems.
 
An email blast was sent out to residents regarding the public hearing to approve a rezoning request by AG Spanos Corporation and Clearview Land Design in order to construct a 3 story apartment complex adjacent to our subdivision off SR 54 with the entrance at the Oak Grove stoplight.  We have posted a map and the public hearings date, time and location at the pool, as well as here. At the last hearing in Dade City John Pavka and myself spoke to the board of commissioners in favor of reconsideration of the proposed zoning change. I can share with you that our success in fighting this development is unlikely. We have met with our County Commissioner Mike Moore, and we have also met with the team of developers. Although it sounds crazy that we should support an apartment complex at the rear of our community, the bigger fear would be: If not this-then what?- The Spanos Corporation has promised to be good neighbors and has already made some concessions from original plans to make sure they will be that good neighbor we are hoping for. They have also expressed an interest in working with us to address our major concerns regarding setbacks, traffic, and potential flooding issues. I will be posting maps and pictures at the next BOD meeting and if you have questions, I encourage you to attend.
 
Next up-violation letters. The process is going to change. A third party will be conducting the monthly drive through, pictures will be taken and posted to a Home Owners own portal via the website. Before any letters go out the picture and the letter will be approved by a member of the board. This was promised to us several months ago and West Coast Management has been put on notice that we expect it to come to fruition.
 
The BOD recently conducted a budget workshop and several line items have been added and we are looking at investment strategies to maximize interest earning potential. The vote to approve and adopt the budget will take place at the annual meeting.
 
We recently had to replace the pool pump and some electrical receptors. We are also having issues with many of our ponds. Weirs and berms are needing replaced mostly due to age, which are costly items. We have also discovered a problem emanating from a developer design with some drainage into conservation for which we have been required to hire an engineer to assess what can be done. This will be discussed at the next BOD meeting. The sign at the front of the community has rusted shut and is ant infested, a replacement has been ordered. In the meantime, check here and at the pool for any postings. Hope to see you at the next BOD meeting on Sept 18th, 630pm at the pool, and please remember that this is always where you can learn accurate info about what is going on in our neighborhood and voice your opinion where it matters. Dates to remember coming up: Annual picnic Sept. 21st 12-4pm. We will have a bouncy house with water slide, a DJ and Pibbs BBQ will be catering the event, should be lots of fun! Our community yard sale will be Oct 5th and our annual meeting will be at the pool on October 12th starting at 10am.
 
Respectfully,
Karen Mason, HOA President

7/31/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors,
 
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Hopefully you have all had the chance to cool off at the pool and take in our evolving look there- with more good things to come! However, next on our agenda is: SIDEWALKS!! Over the past few months we have been talking with the county, West Coast Management, and attorneys to the conclusion of hiring Rose Paving to repair and replace our sidewalks in accordance with ADA standards. This will include grinding or replacing anything over 1/4 inch lift. Unfortunately this will encompass a majority of our neighborhood, but we must be vigilant when it comes to the safety and liability of Twin Lakes residents and our HOA. The work will begin late August with exact date TBD. Letters will be sent to all residents before work commences. Please keep in mind that this WILL pose a TEMPORARY inconvenience. If you have already spent money to repair and/or replace your sidewalks-THANK YOU!! And I am sorry but no refunds or compensation will be considered for prior repairs. Once sidewalks are complete we have plans to get the streets cleaned as well.
 
Our Patriotic Pet Parade was not as successful as prior events, probably due to intermittent rain as well as conflicting information posted. My apologies for the misinformation. Softee King and Pet Supplies Plus were on hand to share tasty treats. My dogs had fun in spite of the rain!! We still have a couple more social events left on our calendar including our annual picnic and community yard sale as well as the holiday wine and cheese share.
 
And now a word about violation letters: Residents of Twin Lakes are bound by the covenants and restrictions of this Home Owners Association when you close on a home here to maintain your property to a standard of expectation. Your board in conjunction with our management company are tasked with enforcement of those same covenants and restrictions. Please do not be personally offended or personally blame others for a violation. It is in our best interest to maintain our property values.
 
Some of our residents have also received letters regarding a zoning change for a multi use complex behind us on SR 54. This involves a new luxury apartment complex and fitness center at the intersection of SR 54 and Oak Grove. I encourage all Twin Lakes residents to attend this public hearing to express our concerns about the traffic burden that will be imposed on Twin Lakes. The county has expressed no intentions of a stoplight for us and exit and entry to our subdivision is already a dangerous endeavor. See attachment below for date time and location of these hearings.
 
Let me say in closing that your volunteer board is working hard, we are happy to live here, and always appreciate your suggestions and neighborly observations!
 
Sincerely,
Karen Mason, HOA President

7/23/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!
 
Summer is a week away and our neighborhood is looking great! In preparation for the season much work has been done at the pool:  all the old furniture has been replaced with new commercial grade weather resistant loungers,chairs, and side tables and 2 plastic coated steel tables with umbrellas will be arriving any day. The pool deck was recently resurfaced with new grit to prevent slippage, the rusted pool pump cover has been replaced, the pool house has been pressure washed and we are in the process of addressing some drainage issues there.

The drains in the neighborhood also require periodic inspection and clean out paid for by the HOA to prevent flooding and we are presently taking care of that as well.
 
I need to address our sidewalk issue: Many of our sidewalks do not meet ADA standards which is 1/4″ and many are just blatant trip hazards. Your board has done their due diligence to research and address this matter to determine responsibility and liability for these trip hazards. We have consulted with the county and their attorney as well as our own attorney. We are soliciting estimates to repair the sidewalks but NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE.

This is not a decision we will take lightly due to the heavy cost involved but we must weigh the liability and safety of our residents. If we move forward it will be costly, and that alone may prevent us from taking action. If you would like to weigh in on this or any other topic, please attend our monthly meeting, next scheduled for July 23rd, 6:30pm at the community pool. These are non-contentious meetings with a format and business to be conducted where all homeowners are given the opportunity to speak. In the interest of time your comments will be welcomed at the end and limited to 3 minutes per resident. Remember, YOU ARE THE HOA! We are volunteers representing you and the best interests of our community.
 
Calling all pet lovers!! Our next social event will be the patriotic pet parade held in the field beside the pool on July 13th, exact time TBD. Signage will be posted. Bring your pet in patriotic duds (or not) and come enjoy some fun. There will be pet treats and people treats!!!! You do not need a pet to attend and you do not have to dress your pet to attend, it would just be more fun if you do!!

Finally, the June Curb Appeal Award has been awarded to Keith and Maryann Bowe, 24239 Painter Dr. Please drive by and take a look at
all their hard work, it truly is a standout!!
 
Sincerely,
Karen Mason, HOA President

4/17/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!
 
Spring has sprung here in Twin Lakes and your board is beginning the process of taking bids for renovations and upgrades at the pool area. We are hoping to build a deck area extending toward the lake with a dock for fishing and boat launch. If you know a reputable and licensed contractor to recommend for this project please forward those to West Coast Management ASAP. 

Other ideas the board is discussing are: street sweepers to remove the piles of dead leaves and sand in the gutters and streets, license plate recognition cameras at the entrance to further prevent, detect, and deter wrong-doers in our community. It is no secret that Pasco county and our neighborhood as well as surrounding neighborhoods have some problems with car theft and car burglary, so please folks, LOCK YOUR DOORS! Yet another reason to keep shrubs and landscaping trimmed and at a minimum. THINK SAFETY!

We have also ordered a new cover for the pool pump as the current one is very old, rusted, and no longer does the job.
 
The St. Patrick’s Day party at the pool was a lot of fun! The DJ was amazing and the kids enjoyed the Irish trivia. Party favors were given out and green beads and corned beef sandwiches were enjoyed by all!

Sorry if you missed the crime prevention meeting presented at the pool by Deputy Ron Bizetto (former TL resident), it was a very informative talk! Don’t forget: If you see something, say something! Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you are scared or afraid and let them know! or even the non-emergency line if its just something odd. Better safe than sorry!
 
This is never a pleasant thing to bring up, however, at the urging of our residents I must remind you that if you have received more than 3 violation letters for the same offense, the board has the right to cure the problem and bill the Homeowner via a lien on the property. This is never a process that any of us wish to pursue, but rather a direct result of living in a deed-restricted community. Govern yourself accordingly to avoid any such action.
 
As always, if you have any ideas, suggestions, contributions, or complaints, 😦  let us know, we want to hear it. Next BOD meeting May, 2, 7pm, Publix on Collier Pkwy.
 
Sincerely,
Karen Mason, HOA President

3/13/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!
 
Hoping to see you all Saturday March 16th from 12-4pm for the St. Patrick’s Day Pool Party! We will have Irish trivia with prizes, corned beef, beads and fun, so you havegot to come!!! and btw, if you have not picked up your pool FOB, they will be available at the party.

Also wanted to make you aware that we have had more vandalism at the pool. We have the culprit on camera and charges are pending but if you plan to use the playground please be aware that the back fence is mutilated. We are hoping our insurance will cover the damage but the repair will not take place until March 19th.

While on the subject of vandals, we have had numerous car break-ins and even car theft here in our community, so I have invited Deputy Ron Bizetto to come talk with us about crime prevention and a neighborhood watch program. He will be speaking at the pool on Tuesday March 26th at 630pm. Really hope for a large attendance so we can work together to keep our community safe!
 
Speaking of safety, please remember to watch your speed while driving through our community! We are all in a hurry these days but our kids and pedestrians need to feel safe here, not to mention the wildlife!
 
We have appointed a by-laws committee and they have begun the laborious task of revising our outdated Covenents. This is not a short process, but one that will require a vote of the membership, so be on the lookout for that date in the future, most likely at the annual meeting.
 
Don’t forget curb appeal awards begin again next month, sooooo … READY, SET, KILL WEEDS!!!!

Yours Truly,
Karen Mason, HOA President

2/17/19 Message from the President:

Hello Neighbors!
 
Your new board has been busy getting organized for the new year ahead and we have some fun things to share. First is our upcoming social calendar consisting of:

1. St. Patrick’s Day Pool Party (March 16)
2. Patriotic Dog Parade 
3. September Annual Picnic
4. October Annual Yard Sale
5. Holiday Wine and Cheese Share (for adults only).
Plus Halloween and Christmas decorating contests. 

Exact dates to be determined so check back for updates! The St. Patrick’s Day pool party will be an opportunity to meet your new board to share ideas for the community and also any concerns you may have. We would also like your input on some of our goals for the year and how you would ask us to prioritize our ideas. Some of those ideas include: remodeling the clubhouse and restrooms, adding a boardwalk/dock/picnic area at the lake, a gated entrance, a neighborhood watch, among many other things!
 
Your board has acknowledged that keeping up lawns becomes especially difficult during the winter months so we have made the decision to suspend the curb appeal award through the months of Dec-March. Soooo get ready for April everybody!! BTW, if you are having medical issues that prevent you from being able to maintain the normal upkeep on your lawn, please reach out to West Coast Management or a board member to see if we can help.
 
Hope to see you MARCH 16TH FOR OUR ST. PATRICK’S DAY POOL PARTY AND BOARD MEET-N-GREET!!
 
Yours Truly,
Karen Mason, HOA President


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