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Vineyards Welcome Letter
Welcome new Vineyards residents!  Please click here to access the Vineyards Welcome Letter.  
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Please follow the FAQ link to address many questions about the Vineyards. 
 
Vineyards on Facebook
Please click here to join the Vineyards Group on Facebook.
 
Hurricane Irma
Thank you for all those that attended and participated in our 8:30 AM call today. For those of you that were not able to attend, here is a brief summary our meeting and resident forum:
 
1. The NOAA 8 AM advisory indicated that Irma is a high category 5 hurricane with 185 MPH sustained winds and is expected to make landfall on Sunday in Miami area as a category 4 or 5. The projected path is up the middle of the state. Keep in mind, this is a five-day outlook and Irma can andwill likely deviate from this path either East or West.
 
2. Vineyards is flood zone D, which means a Category 4 or greater hurricane can lead to storm surge of up to 22 feet
 
3. Vineyards specific preparations will include moving all pool furniture inside the pump room. If you can help on Friday or Saturday please send an email to vineyardshelp@yahoo.com. In the event of power outage, the front gates will be propped open.
 
4. Please keep a close watch on the path of the storm. Start making arrangements now to head north in the event it veers West and comes up the coast. Get gas now!
 
5. If you are sheltering in place, plan now. Make sure you have water, food, gas, cash, and a generator. Fill your bath tub! Bring in loose items that are outside and around your house to minimize flying debris. Sand bags are available on Sheldon road next to the fire station. The supply is intermittent so go early and check often. I believe the limit is 25 bags. Bring a shovel and some work gloves.
 
6. Please be a great neighbor. If you see your neighbor boarding up, offer to help. Please check in on our elderly neighbors to see if they need help or just an ear to listen to.
 
Material items are replaceable but people are not. Make the best decision for the safety of your family. Please encourage your neighbors to join the Vineyards at Westchase Facebook group to get updates. Please see the hurricane guide below for helpful information. Finally, please feel free to send an email to vineyardshelp@yahoo.com if you have any questions or if you want me to share information with the Vineyards distribution list. Be safe and be prepared!
 
Be Aware of Snakes!
A Vineyards resident (Shea the dog) was recently bit by a snake on the leg after stepping into some bushes on French Carriage Circle.  Please remember that we live adjacent to numerous wetlands, which are common breeding grounds for certain venomous snakes, especially the Water Moccasin/Cottonmouth.  Parents, please be aware of your children's/pet's surroundings. Please refer to the following links for more information and pictures that will help you identify dangerous snakes: (1) http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW229 (2) http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/ven_snake_info.shtml (3) http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/pdfs/cottonmouth.pdf
 
Linebaugh Reclaimed Water Line Project Update
Hillsborough County is in the process of updating the maintenance of traffic (MOT) pattern to improve safety throughout the construction zone. More medians will be impacted, but will be fully restored once work is complete. We expect work to resume in early June. Signage at the site will be updated in advance of new lane closures. Questions about this project may be directed to Citizen Engagement at (813) 272-5275. 
 
2016-17 Vineyards Elections
The annual meeting was held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Vineyards Pool. Thank you very much to the outgoing board members for their dedication and service and welcome to new 2017-18 board members.
 
Hurricane Preparedness
Please click this link to access a document to help you prepare for the Hurricane Season.  Thank you to Ed Kelly and the Westchase Neighbor Response Team.
 
New Pool Gate Code
The new POOL gate code will be effective Monday, June 15, 2015.  This does NOT apply to the pedestrian gate at the front of the community.  Please check your email, flyer on your mailbox, or the message board along the left pane for the new code.  You may also contact vineyardshelp@yahoo.com.
 
Westchase Crime
The following is from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), specifically the Westchase Community Resource Deputy:  The District Three crime analyst staff has identified recent increased occurrences of Burglary Vehicle and Burglary Residence incidents. Specifically UNLOCKED home and vehicle doors. While the District is responding to this information and taking proactive measures, we still need your assistance. Please disseminate this information to your residents and encourage everyone to vigilant. To assist the public in reporting these crimes, the Sheriff`s Office wanted to remind  everyone about our "Tips 411" service. It is a free, ANONYMOUS  service that lets you report suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office using your Smart Phone or other wireless technology. Please click on the following link for more information http://www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/Articles/Articles/TIP-411.aspx This is a valuable tool which can put you in touch with us in real time as incidents are occurring to ensure we get the best, most up to date information to dispatch deputies and investigate suspicious activity.

Wetland Remediation
The Westchase Community Development District (CDD) has completed the wetlands remediation projected located to the East of the lake, North of English Silver Way, and to the West of Wild Meadow Way.  The CDD holds the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) permit for this waterway.  If you have any questions, please contact the CDD at (813) 920-4268. Thank you.
 
Trash Cans
New trash cans went into service beginning on October 1, 2013.  The scheduled pick-up days will be changed to TUESDAY and FRIDAY.  Recyling (blue trash can) is picked up on Fridays.  Yard Waste is picked up on Tuesdays.  Due to the nature of the new trash trucks, all trash cans need to be on the same side of the street.  Depending on the orientation of your street, please place trash cans on the SOUTH or EAST side of your street.
 
Vineyards Brochure
Thanks to a several original owners (Siegenthalers, Ms. Griffin, and the B family, among others), we are pleased to present a copy of the original Vineyards sales brochure.  The brochure contains pictures and floor plans of each model built in the Vineyards.  Enjoy.
Part 1 of 2      Part 2 of 2
 
Share Your Opinions!
The Vineyards is over 10 years old and our homes are beginning to show their age.  Many of our neighbors are beginning to replace major moving parts, which involves significant dollars (e.g., air conditioning, garage doors, etc.).  We are always looking for opinions before making a major expenditure.  Therefore, we have started a thread on your exprience with vendors.  Please click this link to add your opinions.  The rules are simple.  Please share your experience, both good and bad, and support your opinion with FACTS.  This thread is meant to help your neighbors make their choices when reinvesting in their homes.  Thanks.

Stop Dumping Trash in the Conservation Areas Please!
The conservation areas surrounding the Vineyards are generally protected wetlands.  Dumping trash, tree/shrub cuttings, and building materials is strictly prohibited by the Vineyards, Westchase and Florida LAW. Please use the weekly trash pick up to dispose of your trash. Thank you.

PARKING!!!
Residents, please remember that resident parking is NOT permitted on the streets or alleyways.  Residents must park ALL vehicles in their garage or driveways.  If you have a temporary guest (e.g., friends in town, kids home from college for the summer, etc.), please apply for a guest pass.  Otherwise, the vehicle may be subject to violations.  Click this link for the Parking Guidelines document.  Thank you.

Common Area Landscaping
Landscaping in the common areas is maintained by our commercial grounds management company, Davey.  Residents should not perform any landscaping alternations in these areas, as the Vineyards Board and Property Manager provide guidance to address certain areas and special circumstances.  If you would like a common area issue addressed, please send a communication in the "Contact Us" link.  Once again, please do not cut, trim, remove or add any plants, shrubs or trees to the Vineyards common areas.  Thank you for your cooperation.

~ The Helpful Neighbor ~

Please Register for More Features
Our website is back! After a long absence, the Vineyards website has returned with many new features. Please click the Register link at the top left of the home page. This will provide you access to the Message Board and Classified Ads sections of the website. Your information will be maintained on this website and will only be used by the Vineyards Homeowners Association for critical neighborhood communications.

Vineyards Welcome Letter
Welcome new Vineyards residents!  Please click here to access the Vineyards Welcome Letter.

Frequently Asked Questions
Please follow the FAQ link to address many questions about the Vineyards. 

Pick Up After Your Dog 
Many Vineyards residents are proud owners of dogs. However, many Vineyards residents have not been picking up after their dogs recently. Residents have observed an increase in the number of dog droppings throughout the neighborhood, especially by the lake. Picking up after your dog is not an option, it is mandatory.

Recycling
Please help contribute to the Hillsborough County recycling program. Pick-up is typically Friday morning. It is very easy to recycle as the county takes most paper products, as well as glass, aluminum, metal (i.e., canned soup), etc.  Click this link to review the "Do's and Don'ts of Recycling".

Mailbox Maintenance
Owners are responsible for repairing and replacing mailboxes. Please contact the following company for replacement or repair: Creative Mailbox & Sign Designs, 300 Mears Blvd., Oldsmar, FL, (813) 818-7100. Complete double replacement including posts, delivery and installation costs $476.15. Mailboxes costs $34.55 per mailbox, with a $35.00 delivery and installation fee.

Speed Limit
Please be safe and obey the traffic rules of our village. This includes the 15 MPH speed limit and driving the correct way on one way streets.

Parking
Please be reminded that both Westchase and Vineyards rules prohibit resident parking on the streets.  Residents must park their cars in their garage or driveways at all times.  Thank you for your cooperation.