Due to the ongoing calls to the Police Department from your neighbors in reference to residents/juveniles in the area driving illegal golf carts and low speed vehicles; I wanted to provide the following information from our Legal Department:
A Golf Cart is one that does not have the capability to exceed 20 mph. These Golf Carts are ILLEGAL to be driven on the roadways or sidewalks by any person and is a violation of F.S.S. 316.212.
A Low Speed Vehicle (“LSV”) is a Golf Cart which has the following:
- a valid registration and insurance
- headlamps, front and rear turn signals and tail lamps and brake lights
- front windshield and rear view mirror
- reflectors on both sides
- a seatbelt(s) for each designated seat
A driver of a LSV needs a valid drivers license and LSVs CANNOT be driven on the sidewalk and CAN only be driven on the roadway where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
There are too many violations to list if any of these laws are not followed, there are many laws which cover this topic and several of them are misdemeanors and would require a court appearance. Under no circumstances are LSVs allowed to be driven by an unlicensed adult or a child under the age of 16. If a juvenile operating a LSV is stopped by the police they could be cited, which will make it more difficult for them to get a drivers license in the future. So please abide by the laws which apply based upon the information provided above.
Please keep in mind that the Police Department is being proactive and trying to stop an accident before it happens. Without the proper equipment golf carts operated on the roadways are a potential death trap if ever involved in an accident.
I am just trying to keep everyone safe and address an issue which your neighbors have brought to the Police Department's attention numerous times.
Thank you and be safe!
Officer Don Herring
Saint Petersburg, Police Department
Community Officer for Venetian Isles
From Councilman Ed Montanari:
On December 3, City Council approved the construction contract for the 40th Avenue Bridge project. This important step allows the project to begin its construction phase, something we have all been very excited for. We have been informed by the City's Public Works staff that there will be noticeable site activity by March. As a reminder, the bridge will still allow for safe traffic flow during construction by having separate construction zones and areas of the bridge that are still active. I will continue to update you on this project as it reaches new phases in construction. For more information, please go to 40thavenuebridge.com.
June 14, 2020
I want to make you aware of some incidents that occurred over the past few weeks in our neighborhood so all in VI can be informed and on the lookout for similar patterns going forward.
First, in late May the St. Pete Police Department (“SPPD”) were called to investigate persons who were “squatting” at 2030 Carolina, a home that was for sale and had been unoccupied but was under contract and set to close. Evidently, they gained entry by breaking a window. A neighbor noticed this activity, confronted those persons and called police.
The weekend of June 5 - 7, the following occurred at 1956 Carolina Ave (“1956”), a residence that is for sale and has been unoccupied for some time:
Evening of June 5 – A VI resident noticed a group of people moving into 1956. Thinking that this could be another group of squatters or a “short-term” Airbnb rental, that resident notified me. Additionally, that resident called the owner of the home, as well as the listing agent, who responded that the owner was not renting the house but was letting “friends” use it for the weekend. However, online research indicated 1956 is listed on Airbnb and has been rented out numerous times, so I asked another neighbor of 1956 to monitor the home for evidence of short-term rentals.
Morning of June 6 -- The second resident reported that there had been cars coming and going throughout the night and it certainly seemed like there was suspicious activity. I passed this information along to SPPD Officer Don Herring, our community policing officer.
Evening of June 6 – Officer Herring notified me that several persons (I think he said 5) who had been staying at 1956 had been arrested and charged with weapons offenses, including what appeared to be an AK-47, and drug possession. Thankfully, the SPPD surveilled the residents of 1956 and made the arrest outside of VI.
In light of the events outlined above, I’d like to remind all the residents in VI of the following:
GET PREPARED: HURRICANE SEASON STARTS JUNE 1
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SUMMER FERTILIZER BAN
Each year, the citywide fertilizer ban is in effect June 1-Sept. 30.
Increased rainfall in the summer months can cause nutrients from fertilizer to reach water bodies and lead to environmental issues..
Due to drought conditions and increased demand for water, it’s important now more than ever to follow St. Petersburg’s year-round watering restrictions and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary water uses.
Customers with reclaimed water are encouraged to water no more than three times per week, between the hours of 5 to 9 a.m. or 7 to 11 p.m.
Unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are always prohibited. Examples include hosing down driveways and impervious surfaces, allowing water to flow unattended and using water inefficiently.
Additionally, customers are required to test irrigation systems for leaks and inefficiencies.
More stringent watering restrictions may be temporarily put into place if conditions worsen. Find St. Pete’s current local watering restrictions at stpete.org/wateringrestrictions.
Every drop helps. Consider implementing water-saving practices. Find ideas, resources and rebate programs at stpete.org/WaterConservation.
Carolina resident and President of RSBP Events, Brooke Palmer Kuhl, had the great idea to support local food trucks by inviting them to Venetian Isles while we're staying at home. The first few events have been a huge success so we plan to keep doing every Friday in May, then once a month through the summer.
Below is a schedule of events planned so far:
April 17 - Street Surfer
April 24 - Slammer Shop
May 1 - Mr. C's Grilled Cheese
May 8 - Taco Lady and Margaritas
May 15 - Funnel Vision with D.J. Fresh
May 22 - Just Smokin Barbeque & D.J. Eric Harding
May 29 - Slammer Shop & The Hyppo Ice Pops with D.J. Eric Harding
June 19 - Mr. C's Grilled Cheese & Howdy Doodles Ice Cream Wagon with D.J. Fresh
July 17 - July 17 - St. Pete Taco Lady & Churros with music from D.J. Coro
Aug 21- Melt Machine & Sweet Island Snow D.J. tbc
Check your email and the VIHA website for menu and preorder details.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, as of 03/16/20, the DRC suspended mailing DR violation letters until further notice, other than for those properties that are listed “For Sale” to provide the appropriate notice to realtors and potential purchasers, overnight parking boats, trailers, and special purpose vehicles, and requests for plans for exterior construction without ARC approval.
Dear Venetian Isles Homeowners:
My Firm represents the Venetian Isles Homeowners Association, Inc. (the “Association”). The Board of Directors has asked me to respond to the recent Nextdoor post about the revitalization of the Declaration of Restrictions and Protective Covenants (the “Declaration”).
1. First and most importantly, this is NOT an attempt to change the corporation into a Chapter 720 “homeowners association.” The Association is, and will remain, a not-for-profit corporation subject to Chapter 617, Florida Statutes. Dues will continue to be voluntary.
2. The reference to "UNDER FLORIDA STATUTE 720.405(6)" in the package you received is because the law (Section 712.12, Florida Statutes) requires “non-720” homeowners’ associations to use procedures in Chapter 720, Florida Statutes, for revitalizing the Declaration. This does not mean that the Association is, or will be, subject to Chapter 720 for anything other than the revitalization procedures.
3. No changes are being made to the Declaration in the revitalization process. Not a single word has been changed. Dues will not be mandatory, and liens will not be placed on properties. The ONLY thing that revitalization does is reinstate the provisions of the Declaration, as written, for a 30-year period. Revitalization will not turn the Association into a Chapter 720 homeowners association.
4. Pursuant to the revitalization process, a majority of homeowners must approve the revitalization by signing and returning the consent forms you received in the package. If this is achieved in the initial 90-day period, the process requires the Association to send the results to the Department of Econominc Opportunity (“DEO”) in Tallahassee for approval. Upon DEO approval, the Association will then notify the homeowners that the Declaration has been revitalized.
If you have questions, please contact a member of the Organizing Committee, whose contact information is contained in the package you received. Thank you for participating in operations of the Association.
Community Association Attorney
Anne Hathorn Legal Services, LLC
150 2nd Avenue North, Suite 1270
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701