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
NTRODUCING NEW COMPOSTING PROGRAM
The City of St. Petersburg has launched its first residential composting program. Residents in single-family homes are invited to sign up the free program and minimize their environmental impact by turning kitchen and yard waste into usable, nutrient-rich fertilizer for their lawn or garden..
Participants in the composting program will receive a composting bin from the City to use in their backyard. There will be no collection service, and the resident will be responsible for feeding and maintaining the bin. Please note that to comply with the Venetian Isles Deed Restrictions, compost bins cannot be placed in the following areas:
More information and the composting bin request form can be found at www.stpete.org/composting. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venetian Isles residents and their guests cheered on the Tampa Bay Rays as they took on the New York Yankees at our ever neighborhood baseball outing on July 5.
Even if you’ve never met him, Stephan Alfieri, may touch your life every day. Stephan is the mail carrier for half of Venetian Isles* and at the end of May, he’ll be retiring after 41 years of government service. We recently asked him about his experience working in our community.
How long have you worked for the Postal Service?
I joined the Postal Service after serving 4 years in the United States Navy. Except for 4 months, my entire 37+ year postal career has been spent in the 33703 delivery area at the Gateway Mall Station.
How long have you been working in Venetian Isles?
When I first started at the Postal Service, I delivered mail on all routes in the station as a substitute. My first time delivering mail in Venetian Isles, I knew that was where I wanted to have my permanent route. Then in 1982, I got a route that included part of Venetian Isles and I have been here ever since. Throughout the years, with all the adjustments to the various routes, I have, at some point, delivered mail to every house in Venetian Isles.
What do you like most about working in Venetian Isles?
It’s not only a great place to deliver the mail, but also a great place to live. I see it every day. It’s such a tight knit community. Neighbors looking out for and helping one another – that’s special!
What are your plans for your retirement?
I’m planning a nice Carribbean cruise with my wife in October. I’m also looking forward to spending time with my grandkids, painting and working around the house. I’ll keep active and do some volunteer work too.
Is there anything you would like to say to the residents of Venetian Isles?
It has been an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to serve you. I thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness throughout the years. You’ve always had a nice word for me and that means an awful lot! I will truly miss my route and all the wonderful people in Venetian Isles.
Show your appreciation for Stephan and wish him a Happy Retirement by leaving him a note outside your mailbox on one of the following days when Stephan is working:
* Stephan currently delivers to Carolina, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Overlook
2019 Annual Meeting and Board Elections took place on January, 24th. Below is a summary of key discussion points:
COMMUNITY CRIME REPORT
Don Herring, St. Petersburg Police Department:
There has been minimal activity reported in Venetian Isles over the past 2 months.
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
Captain Jason Mantay, Station 12, St. Petersburg Fire Department
VENETIAN ISLES REAL ESTATE TRENDS
Peggy Naruns and Georgia Naruns Janas, North Star Realty
DEED RESTRICTION COMMITTEE (DRC) UPDATE
Linda Testa, DRC Chair
Trip Guinan, ARC Chair
The following residents were elected to the 2019 Board at the meeting:
OFFICERS – 1 year term
President: Rich Scanlon
Vice-President: Tom Testa
Treasurer: Randy Havey
Secretary: Mark Brenman
BOARD – 2 year term
BOARD – 1 year term
Rich Scanlon, VIHA President
•Increased number of VIHA members from 346 (65%) to 358 (68%) of the 525 properties
•Continued discussions with homeowner association management companies
–Competed extensive due diligence
–Negotiated a contract effective February 1, 2019
•Completed improvements to Overlook entrance to VI
•Completed new monuments at all VI entrances
•Successful Oktoberfest – third in a row
Rich Scanlon, VIHA President
•Successfully integrate QPM as the homeowner association management company and demonstrate value
•Continue with improved committee functions and responsiveness to property owners
•Revise Deed Restrictions to better reflect current expectations
•Upgrade sprinklers on Grand Canal
•Maintain membership in VIHA at 358 homeowners (68%)
•Solicit VIHA member input for resident-driven beautification projects
•VIHA night at the Trop – May 10 Rays vs. NY Yankees
It is with sadness we announce the passing of longtime Venetian Isles resident, Bob Johnson, on December 8. Throughout his over 40 years living on Kansas Avenue, Bob devoted countless hours towards making Venetian Isles a great place to live. Bob served on the V.I.H.A. Board, including several terms as Board President, in addition to working on the Architectural Review and Deed Restriction Committees among others, and volunteering for projects big and small.
There is no doubt that Bob made an impact on our community and his presence will be truly missed. Our sincere condolences to Bob's wife Carol and the rest of the Johnson family.
Bob's obituary can be found at:
Candles and luminary bags are available from the Hospitality Committee. for $12. This price includes 10 candles plus 10 luminary bags. To purchase, please contact the Candle Seller assigned to your street or call Linda Testa (727-543-6970) or Terri Boyle (727-430-3456)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How many candles do I need?
For most homes, 10-20 candles should be sufficient to line your entire seawall and dock.
What if my home is on the open water?
Residents who live on Mermaid Point, along open water side of Carolina Avenue and on the Carolina Circle island have been lining their streets & driveways with luminaria instead of placing them on the seawalls. This allows the candles to be more visible and less likely to blow out.
What if it is raining on Christmas Eve?
We will light the candles at 6pm on Christmas Day in the event of heavy rain on Christmas Eve.
What if I won't be home at 6pm on Christmas Eve?
We encourage all members of the Venetian Isles community to participate so that the continuity of the luminary display is not broken. If you aren’t going to be home at the time of the candle lighting, please ask a neighbor or your candle seller to light the candles along your seawall or street.
If you’d like to receive a text message reminder to light your candles, please opt in by texting VIHA to 77948
Volunteer for the Candle Committee
The Candle Committee is a great way to meet your neighbors in VI. If you are interested in joining us next year, please contact Linda Testa (727-525-6120) or Terri Boyle (727-430-3456).
On Saturday, October 20th, almost 300 V.I. neighbors came together for our annual V.I. Oktoberfest block party. The afternoon's festivities included brats expertly grilled from our very own Michigan Avenue Grillers, face painting as well as music from the Apple Strudel Band and D.J. Co2. The event would not have been possible without help from our sponsors: Thanks to Tom Williams of St. Pete Brewing Company for supplying beer and Rick & Lori Sandon of Sandon Mortgage Group for providing wine. Thanks also to North Star Realty, Peachy Clean Homes, The Irvine Team at Dale Sorenson Real Estate, Harbor Insurance, On Q Financial, and Southern Landscape Solutions for their generous contributions!