July 29, 2021
Dear VI Property Owners:
With much gratitude to the nearly 300 VI property owners who signed the Consent Form for the 2021 Deed Restriction Revitalization effort, as well as to the many volunteers without whom this would not have been possible, I am thrilled to announce that we were notified on July 14, 2021 that the Department of Economic Opportunity (“DEO”) completed its review of the submitted Revitalization documents and have determined “that the documents comply with the requirements of Chapter 720, Part III, Florida Statutes. Therefore, the proposed revitalization of the VIHA’s Declaration of Covenants is approved.”!!!
As a reminder NO modifications to the DRs were made as a result of the Revitalization process and the VIHA is NOT a Chapter 720 association.
The Deed Restrictions (“DRs”) were filed with Pinellas County and recorded on July 28, 2021 (the “Record Date”). Therefore, as of the Record Date the DRs are once again enforceable within Venetian Isles. That means the following:
As I have mentioned in previous President’s Letters, the DRs need to be revised which could include deletions of certain DRs, modifications to others and the creation of new DRs based upon changes in technologies, property owner preferences, etc. The more input we get on these proposed enhancements the more effective they will be. The first step will be a resident survey that will help identify and prioritize DR revisions. We will also provide an opportunity to discuss the survey results and proposed DR changes in what I imagine will be a series of Town Hall meetings. I will be communicating more information on this soon.
The Board thanks you for your support and your patience during this protracted process and I look forward to having further conversations about how we can improve life in Venetian Isles.
June 11, 2021
Dear VI Residents:
After a beautiful and mostly dry spring, the “dog days” of summer are now upon us. Please remember to stock up on critical supplies as we enter hurricane season. No one can accurately predict the number or intensity of storms that we may face this season, but we can all do our best to be fully prepared. I encourage you to sign up for emergency alerts from the City of St. Petersburg at http://www.stpete.org/news/alert_stpete.php and/or follow the City on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on storms that affect our community.
The real estate market has been especially vibrant in VI the first 5 months of the year with a total of 20 sales recorded through the end of May with three additional transactions pending. We welcome our new neighbors to VI and we hope to schedule our New Homeowner Event in the fall as we emerge fully from the pandemic.
The VIHA Board will not be meeting in July or August given the difficulties in obtaining a quorum during the summer months; however, the DR Revitalization process that I summarized in the May President’s Letter will continue with a response from the Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity expected by mid-July. The steps that I outlined for revisions to the Deed Restrictions are also moving forward starting with a resident survey that we will target for release in early August. Please stay tuned as we will need the entire community’s participation in this process if we are to implement the changes that have been proposed by the Deed Restriction Revision Committee and property owners.
Several residents have expressed concern about barges parked in our canals obstructing docks and potentially causing harm to seawalls. While the canals are public waterways and not under the purview of the VIHA, Officer Brandon Bill of the St. Petersburg Police Marine Unit confirmed that parking barges in the canals is permitted as long as the barges are not creating a “navigational hazard.” If a barge is blocking your dock, the Police can issue a citation and ask the owner of barge to move. Officer Bill suggests that residents also call the owner of the barge directly if the barge is creating a nuisance.
Finally, it looks like Oktoberfest is “go”. Stay tuned for details.
Have a great summer and see you “around the Isles!!!”
May 12, 2021
Dear VI Residents,
Thanks to the efforts of a committed group of volunteers and nearly 300 VI property owners who signed a Consent Form, we are nearing the end of the first phase of the Deed Restriction Revitalization process. Here is what we expect will happen over the next few months:
First week of May -- all the signed Consent Forms were delivered to our attorney who will review the Consent Forms for “completeness” and prepare the Revitalization Package for submission to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (“DEO”).
Mid to late May -- the Revitalization Package will be sent to DEO for their review. The DEO must complete its review no later than 60 days after receipt, by law.
Mid to late July -- upon approval from DEO, our attorney will record the Deed Restrictions (“DRs”) that were in place prior to the Revitalization with the County.
Late July to early August -- once the DRs have been recorded they will be enforceable within VI.
Remember, none of the DRs that were in place prior to the Revitalization have been changed. However, the VIHA Board and Deed Restriction Revision Committee (“DRRC”) understand that the community expects the DRs to be “overhauled” – which includes the deletion and modification of existing DRs and the possible addition of others. This process cannot occur without YOU as we need the approval of 66.67% of all property owners subject to the DRs to make ANY changes.
The process that the VIHA Board will utilize to accomplish this DR overhaul will include:
As a result of talking and listening to residents during this Revitalization process, we have learned that the vast majority of VI residents want DRs and an even greater number want the DRs modified. The VIHA Board has heard your message and we look forward to starting the DR revision process as soon as the Revitalization is complete. I welcome your continued input and thank you for your support of the Revitalization effort.