The splash pad company, Splash Pad USA, has completed the permitting process. The Board is pleased that construction has begun and is expected to be completed in July. The splash pad will be available for one month but then must be closed for a day to seal the deck and complete the installation process. In addition to the splash pad (represented in the illustration above), there will be a surrounding apron and a “sidewalk” with patio furniture. The entire area will also be fenced.
Michael and his staff have planned some recurring events for the next few months (additional information about these and other activities is posted on the CDD website Clubhouse page at https://concordstationcdd.com/clubhouse/):
- Kids’ Summer of ’19 will be held every Friday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. from June 14 to August 2. These free events are designed for ages 12 and under.
- Movie Night will be held every Monday starting at 6 p.m. from June 17 to August 5. Stop by the Clubhouse or call (813) 909-4569 to confirm movie titles. These are free events and popcorn and a drink will be provided.
The first annual maintenance of the Playgrounds and equipment has been scheduled for the end of June. The playgrounds will be closed for two days for this maintenance.
Stronger security is being installed on the playground and basketball court gates. You will need to use your Clubhouse door card to gain entrance and exit in the future.
Clubhouse Staff have started wearing shirts with the Concord Station logo so that it’s easier for residents to identify them.
The lighting in the Clubhouse was replaced with LED lights to provide savings in electric costs for the District.
Landscaping & Wildlife
The Board approved a contract with Aquatic Systems to maintain the wetland buffer areas in the District. You will see increased activity by their staff in these areas as they begin to manage the invasive plants growing in the wetland buffers, as required to maintain compliance with governing agencies for the management of all nuisance & exotic species. They will be “spot spraying” to manage the invasive plants without harming the desirable wetland plant growth. During this process, there will be noticeable areas where the vegetation is brown and beginning to decompose in place. Over time, the desirable plant growth will spread and re-establish into the areas once over taken by non-native invasive species.
In addition, Aquatic Systems surveyed the stormwater ponds for infestations of midge flies and the Board approved the proposal for treatments this season.
One of the advantages of living in Florida and in a community that is surrounded by wetlands is the diverse animal life we share our spaces with. Besides birds, squirrels, and other mammals, there are many reptiles. While most people don’t mind the lizards and frogs, we also have some alligators living alongside us. It is critical that you do not feed the alligators or other wildlife. Wild animals that are fed by humans will lose their fear of us and will begin to associate humans with food and approach our homes and us to get food. It’s safe to observe and photograph an alligator in a pond but you should never approach one. Small alligators less than 4 feet long are not considered dangerous unless physically handled. If you see an aggressive alligator that is over 4 feet long, call the National Alligator Hotline at (866) 392-4286. A brochure from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “A Guide to Living with Alligators,” is linked on the Frequently Asked Questions page at https://concordstationcdd.com/contact-us/faqs/ under the “What should I do if I see an alligator in the District?” item.
The Board approved a contract for trapping feral hogs that have started to appear in the District from surrounding areas. Two hogs were trapped almost immediately and more have been trapped since. The landscaping company is repairing areas that were damaged by the hogs.
If you have any questions or concerns about the maintenance of Community District properties, including monuments, landscaping in public areas, sidewalks, and aquatic and wetlands areas, please contact District Management or the Board via the website (https://concordstationcdd.com/contact-us/), or in person at a meeting.
The preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 was approved at the May meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The official adoption will occur at the August meeting to be held at the Clubhouse on August 8, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. There will not be an increase in the assessment for homeowners this year.
The Board will continue to investigate further improvements to the District. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please contact District Management or the Board via the website (https://concordstationcdd.com/contact-us/), or in person at a meeting. Meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month and posted on the website. You can also view meeting minutes and financial statements on the website.