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Homeowners Association Announcement From Hillsborough County

Protecting the resident’s safety is a high priority for Hillsborough County Government.
Anywhere it rains it can flood. A heavy afternoon downpour can turn into a life-threatening and
financially devastating flood in the blink of an eye. Hurricanes and tropical storms increase the
danger from flooding.

Therefore, the County is encouraging all property owners in Hillsborough County to understand
their risk for flooding and to purchase flood insurance. Remember, homeowner’s insurance
does not cover water damage from flooding. Only flood insurance covers water damage to
your property from a flood or storm surge.

Most people know that properties near the Gulf of Mexico or Tampa Bay need flood insurance
due to their elevated risk for storm surge flooding. As a matter of fact, flood insurance is
required by mortgage lenders for most of these property owners.

Hillsborough County has worked hard on your behalf to reduce those rates by adopting
proactive floodplain management requirements to reduce flood risk across the county. This
approach has earned residents a flood insurance discounts of 25 percent.

Hillsborough County understands that insurance is a complicated topic. Don’t let a flood wipe
away everything you’ve worked so hard for. Get flood insurance.

Find out your flood risk. Hillsborough County offers a free flood map information service so that
you can find out if your property is in a high, moderate, or low risk flood zone or a floodway,

and what your hurricane evacuation zone is. Remember flood zones and evacuation zones are
different! This webpage will let you look up the flood zone your property is in.
The following webpage will locate the evacuation zone and provide other good information for
hurricane preparedness.
You can also see if you live near protected areas that have natural floodplain functions, like
wetlands, swamps or mangrove stands. These areas store flood waters or buffer wave action
while providing habitat for wildlife and cleaning the flood water.

Additionally, part of the Community Rating System program is to partner with you to reach your
organization and membership through providing this information to your homeowners. Your
assistance in having this information provided to your membership is greatly appreciated. If
you or the residents have additional questions or would like to speak with someone about
floodplain management topics, please contact us at [email protected].
Thank you for your consideration and help with informing our community.
Christina Hummel, AICP
CRS Coordinator

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New Scam Alert from Tampa Electric

Dear Valued Customer,

Tampa Electric has become aware of a new scam being perpetrated against our customers. This scam includes a suspicious letter that appears to have our logo on it and claims to be a pitch for “no-cost solar.” The letter requests personal information, such as birthdates and phone numbers. It’s very convincing, but it’s NOT from Tampa Electric. We will NEVER ask for a spouse’s name or birthdate. If you receive this letter, do NOT respond, dispose of it properly and share information about this scam with your friends and neighbors.

Please note that Tampa Electric does NOT:

  • have a partnership with any solar company. 
  • have preferred solar companies. 
  • work with or partner with solar installers
  • currently sell solar panels or batteries to customers

As your friends and neighbors, we care about your safety – including your safety from scams. That’s why our legal team is taking appropriate action against this company. We also want to remind you that scammers are always looking for new tricks so be wary of anyone asking for personal information or demanding payment. For more information about protecting yourself from scams, visit Scam Alert or call us at 888-223-0800 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Tampa Electric

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Webinar: Re-sodding Your Florida Lawn

Hiring a contractor to re-sod your lawn is expensive and doing it yourself can be expensive and time consuming. Learn how yards should be prepared prior to re-sodding and how to properly lay the sod for a healthy lawn. Done incorrectly, maintenance and care could cost more than the initial expense of new sod installation. Sign up through Eventbrite.  .

Webinar: Re-sodding Your Florida Lawn

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Need more information? Contact Paula Staples – 813-744-5519 Ext. 54142

Thank you for your help in getting this webinar information to your community residents.

Paula Staples

Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Public Education Program Coordinator

UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County

5339 County Road 579

Seffner, FL  33584-3334

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What To Do With Trash Too Big for Your Bin.

  •     Use of several Hillsborough County Solid Waste facilities where residents can dispose of many types of waste that aren’t allowed in, or are too large for, the regular trash or recyclables cart:

o   Household Hazardous Waste

o   Paint & Electronics

o   Appliances and Bulky Items

o   Yard & Wood Waste

o   General Household trash

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Trash Service added to Property Tax Bill

Residents in New Tampa communities receive service for trash, recycling, and yard waste through Hillsborough County, assessed as an annual non-ad valorem fee on property tax bills. Solid waste services <>  provided for Hillsborough County’s residential customers as part of the annual fee include:

*       Curbside trash collection, twice a week

*       Curbside recycling collection, once a week

*       Curbside yard waste collection, once a week

New Tampa Neighborhood, Civic, Homeowner Associations, Crime Watch Programs, and Special Taxing Districts may also be eligible for Community Clean-up Grants These grants can be used for projects that will beautify their area and provide residents an opportunity to dispose of large household items not eligible for normal trash pick-up.

Detailed information on solid waste services and collection schedules are available at .

Jo-Ann Pilawski, LCAM

Pilawski Property Mgmt. Inc.