Monday November 16th, 7pm - New Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1700 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Join us for our annual Wildlife Forum where we learn about our 4 legged furry friends who are more visible on our roads and neighborhoods in the coming months. We'll also get a lesson on planting with wildlife in mind. We will feature presentations from Florida Fish and Wildlife and former Extension Agent for Pinellas County on living with suburban wildlife like Deer, Coyotes, Raccoons and Turkeys. Plus learn about wild and exotic plants that you want to plant and which invasive plants to avoid.
Contributed by Richard Corrigan
Well, November has rolled around and many of us are probably saying: "Whew, dodged another one" Dodged what? certainly not the "living dead" or those zombie trick or treaters on Halloween. What we all dodged is another hurricane season without a major storm hitting Florida. Many of you are probably saying- "yeah but what about all that rain we had in August - that was enough. As the Bachmann Turner Overdrive lyrics say, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"! That was the message conveyed by Assistant County Administrator John Bennett and Mile Hills from the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) of Pinellas County at the CNCN sponsored event held at the United Methodist Church on Oct. 16. While hurricanes in general are a low frequency, high impact event, the results if one were to hit our area could be devastating. You may have seen a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times indicating that property in the north end of Old Tampa Bay could see a storm surge of 9 feet or higher if a major hurricane (Category 3,4 or 5) was to traverse the Sunshine Skyway and pay a visit to north Pinellas. Since my living room is only about 11 feet above sea level that gives me something to think about. And that is exactly the message that was conveyed by John and Mike in their timely presentations to an interested audience of north County residents. For those of you who were not there, access Pinellas County's Storm Surge Protector web application or pick up a copy of the county publication "Surviving the Storm". With New Year's Eve just around the corner, maybe one of your resolutions should be to make sure you are ready for the possibility of a major storm in 2016 and beyond. The essence of the two presentations was "be prepared" and plan ahead", not just for yourself and your family, but also for your community. Routine items like making sure your community storm drains are free of debris and functioning properly, that you know who lives around you and who might need some additional help in case of a flood or a storm surge, and cataloging who might have special skills that can help in both preparedness, evacuation or recovery. As Mike indicated as simple a skill as a ham radio operator or someone that can handle a chain saw (gas powered - there will be no electricity) are things individual HOAs and their residents can think about. For individual circumstances Mike also recommended that HOAs check their insurance policies to ensure that there is adequate coverage for the debris removal certain to be required after a major storm. Finally, using your community association and identifying items, areas and people that might need extra attention can go a long way to preventing damage or excessive hardship in preparation or recovery efforts.John's presentation was reminiscent of the popular television commercial "Should I stay or should I go?" Focusing on the timetable that precedes actual landfall of a major (or minor) storm John ran through a list of actions and double checks that every homeowner should be aware of in the 5, 4 and 3 day period when the storm watch and warning period are in effect. Once the evacuation order is issued there is little time for planning and action (or non-action) is a must. The overall message, a little preparation can go a long way in both preventing or minimizing damage or injury and will shorten the recovery and clean-up period for all of us. It is inappropriate to think you can rely on emergency responders during the storm period as they will have evacuated the area so that they can have functioning equipment and available manpower to re-enter the impacted zone after the storm has subsided.The messages from both speakers was loud and clear and reflects what your boy or girl scoutmaster used to preach "Be Prepared". It is gratifying to know that the county, and local officials have devoted a lot of thought, manpower and effort in preparing for any of the low frequency, high impact events that might impact our area. By doing your part in planning ahead for such an emergency you can help make their work more effective and the post storm cleanup efforts easier on all of us north County residents.
Join us Monday October 19th at 7pm to hear from the experts about how to prepare for the inevitable new storm to visit Tampa Bay. Being prepared makes all the difference in how well your family or business will fair before, during and after the storm. We will have speakers from CERT and Pinellas County Emergency Management discussing what you can to to prepare.
Location: East Lake Methodist Church
Monday September 21st, 7pm, East Lake Methodist Church
2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
CNCN begins a quarterly series of education sessions geared towards helping our member community board members gain knowledge useful for their boards and communities.
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Council of North County Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Board Member Informational Session
Do’s and Don’ts of Covenant Enforcements
August 3, 2015 – 7-8 pm @ Crescent Oaks Country Club
Cost: Free for Member Communities, $25 per participant for Non-Member Communities
As a neighborhood association board member one of the most important responsibilities you have is to see that residents of the neighborhood properly and timely adhere to your neighborhood’s governing documents (covenants). How you do this is extremely important from both a legal and “neighborly” perspective.
Come join an open discussion of the legal requirements, recent developments, and best practices of covenant enforcement with other area neighborhood board members. This Informational Session will be led by Lara Connolly of FirstService Residential and Doug Christy of Becker & Poliakoff.
Please register by emailing
Monday August 24th, 2015 at 6pm at the East Lake Methodist Church - 2801 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Pinellas County Administrator Mark Woodard joins us to present the County's Strategic Plan and Budget at CNCN's August public meeting. This meeting will be a great opportunity to hear what the County has in mind for the next budget year and learn what's in the Strategic Plan. If you're at alll interested in what the County Government is doing and plans to do you must attend.
Check back for updated information on www.cncnpc.org
Monday July 20th, 2015 at 7pm in the East Lake United Methodist Church
Join us for informal get together with our North County State Legislators to learn about what happened in Tallahassee this legislative session, what they were able to get accomplished for north Pinellas. There will be plenty of time to pose your questions and to hear from each legislator.
For more information on the event contact:
Our July meeting with host the North County Pinellas Legislative Delegation who will discuss the special session and highlights of the 2015 session. Stay tuned for details.
Date: Monday May 18, 2015 - 7pm:
Location: East Lake Library - 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685
Join us for an informative meeting about two proposed assisted living facilities planned for the East Lake corridor this year. Representatives from both facilities will be in attendance to discuss their proposed plans for each of their organizations. One of the facilities is planned for East Lake road just south of Brooker Creek Elementary school and the second is planned on East Lake road just south of Crescent Oaks.
This is a public meeting and open to anyone who would like more information or has questions about the plans.
CNCN is providing this meeting as a public service and does not have any position on the facilities.
For more information please contact John Miolla
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