Message from the Board

11/29/2022

More good information from the Largo Police Department

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11/22/2022

Great information from the Largo Police Department. Please read:

October 2022 Speaker – Officer Bowling regarding Ranch Mobile’s Break-ins and calls to the Largo police.

Statistics:

  • Forty-seven calls have been made to the police this year.
  • There have been five break-ins over the past month.  Three of the break-ins have been in close proximity to each other.  One was discovered that night and the other two the following morning.  A K-9 was brought in to try to track the burglar but was unable to pick up a trail.  In addition, a helicopter was dispatched to assist in the search. 
  • Part of the issue is that the break-ins are not being reported as they are occurring .  However, if the home has cameras or a neighbor has cameras, the footage is being checked to see if the perpetrator is being recorded.
  • One call received was to assist a resident.
  • Eleven security checks were made.
  • Two calls were received calling for officers to patrol the park.
  • Twelve patrols came through the park on their own and logged in that they were driving around to patrol.
  • There were ten calls made for suspicious activity within the park.

Prevention Measures:

  • Neighbors – Get to know your neighbors and let them know when you will be gone so that they are aware and can call if they see something that looks unusual.
  • Outside lighting – Have good lighting.  LED lights give better directional lighting and is very inexpensive to have on even for extended periods of time.  Focus lighting toward doors, windows, sheds and patios.  You do not need an electrician to wire up a security light.  They now have LED security lights that are run by solar power with motion detections capabilities for about $35.
  • Deadbolts – If you have a window in the door, consider double tumbler so the window cannot be broken out to allow the deadbolt to be unlocked.  If you use a double tumbler, be sure to keep a key in the inside lock while you are home in case of a fire.  Remove the key when you will be away from home.  Change the striker plate screws to be 3 inch aluminum so it goes further into the wood frame so the door cannot be kicked in.
  • Slider doors – Use any of these methods to lock out the door:  Broomstick in bottom frame, commercial door locks or a hole that you can place a pin (long nail) through to lock the two panels together.
  • Jalousie doors or windows – Replace them with solid doors or slider/double hung windows with locks.  Jalousie windows or doors are the easiest to break into because they only need to pry up the glass panel.
  • Don’t advertise you are gone to those passing through your park.  No ropes across your driveway.  Do not tie up your mailbox or put a note in it reminding mailperson not to deliver to your home. 
  • Ask your neighbors or friends to park in your driveway once in a while to make it look like someone is living there.
  • Start an evening routine – Pick a time after you know you will not be going out such as 9:00 P.M. to do a double check:
  • if the shed and car doors are locked.  Actually pull the handles or turn the door knob.
  • if the security lights are working properly and lighting the area that should be lit.
  • go back inside and lock all exterior doors.
  • if you don’t have a motion detecting security light, turn on outside lights and leave on all night.  Use an LED bulb in your outside lights to have a brighter light and the cost to leave on will be minor.
  • Car security – If you have a Kia or Hyundai where the key does not have a chip get something to lock out the steering wheel.  These vehicles are currently being targeted by thieves.  Never leave the following in your car:  guns, keys to the car or home, valuables, purses, wallets, or personal information.  I recommend disengaging the automatic trunk lid pop so thieves cannot easily access the trunk if they break into the vehicle.

Finally, the police are willing to come out to your home to give you a security audit and give you advice on how to better secure your home.  Call the non-emergency number (727-587-6730) and ask for Officer Bowling.

10/18/2022

URGENT: Canadians – if you use our ACH for your monthly maintenance payment AND your bank is Wells Fargo, you may want to check your bank account. We recently had two Canadian residents with whom Wells Fargo closed their accounts for no apparent reason.

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The Board of Governors operational meeting on October 19, 2022 has been cancelled.

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9/30/2022

Update: As far as we can tell, only 10 homes incurred damage and most of it was insignificant. All homeowners are being notified. Robin, Flamingo, Swan and the west end of Ranch do not have power. According to Duke Energy, the power is expected to be back on by Saturday, October 1, 2022

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9/29/2022

We Survived Hurrican Ian! September 2022

Good Morning Everyone! And what a morning it is! We need to all be thankful that the Tampa Bay area has dodged yet another bullet!!!

As far as we can tell, no one lost power. The rains never accumulated to much. The lake did not flood. The winds, although very gusty at times, only succeeded in downing a few limbs here and there.

We are in very good shape!

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9/27/2022

Hurricane Ian is headed our way. Because we are a mobile home community, we are under a Pinellas County mandatory evacuation notice. Our community buildings are NOT approved hurricane shelters! Leave Now!

If you need a place to stay, Largo High School is a an approved shelter and it is pet friendly. If you have special needs, call 727-464-4333 between 8am and 8pm today. Please stay safe!

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9/23/2022

A possible huricane maybe headed our way. Please secure all outside items and prepare for a storm. Decide NOW what you are going to do, Shelter, traveling, hotel, etc.

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9/2/2022

BREAK-INS UPDATE: Largo Police is aware of the break-ins and has been called out to the park, most recently on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 7PM. The police responded with 5 cruisers, one of which was a K-9 unit. Please be aware of unusual activity around you and call the Largo Police or 911 if you see any suspicious activity. If anyone has a security camera, please look for footage of suspicious activity and provide anything relavent to the Largo Police.

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8/29/2022

BREAK-INS:  There has been some attempted break-ins on Robin Rd., and some car break-ins, in the park, as well.  If you see unusual activity, call the police or 911.  Please walk around your neighbor’s homes occasionally when they are not in residence to watch for unusual activity.

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8/10/2022

Trash to be picked up on trash days (Monday & Thursday) MUST be out on the curb no later than 8:00 AM on trash day and no earlier than the evening before.

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6/27/2022

Effective immediately, the pool will be closed and locked daily until the cleaning is completed.

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6/20/2022

CareFest 2022 is taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

CareFest is a community event where volunteers help people who can’t help themselves through painting, yard work, and minor home repairs.

Are you Elderly? Disabled? Do you have a project you need help with?

Call 727-210-5433

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6/20/2022

The Operational Board meeting on June 22, 2022 has been cancelled

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5/25/2022

The Operational Board meeting on June 1, 2022 has been cancelled.

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5/20/2022

NEW DOORBELL at the office:  For safety reasons, there may be times during normal business hours (9 – 4, M – F) that the door is locked.  Please ring the doorbell and wait.  It may take us a minute or two to answer the door if we are busy with something else.

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5/20/2022

The new Dial Directories are here. Stop by the office to pick your up, one per household. Or, click on the Resident only section of the website and scroll down to Dial Directory. A copy is there for your use.

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3/24/2022

As you are aware, on March 11, 2022 there was a major blockage in our sewer mains in the pet section. Please, DO NOT put incontinence products of any kind, feminine hygiene products, wipes of any kind, grease and paper towels down drains or toilets.

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3/10/2022

“All Park Covid restrictions and recommendations have been retracted.  Please use your personal preference when deciding what, if any, steps you take concerning mask wearing and social distancing.  Thanks for your cooperation over the past 2 years in keeping our Park as safe as possible.”

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03/01/2022

FRAUD ALERT!:  The Tax Office has been notified that fraudulent emails are being sent to customers under the name of the previous tax collector, Diane Nelson, stating their account is delinquent and instructing customers to “click the attachment” for the amount due. If you receive such email, DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS OR OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS in these messages, as this could expose you to malicious content. Please contact the tax office at taxcollector@taxcollect.com or 727-464-7777 if you are unsure about an email received from their office.

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01/24/2022

WASTE PRO

We have a new trash pick-up company Waste Pro and a new bulk pick-up day, the last Saturday of the month, 1/29/2022 for January.

ACCEPTED ITEMS (for safety, please remove or secure any doors so they cannot be opened):

  • Furniture
  • Bedsprings
  • Mattresses
  • Rugs
  • Large Toys
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Yard Waste (3bundles of brush or branches no longer than 4 ft in length securely tied and weighing under 50 lbs.)
  • Glass (50 lb. maximum, broken down, place in a closeable hard plastic box)
  • Nonmetal sinks, tubs and toilets
  • Small amount of remodeling debris (piles less than 4’x4’x8’ in size)
  • Metal washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, sinks, stoves, and freezers
  • Iron furniture
  • Lawn mowers (all oil and gas needs to be removed prior to collection)
  • Doors and cabinets
  • Bikes
  • Disassembled swing sets
  • All oil, gas and liquids in general should be removed from items prior to collection

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS:

  • Construction and demolition Debris
  • Concrete
  • Wood (from buildings)
  • Asphalt (from roads and roofing shingles)
  • Gypsum (the main component of drywall)
  • Metals (tires, tire rims, rebar)
  • Bricks
  • Glass (sliding glass doors)
  • Trees, stumps, earth, and rock from clearing sites
  • Contractor debris will not be collected

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11/19/2021

Feeding the Ducks | Etsy

Please do not feed the animals, especially around the lake!

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11/18/2021

Effective January 1, 2022, the Maintenance Fee is increasing to $135.00 per month per lot.

One full year for a single lot will be $1,620.00

Residents with a single lot will pay $135.00 per month

Residents with 1 ½ lots will pay $202.50 per month

Residents with a double lot will pay $270.00 per month

Residents with 2 ½ lots will pay $337.50 per month

For those of you with the ACH program the adjustment will be made and you will notice the increase when the payment is pulled on January 7, 2022.

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11/04/2021

Ranch Mobile Rules and Regulations, Part VII – Pets,

Section 4. Licensing states, in part:

  Proof of licensing, rabies shots and all other inoculations for both cats and dogs must be presented to the office and updated on an annual basis.

This means ALL residents in the park who own a pet, no matter where you live in the Park, must provide this information.

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9/27/2021

As a gentle reminder to returning residents, please make sure that maintenance, such as weeding, bush/tree trimming (excluding park trees), and power washing of homes/driveways, on the leaseholder property is completed as soon as possible upon your return to the park.  

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7/1/2021

Any notice placed on the bulletin boards in the Park for the sale of an item must be dated and removed when sold or within 30 days. If a message is not dated it may be removed from the bulletin boards.

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4/14/2021

GENTLE REMINDER – Please remember to inform the office if a resident passes away.  We like to lower the flag to half staff to honor them and provide notices.  The office may also have to deal with legal issues.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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4/7/2021 – Parking

Thou shall NOT park on lawns (gravel, grass, or any type of landscaped area).  This means ALL vehicles (including cars, golf carts, etc.)!

Please help us keep our park looking the best it can be.  We should all take pride in the fact that our community is sought after because we keep it beautiful.  Let us all help to keep it that way! 

And, by the way, here is what our Rules and Regulations have to say:

GOLF CART PARKING:  Part IX –  Golf Carts, Section 5. Parking at Other Locations  of the Ranch Mobile, Inc. Rules and Regulations states:  “Golf carts are not to be parked on lawns, other landscaped areas around a home, or on a street overnight.  Golf cart parking is permitted on a resident’s driveway or on a Board approved pad consisting of pavers or concrete.”

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3/19/2021 Electrical Pedestals

If you notice any electrical issues in your home it is your responsibility to determine the cause.  A couple steps that you could consider would be to call Duke Power or an electrician of your choice to assess the situation.  If a professional electrician determines that the electrical pedestal, not including the breaker, that houses your meter is the cause of the electrical problems please notify the office so that we can have our electrical contractor service the pedestal. If it is the breaker in your pedestal that is causing the problem that would be your responsibility to replace.

Ranch Mobile Park will replace pedestals in an emergency situation that are deemed to be non-repairable.  Please note that a leaning pedestal that is functioning properly would most likely not be replaced.

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3/18/2021 Emergency Contacts Needed

Please provide the office with an emergency contact phone number and an updated e-mail address. 

Also, if you are living alone please strongly consider a daily check in procedure with a neighbor, friend or family member.

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01/20/2021

Rules and Regulations, Part IX – Golf Carts

Section 5.  PARKING AT OTHER LOCATIONS: Golf carts are not to be parked on lawns, other landscaped areas around a home, or on the street overnight.  Golf cart parking is permitted on a resident’s driveway or on a Board approved pad consisting of pavers or concrete.

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6/29/2020  CAN RECYCLING:

We appreciate all of you that take the time to recycle your cans at the collection station near the clubhouse. However, please ensure that you put your individual cans in the slot located in the closet door. Do not just leave a bag of cans next to the door for someone else to recycle properly. Thanks.


PROPERTY TAX BILLS

We are a resident owned park.  Our land is considered real property.  Each Lessee must pay property taxes.

The tax bills come out from the State of Florida on November 1st for that year.  The tax bill you should have received in November was for the 2021 tax year.  This bill is due no later than March 31, 2022.  But the amount you pay will go up every month until you pay it.

If you are a Florida full time resident with a Florida drivers license, you are able to claim the Florida Homestead exemption and receive a reduction in your property taxes.

Go online to http://www.taxcollect.com for further information or go directly to the tax collector’s office just south of Ulmerton on Starkey Road.


ITEMS STORED IN COMMON AREAS

As a reminder, ALL ITEMS bought and stored in the common areas of the park, are owned by Ranch Mobile, Inc.  This means appliances, decorations and the like.


PETS

Please remember that animals are NOT ALLOWED in the common areas of the Park.  This includes all buildings.  If you do not live in the pet section, you must transport (carry) your animal to the pet section, (or off property) before allowing it to walk on the ground.


Golf Cart Parking

Thou shalt not park your golf cart in the pavilion or arboretum.  Golf carts may park in the arboretum for maintenance purposes only.  According to Ranch Mobile, Inc. Rules and Regulations Part IX – Golf Carts, Section 4.  Parking at Park Facilities:  Golf carts are to use the same parking spaces as those for automobiles.  A handicapped placard must be visible when parking in a handicapped space.


 
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