HURRICAN IDALIA, AUGUST 2023
Good Morning Everyone! We need to all be thankful that the Tampa Bay area has dodged yet another bullet!!!
We never lost power. The rains never accumulated to much. The lake did not flood, but it is full again. The winds, although gusty at times, only succeeded in downing a few limbs here and there. All in all, the storm was very much like a typical summer storm in Florida. All the bridges are open again.
We are in very good shape!
Ranch Mobile Park Pool
We want to make you aware of some changes that we are making to ensure that our pool continues to be maintained at the highest levels. As we work through the best way to maintain our pool, we have hired Artistic Pools to service our pool 3 days a week.
Artistic Pools will service our pool on Mondays from 10AM to noon, Tuesdays from 8 to 9AM, and Thursdays from 8 to 9AM. The pool will not be closed at these times unless Artistic Pools asks residents to vacate due to vacuuming or chemical treatments. Artistic Pools will maintain the chemical balance of the pool water, the cleanliness of the pool itself, and the functioning of the equipment on these days.
On the other 4 days, Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, our maintenance team will continue to maintain the pool as we have in the past. The pool will be closed from 7AM until completion of the pool area maintenance procedures.
We will assess the effectiveness of this partnership with Artistic Pools as we go forward to reflect our future needs.
Your Board of Governors
CORNHOLE AWNING: The damaged awning in the cornhole area removal begins August 5, 2023, weather permitting.
COMPLAINTS: If you have a complaint that you would like addressed by the Board, please put it in writing, sign it, and deliver it to the office. The Board will then make you aware of the outcome and any necessary resolution.
SHOWER IN THE POOL: The shower in the pool area will be retiled at some point in the near future *** PLEASE WATCH HERE FOR UPDATES*** The pool will remain open, but there may be considerable dust in the air during this process. If you have breathing issues you may want to stay away from the pool on these days.
SEWER ISSUES: There was a clog in the sewer line on Heron Rd. this weekend. PLEASE DO NOT put fat, grease or ANY paper products in the sewer! This causes headaches for the affected residents and costs the park money!
Hurricane season 2023. Make sure you are prepared.
SUSPECIOUS ACTIVITY: Most of our northerners have left for the summer. The Ranch is empty. Now is the time all the criminals come out from under their rocks. Be on the lookout! If you see anything suspicious, PLEASE CALL THE POLICE! You can call the Largo Police non-emergency line (727-587-6730) or 911 in the case of an emergency.
Resident Electrical Issue Procedures
If a resident is experiencing electrical issues such as no power, partial power, or lights flickering the following steps should be taken:
- Check with a neighbor who is NOT on your electrical pedestal to see if they are experiencing a power issue.
- Check with a neighbor who is on the same electrical pedestal as you to see if they are experiencing a power issue.
- Call Duke Energy to have them check the power coming into your electrical pedestal if it is only you or those on your pedestal with issues or to report an area outage if neighbors not on your pedestal also have a power outage.
- If the power to the pedestal is good, then a call should be made to an electrician. Ranch Mobile recommends that you call Weather Chek Electric, Inc. at 727-943-0886. They are the park’s service provider for the electrical pedestals and they offer 24-hour service. If you call Weather Chek, and if they find that the problem is with the electrical pedestal, they will let the Board know and make any repairs or replacements needed at the Park’s expense, including the service call charge. If it is not the pedestal, but a resident issue with the pedestal breaker to the house, then Weather Check will let the resident know this. If the issue is with the electrical system that is the resident’s responsibility, Weather Check will charge the resident for the service call and the resident can choose to have them also complete the repair or the resident can call another electrician at their expense.
- If the resident chooses to first call an electrician, other than Weather Chek, the resident will be responsible for 100% of the service call expense and any repairs associated with the service call.
**If you happen to have the Duke Energy insurance, ask that Weather Chek Electric, Inc be the provider sent to service your electrical issue.
Please note that there is a Non-lessee requirement update: All non-lessees 18 or older must provide a copy of their State ID or Driver’s License. The form is being modified and will be available shortly.
Thou shalt not park on lawns, landscaped areas, or any other areas around your home. Common roadway parking is allowed during the day and prohibited overnight. So sayeth Part IV, Section 11(a) of the Ranch Mobile, Inc. Rules and Regulations. This rule pertains to ALL Non-Recreational vehicles (autos, golf carts, bikes, etc.)
Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 10:00 AM in the clubhouse, we had a very informative meeting presented by Ms. Summers of the Largo Fire Department.
Everyone had a good time and learned some valuable information.
The results of the election:
Ray Barrow – 175 votes
Bill Dixon – 128 votes
Jim Knauff – 61 votes
Deb Slack – 144 votes
Larry Sterling – 163 votes
The Board will remain the same for 2023.
Residents who are experiencing sewer issues when flushing the toilet or have a back-up coming in through the floor drains should first call the office and if the office is closed for the day, call a Board member to have the park investigate first if it is a resident issue or a park main sewer line issue.
More good information from the Largo Police Department
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
- Large Toys
- 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
- Disassembled swing sets
- All oil, gas and liquids in general should be removed from items prior to collection
- Construction and demolition Debris
- Wood (from buildings)
- Asphalt (from roads and roofing shingles)
- Gypsum (the main component of drywall)
- Metals (tires, tire rims, rebar)
- Glass (sliding glass doors)
- Trees, stumps, earth, and rock from clearing sites
- Contractor debris will not be collected
Please do not feed the animals, especially around the lake!
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.
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.
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.