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Lake Bernadette THE Voice of the Lake Bernadette Community • Volume I, Issue 2 - July/August, 2011


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© 2011 Lake Bernadette News. All rights reserved. Lake Bernadette News is published bi-monthly, distributed by the U.S. Postal Service free to all residents of the Lake Bernadette community and advertisers. The views expressed within are not necessarily those of the Publisher, the Board of Supervisors, HOA or CDD. Lists are for reference only and do not imply official sanction or recommendation by Lake Bernadette News. Editorial submission are welcome. Publisher reserves the right to reject or edit all submissions for length and/or clarity. The Publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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[ Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce ] Events Calendar Regularly Scheduled Chamber Meetings & Events: First Tue. of Month 12 Noon: Ambassadors Meeting 5-7PM: Chamber After Hours, Various Venues

Second Tue. of Month 12 Noon: Executive Board Meeting, Chamber Office

Second Wed. of Month 9:00 AM: New Member Orientation

Third Tue. of Month 3:30 PM: Board of Directors Meeting

Third Wed. of Month 8:00 AM: Citizen of the Month, Exciting Chancey Road Christian Church

Third Wed. of Month 12:00 Noon: Lunch & Learn

Third Thur. of Month 5:00 PM: Mixer (Hosts’ Venue)

Fourth Thur. of Month 7:00 AM: Breakfast, Golden Corral (unless otherwise noted)

Wed. 13th 9 AM Member Orientation Zephyrhills Chamber Office All members welcome

Thur. 21st


5 – 7 PM Chamber Mixer Heritage Park. 37135 Coleman Ave, Dade City

Mon. 4th

Happy Birthday America Chamber Closed

Tues. 19th 3:30 PM Board Meeting Chamber Office

Tues. 5th 12 Noon Ambassadors Luncheon Sponsored by CF Industries Zephyrhills Chamber Office

Thur. 28th 7 AM Chamber Breakfast BloodNet USA @ Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd. Zephyrhills

Tues. 5th 5-7 PM Chamber After Hours Pin Chasers. 6816 Gall Blvd. Zephyrhills


Tues. 12th

Fri. 1st

12 Noon Executive Board Meeting Chamber Office

Chamber Annual Committee. Accepting nominations for Community Awards

Sat. 2nd

Ambassador’s Luncheon. sponsored by CF Industries

Fri. 8th 6 PM City Council Meeting. City Hall Council Chamber

Sat. 9th 12 Noon Executive Board Meeting. Chamber Office.

Sun. 10th 9 AM Member Orientation Chamber Office, (Board/Amb please attend)

Save the Date! Thur, September 15th 6:00 - 9:00 PM The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Presents The Emerald City * There’s No Place Like Home Annual Community Awards and Membership Banquet

[Member Orientation Zephyrhills Chamber Office]

“Hail & Farewell” Reception for Zephyrhills City Manager Steve Spina

Chamber Breakfast East Pasco Family YMCA at Golden Corral

[Chamber Mixer Artistic Dental Associates ]

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[community News] Community Development District (CDD)

HOA President’s Message

Resident Board Members Chairman - Bob Robertson Vice Chairman - Gary Glassman Chris Black, Elain Sebastian Michael Berman Clubhouse Manager - Dan Nesselt Phone: 813-788-7690 Fax: 813-780-9819 Email: District Manager - John Ricciardi Phone: 813-991-1116 x102 Email: Clubhouse Hours Daily: 5:30am-10:00pm Office: 9:00am-5:00pm Main Pool: 9:30am-4:30pm Cabana Pool: 9:00am-9:00pm

Homeowners Association (HOA) Board of Directors President - Jim Burns VP/Treasurer - John Fleming Secretary - Brigid Bauman Property Manager - Lloyd Rials Phone: 813-263-5905 Email: Design Review Board Chairman – John Mooney Email:

HOA Website:

Lake Bernadette Newsletter 5410 Golf Links Blvd Zephyrhills, FL 33541 Phone: 813- 788-7690 Email: Neither the CDD nor Association endorse or recommend any advertiser in this newsletter.

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ur first newsletter arrived on time in May and from initial reports is a tremendous success. Comments received are overwhelmingly supportive. I want to publically again thank Brigid Bauman for her support and help putting the newsletter together. By the way, she is your HOA Secretary.

Sheriff dispatcher at 813-929-1204 to report violations and request a Sheriff Patrol ticket the violator. Callers may even remain anonymous. You may even take the license plate and report the violator as a reckless driver. This information is then inputted into the county vehicle database.

As I thought about what to write for this July newsletter, I was reminded that we have many new families in our community and some “old” news is in need of “repeating”. So here goes.

I must again remind residents that parking in the driveway in such a way that restricts the free flow over sidewalks is a violation of county law. Handicapped people and our children must have free access to sidewalks to prevent them traversing into the streets to go around an inconsiderate neighbor who blocks sidewalk access. It only takes a minute to ensure the sidewalk remains clear. Please be considerate and leave room to transit the sidewalk.

I am continually amazed at how fast we are maturing and developing. This is truly a beautiful community. Unfortunately, there are a few residents who refuse to be good neighbors and residents which make our streets dangerous for our children, walkers and handicapped. I cannot impress enough on all of our residents and their guest that the speed limits on all side streets in Lake Bernadette should never exceed 20 MPH. Some are even posted below that at 15 MPH. That includes Montford Drive, where impatient drivers pass those maintaining a safe speed. Folks, arise ten minutes earlier so you can safely navigate our residential roads at a safe speed. This is extremely important during school times as I have witnessed drivers recklessly passing while our children wait for the school bus. Your HOA will be again asking the Pasco Sheriff to do speed checks and ticket speeders. Be considerate. I also want to remind all of our residents that street parking in Pasco County, which includes Lake Bernadette, is illegal and prohibited unless specifically posted. As you enter our community on either end of Golf Links Blvd, please note the signs posted at both entrances clearly indicating: “No Parking on Any Street”. Street parking adversely affects traffic flow, mail delivery, and restricts the free flow of emergency vehicles. I know no one wants to be responsible for a death because an ambulance or fire engine could not navigate a blocked or congested street. It’s the law! Any resident may call the Pasco County July | August 2011

We recently were notified that our Design Review Board Chair, John Mooney, is moving out of state. We are desperately in need of a resident, or two or three, who would like to volunteer to help with requests for modifications and improvements to existing property. The job is not too difficult; requiring the ability to follow established DRB Guidelines. The HOA is even empowered to offer the DRB Chair a small stipend for each request undertaken. Come on folks, we need someone with a little savvy and common sense. If interested, email us at Before I sign off for this issue, I have received a couple of complaints from residents about the discharge of firearms in and around our community. If a resident feels someone has discharged a firearm illegally and endangers residents, immediately call the Sheriff (813-9291204) and they will dispatch a deputy without delay to investigate. Your HOA and CDD Boards welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at LakeBnews5410@ Respectfully, Jim Burns - President, HOA Page 5

[community News] By Lloyd Rials, General Manager Lake Bernadette HOA


pets at Lake Bernadette

get calls that range from can I have a pet pig to can we have a birthday party with a rental pony? The answer to the first question is “no” and the answer to the second question is “yes”. Harken to the words of the Lake Bernadette Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Restrictions, and Easements: “Section 9. Livestock and Poultry; Pets. No animals, livestock or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred or kept at any Residence, except that dogs, cats or other household pets may be kept, provided that they are not kept, bred, or maintained for any commercial purpose, and that no more than two animals per

dwelling unit are maintained at any one time. Animals shall not be allowed to roam but shall be kept leashed. Pet Owners are responsible for retrieving and disposing of their pet’s deposits. Animals shall be prohibited from the Association Property.” Emphasis added. It is interesting that although the number of pets is clearly set forth, there is no limitation on the size and breed of dog or cat perhaps meaning that even if your dog is of a size that it can be saddled and ridden, it fits within the Declaration’s license. How about a Burmese Python? Your Association would argue that snakes are not a “household pet” by common parlance and therefore are not permitted.

Lake Bernadette, besides being a great neighborhood to live in, is very dog friendly. One of the many pleasures for folks who like to take walks on the many sidewalks of Lake Bernadette is the greeting of other residents who are walking their dogs. We have many different breeds of dogs of all sizes in our community and all of them are very friendly. Part of the responsibility of residents who walk their dogs on common ground is the disposal of their pets “calling cards”. The overwhelming majority of residents are considerate and clean up after their dogs. On the other Page 6

Enough funky definition arguments, let’s get down to the real nitty-gritty with pets - this would be pet owners who are so selfish and inconsiderate that they would intentionally leave their pet’s deposits on the lawns of their neighbors or the Association’s common property and/or allow their pets to roam free in neighborhoods. The Declaration recited above is pretty clear on this kind of behavior – sad that some among us would need to have such a rule in writing. For those who think nothing of allowing their pets to defecate on the property of others, the Association has recently purchased very nice looking signs to remind them that this practice

hand, there are a few residents who are not as considerate and neglect to clean up after their dogs. Besides being inconsiderate, not cleaning up dog wastes creates a health hazard to all of us. We should all keep in mind, that, as residents, we are all in the same community, and what each of us does affects the rest of the residents. This is especially true in the common areas. Your CDD and HOA are doing their part to keep up the high standard of living we all enjoy. The residents also need to pitch in to keep that level

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is not only against our rules but is a health hazard as well. What works best when someone is walking their dog and allowing it to defecate on your lawn? Let’s be honest about this. Calling the Sheriff doesn’t work. Calling Animal Control doesn’t work – all you get is a message that they are understaffed. Your property manager isn’t going to do anything but maybe write a letter to the offender. The only thing that seems to work is confrontation. The pet owner who is so selfish and inconsiderate as to allow their pet to foul your property is betting that you don’t have the nerve to come out and speak to them about it.

high. With small individual efforts, residents can help by cleaning up after their dogs and by keeping the various periodicals that are distributed on a regular basis in the front of their homes picked up. While many residents consider these periodicals to be annoyances, that is no reason for them to “foul their own nest”. Thankfully the majority of residents take pride in their homes and community. Let’s all try to keep Lake Bernadette a great place to live and a place to proudly call home. - John Fleming, HOA VP/Treasurer Lake Bernadette News


Hurricane Season started on June 1 and ends November 30. Note: Lake Bernadette is not in an Evacuation Zone.

q Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

q Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

q Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days

q Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

• non-perishable packaged or

canned food / juices

• foods for infants or the elderly • snack foods • non-electric can opener • cooking tools / fuel • paper plates / plastic utensils

q Blankets / Pillows, etc. q Clothing - rain gear/ sturdy shoes q First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

q Keys q Toys, Books and Games q Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag - insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. q Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

q Special Items - for babies and the elderly

q Vehicle fuel tanks filled

q Flashlight / Batteries

q Pet care items

q Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

• ample supply of food and water

q Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

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• proper identification / immunization


records / medications • a carrier or cage Tr av e l e r’s | H a r t f o r d | M e r c u ry | I n f i n i t y | P r o g r e s s i v e

• muzzle and leash Extracted from National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, Preparedness Guide Homeowner’s Insurance available in Pasco,Located in the Home DePot plaza next to Wendy’s

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CDD Events, Classes & Programs

“Award Winning”, “Endorsed by Experts”


Events Movie Night: July 1st & August 5th 6:30-8:30 pm

Classes & Programs Aqua-Fit Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (weather permitting). Time: 10am. For more info, contact Nelson or Meredith Tuxbury at 813.782.4049

Bingo CDD members only. Ages 18+, Meets the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month. Time: 7pm.

Book Club Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month. Time: 7pm. For more info, contact Joann Strickland at 813.780.6683.

Coffee Hour Homemade goodies, sugarfree items, coffee and tea for $2. Saturdays at 9:30am.

Kids’ Parties Festivals Fundraisers Company Parties

Poker, Cards & Games

ROMEOS For more info, contact Ben Richardson at 813.782.3142 or Bill Hayden at 813.780.8430. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Thursdays at 10am. For more info, contact Margaret Kovachik at 813.779.4337.

Meets the last Friday of each month at 7pm.

Sunshine Club


Red Hat Society. For more info, contact Lois Hayden at 813.780.8430. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Dance / Fitness class set to international rhythms to create an aerobic routine that is fun and easy to follow. All fitness levels. Meets Thursdays at 6:30pm low impact 7:30pm. For more info, contact 813964-7226 or go to www.

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Lilacs & Roses

First Friday of each month. Time: 6-8:30pm. Kids ages 5-12 years enjoy a great movie, pizza, snacks and soda. For more info, contact the clubhouse at 813.788.7690.

Reserve your date today!


Cardio, strength, and stretch moves for a total body workout. Monday and Tuesday evenings. Time: 6-7pm. For more info, visit

Movie Night

Stop Bullying • Reading is Magic Character Building • Just Say No

Bring your game faces. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30pm.

Should you know someone who needs comfort or encouragement through a difficult time, please contact Donna Fryza at 780.1327. She will send a heartfelt greeting card and communicate any needs so we all can be prayerful.


Holiday Parties School Themed Shows

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Please send your neighborhood photos to Graphic designer:

Photo by Tanya Mayfield.

Sally and Yoshi, residents of The Greens.

Serving in Iraq.

Zephyrhills High School Prom

Zephyrhills High School Prom

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[community News] The Truth About

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t is a common myth that Spanish moss is a parasite and that it kills trees. In fact it is an air plant that finds suitable habitat in trees when the canopy is open enough to allow in enough light. It is further encouraged by the presence of dead wood in the tree that provides nutrients as rain water descends along the branches and twigs. It can present a problem when it gets extremely thick. Not only will it block sunlight, but it has an amazing capacity to absorb water. The extra weight in a storm can cause branch breakage. Wikipedia describes it as follows: “Spanish moss is an epiphyte which absorbs nutrients (especially calcium) and water from the air and rainfall. Spanish moss is colloquially known as an “air plant”. While it rarely kills the trees it lowers their growth rate by reducing the amount of light to a tree’s own leaves. It also increases wind resistance, which can prove fatal to the host tree in a hurricane.

Spanish moss is used as mulch especially in indoor container plantings. It can be collected for use around trees and as mulch around landscape plants in the yard. Nutritionally, it is equivalent to a 3-3-3 fertilizer. The original Model-T Ford used it as seat cushion stuffing, and during WW2 when cotton was in short supply, it was used as wound dressing due to its great absorbency. Of course, ones real concern should be for the health of the trees. Spraying the moss with an approved copper-based liquid can damage new growth and even then, you just have black, dead moss hanging in the tree. And of course, since it wasn’t killing the tree, the tree won’t be in any better shape. It is wise to remove heavy accumulations to prevent branch breakage in a storm but dead wood within the tree canopy won’t be solved except by proper pruning.

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[Business Spotlight]

Saddlebrook S

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If there is a wedding in your future, think of the beautiful grounds and professional service for which Saddlebrook is famous. Our golf, restaurants, and Spa are open to the public, and we invite you to come and experience the true destination resort in your backyard. For more information, visit our website www. and we look forward to your visit.

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Tampa Bay’s Great Golf &Tennis Resort Saddlebrook offers: The Spa at Saddlebrook Resort Dempsey’s Steak House T.D.’s Sports Bar Tropics Restaurant & Lounge Two Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Courses The Arnold Palmer Gold Academy Weddings and Social Events 95,000 sq. ft. of meeting and function space 540 guest accommodations, 75% of them suites …and much more.

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[School News] Zephyrhills H.S. 6335 12th St. Zephyrhills, FL Phone: (813) 794-6100

Important Dates August 11 12 15 16 22

12th Grade Orientation 5-7pm 9th Grade Orientation 5-7pm Teacher Planning Week (August 15-19) 10th & 11th Grade Orientation 8am-3pm First Day of Classes for Students

September 1 Open House 6-8pm 5 No School - Labor Day 10 ACT Test 16 Drive Smart 4 UR School - Dick Jarrett 17 Drive Smart 4 UR School - Dick Jarrett 23 Progress Reports ZHS is now a SAT/ACT Testing Site

Dual Enrollment Dual Enrollment registration begins on August 1, 2011 at the PHCC Dade City Campus. Mrs. Moore will be there to assist from 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration will continue until August 22 but courses will become less available the longer students wait. Students must register at PHCC for all ZHS Dual Enrollment courses as well!

What is Dual Enrollment?

Who Can Participate? High school students can participate in the program after meeting all of the Dual Enrollment qualifications. Students must have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 and meet test score requirements. Students MUST provide their own transportation.

How Do I Register? Students can register and complete an application and have their parents’ and school counselor’s approval. Students must have a 3.0 unweighted GPA to take academic classes. Students must have an acceptable standardized test score from the FCELPT, SAT or ACT. See your guidance counselor. Website for schedule: To see Summer Reading Lists and Summer assignments visit website. Raymond B. Stewart Middle School 38505 10th Ave. Zephyrhills, FL Phone: (813) 794-6500

Cheerleading tryouts Cheerleading tryouts will be held August 29th to September 1st in the cafetorium. These tryouts are closed to the public. The times for tryouts are as follows:

In Dual Enrollment, students enroll in approved college credit courses working through PascoHernando Community College and receive college and high school credit while still in high school. These courses provide options for students ready for additional rigorous learning opportunities. Students can attend classes at the PHCC campus as part of their regular high school schedule.

Monday 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. 1. Teach/Learn the cheer 3:00-4:15 2. Show the 3 Jumps 4:15-4:30 Tuesday 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. 1. Practice the cheer 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. 2. Practice jumps and original cheer (this cheer is made up by the participant) 4:00-4:30 Wednesday 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. 1. Practice both cheers and jumps 3:00-4:15 2. Receive number order for tryouts

Thursday September 1, 2011 will be tryouts. We will begin promptly at 3PM. Questions - Contact Debra Stacy at (813) 794-6500.

Volleyball tryouts Volleyball tryouts will be held starting August 22nd (1st day of school) to August 25th from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. Parents must pick up athletes on time after tryouts. To tryout you must have completed the following: Have a current physical on an FHSAA form. Physical are good for one year. Questions - Contact Coach Holifer or Coach Stacy at (813) 794-6500.

Football tryouts Football tryouts will start on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 3:00. Students may arrive as early as 2:30 and must be ready to start at 3:00. Practice will end at 5:00, with all students picked up or off campus by 5:15. If there are any questions about dates or requirements, you may access all information needed on the school’s webpage (rbsms.pasco. then go to the Athletics link. There you will find all of this information as well as the link to the FHSAA participation packet. New River Elementary School 4710 River Glen Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 Phone: (813) 346-0500

Place Program From June 6 – Aug 18th from 6am – 6pm. Registration is at the school. It is $20 nonrefundable sign up and then $55 a week. Please call 813-346-0592 for more information.

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• Power wash driveway & walks • Cement rotary surface cleaner • White vinyl panel fence algae removal • Pressure spray cement & aluminum clean • Remove fridge line accumulations • Lanai spray removal of ugly black crud • Remove pool cage & deck algae • Gutter clean out & debris to curb • Clothes dryer exhaust clean out to roof.

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[ Scouts ] Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts

We Are Pack 77!

Prepare this Summer, Have A Troop by Fall!

Anyone interested in joining Boy Scouts from Lake Bernadette community can come to the Church where we meet on Mondays 6:30p Address: First Presbyterian Church 5510 19th St. Zephyrhills, FL 33542 Cubmaster ~ Ted Bommer Bear Leader ~ James Stitt Bear Assistant Leader ~ Katrina Stitt Bear Assistant Leader ~ Amy Christopher We have boys from Tigers to Webelos, which would be 1st graders to 4th graders. We also have access to older Boy Scout Troops

Summer Fun

Meeting at the Water Park in Zephyrhills on July 9th, 9am-12 noon.


irl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) is seeking Seven Oaks residents to be troop leaders for Seven Oaks girls. Both men and women over age 18, to volunteer as positive adult role models. Troop leaders facilitate activities meeting the contemporary needs of girls, and make a lasting impact by helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSWCF works in close partnership with troop leaders to deliver the information and support needed to help girls unleash their potential. As part of its commitment, GSWCF offers a flexible schedule of inperson and online trainings for all troop leaders, assisting them in

developing their skills and learning about the Girl Scout program. By completing all required training this summer, leaders can have a troop as early as this fall! In addition to troop leaders, GSWCF is seeking volunteers to fill a variety of other positions. Volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes to support troop leaders, or to train other volunteers. Volunteers are also needed to work directly with girls as event directors or program facilitators at local Girl Scout camps. The possibilities are endless! No matter the position, Girl Scout volunteers gain valuable job experience, hone leadership skills, participate in their community and, ultimately empower and inspire girls.


The Cookies from Home program allows customers to purchase cookies for military men and women serving in combat zones overseas. Support the Troops sends the cookies and other necessities postage-free for the Girl Scouts. More than 50,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were donated through the 2011 Girl Scout Cookies from Home program.

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35208 lake edward On Lake bernadette! .65/acre lot. HOA $50/year PP-3/2/2

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Important County Contact


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Lake Bernadette Realty Update

Animal Services Denise Hilton - Manager .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . (813) 929-1212

Code Compliance.. . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . .. . . . . (727) 847-8171 Customer Service Heather Grimes - Performance Development Administrator . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 847-2411

It’s not been easy living in Lake Bernadette. You’re all too familiar with the highs and the lows of the housing market and for a long time you’ve been at rock bottom. But things might be looking up for Residents of Lake Bernadette. Over the last 6 months, 25 homes have sold in your fine community. The median sold price over this period has been a dismal $61 per sq.ft, and since the median sized home is 2,014 sq.ft, 25 lucky buyers now own Lake Bernadette real estate for a median sold price of $122,000. But the trends are looking up. There’s been a steady increase in the number of homes sold each month for the last 6 months. Short sale activity is way down - only one Short Sale has closed over the last 6 months. And although the majority of sales are still Foreclosures (14 in total), 10 sales over the last 6 months were Conventional. Granted, most conventional sales were probably old foreclosures that were purchased by investors and flipped, but whoever is responsible for stabilizing the economy - whether investors or owner occupants - we’ll take it! Prices have also been heading up. They’ve been as low as $53/sq.ft and as high as $74/sq.ft, but the general trend is increasing. That means you should expect to see appraisals without the dreaded “declining market” emblazoned across the front before too long. That’s a welcome relief for any community. Here’s something we don’t like - the average days for a property to sell is also increasing. It’s up to 157 Page 14

Emergency Services and Fire Rescue Anthony Lopinto - Director / Fire Chief. . . . (813) 929-2750

Engineering Services James C. Widman, P.E. - Director/County Engineer . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 847-8140

Health Department David R. Johnson, M.D., M.S., M.H.A. - Director . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 861-5250

Pasco County School Board Heather Fiorentino - Superintendent . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (813) 794-2000

Paving Assessment days over the last 6 months which says that the housing market is still not as free-flowing as it should be. Our goal is to see increasing prices, increasing sales, and days to sale of around 100 - then we’ll have reason to believe that the market is really kicking along. Recovery in the Tampa Bay housing market won’t come evenly. Some communities will start to stabilize and increase even while other communities continue to bump along the bottom. But there are signs over the last 6 months that we’ve met the bottom and are slowly... slowly coming back in Lake Bernadette. It’s not going to be overnight, it’s not going to be without declines here and there, but the Lake Bernadette housing market might be on the mend! Sincerely,

David Brown - Project Manager . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 834-3601

Property Appraiser Mike Wells - Property Appraiser) . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (352) 521-4433

Road and Bridge Michael Garrett, P.E. - Public Works Director) . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 847-8143

Sheriff . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 847-8143 East Pasco Dispatcher: . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . (813)-929-1204

Stormwater Management . . . . . . . . . .. . (727) 834-3611 Survey Hardoowar Singh, P.L.S.M., County Surveyor . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 847-8140

Tax Collector Mike Olson. . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (352) 521-4360

Utilities Services Peter K. Murphy, MBA Real Estate Consultant/CEO

Bruce E. Kennedy, P. E. - Assistant County Administrator . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 847-8145

Veterans Services William S. Klinger - County Veterans Service Officer . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (727) 834-3282

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[Classifieds] RESIDENT CLASSIFIEDS: Lake Bernadette residents can list items (with the exception of real estate – which may be listed under Business Classifieds for $39) for sale and/or services needed at no charge. up to 45 words. For your convenience, classifieds may be send via email to (LB Classifieds:) LB News reserves the right to revise, reclassify, edit or refuse any classified advertisement. Personal

[Goods] FOR SALE 1999 Lexus ES300 $5000 Firm, Runs Great! 183,000 miles, All Leather in good condition, Power everything and works, 2nd owner, we have all the service records. Contact David or Denise 907-8343.

information, such as name and address, is required for submission but will not appear in the classified listing unless requested. Classifieds will be accepted and posted from non-Lake Bernadette residents but only after payment of $15 is received. For further information, call 813-991-0323 or email

with your child. Asking $60. Please email Ami at: for more information. For Sale Body Shower Interaktiv Body Shower- $500 obo. New in box never used, Interaktiv Body Shower 06549000. E-mail to

[Services] Teacher/Tutor State certified elementary ed. teacher (M. Ed. in K-12 ESE and Art) tutoring, test preparation, summer enrichment & art lessons for K thru grade 6, $30/hour or $50 for 2 sessions Jen Smith 813.293.0692

FOR SALE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Autographed Hockey Stick. MUST SEE to make offer. Call 813.994.3743.

For Sale $100 Audio Tower by Bell’O AT423T 4-Shelves. Great Condition. E-mail to

FOR SALE: Graco Lovin’ Hug Swing Likenew condition, still have the original box. This swing is in Hamilton print which is gender neutral. The swing is still sold in stores, asking $70. Please email Ami at: for more information.

Honor roll student looking for summer babysitting job. Club and pool access. Day or evening hours. $10 an hour. 407-417-7136 or 813713-9086.

FOR SALE: Orange lake timeshare located in Kissimmee Fl., sleeps 8, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath full kitchen, dining room week 28, price $7500. Close to amusement parks, activities on grounds. call 907-6317

If you want an efficient, energetic, trustworthy, loving grandmother to care for your child, please call me. I’ve been caring for my grandchildren for 12+ years. Now they’re in school and my nest is empty.

FOR SALE: Evenflo Triple Fun ExersaucerJungle In excellent condition, still sold in stores! For ages birth-24 months, so it grows

FOR SALE: 150 pcs bronze ware diner setcherry handles, wooden case $125. call 907-6317.

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