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Rules Review Looks At Dogs, Patios, BBQs
The Board of Directors, at its meeting on February 7, asked Secretary
Barb Peacock to chair a committee to review the rules that govern Magnolia Square. This review is not of the documents, the
basis of the condominium corporation.
Rather, this review will look at the day-to-day-rules that govern the
common areas of Magnolia Square. Comments and questions directed to the office
in the past few months covered such topics as barbecues (where should private
barbecues be placed?), patios (despite the policy decision applied some years
ago, there continue to be questions) and dogs (why don’t dog owners pick up
after their dogs?). Barb Peacock has already scheduled one meeting to gain comments
from the owners on these and any other matters that are part of the rules. If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or
advice on possible rule changes, or would like to know more, please contact
Barb at 588-2319. Advice from the owners is needed if the review process is to
be a successful one.
Still Everyone’s Concern
We’ve been relatively fortunate at Magnolia Square in regard to crime. There have been very few break-ins, and other
police occurrences are very rare.
Nonetheless, we can all do our part to maintain our safety. The Largo Police recommend leaving outside
lights on even when -- or especially when -- you’re away from home. Deadbolts are an effective
deterrent. And remember that the Largo
Police have authority to deal with any trespassers on our property. If you see anyone who shouldn’t be here, call
the Largo Police non-emergency number
587-6730. The best crime prevention
measure, however, is still individual watchfulness. If you see something serious that shouldn’t
be happening, call the police.
City of Largo
officials are having preliminary talks regarding the now-vacant Winn-Dixie site
to the east of Magnolia Square. First discussions indicate a mixed-use
project will be built there, probably a blend of residential, retail and
commercial, although any one of those uses could predominate in the final
Board Meeting News
The Board of Directors meeting of
February 7 highlighted news of upcoming improvements and maintenance of the
grounds and buildings.
- The Directors approved a statement of principles
that will guide them in their deliberations. The guidelines, based on the
results of the major survey of owners taken in 2006, provide that the most
important function of the board is the maintenance and improvement of Magnolia Square,
and directed this board and future ones to ensure that adequate funding
and reserves are available to achieve this goal.
- As part of this program, the mailboxes, which are
30 years old, will soon be replaced.
New USPS regulations require more expensive boxes than were
- The engineering firm hired to report on the
overhangs (one of which fell to the ground) has finished its inspection
work and a contract for repair of the overhangs should be awarded soon.
- The pool and its deck need refurbishment, and
this will take place, possibly in stages, over the next 12 months.
walkway will be constructed from the south gate to the roadway near the
New Lighting Will Increase
lighting in Magnolia Square,
to be installed soon by Progress Energy, should provide for increased
visibility. The new lighting, which
costs about $5 monthly more than the present equipment, will provide twice the
light. The appearance should also be
much more natural, compared to the yellow glow that the present sodium vapor
lights produce. Installation depends on
Progress Energy’s work schedule, but should take place in the next few months.