The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is involved in a charity drive this holiday season to collect clothes/underwear for children all ages for the Child Protection Department. This is the division that removes kids from their homes, and then works with Sarasota Safe Children’s Coalition managing the family cases through courts. They are always in great need.
As a community, we are offering an opportunity for residents to donate to this cause, starting with our Holiday Party on Sunday – where we will have a collection area set aside in the clubhouse. You can donate clothing (or money) to this cause up through Wednesday, December 19.
Food Truck Thursday at Covered Bridge Estates is an opportunity for residents to take the night off from cooking and swing by the Clubhouse for some good food provided by local food trucks. The goal is to provide at least one truck each Thursday (holidays excluded) from 5-8pm.
The following is our current schedule of food trucks which is subject to change, so please check this post regularly. The Facebook or website link included can help you learn more about each food truck and, in many cases, provide you with their menu.
Covered Bridge Food Truck Schedule
South Philly Cheese Steaks
Four different types of sandwiches, fries, tots, onion rings and lemonade.
The Board of Directors is sponsoring a Holiday Decorating Contest to promote the holiday spirit and to see who has that “holiday magic” when decorating their homes. Judging will occur the week of December 10 and will take several evenings to complete. Cash prizes of $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place will be awarded. In addition, the first place winner will have their name and address added to our Holiday Decorating Winner Plaque to be displayed in the Clubhouse, giving them bragging rights for the entire year!
Winners will be announced at the Holiday Party in the Clubhouse on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
In addition to those homes that are participating, there are many other homes with beautiful holiday decorations that are worthy of seeing. Make a point to gather the family and visit the entire neighborhood.
The contest is only for Covered Bridge Estates residents.
Board or Committee members are not eligible to participate.
Entry is free, no cost or fees apply.
To enter the contest, send email to HolidayDecoratingContest@cbecai.com and provide your name and address. You must register by noon in Monday December 10, 2018 to qualify for judging.
Contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in the windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be done from the outside of the residence only.
Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore, only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged.
Participants agree to allow one or more photos of their decorated residence exterior to be posted on the Covered Bridge Estates website and/or Facebook page. Participants agree there will be no compensation of any kind for said posting.
Participants should ensure that all lights, animations and decorations are in place and activated for the judging periods during the week of December 10.
(FYI: Our covenants allow holiday decorative lights to be displayed between Thanksgiving and January 20.)
Here are the 2018 Participant Addresses: The following addresses represent those residents who are registered for the contest.
3831 Day Bridge Place
3918 Day Bridge Place
5904 French Creek Court
6002 French Creek Court
6007 French Creek Court
6117 French Creek Court
6341 French Creek Court
6349 French Creek Court
4151 Little Gap Loop
4183 Little Gap Loop
5807 New Paris Way
6531 Rock Bridge Lane
6635 Rock Bridge Lane
6206 Rock Creek Circle
6234 Rock Creek Circle
6290 Rock Creek Circle
4309 Trout River Crossing
4626 Trout River Crossing
4853 Trout River Crossing
5911 Willows Bridge Loop
(Hover over the pins to see the address. Zoom in on the map to see house location more precisely.)
Thanks again for the wonderful turnout at Food Truck Thursday December 6. South Philly Cheesesteaks reported selling 176 Cheesesteaks along with a ton of fries, tots, onion rings and lemonade. They were quite pleased with the turnout and have asked to come back so you can expect to see them again on December 20.
Many of you were gracious to agree to fill out our Food Truck Survey where we asked for suggestions and feedback. Here is a compilation of the results regarding your suggestions for food you would like to see:
15 – Sandwiches
12 – BBQ
8 – Salads/Healthy Fare
9 – Other (Tacos/Mexican (7 responses), Greek, Chinese, and Indian)
You have also been asking for a second truck to help shorten the wait time. We are happy to announce that starting December 13 we will have two trucks – Bowled Life and The Farm House Donuts” which also serves wings and chicken tenders. Check the current schedule for the upcoming trucks that have committed to participate.
We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new treadmill in the Clubhouse exercise room, and we are happy to report that the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 was delivered on December 5! As always, please feel free to reach out to the Covered Bridge Estates Management Office if you have any questions or concerns.
Happy Holidays! The Board has voted to suspend overnight parking violations from December 21, 2018 through January 4, 2019 to accommodate overnight holiday visitors when resident driveways might be at capacity. Our traffic patrols will still be in force to look for other parking issues, but on-street parking should not incur violations during these dates.
The Board asks that residents be respectful of their neighbors and try not to park directly across from other vehicles which may be already parked on the opposite side of the street. We want to maintain safe through-traffic and access for any emergency vehicles which may be wider than standard vehicles. Please also do not block access to mailboxes and hydrants. Additional overnight parking for personal resident/guest vehicles is always available in the marked stalls of the bus turnaround and at the clubhouse. (Commercial vehicles and trailers are prohibited.) These areas are under video surveillance.
Thanks to all who came out for our Food Truck Thursday last evening. The demand was so high that Parrish Cuban Grill ran out of food early, and we truly regret that some of you were turned away after a long wait. They had prepared for 75 meals last night based on an estimated 50 people that came the night they had generator issues. They ended up serving 90 from their menu and at the end were selling cheese sandwiches to the last 10 people who said they would take whatever was available.
For future events, we will be alerting Food Truck owners of the need for higher volume and finding out if they accept credit cards. Some of you suggested having a second truck which is a possibility in the future, but we need to gauge continued volume to determine the feasibility. Please hang in there with us as we work out the details, and let us know if you have ideas for other Food Truck vendors!
At a recent Board meeting, there was discussion about numerous sidewalks in our community posing a tripping hazard. Though residents are normally responsible for reporting these issues to the County, some members of the Board went through the community recording areas that are uneven and had our manager submit the list. You may have noticed that several areas of the sidewalks have already been marked with an “X” or arrow in white spray paint or orange cones where we anticipate the County to be repairing the sidewalks.
If you have a home with a sidewalk and see that you have an uneven section that has not been marked for repair, you can contact the County through their website (https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/public_works/report_an_issue), or as a convenience to our residents, you may send an email with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2018 and we will send in a list.
Much appreciation to our County for paying attention to these issues and reacting so quickly.