Food Truck Thursday – Fillaburger & (NEW) American Honey Creamery – 2/21 4-8pm

Fillaburger will be back this Thursday with their specialty stuffed burgers. They were quite popular last time, and vow to bring more food so they don’t run out. Check out their Facebook page. If the menu is too small to read, click here to download it. They do take credit cards.

AMERICAN HONEY CREAMERY: American Honey Creamery will be here for the first time this Thursday! Check out their Facebook page.

Click here for full schedule of upcoming Food Trucks.

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“Concert In The Park” Planned for March 10

Are we ready for Spring?  Join us at the Clubhouse for the second annual “Concert In the Park” planned for Sunday March 10 from 3-6pm.  This year we plan to expand the festivities by offering kids activities and some friendly competition such as corn hole, and other games for adults.  Here is a summary of what is planned:

  • The band Rusty Trumpet will once again be here offering live music  (click here to see a sample of their sound!)
  • Several food trucks from our Food Truck Thursday parked in the parking lot
  • Matthews Wildlife Rescue demonstrations (voluntary donations appreciated)
  • North River Fire Department will bring a fire truck for the kids to see
  • Free cotton candy and popcorn for the kids
  • Face painting and kids activities

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: This year we are seeking volunteers to help make this event exciting for the whole family.  Please consider volunteering for one to three hours with any of the following:

  • Setup
  • Organizing the kids activities
  • Manning the cotton candy and popcorn machines
  • Organizing a corn hole competition or other games for adults (ideas welcome!)
  • Where needed

Send email to if you can help or for more details. Thanks!


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Community Yard Sale – March 2, 2019

It is time to start planning for this spring’s Community Yard Sale at Covered Bridge Estates! Again, we plan to publish a yard sale map for distribution throughout the community with your location and items. The last three yard sales have been quite successful with more local traffic to all areas of the community thanks to your participation and being put on the map.

If you have items to sell and would like to be listed on the map, please send your information to  Include your address and an idea of items you plan to sell by noon Friday, March 1. Let us know if you can assist in putting up (and taking down) signage on the property to promote the Yard Sale.

The following addresses represent those residents who chose to advertise what they are selling. This does not necessarily represent ALL of the participants in our neighborhood yard sale.
6466 Coral Creek CourtKitchen items, small wine refrigerator, clothes, misc items
4107 Day Bridge PlaceBaby equipment, clothes, and other baby supplies, Household items, furniture, decorations, fixtures, Video games, Designer Wedding Dress, Wedding decorations and accessories.
5830 French Creek CourtBooks, furniture, toys, miscellaneous
4726 Halls Mill CrossingQueen Bed Set, Baby furniture (bouncer, swing, bedside bassinet, etc), Baby Clothes (newborn - 6 months), Kids Clothes (girls sizes 5-7)
6210 Rock Creek Circlewomen's clothes, antique framed mirrors, hi-def cables, old cell phones, house decorations, glass ware, coffee cups, weight machine, weight stack, cut glass chandelier, huge flower photos on mounting board,
Wii exercise platform, tool chest, iPhone 6 case w pop socket,
humidifier for snow birds going back north, door bell chimes, Halloween yard decorations, candle holder, water purification unit, generator 6500 watts 3 yrs old
& other stuff
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Change for Applications to Modifications Being Implemented

At a recent Board of Directors meeting, it was decided that all posted agendas for the Modification Committee Meeting, held the second Wednesday of each month, should include the addresses for each modification request being considered.  This change will allow those residents who may abut the residence requesting modification an opportunity to attend the meeting.  Because of this change, residents should be sure to have any modification request form submitted to the Management Office 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting for that month so that the request can be listed on the agenda and considered by the Committee.



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Change in Financial Institution for HOA Payments

The Management has been informed that CenterState is the new financial institution handling HOA payments.  Unfortunately, we have just recently received information about this change and the result is a delay in getting the new payment coupons out.  The attached letter from CenterState helps explain how your payments should be addressed.

As the letter below states,  you may also make payments online by e-Check or Credit Card by using this link https://coveredbridgeestates.epay-centerstatebank.comA convenience fee applies to credit card transactions if you use this online payment method.  E-checks are free of charge.

Due to factors beyond our control, the coupon books are late this year and all late fees and interest normally assessed in January will be delayed until approximately February 20.We will let you know in advance if that date changes.

NOTE: If you have already sent your HOA dues to our old bank, your payment will still be processed. You will not have to take any further action. Any payments received in our old PO Box through the end of January will be forwarded to our new bank.

If you have further questions, please use the contact information in the letter below.

We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing and have already modified the Commonly-Asked Questions page to show the new address for making payments.

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Holiday Lighting 2018 Winners Announced

A big congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Covered Bridge Lighting Contest announced at the Holiday Party in the Clubhouse. The judges had many exceptional homes from which to choose and the final results were very close.

The first place winner was Cheryl Sciolino at 6341 French Creek Court who won the $100 cash prize.  Cheryl will also have her name and address added to the plaque that will hang on the Clubhouse wall until a new winner is announced next year.

Second place in the contest was Michelle Labadie at 6635 Rock Bridge Lane who earned the second place prize of $50.00.

Third place winner was Nick Formica at 3918 Day Bridge Place who takes the $25.00 cash prize.

Honorary mention goes to William Kennedy at 6007 French Creek Court and Jacqui and Zakary Gibson at 4853 Trout River Crossing.

See all the entries here and visit all the homes in the neighborhood this season.

Here are the 2018 Participant Addresses:
The following addresses represent those residents who are registered for the contest.

Address Photo
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.)


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… The County Is Repairing Our Sidewalks!

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 (, or as a convenience to our residents, you may send an email with your address to 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.

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Do You Have Ideas??

Last year, we enjoyed some great, family-friendly events – remember the Holiday Party, Decorating Contest and Concert in the Park?  We could use your ideas at our organizational meeting this Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. Please join us to plan more fun events for our community – all residents welcome!

If you can’t make the meeting but are interested, send thoughts or questions to

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…Birds Love Our Trash!

Yes, the birds have discovered our trash days! They love to tear open trash bags and make a smelly mess of litter around the front of your house. Please make sure you put your trash in a barrel with a lid on the morning of trash day to encourage the pesky critters to feast elsewhere.

More trash and recycling info may be found on the Manatee County website at

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Manatee County Rules for Picking Up Yard Waste

How should my yard waste be handled so it can be picked up by the County?  The following excerpt from the Manatee County website should provide you with the needed information to ensure that your tree trimmings and other yard waste are picked up each week.

Yard waste is vegetative matter resulting from yard and landscaping maintenance of your own property. This includes materials such as tree branches, leaves, grass clippings or palm fronds. Please prepare yard waste properly to expedite pickup.

All yard waste is picked up on Wednesdays. (Except for holiday makeup schedule).

Many items are diverted from the landfill. We ask that you separate the materials into groups (household / furniture, yard waste, e-scrap / white goods , and tires) as separate trucks collect different materials.



  • You can use sturdy garbage bags.


  • If you do not wish to use garbage cans or garbage bags, you can put yard waste in bundles no longer than four (4) feet in length.
  • Bundles cannot contain branches larger than six (6) inches in diameter. Any branch larger than six (6) inches in diameter should be cut in half length-wise, tied and bundled.
  • Tie bundles with heavy-duty string.


  • Please put yard waste in a 32-gallon garbage cans. Yard waste should not extend above the top of the can.

Bundles, bags or 32-gallon garbage cans should weigh no more than 50 pounds each.
All properly prepared yard waste is picked up on Wednesday. (Except for holiday make-up schedules)


  • You may also take your yard waste to the landfill for a fee.


  • Each residential address may utilize one (1) collection per year for solid waste at no additional cost. You may use this service for the collection of more than two (2) large items, too much yard waste to bundle, e-scrap and white goods at the curb. Additional special pick-ups are available for an additional service fee.
  • To see if you qualify for a free annual please call customer services at 941-792-8811.
  • One per year (Oct. 1st – Sept. 30th) per residential address.
  • There is a 60 cubic yard limit (L 40′ x W 8′ x H 6′)

There is no limit on the amount of yard waste that can be picked up, as long as it is bundled, bagged or canned and placed out properly. The removal of large amounts of loose yard waste is not part of the residential collection service charge, and is considered an “Extraordinary Service.”  If you choose to have the hauler pick up your loose yard waste, please call customer service at 941-792-8811 to arrange a pickup. This Extraordinary Service will be charged on your next utility bill. Residents may also elect to take the debris to the Lena Road Landfill in their own vehicle.

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