Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

We are now in the midst of hurricane season and Hurricane Irma should remind us that we should always be prepared.  Manatee County has published an excellent, comprehensive Disaster Planning Guide and we are making this available to each home at Covered Bridge Estates.  Copies of this publication are available at the Clubhouse and will also be distributed in the parking lot on Food Truck Thursday.  Please grab your copy of this excellent publication.

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Defibrillator Equipment Is Now Available at the Clubhouse

A defibrillator (AED) has been installed inside the Fitness Center at the Clubhouse. For those who don’t know, a defibrillator is a device that is used to shock a person’s heart back into a proper rhythm if they have gone into cardiac arrest.  

A “Break Glass in Emergency” key box with a key fob inside has been mounted to the right of the Fitness Center door that leads to the pool area. There is a bag attached with accessories: gloves, a CPR pocket mask and a surgical razor.

The AED is designed to be used by the general public with a minimum of training. In a nutshell, you open it up, turn it on and do what it tells you to do (yes, it talks!). Instructions for use are in a pouch inside of the unit. Please report any signs of tampering of either the key box or the AED to the office staff.

The Clubhouse staff will be trained in CPR and the use of the AED on May 28, 2019. After the staff is trained, classes in CPR/AED will be offered to anyone in the community that is interested.

We hope we never have to use it, but if there is ever a need, it is there!

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In Case You Missed It… Ice Cream Social and Meet the Manager A Success

The Ice Cream Social was held on Saturday, May 18 in the Clubhouse.  Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau, the new Community Manager, was present to meet those who came.  Kids and adults alike enjoyed making their own ice cream sundae and chatting with other residents.

An estimated 80 residents attended the two-hour event.  A special thanks to the volunteers that helped setup, serve, and clean up for this event.

Watch for other monthly Covered Bridge Estates activities and events by checking out the suggested Events Calendar here.


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Social Events Calendar

The Social Activities and Events volunteers have been busy thinking up fun stuff to offer our residents this year. While most of the events are yet to be fully planned and set on the calendar, the goal is to offer at least one fun event each month here at Covered Bridge Estates. The following tentative schedule of events is what is being considered. Do you have an idea for an event? Are you interested in assisting with one or more of the events listed? If you would like to get involved, we’d love to have you! Contact us at and let us know your ideas.

Covered Bridge Estates Tentative Events Calendar
Date Event Description
MAY 18, 2019: 6-8pm Ice Cream Social Make your own sundae and meet your neighbor
JUNE 23, 2019: 3-5pm Family Trivia Come test your knowledge with trivia questions for all ages.  Free popcorn and lemonade will be served.
JULY 25 4:00-8:00 Suncoast Blood Bank and CPR at the Clubhouse Give blood to a local blood bank and take advantage of free Hands-on CPR training
AUGUST 14 7:00-8:00pm Palm Tree Seminar Wayne Grubbs will be giving a seminar on proper planting and care for palm trees.
SEPTEMBER (Tentative) Chili Cook-off and Ice Cream Social Make your best chili recipe and perhaps win a prize for best entry
Children’s Bike Safety and Rodeo Bring your bike to the Clubhouse for safety inspection and optionally have it registered at the office in the event it is stolen.  An obstacle course will be set up in the parking lot for fun bike challenges
OCTOBER (Tentative) Haunted Clubhouse Celebrate Halloween at the Clubhouse as we transform it into a scary maze
Pumpkin Carving Contest Meet at the Clubhouse and carve a pumpkin with a chance to win a prize
NOVEMBER (Tentative) Holiday Pie Bake-off Bring your favorite pie (or cake) concoction and perhaps win a prize for best entry
DECEMBER (Tentative) Holiday Decorating Contest Our annual holiday decorating contest for bragging rights and a prize for first place
Holiday Party Come to the Clubhouse for pizza and cookies.  Meet your neighbors and spread the holiday cheer.


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Welcome Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau as New Property Manager

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have hired Pat Naldrett-Bilodeau as the new Manager of Covered Bridge Estates.

Pat is an experienced CAM with a passion for Customer Service. She is capable, intelligent and diplomatic with a confident community consciousness. Pat has over fifteen years of experience in all phases of on-site and portfolio association management, including but not limited to: amendments, special assessments, bid proposals, contracts, budgeting and training of board and committee members as well as on-site personnel.

Pat has previously provided her association management skills for Compass Rose Management, Lighthouse Property Management,  AMI Advanced Management Inc., and Argus Property Management, Inc.

Pat lives in Bradenton, FL and is looking forward to meeting everyone in the community.  Pat will begin work on May 14, where she will be working with Laura Howell to transition management of the community. Please make it a goal to stop by the office and introduce yourself to Pat.

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Notice: Trash Cans Required for Garbage on Trash Day

The Board of Directors voted to approve Resolution 02-02-2019 – Trash Restrictions, which requires that garbage be put into containers with a lid when left at the road on trash day. This resolution was adopted in response to the increase in trash bags being ripped open by birds and other critters on trash day and the resulting mess left in the road.

NOTE: The Board is allowing a grace period until April 1, 2019 for those who need to acquire a trash can.

FYI: Manatee County requires that trash cans be no larger than 32 gallons. It is recommended that you separate your trash cans at least three feet from your recycle bin if possible to allow space for the mechanical arm on the recycle trucks.

Click for the full details of the resolution: Resolution 02-02-2019 – Trash Restrictions

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Alligator sightings

We wanted to make you aware that alligators are more active at this time of the year, and a few have been seen in our ponds. Please use caution if you see one and keep pets and children at a safe distance. This is from Commonly Asked Questions on our website:

Q:  There is an alligator in the pond.  What should I do?
A:  Leave it alone.  Alligators are native to Florida and are an important part of the ecosystem.  They keep the rat and snake populations in check. Do not feed, approach or otherwise harass an alligator.

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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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Ever wonder why the pool is closed?

  • We do our best to keep the pool open for everyone’s enjoyment, but here are a few instances of why the pool might close during normal hours:
    • Thunder is heard.  It reopens 30 minutes after the last thunder rumble is heard.
    • Lightning is present within 5 miles. There are phone apps to detect that.
    • Chemicals or chemical feeders are not operating properly or pumps are not operating properly.
    • Pool has been shocked or when any contaminants are discovered. It reopens when the pool company has disinfected and given us the “all clear.”
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