To our residents, tenants, and guests:
This morning the Covered Bridge staff arrived at the clubhouse to discover a mess left by pool guests which (disturbingly) included two dirty diapers left out on the patio. Why these pool guests believed it was fine to leave human waste like this for us to clean up is beyond our understanding. We want to be explicitly clear that this behavior is unacceptable in our community and will not be tolerated. Facility privileges have been rescinded for this resident and the property owner has been contacted to discuss the lack of respect these tenants have shown to our community.
As homeowners in this beautiful community and as co-owners of the amenities it is incumbent upon us all to help maintain a happy and healthy quality of life in our shared environment. While most of us do a wonderful job co-existing, we do sometimes encounter these one-off issues. The Board and the facility staff want to reaffirm to our membership that we are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of safety and cleanliness in the clubhouse and other areas. If you see any type of behavior that does not adhere to the rules and regulations put in place to ensure a decent and hygienic standard of living in this community please alert the facility monitors, the Property Manager, or any member of the Board. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.
Many thanks to our neighbors who continue to make Covered Bridge a wonderful place to live!
Management, staff, and Board of Covered Bridge Estates, CAI
For homeowners who want to paint their house and cannot look at the paint books in the office, we have now made these available on the website. You can now view all color combinations here so that when you prepare your Modification Request for repainting your home, you will be able to supply the page number and color codes.
As a reminder, you must choose color combinations approved and shown in one of these two color books but you are not required to purchase your paint from Sherwin-Williams. You should be able to take the Sherwin-Williams color codes to your local Home Depot or Lowes (for example) and they will color match for you.
The Covered Bridge Estates office has been receiving an inordinate number of calls from homeowners who are being disturbed by motorcycle, dirt bike, and ATV activity happening in the easements and power line areas behind our homes. This activity is not only discourteous in our shared environment, but it is also prohibited. To be explicitly clear, no person is allowed to drive any type of vehicle onto any of the HOA property. Board Members, Management and Covered Bridge Estates staff have, on occasion, spoken with individuals seen pursuing this activity on our property. We have also been calling the Sheriff’s non-emergency line to report it. As this situation nevertheless continues, going forward, we will begin treating these incursions as trespassing and will be requesting that the Sheriff’s office handle these situations under that guidance. This might include the physical removal of the offender from the premises and subsequent related court proceedings.
If you see vehicle activity inside any Covered Bridge Estates easement, please call and report it to the Manatee Sheriff’s non-emergency line (941-747-3011) and send a follow-up e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make ourselves available to the Sheriff to represent any trespass violation. Include the cross street/area where the incident took place in your email.
Thank you for helping us make Covered Bridge Estates a better place to live.
The county asked that we share these guidelines for recycling:
In case you missed it, the Concert in the Park this year was bigger and better than ever. The South Trail Band was amazing and played hits from the 60s through 80s. Marty Marauder paid a visit. Southeastern Guide Dogs brought several of their precious “pupil puppies.” There were ten classic cars on display. There was free popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, balloon art and kids games. Frontier Communications brought a signed souvenir Buccaneers helmet and ball as door prizes and there were multiple gift cards given as door prizes, including one donated by Detwiler’s.
Thank you to our sponsors:
American Momentum Bank
Detweillers Farm Market
Gilmore Tractor Service
Powell, Carney, Maller, P.A.
Thank you to our volunteers:
Men at Covered Bridge Estates, join us at Popis Restaurant on US 301 in Ellenton the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30am. We gather and discuss local news, car repair, or whatever topic seems to be of interest that day. All are welcome to come. Bring a friend or neighbor.
Congratulations to the winners of the Covered Bridge Estates 2019 Holiday Lighting Contest. William Kennedy at 6007 French Creek Court won first place and $100.00, Kaitlyn McDowell at 6109 Laurel Creek Trail won second place and $75.00, and Tina Elizabeth Figueroa at 4309 Trout River Crossing won third place and $50.00. Congratulations to all who entered (and all who judged).
First Place – 6007 French Creek Ct
Second Place – 6109 Laurel Creek Trail
Third Place – 4309 Trout River Crossing
The Sheriff’s Office has asked that we share this info for those who would like to register their security camera(s). Here is the website.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Camera Registry
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with CrimeReports.com to provide a forum where businesses and residents can voluntarily register their camera systems. In the event of a nearby crime, officers would then let the camera owner know that there is an opportunity to help solve the crime. The program is completely free and there is no obligation to provide the video footage requested.
NOTE: The Sheriff’s Office can’t view your cameras without your permission or remotely. This is simply for them to know who has cameras in an area. If a crime occurs on your street, they can go to the registry and contact you and ask to view the footage during the time of occurrence.
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 https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/utilities/trash_and_recycling.