The Groves BLOG
HOA Administrative News - February 2018
Posted on February 1, 2018 by Tom Dee (CAM)
HOA Administrative News…
There are two (2) seats coming available on the HOA Board of Directors. Please have your Candidate Information Sheets returned to the HOA Administration office by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  A “Meet the Candidate” night is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th at 5:00 pm if three (3) people submit Candidate Information Sheets. Please visit the “” web site, under Groves BLOG, after February 8th for news regarding “Meet The Candidates Night” schedule.
The Annual Meeting will be held on March 7th, 2018 at 7:00 pm, where the candidates will be chosen to fill the two (2) vacant seats.  Be sure to attend.  Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the new HOA Board will gather to elect the officers for the upcoming 2018-2019 year.
Landscape Conditions
The community experienced the first serious cold snap to start-off 2018. The lawns look a bit brown but they will come back. When freezing temperatures (in the 30’s) are forecasted, please make sure your irrigation is not going to run as this will cause your turf and landscape to freeze. Most people think that running the irrigation during the freeze protect the landscape but this is wrong on the contrary it causes more damage. The farmers do this to protect the fruits not the plants by creating a layer of ice over the strawberries but the plant itself is damaged. The plants that are susceptible to cold temperatures show damage and we recommend not to cut this out as it will protect the rest of the plant in case of another freeze. Girard/Brightview will be monitoring the conditions and adjusting trimming/detail as well as mowing to limit further stress. Normal detail, trimming, and mowing should occur about March.  
Protected Species and Occasionally Destructive
Sandhill cranes are cherished members of the Florida ecosystem. They stand almost 4 feet tall and their bugling or rattling calls are haunting and beautiful. Sandhill cranes occur in pastures, open prairies and freshwater wetlands in peninsular Florida from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp.
The Groves has an unofficial population of about 25 and often travel in small groups of 2-4. They can be seen foraging common areas, golf course, and home owner yards. Cranes are probably attracted by the mowed grass and availability of some foods (acorns, earthworms, mole crickets, turf grubs).
During the process of digging for food, cranes sometimes damage lawns and gardens. The birds, in this case, provide natural "biological control" of these common pests of turf. However, the resident is frustrated with having to perform turf repairs following a visit from a group of cranes.  Most residents acknowledge they cannot feed or harass the protected birds. So, what can be done to prevent destructive actions without violating protected species laws? Try treating for lawn pests or food source for the cranes. When that doesn’t work, residents have used bright yellow caution tape, fastened to stakes, in a crossing pattern with some success.  Keep me posted on your experiences with these measures.
HOA Reminder –
A benefit this community may have forgotten about is the on-call emergency number at Greenacre Properties, Inc. In case of any HOA related emergency after 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday or any time Saturday – Sunday, please call Greenacre Properties at 813-600-1100.  The on-call manager will respond and address the matter accordingly.  Management follows-up, as necessary, on return to the property.
For those residences who called to notify Management of recent off-hours irrigation leaks I wish to thank you. Your call to us prevented more extensive damage to homes and property had the issues not been reported.