Monday, August 22, 2016

West Villages meeting tomorrow

Just a reminder that the monthly district meeting will be held tomorrow at 11am at the Englewood Sports Complex. The primary topic is financials for the upcoming fiscal year.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Take a dip in Warm Mineral Springs during the evening this summer

From City of North Port News
Post Date:06/28/2016 3:06 PM

The City of North Port is offering evening swimming opportunities at Warm Mineral Springs this summer.

On June 1, the City of North Port began opening up the doors to Warm Mineral Springs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening swimming hours will extend through August 31, 2016.

For a fee, residents and visitors can swim in the waters. Adults age 18 and above can swim for $8 for nonresident and $6 for a resident; children ages 6 to 17 can swim for $5; children ages 2-5 can swim for $2; and children under the age of 2 can swim for free.

Warm Mineral Springs, located at 12200 San Servando Avenue, is a natural spring that maintains an estimated 87 degrees year round and contains an estimated 51 different minerals. The destination is open to the public for swimming during the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The facility includes a gift shop with sundry items and souvenirs. Regular programming and exercise classes also take place at the Springs.

For more information, call Warm Mineral Springs at (941) 429-1692.


Visitors » Visit North Port

About Warm Mineral Springs

At a temperature of 87 degrees, Warm Mineral Springs contains 9 million gallons of fresh water which replenishes itself every two hours. This natural resource is comprised of 51 minerals, which is the highest mineral content of any natural spring in the United States.

The spring has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places partly because it is one of the most important underwater archeological sites in America. During exploratory dives in the 1950s, the remains of a prehistoric hunter and seven other humans were discovered in a very well preserved state. Similarly, evidence of several creatures have been extracted from the spring, including saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, tortoises, and even camels.

Today, with a goal of increased wellness for everyone, Warm Mineral Springs offers a natural experience to residents and visitors alike who want to soak in the warm waters..


From Interstate 75: Take River Road (Exit 191) south toward U.S. 41. Make a left on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail. Make a left on Ortiz Boulevard. Warm Mineral Springs will be on the right.

From U.S. 41: Take U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail to North Port. Turn north on Ortiz Boulevard. Warm Mineral Springs will be on the right.


Entry pricing, including sales tax, are as follows:

Day Pass for adults age 18 and above will pay $20 (residents pay $15);
Students age 6 through 17 will pay $15 (residents pay $11.25);
Children age 5 and below will pay $10 (residents pay $7.50).
Ten day passes will cost $170 for an adult (residents pay $112.50).
Sarasota County residents qualify for the resident rate. Tickets are not refundable. Same day re-entry shall be permitted.

Annual passes also are available.

Non-resident may purchase an annual pass for $2,000;
Sarasota County residents may purchase an annual pass for $1,500;
North Port residents may purchase an annual pass for $1,125.
Evening Swims

From June 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016, the City of North Port will be offering evening swimming hours at Warm Mineral Springs. This is part of a pilot program.

Summer evening swim hours will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. from June 1 through August 31.

Prices are:

Adults 18 ages and older: $8 nonresident or $6 resident
Children ages 6 to 17: $5 resident and nonresident
Children ages 2 to 5: $2 resident and nonresident
Children under the age of 2: Free

Gift Shop

A gift shop is on site and offers sundry items and souvenirs.


Regular programing and exercise classes take place at Warm Mineral Springs daily. For details, call (941) 426-1692.

The Purchase

The City of North Port purchased Sarasota County’s interest in the Springs on Friday, September 26, 2014 for $2.75 million. This completes the sale of the 81-acre property to the City of North Port.

The Operations Details

The City of North Port has contracted with National and State Park Concessions, Warm Mineral Springs, Inc., to operate the natural spring and its facilities for swimming and bathing. The City of North Port will receive 100 percent of the funding obtained from admission sales. The management company will receive $48,280 each month to operate the Springs.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Articles today re. Roundabout at 41/Tamiami and IslandWalk/Gran Paradiso entrances in the West Villages

Today, the North Port Sun briefly mentioned the petition regarding traffic light and general traffic control at the entrances to IslandWalk at the West Villages and Gran Paradiso at the West Villages on US41/Tamiamia Trail.

If you have not yet signed the petition, please do.
Click here to open petition site in a new window

But, the Venice Gondolier Sun today featured a detailed, front page article in which they quote me, Marty Black, and Tanya King regarding the status and plans for the roundabout as well.

Ali H. Johnston, MHA, MBA in Real Estate
Realtor®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
West Villages Realty LLC
Mobile: 941-460-3179

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

West Villages Annual Finance Meeting Notice

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Miscellaneous Notices


Notice is hereby given that the West Villages Improvement District (the "District") intends to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments to be levied by the District pursuant to Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes. The Board of Supervisors of the District will conduct a public hearing on August 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at the Sarasota County/Englewood Sports Complex, located at 1300 South River Road, Englewood, Florida 34223.

The purpose of the public hearing is to consider the adoption of a resolution authorizing the District to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments to be levied by the District on properties located on land included in, or to be added to, the District.

The District may levy non-ad valorem assessments for the purpose of financing, acquiring, maintaining and/or operating public facilities, services and improvements within and without the boundaries of the District, to consist of, among other things, water, sewer, drainage, irrigation and water management improvements, parks and recreational facilities, roadway improvements, and other improvements and any other lawful projects or services of the District.

Owners of the properties to be assessed and other interested parties may appear at the public hearing and be heard regarding the use of the uniform method of collecting such non-ad valorem assessments.

Also at 11:00 a.m. on August 23, 2016, the Board will hold its regular public meeting to consider any other business that may lawfully be considered by the District.

The public hearing and Board meeting are open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Florida law for independent special districts. This Board meeting and/or the public hearing may be continued in progress to a date and time certain announced at the meeting. Additionally, the public hearing and/or meeting may be cancelled without advertised notice. There may be occasions when Supervisors or staff may participate by speaker telephone. A copy of the agenda for the public hearing and Board meeting may be obtained at the offices of the District Manager, 2501A Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410.

Pursuant to provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the hearing and/or meeting is asked to contact the District Office at 1-561-630-4922 and/or toll free at 1-877-737-4922, at least forty-eight (48) hours before the hearing and/or meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8770, who can aid you in contacting the District Office.

Each person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the hearing is advised that person will need a record of the proceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based.

Todd Wodraska
District Manager


Ali H. Johnston, MHA, MBA in Real Estate

Realtor®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

West Villages Realty LLC

Mobile: 941-460-3179

WVID Blogspot

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West Villages Home Site

My Gran Paradiso Site

My IslandWalk Site

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

West Villages: Venice Gondolier Sun Article

Just down the road from Venice, West Villages even has a planned "beach," complete with white sand (see photo), planned for this large community.

Ali H. Johnston, MHA, MBA in Real Estate
Realtor®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
West Villages Realty LLC
Mobile: 941-460-3179

Saturday, July 23, 2016

West Villages: District Landscaping Contract Open for Bid

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Miscellaneous Notices



West Villages Improvement District, the Owner, announces that Landscaping and Irrigation Maintenance Services will be required for the project listed below:

PROJECT: Landscaping, Common Areas, & Irrigation Maintenance Services Agreement Request for Proposal for West Villages (US-41 and West Villages Parkway).

The contract for landscaping, common areas, and irrigation maintenance services will consist of maintenance of turf, trees, shrubs and ground cover, open areas, hardscape and irrigation as well as trash removal through certain distinct areas of maintenance as more specifically set forth in the Project Manual.

The Project Manual will be available beginning Monday, July 25, 2016 at Stantec Consulting Services Inc., 6900 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota, FL 34240.

A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be held on this project on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) at the office of the Owner, 19503 S. West Villages Parkway, Suite 14A, Venice, FL 32493. The pre-proposal conference may include, but not be limited to, a discussion of contract requirements, inspections, evaluations, and submittal requirements and may involve a site visit to inspect existing conditions and the areas to be maintained.

Ranking of proposers will be made on the basis of qualifications according to the Evaluation Criteria contained within the Project Manual. The successful proposer(s) will be required to execute a contract with the District and file the requisite Performance and Payment Bonds and Insurance within ten (10) calendar days after execution of the contract. The District has the right to reject any and all proposals, make modifications to the work, award the contract in whole or in part with or without cause to one or more proposers, provide for the delivery of the project in phases, and waive minor or technical irregularities in any proposal, as it deems appropriate; if it determines, at its sole discretion, such rejection is in the best interest of the District. Any proposer who wishes to protest the Project Manual or any component thereof, shall file with the District a written notice of protest within seventy-two (72) hours after receipt of the Project Manual, together with a protest bon
 d in a form acceptable to the District and in the amount of $10,000, and shall file a formal written protest with the District within seven (7) calendar days after the date of timely filing the initial notice of protest. Filing will be perfected and deemed to have occurred upon receipt by the District Engineer. Failure to timely file a notice of protest or failure to timely file a formal written protest shall constitute a waiver of any right to object to or protest the contents of the Project Manual. The formal written protest shall state with particularity the facts and law upon which the protest is based. Any and all questions relative to this project shall be directed in writing only to Mike Kennedy, District Engineer, via facsimile 941-907-6910 or e-mail at, no later than Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Firms desiring to provide services for this project must submit five (5) bound copies of the required proposal section(s) no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at the offices of Stantec, 6900 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota, FL 34240, Attention: Mike Kennedy, District Engineer. Additionally, as further described in the Project Manual, each proposer shall supply a bid bond or cashier's check in the sum equal to five percent (5%) of the total amount of the first full year's proposal. Proposals shall be submitted in a sealed package, shall bear the name of the proposer on the outside of the package, and shall identify the name of the project. Proposals will be opened at the time and date stipulated below; those received after the time and date stipulated above will be returned un-opened to the proposer. Any proposal not completed as specified or missing the required proposal documents may be disqualified.

Notice of Public Meeting to Open
RFP Responses

A meeting will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of Stantec, 6900 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota, FL 34240. No official action of the District's Board will be taken at this meeting, it is held for the limited purpose of opening the RFP responses. The meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law. This meeting may be continued to a date, time, and place to be specified on the record at the meeting. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District Engineer's Office at 941-907-6900 at least five calendar days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955- 8770, for aid in contacting the District Engineer's Office.

Date of pub: July 22, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

West Villages: FDOT says plans for traffic control at US41/Tamiami Trl are moving forward with a roundabout

An email was received this morning regarding the results of the analysis for a roundabout at the junction of US41 and IslandWalk/Gran Paradiso.

It states:
The department has reviewed and analyzed the US 41 at Corradino/Galleria intersection.  At this time the department is moving forward with the roundabout option at this location.  We believe this is the best operational treatment for this intersection.  However further analysis is needed, which will include a concept and cost estimate for both the roundabout and traffic signal.  Once this analysis is complete we will be meeting with the builders and/or their representatives to discuss this further.  This effort should take no more than 3 to 4 weeks to complete.  

In the meantime, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Tanya N. King, P.E., CPM
Traffic Studies Engineer
Florida Department of Transportation
District One MS 1-8
801 North Broadway Avenue
P.O. Box 1249 | Bartow, FL 33830
(: 863.519.2509 7: 863.534.0915

We will have to wait and see what this decision brings.

Contact information for the local leaders are as follows:

Florida Governor
Rick Scott

State Senator
Nancy Detert

State Representative
Julio Gonzalez

FDOT District 1, Secretary
Billy Hattaway

FDOT Public Information Office
Florida Department of Transportation District 1

FDOT Safety Office, Chief Safety Officer
Lora Hollingsworth

FDOT Operations and Engineering
Trey Tillander

Thanks for reading!

Ali H. Johnston, MHA, MBA in Real Estate
Realtor®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
West Villages Realty LLC
Mobile: 941-460-3179

If you are considering purchasing a home in this community, I can assist you. My services and extensive resources are of no cost to you, and in most instances, I am even able to save home buyers money.  I do not work for any of the wonderful builders/developers in the West Villages Improvement District, or any others for that matter. My services and information (including the resources provided on all of my websites) are wholly independent of these developers. No other independent professional is more knowledgeable about this community, and enlisting me to assist with your transaction can provide you with a wealth of information as well as saving you money.

Please, check out my Venice area website, and contact me for more information.
Look forward to hearing from you!