By Nicole Schoen

Trash Talk

Copper Ridge would like to remind its residents about the community-wide rule of storing new trash cans out of sight. Although it is difficult for many residents to store the much larger trash cans in garages, they must be kept out of sight behind bushes, lattice, fences, water softeners or anywhere residents can find. The HOA will be sending out violation letters soon to residents not in compliance with this rule.

Residents currently have the option to swap out for a smaller sized trash can if desired. Residents who would like to exchange their roll carts for a smaller size can contact waste management through Saturday, March 15 at 621-3053. Any downsizes in cans after that period will be charged a $30 fee.

Copper Ridge residents can expect their trash to be collected Wednesdays and Saturdays and their recycling and yard waste on Wednesdays. Recycling no longer needs to be sorted; everything can be thrown into the same bin. Cans should only be placed at the curb the night before trash day at least three feet apart from each other and from mailboxes, cars, plants, fire hydrants and poles.  For more information, visit


The HOA has received several complaints about cars speeding in Copper Ridge. The posted signs around the community are generally 25 mph, but without speed bumps there is no way to ensure cars actually obey the signs. Residents who would like to see speed bumps installed on the roads throughout Copper Ridge are asked to contact the County Public Works Department with their request by calling 635-5400 Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Keeping Tidy

Residents are asked to keep their homes tidy by pressure washing their houses as needed or by having it painted if the block under the stucco is visible.

For more information, visit, call 222-0577 or e-mail with any questions.

Copper Ridge HOA meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Florida Farm Bureau building on the southwest corner of Mulrennan at Hwy. 60.


Lakes of Valrico To Hold Annual HOA Meeting

The Lakes of Valrico consists of 202 homes off of Valrico Rd. and was built in phases. The Homeowners Association for the section in the back of the subdivision, Willows Unit No. 3 HOA, will be holding its annual HOA meeting for all residents in that area. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

During this meeting, elections will be held for new HOA officers for the 2014 term. Residents interested in running should attend this meeting as well to have their voice heard. More information about the available positions will be given at this meeting. All homeowners will be provided a limited opportunity for comments and questions at the end of the meeting as time permits.

Board meetings are held bi-monthly with meetings usually taking place in April, June, August and October. Contact the board for more information at Visit the Willows Unit No. 3 HOA Website at for more information about the neighborhood.


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