By Kate Quesada

The Bloomingdale Homeowner’s Association (HOA) was recently recognized by Hillsborough County in its annual Neighborhood Recognition Award program. The association, which represents 5,200 residents in 32 sub-divisions won awards in three of the nine categories announced at the Hillsborough County Neighborhoods Conference last month.

“These awards recognize those whose efforts go above and beyond to make a difference,” said Hillsborough County Community Relations Coordinator Michelle Van Dyke.

According to Van Dyke, the 2017 countywide awards program was revamped to reflect the changing ways residents are contributing to their communities.

“The all-new categories recognized individuals, groups and organizations that have enriched the quality of life in neighborhoods through outreach, improvement projects, vomiter work, safety programs, art, partnerships and board leadership,” said Van Dyke.

Nominations were judged by an panel that included representatives from the public sector, non profit groups, education, neighborhood associations and more.

Bloomingdale won in the category of Neighborhood Improvement as it is created a new online community standards list addressing the most common complaints and worked with the county to initiate a codes sweep program.

The group also received an award for Neighborhood Communications due to its monthly publication, The Bloomingdale Gazette which provides coverage on HOA issues, county news and business profiles. The association was also recognized for using a website and social media to reach residents.

Finally, Bloomingdale HOA was also recognized as one of the Effective Boards for prioritizing communication, problem-solving, inclusion, training and strong leadership.
“Frank discussion is encouraged, volunteers are recognized, various committees organize a wide variety of events and initiatives and members interact regularly with government agencies on behalf of the community,” said Van Dyke.

For more information on the awards, visit or call the Office of Neighborhood Relations at 272-5860. For more information on the Bloomingdale HOA, visit or call 681-2051.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.