Rotonda West Association SUCKS!
newbie

Cape Coral, FL

#1334 May 17, 2012
Possible Owner wrote:
We are thinking of buying a lovely home in RW. The lots on both sides of us are vacant and look overgrown. Are there rules about the owners of these lota having to mow them? I would really think twice about buying if the lots get overgrown and nasty looking.
Think quiet and privacy when looking at vacant lots on either side of an existing home, also the potential to purchase them to ensure peace and quiet. If there are trees, shrubs, etc that hang in your "airspace", i.e. above what you actually own, you are entitled to remove them. Good luck "billing" the adjacent owner, doesn't work 99% of the time and causes hard feelings. Besides, the lots may be part of the common ground of the association, or golf course owned.
WHICHaWAY

Hook, UK

#1335 May 17, 2012
newbie wrote:
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Think quiet and privacy when looking at vacant lots on either side of an existing home, also the potential to purchase them to ensure peace and quiet. If there are trees, shrubs, etc that hang in your "airspace", i.e. above what you actually own, you are entitled to remove them. Good luck "billing" the adjacent owner, doesn't work 99% of the time and causes hard feelings. Besides, the lots may be part of the common ground of the association, or golf course owned.
These were exactly our thoughts when we purchased our home back in 2004. Then they cleared the trees and vegetation behind and built (well not quite built as it's taken over 2yrs so far and with no end in sight) what is probably the biggest eyesore in the County - a massive out of scale monstrosity which purports to be a church. So my message is - beware of what you might end up with. Of course it could be something as simple as a ........ RV GARAGE!
TheHammer

Englewood, FL

#1336 May 18, 2012
newbie wrote:
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Think quiet and privacy when looking at vacant lots on either side of an existing home, also the potential to purchase them to ensure peace and quiet. If there are trees, shrubs, etc that hang in your "airspace", i.e. above what you actually own, you are entitled to remove them. Good luck "billing" the adjacent owner, doesn't work 99% of the time and causes hard feelings. Besides, the lots may be part of the common ground of the association, or golf course owned.
There is a simpler solution to 'Vacant Lot Overgrowth' you may want to consider. Remember, there is a 6' R/W area on either side of the property line and if the lot next to you has 'Pepper Trees', simply fill-out the CC Public Works form and file it as instructed. They will send out an inspector and more than likely contact the owner with respect to the problem. In some cases they will give the owner a chance to clear said before they send out a crew. Albeit, the best remedy is to politely ask your neighbor to take care of the problem. In some cases the County will charge the property owner for clearing and it's not cheap!
Note: The danger of fire due to lightning strikes is always present during our rainy season and your home may be in jeopardy.
Concerned resident

Cape Coral, FL

#1337 May 19, 2012
TheHammer wrote:
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There is a simpler solution to 'Vacant Lot Overgrowth' you may want to consider. Remember, there is a 6' R/W area on either side of the property line and if the lot next to you has 'Pepper Trees', simply fill-out the CC Public Works form and file it as instructed. They will send out an inspector and more than likely contact the owner with respect to the problem. In some cases they will give the owner a chance to clear said before they send out a crew. Albeit, the best remedy is to politely ask your neighbor to take care of the problem. In some cases the County will charge the property owner for clearing and it's not cheap!
Note: The danger of fire due to lightning strikes is always present during our rainy season and your home may be in jeopardy.
Tried calling the county for pepper tree removal on a vacant lot next to me. They will not remove vegetation on lots that are not county property. The association will not do anything about the owner of the property, so the owner has no incentive to clear any noxious plants. If you have vacant lots next to you, you are on your own.
Concerned resident

Cape Coral, FL

#1338 May 19, 2012
Possible Owner wrote:
We are thinking of buying a lovely home in RW. The lots on both sides of us are vacant and look overgrown. Are there rules about the owners of these lota having to mow them? I would really think twice about buying if the lots get overgrown and nasty looking.
There are currently no rules,and the county or the association will not do anything regarding private lots. If you can't convince the owner to maintain the lot, you won't be able to do anything because you can not touch someone else's lot. The only thing you can do is to cut back growth that is on your lot. I would be careful about buying a house surrounded by vacant lots. The board just approved a huge commercial looking detached garage with 18 ft double doors on a vacant lot. If you want to see a picture of what can potentially be built next to you check out rallyforrotonda.com .
newbie

Cape Coral, FL

#1339 May 20, 2012
so the trick is to know what you're purchasing, know who owns on either side, and if you're REALLY worried, don't buy that property. Look instead for your own 10 acre vacant land and build!
doubtful

Port Charlotte, FL

#1340 May 24, 2012
Lets do it wrote:
On W.E.N.G. 1530 AM someone talked about the RWA giving the " OK " for a 30 x 40 building. They talked about geting the RWA Pres. on the radio fairly soon. Keep listening from 9 to 10 AM to see how soon that might happen.
I hope they have open lines.
don't think this will happen in my lifetime eh!!
Fine me PLEASE

Dawsonville, GA

#1341 Jul 6, 2012
No the RWA is sending letters to make the property owners trim there pepper tree's. If the RW would not have spent so much money on giving out raises and geting contractrslike Eisl and the $ 300,000 plus canal people. They wold have money to make the area look nice.
dewey

Greenbrier, AR

#1342 Jul 14, 2012
Wow,WE were thinking about retiring in Rotonda,but from these posts,I am staying away,not all these people can be untruthful,bad ,bad ,publicity for this area,This HOA sounds like the Gestapo,plus,what is being done to alleviate flooding,instead of sidewalks,I would give the people some relief from the flooding.Thank the Lord I read these posts.You know what is really peculiar is if the people can afford to live in this area,I would think the spelling and grammar would be a little better! Just saying.This place is a nightmare,who needs all this drama as a retiree.Adios
snowbird

Derby, CT

#1343 Jul 17, 2012
dewy: All HOA organizations have issues. Rotonda ia great place to retire.

As far as grammer and spelling,no one really cares.
However,as you are critic, you need to learn how to structure your sentences and thoughts properly.
Andy Vanscyoc

Englewood, FL

#1344 Jul 17, 2012
I love Rotonda west..I plan to live here for the rest of my life.If you believe all the BS on this site I feel sorry for you. While some of the posters here have legitimate grievances even more of them are full of crap and keyboard cowards who would bitch no matter what was going on.I don't deny the lousy gestapo reputation that we need to eliminate. We need a better way to enforce deed restrictions than we have now but it's not a hopeless cause my any means. There will always be those who complain the loudest but contribute nothing constructive.
newbie

Nelson, NH

#1345 Jul 17, 2012
AMEN Andy. We can always count on you for perspective.
John

Anonymous Proxy

#1346 Jul 17, 2012
We need BETTER and SIMPLER deed restrictions, not a better way to enforce them.

If you try to enforce something on people that you suppose to work for, I guess that sentence says everything.

Rotonda is a beautiful place to live, but yes RWA sucks big time. Like every ruling power.

HOA are generally the worst thing ever created. Way to powerful and most of the time they do more bad than good.
Sparkle

Philadelphia, PA

#1347 Jul 18, 2012
Just curious, What is being done about the flooding around the area of golfview that I saw on the net? There seemed to be some issue in regards to a dam and over grown vegetation.
Broadmoor Canal

Englewood, FL

#1348 Jul 21, 2012
John wrote:
We need BETTER and SIMPLER deed restrictions, not a better way to enforce them.
If you try to enforce something on people that you suppose to work for, I guess that sentence says everything.
Rotonda is a beautiful place to live, but yes RWA sucks big time. Like every ruling power.
HOA are generally the worst thing ever created. Way to powerful and most of the time they do more bad than good.
Englewood East might be a better place for you to live
snowbird

Derby, CT

#1349 Jul 22, 2012
I agree with Broadmoor Canal. I Never can understand why people that don't like deed restrictions buy property in a deed restricted community? Go live elseware. There are plenty of dumpy places in the area that will suit your needs...
John

Anonymous Proxy

#1350 Jul 23, 2012
But I don't want to live elsaware lol

Oakland Hills doesn't look better than Englewood East. And Germany had a Gestapo as well. Very sad to see how Americans give up their last little bit of freedom they have. Maybe one day you wake up, unfortunately by that time it will be too late.

When I bought my vacation home here, there where no such deed restrictions. At the time they where simple and easy.

Maybe I should really move elsaware, Japan maybe?

Any suggestions :-)

Broadmoor Lane

Englewood, FL

#1351 Jul 23, 2012
John wrote:
But I don't want to live elsaware lol
Oakland Hills doesn't look better than Englewood East. And Germany had a Gestapo as well. Very sad to see how Americans give up their last little bit of freedom they have. Maybe one day you wake up, unfortunately by that time it will be too late.
When I bought my vacation home here, there where no such deed restrictions. At the time they where simple and easy.
Maybe I should really move elsaware, Japan maybe?
Any suggestions :-)
Syria
newbie

Graniteville, VT

#1352 Jul 23, 2012
John, I'd hazard a guess that comparing RW to the Gestapo goes a tad over the top, don't you think? And poking fun at others for the occasional typo ALSO is over the top. NOT LOL! RW has always had restrictions, and yes some have become just "a bit much". Does anyone remember the old cartoon strip "They'll do it everytime"? Itwas based upon the premise that there was ALWAYS some idiot who believed all the rules were for everyone but he. Thus, increasing restrictions. I'd rather restrictions that Englewood East or South Gulf Cove. Monster trucks, 5 boats in the yard, old tires leaning against the house, etc. I rest my case.
newbie

Graniteville, VT

#1353 Jul 23, 2012
Once again, AMEN Broadmoor La.

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