TIERRA VERDE – Tierra Verde Community Association member Bill Beason spoke about crime and initiating a Neighborhood Watch program in Tierra Verde during discussion at the April 10 meeting.
Beason had a personal reason for bringing the issue to the TVCA. On March 27, at approximately 9 a.m., an unknown subject walked into Beason’s open garage, unlocked his vehicle, and rifled through the car’s console.
A vigilant neighbor scared off the perpetrator and called 911. Beason was frustrated by the fact that, when the call came in, the deputy on duty was at a meeting without backup coverage and that one of the community’s multiple security cameras had been inoperable for an unknown period of time.
After Beason shared his story, another resident at the meeting said that the same thing had happened to him last year. The difference, in this other man’s case, was that his car was actually stolen.
Beason wants to start a Neighborhood Watch operation and has purchased the signs to get started.
“Any neighborhood can start their own (Neighborhood Watch),” said TVCA president Jerry Frulio.
The board agreed to contact the Sheriff’s Crime Prevention and Community Awareness Unit to invite a deputy from the unit to speak and distribute materials regarding crime prevention at the next TVCA meeting.
The board voted to approve Beason’s signs contingent upon the county’s approval. Frulio said he would also call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to ask for more police coverage and that the board was following up on repairs to the broken security camera.
Kelli Mathers, who was serving as the interim community association manager, was hired as the full-time permanent replacement for Sean Foley. Mathers served two years as a bookkeeper for TVCA, became CAM-licensed last year and assumed Foley’s responsibilities since he left at the end of 2016.
Also, Bill Bouwmeester of Pinellas Bayway and Tim Landt of Entrada resigned from the board of directors last month. Both positions are currently open.
The board of directors approved board member Dick Barcia as second vice president. Joe Cruz, chairman of the Architectural Review Board, put Clifford Bender’s name forward to serve on Cruz’s committee. Bender was approved unanimously.
In other action, Frulio submitted an alternative candidate endorsement policy to the one that was initiated last year by recently resigned board member Tim Landt.
Frulio said that he was in opposition to endorsing candidates because, no matter who is elected, “I want to be able to work productively with all of them.”
The new policy of not endorsing candidates passed 6-1 with Tom Eskridge the only dissenting voice.