Home ButtonNews & Events ButtonOrganizations ButtonResources ButtonContact Us Button

News

Twelve Oaks News

Street sweepingOne More Time! – Street Sweeping – April 13th This will be final sweep to rid Twelve Oaks of all the tree pollen and leaves that have plagued our community since January. Spring is here, flowers are blooming, grass is turning green, and the trees have all new growth. Do not park cars on the streets on Street Sweeping Day. If you notice that your neighbor’s car is parked on the street, please remind them that the sweeper is coming. One parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can't be swept because the street sweeper must leave room to avoid it. Moving your car on sweep day is the most important thing you can do to ensure clean streets in Twelve Oaks.

  • Warning: Your tax dollars pay for street sweeping in Twelve Oaks! DO NOT blow, sweep, or rake grass clippings and leaves into our roadways and storm drains on street sweeping days or any other day. Some residents and yard service people have been seen blowing debris onto the streets just before and just after street sweeping days. Not only is it unsightly, but it’s also a waste of your money. According to the Hillsborough County Dept. of Public Works this is considered “ILLEGAL DUMPING”, and if caught by Code Enforcement or the Sheriff’s Dept., you can be fined. For proof, the driver of the sweeper will be taking photos of anyone breaking this law. Bag the leaves and put them out for pickup on Saturday or use them to mulch your plants. If you have a lawn service, please inform them of this warning. Instead bag the leaves and put them out for pickup on Saturday or use them to mulch your plants.

    NOTE: The sweeper WILL NOT return to your area to pick up the leaves you blow into the street.

Page divider

Important Message! Trustees of the Twelve Oaks Special District (TOSD) are committed to helping homeowners understand how their tax dollars are allocated. We make information transparent and easy to understand. Homeowners are invited to be involved in the budget process and to share their priorities with the Board of Trustees. The first Proposed Budget Hearing for 2021-22 will take place April 14th at the regularly scheduled TOSD meeting. The ZOOM meeting will be online at 7:00 pm. Detailed information about how to log-on to the meeting will be emailed.

Page divider

Winners Sports Grill logoThe Twelve Oaks' Ladies Social Group will meet for lunch at Winners Grill located at 6254 Gunn Hwy. (in front of Walmart) on Monday, April 26th at 11:30 am. We would love for you to join us.

Interested? Contact Marsha at 625.9186 or Rosemarie at 885.5753.

Page divider

Social MediaTwelve Oaks in Social Media: Twelve Oaks Tampa is a Group Facebook page designed to connect our residents with neighbors and the surrounding community. Members can use this group to exchange information, learn more about the community, and interact with neighbors and local businesses. Search for ‘Twelve Oaks Tampa’ on Facebook and request to join our group today. This is a handy way to keep tabs on special events, lost/found pets, and general neighborhood information. You are also encouraged to visit our community website – www.TwelveOaksOnline.com for all community news.

Page divider

Being a Good NeighborInternal Concerns - Did you know that the reputation of Twelve Oaks and its property values can be harmed by the appearance of a single neglected property? An unkept or neglected home or yard can do a lot of damage to our neighborhood. Step outside and take a look at your home and your property. Is there something YOU can do to improve the looks of your street? Perhaps you need to make home repairs, pressure wash the outside, paint, replace your fence, or simply clean up your property. Are you responsible for a poorly kept yard? Weeds grow all year in Florida and some homeowners have neglected their yards for months. Please, either kill the weeds or mow them! An overgrown or neglected yard can lower property values, anger the neighbors, and attract dangerous vermin. Rake and pick up the debris and DON’T blow anything into the street or into the gutters and storm drains. Are you guilty of piling yard waste, tree cuttings, old wood, garbage, etc. in front of or on the front side-yard of your home for visitors and neighbors to view? Do you park your cars on the lawn, easement, over the sidewalk, or blocking a mailbox? Everyone should care about his or her property and about our neighborhood.

Check out the following list on how to be a good neighbor:
  1. Regularly mow your lawn including all easements and keep tree branches and shrubbery trimmed.
  2. Do not park vehicles in the front yard.
  3. Place trash and yard waste by the curb on the evening before pickup. Store containers out of view from the street.
  4. Obtain a pet license and have your pet vaccinated. Clean up after your pet. Keep pets from roaming loosely or barking excessively.
  5. Keep your swimming pool clean and secure.
  6. Respect your neighbors. Keep your music from disturbing them.
  7. Keep the exterior of your house in good repair.
  8. Replace dilapidated fences.
  9. Do not park or store commercial or inoperable vehicles or conduct major repairs on them in the driveway.
  10. Park campers or RVs on your side-yard or in your back yard on approved surfaces.
Page divider

Volunteer NeededVolunteer Needed! Trustees of the Twelve Oaks Special District (TOSD) are committed to helping homeowners know and understand how their tax dollars are allocated. We make information transparent and easy to understand. Homeowner’s property taxes include a specific tax category that goes entirely to Twelve Oaks. The Twelve Oaks Special District, TOSD, administers those funds and has provided the money for major capital improvements. For example, the wall surrounding our subdivision and the entrance signs were funded and are maintained through taxpayers’ taxes administered by the Board of Trustees. TOSD monies are used to maintain all common areas including the entrances and the islands throughout the community, for the FHP patrols, for maintaining the quality of water in the two ponds, for street sweeping, and for making improvements to the community.

There is an opening for a Trustee on the Board. Homeowners are encouraged to volunteer and to share their priorities with the Board of Trustees. If you are interested and would like to serve on this Board, we invite you to attend the April 14th TOSD meeting. Due to COVID19 the meeting is scheduled to be a ZOOM meeting at 7:00 pm. Residents will be notified by email and on Facebook of the virtual meeting and how to connect.

Page divider

Please Don't LitterUnsightly Trash or Litter in front of homes including non-working appliances, broken lawn mowers, discarded furniture and old carpeting, broken mirrors, ladders, empty chlorine containers, flat bed trailers, garbage cans, etc., etc., that are placed in front of homes or on the front-side yard so that they can be seen by your neighbors, do not make attractive lawn ornaments nor do they increase property values. Please place these items in your own back yard or garage.

Page divider

Snipe signsWarning About Posting Signs: According to Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, SIGNS in any residential area are prohibited, with a few exceptions. Exceptions include realtor signs, subdivision meeting or recognition signs, street signs, and governmental informational signs. Snipe signs (such as “For Sale or For Rent by Owner” or “Garage Sale”) nailed, stapled, or taped to utility equipment or trees or placed in public areas (such as our entrances, street corners, islands, and The Greenway) are prohibited. Never staple or nail signs of any kind to trees because doing so will damage a tree and eventually cause a tree to die. Residents who tape ‘lost pet or found pet’ signs to trees or poles are asked to remove the signs and tape once the animal is found or after 7 days if the animal is not found. These signs are difficult to read after a few days and they certainly are not an added attraction to our neighborhood when they are not completely removed. If a pet is lost send details to our community Webmaster at TwelveOaksOnline@gmail.com and to Nwatch@gmail.com, and you can post on Facebook, Twelve Oaks Tampa. Also contact Animal Resources at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/animals-and-pets

Page divider

Membership2021 TOCA Membership - Thank you to residents who received and responded to the 2021 Membership Drive “mail-out”. A special thank you to those who not only paid their $10 dues but made an additional donation to TOCA. We appreciate your support. (Membership total as of March 12th is 298.) Dumpster Day, the Garage Sale, holiday events and decorations, doggie bags and dispensers, trash receptacles, quarterly informative meetings, Bike Parades, and our award-winning monthly newsletter are a few of the many worthwhile activities led and supported by TOCA. Your support keeps your Twelve Oaks community a cleaner, safer, friendlier place to live and raise a family. A strong association supported by its residents adds value to homes in our community.

If you have not joined or renewed your membership for 2021, please take the time now to download, complete and mail the 2020 TOCA Membership Application. Mail to TOCA at P.O. Box 261012 Tampa, FL. 33685. If you would like to pay using PayPal, simply go to TOCA page, and follow the prompts.

Page divider

Identity TheftProtect Yourself Against Identity Theft - With tax time around the corner, there's no better time to brush up on your identity theft IQ. Criminals regularly use devious tactics to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting victims, and even more so around tax time. Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services offers the following tips to help residents avoid tax fraud and identity theft: Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce or minimize the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.
  • Practice Safe Internet Use -- Delete spam emails that ask for personal information, and keep your anti-virus and anti-spy-ware software up-to-date. Shop online only with secure web pages (check the bottom of your browser for an image of a lock or look for “https” in the address bar). Never send credit card numbers, social security numbers, and other personal information via email.
  • Destroy Private Records -- Tear up or shred credit card statements, ATM credit or debit card receipts, bank deposit receipts, loan solicitations, and other documents that contain private financial information.
  • Secure Your Mail -- Empty your mailbox quickly and get a mailbox lock. When mailing bill payments and checks, consider dropping them off at the post office or a secure mailbox.
  • Be Careful With Your Social Security Number -- Your social security number is a major target for identity thieves because it can give them access to your credit report and bank accounts. Never carry your card with you. Instead, memorize your number and keep the card in a secure place at home or in a safe deposit box. Never write or print your social security number on checks.
  • Check Your Credit Report -- At least once a year obtain and review your credit report for suspicious activity. You can request a free copy of your report at www.annualcreditreport.com or by contacting any one of the three major credit-reporting agencies.
  • Beware of Scams -- Always be on the defensive with your private information. Never give out personal information to telemarketers or respond to emails from someone claiming to represent your bank, credit card issuer, a government agency, a charity, or other organization. If you think the request is legitimate, contact the company directly to confirm their claims.
Page divider

Report! - Report a ViolationHow to report a suspected code violation to the County? Suspected violations should be reported to the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Department by calling 813.274.6600. Violations can also be reported through the department’s web site by visiting www.hillsboroughcounty.org/hcce. Another way to report online: Go to At Your Service, https://service.hillsboroughcounty.org/311/. For assistance, you may also call 813.272.5900, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

  • Can I remain anonymous when registering a complaint? Yes. Code Enforcement does not require that you provide any personal information when registering your complaint. Remember that all information you choose to provide to the County, including names, phone numbers, or email addresses, is subject to the Public Record Laws. In other words, they must provide this information to anyone who asks for it. If you wish to remain completely anonymous, do not provide your personal information.
Page divider

Doggie dispenserDid Your Dog Drop Something? - “Doggie Bag Dispensers “and black trash receptacles, provided by TOCA, are located at the canal areas on Kirkwood, Barry Rd, Oakvista (south of Barry), Armand Drive, Overbrook, Rustic Drive (near Oakmoor), Rustic Drive (near Vassar), by the lake on Twelve Oaks Blvd. and on Twelve Oaks Blvd. near Oakview Circle. Dog-walkers are encouraged to take and use one of the disposable bags that are provided to clean up after their pet.

If your dog “poops” on the ground, PLEASE be considerate and pick it upIf you walk your dog in an area that does not have a dispenser, take a disposal bag with you. Please dispose of the used bags properly.

Remember to "Think Before You Throw" and toss all trash into one of the trash receptacles that are strategically placed throughout Twelve Oaks.

Page divider

Man mowing lawn
Grass & weeds too tall?
It’s Time To Mow!

There are County Code restrictions that address the problem of overgrowth of lawns and weeds in front and back yards. Overgrowth of grass and weeds is unsightly, it helps to decrease property values, and it runs a neighborhood down. To report overgrowth, call Code Enforcement at 274-6600, which is a direct complaint line. NOTE: At the time a complaint is registered, a case number will be assigned.

Let’s keep Twelve Oaks beautiful!

Page divider

Celebrities in Twelve Oaks

Mervin ShinerHappy Birthday Mervin Shiner - Mervin Shiner, a resident of Twelve Oaks, celebrated his 100th birthday February 20th. A former country classic singer, Merv is a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He began his recording music career in 1929. In 1950, Merv recorded the timeless tune, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”. It sold one million records and became a classic hit and took him to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. After Merv’s recording career, he went into free-lancing in radio and television and made personal appearance tours. Merv is a genuinely friendly down-to-earth person. He is retired, living in Twelve Oaks, with his wife, Marilyn. You can learn more about Merv on “Google” and “YouTube”.

Page divider

Tom HenschelMeet Twelve Oaks’ member of the Never Missed a Super Bowl club - Tom Henchel, a Twelve Oaks homeowner, has attended every Super Bowl since 1967. He is a member of the Never Miss a Super Bowl Club. Henschel, a Steelers and Bucs fan, splits the year between Pittsburgh and Florida, wintering at his home in Twelve Oaks. At heart, Henschel is a Steelers fan, but that didn’t keep him from rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the city he’s called home for 40 years. Tom’s goal is to make it to Super Bowl LVII. But when his streak does come to an end, he says he will be OK. Henschel says it’s not about the number but knowing he accomplished something. This year Tom attended the game with his wife, Reggie.

Page divider

Commercial Vehicles
Code Violations

What type of vehicle is considered to be a “commercial vehicle” and can a commercial vehicle be stored in a residential area?
    Commercial vehicles parking in residential areas
  • The Hillsborough County Land Development Code defines a commercial vehicle as, “any vehicle, whether motorized or not, designed by the manufacturer to be used primarily for commercial purposes, or altered or converted for the purpose of being so used, but not including vehicles having a capacity of one ton or less or meeting the definition of domestic vehicle.” This definition does not include domestic vehicles such as passenger cars (taxis, police cars etc…), vans, and pick-up trucks, as these vehicles were not designed by the manufacturer to be used “primarily” for commercial purposes. Larger cargo vans and pick-up trucks may fall into the classification of a commercial vehicle if the vehicle was modified or is used mostly for commercial purposes. The common misconception is that markings on the vehicle characterize it as commercial; however, these markings have very little relevance in determining whether or not the definition is met. The Land Development Code prohibits the storage of commercial vehicles from all residentially zoned properties.
Any resident can report suspected violations to Code Enforcement: How to report a suspected violation: Can I remain anonymous when registering a complaint?
  • Yes. Code Enforcement does not require that you provide any personal information when registering your complaint. Remember that all information you choose to provide to the County, including names, phone numbers, or email addresses, is subject to the Public Record Laws. In other words, they must provide this information to anyone who asks for it. If you wish to remain completely anonymous, do not provide your personal information.
Page divider

Deed RestrictionsTwelve Oaks Deed Restrictions were written over 40 years ago and they do not address many issues or concerns that are addressed in the deed restrictions of today's new communities. The only way Deed Restrictions can be enforced in Twelve Oaks is for neighbor to sue neighbor. By that, I mean, one has to be a property owner. TOCA nor TOSD own any property; therefore, neither organization can enforce them. As a community we have to rely on Code Enforcement and other County agencies.

Page divider

Dilapidated fencesDilapidated Fences - Fences make a great addition to any home. They can create privacy, security, and add value to your property. Wooden fences don’t last forever and they require routine maintenance and care. If your fence is rotting, warping, or falling down, it should be repaired and may need replacement. According to the Hillsborough County Property Maintenance Code, Section 8-116, “All fences, whether required or not, shall be maintained in sound structural condition, and free from defect which may cause injury.” Many fences throughout Twelve Oaks are old and in need of repair or replacement. Broken, loose, damaged, rotting, or missing parts (i.e. slats, posts, panels, gates) must be repaired or replaced or the fence and its posts completely removed. Any fence enclosing a swimming pool or spa must be repaired immediately.

NOTE: Gates leading to a swimming pool or spa MUST be self-latching. Fences should not be externally braced with guy wires or any other material that may be viewable from a public street or right of way.

Page divider

Uneven sidewalkSidewalks and Streets in Twelve Oaks belong to and are managed by Hillsborough County. Broken or uneven sidewalks and street potholes should be reported to the County immediately. Contact Public Works at http://HCFLGov.net/AtYourService or 813.635.5400 or use the link below to report problems that you think have not been reported. By using this link, you will be given a service ticket number. The more homeowners to report, the better.

The link to report road and sidewalk issues is: https://service.hillsboroughcounty.org/311/roads-sidewalks

Page divider

The Drain is Just for Rain
Please Keep Storm Drains Clean!
No leaves! No grass! No trash!

Page divider

P L E A S E !

Streets, driveways, and garages are for vehicles.


NOT THE FRONT YARD OR OVER THE SIDEWALK!
No Parking - On Front Yard sign

Page divider

Sprinkler systemWater Restrictions - Twelve Oaks residents are reminded that water restrictions are in effect. It’s easy to remember your watering days. Just follow the guide below:
  • Monday and/or Thursday — addresses ending in 0,1, 2, or 3
  • Tuesday and/or Friday — addresses ending in 4, 5, or 6
  • Wednesday and/or Saturday — addresses ending in 7, 8, or 9 and locations with no addresses (common areas, entry areas).
Remember: Water before 8 am, or after 6 pm. ($500 fines enforced if you are caught violating restrictions.)

Top of Page

News At Large

Fretting Over Taxes?
Virtual Help is Available

Free tax prep assistance availableHillsborough County resources continue to connect residents with free tax prep assistance and software access. No doubt 2020 was a year like no other, but how will impacts of a global pandemic affect your income tax? Hillsborough County can help you answer that question. Free tax preparation assistance for individuals or families is available from the Hillsborough County Extension Service.

Here are ways Extension Service can assist:
  • If you need minimal assistance, complete the short form and you will receive access to the Extension Service free tax software program. This has no income limit and will allow you to prepare your income tax forms free and from the comfort of your home.
  • If you don't feel completely comfortable doing it all yourself and would like one-on-one remote assistance, you can make an appointment for a telephone or web conference chat. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) trained and certified volunteers will provide guidance as you complete the return using the same free tax preparation software. To schedule an appointment, contact Denise Kantak 813.744.5519 ext. 54141.
You can receive help with questions relating to tax credits for items such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Saver's Credit, Recovery Rebate Credit, education credits, and the premium tax credit. Extension Service cannot offer tax guidance on rental income or tax depreciation.

Assistance is available through April 8.

Page divider

Senior Citizen DiscountsSeniors – Apply for this Special Break Before May 1stOnce you turn 65 years of age, Hillsborough Public Utilities Department offers a 25% senior citizen's discount for the solid waste disposal assessment to residential customers who qualify. To qualify for the Senior Citizen Discount, you must be at least 65 years of age by January 1, 2022. You must own and live in your home and your home must be located in unincorporated Hillsborough County. The reduced fee is reflected every year, in November, on your Ad Valorem Tax Bill. You can obtain the application form from the Solid Waste Management Department at 272.6680 and press #1. You must apply on or before May 1, 2021 to receive the discount on your annual billing cycle in November 2021. You only need to apply for the discount one time.

Page divider

Drug take back boxThe Hillsborough County Drug Take-Back Initiative has installed a permanent drug take-back box just inside the door of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs District 3 Office located at 7202 Gunn Highway. Items Accepted:
  • pill bottles
  • patches
  • powders
  • sealed liquids
  • inhalers
  • drugs prescribed by veterinarians

Page divider

AARP Tax-Aide logoAARP Tax-Aide services at the American Legion Post 152 located at 11211 Sheldon Road has major changes to their Tax help for 2021. Taxes will be done by appointment only and there will be limited availability. If you do not have internet capability our Library on Paula Drive may be able to help you make an appointment. Appointments for March and April will not be published until they have determined how many they can serve with the restrictions in place this year. The first few weeks there will be only TEN appointments per week. They will evaluate their new process and if they feel more can be accommodated, they may expand the number of appointments.

Page divider

School crossing signSheriff’s Office Needs School Crossing Guards — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is looking to fill crossing guard positions throughout Hillsborough County. Positions are available for elementary and middle schools. Crossing Guards are responsible for the safety of children crossing busy streets and intersections to and from school. It is necessary to maintain a pleasant, courteous, and helpful attitude toward the school children and the general public at all times. For information call Supervisor Gabino at 247.8141 or Google Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office - Crossing Guards. Applications available on-line.

Page divider

For County Services, Who Do You Call? Contact Hillsborough County at 272.5900, a one-stop county service and information center! The center provides comprehensive information and referral to all government, health, and social services in the community. It coordinates government service requests and handles complaints quickly and courteously. This office works with all county departments to ensure you receive accurate and timely responses.

Hillsborough County Information – 272.5900 – Se Habla Espano

Top of Page

website counter