Timber Oaks Community
Port Richey, Florida
Timber Oaks is a residential area in Florida. Today let’s look at the history of the small community of almost 2000 homes. This established master-planned community for 55 and over is made up of several distinct villages with a variety of attached and single-family homes that offer low-maintenance living. Historically, looking back the planning didn’t note the geographical problems causing flooding issues in the area.
The Timber Oaks Community, bordered by State Road 52, Little Road and Jasmine Boulevard, sits at the lowest part of what is known as a closed basin. Water that comes in doesn’t flow out easily. The tropical storms of 2004 overwhelmed the area, and pumps had to be used to keep water from flooding houses.
Built and marketed as a 55-and-older golf course community, the Timber Oaks Golf Course was shut down in 2006 due to frequent flooding. The Pasco County Commission later rejected a plan from the course owner Pacer LC to turn the vacant 78 acres into 230 homes. The commission vote came amid concerns over extra traffic atop deteriorating roads, housing marketed to young families in a community earmarked for seniors and flooding. Pacer sued, and a 2014 settlement called for the county to acquire the golf course for $2.4 million and to build retention ponds, the cost of which would be billed to homeowners in a new taxing district.
The county obtained financial assistance from the water management district. Water management is serious business in Florida. The district provided $4.1 million toward the $9 million cost of acquiring the land and constructing the ponds. The county paid for the $1 million design and permitting of the project, and the homeowners will finance the rest via an annual assessment for 20 years. The retention facility will also provide the community with scenic lake areas and wetland habitat.
Over the last few years work on landscaping to create the retention ponds has made the community safe from flooding and even more beautiful. Let’s take a drive through the area. I’m glad the settlement has made a positive difference in flooding and gave residents a park-like setting. I’m thrilled it also created wetlands which provide wildlife a refuge. This residential oasis is thriving. Of the several entrances to the community, this covered bridge is my favorite. I always smile when I drive by.
I’m wishing you a beautiful day.
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