Waterside Fall Newsletter 2017
If Hemingway wrote fishing reports. . . .
Article by: Dan Brunski
Tips for fishing at Waterside
When it comes to fishing, less is more. If your rig includes snaps, beads, plastic tubes, or twirly blades, it does nothing to entice fish to hit and looks unnatural in the water. The smallest hook you can use, along with the least amount of weight needed, will increase your chances of catching fish.

If you want to catch pinfish, catfish, rays, or puffers, use frozen squid as bait. There aren’t a lot of fish worth catching that feed on squid inshore here.

Most fish gravitate towards structure like the fishing pier. It is the inshore equivalent of a reef. The pilings of the pier provide a place for barnacles, algae, and oysters to live and grow. This attracts smaller baitfish which attract bigger fish and so on. The pilings also provide predators a break from a hard running tide, as well as a place for them to hide from the baitfish that they feed on, or from the dolphins that may feed on them. The pier also provides a distinct shadow line where predators hide and dart out to eat unsuspecting baitfish much like a dark alleyway for muggers. The pier is the equivalent for a snook. The channel in front of the pier has fish but they are swimming through that area as opposed to the many fish that actually spend time under the dock.

Most fish at Waterside feed best at the beginning and end of a moving tide. As the tide begins to move it brings cooler/warmer water with it as well as making it harder for baitfish to evade predators as now they have to fight the current as they attempt to swim away. One exception might be sheepshead; they feed when they feel like it.

Several areas to fish include: 1) The southern end of Coquina Key Drive by the concrete bench that overlooks the Skyway; lots of mangrove snappers here. Best just as the tide begins to change. 2) The concrete outflow pipe that runs under the road in front of the Yacht Club building. Spend some time looking in the water here on a moving tide and you will see many fish swimming between the north and south canals. 3) The canals. There are some huge snook as well as mangrove snappers, sheepshead, and red and black drum in the canals. 4) The two retention ponds. If you don’t mind making hundreds of casts and waiting for that ten minute window when the fish actually feed there, there are some surprisingly large snook and tarpon in those ponds. 4) The pier. Holds sheepshead, mangrove snappers, snook and flounder as well as the occasional cobia, mackerel, ladyfish, jacks, small grouper, and sharks in the summer months.

If you fish any of these areas, please pick up after yourself. Discarded line, hooks, crushed oyster shells, dead bait, etc., belong in the garbage.
Shortly after Hurricane Irma the Association sent out a request to all owners to complete an updated Information Form. If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the form which can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

After Hurricane Irma and the tragic fire in Building 13 that resulted in injury to one resident and the death of another, it became apparent to the Association that every owner’s help was needed to make sure that our records are up to date with all current information, including emergency contact information. During the fire, the Administrative Office files contained valuable information that was immediately provided to police and investigators, and officials were extremely grateful we had this information.

Also, after Hurricane Irma, we were out of power for several days and security was tasked with checking everyone who came through the gate to protect the community and prevent possible looting. In some cases, it was difficult to determine, if in fact, someone was a resident. Some examples include: vehicle decals had been changed to different vehicles and not updated with the office; and, renters who had moved from one unit to another without updating with the office. Additionally, another important issue is updating the amenity cards. We want to make sure that only current residents are in possession of amenity cards.

We request that each owner complete the attached form and return it to the Administrative Office as soon as possible. We understand that some of you are out of town and may not have access to some of the information. In that case, we request that you return the form and when you return to Waterside and can provide the remaining information you do so as soon as possible. Not completing the form and providing the requested information could result in your amenity cards and transponders being disabled as we will be unable to confirm their legitimacy. We want to thank you all in advance for your help in this matter.

Please return the Information Sheet as soon as possible, either by hand delivering the form to the Administrative Office; by facsimile to 727-895-4158; by email to watersideadmin@watersidesouth.com; or by mail delivery to: Waterside at Coquina Key South, 4850 Cobia Drive SE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33705.
One of the biggest obstacles the Board and Administration deal with in a community is the Rules and Regulations and the Enforcement of same. Quite often the Board and the Administration hear comments like “the rules in this community are ridiculous” or “I didn’t know about that Rule or Regulation”.

In the past several months, the Board and Administration have received numerous complaints about the continuous violations of our Rules and Regulations. Of particular concern, are the pool rules. Some of the pool rules are necessary because of State laws and must be followed at all times. If the State laws are not followed the pools are subject to being shut down by the State which has been threatened in the past. The following items are never to occur at either pool and could subject the pools to being shut down:

  • The divider rope can never be removed
  • None of the gates should ever be propped open, tied open or in any way made to not appropriately latch or close
  • Glass/ceramic is never allowed in the gated pool area (in addition to State laws, if glass breaks inside the pool area, the pool must be immediately closed, and will remain closed until the required cleanup takes place, this cleanup runs in the $20k-$30k range)
  • No drinks in the spa

Other pool rules which must be followed some of which are liability issues and some are just plain courtesy toward others trying to enjoy the amenities:

  • NO jumping/diving into the pool (not only is this a liability issue, but this is inconsiderate to others who may be trying to enjoy the pool)
  • NO objects to be tossed around
  • NO profanity, loud obnoxious behavior or intoxicated persons
  • NO food in the pool (food must be kept 4’ from the pool)
  • NO cigarettes in the pool (cigarette smoking must be done at least 4’ from the pool)
  • NO jumping the pool fence (to get in or get out)
  • NO using the emergency button for non-emergencies (all ingress/egress should be done using an amenity card)
  • NO allowing access to individuals who do not have an amenity card (you are allowed two (2) guests at the pool, your amenity card will allow access for you and 2 guests only)
  • All residents must display amenity pass while in pool area (if your amenity pass is not displayed Security will ask you to show same)
  • NO music is allowed to be played by individuals at either pool

Another comment heard frequently is the lack of music at the Yacht Club pool and “why can’t I play my music?” It should be noted that music is piped into the Lake pool area. If you want to listen to your own music at either pool you can wear earbuds. Most likely music will not be installed/piped into the Yacht Club pool due to its close proximity to residential units, contrary to the Lake pool which is set away from residential units.

The Association has also heard comments like “why don’t we have an adult pool and family pool?” This can never be the case. Each resident in this community has the right and ability to use whatever amenity they choose. This comment is basically asking for the Association to create a place where it is acceptable to break certain pool rules. The only real solution is to understand that you live in a condominium association with Rules and Regulations, and when you either purchased or leased your unit you were advised of the Rules and Regulations and you agreed to abide by them and it is the duty of each resident to do so.

One of the most important jobs of the condominium association Board and the Administration is to enforce the rules of the Association. As Board members it is part of their duty, and as Administration it is their job to make sure all the rules and regulations are followed by unit owners, their tenants and their guests. Failure to do so can lead to chaos and confusion in the community.

The reason a condominium association has rules, regulations and other governing documents is to ensure proper order and running of the community. Without these basic tenets of organization everyone living in the community would be free to do as they pleased, leading to many issues and problems.

Most importantly, all owners agreed to abide by the rules when they bought into the community and tenants agree to abide by the rules when they sign the required Lease Addendum. When a board member took the position of being an Association board member they agreed to not only abide by, but also to enforce all the rules of the association. This is part of the duties as Board members and the job of all the staff.  But, more importantly by following the rules, you’ll know you’re doing all you can to protect your quality of life and your home’s value. 
Responsibility of the Association and Unit Owner
Due to recent circumstances within the community the Association has had numerous questions about what is the Association's responsibility and what the Association covers if a unit is damaged by storm or other hazard.

To answer this question owners should look to the Declaration of Condominium which specifically sets out that information, at Section 7. Verbally, the the Association will advise those who ask that the Association covers the exterior of the building (excluding exterior doors, windows and screens) up to the drywall, but not the texture, paint or finish of the drywall, as well as any "behind the walls" plumbing (up to the cut-off valve) and electrical (but only from the meter to the box) anything coming from the box to power switches, outlets, fixtures, etc, is the unit owner's responsibility.  

Section 7: Maintenance and Repairs
Responsibility for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the Condominium Property is as follows:
7.1 Common Elements. Except as otherwise provided in this Declaration, the Association shall manage, maintain, repair and replace, all of the Common Elements as defined herein, including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) electrical wiring up to the circuit breaker panel within or serving each Unit;
(b) water pipes up to the individual Unit cut-off valve within or serving the Unit;
(c) cable television lines up to the wall outlets in the Unit;
(d) air-conditioning condensation drain lines, up to the point where they enter the Unit;
(e) sewer lines, up to the point where they enter the Unit;
(f) all installations, fixtures and equipment located within one Unit but serving another Unit, or located outside the Unit, For the furnishing of utilities to more than one Unit or the Common Elements;
(g) the exterior surface of the main entrance doors to the Units;
(h) all exterior Building walls, including painting, waterproofing, and caulking;
(i) all landscaping, lawn and grass areas and sprinkler systems within the
Condominium Property;
(j) any and all gates, walls and fencing located on the Condominium Property;
(k) any parking areas and all trash receptacle areas located on the Condominium Properly;
(I) any and all buffer zones as described in the Development Order;
(m) all retention ponds and facilities contained within the Condominium Property;
(n) any and all street lighting systems which serve more than one Unit; and
(o) any and all limited access systems which serve more than one Unit.
All incidental damage caused to a Unit or a Limited Common Element by work performed or ordered to be performed by the Association shall be promptly repaired by and at the, expense of the Association, which shall restore the Unit or the Limited Common Element as nearly as practical to its condition before the damage, and the cost shall be a Common Expense, except the Association shall not be responsible for the damage to any alteration or addition to the Limited Common Elements made by a Unit Owner or his predecessor in title or for damage to paint, wallpaper, paneling, flooring or carpet which, of necessity, must be cut or removed to gain access to work areas located behind them. The Association shall not perform such maintenance required of a Unit Owner who utilizes portions of the Limited Common Elements appurtenant to such Unit in accordance with Section 3.3 herein or as otherwise contemplated herein. The costs of such maintenance activities shall be Common Expenses for which Assessments shall be levied in
accordance with Sections 1 3 and 14 hereof.
7.2 Units. The responsibility for maintenance, repair and replacement within the Units shall be shared by the Association and the Unit Owners as Follows:
(a) By the Association. The Association shall be responsible For maintaining, repairing and replacing all load-bearing walls contained with the Unit except for the finished surfaces thereof. The cost of such maintenance shall constitute a Common Expense.
(b) By the Unit Owner. Each Unit Owner shall maintain, repair and replace everything within the confines of or deemed to be a part of the Owner's Unit, including the permitted improvements, which is not to be maintained by the Association pursuant to subparagraph (b)(i) of this section, including, but not limited to:
(i) All exterior doors, windows and screens of any permitted improvement; provided, however, that the painting of the exterior doors shall be a Common Expense, which surfaces shall be maintained in such manner as to preserve a uniform appearance among the Units of the Condominium;
(ii) Paint finish, covering, wallpaper and decoration of all interior walls, floors and ceilings;
(iii) All built-in shelves, cabinets, counters, storage areas and closets;
(iv) Any and all appliances and mechanical, ventilating, heating and air conditioning equipment contained within and serving the Unit;
(v) All bathroom Fixtures, equipment and apparatuses;
(vi) All electrical, plumbing, telephone and television fixtures, apparatuses, equipment, outlets, switches, wires, pipes and conduits above the concrete slab serving only the respective Unit, and all electric lines between the Unit and its individual service panel or meter;
(vii) All interior doors, non-load-bearing walls, partitions, and room dividers;
(viii) All Furniture, furnishings and personal property contained within the respective Unit; and
(ix) All other maintenance or repair of or replacements involving a Unit as contemplated and authorized hereunder.

Daylight Savings Time ends November 5, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. Remember to set your clocks back one (1) hour. It is also a good practice to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors at that time and again when Daylight Savings Time resumes in March so you are changing those batteries every six (6) months.
Employee Spotlight
Kanieca Rious, better known as KAY!
Hi Everyone:
I was born and raised in Washington, DC. Always remember "Who you were, who you are, and who you will be are three different people." I went from fighting with gangs to proudly fighting for our country. The United States Army made me.

I love two (2) teams, the Dallas Cowboys and whoever beats the Washington Redskins (LOL), but in 2013 I was adopted by Florida State University - "Let's Go Noles". 

I love what I do, even on a bad day I wouldn't change anything about working here at Waterside in the security field. In 2018 I will be joining the United States Capitol Police (USCP).

P.S. Jack Nicholson is my future husband. This isn't up for debate - Mrs. Nicholson.
Waterside Dock Association Election Results
The Waterside Dock Association elections took place on October 5, 2017, and the following are the election results:

President - Barry Brooks - Barry can be reached at barrytbrooks@aol.com for any questions regarding the Dock Association.
Vice-President - Brian Gummoe
Treasurer - Ron Bennick
Secretary - Bill Pendleton 
Director - Ran Avrahami

All Dock Association maintenance related requests should be reported to the South Administrative Office at watersidedocks@gmail.com
Renting/Leasing Information & Documentation
All owners who are leasing their unit must provide a copy of the following to the Administrative Office:

  • Executed Lease (signed by all parties)
  • Executed Lease Addendum
  • A copy of the Lease Addendum can be obtained by clicking the button below or from the Waterside Administrative Office
  • Criminal background check results for U.S. citizens
  • In place of the background check for non-U.S. citizens, the office will need a copy the information page of each adult resident's passport
  • All adult residents (ages 18 and older) living in the unit must have a criminal background check/passport
  • Leasing Administration Fee of $100

Owners must be in good standing on their unit Condominium Assessment Account to lease their residence. All required lease documents should be submitted, at least two (2) weeks in advance,  no later than 5 days prior to the commencement of the lease or an additional $100 fee will be charged. All leases and lease addenda must be complete and signed by all parties prior to being submitted to the Association for approval.

No resident shall be registered with the office until all materials are received.

Owners may only lease their unit 3 times per year for less than 30 days.*

Lease Renewals: If a lease is renewed, the owner should complete and return a  Lease Extension to the office.  If renewals are not received in a timely manner, transponders and amenity cards will be deactivated.

*Transient Rentals: "Transient Rentals are not allowed within the City limits of St. Petersburg. Violation of the ordinance may result in fines of up to $500 per incident in county court."

A transient rental is defined as rental units rented more than three times within any consecutive 365-day period for less than 30 days.
Waterside at Coquina Key South Condominium Association, Inc.
4850 Cobia Drive SE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
 Phone: 727-821-1240 | Fax: 727-895-4158