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Frequently Asked Questions about our community

 
All About The Groves
  • Can I fly a drone in The Groves?
    In short, NO. The Florida Legislature passed a law making it illegal to take pictures from the air of someone or their property without permission, as long as they have a "reasonable expectation of privacy." 
    Furthermore, Federal Law prohibits flying a drone within 5 miles of an airport (Pilot Country Airport @ SR52) unless permission for the flight has been obtained in advance from the airport.
     
    Commercial drone operators are allowed to operate drones so long as they are compliant with State and Federal laws. 
  • Is The Groves pet friendly
    Do you have a pet? Many pet owners live in The Groves. We know that your dog or cat is an important part of your family and residents here feel the same.  Our pet policies align with local ordinances and we believe anyone can find a beautiful and welcoming home here while connecting with many other per owners and animal enthusiasts.
  • What is the history of The Groves?
    History of The Groves 1997-2007 (please click back on your browser to return to this page)
  • Where is The Groves located?
    The Groves Golf and Country Club is located at 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O Lakes Florida 34637. Our phone number is 813.995.2832
     
  • Is The Groves open to the public?
    The Groves 18 hole par 65 golf course, driving range and practice green facilities are open to the public. Please go to the Golf at The Groves tab for more information about our course or to book a tee time. Within the Clubhouse, the Groves Grill is open to the public and the Ballroom is available for events on a rental basis. Please contact the CDD Events Manager via email from the "Contact Us" tab or by phone at (813)995-2832 for more information.
  • Are new homes available?
    No, new home construction in The Groves was started in 2000 and completed in 2007. The Groves Golf and Country Club consists of 754 homes constructed by multiple builders. Homebuyers can now select from single-family and attached homes available on a resale-only basis. Homes in the community range from 1,034 to 2,552 square feet of living space with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached garage.
    These great floor plans were designed with active adults in mind offering open floor plans and low-maintenance exteriors. Many homes in the community offer covered back patios with scenic golf course views perfect for entertaining guests. Please check the Real Estate page for available homes and agent information.
  • Is there shopping close by?
    Arbor Square at Connerton is located just outside the gated entrance to The Groves and can be easily reached by walking, golf cart or automobile.
  • What are the community standards for The Groves?
    Please click the following link to the current Community Standards (CC&R's) which must be adhered to by all residents of The Groves.

CDD / HOA Information
  • Does The Groves maintain appropriate reserves for Roofing and Painting.
    Yes. The Groves HOA requires an independent evaluation of reserves on a regular basis. Since inception, Homes in The Groves have had exterior painting done twice and the administration is in the planning stage for starting the  re-roofing process.
  • Is the CDD a part of local government?
    Yes, The Groves CDD is a unit of local Pasco County government. Board meetings must be noticed in a local newspaper and are always conducted in public. The CDD Supervisors are subject to the same financial disclosure requirements and must comply with Florida laws governing elections as do other local officials.
  • Who can vote in The Groves CDD elections?
    Only registered voters residing in The Groves are allowed to vote on the CDD Seat up for election where there is no opposition. Unlike HOA elections, CDD elections are overseen by the Pasco County Elections Supervisor which counts and certifies the ballots. You must have a current voter registration in the state of Florida and be living in The Groves to be eligible to vote.
  • What is a HOA?
    Each HOA (or Homeowners Association) can vary a bit based on the community or subdivision, but an HOA fee is basically a predetermined set fee that each homeowner in the community pays monthly, quarterly, or annually to help maintain the community. In an HOA, a homeowner is also subject to certain Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), which outline what a homeowner may or may not do with the property. In The Groves, HOA fees are set on an annual basis by the Home Owners Association as part of the annual budget process and vary based on the home type. HOA fees in The Groves are paid quarterly.
  • What is a deed restricted community?   (Updated)
    A deed restricted community is where the community has a homeowner association that has rules and regulations (CC&R's) pertaining to the use of land and the look of the neighborhood. The standards for residents of The Groves can be viewed HERE.
  • What is a CDD?
    A community development district (CDD) is a local, special-purpose government framework authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes. A CDD allows the developer to finance the costs with a CDD bond through tax-free municipal bonds. This is basically a loan. That “loan” is repaid by the homeowners in the community, with each property charged an annual amount. The CDD shows as an assessment on the homeowners’ tax bill each year and is collected by the county tax collector. Usually a portion of the CDD collected is the actual bond repayment, and the balance is the continued Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the community. The bond portion has an end date similar to a mortgage.
     
    The Groves Community Development District, is responsible for the maintenance of certain improvements, infrastructure and facilities within The Groves. This construction was financed through the sale of tax-exempt bonds, a form of public financing. As a result, all District owned improvements, infrastructure and facilities are open and accessible to the general public.
     
    The Groves CDD is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected by the property owners. A professional manager implements the policies of the Board. Board members have varying terms and are elected by the registered voters resident within the district during a general election. CDD Supervisors are subject to Florida State ethics and financial disclosure laws. The CDD's business is conducted in the "Sunshine," which means all meetings and records are open to the public. Public hearings are held on CDD assessments; and, the CDD's budget is subject to annual independent audit.
     
    Should you have any questions on this matter, non-resident user fees applicable to District recreational facilities, or any other general District issue, please feel free to contact the District Manager.

Golf Carts in The Groves
  • Are children allowed to drive golf carts?
    While the operator of a golf cart does not have to be a licensed driver, the driver must be over 14 years of age. 
  • Can golf carts be driven on the roads outside The Groves?
    Golf carts may not cross over or drive on any road with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or higher. 
  • Can golf carts be driven on the sidewalk?
    No motor vehicle can be driven on a public sidewalk. A golf cart is only allowed on the sidewalk in the immediate area of a golf course and then only to cross from one portion to the other.
  • Can I receive a traffic citation for driving my golf cart?   (New)
    Yes, if you violate Florida traffic laws governing the use of golf carts on public roads you can be cited.
  • Do I need to have insurance for a golf cart?
    While Florida does not require the owner of a golf cart to hold liability insurance, it can offer peace of mind: Golf carts can get stolen or damaged, and they can also cause serious damage or injuries in an accident.
  • What Florida law governs golf cart use?   (New)
    Title XXIII MOTOR VEHICLES
    Chapter 316  STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL
    SECTION 212 Operation of golf carts on certain roadways.
    316.212 Operation of golf carts on certain roadways.—The operation of a golf cart upon the public roads or streets of this state is prohibited except as provided herein:
    (5) A golf cart may be operated only during the hours between sunrise and sunset, unless the responsible governmental entity has determined that a golf cart may be operated during the hours between sunset and sunrise and the golf cart is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield.
    (6) A golf cart must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear.
    (7) A golf cart may not be operated on public roads or streets by any person under the age of 14.
     
    ... and also
     
    Title XXIII MOTOR VEHICLES
    Chapter 316  STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL
    SECTION 217 When lighted lamps are required.
    316.217 When lighted lamps are required.—
    (1) Every vehicle operated upon a highway within this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices as herein respectively required
    (a) At any time from sunset to sunrise including the twilight hours. Twilight hours shall mean the time between sunset and full night or between full night and sunrise.
    (b) During any rain, smoke, or fog.
    (c) Stop lights, turn signals, and other signaling devices shall be lighted as prescribed for use of such devices.
  • Where are golf carts allowed in The Groves?
    • Golf carts are allowed on all the roads and paved golf cart paths inside The Groves.
    • Non-golfers may use course cart paths only when the golf course is closed.
    • Golf cart operators are expected to obey all traffic rules and signs.
    • Golf Carts may not be driven on any sidewalk.

Golf Questions
  • Can I play golf after the Pro-Shop closes?
    Playing golf after the pro shop has closed is permissible only to those who have annual own cart memberships and play card holders that are current with their payments. Those players should advise the pro shop prior to closing and prior to their play and complete their play prior to course closing time. Those who are not paid up annual own cart members are not permitted to start golfing after the pro shop has closed for the day. Annual memberships should have the annual decals clearly posted on both sides of their golf cart.
  • If I see a large alligator what should I do?
    The American Alligator grows to between 11 and 13 feet and can weigh up to 800 pounds. The best thing to do is Leave It Alone. Alligators want to be away from you just as much as you want to be away from them.

Living In The Groves
  • Are there things to do in The Groves?   (New)
    Yes. besides Golf there are many activities as shown here on our Lifestyle & Amenities Page.
  • Can children/grandchildren live with me in The Groves?
    Children & grandchildren are welcome in The Groves however, under Amendment Two of our CC&R's, "No person under the age of twenty-two (22) shall be allowed to permanently occupy any residential unit in The Groves Golf & Country Club. Occupancy by said individuals in any residential unit(s)  for more than thirty (30) consecutive days days or for a total of forty-five (45) days in a calendar year shall constitute "permanent" occupancy". Please consult with the CAM Tom Dee if you require clarification.
  • Can I rent or lease my house?   (New)
    Yes, but there are restrictions. Please contact the Community Association Manager who will explain The Groves requirements and restrictions prior to making any arrangements.
  • Can non-golfing residents use the golf course?
    Yes. you may use the cart paths during non-operational hours:
    • The golf course is open from 7:30 until 1/2 hour before sunset each day.
    • Access to the golf course by non-golfers is prohibited when the golf course is open.
    • Residents may use the golf cart paths when the golf course is closed. Please do not drive on the grass.
    • Residents using the golf course should travel in the same direction as play (hole 1-18) to avoid any late playing golfers.
    • Pets are not allowed on the golf course at any time.
    • The greens and fairways may NEVER be used for any golf practice. Please use the Aqua Range or Practice Green adjacent to the Clubhouse. 
    • You may bicycle, walk or use a golf cart on the golf course pathways during off hours subject to the above restrictions.
  • I'm having a dispute with my neighbor, what should I do?
    Please do not engage or escalate with your neighbor. Contact the Community Association Manager and discuss the issue.
  • Why did I get a violation notice and what should I do?
    A "Violation Notice" can be initiated by the CAM (Community Association Manager) for any one of several reasons:
    • your property is not being maintained according to association standards (ie dead grass or shrubbery, walkways, driveway or roof needing power-washing or other visible items contravening published community standards)
    • you have violated golf course rules
    • you have violated The Groves Rules of Conduct
    • you have violated Pet Policies
    • you have violated other published rules or policies that you agreed to when you purchased your home.
    Upon receipt of a "Violation Notice" you should immediately contact The Groves CAM (Community Association Manager) to either resolve the issue or understand your right to dispute the issue.

Web Site Questions
  • I am a Groves Resident, how do I obtain a password?
    Contact The Groves Admin @ (813)995-2832 or stop by The Groves Clubhouse where The Groves Admin will set up your web account.
  • I forgot my password, what do I do?
    Contact The Groves Admin @  (813)995-2832. She will provide instructions to reset your password.
  • Where do I find resident service request forms and documents?   (New)
    They are located in the Residents Section under HOA/CDD Boards & Committees & Resident Information. They may also be accessed directly from here using the following link: Resident Forms
  • Why do I need a password?
    Certain information on our website such as the resident directory with phone numbers and our HOA financial information are subject to privacy laws and may not posted in the public area.