Sandbag Locations in Pasco County

Sandbag Locations in Pasco County 

With the imminent arrival of Hurricane Dorian in the next few  days, Pasco County has opened several Sandbag locations to help Pasco residents protect their property. Sand and sandbags are now available.

Moon Lake Park, 8985 Lake Dr., New Port Richey
Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 7223 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey
Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
Pasco Fire Rescue Station 17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey
Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn), 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio
Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Rd, Wesley Chapel
Old Dade City Police Station, 38042 Pasco Avenue, Dade City

Sandbag Locations in Pasco County

*Note: Sandbag locations are self-serve and are open 24 hours to Pasco County residents; however, sand will only be restocked between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Residents should bring a shovel and beprepared to fill their own sandbags. The Magnolia Valley site might have inmate assistance available during business hours.

The City of New Port Richey and the City of Zephyrhills are also providing sandbags to city residents daily at the following locations:
New Port Richey Public Works Operations Center, 6132 Pine Hill Rd (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Zephyrhills Fire Station 2, 6907 Dairy Rd (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

More Information

You can find more information about getting ready for a flooding or hurricane event at Pasco Emergency Management’s webpage here.

For more information about preparing for disasters – including how to sign up for emergency notifications through Alert Pasco – please visit the Pasco County Division of Emergency Management.

Sandbag Locations in Pasco County 2017

Bring shovels for filling the bags. If you need more information about flooding, go to the Office of Emergency Management, click here. We’ve had some flooding disasters in Pasco County in the last few years; let’s all hope that this doesn’t turn out to be one of those. 

The most effective placement for sandbags in a flood event includes entry and exit points of your home. Watch a Pasco County video explaining how to fill and place sandbags: How to place sandbags.

Finally, see Pet Safety in Hurricanes and a list of pet-friendly hotels.

See you on the other side. Take Care.

Toni Weidman, GRI
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Please remember to keep your pets safe and make arrangement for them if you have to evacuate.

Sandbag Locations in Pasco County

Pool Safety For Children

Pool Safety For Children

In 2013, Florida had the highest rate in the nation) of unintentional drownings of children under the age of 5. How can that happen, you wonder. But it does, and in only a moment or two.

Firstly,  Number One Rule: Never leave children alone in the pool. Reading a book can cause you to miss things happening right in front of you. Texting or talking on your phone or tablet can be a major distraction – you might as well not be there.

Pool Safety For Children. How to prevent a disaster.

  • Never leave a child alone.
  • Teach children to swim and teach them water safety early.
  • Keep them away from pool drains or openings to prevent entanglement.
  • Learn CPR for children and adults.
  • Look in the pool first if a child is missing.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • Install a 4 foot or higher safety fence with self-locking gates and alarms.
  • consider a surface wave or underwater alarm.

Pool Safety For ChildrenSecond, teaching kids pool safety is also important. There are games  that teach them the importance of water safety here.

Splish and Splash have 3 games that teach important lessons. There are also brochures, posters and flyers at Water Proof FL.

Something everyone should do:

Another key point, teach visitors, guests, and neighbors pool safety too.  Pool safety is everyone’s responsibility.

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Pool Safety For Children

Easter Trains At Crews Lake Park

Easter Trains At Crews Lake Park. The Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad will be running Easter Trains on Friday, April 19 and  Saturday, April 20. Easter Trains At Crews Lake Park 2018 Here’s your chance to enjoy one of Pasco’s prettiest parks  from a different perspective. And, the kids will love riding this mini-train.  Don’t worry adults can ride too; my husband and I have enjoyed it many times.

The Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad is a 7.5 inch gauge railroad both children and adults can ride on. And, believe me, it is tons of fun. (I’ve been on it; I’m just a kid at heart).

Easter Trains At Crews Lake Park 2019

The rides are open from 10 am to 4 pm and cost $6.00 per person. Children 12 months and under are free. Ticket sales are from 9:30 to 3 pm. Trains leave every hour on the hour. 

Meet the Easter Bunny and take pictures of your kids.  Due to Insurance Regulations Expectant Mothers not permitted to ride the trains. 

Easter Trains At Crews Lake Park 2018

Food and Drinks will be available to purchase. 

Crews Lake Wilderness Park is in Shady Hills (The part of Spring Hill that is really in Hudson, FL).  So, if you’re going, don’t forget to pack your camera and your sunblock. 

You can visit the Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad site here. 

Easter Trains 2019

And take a look at their Facebook page here.

Have you been to Trinity Pets Yappy Hour yet? We raise money for animal rescue groups in our area. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at Varsity Club Trinity and we have a great time.  Join us and bring your dog. Sponsored by Trinity Pet Sitters LLC and Toni Weidman- Sailwinds Realty.

If you love classic cars, don’t miss the Chasco Fiesta Car-Truck-Bike Show.

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Easter Trains At Crews Lake Park 2018

 

Christmas Trains Crews Lake Park-Hudson

Christmas Trains Crews Lake Park-Hudson

The Candy Cane Express 2018 in Hudson FL is at Crews Lake Wilderness Park (AKA as the Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad) in the Hudson area next to the Suncoast Parkway. At 16739 Crews Lake Dr.   The CP&G is known for it’s Easter, Halloween, Christmas and Birthday Trains. 

Christmas Trains Crews Lake Park-Hudson
The Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad is a 7.5 inch gauge railroad both children and adults can ride on. And, believe me, it is tons of fun. (I’ve been on it; I’m just a kid at heart).

Ride the train to Santa’s cabin, see Santa and take pictures with him too. And then enjoy the lovely ride through the park back to where you climbed aboard. Be sure to pack your camera for the trip and take lots of pictures. 

You can find out more about it, take a look at this Facebook page.  Or visit the CP&G website.

Christmas Trains Crews Lake Park-Hudson

The train rides are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays; 

December 8, 9, 15, and 16.

The trains will run from 10 am to 4 pm on those dates.
The cost is $6.00 per person; children under 12 mos. are free.
Crews Lake Wilderness Park is at 16739 Crews Lake Dr., Spring Hill, FL. 34610. 

And, parking is now free!

Finally, please remember that the good folks running this event are all volunteers. So have a little patience and share your child’s joy. Food and beverages are available to purchase.

All Aboard the Candy Cane Express!

This local event information brought to you as a courtesy by Toni Weidman- Sailwinds Realty.  Contact the event organizers for further information.

How about Christmas In The Wild at Lowry Park Zoo.

Here’s 6 Ways To Fool Burglars Into Thinking Your Home Over the Holidays.

Looking for a Professional Pet Sitter to feed, walk and love your pets over the holidays? Or anytime: Call Trinity Pet Sitters LLC at 727-359-9518. Come to our Trinity Pets Yappy Hour at Varsity Club. We have fun and you can bring your dog.

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Christmas Trains Crews Lake Park-Hudson

Celebrate Youth-Celebrate Education-Pasco

Celebrate Youth-Celebrate Education- Hudson or in Spring Hill is on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. Pasco Safety Town is at 14851 SR 52, Units 107-310, Spring Hill, FL. 34610. (or Hudson, depending on your viewpoint). 

Celebrate Youth-Celebrate Education-Safety Town

Celebrate Youth-Celebrate Education-Hudson

From Celebrate Youth: “Celebrate Youth is a family friendly – National School Choice Week Spotlight Event that is all inclusive , informing families on the many school choice options – public and private available to families in our communities.

In addition, Education Station will host information on Step Up for Students, McKay Scholarship and The Gardiner Scholarship Program. The Pasco – Hernando Early Learning Coalition will have information on VPK, school readiness.

They will give books to preschoolers attending the event. Education Station will also feature Public School Options available to families: including Career Academies, IB, Magnet Schools, AVID, Cambridge, Gifted Program, open enrollment, virtual and charter schools.”

At the Play Station fun activities abound for children, include a petting zoo, rock climbing, bounce house and a bounce slide. Investigation Station – The Traveling Children’s Museum will be at the event. Entertainment is non-stop on stage with performances from Shalyah Fearing, school choirs and NFL-NY Jets Superbowl III Champ, Earl Christy.  Smooth will be the DJ with emcee Shawn Foster!

Finally, Admission is free to the public and includes all of the activities. Food may be purchased for a low cost. There will be a silent auction and an opportunity drawing.

Proceeds will benefit One Community Now, ATD Suncoast and Trinity Security Allies, Inc. (All 501c3 organizations providing services for Pasco families
and churches).

Celebrate Youth-Celebrate Education-Safety Town

This event brought to you as a courtesy by Toni Weidman, Touchstone Crystal. If you have further questions, please contact the organizers. Click the Celebrate Youth banner.

Need a Pet Sitter, one that is insured and truly cares for your pet? Work long hours? Have an elderly pet that needs walks more often?  Trinity Pet Sitters LLC can take care of your pet when you can’t be there.  727-359-9518

 Read about Pasco Coastal Clean Up

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Celebrate Youth-Celebrate Education-Hudson

It’s Those Darn Ducks You’ll See

It’s Those Darn Ducks. When I’m reading along and see a phrase that is an old expression, I always wonder where the phrase originated and why.  What did it really mean? Getting your ducks in a row is one of those phrases that gets my research juices flowing. So, of course, I head for Google to find the real scoop.

It's Those Darn DucksAccording to most of the explanations I found, the term comes from the sport of bowling. Bowling, yikes, I was expecting fluffy yellow things that go Quack.  It seems that many years ago, bowling pins were called ducks. Who knew?

Aha,  It’s Those Darn Ducks after all. I found one article that did discuss the Mama Duck and her ducklings theory. Mama Duck always has the children follow in a row. If one strays, she will stop and line them all up again. Thus, getting her ducks in a row. That’s the one I like.

In the world of real estate, it is very important for the buyers to have all their ducks in a row before starting the process of searching for a home. It’s Those Darn Ducks again.

It’s Those Darn Ducks

  • Get pre-qualified first.
  • Make sure you have the funds needed (your lender will discuss those with you).
  • Decide how many bedrooms/bathrooms/garages you can live with or without.
  • Decide which area is best for you: for schools, for commuting, for sociability.
  • Make sure you have all the tax records and bank statements needed and ready to hand.
  •  by looking at homes higher-priced than you can actually afford.

This bears repeating: Get those ducks in a row  Get pre-qualified first. You don’t want to be disappointed; things will go easier for the process.

You may enjoy seeing the Christmas Trees of Disney World.

Or come visit with us at Trinity Yappy Hour at Fiddlers Green. The second Wednesday of the month.

 

Toni Weidman
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So now you know, It’s Those Darn Ducks

Hudson FL Home Sales Jan-Sept. 2017

Hudson FL Home Sales Jan-Sept. 2017

Say hello to Hudson, Florida. Home to waterfront homes, ranches, farms, shopping, great medical facilities, and much more. You can find many varieties of subdivisions: gated, non-gated, older, brand new, and all price ranges.

Where is Hudson, FL? It’s in Florida (!), on the west or Gulf Coast, about midway down the peninsula. Actually as far west as you can go without getting wet.  😉 

Hudson FL Home Sales Jan-Sept. 2017Hudson Beach, FL

Hudson FL Home Sales Jan-Sept. 2017

Sold Single Family Homes total 825
Lowest Sold: $21,000 in US 19 Addition has 1,206 sf. A 2/2 built in 1973.
Highest Sold: $Sea Pines has 3,016 sf, a 3/2 built in 2007.

Averages of Solds
List Price: $175,399
Sold Price: $170,005
Days on market: 55
List To Sold Price Ratio: 97

Search Single Family Homes in Hudson for sale.

Sold Condos, Villas, Townhouses totals 118
Lowest Sold: $38,000 in Hillside. A 2/2 with 873 sf built in 1986.
Highest Sold: $261,000 in Gulf Island Beach. A 2/2 with 1,236 sf built in 1984.

Averages of Solds
List Price: $104,332

Sold Price: $101,358
Days On Market: 42
List To Sold Price Ratio: 97%

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Active Single Family Homes on the market totals 220.
Lowest List Price: $45,000 in Gulf Side Estates; a 2/1 with 800 sf built in 1975.
Highest List Price: $575,000 in Hudson Beach Estates. A 3/4 with 2,095 sf built in 2001.

There are currently 115 Single Family Homes Pending ranging from $29,000. to $549,900.
*Statics based on information from MLSMFR for Pasco County.

If you have questions about your subdivision and would like to know what homes are selling for there, contact me and I will run those numbers for you. 

Finally, you maybe wondering what is contributing to the low inventory situation right now.People are afraid they will not find a home to move to, they hesitate to put their home up for sale. 

Trinity FL. Home Sales Jan-Sept.

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Hudson FL Home Sales Jan-Sept. 2017

 

Halloween Safety For Kids – Keep Them Safe

Halloween Safety For Kids. Halloween is such a fun time for our kids; I remember my son running here and there Halloween Safety For Kids(with me running behind him, of course), talking to the neighbors, meeting friends, loving all the candy (which we monitored). It was at the time when razor blades had started appearing in apples. So it can be scary too and it gets a little scarier each year.  Here are some tips to ensure a Happy and Safe Halloween for all.

Halloween Safety For Kids

  • Always look for the Flame Retardant label when purchasing costumes. Avoid costumes with filmy materials or wings or long sleeves.
  • Use reflective tape to decorate or trim your child’s costume/clothing; trim that will glow in a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks should also have reflective trim. Reflective tape can be found in hardware and sporting goods stores.

  • Children should also carry flashlights to be able to see hazards in front of them.

  • Apply a mask with cosmetics and not using a face-mask. The face-mask can obscure vision and/or restrict breathing. If you choose to use a mask, make sure it fits properly to allow them full vision.

  • Costumes should not be so long that the child trips over the hem.

  • Have them wear sturdy shoes that fit well. High heels are not a good idea.

  • Hats and scarfs should be tied properly so that they don’t become a vision blocker. Scarfs are probably not a good idea. They can be grabbed too easily.

More Halloween Safety For Kids

  • Swords, knifes, and other weapons should be of soft and flexible material.

  • Children should never enter a home or apartment unless an adult accompanies them.

  • Stay away from candlelit pumpkins on a porch; costumes can easily ignite.

  • Warn children not to eat any treats until you have a chance to look them over. Check all edibles in the bag that your child brings home. Report anything suspicious found in there to your local Sheriff/Police.

Halloween Safety For Kids  and  the furry kind too.
Please keep your pets inside. 

Halloween Safety For Kids

 These are a few ways for everyone in the family to have a stay safe on Halloween.

Visit the May-Stringer House in Brooksville; it’s haunted.

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 Toni Weidman, GRI
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Halloween Safety For Kids

Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017

Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017

Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017This report deals with single-family homes throughout zip codes 34667 and 34669. And, from January 1 to June 30, 2017.

Hudson is on the Gulf side of the Florida peninsula about halfway from the panhandle to the tip. The area boasts both residential, commercial, and farming/ranch style living.

Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017

Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017

Graphic shows 2013 through 2016 Sales

Active On The Market totals 195
Lowest Listed Price: $60,500 in Beacon Woods Village (villa style) with 963 sf. A 2/2 built in 1973. It was bank-owned.
Highest Listed Price: $575,000 Hudson Beach Estates for a 2,738 sf home with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a pool.

The amount of actives on the market has dropped considerably since the 2016 End of Year Report (click the link to view it.) Now there are 195; compared to 260 at the end of 2016.

Currently Pending– Not Closed totals 170
170 Homes are currently pending and awaiting closing. They range from $34,900 in Country Club Estates to $485,000 In Hudson.  

Sold Homes from January 1 to June 30 total 582
Starting at $21,000 in Triton Terrace for a 1,206 sf 2/2 home built in 1973 to $457,000 in Hudson Beach Estates. The home is 2,436 sf, 4/3 built in 2004. Is situated on 14+ acres.
Total Bank-owned sold is 37; Total Short Sales is 8.

Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017

Sales Price Stats from 2007 to Jan 2017

6 Month Averages for Hudson 34667 and 34669 
Listed Price: $167,394
Closed Price: $162,211
Days On Market: 58
Sales Price/Listed Price Ratio: 97%

*Statics based on information from MLSMFR for Pasco County.

Hudson FL Home Sales 

In conclusion, at the end of 2016, there were 260 homes for sale; now there are only 195. 160 Homes sold in the last three months of 2016; 582 sold in the first 6 months of 2017. Pending homes is an interesting 170; when I wrote the  2016 report there were only 118 pending. We shall see at the end of the 3rd quarter how many became Solds.

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Have you visited Trinity Yappy Hour yet? Please join us with your furry best friend.

Toni Weidman GRI
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Hudson FL Home Sales January-June 2017

Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast

Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast

Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast

My family works and plays on the West Coast of Florida – the Gulf Coast. Florida has lots to offer and is one of the prettiest places I have lived; and I have lived in many places. Our area on the central west coast is also known as the nature coast.

Florida summers definitely mean beach time and we have beautiful beaches to choose from.

Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast

Here are a few of my favorite beaches in my area.

Anclote River Park is in Holiday, Fl just above the Pinellas-Pasco county line. You can reserve a shelter weekdays but not weekends. Click on the link to get more information and pictures. There is a $5 per day boat launch fee.

Robert K. Reese Memorial Park AKA Green Key Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast

Beach in New Port Richey  was renamed although it will always be Green Key to us long-time residents. It can be found at 4835 Green Key Road. A community park consisting of 45 acres located on the Gulf of Mexico; there a 650′ boardwalk takes you through the mangroves and wetland property to the north side of the park, and, in addition, has a small two-deck observation tower where you will spot dolphins, sea cranes and other birds.

Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast

Hudson Beach Park in Hudson, FL is at 6325 Clark Street on Skeleton Key. Hudson Beach Park has a nice playground for the kids and an observation tower with great views of the water.  Several restaurants are close by when you get the urge for a snack.

Neighboring to the south are the Pinellas Beaches

Fred Howard Park  is 155 acres on the Gulf of Mexico in north Pinellas County. The white sandy beach is a very popular north county swim area and also provides a perfect location for visitors to enjoy many spectacular sunsets. Fred Howard Park also has a great picnic area. Nesting ospreys and eagles make for fun to watch.

Great Beaches Florida Gulf CoastSunset Beach in Tarpon Springs is a small, secluded beach that is absolutely beautiful. One of our favorites. However, the parking area is small so head out early on holidays. I wrote a blog about Sunset Beach and its black headed parrots a few years ago.

 

These are a few of my favorite beaches close to the area of Tarpon Springs and New Port Richey, FL

Have you ever seen a Florida Moose? Look here.

Visit Green Key Beach here.

To search for homes for sale in these areas, click here.

Toni Weidman, GRI
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727-237-0083 

Great Beaches Florida Gulf Coast