FAQ
Below you will find of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about living at Suncoast Lakes.
 
Q: What is a homeowners' association?
A: The homeowners' association is a nonprofit corporation registered with the state and managed by a duly elected Board of Directors. Its purpose is to maintain all common areas and to govern the community in accordance with the provision of the legal documents: Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs), Bylaws, and the Articles of Incorporation. The governing legal documents for the association may be viewed online within the MEMBERS - YOUR BOARDS AND COMMITTEES page of this site. The corporation is financially supported by all members of the homeowners' association. Membership is both automatic and mandatory.
 
Q: What is the Board of Directors?
A: Because the Homeowners' Association is a corporation, a governing body is required to oversee its business. The Board of Directors is elected by the homeowners, or as otherwise specified in the bylaws. The limitation and restrictions of the powers of the Board of Directors is outlined in the Association's governing documents.
 
Q: Are there Community Rules and Regulations?
A: Most associations have developed Rules and Regulations as provided for in the CC&Rs and adopted by the Board of Directors. Rules are established to provide direction to the homeowners for common courtesies with regard to parking, vehicles, pets and pool use hours, and so forth. In addition, the Association will adopt Architectural Guidelines (at Suncoast Lakes, referred to as Design Review Guidelines) with procedures for submitting requests to make exterior changes to your home. These rules and guidelines are set up to maintain the aesthetic value and integrity of the community on behalf of all owners, and hopefully, to protect the market value of your investment. Violations of these rules may result in action by the Board of Directors and a fine. In addition, if you proceed with an exterior improvement or change without written approval of the Design Review Board, as applicable, you will be required to remove or correct the alteration and/or be fined for the violation. For more information about this topic visit the MEMBERS - YOUR BOARDS AND COMMITTEES page of this site.
 
 Q: What are the CC&Rs?
A: The Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) are the governing legal documents that establish the guidelines for the operation of the planned community as a nonprofit corporation. The CC&Rs were recorded by the County Recorder's Office in the County in which the property is located and are included in the title to your property. Failure to abide by the CC&Rs may result in a fine by the Association. The governing legal documents for the association may be viewed at MEMBERS - YOUR BOARDS AND COMMITTEES page of this site.
 
Q: If I am having a problem with a neighbor for a violation of the Policies and Guidelines, what can I do?
A: If you have a situation that cannot be resolved through neighborly means, then please call the Star Hospitality Management company for guidance. There is a Violation Enforcement Procedure, established by the Suncoast Lakes Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions that is followed to remedy use restrictions and architectural control provision violations. Refer to the CCR& at the MEMBERS - YOUR BOARDS AND COMMITTEES page of this site.
 
Q: What are the days for waste and recycled item pickup?
A: Thursday is the day for waste, recycled materials and yard waste pickup. All waste is to be put in county-furnished green containers - no individual bags should be left out. All recycle items should be placed in yellow-top recycle bins. No yard waste is allowed in these containers. Yard waste should be bagged in paper bags or tied securely and placed at the curb. Directions for container street placement are located on top of the recycle container. Any over-sized/bulk trash requires a call to schedule pickup - 941/629-1106.
 
Q. Whom do I contact if I have any issues with the community property, services, or questions on the Community CC&R's and Bylaws?
A. Call our management company, Star Hospitality Management, 941/575-6764, and advise them that you are resident from Suncoast Lakes.
 
Q:  What do I need to do to serve on a committee?
A:  To view all boards and committees, log into the website and go to Boards & Committees. Then, contact any member of the Board of Directors and let him or her know you would like to help. The Board selects committee members based on their backgrounds and capabilities.
 
Q:  What qualifications do I need to have to serve on the Board of Directors?
A: There are no specific qualifications other than completing a state-approved course within 90 days of being elected or signing a form that you have read all Convents, Conditions and Restrictions for the community.  Experience in management, a supervisory position, or an accounting background is helpful along with organizational skills.  You should have an attitude that is unbiased and a goal of treating everyone equally. 
  
Q:  How can I help the community?
A:  There are many tasks that come up from time to time.  Please contact the Board and let them know you are willing to help. 
 
Q:  What does the Compliance Committee do?
A:  The members of this committee look for chronic and repeated violations of the community's Convents, Conditions and Restrictions as well as the DRB guidelines.  They take pictures, document the violation and then turn it over to the Board of Directors, who decide what the appropriate remedy to the violation should be.  Committee members are advised not to confront the violator.