Fiscal Year 2020: October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020

Welcome to the official web site for the Palm River Community Development District (CDD). This site is funded on behalf of the Community Development District in an effort to help educate the general public about the services provided by the District and to highlight the other agencies involved in the day-to-day Operations of the community. These agencies include, but are not limited to Hillsborough County and the Palm River Homeowners’ Association.

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Amenity Center/Recreational Facilities Closures

Update on Community Pool

The current guidelines from the CDD insurance company in accordance with the CDC guidelines include:

  • Limited capacity up to 50%
  • Onsite staff must be present during hours of operation
  • Cleaning must occur every 2-3 hours
  • All social distancing guidelines must be followed
  • Proper signage concerning Covid-19 should be posted

As everyone is aware the current pandemic was unforeseen, and therefore items concerning the reopening of the pool were not included in this year’s budget. As soon as there is a change to current guidelines and an update is available, it will be posted to the website.

Amenity Center/Recreational Facilities Are Closed

In an effort to minimize the risk of contracting the virus and consistent with federal, state, and local guidelines, the District has made the decision to close all recreational facilities and suspend all recreational programs effective immediately and until further notice. The District will notify you of any change to operations on the District website and will continue to make decisions based on governmental recommendations, which may and have changed rapidly.

While we recognize the disruption is less than ideal, the health and safety of District residents, guests, and on-site staff is of utmost importance. Please continue to monitor the District’s website for further updates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we all work together in this unprecedented time.

Notice of Telephonic Meetings of the Board of Supervisors

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-69 relating to the COVID-19 public health emergency and to protect the public and follow the CDC guidance regarding social distancing, the previously noticed regular meetings, workshops, and/or public hearings of the Board of Supervisors (the “Board”) of the Palm River Community Development District (the “District”) to be held on the dates and times listed below will now be conducted by telephonic technology and not at the physical location previously noticed:

May 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
August 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

In the event Executive Order 20-69 is rescinded or expires the District may cancel any scheduled telephonic meetings or if feasible it may revert to having the meeting at the date, time, and physical location previously noticed. The District will provide updates on its website, www.palmrivercdd.org of any such changes as soon as possible.

The Board deems it necessary to hold the above-referenced meetings utilizing telephonic technology to conduct all necessary business properly coming before it. The District fully encourages public participation in its telephonic meeting in an orderly and efficient manner. Anyone wishing to listen to and/or participate during the designated audience comments portion of the meeting may do so by dialing 1-866-906-9330 and entering the following code 7979718.

Pursuant to applicable requirements and guidance relating to COVID-19 the District will not provide any locations where communications media technology facilities will be available. To best facilitate public comments, participants are encouraged to submit questions or comments to the District Manager in advance of the meeting by email. Additional details on how to listen to or participate in the meeting will be available on the District’s website. Copies of the agenda will be available on the District’s website or by emailing the District Manager at nicole.hicks@merituscorp.com. The District Manager’s office can be reached telephonically at 813-873-7300.

The meeting is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida law for community development districts and Executive Order 20-69, as may be amended. The meeting may be continued in progress without additional notice to a date, time, and place (either physical, telephonic, or virtual) to be specified on the record at the meeting.

Pursuant to provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the meeting is asked to advise the District Manager’s office at least 48 hours before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY), or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice), for assistance in contacting the District Manager’s office.

A person who decides to appeal any decision made at the meeting, with respect to any matter considered at the meeting, is advised that a record of the proceedings is needed and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Nicole Hicks
District Manager

Meritus Office Update

Due to the impact of the coronavirus, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties have issued a stay at home order. This means that our offices will be closed to the public during this period. We will still be providing services remotely so you can still reach us by phone or email, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please understand that this order will affect vendors and suppliers as well and certain services may either be delayed or unavailable. Meritus will do everything in our power to keep providing services to your community and we are here with you during this difficult time. We look forward to getting through this safe and healthy and wish you and your loved ones the best.

District Manager
Nicole Hicks
nicole.hicks@merituscorp.com
813-873-7300 Ext. 338

District Admin
Brittany Crutchfield
brittany.crutchfield@merituscorp.com
813-873-7300 Ext. 322

Meritus Office
info@merituscorp.com
813-873-7300

Palm River Community Development District Disclosure

Please be advised that the Palm River Community Development District (the “District”), a local unit of special purpose government created under Florida law, has constructed and is responsible for the maintenance of certain improvements, infrastructure and facilities within the District. The District financed this construction through the sale of tax-exempt bonds, a form of public financing. As a result, and in accordance with applicable federal and state law, all District owned improvements, infrastructure and facilities are and shall remain open and accessible to the general public. 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.