Davis Islands News Letter March 2018





Greetings and welcome to the March issue of the Islands View newsletter. Spring starts this month and with it comes planting, landscaping and if you’re like me, a determination to grow veggies. I’ll let you know how far I get with that project soon!

March is also a great time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful islands life. Take a walk, bike the trail, take up tennis or head down to the DI Yacht Club on a Thursday night and sail with a crew!

We are so fortunate to have so many outdoor options in our community to help kick start our March!

Hope to see you around the Islands!




Tampa Luxury Real Estate Agent Cristan Fadal







Give your yard a Little “Aqua-Love” this Spring
Spring is almost here! Do you have plans to re-landscape? If so,  will you be Florida-Friendly?
Believe it or not, the number one use of our municipal water supplies is the irrigation of lawns and landscaping.
Why is this problematic? The over use of municipal H2O directly affects the aquifer, which is the source of our drinking water.  The aquifer also supports our natural springs and a variety of eco systems. Not to mention, the fertilizers and pesticides we use to make our lawns look great, negatively impacts our lakes, bays and rivers.
How can we be better?
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences developed the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program,which promotes 9 principles to preserve and protect our natural water resources.
Here they are from the FloridaYards.org website:
1.     Right Plant, Right Place- Choose plants that can survive our Florida heat with minimum need for water, pesticide or fertilizer.
2.     Water Efficiently- Only water when your lawn really needs it.
3.     Fertilize Appropriately- Less is best.
4.     Mulch- Two-Three inches of mulch will help retain moisture and reduce weeds.
5.     Attract Wildlife- Think butterfly plants.
6.     Manage Yard Pests Responsibly- Choose pesticides wisely and the more natural the better.
7.     Recycle- Composted grass clippings and yard trimmings provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste.
8.     Reduce Stormwater Runoff- Doing so will reduce pollutants into our bay.
9.     Protect the Waterfront- Waterfront property is fragile. Protecting it will help to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.
There are terrific recources out there to help all of us be more Florida- Friendly this year. And, I personally can’t wait to see Davis Islands look better than ever!
Florida Friendly Landscaping: FloridaYards.org
UF/IFAS Extension: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu
City of Tampa- TampaGov.net

The day to celebrate love is quickly approaching and whether you are single, married, dating or have a menagerie of kids and pets, there is something for everyone on this special day.

Treat yourself or someone else and enjoy February 14! We contacted local DI businesses to find out if they were doing something special for Valentine’s Day this year. The following businesses have something unique to offer:

March Islands Events

March 8th – Davis Islands resident social @ Molly Malones (5:30pm)
March 24th – Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt @Garden Club (8:30 am)

Book of the Month

As we move about our busy lives each day, week, month and year we can tend to forget about those who are serving our country.  This month one of the books I read really jolted me back to the reality our military men and women face who are on the front lines.  The book “RED PLATOON: A True Story of American Valor”  by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha was a harrowing description of the Battle of Keating, the most isolated and inaccessible outpost in Afghanistan.  This battle gives vivid details of the battle between less than 60 Black Knight Troops vs over 350 Taliban insurgents.  The accounts of bravery, leadership, decision making, friendship and loss are presented in such compelling details that it took me less than 3 days to read!
We continually hear about celebrities and famous folks who are role models, and they just might be, however once you have read this book I would wager to say your definition might change.

Davis Islands Welcome Packet

If you are new to Davis Islands this month I encourage you to download our updated New Resident Packet.  This will give you great information on the Islands History, Islands Business Directory and Common Contact numbers for our great amenities.

Nextdoor.com on Davis IslandsNEXTDOOR.COM – Davis Islands

Are you interested in staying updated on Islands activity, events and safety?  Then I encourage you join over 2,230 islands residents at Nextdoor.com.  Register for free @ Nextdoor.com/DavisIslands  Also if you are already a member please invite one other person and remember this is just for Davis Islands residents.

Next Davis Islands Civic Board Meeting   
The next meeting of the DI Civic Association will be held Tuesday March 6th at the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex, starting at 7pm.



Davis Islands Apex MedianWe thought it would be helpful to keep residents updated on requests made to the City of Tampa for zoning, variance or design changes for properties on the Islands. Each month the City of Tampa publishes these filings for all City of Tampa residents, it is called the C.A.R.E. S Newsletter. Details on the filings can be found by logging into the City of Tampa Online Portal This months requests are as follows:

none this month
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