The algae bloom, known as Karenia brevis, or red tide, has hit the southwestern coast of Florida hard this year. It reached Manatee County beaches in early August leaving in its wake rotten odors and thousands of dead fish throughout much of August. Clean up efforts started immediately after the declaration of state of emergency by Gov. Rick Scott, containing the problem and clearing the dead fish along with its stensh.
Residents of the Homes of Riviera Dunes were fortunate to be spared the direct effects of the red tide, despite its water access to the Gulf. Being situated six miles from Tampa Bay and 11 miles from the Gulf Coast, has created a buffer zone keeping the red tide from reaching the community.
"There are benefits to living right on the Gulf, but there are also disadvantages," said Nabil Freij. "By living in Riviera Dunes, I like the fact that I have water access to the Gulf, but also keep my distance from it," he added.
Yesterday, a couple of residents from Riviera Dunes took their wave-runners all the way to Egmont Key and back. They reported blue and green clean water, with schools of bait fish frolicking all over Egmont Key beaches. Although many boaters were missing, the catastrophe that the red tide brought to the area fortunately seems to be receding!
Starting from 2018, the City of Palmetto has issued TRIM notices attaching boat slips to the property of their licensees.
Licensees of boat slips in any of the Riviera Dunes community docks (Peninsula, Northshore, or Island,) will notice the addition of licensed slips to their 2018 TRIM notice received in August (see image above.)
Licensees should check their TRIM notice to ensure that the information is recorded correctly with the proper slip number and if not, they should contact the management company.
Property assessments have increased to include the value of the slips, so slip taxes will be included in the assessment of your home and paid directly by licensees to the city.
The Homes Owners Association of Riviera Dunes (HOARD) will no longer be billed these taxes and will no longer send separate tax bills to licensees at the end of each year.
Licensees are also requested to update their vessel registration document and send to the management company. The form can be downloaded electronically from this site and emailed to the management company.
Drew Denick our Representative and Vice President to the Master Association has been behind the 20 new benches on our walkway around the pond to renew and bring continuing enjoyment to those who use the walkway. Please stay tuned for many more great things to come from Drew in the near future....
The new Homes of Riviera Dunes website is live and can be found at homesofrivieradunes.com. In addition to updating images and information about gate access, the new website is designed to enable Homes of Riviera Dunes homeowners to learn about the rules in our community and access the Invera, owner login and docks pages.
Forms used for conducting our daily business, such as ARB, docks, vessel registration, covenants and much more can be found under Download.
The new website also emphasizes the beauty of our area and the many Activities enjoyed in our community.
Slips for sale or lease are also listed and can be updated on an ongoing basis by owners by providing latest info via the online form under Contact.