Frequently Asked Questions
CDD = Community Development District
There have been a number of questions about the roads within and in front of the community and the role of the Community Development District (CDD). The following is based on conversations with the CDD and DiVosta / Pulte. The CDD for Village Walk of Bonita Springs issued two bonds, Series 2005 for approximately $6,505,000 and Series 2007 for approximately $9,805,000, both mature in 30 years and are subject to a 10 year “call period”. The funds raised were used for the construction of the storm water drainage system [including storm sewers, lakes, retention ponds and raising the level of the roads and pads on which the houses are located]. The CDD did not pay for any roads within or outside Village Walk of Bonita Springs; DiVosta paid for the construction of the roads within the walls of the community. DiVosta transferred to the CDD the land under Bonita Beach Road and the possible road on the west of VillageWalk [Logan Boulevard extension, tentatively to be named Bella Road], There is a CDD mainteance component on your tax bill which pertains to the ongoing maintenance of the storm water drainage system. The legislative mandate of the CDD when it comes to maintenance is quite narrow and pertains only to the storm water drainage system. The maintenance for the gated access infrastructure and irrigation system is a Home Owners Association responsibility. Typically the storm water drainage system has a 30 year life and requires about $20,000 of maintenance per year. The annual Lee County tax bill contains two CDD components; one is for the bond payment and the second is for the annual Operations & Maintenance assessment. The bond assessment changes minutely each year similar to a home mortgage payment, the Operations and Maintence component includes maintenance funds for minimal lake maintenance and a host of operational costs, i.e. audit fees, printing, district attorney, district engineer, district manager, postage, insurance, trustee fees and administrative costs. The Operations and Maintenance fee is the same for all units no matter what type, approximately $61 per home.
The CDD is managed by a five person board of supervisors which initially consisted of DiVosta employees and will consist entrely of elected homeowners by the end of 2016. The CDD is governed by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes; it is a governmental entity. All Florida government rules apply; as such the CDD can be sued, however, it is protected by State rights and sovereign immunity that basically dictates limits a government agency can be sued for as specified by state statute. This has certain advantages as the Homeowners’ Association can be sued without these limitations.
The CDD meets on the second Friday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Town Center. If there is no business, the meeting is cancelled, but all meetings are open to residents. Our Homeowners Association can advise when a meeting will take place
VillageWalk of Bonita Springs lies on Section 3 of southeast Lee County and is roughly one square mile in dimension. The northern boundary of the property is generally along the telephone line on the north side of Bonita Beach Road. Individual residents own the lot [land] on which their home sits, the CDD owns the land under the lakes and storm water drainage system and the land under Bonita Beach Road and the possible road on the west of VillageWalk [Logan Boulevard extension], the Homeowners’ Association owns much of the common area and the roadways inside the complex that have been developed. At the time of build-out, DiVosta transferred all of the common areas and roadways to the Homeowners’ Association.
The previous land owner to the east of VillageWalk (a part of the Ronto Group) placed an easement across the northern boundary of Section 3 to allow access to the two sections east of VillageWalk. That land owner was also required to build and maintain the roadway that now lies in front of VillageWalk. Lee County does not have an obligation to take ownership of, nor maintain this roadway. Although the roadway lies on land owned by the CDD, it is maintained by successors of the previous land owner, who we believe to be at this time, Bonita Beach Road, LLC. This roadway was built in accordance with the standards of Lee County Department of Transportation and has a certificate of compliance to that effect. In general, Lee County and the City of Bonita Springs resist attempts to assume new responsibilities for road maintenance. At present Bonita Beach Road LLC is responsible for maintaining the road in front of VillageWalk of Bonita Springs, even though significant development has yet to take place to the east of the VillageWalk of Bonita Springs.
Ownership of Bonita Beach Road from the west edge of VillageWalk going east.
The City of Bonita Springs has recently been made aware of several East Bonita Beach Road citizen postings on the “NEXT DOOR” web site about the need for street lights to be installed on Bonita Beach Road. Suggestions for contacting the City or Lee County have been made. We certainly understand those concerns. However, we also felt it important to note that neither Lee County nor the City of Bonita Springs owns any portion of Bonita Beach Road east of the western side of VillageWalk. To be clear, the County owns Bonita Beach Road west of that point only. For VillageWalk, and any of the other communities east from there to Bonita National, the governmental entities (CDDs) that own those portions of Bonita Beach Road are the contacts where your concerns should be addressed. Based on the information we have, for the portion of the road directly in front of VillageWalk, The VillageWalk of Bonita Springs CDD would be responsible. For everything east of there to Bonita National, the Beach Road Golf Estates CDD would need to be contacted. We understand how frustrating this might be and wanted to ensure that you were contacting those who were in the best position to assist! We hope you find this helpful.
Carl L. Schwing,
City Manager “
Alligators and humans have shared the marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes of the southeastern United States for many centuries, and Villagewalk shares it’s lakes with many of these creatures. Alligators are an important part of Florida’s heritage and play an important role in the ecology of Florida’s wetlands. An understanding of these facts and broader knowledge of alligator behavior helps ensure that humans and alligators continue their long-term coexistence.
Some “gator” facts:
• The average size of an alligator is 6.5 feet to 13 feet. Some males can grow up to 18 feet, while females rarely grow past 9 feet.
• Their diet mainly consists of easily attainable prey such as fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals, birds, frogs, and even snails.
• People should report only those alligators that are actively causing problems or posing a threat to public safety. They should not report an alligator that is simply sunning itself on a bank or swimming in a lake, just doing what alligators do.
• If an alligator is longer than six feet and exhibits aggressive behavior, it is classified as a nuisance and is harvested for its meat and hide by permitted nuisance trappers. Homeowners can call the Wildlife Conservancy at 866-392-4286: if warranted they will remove the alligator.
• Smaller gators, four feet or less in length, pose little threat to people; they can deliver a nasty bite that should immediately be seen by a physician should a bite occur. The bacteria in an alligator’s mouth causes bite wounds to become easily infected.
Some Gator DON’Ts
• Never feed the alligators: 1st, it is against the law and carries a hefty fine and possible jail time. 2nd, gators will associate food with humans thereafter which is not a good thing for either the gator or the humans.
• Lakes are not for recreational use. No swimming is permitted in the lakes. Do not allow children to play or walk your pets at the edge of the lake. This is a gators natural hunting ground.
• If a resident sees an aggressive alligator, or believes a particular gator poses a threat to the community, please contact the Wildlife Conservancy at 866-392-4286. The Conservancy will give the resident a confirmation number which is to be called in to the HOA office. The HOA will confirm with the Conservancy and allow their investigators to enter and assess the alligator. If the gator is found to be a nuisance, it will be removed and destroyed.
- All visitors must show a valid Driver’s License for entry through the gate.
- If you have an unexpected guest planning to visit remember to call the gate @ (239) 949-2091 and place visitor’s name(s) on the pre-call list.
- If a visitor comes to the gate that has not been previously called or logged in the guards will attempt to reach you, if the Gate cannot contact you, then the visitor will be turned away.
- Please ask your visitors to be patient, as guards take down their vehicle and license information.
- Please place your visitors on your permanent or temporary guest list through our VillageWalk website www.dwellinglive.com.
If you need help registering on DwellingLive, use the form below to request assistance.
The CERT Program provides education about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Bonita Springs and trains citizens in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can be called upon to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are capable of supporting emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District CERT program is designed to support and integrate into disaster plans. The CERT program is intended to be a partnership between the district and local neighborhoods or Bonita Springs’ communities that will ultimately reduce the injury and property loss caused by major disasters.
Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., respectively and are taught at Bonita Springs Fire-Rescue Station Four at 27701 Bonita Grande Drive. After all 16 hours have been completed you are eligible to be called-out to an emergency scene. There is no cost and there are no physical or age limitations. If you are interested, please fill out an application and return it to Bonita Springs Fire Station Four at 27701 Bonita Grande Drive, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135.
For more information, call CERT Coordinator Nicole Hornberger at (239) 949-6228.
Other helpful links
- VillageWalk Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
- CERT Commonly Asked Questions
- Bonita Springs CERT page
- FEMA CERT Page
- Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District
- Lee County Hurricane Preparation Guide
- Advance Planning – links for flood hazards, LeeEvac apps, alerts and more
- Hurricane Family Plan – links for an emergency supply list and Family Emergency Plan
- Impending Hurricane – links for Evacuation Zones, Shelters, Weather Forecasting and more
- After the Storm – links to FEMA, Salvation Army, FPL info, search for people/pets, and more
- Special Needs Program – The Special Needs Program is available to all Lee County residents at no cost. It provides shelter from a Tropical Storm or Hurricane for those who live in a home and/or area that is not safe from storm surge or wind and / or have medical needs that may need electricity after the storm who have no other safe place to go. It also provides transportation to a shelter for those residents who do not have a way to get there. You must register to receive these services by completing the Special Needs Program application.
It pays to be prepared prior to the storm. Look at the list below and begin to stock up on supplies you may need should Bonita Springs experience a tropical storm or hurricane. Even during a tropical storm, we are often without electrical power for several days. Being prepared with items to help stay clean, hydrated, and fed can make all the difference in getting through the aftermath comfortably.
“Must haves” in your 7 Day ready-to-go emergency kit:
Drinking water – 7 Gallons/person
Non-perishable ready-to-eat-food (canned foods/milk, peanut butter, crackers, energy or granola bars, etc.)
1 manual can opener
Extra propane for your grill
Two week supply of medications (with list of dosage, amount, and doctors to contact for emergency medical treatment)
First aid kit, bug spray, sunscreen, baby or sanitary wipes
Flashlights (extra batteries)
Battery operated radio (extra batteries)
Auto Charger for your cellphone
Flashlight (extra batteries)
Cash/credit cards and important documents (Driver’s License, Social Security card, insurance policies, medical cards, etc) in sealed plastic bags to keep dry.
Work or gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, hat.