We're sometimes asked, just what does a neighborhood association do and why should I part with my money for dues or contribute towards the BBHA? What is the difference between a volunteer Neighborhood Association and a Homeowners’ Association? Well, we're so glad you asked!
What is a Neighborhood Association?
A neighborhood association, generally speaking, is a voluntary, volunteer-run association that serves its membership by informing them of issues that may affect the neighborhood. There is usually a newsletter and an email chain to keep residents informed. Your volunteers monitor the City of Tampa's city council calendar for issues affecting the neighborhood, and do their best to inform you of them so you may determine if you support or oppose the issues. Committees may be formed, as needed. Meetings are organized and held to address concerns, foster a community attitude, and determine next steps when and if a need arises for action.
What are our boundaries?
The BBHA is the recognized neighborhood association for our neighborhood boundaries, which are Gandy, Bayshore Boulevard, Himes, and El Prado. Julia Circle was recently added to our boundaries.
What do our dues cover?
Dues support the usual operating expenses of a volunteer association which includes, for our particular association, our PO Box, our website, postage, copies, meeting refreshments, printing costs, yard signs for meetings, and other operational expenses. Your dues also cover corporation fees and our membership in Tampa Homeowners an Association of Neighborhoods, or THAN.
If you believe in the mission of the BBHA, you are more than welcome to contribute more than your dues. Doing so helps your volunteers continue to make the neighborhood a better place.
What is the difference between a neighborhood association and an HOA?
An HOA, by contrast, is usually a mandatory association that residents must join and must pay dues to in order to be in good standing in their neighborhood. Subdivisions, condos, and townhomes, as well as many gated communities, have HOAs. HOAs generally have rules and/or are “Deed Restricted.” The BBHA, while it has HOA in its name, is not an HOA with mandatory membership nor do we have deed restrictions or rules for homeowners. When the BBHA was incorporated in 1988, the officers incorporated the BBHA with the name Bayshore Beautiful Homeowners’ Association. The name with HOA in it, as opposed to Neighborhood Association, is a regular source of confusion to potential members and some have expressed to us that they don’t want to “be in an HOA because then someone will tell them what color to paint their house!”
Membership in the BBHA is voluntary and we have no rules or authority to tell you what color to paint your house, nor are we deed restricted.
How much do Board of Directors get paid? $0.00
How can I get involved, even if I’m busy or can’t commit too much time?
We need you! We have a variety of volunteer needs, including sign volunteers, block captains, social organizers, and contributors for our newsletter. And of course, your financial support is greatly needed and appreciated!