LAKEWOOD RANCH — Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 4 supervisors are continuing efforts to ensure the district’s security provider is meeting the needs of the community.
During a meeting Aug. 19, the board formally amended the post orders for its security provider, Allegiance Security Group, to direct security personnel to request proper identification from anyone engaging in suspicious behavior, caught trespassing or vandalizing Lakewood Ranch property, as well at to begin notifying homeowners if their garage doors have been left open during nighttime hours to help avoid potential thefts.
Security personnel also will be directed to use spotlights on the patrol vehicles during evening hours to better show their presence in the community and deter any potential criminal incidents.
“Our post orders as amended now are much more effective,” Supervisor Michael Spring said. “It removes ambiguity.”
CDD 4 Chairman Michael Griffin also noted the changes make it clear Allegiance personnel can enter a private parcel in an effort to stop any suspicious or criminal activity it witnesses, in addition to calling the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
“We just want to make sure the expectations that we have for Allegiance are documented and clear,” Griffin said. “This is just refining those things.”
Supervisors discussed the changes during last month’s meeting, but did not put them in writing until a vote last week.
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• Operations Director Ryan Heise reported exotic plant removal in Riverwalk was slated to begin this week and should be complete within 30 days.
• Supervisors approved documents needed to start the re-bid process for a common area landscape maintenance contract.
• Supervisors approved increasing the scope of services for lake maintenance to include Lake Uihlein. The change will go into effect Oct. 1, and costs $12,500 for the new fiscal year.
• Supervisors approved improvements to the Edgewater back gate on Mallard Lane. Improvements include the installation of 26 feet of picket vinyl fencing, capped columns with dry stack stone and demo and removal of the existing structure.
• Supervisors approved a proposal to improve landscaping along the Legacy Boulevard corridor, and at The Masters Avenue and Lorraine Road and The Masters Avenue and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Cost is not to exceed $25,500.
• Supervisor Ann Fischer suggested asking the county to increase the speed limit on Lorraine Road to 45 mph from 35 mph.
• Supervisors approved landscape improvements along the Legacy Boulevard corridor as well as palm removals at the entrance to Vilamoura.