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Master Certificate of Insurance - Clearwater Property 2013 (pdf 128kb)
Master Certificate of Insurance - Clearwater Liability 2013 (pdf 7kb)
Please note that the Clearwater OTOW service desk hours will be changing to 8:30 – 3:00 effective
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011. The Service Department is closed from 12:00 – 12:30 for lunch.
“Water pressure county-wide has been an issue since a series of major water main breaks in the central part of the County. I know many people have been visiting or emailing the service department with concerns about the pressure. Unfortunately, this is not a matter that your Association has any control over. Please refrain from contacting the County on this matter as the pressure situation will remain as it is until repairs are completed.
Pinellas County Utilities has asked that we publish the attached quote from the official website: “Water pressure for all customers of Pinellas County Utilities has been lower than normal since the 48-inch water main break occurred on Dec. 23, 2010. Even after the repair work was completed, the water pressure within the line has been reduced as a precaution to reduce the stress on this section of pipe and minimize the risk of further service interruptions. As this pipe is a major north-south transmission line, a significant portion of residents may see the effects of the reduced water pressure, but pressure will be maintained at sufficient levels to provide for fire protection.
Utilities staff continues to study the issue through running water models of the distribution system to determine potential solutions. Due to the weakened nature of this section of pipe, which prompted the replacement project, customers may not see a return to full water pressure until the project is complete. The project is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2011, and the unexpected rupture should not affect that timeline”.
As a practical matter for residents living on the 2nd or 3rd floors, your pressure will be slightly lower than you are used to. That said the 30-35 psi should still provide sufficient flow to meet all your needs, although filling that coffee pot may take a little longer than you were used to.
We know that some people may have needs that require specially filtered water for consumption. If you have a reverse osmosis water treatment device, it is recommended that you consider connecting the device to a single faucet from which you would obtain your water for drinking or cooking. Generally, it is not necessary to use the RO treated water for bathing or flushing.”
Here is a link to the Pinellas County Press Release concerning this matter: http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/press/pr-2011-01-14.html
The Board of Administration approved changes to the Amended and Restated Rules, the final rules are attached hereto as a PDF file: Amended and Restated Rules and Regulations 12-16-10.
On December 16, 2010, the On Top of the World Condominium Association Board of Administration approved an amendment to the Amended and Restated Rules. The attached Certificate of Amendment details this rule update. The Certificate of Amendment will be recorded in the records of Pinellas County, Florida. This amendment is effective as of December 16, 2010. Download Amendment here.
WIND MITIGATION FORMS:
Click here for the Wind Mitigation forms (OIR-B1-1802).
www.OTOWClearwaterinfo.com has been updated with Wind Mitigation forms (OIR-B1-1802) for each building.
You or your insurance agent may:
- Click this link to Wind Mitigation Forms.
- Find report that corresponds with your address.
- Click to download form. Please be aware the photos attached may take time to download.
- Print form and photos.
Service Department Requests:
If you wish to have a copy of the Wind Mitigation Form mailed on your behalf to your insurance agent, please follow these steps:
- Visit the Service Department at the East Activity Center.
- Fill out a Wind Mitigation Request Form and provide to Service Department.
- Include a check for $15.00 made payable to Parkway Maintenance and Management Co.
- The Service Department will forward to your insurance agent pursuant to your instructions.
- If you or your insurance agent requires anything further, an additional fee may be incurred.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RULES CHANGES:
The Amended and Restated Rules of On Top of the World Condominium Association, Inc. are now in effect. To obtain a copy: (1) you may click on the link provided below, (2) obtain a copy from the Service Department, or (3) request a copy by writing the Association Secretary at 2069 World Parkway Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33763.
Amended Rules OTOW Condo Assoc Official Recorded Copy 4-1-10 (PDF 1.66mb)
AMENDED GOVERNING DOCUMENTS:
The link that follows contains the Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of On Top of the World Condominium Association, Inc. which have been recorded in the Pinellas County Records on April 1, 2010. To obtain a copy: (1) you may click on the link provided below, (2) obtain a copy from the Service Department, or (3) request a copy by writing the Association Secretary at 2069 World Parkway Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33763.
Amended Arts of Inc & ByLaws OTOW Condo Assoc Official Recorded Copy 4-1-10 (PDF 977kb)
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the World Condominiums Census Form
On Top of the World Bus Service: Free service to local shopping centers to all On
Top of the World residents. Schedules and pick-up points are listed in the On Top
of the World newspaper and this website. For reservations, call 799-3417 ext. 7.
County Bus Service: Regular hourly bus service by PSTA is available in On Top of
the World. Schedules are available from the PSTA. Senior discount cards are also
available through the PSTA.
Neighborly Transportation: Neighborly Care Network will provide free (donations
appreciated) transportation including wheelchair. You must be 60 years of age or
older and schedule 7 days in advance. 10 mile limit. 727-573-3773.
Faith in Action: Volunteers drive you, no charge. You must register in advance.
Dart: Part of Pinellas Transport Service. $3.00 fee. Requires 24 hour notice in
advance. Wheelchair accessible.
CareVan: To Morton Plant area Monday–Friday 8 am – 3:30 pm. Free. 461-8548
CareLift: To Morton Plant / Dunedin. 734-6107
The closest is on Hercules, south of Sunset Point Road. The actual address
is 1851 N Hercules Ave. - 447-7166. The Main Post Office is located at 100 Belcher
Road - 464-2906.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD NEWSPAPER
Your community news is delivered at the beginning of each month to each building
lobby. You may pick up your free copy there or at the newspaper office in the East
Activity Center. The On Top of the World newspaper
is the best source of information about clubs, organizations, activities and events.
The deadline for news is the 15th of each month, for the following month. Volunteers
help to write and edit the newspaper. For information, please call 799-3216.
LOST AND FOUND
Turn in and recover all lost items at the Activity Director's office in the East
Recreation Center. Items are kept for six (6) months.
Check the monthly On Top of the World Newspaper and Bulletin Boards in both Recreation
Centers and in each building for current information.
PUBLIC PAY PHONES
On the front porches of both Recreation Centers.
A photo ID/Activity card is issued to all resident owners and all renters with a
six month lease or longer. To use the Recreation facilities, residents must have
a current and valid activity card. Card issue and yearly updating is available Monday through Friday 8:30am – Noon and 12:30pm – 3:00pm at the Customer Service Office in the East Activity Center, except on holidays.
Lost cards should also be reported to the Customer Service Office. The cost to replace an Activity
Card is $25.00.
Owners who rent their units must request forms in order to obtain an Activity Card
for their renters. You must provide the Renter's name, building address and unit
number. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and send to: OTOW Activity Card
Department, 2069 World Parkway Blvd East, Clearwater, FL 33763. These applications are available
upon request by mail only and must be completed by the Unit Owner of record.
The bulletin boards in each building are for community information only. Advertising
and solicitations of any kind are prohibited.
BICYCLING AND WALKING
For your protection, walk to the left, facing traffic. When driving, especially
at dusk, be alert for walkers and cyclists. Walkers should carry flashlights and
wear light colored clothing with reflective material. Always carry your ID with
DELIVERIES, MOVING TRUCKS
For your protection, pick-ups and deliveries are prohibited before 7:30 am and after
5:00 pm. All deliveries must be made through the Belcher Road gates. No deliveries
on Sundays and Holidays.
Please be a responsible pet owner. All pets must be on a leash when outside your
unit. Do not allow your pet to run freely. Pick up after your pet. A plastic bag
over your hand works great. Dispose of the bag in trash cans only. Never place feces
in the ground water catch basins located in the curbsides. If your pet makes a mistake
while in the center core, it is your responsibility to clean it up. It is not the
building worker's responsibility to clean up after your pet. Do not allow your pet
to bark continuously while you are away. Never tie your pet outside. The community
rules apply to all pet owners. Pet owners in violation of community rules are subject
to fines by the Association.
Traffic laws must be observed. Obey stop signs and posted speed limits. Be conscientious
of turn lanes and pedestrians at all times.
You may park your car in your apartment's designated space only. Each unit is provided
one (1) parking space. Assigned spaces may not be changed without written authorization
from the Board. Visitors may use designated visitor parking (V) only. Do not park
in spaces on adjacent buildings. Recreational vehicles and trailers may not park
in lots or on the street. Permits to park in the RV/trailer storage lot are available
from the Service Department. Application, payment of fee, and proof of insurance
are required. The Association takes no responsibility for damage or loss to parked
MODIFICATIONS AND REMODELING
To replace carpet with hard flooring (ceramic or wood), install a satellite dish,
replace your AC unit, install hurricane shutters or window protection, awnings,
modify patios (front and/or rear), add handrails, install new windows, or landscaping
of any kind, owners MUST obtain written authorization from the Association PRIOR
to any change, modification or installation. Unit owners who do not obtain authorization
violate local building code, and or Life Safety Code and are subject to Code enforcement
by the County and fines by the Association. Applications for Modification are available
from the Service Department. Building committees wishing to change out mailboxes
and refinish walkways and stairwells must also submit a Modification Application.
NOTICE TO UNITS IN ALL BUILDINGS, EXCEPT 64, 65, 67-70, 77, 78, 85 and 90: In order
to have a washer and dryer you must have a valid permit issued by the Building Department
on file with the Association.
CLUBS & CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
THE GOOD NEIGHBORS ORGANIZATION
The Good Neighbors Organization is a not-for-profit organization of residents who
welcome and encourage all On Top of the World residents to participate and volunteer
for the varied activities available at On Top of the World. The Good Neighbors sponsor
the following projects:
- The Get Acquainted Meeting: 2nd Thursday of every month.
- Blood Pressure Checks: Free on the second Monday, 8:30 – 10:30 am from October through
May in the East Recreation Center.
- Benches: The concrete rest benches strategically located throughout On Top of the
World are provided and maintained by Good Neighbors.
- Building Representatives: Good Neighbors in each building volunteer and provide
the following: greet and introduce new residents to the clubs and activities at
On Top of the World, present the Good Neighbors Booklet, coordinate the VIAL OF
LIFE program and maintain building bulletin boards
- Clothing Drive: Held in the Spring and Fall, donated clothing is collected and given
to local charities.
Storm Preparedness: June 1st through November 30th
is Hurricane Season and the time to start thinking seriously about dealing with
the risk and inconveniences that may be encountered during and immediately after
a storm. Your Association makes every effort to prepare for storm events by
securing potential hazards, protecting buildings and Association related assets,
and making sure we have an updated recovery plan. Key personnel are on-call
before and after a storm. Water and Wastewater personnel are moved on-site
to make sure that essential utility services are protected and the chance of interruption
is minimized. Tarps (in limited supply) are kept on hand to secure homes in
the event of roof damage.
Despite all of our efforts, much of your own safety and comfort depends entirely
on you. To that end, the following key points will help you prepare for a
- Designate as a “post-disaster contact,” a relative or friend who lives outside the
danger zone. Make sure each family member has been given this person’s address
and phone number, and agrees to contact him or her following the hurricane.
- Keep on hand at least one week’s supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
items. You should also have available a manual can/bottle opener, a flashlight,
and a battery operated radio or television (with an extra set of batteries for each).
Make sure these items are readily accessible, so that you can quickly pack and evacuate.
- Maintain an up-to-date inventory of everything in your home. Taking photos
and/or making videotapes of these items may help support the value you place on
them. Also, consider storing valuable items at a secure location away from
- Remove furniture from porches or patio and secure hoses so that these objects do
not become dangerous or lethal projectiles during a storm.
- Stock up on items you may need to protect your home or to prevent it from being
further damaged after the storm has passed. These items may include, but are
not limited to tarps or plastic, hammers, nails and plywood.
- Make sure your family is trained on how to turn off damaged utilities.
When a hurricane threatens, immediately take these steps:
- At least once per year, review your insurance coverage to make sure it is adequate
and up to date.
- Make sure your car has a full tank of gas as power outages may force gas stations
to remain closed for several days following a hurricane.
- Store important documents and other valuable items in waterproof bags.
- Bring inside, any loose items that may be found around your unit. Firmly tie
down loose items that cannot be brought indoors.
- Tape, board or shutter windows.
Here are some suggestions on what to do during a hurricane:
- Have enough cash on hand to last at least a full week. Banks and ATMS may
be closed for several days following the storm.
- Stay tuned to a battery-operated radio or television for weather bulletins and important
- Follow the orders of local authorities.
- Stay indoors in an interior room without windows (even if you have evacuated, inland
locations may still be at risk). If conditions worsen, take shelter in a closet
or bathroom and use mattresses to protect yourself.
- Don’t assume the hurricane is over when the wind subsides. The calm may be the eye
of the storm, and the worse part may still be on the way.
- If the electricity goes out:
- Use a flashlight – not a candle or match. You do not want to take the risk
of igniting gas from a broken line.
- Open your refrigerator only when absolutely necessary. This will help keep
food fresh for as long as possible.
After the hurricane has passed:
- Don’t venture outside until local authorities have issued an “all-clear.”
- Continue to check the radio or TV for post hurricane updates.
- If you have evacuated, don’t return until authorities re-open your area. Remember,
you may need proof of residency to return.
- Use a flashlight to look at damage. Allow only those people who have been
trained, to turn off damaged utilities (e.g. gas) and disconnect damaged appliances.
- Beware of downed power lines and other debris.
- Wear sturdy shoes and clothing to protect yourself. People are often times
hurt more frequently after the hurricane than during it.
- Use only bottled water. Unless otherwise advised, assume tap water is contaminated
and sewer lines are out of order.
- If electrical power was lost during the hurricane, be extremely careful before consuming
food taken from your refrigerator. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Use the phone only for emergencies.
- Conserve water! DO NOT WASH DRIVEWAYS OF DEBRIS. If the power is out
and you still have water pressure it is only because the water plant is running
on auxiliary power.
Proper insurance coverage can help reduce the financial burden you may suffer
as a result of a hurricane. Here are some additional tips that will make the
claims process easier for you and your claims adjuster.
- Don’t alter the condition of the damaged property. Take whatever steps are necessary
to protect your property from further damage.
- Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. Provide your agent or insurance
carrier all information pertaining to your claim.
- Make a list of damaged or destroyed property. Your adjuster will be able to
work more quickly if he or she has a written list to work from. Photos of
damaged property may also be useful.
- Keep records and receipts for ALL expenses you incur. Supplies purchased to
protect damaged property, or the costs incurred while staying at a hotel while your
home is being repaired, may be recoverable.
- Try to be patient. Once you report your claim, your claims adjuster will respond
as quickly as possible. Delays may be likely, as hurricanes often uproot signs
and deposit debris on highways, severely impeding traffic.
National Hurricane Center:
Hurricane & Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans:
The Weather Channel:
The Good Neighbors Organization, in coordination with the Inlays County Emergency
Management Team, the Fire Department and the Health Department is compiling a list
of residents who are dependent on medical devices which would be affected by an
electrical power outage. If you are dependent on an electrically powered medical
device, BE SURE TO REGISTER. Contact the Pinellas County Health Department. Residents
who are registered will be contacted by the Fire Department prior to an imminent
storm in order to place them in a location with emergency power. If you agree to
go, the Fire Department will evacuate you. BE ADVISED: IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE WITHOUT
ELECTRICITY, TELEPHONE OR WATER DURING OR AFTER A HURRICANE.
REMEMBER: THINK. BE PREPARED, PLAN AHEAD. BE SAFE. TAKE A BREATH AND BE CALM.
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