Administration Staff – (863) 471-1115 info@highlandsridge.com

Important information about Highlands Ridge

Architectural Control Committee (ACC)

The Covenants of Highlands Ridge require that ALL revisions or alterations to the exterior of every home receive the prior written approval of the ACC.  If you are planning any changes, please contact any member of the ACC and they will guide you through the process to obtain approval.  The name of the current ACC members, as well as required forms to be filled out, can be obtained by contacting the Administration Office.

Comment Boxes

Are located in Founder’s Hall and the Administration Office.

Copy/Fax Machines

Available at the Administration Office. Faxes are free of charge. Color copies are .15¢  each. Black and white copies are .10¢ per copy for eleven or more,  ten or less is free. If over ten please call first to make certain it is a convenient time.

Drop Box

Located at Founder’s Hall by mailbox. Please use anytime, including 9 am, noon to 1, and after 4 pm, when the Administration Office is closed, for any type of payment or correspondence.

Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

All communities in Florida similar to Highlands Ridge and Marina Cove are controlled by certain rules. In Highlands Ridge these rules are contained within the “Covenants” and in Marina Cove you will find them in the “Prospectus”.  These documents are different for each community and contain certain rules and conditions applicable to all residents of that that community, such as personal conduct, restrictions for the outside appearance of each home, use of common facilities, and much, much more.

Please be sure that you have been given a current copy of the rules for  your neighborhood and are familiar with the conditions stated within.

Electronic Debit Service

Highlands Ridge has the capability to electronically debit your bank account (any bank in the United States) for your monthly maintenance fee or lot rent. Remember these fees are due on the 1st of each month and you will not receive an invoice. On the 5th  business day of each month, your account will be debited for the amount specified. Please call the Administration Office to set up this service.

Front Gate Security

The entrance gate automatically opens at 6:00 am and closes at 7:00 pm. You can purchase an automatic gate opener from the Administration Office. You can also open the gate by using your personal 5-digit code (which you should have received at your closing).  Instructions for entering your code are posted on the keypad at the gate.  If the gate malfunctions, there is an emergency number listed.  If you have visitors after hours, they may gain access by contacting you and following the instructions on the keypad.  Please do not give your access code to anyone, including delivery   persons, as this defeats the purpose of living in a gated community.

Home Owners Association

There are two homeowners associations in operation at Highlands Ridge. The homeowners of Marina Cove and the Villages of Highlands Ridge Home Owners Association which encompasses the homeowners of Arbor Green, Hidden Creek, Carter Creek, Scottish Links, Oak Run, North Course and the Golfside Villas. The purpose of these associations is to deal with issues of homeownership in their respective areas. Each organization is governed by an elected Board of

Directors.  Regular meetings of their boards and membership, dates and times are posted in the

Gazette,  on the Activities Calendar and on Highlandsridge.com. There are minimal annual dues for each association.

Gazette Monthly Newsletter

The Gazette is available on the first day of each month in the Administration Office and online at www.highlandsridge.com. This is YOUR newsletter and is a valuable resource for staying connected and in touch with all the community news and activities. If you are a seasonal resident and would like a copy of the Gazette mailed to you while you are up north, please advise the front desk of the address you would like it sent to. There is a postage fee for each copy sent.  You may submit articles or advertisements for the Gazette to gazette@highlandsridge.com by the 15th of the month, for the next month’s publication.

Golf Carts

Florida law requires anyone operating a golf cart on any road to be a licensed driver.

HighlandsRidge.com This is an interactive website for Highlands Ridge residents. Visit this site often to stay current on all the activities, fitness and golf news.  Once you register as a member, you will receive email updates from all areas of Highlands Ridge. Highlandsridge.com can answer most of your questions about this community.

Lawn Care

A lawn mowing service has been contracted by Highlands Ridge to maintain residential lawns. The cost of lawn mowing is included in your common facility fee. Please be advised that all edging and trimming service is presently offered by our current lawn mowing company.

Notary Service

Is available at the Administration Office free of charge, please call ahead.

Pets

Pets are to be walked on a leash at all times. Please do not allow your pets to roam free in any area of Highlands Ridge, including common areas. All pets must be vaccinated according to local laws and dogs must be licensed. We are a pet friendly community which means we enjoy the companionship of pets that have responsible owners. PETS MUST BE CLEANED UP AFTER, NO MATTER WHERE YOU WALK THEM! This includes common areas and vacant lots! Pets are strictly forbidden from walking or running free on any areas of the golf course. If you have guests visiting with pets please inform them of the rules. 

Recycling

Recycling bins for plastic, aluminum cans, cardboard and paper/newspapers are located in the south RV/Boat parking area near the golf maintenance building. All plastics #’s 1-7 with the recycling logo may be placed in the bin marked “plastics”. Be sure to remove all lids from plastic and glass containers. Lids are not recyclable and should be placed with your garbage. Paper labels on plastic are OK. To help cut down on the rodent and insect problem, please rinse/wash containers. We urge you to compact your plastic containers and boxes to make room for more AND to leave the area clean or cleaner than when you arrived. Recycling for aluminum/tin cans is located on the opposite end of the cardboard bin.  Aluminum tabs should be placed in Founder’s Hall in Shriner’s Bin on top of the ice machine. Bundled newspapers can be placed in paper bin; more detailed information located in the directory.

Throwing your trash in any dumpster in Highlands Ridge is NOT permitted at any time!

Residents Council

It’s purpose is to promote and sanction resident activities and to be a motivational force in accomplishing the desires of the residents. The Council’s comprised of nine elected representatives from all the Villages of Highlands Ridge.  Annual dues are $5 per person. See the “Residents Council” link on www.HighlandsRidge.com for a complete explanation of what the Council can do for you.  The Council meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month during October to May at 10:15 a.m. in the Activities Room.  All meetings are posted in the Gazette and on www.Highlandsridge.com.

Residents Directory

Please stop by the Administration Office for your copy of the Highlands Ridge Directory. This is a photo directory of Highlands Ridge residents, addresses, phone numbers and email  addresses.  Your first black and white directory is free, however there is a charge for subsequent and/or color directories.  Directory updates are inserted in the monthly Gazette. For additions,  changes, or corrections, to the directory please email activities@highlandsridge.com.

Seasonal Residents

Before you leave, please stop by the Administration Office to fill out a “Summer

Information” sheet.  This will help us keep in touch with you while you are gone. Also, pick up a copy of  the “Gone for the Summer Checklist” to assist you with closing up your house for the summer.

Speed Limit

The community wide speed limit is 20 mph. for all types of vehicles. Please maintain the posted speed limits to provide a safe environment for all of our walkers, bikers and others.

U.S. Mail

The mail is usually delivered by 4:00 pm daily except Sunday. If you are planning to be away for any length of time, please arrange with a neighbor to pick up your mail or request the post office to hold/forward it to you. The postal service does not advise placing any outgoing mail in your mailbox that contains personal or financial information. You should take items of this nature to the post office or a postal receptacle.

Walking & Biking

We are a very busy community, with many residents, an increase in visitors and public golfing, not to mention construction vehicles, all sharing our roads. PLEASE OBEY THE POSTED SPEED LIMITS! When walking, walk against traffic and please carry a flashlight when it is dark. When biking, adhere to biking safety rules. When in your golf cart please use hand signals to let others know if you are turning.

Watering Restrictions

If your address ends in an even number you may water on Thursday/Sunday if you address ends in an odd number your watering days is Wednesday/Saturday. Watering is before 10 am and after 4 pm.

Yard Waste

There is no curbside yard waste pickup.  There are two lawn waste dumpsters located in the South RV/Boat storage area and one yard waste dumpster behind the north course maintenance building. This is where you will also find the recycle bins. Please Yard Waste Only – NO TRASH!

Throwing your trash in any dumpster in Highlands Ridge is NOT permitted at any time!

 

Important Numbers

Emergency 911 In the event of an emergency dial 911.

There are protocols in place with all pertinent emergency personnel that gives them access to the community after hours.

Cable Television Comcast Cable 1-800-266-2278, Direct TV 1-855-852-4388 and Dish Network        1-877-504-0622 all service Highlands Ridge.

Driver’s Licenses/Florida I.D. Cards/License Plate Division of Motor Vehicles is located  within the Highlands County Tax Collectors Office located at 540 S Commerce Avenue in Sebring. Call 863-402-6685 for an appointment, if you plan to get either a Florida ID card or a Driver’s License.

They also have an Avon Park location at 116 E Main Street.

Electricity Duke Energy 1-800-700-8744

For outages please call 1-800-228-8485

Garbage/Trash Collection is provided by Progressive Waste Solutions 863-655-0005.  Household waste and recyclables are collected every Friday at Highlands Ridge.  All bulks items will be picked up every other Friday.  For additional information, the county website is:  highlandstransition.com/garbage-collection-information.html

Throwing your trash in any dumpster in Highlands Ridge is NOT permitted at any time!

Highlands County Sheriff (Non-Emergency) 863-402-7200

Highlands County Recycling – 863-655-6400

Newspapers The News Sun (863-385-6155) is published and delivered on Wednesday and Saturday.  Highlands Today- Tampa Tribune (863-386-5800) is published and delivered 7 days a week.

Register to Vote Highlands County Elections Office is located at the Highlands County

Government Center at 580 S Commerce Avenue A-201; they can be reached at 863-402-6655.

Telephone Service CenturyLink 1-800-339-1811 is the primary provider. For repair service please call 1-800-788-3600.

Water/Sewer – City of Sebring Utilities Department 863-471-5112 is the water department that    services all neighborhoods in Highlands Ridge.  After hours emergencies call 863-471-0166.

Call 811 before you dig.

Highlands Ridge Home Owners Association

President  – Pat Shine  (812) 350-3815  pschine@comcast.net

Vice President – Walt Chevillet (239) 287-1440 wchevillet4287@comcast.net

Treasurer  – Dale Huffman  (317) 697-0605  – dalehuffman@comcast.net

Secretary  – Willie Faye Myers  (863)-452-0025   wfdmyers5539@gmail.com

Asst. Secretary – Nancy Owens  (248) 808-0596 nowens2010@gmail.com

Architectural – Rick Nicholson (859) 912-3040 ricksue2@hotmail.com

Compliance – Dave Smith  (317) 376-9294 dsmith9820@sbcglobal.net

Highlands Ridge Residents Council

President  – Jim Haas – (616) 638-1004 pjhaas@centurylink.net

Vice President  – Glynda Sarno (863) 385-2534 6491523@gmail.com

Secretary – Jim Abercrombie –  (320) 267– 6542  sjabercrombie@ymail.com

Treasurer – Bob Master  – (863) 382-4018  dosseyrlm@comcast.net

Board of Directors

Susan Ingram – (231) 263-7472  s602@juno.com

Jim Abercrombie  – (320) 267-6542 sjabercrombie@ymail.com

Karen O’Laughlin – (863) 446-2861  – kao219@gmail.com

Sue Nicholson(859) 912-3030 ricksue2@hotmail.com

Sue Jennings(352) 672– 2327 jennings3260@yahoo.com

Architectural Committee

Peter Blackmore  – (863) 453-8636  peterblackmore@comcast.net

John Johnson  – (863) 471-9600  2180jpj@gmail.com

David DeSchane– (863) 314-6949 dsdeschane@gmail.com

RECYCLING AT HIGHLANDS RIDGE
PLEASE SAVE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

Here in Highlands Ridge each Resident has their own Recycling Cart which will be picked
up every Friday along with the regular Trash pick up.

Every other Friday there will be a Bulk Trash pick up in Highlands Ridge. You will find
the dates posted on the Activities Calendar, the North & South Marquee signs & in
weekly community emails.

Refuse pick up is provided by Waste Connections, you may contact them at (863)
655-0005. Please visit www.highlandstransition.com for more information.

Bulk Trash that is NOT accepted:

  • Solid Waste generated on commercial property or from industrial processes.
  • Land clearing debris, excavated fill and earthen material.
  • Yard waste generated by a commercial lawn care company, plant nursery or farming
    Operations.
  • Roofing material generated, collected, and transported by a roofing company.
  • Construction and demolition debris.
  • Wrecked, scrapped, ruined or dismantled motor vehicles or motor vehicles parts including oil, tires, batteries.
  • Boats, boat motors and boat trailers.

YARD WASTE: There are three open bins at the South Course and one at the North
Course for your yard waste. Empty plastic bags as you are disposing of your yard waste.

GLASS: We do NOT recycle glass here at this time.

Anything that is not mentioned above should be placed in with your regular trash.

Tires nor large items (refrigerators, dishwashers, dryers, etc.,) will be picked up on
regular pick up days. Call 863-655-0005 to arrange pick up for these items.

Our STAFF

Administration Staff – (863) 471-1115

BIRDY WHITEHOUSE

Property Manager

CANDICE CERVANTES

Administrative Assistant

LILI RODRIQUEZ

Activities Director