Ballantrae CDD partners

The Ballantrae CDD Board of Supervisors employs the experts necessary to provide landowners with the professional services required to protect and maintain their community property and interests. Those partners and their duties include:

District Counsel is Tracy J. Robin with the law firm of Straley & Robin. As District Counsel, he attends most meetings of the Board of Supervisors, advises the Board on matters relating to local government law, the requirements of Chapter 190, Florida statutes, regulatory matters, competitive bidding, claims and liability, public records and the Sunshine law. He routinely interfaces with the District Manager and the Board, prepares and approves contracts relating to daily operations of the District, and oversees compliance with bond financing covenants. The Straley & Robin firm specializes in representing community development districts, and currently represents approximately 80 districts along the west coast of Florida.

District Engineer is Tonja Stewart, P.E., of WilsonMiller. She attends board meetings. WilsonMiller provides professional engineering services including surveying, planning, landscape design, construction administration and environmental management. It prepares any necessary engineering reports, plans, maps or surveys. Provides constructrion drawings and specifications for projects undertaken by the CDD. It provides general services during any construction activity.

Grau & Associates are certified public accountants who perform an annual audit of the CDD’s year-end financial statements. The audit is conducted in accordance with U.S. generally accepted auditing standards and the standards for audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.


Austin Outdoor mows approximately 70-80 acres of CDD lawns and edges lawns around the community’s three dozen ponds. It is also responsible for maintenance of our community irrigation system, fertilization of lawns, control of fire ants and other pests, tree and plant pruning, edging, replacement and weeding of lawns as well as the care of flower beds and replacement of annuals.

American Ecosystems Inc. is charged with the routine maintenance of the District’s three dozen ponds and lakes. It and Ecological Consultants were retained in late 2008 to work cooperatively. “American Eco” is responsible for monthly treatment and upkeep of each pond with EPA-approved materials to control algae, grasses and weeds, ensuring careful treatment to preserve beneficial vegetation, with call-back services as required.

Ecological Consultants Inc. is charged with the removal of built-up nuisance vegetation and algae concentrations that grew and thickened in selected ponds over the years, but was not addressed by prior Boards. Perimeter beneficial plants are installed as necessary. The firm removes nuisance grasses, algae and debris before turning the pond over to American Ecosystems for routine maintenance.


Suncoast Rust Control Inc. installed tanks and inhibitor systems in 2008 to remove iron from four of the CDD’s seven wells used to irrigate lawns near privacy walls and sidewalks. It maintains the system to prevent the further discoloration of walls and sidewalks.

Off-duty Deputy

Off-duty Florida Highway Patrol troopers are employed part-time by the CDD year-round to enhance our community property. The deputies provide coverage at the park complex, including the pool and deck area, children’s play area, the park grounds and parking lot, as well as the basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. They also observe activities at the Straiton pool and Ayrshire gazebo. The CDD also assigns troopers to monitor traffic on our two main thoroughfares, Ballantrae and Mentmore boulevards.

In addition, Ballantrae’s CDD also partners for the services provided by, among others, the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Among them, they recommend “best practices” while also providing advice and ensuring adherence with laws and regulations affecting the many acres of landscaping, wetlands and conservation areas within Ballantrae.

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