Welcome to the official web site for the Estancia at Wiregrass Community Development District (CDD). This site is funded on behalf of the Community Development District in an effort to help educate the general public about the services provided by the district, and to highlight the other agencies involved in the day-to-day operations of the community.
Estancia at Wiregrass Community Development District Disclosure
Please be advised that the Estancia at Wiregrass Community Development District (the "District"), a local unit of special purpose government created under Florida law, has constructed and is responsible for the maintenance of certain improvements, infrastructure and facilities within the District. The District financed this construction through the sale of tax-exempt bonds, a form of public financing. As a result, and in accordance with applicable federal and state law, all District owned improvements, infrastructure and facilities are and shall remain open and accessible to the general public. Should you have any questions on this matter, non-resident user fees applicable to District recreational facilities, or any other general District issue, please feel free to contact the District Manager.
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“August 24, 2023: Midge Fly Treatment Update,
Due to the Midge fly treatment being applied to ponds within the District, there may be an initial shock factor on the aesthetics of the each pond as a direct result of the chemicals when first applied. The product utilized in each pond will initially produce a white film as well as a pungent, garlic odor. This film will dissipate as it spreads over the water’s surface as will the smell. If any residents inquire, it is of course completely environmentally safe.
Thank you for your understanding.”
Effective date: July 26, 2023
Thank you for contacting Estancia Community Development District (CDD) regarding midges around your residential property and the nearby stormwater ponds. Field Services staff and District Management staff have received numerous concerns regarding the midges at this time. We understand that the midges are a nuisance and you are wanting further information on what steps can be taken to control the midge population to the best extent possible in your neighborhood.
To assist first access to resources and background information may be helpful. Osceola County as well as IFAS have published information about Aquatic Midges or Blind Mosquitoes. This information is helpful to understand that while midges can be a severe nuisance they do not bite and other facts about midges:
At Estancia CDD, there have been past concerns about midges in the community. The CDD has taken several steps in midge management such as one time treatments of certain ponds, some fish stocking and even an installation of an aerator as a mitigation method test is in progress. There are however other methods and options being reviewed for future implementation. Field Management staff are interfacing with the aquatic vendor and other professionals on a best long term program for the community as a whole.
Please note that midge management treatments are not necessarily common or expected for a CDD because of the expense and effectiveness of treatment. The aerial spraying designed to eradicate adult midges is costly and the treatment is not long-lasting, larvicide treatments are the same and they both must be repeated regularly to be effective. However, Field Management staff have noted the current concerns and are looking into the best options.
In the meantime, please understand that you can direct maintenance on your own property that may help deter midges on your home and lot:
· Minimize lighting to reduce swarms’ attraction to residences—close blinds, house lights off
· Change light sources to a less attractive type i.e., hi psi sodium lamp, yellow not white
· Speak to your pest control service about treatment to eradicate adult midges
Hopefully, this information is helpful to understanding the CDD is taking steps to address your concern. Even with the best practices in midge management, the pests are part of the natural Florida habitat and can swarm from water sources outside of the CDD boundaries. Residents should expect midges to be a part of the environment at Estancia CDD because they are virtually impossible to eradicate and flourish in Central Florida’s wetland and water environments. They come and go based on certain environmental factors such as seasonal rains, winds, temperature etc, and sometimes swarm or disappear entirely on their own. We do however have experience with certain methods managing their swarming to a more reasonable level and that would be the intention of the CDD. This is also not something that can be fixed in any quick terms. Any treatment or methods implemented likely won't see significant results for at least 90 days. Therefore any additional methods likely won't be in place until this fall and seeing results until winter. I understand this may cause some inconvenience and we do apologize but I wanted to provide realistic expectations. Thank you.
Effective: August 17, 2023
Thank you for contacting Estancia CDD regarding your streetlight concerns. Field Management staff are aware that many streetlights are out in the community. We have reviewed and documented all the outages in the community. This information has been given to the Streetlight Repair vendor who is scheduled to begin working on repairs on August 18, 2023. Certain repairs will be able to be completed on the spot but some repairs may require ordering parts or more in depth and timely repairs.
We are aware of the inconvenience this causes the community, which is why we are working on this as urgently as possible. We are also additionally looking into temporary solar street lights that can be placed on poles when a group of lights is out in an area to provide temporary lighting.
We will continue to post updates regarding the repairs here. Thank you for your patience.