Welcome

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.

Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Resident News

Midge Control

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.

February 20, 2024: 

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:

https://www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/public-works/natural-resources/mosquito-control/midges.stml

https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2022/04/06/uf-ifas-expert-explains-what-to-expect-when-midges-invade-your-pond-lake/#:~:text=Both%20chironomid%20midges%20and%20mosquitoes,not%20bite%20or%20transmit%20disease.

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.  We have also added a comprehensive treatment program for every pond in the program.  Additionally all the community ponds will be planted with beneficial vegetation starting in spring 2024.

Additionally, 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 around your home.

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 swarms or disappear entirely on their own.  We do however believe that the methods being implemented will drastically reduce the midge presence on property. The direct pond treatments will reduce the midges that are able to leave the water, and pond plantings will create an ecosystem less conducive to the existence of midges on property.  We will continue to monitor the status of midge presence at Estancia CDD.  Thank you.

 

Streetlights

Effective: February 20, 2024

Thank you for contacting Estancia CDD regarding your streetlight concerns.  Field Management staff are aware that a significant amount of streetlights are out in the community.  We have reviewed and documented all the outages in the community now several times while coordinating with the vendor on numerous repairs since August 2023.  Many repairs have been completed but we unfortunately continue to have streetlights continue to go out in sections or single lights go out as we repair others.  In August 2023 there were approximately 73 lights out of the 383 and now there are around 30 lights out.  We are continuing to work with the vendor to get lights repaired continuously and as quickly as possible.

Additionally, we have installed temporary solar lights in the community on many of the lights that are out at this time.  We continue to move them and adjust them as needed to continue to provide the most light possible. We are aware of the inconvenience this causes the community, which is why we have made streetlight repairs a top priority.  Repairs are ongoing. Thank you for your patience.