Kings Point Suncoast Honored for Preparedness Initiative Designed to Protect, Restore Community if Disaster Strikes
WESTON, FL – Kings Point in Sun City Center (Kings Point Suncoast) has won a prestigious Florida Communities of Excellence Award, honoring the state’s best residential communities, for its disaster preparedness initiative.
The Kings Point Disaster Preparedness plan is the work of several excellent professional organizations working together with Kings Point resident volunteers to establish a comprehensive plan to address the needs of resident in over 5,500 homes in Kings Point in the event of a hurricane, including property management firms FirstService Residential; Vesta Property Services; Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Agency; American Strategic Insurance; and landscape firms Mainscape and ValleyCrest.
“It’s all about teamwork,” said Liz Argott, President of the Federation of Kings Point Associations. “When your team consists of quality organizations working together and focused on a common goal, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. Each year we meet to review the plans and coordinate efforts among all the players. Fortunately we have not had to implement our emergency plan – but we are prepared if necessary.”
Under the plan:
- Volunteer residents operate an emergency radio system in conjunction with Sun City Center CERT, Hillsborough County EOC and FEMA to provide emergency communications for the community in the event of a disaster.
- FirstService Residential provides a telephone alert system to the homes in Kings Point to advise them of emergency conditions, and they co-ordinate with Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Agency and American Strategic Insurance (ASI) to provide emergency repairs to homes damaged during the storm. ASI mobilizes select contractors assigned to the community to make immediate repairs.
- Vesta Property Services secures the gates of this limited access community, conducts patrols and restores the three clubhouses and extensive amenities to get the community back on its feet quickly.
- Mainscape and ValleyCrest provide onsite landscaping and are prepared to mobilize to clear trees and debris from the roads.
Now in its seventh year, the Awards focus on innovative practices in communities from across the state. Winners are chosen by a panel of independent experts. The judges include representatives of leading state and local government departments and agencies, and officials at industry and non-profit organizations. Judges also come from the fields of journalism, resource management, education, public safety and public advocacy.
About Kings Point Suncoast
Kings Point is an exclusive active adult community located in West Central Florida 20 miles south of Tampa in Sun City Center, FL. Nestled between the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolis and the white sands of Sarasota’s beaches, Kings Point on the Suncoast is an ideal place to retire. With over 5,550 homes, 9,000 residents, 45 holes of golf, 3 clubhouses, 6 indoor and outdoor pools, theatre, and hundreds of social groups, Kings Point in Sun City Center is a great place to really live. For more information, please visit www.kingspointsuncoast.com.
About The Florida Communities of Excellence Awards
The Florida Communities of Excellence Awards is a unique program that shines a spotlight on the positive and productive initiatives taking place in condominiums, homeowners associations and cooperatives across Florida. Now in its seventh year, the independently judged program recognizes the top communities in the state for their accomplishments, while enabling others to learn from their example. For more information, please visit www.communitiesofexcellence.net