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Landscaping experts to update Pasco landowners with ‘best practices’
Landscaping experts to update Pasco landowners with ‘best practices’

Two experts will offer Pasco County landowners their complimentary approaches to community landscape management when they address the Thursday, Sept. 8, meeting of the Pasco Alliance of Community Associations (PACA). 

Offering their landscaping expertise and answering member questions will be Chris Dewey of the Pasco County Extension Service and Paul Woods, the Florida representative of OLM, Inc.

The public is invited to attend the PACA meeting. It begins Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, located at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. (US 41), three miles north of SR 54.

PACA president Jim Flateau said, “Landscaping and associated costs are often the largest single expense in many communities’ budgets in Pasco County. But it is often an area where some community board members have the least experience. Chris and Paul will address landscaping issues from different perspectives that will come together to provide communities with a better understanding of the challenges they face.” 

Mr. Dewey was hired at the Pasco County Extension Service in 2003, after a six-month stint working for the Florida Parks Service. His title is Pasco County Florida-friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator. He specializes in working with homeowners and their associations, advising them on Florida yard and neighborhood landscaping standards and goals. He has extended that portfolio to working with developers and other business leaders to proactively implement Florida-friendly and other environmentally-responsible initiatives.

Mr. Woods is Florida properties manager for OLM Inc., one of the country’s largest landscape contract management companies. He has a diverse background in property management and senior management with some of the largest landscape groups in America. Mr. Woods has more than 27 years experience in the landscape industry, with 25 years experience in central Florida. He has an associate degree in ornamental horticulture, is a certified arborist and a certified landscape designer.

PACA is a not-for-profit organization whose members include 68 of Pasco County’s homeowner associations, community development districts and condominium associations. PACA assists members by educating them on common issues and finding solutions to shared problems. It also represents the interests of members before all levels of government.

For more information on PACA, contact vice president/membership director David Quinones at (813) 991-1505 or visit the PACA website at www.MyPACA.org. To suggest topics or speakers for PACA meetings, share your ideas with program director Wayne Mooney at (352) 467-9808.

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