Guest & Visitor Information
Welcome to Calabay Parc at Tower Lake! This community is covenant controlled, and the Homeowner's Association is providing the following information to ensure your stay is more enjoyable, by notifying you of our policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Please note that violation may include law enforcement, ticketing, towing, and additional fees incurred by the homeowner, which are passed on to you as a guest. Calabay Parc at Tower Lake is mixed with year-round residents and short-term tenants, so please be respectful of the community and your neighbors.
Each homeowner may have additional rules and regulations for his/her specific property, and will communicate them separately from this medium.
ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY
Calabay Parc at Tower Lake is a gated and guarded community. Guests may ONLY access the community through the Guard House, located at 801 Bates Road, Haines City, FL 33844 (Click Address for Map). Please be prepared to give your name, the address of the property you will be visiting, length of stay, and your valid driver's license. The driver's license will be scanned to confirm the license is valid and the guard will document your information and license plate number before allowing you access to the community, and will provide you with a temporary tag to place on the back of your rearview mirror. Each time you attempt to enter the community, guard will review your temporary tag and quickly permit you access as long as the tag is valid and not expired.
There is a separate gated entrance east of the Guard House that requires remote entry and is only permitted for homeowner use, not guests. Homeowners are not permitted to provide guests with remotes or gate access. Any vehicle attempting to gain access without a remote, either by tailgating a car in front of them, forced entry, or other means not permitted, please be aware that you are being recorded via a closed-circuit camera and video system, which will be used to verify illegal access, and could result in imposed fines, ticketing, towing, and legal action taken against the vehicle owner, including charges for any damage caused by the violator.
If you have a medical or life-threatening emergency: DIAL 9-1-1
If you would like to report a non-life-threatening issue to the police: Call 863-421-3636 (non-emergency number)
If you have a home-related emergency: Contact the property manager or homeowner.
If you see a stray or potentially dangerous animal: Contact Animal Control at 863-577-1762 or if threatening, DIAL 9-1-1
Calabay Parc at Tower Lake Guard House: 863-353-2684
Medical Services | Hospitals | Urgent Care | Pharmacies
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Stores include: Target, Hobby Lobby, Ross, Dick's Sporting Goods, DollarTree, Michaels, GNC, Marshalls, Home Goods, Five Below, Burlington, JC Penney, Best Buy, Staples, Books-a-Million, and more!
There are several fast food and sit-down restaurants nearby, including Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, Sonny's BBQ, Culver's, Burger King, McDonalds, Subway, Firehouse Subs, Arby's, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Chipotle, Penera, First Watch, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and a few others. There are also several options at Champion's Gate (about 20 minutes from our community), including Chili's, Red Robin, Olive Garden, Long Horn Steak House, and others. The best way to locate any of these is through your smartphone.
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NOISE ORDINANCES AND NEIGHBORS
Calabay Parc at Tower Lake is a mixed community of both short-term renters and full-time residents. While vacationing in Florida, we understand your excitement and joy, but do ask that you respect neighbors who may have work schedules. The City of Haines City has a noise ordinance, which is strictly enforced between 11:00 PM - 7:00 AM, seven days a week. This ordinance requires quiet between those hours.
However, disorderly, loud, and disturbance of neighbors is strictly prohibited, 24 hours per day as everyone has varying work and social schedules. Simply put, please be respectful of the community and your neighbors. Violators may find themselves facing a visit from the Police, along with ticketing and additional fines. Plus, homeowners may ban violators and require them to pay additional deposits and fines.
Additionally, FIREWORKS are prohibited in the state of Florida, except on Independence Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Out of respect for neighbors, fireworks on those holidays should be completed by no later than 12 midnight on Independence Day and 1:00 AM on New Year's Eve/Day. Non-explosive, non-detonating devices such as Pop-Its, Snakes, small smoke devices, trick noisemakers and certain other novelties are permitted year round.
If you need to report a noise disturbance, please contact:
Haines City Police Non-Emergency Line at 863-421-3636.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC CONTROL
Parking is a serious issue at Calabay Parc at Tower Lake due to narrow streets and inadequate parking. Vehicles are only allowed to park in their designated driveways OR on the street opposite of the mailboxes and facing in one direction. Please avoid being ticketed and/or towed at your own expense by avoiding the following:
Parking on grass/lawns
Parking in neighboring yards or driveways (or blocking other driveways)
Parking in front of fire hydrants or no parking signs and corners with blind spots.
Parking in designated driveways, but blocking the public sidewalk in front of the property. If your vehicle forces pedestrians to walk into the street to get around the vehicle, your vehicle is in violation and may be towed at your expense.
Boats, trailers, RVs and campers, commercial vehicles, and large trucks are not permitted to park in the community (even on driveways), except for loading and unloading purposes or with preapproval from the HOA Management.
Each home is only allowed up to six (6) guest vehicles.
If your vehicle is towed, you may contact MK Towing at 407-745-8119 to make arrangements to retrieve your vehicle at your own expense. Fines and fees are assessed by the towing company and will be required to retrieve your vehicle. The HOA is released of all liability for towed vehicles.
The speed limit for all roads in the community is 15 mph. Please be aware that we have a lot of dog-walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and children in the community, so keep your speeds down to avoid accidents.
TRASH AND RECYCLING
Every home has at least one brown garbage bin for garbage collection and one blue bin for recycling. Both must be placed near the front curb of the home on Wednesday nights after 6:00 PM for early Thursday morning pickup. After trash is collected, bins must be returned to their original location (either in a garage or located out of sight of the main street) by no later than 10:00 PM Thursday evening to avoid the City imposing a fine.
If you need trash collection before Wednesday, please contact the homeowner directly or his/her property manager. Please do not overfill trash dumpsters or put your trash in neighboring bins. Overflowing trash invites wild animals and violates city and community ordinances, and may be subject to a personal fine or ticketing.
Closed circuit video cameras are placed throughout the community by individual homeowners and the HOA for security purposes. Be aware that anything you do publicly (outside) may be recorded for security and safety measures, with or without your permission as allowed by Florida Statutes, which includes both audio and video recording. Information collected by video may be released to insurance or police, as needed or used for identifying persons or vehicles violating community rules and regulations or committing criminal activities.
PETS AND WILDLIFE
Please note that homeowners may have pet restrictions and not allow pets in their individual homes. However, because the community is mixed with short-term rentals and permanent residents, you may see homeowners with pets walking throughout the community. The City and County requires that all dogs be on a leash and for all pet owners to pick up their dog's excrement immediately after. Remember, cameras may capture you and your pet on your walk and may be used to identify those violating the pet rules and restrictions.
Furthermore, you may encounter certain wildlife, including, but not limited to large birds (cranes), small lizards and geckos, frogs, snakes, raccoons, armadillos, foxes, coyotes, large cats (panthers/cougars/mountain lions), bears, alligators, insects, feral animals, or other wildlife. While most will be harmless, please note that some may be poisonous, deadly, or propose a threat to bodily injury and/or death. Some animals are protected species and should not be touched, including insects that may be unidentifiable or seem harmless.
Geckos (small lizards) are everywhere in Florida, and although they may startle you, they will not harm you and are safe to remove if you encounter one in your home. As a defense mechanism, when they feel threatened, they often detach their tails, which is normal. They grow their tails back in most cases, so don't be dismayed if this happens as you attempt to remove them. They eat mosquitoes and other insects, but are typically harmless to pets and humans.
For families with curious children, please educate them on avoiding most wildlife and keeping their distance. It is careful to assume that most wildlife are not safe to handle, including some that may appear safe, but could be poisonous or rabid, such as reptiles, amphibians, feral cats, stray dogs, etc.
POOL SAFETY AND TOWER LAKE ACCESS
When the Florida summer months begin, residents and visitors often cool off by jumping
into water. Whether in the backyard pool, a local lake, or the ocean, swimming and boating
are popular summer activities. These activities are fun but it’s important to take precautions
and practice good safety measures when you are around water.
Several homes in our community have private swimming pools for homeowners and guests
of the homeowners to enjoy. Please DO NOT use or access any swimming pool areas that
are not part of the home where you are staying. This will be considered trespassing, and you may be arrested or shot.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages one through four in the nation. Florida has the 3rd highest rate of drowning deaths in the nation. Polk County’s drowning death rate remains higher than the state average with approximately 13 drowning deaths in 2020. Drowning can be a silent event. Someone can drown in as little as 30 seconds, and it only takes 1 inch of water.
Tower Lake is a public access lake and is not owned by the HOA. Although you are free to use it for boating, water skiing, or other water-related activities, you do so at your own risk and without liability to the HOA or individual home owners. Keep in mind, Florida is known for alligators, and poisonous snakes that tend to live in or near bodies of water. Swimming is not recommended. Be sure to monitor swimming in pools, as well. LOOK BEFORE LEAPING as sometimes those same aquatic animals may be cooling off in your pool!
If you discover an animal in your pool, contact 9-1-1.