Grove Lake - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does the lake have a name?
Is the lake man-made?
How deep is the lake?
How large is the lake?
Is there a spring in the lake?
Who owns the lake?
Is fishing allowed?
Can you swim in the lake?
Are there Alligators in the lake?
Who maintains the lake?
Why does the lake require maintenance?
Why are there weeds growing in the lake, or algae in it?
Who pays the maintenance company?
Who hired the maintenance company?
Are all the neighbors required to pay?
How much does the maintenance contract cost?
Are there any chemicals in the lake?
Is the lake's maintenance contract necessary?
Can I maintain the lake myself?
Are lakefront property owners liable for accidents/injury of persons in the lake?
Who do I call if I desire additional information about Grove Lake?
How can  I volunteer to help with these efforts?

Does the lake have a name?
The name is Grove Lake and the neighborhood's name is Grove Lake Manor [Top]

Is the lake man-made?
A portion of the lake was here before the subdivision was built. This area was an orchard prior to homes being build. My older brother, Keith Klotz, used to tell me how he, and our cousin, caught an Alligator in the original pond. The lake was enlarged when the subdivision was built. [Top]

How deep is the lake?
The deepest part (south end) is up to 14 feet deep however the north end is only about 8 feet at it's deepest point. [Click Here] for a file of the neighborhood plat. [Top]

How large is the lake?
Approximately three acres. [Top]

Is there a spring in the lake?
Yes [Top]

Who owns the lake?
The lake is considered, by Pinellas County and the City of Largo, as being privately owned by the surrounding property owners. [Top]

Is fishing allowed?
There are no official restrictions regarding fishing and/or boating however some property owners restrict access to their property. Considering all the runoff and maintenance chemicals injected into the lake, I personally wouldn't eat the fish. [Top]

Can you swim in the lake?
There are no restrictions. [Top]

Are there Alligators in the lake?
None at this time however this could change as there have been Alligators sighted in neighboring and they sometimes travel from pond to pond. If an alligator were to be spotted, NEVER feed it![Top]

Who maintains the lake?
Aquatic Systems, Inc., 2100 NW 33rd Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33069 (800) 432-4302 [Top]

Why does the lake require maintenance?
Primarily to control weed and algae growth that is caused by excessive fertilizer runoff into the lake. This causes weeks to grow quickly, limiting water circulation and limiting sunlight which increases algae formation. [Top]

Why are there weeds growing in the lake, or algae in it when it is under a maintenance contract?
Monthly chemical treatment does not 100% guarantee that no weeds or algae will grow. Rainfall, temperature can cause changes in the lake. [Top]

Who pays the maintenance company?
Kurt Klotz (me) currently pays the maintenance company on a monthly basis and requests contributions from other lakefront property owners. [Top]

Who hired the maintenance company?
Originally, a group of neighbors investigated various companies and hired Aquatic Systems. Mr. Klotz replaced Aquatic systems with All American Lake Management in 2007 due to excessive rates. [Top]

Are all the neighbors required to pay?
No however it is highly desired. At this time, one property owner's contribution has been waived due to that property, at times, is used for launching a small boat used for distribution of chemicals which sometimes damages the lawn. Should the total contributions fall short of the total contract amount, the contract may be cancelled and the lake will no longer me maintained. [Top]

How much does the maintenance contract cost?
[This is not listed on-line due to privacy reasons] [Top]

Are there any chemicals in the lake?
Yes. A list of common chemicals used in the treatment for weeds and algae will be posted in the future. [Top]

Is the lake's maintenance contract necessary?
Yes. Without maintenance, it is expected that the lake would quickly fill with weeds causing most all the aquatic life to die and then the stagnant water would be covered by algae. This would result in a decrease in property value, a foul odor and also be very unsightly. [Top]

Can I maintain the lake myself?
One must be licensed by the State of Florida to dispense chemicals into any body of water. [Top]

Are lakefront property owners liable for accidents/injury of persons in the lake?
?? I am not a lawyer and my comments are purely my opinion, but my guess is that the answer is Yes. Considering the litigious society that we live in these days, I believe that lake front property owners should be cautions and concerned about who accesses their property, including when accessing the lake area. [Top]

Who do I call if I desire additional information about Grove Lake?
Kurt Klotz, (727) 595-0345 Email: kklotz@yahoo.com [Top]

How can  I help keep the lake beautiful?
Limit the usage of fertilizers in areas of your property where it could run into the lake.
Don't dispose of weeds, grass clippings or other waste into the lake.
If using reclaimed water, adjust your sprinklers so that they do not spray into the lake.
Contribute to the lake maintenance fund. [Top]
 

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