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Veterans’ Memorial and Garden

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Since its installation many years ago, the Veterans’ Memorial at the Keystone Park has hosted many Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.  To update and dress the grounds, the KCA bought new park style benches and landscaping and our park staff designed and installed a beautiful garden.

Protecting our Community – The Highest Priority

Being a community sounding board and facilitator over many years, the KCA has taken on many issues.  A few of the more recent ones are presented here. 

Monitor & Defend:  Sustainability relies on our residents to protect Keystone’s hallmark features. Although the sovereignty of our life style, waters, lands, Community Plan, and roads is honored by most, there have been occasions when litigation was necessary.  Our KCA maintains a Legal Defense Fund which is generously supported by Keystoners who value the integrity of our community.


Water

The blue or green metal cabinets are where huge wells pump water from the aquifer beneath Keystone that is distributed throughout the Bay Area via the Tampa Bay Water system. In the 70’s we fought to protect our lakes and private wells from the damage of over-pumping.  Today we encourage alternate water resources and remain vigilant should Tampa Bay Water return to excessive ground water pumping.


Land

Before our Community Plan was developed, Keystoners spent a tremendous amount of time defending our community from incompatible construction projects. Those constant clashes prompted a 3 year project by our residents to pioneer community based planning.  The Keystone Odessa Community Plan became law in 2001 as a tool to guide future changes consistent with our character, lifestyle, and livelihood.  Incompatible projects could again violate our community if our Community Plan is weakened or not enforced.


Roads & Trails

Our community roads could become busy highways that divide our community, disrupt our life style, and damage the livelihood of our many agricultural businesses.  See the Special Roads & Trails panel for details. 


Quantum Leap Farm – A Keystone Jewel

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Quantum Leap Farm’s horses are the heart of a unique therapeutic riding program serving disabled civilian and military adults. It builds confidence by helping the riders build body strength as a holistic approach to treatment knowing that the psycho/social aspect of healing is vital.  Our KCA and the “Farm”.  This unique rehabilitation program has helped many Wounded Warriors recover from physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.  So when the county reduced its funding, our KCA used the Anita Unruh Memorial Fund to cover the shortfall. 


A Community project

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The Keystone Quilter’s Club, a friendship group and the Common Thread, an American Sewing Guild have been creating beautiful quilts for years.  The Quilters donate their time and materials and give the quilts to anyone who needs them.  Each brightly colored and beautifully designed “labor of love” takes many hours to create.  So when the Quilters faced push back while attempting to deliver their quilts to our military in hospital, the KCA arranged a partnership among these Keystone organizations:

Keystone Quilters                    American Sewing Guild,

American Legion Auxiliary       Keystone Civic Association.

The Quilters now give their bed and lap quilts to the Legion auxiliary for delivery to wounded warriors and veterans in James Haley VA Hospital.

 

We have “Community Through Vision and Unity”