Community Through Vision and Unity
These events and projects would not be possible without our many members and residents who “do-a-little” or “do-a-lot” to help organize and make huge contributions of their time and energy in various ways.
- Public Hearings & Workshops: When Keystone neighborhoods are confronted with issues that impact our community – the KCA defense team is available. As needed, the team may advise and facilitate the appropriate responses for conferences, workshops and public hearings.
- Educational & Business Meetings: The KCA monthly meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Keystone Civic and Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, just North of Van Dyke Road.
- Monthly newsletter: information on what’s happening in Keystone.
- Social Events & Projects: The KCA and Park staff host a number of Social Events & Projects throughout the year. The details for each are available in the Keystone Connection newsletter, on this site and from the Park office.
- Officer Induction & Pot Luck Dinner: Our annual Induction of Officers and Directors is also an occasion to showcase the culinary skills of Keystone’s great cooks. The pomp and ceremony of “Best in Class” is always a highlight. In fact, there has been talk of a Keystone Cook Book to feature our cook’s award winning dishes.
- Fundraisers: Many pots for the Chili Cook-Off come from businesses, clubs, and cooks of all persuasions. Local businesses display their wares in the Expo. The KCA and the Keystone Memorial Fund provide a live band. And local businesses provide auction and raffle items.
- Adopt-A-Road: Our KCA Adopt-A-Road team takes on the trash and other discards along Tarpon Springs, Gunn, & Van Dyke. Please join the team that meets each Quarter at the Park. There are refreshments by the KCA and T-shirts provided by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, and as always, judging for the treasures of the day.
- Ice Cream Social: Neighbors and friends share stories over a fantastic bowl of ice cream and cookies. And wait until your lips are touched by a delicious banana sunday hand crafted by Chef Tom.
- The Keystone Family Fun Day: Celebrating the Keystone heritage and lifestyle began many years ago as the 4th of July Gala and is now the Keystone Family Fun Day. There is something for kids of all ages. There are no admission or vendor fees so its an opportunity for everyone to simply enjoy a special day of community spirit. Our celebration is on the 3rd Saturday of October at the Keystone Park.
- Holiday Car Show & Toy Drive: Individuals and Car Clubs stage a Car Show.
Citizen Corps and Emergency Operations Plan
Keystone is blessed with residents who join together for our various events and programs. One such community wide safety and security initiative is our Citizen Corps and Emergency Operations Plan that includes the following elements.
- You can be trained in basic disaster preparedness and response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations and join our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Then assist others in your neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing your community.
Keystone residents and business owners can make equipment available as may be needed should public first responders can be overwhelmed by the size or nature of an emergency or disasters.
- Medical Reserve Corps can be perfect for Keystone’s health care professionals. The Florida MRC Network facilitates the use of volunteers in emergency and vital public health activities.
- If you have an amateur radio license (HAM) or wish to acquire one you can join the Amateur Radio Emergency Services to provide back-up and auxiliary communications during emergencies. You may join a club or help build a Keystone team.
- The American Red Cross will train volunteers in the various aspects of shelter staffing during emergencies and disasters.
Please view the Citizen Corps & Emergency Operations Plan (CCEOP) that is offered in an effort to enhance the quality of life of those who live, work, and play in the Keystone area. The Plan’s foundation consists of Awareness, Prevention, Preparation, and Response as effective courses of action for Home, Neighborhood, and Community.
Taking On The Issues
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.
- Veterans’ Memorial and Garden: 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.
- Community Quilting Project: 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.
- Quantum Leap Farm: 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. 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.