Structure of Government
Heathrow’s overall structure is loosely structured in many respects to the typical levels of government at the federal, state and county levels. The’ federal’ level is the level of the Heathrow Master Association. It is integrated with the State of Florida and is headed by a nine-member Board of Directors. Several functions are charged with it. These include the overall implementation of the Master Covenants, the upkeep of the common spaces along Heathrow Boulevard and Sawyer Lake Park, as well as most of Heathrow’s other lakes and retention ponds, the overall infrastructure functionality, and compliance with the proper Florida Statutes on homeowner associations. There is no link to the Country Club at Heathrow.
The Neighborhood Association is the level directly below the Master, akin to the “state” level. Thirteen Neighborhood Associations exist across Heathrow. Each has been separately incorporated and each has a board of directors of their own. They have the same functions as the Master, but at a more local level and are liable within the Neighborhood Association for common properties. Some consist of more than one real neighborhood. For instance, three neighborhoods are part of the Bridgewater Neighborhood Association: Bristol Park, Chestnut Hill and East Camden.
A neighborhood is the last, but most local level. Each neighborhood must have a committee composed of three to five members, all of whom must be elected by the residents of the neighborhood. All of its members must, as an additional requirement, be record owners and citizens of the respective neighborhood. By a vote of the elected committee members, one committee person is dictated to be the Chair of the Neighborhood Committee. In cases of planned absence or conflict of interest, the person or his designated person is authorized to vote on matters before the Town Advisory Committee and at the Annual Meetings on behalf of the respective neighborhood, by which the Boards of the Neighborhood Association and the Master Association are voted into office, respectively. Furthermore, it is the President who organizes the Neighborhood Annual Meeting and chairs it.
Advisory Council for the Town
Heathrow has a Town Advisory Council (‘TAC’) in addition. TAC consists of all the chairs of the neighborhood committee, 30 individuals and a chairman. It is of an advisory nature and serves to advise the Board of Directors of the Master Association on various matters and to request action from the Master Board on other items. It meets monthly to address the different issues affecting Heathrow at that time. Different committees, like Community Relations and Safety Advisory, are also from TAC. These committees meet on a regular basis to study and talk about issues on a much more in-depth basis and report their conclusions and suggestions back to TAC, who may or may not pass them on to the Master Board in turn.
Each Heathrow neighborhood is unique in its architectural features and in its overall look and feel. This is both allowed and encouraged by the covenants and in-practice. It is therefore essential for any prospective buyer/would-be resident to explore the architectural and other rules governing that particular neighborhood. For example, certain paint colors may be permitted or specific to one area and prohibited in another; shingle roofs may be acceptable in one neighborhood and forbidden in another and in one neighborhood, but not in another, circular driveways may be permitted.
The 30 specific Heathrow neighborhoods are:
Brookhaven Manor & Ridge
Racquet Club Villas
Reserve At Heathrow
Westover (Bridgewater Club)
Heathrow is the 411st most populated city in the state of Florida out of 919 cities, with 6,364 individuals. But watch out, Heathrow, because right behind you are Lely Resort with 6,340 people and South Gate Ridge with 6,328 people. White (61.1 percent), followed by Hispanic (17.9 percent) and Asian, are the largest Heathrow racial/ethnic groups (12.9 percent ). In 2018, $97,168 was the median household income of Heathrow residents. Heathrow households accounted for slightly more than Gateway ($95,234) and Westchase ($96,632) households. 5.5 percent of Heathrow residents, however, live in poverty. For Heathrow residents, the median age is 44.9 years. florida-demographics.com – Heathrow
Heathrow has a 3.1 percent unemployment rate . The average for the US is 3.7 percent . Over the past year, Heathrow has seen the job market rise by 4.0 percent. Future job growth is predicted to be 48.5 percent over the next ten years, which is higher than the 33.5 percent US average.
Heathrow’s Tax Rates
- The Heathrow Sales Tax Rate is 7.0% . The average for the US is 7.3 percent .
- The Heathrow Income Tax Rate is 0.0% . The average for the US is 4.6 percent .
- When comparing the cost of living, tax rates can have a big impact.
Heathrow Income and Salaries
- A Heathrow resident’s average income is $48,825 a year. The average in the US is 28,555 dollars a year.
- A Heathrow resident’s median household income is $84,173 a year. The US average is 53,482 dollars a year. bestplaces.net – Heathrow
- Heathrow has an 81/100 Livability Score, which is regarded as exceptional.
- The crime rate at Heathrow is 67% lower than the average in Florida.
- Heathrow’s living costs are 23 percent higher than the Florida average.
- Heathrow real estate prices are 124% higher than the average price in Florida.
- Heathrow rental prices are 33% higher than the average in Florida. www.areavibes.com – Heathrow