The Meadows

The Meadows of Sarasota

We are The Meadows. Located near I-75, close to downtown Sarasota, minutes from University Town Center Mall and Benderson Park. With 1650 acres of open space, The Meadows is home to an abundance of canopied oaks,
over 85 lakes and waterways, and 14 miles of walking and bike trails.
We offer a lifestyle like no other, everlasting relationships, engaging activities and a variety of amenities that reflect our diverse interests.
Live the Lifestyle.

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Who We Are

Who We Are

True to Our Open Spaces

The Meadows is a community like no other. Located conveniently between downtown Sarasota and UTC Mall and I-75. Developer Frank Taylor had a vision of a community with strong social relationships, grand open spaces, and a commitment to wildlife and ecology. A place where friends and family gather to build meaningful relationships with their neighbors and loved ones. Where the community becomes the playground and the lifestyle connects one another through socializing, lifelong learning, enjoyment, and contributing to our quality of life together.

Our Mission & Vision

Today, our mission and vision stands strong for our future. Our mission is to preserve the property values, green space, ambiance and vitality of our community. Our vision is to be known as a well-maintained, welcoming, safe community with up-to-date housing, activities and services designed to meet the needs of all residents. Our strategic plan is one that will improve the quality of our lives and bring our mission and vision to life.

For those who want to enjoy the lifestyle that the community has to offer, there is something for everyone at The Meadows. Our extensive amenities, clubs, activities and events make for a busy social life. The Meadows is a community that continues to enhance quality of life by meeting the needs of its residents. Take a look at our future plans; a new Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility, renovated clubhouse, enhanced Tennis Complex with expanded outdoor dining, all to enjoy the beauty of The Meadows nature, our active social lifestyle and embrace our health and wellness.

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Our Staff

Our Staff

MCA Staff

The number one priority for MCA staff members is to assure that their interactions with residents reflect the mission and vision of the MCA and convey the spirit of community that is so much a part of our lives at The Meadows. Residents come first. We want to make it easy for you to contact the MCA and to get the help you may need so we have provided you with information about our staff and what they do to help familiarize yourself with our team’s areas of responsibility and expertise.



Frances Rippcondi-General Manager (third from left), Mike Mazur-Director, Administration and Community Relations (first from left), Tia Calomeris -Director, Marketing and Communications (first from right), Sue Lytle-Lifestyle Manager (not shown), Lisa Compton-Administrative Accountant (second from left), Sandy Truman-Community Standards Administrator (third from right), Al Ballentyne-Maintenance (second from right), Luisa Vavra-Assistant General Manager (not shown), Mary Jane Swaney-Receptionist (not shown), Robert Sanders-Maintenance (not shown) and Tina Wagstaff-Office Assistant (not shown)

General Manager

Frances, the General Manager of The Meadows is a licensed Community Association Manager. She has more than 20 years of experience designing high-end communities focused on state-of-the- art amenities and design excellence. Frances’ leadership and strategic thinking allows her to assist the Board in carrying out The Meadows Renaissance plan. She oversees the beautification plans, collaborates with the MCA/TMCC Strategic Committee  and works with architectural and engineering firms to implement The Meadows vision. Frances utilizes her management skills in guiding her staff, providing them with the tools they need to implement MCA strategies while creating an environment where new ideas and approaches are welcome.

Director, Administration and Community Relations

Mike is the liaison between The Meadows Community Association, Condominium/Homeowners Associations and committees of the Board. He is actively engaged in Human Resources, administrative and accounting functions for the MCA. Mike is responsible for tracking legal documents and records management.

Director, Marketing and Communications

Tia Calomeris defines and implements the marketing and communication strategies supporting our long-term planning. She is The Editor-In-Chief and creative director of The Meadoword, engaged in direct revenue responsibilities for advertising of the publication,  manages the governance of the website along with content development and update. She defines branding/messaging, supports the community with digital and traditional print materials and is the Chair of The Communications Committee.

Administrative Accountant

Lisa administers all financial transactions for the MCA including; assessments, payroll and Accounts Payable/Receivable. She works with the Finance Committee, is responsible for updating our contact database, advertising contracts, parking/boat lot storage fees, warranty deeds and estoppel fees.

Community Standards Administrator

Sandy oversees the operations of buildings, grounds and maintenance for The Meadows Community Association common areas while ensuring that the improvements, beautification, standards and regulations of the MCA is being implemented. She works closely with the Maintenance and Standards Committees resulting in the beautification of our grounds and many properties coming into compliance. Sandy builds strong relationships with residents finding creative solutions to challenges regarding architectural review and supporting residents in their desires to improve their properties.



Al spends his days repairing, painting, trimming and fixing our community’s extensive infrastructure as well as focusing on preventative maintenance and keeping The Meadows beautiful. Our Maintenance Committee and staff identify issues, prioritize work, set standards and make recommendations. Its al who solves the problems.

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 Our unique community is one that believes in teamwork and volunteerism as was the vision of Frank Taylor.
Contribute to your community by volunteering. There are several ways to get involved, join a committee or volunteer to help MCA prepare for some of our fun filled events. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and get into the party mode before the event starts!
See below for current volunteer openings, ways to get involved and committees.

Here are some of the ways our volunteers may help.

  • Greeting residents
  • Pre and post event set-up
  • Serving Ice Cream at Ice Cream Social
  • Decorating
  • Assisting with food service (if applicable)
  • Helping to guide traffic
  • Being an Event Ambassador
  • Supporting with logistical details
  • Registration for an event

Get Involved.

                                                                                                                   Assembly                                                                                                                         Ned Boston, Chair

 Best Kept (Subset of Standards)
Lesley Totten, Chair

Tia Calomeris, Chair
Community Activities and Involvement
Michelle Johnston, Chair
Emergency Preparedness
Mike Mazur, Chair
Finance and Budget
Stan Miska, Chair
Hearing Committee
Marvin Glusman, Bud Totten and Charlie Mericle
Garden Club
Melanie Babineau, Chair
Long -Range Planning
Marilyn Maleckas, Chairs
Jo Evans, Chair
Marilyn Maleckas, Chair
Ned Boston, Chair
Tom Bondur, Chair
Michelle Johnston, Chair
Water & Wildlife
Bob Hueter, Chair

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Community Outreach

Community Outreach

A Giving Community

The Meadows philanthropic efforts reach wide within the community and Sarasota County.
They are driven by residents who give selflessly of their time to improve the quality of life for others,
their surroundings and their community.


Meadows Volunteers Making a Big Impact

THE CRAFT GROUP – The Craft Group volunteers have raising over $52,000 for local charities through their annual craft show and bake sales.

OUR SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Assists neighboring schools and puts smiles on the faces of over 325 children and teachers.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE – For over 30 years, MCA has partnered with the SunCoast Blood Bank on blood and platelet donations from our community heroes. These efforts have resulted in 2,654 units of blood, equivalent to 7,962 lives saved. From 2015-2020 over 100 gallons were donated, impacting 2,562 lives thanks to The Meadows Community.


ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK – The MCA is proud to be one of many partners working with All Faiths Food Bank. Our community, along with its dedicated volunteers, have distributed over 10 million pounds of food each year to Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.

EASTERSEALS – The Meadows Country Club, through the 2019 Meadows Cup Golf Tournament, raised over $120,000 for  children, youth and adults with special needs so they may enjoy access, opportunities, and increased life choices.

SARASOTA MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THRIVE PROGRAM – The Women’s and Men’s Golf Associations of The Meadows Country Club and The Meadows Community Association supported The Sarasota Memorial Thrive Support &  Survivorship Program. This program provides cancer patients and their loved ones support to help them manage a cancer diagnosis and everything that comes with it. This year they raised nearly $20,000.

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MCA Documents

MCA Documents

Governing Documents

The Meadows Community Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established by Taylor Woodrow under the laws of the State of Florida and was envisioned well before the first home was built. Each property owner in The Meadows automatically becomes a member of The Meadows Community Association, Inc. (MCA) which operates as the Master Association to all single-family homes and all associations and business facilities with The Meadows.

MCA 2023 Financial Statements

An owner whose unit is part of a condominium or a homeowners’ association is responsible for compliance with the “Declaration of Condominium” or the “Declaration of Restrictions” for their association. All unit owners within an association and all single-family homeowners must comply with the governing documents of The Meadows as well. All of these documents are legally binding and have been recorded with Sarasota County.

Individual associations are responsible for maintaining their own governing documents, recording amendments or restatements as required. The individual association documents provided on this website reflect the latest documents provided by each association to the MCA. Users are advised to contact the management company or volunteer leaders of their respective association to verify that these are the current and complete documents.

MCA Master Association Documents

MCA Master Association








Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation


  Amendments to the Bylaws


Condominiums and HOAs

Condominium  and Incorporated HOA Documents & Property Management

PLEASE NOTE: To the best of our knowledge, the links on this page contain the documents of each incorporated association in The Meadows. The documents are recorded with the Clerk of the Court for Sarasota County by each Association.

*If you would like to join the voluntary organization of Single Family Homeowner, please contact MHOA at Membership is $15 a year or $25 for two years.

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Renaissance Access

Renaissance Access

Expanded Resident Amenities 

The Renaissance Access Plan offers access to The Meadows Country Club facilities for homeowners or annual tenants who live in The Meadows
Those services include: Fitness, Pool, Dining, Community Sponsored Events, Tennis and Golf.
Use the links below for more details.

The Renaissance of The Meadows

The Renaissance Access Plan

Renaissance Access Plan QA


The Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is now accepting guests.
Orientation must be completed prior to the use of the equipment.
Email: to schedule your zoom appointment.

Operating hours (excluding holidays) are below.
The fitness center will be closing on Tuesday July 4 at noon.
Monday – Friday 7: 30 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Sunday: 9 AM – 1 PM



Full Size Jr. Olympic Pool.
Pool Hours 7:15 AM-8 PM (excluding holidays.)
Pool is closed during water aerobics classes and private event.
Monday, Wednesday from 10:20 AM-12:30 PM & Friday from 11:50 AM-1 PM

Club pool parties release 10 days prior to event.
Sign up for Constant Contact for event updates.


See Activities, Events & Meetings page for MCA Sponsored events.

Club events open 10 days prior.
Sign up for Constant Contact to keep updated on our offerings. Stop by the MCA.



Dress Codes for Club Dining

Centre Court Lounge (CCL) Effective May 30
SUN and MON 11 AM-3 PM
TUE and FRI 11 AM-8 PM
SAT 11 AM-7 PM

Phone number: 941-371-6000
Centre Court Lounge Menu

Fountain View Lounge Brunch
Sunday — 10 AM-2 PM

Fountain View Lounge Lunch

WED —  FRI LUNCH 11 AM – 2 PM  DINNER: 5 – 8 PM
SAT 11 AM-3 PM
FVL Lunch Menu
TUES — 4 PM-8 PM  for Burger Night ($9 Burger Night)
FVL Tuesday Dinner Menu
See Burger Tuesday Flyer

Fountain View Lounge Dinner
Dine-in and TO-GO
Renaissance Access Cardholders may dine in to FVL MAY 1-OCT 31.
Call for reservations.
order between 1-4 PM ONLY

Pick-up orders in the round-about
at the main clubhouse
between 5-8 PM

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Fountain View Lounge Menu

Club events open 10 days prior to the event. Sign up for Constant Contact for update.


Thursday nights at 5 pm Highlands Course, back nine.
See flyer for details.


9 Holes every Thursday night beginning at 5 PM.
See flyer for details


Full access to separately priced golf clinics/lessons. Full access to Highlands and Groves golf courses at 10% discount. Full access to chipping and putting on these courses & Pro shop purchases. The Meadows Course requires a membership.

  • Full access to separately priced golf clinics/ lessons
  • Full access to the Highland course at 10% discount
  • Full access to the recently renovated, Arthur Hills Groves Course at 10% discount
  • Full access to the Highlands/ Groves Chipping, Putting
  • Access to Pro shop Purchases
  • The Meadows Course requires a Country Club Membership

USGA Journal Article


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The Meadoword

April 2021 Meadoword issue
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Sarasota County Advisories

Sarasota County Advisories

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Setting The Path for Our Future

The Meadows Community Association (MCA) is the Master Association of The Meadows. The MCA owns all the common property, inclusive of the three golf courses, Tennis Complex, fitness facility, and clubhouse.
The Meadows Country Club is an independent private club managed by a Board of Governors.

The MCA maintains within the common area roads, sidewalks, landscaping, ponds, open space, and street lights.

All members of the 52 independent condominium and homeowners’ association communities of The Meadows are members of the Master Association, and share in the cost to maintain these common area properties through assessments.

The MCA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors which has full authority to set assessments, make policies, operational decisions and amend community governing documents. It is one of the broadest ranging master communities to be found. Learn more about The Meadows strategic plan.

2023-2024 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meet on the second Thursday of each month, (except August) at 1PM. All residents are invited to attend.
Check The Meadoword back calendar or contact the MCA at 941-377-2300.

OFFICERS : Marilyn Maleckas—President, Michelle Johnston—Vice President, Stanley Miska, Jr.—Treasurer, Tom Bondur—Secretary.

DIRECTORS: Tom Pound, Amy MacDougall, Mark Pienkos, Paul Easley, Chris Perone

The 2023 Annual Meeting of The Meadows Community Association Content.

The 2023 Annual Meeting of The Meadows Community Association Recording.

The 2022 Annual Meeting of The Meadows Community Association Content

The 2022 Annual Meeting of The Meadows Community Association, Inc. Agenda
The 2022 Annual Meeting of The Meadows Community Association Recording. 

2021 MCA Annual Meeting Content

Click Here for The MCA 2021 Annual Meeting  Information
2021 MCA Annual Meeting Presentation – 2021 
2021 MCA Recorded Annual Meeting


Marilyn Maleckas has been a Meadows resident for 28 years and has served on The Meadows Community Association (MCA) Board as president, vice president and secretary. She is currently a volunteer Chair of the MCA Capital Planning and Finance Committee, a member of the Strategic Planning Working Group and is a board liaison from the MCA to The Meadows Country Club. She has also served on The Meadows Country Club Board of Governors as secretary, and the Social and Food and Beverage Committee Chair. She has volunteered with Saint Jude Finance committee, St. Jude Gala Fundraising Committee, Senior Friendship Center Gala, Fundraising Committee Chair, special project within the MCA. Her career at Honeywell spanned several disciplines including marketing, strategic planning, communications, and project management. Marilyn’s real estate knowledge contributes to her support of property values through the renaissance of the community.



After retiring from a deanship and starting an LLC in Michigan, Dr. Michelle Johnston moved to The Meadows because of the environment, lifestyle, and home values. The Meadows residents reported in the 2022 Meadows Community Association (MCA) Survey, that those three qualities were important. Michelle as not only given presentations in her area of expertise in nine states, she has also worked in South America, Asia, and Europe. She served on five community-based philanthropic broads through which she learned the importance of fiscal management, strategic planning, communication, survey research, collaboration, and trying innovative ideas. Michelle, a member of The Meadows Community Country Club, believes in community engagement, which she evidences through participating on the Meadows Homeowners Association Board (MHOA) as former Membership Chair, President, and MHOA columnist for the Meadoword. She volunteered for the MCA Assembly, Survey Committee, and Emergency Preparedness Committee, participated in auditing the MCA annual voting, and planted aquatic plants.

STANLEY MISKA, JR. - Treasurer

Stan and his wife, Jennifer, are 20 year residents of Sarasota. They became very familiar with The Meadows, as his mother, sister and son all have been part of the community. When they sold their Bird Key home in 2019, they made The Meadows their permanent home. Over their forty-year marriage they have also lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
Stan currently serves on the MCA Finance Committee and is on the Board at Wallace Ave Association. Stan graduated from American University, Washington, D.C. with a degree in Finance and Political Science. With over 30 years at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Stan has extensive experience in finance and leadership. His career responsibilities included managing a business with personnel, budgeting, real estate, expense management, client satisfaction and investment supervision.

TOM BONDUR - Secretary

Tom Bondur moved to Sarasota after retirement in 2014. He and his wife, Cynthia, have lived in The Meadows since 2017. His family has lived in the Sarasota area for over 25 years. Over the years, he visited frequently and has seen the community grow and change. Tom grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York state. His wife grew up in Dayton, Ohio. They met as graduate students in the San Francisco Bay area of California. They spent their professional lives in California. Tom worked in the software industry, specializing in database systems and business intelligence reporting tools. Early in his career, he worked in psychology research, city government, and college instruction. He holds degrees in Philosophy, English, and Computer Science. He is a veteran application developer, product manager, technical writer, and trainer. He is a published author/editor of multiple books and articles on database administration and Java/SQL programming. He was a member of Eclipse Business Intelligence Reporting Tools (BIRT) development team at Actuate. Other employers include Oracle, Sybase, and IBM/lnformix. Since moving to The Meadows, Tom has served as a volunteer on the Maintenance, Standards, and Long-Range Planning Committees. Special projects include working on the 2022 resident survey and compiling an infrastructure catalog with inspection notes for tracking maintenance tasks.

TOM POUND - Director

Tom and his wife, Sue, have lived in The Meadows since 2013. He is very active in the community serving as the President of the MHOA and on The MCA Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee and is a member of The Meadows Country Club. Tom possesses a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He and Sue have five sons and 10 grandchildren.


Amy MacDougall, MA, CCIM was born and raised in Huntington on Long Island, New York. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. After graduate school in Atlanta, GA, Amy lived on the east end of Long Island where she worked as a school psychologist and later as a broker/associate with a high-end residential real estate company. She was on the board of directors of the Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient, NY. Amy moved to Sarasota in 2007 and worked in the neurology department at USF through a grant with the Parkinson Research Foundation. Amy segued into commercial real estate joining Ian Black Real Estate in October of 2013. Amy has lived in The Meadows for seven years with her now 10-year-old son along with the family’s two rescue dogs. Amy is the chair, and Board liaison, of the Safety Committee.


Mark’s strengths are based on his 45 years as an educator and school administrator. These include human relations, budgetary and listening skills. Mark organized and leads the Hot Stove League – “Let’s Talk Sports” discussion group here in The Meadows. He and his wife Ann are involved in many aspects of our Association and community. Mark earned a Doctorate in Education, Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership, plus Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Education.


Paul Easley has lived in The Meadows for 10 years and has volunteered on the Emergency Preparedness Committee, Standards Committee, Assembly Executive Committee and Meadows Home Owners Association. Prior to moving to The Meadows, Paul served as the Illinois Tree Farm President for 10 years and the National Tree Farm Association Committee in Washington, D.C., for four years. In addition to Paul’s background as a machine operator, instructor and Supervisor at Firestone, he owned several businesses throughout his career; paint and body shop and tree farm/ sawmill/retail hardwood store. He has written for several industry magazines, conducted forestry seminars for universities and was a speaker at the First World Forestry Conference. Paul is connected to this community through his love for The Meadows and spirit of volunteerism. “I value our community and want to be a part of guiding its future.”


Four years ago, on an extended holiday visit, Chris Perone saw The Meadows for the first time. He was in awe of the lush greenery, scenic bike trails, tennis and pickleball courts, as well as The Club. It was easy to imagine next phase of life taking place in The Meadows – amongst blue skies and the warm Floridian sunshine. Even after he returned to New York, his life-long home, The Meadows continued to speak to him. The Meadows was to be his new home. Chris served as Vice President of The Meadows Homeowners Association and worked to connect homeowners in innovative, communal ways that are meaningful. He served on the Standards Committee; assuring that The Meadows never loses that special alure (the same alure that attracted him to The Meadows). Chris believes that in The Meadows its easy to feel the sense of belonging, that is what makes The Meadows unlike any other place in the world.

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Building Construction Archive

Building Construction Archive

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The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 4/24/22 ‐
See the latest drone footage showing the progress of the roof and parking lot.
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 4/9/22 ‐
Tour our Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility’s progress with the latest drone footage.
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 4/2/22 ‐
All exterior block walls are up, interior wall are in progress roof decking and waterproofing is completed, site grading has been done.
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 1/2/22 ‐
Block walls progress
MCA – Wellness Ctr 010222_0.mp4 – Google Drive
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 1/15/22 ‐
Block walls are up.
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility-Drone footage 11/7 –
Foundation work, grading, and footers dug.
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Drone footage 11/20 ‐
Foundation work continues with stem wall.‐GpRZD5OPQuXo4rplkzBu/view?usp=sharing
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 12/4 ‐
Foundation work continues with stem wall and block begins.
The Meadows Community Lifestyle and Wellness Facility Session 12/18 ‐
Block walls progress
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Pickleball Is Peaking

Exciting News of Pickeball Expansion
With the fast-growing interest in pickleball within our community, MCA has created a new committee, devoted to Pickleball. Ned Boston leads the committee as chair, with Tom Pound as the MCA Board Liaison. Ned has assembled his team of volunteers from the community and from the Tennis/Pickleball Department within The Meadows Country Club. They will be collaborating with MCA management and Curt Reimer, who manages the Pickleball scheduling as well as conducting clinics and lessons.

The pickleball courts are owned by The Meadows Community Association (MCA) and operated by The Meadows Country Club (TMCC) for the enjoyment of Renaissance Cardholders and TMCC Members.

The Project
Plans to renovate The Meadows Community Association’s Sports Field will include the construction of two pickleball courts, adjacent to the existing courts. MCA General Manager Frances Rippcondi is managing the construction project and the MCA Pickleball Committee will continue to provide feedback and recommendations.

Project Status
Architectural drawings are completed. The engineering firm is working to acquire the survey and taking the necessary steps to complete the permit application, to be submitted to Sarasota County.

We will keep you informed as the project progresses.

Featured Highlights

MCA Active Shooter Presentation

Pickleball Clinics
Learn the Moves


MCA Active Shooter Presentation

Start The Fun!
Get The APP


You must be a Meadows Renaissance Access Cardholder or a Current Meadows Country Club Member to use the pickleball courts and the CourtReserve reservation system. Court time can be reserved online (using the CourtReserve App) up to one week in advance beginning at 6:00 AM. Open courts can be booked up until one hour before your desired time. You can book one court for one hour per day and make up to 4 reservations per week. Due to the volume of play, groups are asked to limit their play to one hour (no back-to-back bookings). Of course if the court time after yours is not booked, you can keep playing. If you have a court booking, you can have guests, but guests are not allowed during Open-Play due to high demand. Play is not recommended when the courts are wet.

Guest Polices

Due to the number of players on hand, guest are not allowed at the Open-Play Sessions (between 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM). Guests are allowed to play with MCC or Renaissance Access Card Holders during reserved court times. There are currently no guest fees.

Daily Open Play 

Open Play is held every morning from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Guests are not allowed at Open Play. We suggest that less-experienced players play in the first half of the session (until 10:30 AM) and more experienced players play after 10:30 AM. This is not an enforced policy but rather a suggested format to allow for better play and less court congestion. 

Clinics & Lessons 

Weekly Beginner & Advanced-Beginner Clinics are currently offered on Wednesday afternoons during Season. Sign-ups for clinics can be made through the Tennis Pro Shop at 941-378-5265. Private clinics and lessons are available year-round based on court availability and can be arranged by contacting the MCC Head Tennis/Pickleball Professional Curt Reimer at


For assistance with CourtReserve, please call the Tennis Pro Shop at 941-378-5265 during shop hours. For questions please contact Curt Reimer at


MCA has created a New Pickleball Committee.Ned Boston has been selected as Committee Chair.  Tom Pound is the MCA Board Liaison.  Curt Reimer, Tennis and Pickleball Pro at TMCC who also manages CourtReserve, will provide valuable expertise and represent TMCC.

Joining Ned, Tom and Curt on this committee are Ros Stafford, Gery Baar, Cheri Nugent, Kate Debevoise and Chris Perrone.


The Pickleball Committee will be chaired by a member of the Community and be appointed by the President of the MCA Board of Directors.  The Pickleball Courts are owned by The Meadows Community Association (MCA) and operated by The Meadows Country Club (TMCC) for the enjoyment of Renaissance Access Cardholders and TMCC members.  The Committee will have a Board Liaison also appointed by the President of the Board of Directors.

The Committee members will be comprised of volunteers from the Community and from the Tennis/Pickleball Department within The Meadows Country Club.  

The purpose of the Committee is to support the sport of Pickleball at The Meadows for all members of the community and  TMCC Members.

Specific actions of the Committee include:

  • Recruit committee members to volunteer annually.
  • Develop fundraising campaign to collect funds to be applied toward building 2 new courts adjacent to the current courts and owned by the MCA and operated by TMCC.
  • Provide input on construction of two new courts adjacent to the current courts owned by the MCA and operated by TMCC.
  • Work collaboratively with TMCC and MCA to develop, publish and implement rules and regulations, and other important Pickleball procedures.
  • Educate the community on the availability of clinics, lessons and other Pickleball activities and events.
  • Represent the Pickleball community’s requests to the Board and vice versa through frequent communications.
  • Share feedback, ideas and experiences with TMCC management for future considerations.
  • Make recommendations to the Manager of the MCA and the Board of Directors for final approval and implementation.

May 2023


Skill Levels

Understanding skill levels helps you identify skills you may want to improve.

Player Ratings below are from USA Pickleball (USAP).  For even greater details, download the Skill Assessment from USAP.

1.0 to 2.0  Novice / Beginner

This player is just starting to play pickleball and has no other sports background. Minimal understanding of rules of the game.

2.5  Advanced Beginner

This player has limited experience. Can sustain a short rally with players of equal ability. Basic ability to keep score.

3.0  Intermediate
   •  Download 3.0 Skill Assessment

FOREHAND:  Ability to hit a medium paced shot. Lacks directional intent and consistency.
BACKHAND:  Avoids using a backhand. Lacks directional intent and consistency.
SERVE / RETURN:  Able to hit a medium paced shot. Lacks depth, direction, and consistency.
DINK:  Not able to consistently sustain a dink rally. Not yet developed the ability to control this shot.
3RD SHOT: Generally hits a medium paced ball with little direction.
VOLLEY:  Able to hit a medium paced shot. Lacks direction/inconsistent.
STRATEGY:  Understands fundamentals. Is learning proper court positioning. Knows the fundamental rules and can keep score and is now playing tournaments.

3.5  Advanced Intermediate
   •  Download 3.5 Skill Assessment

FOREHAND:  Improved stroke development with moderate level of shot control.
BACKHAND:  Learning stroke form and starting to develop consistency but will avoid if possible.
SERVE / RETURN: Consistently gets serve/return in play with limited ability to control depth.
DINK:  Increased consistency, with limited ability to control height/depth. Sustains medium length rallies.  Starting to understand variations of pace.
3RD SHOT:  Developing the drop shot in a way to get to the net.
VOLLEY:  Is able to volley medium paced shots thereby developing control.
STRATEGY:  Moves quickly towards the non-volley zone (NVZ) when opportunity is there. Acknowledges difference between hard game and soft game and is starting to vary own game during recreation and tournament play. Can sustain short rallies. Is learning proper court positioning. Basic knowledge of stacking and understands situations where it can be effective.

4.0  Advanced
   •  Download 4.0 Skill Assessment

FOREHAND:  Consistently hits with depth and control. Is still perfecting shot selection and timing.
BACKHAND:  Has improved stroke mechanics and has moderate success at hitting a backhand consistently.
SERVE / RETURN:  Places a high majority of serves/returns with varying depth and speed.
DINK:  Increased consistency with moderate ability to control height/depth. May end dink rally too soon due to lack of patience. Is beginning to understand difference between attackable balls and those that are not.
3RD SHOT:  Selectively mixing up soft shots with power shots to create an advantage with inconsistent results.
VOLLEY:  Able to volley a variety of shots at different speeds. Is developing consistency and control. Starting to understand the block/re-set volley.
STRATEGY:  Aware of partner’s position on the court and is able to move as a team. Demonstrates ability to change direction in an offensive manner. Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the rules of the game. Has a moderate number of unforced errors per game. Solid understanding of stacking and when and how it could be used in match play. Beginning to identify opponents weaknesses and attempts to formulate game plan to attack weaknesses. Beginning to seek out more competitive play.

4.5   Advanced
   •  Download 4.5 Skill Assessment

FOREHAND:  High level of consistency. Uses pace and depth to generate opponents’ error or set up next shot.
BACKHAND:  Can effectively direct the ball with varying depth and paces with good consistency.
SERVE / RETURN:  Serves with power, accuracy, and depth and can also vary the speed and spin of the serve.
DINK:  Ability to place ball with high success at changing shot types while playing both consistently and with offensive intent. Recognizes and attempts to hit attackable dinks.
3RD SHOT:  Consistently executes effective 3rd shot strategies that are not easily returned for advantage. Able to intentionally and consistently place the ball.
VOLLEY:  Able to block hard volleys directed at them and can consistently drop them into the NVZ. Comfortable hitting swinging volleys. Hits overhead shots consistently, often as putaways.
STRATEGY:  Has good footwork and moves laterally, backward, and forward well. Uses weight transfer for more efficient footwork. Able to change direction with ease. Very comfortable playing at the non-volley zone. Communicates and moves well with partner — easily “stacks” court positions. Understands strategy and can adjust style of play and game plan according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and court position. Limited number of unforced errors.

5.0  Expert
   •  Download 5.0 Skill Assessment

FOREHAND | BACKHAND | SERVE / RETURN:  Hits all shot types at a high level of ability from both the forehand and backhand sides including: touch, spin, and pace with control to set up offensive situations. Has developed good touch from all court positions. Has developed a very high level of variety, depth, and pace of serves.
DINK:  Mastered the dink and drop shots. Ability to move opponents with shot placements. Exhibits patience during rallies with the ability to create an opportunity to attack utilizing the dink. Increased ability to change the pace of dinks strategically.
3RD SHOT:  Mastered the 3rd shot choices and strategies to create opportunities for winning points. Able to drop and drive ball from both the forehand and backhand side with high level of consistency.
VOLLEY:  Able to block hard volleys directed at them and consistently drop them into the NVZ. Places overheads with ease for winners. Able to volley shots toward opponents feet consistently. Comfortable with swinging volley in both initiating and ability to attack back or neutralize return.
STRATEGY:  Mastered pickleball strategies and can vary strategies and styles of play in competitive or tournament matches. Is successful at turning defensive shots into offensive shots. Has efficient footwork and effective use of weight transfer for improved quickness on the court. Easily and quickly adjusts style of play and game plan according to the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and court position. Rarely makes unforced errors.

5.5+  Expert

This player is a top caliber player. Performance and tournament wins speak for this player’s ability to consistently perform at a high level.

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Ecology & Nature

Ecology & Nature

Our Ecology and Nature Commitment

Ecology is a priority within The Meadows Community. The Meadows has an abundance of waterscapes—85
ponds and other water features with nearly 25 miles of shoreline! These aquatic habitats are not only attractive
and environmentally friendly, but they also enhance property values within the community.

Water and Wildlife Committee (WWC)

In 2017, marine biologist and Meadows resident, Dr. Robert Hueter came to the MCA Board with a desire to preserve our beautiful surroundings, and, in January 2018 the WWC was formed with Dr. Hueter as its chair. WWC has contributed greatly to the vitality of The Meadows. It has raised awareness about the importance of maintaining our natural assets and has launched a number of important projects to ensure the success of these goals. Examples are monitoring the health of our ponds and lakes, planting along the banks, and protecting our wildlife.

In 2018, The Meadows received the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Volunteer Award for our community commitment to our ecology. In 2019, The Meadows was awarded a grant from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to help facilitate environmental improvements of waterways and wildlife habitats.

Maintaining these water and wildlife features is a major priority of the MCA Board of Directors, the WWC and our residents. On February 6, 2019, the MCA Board approved a policy statement committing the community to implement No Mow Zones to:

  • Control pond erosion
  • Trap stormwater runoff nutrients and chemicals
  • Improve water quality
  • Preserve and create habitats for fish, birds and other wildlife

MCA’s Vision for Water Bodies and Wildlife Management in The Meadows

Each of us has the ability to make a change. Here are the results of The Meadows’ volunteers supporting our ecology.

  • Planted aquatic vegetation such as canna lilies, pickleweed and soft stem bulrush to keep our ponds clean and provide wildlife habitat.
  • The community volunteers planted over 1300 aquatic plants as of March 2020. 
  • Sarasota City Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team (NEST) coordinator and Sarasota County Management Division Water Quality Scientists are working with The Meadows WWC to create eco-beautification.
  • Grants have been secured from Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to finance the plantings

Today, The Meadows is home to a variety of bird species and is a source of enjoyment for Meadows birdwatchers.. The Meadows has partnered with the Sarasota Audubon Society to continue to broaden our residents’ knowledge and love for birds through bird walks and presentations.

The MCA and its WWC, have adopted a pro-environmental approach to improving the health and look of our community. This includes coexisting with our alligators because gators are important in maintaining ecological balance in Florida freshwater systems.

In The Meadows we live in harmony with the wildlife. Respecting their space and health includes:

  • Don’t feed the alligators or any other wildlife.
  • If you are fishing and see an alligator, relocate to a different spot.
  • Keep children and pets away from waterways and banks.
  • Never approach or attempt to capture or relocate an alligator and always keep at least a 50-ft. distance. Florida state law prohibits the general public from killing, harassing or possessing alligators.
  • Never swim in a Meadows pond-it’s prohibited and the alligators that live there don’t appreciate it.
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Need A Ride?

Transportation options are easy and accessible. The Meadoword offers private tansportation options under our classified section and Uber is as easy as downloading an app on your phone. Below are some other options you may want to consider.

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) serves more than 6,000 riders daily on fixed routes throughout Sarasota County.  Its mission is to provide safe and courteous transportation service in an accountable and timely manner.

Fixed-route buses run 5:30 AM-10:30 PM, Monday-Sunday. For more information on SCAT fares, schedules, and route maps use this link: SCAT Bus Service, Sarasota County.


ITNSunCoast (ITN) is a local, nonprofit transportation service that provides rides to individuals 60+ and vision-challenged adults of any age.

ITN’s mission is to help individuals maintain their independence and live joyful and meaningful lives through a convenient, reliable and affordable transportation option when driving a car themselves is not sensible or safe.

  • Rides are available for any reason, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to anywhere within Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
  • Rides are provided by a combination of volunteer and paid drivers who offer true door-to-door service.
  • Destinations have often included going to religious services, grocery shopping, fitness classes, doctor’s appointments, bridge or mahjong events, restaurants, hair appointments, etc.
  • There is a nominal membership fee and each rider maintains a prepaid account where the cost of the ride is debited, meaning no cash is exchanged and tipping is not expected or accepted. Riders may utilize the service as often as they wish.

For more information and answers to many of your questions
visit or call 941-364-7530.

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Meadows Safety Patrol (Allied Security) • 941-809-0084

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

MCA Administrative Staff • 941-377-2300

The Meadoword • 941-377-2300

Tia Calomeris, Director of Marketing & Communications


The Meadows Community Association, Inc.

2004 Longmeadow
Sarasota, FL 34235
941-377-2300 • (fax) 941-377-2600

Business hours

Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to
4:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm


The main entrance to The Meadows is on 17th Street between Lockwood Ridge Road and Honore Avenue. There is also an entrance at Longmeadow off Honore.

From I-75, take the Fruitville Road exit (Exit 210) west toward downtown Sarasota. Turn right on Honore. Turn left off Honore onto 17th Street west. Turn right onto Longmeadow and continue to the first stop sign. The MCA building is on the left.

From downtown Sarasota, take U.S. 301 to 17th Street; turn east, going away from town. Take 17th past Beneva Road and turn left at the second stop light onto Longmeadow. Follow Longmeadow, as described above.
Directions via Mapquest

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The Meadows Safety Patrol

Our Allied Universal Safety Patrol Team monitors The Meadows for violations and safety issues. The contracted safety patrol team have  background in law enforcement and training in a community setting. If you have an emergency call 911 and make sure someone is able to call our Safety Patrol to report incidents as well. Having a record of incidents in the neighborhood is a very important element of reporting.

MCA After Hours Call List

Meadows Safety Officers call residents after MCA business hours for urgent reasons like an open garage door.
In the event of an emergency call 911 first.
The non-emergency Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office number is 941-316-1201.
The Meadows Safety Patrol number is 941-809-0084

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The Meadows Country Club

The Meadows Country Club

Join for the lifestyle. Stay for the friendships.

The Meadows Country Club is nestled in a lush, vibrant community located minutes from downtown Sarasota, UTC Mall
and I-75. Members enjoy three distinctive golf courses, a beautiful tennis complex with 17 Har-Tru courts, a junior Olympic
pool and custom fitness programs. Gather with friends for lunch or dinner. There’s something for everyone in our social
events, educational programs, and recreational activities including the 14 acres of oak canopied walking, nature and biking
trails that weave through the community.


See Video of the Meadows Golf Course featured on The Traveling Golfer

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Our Brand

Our Brand

The Meadows brand is our reputation, a first impression that will last in the minds of those who come through The Meadows. It tells them what to expect and who we are. The community’s unique qualities and personality to make a memorable impression on those who visit, purchase or live in The Meadows.

Our brand:

  • CELEBRATES our heritage and reflects the vision of Lord Frank Taylor;
  • HONORS the open land that we all value;
  • RESPECTS the name that was given to us;
  • REVEALS a new beginning to the future.

The grass celebrates the open land we all value and the natural beauty of The Meadows, the golf courses, the mature landscaping, and beautiful vistas that are the catalyst to gather and enjoy the enriched social lifestyle that is a large part of our community.

The styling of our name demonstrates The Meadows as current, fresh and modern with a casual sophistication that embraces growth. Our name defines who we are by its definition: Meadow–an open habitat, or field, vegetated by grass.

These elements echo our developer’s original vision, and what our community values as most important. Our revitalization efforts and attention to the land has made us ecologically responsible, united us in our vision for the future and strengthened us for growth. Our new logo celebrates, honors and respects those unique qualities we define as The Meadows.

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Business & Services

Business & Services

Neighborhood Shopping and Services

The Meadows enjoys the advantage being of a highly sought-after location with the nearby UTC Mall and cultural centers, there is always fun around the corner..

The  Shopping Village offers convenient access to shopping, professional services, food and dining in a lakefront
setting in your own backyard.

We are all aware that life changes with time. We change and our needs change. With that comes re-evaluation.
The Meadows offers many options that supports staying in the community you love, close to family and friends, in familiar surroundings.

Aviva – A Campus for Senior Life – offers three levels of living options:

  • Independent Living—an active rental retirement community.
  • Assisted Living—an assisted living facility with secured memory care.
  • Skilled Nursing—an outpatient/inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility.

Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehabilitation – offers nursing care & rehabilitation.

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For information regarding estoppel certificates please contact Lisa Compton at or call 941-377-2300 at The Meadows Community Association and ask for Lisa Compton.

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Be Proactive, Rather than Reactive

Disaster preparedness refers to measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters.
That is, to predict and, where possible, prevent disasters, mitigate their impact on vulnerable populations,
and respond to and effectively cope with their consequences. The links below are provided to help you with your preparedness.

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Get Involved

Get Involved

Be a Volunteer

Do you want to get involved? Give us your name and contact information and let us know which committee(s) you’re interested in joining.

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