AGENDA for the 11/15/18 BOARD MEETING

Click the link to see the agenda for the 11/15/18 Board Meeting


Click the appropriate link to see either a FDOT report about the restriction of US 41 to one lane north of McIntosh or a condensed, incomplete report of area road projects for the week of Oct. 22, 2018. Also available is a COTS (Coalition for Osprey Transportation Safety) report of the October, 2018 meeting.

The President's Corner - October 4, 2018

President Janie McGuire has posted a message about the gazebo meetings on landscape issues now being only the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, a revised list of approved plants, the moratorium on late fees ending on October 1, and the north wall repairs.

Please go to the President's Corner to see the entire president's message.


Payment coupons and welcome information were mailed the week of June 4, 2018. Sentry Management has provided instructions for Access to The CommunityPro Portal and a Sentry Website Tutorial . Owners will need their 16-digit account number to register on the Web portal. This number will be provided to everyone on their payment coupons. However, they are also more than welcome to contact Sentry’s Customer Service number (800-932-6636 ext 42500) or the local office number (941-361-1222) and speak to the operator and Sentry will gladly provide you with your account number.


For homeowners using Auto-pay to pay the monthly Willowbend assessment fees, it will be necessary to (a) cancel your current auto-pay after your June payment, and (b) submit a new auto-pay form to Sentry by June 15 to begin auto-pay with your July payment. Click the link, Sentry Auto-Pay Form, to bring up the form. Financial ledgers will be transferred from Lighthouse Property Mgmt. to Sentry Management in June showing your payment history.

The President's Corner - New Management Company for Willowbend

President Janie McGuire has posted a letter indicating that we are changing the company managing our community from Lighthouse Property Management to Sentry Management.

Please go to the President's Corner to see the entire president's letter.

There is also a subsequent message for those who pay their monthly assessment through auto-pay from their bank.


COTS: Coalition for Osprey Transportation Safety. Following a FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) presentation on the US 41 enhancements now underway from Blackburn Point to McIntosh, a group of residents from Osprey met on March 22 to form a Coalition. A mission statement was established and a pursuant meeting at Spanish Point began the development of the Coalition initiatives. Concerns focus on: Bay Street as a connector road; traffic safety on Old Venice Road to Blackburn Point intersection. The next meeting of COTS is April 24, Tuesday, 3 PM at Spanish Point. ALL concerned and interested residents of Willowbend are invited to participate. This is an OSPREY endeavor.
Willowbend members: Elaine Trentacoste, Jill Schwartz, John Santiago

SAFE: Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. A NON-PARTISAN Alliance working to change the Sarasota Charter to enable “Single District Representation” in the election of the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners. Currently Sarasota County Commissioners are elected County-wide. To educate yourself on Single District Representation please go to the website: Understand why changing the Sarasota Charter enables LOCAL Districts more influence in County Planning . The website offers a petition to be printed. The website is comprehensive, but do not hesitate to contact a name on the SAFE website. Submitted by: Jill Schwartz


At the annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on March 15, 2018, Nancy Buscher, Stephen Meuler and Michael Renzi were elected to 2-year positions on the Board of Directors. Immediately after the annual meeting, the Board met to elect officers. On March 16, 2018, Michael Renzi sent an email resigning from his position. On March 21, 2018, the Board held a special meeting. At that meeting, the Board voted to accept Mr. Renzi's resignation and appointed John Santiago to fill that position. The officers for 2018-2019 are:

Janie McGuire, President
Stephen Meuler, Vice President
Marsh Hestenes, Treasurer
Nancy Buscher, Secretary

The Board would like to thank everyone who participated and/or voted in this years election. The more active our community residents are the better our community becomes.


Willowbend Residents and Owners,

Good news! The Willowbend Internet/Cable TV Committee investigating options for internet and cable TV when the current contract with Frontier expires at the end of December has been in contact with Frontier. When discussing the internet speeds with the representative, he offered to try to put through a complimentary upgrade of the internet speeds to 50/50 Mbps (download/upload). We have now been informed that this complimentary upgrade was approved on June 8, 2017 and it is effective immediately.

In order to receive the upgrade, you must call and ask for it. If you already have 50/50 but are paying for it, you also need to call them and the charge will be taken off future bills. The details (including the number to call) are in this flyer from Frontier.


At the December Board meeting, the Board approved a new 5-year contract with Frontier for internet and cable TV. If you have any problems with your Frontier internet or cable TV service, the number to call is 1-844-660-0648 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.


The Board adopted the 2018 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 16, 2017. You can view the adopted Budget on the secure pages for homeowners on this web site.

To reach the adopted budget on the Willowbend Web site, you need to remember your user name and password and sign in. If you do not remember either one, you can call Marshall Hestenes at (941) 918-8150 or e-mail him at and he will remind you of your user name and give you a new password. Once you have logged-in, at the bottom of the list of links on the left hand side, you will see a link called "Budget". Click on it, and you will go to the Willowbend Community Association Budget page, which will contain links to the 2018 Budget and the 2018 Reserve Schedule documents. Also, about two weeks after the end of the month, an Income and Expenses summary is posted that shows actual income and expenses through the end of that month and how they compare with the budgeted amounts in each category.

Roof Cleaning

At the June 18, 2015 Board meeting, after reviewing a report compiled by an ad hoc committee of residents, the Board adopted a revised policy on roof cleaning. The key provision requires that residents have their roof cleaned at least once every three years. For a complete version of the new policy and links to the committee report, click on the title of this item.

Alligator Removal Policy

Willowbend Community Association has been issued Nuisance Alligator Permit #295402 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It establishes the 147 acres of Willowbend as a state Targeted Harvest area (THA), with specific procedures and instructions. Click on the link to see the details.

Welcome to the Willowbend Community Web Site

Among the features are:

  • A home page. The body of the home page will contain info a small number of articles of current interest. Click on the title to see the whole article. On the right side is a list of upcoming Board & committee meetings and social events.
  • An events calendar.
  • Security so that only Willowbend residents and owners can see portions of the site.
  • Pages displayed in real time from a database, including the directory pages.

Upcoming Events
12/20/18 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
01/17/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
02/21/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
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Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule