Email Update Sent 11/6/19 by President Janet Kaplan - Sarasota County Recycling

Please refer to the below link explaining the new recycling program.

The county will not pick up recyclables in the old bins after January 6, 2020 or in the new cart before that date. Feel free to keep the old bins for other purposes. The county will not pick them up. We are trying to arrange a community pick up date and will advise when we have a date and drop off location. The new carts are large but please refrain from keeping them on the side of your house. Our Rules and Regulations are unchanged in this regard.

AGENDA for the 11/21/19 BOARD MEETING

Click the link to see the agenda for the 11/21/19 Board Meeting

WILLOWBEND MEET AND GREET YOUR NEIGHBORS, December 5th, 2019 at the Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m.

BYOB your beverage and a dish to share (use plastic when possible) and serving utensil. You may wish to bring a lawn chair as well if there is a crowd. As we do not have cleanup service at the recreation center, please take home everything you brought for disposal. Tableware and name tags will be provided.


rsvp to by November 29th. Include your names so that name tags can be made to assist in meeting and greeting new and old residents.

2019-2020 DINING OUT

The following is the text of an email sent out to the community on behalf of Dining Out coordinator Helen Eckensburg:

Welcome back everyone from a long hot summer. I will be coordinating our DINING OUT group for yet another year and I hope to see all of our regulars and some, if not all of our newcomers

The group is a wonderful mixture of couples AND singles, who dine out once a month, taking turns at choosing a restaurant, finding a night everyone can attend and making reservations. The host usually serves hors d`oeuvres before dinner or dessert after dinner.

The group is a wonderful way to meet other Willowbenders, and will meet in groups of 8-10 people for the months of Dec. Jan. Feb. and March. We have discovered that it is often better to choose a week night during high season, as reservations for the group are more accessible than on the weekend but not impossible if given enough notice.

If you wish to be a part of this group, please call me at 941 966-2190 or forward your response to MY e-mail at with your: Address, Phone, Email

Our hope is to begin in Dec. So, please contact me by Nov 8 so I can make up the groups and get back to you in plenty of time for you to arrange your reservations for Dec.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

Email Update Sent 10/31/19 by President Janet Kaplan - Pool Renovation Update

It's been a couple of weeks and many of you have been wondering what the status is.

The original plan was to have the pool deck pressure washed and sealed as soon as the pool was done. Galaxy said, no it needs to be done before the pebble tech surface is applied so as to not damage the new surface. Thankfully, they had a company they work with that could do it right away. They will be doing the new pathway as well. Today and tomorrow are the days for that work and this will allow two extra days over the weekend for the sealer to dry completely.

Early next week Galaxy will be back to finish the pool and start filling it. This put us right on the four week schedule. Actually being able to use it will fall in the hands of the county and them signing off on it.

Will keep you posted.

The President's Corner - May 24, 2019

President Janet Kaplan has posted a message giving a recap of what has been done recently and what will be going on in the coming weeks.

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


At the reconvened annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on April 24, 2019, George Dellos and Janet Kaplan were elected to 2-year positions on the Board of Directors, and John Santiago was elected to a 1-year position. Immediately after the annual meeting, the Board met to elect officers. The 2019-2020 Board members and their positions are:

Janet Kaplan, President
George Dellos, Vice President
Stephen Meuler, Treasurer
Nancy Buscher, Secretary
John Santiago, Director at Large

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.


The Grounds Committee announces that they are restarting gazebo meetings for homeowners with landscaping issues. Meetings will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., starting April 17, 2019.


The Bay Street extension to Honore will open December 20, 2018. 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.


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.


At the December, 2017 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 2019 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 17, 2018. 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 2019 Budget and the 2019 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
11/21/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
12/05/19 - 4:30PM
Meet & Greet Your Neighbors
12/19/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule