AGENDA for the 01/21/2021 BOARD MEETING

Click the link to see the agenda for the 01/21/2021 Board Meeting. The meeting is virtual. See the agenda for instructions for attending virtually.

Email Sent 1/14/2021 by President Janet Kaplan - Landscaping Update

Many of you may have noticed we are embarking on a project to clean out dead bushes, and holly trees between the homes. A few years back, the fire department came in and did a survey and recommended that bushes between the houses be cut back to a 4 foot height and a path of a minimum of 4 feet between the bushes be established. This was started but then was put on the shelf while we decided on a new landscape contractor. With the reduced winter mowing schedule, we have resumed this clean up. Many of the Holly trees are diseased with what they call Witches Broom. There is no remedy and it spreads to other healthy Hollies. For that reason, we are removing the diseased Hollies only, not the healthy ones. This is usually homeowner responsibility but we are taking on this project to protect the healthy trees. The Bottlebrush trees in many instances are in sad shape and we are removing them as well. The Association will not be replacing these items as we are way overplanted in the community and are looking to reduce the plantings between the homes.

Winter mowing will take place on an as needed basis. The nights have been usually cool and the grass is not growing.

Mulching in the front yards and common areas will commence as soon as material can be obtained.

Palm tree trimming is underway and while many have been completed, there are many more to be done.

The resurfacing of the pickleball court is well underway. The pavers and pea gravel have been removed and replaced with asphalt. The new fence has been installed and the gate will be installed last. The asphalt needs to harden a week or so more and then the new surface will be applied.

The clubhouse painting is nearly complete and it looks great.

There are several other projects in the works so stay tuned.

The Board

The President's Corner

Please go to the President's Corner to see other emails sent out by President Janet Kaplan recently.


Click the link to see the January, 2021 newsletter from the Nokomis Fire Department.


US 41 from Blackburn Point Road to Preymore Street: Construction project: Crews are resurfacing the roadway, replacing the US 41 northbound bridge over North Creek, improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and installing new highway lighting. Expect nighttime/overnight northbound lane closures from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and nighttime/overnight southbound lane closures from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. A traffic shift is tentatively scheduled to be implemented on MARCH 3, 2020. Northbound traffic will shift to one of the southbound lanes, reducing traffic to one lane each direction. Once implemented, the traffic shift is expected to be in place for approximately eight months while crews reconstruct the northbound bridge over North Creek. Bergeron Land Development, Inc. is the contractor. Expected completion is spring 2021.


The Board adopted the 2020 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 21, 2019. 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 2020 Budget and the 2020 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.


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 the gazebo meetings for homeowners with landscaping issues are suspended for the remainder of the Covid crisis. Any landscaping issues/requests for either LMP or the landscape committee should be addressed to Sentry Property Management.


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.

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
02/18/21 - 1:30PM
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Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule