CANDIDATES FOR OPEN DIRECTOR POSITIONS

The candidates for the three open director positions at the April 24, 2019 election are as follows. Clink on the name to view the Candidate Information Statement for the candidate.


RECONVENED ANNUAL MEMBERS' MEETING - APRIL 24, 2019

At the March 21, 2019 Annual Meeting, the membership voted to redo the election process for the Board of Directors and adjourned the meeting. The reconvened annual member's meeting will take place at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at Bentley's Boutique Hotel, 1660 S. Tamiami Trail. A mailing went out on April 4, 2019, to all homeowners as the first step in redoing the election process. Click the link to see a proof copy of the documents in the mailing. The documents are as follows:

  • A general information document
  • A Notice of Intent to be a Candidate for the Board of Directors form
  • A Candidate Information Statement form
  • Agenda
  • A Limited Proxy form

The redo of the process is being done in a condensed time frame. Candidates wishing to have their name on the ballot need to have their Notice of Intent form and their Candidate Info form returned to Sentry by April 11, 2019. Because of the tight time frame, candidates are encourage to turn in the forms in person, by email or by FAX. On April 12, 2019, the names of all candidates on the ballot will be posted on this website. Homeowners who will not be going to the reconvened meeting can then fill out the limited proxy form, writing the names of the candidates that they want the proxy to vote for on the form. The completed limited proxy form should be submitted to Sentry before April 24,2019, or, if a specific proxy is named, it can be given directly to that proxy. For more details on the election process, click the links to the general information document, the agenda, and the three forms.

The April 4, 2019 mailing is the only election-related mailing before the April 24, 2019 reconvened annual meeting. Ballots will only be handed out at the reconvened annual meeting. All ballots previously submitted for the March 21, 2019 annual meeting are null and void.


GAZEBO LANDSCAPE MEETINGS

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.


RESIGNATION

The following is the text of an email dated 3/25/19 from President Janie McGuire to the Board, Committee Chairs and Sentry:

This past Saturday my father passed away. I will be gone most of this week and flying back and forth to the Midwest in the next several weeks/months assisting with the settlement of the estate. There is no way that I can continue to serve the community during this time so I am therefore resigning effective immediately.

Thanks to all the volunteers and our Sentry Management team for your hard work this past year. I wish you and our wonderful Willowbend Community all the best!

Janie McGuire


AGENDA for the 2/21/19 BOARD MEETING

Click the link to see the agenda for the 2/21/19 Board Meeting


The President's Corner - January 26, 2019

President Janie McGuire has posted a message reminding residents that they need to be registered with Sentry to receive eblasts such as the one referenced in the next item.

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


EBLAST 1/25/19

Click the link to see the Eblast sent to the community by Sentry on 1/25/2019.


AREA ROAD CONSTRUCTION & COTS UPDATE

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.


SENTRY MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

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.


BOARD ELECTION, OFFICERS

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.


INTERNET SPEED UPGRADE

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, 2017 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.


INTERNET AND CABLE TV CONTRACT

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.


2019 WILLOWBEND BUDGET AND RESERVE SCHEDULE

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 hestenes@msu.edu 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
04/24/19 - 5:30PM
Reconvened Annual Meeting
05/16/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
06/20/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
07/18/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule