Email Sent 11/18/19 by President Janet Kaplan - Fobs

As some of you may know, the fobs are not working despite the fact they were all activated this morning at 5:00 am. Many of them did not activate properly and I just received an update from Sentry. Envera has to manually input all the fobs that did not activate and they are working on it as we speak.

All I can say is, try your fob in the morning to see if it works. You may be one of the lucky ones.

Larry will open the center in the morning for those of you with non-working fobs but don't look for him before 7:00.

Sorry for the inconvenience but in the world of technology, sometimes these things happen. Maybe it was interference by the Russians. LOL

Email Update Sent 11/15/19 by President Janet Kaplan - Pool Renovation Update

As I am sure you are wondering, the pool opening has been delayed until this Monday. Unfortunately, the people who applied the Pebble Tech surface made a major mess of our parking lot, pool deck and landscaping going into the pool area. Galaxy stood behind their sub-contractor and promised to make it right. Pavermac returned this week and pressure washed the pool deck and sealed it again. It takes a few days for that to dry completely. Galaxy pressure washed the parking lot and we agreed to clean up the bushes. Looks like mother nature is taking care of that today. All the extra work was at no additional cost to us but did cost a few extra days re-opening the pool and exercise room.

So, barring anything further, Monday is the day.

On a side note, I want to give a shout out to Larry Kaplan for all the effort he put into this project. He spent many many hours in the heat overseeing the project and making sure it was all done right. The pool looks great and the pool deck looks the best it has in years. Thank you for your dedication.

The chairs will be put out on Sunday and since Monty is unable to do that for us, we will be doing it ourselves. Anyone who can spare a few moments on Sunday, your help will be greatly appreciated. Let me know and I will coordinate a time.

Thanks to you all for your patience and understanding throughout this process.

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.

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
12/10/19 - 11:30AM
Men's Tuesday Lunch
12/10/19 - 11:30AM
Tuesday Ladies Luncheon
12/19/19 - 1:30PM
Board Meeting
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule