NEWSLETTER

After a hiatus of many years, in early June, 2021, publication of the Willowbend newsletter, Around the Bend, resumed. On the left menu, click the Around the Bend link to get to the page containing links to the newsletters published since that date.


FLAG ETIQUETTE

Residents are reminded that according to flag etiquette, the custom is to display the U. S. flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open, but it may be displayed at night - if illuminated - to produce a patriotic effect.


WILLOWBEND MEET & GREET YOUR NEIGHBORS

Saturday, June 12th at 5:00- p.m. at the recreation center. BYO drink, food, and a chair/table if you wish. (Plastic if possible) Please r.s.v.p. to joycekander@yahoo.com if you will attend


05/27/2021 BOARD MEETING

There will be a Willowbend Board meeting on May 27 2021 at 1:30. It will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2705 Tamiami Trail,  Nokomis. Click the link to view the agenda.


FITNESS CENTER

The fitness center is now open, but use of it is strictly at your own risk, and you must follow the Guidelines and Restrictions for Use of this Facility


GAZEBO LANDSCAPE MEETINGS

LMP will start meeting residents with landscape issues at the Gazebo every other week on Wednesday at 9:30 am starting May 5, 2021


Email Sent 4/16/2021 by President Scott Brundrett - The new board

Dear Neighbors,

As you are aware, a new Board has been seated for the Willowbend community. We intend to keep the community fully informed on a timely basis as had been the practice of Janet and the previous board.

First and foremost, we thank Janet, George, Steve, and Nancy for their commitment and great work over the past few years. The community is better and stronger as a result of their efforts. We wish them a happy and well-deserved retirement. John has decided to give further service to the community and provide needed continuity for the new board going forward and we are very appreciative of his help.

I want you to know that the new board is already hard at work coming up to speed on the issues facing our community and the best way to address them. Initially, our focus will be on the following:

    1. Landscape and Maintenance - it is our single largest expense and it is essential that we manage it aggressively and cost-effectively.

    2. Irrigation System - The proper maintenance of our system is vital to our community and is also highly regulated by the state of Florida with significant fines if we do not meet these compliance standards.

    3. The Management Company - A close partnership is important here and we will spare no effort to make certain that our community is properly served.

    4. Community Committee assignments - We have had some turnover here and we intend to have our various committees fully staffed shortly.

    5. Willowbend Community survey - It is extremely important that we have a clear understanding of this community's desires and expectations to fulfill our obligations as your elected board. To that end, we are developing a survey that will be e-mailed to each homeowner. The results of that survey will be shared with the entire community and will serve as a template of our strategic and tactical planning.

We will keep you fully apprised of our progress and planning as we move forward, In short, you will hear from us frequently !!

We look forward to facing the challenges ahead and serving this community to the best of our ability.

Sincerely
Scott Brundrett
President Willowbend Community Association.


The President's Corner

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


BOARD ELECTION, OFFICERS

At the annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on March 18, 2021, Scott Brundrett, Raymond Allen and Joe Trentacoste were elected to 2-year positions on the Board of Directors, and Carmine Vitolo and John Santiago were elected to 1-year positions. Immediately after the annual meeting, the Board met to elect officers. The 2021-2022 Board members and their positions are:

Scott Brundrett, President
Raymond Allen, Vice President
Joe Trentacoste, Treasurer
Carmine Vitolo, Secretary
John Santiago, Director at Large


NOKOMIS FIRE DEPARTMENT MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

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


2021 WILLOWBEND BUDGET AND RESERVE SCHEDULE

The Board adopted the 2021 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 20, 2020. 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 2021 Budget and the 2021 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.


AREA ROAD CONSTRUCTION

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.


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.


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.


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
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Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule

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