Welcome to Sabal Point!
The Sabal Point community is known for its great location, excellent schools and safe, family-friendly environment.
This website is sponsored by the Sabal Point Community Services Association, Inc. (SPCSA), a mandatory homeowner association representing nearly 1000 families in the development. We are located in the Longwood area of Central Florida, near Orlando. This website is for the use of residents, guests, prospective home buyers, realty professionals and others who support the neighborhood.
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Are Golf Carts Legal On Sabal Point Roads?
Golf Carts and “Low Speed Vehicles” (LSVs) are covered by a variety of Florida Statutes and Seminole County Code. Most of these rules prohibit operation on public roads except under limited conditions and with certain roadway designations, posted signage, and vehicle safety equipment.
Golf carts are four-wheeled vehicles designed primarily for use on golf courses with a maximum speed of 20 mph. LSVs are four-wheeled vehicles whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour, but not greater than 25 miles per hour.
Florida Statute 316 states in part: operation of a golf cart upon public roads or streets of the state is prohibited except:
- On County or municipal roads that have been “designated for use by golf carts”.
- To cross public roadways in clearly marked areas where there is a golf course constructed on both sides of the roadway.
While some Central Florida communities like “The Villages” have made golf carts street-legal, Sabal Point’s public roads are not designated or marked for golf cart use.
Florida Statute 320 states that LSVs may be operated by licensed drivers only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 MPH or less and the vehicle is insured. Vehicles must be equipped with the following safety equipment:
- Front and rear turn signals;
- Stop lamps;
- Tail lamps;
- Reflex reflectors, red – one each side and one on the rear;
- Exterior mirror on the driver side and an interior rear-view mirror or exterior mirror on passenger side;
- Parking brake;
- Seat belt for each designated seat; and a
- Vehicle identification number (VIN).
In addition, the 85-acre “Sabal Point Commons” community property is posted with usage restrictions including “No unauthorized motor vehicles”. The only vehicles currently authorized include those of certain officers, employees, land and waterway service providers and association vehicles.
Families with privately-owned golf carts or similar vehicles can legally use them on their own property, or on other private property with permission from the owner, and with operators who are at least 14 years old. Golf cart operation on public roads or posted common areas is not legal. Violations can be reported to the association or the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 407.665.6650.
Can Neighors Let Pets Poop On My Lawn?
Again, the answer is “No”, residents must properly control their pets. Dog and cat owners have responsibilities both under Sabal Point deed restrictions and Seminole County Codes, Chapter 20, Ordinances Pertaining to Animals. Highlights include:
- Pet Waste – it is illegal for owners to leave pet waste on sidewalks, common areas or on private property of neighboring homeowners. Pet Stations with plastic bags and receptacles are provided along Sabal Palm Drive to facilitate collection and safe deposit of pet waste.
- Leash Laws – all dogs and cats must be kept on a leash when not on their owner’s property. Carrying a leash while your dog runs free is not an option. Leash laws are in place for the safety of your pet and animals owned by other neighbors, as well as protection of walkers, bike riders and joggers in our community.
- Barking Dogs – Seminole County Code Section 20.19 Noisy Animals specifies limits for leaving dogs or other animals outside, allowing repetitive barking, howling or screeching, and outlines methods of filing complaints with Law Enforcement or Animal Control authorities.
Residents can report violations by obtaining the name and address of non-compliant pet owners along with the date and time of specific violations. These may be reported to SPCSA via Sentry Management or to the Seminole County Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 407.665.6650.
Please be a good neighbor and responsible pet owner and follow community rules.
|Dear Homeowner, |
Sentry Management is honored to manage your association, and we will continue to support the operations of your community through this challenging time. As COVID-19 continues to spread, our thoughts go out to anyone who has been infected or impacted. We hope that you, your family, friends, and neighbors are safe and well and are taking the necessary precautions to keep it that way. At Sentry, our highest priority is the safety of our employees and our communities. We also have the goal of ensuring the work of the community continues during these difficult days so that your neighborhood continues to be a great place to live. In short, we are working to make sure it is “business as usual,” although we know the work cannot be done in the usual manner. Below are some updates to how we will be conducting our work. We recognize that this communication will not answer every question, nor cover every scenario, and suggest you contact your Community Manager if you have additional questions about the ongoing work we will be performing for your community.
Limited Sentry office access: The doors to the office are now locked with employees working inside on their day-to-day responsibilities. With Managers working remotely, each office is limited to essential personnel during traditional business hours. We do this to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We appreciate your patience as we limit the exposure to those employees that need to be in the office. Some homeowners come to our office to make payments, get information, or submit paperwork. For the period that COVID-19 effects the way we do business, we urge the following:
– Architectural review: We ask that these items be mailed or emailed, if possible. Typically, send this information to the Community Managers. If not, deliver the information to the office and call when you arrive so that a staff member knows to accept the materials.
– Payments: We are asking that all homeowners make payments through US Mail or electronic payment. While we love to see and meet our homeowners, we hope folks will appreciate the desire to limit office traffic. Sentry Management has worked with our electronic payment processor to suspend any one-time fee they typically charge for eCheck and telephone assistance. As always, should homeowners decide to sign up for our Autopay solution, there are no eCheck fees. (Note, should someone want to pay with a credit card, there will still be transaction fees.)
Contact us: Should homeowners have questions, we encourage them to contact their respective Community Manager, or contact Sentry Management through our website, or our Customer Service department at 1.800.932.6636 (Ext. 32000).
Community Managers will work remotely: Community Managers are equipped with laptops and secure access to your association’s records online. They can work remotely to handle operational details. Sentry’s technology will certainly be important as we all do our part to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Managers are now performing their functions remotely. Below are some of the technology and operational changes that our managers will use:
– Office telephones forwarded: All of our Managers can forward calls from their office phone to their cell phones. We have asked them to make this switch during business hours.
– Voicemail to email: All voicemails left for a Manger on the phone system will send a copy of the voicemail to the Manager in their email inbox.
– Community visits/drive-throughs: It is safe for our Managers to complete community visits and drive-throughs just as they have done in the past. These are generally done in their vehicle, or in an open-air environment and pose little risk to health when completed with the proper precautions.
– Payment options: We urge homeowners to use electronic payments for the immediate future. To understand your easy payment options, go to www.sentrymgt.com and use either the MY ACCOUNT or the MAKE A PAYMENT button on the top of the page. There you can: Pay Electronically by eCheck, Pay Electronically by Credit/Debit Card, Pay Electronically—Register for AUTOPAY, Pay by Phone by calling 24/7 toll-free 1-888-786-6496 to make a one-time, same-day payment. Pay by Mail Coupons with the return address are mailed annually to homeowners. Mail to: P. O. Box 105302, Atlanta GA 30348-5302. Make check payable to your association. Use your coupon or write your 16-digit account number on the memo line.
We are committed to helping the communities we manage to function as normally as possible during the next few months. We pledge to communicate often with you as we all adapt to social distancing. Stay safe, and as always, we appreciate your confidence in Sentry Management to be there for your community. Brad Pomp, President
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SPCSA held its 2019 Annual Membership Meeting on November 12th at the Episcopal Church on East Lake Brantley Drive. The meeting was attended by about 40 residents. The Board reviewed 2019 accomplishments, overall financial position and the status of key community issues. Participants asked a variety of questions on topics including:
SPCSA’s Finances – the association’s financial status remained solid in 2019 with maintenance spending on the 85-acre “Sabal Point Commons” property running close to projections. SPCSA will finish the year in an Expense over-run situation due to Legal fees for a covenants enforcement trial which the association won in late July. Next year’s Annual association dues will increase by ~1.7% over 2018, or $10/year for single-family homeowners.
Village on the Green (VOG) Modernization and Expansion Plan – Lifespace Communities, VOG’s parent company, has begun Phase One of their $50 million modernization and facilities expansion plan. While the site excavation and grading work are generating some daytime noise and dust, nearby neighbors are showing patience and we all look forward to seeing construction progress in the New Year.
“Florida Friendly Landscaping” – residents expressed interest in learning to update their yards with “Florida Friendly” grasses, landscape plants, mulched beds and irrigation adjustments. It was noted that the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF – IFAS) has a local Extension Office near the Seminole County Office complex on Highway 17-92, which offers free seminars, information, publications and assistance to homeowners who want to reduce environmental impacts, lawncare expenses and conserve water. For more information visit their website: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/ . As a reminder, all major landscape modifications or additions should be planned in advance and submitted for Architectural Review and Approval.
Special Appreciation – was extended to Glen Winter and the Episcopal Church for hosting the meeting, and to Marlo Sanders who supports SPCSA as Sentry’s Community Association Manager.
Election of Directors – the election for Board of Directors positions was conducted with election of Gerry Keane, Joe St. Pierre and Scottie Wood to 3-year terms starting in January. Thank you SPCSA voters and congratulations Gerry, Joe and Scottie!
Wayne J. Hunicke, SPCSA President
Beginning last September, SPCSA’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC) is now holding twice-monthly meetings to review and disposition resident requests for exterior changes or additions. In addition to the current ARC Reviews at monthly SPCSA Board Meetings, the ARC will also convene at 9:30 AM on the first Thursday of each month at the association’s Maintenance Building located at 397 Sabal Palm Drive. Meeting reminders will be posted in the community at least 48 hours in advance. Owners are welcome to attend, ask questions about possible projects or to appeal any prior requests that may have been “Denied”. Please explore the Architectural Review section of this website for guidance on when approval is required and what information should accompany ARC Requests.