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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There have been numerous sightings of a group of coyotes in Sabal Point’s open areas. One report indicated as many as 5 animals, which raises a significant concern for any pets remaining outdoors after sundown. Residents are reminded that dogs and cats are to be leashed when off of owners’ properties, and encouraged to be cautious when walking in isolated areas of Sabal Point Commons. (Photo: S. Ptashinsky)
SPCSA owners should be aware that their payments for 2019 SPCSA Association Dues may be affected by any outstanding 2018 payment delinquencies at year-end. Those homeowners who have not paid their $42.13 assessment for bear-resistant refuse containers will find this amount deducted from their initial 2019 dues payments, resulting in a “short” payment of association dues and an outstanding dues delinquency in January, 2019.
***Owners who want to avoid late fees and interest charges in the New Year should settle any outstanding payment delinquencies, such as for bear-resistant refuse containers, before year end, or include payment for any outstanding amounts with your initial 2019 Dues remittance. If you have any questions please contact Marlo Sanders, Sentry Management using the contact information on SPCSA’s home page. Thank you.
Six Wishes for A Happy 2019
Happy New Year to our neighbors and website visitors! 2018 was another busy, challenging time for Sabal Point, but has come to a successful conclusion. SPCSA’s Board of Directors, volunteers and Sentry Managers deal with scores of community needs every week, so another 1000+ issues are now “history”.
Ever wondered about what you and your family might do to make the coming year happy and successful? Here are some thoughts, based on resident concerns shared with our homeowner association.
- Driving – please resolve to begin the New Year without speeding, tailgating, rolling STOP signs or exhibiting other unsafe driving behaviors. Adjust your schedule to allow more transit time, and leave a few minutes early. Put your phone away or on “Drive Mode”; it will help you relax and enjoy the ride plus travel safely.
- Vehicle Parking – the safest and best place to park vehicles is in your enclosed garage or on your own driveway. Neighbors frequently complain about vehicles parked on narrow cul-de-sacs, roadway curves and near intersections or other owners’ driveways. Our U.S. Postal Service letter carriers greatly appreciate it when vehicles and trashcans are kept away from mailboxes.
- Litter, Trash, Recycling Control – “trash patrol” is conducted daily by neighborhood walkers and other volunteers who pick up cans, bottles, papers and fast food waste along our roadways. SPCSA Landscape and Maintenance staffs do their share too. Surprisingly, much of the litter on Tuesdays and Fridays is blown from trash and recycling bins put out for collection. Please use community trash receptacles for your own waste, and weigh down newspapers and other lightweight items in recycling bins.
- Pet Controls – our community has an amazing number of dogs and cats, and the association receives complaints about pets running free, noises and pet waste deposits…even on sidewalks. Dogs barking or cats stalking neighbors’ bird feeders are annoyances and violations of deed restrictions. Noise-control and collection of pet waste are also mandated by Seminole County Ordinances. Please consider neighbors and community visitors and control your pets.
- Property Conditions – take a few minutes to look at your residence, and examine it from the perspective of others who pass by or visit the community. The majority of our owners allocate time and money to the maintenance of their homes and landscaping. Realtor listings show Sabal Point properties sell at premium levels of $/square foot. Imagine that you were going to put your house for sale…what items would you clean-up or repair? Also consider that your neighbors might be the sellers. What would they want corrected on your lot to sustain their property values? Spring clean-up time is coming!
- Be Informed/Stay Involved – a number of residents have asked “What is happening?” with conditions in our community or activities on our “Sabal Point Commons” property. We also have Seminole County contractors and power, water, sewer and communications utility workers in our area nearly all the time. Residents can stay informed by periodically checking this web site, contacting Board Members, or sitting in on one of our monthly Board Meetings to hear what’s happening and have their questions answered. We look forward to promoting effective communications in this coming year.
Thanks for being good neighbors!
Wayne J. Hunicke, SPCSA President
SPCSA held its 2018 Annual Membership Meeting on November 13th at the Episcopal Church on East Lake Brantley Drive. The meeting was moderately attended by residents. The Board reviewed 2018 accomplishments, overall financial position and the status of several key community issues. Participants asked a variety of questions on topics including:
SPCSA’s Finances – the association’s financial status remained solid in 2018 with the continuation of maintenance work on the 85-acre “Sabal Point Commons” property and routine community maintenance. SPCSA will finish this year in an Expense over-run situation due to Sign Repairs and Legal Fees. Next year’s Annual association dues will increase by ~3% over 2018, or $16/year for single-family homeowners.
“Alexander at Sabal Point” Apartments – the Alexander Apartment complex is completed and won a golf course repurposing award from Florida Planning & Zoning Officials. It has also been reported that the complex was sold and is under new ownership.
Village on the Green (VOG) Modernization and Expansion Plan – Lifespace Communities, VOG’s parent company, has received Seminole County approval for a $50 million modernization plan and expansion of their existing campus on portions of acquired golf course property. SPCSA supported a revised development plan with Seminole County and other officials, and site work is expected to begin early in the New Year.
Short-Term Rentals – SPCSA’s attorneys have researched the subject of rental restrictions and drafted a possible Deed Restrictions Amendment to be presented to owners. The amendment could restrict rentals to periods of at least 6 months, but must be approved by up to 75% of affected owners in selected villages. The Board of Directors is considering whether such a challenging approval might be possible in 2019 if residents supported a massive, door-to-door “get out the vote” campaign.
Sanitary Lift Station – Utilities, Inc. has completed construction of a new Sabal Point Master Pumping Station north of Sabal Palm Drive, between the Golf Brook Apartments and The Residences at Sabal Point. The addition substantially increases sewage processing capacity for Sabal Point, The Springs and communities east of I-4, and reduces flow through the existing station near Sabal Creek, which has been modernized.
Bear Resistant Trash Containers – the community’s use of bear resistant refuse containers has apparently reduced the frequency of Sabal Point bear encounters. News reports indicate increased bear activity in areas like Apopka and Oviedo. Residents are reminded that the $42.13 container assessment for single family homes MUST be paid in 2018 or the funds will be withheld from 2019 dues payments.
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 re-election of Bob Bruno, Wayne Hunicke and Joan Ward to 3-year terms. Thank you SPCSA voters and congratulations Bob and Joan!
Sincere thanks to our volunteer board members and all residents who voted and participated in our Annual Meeting. Here’s wishing all Sabal Point neighbors “Happy Holidays” and a safe and successful 2019!
Wayne J. Hunicke – SPCSA President