Community News and Alerts
The following information relates to the association and our community. Community News provides general updates, while Community Alerts provide important information regarding current or upcoming events. If you would like to receive Community Alerts via email, fill out and submit the Community Alerts Email Request.
- Architectural Review Committee (ARC) Meetings August 24, 2019
Beginning this September, SPCSA’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC) will hold 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.
- SPCSA President’s Update – July 1, 2019 July 1, 2019
What’s Up In Sabal Point?
A few neighbors have expressed interest in getting “more information from the homeowner association”. SPCSA’s “To The Point” newsletter was phased out last year due to multiple residents indicating that they didn’t read it, plus we saved the editing work and printing and mailing costs. Our hope has been that interested families will check this web location for Documents, Resource Information, News and Community Alerts. Residents can also attend a Monthly Board Meeting to ask questions, share concerns or listen to what work is in progress. The following topics highlight what we have been doing in the last several months.
- Village On The Green (VOG) Expansion – Lifespace Communities, the parent corporation for our outstanding VOG retirement community, has received approval for a $50 million multi-year expansion and modernization project that will begin with “Phase One” this summer. The building additions will largely be on former Sabal Point Golf Course property purchased by Lifespace. Their development plans have been of interest to Sabal Fairway Villas, Sabal Place and other nearby residents whose properties overlook the acquired land. SPCSA participated in a number of serious working sessions to negotiate the final locations of VOG’s new Healthcare, Memory Care and Rehabilitation facilities as well as added residential units. We look forward to seeing progress and to welcoming our next generation of VOG neighbors. For more information visit: https://www.lifespacecommunities.com/senior-living-orlando/ .
- Architectural Control Activities – many owners have been updating homes with new roofs, windows, fences and landscaping additions. These investments are essential for preserving the character and values in our nearly 40-year-old community. Other residents have added solar heating or electrical-generation panels. All of these exterior modifications or additions require written approval by our Architectural Review Committee (ARC). The ARC’s goal is always to assure that exterior changes are carefully planned, compatible with the neighborhood and meet local building codes. Please review the “Architectural Control” information on this website if you have questions.
- Sabal Point Commons – in 2016 our association assumed title and responsibility for 85 acres of former golf course land, and our Open Space Committee (OSC) now has three years of experience in mowing and maintaining the property. There are nearly 20 major ponds and waterways on the land and a seasonally-adjusted mowing schedule. It is common to see families walking, exercising pets, riding bikes and enjoying the property so please visit but note the following:
- Usage and safety regulations are posted on “kiosk signs” at major entry points and on this website. Please take a few minutes to read them, they are legal requirements.
- Waterway management experts have recommended that our mowing contractors start leaving a 3’ – 4’ band of natural growth around the pond perimeters. This buffer reduces algae problems by keeping grass clippings out of the water and limits soil erosion.
- No unauthorized motor vehicles are allowed on the “Commons” property, and no visitor access after sunset.
- Residents desiring contractor vehicle access for tree-trimming, landscaping or other work must contact our OSC members to request approval and provide details in advance. Property owners may be financially responsible for damage caused by unapproved contractor vehicle access.
- Unauthorized vehicles, fireworks, vandalism or other violations can be reported to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at 407.665.6650. Be prepared to provide location information, a photo if possible, and the specifics of concerns.
- Compliance Activities – SPCSA conducts a monthly Compliance drive-through to identify conditions that violate our deed restrictions and investigate concerns reported by neighbors. Each month, 20 – 30 notices may be issued among our 500+ single-family homes. Follow-up monitoring is also performed, and repeated violations are referred to the association’s attorneys. While some residents complain about notifications, the majority consider community rules enforcement to be an important way of preserving our quality of life and property values.
- Sanitary Lift Station Addition – Utilities Inc. (UI), our sewer and water utility provider, installed a new sanitary waste pumping station between Golf Brook apartments and The Residences condominiums, just north of Sabal Palm Drive. Our association was involved in plan reviews and granting of access easements for the facility on Alexander apartments-owned property. During the station startup nearby residents reported noise and odor issues, and UI crews have made operating adjustments and installed noise and vapor filtration equipment which they hope resolves the concerns.
We look forward to keeping Sabal Point a great place to live, and appreciate everyone’s help in supporting the effort as good neighbors. Thank you!
Wayne J. Hunicke, SPCSA President
- SPCSA’s Annual Meeting – November 13, 2018 November 14, 2018
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
- SPCSA President’s Update – October 4, 2018 October 4, 2018
It’s hard to believe that “fall” is officially here, especially with recent daytime temperatures in the 90’s. While September’s record heat impacted community lawns and landscaping, our part of Sabal Point is still looking very attractive. Friends here recently sold a home and received multiple offers above listed price, their first weekend on the market. I believe that this level of buyer interest reflects the work of many people: homeowners who actively keep up their properties and SPCSA Maintenance staff and volunteers who maintain our neighborhood every day. Thanks to all who contribute! Other topics:
Speeding is Dangerous and Disrespected
Several residents have reported deer, ducks and other wildlife killed by motor vehicles on Sabal Point roadways. Those who walk, jog or bike in the community routinely see drivers grossly exceeding posted speed limits, often talking on their phones. Whether you leave the house 15 minutes late or are rushing to get kids to school or sports practice, speeding through the community will not make up much time and puts neighbors and your family at risk. Cellphone activities only make it worse. Please reassess your own driving habits, leave a few minutes earlier, and resolve to not be one of those speeding, distracted, disrespected drivers.
Keep Grass Clippings Out Of Sabal Point Commons Ponds
The last several months have been rainy and wet, creating challenges in keeping our common area ponds healthy and attractive. SPCSA pays to maintain these ponds through a contract with Aquatic Systems. Their technicians inspect and treat our waterways monthly, and have reported excessive grass clipping amounts in ponds behind single family homes. Lawn mower operators have been observed “mowing and blowing clippings” into waterways, where nutrients from mower discharges feed algae blooms and other undesirable plant life. If you cut your own grass, please stay in your own property lines and orient mower discharges away from ponds. If you pay a lawn service, please remind them to not mow close to ponds and to direct clippings away from our waterways.
November 13th Annual Meeting and election
The association will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting and Election at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 13th at the Episcopal Church on East Lake Brantley Drive. Homeowners will soon receive mailed notifications, director candidate solicitations and later proxy/ballot packages. Please review these carefully and support your community by responding and participating in this important event. SPCSA’s 9-member Board of Directors is crucial to the planning, budgeting and daily activities that sustain our neighborhood. The Annual Meeting is your opportunity for updates and getting answers to any questions; hope to see you there.
Wayne Hunicke, SPCSA President
- Living With Wildlife – A “Bear Aware” Community February 1, 2018
Our Community Is Going “Bear Aware”
Our Sabal Point Community is located next to major wilderness conservation areas and the Wekiva River Preserve. As a result, wildlife including bears, deer, raccoons, coyotes and other animals enter the community seeking food. Bears in particular can become accustomed to foraging in residential areas and lose their fear of human contact. Bears that have become “habituated” to humans pose a potential hazard for residents, visitors and pets, and have been involved in bear attacks on several occasions. It is in the best interests of our community and the local bear population to be “Bear Aware” residents and limit the attraction of bears.
Residents should not feed deer, bears, alligators or other wildlife since feeding concentrates animals and creates the risk of disease spread and reduced animal fear of humans. Bear attractants must be controlled including:
- Household refuse, picnic refuse and food waste on trash, used plates or other containers;
- Pet foods, pet food leftovers and foods in accessible storage areas;
- Bird seed in feeders or seed accumulations on the ground under feeding areas;
- Barbeque grills with food accumulations, drippings or grease traps;
- Refrigerators or freezers in garages or other exterior locations;
- Vehicles containing food, groceries, coolers or bagged garbage;
- Fruit trees (non-citrus), nut trees and berry trees or bushes.
Our homeowner association has mandated that all single-family owners in designated SPCSA villages store and dispose of household refuse and food-contaminated garbage in a lockable, 64-gallon “bear-resistant container”. These containers have been approved by Seminole County Solid Waste and Waste Pro, our waste-hauling service, and are being provided at a subsidized price of about $42.13. Other non-food-contaminated waste may be put out for pickup in regular trashcans on the day of pickup.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I have to use the Bear-Resistant Container?
A: Yes. SPCSA’s modified deed restrictions specify that the lockable bear-resistant container must be used as the primary container for household refuse disposal once delivered by Seminole County. Other trashcans can only be used for non-food-contaminated refuse after the primary container is filled and put out for collection. Recycling bins should not contain food-contaminated waste items.
Q: How will I be charged for my container?
A: Sentry Management will be mailing affected SPCSA homeowners a payment coupon for approximately $42.13 once the containers have been delivered to individual residences, probably within the next month or so.
Q: When can bear-resistant containers be put out for pickup?
A: Bear-resistant containers may be placed at the curb the night before designated trash collection. Regular trashcans can only be put at the curb on the day of pickup. Emptied containers should be removed by sundown the day of collection and stored in a location out of sight from the street or neighboring properties.
Q: What if my family wants to purchase a second container or needs repairs or a replacement?
A: Additional containers are available from our trash collection contractor at an individual homeowner price of about $126. For details, delivery or repair information contact Waste Pro at 407-774-0800 or www.wasteprousa.com/seminolecounty/, or for more information visit: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/news/discounted-bear-resistant-refuse-containers.stml.
Q: What if neighbors are not using their bear-resistant containers?
A: Violations may be reported by contacting SPCSA/Marlo Sanders at Sentry Management or by calling Seminole County Solid Waste Customer Service at 407-665-2260. A photo of violations with address and date information will be helpful.
Q: What if my container is damaged or won’t operate?
A: Report problems to Seminole County Solid Waste – Customer Service at 407-665-2260 or call Joshua Marshall at Seminole County Solid Waste at 407-665-2262. Containers have a 3-year warranty and can be replaced during that time.
Thank you for helping keep our Community safe…for Sabal Point families and neighboring wildlife!
- Environmental Survey – Former Sabal Point Golf Course January 23, 2018
A number of residents have asked about recent newspaper articles on the Rolling Hills Golf Course and related environmental cleanup discussions. The follow-up question is usually: “What do we know about conditions on the former Sabal Point Golf Course property that our homeowner association has taken over?” The answer is simple. A comprehensive environmental study of our 85 acres was conducted before SPCSA took title to the property, under a contract with American Environmental Consulting. Soil and water sampling was performed on the tees, fairways and greens along with testing of the acreage containing the Golf Course Maintenance Garage.
No unacceptable contamination was found on the golfing areas and only two locations with low levels of arsenic or petroleum impacts were found near the Maintenance Garage. These were corrected under an approved remediation plan and all areas were released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2016. It was noted that older courses like Rolling Hills tend to have higher buildup of residual chemicals from more years of fertilization, weed and pest controls.
- SPCSA Approved – Bear Resistant Containers December 12, 2017
Good news for SPCSA residents, bad news for bears! SPCSA single family villages have been approved by Seminole County to receive bear-resistant trash containers at a greatly reduced price ($42 vs. $150). The 64-gallon lockable, wheeled containers are on order and expected to be distributed to residents in early 2018. They have greatly reduced bear-encounters in other communities. There will be no additional collection surcharges and residents will be assessed for their trashcan as is done for annual dues. Watch for future postings and mailings on rules and restrictions for new container use.
- December 2017 / January 2018 Sabal Point Newsletter December 8, 2017
The December 2017/January 2018 Issue of “To the Point” is available. This issue features information on “Bear Aware” precautions, important Association contact information, helpful compliance information, community resources and more! Click on the link below:
- Earlier Trash Pickups – No Schedule Change July 29, 2019
The proposed change to Sabal Point household refuse and lawn trash pickups was not approved by Seminole County, therefore the schedule is expected to remain the same. If you have questions, please call Seminole County Solid Waste Management at 407-665-2260.
- 2019 SPCSA Dues Remittances vs. 2018 Payment Delinquencies November 8, 2018
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.
- HOA Fees Due Dates July 27, 2017
SPCSA residents paying association dues Quarterly should make sure payments are received before the first day of each quarter.
Annual Dues payments for 2019 must be received by December 31, 2018 in order to assure proper crediting to your account. Payment coupons for 2019 will be mailed to all owners in December.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our property manager Marlo Sanders at:
Sentry Management, Inc.
407-788-6700 ext. 51111
- SPCSA Annual Meeting July 21, 2019
SPCSA Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7 PM
251 E. Lake Brantley Drive
- Board Meetings August 31, 2017
SPCSA Board Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Village on the Green, Bldg. E Conference Room. Meetings are 7:00pm. All are welcome.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Notice of Meeting postings are placed at selected points in the community, several days in advance.