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