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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SPCSA held its 2022 Annual Membership Meeting and Election on November 15th at the SPCSA Maintenance Building, 397 Sabal Palm Drive. The meeting was attended by about 20 residents and Board members. The Board reviewed 2022 accomplishments, year-end financial position and the status of key community issues. Participants asked a variety of questions on topics including:
Vinyl Fencing Litigation – residents asked about the closure on litigation regarding unapproved vinyl/plastic fencing. The association won this case at Trial and Appeal and received $130,000 in “prevailing party legal fee recovery” in January 2022. As a reminder, all fencing and screening installations must be submitted in advance for architectural review and approval.
SPCSA’s Finances – the association’s financial status improved in 2022 with legal fee restoration of Reserve Funds. This has allowed the Board to resume important infrastructure work. A primary example is community brick wall rebuilding and repairs for approximately $200,000, which is being paid off over 3 years. Remaining Sabal Point Commons (former golf course acreage) maintenance funds are sufficient for another 3-1/2 years as expected, with expenses to be integrated into SPCSA’s overall budget in 2026.
Participants were informed of an 8.3% Annual Dues increase for 2023, about $50/year for single family owners, with the funds essential to sustaining our aging community.
2022 Tropical Storm Cleanup – questions were posed regarding the status of cleanup and costs resulting from storms Ian and Nicole. The board has authorized $29,000 for priority debris and tree clearances from community property, with another $12,000 in Open Space work to be completed through year end and billed in January, 2023. Debris collection and street clearances by Seminole County are ongoing.
Recognition for Contributions – homeowners expressed appreciation for the outstanding contributions of Jeff Shepherd, SPCSA’s Maintenance Specialist, and Bob Bruno who has served as Landscape Committee Chairman for a dozen years. Bob “retired” from the Board this September, with Joel Fairbanks appointed as replacement Director. Thank you, Jeff, Bob and Joel for your dedication to our community!
Village on the Green (VOG) Expansion – the multi-year VOG modernization and expansion project is completed, with new health and memory care facilities at high utilization. Sabal Point residents are welcome to call for a site tour anytime.
Special Appreciation – was extended to Marlo Sanders who has supported SPCSA as Community Association Manager and is leaving Sentry Management in late November to pursue other career opportunities. Marlo’s replacement is Sentry Division Manager Cheryl Drake. Thank you so much, Marlo and welcome Cheryl!
Election of Directors – the election for three Board of Directors positions was conducted with Gerry Keane and Joe St. Pierre re-elected to 3-year terms and Steve Schwartz elected as a new board member from VOG, starting in January. Thanks to all SPCSA owners who voted in this election, and congratulations to Gerry, Joe and Steve!
Storm Cleanup – the neighborhood campaign will take time and be multi-faceted:
- Roadways – are Seminole County responsibility and it will take a while for them to mobilize. Downed trees and street debris have been partially cleared to allow traffic.
- Landscapers – our contract landscapers plan to bring a crew out Sunday 10/2 with a truck and chipper to begin clearing common areas, street medians and village entrances. The plan is to gather, shred and remove as much debris as possible. The crew will be back for weekly services and clean-up.
- Open Space – several issues have been reported with downed or leaning trees on former golf course property that our Open Space Committee will evaluate and address.
- FEMA – there were FEMA debris pickups along roadways after previous storms but only after several weeks. We will have to see what options become available.
- Volunteers – anyone who wants to “volunteer” can help by consolidating roadway or common area debris at curbside for pickup by our landscapers, County or FEMA crews. If you volunteer, please wear protective gear and work safely.
Guidelines for Residents – please review and observe the following:
- Storm and landscaping debris on lots should be collected, bundled and piled at your curb for scheduled Landscape Waste Collection on Wednesdays.
- Residential storm debris should NOT be relocated onto community property where it damages landscaping, delays mowing and may create extra removal costs. Thanks for your cooperation.
Bear-Resistant Trash Containers – our community is in the 4th year of mandated Bear-Resistant Trashcan use. Lockable containers are required for food-contaminated household refuse in SPCSA villages since we are located in Seminole County’s high-traffic “Bear Management Corridor”.
Containers only work if lids are properly closed and latched. Occasional lubrication of the metal locking mechanism (i.e. WD-40 spray) is necessary for proper operation. Unlocked or overstuffed containers left outdoors greatly increase the chance of a potentially hazardous bear encounter on your driveway or in your garage. Please maintain and properly use your bear-cans so the animals look for food somewhere else!
Play Structures/Basketball Goals – SPCSA deed restrictions have always specified that game & play structures and basketball goals must be ARC-approved and located at the side or rear of properties. Portable or roll-away equipment may need to be stored when not in use, depending on the specifics of your lot/driveway configuration and ARC approval.
Permanent placement of sports nets, goals, swings and portable basketball goals in front of homes is not approvable, and goals must be kept in “like-new” condition. If you have questions please review association Resolution 08-01 in the “Documents” pages of this website and observe the deed restrictions out of respect for your neighbors.
Looking For A Webmaster – our association’s website has been designed and supported for 5 years by a highly talented professional who is now moving on to other work. As a result, SPCSA is looking for a community volunteer or web professional experienced with “WordPress” programming and maintenance. Interested individuals can “Contact Us” using this website or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.