ANNUALS BY WILLOWBEND SIGNS

The plant wells in front of the Willowbend signs at both the north entrance and the south entrance have been completely renovated and new annuals planted. The plants are SunPatiens, a relatively new hybrid impatiens that thrives in heat and sun, and blooms for months.


NEW DIRECTOR

At the 6/15/17 Board Meeting, the Board appointed John Jakubiak to fill the vacant director-at-large position on the Board. John will serve until the annual meeting in March, 2018.


INTERNET SPEED UPGRADE

Willowbend Residents and Owners,

Good news! The Willowbend Internet/Cable TV Committee investigating options for internet and cable TV when the current contract with Frontier expires at the end of December has been in contact with Frontier. When discussing the internet speeds with the representative, he offered to try to put through a complimentary upgrade of the internet speeds to 50/50 Mbps (download/upload). We have now been informed that this complimentary upgrade was approved on June 8, 2017 and it is effective immediately.

In order to receive the upgrade, you must call and ask for it. If you already have 50/50 but are paying for it, you also need to call them and the charge will be taken off future bills. The details (including the number to call) are in this flyer from Frontier.


INTERNET AND CABLE TV CONTRACT

The current bulk contract with Frontier for internet and cable TV for the Willowbend community expires on Dec. 31, 2017. At the April Board meeting, Willowbend Treasurer Marsh Hestenes was asked to form an Ad Hoc Internet/Cable TV Committee to consider the options for going forward, put together a Request for Proposal (RFP) document, have it sent to potential providers, evaluate the responses and make a recommendation to the Board. The committee has been formed and consists of Marsh Hestenes, Bob Rider and Glenn Sosa. As a first step, the committee conducted a survey of the residents from May 24, 2017, to May31, 2017.  The committee thanks all those that participated in the survey.  The committee then prepared the RFP. Lighthouse sent the RFP out to potential providers: Frontier, DirectTV, and Hotwire. It is due back July 7, 2017. The committee and Lighthouse have made numerous contacts with Comcast but have yet to find a representative who deals with HOA bulk contracts.


BOARD ELECTION, OFFICERS

At the annual meeting of the Willowbend Community Association held on March 17, 2017, Janie McGuire and Marsh Hestenes were elected to 2-year positions on the Board of Directors and Hugh O'Connor was elected to a 1-year position. On March 19, 2017, Hugh O'Connor sent an email to the other Board directors resigning from his position. On March 21, 2017, the Board held a special meeting to elect officers. At that meeting, the Board also voted to accept Mr. O'Connor's resignation. The officers for 2017-2018 are:

Ken Asakura, President
Janie McGuire, Vice President
Marsh Hestenes, Treasurer
Dave Cyr, Secretary

The Board would like to thank everyone who participated and/or voted in this years election. The more active our community residents are the better our community becomes.


The President's Corner - January, 2017

A message from President Ken Asakura has been posted on the President's Corner page. Click the above link to get to the page. The message contains a tribute to Dutch Leonard for his 12 years of outstanding contributions to the community and information about a project to revitalize the north and south entrances to our community.


2017 WILLOWBEND BUDGET AND RESERVE SCHEDULE

The Board adopted the 2017 Budget and the Reserve Schedule on November 17, 2016. You can view the adopted Budget on the secure pages for homeowners on this web site or contact LPM at 16 Church Street in Osprey for a copy.

To reach the adopted budget on the Willowbend Web site, you need to remember your user name and password and sign in. If you do not remember either one, you can call Marshall Hestenes at (941) 918-8150 or e-mail him at willowbendtreasurer@gmail.com and he will remind you of your user name and give you a new password. Once you have logged-in, at the bottom of the list of links on the left hand side, you will see a link called "Budget". Click on it, and you will go to the Willowbend Community Association Budget page, which will contain links to the 2017 Budget and the 2017 Reserve Schedule documents. Also, about two weeks after the end of the month, an Income and Expenses summary is posted that shows actual income and expenses through the end of that month and how they compare with the budgeted amounts in each category.


Information on Verizon/Frontier

As of Friday, April 1, 2016, all Verizon FIOS customers in Florida become customers of Frontier Communications. The bulk contract that Willowbend had with Verizon for Internet and Cable TV has been transferred to Frontier. One of our residents, Frank Monti, posted a message on Nextdoor - Willowbend that contains a lot of information about this that is very useful for all Willowbend residents. Click on the title of this item to see that message.


Roof Cleaning

At the June 18, 2015 Board meeting, after reviewing a report compiled by an ad hoc committee of residents, the Board adopted a revised policy on roof cleaning. The key provision requires that residents have their roof cleaned at least once every three years. For a complete version of the new policy and links to the committee report, click on the title of this item.


Alligator Removal Policy

Willowbend Community Association has been issued Nuisance Alligator Permit #295402 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It establishes the 147 acres of Willowbend as a state Targeted Harvest area (THA), with specific procedures and instructions. Click on the link to see the details.


Welcome to the Willowbend Community Web Site

Among the features are:

  • A home page. The body of the home page will contain info a small number of articles of current interest. Click on the title to see the whole article. On the right side is a list of upcoming Board & committee meetings and social events.
  • An events calendar.
  • Security so that only Willowbend residents and owners can see portions of the site.
  • Pages displayed in real time from a database, including the directory pages.

Upcoming Events
Print Events

Important Links for Residents

Approved Plant List

Approved Paint Colors

Pruning Schedule

Irrigation Schedule