Information & News for the Community



Click on the New Approved Plant List to see a pdf of approved plants for Willowbend. Read the Legend to learn what the icons beside the plant name mean. Pictures are not available at this time however you can select the name of the plant, copy it and paste it into your Internet Browser to search for it online.

REMINDER: An Architectural Change Request (ACR) Form must be submitted to Sentry Management for approval and approval must be received before any new plants can be planted.


Before painting any part of the exterior of your house, please review Painting Regulations – Requirements and Suggestions (Word). Only approved Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore paint colors may be used. Click on Willowbend Approved Paint Colors (Word) or Willowbend Approved Paint Colors (Excel)to see a list of approved paint colors for the exteriors of homes in the community.

REMINDER: An Architectural Change Request (ACR) Form must be submitted to Sentry Management for approval and approval must be received before any exterior painting can be done.

Sherwin Williams, working with the Willowbend Architectural Review Committee (ARC), put together a booklet specifically for Willowbend in an attempt to provide the residents of Willowbend with suggested color schemes for the exterior of their home. In the booklet, for each Sherwin Williams “Stucco/Body” color, there is a page that shows that color and two suggestions for Trim colors and Front Door colors. For more information on this booklet, go to Information on the Sherwin Williams Willowbend Paint Booklet.

In an additional effort to make the process of painting your home even easier, the ARC has compiled a complete list of existing/ original colors by address. This will become helpful if you are looking to paint the exterior of your home the same color, but do not know what the original colors of your home are. If you wish to obtain this information you can either contact Sentry Management, a committee member or visit the Sherwin Williams store at 4871 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. You may also contact, Beth, a Sherwin Williams Representative by either calling (941) 924-1174 or emailing her at

We hope that you find this information helpful. Any additional questions can be directed to Sentry Management by contacting the Willowbend Community Manager at (941) 361-1222, ext. 51009.


Click on Willowbend Pruning Schedule to see a map of the Willowbend subdivision showing the pruning schedule. There are items such as rain days, holidays, etc., that may have a slight affect on the schedule.


Click on Irrigation Schedule January 2023 to see the schedule of irrigation days for Willowbend.


The roof cleaning policy is that each roof shall be cleaned no later than 30 days after the 3-year anniversary of its previous cleaning. If some roofs become soiled sooner, owners have the option to clean their roof before the next cycle. It is strongly recommended that Soft wash biodegradable products are to be used for this process. Chlorine or bleach should not be used. Homeowners must be aware that they (or their vendor) are responsible for any damage done to their landscaping plants or those of their neighbors.

The Board is no longer requiring submission of an ACR for roof cleaning. However, after the roof has been cleaned, a paid vendor’s invoice showing that the roof has been cleaned must be submitted to Sentry Management. Sentry Management will update your account with the date of the cleaning to show compliance. That date will be the starting point of the next 3-year cycle.

In early 2015, the Board formed an ad hoc committee of concerned residents to look in detail at the subject of the longevity of tile roofs and the effect of various methods of cleaning those roofs on the longevity of the roofs. The committee compiled a comprehensive report. Residents are urged to view the report as it is very informative. Click either Report on Roof Longevity (Word) or Report on Roof Longevity (PDF) to view the report.


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. The permit runs for (5) years until April 2021. (permit limited 100 alligators that are 4 feet in length). The procedure is as follows:

1. Calls from a Willowbend homeowner to remove an alligator should be directed to Sentry Management at 941-361-1222. Calls from Willowbend homeowners direct to the State Nuisance Alligator Hotline will be redirected to Sentry.

2. Sentry will take down information such as the name, address and phone number of the resident calling, size and location of the reported alligator and reason for removal. Sentry will also contact, by phone and/or e-mail, Environmental Management Contractor (Russ Hoffman) and a designated Board Member. Sentry or an authorized Board member will contact the trapper if authorized.

3. Willowbend specific restrictions and instructions will include the size of the one alligator that may be removed, the lake or pond on which he may hunt, the time limit of the permission and how the trapper may gain access to the specific pond in question.

4. The designated Board member will try to contact the homeowner who initiated the call, to try to confirm the size, location and perceived degree of nuisance of the alligator in question.

5. The designated Board member will try to meet with the trapper on site and confirm they understand our instructions and restrictions. A report will be written and distributed when an alligator has been removed from our property by the trapper


Welcome to the Web site. Among the features are:

  • Home page. The body of the home page will contain a small items of current interest to the residents. One of these will be the latest President’s Corner. Each item will have a title and a short summary of the full article. Click on the title to see the whole article. The right side of the home page contains a list of upcoming Willowbend events from the events calendar. See the next item.
  • An events calendar. On this calendar, the date and time of Board Meetings will be listed. It will also be possible to list the information for committee meetings and social events.
  • Security so that only Willowbend residents and owners can see part of the site. A Username and Password will be required to view pages on the secured portion of the site. Willowbend owners have received the Usernames and Passwords for the residents of their household. To login, click on the User Login link in the upper right of the home page, and enter your Username and Password. Once you login, links for secured pages appear at the bottom of the menu on the left. At this time, there are three such items, Minutes, Data Pages Main Menu and Budget. In the future, it is expected that there will be other items.
  • Minutes. Board and committee minutes are not available to the general public but are available to the owners and residents on the secured portion of the site.  All committee minutes are included with the Willowbend Board minutes.
  • Data Pages Main Menu. This menu contains a list of pages displayed in real time from a database, including the directory pages. One link is Password change. Another allows owners to update emergency and disaster information.
  • Password Change. You are welcome to change your initial password to one that is easier for you to remember. This site is secured but it is not encrypted, so it is suggested that you NOT use the same password as you use for sensitive sites (e.g., banking sites).
  • Directory. Residents will now have much more control over what directory information is available to whom. The individual pieces of directory information can be made available to the Public, only to Residents (and non-resident owners), or only to the Administration (Board, Web committee). For the Public view of the site, the Directory link on the left menu brings up a directory page by alphabetical name that displays only data that has been designated by each of you as Public. Initially, all info in the directory on the old Willowbend site has been designated as Public. Information from other sources has been designated as Administrative. If you are a resident and have logged in, when you click on Directory By Alpha on the Data Pages Main Menu, you see all the data that has been designated either Public or Residents. A Board member clicking the same link would see all the information designated as Public, Residents or Administration. All information on the Willowbend residents that is in the database must be available to the Board, as required by Florida Law. An owner of a house can now maintain the directory data for all residents of the house online. On the Data Pages Main Menu, clicking on Persons at (address of owner’s house) brings up a screen with the detailed directory information on the residents of that house. Then clicking on Edit Local Info or Add/Edit Other Addresses brings up pages where the owner can add/update information. When adding an item, the owner must be sure to always set the security for the item (to Public, Residents or Administration). The owner then clicks on Submit. The next time somebody looks at the directory, the updated information will be displayed. Those who do not wish to update directory information directly may use the directory forms. The forms should be submitted to Sentry Management.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the members of the Web committee: Marshall Hestenes or Jay Berkowitz.

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