Fall/Winter 2018


A word from our president.

Dear Neighbors,

Thankfully, it appears the Red Tide has moved on, dissipated, or otherwise finally left us alone! This was the worst season most old-timers around here can remember. If you’ve been away this summer, you missed the dead fish smell, murky ocean water, and closed beaches. It’s all good now!

When I became SSPO HOA President, my goal was to continue to keep your Board open, user-friendly, and non-intrusive. We want our neighborhood to be a great place to live, with as little input from the HOA as possible. There are just a handful of rules -the covenants- with which we all must comply. These rules give us the beautiful neighborhood where we all live. I think your board has accomplished our goals: all our meetings are open to all members, everyone can speak at our meetings, and we have attempted to solve all problems at the lowest level. I encourage all members to attend and participate; our meetings are always at the Clubhouse on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM. Our next meetings are on November 13th and December 11th. This summer we repainted and re-carpeted the clubhouse.

I encourage each of you to participate in our Flag Project—see the related article from Jacque Mazur. We will be placing American flags on mailboxes of residents who participate each Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, and Patriots Day (9/11).

I look forward to seeing you all at our next board meeting!



Board Meetings

The board of directors normally meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm in the clubhouse. The agenda including the date and time for the meeting is posted 48 hours in advance at the front entrance to the clubhouse. Signs are usually posted at the entrances to Sorrento South one or two days before the meeting or in case the date or hour of the meeting is changed. The board is considering not meeting during June, July and August, but that decision has yet to be made by the board. If anyone would like to attend a board or annual meeting and needs a ride, feel free to call any board member and WE’LL GET YOU THERE!

Flag Project

Dear Neighbors,

Many of our members and their families are veterans or currently serve in the United States Armed Forces and have made sacrifices for our country that we are forever grateful for. As a symbol of our gratitude, we recently proposed and approved the motion to place American flags on each of the participating members’ mailboxes during the following national patriotic holidays: Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, Patriot’s Day and Memorial Day.

This is completely elective and we will only place a flag on your mailbox in observance of these holidays with your express permission. To give your permission, please email Sorrento South Property Owner’s Association Secretary, Jacqueline Mazur, at Jacque.mazur@gmail.com to let us know you are in favor. Without your permission, we will respectfully not place a flag on your mailbox. The flags will be zip-tied to the mailboxes the weekend of the holiday and removed within a day or two following by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to place flags please let Jacqueline know and we will be in touch.

If you are a veteran and would like to be recognized in a future Sorrento South Newsletter for Veteran’s Day in 2019, please include your name, branch of service and when you served or any additional information you would like to include. Send that information to me, Jacque Mazur, at Jacque.mazur@gmail.com.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email or call my cell at (941) 323-1132 or reach out to SSPOA President, Courtney Collier, at makocourt@bellsouth.net. Thank you

Jacqueline Mazur
Secretary, SSPO

New Community Members

We are happy to welcome our new neighbors:
Dave and Cheryl McDuffee 452 Bellini Circle 05/01/18
Jeff and Alicia Schmitt 436 Bellini Circle 03/19/18
Cami Calkins and Ruth Leach 404 Picasso Drive 01/2018
Joseph and Lauren Strickland 427 Bellini Circle 05/09/18
John and Kathy Rodenburg 1800 Bayshore Rd 08/01/18
Jose and Johanna Fuste 2305 Goya Drive 07/17/18
Richard and Christine Hardin  209 Lychee Rd 07/02/18
David and Maureen Thomas 210 Cavallini Dr 10/19/18

Congratulations to the Mazur family of 440 Picasso Drive. Jacque and Jordan welcomed the arrival of 8lb. 20oz Owen Lane Mazur, born 7/3/18. Family is doing great, just tired & happy! :)

Births, graduations, special anniversaries, etc. are all happy news to share with your neighbors. If you would like to share this news, please contact a board member.

We also ask to be made aware of the death of any resident or family member.

Useful Information For New Members:

Lift Assist:
If anyone in your home falls and you need assistance to lift that person, there are numbers to call for assistance:

Sherriff’s non-emergency: 941-316-1201.

Venice Police non-emergency 941-486-2444

Please visit our website to see all relevant documents of the association at:

Garbage, yard waste, recyclable and bulk items disposal:

https://www.scgov.net/government/utilities-water/solid-waste/trash-and-recycling. and


Yard irrigation: http://www.4sarasota.com/water.html.

Irrigation days: Odd house numbers-Thursday

                           Even house numbers-Tuesday

In Memorium

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our neighbors who have lost family members:

William G. Ridgeway, a resident of Sorrento South since 1979, passed away on July 19, 2018. His widow, Tongsuk, and four children survive him. Retiring in 1979 from the United States Information Agency (Department of State) after more than 30 years in government service, Bill produced films and newsreels in Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and the U.S. His work dealt not only with local concerns but worldwide issues and featured such prominent individuals as Ronald Reagan, Hubert Humphrey, and the late King of Thailand. Bill was in the U.S. Army for two years in the mid-1940s.



An updated version of the 2018 Sorrento South Phone Directory will be e-mailed to all members with an e-mail address on record with the association. The Phone Directory will be mailed to members for whom we have no e-mail address.

Article 11.07 of our Sorrento Covenants states in part: “It is each Owner’s responsibility to notify the Association of all contact information and any change in mailing address.” The board would appreciate it if homeowners would provide an e-mail address, telephone number and, if appropriate, out-of-state address and phone number. It is important that SunState be made aware of any change(s) in this contact information. E-mail addresses are not shared.


For the safety of your pet, please remember to always walk your dog on a leash, and keep your dog on your property to avoid a car accident.

Neighborhood Watch

To report a fire, a medical emergency or a crime in progress, dial 911.

“SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” to report suspicious activity or a crime committed, dial 941-316-1201 or 941-861-5800 to reach the Sheriff Department of Sarasota County.


ANNOUNCEMENT: The Dock Owners Association has a website that can be accessed at sorrentosouth.org/sdoa.

Sorrento Dock Owners Association (SDOA) is a non-profit corporation that operates the docks and surrounding area of the Boat Basin for Sorrento South Property Owners (SSPO). The elected SDOA Board is comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 Dock Masters and a Director Representative, appointed by the SSPO. Our membership consists of 42 dock owners who own qualifying property in Sorrento South Subdivisions or Sorrento East Subdivisions.

Fall is upon us already! We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all those who traveled north to escape the heat and are now returning to our boating community. Also, a big welcome to some of our newer members for 2018 - Derek Newcomer and Cathy and John Rodenburg. We are very happy to have you!

An updated copy of the SDOA Rules & Regulations was recently distributed to all SDOA
members. We kindly ask that all dock owners and their renters take the time to familiarize themselves with these rules, particularly regarding the rental process requirements, provision of insurance and registration documents and the approvals required before any changes may be made to any individual boat slips. The current version is also available for download on our website: www.sorrentosouth.org/sdoa

Hurricane Michael brought higher than usual tides into the dock basin and the SDOA Board of Directors and Dock Masters were all on hand to check that all boats were secured adequately. We ask that you all ensure that your boat is secure at all times, but this is particularly important during hurricane season, or if you are going out of town for an extended period. Also, please make sure that we have your up to date contact information (both name and cell phone number) so you can be reached quickly in case of emergency.

We are now entering that busy time of year – maintenance activity on the docks will increase as the cooler and dryer temperatures allow, so please proceed with caution if you come across a work project in progress. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time to support the ongoing maintenance projects should email us at SDOAINC@gmail.com. Our Budget Committee is working to understand 2019 project and financial requirements and we will be establishing a Nomination Committee in November for the 2019 upcoming Board member elections.

If anybody would like any further information regarding the Sorrento Dock Owners Association, we are here to help! Please email SDOAINC@gmail.com and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Further information is also available on our website: www.sorrentosouth.org/sdoa


Boat slip for sale in the Sorrento South Boat Basin. To purchase a dock in the Boat Basin, the prospective buyer must own an eligible property in Sorrento South Subdivision or Sorrento East Subdivision. Slip does not have a lift.

For more details call Jack Churilla (941) 223-1171.


Deep Slip and one of only a few this deep. Easy Access at the end of the dock. Newer lift with 10” piles. To purchase a dock in the Boat Basin, the prospective buyer must own an eligible property in Sorrento South Subdivision or Sorrento East Subdivision.

For more details call Derek Newcomer (941)400-1588.

We hope everyone has a pleasant and safe Fall and Winter! And please mark your calendars to save the date to attend the Sorrento South annual meeting on
January 16, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church,
2705 N Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 34275, at 6:30 pm.