2013 Directors

Angela Bisetti
Vice President
Diane Miller
Ann Piscitelli
Debe Van Pelt
Harvey Grossman 244-6888
Ron Wentworth 966-5794
Noella Santerre 966-6280



 Newsletter Editor
 Judith Hart
 Newsletter Publisher
 Debe Van Pelt



Sorrento South Property
Owners, Inc.
PO Box 152
Nokomis, FL 34274-0152

Spring-Summer 2013



It's usually alligators we're warning against, but this time it's a coyote. He or she has been spotted by several people in and around the canals. Did you know these animals swim? If you have a cat or small dog on the loose,
they may wind up as the coyote's dinner. Please keep pets inside or on a leash with a person at the other end. And watch out for the gators as well - they get a little frisky during mating season


The Treasurer reports that there are five owners who still have not paid their dues. As they are aware, late fees have been incurred and interest is compounding. Digging a
deeper hole than the one you were in is never a good idea, so we encourage these neighbors to make arrangements for payment as soon as possible. The next step is for delinquent accounts to be turned over to a collection agency.


If you enter our community from Bayshore, you may have noticed that some long-awaited work is underway to replace mulch and some plants on the median. There are also plans to paint the Sorrento South walls on either side of the Bayshore entrance. We look forward to the completion of this project to enhance our main entry into Sorrento South.


The semi-annual meeting of the Sorrento Dock Owners' Association (SDOA) was held on February 27, 2013. It was decided that dock fees should be raised again to cover the cost of replacing some of the pilings and making dock repairs in the marina. Directors elected to the SDOA board for 2013 are:

Denny Korinek - President
Jack Riordan - Vice President
Barbara Lechky - Sec/Treas
Dick Neville - Dockmaster (A)
Bob Coffey - Dockmaster (B)
Bruce Sprague - Dockmaster (C)

Note to those who have boatless docks in our marina: If you would like to find a tenant for your slip, let us know so we can publish the dock's availability in the TIMES. (Posting a FOR RENT sign with your phone number on the nearest piling might be faster, however.) Further, if you're a prospective tenant and you don't see any FOR RENT signs, we can publicize the fact that you're in the market for a slip. This service applies to buying and selling as well. There is no charge for boat slip classifieds!


But there's a certain protocol to flying it, as those in the military know. Old Glory flies at the pole overlooking the marina where Bayshore and Murillo meet. The Association's designated flag master is retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Jim Granger, who takes care of raising, lowering, and replacing it when appropriate. (Flags don't last as long as you might think.) Jim is the only person authorized by the Association to have this responsibility.

If you have an inquiry about our flag, or if you see anyone else tampering with it, please contact Jim (he's in the directory) or the SSPO President. We are indeed grateful to Jim for his service to our community and to the flag.


This edition of the TIMES includes a directory of our owners. Property addresses and phone numbers (where authorized for
publication by the owner) are listed and names of Sorrento South Property Owners officers are highlighted. This directory, which is published annually

for the convenience of our residents, is not to be used for solicitation purposes or made available to those who are not members of our community. If there is an error in your listing, please notify Treasurer Debe Van Pelt


Did you know that your SSPO Board of Directors meets monthly, even during the summer? And that you are always welcome to attend one of their meetings? They are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse on Dante Circle. Now that things are slowing down for most of us, this might be a good time of year to see what the board does on our behalf. Or perhaps you're considering becoming a director and want to silently evaluate whether or not you are ready and willing to serve. (We'll be voting on director nominees five months from now at the annual meeting.) Come and discover what grass roots government is all about!


From time to time a resident will question why SSPO holds no social events for members. It wasn't always thus. In the early days when there were fewer homes and most owners were retired, people all knew each other and had lots of free time. We note in looking back at old newsletters that members enjoyed many kinds of activities together. However, by 2002 there were no empty lots remaining. With 123 homes, many of which were now occupied by working people with young families, the numbers grew and the demographics changed. While there are still some (very busy) retirees, very few of the original party animals are still around. We found that when we scheduled social gatherings at the Clubhouse or picnics in North Jetty Park, they were no longer well attended. Given the work and cost involved in putting on such events, there was a decision on the part of the board to make the 2008 picnic our last. No one complained.

To those of you who would like to throw a party and invite us to your home, great! (Let's see, if the average in each home is 2 people and they all come, that would be 246 for dinner.) Seriously, you would probably have more room for them in your house than in our clubhouse, which is free to our owners but tiny. If you have a smaller group in mind and would like to use the clubhouse for cards, a golfer get-together, etc., check the calendar posted on the clubhouse bulletin board. Sorrento South is in favor of sociability! (Incidentally, the clubhouse has restrooms but no kitchen.) It's not South Bay, people, but we're the only Sorrento community that even has a clubhouse. Party on!



If you've had a home in Florida for any length of time, you know about things like flood zones, mandatory evacuations,

storm shutters, tree trimming, and securing your property. But have you given any thought to what is over your head?

As we have noted in our reports about home sales, the houses in Sorrento South vary a good deal in terms of age, size, and design. However, one feature we all have in common is a tile (or tile appearing) roof. Many owners of the older homes have replaced their original roof in the last decade. While a total roof replacement is expensive, the materials being used today are much stronger and able to meet the more stringent building codes put into effect after Hurricane Andrew.

We recently learned that a Sorrento South owner was told by his insurance agent that his homeowner's policy will be cancelled if the tile roof is not replaced. That tells you something about how well an older roof is expected to perform in a hurricane. If your own roof is more than 20 years old, think seriously about replacing it. Roof replacements must be approved by the Association before work begins, but it's a simple procedure: just submit a copy of the roofing contract that includes information about the contractor and the type of roof to be installed (e.g., concrete barrel tile). The Board reviews such requests at their monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month and, if paperwork is complete, approval will be granted immediately. Most roofing companies are

familiar with this approval process because it applies to homes in almost all deed-restricted communities. The company gets the necessary permits and the homeowner gets the approval from his/her association.


We all know that most pipes and utility cables here run underground, right? But do you know what lines are in your yard and where they are?

A homeowner in Pensacola was doing a simple weekend project - planting a bougainvillea. It ended with 15 firefighters, two emergency medical services technicians, four fire trucks, one ambulance, one gas company emergency response vehicle, and a gas company employee. It seems that the homeowner punctured a gas line buried in his yard when he thrust a post-hole digger 22 inches into the ground.


You may not have a gas line, but you probably have telephone, electric, cable TV, sewer, and water lines in your yard…and you don't need to go down 22 inches to cut into some of them! What to do? Call 811 two full business days before you start digging. (If you plan to dig on the weekend, call on Wednesday or before.) Utility companies will mark your yard with color-coded flags that match the utility type so you can avoid them as you dig. This is a free service and everyone is urged to take advantage of it. Make sure your landscaper also knows about it before he does any planting in your yard. If you have questions, go online (www.sunshine811.com) or call the 811 number.