A private, gated community located on North Merritt Island

Our deed restricted community consists of 469 single family homes with an exclusive pier on the Indian River, playgrounds, gazebos, tennis courts, ten unique lakes, docks, bridges, basketball court and fishing galore.

We are a collaborative community that supports diversity and integrity in a value-enhanced environment.

Board of Directors

President - Mary Hillberg

Vice President - Vacant

Secretary - Linda Stasik

Treasurer - Vacant

Director at Large - Bill Hillberg

Neighborhood FUn

Free Play

Hoops In The Park

Busy Tennis Courts

Fishing All Year

Parties In The Park

Dog Heaven

Living and working together

Association Meetings

Our Social/Holiday Committee has volunteered to manage the 2018 HOME CHRISTMAS DECORATING EVENT!  Soon they will post a flyer about when the judging will occur.  We are one of the brightest and most beautiful neighborhoods in Brevard during the holidays.  Let's light it up again!

                                  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


A Board meeting is scheduled for December 13th, 2018 at 7PM at the Moose Lodge, 3190 Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.


Regular monthly Board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM at The Moose Lodge, 3190 Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island. If there is a change in schedule or location, it will be posted on this site and on the community bulletin boards.            Board meeting agendas are available to Owners at the meeting.  2018 Minutes of Meetings are located in the Downloads section of this site.


Notice of Membership meetings, as well as Annual and Budget meetings, with agendas and other needed information are sent electronically or by USPS to all Owners.  


Monthly Community Garage Sales

Gates may be open for monthly garage sales on the first Saturday of each month from 8 AM to 2 PM. 


Committees for volunteers

Please email the board at board@slhoa.info to volunteer for a committee. Those currently being formed include:

  Welcoming Committee -  Chair and one member in place

  Social/Holiday Committee  - Chair in place 

  Stormwater Committee - Chair and two members in place

  Hurricane Preparedness Committee  - Chair and one member in place

 

Each committee selects a Chairperson and submits a Charter (purpose, goals, implementation, recommendations - activities, members and contact info) for Board approval.     


It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”      

Ralph Waldo Emerson                           


Architectural Review Committee

The Architectural Review Committee (ARC)  is a important part of Sunset Lakes HOA.  They are elected by Owners and tasked with reviewing , evaluating and either approving or disapproving requests for construction, and all exterior additions to our homes, including roofing, fencing, shutters, decks, driveways, paint, etc. The ARC encourages harmonious continuity in Sunset Lakes and adds guidelines from time to time to assist Owners in this effort. They require a special form be filled out and according to the nature of the request, may need other items such as surveys, as well. The ARC form is in the download section of this site. When you have filled out the form, please send it to the ARC at arc@slhoa.info.   


FREQUENT QUESTIONS:


Q- Where do we find the Bylaws, C&Rs, Articles and other governing documents for Sunset Lakes HOA?

A- Those documents should be provided by the seller of the property at closing. If they were not or have been lost, Sentry can provide them electronically or a hard copy may be provided at a small charge. These documents are also found in the download section of this site. 2018 Rules & Guidelines will be added soon.


Q - In the event of a conflict in documents, what is the order of precedence for an HOA in Florida?

A - State Statutes, Declarations of Covenants & Restrictions, Articles, Bylaws, Guidelines, Rules.


Q- Where do I find a map of Sunset Lakes?

A- Maps of both Sunset Lakes and Island Estates are found in the download section of this site. Note these are not to scale and cannot be used for legal purposes.


Q - Now that we have changed Property Management Companies, who should we contact if we need to clarify or address a situation about the HOA?

A - Either the Management company or the board. Sentry Management Company is our Property Management Company. The SLHOA Property Manager of Sentry Management, Inc., is Sue Stewart LCAM who may be reached via email - sstewart@sentrymgt.com.  Please be patient.  Our community is large and the property management firm is new to us. Responses may take longer than the 48 hour goal Sentry has.  The contact email for the board it is at board@slhoa.com.  


Q- What is the difference between the Property Manager and the Board of Directors?

A-  The Property Manager manages the association; the Board governs the association.


Q- Now that Sentry is our Management Company will our dates for assessments or the amount due change?

A- The dates for our semi-annual assessments (January 1 & July 1 of each year) and the amount ($330) will stay the same.   Some Owners have chosen to send their July 1, 2018 semi annual dues ($330) via check to the Sentry office in Rockledge. The mailing address for Sentry is at the footer of this webpage.  Be sure your check is payable to "SUNSET LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC." and note your SLHOA property address on the check for proper credit.  In the future, Sentry will send invoices/coupons with instructions regarding where to send payment. Note that use of a credit card will require an extra use fee.  To avoid that, checks or money orders are encouraged.  Cash is not accepted.


Q- For hurricane information, how do we find the Brevard County Emergency Preparedness info?

A- http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness .  We also have a newly formed Hurricane Committee that needs extra hands before and after hurricane events. 


Q- In the event of a non-violent emergency, who should we call?

A- The non-violent contact for the Brevard County Sheriff's Department is 321-633-7162. Our Property Manager Sue Stewart LCAM at sstewart@sentrymgt.com should also be notified, as well as the board at board@slhoa.info.


Q- In the event of an emergency where life or property is in imminent danger, who should we call?

A- 911 is the appropriate call for an emergency.  Our Property Manager and Board should also be notified, of course.

      

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon cellular phone customers in Brevard County now have the option to Text-to-9-1-1 in an emergency beginning today - 7.26.2018.  This follows technological upgrades at the county’s 11 Public Safety Answering Points that receive 9-1-1 emergency calls. Customers of the four major wireless carriers can now send a text (up to 140 characters) directly to 9-1-1 in an emergency in which a call is not possible, or when speaking out loud would put the caller in danger.  Also, Text-to-9-1-1 provides a route for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired.    We have gotten a couple of questions on how to use Text-To-911 correctly and wanted to make sure we addressed those issues: * Area codes do not determine if your text goes through. * Do not text to test the system * To text 911, type 911 in the “To”, enter the location (+ city) and type of help needed (Police, Fire or Ambulance) in the Message, and Sen

Sentry Management Company

Sentry Management Company is our Property Management Company.  Our Property Manager is Sue Stewart LCAM at  sstewart@sentrymgt.com. Email is the best way to contact Sue. 

 

Owners in Sunset Lakes HOA are familiar with the governing documents relative to our deed restricted community. When closing on their home, they are required to sign a document stating they had read these and agreed to follow them.  


If you are new to Sunset Lakes, please contact Sentry Management, provide your contact information and request to have your personal code entered into the gate system and remote for your convenience.  


All Owners in SLHOA need to register to Register as an SLHOA homeowner on the Sentry website at http://accesssentrymgt.com/dx/sentrywp/index.html#. A tutorial is available to guide through the registration.  For those who do not have access to a computer, please call Sentry and set up an appointment to go to the office in Rockledge and staff will help you register.


The dates for our semi-annual assessments are January 1st & July 1st of each year and the amount is $330.  Sentry will send out invoices/coupons via email or snail mail in the month before the due date.

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Protecting Deliveries & Packages

6 Tips to Prevent Delivery Package Loss

Between Thanksgiving and New Year's is the time 

when most parceled thefts happen.  

Always be aware and careful.


  • Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone, text message or email. Monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
  • Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
  • Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them, or to the shipping company's pick up location/Post Office.
  • Schedule your deliveries for a date and time when you;re expected to be home.
  • Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won't be left on the doorstep.
  • Call your local police department if you should ebcome a "porch pirate" victim.

Helpful Information

  • PLEASE DO NOT SPEED IN SUNSET LAKES. CARS MOVING AT HIGH RATES ON SUNSET LAKES DRIVE, SUNWARD DRIVE AND TIPPERARY DRIVE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. This is a primary safety issue. The board is consulting with law enforcement to determine the best course of action to protect our residents. We have received suggestions and are open to more; please send to board@slhoa.info 


NEW NEWS------SL recent road and entrance gate issues have been repaired.  25 years have taken their toll of the most intensely used section of our entire community. During this repair process, the gates were closed as much as possible. We are aware of the safety issues involved with a short entrance and the several hundreds of vehicles that enter SL each day from SR3. With only one entrance lane, the potential for backups and accidents increases. 


Unfortunately, one cannot choose the time a specific repair is needed. We had quality work done without excessive cost at the beginning of a holiday season. Thank you for your patience.


We are calling for bids to resurface this entrance. Needless to say, there may be workarounds required for that, but it is needed and will increase property values of all.


Question - What is a "Lead"?  

Answer - A "Lead" is a community volunteer who keeps an eye out on their street for safety hazards.  They notify the board f there are any. Examples of a safety hazard are lifted sidewalks (trip hazard), broken cement around drains (auto and trip hazard),  speeding cars, etc.  We have "Leads" on some SL roads now and need more to cover the entire community.  One per street is fine. This is a volunteer position to alert the board regarding specific safety issues noted on our streets.  If you wish to serve your community in this simple, but important way, please notify the board via email at board@slhoa.info. There are many tasks that need to be done to make Sunset Lakes a better place to live.  This is certainly one of them.  Thanks!


 

Continued Info:


The Brevard County Natural Resources Department  and SJRWMD sent us  written notice in February of 2018 we may be out of compliance with our required storm water drainage permit. The flow of storm water was obstructed in several areas in the easement, preventing historical flow to occur.  We sought opinions from three  experienced civil engineers (county, SJRWMD & independent) who have all recommended a course of action and we are following that.  A contractor cleared overgrowth, lawn waste, trash and any obstructing objects from the drainage easement followed by dredging and grading the easement to handle the water flow northward. the smoothing, seeding and hay application to reduce erosion follows.  Next come the pipe cleaners who will clear our culverts and outflow pipes. All abutting properties have been sent a communication explaining the situation and the necessary course of action. All have been asked  to please remove any items in the easement and do not to  place any additional items (including  pots, fences, plants, rocks and of course any type of fill that may interfere with the water flow . Please  also keep pets and children from the easement areas during this working period of time. Note this is not a whim of the board, but a required action - mandated by our St. Johns River Water District SLHOA permit. We do not have a choice. There are very high fines possible for noncompliance. When the drainage easement is returned to an accepted functional configuration without obstruction of historical storm water flow, flooding risks will be reduced for areas in Sunset Lakes as well as areas to our south. We are working closely with the county and district to do this correctly. This easement must be maintained with a scheduled maintenance plan from now on. 


Clearing overgrowth in the common areas adjacent to the Conservation Area of IE has been completed. This is an open space common area that is belongs to all  SLHOA Owners. This common area includes our special fishing pier that extends into the Indian River.  We have cleared many years of overgrowth in the common area which had to be done in phases due to the density of it. The final phase is now complete. The area remains open for all Owners. The Natural Conservation Area on the shore of the Indian River that holds natural Florida wetlands and animals of our natural habitat is to be left completely undisturbed. No cutting, hunting, trapping or fires are allowed in the Conservation Area or the Common areas of IE or SL.   


Due to the proximity of the natural Conservation Area, young children should not be permitted in the IE open space areas without adult supervision. Owners or prospective owners are encouraged to visit all the open space common areas of our community and to venture to the unique fishing dock on the Indian River. Sturdy closed toed shoes, water and a method of communication are recommended when hiking in this area. Please leave only your footsteps.


There have been several large alligators removed from Sunset Lakes stormwater detention ponds through the years.  While they are a natural part of our Florida environment, they may also to be considered a threat to animals and people in or around the ponds they frequent.  Please do NOT feed the alligators. Please keep children and pets from playing at the ponds' edges, and never swim or wade in the ponds. Signs are being posted as safety reminders.


A new lawn service fully insured with liability and workers comprehensive coverage is now in Sunset Lakes. Please welcome US Lawns. They are still learning our community and have now moved into their winter schedule which is every other week service. Questions or suggestions may be directed to the board at board@slhoa.info or our property manager, Sue Stewart at sstewart@sentrymgt.com .


Review:

Your Board of Directors has been carefully reviewing the current service contracts for Sunset Lakes.  This has been an assessment in areas of service, with consideration of the age and general condition of the common grounds of the association, as well as the insurance and licenses required for each individual situation.  Even with a shortage of two board volunteers, we have accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time.  


Your current management company is one of the largest, most knowledgeable and respected in the southeast United States.  In addition, the overall recurring costs for SL are trending steady.  


Some of the many improvements include: 

  • A functional and current website with information our community needs, at far less cost than the previous one.
  • All seven SOS gate sensors were repaired for the safety of SL Owners - so ambulances and fire trucks have immediate access.
  • Broken curb drains with exposed rebar and unstable broken sidewalks replaced as well as lifted sidewalks ground down for pedestrian safety. Please notify the board or Sentry of any found and they will be placed on the list to be repaired with cones and paint marking them for safety.
  • Hot and Cold patched pothole repairs in worn streets have been done for safety and appearance.
  • A Lawn Service with full Insurance protections for the HOA is now contracted.
  • A repair and adjustment of the common area irrigation system is underway, with multiple issues discovered.  
  • Access to Sentry Management's  informative website with an internet Community Portal and account system, with those who are not able to access a computer served, as well.
  • Professional firms have cleared and reshaped our clogged southeast and eastern storm water drainage easement to permit water flow for the safety of our residents and in compliance with our SJRWMD permit is in process.  After grading the berms are raked smooth, seeded with rye and hay is placed over the seed for the winter. Next comes pipe assessment and clearing. Again, this is a large maintenance process.  Please keep children and pets from the sites and do not interfere with the professionals doing this hard work.
  • Invasive vegetation next to the Conservation Area in western Island Estates has been cleared.  This Conservation Area is part of our St. John's River Water Management District's permit for our entire community.  It is not to be disturbed with hunting, trapping, trash or ANY plantings.  The area includes a walking path around the IE detention pond and a path to a fishing dock on the river for all SLHOA Owners to enjoy. During this period of restoration, caution should be used in areas that are next to the wetlands and Conservation Areas due to the rough vegetative growth and natural contours of the land.  
  • Repair of the large water (trash)  pump used during heavy rain events to prevent flooding has been completed.
  • Intermittent provision of BCSO Deputies for safety patrols.
  • Refreshing  and cleaning the SL/SR3 entrance with removal of dead plants, replacing others and clearing areas of yard waste and invasive vegetation.
  • Repair of unexpected road failure and concomitant gate failure at the SL entrance completed.
  • Analyzing proposals to resurface the SL entrance are active. RFPs are out.  Know that experienced paving companies prefer larger jobs that ours, so we are looking for quality service that is readily available specific to our needs. We need to replace our failing entrance which is a complex project with multiple conduits, lines and wires under the surface and crossing roads. Although inconvenient and costly to do, having an attractive entrance is a big part of the value of a home Sunset Lakes. The entrance is the first impression of our Sunset Lakes community and those are lasting impressions for both Owners and prospective Owners. Road resurfacing requires moving lane use at intervals. It will require exiting through an entrance when the exit lane is done, etc. Our entrance to SR3 is short so there is potential to interfere with SR3 traffic if it backs up with hundreds of cars, trucks etc. Gates may be opened for some of this work. Owners may also use the rear resident remote controlled entrance to reduce congestion at the SR3 one. Thank you for your patience and please drive slowly
  • A proposed 2019 budget that provides improved safety and maintenance without increased assessments means everyone cooperates to help save costs.
  • A change in HOA insurance policies with the same protections that saves us $600 per year.
  • Safety signage posted regarding no swimming in retention ponds and alligator alerts at pond access areas.

As we move through areas that require maintenance & repair we are prioritizing, as needed. Our goal is to have improved safety and property values for the residents of Sunset Lakes by the end of 2018!  So far, so good!


We have "Leads" on some SL roads now and need more to cover the entire community.  This is a volunteer position  to alert the board regarding specific safety issues that may develop on their streets.  If you wish to serve your community in this simple, but important way, please notify the board via email at board@slhoa.info. There are many tasks that need to be done to make Sunset Lakes a better place to live. Thanks!


"Check Lease" Item:

Owners in Sunset Lakes who rent their homes need to refer to Article XI of the Declarations of Covenants and Restrictions (C&Rs) for the SLHOA Homeowners Association. This Article provides a paragraph that must be included in the Lease Agreement regarding the tenant's responsibility to follow the C&Rs of our Deed Restricted community.  The Owner also needs to provide the Sentry Management Company with a copy of the Lease Agreement, as well as the names addresses and contact information for both themselves and the tenant (s) residing on their property.


SPEEDING is not safe in our community due to the narrow streets and short setbacks. We are considering options to mediate this issue. Please send suggestions to Sentry Management or the board.


PARKING Ideas for Sunset Lakes: Many of our Owners have multiple vehicles and not enough room to park them in their garages and driveways. Owners have been asked to come up with ideas regarding the issue of parking in Sunset Lakes. We have researched other HOAs and considered different ideas that may provide some relief from street parking, but none are ideal. We have allowed the use of the main park parking lot for temporary overflow parking, with the clear understanding the HOA is not responsible for any damage of vehicles if they are parked there. Posted signs state the main park closes for recreational use at dusk. Please send your smart ideas about how we may better manage parking to the board at board@slhoa.info.  Thanks!

 

It is against State Law to BLOCK SIDEWALKS and may present a safety hazard for our Owner and guest pedestrians. Parked vehicles are allowed in garages, on driveways or in the main park parking lot. Sidewalks are not intended for vehicular use; they are intended for pedestrian use. Please ensure the safety of our Owners and guests by not blocking the sidewalks with parked cars or other items such as pool drain pipes, motorcycles, trash cans, yard waste, etc.


We have superficially checked and cleared our street stormwater drains for the upcoming hurricane season.  We hope to create a scheduled maintenance program that will help future regular maintenance of the areas that need regular attention. Our street gutters drain into the stormwater drains that flow from detention pond to pond, finally emptying into the river as cleaner water.  Putting yard waste in the gutters endangers the patency of our stormwater drains - causing clogging, backup and flooding properties during a heavy rain event.  Putting yard waste in the street is a traffic safety hazard.  Please put yard waste into reusable containers or piled neatly in no > 4 foot sections on the apron of the driveway for pickup by Waste Management.  


There are areas in Sunset Lakes where Drainage Easements are designed as part of the Stormwater System.  These easements are required by the St. John's River Water Management District per our HOA permit.  We do not have a choice.  Some of these easements are found in the rear or side of a property.  It is very important that the drainage easements be kept clear of yard debris, trash and any structures or plantings that may obstruct the flow of stormwater.  From time to time, the association will hire a firm to clear the debris from the easement to assure proper drainage.  Please provide safe access for these workers who are doing this important job to keep us safe.

                

Please do not put waste containers on the cement pads that contain stormwater access manholes and are our street drains. Damage to these is expensive to repair and can endanger the entire street's stormwater drainage. The automated trucks can accidentally do great damage to the cement drain structure when picking up waste cans on those cement pads. We have already had to repair several. Please do not use these street manhole drain access pads for waste containers or yard waste.


During our rainy season  - especially when a storm is approaching, it is wise to reduce our gray water use.  All our irrigation runoff goes into our storm water system and we will need more space for heavy storm rains. When a storm is close, it is wise to reduce or turn off our home irrigation systems, as our property management company will do for the common areas. That will keep our grounds from being over saturated and unable to absorb the heavy rainwater that may follow.  

 

Of course, this is the time to trim our own trees so they will be stable and safe during high winds. We have done that for the common areas and all Owners need to consider that now for their properties - before storms threaten.  Also, please make sure large trees don't hang low over the road so our school buses get damaged.


As we find sidewalks that have become uneven over time, we are continuing to grind the uneven joint areas to smooth curves instead of the alternate option of removing the sidewalks and replacing with sod. Replacing all sidewalks would be beyond the current budget and require a revenue adjustment. Replacing hazardous broken areas and grinding lifts to curved edges is the more economical choice.  If Owners will contact our Property Manager or Board with the location of uneven sidewalks observed, it will help the ongoing process.


A reminder - Commercial signage is not allowed in our community save a "For Sale" sign in the yard of a home that is for sale with specific sign dimensions noted in our C&Rs. State Statutes allow very small security signs within 10 feet of the front entrance of homes.  No signage is allowed on common property of Sunset Lakes, save that placed by the Association.  Any posted may be removed by the association at the expense of the owner. The exception we have established is for those small, temporary directional signs during Garage Sale First Saturdays that are removed at the end of the sale period.  Please keep our common areas clear of signage.


July 4th Parade


The Annual July 4th Parade was held as scheduled!  Prizes for the most patriotic decor were awarded and Amber Cochran has once again done a wonderful job to organize a great community event to celebrate our nation's birthday! Thanks to everyone who helped from those who provided refreshments like the Ryan's on Starlight with a water station, to the sharp guys who kept us from having traffic issues as the parade moved through our streets.  As one neighbor said, even the dogs were impressed!  See  pictures below:

Sentry Management Company

Sentry is now our Property Management Company. Our Property Manager is Sue Stewart LCAM  who can be reached at sstewart@sentrymgt.com.   

 

All Owners in SLHOA need to register to Register as an SLHOA homeowner on the Sentry website.  The link is http://accesssentrymgt.com/dx/sentrywp/index.html#.  A tutorial is available to guide through the registration.  For those who do not have access to a computer, please call Sentry and set up an appointment to go to the office in Rockledge and staff will help you register.


The dates for our semi-annual assessments (January 1 & July 1 of each year) and the amount ($330) will stay the same.  Sentry will send invoices and directions for payments.


Some Owners chose to mail their semi annual dues ($330) via check payable to "SUNSET LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC." to the Sentry office in Rockledge: Sunset Lakes Homeowners Association, Inc. c/o Sentry Management Company, 597 Haverty Court, Suite 110, Rockledge, Florida 32955.  Be sure to note your SLHOA property address on the check for proper credit.  Credti cards require an extra fee and cash is no accepted.




Sunset Lakes Home Owners Association, Inc.

c/o Sentry Management Company, Inc., 597 Haverty Court, Suite 110, Rockledge, Florida 32955

321-638-8880 ext. 56009