We want you to enjoy living in our beautiful community. We are very proud of Sugar Mill Lakes, and our volunteers are working hard to make it a great place to live. We would very much appreciate your help in doing that.
What is a deed restricted community?
You may have noticed that Sugar Mill Lakes is a ‘Deed Restricted Community’. The purpose of Deed Restrictions is to preserve property values and help keep our community beautiful while the Association’s job is to oversee the running of the day to day operations of the Association and to uphold the Rules and Regulations outlined in the Declaration of Covenants.
What do I need to do if I want to make external alterations?
Please note that any external modifications must be approved by the Homeowner’s Association BEFORE the work is commenced. This includes the addition or alteration of any structural element such as installing guttering or fencing, making major landscaping alterations or repainting any part of the exterior of your home. A Modification Application form is available here. If you are in any doubt whether an application is required for the work you want to perform, please contact the Association for further advice.
Trash & recycling
Please make sure that your garbage and recycling receptacles are kept out of view. To avoid community eyesore, you should only put them curbside the night before collection. Pick up days are as follows:-
Trash - Tuesday and Friday
Recycle - Wednesday
Yard Waste - Wednesday
For more information on restrictions as to how the trash and recyling must be contained please see the Manatee County Solid Waste Division web page. Certain restrictions do apply.
Out of respect for your surrounding neighbors, please ensure that your trash and recycling bins do not emit any unpleasant odors. Please do not leave your trash receptacles curbside for longer than necessary once they have been emptied.
Manatee County imposes watering restrictions as follows:
Irrigation of existing lawns and landscaping shall be limited to once a day, two times per week.
|If your address is||May only irrigate on|
|EVEN (the last digit is 0,2,4,6, or 8)||Thursday AND/OR Sunday|
|ODD (the last digit is 1,3,5,7, or 9)||Wednesday AND/OR Saturday|
|Property has no address||Tuesday AND/OR Friday|
Irrigation is allowed only before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
Restrictions apply to all potable (drinking) water and all irrigation waters that come from wells, surface water sources including retention ponds, rivers, lakes, etc. Violations of this directive carry fines up to $10,000 as provided for under Florida Statute §373.129(5).
What else might I need to know?
The following is a summary (i.e., not the entire list of rules) of the violations that occur most frequently. If you receive a violation notification, please do not ignore it since a fine can be imposed by the Association.
- Lawns should be mowed and edged, including all sidewalks surrounding the property, and should be properly maintained including sod, fertilization and pest control.
- Plant beds need to be weeded, mulched, and neatly trimmed.
- Trees need to be kept trimmed, particularly those that overhang sidewalks.
- The joints between the concrete sections of driveways and sidewalks need to be weeded.
- House should be pressure washed when mold and dirt become obvious.
- Driveway and sidewalks surrounding your property should be pressure washed when needed.
- Storage of items including refuse, lawn bags, etc on the side of your property is not permitted.
- Your mailbox and post need to be maintained and kept clean. Please request a replacement box if the door is missing. The replacement must match the existing white, plastic mailbox.
- Parking commercial vehicles in driveways or overnight is not permitted. Exception: when a commercial vehicle is performing a service at the property.
- No vehicle should be parked on the grass at any time.
- Boats, RV’s, trailers and jet skis must be stored in the garage.
- Basketball hoops are permitted but must be stored in the garage or out of view when not in use.
- Pets: The laws in Manatee County state that dogs must be leashed and the owner must clean up after their pet.
- Please remember that residents are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of their home. This includes cleaning as required to remove mold.
- Certain tree plantings are required by Manatee County, particularly the oak trees planted on each lot. A permit may be required for the removal of these trees. Please contact the association BEFORE removing any tree on your property.
We want everyone to enjoy living in Sugar Mill Lakes and look forward to meeting you personally. All homeowners are welcome to attend the Association board meetings which are generally held once every other month. Notice of the meeting will be posted at the community entrances and on this website
Manatee County Sheriff non-emergency number: To report a crime, parking over sideswalks or incident: Call 941-747-3011
Manatee County Animal Services - report owners who fail to pick up after their animals and roaming and/or vicious dogs on (941) 742-5933.
Manatee County tree removal permit application - online form to submit a county tree removal permit. This is required for any street tree to be removed in Oakley Place and must be submitted with your ARC application. As of February 2018, it appears to be approved very quickly. You will need to have the utility lines marked before removing the tree(s). See below.
Dial before you dig! Did you know it is the law to have buried utilities in your yard located and marked before you dig? This is a free service from Sunshine 811 and can be requested by calling 811 or online at http://www.sunshine811.com/homeowner