Posted on June 28, 2021
Welcome to the 3rd Quarter 2021 edition of the Sonoran Sea Resort HOA newsletter.
Our Sonoran Sea Resort HOA newsletter is issued on a quarterly basis. We encourage you to connect with other owners via the Facebook group – note this group is an owners group, not monitored or run by the HOA (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SonoranSeaHomeOwners) and sign up for the HOA updates via Vivook in order to get real time updates on our resort in the interim.
If you haven’t yet, please sign up for the owners section on the SonoranSeaResort.org website. Minutes, documents, newsletters and other information are available on the site. You can register for the site at this link: https://www.sonoransearesort.org/owners/register.
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AC News – President: Jerry McKinney
We are deep into the busy time of the year enjoying the warmer temperatures, increasing humidity, and the sights and sounds of the Puerto Penasco summer. It has been wonderful to see the city return to life as we all continue to recover from a difficult Covid period.
Special thanks to those Owners who participated in the May 1, 2021 HOA meeting. Draft minutes from this meeting are posted on the Sonoran Sea Owner’s website and we will post the final minutes once they are notarized. Please take a moment and review the minutes of the May’21 HOA meeting on the Owners website.
We continue to prioritize improvements and strive to achieve the four key principles for our resort – Safety, Professionally Serviced, Well-Maintained, & Financially Solvent. In the highest priority of safety, we have recently added an additional five security cameras around the resort to properly cover certain previous blind spots. We have ordered a defibrillator for the resort lobby with training for certain employees and Casago to quickly follow. The AC and SC are very pleased with the employee training around safety that the Director of Security (David Castro) has facilitated as we seek to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our valued employees.
Around the priority of well-maintained, we continue to finish the windows around the curved areas of the elevator towers. Protective floor mats for each elevator cabin with the Sonoran Sea resort have been ordered – our hope is to protect the tile surfaces of each cabin from wear and tear of frequent use. The refurbishment of the legacy elevators (one in each tower East/West) has taken longer than expected partially due to our expectations for improved finish work by the supplier (ESE). The supplier has agreed to replace certain internal panels to meet our collective expectations. We are scheduling the heated pool bottom resurfacing and adult pool resurfacing for this fall (late Sept’21) after we exit the busy period of summer. Both projects will require us to temporally drain the respective pool while Owners and Guests utilize the other pools.
Our resort and what seems to be all of Sandy Beach remains extremely busy. This is generally wonderful for our resort and Puerto Penasco. Rentals remain at very high levels of utilization and it is very nice to see certain Owners upgrading their condo’s inside and out. Please remember to contact the HOA office and submit the proper architectural review form for Surveillance Committee approval before beginning your work.
With the favorable high utilization of rentals at the Sonoran Sea, we have seen a strong recovery of impact fee’s helping our overall income. On the expense side, the favorable peso exchange rate (~20.05 actual vs. 18.40 budget) helps us and when combined with operational expense savings due to diligent management by our employees. We are approximately $70k favorable year-to-date through May’21 for Ordinary Expenses.
We continue to maintain our resort’s cash balance. As of mid-June’21, the cash balance was ~$450k (down from ~$550k at year-end) and within our budget projections. We have drawn down our cash balance to fund planned projects during the first half of this calendar year (e.g., elevator refurb., west side parking lot piping, elevator tower windows, tennis courts, waterfall/rocks, pool umbrellas, gym AC, etc.). We project that our cash balance will return to CY20 end of year balances by the end of CY21 as our project expenditures are heavily weighted to the first half of this calendar year.
Our next Sonoran Sea HOA meeting is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 1pm. We will also continue the Friday “deep dive” session beginning at 2pm for those of you desiring a deeper understanding and discussion forum for certain items (maintenance, security, projects, and financials). We will work to again offer a dial-in capability for the HOA meeting on Saturday for those who wish to listen in to the HOA meeting content
Please read on for the latest updates at the Sonoran Sea. If you have any newsletter suggestions, please email Leslie Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org .
AC – President
SC News – Chairman: Paul Sala
The SC welcomes Lori Smith, Bill Woodward, Bill O’Brien and Bruce Barclay to the board and thanks retiring members Ron Lilishkies, Mike Sheffield, Steve Suhre, and David Foley for their service.
To provide owners with clarity regarding the repair and replacement of exterior patio tile, the SC is currently working to complete the Exterior Tile Replacement and Repair Policy. Upon completion of the Policy, the SC will present replacement tile choices for a vote at the next owners’ meeting on November 6th, 2021.
The SC is also studying whether to update the resort’s Reserve Study. The Reserve Study identifies for owners the resort’s anticipated short and long term repair and replacement items. Although the most recent Study was prepared in 2018, the SC is concerned that the report may not be complete. The SC is working with Kristian Osuna and Rodrigo Ruiz to determine whether the current Study is complete. For those interested, the current reserve study is available on the owners website.
Director of Maintenance: Rodrigo Ruiz
As always, our maintenance staff has been busy keeping our resort up to date. Below is some of the work that was done over the last quarter.
May 2021 General Owners Meeting (GOM)
Turnout at the meeting was good.
- Friday Deep Dive meetings were held at Ramon’s.
- Saturday’s Official meeting was also held at Ramon’s.
- Unofficial minutes for the meeting can be found on the owners website.
Voting Results from the Meeting:
4 New SC Members were voted in to replace 4 retiring SC members.
The current SC Members are listed below under Current Board / HOA Contacts & Terms.
Elevator Policy (Material Movement) Approved
1st Floor Tile – Moved to next meeting on Nov 6th.
Ratified Sonoran Sea Resort AC as Administrator
Leslie Roman voted in as AC Secretary
Andrea Etheridge voted in as AC Treasurer
COVID 19 Update
Covid 19 Impact at the Sea
We have had 2 employees on the cleaning staff test positive for COVID since March. Below is the process we are going through to keep our resort safe:
- All employees temperatures are being checked daily.
- Any employee whose temperature is high or has any symptoms of COVID 19 is tested.
- If tested positive – that employee is quarantined for 14 days, and the HOA notifies anyone that employee has been in contact with.
- After the 14 day quarantine, the employee is re-tested. If they are cleared by the doctor, they can return to work.
- We currently have 34 employees.
- 16 Employees have received the 1st shot of the COVID Vaccine
- 2 Employees have received both shots and are fully vaccinated.
- The Mexican government is currently applying the 2nd shot to individuals over the age of 50.
Pet Policy: In compliance with Article 33-1 of the CCR’s, the Pet Policy and registration form is available here. Please make sure you register your pets with the HOA. Renter’s are NOT allowed to bring pets onto the property. Security will refuse admittance to individuals who have a pet that is not registered.
No Pets Allowed on Tennis / Pickleball Court: The Tennis Court / Pickleball Court resurfacing is complete and looks beautiful! Please be aware that pets are NOT allowed within the court area.
Drone Policy: As voted on at the November GOM – Drone’s are NOT allowed on the resort property at any time.
Kayak Policy: Kayak racks are available for owners use on the sides of each building. Please fill out a Kayak form to reserve your spot. This form must be completed annually.
Elevator Policy Approved at the May GOM
Elevator Use for Moving / Remodeling
- Sonoran Sea elevators are available for owners (large item moving) and contractors Tuesday – Thursday.
- One elevator for each tower (east/west) will be designated by the HOA office for material movement.
- The respective owner must provide 24-hour notification by submitting an “Elevator Material Movement” form to the HOA office.
- HOA Maintenance will post signage outside of the assigned elevator and cones on the first and applicable floor for communication and safety purposes.
- Per Article 13 of the Sonoran Sea CCR’s the respective owner utilizing the elevator for material movement (including contractor activities) is responsible for any damage.
- The owner (and hired contractor if applicable) MUST abide by the weight limit of the elevator.
The HOA requires you to provide the following items which are kept on file in the HOA office:
Current Board / HOA Contacts & Terms
Role & Term highlighted in red are those that are up for vote at the Nov 6th meeting.
|Paul Sala||Chairman SC||05/21 - email@example.com|
|Lori Smith||East Building Rep||05/21 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Howard Tolshinsky||East Building Alternate||11/20 - email@example.com|
|Bill Woodward||General Rep||05/21 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karen Matson||West Building Rep||11/20 - email@example.com|
|Bill O'Brien||West Building Alt.||05/21 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bruce Barclay||General Rep.||05/21 - 05/22||RockyPointBruno@gmail.com|
|Tina Elliott||General Rep.||11/20 - email@example.com|
|Steve Schwab||General Rep.||11/20 - firstname.lastname@example.org|
Telmex has enabled direct dialing from condo to condo, and to the resort offices (security, HOA Office, Front Desk (Casago), and Ramon’s Restaurant) using the landlines in the condo.
If you don’t know your condo phone number, contact the HOA. Condo phone numbers are also listed in the owners directory on the website (for those owners who have opted in to the directory).
To dial direct from your condo to:
- East Building Condos: ##1 + last 4 digits of condo phone number.
- West Building Condos: ##2 + last 4 digits of condo phone number.
- Front Desk: ##3000
- Security: ##4005
- HOA Office: ##4000
- Restaurant: ##4002
The HOA has received isolated reports of some condo phones not working properly. If you have a landline phone in your condo, and the dialing instructions above are not working, please contact the HOA office and they will get Telmex out to fix it.
If you don’t have a landline phone in your condo, you can purchase any phone for your condo. The landlines allow free long distance calling to other countries, and as mentioned above, contact with the HOA office. The charge for this is already being billed to you along with your internet and HOA fees.
Our security, maintenance, cleaning, and administrative staff at the Sonoran Sea are critical to our safe, professionally serviced, well maintained, and financially solvent operations. Our people make our resort a wonderful place to be! We will highlight a couple of employees in each newsletter.
Cristina Maria Arvizu Valdez (Administration)
Cristina was born in Ures Sonora, a small town close to Hermosillo City. She grew up in the Cholla Bay area, and that is where she learned to speak English. She started working at the Rocky Point Reservations Company in 2013, and then moved on to the HOA. She has been working for our HOA for 6 years now. Cristina is currently engaged and the happy mother of two little monsters (3 years Á 11 months). She spends most of her spare time with her family and friends. Cristina loves to cook and teach her little ones how to cook as well.
Fabian Dario Urrea Bonillas (Administration)
Fabian was originally born in Caborca, Sonora, but grew up in a little town close to it named Pitiquito. After finishing his degree he moved to Rocky Point in 2004. He started working for Rocky Point Reservations in different positions, and has been working for our HOA for 2 years. In his spare time he enjoys the beach and nature, and likes to be active and exercise. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends. He says he is still “happily” single!
Director of Security: Rey David Castro
- March 1, 2021: A renters pet was evicted from E409
- March 5, 2021: A guest was evicted from W708 for damaging the door. The owner was contacted since guests were friends of owners, only the individual that caused the damage was evicted.
- March 22, 2021: During the time when work was being done on the West Jacuzzi, a minor from unit W107 jumped in and received a shock. He was given first aid, and transferred to the San Jose Clinic by the Red Cross. The child was released with in good health and no further consequences.
- March 15, 2021: Several guests have been attended to by security personnel due to Stingray stings during the week of March 15th.
- March 27, 2021: The renter from unit E512 was evicted. Security heard the guests wife screaming for help and when they arrived the evicted person threw two kitchen knives on the ground. The husband was evicted from the resort.
- April 3, 2021: Guests of unit E511 were evicted from the resort for being underage, and verbally assaulting the guards.
- April 15, 2021: 3 females accompanied by 4 minor were discovered in the pool area wearing SRO bracelets, when asked which condominium they were staying in they said the receptionist had sold 4 bracelets to them for $40. The receptionist was immediately fired for unauthorized selling of bracelets.
- April 19, 2021: Son of the owner of W509 damaged the control panel of the west elevator. They will be paying for the damage caused.
- May 1, 2021: Visitors to W403 were evicted from the resort for smoking marijuana in the unit.
- May 2, 2021: Guest of owner in 907W suffered an injury to her right leg when she fell due to a slip on the first floor of the building. She was transferred to the USA by the owners to receive medical attention.
- May 8, 2021: Guest of owner in 308W suffered an injury when the sliding door to the balcony was broken by accident. He was transferred in a private vehicle by his companions to receive medical attention in a local clinic.
- May 29, 2021: A renter was caught undressing outside his vehicle in the parking area between the lobby and employee dining room. He was waiting for the check in time to go to unit E805. He was evicted from the resort.
- May 30, 2021: Renters from unit E111 were evicted due to the use of marijuana.
Casago Inspection Charges (Inspection charge only, repairs are extra.)
- Casago Renters – No charge
- 1 Bedroom – $20.00
- 2 Bedroom – $25.00
- 3 Bedroom – $35.00
- 4 Bedroom – $40.00
If you would like to schedule an inspection through Casago, please send an email to email@example.com.
- Recommended (yes or no)
- Type of Work (General Contractor, tile, a/c, etc.)
- Vendor name and contact info
- Date Worked
- Your name and condo #
- Your Review
The current / in process list is available on the website. You need to login as an owner to view it.
Six Interesting Facts About Mexico:
In the minds of many people, Mexico is usually seen as a beach resort destination or a corrupt narco-state run by drug lords. However, there is much more to this beautiful country, it’s culture, and it’s people.
Here are a few interesting facts:
- Mexico’s real name is not just Mexico – Mexico’s real name is the United States of Mexico (Estados Unidos Mexicanos). The country is divided into 31 states, plus the Federal District.
- The Capital of Mexico wasn’t Mexico City until 2016 – The actual capital was Distrito Federal (DF) – the Federal District, In 2016, the city officially changed its name for CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico). It can be confusing because the Mexico City metropolitan area lies within DF and parts of the State of Mexico. However, only the inhabitants of DF can say they live in the capital.
- Mexican burritos are only eaten in the North – Everyone seems to love Mexican food, so much so that it was recently classified as an irreplaceable part of the cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. Although, outside of Mexico what people refer to as “Mexican food” is more often than not actually Tex-Mex. For example, in Mexico, nobody actually eats burritos Chipotle-style or filled with rice. Not only that, most authentic Mexican food is not very spicy or hot – it’s actually sour due to a number of limes (in Spanish simply called lemons).
- Mexico has 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. – Mexico’s got 34 UNESCO sites within its borders. The list includes the historic centers of towns like Guanajuato, Mexico City and Puebla, as well as dozens of ancient ruins, the agave fields of Tequila, and much more.
- US citizens are the largest immigration group in Mexico – It’s no secret that Mexican citizens make up the largest proportion of the United States’ foreign-born population. But the US citizens, on the other hand, constitute the largest immigrant group in Mexico. According to the 2010 Census, over 750,000 US citizens live in Mexico. Yes, it means there are more Americans immigrating to Mexico than Mexicans immigrating to the US.
- Mexico isn’t a Third World Country – The term ‘third world’ was invented during the Cold War as one of three geopolitical divisions of alignment. Countries aligned with the US were considered “first world”, those aligned with the Soviet Union were “ the second world”, and non-aligned countries were “ the third world”. Although the Cold War ended 25 years ago, the term “third world” became synonymous with poverty in colloquial speech while the other two terms disappeared. If one were to rank countries by GDP per capita, Mexico lies somewhere between Turkey and Brazil. Like any developed state, it offers plenty of modern hotels, houses, and exclusive restaurants. On the other hand, the gap between poor and rich is quite big – while some households have a maid and a driver, most others don’t even have enough to live on.