Owners Info

Posted on Oct 15, 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 groupnote 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.php.


If you’d like to suggest content (or better yet volunteer) for the Newsletter, please send an email to newsletter@sonoransearesort.org.

Important Dates

HOA AC Meetings: 3rd Tues Each Month


HOA SC Meetings: 2nd Tues Qtly
(Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec)


Next GOM (General Owners Meeting):
Saturday Nov 6, 2021

AC News – President: Jerry McKinney

We are completing another busy time of the year enjoying the warmer temperatures, decreasing humidity, and the sights and sounds of the Puerto Penasco summer. It has been another “unique” summer in Puerto Penasco.   It seems like the only slow period is on a Tuesday and Wednesday of a typical week (excluding Fall Break).   The border wait times have continued to remain very long (in most times) and I wonder if and when this is going to be improved.   I read and hope the plans communicated by the local government officials come to fruition.

We are approaching our November 6, 2021 HOA meeting at the Sonoran Sea (1pm).   This is an important meeting in that the CY22 projects and budget are reviewed for Owner approval.   Our resort continues to age.   With many fresh options for ownership and rentals around Puerto Penasco, we need to prioritize investment to keep pace.   We will also continue the tradition of holding a deep dive discussion on Friday, November 5th at 2pm to allow interested Owners an opportunity to discuss topics in greater detail.   Please take a moment and review the pre-read distributed around October 16th to improve our discussions on Friday and Saturday. Special thanks to Casago for hosting a happy hour on November 5th beginning around 5pm in Ramon’s Restaurant.   Tracy and I enjoy this event to socialize and meet other Owners.   We have around 25 new Owners at the Sonoran Sea this year and I encourage all Owners to participate in the HOA weekend activities. 

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 completed adding an additional five security cameras around the resort to properly cover certain previous blind spots. We also installed a defibrillator for the resort lobby.   Sonoran Sea Employees and certain Casago employees have been trained on proper use. We are also scheduling an Owner safety training course to cover safety basics including what to do in case of fire, earthquake, injury, or disturbances.

Around the priority of well-maintained, a priority project to complete is the resurfacing of the aqua bar pool. The contractor has determined the bottom resurface needs to be completely refinished. The length of this project is 2x what we planned.   This is very discouraging since we remain very busy and any pool downtime is a high impact to Owners and Guests. 

Rentals remain at extremely 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 (~21 actual YTD vs. 18.4 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 Aug’21 for Ordinary Expenses. Extra-ordinary expenses (projects) are unfavorable ~$65k YTD primarily driven by CY21 project expenses falling into CY22.

We continue to maintain our resort’s cash balance.   As of early October’21, our cash balance was ~$555k (slightly up from ~$550k at year-end) and within our budget projections.   We funded 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 improve slightly by the end of CY21.

Please read on for the latest updates at the Sonoran Sea. If you have any newsletter suggestions, please email Leslie Roman at newsletter@sonoransearesort.org .

Jerry McKinney

AC – President

SC News – Chairman: Paul Sala

No update at this time.

Head 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.

Planned Projects

Elevator Floor Mats

Planned Projects

Recycling Bins on Each Floor

Planned Projects

New Security Cameras on East Buiilding for Pool Area

Planned Projects

New Trash Cans

Planned Projects

Emergency Lights

Planned Projects

Break Room Repainted

Planned Projects

Wall Repairs (Las Palmas side)


Beach Wall Repairs (Las Palmas side)

Planned Projects

Beach Wall Repairs (Sonoran Spa side)


Valve Replacement mens bathroom in Lobby


Restaurant Logo Repainted


Tennis Court Touch Ups

Planned Projects

Nets for East Palapas

Planned Projects

Balcony Repairs West Building

Upcoming Projects

Projects planned for Q4 2021

  • Resurface & Retile adult pool.

HOA Manager: Kristian Osuna
HOA Office Manager: Fabian Urrea
HOA Assistant: Cristina Arvizu

Our next General Owners Meeting (GOM) is scheduled for Saturday April 30, 2022 at the resort.

Nov 2021 General Owners Meeting (GOM)

Schedule for Nov 5th & 6th meetings:

  • Friday Nov 5th: 2:00 PM Deep Dive meetings to be held at Ramon’s Restaurant.
  • Friday Nov 5th: 5:00 PM Happy Hour sponsored by Casago to be held at Ramon’s.
  • Saturday Nov 6th: 1:00 PM General Owners Meeting (GOM) to be held at Ramon’s.

Interested in running for an SC position?

Turn your passion for the resort into participation. We have 4 SC positions up for vote in November. If you have an interest in running, please submit your bio to Cristina in the HOA office by Friday, Oct 22nd.

COVID 19 Update

Covid 19 Impact at the Sea

We have had 1 employee on the maintenance staff test positive for COVID since June. 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.

Vaccination Status:

  • We currently have 37 employees.
  • 33 Employees have received both shots of the COVID Vaccine and are fully vaccinated.
  • 4 Employees are not vaccinated.
  • The Mexican government is currently applying the shot to all adults and teenagers.
Administrative Reminders

Policy Reminders

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.
Owner Files

Documents Required


The HOA requires you to provide the following items which are kept on file in the HOA office:


  • A key (or code) to your condo for emergency access.
  • Owner Information Form
  • Drivers License / Passport Copy
  • Homeowners Insurance Policy
  • Sales Contract or 1st Page of Trust Document
  • Pet Registration (pet owners only)
Current Board / HOA Contacts & Terms

Role & Term highlighted in red are those that are up for vote at the Nov 6th meeting.

Name Role Term Email
Paul Sala Chairman SC 05/21 - 05/22 paulsala@icloud.com
Lori Smith East Building Rep 05/21 - 05/22 sassyseahorse109@cox.net
Howard Tolshinsky East Building Alternate 11/20 - 11/21 htolchinsky@yahoo.com
Bill Woodward General Rep 05/21 - 05/22 woodwarw@comcast.net
Karen Matson West Building Rep 11/20 - 11/21 karenmatson@gmail.com
Bill O'Brien West Building Alt. 05/21 - 05/22 wvobrien@msn.com
Bruce Barclay General Rep. 05/21 - 05/22 RockyPointBruno@gmail.com
Tina Elliott General Rep. 11/20 - 11/21 mexicotina@aol.com
Steve Schwab General Rep. 11/20 - 11/21 steve@casago.com
Jerry McKinney President-AC 11/20 - 11/22 jerry.will.mckinney@gmail.com
Andrea Etheridge Treasurer-AC 05/21 - 05/23 Andrea.etheridge2010@hotmail.com
Leslie Roman Secretary-AC 05/21 - 05/23 leslie@5romans.com
Kristian Osuna HOA Manager Annual Renewal kristian@sonoransearesort.org
Fabian Urrea HOA Office Manager N/A hoaoffice@sonoransearesort.org
Cristina Arvizu HOA Assistant N/A hoaoffice@sonoransearesort.org

The Employee Pool party was held at the resort on August 10th and was a great success! Below are some photos of the event.

Defibrillator Training

Our employees also received training on the new defibrillator this quarter.

HOA Email Changes:

As communicated in the meeting, via Facebook, and via Vivook, the HOA office emails have changed. Please update your contact lists and be sure to use the new email addresses, as the old ones will stop working soon.

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.

Jose Martin Pelayo Pineda (Security)

Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Martin has been living 18 years in Puerto Peñasco, in his spare time he likes to exercise and do cycling. He likes to inculcate to his family the values like respect.

Mario Alejandro Gallegos (Security)

Originally from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. In his spare time he likes to study English and he is currently finishing high school. Mario likes to walk on the beach, listen to music and go out with his friends.

Director of Security: Rey David Castro

July Incidents:

  • July 3, 2021: Security Guards Fernando Marinez & Ruben Barajas were dismissed for stealing.
  • July 3, 2021: A guest was evicted from E209 because they refused to check out and punched the antibacterial gel dispenser. The guest was taken to the police department and paid for the damages.
  • July 4, 2021: Owner of condo E707 named Linda Remy. Started to argue with security supervisor Miguel M. Pulling his arm for disagreeing over the work being done. (Security personnel wouldn’t let fireworks in the beach area.)
  • July 5, 2021: Security requested support from the tourist auxiliary police since a person from outside the resort stole a table from the pool area in addition he attempted to assault security personnel. He had to appear before the qualifying judge Miguel m. As plaintiff as well as the person outside the resort who is the defendant.
  • July 10, 2021: Security personnel had an altercation with the owner Howard Tolchinsky. of the unit E505 because security did not give entry to one of their visits that brought a pet. The attitude of the visitors left much to be desired.
  • July 11, 2021: One of the renters of the condominium E701 was evicted for arguing with his partner in front of the restaurant area. In addition to that when security personnel arrived to attend to the report. The person behaved aggressively with the staff.
  • July 11, 2021: W702 condo owner caused slight damage to west side parking sign.

August Incidents:

  • Aug 2, 2021: 10:30 p.m. Renter of the unit E103 was evicted for breaking the rules of the resort (they used large horns in the pool area and disrespected the security guards) we requested the intervention of the police the unit #089 addressed by the officers Ivan Sepulveda and Cristofer Raya.
  • Aug 16, 2021: 01:30 a.m. In the beach area there was a group of people playing music at high volume, and did not want to listen to the recommendation of security to lower the volume and after insulting the security elements, they continued with the scandal in the beach area We requested the intervention of the police, and when the elements of the police arrived to the beach area they approached the people stating that they were guest of the resort and had rented the E501 and E701 condominiums, guest insulted the police for which they were arrested.
  • Aug 26, 2021: The security guard Edgar, reported a strong smell of marijuana via radio in the hallway of the west building in front of the W112 condominium, asking for support by calling on Miguel by confiscating a small red Ziploc bag with marijuana residues that was destroyed in water, the attention was drawn to the guest who could be evicted if they repeated the offense.

September Incidents:

  • Sep 13, 2021: Red Cross unit 688 goes to attend the brother of the owner of 110w since he had a headache, nausea & dehydration.
  • Sep 14, 2021: The brother of the owner 110w Jeff Lawrence bent the pen at the owner’s entrance with a gray f 150 vehicle.

Condo Maintenance Program

All owners are encouraged to inspect their condo’s annually. In order to help facilitate this the resort, along with Casago, is implementing a maintenance program. At this point the program is voluntary, however we will be voting at the GOM on November 6th on whether to make this mandatory.


Casago is offering inspections to all condos. This is part of the service you receive at no additional charge if you are in the Casago rental pool. You can also choose to use your own external maintenance company and use the provided checklist.

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 seamanager@casago.com.

Contractor List for Condo Remodeling / Updates


In an effort to help owners find local contractors for work being done in the condo’s, we have put a page on the owners website with recommended (and not recommended) contractors. Including a list from HOA of contractors the resort has used.


The contractors on the list is not an endorsement by the HOA – please remember to do your own due diligence when hiring a contractor.


If you have had experience with a contractor and you would like them added to the list, please send an email to: webmaster@sonoransearesort.org with the following information:


  • 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 list is available on the website. You need to login as an owner to view it.