Owners Info

Posted on Dec 7, 2020

Welcome to the 4th quarter and Final 2020 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


Next GOM (General Owners Meeting): Tentatively May 1, 2021

AC News – President: Jerry McKinney

We have entered the holiday season at the Sonoran Sea. For many of us, this is our favorite time of the year. Wonderful weather, friends and family, and all the joy, blessings, and traditions that the holidays bring.

We will continue our hard work at the resort to take advantage of the low season as we collectively prepare the resort for another busy season beginning in March’21. We continue to prioritize improvements and strive to achieve the four key principles for our resort – Safety, Professionally Serviced, Well-Maintained, & Financially Solvent.

Special thanks to those of you who participated in the November’20 HOA meeting or deep dive session. The HOA office and employees successfully hosted a safe event during this difficult COVID-19 period. The Owners (and their proxies) voted on several important items we will cover in more detail in this month’s newsletter. We will prioritize repairs to the non-heated pool waterfall, pool rocks, and adult pool refinishing during this low season. It is imperative that these projects be completed before March spring break when more Owners and guests arrive.

The maintenance and cleaning staff continues to work very hard to keep the Sonoran Sea fresh and well serviced. If you have seen a difference in the resort over the last several months, please take a moment and extend your sincere thanks to your Sonoran Sea staff. They are working very hard to make a positive difference at the Sonoran Sea. Please also join me in extending our thanks to our Sonoran Sea employees as they celebrate Christmas at their December 15th holiday dinner. It is not too late to make a donation to the employee dinner – please contact the HOA office for more information.

We continue to maintain our resort’s cash balance. As of late November’20, our cash balance was $556k and within our budget projections. We look forward to next year as HOA dues decline ~4% and we fund key operating expenses and approved projects.

I like to reflect this time of year on my family’s blessings and joy. Tracy and I recently hiked the Peralta Trail in the Superstition Mountain to Weaver’s Needle and Lone Tree. On the way down the mountain, I was lamenting to my wife about the challenging hike. After we arrived home, she read a Facebook post from the prior day of a blind person (with two guides) who hiked the same trail. I was humbled, inspired, and also felt blessed. Even during this difficult time that we are facing, if one takes a breath and self-reflects with an open mind, it is the miracle of the season which reminds us how truly blessed and fortunate we are. Our attitude and approach allows us to conquer challenges we may not thought possible. I often need other courageous and inspirational people to remind me of this life principle.

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 .

Happy holidays to you and yours.

Jerry McKinney

AC – President

SC News – Chairman: Ron Lilishkies

Ron provided info during the recent GOM. Please see the minutes for his updates.

As mentioned in the meeting, the SC team is working on these two items:

  • Architectural process, procedures and details:

    • The Surveillance Committee (SC) has been working on clarifying the process for owners to submit changes they want to do to their condos.  In acordance with Article 20: “Owners will not be entitled to make any modification or remodeling on interior walls of their Exclusive Properties without the prior authorization of the SURVEILLANCE COMMITTEE or the ADMINISTRATOR”.
    • The SC is finalizing the forms needed to seek approval for changes, as well as notification to the HOA when repairs / changes need to be made that do not require approval (so that the HOA is aware when workers are expected and are allowed access). These forms will be available on the website, in addition to the relevant CCR’s (Articles 18, 19 and 20), so that Owners understand which projects require approval and which projects only require notification to the HOA.  These forms can also be obtained by requesting them from the HOA office.
    • The intent is to make the process simple to follow and to clarify with owners which projects require approval and which do not.
    • No approval is needed for the following interior modifications: painting, floor tile, or changing of furniture or applicances. However you do need to notify the HOA at least 3 days prior to the start of work of any contractors that will be needing access to your condo.
    • For those projects requiring approval, you will be notified in adherence to the CCR’s within 20 days of receiving the request. If the outcome is a denial of the request, the SC will provide an explanation of why the project was not approved in adherence with the restrictions noted in the CCR’s. We recommend that you submit your requests for approval at least 30 days in advance of when you want the work started.

  • Owners Complaint process & procedures documentation.

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.

East Pool (Pool Bar) Resurface

New Valves (Fire System)

Gym Terrace Railing Repainted

Courtyard Lamps Repainted

Security Gate Speedbumps Added

Shower Valves Replaced

Lobby Columns Repainted

Upcoming Projects

Projects planned for Q1 2021

  • Elevator Cabin Refurbishment
  • Tennis/Pickleball Court Resurface
  • Elevator Windows
  • Pool Waterfall and Rocks
  • West Side Parking Lot Plumbing Repair

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

Our General Owners Meeting (GOM) was held on Saturday May 1st, 2021 at the resort.

November General Owners Meeting (GOM)

Nov 14th


Turnout at the meeting was good, despite COVID 19.


  • Friday Deep Dive meetings were held at Ramon’s with groups spaced 6′ apart.
  • Saturday’s Official meeting was also held at Ramon’s with groups spaced 6′ apart.
  • Unofficial minutes for the meeting can be found on the owners website.

Voting Results from the Meeting:


  • 9 SC Members were voted on. The current SC Members are listed below under Current Board / HOA Contacts & Terms.

  • We had 3 choices for Television Services. The assembly voted for Option 1. See the meeting minutes for details, and more info below in the newsletter.

    • Option 1:  Each condo contracts individually for their own TV service.

    • Option 2:  DirecTV

    • Option 3:  MegaCable

  • 2021 Budget Approved

  • Reserve Cash Approach Approved

  • Drone Policy Approved

  • E907 Architectural Proposal Approved

  • Ratified Sonoran Sea Resort AC as Administrator

  • Jerry McKinney voted in as AC President

COVID 19 Update

Covid 19 Impact at the Sea

We have had 0 employees test positive for COVID since August. 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.

There have been no positive cases for the last 19 weeks.

Administrative Reminders

Pet Policy and Drone Policy

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.

Drone Policy: As voted on at the November GOM – Drone’s are NOT allowed on the resort property at any time.

Television Options

Owners Voted

As mentioned above, the owners overwhelmingly voted at the GOM on November 14th to let each condo owner source their own Television Service.

The owners voted to remove a recurring charge of $7,000 from the 2021 operating budget for the current HOA TV service, and added a non-recurring $4,700 for the cost of splitters for the satellites on the roof.  Beginning January 1, 2021, owners who wish to have TV service will need to provide their own.

There are various people in town that can help you set up your TV service, but we did a little research to provide more information to owners. Note – please confirm pricing and options with the installers before signing up:

  • Streaming Services: Smart TV’s in your condo’s allow you and your guests to stream Netflix, Amazon and other services. If you don’t have a smart TV, you can use other devices like a Chromecast, AppleTV or ROKU device to access those services.

  • DirecTV: Contact Tony Darwish at 480-560-5102 or via eMail at darwishinstalls@gmail.com.
    • You do not need to have DirecTV in the US in order to get DirecTV in your condo.  The lowest cost package on the DirecTV site is $65/mo.
    • If you do already have DirecTV in the US, you have a couple of options:
      • Bundle your package – in many cases your total cost will go down.
      • Add a new account for your condo in Mexico, and then Tony will re-negotiate your account in the US to get a lower price.
    • Installation Cost:
      • If you have current, up to date, DirecTV service in your condo then there is no installation fee.
      • If Tony needs to run a line and add / connect to a Satellite Dish, then the install fee is $100.
    • Service Guarantee and DirecTV contacts:
      • Tony will guarantee your equipment and service for one year.
      • He will also maintain the contacts with DirecTV to renegotiate your plan each year, to keep costs down.

  • Dish TV: Contact Guillermo Jimenez at 638-105-0060 or via eMail: rockyp11@hotmail.com
    • You must have a DISH account in the US in order to get DISH service in your condo.
    • The lowest cost DISH package is $59.00/mo for 190 Channels.
    • 2 Year Price Guarantee
    • The local technician will provide the antenna and he will do the installation in your condo.
      • Antenna/Dish is $129.00
      • Installation cost is $125.00 plus wiring of $20.00 (approx).

  • MegaCable:
    • MegaCable is not available to individual condos owners. MegaCable would have to be wired for the entire resort.
Owner Files

Documents Required


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


  • A key to your condo for emergency access.
  • Information Update 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

Note: Corrections to AC Member Term – AC created and all members voted in Feb 2018.

Name Role Term Email
Ron Lilishkies Chairman SC 11/20 - 11/21 lve2ski@yahoo.com
Mike Sheffield East Building Rep 11/20 - 11/21 mike@sheffieldnet.com
Howard Tolshinsky East Building Alternate 11/20 - 11/21 htolchinsky@yahoo.com
Steve Suhre West Building Alternate 11/20 - 11/21 steve1559@cox.net
Karen Matson West Building Rep 11/20 - 11/21 karenmatson@gmail.com
David Foley General Rep. 11/20 - 11/21 dafo70@gmail.com
Paul Sala General Rep. 11/20 - 11/21 paulsala@icloud.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
Ray Bishop Treasurer-AC 02/19 - 02/21 sea310west@gmail.com
Leslie Roman Secretary-AC 02/19 - 02/21 leslie@5romans.com
Kristian Osuna HOA Manager Annual Renewal kristian@searesorthoa.com
Fabian Urrea HOA Office Manager N/A hoamanager@searesorthoa.com
Cristina Arvizu HOA Assistant N/A cristina@searesorthoa.com

Employee Christmas Dinner:

The employee Christmas Dinner is scheduled for December 15th. In normal times we celebrate with a party that includes employee’s spouses, but due to COVID 19 we are following the safety protocols and holding a small dinner for the employees only, without their families.

During company Christmas dinners, employers give away prizes by drawing names from a hat. The prizes vary, from new appliances (like toasters, blenders, TVs, stereos, DVD players and Bluetooth speakers) to envelopes containing cash. Some employers give away lavish grand prizes as well, such as living-room furniture sets. We rely on owners who are willing to donate prizes. Last year’s party was a great success thanks to the pile of prizes donated by many generous homeowners.

This year, we are again calling upon homeowners to donate prizes for our Christmas dinner. We are planning the company dinner for the 15th of December, and we hope that you can drop by prizes to the HOA office before then. If you would like to make a cash donation , please make checks payable to the Sonoran Sea Resort HOA, and mail it no later than December 10th to:

Sonoran Sea Resort HOA
PO Box 560 PMB 33
Lukeville, AZ 85341

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.

Miguel Raymundo Orozco (Security)

Raymundo has worked at the Sea since July 2019. He was born in Puerto Penasco. He likes to play all kinds of sports, and he loves to tinker with cars. In his spare time he does body work and mechanical work to race cars. He is happily divorced, loves the beach and karoake on the weekends.

Ruben Barajas Perez (Security)

Ruben has been working at the Sea since March 2016. Ruben would like to thank the owners and the HOA for the opportunity to work at the Sonoran Sea. He is very happy here. In his spare time he likes to watch television, and he also likes to cycle.

Head of Security: Arturo Lepe Valdez

Sept Incidents:

  • 09/10/2020:  An SSR condo owner received a warning from the tourist police about having a pet without a leash on the beach.
  • 09/10/2020:  An SSR condo owner was fined by the tourist police for having glass bottles on the beach, and for being on the beach after 7 PM.
  • 09/20/2020:  An SSR condo owners car was hit by a renter in the parking lot.  The renter paid the owner for damages.  No injuries or material damages were reported.

Oct Incidents:

  • 10/03/2020:  Renters in one unit reported a theft of their alcohol from the grass area.  It was determined that renters from another condo had taken the alcohol.  They paid the owners of the alcohol for the alcohol that was taken.
  • 10/08/2020:  An owner from the Sonoran Sun hit the Security Gate Arm and paid for a replacement.
  • 10/09/2020:  A renter from the Sonoran Sea hit the gate arm and paid for a replacement.
  • 10/17/2020:  A woman was found unconsious in the parking lot.  Security called an ambulance and the individual was taken to the Army hospital.
  • 10/18/2020:  A renter was jumping from one balcony to another. Security spoke with them, and let them know if they continued the renter would be evicted.
  • 10/18/2020:  Security warned renters from a 7th floor unit about throwing beer from the balcony to the grass area.

Nov Incidents:

  • 11/05/2020:  Security warned parents about their children playing with the elevator buttons.
  • 11/07/2020:  Security had to tell renters to turn down their music in the pool area.
  • 11/20/2020:  Renters children were drinking alcohol in glass bottles at the pool area.  They were told by Security that it was not allowed, and the renters got upset and broke a bottle.  They then went to the beach and continued drinking with glass bottles on the beach, and were told by the Tourist Police that it was not allowed.  They then returned to their condo, and locked the door.  Security spoke with the parents and let them know this was not allowed, and the police were called.  They were evicted. 
  • 11/21/2020:  Parents hid their children (from above) in their car and brought them back on to the property where they were discovered.  The family became aggressive toward security and were subsequently evicted.

Designated Rental Company – Casago – Casago Founder, CEO: Steve Schwab

Casago’s thought’s on television service in rental units:

The recent HOA vote to transfer the responsibility of television service to the individual homeowner will bring a new information requirement set to the renting owners. As you know, TV is critical to the success of each property rental. The variety of channel choice and service level will be a little more challenging to navigate for the guest as they can’t expect the same channels on every stay once the new policy takes effect. Casago will be asking our homeowners to update us with their service provider and channels to add to the descriptions of each property so that it can be disclosed to guests what entertainment options they can expect. As you choose a service provider and pick channels please keep in mind that our market has a mix of guests that will demand a variety of both English and Spanish channels.

It has been discussed among many owners if they should go direct to streaming services. At the moment we would advise our owners not to rely on streaming as your main entertainment amenity source. It is yet to be seen if the internet bandwidth demand can be serviced properly if a seismic increase in streaming happens at the Sonoran Sea, especially during times of high occupancy.

Note from the HOA – it is our understanding that each condo has an independent dedicated bandwidth of 30 MBPS, so individual condo’s should not be impacted by high occupancy in other areas of the resort.

Six Interesting Facts About Mexico:

Maintenance Reminder

All owners are encouraged to check the following items at least yearly to prevent leaks. Maintenance of these items is each owners responsibility:

  • Water Valves
  • Toilet Wax Rings
  • Water Heaters
  • Refrigerators
  • Dishwashers
  • Shower Grouting
  • Patio Grouting
  • Ice Makers
  • Faucets

Way’s to help in the community:

There are various associations/groups in Puerto Penasco that welcome your donations at this time of year.

Donations of clothes, bedding, blankets, toys, and misc. can be dropped off at the Rocky Point Times Newspaper office.

  • AIM – Donations can be dropped off at the Lion’s Club Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM (Av. Calz. Chapultepec S/N – behind DIF)
    • Blanket Drive
    • Pots & Pans Drive
    • New/Used Laptop Drive
  • Adopt A Classroom – Please contact Barbara Olszewski (rpbarbo@gmail.com) or call 1-602-324-9529 US or 638-114-2406 (MX)
    • Education drive for Learning Center looking for TV/Computer “screens” and headphones.
  • Palabras de Esperanza Community Center
    • Holiday toy and candy drive through December 19th.
  • Esperanza Children’s Home
  • Rotary Club of Puerto Penasco (CR Mar de Penasco)
  • Barb’s Dog Rescue
    • Asking for dog food.
    • Use AmazonSmile for your Christmas shopping and choose Barb’s Dog Rescue as your charity.
  • Rocky Point Adoption Center (Nancy Phelan)
    • Cat Food
  • Sonoran Resorts Annual Food Drive
    • Please drop off non-perishable goods at any of the Sonoran Resorts sales offices.
Source: Rocky Point Times FB Post Dec 3, 2020

Little known ways you can get arrested in Mexico

There are obvious ways to get arrested in Mexico, from drug smuggling and public fighting to overstaying your visa, but there are also plenty of lesser-known ways to get arrested – here are a few (continued from last newsletter):

  • Taking Your Feet Off the Pedals of a Bike: Pretty bizarre (and probably not regularly enforced) but cyclists are not allowed to remove their feet from their bike pedals for fear they could lose control and crash. This was a law passed in the late 19th century after an accident between a coach and a cyclist.
  • Crashing An Uninsured Car: You can get yourself into some serious legal difficulties if you fail to have all the right paperwork. If you have an accident and can’t prove you’re covered with the right insurance, you’re likely to be arrested and the car will be impounded.
  • Messing up the National Anthem: Mexico is a patriotic nation and this is reflected in their overwhelming respect for the flag and the official National Anthem. In fact, there are several chapters of law dedicated to honoring and correctly performing the himno nacional mexicano, and playing it incorrectly could see you saddled with a fine, or the need to aplogize to the country. You’re not likely to get arrested, but you might get humiliated.
  • Taking Pork Scratchings Across the Border: There are several products not allowed across borders as souvenirs – think live (or dead) animals, plant products and illegal weapons and drugs – but there are also some stranger items banned by the US that people may want to bring from Mexico, namely pork products. These cannot, under any circumstance, be brought into the US, so leave your crispy chicharron in the south of the border.
Source: Lauren Cocking The Culture Trip, October 2017