Life in Sorrento East

Security Patrol

Our volunteer Security Patrol drives through the neighborhood at various times during the day and in the evening after dark to check for suspicious behavior. If you are going to be away for a while, let the security patrol know. Volunteers to help with the patrol are always needed. Call Bob Handley, Captain, at 941-485-8684.

Lights On for Safety

The security committee strongly urges that residents keep their outdoor lights lit every night as a safety precaution. Even if you are not at home all the time, “lights on” means safety in all neighborhoods. And be sure that your street address is clearly visible from the street for the benefit of the security patrol and emergency workers.

Speed Limits

Speed Limits are 25 mph in Sorrento East, 15 mph in the villas. Please obey these limits for the safety of our residents. The Sheriff’s Office may occasionally set up ‘zero tolerance’ speed enforcement zones and levy substantial fines.


Sorrento East has “No Soliciting” signs posted at our gates, though it’s hard to enforce. Charities including religious groups are exempt from “No Soliciting” rules. However, anyone selling any type of item is subject to Florida Statute 501-022 requiring a County ID card or permit. Without card or permit, solicitors are subject to a considerable fine, so if someone at your door has no ID or permit, you should call the Sheriff’s office immediately so they can be apprehended and removed from the area.


According to Sarasota County ordinance, your dog or cat may not run at large on any public property or the property of another unless it is under direct control of a responsible person. Voice control alone is not sufficient. Fines can run up to several hundred dollars.

SEPOA Deed Restrictions require that pet owners walking their pets in public areas pick up after them.

Watering Restrictions (in effect since January 16, 2007)

Sarasota County remains under a Phase l Water Shortage Declaration issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Call for more information at 800-423-1476 or

All residents of unincorporated Sarasota County should follow landscape and irrigation water restrictions. The restrictions apply to sources of water including well, pond, or utility system.

Even numbered addresses (house numbers ending with 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may water only on Tuesday.

Odd numbered addresses (house numbers ending with 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may water only Thursday.

The maximum amount of water applied is limited to three-quarters of an inch in each irrigation zone, on each allowable watering day. Property owners should ensure irrigation timers and run times do not extend past midnight on their allowable watering day. Timers should be adjusted for daylight savings time.

  • Excessive water running off property is prohibited, including sprinklers spraying into street or other non-landscaped area.
  • Irrigation is only allowed one time per zone per allowable watering day.
  • All irrigation systems are required by state laws to have a rain sensor or other technology which overrides irrigation when there is sufficient moisture. As such, an irrigation system operating during or soon after a substantial rainfall is prohibited by County code and subject to an immediate $100 (plus court fee) citation.

Irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any allowable day.

Fountains and waterfalls may operate at anytime with no restrictions. No special watering allowances will be granted for veritcutting or over-seeding.

Miscellaneous Water Uses

Wasting water, such as allowing hoses to run without a shut-off nozzle, leaking hoses and leaks that are not repaired, are prohibited.

New Lawns/Sod & Plants

On the first day of installation only, new lawns may be irrigated any time of day and any day of the week. After the first day, new lawns may be irrigated any day for another 29 days, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. On days 31 through 60, new lawns may be irrigated up to 3 times a week, before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. New lawns/plantings must be at least 50 percent of the area being irrigated.  Areas less than 50 percent must comply with hand watering instructions stated below.

Hand Watering of Lawns/Sod, Plants

Hand watering hanging baskets, or gardens and other non-lawn plant material is allowed any day of week at any time. Hand watering of lawns is allowed but only on the allowable day or for a special need, such as application of fertilizer or pest control. All hand watering by a hose requires the use of a shut-off nozzle.

Guidelines for Well Owners

Sarasota County has issued the following guidelines for residents about their well systems. For those who are losing water pressure from a well that cannot draw water, contact the Environmental Health Division of the Sarasota County Department of Health at 941-861-6133.

Water Questions? Call Sarasota County at 941-861-5000 or


Sorrento East is a Bird Sanctuary, and it is illegal to harass or harm the wildlife. Feeding large birds is discouraged by most wildlife experts and by the Board. It makes the birds more dependent on human support and can lead to poor relationships with your neighbors.

Feeding alligators is illegal and very dangerous. An alligator that loses its fear of humans and associates people with food is a serious danger to humans and pets.

Trash & Recycling Pickup at Your Home in Sorrento East

Curbside garbage and recycling collection services are provided to residents in unincorporated parts of Sarasota County by Waste Management.

Garbage, yard waste and recyclable items are all collected on Thursday. Items may be placed at the curb beginning at 5 p.m. the day before collection and should be curbside by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Empty containers should be brought in from the curb by 10 a.m. on the day following collection.

Yard waste should be placed separately from garbage and recyclables at the curb for collection. It should be bundled into groups and secured with string. Each bundle should not exceed 40 pounds or four feet in length.

Other items that may be collected curbside include used motor oil and oil filters. Oil should be placed in a container with a screw top lid. Place filters in clear plastic bags.

Sarasota County Recycling Guidelines (as of Nov. 28, 2016)


  • Cardboard (NEW: including flattened pizza boxes)
  • Writing and office paper
  • Junk mail
  • Envelopes (including envelopes with windows)
  • Newspapers (including inserts)
  • Magazines, catalogs, phonebooks
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes without liners, soda boxes, tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Paperback books (no hardback books)
  • Brown paper bags
  • Shredded paper (place in paper bag, NO plastic bags)

Place food-contaminated paper/cardboard products in the garbage. Remove liner and food from pizza boxes. Flatten cardboard boxes and cut down all cardboard to 2 feet by 3 feet.


  • Aluminum cans/foil trays
  • Steel and tin cans and lids
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Glass bottles and jars (all colors)
  • Metal jar lids
  • Drink boxes
  • Milk/juice cartons
  • NEW: All plastics with the symbol numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 and that fit in the recycling bin (NO Styrofoam®/Polystyrene number 6 materials)
  • NO plastic bags, Styrofoam® products, coat hangers, pots, pans, dishes, pane glass or glassware
  • Lightly rinse all containers

Note: Curbside pickups for electronics should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance with Waste Management at 941-493-4100.

Hazardous Waste at Your Home

Due to safety and cost, most household hazardous wastes are not collected curbside. Residents of Sarasota County may take accepted items from nonbusiness- related activities to any of three chemical collection centers for safe disposal free of charge. Proof of county residency (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) may be required. Center closest to Sorrento East: Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex, 4010 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Admin)
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Disposal)
Saturday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Disposal)
Closed on New Year’s, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Items Accepted
​Automotive batteries
Automotive products
Batteries (button, nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion, rechargeable)
Cell phones
Electronics (computer systems, printers, etc.)
Fire extinguishers
Fluorescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps
Hazardous waste
Lawn and garden chemicals
Paint thinner
Pool chemicals
Rechargeable batteries
Sharps (needles, lancets) in proper container ONLY
Toxic waste
Used motor oil

For items not listed above, contact Hazardous Waste Office to confirm disposal.

Additional Information

Alkaline batteries may be placed in the garbage for disposal. Electronics such as monitors, stereos, speakers, telephones (remove batteries and dispose of properly), TVs and vacuum cleaners may be placed in the garbage for disposal.

Flares, fireworks, guns and ammunition should be taken to your local law enforcement agency for disposal. Please contact your local agency for details.

Needle Disposal Program and Free Sharps Containers are available through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.

Pharmaceuticals are no longer accepted at the chemical collection centers.  Drop-off locations for prescription drugs are available throughout Sarasota County.

Questions? Call Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.