Rotonda Meadows/Villas Lakes & Canals 

The lakes and canals in Rotonda Meadows and Villas are owned by the Association and are a vital part of the storm water management plan for the community. Their main purpose is to control flooding in the event of a major rainstorm. Rainwater from the roads and properties flows into these lakes. Aggressive aquatic weed growth can block lake access and migrate into once clear waters. New infestations of plants like cattails can actually eliminate vital shallow areas used by fish for breeding and trap debris such as grass clippings and leaves. In order to control algae, grasses and cattails, the Association has contracted with Solitude Lake Management to inspect and treat approximately 24,000 linear feet (4.55 miles) of shoreline every month.

Lakes and Canals Rules:


The Board of Directors would like to remind the membership that the lakes are reserved for the exclusive use of Association members, not the general public. The Board is making great efforts to protect the privacy of the community, including working closely with the Sheriff’s office, posting of new signage, and hiring off-duty deputies for extra patrols. If you see someone who is trespassing on or around the lakes (including fishermen), you are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s office by dialing 941-639-2101 (non-emergency).

All owners should be aware that the community’s lakes and natural areas may be inhabited by various wildlife including snakes and alligators. It is extremely important that you take caution around these areas and under no circumstances feed any wildlife. There is no swimming allowed in any of the Rotonda Meadows/Villas lakes or canals. Persons with concerns about an alligator should call the toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) will then dispatch a nuisance alligator trapper to remove the gator. Generally, an alligator may be deemed a nuisance if it is at least four feet in length and the caller believes it poses a threat to people, pets or property. Alligators removed by these trappers are killed and not relocated. FWC may request permission from the Association to enter common property. This permission has been granted and anyone may call the management office (941-697-9722) to verify. For more info visit,