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  • Judge: Creekside Golf Club can close, be turned into housing (OR) May 26, 2017 Creekside Golf Club’s neighbors have lost a year-long legal battle to keep the 18-hole championship course from closing and being developed into housing.  A post on the association’s web site said the board disagrees with the ruling and is considering an appeal. The association budgeted $240,000 for legal costs this year, nearly half its total budget.    Read the article……………
  • Safety inspections delay openings of some Triangle pools (NC) May 23, 2017 Some community swimming pools across the Triangle may not be open in time for Memorial Day weekend after electrical inspections uncovered problems.  Regular electrical inspections at swimming pools are not required by law, but several homeowners associations are following the recommendation of the NC Dept. Of Health and Human Services to have a licensed electrician inspect their pools and evaluate the safety of the electrical systems.     Read the article………….
  • Association Pool Tips for Safe, Fun Summer Season May 23, 2017 At the start of summer, associations should evaluate their pool rules and procedures in addition to conducting all of the necessary inspections of their pools, spas and related equipment.  With the help of qualified professionals, the inspections should include all pools and pool equipment as well as the surrounding amenities, including gates, fences, signs, locker rooms, etc.    Read the article…………….
  • Cape condo complex’s pool barrier fails inspection again (FL) May 22, 2017 The barrier installed around a Cape Coral pool where two children drowned last week failed inspection again.  The city says there was an issue with the new barrier’s main gate.  This comes as officials with the Florida Department of Health confirm they closed the same pool back in February due to water quality issues, weeks after neighbors say the initial pool barriers were removed.      Read the article…………….
  • Pair of siblings drown in pool at Cape Coral condo complex (FL) May 16, 2017 Two children drowned in a pool at a Cape Coral condo complex late Monday night, according to an incident report obtained by ABC7.  It happened at the Aurora Townhouse Condos located at 1330 SW 47th Terrace just before 10:30 p.m.  When police arrived, they found a man in the parking lot saying his kids had drowned in the pool. The responding officer immediately began CPR on a male child who was laying in the parking lot.     Read the article…………..
  • Pool Safety: Don’t Let an Amenity Become a Liability May 15, 2017 According to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), there are 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an agency that is independent of the US government, states that despite the numbers being down 11 percent nationwide since 2010, “Between 2013 and 2015, an estimated 5,600 children under 15 years old were treated each year in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal drownings in pools or spas.”    Read ...
  • Maintaining ‘Niche’ Amenities: Special Amenities May Need Special Care May 11, 2017 Once upon a time, when someone purchased a condo or co-op, their ownership came with the privilege of using the building’s amenities. Those who lived in a building with a fitness room equipped with treadmills and weights considered themselves fortunate, and those whose building had a swimming pool were downright envied.  Fast forward to today when full-service gyms have replaced bare-bones fitness rooms, and are as commonplace an amenity as a garage or a laundry room. When it comes to ...
  • Playground Innovations: What’s New in Fun May 11, 2017 Most kids these days have never had more options when it comes to fun: video games and electronic entertainment of every kind are ubiquitous, and all sorts of mobile toys, too. But amid a national childhood obesity epidemic, the need for children to play and exert the energy that builds up in fast-growing little bodies has never been more critical. Active, outdoor play is crucial not only for the physical exercise and fresh air, but to make friends and build ...
  • Colony developer and neighboring residents agree on plan for the property (FL) May 10, 2017 When the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort was in its 1970s heyday, Aquarius resident Frank Morneau remembers coming and going through a private entrance between the two properties to buy a morning paper or visit the dining areas. His children took tennis lessons at the resort.  In a contract obtained by the Longboat Observer, Unicorp National Developments and the Colony site’s next-door neighbors, the Tencon and Aquarius condominium communities, have reached an agreement to return similar perks if the resort ...
  • Avoid the Summertime Blues, Swimming Pool Do’s and Don’ts May 4, 2017 Summertime is right around the corner and associations everywhere are getting ready to open their pools for the season. However, along with the sun, fun, and endless splashes, pools come with potential risks and liabilities for an association. Outlined below are some things to think about and implement to avoid the pool summertime blues.     Read the article…………….
  • 10 Residential Amenities That Rock April 30, 2017 Gym, spa, blah blah blah. Sometimes the hit list of residential amenities sounds like the same old broken record. Any condominium or residential complex can offer an Olympic-size swimming pool. But a swimming pool aquarium? That would be extraordinary (if it actually existed). We’ve heard of the Porsche Design Tower’s automated car elevator. Now that’s thinking outside the box. Here are amenities that truly catch the eye (or ear or taste). Let’s call this amenities compilation “The Greatest Hits.”   Read ...
  • Swimming Pools: Summer Fun or Summer Burden? (IL) April 28, 2017 Many communities have swimming pools for residents to enjoy. A lot goes into maintaining a clean, healthy, safe and fun swimming pool facility. These community facilities can add great value to the properties, but are they fun, or a burden for those who are responsible for maintaining all necessary expectations for smooth operation? Below are some guidelines to help ensure the successful operation of pool facilities and to provide   Read the article……………
  • Siena Golf Club homeowners offered chance to save course (NV) April 27, 2017 More than 800 golf courses have been shuttered nationally in the past decade because of financial distress and other issues, according to data from BusinessInsider.com.  SilverStone and Badlands have closed in the Las Vegas Valley, and legal battles are in process. Homeowners have been left with declining home values and a lesser quality of life.  And last week, Dr. David Lee, one of three owners of Siena Golf Club, was quoted in an email to Siena homeowners as stating that ...
  • Oakmont to hold recount in election that empowered pickleball foes (CA) April 12, 2017 It appeared for a moment that the staggeringly divisive and complex pickleball controversy at Oakmont might be settled by the election that bestowed control of the homeowners’ board to a new majority opposed to building courts in the heart of the senior-citizen haven.  Instantly upon taking office, members of the new, four-person majority on the Oakmont Village Association board acted to suspend work on a pickleball complex alongside the Berger Center. Those directors intend to initiate, at the board meeting ...
  • Preparing for Pool Season April 12, 2017 Summer is quickly approaching, which means pool season is just around the corner! If your community is fortunate enough to have a pool, boy are you lucky! To ensure that the pool season goes smoothly, you want to make sure that residents and the community are properly prepared.  Below are ways you can get your community prepped for pool season:     Read the article…………..
  • Debate rages in Waikoloa Village about homeowner subsidization of golf course (HI) April 11, 2017 When Waikoloa Village was constructed by developer Boise Cascade in the 1970s, it was intended as a retirement community meant to revolve around a golf course. In recent months, however, some homeowners there have challenged the viability and necessity of that paradigm.  Amy Swan, president of the Waikoloa Village Homeowners Association Board of Directors, explained why she thinks the debate has gained so much traction after four decades of relative dormancy.    Read the article……….
  • Real estate Q&A: Music hits sour note at condo’s public pool April 6, 2017 Q: Our condo pool has a rule stating “no radio playing except when using earphones.” There are people in our condo — actually several board members — who frequently play musical instruments and sing out loud on the pool deck. I interpret the rule to mean that people in the pool area shouldn’t be subjected to anyone’s music. What do you think?     Read the Q&A…………..
  • Pickleball row may be over after Oakmont election installs a new board (CA) April 5, 2017 The score just changed in the protracted, hard-fought pickleball contest in Oakmont. It appears that a barely begun project to build four centrally located play courts will soon be terminated.  A vote tally Tuesday revealed that a slate of three foes of the pickleball project were elected to the board of the homeowners’ association that governs the east Santa Rosa retirement community.     Read the article……………
  • Killearn developer wins key approval from community (FL) April 1, 2017 The nine-hole course at Killearn Country Club known as the Narrows has been a contentious strip of green for several years.  After all the lawsuits and negotiations, the battle over the course may be coming to an end. Killearn Country Club owner Barton Tuck won over the Killearn Homes Association on a plan to sell the Narrows and drive that money back into renovating the club and allow residential development to go forward.
  • Aging Condominium updates for an Aging Population March 29, 2017 Condominiums are not just for young people, there are many elderly condo residents that bought their units in the 1980’s. Many early construction condo buildings are now facing challenges of providing amenities to owners who are 65 years or older. These buildings often lack accessibility and safety features now common in new buildings.    Read the article…………….

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