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Club West group shuns litigation, decides to look for water or buy golf course (AZ)

A group of Club West Golf Club homeowners will focus on buying their beleaguered golf course or finding a permanent source of cheaper water rather than pursue a court fight.  Jim Lindstrom, a leader of Save Club West, said that

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Golf course owner countersues Club West HOA (AZ)

Golf course owner Wilson Gee has fired back at the Club West Home Owners Association, accusing it of conspiring with the city to put him out of business and refusing to help defray his “exorbitant water costs” so it can

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Princeton Meadows HOA Locked in Pool Battle (TX)

The final holiday weekend of summer means cooling off in the water for many, but homeowners in the North Texas community of Princeton Meadows don’t want to go near the neighborhood pool. In fact, they could not get in if

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Fairways to Driveways: Golfers disappointed by plan to start long-delayed homes project on half of Hawk Valley Golf Club (PA)

Everyone agrees that Hawk Valley Golf Club is looking better than it has in ages.  Over the last six years, overgrown trees have been trimmed, sand has been added to sand traps and flowers have been planted at the 18-hole

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Avoiding Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act

Your condo association would never dream of turning away potential condo owners based on their race, religion, or familial status, but did you know your pool rules could put you in violation of the Fair Housing Act (FHA)?   Read the

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Security HOA meets about high levels of PFCs found in pool (CO)

Homeowners in the Copperfield subdivision invited a lawyer to take questions after high level of PFCs were found in the pool.  While the HOA president did not allow 11 News into the meeting, he did say afterwards that “for the

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Second beleagured golf community goes to court (AZ)

A second Ahwatukee golf community has become embroiled in a lawsuit over conditions of its course, generating a three-way fight involving its owner, the homeowners association, and hundreds of residents.  The Club West HOA in July filed a lawsuit in

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Mount Vintage Golf Club sells for $2.9 million (to HOA) (SC)

A group of North Augusta area homeowners paid $2.9 million to purchase Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Course, according to property records obtained by The North Augusta Star.  The Mount Vintage Plantation Homeowners Association formally acquired the course last week from

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Insuring Amenities: Don’t Make Luxury a Liability

Like beauty, what constitutes an ‘amenity’—particularly a ‘luxury’ amenity—may well be in the eye of the beholder. Young families may want indoor and outdoor play equipment, while professionals may appreciate a well-appointed gym, and seniors might gravitate towards card rooms

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America’s Golf Courses Are Burning

More than 800 golf courses have closed nationwide in the last decade, as operators grapple with declining interest in the sport and a glut of competition. Many of those shuttered courses were built on land proscribed from redevelopment by local

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354 homes proposed for Creekside Golf Club property (OR)

Last April, the neighboring Creekside Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit against the golf club’s owners – Tokarski and developer Terry Kelly – saying they have a contractual obligation to keep the course open.  Homeowners say the homes they bought were

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Mount Vintage Golf Club sold to HOA (SC)

Mount Vintage Golf Course has been purchased by the Mount Vintage Home Owners Association for $2.9 million.  Read the article………….

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Major “bogey” for homeowners who live along Belle Oaks Golf Club on Taylor Bayou (TX)

A major “bogey” for many people who live along Belle Oaks Golf Club on Taylor Bayou.  Some say what was once an attraction, is now a large piece of unattended grass and many homeowners are not happy with.   Read the

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Hosting Guests in Your HOA

Inviting guests into your HOA for a private or community party may seem like a simple idea, but it can quickly get out of hand if rules aren’t followed. If you or your HOA will be throwing a party, check

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Some neighbors fume as developers eye Phoenix golf courses to build houses (AZ)

“You can’t make someone keep a property a golf course with no other economic use,” he said.  And private covenants, conditions and restrictions can take years to enforce. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge recently ruled those restrictions require the

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What Community Associations Should Know About the Fair Housing Act and its Impact on Pool Rules and Regulations

With the summer heat wave in full force, it is nice to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool to cool down. Also, pools are not only good for cooling down but also provide numerous other benefits, including family time

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Troubled golf course calls it quits (VA)

Conditions had deteriorated further in recent weeks, according to Esther Lee, president of the River’s Bend Homeowners Association. She said the course had fallen out of compliance with the county’s vegetation ordinance after grass and weeds in some spots had

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Is former golf course in Ahwatukee (AZ) making a comeback? Not so much

The golf course passed through three owners. The current owner of the land is a company called True Life Companies. They took on the property after the course had closed down and have no plans of bringing it back.  However,

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How to manage shared facilities in condos without getting into a war

Unlike squabbles over who gets the last scoop of ice-cream (summer is here!), conflicts over shared common facilities between multiple communities can’t be easily resolved through just a game of rock-paper-scissors. We’ve seen how ugly it can turn out to

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Pool repairs at Icon Brickell to cost $14.4M, with unit owners footing most of the bill (FL)

It looks like condo owners at Icon Brickell are back in deep water because of their troubled pool deck.  A letter from the project’s master association said the condo complex’s pool repairs will cost $14.4 million, and unit owners are

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Creekside Golf Club countersues homeowners (OR)

Legal wrangling over the future of Creekside Golf Club is intensifying.  Last week, the South Salem golf course’s owners filed a countersuit against neighboring homeowners who have asked a judge to prevent owners from closing the club and selling the

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Planning commission approves Eagle Point golf course rezoning (AL)

Ripon Britton, an attorney representing the HOA, spoke in support of the rezoning request. When news that the golf course was being sold got out a few months ago, Britton said there was concern in the neighborhood regarding the loss

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City of Las Vegas (NV) to address dying golf course

Homeowner association treasurer Rudy Romano said his group believes Stone Ridge Parkway mismanaged the property. An emergency hearing concerning the property is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. Romano said the City of Las Vegas will hear the case and

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Special needs child in Lawrence (NJ) can’t use his condo’s pool due to silly bylaws

A 7-year-old special needs child is being denied use of his condo’s pool because of some silly association bylaws that simply do not jibe with New Jersey state law.     Read the article………….

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Buyers and neighbourhood influencing condo amenities

While price and location are still top of mind for most condo buyers, amenities can influence their decision-making. When Tsehaie Makonnen moved back to downtown Toronto two years ago from suburban Milton, the last place she imagined living in was

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Alderman: Canal Shores board doesn’t want neighbors to ‘hate’ them (IL)

Revelle said she scheduled the Tuesday night meeting at the request of residents who wanted the city official to facilitate additional dialogue between the association and neighbors of the course. The association previously hosted a similarly well-attended community meeting regarding

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Bermuda Dunes may make club membership mandatory (CA)

Bermuda Dunes, a large and diverse gated community with one of the desert’s oldest golf courses, will soon be asked to vote on a proposal to require the owners of its 1,400 homes to join Bermuda Dunes Country Club.   Read

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The New Architectural Renderings: Marrying Technology and Smart Design

In the past, when it came time to do a remodeling project, no one really ever had much of an idea as to how things would turn out. Architects and designers would come by with blueprints or swatches of color

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Designing Common Areas: What Works Best?

In the past, developers would throw a few chairs and tables into a large room and call it a common area or a recreation room and leave it at that. Today, however, there’s more to designing, maintaining and upgrading a

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Incorporating Safety into Play Time: Recreational Playgrounds in Co-ops, Condos and HOAs

One universal truth on which we all can agree is that kids like to play. They love little more than getting together and having a bang-up good time. And in almost any cooperative, condominium or homeowners’ association, there is likely

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Wi-Fi Safety Around Pools, Public Buildings

Many homeowners associations offer free Wi-Fi around public areas such as pools and clubhouses. In order to make use of it, members will need to agree to the terms and conditions of HOA policy.   Read the article……………

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Summer Safety – Inform Your Members

Springtime is a great time to get ready for a busy summer at the community you manage. Many members invite guests into the community and host seasonal parties or activities. There may even be association-sponsored summer fun. But it’s important

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Struggling riverfront golf club weighed for development, conservation (VA)

Esther Lee, president of the River’s Bend HOA, said many residents are, unsurprisingly, not happy about the state of the golf course.  “We’re supposed to be a golf course community and we’re concerned of what the course has done to

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Creekside Golf Club averts closure, for now

Lawyers for the association say closing the course would violate the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CCRs), recorded in 1992 by the developer of both the 18-hole championship course and the subdivision.  Read the article………….

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Homeowners sue to stop Creekside Golf Club sale, development (OR)

Creekside Golf Club’s neighbors have asked a judge to stop its owners’ plans to close and subdivide the 18-hole championship course in South Salem.  “The course was a key selling point for the lots within the community, and induced association

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Top 3 Condo Gym Complaints and Tips to Overcome Them

When it comes to condominium amenities, one of the first requirements residents expect is a gym. Not just any gym, but a well-equipped, spacious, well-maintained gym. According to a RentShare study, the biggest pet peeve of the modern resident is

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Owner closes Windermere Country Club (FL)

DeCunha has proposed developing 95 homes on Windermere Country Club land, which homeowners said should not be allowed, based on county ordinances regarding its zoning as open space within a Rural Country Estate Cluster plan.   Read the article…………..

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Council to consider replat for Douglas Golf Course (WY)

Jim Bollinger, past president of a homeowners association near the golf course, expressed his disagreement with the proposal, telling the commission that he believed the city was attempting to subdivide the property so that the city could make it easier

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Judge: Mission Hills suit to block Red Seal Development will go to trial (IL)

A lawsuit by some Mission Hills homeowners to block Red Seal Development’s housing project on half of their community’s golf course will go to trial, a Cook County Judge ruled Tuesday.  Read the article…………

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Still struggling, Creekside Golf Club seeks city’s help (OR)

Whitaker asked neighbors to approve a plan that would triple their monthly homeowner association fees, raising about $400,000 per year for the club. In exchange, each resident would receive a social membership to the club, allowing them to use the

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New owner of former Ponte Vedra Golf and Country Club asks for permission to develop part of property (FL)

Before Dave Miller appeared before hundreds of Sawgrass homeowners at a meeting Friday, people were lining up to voice their opposition to change the neighborhood golf course into anything else.  By the time he finished his presentation, Miller made it

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Pool Rules – A Confusing World

With warmer weather, we’re getting our usual barrage of pool questions. Many deal with appropriate pool rules and pool signs. Without question, pool issues are one of the more confusing areas of our practice in that there are few absolutes.

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Judge rules for Crosby HOA in Golf Club suit

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Crosby residents in their legal battle to prevent the owner of the golf club in their community from renting the facility out for such events as concerts, weddings, fashion shows, political fundraisers

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Ahwatukee (AZ) HOA Battle Over Open Space and Golf Course

The Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee continues to struggle with something that is really a problem for many communities: what happens when a golf course or similar open space closes down? What can and should be done with the land?  

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Creekside neighbors to vote on mandatory golf club dues (OR)

The Creekside Estates Homeowners Association Board will meet March 26 to authorize a vote on mandatory membership in a nearby golf club. Last month Creekside Golf Club sent a letter to neighborhood homeowners saying it had been losing money for years.

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Will Creekside Golf Club close? It depends on neighbors (FL)

After years of losing money, Creekside Golf Club has issued an ultimatum to a bordering homeowners association: Buy us out or collect memberships from each homeowner. Otherwise, the club will be shut down and sold, possibly to a residential housing

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Unit owners battle condo board members for leasing their private pool to YMCA

Unit owners at Briarwinds Condominiums in Southwest Dade are fuming that association board members quietly negotiated to lease their private swimming pool to the local YMCA.

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Crosby HOA (TX) closes on ‘Stonebridge’ golf course

It’s official. The Newport Property Owners Association has purchased the Newport Golf Course and Country Club, now known as Stonebridge Golf and Event Center.    Read the article…………

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Judge may pursue sanctions against former Silverstone golf course owner (NV)

A federal judge said he will issue a decision in the next three to four weeks regarding requests for monetary sanctions against the former owner of Silverstone golf course.  Read the article…………

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Turkey Creek (FL) homeowners buy golf club, seek manager

Turkey Creek Golf and Country Club homeowners are now the proud owners of the community’s golf club and are reaching out to management companies to submit bids to lease and run the golf course that has been closed since 2011,

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