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Judge: Creekside Golf Club can close, be turned into housing (OR)

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

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Safety inspections delay openings of some Triangle pools (NC)

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

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Association Pool Tips for Safe, Fun Summer Season

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

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Cape condo complex’s pool barrier fails inspection again (FL)

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

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Pair of siblings drown in pool at Cape Coral condo complex (FL)

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.

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Pool Safety: Don’t Let an Amenity Become a Liability

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

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Maintaining ‘Niche’ Amenities: Special Amenities May Need Special Care

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,

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Playground Innovations: What’s New in Fun

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

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Colony developer and neighboring residents agree on plan for the property (FL)

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

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Avoid the Summertime Blues, Swimming Pool Do’s and Don’ts

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

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10 Residential Amenities That Rock

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

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Swimming Pools: Summer Fun or Summer Burden? (IL)

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

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Siena Golf Club homeowners offered chance to save course (NV)

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

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Oakmont to hold recount in election that empowered pickleball foes (CA)

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

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Preparing for Pool Season

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

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Debate rages in Waikoloa Village about homeowner subsidization of golf course (HI)

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

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Real estate Q&A: Music hits sour note at condo’s public pool

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.

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Pickleball row may be over after Oakmont election installs a new board (CA)

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

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Killearn developer wins key approval from community (FL)

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

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Aging Condominium updates for an Aging Population

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.

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Rio Bravo residents worried about country club closing (CA)

When you buy a house on a golf course, the value of your property increases in proportion to your views of long sloping fairways, picturesque water features and well-manicured greens.  But what happens when the greens turn brown, the pond

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Party On? Third Party Liability and a Condo’s Party Room

For St. Patrick’s day weekend we have a post about alcohol! Daniel Brockenshire, a law student at Sutherland Kelly LLP, greatly assisted with the research and writing of this post. Thanks, Daniel!   Condominiums are required to have insurance coverage

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HOA breathes life into dying tennis courts (AZ)

When a combination of environment and age give an HOA both a failing and failed tennis court, there is only one option.  Well, technically there are three — but only one that completely solves the problem.  That’s why the Villages

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Leaders of move to buy Club West golf course abandon their effort (AZ)

Save Club West has thrown in the towel.  Blaming apathy among Club West’s 2,550 households, the group’s leader told supporters in an email on Monday, March 6, that it has abandoned its effort to find homeowners who would invest between

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Judge rules in favor of Killearn Country Club owner (FL)

A Leon County Circuit judge Thursday ruled in favor of the owner of the Killearn Country Club, clearing a hurdle for him to further pursue plans to sell and develop a disputed parcel of land.  But Barton Tuck still needs

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Save Club West continues effort to raise $4 million for golf course purchase (AZ)

Save Club West is a third of its way toward rounding up enough homeowners to invest in purchasing the community’s golf course.  But Jim Lindstrom, the group’s leader, has one eye on the calendar as he continues to see if

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Public Wi-Fi Regulations Your HOA Should Consider

Everyone loves being able to connect to Wi-Fi for free when they are out and about. For this reason, many associations offer free Wi-Fi in community areas, so residents can surf the web without using up any data. However, there

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Sawgrass Players Club residents give greenlight to golf course proposal (FL)

Sawgrass Players Club residents voted overwhelmingly Monday to amend the community’s covenants and approve a proposed development agreement with Oak Bridge Club owner Alta Mar Holdings, clearing the way for Alta Mar to sell 40 acres of the golf course

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Cape Royal homeowners purchase Royal Tee Golf Course (FL)

Cape Royal Homeowners Association closed last week on a purchase of the Royal Tee Golf Course that was shuttered by course ownership last August.  “Our No. 1 priority was to control the land so that another developer could come in

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Amenities — Make Them Pay for Themselves!

Adding amenities to HOAs, Coops, and Condos can actually pay for themselves while increasing property values. The question is: what amenities work best for your association? Also, how should they be structured in order to pay for themselves? This takes

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Will Creekside Golf Club win the right to close? (OR)

Closing arguments will be heard Feb. 3 in a trial pitting Salem’s Creekside Golf Club against a neighboring homeowners association.  It follows a week-long bench trial held Jan. 9-13 in Marion County Circuit Court.  Creekside Homeowners Association filed the lawsuit

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Edmond community worried how sale of nearby golf course will affect property values (OK)

An Edmond community is worried about how the sale of a neighboring golf course will affect its property values.  This week Coffee Creek Golf Course (CCGC) announced it was closing after the land purchase was finalized. Tonya Coffman with the

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Let Joe Know: Neighbors say HOA is violating their voting rules (AZ)

A group of neighbors say their HOA board is violating rules set to allow them the right to vote for changes  Watch the video report………..

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Outsourcing Services: Getting the Most for Your Community’s Dollar

In the perennial struggle to control costs while still adequately maintaining a building or HOA’s physical plant, grounds, and other day-to-day business, some boards and managers are opting to hire superintendents, custodians, and other staff on a temporary, as-needed basis,

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Service-Based Amenities: Adding Value, But at What Cost?

In major US cities these days, the decision to live in one co-op or condo building versus another often hinges upon the style of living afforded in a particular property. Whether it is defined partly by a full-scale gym and

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Coffee Creek Golf Course selling, HOA plans meeting (OK)

The following information was sent to Coffee Creek homeowners recently by Gina Goodgion with the Neighborhood Services Corp., the managing agent for the Coffee Creek Neighborhood Association.  The Coffee Creek Golf Course has been sold to a developer with closing

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Owner sues over denial to develop Windermere golf course into 95 homes (FL)

The owner of the Windermere Country Club has sued to overturn a county decision that thwarted his plan to turn the shuttered golf course into a 95-home neighborhood.  The challenge, filed last month in circuit court, asks for an order

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Golden Gate golf course where homes proposed will reopen for season (FL)

The course has been closed since last spring, a few months after owner Robert Vocisano petitioned the county to change the course’s zoning to allow him to tear it out and build as many as 700 units of homes, apartments

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Golf course owners, HOA committee reach proposed agreement (FL)

Forty acres of The Oak Bridge Club golf course would be sold in exchange for a deed restriction that would guarantee the remaining golf course stays undeveloped for recreational purposes until 2057 under terms of a proposed agreement reached between

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Eaglebrooke golf club sale is on track despite some opposition (FL)

The Golden Lakes Community Development District (CDD) has signed an agreement to purchase The Club at Eaglebrooke, but the transaction is not yet a done deal and some residents oppose the potential acquisition.  The CDD – which provides infrastructural services

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Friction, water issue loom over Club West golf course purchase plan (AZ)

Club West homeowners will learn next week the details of a plan to buy and operate their beleaguered golf course.  Save Club West will lay out the plan at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Dec. 14 at Mountain View Community Church,

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Adobe Creek Golf Course to close by year’s end (CA)

The final tee off for Petaluma’s Adobe Creek Golf Club is quickly approaching, as operators announced last week the course will close Jan. 1 amid declining business.  The shuttering of the 18-hole facility leaves local golfers with only one remaining

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What Your HOA Board Needs to Know About Maintaining Playgrounds

Some associations have extra space for various amenities. Some have parks, tennis courts, or even lakes and water features. One amenity that’s a feature in some associations is playgrounds for children. There are many different types of playgrounds and play

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Camarillo Springs Golf Course owner linked to troubled sites (CA)

The manager of the company that owns the Camarillo Springs Golf Course is linked to a course in Rancho Mirage, where homeowners accused the owner in a lawsuit of attempting to bully elderly residents into allowing development.  Oasis Ranch LLC,

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Mount Vintage HOA saves N.A. golf course (SC)

It’s not every day when neighbors band together to achieve a common goal, but when they do it is noteworthy. In the case of residents of Mount Vintage Plantation near North Augusta, what they accomplished was truly remarkable.  Earlier this

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ADOT agreement could provide water security for Ahwatukee golf courses (AZ)

The Arizona Department of Transportation and three homeowners associations have reached an agreement that could provide added security for the future of Ahwatukee’s three remaining golf courses: An infrastructure for cheap water. The agreement eliminates the problem that the South Mountain

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Eliminating Amenities: Know When to Walk Away

When buyers purchase apartments, they also purchase access to the condo or co-op’s shared amenities. Depending on the scale and financial demographics of the building, those amenities could be substantial; during the real estate boom of the early 2000s, free

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Residents to voice opposition against Badlands golf course plan at Las Vegas meeting (NV)

Upward of 70 Queensridge residents are expected to attend a Tuesday meeting to express disapproval of a proposal to build more than 2,500 housing units on the nearby Badlands Golf Course, Queensridge homeowners association officials say.  Discord about the proposal

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City, not golf course owner, started water problem, Club West leader says (AZ)

Golf-course owner Wilson Gee is forced to use potable city water to irrigate the course because he has no other source of water, such as reclaimed water, which generally costs a fraction of drinking water.  Gee says that he can’t

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Community Associations Suspending Use Rights for Common Elements, Amenities (FL)

In 2010, at the height of the recent foreclosure crisis, community associations in Florida gained an effective tool to aid them in their efforts to collect upon delinquent assessments. It was at that time that the legislature amended Florida law

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