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HOA board wants mandatory membership of golf club

Q: I live in a gated community that has a golf course. The HOA and golf course are separate entities. As a member of the HOA, I am not required to be a member of the golf club but rather

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Miami-Dade State Attorney’s son sues over rodent-infested condo in Coral Gables (FL)

Vermin took over a waterfront condominium in Coral Gables, according to a lawsuit filed recently in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.  Justin Rundle, who owns a unit in Waters Edge of Coral Gables at 100 Edgewater Drive, is suing the previous owner

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Are there requirements about taking down storm shutters? (FL)

Hurricanes force people to put up storm shutters, but state statutes don’t dictate when they should be taken down.  Some homeowners are part-time residents who leave shutters up for months.  Local governments can pass ordinances addressing the shutters, according to

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Storm surge damage from Hurricane Irma forces Orange Park condo owners from homes (FL)

Residents of two Orange Park condominium complexes on the St. Johns River won’t be going home anytime soon.  Orange Park firefighters waded through chest-deep water, and used ladders to evacuate some second-floor residents trapped at River Oak, 2099 Winterbourne, and

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This is the Right Way to Respond to Disaster in Community Association Management

Today is the first day we have been back in the office since our area was hit by Hurricane Irma. I am thankful that all of us made it through the storm in one piece, and I am especially grateful

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Community Association Questions Post Hurricane Irma

As with many Florida communities, my HOA Board had questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Would FEMA pay to pick up all our debris, when should the security guards be asked to return to duty and could we tap

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Board members unlikely to be liable for auto accidents in community

Question: We live in a large senior community governed by an HOA. The board of directors has suddenly decided that they are personally responsible for auto accidents in our community, and they want to spend upwards of $30,000 to add

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Large hole forces Brooksville residents out of their homes (FL)

In the Trillium subdivision in Brooksville, homeowner Bill Dallas is covered in sweat because he’s been working all day to move everything out of his house.  His home survived Hurricane Irma and he endured several nights without power, but now

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Elderly, disabled with no power suffering in Century Village

The power has been out since Sunday in this part of Century Village. Food has spoiled, elevators and lights don’t work, elderly residents watch restoration trucks in the distance, but up close, nerves are frayed and bodies are weary.  “I’ve

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After Hurricane Irma: Singer Island condo condemned (FL)

Residents of a Singer Island condominium have been ordered to move out by Friday after the building was condemned during post-Hurricane Irma inspections.  A city building official deemed the Singer Island Yacht Club Condos to be unsafe and a danger

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Poinciana homeowner contests association election again (FL)

A homeowner is again trying to tip the balance of power within one the state’s largest homeowner’s associations away from developers.  An election challenge filed by homeowner Martin Negron calls for a recount of votes in the Association of Poinciana

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New owner of Seven Hills golf course says he’s up for the challenge (FL)

Paul D’Anna likes a challenge.  “This is going to be one of them,” said the new owner of Seven Hills Golfers Club, rubbing his hands in anticipation. “Something I like to do is turn courses around.”  The native Michigander, and

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Sandy victims to hurricane survivors: Now it gets tough

Victims of Hurricane Sandy have a message for Texas and Florida residents devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Your torture has only just begun.   Five years after Sandy ravaged homes in New York and New Jersey, victims flocked to

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Power outage causes Sarasota condo sewerage system to fail (FL)

Problems abound whenever the power goes out. But for residents at the Fairway Woods condominium complex, Wednesday morning began with an unpleasant sight and smell that stemmed directly from the weekend’s outage.  Around 7:30 a.m. the community’s sewerage lift station

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Hurricane Irma: Condo in flames when power restored after storm (FL)

Two Deerfield Beach residents lost their condominium to a fire when power was restored after Hurricane Irma on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.  Just south of the Palm Beach County-line, Broward County Fire Rescue crews responded to a call for a

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Hurricane Irma: Tornado tears off roofs, walls at Crescent Beach condo complex (FL)

The most powerful tornado to hit Northeast Florida during Hurricane Irma was in Crescent Beach.  An EF2 tornado touched down at Summerhouse Condos. Watch this Drone video.  The tornado had winds of up 130 miles an hour.  It ripped the

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How can we get access to the records we requested?

Q: Our community is fighting constantly over some needed repairs, and how to pay for them. One of our group has made requested requests to our property manager for the email addresses for all owners. The manager is refusing and

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Island condo repairs stuck in neutral (FL)

The Islands condominium complex in Crystal River off of West Fort Island Trail sustained major flooding damage to many units during Hurricane Hermine. The damage has forced many from their homes while others are struggling to remain in their homes.

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Condo association may not employ a board member’s spouse

Question: We live in a 74-unit townhome community with an annual budget over $150,000. The board consists of five members who have been serving for over 10 years, with the exception of the board secretary.  The board president’s husband has

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South Pasadena condo president to ride out storm and watch over flock (FL)

He patrols around Harbourside Condos grounds with a clipboard and sturdy Nikon camera, taking note of what’s left on the balconies Friday morning: potted plants     , plastic beach chairs, wicker furniture.  It’s for their own good, he says.

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What happens when an owner files personnel bankruptcy?

Q: An owner in our community has been delinquent for a few quarters and is now telling everyone that he is going to file bankruptcy. What does this mean for us?    Read the Q&A……………

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One person killed, another injured in St. Petersburg condo fire (FL)

One man was killed early Thursday morning and his roommate suffered severe burns in a fire at a Coquina Key condo.  Firefighters responded to a report of a fire near Coquina Key Drive SE around 4:50 a.m.  Reports of heavy

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Your Florida Board of Directors Now Has Emergency Powers as a Result of Hurricane Irma; What Will You Do With Them?

Governor Scott has declared a Florida-wide state of emergency which now deploys the emergency powers for volunteer boards found in Sections 718.1265, 719.128 and 720.316 of the Florida Statutes. Hurricane Irma may prove to be the testing ground for these

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma (FL)

Forecasters and South Florida residents are keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma, a system that has recently been upgraded to a Category 5 and is forecasted to possibly impact the Florida Keys through portions of the Florida Peninsula. Although the

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Charges dropped in alleged condo fraud (FL)

The 12th Circuit State Attorney Office has abandoned fraud charges against a former president and treasurer of a three-unit condo association in Bradenton Beach.  Formal charges were filed in May against Alyson and Javier Colosia for allegedly defrauding the Gulf

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Community Association Deed Restrictions Expire (FL)

A Port LaBelle homeowner’s association has apparently lost jurisdiction to govern almost half the properties in the Laurel Oaks subdivision located east of LaBelle.  Attorney Angela Hill has been retained by the Laurel Oaks homeowner’s association to reinstate it’s declaration

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Can we make someone a treasurer without commitment of being a director?

Q: We have an owner that is a retired CPA and very knowledgeable. He wants to help with the finances, but does not want the commitment of being a Director. Can we make him the Treasurer without being a Director?

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Island woes continue one year after storm (FL)

One year after Hurricane Hermine and The Islands is practically a ghost town.  A once-thriving condominium community west of Crystal River has come to a near standstill, as a Sarasota contractor hired days after Hermine’s flooding receded is still working

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Candidates can become directors without election in some instances

Question: I live in an HOA community with approximately 500 homes. It is time for our annual election. This year there are three positions open on the board. It has been established that since only three people have applied to

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Editorial: The evolving case for home rule in Poinciana (FL)

Poinciana is a massive subdivision. It straddles Polk and Osceola counties, and the Polk half alone is home to almost 30,000 people. If incorporated, the community would immediately challenge Winter Haven as Polk’s second-largest city — and it’s still growing.

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Intracoastal 31 Condominium Association Inc. accused of negligence (FL)

A company is suing Intracoastal 31 Condominium Association Inc. for alleged negligence.    Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company filed a complaint on July 24 in the Broward County Circuit Court, alleging that the defendant breached its duty of good

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How to stop a board president helping himself to HOA resources

Q: The president of our community association has been putting in extra landscaping and improvements in the common area in front of his townhome and using community resources to do it. I tried calling him out on it at a

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Condo residents seek cheaper option in making fire-protection upgrades (FL)

A state law is supposed to make condos safer from fire, but most buildings plan to save money by protecting only their common areas, not individual units.  The law requires condo buildings taller than 75 feet and built before 1994

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HOA asks 23-year-old woman to take down kidney donor car magnet (FL)

A young woman in Florida has a sign that could save her life on her car, but her homeowner’s association is warning her to take it down.  “‘Are you freaking kidding me?!’ I think is what I actually said,” said

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Condo residents worried about financial troubles to possibly result from fire safety bill (FL)

When it comes to condo living, Florida ranks as one of the states with the most buildings per capita in the nation.  Much of that growth has come in the past two decades, but there are thousands of buildings that

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Flooding problems in Manatee County blamed on new construction (FL)

Bob Labranche dripped with sweat Tuesday morning as he ran a shop vac on the floors of his home in the Centre Lake subdivision in Manatee County.  Labranche was in his home Saturday night when the flood water started to

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Sprinklers Staining Walls (FL)

In South Florida, most properties have sprinkler systems — and have you ever noticed some of them have brown spots on the fences or buildings? That’s because of the sprinklers hitting them. But if it’s hitting your condo, can you

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Which rules apply to parking trailers and boats at condominium?

Q: I live in a condominium on Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County. When we purchased our condominium, we got a trailer space. There are three (3) boards. Recently, one of the boards decided no more trailers, but boats can

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Board meetings can be held remotely during summer months

Q: Our condominium association is largely empty during the summer months but I continuously receive emails and updates from the board, despite knowing that they are scattered across the country this summer. How can the members attend board meetings if

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Can limited proxy votes by tabulated by HOA board?

Q: HOA environment, limited proxy voting methodology at a special membership meeting to approve special assessment. HOA governing docs do not address this voting situation. Can the Board instruct the property manager to produce during a two-week voting window a

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Snakebite Victim Waits While Insurance Companies Duke it Out in Court (FL)

The legal machinations involving three insurers duking it out in court over Florida premises liability is overshadowing the suffering of a Florida woman who has undergone various amputation procedures involving her lower extremities following a snakebite on the grounds of

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Tampa’s LM Funding America continues to struggle (FL)

Founded by Tampa attorney Bruce Rodgers, LM Funding advances money to homeowners’ associations for the right to collect their delinquent fees. The company’s business model has been controversial, partly because of its close ties to the Business Law Group, a

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2 Lawmakers support Poinciana residents in fight against HOA, developer (FL)

Residents in the Association of Poinciana Villages, a community of about 27,000 homes spanning Polk and Osceola counties, are fighting legal battles with APV and developer AV Homes, commonly referred to as Avatar.   Read the article………….

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Palm Beach County approves 521 new homes on golf course (FL)

The community association of the surrounding Villages of Oriole previously voted in support of the golf course redevelopment. The developer promised to build lakes and landscape buffers for the existing homeowners.  “This process was truly a collaborative approach and as

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Ryland Homes accused of breach of warranty, negligence (FL)

A homeowners association is suing the Ryland Group Inc. d/b/a Ryland Homes for alleged breach of warranty and negligence.  Summerport Commercial Property Owners’ Association Inc. filed a complaint on June 28 in the Orange County Circuit Court, alleging that the

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How early is too early to mow your lawn on the weekend?

Could the Westchase Homeowners Association tell residents no lawn mowing or other outdoor house work before 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday?  It’s an issue that could go before voting members at its meeting on the second Tuesday in October.

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Residents Trounce Landowner Looking to Redevelop Lauderhill Golf Course (FL)

A victory Wednesday before the Fourth District Court of Appeal means residents will get to keep their golf course views at the Inverrary community in Lauderhill.  But their good news is a blow for the investor who owns the course.

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Condo manager suspected of pocketing building repair money (FL)

A condo manager has been arrested for allegedly pocketing money that was supposed to be used for repair work.  According to officials, condo manager Donovan Staley kept the repair money that was to be used at Admirals Port Condo in

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Deteriorating irrigation lines cause concern in Lakewood Ranch (FL)

Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 supervisors have been asked to help solve a problem regarding algae-clogged irrigation lines, which are deteriorating in the Hollow section of Summerfield.  The accumulating algae stops landscaping systems from working properly and was a

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Westbay pushes Holmes Beach to remove boat canopies (FL)

The board of the Westbay Point & Moorings III condominium association is renewing its call for Holmes Beach to order the removal of two boat canopies used to shelter police and fire rescue boats.  A letter dated Aug. 10 and

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