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Lake County to collect storm debris from gated communities and private roads (FL)

On Sept. 20, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution requesting FEMA assistance to remove vegetative storm debris from private property, gated communities and non-county maintained roads, up to a collection cost of $500,000.  Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs),

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Sandestin, homeowners reach settlement (FL)

After years of being at odds over various development issues, the Sandestin Owners Association has agreed to a settlement with Sandestin Investments (SDI) over a contested development order.  The dispute was prompted by a change order application filed by SDI

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Who is responsible to repair or replace enclosed lanai after hurricane?

Q: I enclosed my condominium lanai five years ago. The enclosure was damaged by hurricane Irma and my neighbors are telling me that the condominium association is responsible to repair/replace the enclosure. Who is responsible?     Read the Q&A…………..

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Association not obligated to reconvene membership meeting indefinitely (FL)

Question: I live in a community governed by an HOA. This year was the first time an annual members’ meeting was not held in the community.  I believe three factors contributed to not having the meeting: a recent change in

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Living with an HOA: Homeowner heaven and hell

Let’s first take a whimsical look at European Heaven and Hell:  In European Heaven, the Swiss run the government, the Brits run the police, the Germans make the cars, the French prepare the food and the Italians are in charge

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Florida Bar clears Poinciana attorney of complaint filed by arbitrator

Tom Slaten, an attorney who represents the Association of Poinciana Villages, has been cleared by the Florida Bar of a complaint lodged by a state arbitrator.  The August complaint was by Terri Leigh Jones, an arbitrator for the Department of

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County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves (FL)

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time,

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Ask An Expert: About Your Condo, HOA Rules

Q: I am an owner of a condominium unit in a residential community in Boca Raton which is comprised of 10 separate condominiums, all of which are governed by one condominium association. Recently, the board of directors voted to commence

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Residents at recovery center in Abacoa condo given eviction notice (FL)

Robert “Bob” Darigo, the operator of the Christian Recovery Center where two people were stabbed on Sept. 26, said he signed a lease to open in Abacoa two months ago because “I wanted my people to rub elbows with good

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Controversy in Wellington: Developer plans changes at golf courses (FL)

A proposal to make changes at two Wellington developments is stirring controversy, with some residents saying they’re concerned that what now seems like a simple request could lead to bigger changes in the future.  The two communities — Palm Beach

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Westchase’s Hurricane Heroes and Helpers (FL)

In the aftermath of Irma, we asked for Westchaers’ hurricane heroes and helpers.  And you responded with dozens of names!  Hurricane Irma brought great destruction and fear to our state. Yet, in the days leading up and the day after

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Hole near Lake Nona causing headaches for nearby residents (FL)

….A spokesperson for the city said the neighborhood’s homeowners’ association is responsible for fixing the pipe.  But until it is repaired, drivers in the area said they are frustrated with the roadblock. Many motorists tell News 6 this is a

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South Florida condos pass challenging test posed by Irma

One can’t help but wonder how images of Hurricane Irma turning the Brickell financial district and downtown Miami streets into rivers will influence foreign buyers in the coming months. Fortunately, Irma brought with her valuable lessons to help the region’s

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Who is responsible for repairing and replacing windows after Hurricane Irma?

Q: Our condominium suffered wind damage from Irma and the biggest problem is the windows. Our documents require the owners to repair and replace windows but the owners are claiming it is the association’s responsibility. Who is right?   Read the

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Generator noise may constitute a nuisance if sufficiently pervasive

Question: Our HOA declaration contains a nuisance clause. Our neighbors installed a whole-house power generator within 8 feet of our fence and 18 feet from our master bedroom window. We were not aware of the unit until we lost power

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FEMA rules about gated communities muddle cleanup of Hurricane Irma debris

Mounds of storm debris in a Gotha gated community worry homeowners association president Mike George, who wonders if Hurricane Irma’s mess will ever get picked up — and by whom.  “The whole area really got blasted,” said George, standing in

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Jupiter stabbings were at ‘drug recovery’ center, HOA says (FL)

Tuesday’s stabbings took place at a townhome that has been illegally operating as a sober home, the manager for the community association said.  The association found out about three weeks ago and has been working to evict the tenants, known

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Does the association’s insurance cover hurricane damages to building exteriors?

Q: I am a member of the board of directors of the condominium association which governs the community in which I reside. While we were preparing for Hurricane Irma questions arose relating to insurance coverage for damages caused to the

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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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