Local health official lauds veto of state condo pool bill (GA)

The head of Georgia’s Coastal Health District said Wednesday she’s pleased Gov. Nathan Deal decided to veto legislation that would have removed the requirement that local health departments inspect pools belonging to condominiums, townhomes and other small-community pools.

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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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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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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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Pool Season Is Over: Tips for Closing Outdoor Pools

As the weather gets colder, no one wants to go swimming in a chilly outdoor pool. If you or your community has a pool, it’s time to shut it down for the fall and winter seasons. Check out these tips

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Swimming Pool Etiquette for Courteous Condo Tenants

Just like any community location, manners go a long way in helping everyone get along. Swimming pool etiquette is every bit as important as laundry room etiquette or keeping the noise down at night. And it goes far beyond not

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Mount Vista (WA) pool removal decision makes waves

For eight years, the 70,000-gallon pool sitting behind the Mount Vista Homeowners Association recreation center has sat unused.  Green grime covers the bottom and sides of the pool, turning the once-clear water murky. The plastering on the pool surface is

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How to Establish Your Community’s Pool Rules

A community pool is a great perk for any neighborhood, and it may attract many potential residents. However, a pool without rules is a serious danger. When establishing your community’s pool rules, use these five guidelines to help you.   Read

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Liquid Assets: Maintaining a Safe Community Pool

Some lucky condos offer the benefits of an indoor or outdoor swimming pool for their residents; it’s a splashy amenity that many people request when looking for a home…but there are many drawbacks, issues, and liabilities that come with managing

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Pools and Pool Safety

Does your board have a resident or vendor who likes to “prop open” the pool gate to make access to the association pool easier?   Read the article………

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Pool Season: Is Your Association Ready to Take the Plunge?

Many Community Associations prepare to open their neighborhood pool by adding chemicals and performing maintenance to ensure the health and safety of the Owners. But just as HOAs take care in measuring chlorine and skimming leaves, Boards of Directors are

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Cannon Ball! It’s Pool Season!

Swimming and summer time – the two are inseparable. If your community is fortunate enough to offer residents this simple summer treat, let’s make sure your HOA is prepped and ready for some poolside fun!  We’ll start with the obvious

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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 rulesand pool signs.  Without question, pool issues are one of the more confusing areas of our practice in that there are few absolutes.  That’s

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Pool Safety

One of the most popular features in any community association is the swimming pool. It is an attractive amenity for just about every type of resident, from empty nesters to young families. But pools are also the source of significant

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How much authority do HOAs have over pool rules?

Are posted pool rules enforceable if their content is not written in the HOA rules, regulations or bylaws?  In general, the answer should be yes. Pool rules should be enforceable even if they are not written into HOA rules.  

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Feds complicate HOA pool rules

Most swimming pools have a list of rules posted somewhere on the premises. We’ve all seen them. The rules contain common sense prohibitions against dangerous pool activities, such as having glass in the pool area and diving into the shallow

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6 Tips for Summer Pool Safety in Your HOA

Swimming is one of the best activities of summer, but it could easily turn into a nightmare for your neighborhood. If your HOA has a swimming pool, check out these six tips to keep your residents safe while they enjoy

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Consider FHA Regulations When Writing Pool Rules

Many community associations have pools and other recreational areas for the members’ use. It is common for associations to establish rules of use for these facilities. Those rules should take into account the impact of the Fair Housing Act as

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Liability for a Pool (Pt. 1)

For many Floridians going to the beach and enjoying a swimming pool are a way of life, especially in the summer heat. However, we often forget about the liability of owning a pool. Many associations (both homeowners and condominium association)

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HOA (TX) Changes Swimming Pool Rules to Eliminate Adult Swim Time

The rules changed because of a federal case in California that ruled adults only swim time discriminates against other association members who have children by treating them differently from those without children. That kind of differential treatment is also barred

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Pets, Pools & Pilates

Years ago, when you bought a co-op or condo apartment, you looked for a unit that had the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a perfectly-sized kitchen, and some great living space. For the longest time, that ideal combination was

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Surveillance Video Shows Children Shocked in Swimming Pool (FL)

A surveillance video from a condominium complex in Florida shows an invisible, potentially deadly danger lurking in swimming pools.  The video, shot on April 27 at the Palms West Condominiums in Hialeah, Fla., shows three children shocked while swimming in

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Photos Reveal What May Have Caused Electrified Pool (FL)

The pool remains closed and the homeowners association is shaken up over the incident. They told CBS4 Tuesday that they, as much as anyone else, want to know what happened.    Read more………

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Q&A: What Could Happen If Our Condominium Association Does Not Hire Lifeguards?

Q: Our condominium association has a swimming pool and every year we hire lifeguards for the pool season even though there is no ordinance that requires the association to have lifeguards. This year the board is contemplating the need for

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New ADA Regulations for Public Pools Do Not Apply to Private Pools at Most Condos, HOA Communities

In addition to several of our other community association attorneys, I have recently counseled some of our clients about the applicability of the new pool accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new ADA pool accessibility requirements

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