The Florida HOA Process, Explained

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Florida is no exception. Each state has its own laws dictating the process by which homeowners associations (HOA) elect board members.

What Can Be Done to Fight the COVID-19 Surge in Florida?

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Justin Senior was named Chief Executive Officer for the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida effective January 7, 2019. Before joining the Safety Nets, Senior served as the Secretary at Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, from October 2016 to January 2019.

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Statement on Passage of Florida SB 7072

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Internet Association’s Senior Vice President of State Government Affairs Robert Callahan commented on the recent passage of Florida SB 7072 : “The Florida Legislature has decided to put politics over policy with the passage of SB 7072.

Florida Legislature Misses The Mark On Consumer Privacy Bills

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Both of Florida’s House and Senate privacy bills have attempted to protect consumer’s personal information, but they have missed the mark, and will negatively impact local businesses with needless additional expenses for measures that fail to deliver meaningful privacy protections to consumers.

IA Statement On Preliminary Injunction Blocking Unconstitutional Florida Law

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IA’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jon Berroya commented on the injunction, “While IA is encouraged that Judge Hinkle’s decision enjoined nearly all of the Florida laws that were challenged, this decision is likely to be appealed.

Florida residents worried about quarantine rules in 55-plus community

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Q: We live in Florida in a 55-plus condominium development. It is the community swimming pool (where everyone tends to congregate) that makes me nervous. Read the Q&A……………………………… Coronavirus (COVID-19) Florida Condo & HOA News Senior HousingDo residents who visit out-of-state folks need to quarantine themselves upon return? And, what about residents who have out-of-state guests staying in their home?

10 Things to Know About Florida’s New Emotional Support Animal Law

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What is unusual is the emerging trend that some people requesting these ESAs are retracting their requests when confronted with a new law in Florida which criminalizes fraudulent requests. Read the article………………………… Florida Articles Legal & Legislative News Legislative Articles Service/Comfort/Companion Animals

Florida Police Chiefs Launch Campaign to Take on “Rape Culture”

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Police in Florida have had enough of sexual assaults. The Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association launched a two-pronged campaign called Consent Florida earlier this month to tackle the problem. Florida, of course, is home to several major colleges, and sexual assault on campus has become a high-profile issue in recent years. The public outreach aspect of the program will focus on educating young people from middle school to Florida’s largest state-run colleges.

Agriculture Groups Take Action After Irma Hits Florida Citrus Crops

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More than half of all Florida citrus crops, particularly oranges, were damaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Hurricane Irma largely didn’t cause the level of damage expected in Florida earlier this month, in part because the storm moved further west than storm trackers initially anticipated. In comments to The Washington Post , the Florida Department of Citrus, a trade group for the citrus industry, put the damage caused by the storm in stark terms.

Faking Your Emotional Support Chicken in Florida Can Now Land You In Jail! (FL)

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There ought to be a law! Read the article…………………………… Florida Articles Legal & Legislative News Legislative Articles Service/Comfort/Companion AnimalsSo, you’re exasperated after looking out your pet-free condo window for the umpteenth time to catch a glimpse of your neighbor walking by with—of all the nerve—her emotional support chicken. And to top it off, the chicken even has its own emotional support chicken!

SCD Group relocating to Florida

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Louis to Fort Myers, Florida. I look forward to reconnecting with you from our Florida office. From St. Louis to Fort Myers. Good morning. SCD Group, publisher of SCDdaily blog, is relocating from St. As we make this transition, I want you to be aware that we will not be publishing daily posts again until about May 1. During this transition, I will post blogs as I have time and/or include some of the best of the last 375 posts.

Have a Cow, Man: Florida Cattlemen, Brewer Team Up on New Beer

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Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing is making a new limited-edition milk stout—with proceeds supporting the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, a nonprofit offshoot of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. The Florida Cattlemen’s Association, a trade group that represents the state’s cattle ranchers, is taking that to heart—going so far as to work with Cigar City Brewing, a popular craft brewery in Tampa, via its Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Florida Partners With Google Maps to Document Miles of Beaches

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Capitalize on new technology like Visit Florida and its partner Google Maps, which captured more than 7.5 Four months, 2 million footsteps, and 825 miles later, a team from Florida’s tourism marketing corporation—Visit Florida— recently completed a joint project with Google Maps to document the states’ beaches. Visit Florida also plans to publish the maps on its website this spring once the more than 7.5

Coalition Steps Up to Spur Innovation in Florida

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To pave the way for stronger entrepreneurship, better coordination, and more networking, Launch Florida is bringing together disparate groups that share a stake in the state’s innovation economy. A coalition called Launch Florida is bringing together innovation leaders, tech organizations, coworking spaces, and start-up communities that will work together to advance Florida’s innovation economy. Launch Florida held its first summit in June 2016.

Florida Hospital Association Eyes Price Transparency With New Tool

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Department of Veterans Affairs is behind on payments to Florida hospitals, according to estimates by the Florida Hospital Association reported by Healthcare Finance. Mission to Care, a new online database released by the Florida Hospital Association last week, could help with one of the pain points for the state’s medical industry: a lack of clarity in healthcare pricing. Data from the Florida Hospital Uniform Reporting System. Florida Gov.

Apricot Chat: Spotlight on a 501(c) Organization -- Professional Insurance Agents of Florida, Inc.

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We had a chat with John Herd, the Director of Communications at the PIA of Florida, a 501(c)6 organization that has been with Wild Apricot since November 2009. John left us a great review about our product on LinkedIn, so we decided to see what other insights he had to share. Check out the great things that John has done with his organization's website; hear what he has to say about our functionality and support; and learn the valuable tips he provides for newer Wild Apricot users!

Black Groups Meet in Florida Despite Calls for Boycott

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify that earlier reports of celebrities committing to a boycott of Florida are unconfirmed. In the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and protests surrounding Florida’s stand-your-ground law, many high-profile figures have called for vacationers and convention-goers to boycott the state, but that’s not stopping several African-American groups from meeting there this week.

Florida Bar Association Gives Young Adults a Legal Heads-Up

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Last year, the Florida Bar launched a website called #JustAdulting to make relevant legal information easy to access for people who are just turning 18. If you’re the Florida Bar, you launch a hashtag, a website, and an app. “When you turn 18, it’s more than just another birthday; there are rights and responsibilities that change as well,” Florida Bar President William J.

Grandfathering of Rental Restrictions in Condos and HOA’s (FL)

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HOA proxy elections permissible (FL)

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Q: Are owners allowed to use proxies to vote at a meeting in a homeowners’ association and what is required for a proxy? Read the Q&A……………………………… Elections Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Negotiating a Construction Contract

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Some things to keep in mind when negotiating a construction contract are: Read the entire article……………………………… Condo & HOA Articles Florida Articles Working With Contractors/VendorsBefore beginning a construction project, it’s imperative to craft an ironclad contract that protects all parties.

Who’s That Man With the Package In Your Lobby?

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This month’s Corner Office Spotlight focuses on Frank Rudd, President & CEO of the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) which will join forces with the Tallahassee Society of. From the Corner Office Leadership association management communication clutter Florida Society of Association Executives Frank Rudd TSAE

What to Do Before and After a Hurricane (FL)

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Hello, and welcome to Community Association Matters, the podcast that serves homeowner and condominium associations in Florida. And I say Florida now, because we are serving not just Southeast Florida, but also Southwest Florida with offices in both Miami and Fort Myers. So we’re very excited about that opportunity.

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Volusia condo complex reopens 4 years after Hurricane Matthew (FL)

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It’s been a long four-year journey for the 100 or so owners of condominiums in the 29-story landmark property. Read the article…………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA NewsFour years after being severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew, a condominium complex received the OK to reopen. Peck Plaza stands tall, despite being hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and then Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Fight over money after condo collapse (FL)

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Survivors and heirs are at odds over who is entitled to what, who is to blame for the collapse that killed 98 people and how to fairly divide money from insurance, lawsuits and charitable contributions. Read the entire article……………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News Op/EdWhat could possibly make the Surfside, Fla., condo collapse even more tragic? A fight over money.

Fifth DCA Recedes From Its Own Precedent Ruling Community Association Assessments Are “Debts” Under FCCPA (FL)

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5th DCA, June 12, 2020), Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal receded from its own longstanding precedent in holding that condominium assessments may be considered “debts” within the meaning of Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act, Chapter 559, Florida Statutes (“FCCPA”). In a recent decision Williams v. Salt Springs Resort Association, Inc., Case No. 5D18-3913 (Fla.

State Legislators Want to Keep Unpaid HOA Fines From Becoming Liens (FL)

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Kristen Arrington, D- Kissimmee, filed a proposal “to prevent unpaid HOA fines from becoming liens that could lead to properties being seized” and another bill “which would repeal the ability for HOAs to issue fines.” Read the entire article……………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News Legal & Legislative News Legislative Articles

Condo questions: Can a condo board use excess funds after a project? (FL)

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The project is now finished, and the board recently posted a notice of an upcoming board meeting where they intend to vote on whether to use the excess funds leftover Read the Q&A…………………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

What Can a Homeowners’ Association Do to Keep Holiday Decorations from Staying Up All Year?

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This article will provide an overview of what a homeowners association can do to prevent these decorations from staying up all year without limiting the festivities. Read the entire article……………………………… Condo & HOA Articles Displays & Signs Florida ArticlesThe holiday season is a time of celebration.

Associations Using Grants More Frequently to Strengthen the Association Community and Inspire Big Ideas

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Features Revenue American Society of Association Executives annual conference ASAE association community association grants Florida Society of Association Executives FSAE Georgia Society of Association Executives grants GSAE Innovation internship training volunteersHow associations are leveraging grants to inspire innovation, encourage professional development and expand the association community. The post Associations Using Grants More Frequently to.

10 Things You Need to Know About Non-Dues Revenue, Part 1

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Features American Beverage Association Florida Society of Association Executives integrated marketing non-dues revenue Tennessee SOciety of Association Executives Twitter Association execs offer frank insights about what’s working and not working in the NDR trenches. Do you have to choose between cool and cash flow? The post 10 Things You Need to Know About Non-Dues. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

Occupancy Restrictions and the FHA (FL)

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However, does this occupancy restriction violates the federal and/or Florida Fair Housing Acts (“FHA”)? The short answer is, it depends. Read the article………………………… FHA/HUD Florida Articles Legal & Legislative NewsMany Associations’ Declarations contain occupancy restrictions relating to the number of bedrooms in a home or unit. The standard provision reads two person per bedroom are permitted in a unit or home.

10 Things You Need to Know About Non-Dues Revenue, Part 1

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Features American Beverage Association Florida Society of Association Executives integrated marketing non-dues revenue Tennessee SOciety of Association Executives Twitter Association execs offer frank insights about what’s working and not working in the NDR trenches. Do you have to choose between cool and cash flow? The post 10 Things You Need to Know About Non-Dues. For more about this topic, click on the headline.

Epic Dispute Over Driveway Design at Boynton Beach HOA Makes Local Headlines

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Our firm’s other community association attorneys and I have all seen our fair share of disputes arising from unapproved property improvements in South Florida HOA communities over the years.

Re-opening Amenities In Times Of Uncertainty, Part 2 (FL)

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In response to our article from May 3rd, 2020, we have received inquiries from readers regarding the ability of an association located in Palm Beach County to use volunteers to provide the pool monitoring as required by Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 5. Read the article………………………………… Coronavirus (COVID-19) Florida Articles

Country Club HOA could split from town hall model (FL)

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Board members of the Country Club Edgewater Village Association hope to save money on property management services, though others worry a change could increase costs to residents outside CEVA’s boundaries. Read the article………………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

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Ask an expert: Your HOA, Condo Questions (FL)

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Q: Is it possible for an association to do away with a property management company and just self-manage? Read the Q&A…………………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

Birds ousted by condo board may return home (FL)

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Two colorful macaws and an African gray bird that have lived for more than a decade in the outdoor courtyard at Duval Square, just outside New York Pasta Garden restaurant, may be able to return. Read the article…………………………… Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA News

Removing Officers and Directors Require Different Procedures (FL)

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Can he be replaced and what are the steps for that process? Read the Q&A…………………………… Directors & Officers Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA NewsQ: Our homeowners’ association board president has not been responsive. He is also over two months overdue on assessments.

Condo emergency powers allow restrictions on contractors, vendors during pandemic (FL)

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We are told that the board has suspended all construction until further notice due to COVID-19. Read the Q&A……………………… Florida Condo & HOA News National Condo & HOA NewsQ: My husband and I are selling our condo. We have a buyer who wants to renovate.