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Key Biscayne condo recertification process essentially on target in wake of Surfside disaster (FL)

It didn’t take a tragedy like the one in Surfside for some condominium or apartment owners to take proactive steps when it comes to safety.  Read the entire article……………………………….Take, for instance, the Oceansound structure on Key Biscayne, the largest condominium property within Key Colony on the southern fringe of the island. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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‘Dangerous’ seawalls? Naples sues property owners, turns out, City owns them (FL)

Over the last three years, hundreds of thousands of tax dollars were spent by the City of Naples to sue property owners along seawalls they said were in disrepair. As it turns out, the City owned the seawalls all along and they ultimately settled.  It’s all about a question that dates back to roughly 2012, six years before it went to court: Who owns these seawalls along Gulf Shore Boulevard North in Naples?     Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Tierra Verde residents want county and city to help pay cost of dredging (FL)

Residents of a Pinellas County community say they shouldn’t have to foot the entire multi-million dollar bill to keep their canal from drying up, so ABC Action News wanted to find out what’s behind the water worries along a popular boating waterway.   Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Rock Springs Ridge HOA President still favors land swap deal with City to purchase golf course lands (FL)

For a while, it looked like a match made in heaven.  Back in April, the residents of Rock Springs Ridge (through its Homeowners Association), The Golf Group (owners of the closed Rock Springs Ridge Golf Course), and the City of Apopka proposed a three-way deal that made sense to all parties. The City would swap two parcels of land valued at $2.4 million to The Golf Group for the closed golf course at RSR. Then the City would deed the golf course back to RSR once they formed a recreational district and paid the City $2.4 million.    Read the entire article………………………………. ...

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How Florida condo associations wielded political power before the Surfside collapse

Soon after Jason Pizzo was elected to Florida’s state Senate in 2018, he began working on a bill that reflected one of his top priorities: stiffening penalties for secrecy, fraud and kickbacks on condominium boards.   The legislation, he said, was a response to constituents’ complaints about shady financial dealings that led to condo residents getting blindsided by costly renovation projects.    Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Hallandale Beach condos The Hemispheres in need of repairs but city has been slow with approving permits (FL)

There was concern and harsh words aimed at a South Florida building department Monday.  An engineer called the City of Hallandale Beach Building Department dysfunctional and incompetent in the wake of the Champlain Towers South collapse.  Residents of The Hemispheres want to get repairs done as soon as possible, but one of the biggest obstacles seems to be simply getting permits.    Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Aventura wants condo associations to share all engineering reports with city (FL)

The city of Aventura could soon become the first in Florida to require that condo associations hand over any engineering, architectural, and life-safety reports they conduct to the city.   Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Community saddled with median costs (FL)

With the Suncoast Parkway coming through and more people moving to Citrus County, what better way to showcase the Sugarmill Woods community than by beautifying the U.S. 98 highway leading there?  So in 2019, community leaders approached the county with an offer: The state has landscape grants available. If the county applied for one, received it, and hired a contractor to landscape a mile section of the median, the Oak Village homeowners association would assume annual maintenance, according to county documents.     Read the entire article………………………………. ...

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Brandon neighborhood’s planned fireworks show under scrutiny by FWC due to nesting bird regulations (FL)

A neighborhood’s plans for the Fourth of July aren’t going over well with bird advocates. Residents of Twin Lakes in Brandon are planning to shoot off fireworks by Lake Michaela, but the area is a nesting site for birds and, therefore, protected by federal law.  Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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Jacksonville leaders meet with state regulators on child drownings in retention ponds (FL)

After the drowning deaths of two children with autism this year, Jacksonville City Council members are meeting with state regulators to figure out how to move forward with new safety requirements for retention ponds across Duval County.  It’s an effort that could touch hundreds of neighborhoods.    Read the entire article………………………………. https://communityassociations.net/category/fl_news/feed/

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