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If the HOA board approves your request– get it in writing – 1 13 18

 

…..Nevertheless, the homeowners received official written notice from the HOA that their brand new windows would have to go.

Having just spent $18,000 on their porch improvement, the owners appealed, but it didn’t do any good. Unfortunately, the association had never provided Zaorski and Richter with an official letter of approval for their project, despite the board’s vote of approval in March 2015.

The reality is, many small associations, especially if not professionally managed, tend to operate informally, relying on verbal agreements and loosely organized meetings.
An important lesson for the reader – be sure to obtain all architectural or landscape approvals in writing, including a copy of the detailed plans approved by the association.

read the complete article at https://independentamericancommunities.com/2018/01/07/mi-condo-owners-ask-is-breaking-and-entering-just-a-civil-matter/

retaliating against people for expressing their views

…“The Constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling,” she said. “The ACLU of Louisiana will continue to investigate this incident and defend the constitutional rights of all Louisianans. We urge anyone whose rights have been violated to contact us.”…

more at http://www.news-journalonline.com/zz/shareable/20180112/arrested-louisiana-teacher-says-her-first-amendment-rights-were-violated-governor-calls-episode-very-regrettable

Minutes of HOA meetings need 2 b available prior to next meeting: NJ.

Minutes of HOA open meetings in New Jersey state statues:

…. Minutes of open meetings must be taken and copies made available to unit owners prior
to the next open meeting. Associations are not obligated to mail minutes to owners. It is
satisfactory if the minutes are available at the next meeting. Refer to your association’s policy
on copying costs if requesting the adopted minutes of past meetings. However, the cost of
making the last meeting’s minutes available to all unit owners prior to the next open meeting is a
common expense to be proportionally borne by all unit owners …

http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/forms/pdf_ari/assoc_pkt.pdf

Arrested because she dared to ask a question 1 11 18

A middle school teacher in Louisiana was thrown out of a school board meeting, handcuffed and arrested this week after asking why the superintendent was getting a raise while teachers were not. Twelve minutes of video footage recording the arrest was captured by a local media station and went viral on YouTube.  … more at

Source: http://www.glennbeck.com/2018/01/11/a-teacher-was-arrested-handcuffed-for-daring-to-ask-this-question-at-a-school-board-meeting/?utm_content=buffera2ee8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer?utm_source=glennbeck&utm_medium=contentcopy_link

AND …

Florida Statute: HOA

720.306

(6) RIGHT TO SPEAK.Members and parcel owners have the right to attend all membership meetings and to speak at any meeting with reference to all items opened for discussion or included on the agenda. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the governing documents or any rules adopted by the board or by the membership, a member and a parcel owner have the right to speak for at least 3 minutes on any item. The association may adopt written reasonable rules governing the frequency, duration, and other manner of member and parcel owner statements, which rules must be consistent with this subsection.

see http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=720.306&URL=0700-0799/0720/Sections/0720.306.html

Lane Closure – Airport Road starting January 16th P.O.

Officer Evan DoylePort Orange Police Department AGENCY
View larger photo**Lane Closure – Airport Road starting January 16th**

To accommodate turn lane construction, Airport Rd. from 180 feet north of Waters Edge Blvd to 60 feet south of Creekside Middle School entrance will have a south bound lane closure starting on Tuesday, January 16th through Tuesday, January 30th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A well signed lane closure/flagging operation will be in place.

No News and Fake News in a HOA 1 11 18

The following was sent to our HOA board by John Springer, 1 11 18

TO: The HOA Board

Good morning and Happy New Year. I picked up a rain-soaked agenda in the Red Top Box today. Thank you for circulating.

NO NEWS – other than the date and time and location of the meeting, the agenda continues to be inadequate. In fact, it’s an insult to transparency. It doesn’t tell Association members anything about issues likely to be discussed. This is not a true agenda. Please check out other HOA agendas, municipal agendas. It is very important that community members know what issues are likely to come up. The December agenda, for example, failed to inform Association members that you all were considering a special assessment. Faux pax. Tsk tsk. And a violation of law and/or the governing documents. Any time a special assessment is to be discussed and/or voted on, advance Association is required.

FAKE NEWS – stop telling Association members that it is illegal to tape record Association meetings. Under Florida law, oral communications cannot be recorded without consent if the communication is made with the expectation that it would remain private and not be recorded or heard publicly. In other words, if you are having a conversation on a crowded bus or at a meeting of two or more persons in a public place, it can be recorded without your knowledge and consent because it is obviously not a private conversation. On the other hand, if you are having a conversation with another person in your home or office, without other people around, it would likely be considered private and could not be recorded without your consent. This has been pointed out to the board before, yet you persist with this bullying tactic. Why? (Having said that, I would never record anything secretly. I bring this only because your agendas don’t tell me what’s going to up yet they warn me to not to record under penalty of law). If you are going to claim something is illegal, you really should know law.

Best,

John Springer

FPL delays plan to raise fees because of hurricane Irma

FPL:…. “While we were planning to file a cost recovery plan with the Public Service Commission by the end 2017, we now believe it is in the best interests of our customers to delay our filing to allow us time to have more accurate information and understand the complexities and implications of changes to the federal tax code that occurred at the end of December,” McDermitt said….

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