This Is our Village

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Does anyone know why my bar code stopped working at west gate? Guard said they are having a problem with some bar codes. When will this be fixed?

Friday, June 15, 2018

TRANSIENT RENTALS IN CENTURY VILLAGE OFFERED ON AIRBnB - KNOW THE RISK

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We in UCO have been researching an unfortunate turn of events namely the appearance in our Village of AirBnB hosts. So, to start, what is AirBnB?
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AirBnB is a business wherein a homeowner provides space in their home, such as the bedroom, to a transient renter who for the most part is a tourist in transit.
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A few questions arise immediately:
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1)  Do your Documents require the unit owner to be present with their “guests”? – The majority do.
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2)   Do your Documents allow the conducting of a business from your unit? -  No
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3)   Does our Association Insurance policy cover the new risk profile of an Association which has been converted to a Motel/Hotel?  - No
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4)   Have these transient renters been investigated through the UCO Investigations process? -  No
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5)  ) Have these transients, about which you know nothing, been approved for occupancy by the Boards of Directors. - probably not
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6)  Do your Documents prohibit sub-letting of any portion of the unit? - Yes
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Ok, I think you are getting the idea, not to mention such issues as are the Taxes; such as the Tourist Development (bed tax) on short term rentals and of course Federal taxes being paid?
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Well, the bottom line from UCOs point of view is that we have discovered two units in CV being advertised on the AirBnB Web Site and believe it or not; one of these units is occupied by a renter, in which case the unit owner may not even be aware of what use their unit is being offered – A renter renting from a renter.
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Both of these entrepreneurial units offer to bring these transients to the Clubhouse, so they may purchase guest passes, giving them full access to the Rec. Facility.
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We in UCO are working with Attorneys to develop countermeasures to this “Collaborative Economy” trend, one idea is to deny the units listed on any such Transient home sharing site any sort of guest pass whatsoever.
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Finally, I ask all to resist the lure of “easy money” – Keep our Century Village purely Residential.
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Dave Israel
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NOTICE OF WATER UTILITIES OUTAGE, AND BOIL WATER ALERT - JUNE 13, 2018

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NOTICE TO:
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SUSSEX, CAMBRIDGE, CANTERBURY
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Dave Israel
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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Canada as an imminent threat to national security

Imminent Threat to the National Security Law and Legal Definition

From Bloomberg News
U.S. President Donald Trump turned to a Cold War-era law to stem the flow of steel imports, part of a campaign pledge to save American industrial jobs. He may do the same on autos. At issue is a little-used part of 1962 trade legislation sometimes called the "nuclear option" or the "big sledgehammer," which invokes national security to counter cheap imports. Such heavy tools can prompt a furious response from other countries, triggering complaints to the World Trade Organization.

1. What is this weapon?
Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 allows the president to adjust imports without a vote by Congress should the Department of Commerce find evidence of a national-security threat from foreign shipments. After Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a former steel tycoon, declared that such a threat exists in the metals industry, Trump levied tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. On Wednesday, the U.S. said it’s investigating national-security implications of importing automobiles.

2. What’s the case for trade as a national-security concern?
The U.S. law doesn’t define “national security,” so the president has wide latitude to determine a threat. Advocates of the Section 232 action on steel, for instance, said a weakened U.S. steel industry would be less ready to build tanks and other weaponry should a military crisis arise. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in a memo to Ross, concurred that imports of steel and aluminum “based on unfair trading practices” do "impair the national security." But he added that the military’s requirements for steel and aluminum "each only represent about 3 percent of U.S. production," so those trading practices don’t have an effect on meeting "national defense requirements."

To affirm that Canada is an imminent security threat to the USA is insulting and untethered to the truth.

But perhaps we are a threat. So I am seeking your views, opinions and suggestions on the following:

Are canadians still welcomed in Florida?
Do we need to take special precautions against potential had hoc defenders of the land ?  Really troubling.
Should we back-up in our parking spots so as to hide our plates?
Should we hush our voices when we speak French, or Canadian english, heh?

This is an all time low in our mutual relationship. Much to worry about.

I speak for myself and don't purport to represent anyone else.



Monday, June 4, 2018

Teenagers using pools

Can you tell me the rules re: (well-behaved) teenagers using the pools and if allowed, do they have to be accompanied by their grandparent at all times.  Thanks.
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Your Blogmeister replys.
Hi Roz F,
The following from CENREC VP and manager of the REC. Facility Eva Rachesky:
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Eva Rachesky

9:26 PM (45 minutes ago)
to Marge, Noreen, me
 
Hi David,
 
GUESTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MAY USE THE GUEST SWIMMING POOL, SHUFFLEBOARD COURTS AND PICNIC ISLAND ONLY AND THEY MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.  WHETHER THEY ARE WELL BEHAVED DOES NOT AFFORD THEM THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING WITHOUT SAID  ACCOMPANYING ADULT…PARENT(S) / GRANDPARENT(S).
 
Eva Rachesky
Vice President
W.P.R.F., Inc.
561-640-3120 opt# 5
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I hope that answers your question.
 
Dave Israel

Friday, June 1, 2018

MARK FRIEDMAN-Esq. - SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

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Attorney Mark Friedman, whom many of us know and work with, from the BECKER law firm (formerly known as Becker & Poliakoff), has been certified by the Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.  He is now recognized by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of Condominium Law.  Out of the 126 lawyers that received the certification in this specialty 22 of them are with BECKER.  Congratulations. 
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Dave Israel
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

NOTICE OF FUNERAL

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Dave Israel
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Connie Kurtz 1936-2018


Connie Kurtz, one of the leaders of the Democratic Club in Century Village, passed away over the  
weekend. A loss to the village, and to the Democratic Club. Our condolences to Ruth Berman, Connie's spouse.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Good news, bad news?

Eva announced that a decision favorable to the Levys has been made in response to Donald T. Kelly's attempt at dissolution of condominium. The Levys will purchase all the Sheffield O units.

Now if the AirB&B Issue can be addressed. We have a unit somewhere in the village being rented out as an AirB&B. owned by someone named Alicia from Rochester, NY. It is advertised on AirB&B and has 15 favorable reviews, including one that praises her two dogs Mini and Mouse.

I thought this was not allowed in the village, or is it?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

KAYE BENDER REMBAUM - LEGAL MORSELS

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Hi all,
I have placed a link in the sidebar, under the heading of "KAYE BENDER REMBAUM - LEGAL MORSELS"
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This link to information on Condo law may prove useful in your research into  Condo operations.
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The making of new Condo law, is like the tides - never ending.
This link is well worth your time to read over from time to time.
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Dave Israel
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A request for information: FPL has mailed me, and probably everyone in Century Village, this offer:

ElectricShield®
Repair or replacement of your home's electrical system could cost hundreds of dollars. ElectricShield® offers coverage if you need to repair or replace your home's electrical wiring, outlets, switches, dimmers, circuit breakers, electric panel and more for failure due to normal wear and tear.

Electrical Wiring Protection

Benefits of ElectricShield
Friendly, expert service from our in-house team of licensed and insured electricians
Your home's electrical system repaired or replaced, up to $1,000 a year
No deductibles or co-payments
15% discount on labor portion of upgrades and/or improvements
One-year workmanship warranty
No minimum contract term — cancel at anytime
For only $9.95per month
added to your FPL bill

My question: Re electrical wiring: What does our monthly COA fee cover and not not cover? To what extent is the above redundant?

Thanks for any information.



Sunday, April 29, 2018

WOMEN CODEBREAKERS WHO HELPED WIN WWII

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National Cryptologic Museum Foundation hosts Liza Mundy, author of "CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II" for the 2018 Spring Cryptologic Program in Maryland. - The video runs over one hour - but is well worth your time.
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Dave Israel