Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thanks to Peter Cruise here is an article from the Sun Sentinel.
More than 200 attend meeting on Mizner Trail development
By Rebekah Monson July 28, 2011 03:01 PM
More than 200 residents of Boca Del Mar attended an informational meeting on Wednesday presented by Siemens Group on the developer's plan to develop the former Mizner Trail golf course.
The meeting at the Boca Raton Country Club featured complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and speakers included land planner Kerry Kilday, real estate appraiser Daniel P. Hrabko and naturalist Nancy J. Bissett discussing the potential benefits of the plan to build 291 new housing units and restore 50 acres of the course with native species and wildflowers.
"Prior to us coming out with this plan, we didn't get much traction in the community," Siemens Group CEO Richard Siemens said. "Since we've come out with this plan, there's growing support from people in the community."
But opponents of development on the golf course still say the plan goes against the community's master plan and doesn't serve current residents.
"A large group of people, many more than showed up at this wine and cheese party, oppose this development," said Rosemary Nixon, of the Second Coalition Against Mizner Development. "We have petitions and resolutions signed by almost every association around the golf course."
Nixon also decried the Siemens Groups' native planting plan, saying that there is no guarantee that future owners will maintain the property.
"We are here due to the poor business decisions of the golf course owner, and we're not here to bail him out," she said, recalling words from former County Commissioner Mary McCarty, who voted against a previous development proposal in 2006.
Siemens Group will present its plan with native species restoration to the Boca Del Mar Improvement Association on August 10. BDMIA voted 4-2 against approving a 291-unit plan on April 13.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Late last year the elusive Mr. Teboul single-handedly launched a new company P1000006547, registered as Great Restoration Inc. - bet choosing that name kept him awake all night!!!
Oddly, although he still maintains his mailbox at 3389 Sheridan Street, originally home to the many Ist Priority associated companies, Great Restoration and Mr Teboul have a new address at 3113 Stirling Road, Hollywood.
Just a mile up the road, at Sheridan Street, apart from Mr. Teboul and Hila Vanunu – Florida Sciences Inc., the mold analysis experts allegedly used by 1st P. , all other associated companies are no longer listed by Corporationwiki.com at this address. This includes, 1st P, attorney the lovely Rhonda D Zimmerman. Esq. and Ist Priority President,Yitshak Levy.
The disappearing Mr. Levy also failed to appear in court in April of this year at a pretrial conference were as Plaintiff he had alleged he was owed almost $4,000. The case: 502010SC005848XXXXMBwas dismissed for 'Lack of Prosecution'. The name of the defendant was Zimmerman so lets hope it's not any of the lovely Rhonda's relatives and she's busy defending Ist P. in three legal actions brought against the company by its employees.
For those of you new to this saga, Ist Priority Restoration Inc. came into the village after being presented by, the then UCO Maintenance Chair, Jerry Karpf, - who later claimed this was on the recommendation of two association presidents whose names he couldn't remember. They were championed and, in my opinion, promoted by Dan Gladstone, the then, UCO Insurance Chairman.
During the sudden great water leak pandemic of 2009. Ist Priority gutted hundreds of apartments leaving many CV residents homeless for months, if able to return at all – several died whilst out of their apartments and others were forced to abandoned their units when their insurance company refused to pay. The average cost was $40,000 per apartment which caused our building insurance company to drop our coverage. At much greater expense, the then, Insurance Chairman, Dan Gladstone and Insurance Agents Plastridge secured building coverage but all residents ultimately paid much higher premiums as a direct result of the scourge of sudden water leaks and mold.
That was the case until this current UCO Administration reduced insurance costs by negotiation and more importantly a new agent.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
1. Why does the Club House need to be closed for Elecrical work, when just 3 (three) years ago it was rebuilt due to the hurricane???? Why wasn't all electrical work done then???????
2. WiFi -- where will WiFi be available during this month-long process????
3. Will we all get a rebate from WPRF for the interuption of service????
So much for back ground checks here at CV as well, where I'm registered, if the Presidente can't find me. Any wonder we've had a narc dealer and murderer found in our midst? Who else may lurk???...
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Video clips of the coming shows will be shown in the Clubhouse theater on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 2pm - 4pm.
This screening will be hosted by Abby Koffler and Anita Pearce.
Come check out the upcoming offerings!
It was announced today at the Operations Committee by Anita Pearce (VP WPRF) that the Clubhouse would close on August 8, 2011.
The Clubhouse is closing for 30 days for major repairs to the electrical switchgear. Some WPRF services will be transferred to Hastings clubhouse.
They will be announced here on this channel shortly.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
United Civic Organization
As I write this blog posting the sky outside is blue and there are no tropical storms threatening our area. However, it is late July and we are approaching the heart of the traditional hurricane season. In 2008, after analyzing the issues faced by condominium association Boards of Directors in the aftermath of a hurricane or other natural disaster, the Florida legislature created Section 718.1265, Florida Statutes, which granted emergency powers to Associations.
First, these emergency powers can only be used if not specifically prohibited by any of your governing documents. As the documents in your community pre-date the creation of this statutory provision that is unlikely but should still be examined.
Second, the Board must still execute such emergency powers in good faith, with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise such powers under similar circumstances, and in a manner the directors believe are in the best interest of the Association.
Third, the emergency powers may only be activated in response to damage caused by an event for which a state of emergency is declared in the locale in which the condominium is located. That means the Governor of Florida declares, through executive order or proclamation, that an emergency has occurred where your condominium is located and there is damage to your property due to that same emergency situation.
Fourth, you may, but are not required to exercise the emergency powers.
Fifth, all such powers shall be limited to that time reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the Association and the unit owners and the unit owners’ family members, tenants, guests, agents, or invitees and shall be reasonably necessary to mitigate further damage and make emergency repairs.
The following are a list of powers as presented by the Statute:
(a) Conduct board meetings and membership meetings with notice given as is practicable. Such notice may be given in any practicable manner, including publication, radio, United States mail, the Internet, public service announcements, and conspicuous posting on the condominium property or any other means the board deems reasonable under the circumstances. Notice of board decisions may be communicated as provided in this paragraph.
(b) Cancel and reschedule any association meeting.
(c) Name as assistant officers persons who are not directors, which assistant officers shall have the same authority as the executive officers to whom they are assistants during the state of emergency to accommodate the incapacity or unavailability of any officer of the association.
(d) Relocate the association’s principal office or designate alternative principal offices.
(e) Enter into agreements with local counties and municipalities to assist counties and municipalities with debris removal.
(f) Implement a disaster plan before or immediately following the event for which a state of emergency is declared which may include, but is not limited to, shutting down or off elevators; electricity; water, sewer, or security systems; or air conditioners. (As you can see, this paragraph permits the implementation of a disaster plan before the event occurs. In fact, we have assisted many communities in developing such a plan which includes information on shutting down the building, how official records and documents will be protected, etc.)
(g) Based upon advice of emergency management officials or upon the advice of licensed professionals retained by the board, determine any portion of the condominium property unavailable for entry or occupancy by unit owners, family members, tenants, guests, agents, or invitees to protect the health, safety, or welfare of such persons.
(h) Require the evacuation of the condominium property in the event of a mandatory evacuation order in the locale in which the condominium is located. Should any unit owner or other occupant of a condominium fail or refuse to evacuate the condominium property where the board has required evacuation, the association shall be immune from liability or injury to persons or property arising from such failure or refusal.
(i) Based upon advice of emergency management officials or upon the advice of licensed professionals retained by the board, determine whether the condominium property can be safely inhabited or occupied. However, such determination is not conclusive as to any determination of habitability pursuant to the declaration.
(j) Mitigate further damage, including taking action to contract for the removal of debris and to prevent or mitigate the spread of fungus, including, but not limited to, mold or mildew, by removing and disposing of wet drywall, insulation, carpet, cabinetry, or other fixtures on or within the condominium property, even if the unit owner is obligated by the declaration or law to insure or replace those fixtures and to remove personal property from a unit.
(k) Contract, on behalf of any unit owner or owners, for items or services for which the owners are otherwise individually responsible, but which are necessary to prevent further damage to the condominium property. In such event, the unit owner or owners on whose behalf the board has contracted are responsible for reimbursing the association for the actual costs of the items or services, and the association may use its lien authority provided by s. 718.116 to enforce collection of the charges. Without limitation, such items or services may include the drying of units, the boarding of broken windows or doors, and the replacement of damaged air conditioners or air handlers to provide climate control in the units or other portions of the property.
(l) Regardless of any provision to the contrary and even if such authority does not specifically appear in the declaration of condominium, articles, or bylaws of the association, levy special assessments without a vote of the owners.
(m) Without unit owners’ approval, borrow money and pledge association assets as collateral to fund emergency repairs and carry out the duties of the association when operating funds are insufficient. This paragraph does not limit the general authority of the association to borrow money, subject to such restrictions as are contained in the declaration of condominium, articles, or bylaws of the association.
Mark D. Friedman is a senior attorney at the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff. Mr. Friedman may be contacted at CondoLaw@becker-poliakoff.com.
President, two vice presidents, treasurer, recording and corresponding secretary and ten executive board members are up for election.
The process of submitting your bio has changed. All bios must be e mailed to me. You will receive acknowledgment of your bio within a few days. In the subject box, please insert "UCO bio". It will then be sent to the REPORTER. THERE IS NO EXCEPTION AS TO HOW TO SUBMIT A BIO. It must be done this way.
Let us know what experience you've had as a volunteer in Century Village along with a short bio of your life.
The e mail address to send your bio to is email@example.com. If you have any questions, call me between 9am and 5pm. If I'm not home, leave your name, phone number and a short message. 712 0259 is the number to call. Of course, I will return your call.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL,
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Interesting name, "Tonis" according to the Property Appraiser (PAPA) site, there is no such property owner in all of PBC, so perhaps this is a very new owner, relative of an owner, or perhaps a renter. If a renter, he is only responsible for his rent, which is no doubt higher than his Association coupon and the WPRF coupon combined which also "Ken" is not responsible for. Let's move along from there!
Yes, for many, Century Village is a wonderful place to live, and for some it's a relatively inexpensive place to live as well. However, the monthly costs that are now being placed on the residents of Century Village by UCO and WPRF, and the HOA's that are responsible for those monthly payments, is becoming increasingly painful to the vast majority of unit owners who are on fixed incomes and/or have other uncontrolled expenses(contrary to popular belief, there have been no Social Security increases for 2 years, and none likely in the foreseeable future our government is broke).
I can't argue with the fact that costs are escalating and are high, welcome to America, consider the WPRF coupon, about $100.00 per month; some a bit more, some a bit less. Try experiencing anything like the Rec. facility amenities anywhere off Campus for that price!! Your Association (which is not actually a HOA) Coupon is quite reasonable compared to what a similar apartment would cost off Campus.
Here at Southampton A, our monthly and quarterly UCO dues now consume nearly 50% of our annual budget, and that is after the 40% reduction we saw in our Insurance bill, an action that was initiated by our Association with Alex Hartman, an agent for the Alan James Insurance Company in Sunrise, Florida, and then taken advantage of by UCO at the last minute. Let's not get into how many millions UCO cost the Associations over the years it did business with Plastridge Insurance, and how many millions more had our Association not been in contact with Alan James Insurance.
The 50% claim is absurd, do your arithmetic, the UCO percentage of your Association coupon is about 25%, consider the services being paid for this is a grade A bargain: Transportation, Security, Cable TV, Irrigation, and Ambulance. Off Campus, Cable alone would be 67% higher for the identical product.
As for the reduction in Insurance Premium, your current UCO Administration obtained, (some Two Million Dollars), it had nothing whatsoever to do with Alex Hartman. That reduction was achieved by our Administration simply following the requirement of our Bilateral Agreement and constructing an excellent RFP (Request for Proposal bid specs) and putting the coverages out for Bids (Thank due to Toni Salometo our licensed Insurance Committee Chair). You can hardly blame the current Administration for what happened with Plastridge.
But the issue at hand is the cost of living here at Century Village and what we get in return. I'm writing this letter because the "GREEN BUS" issue pushed many CV citizens over the edge, I know it did me. Yes the bus system is a great and wonderful convenience, but at what cost? The city of West Palm Beach provides buses, which tax payers subsidize, but the riders pay the bulk of the cost. Why not here at CV? And why the great expense of purchasing new buses, and let's be honest, things like this never pay for themselves, when we can convert the existing buses to Natural Gas, saving more money than electricity, which is only going to get more expensive, and the cost of the new "GREEN" buses. Oh yes, Federal Grants from a broke government. Let's do the government a favor and CONVERT TO NATURAL GAS!!
There are a lot of issues being bundled here, but the following may be helpful.
Have you read Judge Poulton's consent decree making Transportation a common expense; are you even aware of it? I do not know what the age of the writer is, but in due course, you will not be able to drive, this will happen to all of us and we will be thankful for the busses when that time comes. Our system is one of the best of any Condo Community in Florida.
The current bus fleet is five years old with thousands of miles of wear and tear, converting them to any alternate use is an absolute non starter. The concept of new busses powered by CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) is one of many considered, this technology still has a Carbon footprint (albeit reduced), and the cost reduction over gasoline is not that significant. Use of gasoline will add no less than one half million dollars to the contract over five years. Electric technology time has come, and our senior demographic can do without the belching fumes.
On another note, the beautiful green grass, that is, if UCO is making sure your association gets water, which of course, not all are. Each Association pays an equal amount, I'm sure, but does not get equal water. What has to be done, is dredge the canals, particularly the South Canal. The drought we are encountering now could well be with us for a decade to come and capturing and holding water is the first solution. If not, the Associations should only pay for the water they use and have access to.
Please do your research, the problem is simple we have experienced a deep drought, you can dredge the canals to China the fact that dredged canals can hold more water is obvious and irrelevent, it will be lost to percolation and evaporation. We need rain, we are receiving some 900Kgallons of reclaimed water per day for the past month. The remedies for this, such as lining the lakes, lagoons and canals would be expensive beyond your wildest dreams!
Security is a great concern to many of the elderly and senior citizens here at CV, yet the most vulnerable location to trespassing is the least protected. That would be the wall along the golf course, east of Southampton C, and behind the shopping center where the 'local' hangout opens around 9 PM. The wall has no wiring on top of it and is only about 5-6' tall. Even at my age, I could probably get over it.
The placement of barbed wire is prohibited by code and the wall does not belong to us, so we cannot just extend it's height. Again do your research prior to complaining. The key to this problem is to take PBSO up on the offer they make at nearly every Delegate Assembly meeting. If you see trespassers, call PBSO!
As for the outside looking in, we have a gentleman who is always doing something around the village, and a good job he does, such as picking up trash along Haverhill, but conversely never along Okeechobee, and this is a larger reflection upon who we are in the entire Century Village. I'm sure there's a logical explanation.
Haskell does what he can, it is hot out there, would you like to volunteer to trash pick along about 1 mile of Haverhill Road?
As for the Comcast situation, I'll only say, Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. There should never have been a 67% INCREASE from one year to the next, no matter how inexpensive one may think our cable bill is. I feel safe in saying this was/is a tremendous burden on all of the Associations here at Century Village.
Please do your research, the first year Cable fee was offset by close to one million dollars from the signing bonus!
I'm told our Association was told by UCO that Phyllis Richland was our Quadrant spokesperson in place of the recovering Sal Bummolo, and our prayers go out to him, and that upon asking her to attend our monthly meeting in May she replied, "...I don't go to association meetings...". So much for caring and helping if this is true.
Phyllis has had family issues and is not feeling well for awhile, currently, we have one VP regularly present in UCO; research sir! get the facts.
Simply put WPRF imposed a $8.56 per month increase on each unit, or approximately $801,000 this year alone. I ask, "...look around, do you see it?....". On average, each unit pays over $1300 per year, which is approximately $10,200,000 per year to WPRF. Can you see it now?
Actually, the Operations Committee (have you ever attended a meeting)reduced the original WPRF draft budget by $400K.
This was done by implementation of our Bid Committee and we will continue this effort. As noted above, try to obtain such amenities off Campus for less!
In closing, please don't construe these as complaints, frustrations or dirty laundry. They are observations to help make Century Village the greatest gated community in West Palm Beach, Florida.
As noted in the Comment stream, if you have some ideas, and you are willing to research and HELP, volunteer at UCO, we can always use good people, we save many dollars by "employing" volunteers.
Green text by Dave Israel
United Civic Organization
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Long ago, CV was called "Century Gardens in Century Village", the sales brochure offered you water view OR garden view.
What is a garden?
A garden is a place where your soul connects with the earth.
Peace. Sanctuary. Beauty. Contemplation. Connection. Sound. Smell. A sense of place.
What makes a garden?
Soil. Sun. Birds and butterflies. Good intentions. Rainfall. Flowers, shrubs, and trees. Color. Structure. Inspiration. Love.
And if you want to sell more units, work on your garden. I hear the bus riders critique which are the best buildings in the village, they are looking at gardens and paint.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Carvel - On Wednesdays, participating Carvel locations offer BOGO “buy one get one free” sundaes.
Please call or write your Representatives, your Senators, even the White House, and tell them not to block Social Security checks, the only income a great many of us seniors have.
Here's the link for the interview between Scott Pelley and Pres. Obama: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544.html?tag=pop;stories
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The 25 documents you need before you die (also known as your death dossier.)
If you can organise your stuff it is a good feeling when its done, and your executor will thank you.
It isn't enough simply to sign a bunch of papers establishing an estate plan and other end-of-life instructions. You also have to make your heirs aware of them and leave the documents where they can find them.
If you have trouble with the long URL, click on title.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Pumping in reclaimed water was also a very good thing as this of course replaces the thousands of gallons we are using for village irrigation every day.
My main concern is the color of the water in our lake. It looks like it is turning into a green colored slimed filled cesspool rather than the pristine clear waters you associated with the state of Florida. We do not have a constant source of flowing water in our lake, but neither do most of our surrounding lakes. However, our's is the only lake that has this horrible uninviting color in the area. I have also noticed a large decline in the amount of shore birds to our lake. It probably is do to the fact that they cannot see below the surface of the water. I also wonder what effect this poor visibility and unhealthy environment is doing to our local fish population. I read in the UCO Reporter that we recently spent several thousand dollars to stock our lake with fish. In a way this sounds absourd when you release them into a very polluted and unhealthy kind of environment.
The survival rate of these hatchlings must be quite minimal.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
As you can see from the readout above, we have a 30 day average delivery rate in excess of 1 million gallons. The trailing average for 365 days exceeds 800Kgallon, some 50,000 gallons daily over our contract cap.