2020 Florida Constitutional Amendments

What You Need To Know Before Voting When voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020, there will be six constitutional amendment proposals on the ballot. This article contains a brief discussion of the amendments. In order to adopt each amendment, it must be approved by 60% of voters casting a ballot. We take […]

Association Publication of Deadbeat List & Third-Party Purchaser Assessment Liability

Two New Cases Board Members and Managers Need to Know About CASE No. 1: On June 12, 2020, the Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal (“5th DCA”) entered its opinion in Latheresa Williams, On Behalf Of Herself And All Others Similarly Situated v. Salt Springs Resort Association, Inc., and Bosshardt Property Management, LLC., Case No. 5D18-3913 (Fla. […]

Governing Document Amendments In Light Of COVID-19

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons As a result of the unexpected COVID-19 crisis and its ramifications on Florida’s community associations, there are lessons that can be learned. Early on, an unexpected issue many community associations faced was whether the board could rely on the emergency powers set out in the Florida Statutes to help protect […]

State of Emergency Extended for 60 Days

To see the Order in its entirety click HERE If the link does not work for your browser, then copy and paste the following into your browser: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-166.pdf A copy of the relevant text from the Order follows: STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-166 (EmergencyManagement-Extension of Executive Order 20-52-COVID-19) WHEREAS, on […]

Facial Covering Requirements County by County & A Hand Sanitizer Recall

Below you will find face covering requirements for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee Counties. In addition, the cities of Hallandale and Aventura are discussed. Where appropriate, face covering requirements for those living in condominiums and homeowners’ associations are discussed as well. A recall was issued for a certain manufacture of hand […]

Stay Ahead of the Curve: Lessons in Technology Learned from Covid-19

The statutory emergency powers granted to community associations as a result of the Covid-19 State of Emergency proved to be a valuable resource for the orderly operations of Florida’s community associations. Many associations had to make significant changes to how they conducted the business of their association. For example, holding board meetings via “Zoom” and […]

From One Disaster to the Next: Hurricane Season Starts June 1

If the effects of the Corvid-19 virus were not enough, June 1st begins Florida’s unenviable hurricane season. Never has it been more important to board members and managers to understand the emergency powers approved by the legislature and codified into Florida Statutes in Chapters 718, 719 and 720 for use during a declared “state of emergency.”  Many […]

Re-opening Amenities In Times Of Uncertainty, Part 2

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. In relevant part, the Palm Beach County Order provides that as […]

RE-OPENING AMENITIES IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY

The re-opening of amenities is anything but easy due to the local Orders being promulgated by Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Please be sure to review your County’s specific order(s) to ensure your association remains in compliance. These Orders have similarities but are also VERY different. A link to the recent re-opening Orders follows: Palm […]

The 2020 Census: The Importance of Being Counted, Especially Now

The U.S. Constitution provides that every ten years, the United States must conduct a census to count the entire population of the nation. Moreover, federal law requires each person to complete the census. Each year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census Bureau data. Additionally, information gathered […]