July 2, 2018 - Opening with a revision to our recycling rules, the July Regency Report enumerates seven suggested security protocols, describes the rehabilitation of trash room doors, trash chutes and chute doors, improvements in the building office and Exercise Room. The three Comcast WiFi Hot Spots for use by our members are a work in progress, and our Maintenance accounts have been credited for the differential between our new and old Comcast charges - an offset contingent on full implementation of the new service. Welcome Back Nesly Bora - our former pool maintence impressarion has returned to Maintenance staff, along with a talented new group of security personnel. Click Here for the July 2018 Regency Report.
June 10, 2018 - When changes in their life circumstances induced longtime Regency Tower Treasurer Steven Faigin and newly elected Vice President Jorge Szmulewicz to sell their homes and relocate, the Regency Tower Board was left with two vacancies. As required by State Law and the association's governing documents, the open seats were filled at a May 30, 2018 Special Meeting, when an affirmative vote by a majority of the remaining Directors designated full time Residents John Laprade and Kevin Suszko to respectively serve out the balance of each open term. A reorganizational vote that followed determined who would also serve as association officials. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes, which document how the meeting unfolded, how the new board is complected, and which board members will additionally serve as association officials going forward.
April 12, 2018 - On March 19, 2018, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and welcoming new residents, Board President Eileen Bendis introduced Election Monitor Nan Green, who explained the election process. Decorating Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer gave a detailed presentation about the common areas decoration project. During an open discussion, members addressed accounting protocols, the web site and the upcoming concrete restoration. Following a Financial Report and the Manager's Report, members thanked Eric Berkowitz for his years of service to our home and neighbors. Once the ballots were tallied, Bendis announced the results and introduced the new board members. After adjourning the members' meeting at 9:30 p.m., Bendis convened an Organizational Meeting to undertake the selection of officers. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's annual meeting notes which review who is currently seated on the governing board and the voting totals. Click Here to learn who will serve as the association's officials.
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June 2, 2018 - Noting how our new generator is prepared for the rigors of Hurricane Season, which began on June 1st, the June Regency Report reminds us to likewise protect ourselves. The report lists new maintenance improvements while imparting that the board elected new board members to replace two that recently relocated. Newly completed pump room improvements will save money while operating more quietly. Having already installed internet "Hot Spots" in the Lobby, Exercise room and the Pool/Barbeque patio, Comcast will soon begin rewiring units to maximize signal speed. Peruse important security reminders and read about the mail box dilemma. Click Here for the June 2018 Regency Report.
April 5, 2018 - The April Regency Report opens with info about the Concrete Restoration. Final preparations are underway to collect critical input from our owners about project preferences and optional improvements. The April Report also reminds us to pick up parking decals in the office, replace wooden balcony doors with a storm-resistant impact glass alternative, call the front desk immediately after calling 911 during an emergency - to help expedite arriving first responders, and for those of you who need to dispose of dog waste after walking Fido - please toss it into the trash container located outside the garage gate entrance (near the car wash area) - NOT in the receptacle in the garage elevator lobby - where it may pose a health hazard. Everyone's cooperation is greatly appreciated! Click Here for the April 2018 Regency Report.
March 7, 2018 - After briefly summarizing some of the new Comcast Contract's premium features, the March Regency Report prompts us to address recommendations and rules that enhance security, improve our quality of life or facilitate assoociation operations - the key to controllings costs. So - pick up your parking decal, make sure your water heater and balcony door don't invite disaster, notify security after calling 911, lock your car doors, don't exceed 5 mph while driving onsite, and join us for Bingo Night!!! We also want to thank a good friend and neighbor for his many contributions to our home and neighborhood. Click Here for the March 2018 Regency Report.
February 24, 2018 - On February 21, 2018, A Comcast Contract for bulk television and Internet services that freezes rates for more than 4 years was approved. Prior to opening negotiations, the Regency Tower Cable Committee encountered a familiar obstacle. Satellite television service providers DirecTV and Dish Network use a contractual format that requires executing an additional (second) agreement with some local "Mom and Pop" outfit for maintenance services. While AT&T’s “U-verse” is not yet equipped to offer bulk television services along Galt Ocean Drive, Hotwire planned a six months construction hiatus prior to delivering services. Since Comcast (AKA "Xfinity"), the sole remaining provider, offered a better - and less expensive agreement, the committee cut a deal for an improved TV package - as Digital Starter is upgraded to Digital Preferred with 220 channels, free HBO and Encore Movies, free High Definition and Digital Video Recorder, two digital boxes and a DTA for a third TV, 100 MBPS Internet speed with a free modem - hot spots in the barbecue area, the lobby and the Game Room and across the country. The $78.99 monthly charge would ordinarily cost $228 - but we negotiated a 65% discount. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for Eileen Bendis' President's Report.
February 3, 2018 - The February 2018 Regency Report marks the end of the Holiday Season. Manager Andy Surdovel found an inexpensive plumber to replace that rusty water heater. After you pick up parking decal from Christine - Get Ready - for the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 4) in the Rendezvous Room at 6 pm, Bingo on Tuesday Nights, and the Annual Members Meeting will take place in the Rendezvous Room at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018. Also - the new Comcast contract is chock full of goodies, and your Concxrete Restoration Ballot will arrive this month. Its going to be a busy month. Click Here for the February 2018 Regency Report.
January 3, 2018 - The January 2018 Regency Report is hot off the press. As the final issues surrounding the concrete restoration are addressed, Maintenance staffers completed a building-wide review of our water heaters, a precursor to notifying owners to replace heavily eroded units - before imminent flooding costs them a bundle. The Report red flags the distribution of parking decals to enhance association security, prompts the installation of impact glass balcony doors to better protect our homes against windstorm damage (and reduce insurance costs), and marks the annual members' meeting in March. It may occasionally be difficult to snag a Maintenance staffer - as their work schedule is jam-packed with improvements and upgrades enumerated in the report. Peruse a few of the many projects underway - in the Rendezvous Room, the office, the pool - and landscaping upgrades. By popular request - Bingo is returning to Regency Tower. Click Here for the January 2018 Regency Report.
By the way - on Thursday, December 14, the annual Employees Holiday Party honoring our wonderful staffers was held in the Rendezvous Room. For disarming pictures of this blowout, including a snapshot of a former Regency Tower Treasurer in bunny ears - Click Here.
December 22, 2017 - On Monday, December 11, 2017, the Board approved the CY 2018 spending plan after announcing that owners once again voted to partially fund the Reserves (114 to partially fund, 9 to fully fund) at the annual Regency Tower Budget meeting. Since the CY 2018 Budget had been thoroughly vetted during the November 20 Special Meeting for Budget Presentation and Review, attendees discussed other concerns after the vote, including issues related to unruly behavior by visiting children, emotional support animals, sending meeting notices weeks earlier than required by Statute, and being a good neighbor. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for Eileen Bendis' President's Report.
December 1, 2017 - The December 2017 Regency Report alerts owners to an impending correspondence containing a ballot and a questionnaiare - a package that will solicit your input about our balcony railings and floors. Owners are urged to replace their wooden balcony doors (especially those damaged by Irma) with sturdy impact glass doors. Also, swap out rusting water heaters for newer, more efficient models that will also save you money - do it before the old unit blows a gasket and causes a flood for which you will be liable. While new parking decals enhance security in the garage and parking decks - Maintrenance is remodeling and upgrading common areas throughout our home. Please send in your Limited Proxy for the Reserves before the December 11 Budget Meeting in the Rendezvous Room at 7 p.m. To read the December Regency Report, Click Here.
November 1, 2017 - The November 2017 Regency Report snapshots the association's recovery from Hurricane Irma, followed by a reminder to replace vulnerable wooden balcony doors with impact glass doors equipped with a bolt lock. The Beach Raker reconfigured our adulterated sand dunes as the office continues implementing a new vehicular security program. The report warns about a ploy by Fire Sprinkler Association lobbyists to force high rise associations that opted out of a fire sprinkler retrofit to install a $multi-million Emergency Life Safety System (ELSS) - an undefined set of fire safety features that includes a fire sprinkler system. Using a bait and switch scam common to street hustlers, these lobbyists circumvented State Law in search of a $billion payday - at your expense. As you probably know, President Eileen Bendis and a small contingent of staffers kept hundreds of residents safe throughout the hurricane, resolving scores of problems for in-residence owners. Evidently, the ordeal provided her a new perspective in weighing what is really important. Click Here to read the November Regency Report. Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' Open Letter to the membership.
In preparation for the December 11, 2017, annual Budget Meeting, Treasurer Steve Faigin, Manager Andrew Surdovel and Staff Accountant Teresa Baker reviewed the proposed CY 2018 Regency Tower budget at a Special Meeting convened on November 20, 2017 at 7 p.m., when they also answered questions by members about the 2018 spending plan - copies of which were previously mailed to association members (also available to members in the office). Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes.
October 1, 2017 - The October 2017 Regency Report summarizes the feedback that will soon be solicited from owners about balcony railing and flooring options, reviews association storm damage and ongoing repairs, and asserts a mandate unanimously approved by the Galt Mile Advisory Board - balcony doors must be hurricane resistant and fitted with a bolt lock. A new television monitor in the mail room offers info about owner packages awaiting pickup and a new vehicle decal identification system will insure that every car parked on the premises belongs here. The report closes with a reminder that the October 1, 2017 maintenance payment should be submitted or mailed with the 4th quarter CenterState Bank coupon. For those who enrolled in auto-debit - sit back and smile - no action is required. To read the October Regency Report, Click Here.
September 2, 2017 - The September 2017 Regency Report, a monthly association update jointly authored by Board President Eileen Bendis and General Manager Andy Surdovel, describes a meeting organized by the Construction Committee to explore the structural and fiscal impact of various balcony railing options. While performing monthly maintenance on the A/C units of owners enrolled in the association's in-house A/C service, maintenance staffers have been renovating the Receiving Room. Association operations newly integrated with Concierge Plus now includes automatic delivery notification, package control and a real-time availability schedule for the Rendezvous Room, the Barbecue and the service elevator, featuring the dates for which these amenities have been reserved. For the whole nine yards, Click Here.
August 1, 2017 - In their August 2017 Regency Report, Board President Eileen Bendis and General Manager Andy Surdovel alert residents to an imminent message soliciting their input about assorted options that impact the upcoming concrete restoration, describe a variety of new building upgrades and report that the new generator works like a charm. Consistent with the Board's campaign to bring our home into the 21st century, a new biometric punch-clock will help control labor costs and a new interactive online platform called “Concierge Plus” is currently being programmed to provide residents with direct access to a litany of association forms and documents, manage unit owner deliveries, and ultimately facilitate maintenance requests. They announce an August 7 visit by Proshred, a special service that will help protect your identity by shredding your unwanted documents that contain personal information. They close with a reminder to register all bicycles. Click Here for the August 2017 Regency Report.
July 10, 2017 - On Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 4 PM, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened a Special Meeting in the Rwendezvous Room. The Board performed some fiscal housekeeping - transferring of funds from inactive to active accounts to more effectively address expenses while renewing a credit line. Until now, the rules governing the installation of satellite dishes on association balconies mirrored those mandated by federal law. Unless you practice law, they are difficult to understand. As such, we asked our attorney to translate the regulations into plain English. If you have any questiions about installing a satellite dish, contact the office, we are here to help. In the meantime, Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for Eileen Bendis' President's Report, a snapshot of events impacting our home.
June 2, 2017 - In her June 2017 Regency Report, Board President Eileen Bendis admonishes residents to prepare for Hurricane Season, enumerates some "added benefits" of our new generator - and announces a new maintenance agreement with Genset, a company endorsed by manufacturer Generac as well as our engineer. Bendis thanks our maintenance staffers for installing a new high-powered electric hand dryer in the garage rest room (to deter plugging the toilet with miles of paper towels) and repainting the floor under the bicycle storage area. Lamenting a drainage breach in the garage, Bendis applauds a new payment service that will enable owners to easily address outstanding association fees online. In conclusion, Bendis notes that Manager Andy Surdovel changed his email address to firstname.lastname@example.org (sidestepping the seemingly erratic Yahoo email service). Click Here for the June 2017 Regency Report.
April 27, 2017 - On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 4 PM, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened a Special Meeting in the Rwendezvous Room. The Board ratified access to funds for the purchase of a new heat pump and repairs to the garage level rest room. Eric Berkowitz reported recent repairs to the Heat Pumps and a drain line under the South garage floor before discussing impending Concrete Repairs. Nancy Seltzer's Decorating Committee update summarized upcoming common area improvements. CenterState Bank Vice President Marty Madan detailed the preocedures and benefits of a new on-line bill paying service that will enable members to easily address maintenance obligations. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for the President's Report. Click Here to read the Construction / Architectural Review and Decorating Committee updates.
April 7, 2017 - Board President Eileen Bendis opens her April 2017 Regency Report by apologizing for the "disrespect and chaos" promulgated by a few attendees at the Annual Meeting, and thanks the membership on behalf of the board members who were re-elected. Bendis then reviews a board plan to explore a more equitable utilization of our recently widened beach. For example, restricting cabanas to the north side of the beach would enable owners to use chairs and umbrellas on the south side. While reminding our departing seasonal snowbirds to bring in their balcony furniture, turn off their water and unplug water heaters, Bendis announces the current development of an online payment system that will provide owners with a more convenient option for addressing quarterly maintenence obligations.
Upon discovering how clogs that repeatedly closed the garage-level bathroom were attributable to a collapsed drainage line under the garage floor, the Construction Committee worked with Maintenance Chief Charlie Davis, Engineeer John Evans and vendor Coastal Plumbing to effect a permanent repair by replacing a sub-surface section of the heavily eroded iron pipe. Since several out-of-residence bicycle owners hadn't provided the office with keys to unlock bicycles chained to the nearby bike racks, Maintenance staffers seeking to protect the bicycles from construction debris were forced to painstakingly lift and move the bikes and racks simultaneously, prompting Bendis to call for the adoption of procedures to safely move the bicycles out of harm's way in an emergency. In conclusion, Bendis explains that although former manager Chuck Linder had tendered his resignation, Andrew "Andy" Surdovel would serve as interim manager while the Board weighed a long-term solution. Click Here for the April 2017 Regency Report.
March 24, 2017 - On March 20, 2017, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 6:30 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and welcoming new Regency Tower residents, Board President Eileen Bendis proclaimed "This is not a Board of Directors meeting, this is your meeting." President Bendis thanked the Decorating Committee for having improved the aesthetic impact of our home and increasing the value of our investments. During an open discussion, members addressed the excellent renovations, various maintenance issues, window washing service for the building and beach cabanas. A few hours later, Bendis introduced Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez and thanked her Election Committee members for performing the tedious job of reviewing the ballots and tallying the votes. After announcing the results, Bendis convened an Organizational Meeting to undertake the selection of officers. Click Here to learn who is currently seated on the governing board, the voting totals and who will serve as the association's officials.
March 1, 2017 - In the March Regency Report, Board President Eileen Bendis summarizes resident feedback about the common area improvements; noting that an overwhelming plurality of our neighbors have expressed delight with the Lobby's new appearance. Citing a "below the radar" benefit, the new energy efficient fixtures will cut the association's electrical expense by $thousands annually. Bendis describes events surrounding our staff, explains how the pool will soon be more expeditiously heated each morning, and reminds those attired in bathing suits to please use the service elevator. Bendis stresses the importance of SLOWING DOWN while driving on the entrance / exit ramps or in the garage, and explains how to transfer a unit into a trust. For these assoxciation updates and more, peruse through Bendis' latest monthly Newsletter. Click Here for the March 2017 Regency Report.
February 4, 2017 - As the Holiday Season flew by, many of our friends and neighbors made a pit stop in the office to meet our new General Manager, Chuck Linder. If they were lucky, they also met Teresa Baker, our new Staff Accountant and numbers wizard. Chuck & Teresa want to express their appreciation to all for warmly welcoming them into the Regency Tower family. In keeping a commitment to enhance inclusion, Chuck drafted and distributed the February "Regency Report", a regular summary of association issues. His message updates the fast evolving common area improvements, warns against dangerous - and illegal - storage practices, notes upcoming events, and once again invites you to introduce yourself at your convenience. Click Here for the February 2017 Regency Report.
January 7, 2017 - Following a review of the new spending plan at the December 12, 2016 Regency Tower Budget meeting, unit owners and board members discussed possible improvements to association communications, such as establishing a regular report to the membership that would complement the committee reports and financial updates that are fully vetted at Board meetings. This report - or newsletter - could summarize fast-changing maintenance and security concerns, key staff changes, neighborhood issues, regulatory obstacles and other events that may impact our quality of life. To get the ball rolling, Board President Eileen Bendis drafted and distributed a kickoff edition of The Regency Report, which is also available online via your smart phone, laptop or tablet. By the way, her warning about how "WIPES" threaten our plumbing and drainage systems is the real deal. If you flush them down your toilet, its just a matter of time before some plumber will charge you an arm and a leg to dig them out - that is - after the inevitable blockage floods every unit in your stack. Click Here to peruse the Regency Report.
December 18, 2016 - At the Monday, December 12, 2016 annual Regency Tower Budget meeting, departing Manager Kande Lewandowski reviewed the FY 2017 spending plan collaboratively compiled with Regency Tower Treasurer Steve Faigin. Some attendees discussed the budget format while others expressed their appreciation for administration efforts to control expenses, thereby dodging an increase in maintenance costs. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for Eileen Bendis' President's Report. Following the presentation, Board President Eileen Bendis called on Decorating Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer to update the ongoing common area improvements. Click Here for the Decorating Committee Round-up. Immediately following the Budget Meeting, a Special Meeting was convened to authorize hiring New Manager Chuck Linder.
December 14, 2016 - The appearance of our lobby area has been a hotbed of passionate discussion since well before a sizable majority of owners selected one of several interiors crafted by accredited design professionals. Although project renderings were previously sent to association members, now that the common area renovations are beginning to take shape, residents increasingly intrigued by the unfolding improvements are understandably curious about the end result. To help clarify the project's aesthetic objective, Decorating Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer featured several graphic displays of the post-construction lobby area while discussing the project with residents at the December 12 Budget Meeting. For those unable to attend, Nancy also suggested that the renderings be posted on the Regency Tower website. Click Here for some king-size renderings of our new lobby.
November 11, 2016 - The Holiday Season once again provides us with an opportuninty to share our blessings with those who help maintain our home and protect our families. Please contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2016. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff - those who work diligently to make life at the Regency Tower safe, comfortable and pleasant. Either deposit a check payable to the “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk or mail it to: "The Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund". Contributions will be divided among our entire staff at the Employees Holiday Party in December. Although many residents give more than the suggested minimum of $100, any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Funded solely by your generosity, these "gifts" are never subsidized by association resources. We thank you for your timely response to this request. Click Here for more information.
October 7, 2016 - Good planning - and good luck - expedited the installation of our cooling tower, the second of two projects enabled by the February 2015 assessment. More importantly, the early curtain reduced the A/C outage to less than three days, a new record on the Galt Mile for this type of project. The A/C, which was shut down on Thursday, September 29, was returned to service on Saturday evening, October 1 - 3 days ahead of schedule. By patiently addressing obstacles as they arose, our contractor, engineer, staffers and project planners shaped a flexible and powerful system, minimized our inconvenience, and saved a bundle.
Presidents Message: On October 5, 2016, President Eileen Bendis gave context to the completed construction projects in a message sent to residents. Click Here for her advocacy of our momentum, and how upgrading our home pays financial and "Quality of Life" dividends.
FULL REPORT: For a comprehensive report covering events since the May 2016 project update, Click Here for the full "411".
P.S. - A few days after installation, the system was tested by Mother Nature, and withstood the Category 3 - 4 winds of Hurricane Matthew free of default or damage. Manager Kande Lewandowski and staffers flawlessly executed the Board's Hurricane preparation protocols. As a result, Regency Tower sustained negligible damage.
September 24, 2016 - Our cooling tower project finally began on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. PLEASE NOTE: the old cooling tower that powers our air conditioners will be shut down on Thursday, September 29 at 8 AM, and is scheduled to return to service some time during Tuesday, October 4. Since rooftop construction is always dependent on weather conditions, delays due to high winds or rain will be announced immediately. For those of you who plan to remain in residence, we arranged rental terms for room size air conditioning units called spot coolers. These units will be made available for rent directly from the vendor. If you are interested, please inform the office about the number of units you will need. The estimated weekly rental fee is $400 - and includes delivery, set-up, and removal. Since the days have recently been brutal and the evenings hot and humid, please consider one for your bedroom, especially if a family member has respiratory or coronary issues. A final agreement will be executed between the unit owner and the vendor. Please respond TODAY - as time is short. NOTE: This project WILL NOT affect electrical service. The temporary outage will only apply to air conditioners powered by the cooling tower (units in our hallway closets).
September 16, 2016 - On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Regency Tower Board of Directors hosted a special meeting of the Board at 11 a.m. in the Rendezvous Room. Scheduled shortly after results of a full vote by the unit owners indicated overwhelming support for a planned enhancement of the association's common areas, the agenda's sole objective was consideration of a funding assessment to underwrite those improvements. Invited to discuss the project, attending unit owners inquired about permitting issues, competitive pricing, and liquidated damages - a tool for minimizing the inconvenience to residents. In her President's Report, Eileen Bendis thanks decorating committee chair Nancy Seltzer for her committee's hard work, details referendum voting totals, and anticipates a positive impact on unit values. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for the President's Report. Click Here to read Manager Kande Lewandowski's maintenance update, submitted the next day.
August 22, 2016 - Regency Tower residents recently received an enigmatic notice from Florida Power & Light. In short, it explained that our electricity would be temporarily interrupted on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. for an estimated 3 hours. The company further admonished that this was an “approximate start time” and the interruption may have begun at any time within the hour. On Monday, August 22, at 1 PM, a playful FP&L bureaucrat sent the identical message to scores of owners, only this time citing the date as Tuesday, August 30. ALACAZAM! Less than 24 hours before the scheduled outage, they changed the date. Would it surprise you to learn that FP&L is one of the State's most despised monopolies? That said, the outage will still take place on Tuesday, August 23 - since we also scheduled a full load test of the emergency power system, hoping to avoid the need to inconvenience everyone twice. Fortunately, this will only take an hour or so. However, on Tuesday, August 30, FPL will be back, and clobber us with the outage originally scheduled for August 23. If you want to know what’s going on behind the curtain, Click Here to learn why FPL is cutting the power and more importantly, how you should prepare for this irresponsibly managed power outage.
May 26, 2016 - On May 9, 2016, the Regency Tower Board of Directors held an 11 a.m. special meeting in the Rendevous Room. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes. Convened to announce new association policies, including a smoking ban on the Pool Deck, a new security policy requiring that all guests show a picture ID to the security guard at the front desk, a $100 increase in the annual cabana rental fee, and a clarification of Federally mandated rules governing emotional support animals. Click Here to read Eileen Bendis' President's message and Click Here to read Manager Kande Lewandowski's maintenance report. Click Here for the Architectural Review & Construction Committee's comprehensive update about the new Emergency Power System, a new domestic water pump, and regulatory negotiations to contain the cost of the planned cooling tower. Click Here for the Social Committee's list of upcoming events. Click Here for Ofelia Alleguez' We Care Committee outreach, and Click Here to review Decorating Committee recommendations for enhancing our home. Click Here to look over the 4 new association protocols.
March 28, 2016 - On March 23, 2016, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 6 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and welcoming new Regency Tower residents, Board President Eileen Bendis proclaimed "This is not a Board of Directors meeting, this is your meeting." President Bendis imparted that a regular board meeting would be noticed and convened in the near future, in which committee reports would comprehensively illuminate construction progress as well as Decorating Committee suggestions to improve the aesthetic impact of our home and increase the value of our investments. A few hours later, Bendis introduced Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez and thanked her Election Committee members for performing the tedious job of reviewing the ballots and tallying the votes. After announcing the results, Bendis requested nominations for the selection of officers. Click Here to learn who is currently seated on the governing board, the voting totals and who will serve as the association's officials.
March 17, 2016 - On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, the annual Regency Tower Members meeting will convene at 6 p.m. in the Rendezvous Room. All Association members are welcome to attend. This year, five candidates volunteered to fill the three seats of board members whose terms will expire at the annual meeting. During the meeting, the Election Committee will verify and tally votes cast by eligible members before announcing the results. Your voice - and vote - will help shape our future. If you haven't yet voted, please do so immediately (tick tock). See you there!!!
One day earlier, on March, 22 - Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM - the Beautification / Decorating Committee is also holding a meeting in the Rendezvous Room. First - look at the display boards stationed in the lobby for some insight into the various decorating ideas you will be able to consider before deciding how you would like to see the lobby evolve. Then ask Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer - and her talented attending Committee members - any questions that come to mind. Informative - and FUN!!! Grab a snack and head on down.
December 21, 2015 - At the Tuesday, December 8, annual Regency Tower Budget meeting, Manager Kande Lewandowski revealed the FY 2016 spending plan collaboratively compiled with Regency Tower Treasurer Steve Faigin. Attendees were pleased by how the administration kept the wheels turning while effectively controlling costs. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes. Following the presentation, Board President Eileen Bendis called for Committee Reports, beginning with her end-of-year update. Click Here to read Eileen Bendis' President's Report. For a progress review by the Construction/Architectural Review Committee, Click Here and Click Here for the Decorating Committee Report. Click Here to see what the Social Committee is planning and Click Here for the outreach preformed throughout 2015 by our We Care Committee.
November 24, 2015 - On Tuesday, December 1, our home will temporarily lose services critical to our quality of life. The project to replace our emergency power system is at a key juncture, as scores of electrical connections must be meticulously transferred from our existing equipment to components in the new system. A team of electricians from Fischer Electric will install our new electrical panels and an automatic transfer switch - a device that automatically distributes the electrical load from a grid to an emergency power source if the power is interrupted. Unfortunately, there is no way to safely accomplish this without turning off the power to our elevators, cooling tower (NO A/C) and the water pump (NO running water). Click Here to read Engineer John Evans' explanation for this one-day inconvenience.
October 30, 2015 - On October 15, 2015, Board President Eileen Bendis convened a Special Meeting of the Regency Tower Board at 10 a.m. in the Rendezvous room. The meeting was called for the express purpose of enumerating the terms of a credit line maintained to address the association's financial needs if and when confronted by an emergency. Following the serial hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, most Galt Mile associations opened credit lines sufficient for funding repairs to structural damage caused by storm surge or windstorm events, compensating for insurance benefit delays that proliferate after catastrophic emergencies. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes.
September 30, 2015 - In May of 2014, when technicians from American Generator Services (the company contracted to maintain our generator) admonished that our 45-year old back-up power source was on its last legs, SPEC Engineer John Evans recommended that we immediately launch a replacement process, since installing a new emergency power system could take more than a year. Although manufacturer’s delivery might only take several months, and another four to six weeks for the actual construction, Evans observed that regulatory issues could delay the installation for an additional six to twelve months. As Evans predicted, the permit was held hostage in Design Review since April before finally being approved and put to work. Click Here for its circuitous municipal itinerary.
September 24, 2015 - On September 18, 2015, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis and Manager Kande Lewandowski drafted a snapshot of association issues and events that touched our lives during July and August. Dedicated primarily to operational housekeeping, the brief September 8 Special Meeting lacked a President's or Manager's report. To fill the void, Bendis and Lewandowski summarized a litany of maintenance improvements, the construction kickoff of our emergency power system, a significant security upgrade, a plea to palliate problems amicably, and the recent painful loss of longtime friends and neighbors. Click Here to read their joint "Summer Update".
September 10, 2015 - On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis convened a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting blended updates with housekeeping issues. The Board thanked departing Secretary Joan Sapik for her selfless contribution to improving our home and welcomed newly appointed Secretary Fern McBride, whose legacy at Regency Tower is stellar. Housekeeping measures impacting the generator and emergency balcony repairs were followed by the renewal of a line of credit, pending approval of the terms by Treasurer Steve Faigin. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes.
May 24, 2015 - On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis called a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting was convened to address four association housekeeping measures implemented to illuminate financial disclosure and more effectively manage revenues. Manager Kande Lewandowski reviewed Association Financial Statements and discussed the Independent Auditor’s Report for the calendar year ending on December 31, 2014. Following a successful motion to ratify the report, three additional motions authorized fund transfers between accounts to cover expenses. Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' "President's Report", Click Here for Manager Kande Lewandowski's "Manager's Report", and Click Here to read Secretary Joan Sapik's meeting minutes.
March 29, 2015 - On March 18, 2015, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum, Board President Eileen Bendis turned the meeting over to the attending members for an open discussion. Although the lack of a Quorum obviated the regulatory need for formal Meeting Minutes, Secretary Joan Sapik took notes to record events. After some discussion about the beach cabanas, pool use regulations, elevator servicing companies, Wifi Hot Spots and notice requirements, Bendis thanked Chair Ofelia Alleguez and her Election Committee before Ofelia delivered the election results. At the subsequent organizational meeting, the board named the association's 2015 officers. For insight into the lineup, Click Here to read Secretary Joan Sapik's meeting notes.
February 12, 2015 - On Thursday, February 5, Association President Eileen Bendis convened a Board Meeting to explain the basis for a special assessment that will underwrite two projects critical to our safety and comfort - upgrading the association's failing emergency power system and replacing the deteriorating rooftop cooling tower. While State Law only requires disclosure of the assessment's nature, estimated cost and purpose, a project report distributed to unit owners before the meeting also summarizes each project's evolution, describes the respective bidding processes and details the contributing costs. To read the report (and Assessment Summary) or download a "printable" version, Click Here to "Special Assessments: The Price of Power & the Cost of Comfort"! Click Here to read the meeting minutes.
January 20, 2015 - Next year's spending plan was detailed and discussed at the December 29, 2014, annual Budget Meeting. After confirming that a vote by our owners authorized the association to partially fund the statutory reserves, the board unanimously approved a budget shaped primarily by Regency Tower Treasurer Steve Faigin. To review what happened, Click Here to read the meeting minutes. For a summary of recent association events, Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' "President's Report". Click Here to Manager Kande Lewandowski's "Manager's Report", wherein she outlines association projects, Financial info and "Friendly Reminders". To review the Construction / Architectural Review Committee report featuring a project update for the emergency generator and cooling tower replacement, Click Here for the Committee Reports. Click Here for a list of our newest neighbors and to check out important announcements, Click Here to Notices & Reminders!
December 20, 2014 - Each year, the Regency Tower Employee Holiday Fund Committee (Ofelia Alleguez, Shirley Hopkins and Heida Bouchet) collects donations from altruistic residents and guests for an annual Holiday Party hosted for our employees. Funds are also collected to provide our selfless staffers with some extra money during the Holidays. On December 19, 2014, staffers (and Committee Members) met at 12 PM in the Rendezvouz Room, where they enjoyed the Seasonal Holiday blowout. For an inside peek at this event, Click Here to the Photo Gallery (please click on each picture for a larger view).
July 20, 2014 - Recently, interim manager Kande Lewandowski drew my attention to an email featuring advice for Snowbirds parceled by Regency Tower pest control Guru Bug-Off. Although something less than an epiphany, its still good solid stuff - and extremely easy to implement. Kande suggested we share this wisdom with all Regency Tower unit owners. Actually, BugOff filched the text from an online pest control blogger who calls himself "The Bug Doctor" and hold court on a website known as "The Pest Cemetery." Since this niche authority invites visiting patrons to share his work product, Click Here for some good ideas for keeping the bugs at bay when you are out-of-residence!
July 10, 2014 - In her March 20, 2014 Report to members, after calling attention to the endless parade of construction projects along the Galt Mile, President Bendis exhorted “Don’t think we are invincible!” Couched in her cynical admonition of mortality was a wallet alert. While our President puts in the mind-numbing daily oversight required to balance operational needs with resources, budget-busting projects are flagged for Board review. Three projects that are critical to our quality of life were vetted during the spring season – the structural integrity of our balconies, the cooling tower that enables every air conditioner in the building and the back-up generator that powers critical systems during an outage. Two were approved by the Board. Since they are funded by special assessment, they will impact our family budgets. The following update will add some perspective to these planned improvements. Click Here for the inside scoop.
March 31, 2014 - On March 20, 2014, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and reading her Presidents Report, Board President Eileen Bendis invited questions and open discussion. Although the lack of a Quorum obviated the regulatory need for formal Meeting Minutes, Secretary Joan Sapik took notes to record events. After some discussion about recent elevator problems and lobby upgrades, Bendis applauded member volunteers and staffers for their respective contributions to association projects - including Margie Nagle's Beautification Committee for creating the new seating alcove adjacent to the building entrance - on a shoestring budget! Several members thanked President Bendis and the Board for effectively addressing building issues. At adjournment, Bendis invited attendees to a post-meeting Party in the lobby. To read Secretary Joan Sapik's meeting notes, Click Here. For President Eileen Bendis' member update, Click Here.
December 31, 2013 - Next year's spending plan was etched in stone at the December 2, 2013 Budget Meeting. After confirming that a vote by our owners authorized the association to fund partial statutory reserves, the board unanimously approved a budget carved out by Regency Tower Treasurer Steven Faigin. Pleased attendees applauded the spending plan - since no maintenance increase is planned for CYand opened the 2014! For a snap-shot of the Budget, the Reserves Vote and our insurance status, Click Here to read the meeting minutes. Click Here to read President Eileen Bendis' Holiday message to residents and for Manager Dwight Lyons' year-end summary of building projects, Click Here. While our staffers worked miracles all year - on a shoestring budget, for association improvements achieved by our committee volunteers, Click Here to read the Committee Reports. For a gander at the Employees Holiday Party, Click Here to the Photo Gallery.HAVE A HAPPY AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!September 3, 2013 - On August 26, 2013, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis called a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting was convened to address four association "housekeeping issues" that that would benefit from attention. After renewing the association credit line, Bendis opted to ratify a June vote to renew Manager Dwight Lyons' contract. Although the Board voted to renew the contract in June, ratification enables the vote to be placed in the meeting minutes, where members can easily read about it on the website instead of through a records request to the office. The former owner of Unit 1508 is still deliberately delaying foreclosure proceedings. Since the unit will continue to contribute nothing to the association until the court finalizes the foreclosure action, the association attorney requested guidance. The Board voted to direct the attorney to proceed with the foreclosure - through to completion. Finally, V.P. Eric Berkowitz updated the members about the condition of our roof, explaining the planned measures to insure its integrity going forward. Click Here to read the meeting minutes. Click Here to read the Roof Report. Also, check below for local September events in the "Around Town" section of the website. Click the link in each free event to learn more!!!
April 8, 2013 - One day after the Annual meeting, Comcast held an "Equipment Upgrade Event" for Regency Tower residents in the Rendezvous Room. Prior to the expiration of Regency Tower’s bulk service contract with Comcast, association officials negotiated a new agreement that provides Regency Tower members with additional services at no additional cost. However, to receive these premium services, each Regency Tower unit owner would need at least one interactive digital set-top box. While many residents who previously upgraded their service collaterally received a Digital Set-Top Box, about half our owners only had the small Digital Adapters (DTAs) affixed to their televisions. The March 21st one-day event insured that every Regency Tower Comcast customer benefits from the new services. Unit owners who had privately contracted for these services will have their accounts adjusted, eliminating the monthly charges by Comcast. Click Here to see what happened!!!
March 21, 2013 - At 7 P.M. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Regency Tower unit owners held their Annual Meeting in the Rendezvous Room. In a refreshing departure from the usual agenda "filler", instead of conducting a Regular Meeting while the Election Committee relentlessly crunched scores of ballot envelopes, President Eileen Bendis reformatted the down time to a Q & A, with meeting attendees vetting association issues and suggestions with board members. Amid the informal discussions, Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez announced the voting totals. After unit owners roundly welcomed the new board members, Bendis requested nominations for the selection of officers. Click Here to learn who is currently seated on the governing board, the voting totals and who will serve as the association's officials. Absent a quorum, Meeting Notes are taken in lieu of Meeting Minutes. Click Here for the official Meeting Notes.
January 2, 2013 - On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened the year's final meeting. The frugal Budget cobbled together and presented last month by Treasurer Cathie Lenz was approved, a Comcast Contract that freezes last year's rates for two more years was approved, and attending unit owners approved of the after-party in the lobby!!! To review what happened, Click Here to read the meeting minutes. For a summary of recent association events, Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' "President's Report". Click Here to Manager Dwight Lyons' "Manager's Report", wherein he enumerates an arm's length list of recently completed projects. For info about how the drainage issues were resolved, a Security status update and Ofelia Alleguez' We Care report for all of 2012, Click Here for the Committee Reports. To quickly peruse the board votes, Click Here to "New Business"! By the way, important announcements contained in the minutes are permanently available by Clicking Here to Notices & Reminders!
November 19, 2012 - On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened the annual Association Budget Presentation. Treasurer Cathie Lenz, assisted by Manager Dwight Lyons, outlined the benefits accrued by an aggressive upgrading of association contracts, beating back a threatened insurance deductible hike and exercising spending restraint for optional or "questionable" improvements. In an economic environment that's tanked association budgets throughout the Galt Mile, Lenz delivered a spending plan that will help keep your money in your wallet - without adversely impacting association operations. Quite a feat! Click Here to read the Budget Presentation meeting minutes! After perusing the "Good News" budget summary, Click Here to learn how you can help our dedicated employees share in this optimistic outlook!
November 2, 2012 - Prior to opening negotiations for a new bulk television contract, the Regency Tower Cable Committee encountered a familiar obstacle. Alternative satellite television service providers DirecTV and Dish Network use a contractual format that requires executing an additional (second) agreement with some local "Mom and Pop" outfit for maintenance services. While AT&T’s “U-verse” currently provides internet services to Galt Mile consumers, they are not yet equipped to offer bulk television services along Galt Ocean Drive. Since Comcast (AKA "Xfinity"), the sole remaining provider, could no longer deliver our current package of services, the committee cut a deal for an alternative package that saves more than $64,000 over 5 years. Click Here to learn more!
August 16, 2012 - After 42 years, the fan that pulled air through the Regency Tower garage since 1969 gave up the ghost. Following an in-depth investigation of replacement alternatives, the Board voted to replace the rusting hulk in the southeast corner of the garage with a The TCTA “Tubeaxial Fan” manufactured by Twin City Fan & Blower. A cast aluminum alloy wheel that turns 60-inch fan blades sits in a one-piece heavy gauge hot-rolled steel housing. Installed by bid-winner Custom Air Designs under the supervision of Structural Engineer John Evans from Swaysland Professional Engineering Consultants (SPEC), the new monster will manage our below grade ventilation for the next 40 years. Click Here for details - and pictures!
July 27, 2012 - Since mid-2011, water has become a major player in many of our home’s construction dilemmas. Amid the hot and humid doldrums of late July, another chapter in this this soggy saga temporarily washed out access to our swimming pool. Fortunately, a team effort by the administration, maintenance staffers and a cooperative vendor quashed this quandary before most of us even knew of its existence. Our weekend pool enthusiasts didn’t miss a beat. Click Here to learn what happened - and why it won't happen again!
April 18, 2012 - Several months ago, when flooding along the descending ramps on the west side of the garage rose to levels that penetrated some vehicles, security personnel were unsure about how the water entered the garage since they hadn’t noticed water streaming past the garage entrance trench drain despite the heavy rain. Since the garage flooded whenever it rained for more than 34 years yet remained dry in the eight years since the drainage system was installed, Board President Eileen Bendis requested an investigation into what caused it to flood in October and stop thereafter? Click Here for the scoop.
March 26, 2012 - On March 20, 2012, Regency Tower residents held their Annual Member's meeting at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. This year's twofer (Annual Meeting and Regular Meeting) was punctuated by the insertion of new blood into the association Board. Joining the panel were Information Technology wizard Eugene Sicoli and educator Abe Ben-Aviv. To peruse the evening's events, Click Here for the meeting minutes. To see the how your votes panned out, Click Here. For the 2012 slate of officers elected by the new board during the meeting, Click Here. To read President Eileen Bendis' President's Report, Click Here. For Manager Dwight Lyons' maintenance snapshot of Regency Tower, check out the Manager's Report by Clicking Here. To eyeball the meeting's obscure yet informative "New Business", Click Here.
March 9, 2012 - Upon receiving an association invoice on February 28th, Elem Rinomato emailed back “I just want to say that I love receiving mail and invoices by computer! Thanks for bringing us up into the modern day world.” Elem is one of the roughly 60 Regency Tower residents who signed up for the new email notification program. Instead of trudging to the mailbox for her maintenance bill, she checks her email and VOILA! When asked by Manager Dwight Lyons if she would prefer going online to do her association business, Linda Pines answered, “Absolutely. I’d love to jump into the 21st Century and receive invoices via email. It’s been a long time coming.” Claude Provost responded, “Yes very good idea. I would much prefer to receive by email since I spent time in Canada and Florida.” Inge Joneleit commented “Hello Dwight, brilliant idea. Yes please send our bill by email. Thank you. Best regards.” An hour later, husband Juergen chimed in, stating “Dwight, as Inge already replied, good idea, thanks for the effort.” Who would believe that Regency Tower owners would turn so fuzzy when billed for quarterly maintenance assessments? Do you want to know why? Click Here for the skinny.
February 4, 2012 - At the January 31, 2012 Special Meeting of the Board of Directors - just seven months after agreeing to champion the voluntary installation of impact glass balcony doors - Board President Eileen Bendis announced the results of a full membership referendum. Addressing roughly 70 attendees in the Rendezvous Room, the President reported that the measure passed by an overwhelming margin. Of 149 proxies received, 124 favored the right to install the hurricane-mitigating glass balcony doors. Click Here to read President Bendis' message to unit owners and Click Here to review the referendum's final vote totals. Click Here for a list of current and completed projects by Manager Dwight Lyons and Click Here to the meeting minutes. Also, in the Committee Reports, Margie Nagle tells how she stretched a two-penny budget into a lavishly decorated lobby and a Construction Committee report details association plans to replace the heat pumps, the garage fan and the water tower. Click Here for the Committee Reports. .
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THE REGENCY TOWERoffers the same amenities and services you expect to find at quality resort hotels, with the advantages of space, privacy, and value that only a condominium or private home can provide. Our two hundred and three “ranch homes in the sky” are home to a fascinating collection of international residents.
The key feature that renders The Regency Tower unique is its residents. An exciting blend of young and old, they hail from all points of the globe. Our active Social Committee is constantly organizing an extensive roster of activities. Planned outings to the Theater, the racetrack, a variety of interesting restaurants, Art Galleries, and “Dinner Theater” are available to everyone. For “homebodies” there are barbecues, talent shows, “hobby nights”, weekly bingo, “theme” parties, and exercising with our "State of the Art" equipment. All residents benefit from the attentions of a group of sensitive caring individuals who comprise the “WE CARE” Committee.
The Regency Tower, along with the rest of the Galt Ocean Mile, is undergoing a rebirth. We’ve built a new roof, refurbished all of our balconies, renovated the hallway and elevator lobby on every floor, freshly painted and waterproofed the building, modernized and redecorated our elevators, redecorated the lobby, added a separate pedestrian entrance adjacent to a new garage door, installed a new main entry, built a new Exercise Room with quality equipment and secured the premises with new fences. Pool, Ping-Pong and Poker tables dominate the new Game Room featuring a Bar and a DVD-ready Big-Screen Television. Resurfaced with high quality pavers, the newly waterproofed parking deck is illuminated by modern new high intensity lamps. All building planters were rebuilt and imbued with an automatically timed irrigation and electrical network. New heat pumps efficiently warm our recently recoated pool while an invisible new wind barrier shelters poolside sunbathers. A system of French Drains in our lower driveway feed a recently excavated well to guarantee a dry garage in all weather conditions. New code-compliant fire safety and keyless security systems bring personal safety and security into the 21st century. New landscaping bathes the “reinvented” Regency Tower in lush greenery and striking tropical color!
Regency Tower is also one of the two most “hurricane-resistant” residential hi-rise structures in the Galt Ocean Mile neighborhood. As found in all new coastal construction, every glazed opening in the entire building is fitted with impact rated glass – windows and doors. Since first retrofitted, not one impact rated window or door has been penetrated by hurricane winds or debris. Also, windstorm damage to any window (individual unit or common area) is covered by a dedicated zero-deductible insurance policy. Installed in 2003, the “Millennium Roof” is rated to withstand Category 5 weather events and has never been infiltrated. Since every unit and common area is fully mitigated, Regency Tower homeowners enjoy the financial advantages of continued eligibility for commercial windstorm insurance.
As a result of these efforts, our residents have seen a substantial increase in the value of their homes. We anticipate that this trend will continue. Conversely, the highly efficient structural, plumbing, electrical and administrative upgrades have served to offset normal upward pressure on maintenance costs. Whether you prefer glorious private beach bound seclusion or an interesting balance of well-befriended activities, The Regency Tower is a wonderful place to live!