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New Business

E-mail Address: 1regencytower@gmail.com

May 2016

New Business - 5/9/2016 Meeting

May 9, 2016 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for the adoption of New Rules & Regulations. The Condominium Act gives the Board of Directors the authority to adopt reasonable rules and regulations concerning the use of the common elements, common areas, and recreational facilities.

Therefore, a motion to adopt each of the following was made and passed:

1. Emotional Support Animals (ESA)

  • As many of you are aware, we have been sued concerning an “emotional support animal”, ESA. All communities must comply with the Fair Housing Act. In settling the suit, and saving the association money by keeping attorney fees to a minimum, we have been required to let all residents know that even though we are a no pet building, animals that are prescribed as necessary by a doctor must be allowed. They must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and may use the common elements without restrictions. We cannot force pet owners to use the service elevator or side doors even though we would prefer they do so.

2. No Smoking at Pool

  • The pool area is for the enjoyment of all residents and their guests. Therefore, no smoking will be allowed in the immediate pool area. Smoking is permitted on the upper deck of the pool area and in the area around the grill.

3. SECURITY

  • A new policy requiring all guests show a picture ID to the security guard at the front desk will be implemented by the middle of June 2016.

4. CABANAS

  • Severe weather requires our maintenance staff to remove cabanas from the beach. On occasion all maintenance staff had to be called upon to assist. The last increase to the rental of “sand space” was at least five (5) years ago. Effective January 1, 2017 the annual rental rate will increase by $100

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

New Business - 8/26/2013 Meeting

August 26, 2013 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for New Business.

1. Bank Line of Credit

  • Richard Robins moved to renew the line of credit for $600,000.00 at 1st United Bank. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

2. Ratify Manager's contract

  • Eileen Bendis moved that the property manager, Dwight Lyon's contract be renewed for two more years. Motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

3. Attorney's proceedings with Unit #1508 problem

  • Steve Faigin moved to instruct our attorneys to continue legal procedures necessary to get foreclosure completed. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

4. Roof Repairs

                        Joan Sapik, Secretary

New Business - 12/12/2012 Meeting

December 12, 2012 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for New Business.

                        Margaret Thompson, Secretary

New Business - 3/20/2012 Meeting

Click to Twin City Fan to see New Garage Fan Specs March 20, 2012 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for New Business.

  • RATIFY EXHAUST FAN LOCATION

    • We have decided to keep the garage exhaust fan in the same location after examining various locations, such as elevating it, and putting the job out for bids per the specs of our engineer and our attorney approving the contract.

      A motion was made by Iris Anastasi to put the garage exhaust fan in the same location and putting the job out for bids per the specs from the engineer and our attorney approving the contract. The motion was seconded by Fern McBride and unanimously approved.

  • APPROVE SCOPE OF WORK FROM ENGINEER JOHN EVANS FOR BALCONY DOORS

    • Impact Door
      Impact Door
      We have received the scope of work and the specs for the impact glass balcony doors.

      Cathie Lenz made a motion to accept the scope of work and specs from the engineer for the impact glass balcony doors. The motion was seconded by Eric Berkowitz and unanimously approved.

  • RESERVE ACCOUNT DETAIL

    • Our Treasurer has requested that we establish a new reserve account called “Capital Expenditures and Deferred Maintenance,” which would be used for any expenditure funds for:

      • (a) the purchase of an asset whose useful life is greater than one year in length;
      • (b) the replacement of an asset whose useful life is greater than one year in length;
      • (c) the addition to an asset that extends the useful life of the previously existing asset for a period of greater than one year in length;

    • and, as to “Deferred Maintenance” it would be used for any maintenance or repair that

      • (a) will be performed less frequently than yearly;
      • (b) will result in maintaining the useful life of an asset

    • (per Condominium Rule 61B-22.001(2)&(3).)

      A motion was made by Fern McBride to accept this new reserve account detail. The motion was seconded by Margaret Thompson and unanimously approved.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

New Business - 1/31/2012 Meeting

January 31, 2012 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for New Business.

  • The results of the impact glass balcony door referendum:

    • Proxies received               149

    • Proxies “FOR”                   124

    • Proxies “AGAINST”            25

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

New Business - 10/13/2011 Meeting

October 13, 2011 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for New Business.

  • CRITERIA FOR LEASING AND PURCHASING OF UNITS

  • NEW LANDSCAPING FOR BEACH AREA

    • Scaevola taccada at Regency Tower Beach Egress
      Scaevola taccada at Regency
      Tower Beach Egress
      Scaevola taccada at Regency Tower Beach Egress
      Scaevola taccada AKA Beach Naupaka
      Balding Spot at North Sea Wall
      The landscaping in the front and sides of our building looks wonderful. I want to thank Mark and his team for a great job. However, I feel the beachside has a lot to be desired. With the help of Dwight, we have been investigating what kind of options are available. As you know there are many “bald” spots along the hedge on the seawall. Numerous times, to no avail, planting the same shrub failed. What we have is called Scaevola taccada a wild shrub. The city is even removing this all along the beach.

      Click to Beach Raker Website To remove what we have requires a permit, which we obtained. It is good until next year and the shrubs cannot be removed until the end of Turtle Nesting season - the end of October. Beach Raker would be required to do the tearing out and the new planting. The total cost under the proposal is $4468.

      Upon approval of the Treasurer, may I have a motion to go ahead with removing and replacing the shrubs in front of the seawall, making this contingent on further clarification from Beach Raker in regards to moving sand.

      Bernard Larkin made a motion that upon approval of the Treasurer we go ahead and remove and replace the shrubs in front of the seawall, contingent on further clarification from Beach Raker in regards to sand movement. The following board members voted “aye”: Iris Anastasi, Eileen Bendis, Eric Berkowitz, Bernard Larkin, Fern McBride and Margaret Thompson. Catherine Lenz voted “nay.”

  • RESEARCHING IMPACT GLASS PATIO DOORS

    • Impact Door
      Impact Door
      We did get a majority vote on the survey for the doors – 103-24. I would now like to investigate further what is entailed to amend our documents to require, as you need to replace balcony doors, they would have to be the impact glass. This has to be done with a majority vote of the unit owners since this is a material alteration. It is imperative that those of you who showed an interest in the survey must now vote yes on the proxy vote, and send it back without me begging, pleading and calling you to do so. I will try to get a committee together to help gather information and bids from different companies.

      May I have a motion to go ahead and talk to our attorney and see what we need to do to amend our documents to reflect the impact glass balcony doors upon replacement of present doors and send proxies out? Also, to establish an investigative committee to look into companies.

      A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz to allow the President to talk to the attorney for information on amending our documents to reflect that new balcony doors will have to be glass impact doors, send proxies and establish an investigative committee. The motion was seconded by Bernard Larkin and unanimously approved and adopted.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

New Business - 3/23/2011 Meeting

March 23, 2011 - President Eileen R. Bendis called for New Business.

  • Planned Schedule of Meetings – Announced after “Approval of Minutes”

  • Request for Committee Volunteers – The President stated that we have quite a few committees that have to be re-done. Have not seen present committee chairpersons; will place sign-up sheets at security desk for people to indicate their interest in serving on a committee.

  • Manager Contract – Dee Lanzillo made a motion that the Manager’s Contract dated April 2, 2009 by and between Dott Nicholson-Brown and The Regency Tower Association, be extended under the same terms and conditions as stated therein. Bill Tennenbaum seconded the motion. After discussion, a vote was taken with the following results: Eric Berkowitz, Dee Lanzillo, Fern McBride and Bill Tennenbaum voted “yea” and Iris Anastasi, Eileen R. Bendis and Catherine Lenz voted “nay.” The motion passed with 4 “yeas” and 3 “nays.”

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Election of Officers

March 17, 2011 - The Officers are:

  • President Eileen Bendis

  • Vice President Eric P. Berkowitz
  • Secretary Fern McBride
  • Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum

Signatories on our bank accounts will be updated.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Election of Officers

March 15, 2010 - A special meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 15, 2010 in the Rendezvous Room of The Regency Tower by the President. It was stated that the purpose of this special meeting is for the election of officers following the March 11, 2010 Board of Director elections.

Fern McBride made a motion that the Board of Directors retain the same officers as last year. The motion was seconded by Dott Nicholson-Brown and unanimously approved.

The Officers are:

  • President Dee Lanzillo

  • Vice President Eric P. Berkowitz
  • Secretary Fern McBride
  • Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Security Upgrade

Click to Big Red Communications Web Site March 11, 2010 - A motion was made by Bill Tennenbaum that the Board ratify the prior decision to continue the security upgrade by using Big Red Communications at the cost of $11,412. plus any taxes that are applicable.

The motion was seconded by Fern McBride. The motion passed with six yeas and one nay. Iris Anastasi opposed the motion.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Election of Officers

March 12, 2009 - A motion was made by Fern McBride that the Board of Directors retain the same officers as last year. The motion was seconded by Bill Tennenbaum. The motion passed with six yeas and one nay.

The Officers are:

  • President Dott Nicholson-Brown

  • Vice President Iris Anastasi
  • Secretary Fern McBride
  • Treasurer Bob Nagle and
  • Assistant Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Possibility of Hiring a Manager

Dott Nicholson-Brown
We Are Family!
December 9, 2008 - Bill Tennenbaum commented that Dott Nicholson-Brown has announced that although she is willing to serve on the Board, as of April 2009 she no longer is willing to serve as the manager. We have no other professionally trained Board member nor a Board member who is able or willing to give the amount of time necessary, that Dott has so graciously given us for the past eight years. We owe her a great debt of gratitude for all her efforts, for getting the building into the condition that it is in and ramroding committees so that things kept going and going to get us to the tremendous position that we are in now both aesthetically and financially.

We have to do something to make sure our building continues to operate in the professional manner that we are all used to. We’ve decided that the best way to pursue that is through professional management. We are one of the only buildings that does not have a professional manager on the Galt.

At this time, I would like to move that the Regency Tower Board adopt a committee for the purpose of searching and hiring of a manager to commence serving approximately April 1, 2009. Eric Berkowitz seconded the motion; unanimously approved.

The President will appoint a committee to select a slate of managers to recommend to the Board of Directors.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Election of Officers

March 13, 2008 - It was announced that Eric Berkowitz has declined the position of Vice President due to his time consuming duties as Vice President of the Galt Mile Advisory Board and Galt Mile Presidents Council. The President called for nominations for Board officers.

  • Fern McBride nominated Dott Nicholson-Brown for President, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

  • Dee Lanzillo nominated Iris Anastasi for Vice-President, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

  • Iris nominated Fern McBride for Secretary, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

  • Iris nominated Bill Tennenbaum for Treasurer, seconded by Bob Nagle, unanimously approved.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Screening Committee

Thanks Margie
Thanks Margie!
March 13, 2008 - Even though there is nothing in our documents about how we screen, we have been doing it by committee. We have had some excellent chairpersons of the Screening Committee, namely Margie Nagle and Iris Anastasi, who have worked very hard, but it has been a very difficult job to get the committees together. Our policy will now be that screening will be done by two or three board members and/or the secretary.

A motion was made by Iris Anastasi that the Screening Policy of the Regency Tower Association be changed as follows: The normal application and investigation procedures for Sales and Leases will remain intact. Screenings will be conducted by two or three Board Members and/or the Secretary. The motion was seconded by Bob Nagle and unanimously approved.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Association Owned Parking Space
Eric Berkowitz

November 8, 2007 - Eric Berkowitz made a motion that the Association owned parking space #81 be auctioned at an opening bid of $32,000.00. The motion was seconded by Bill Tennenbaum and unanimously approved.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Barbecue Grill
Dee Lanzillo

Dee Nakes Motion
No BBQ Fee!
October 18, 2007 - Shared that in the past a $50.00 deposit was required to reserve the Barbecue Grill, which was returned if the grill was cleaned properly. Due to administrative problems, an agreement was reached to charge a $10.00 fee for usage of the grill. This fee was applied towards gas and cleaning. I propose that there no longer be a fee for the usage of the grill; however, reservations to use the grill must still be made with either the office or security. After comments from the Board, Dee made a motion that the fee for the use of the Barbecue Grill be removed, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Policy Regarding Inspection of Records
Iris Anastasi

October 18, 2007 - We have experienced repeated requests for inspection of Association records by 2-3 of the same individuals which disrupts the daily work flow and increases the Association operations due to the required monitoring. We were advised by our attorney to institute an equitable inspection policy. I therefore move that the policy prepared by our attorney be instituted. Some features are:

  1. No more than one (1) request per month;
  2. Hours for review are 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, not to exceed two (2) hours;
  3. $.25 per copy; payment in advance.

Dee Lanzillo seconded the motion; unanimously approved.

Dott announced that copies of the policy are available in the Office.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Owner Request
Eileen Bendis

October 18, 2007 - Eileen Bendis, Kathy Robins, Shirley Hopkins and Ron Forment asked questions regarding exercising the Right of First Refusal on Unit 1701. Bill Tennenbaum and other Board Members responded.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Election of Officers

March 13, 2007 - A motion was made by Fern McBride that the Board of Directors retain the same officers as last year. The motion was seconded by Bill Tennenbaum and unanimously approved.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Introduction of Candidates
Dott Nicholson-Brown

Dott invites Candidate Introductions
Candidate Intros
February 13, 2007 - It was requested that we introduce any candidates running for the Board of Directors that are present. Dee Lanzillo, Iris Anastasi, Bob Nagle and Dott Nicholson-Brown introduced themselves and gave brief comments about what they had accomplished and why they should be re-elected. The only other candidate in the room, Joyce Ramey, declined the opportunity to comment.



                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Holiday Blackout Period

February 13, 2007 - An issue came up at a recent Round Table meeting that we have a blackout period for construction/contractor work during Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday. It was suggested that this restriction occur when the office is closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Fourth of July. After discussion, it was decided that there would be further consideration of this issue before a decision is reached.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Rafael Rates Fire Extinguishers

Rafael investigates fire extinguishers
Look for “ABC”
December 12, 2006 - The subject of fire extinguishers in each apartment was brought up by Ad Wilson at a recent Round Table meeting. Rafael Alleguez investigated the issue and presented the following information: The best fire extinguishers for our units would be dry powder that are marked “ABC” as they are good for all types of fires. They are relatively inexpensive - $15 to $25 each, and, if possible, it would be good to have two extinguishers in each apartment.

The Board is recommending that all unit owners place at least one fire extinguisher in their apartment.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Bill to give Class
Professor Bill
Board Action

November 9, 2006 - A suggestion was received that our Treasurer conduct a class in understanding financial reports.

                        Fern McBride, Secretary

Community Association Day Event

Regency Tower Residents Fight for Condo Rights


Eric Peter Berkowitz

Eric Peter Berkowitz Describes Fight in Tallahassee
Eric - CA Day Event
Representative Rene Garcia
Rep. Rene Garcia
March 20, 2006 - During the past two years, a cabal of strange bedfellows comprised of a local union seeking to break into the Condo market, a radical group of disgruntled condo owners and some legislators hoping to cash in on controlling condo operations has repeatedly attempted to pass legislation terribly destructive to condo owners. On February 21st, Miami Representatives Rene Garcia and Juan Zapata, members of a group of Miami legislators who, strangely enough, have few or no condos in their home districts, sponsored House Bill 1227, this year’s version of the Condo Killer legislation. This bill is a 48 page stew of poorly drafted and often incomprehensible provisions that divest condominium owners of the right to govern themselves. It contains a broad spectrum of damaging regulations that, for example, make rules unenforceable, skyrocket maintenance expenses, encourage harassment of Association volunteers and employees, make assessments uncollectible and impart unprecedented new prosecutorial powers to the Condominium Ombudsman. In an eerie “Twilight Zone” moment, the bill elevates the status of lessees and guests to equal standing with homeowners.

Representative Juan Zapata
Rep. Juan Zapata
Regency Tower's Jim Rigney, Dott Nicholson-Brown and Eric Peter Berkowitz are joined by Southpoint President Marty Glazer with wife Shelley, Riviera President Ellen McNeill, Ocean Club's Rose Guttman and GMCA Presidents Council Chairman Pio Ieraci visiting with Florida Senator Jeffrey Atwater
Galt Mile Residents with Sen. Jeffrey Atwater
Fortunately, the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) is spearheading opposition to this egregious abrogation of our rights. The vocal opposition is cynically claiming that they represent the interests of condo owners. To send a clear message to our public policy makers that the vast majority of condo owners do not want to see their homes regulated like public housing, they organized another Community Association Day event. On March 15th, hundreds of homeowners from across the State converged on Tallahassee to oppose these destructive regulations. CALL chartered a plane to transport Broward homeowners to the State Capitol. The Galt Mile Community Association joined with the GSAC (Gulf Shore Association of Condominiums), the SCCA (Space Coast Condominium Association), OCHAA (Orange County Homeowners Association Alliance), and a newly formed coalition of mobile home park owners (among others) to pro-actively oppose this legislation that seriously threatens to destabilize the Condominium system in Florida.

Regency Tower President Dott Nicholson-Brown elicits Zapata Meeting
Dott Nicholson-Brown and
Rep. Juan Zapata
While members from several Galt Mile Associations attended the event, Regency Tower was ably represented by President Dott Nicholson-Brown, James Rigney and Eric Berkowitz.
Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff
Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff
Although there were slightly fewer people at this year’s event, since it was more effectively organized, it had a significant impact. We met with Senator Jeffrey Atwater who agreed to help us oppose the bill. His assistance is particularly desirable since he will probably be the next Senate President. We also met with District 91 Representative Ellyn Bogdanoff who also committed herself to defeat this legislation. After we completed our goal of aligning the support of our local representatives, we decided to take a stab at the unlikely prospect of arranging an impromptu meeting with the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Garcia and Zapata. They had declined to see anyone participating in this organized opposition to their bill. Upon arriving at Representative Garcia’s office, his Secretary notified us that he wasn’t available. Undiscouraged, the Galt Mile group trudged to Representative Zapata’s office. Not surprisingly, his secretary also claimed that not only was he unavailable, but that he would be unavailable for the rest of the day. Disappointed at having been foiled, as our contingent prepared to leave, we noticed that someone was missing. Not to be denied, Dott Nicholson-Brown slipped past the secretary into Zapata’s private office. Moments later, she rejoined the group, admonishing that, “We have two minutes.” While we questioned Mr. Zapata about his suspect motives for sponsoring such a bad piece of legislation, he had occasion to ask Jim Rigney what he didn’t like about the bill.
Marty Glazer and Eric Berkowitz discuss the legislation’s adverse consequences with bill co-sponsor Juan Zapata
Marty Glazer and Eric Berkowitz discuss
bad bill with Juan Zapata
Jim growled back, “Everything... the whole thing stinks.” Sarcastically, Zapata retorted, “Please, say what you think” to which Rigney reconfirmed, “I did!”

Zapata admitted that the bill was fraught with terrible deficiencies, characterizing it as, “a work in progress.” After a few more minutes of discourse, Zapata challenged us, asking that we send him constructive criticism of his bill as opposed to an across the board thumbs down. As he is wont to do, Pio Ieraci accepted the challenge, agreeing to volunteer me to write a critique of the bill’s 48 pages of regressive regulations. The response will be reviewed by the Galt Mile Community Association Board of Directors and forwarded to Mr. Zapata, who promised to take our concerns into consideration when passing the bill through the committee process.
Condo Killer Sponsor Florida Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla
Sen. Diaz de la Portilla
An explanation of the bill’s provisions is currently posted on the Galt Mile web site . In fact, there are links from the Regency Tower web site to this summary of HB 1227.

Depending on Zapata to correct this bill is a futile aspiration. Despite the bill’s past failures, Zapata knows that it only has to be passed once to transfigure the Condominium system into public housing.
Condo Residents from across the State Fight for Condo Rights
Condo Residents at State Capitol
To prevent this from happening, condo owners need to contact members of the committees considering the bill as well as its sister bill in the senate, SB 2570, sponsored by Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla - another Miami legislator. When the bills are assigned to their respective vetting committees, I will post the contact information of every committee member on the Galt Mile web site. We will also be sending this information to every Galt Mile Association. The bills’ progress will be followed on the Galt Mile web site as well. Once the final version of our response to Mr. Zapata is ready, any interested owner can receive a copy by emailing me with a request. Simply click the webmaster link on the Regency Tower or the Galt Mile web sites. To learn what our public policy makers had to say about other condo-related issues on C. A. Day, Click Here. Thank you for your kind attention.

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Insurance and Hurricane Windows


Bill Tennenbaum

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Discusses New Insurance Threat
Bill Alerts Regency Residents
In order to keep all owners apprised of a very important part of our maintenance expenses, I want to update you concerning the situation with QBE, the company that handles our building master insurance policy.

Click to QBE Insurance Web Site
QBE - Last Chance
Currently, QBE is currently the only company that will write insurance on beach property. They are questioning us on numerous factors to determine IF they will renew our policy. One of the key factors is hurricane windows. Currently all but 21 units have either purchased or ordered hurricane windows out of our 203 units. Besides the requirement in our by-laws, it is a necessary safety measure. Just one unit that is breached by hurricane winds can do immeasurable damage to the whole building. Furthermore, if QBE decides not to renew our policy, we will be forced to buy a high-risk policy that will probably cost around $500,000 rather than the $140,000 that we currently pay.

If we were to be non-renewed and have to go high-risk, the average increase in quarterly maintenance to each owner will be around $500 per quarter per unit! To those 21 of you, please cooperate with the by-laws and do not hurt your neighbors or force the Board to take legal action. HURRICANE WINDOWS ARE NOT OPTIONAL ANYMORE, THEY ARE REQUIRED!

We are now less than 90 days from the 2006 hurricane season. Let's continue to work together for the benefit of our building, our investments and our lives.

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Board Action

Fern Moves: Lets keep same Officers as last year
Fern: Keep
Same Officers
Election of Officers

Fern McBride

A motion was made by Fern McBride that the Board of Directors retain the same officers as last year. The motion was seconded by Iris Anastasi and unanimously approved.



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