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MARCH 2004

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Regency Tower Annual Members Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 9, 2004 in the Meeting Room by the President.

MINUTES OF 2003 MEMBERS MEETING - Minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held March 11, 2003 were read. Louise Collins made a motion to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Eric Berkowitz; unanimously approved.

REPORT OF SECRETARY – ANNUAL ELECTION - The terms for three members of the Board of Directors end as of March 9, 2004. A letter was mailed to all owners informing them of the Annual Meeting with notification and instructions regarding voting for Board Members and submitting letters of candidacy for the Board of Directors. The three members whose terms end are Eric Berkowitz, Fern McBride and Bill Tennenbaum. Florida Statutes Chapter 718.61B-23.0021(d) states: “Balloting is not necessary to fill any vacancy unless there are two or more eligible candidates for that vacancy.” Therefore, no ballots were sent out.

We Care Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez
OFELIA ALLEGUEZ
STAR AWARD
PRESENTATION – ANNUAL VOLUNTEER AWARD -
We are starting the presentation of the Annual Volunteer Award. This will be presented at the Annual Meeting to a resident who by exemplary activities represents the belief that, for a community to be a viable place in which to live, it must have positive resident involvement. Normally we will make one presentation, but this year we have two deserving volunteers who worked exceptionally hard.

Joe Anastasi Suggests Uniform Tile on Balconies
JOE ANASTASI
EAGLE AWARD
Our first award goes to a lady who, in her capacity as chairperson of the We Care Committee, has not only worked hard for us but for every single person who has been ill or has had death in their families. Despite her own personal problems during the year she has stood in there and been there when each of you needed her. That very deserving lady is Ofelia Alleguez. We are pleased to present her with the Star Award, which says "Star Volunteer to Ofelia Alleguez, March 2004."

The second award we are going to give is to a person who has not only worked on committees, but has chaired the two toughest committees, the Security Committee for the past three years and the Maintenance Committee for several months. He has worked very diligently and also been on other committees. We truly appreciate this person because he gets up in the middle of night, 1:00, 2:00, 4:00 a.m., whenever there is an emergency. Sometimes he doesn’t even call the Maintenance Supervisor; he just takes care of it himself, sometimes with the help of security, he just mops up the water that comes out of your a/c closet, sinks, disposals. Because he deserves our appreciation, and likes eagles, we present Joe Anastasi with the "Eagle Award" for going above and beyond.

OPEN DISCUSSION - The floor was opened to Association Members. Several members spoke on various subjects, such as:

  • Charging for bicycle storage and disposing of unused bicycles. John Pacella and Jack Kooby volunteered.

  • Disappearing shopping carts; shopping carts being kept by owners in their clothes closets.
  • Security
  • Satisfaction with lighting of parking areas
  • Completion of driveway project

The membership meeting was closed at 7:40 p.m.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
Bill - 2 Delinquent Accounts
The meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 in the Meeting Room of The Regency Tower by the President.

Roll Call - The roll call showed the following board members present: Iris Anastasi, Eric Berkowitz, Louise Collins, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Fern McBride, Bill Tennenbaum and Pablo Verol.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
Minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held February 5, 2004 were read. Bill Tennenbaum made a motion to approve the minutes as read; seconded by Louise Collins; unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Bill Tennenbaum, Treasurer, read the financial statement which is posted on the bulletin board in the mail room.

We currently have 2 delinquent accounts. The first has been foreclosed by the owner’s bank and is for sale. The second has just been turned over to our attorney for foreclosure. The 2 units represent less than a one percent delinquency rate.

Eric Berkowitz made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report; seconded by Iris Anastasi; unanimously approved.

Committee Reports - President Nicholson-Brown then requested the Committee Reports. Click Here to read each report in its entirety.

New Business - Click Here to read New Business.

Announcements -

  • The President announced that there will be new committees which will be posted tomorrow. We did get some new owners to join committees which we are grateful for. There are some new chairpersons: Wiley Cotton will chair the Maintenance Committee and the Five Year Planning Committee. Bill Tennenbaum will chair Finance. Dee Lanzillo will chair Housekeeping. Howard Hirschmann will chair Screening. We truly appreciate the new chairpersons and new members on committees.

Adjournment - Iris Anastasi moved that the meeting be adjourned at 8:15 p.m., seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

MARCH 2004

No Presidents Report was issued this month.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MARCH 2004

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
ERIC - GET STATE PERMIT
I would like to address the construction hiatus that we are currently experiencing. In early December, the new plan for the water collection system and the well was simultaneously submitted to all three jurisdictional authorities for approval (City, County and State). Because each agency reviews a particular aspect of the overall project, the information they need and the time required to investigate this information differs substantially. Broward County issued a permit in mid-December. When our collection system contractor went to the City of Fort Lauderdale to request a permit to commence construction, he was notified that the City considers the collection system and the well to be one project, both components dependent upon authorization from the State. When the State of Florida authorized the project, the City would as well. On January 29th, the State requested additional information, including Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) drawing. After contracting with a coastal surveyor, the CCCL drawing was submitted to the State on February 24th. After hearing of the severe impacts that result from the floods in our garage the State assented to give our project special attention. We received the State Permit on Monday, March 8th. In the interim, our collection system contractor delivered our new catch basins and well control structure in anticipation of the imminent receipt of State Authorization.

Click to SPS Web Site As well construction concludes, SPS will return to finish resurfacing the lower driveway, building a second planter and new curbing before completing the paver installation. SPS will attend to several recently obviated problems. We’ve noticed a phenomenon known as efflorescence affecting the appearance of our pavers in certain locations. A side effect inherent in all pavers, efflorescence occurs when the calcium, a key component of bricks, leeches out as a whitish residue on the surface of the paver. To that end, we’ve arranged to remove the efflorescence at no cost to the Association. Treatment of the upper patio deck commenced on Monday and upon completion will be recoated with an acrylic sealant. When finished, attention will be refocused to affected areas on the North parking deck.

During February, Aqua-Shield completed warrantee repairs to the balcony railings of 20 additional units. If you encounter any problem with your balcony railing, write down the nature of the problem and submit it to the office.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Beautification Committee
Louise Collins

Louise - Beautification Committee Report!
LOUISE COLLINS
The Men’s Room is now completed except for a few finishing touches. The Ladies Room is in the demolition stage as well as the Rendezvous Room. We expect both projects to forge ahead. We have all the necessary permits.

Thanks to the Maintenance Staff for an outstanding job in demolition.

Thanks to Iris and Fern for work done while I was away.

Cable Committee
Howard Hirschman

Howard Hirschman - HDTV
HOWARD HIRSCHMAN
High Definition Television service (HDTV) will come to our neighborhood soon. After all neighborhoods have been similarly upgraded, Comcast will begin converting Fort Lauderdale service from HRC (an obsolete standard) to the current HDTV service standard. HDTV compatible television sets will not operate until all of Fort Lauderdale has been converted to the current HDTV service standard. Do not invest in an expensive HDTV set until the conversion has been completely installed and tested. Comcast estimates that Fort Lauderdale will have HDTV by December of 2004.

 

Recycling Committee
Ginia Wexler

Plastic containers with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 on bottom go in barrels
GINIA WEXLER
All floors were checked on March 4th and 5th. The following types of violations were found on all but 4 floors (4, 7, 8, 19): lids/tops on bottles/jars/containers, newspapers wrapped in plastic in barrel and in newspaper box, unrinsed bottles in barrel, cardboard/plastic bags/papers/milk containers/orange juice containers/other non-recyclables in barrel, objects on floor that should be broken down or taken to trash compactor room, garbage that should be placed in plastic bags and thrown down trash chute found in barrel, newspaper box and on floor.

Rules to remember: The barrel is only for objects we recycle. Bags with other objects in them should be put down the chute. Only recycle washed cans and bottles (no lids) and plastic containers 1, 2 and 3 (noted on bottom of container). The newspaper box is only for newspapers (unwrapped) and magazines. Any food that cannot be placed in your disposal should be in a plastic bag, securely fastened and put down the chute, not in the barrel. Large objects (cartons, boxes) should be flattened and left on the side. If item is too large, take it to the compactor room in the garage.

Thanks to my recycling volunteer Mike Martin. I need another member for my committee.

We may have a box or barrel outside the compactor room at some time for hazardous waste (pesticides, left over household cleaning supplies, some batteries, medicines, etc.). A notice will be put up when this goes into effect. Still need a volunteer to take the hazardous waste to the recycling center a few times a year.

 

Screening Committee Chair Iris Anastasi
IRIS ANASTASI
3 Sales, 1 Lease
Screening Committee
Iris Anastasi

During the month of February we had three sales, one lease and two moves within the building. (See New Residents).


 

Social Committee
Louise Collins

On February 25th, a group of 16 attended a matinee at the 26th St. Theater featuring West Side Story. The play was well executed and enjoyed by all. Later everyone had dinner at the Old Florida Seafood Restaurant and commented on the good service, good food and shared camaraderie.

Due to the Annual Member Meeting and the Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 9th, bingo will be held on March 11th in the Meeting Room. Bingo will return to every other Tuesday evening. I want to thank Tom Abdallah once again for calling and my dedicated committee Nancy, Jerry, Jean, Dott and Fern.

An evening at Brazilian Tropicana is planned. Flyers will be placed in your mailboxes. This evening presents an Epicurean feast as well as some unusual entertainment.

We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez

Ofelia Alleguez reported the following:

We Care Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez of Regency Tower Angel Squad
Ofelia Alleguez - Regency
Tower ANGEL SQUAD
February

  • Jean Manoli (603) went back to the hospital - note on bulletin board, card sent. He is doing well and will be in rehab until the end of March.

  • Dr. Morris Wiener (1907), a long time owner, resident and neighbor passed away February 23rd. Note on bulletin board, card sent, contribution to The Heart Association sent in his memory.

  • Liz Urbano (406) fell at work, went to hospital, came home to recuperate. Note on bulletin board, card sent.

  • Ofelia Alleguez (1910) Ofelia’s mother passed away on February 24th. Note on bulletin board, card sent.

March

  • Ethel Gianoulis (802) went for outpatient surgery, came home and was doing fine. On Saturday, March 7th, she went back to hospital for additional surgery. Note on bulletin board, card sent.

  • Louise Collins (301) had successful surgery on March 1st. Card sent.

 

Howard - One New Owner
ONE NEW OWNER
Welcoming Committee
Howard Hirschman

There were three welcoming tours since the last report: Units 1404, 1603 and 1704.

 

NEW BUSINESS

MARCH 2004

A Fond Farwell to Morris F Wiener, M.D.

Dr. Morris Weiner - We shall miss him
DR. MORRIS WEINER
We wish to say goodbye to a beloved neighbor, Dr. Morris Weiner. Morris was one of our original owners and served on the Board of Directors long before many of us moved here. True to his humble character, he agreed to come out of a self-imposed retirement from Association involvement and join the Regency Tower Round Table in 2001.

Morris served his Country during World War II as a physician in the Army and helped build the Alaska highway. Morris was also a humanitarian who served as a volunteer doctor on the hospital ship "Hope" which sailed to Africa on Medical relief missions and as a volunteer in many remote areas of the world.

Those of us who conversed with him here at The Regency Tower were blessed with his consummate knowledge of everything from A to Z which he shared with no show of arrogance. He was a man of service, peace and love.

We shall miss him.

 

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