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MARCH 2006

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Regency Tower Annual Members’ Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 21, 2006 in the Meeting Room by the President.

WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS - There were no new residents attending.

Liz Urbano Wins Volunteer Award
Liz Urbano
Wins Award
MINUTES OF 2005 MEMBERS MEETING -
The minutes of the March 16, 2005 Regency Tower Annual Members Meeting were read. Rafael Alleguez made a motion to approve the minutes; seconded by Dee Lanzillo; unanimously approved.

REPORT OF SECRETARY – ANNUAL ELECTION - The terms for three members of the Board of Directors end as of March 21, 2006. 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.

PRESENTATION – ANNUAL VOLUNTEER AWARD - Fern McBride presented Liz Urbano with the Annual Volunteer of the Year Award. She has prepared our beautiful Newsletter for the past 5 ½ years and chaired our Holiday Decorating Committee for several years. We are indeed fortunate to have Liz share her professional expertise in preparing the Newsletter and the delightful decorating that appears at Holiday-times.

OPEN DISCUSSION - The floor was opened to Association Members. Several members spoke on various subjects, such as: Hurricane windows and balcony doors, Owners/guests leaving beach gate open, Owners not sharing rules and regulations with guests, and Policy regarding pool area and security.

The Members’ Meeting was closed at 7:42 p.m.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
Bill - No Delinquent Accounts
After the Annual Members Meeting at 7:00 p.m., the regular meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 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 (via speakerphone), Fern McBride, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Bill Tennenbaum and Pablo Verol.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on February 14, 2006 were read. Eric Berkowitz made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Bill Tennenbaum, unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of March 20, 2006. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)

There are no delinquent accounts at this time. A motion was made by Fern McBride 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 -

  • Jim and Carol Rigney wrote excellent letter to the Sun Sentinel Opposing the Condo Killer legislation
    Jim and Carol Rigney - Letter Opposing
    Condo Killer Bills Published in Sun-Sentinel
    Dott Nicholson-Brown - The last day to collect magazines and catalogues for the schools is March 31st.

  • Eric Berkowitz shared extensive information about the March 15th trip (CA Day) to Tallahassee and the request to send letters/emails to our legislators (including Representatives Rene Garcia and Juan Zapata) regarding the proposed extremely harmful condominium legislation that would adversely affect all of us. Click Here to read report under New Business.

  • We thank Jim and Carol Rigney for the excellent letter they sent to the Sun Sentinel regarding the proposed condo legislation. It was prominently placed on the Opinion Page in the Saturday, March 4, 2006 edition.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Iris Anastasi and seconded by Pablo Verol to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

MARCH 2006

No Presidents Report was issued this month.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MARCH 2006

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
ERIC - BALCONY RAILING
Coating Repairs Commence
Construction throughout South Florida has been plagued by delays since Hurricane Wilma. Contractors with legal commitments to longtime customers with enforceable warranties have found themselves understaffed and overbooked. Their primary allegiance is naturally to the customers with whom they are currently under contract. While these big jobs are brought to fruition, they make token attempts to address their warranty obligations, primarily to fend off threatened legal actions. Generally, they will attend to projects that, if neglected, pose a danger to their clients’ residents. Eventually, they consider new jobs with repeat or first time customers. The customers with substantial projects for sizable price tags are given priority. This is today’s post-Wilma construction environment.

Click to Continental Management Web Site Many of our outstanding construction needs fall into the categories that are, at best, moderately attractive to contractors. The project to rehabilitate our balcony railings is a warranty project. While Continental Management, a subsidiary of the $multi-billion First Services Corporation, is hardly intimidated by legal threats – they have an army of on-call attorneys who do nothing but litigate – they are concerned about their reputation and the reputations of their sister subsidiaries. That is their primary reason for conceding to our demand that they repair our balcony railings using the electrostatic technique. Last month, they put this commitment into writing. To help justify this project to their corporate headquarters, they sent us a proposition to paint the entire building a few weeks ago. We demanded that the two projects remain unlinked. Continental representative Al Soto agreed, stating that we would shortly receive a project schedule for the balcony railing repairs. At 8:20 this morning, a Continental Painting and Waterproofing representative unexpectedly showed up in preparation for commencing the project. While he was here, we scheduled the project setup and devised a construction strategy. They will access the units from a swing stage suspended from the roof. This lends itself to address one stack at a time. They will commence with Stack #1 and work their way west to Stack #6. They will then move the equipment to the north side and start with Stack #7, this time heading east and finishing at Stack #11. We made arrangements to accept delivery of the swing stage within the next few days. Railing rehabilitation will commence the following day.

Click to SPS Web Site Residents on the north side of the building noticed that several north deck drains would clang whenever driven over by any vehicle. The drains had become detached from their frames, occasionally bouncing into the air when depressed by tires. The pavers surrounding the grates were simultaneously dislodged. Following a minor repair to temporarily affix the wobbling frames, Structural Preservation Systems (SPS) contacted the manufacturer to demonstrate the drains’ failure. The manufacturer replaced the defective drains with new ones and supervised their installation and attachment to collecting drainpipes in the garage. Areas surrounding the drains were re-waterproofed. These repairs were performed at no cost to the Association.

Click to Carlisle Waterproofing Web Site Last month, the Construction Committee report explained that once the drains were attended to, we would oversee paver adjustments in four deck areas. In early March, the pavers securing the drains were reinstalled to insure their continued stability. Pavers used to create the stop line at the north end of the drive-through had sunk unevenly, creating a substantial tripping hazard. They were also removed and reinstalled. In the lower driveway, two areas experienced moderate sinking following Hurricane Wilma. Surrounding the catch basins just north of the well and at the car wash stand, sunken pavers adversely impacted unrestricted drainage in both areas. A persistent puddle annoyed residents while washing their cars. A similar depression circled the well area. The pavers in both areas were uprooted, regarded to promote drainage and replaced. At the car wash stand, some of the pavers were cracked during installation. Last week, we had SPS recall the installers who replaced the cracked pavers. Since the sinking pavers in the lower driveway is primarily attributable to dirt settling subsequent to the well excavation, its status as a warranty obligation is questionable. Nevertheless, these repairs were completed at no cost to the Association.

Click to Pro-tech Web Site A leak along the expansion joint is still undergoing water testing to expose its source. SPS built another frame around the next section of the expansion joint to be tested. After staining the water to help track the infiltration’s source and allowing it to sit for 24 hours, they were able to rule out the third tested section. On March 20th, they constructed a frame around the 4th section in preparation for testing. SPS extended the excavation of the planter adjacent to the stairwell connecting the garage to the pool deck in accordance with waterproofing manufacturer Carlisle’s recommendation. Now that Carlisle has inspected the re-excavated area, SPS subcontractor Pro-tech has been authorized to re-waterproof the interior of the exposed planter.

Click to Alufab Web Site SPS had several subcontractors inspect the various damages sustained during Hurricane Wilma. They had Alufab evaluate the installation of replacement fences at the east end of the North Parking Deck, the fence separating the South Parking deck from the upper Patio deck, the fence surrounding the swimming pool area and the fence along the seawall.

SPS subcontractor Alufab hasn’t as yet inspected the damage to balconies in the units of owners wishing to contract with them for repairs. This, however, can be done once overall repairs have commenced. Last Thursday, SPEC Engineer John Evans informed us that SPS has completed accumulating their subcontracting bids and will shortly submit the final cumulative costs.

Given that the bulk of the work will be executed by subcontractors, no other general contractor specializing in concrete rehabilitation is willing to assume responsibility for what is considered to be an insignificant contract. Our alternative would be to directly engage small subcontractors to perform the repairs. Since replacing the fences requires a combination of disciplines (i.e. buttressing the concrete supports prior to installing the fence), determining future warranty liability would become almost impossible. Fixing responsibility on a general contractor dispels that dilemma. Owing to our past experience with SPS they have agreed to spearhead our repairs.

Click to Fischer Electric Web Site We are still waiting for Fischer Electric to replace our damaged high intensity deck lamp fixtures. They are engaged in a dispute with the manufacturer concerning responsibility for the replacement of one of the lamps on the north deck. Prior to the storm, we demonstrated that the lamp pole was defective. As such, while we will have to pay for the other damaged fixtures, we should not be responsible for replacing the one installed with a manufacturing defect. Notwithstanding the outcome of this dispute, SPS agrees that they are ultimately responsible for replacement of the lamp in question. Several board members have located replacements for the decorative lamps in the drive-through planter that disintegrated within two years of being installed. We’ve proposed that instead of SPS replacing the eroded lamps, they reimburse us for installing the ones selected by our Board members. SPS is considering the proposal.

Click to Campany Roofing Web Site Campany Roofing has assigned another representative to handle our account since the departure of former representative Justin Campany. Gerry Erickson imparted that they finally collected the materials required to repair the residual roof damage with the exception of the 2 missing 30” vent turbines. Given the thousands of vent turbines lost to Wilma, all local suppliers have come up empty. Rather than settle for a simple vent cover, we’ve asked Campany to expand their search. I gave them another 2 weeks to locate the missing equipment. If still unsuccessful, we’ll authorize the balance of the job, postponing installation of the delinquent turbines until located.

Click to GlassAmerica Web Site With the February installation of large missile impact windows in the Rendezvous Room and the Meeting Room, the entire south side of the ground floor common areas was brought into compliance with our recent amendment requiring building-wide impact windows. We’ve ordered the large missile impact windows for the lobby north wall and entrance alcove. Once received, they will be installed. That accomplished, we’ll have replaced every ground floor common area window with their large missile impact counterparts. Owners of the final 21 unprotected units have been noticed and many have commenced taking steps toward compliance. While most of our sister Galt Mile Associations have followed our lead, it appears that we will be the first to achieve full protection.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Hallways Report
Liz Urbano

Liz Urbano Wins Volunteer Award
LIZ URBANO - HALLWAYS
PROJECT PROGRESSING
Our Hallways project is progressing nicely although not as swiftly as we would all like. I have met with several decorators and have visited many of the buildings on the Galt Mile (some redone recently and some in extreme need of renovation) to experience, first hand, what constitutes a great look for the halls. I have found that most buildings have the same complaints that we have...low ceilings, dark lighting and inconsistency.

One Decorator I was working with came in with bids far exceeding any amount that would be acceptable. I am now awaiting other bids from other designers who have promised to create for the Regency Tower the most desirable effect with the most reasonable budget.

I am aware of the interest and anticipation in this project and I know we all want the best design for the best price. I hope you will all be understanding and supportive during this design selection process. It is my intention and responsibility to examine and explore all aspects of this important building project. The extra time taken at this juncture will certainly be advantageous in the long run. We will all have many years to enjoy our new renovated hallways.

Housekeeping Chair Dee Lanzillo Thanks Maintenance
DEE LANZILLO
THANKS!
Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

I am happy to report that Laundry Room problems have been resolved. Lou Freeman even commented that the facilities are much cleaner. Floors, lobby through 20th, are also being kept much neater, thanks to our Maintenance crew. The trash rooms are still being cluttered with boxes and trash that is not supposed to be there. If you have boxes you need to dispose of, please place them in the garage area outside of the trash room and our people will dispose of them.


 

Insurance Committee
Bob Nagle and Bill Tennenbaum

Bob Nagle

Stay Current - Keep Informed
BOB - COMPLY WITH
CODE - OR ELSE!
Bob Nagle: Southern Insurance Company is no longer renewing or writing policies. We were with them for five years but when they were down-graded last year we went with a new company. We are insured with QBE, an A-rated company, through December 1, 2006, with a two percent deductible ($700,000). We have been told by our broker that if they renew our policy the deductible will be 3 to 4% or higher. This is the only company that is writing condominium policies in Florida on the beach at this time. We recently had to complete an extensive questionnaire which included questions about our building hurricane windows, balconies, etc.

Non-Compliance will cost a bundle, quarterly maintenance will skyrocket
INSURANCE THREAT
It is important that we make this building as safe as possible. The building must have 100% protection with hurricane windows to be considered “safe.” With the 2% deductible, $700,000 would be divided by 203 units; when the deductible is increased, that amount would at least double our individual responsibility. If we cannot get insurance, our property values would fall through the roof. Windstorm insurance is not available. We are sending a questionnaire out to other buildings on the Mile to see how they are handling this issue. We will assemble the information to share.

Bill Tennenbaum

Comply with Code or spend a fortune on insurance, if we can get it
NO INPACT WINDOWS
NO INSURANCE!
Bill Tennenbaum: Regarding deductibles, where we are now 2% equates to approximately $3,400 responsibility per unit before insurance kicks in. We know for sure that if we were to renew right now, the deductible would not be below 3%, which makes means $5,000 per unit before insurance kicks in, and at 4% it is $6,600 per unit. This is a very serious issue.

Non-Compliance will cost a bundle, quarterly maintenance will skyrocket
NON-COMPLIANCE
WILL COST A BUNDLE
The past year has been most interesting for Regency Tower residents. Wilma added some excitement and some wisdom. Through our employees and volunteers, including Board members, we were able to weather the storm with only minor damage in proportion to our neighbors. Our thanks to the many people involved both currently and in the past that helped us prepare for this catastrophe through both planning and proper maintenance.

Financially, we are fairly sound. We are able to repair hurricane damage and continue to upgrade and maintain our property without huge assessments. That being said, insurance is a main concern for all of us. The Insurance company (not companies) is getting very picky about who they are willing to insure. Remember, we do have a 37- year old building. While the subject of hurricane windows is touchy to some, it is important to all of us. The better we protect our property, the more likely it will be that we can continue to insure the building through normal and not high-risk avenues.

Cooperation is key to any successful operation. Some units are not on record for replacing or ordering hurricane windows. If these are friends or neighbors, help all of us by talking with them about the importance of safety to people and personal property by cooperating and following the by-laws.

 

Hardier trees and plants will protect our landscaping
IRIS ANASTASI
Hardier Trees & Plants
Landscaping Committee
Iris Anastasi

It has been several months since Hurricane Wilma passed through and devastated our landscaping. Some of the damage was noticed immediately afterwards but, as most of you have noticed, we are still experiencing the loss of some our palm trees. Unseen damage can continue up to a year and a half. It is in our best interest to wait and see what the overall loss will be, at which point in time, we will have a few landscapers come out and advise us as to the best way to proceed. In order to prevent a landscaping loss in the future, we plan to investigate hardier trees and plants in the hopes that, if and when, the next hurricane hits our landscaping will not be affected.

 

Maintenance Report
Joe Anastasi

Joe Anastasi says owners should have Service Contracts
JOE ANASTASI - GET A
SERVICE CONTRACT!
Joe Anastasi’s report read by Iris Anastasi

Maintenance has hired two new personnel. Nesly Bora was hired as the new pool attendant and Saintibert Derivel (known as "D") as maintenance assistant. Welcome them by introducing yourself and giving them a nice big smile.

All owners should have Service Contracts for maintenance and repair of such items as air conditioning units, toilets, sinks, refrigerators, heating pumps, etc. The Association is not responsible for your property and the maintenance personnel are too busy with maintaining the common-use items and numerous emergency breakdowns.

We recommend that you contact a service Contractor such as:

 

Recreation Committee
Pablo Verol

Billiard Room grand opening around April 1st
PABLO VEROL
Billiard Room - 4/1
Exercise Room: We wish to remind you that signed waivers must be on file in order to enter the Exercise Room. Also, do not touch the thermostat.

Barbecue Grill: A $50.00 deposit is required to reserve the barbecue grill. When finished, close top, turn both burners on high. Burn for 15 minutes. Turn gas off, allow to cool. Brush thoroughly with wire brush.

Game Room: Room painting and floor tiling is complete. Some of the furnishings have been delivered. We expect the balance next week. We hope to have a grand opening around April 1st. A notice will be posted.

 

Recycling Committee
Ginia Wexler & Mike Martin

Plastic containers with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 on bottom go in barrels
GINIA WEXLER
Lids left on bottles and plastic containers: floors 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11. 14, 15. 18, 19.

Inappropriate items in barrels: floors 5, 6 (including bottle containing liquid), 9 (pillows, metal rollers, bags of trash, cardboard box), 10, 16, 18, 19.

Newspaper bins: plastic left on newspapers - floor 8; cardboard box – floor 5.

Only plastic containers with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 on bottom of container should be placed in barrels.

 

Screening Committee Chair Margie Nagle Thanks Committee Members for their Dedication
Thanks Members
Screening Committee
Margie Nagle

Reported there was one screening for the sale of Apt. 1811 to Linda & Michael Olen. When screening committee meets with buyers or lessees, the rules and regulations are thoroughly reviewed. Thanked committee for their dedication.


 

Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

New Regency Tower Security Chief Carlos Pereira
REGENCY TOWER CHIEF OF
SECURITY CARLOS PEREIRA
(Report read by Secretary)


  1. Beach Gate: Per F.(2)(d) Rules and Regulations, we are reminding everyone to close the Beach Gate when you go out or come in. The Beach Gate must remain closed at all times.
  2. All rolling luggage should enter/exit through the north lobby door. Therefore, we encourage you and your guests to have taxis or cars pick you up at the north lobby door, not the front entrance.
  3. Security Video System: Last hurricane season we discovered several damaged cameras. Some cannot be repaired, therefore, we are looking to correct this problem. After contacting four independent consultants, I walked the property and discovered additional cameras needing replacement. We currently have two companies doing an evaluation of our Security Video System which will give us a detailed look connecting and identifying all cables that we are using and to position our cameras for a better view of our premises. After this phase is completed, we will submit the specs to 4 or 5 bidders which we have already lined up to bid the work. If everything goes as planned, we will have the specifications completed this week and we will be contacting the bidders next week.

This will be a very important step up to continue in our aim of making this building the most secure and security safe building on the Galt Mile.

Social Committee
Pat & Jim DiSebastian

The President reported for Jim & Pat DiSebastian - A group attended a theater trip to “Tina and Tony’s Wedding,” on March 19th, off-Broadway’s longest running interactive comedy. We continue with Bingo every Thursday night and we thank Tom Abdallah for doing a great job of calling.

Coffee Hour is held the third Monday of every month. The next one is April 17th and we thank Margie Nagle for organizing the Coffee Hours.

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 Veitch (1402) - came home after her surgery; a gardenia plant was sent.

  • Joe Anastasi (407) - was in Holy Cross Hospital; he is home and doing very well. Note on bulletin board, card sent, and gift of nuts and dried fruits was sent.

  • Pam Ramku (703) - had surgery back home. Note on bulletin board, card sent, dish garden sent after her return home.

  • Nancy Corse (2002) – was admitted to Imperial Point Hospital; note on bulletin board, card sent; went to Manor Oaks Rehabilitation Center; azalea plant was sent.

March

  • Charlotte Anderson (1403) – passed away on March 14th; note on bulletin board; card sent.

  • Josie Feneck (1807) – was in hospital for a week; now home recovering; note on bulletin board; card sent.

 

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Busy Month!
During the month of February, the Regency Tower Web site received 38,624 hits. 1078 web surfers frequented the site for the first time. Hits from countries outside the United States came mostly from Canada, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Pakistan, Australia, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom (England), Seychelles, Israel, Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Brazil, Japan, Argentina and Taiwan.

The web site was rife with information this past month. A Noticed article covering the February 19th Fort Lauderdale Inaugural A1A Marathon was posted on the Notices and Reminders Page. What happened during the critically important Community Association Day event is posted on the New Business Page. Links to the Galt Mile Web Site and Becker & Poliakoff’s CALL (Community Association Leadership Lobby) web site offered information about the event and the devastating legislation that prompted several hundred condo owners to encourage their representatives in Tallahassee to oppose House Bill 1227. A serious insurance dilemma is outlined by Treasurer Bill Tannenbaum on the New Business Page. As usual, information about Vice Mayor Christine Teel’s pre-agenda meetings at the Beach Community Center was posted. That meeting, incidentally, is open to all Galt Mile residents. Christine reviews the agenda items for the following day’s Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting. Those Commission meetings can also be viewed live on channel 78.

Dott Nicholson-Brown, Jim Rigney and Eric Berkowitz in House Chamber with Riviera President Ellen O’Neill during C.A. Day
Dott Nicholson-Brown, Jim Rigney and Eric
Berkowitz in House Chamber with Riviera
President Ellen O’Neill during C.A. Day Event
Along with information about Thursday Night Bingo, Monday morning Coffee Hours and Pablo Verol’s terrific March 5th Art Show in the Rendezvous Room, the Events Page contains everything you need to know about the planned evening of dinner and comedy theatre at Laffing Matterz. Organized by the Social Committee, the April 8th event promises to be exciting and unique. Event features and pricing are indicated as well as links to the Laffing Matterz web site. In fact, if anything mentioned on the Regency Tower web site has an internet address, links will be provided to avail interested parties of additional information.

Laffing Matterz Comedy Dinner Theater
Laffing Matterz
Comedy Dinner Theater
The last Regency Tower Board Meeting is fully documented on the Board Meeting Page. Progress updates from the Construction/Architectural Review, Cable, Housekeeping, Recreation, Screening, Social, We Care and Web Site Committees are on the Committee Reports Page along with Special reports about security and progress of the Hallways Project. New Regency Tower listings were posted on the Real Estate Page.

After opening with a quote from management guru Peter F. Drucker, Dott Nicholson-Brown’s President’s Report touches on issues recently considered by the Galt Mile Community Association such as the scheduled planting of new trees along the Galt Mile. Blow by blow accounts of the January 5th and the February 2nd Round Table meetings offer a glimpse into possible future building and/or lifestyle improvements at Regency Tower. As always, the popular page ends with “Silver Linings”, Dott’s monthly offering of food for thought.

Regency Tower’s web address is “http://www.regencytower.net”. Thank you for your kind attention!

 

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

Bob Nagle stated he was here to introduce Howard Hirschman. Bob had been looking into the possibility of changing companies. The committee met several times and it was agreed that for the time being to remain with Comcast. The contract does not expire until September 2007 and it would not do any good to change at this time, considering the penalties we would have to pay. In the meantime a contact with Comcast was located.

Welcomed one new owner: Linda and Michael Olen, Apt. 1811.

 

NEW BUSINESS

MARCH 2006

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
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.

 

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.

Fern Moves: Lets keep same Officers as last year
FERN: KEEP
SAME OFFICERS
Board Action

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.

 

NOTICES & REMINDERS

MARCH 2006

Fort Lauderdale Inaugural A1A Marathon

Fort Lauderdale’s Inaugural A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s
Inaugural A1A Marathon
Fort Lauderdale’s Inaugural
A1A Marathon, originally scheduled for November 12th, never happened. On October 24th, Hurricane Wilma rampaged through the race’s intended course. The incipient hurricane damage, power outages and the mountains of debris along the beachfront selected as the event’s backdrop left organizers little choice. They rescheduled the marathon for February 19th. The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 at 2301 S.E. 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale is the host hotel and the Bahia Mar at 801 SeaBreaze Boulevard will serve as the finish line hotel. The Broward County Convention Center at 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, also in Fort Lauderdale, is host for the Health and Fitness Expo and packet-pickup site. Thousands of athletes from South Florida, more than 40 states and 12 foreign countries are currently signed up and preparing for Greater Fort Lauderdale’s first major marathon.

Fort Lauderdale’s Inaugural A1A Marathon Course Route
A1A Marathon Route
CLICK TO ENLARGE
Marathon events kick off on President’s Day Weekend starting with the Health and Fitness Expo at the Broward (Greater Fort Lauderdale) Convention Center on Saturday February 18th. Both the marathon and half marathon begin the next morning at 6:30 AM. The 26.2 mile race, organized by Exclusive Sports Marketing (ESM), will start at 6:30 AM at SE 10th Avenue on 17th Street. Participants will head east over the Causeway and Beach Front Avenue and turn north at State Road A1A past Las Olas Boulevard, Sunrise Boulevard and Oakland Park Boulevard all the way to the Hillsboro Pier. At Bay Drive in Hillsboro, runners will turn around, looping through Dover Road and Beacon Street before returning from whence they came. To enhance the Beach theme promoted by organizers, the northern leg includes several detours through local neighborhoods. To more closely hug the ocean, marathoners will zip over to El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Pompano Beach Boulevard in Pompano Beach (at Atlantic Boulevard). The return trip (heading south) includes a detour through Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, then back to A1A south before exhausted finishers collapse on South Beach Park by about 12:30 PM.

Runners Preparing for A1A Marathon
Runners Preparing For A1A Marathon
Organizers are also recognizing the finishers of a ½ marathon - a 13.1 mile stretch that includes the first and last quarters of the overall course with the turn around located at the intersection of A1A (North Ocean Boulevard) and NE 36th Street by Coral Ridge Towers East. Mercifully, walkers will also be allowed to participate in the ½ marathon. They will be accorded the same finishers medal as the running finishers of the ½ marathon. Should they feel predisposed, they will also be welcome to collapse at the South Beach Park finish line.

This Marathon could develop into an important annual Fort Lauderdale signature event. If run well, it could grow in prestige and scope – joining the well-respected swim meets, the Air-Sea Show, the Winterfest Boat Parade and other magnetic public events that entertain the local populace and fill community cash registers. If run poorly, it will be another drain on public resources and a Sunday morning source of Barrier Island road rage. The Organizing Committee includes Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle and some prominent local business figures. The event will disrupt local traffic and businesses during its expected 6 hour run time. It sounds like fun. Galt Mile residents will be able to watch the event from their balconies or stroll down to A1A and get up close and personal. If you’re up to it, register to run... or walk. If not – watch!

For more information please call 888-ESM-SPORTS, email a1amarathon@exclusivesports.com or log onto www.a1amarathon.com. There is a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the A1A Marathon’s web site with certification information and additional assorted data. Click Here for a full size map of the full marathon route and Click Here for the half marathon route. Click Here to get an expanded review of the A1A Marathon.

C. A. Day Event Notice

Representative Rene Garcia
Rep. Rene Garcia
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.
Representative Juan Zapata
Juan Zapata
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 (HB 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. Angered by this threat to their rights, two of our neighbors wrote a letter to the Sun-Sentinel objecting to the legislation.
Click Here to read the letter published on March 4th. Click Here for more information about the legislation and to clarify its threatened impact on our lives (on the Galt Mile web site). A detailed analysis of the Condo Killer bill is also posted on the Mail Room bulletin board.

State Condo Ombusdman Virgil Rizzo, SEIU Local 11 Deputy Director Hiram Ruiz, State Representative Julio Robaina
PARTNERS
OMBUDSMAN VIRGIL RIZZO,
SEIU LOCAL 11 Deputy Director HIRAM RUIZ
and Miami Representative JULIO ROBAINA
(AT PODIUM IN SEIU T-Shirt)
Galt Mile Residents Prepare to Fly to Tallahassee prior to last year's Community Association Day Event
"Come Fly with Us!"
Broward Residents Boarding Flight to 2005 CA Day
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 have organized another Community Association Day event. On March 15th, hundreds of homeowners from across the State will converge on Tallahassee to oppose these destructive regulations. CALL has chartered a plane to help transport Broward homeowners to the State Capitol. The Galt Mile Community Association is joining with COCA (the Coalition of Community Associations), 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. All Regency Tower residents are invited to participate in this critical event. Additionally, CALL has arranged a catered lunch, invited key speakers to address the group, organized pertinent political introductions on the House or Senate floor and arranged meetings with legislators in Chambers. For information about participating in the Community Association Day event in Tallahassee, call (954) 987-7550 ext. 5237 or email CMURPHY@becker-poliakoff.com. Click Here to access details of the CA Day Agenda. Additional information is available in the ASSOCIATION OFFICE!

Regency Tower Board Wearing the T-Shirts that identified them as part of the Community Association Day Event in Tallahassee
Eric Peter Berkowitz, Louise C. Collins, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Iris Anastasi, Fern McBride and
Pablo Verol Celebrate the Successful Community Association Day Event in Tallahassee!

Air Sea Show
McDonalds Salute to America

4 million spectators
Air-Sea Show
Fort Lauderdale Beach
The annual
AIR SEA SHOW is the handiwork of MDM Group, Ltd. / Pro-Series Sports. The U.S. Navy's BLUE ANGELS, the Canadian SNOWBIRDS, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, military ships and aircraft, civilian acts, vintage aircraft. This event is not to be missed! A blizzard of incredible Military Flying Hardware will buzz the Beach at Sunrise Blvd - including a USAF B-2 "Stealth Bomber" Flyover and a USMC AV-8B Harrier Demonstration.

McDonald’s Air-Sea Show
McDonald’s Air-Sea Show
A myriad of ships will grace the seas off the Fort Lauderdale Beach. Comprised of hundreds of visiting ships, boats, rafts and anything else that floats, the flotilla will also host VIP spectators attending the event. The USN LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion), an amphibious assault component for the Navy and Marine Corp, will participate in an assault on the beach.

B2B Stealth Bomber
B2B Stealth Bomber
The Air Sea Show weekend tops the week of activities surrounding the annual FLEET WEEK. Thousands of sailors roam the streets of Liberty Port - Fort Lauderdale while participating in intramural athletic tournaments, community service projects, golf tournaments and other exciting ventures. For additional information, call 954-467-3555.

For more information please call 954-467-3555, or CLICK HERE for contact information. There is a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the AIR-SEA SHOW web site for a plethora of additional information.

 

EVENTS

MARCH 2006

&

an Art Show by


Pablo Verol

The Regency Tower will host an Art Show featuring one of our own! Pablo Verol is conducting a special showing of his works for residents and guests in the Rendezvous Room. The show, entitled “Fire & Ice”, is scheduled for March 5th from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Ahhh - CHOOO!
Ahhh - CHOOO!
Pablo Verol Stages Art Show in Rendezvous Room
Pablo's Contributions Recognized
Reflective of multiple artistic media,
Pablo’s works are on display throughout Regency Tower. The large copper “Flying Regent” hovers behind the Board Table in the Meeting Room. Pablo’s “Aquarium Wall”, another copper rendering, enlivens the alcove next to the main entrance. The enormous “Beach Mural” in the garage elevator lobby allows residents to enjoy Mediterranean vistas in their basement prior to visiting the Atlantic Ocean in their back yard. One of his many floral sculptures brightens our security desk. A versatile virtuoso, Pablo also works with construction materials. The trademark Regency Tower Crowns on the pool deck and above the North Parking Deck building entrance are Pablo’s handiwork.

Pablo works in oils, water colors, pencil and chalk. Click to Broward Art Guild Web Site The wide variety of materials used in his sculptures include woods, metals, ceramic, stone, plaster and synthetics. Pablo considers the joy he derives from creating to be a blessing. To fulfill his need to spread that joy, Pablo serves on the faculty of the Broward Art Guild at 2430 N.E. 13th Avenue in Wilton Manors - where he instructs their “Children’s Art Class”.

 

The Regency Tower Social Committee is planning to attend a dinner and show at LAFFING MATTERZ, the new dinner theater and satire in downtown Fort Lauderdale, across the street from the Art Museum.

The date is Saturday, April 8, 2006. Everyone participating is asked to meet in the Regency lobby at 6 PM on April 8th.

In order to be included in the group, please complete the form recently received (available in the office) and return it to Mailbox # 1908 by 12 Noon on Saturday, March 4th. A non-refundable deposit check made out to “Laffing Matterz” must be included, in the amount of 10% of the meal option you chose (see the four choices below), per person. For example, if two people were coming who both want dining Option 1 ($56 per person price), the deposit check should be for $5.60 X 2 people = an $11.20 deposit total.

Dinner Theater at Laffing Matterz
Laffing Matterz Dinner Theater
Information concerning paying for the balance of your reservation will come to you in due course.

We will car pool or share cabs in order to go. Transportation costs will be divided among the people sharing the car or cab on the night of the show.

Click to Laffing Matterz Web Site We hope you will be able to join us in what promises to be an enjoyable evening. For more information on Laffing Matterz, please visit their website at www.laffingmatterz.com

We will car pool or share cabs in order to go. Transportation costs will be divided among the people sharing the car or cab on the night of the show.

Weekend Group Rates for Party Packages (20 or more)

  • Option 1 ($56/person) - Includes Sourdough Bread with Orange Butter, Salad, Choice from 6 Entrees, Soft Drink or Coffee/Tea
  • Option 2 ($62/person) - Includes Sourdough Bread with Orange Butter, Salad, Choice from 6 Entrees, Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Dessert, Soft Drink or Coffee/Tea
  • Option 3 ($69.50/person) - Includes Sourdough Bread with Orange Butter, Salad, Choice from 6 Entrees, Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Dessert, Soft Drink or Coffee/Tea, One Drink Selection from the Bar (Excludes Top Shelf)
  • Option 4 ($77/person) - Includes Sourdough Bread with Orange Butter, Salad, Choice from 6 Entrees, Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Dessert, Soft Drink or Coffee/Tea, Two Drinks from the Bar (Excludes Top Shelf)

All Prices Quoted Include Tax and Gratuity

 

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