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MAY 2006

BOARD MEETING

Click to Alternate Power Systems, Inc. (APSI) web site After a presentation by Chuck Badder of APSI, Alternate Power Systems, Inc., regarding an alternative to gas powered generators, and open discussion with the owners, the meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 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, Fern McBride, Dott Nicholson-Brown, Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone) and Pablo Verol. Louise Collins was excused.

Reading of Minutes - The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on March 21, 2006 were read. Eric Berkowitz made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
Bill - No Delinquent Accounts
Financial Report -
Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of May 15, 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 Pablo Verol to accept the Treasurer’s Report; seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

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

New Business - President Nicholson-Brown indicated that there was no New Business.

Announcements -

  • Other than residents/guests, no one should be in our building without an ID badge. If you see a worker, vender, caregiver, housekeeper, etc. without a Regency Tower Identification badge, contact security.

  • Regarding the rope across the pool, please put it back if you take it down. Inspectors show up unexpectedly and we receive a violation notice if the rope is not in place.

  • Thanked everyone for ordering the hurricane impact windows resulting in 100% compliance for our building

Adjournment - A motion was made by Pablo Verol and seconded by Eric Berkowitz to adjourn the meeting at 3:50 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

MAY 2006

“Shoot for the moon … even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”
- Les Brown

  .: Aloha :.
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown We shot for the moon and now we’re among the stars. Hurrah! Every single unit owner has ordered or installed Hurricane windows. Two years ago, the Board of Directors began encouraging voluntary installation of Hurricane Impact Windows. Then on October 20, 2005, 82% of you mandated 100% installation. Due to demand it now takes about 16 weeks to receive the windows ordered.
Motivational Speaker Les Brown
MOTIVATIONAL GURU
LES BROWN
A report by Miami-Dade Product Control and Palm Beach Building Department concluded that impact windows in high-rise buildings throughout South Florida performed very well during Hurricane Wilma and the failures that received wide-spread media attention were tempered glass – not impact glass. There were no failures of impact windows in any area affected by the hurricane. Impact Glass is constructed by bonding a tough polyvinylbutyral plastic interlayer between two pieces of glass under heat and pressure. Once sealed the glass “sandwich” behaves as a single unit. A special silicone glazing process prevents the glass from breaking away from the frame. It is our intention and hope that all units and common areas will be completely installed prior to the scheduled cancelation of our building insurance on 9/1/06.

As you know, hurricane season begins June 1st, and continues thru November 30th. Please take out your copy of “EMERGENCY HURRICANE PROCEDURES. For RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES” which was given to every owner when originally developed by your Board. Read and abide by it today. Attachment D-1 and the 2005 Evacuation Map is unchanged. Additionally, a separate memo of concise instructions is being included as an insert in this newsletter. The other day, Fern McBride gave me this excellent advice presented by the Fire Department at a Regency Tower meeting:

  • You don’t have to buy water
  • You don’t have to buy batteries
  • You don’t have to buy extra food
  • Just Get Out!!!

Excellent Advice!

Galt Mile Presidents Council Meetings

Galt Mile Community Association Presidents Council The May meeting was held at the Ocean Summit on Monday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m. The meeting centered on the Insurance crisis in Florida. Due to an emergency flood at our building, I was unable to attend – which brings me to another subject.

Absentee Owners

Section XX of the Rules and Regulations states when vacating apartment for more than three (3) days we must shut off the water and pull electric plug on hot water heaters. An owner failed to do this and is therefore facing enormous and unnecessary charges due to over one-half of the west end of the building being flooded from the 10th floor down to the garage, including the Administrative Office, Lobby and outside. Also, check your water heater and purchase a new one, if needed. They are not expensive.

The Round Table

Spreading False Rumors Hurts Everyone
AD - BASELESS RUMORS
SHOULD BE SQUELCHED
April 6th Meeting
- Member attendees were Rafael Alleguez, Shirley Appelman, Betty Burns, Ron Forment, Dee Lanzillo, Bob Nagle, Tom Palumbo, Jim Rigney, Jean Veitch, Ad Wilson. Excused were Laszlo Bandi, Mike O’Carroll, Debi Tinsley. New members were welcomed and reminded of the purpose of the Round Table. (Since some owners had been members over 5 years we gave them a Round Table of Appreciation and decided to bring in some new faces. Minutes of the March meeting were read. Ad mentioned the harmfulness and negative results of spreading false rumors and suggested a letter to owners. Rafael welcomed new Round Table members and stated trash rooms are still awful. Residents placing all sorts of items in them including plants, boxes etc. Much discussion and numerous suggestions ensued. Some feel guests ignore rules and are the problem. Others felt it is various owners. Dee says she inspects trash rooms and opined that it is the owners who ignore the rules. Rafael requested members give the subject some thought and bring ideas to the next meeting. Jim stated he has a small size condensed list of Rules and Regulations which he gives to guests upon their arrival. These tell them what they can and can’t do. He was requested to drop a copy off to Dott at the office. Betty suggested Jim’s list be part of the screening process. Also, wanted to know if shutters will be removed when building is painted. Was told this will be decided at that time - in approximately three (3) years. Betty also asked about new laundry machines. Answer: They’re ordered when necessary. Dee explained that problems with dryers had been corrected. However Betty says there are still problems with washers. Service Company will be called. Bob spoke about the insurance problems. Feels we may know more about renewal in June. Tom suggested Board send letter to owners regarding the importance of replacing Balcony Doors (Note: this was done). Ron stated his lock failed during last hurricane. Therefore letters should address locks, hatches, hinges and suggested making new/safe doors mandatory. Tom asked what is remedy for those owners who still hadn’t ordered hurricane windows. It was explained the Attorney will handle it. He also asked about using empty garage spaces during Hurricanes. It was explained these are property of unit owners and cannot be used without their permission. (TO GARAGE SPACE OWNERS reading this please let us know if you are willing to allow use only during a hurricane). Shirley stated she is talking to one of the hold-outs on the Hurricane Windows in an effort to convince her. Jean asked about the few windows which were cracked during the Hurricane. It was explained that water nor wind would penetrate due to the “sandwich” effect.

Ron Forment Recommends Widening Yellow Dividing Lines Between Garaged Vehicles
RON - WIDEN DIVIDING
LINES BETWEEN CARS
May 4th Meeting -
- Member attendees were Member attendees were: Rafael Alleguez, Laszlo Bandi, Betty Burns, Ron Forment, Dee Lanzillo, Mike O’Carroll, Tom Palumbo, Anne Petroe, Jim Rigney, Jean Veitch, Ad Wilson. Excused were Shirley Appelman and Bob Nagle.

Meeting began with sharing copies and soliciting comments regarding

  1. Jim Rigney’s “Guests Rules and Regulations” which have been given to Security to give to all guests when they sign in.
  2. Letter to be given to guests/visitors with children regarding responsibility for their children to obey rules.
  3. New rule regarding Barbecue Grill fee of $10.00. This prevents problems of disputes about “how clean is clean?” Our maintenance will maintain and clean after every use.

Jim Rigney’s - Guests Rules and Regulations - given to all guests when they sign in
JIM - AUTHORED A
GUEST RULES BOOK
Next Fern read minutes of the April meeting and reminded everyone of the purpose of the Round Table. Jean asked why shopping carts are only on one side of garage. Answer: No room for locked enclosure on the North side. Also asked about green key fob button at doors of garage elevator lobby. It was explained use is only during hours door is locked. Ad mentioned the long missing canopy at garage entrance and that the area where it was removed needs painting. Tom suggested the new awning should be flatter to prevent hurricane winds from getting under it. Fern and Iris will take this into consideration when ordering the new one. Ad also suggested pizza boxes be placed upright at side of barrel or newspaper box. It was also stated they could be flattened, torn up and disposed of in plastic bags down the chute. She also mentioned Impatiens seem skimpy-need larger displays to look good. Also suggested graduated greenery in lieu of colors. Iris discussed landscaping plans and maintenance. Anne mentioned black marks on planters at driveway entrance. Fern to ask Johnny to have this painted (Done). Betty thanked Board for persistence in dealing with hurricane windows. Anne seconded it. Ron stated cars parked too close to yellow center line in garage. Suggested making line wider. Tom asked about planters on North Side of property. Was informed this space belongs to Playa del Mar. Also asked about having larger carts at lobby – Answer: Space problem. Dee suggested Landscaping Committee look into New Zealand Impatiens - they are year around. Also stated trash rooms are better. Laszlo complimented the excellent web site. Rafael spoke about Impatiens. Dott stated buildings where they are prettiest are those with wide frontal structures (such as Playa del Sol) preventing hurricane winds from destroying them. Jim suggested that info regarding children be added when the new supply of “mini” rules are depleted. He also stated space numbers on floor of garage need repainting. Mike thanked all for the welcome and asked about the fence near barbecue grill. He was told contract has been awarded for replacement.

Silver Linings

The Board will not meet during the summer months. There will be three meetings between September and December. To all, have a healthy and happy summer and please affirm with me a quiet Hurricane Season.

Aloha – I love you
Dott

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MAY 2006

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Click to Continental Management Web Site
Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
ERIC - FENCE & BALCONY
RAILING REPAIRS START
The Balcony Railing rehabilitation project is well underway. In response to questions about the pace at which the contractors are progressing, each stack is expected to take about two weeks to complete. Continental performs three steps to adequately accomplish the repairs. First, they prepare the railings of the entire stack by scraping and sanding areas that are peeling or blistering. Since they can complete the preparation of three to four units each day, stack preparation takes about a week. Once prepared, they can prime the railings in the morning and paint them in the afternoon at the rate of three to four units a day. All told, priming and painting takes another week. Keep in mind, instead of limiting the repairs to peeling sections of balcony railings placed on the list, their manager insisted that they prep and recoat every section with telltale blisters on every balcony in the building. It ordinarily would have cost roughly $200,000 to fully rehabilitate the railings. By not interfering with the project manager’s instructions to the crew, the wear our balcony railings should be expected to withstand will be extended by an additional five to ten years.

Click to Fence and Railing Depot Web Site After persistent efforts to address the damaged fences and assist owners whose balcony railings were eviscerated by Hurricane Wilma, we located a vendor willing to – and capable of – accomplishing both objectives. In the interests of safety, we directed the contractor, Fence and Railing Depot, to assign priority to repairing the dangerous unit balconies. However, the highly individualized replacement elements of the damaged or missing balcony railing sections require specialized welding and custom coating prior to installation. Until these components are ready, work on the fence repairs will proceed. We’ve reconsidered our original expectation to install fences that are “invulnerable” to windstorm damage. Closer scrutiny of our fence damage has revealed inadequate support for posts to be primarily responsible for their failure, not the quality of installation or the selected materials. As such, we opted to purchase modular products that, when damaged, do not require complete replacement. We will only need to replace damaged sections.

Click to SPS Web Site Our rationale for this change in strategy stems from the underlying instability of the walls supporting the fence. The back wall of the garage responsible for supporting the North Parking deck fence is thin and the concrete is old and unstable. We are bracing the fencing along the east side of the North Parking Deck by reinforcing the back wall of the garage with an aluminum flashing corset. The concrete supporting the posts along the seawall suffers from similar instability. To compensate, external steel braces will further stabilize those fence posts. The fence posts along west end of the South Parking deck are installed in concrete block (cinder blocks). Those blocks holding post pockets will receive concrete bracing and the posts will be inserted deeper into the pockets. Repairs to windstorm damaged balcony railings and fences commenced on May 15th.

Click to Pro-tech Web Site The dilatory progress of repairs to the infiltrations on the expansion joint along the north Parking Deck and the stairwell to the Pool Deck is inexcusable. At a recent meeting with the Construction Committee, SPS President Jose Bengoechea addressed three outstanding issues. If subcontractor Pro-tech doesn’t complete waterproofing the planter adjacent to the stairwell to the pool by next week, he will secure another contractor to fulfill their responsibility. He has also agreed to oversee the expeditious progress of the water testing necessary to locate the pernicious expansion joint leak into the garage. After replacing the sand and pavers into the existing blocked section, they will excavate and test the next section next week. Finally, he promised to review our request for reimbursement for two of the decorative lamps recently installed in the front planter. We’ve also discovered the underlying reason for delays to the minor cove capping repairs on our roof. Our installation contractor, Campany Roofing, has recently been quietly acquired. The new owner, Jim Newell, has assured us that they will now attend to the repairs expeditiously. Again, in the absence of adequate response, we will seek alternative redress.

Click to Campany Roofing Web Site Minor concrete repairs to exterior foundation columns also require attention. While Maintenance Chief John Sala has successfully addressed the vast majority of expensive concrete repairs – saving the Association substantial resources – Engineer John Evans recommended that foundation elements be managed professionally.

Click to Citizens Insurance Web Site We have the distinction of being the first Galt Mile Association to have achieved full exterior window code compliance through a retrofit. Every Regency Tower unit has been protected with – or is scheduled to receive – impact-rated windows. The building’s common areas are also close to completion. While the entire south side of the ground floor is compliant, the north lobby storefront windows will be installed within a few weeks. Shortly after that, the lobby’s exterior doors will be upgraded.

Click to QBE Web Site Inasmuch, our accomplishment may entitle us to purchase rated insurance at a reasonable cost. Non-compliant Associations will need to purchase non-rated products or apply to Citizens for coverage, doubling or tripling expected premium expense and threatening maintenance increases of 50% to 80%. Fortunately, Regency Tower is one of four Galt Associations (out of 25) that could achieve eligibility by sole rated windstorm carrier QBE’s deadline.

WE DID IT - The First Compliant Building Through Retrofit!!!
WE DID IT!
YOU ARE THE BEST!
This accomplishment has served to underscore our ability to pull together when necessary. Regency Tower has managed to mitigate the conflicts that have plagued every Association with expensive delays. Neighboring Galt Mile Associations are now putting into effect what has come to be known as the Regency plan. While this was a building-wide effort, a key ingredient to our Association’s success was the patience and persistence of Regency Tower President Dott Nicholson-Brown. Her vision in organizing voluntary group installations two years ago has not only positioned us to achieve eligibility for reasonable insurance while protected our home; it has become the template followed by dozens of our neighbors and hundreds of associations across the State. Similarly, we owe a debt of gratitude to those volunteers who contacted friends and neighbors to elicit their cooperation with our drive to achieve full compliance.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Hallways Report
Liz Urbano

Liz Urbano Wins Volunteer Award
LIZ URBANO - HALLWAYS
PROJECT PROGRESSING
Our hallway renovation project is progressing nicely. We are gathering all the necessary final samples and examples of flooring, paint, ceiling tiles, moldings, lighting, etc. We are still receiving bids for all the work and materials and continuing to shop for our best value. A long and necessary process that is finally paying off. By our next meeting we should have a finalized budget, design concept and construction plan ready for a viewing. I have spoken to several owners who are anxious to get this project going, and I have heard the concerns expressed by some owners and hope we can address them to everyone’s satisfaction. No small task.

Our goal is to create a cohesive, classic, cool, clean and beautiful look for our building to enhance and increase everyone’s property values. I look forward to the commencement of this project and hope for a smooth and comprehensive renovation process with as little inconvenience as possible.

Once again thank you for your patience and cooperation; it speaks volumes for our building residents. Good people who deserve the best.

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

First of all, I would like to thank our Maintenance and Security people for the great job they performed during the Air and Sea Show. Housekeeping inspection shows that Maintenance is doing a fine job keeping the building much cleaner. Many thanks to John, Pablo and the rest of the staff for all of the improvements in our laundry room. A Special Thanks to our Board of Directors for all their time and hard work in keeping The Regency Tower, our home, a place to be proud of.


Maintenance Report
Pablo Verol

Fixed Dryer Venting System
FIXED DRYERS IN
LAUNDRY ROOM
Pablo Verol’s report read by Pablo Verol!!!

  1. Power washed the pavers surrounding the building;

  2. Installed new venting system for dryers in Laundry Room;
  3. Rebuilt platform, post and column in Pool Pump Room;
  4. Repainted damaged planters at front of building;
  5. Awarded contract of replacing all Fire Exit Doors on North Side, beginning with worst ones on floors 9, 8, 6, 3, 2 and 1. Maintenance to repair and paint surrounding wall area;
  6. Installed back-up pump for A/C System;
  7. Installed new Trash Compactor.

Recreation Committee
Pablo Verol

Billiard Room grand opening Next Week
Pablo Verol: Billiard
Room - Next Week
Exercise Room: Our insurance company reminded us that we cannot accept personal equipment.

Barbecue Grill: At the suggestion of several owners, we have instituted a new procedure regarding the use of our new Barbecue Grill. There will be a $10.00 flat fee for maintaining and cleaning rather than disagreement as to whether it is cleaned properly.

Game Room: We are 99% finished with the renovation and furnishing of the Game Room. Rules and regulations regarding its use are being prepared and the Grand Opening is expected within a week.

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

Margie Nagle’s report read by Secretary

A belated welcome to new owners of Apt. 1409, Eugene Sicoli and Barbara Reidy. We had no screenings in April or May. Thank you to my committee members.


Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

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


I am happy to report that our Security Video System Camera Project is progressing. Specifications were prepared by an independent consultant. We then invited six contractors to submit bids (Florida State Fire & Security, Nationwide Communications Corp., T & T Production, Bass United, Telectrics and CEO Video). After evaluating for quality, value and time of delivery/installation, the bid of T & T Production was selected. They have already begun the work. The wiring is scheduled to be completed this week. An expedited installation is contemplated.

Safety Tip: Please fill out the absentee form before you leave for an extended period. In case of emergency we will know who is in residence and who is not. This is for your safety and protection. Thank you for your cooperation.

P.S.: We survived another Air & Sea Show weekend.

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
March

  • Andre Zabal (1007) - is at home recovering; note on bulletin board, cards sent, basket of fruit delivered to him.

  • Josie Feneck (1807) - was in the hospital for a week in New York; note on bulletin board, card sent.

  • Laszlo Bandi (1706) - was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital for tests, had surgery, note on bulletin board, card sent, phone calls made, basket of fruit delivered upon his return home.

April

  • Dr. Christy Feneck (1807) – hospitalized for a week at Imperial Point; transferred to Holy Cross for rehabilitation, note on bulletin board, card sent, phone calls made, basket of fruit delivered upon his return home.

  • Thalia Parker (1502) – was in hospital and in rehabilitation, cards sent, note on bulletin board.

  • Luciano Tonino (2005) – passed away on April 27th, note on bulletin board, card sent, perpetual mass card sent in her memory.

May

  • Thalia Parker (1502) – passed away; funeral services will take place in North Carolina; note on bulletin board, card sent, perpetual masses sent in her memory.

  • Andre Zabal (1007) – passed away on Friday, May 12th at Holy Cross Hospital; note on bulletin board, card sent, perpetual masses sent in his memory.

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Busy Month
During the month of April, 2006, the Regency Tower web site received 33,958 hits and was frequented by 1078 first time visitors (unique site visits). In addition to the United States, site visitors were predominantly from Israel, Hungary, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Seychelles, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany, France and Japan.

As a convenience to our residents and other site visitors, many of the latest issues addressed in the web site are headlined on the home page with links to the full report. Urgent notices broadcast on our in-house channel 95 are duplicated on the home page scroller. Of course, expanded information is often available as well.

As usual, content of the last Board Meeting was posted while the previous meeting’s data was relegated to the site’s Archives for convenient access. Similarly, President Nicholson-Brown’s President’s Report page included Galt Mile Association updates and those items undertaken by resident-members of the Regency Tower Round Table. The New Business Page covers some of the insurance issues and legislative obstacles we currently face while Committee Chairs explain the progress of their respective agendas on the Committee Reports Page.

With the Social Committee’s seasonal events winding down, announcements about relevant community events preoccupy the Notices and Reminders Page. The dates for District I City Commissioner Christine Teel’s “pre-agenda” community meetings at the Beach Community Center are updated every two weeks. Information about events such as the “Sidewalk Art Expressions” street festival in the Galt Ocean Shoppes neighborhood, the Air-Sea show, the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch and other local fares are offered or updated as well.

The progress of the Balcony Railing rehabilitation project is meticulously followed in a table created for that purpose on the Special Updates page. As new rules are instituted to address new issues, they are made available on the General Information page (such as those explaining our policy governing visiting children), or the Notices and Reminders page (such as the new rules for using the Barbecue). Placement depends primarily on whether the information has seasonal or long-term application.

Thank you for your kind attention!

 

NOTICES & REMINDERS

MAY 2006

Grand Opening Billiards Room

Billiard Room Grand Opening
NEANDERTHAL ALIEN IN NEW BILLIARD ROOM
SSSHHHH! For months, whispers have permeated the dark corners of Regency Tower hinting at the existence of a special new room. Rumors about a room dedicated to card players and those cultivating an interest in the art of billiards have preoccupied casual conversation in the lobby, the garage and the elevators. Recently, reports about this intriguing possibility have been overheard at the pool and the beach! Sightings of the new room have been reported by Residents throughout the building. Two residents, who’ve asked to remain anonymous, informed security that while sleeping, they were awakened and abducted by Neanderthal aliens. While still half asleep, they were whizzed through what appeared to be a pulsating, blinding white light. As their vision sharpened, they noticed a beautiful new billiards table, a dry bar, billiards accoutrements, a huge big screen television and several of their canine abductors playing 7 card stud at a brand new poker table. In time, they drifted back to sleep. When they awoke in their beds, they realized that they journeyed to the new Regency Tower Billiards Room! After futilely reporting this to whoever would listen, they gave up. Even family members couldn’t bring themselves to believe their rambling incoherent sputterings about having explored this "alternate universe".

Billiard Room Grand Opening
CANINE ALIEN CALLING A RAISE!
Their burden is at an end! It has been confirmed... the Regency Tower Billiards Room really does exist! Not Sure? You Don’t believe it? YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF! On JUNE 15th at 6:30 PM, the GRAND OPENING OF THE REGENCY TOWER BILLIARD ROOM WILL TAKE PLACE. UNBELIEVABLE, UNFATHOMABLE - somehow... someone transmogrified the dirty, filthy, useless space at the rear of the garage that wasn’t even fit for storage into an entertainment paradise for Regency Tower Residents and their guests. On the way to the pool, you’ll pass through a relatively nondescript door and step into another world. OUR NEW BILLIARDS - GAME - ENTERTAINMENT ROOM (OK... so it doesn’t have a name yet... so what?) BE THERE OR BE SQUARE! Wine and Cheese will refresh the palattes of attendees! ALL ARE WELCOME. DON’T FORGET - THURSDAY, JUNE 15th AT 6:30 PM IN OUR STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL NEW BILLIARDS ROOM.

OK... so you missed it... not to worry... WE TOOK PICTURES OF THE GRAND OPENING!!! Click Here to see what you MISSED!!!

 

EVENTS

MAY 2006

Hurricane Preparedness - Sales Tax Holiday

Governor Jeb Bush Plans Sales Tax Holiday
Governor Jeb Bush
Governor Jeb Bush signed legislation on April 27th authorizing Florida’s second annual 12-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness. Characterizing the
Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday as an important component of his comprehensive plan to instill a “culture of preparedness” in Florida, Governor Bush scheduled the tax break to coincide with National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The $565 million budgeted for the plan package includes funding to harden county emergency operations centers, make existing homes more disaster resistant, install permanent generators in all special needs shelters, create safe public shelter for an additional 100,000 people, repair and rehabilitate homes in communities severely impacted by the 2004 and 2005 storms and raise public awareness on the critical need to prepare for hurricanes. The tax holiday begins at 12:01 AM on Sunday, May 21st and ends at midnight on the first day of the 2006 Hurricane Season - Thursday, June 1st. The 12 day holiday is projected to save Floridians an estimated $41 million.

List of Tax-Exempt Items

The following is a list of the specified items that will be tax free. If the sales price of a qualifying item exceeds the allowable threshold amount (listed below), the tax exemption will not apply and the total purchase price is subject to tax.

Qualifying items selling for $10 or less:

  • Blue ice or those items sold as artificial ice

Items Qualifying fo Tax Break
ELIGIBLE ITEMS

Qualifying items selling for $20 or less:

  • Any portable self-powered light source
  • Battery-powered flashlights
  • Battery-powered lanterns
  • Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil, or similar fuel)
  • Tiki type torches
  • Candles
Qualifying items selling for $25 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container (including LP gas containers and kerosene containers)

Qualifying items selling for $30 or less:

  • Batteries, including rechargeable (listed sizes only)
    • AAA-cell
    • AA-cell
    • C-cell
    • D-cell
    • 6-volt (excluding automobile and boat batteries)
    • 9-volt (excluding automobile and boat batteries)
  • Coolers (food-storage; non-electrical)
  • Ice chests (food-storage; non-electrical)

Qualifying items selling for $40 or less:

  • Any cell phone charger

Qualifying items selling for $50 or less:

  • Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Tie-down kits (items that are advertised or normally sold as a tie-down or anchoring kit)
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps

Qualifying items selling for $60 or less:

  • Any cell phone batteries

Qualifying items selling for $75 or less:

  • Any carbon monoxide detectors
  • Any package consisting of two or more of the previously listed qualifying hurricane-preparedness items sold for $75 or less will qualify for the exemption.
  • Any package consisting of one or more of the previously listed hurricane-preparedness items and at least one other item that is otherwise tax-exempt and the package is sold for $75 or less will qualify for the exemption.

Qualifying items selling for $200 or less:

  • Storm shutter devices (defined as materials and products specifically manufactured, rated, and marketed for the purpose of preventing window damage from storms)

Qualifying items selling for $1,000 or less:

  • Portable generators that will be used to provide light, communications, or to preserve perishable food in the event of a power outage.

The Devil is in the Details

This special sales tax holiday DOES NOT apply to clothing, books, or school supplies. The sales tax exemption applies to each eligible item, regardless of the number of items sold on the same invoice to a customer. The exemption DOES NOT apply to the leasing of a qualified item. This exemption does not apply to sales of items within a theme park, entertainment complex, a public lodging establishment, or airports.

Articles that are normally sold as a unit may qualify for the tax exemption provided the individual items are specifically listed as tax exempt and the price of the package is $75 or less. When tax-exempt hurricane-preparedness items are sold together with items that are normally tax-exempt as a single set, unit, product, or package, and the package sells for $75 or less, the entire package qualifies for the exemption. When a package contains tax-exempt hurricane-preparedness items and it also contains taxable items that do not qualify for the hurricane-preparedness sales tax holiday, the full sales price of the package is subject to sales tax. The total price of items advertised as “buy one, get one free,” or “buy one, get one for a reduced price,” cannot be averaged together in order for both items to qualify for the exemption.

The sale of a gift certificate/card is not taxable. Eligible items purchased during the exemption period using a gift certificate/card will still qualify for the exemption, regardless of when the gift certificate/card was purchased. Eligible items purchased after the exemption period using a gift certificate/card are taxable even if the gift certificate/card was purchased during the exemption period. A gift certificate/card CANNOT be used to reduce the selling price of an item in order to qualify for the exemption.

When a customer purchases a qualifying item during the exemption period, then later exchanges the item for the same item, no tax will be due, even if the exchange is made after the exemption period. When a customer uses a store credit during the exemption period on qualified tax-exempt items, the purchase will be exempt from sales tax. When a customer uses a store credit issued during the exemption period and the tax-exempt period has expired, the appropriate sales tax will apply to the full sales price of the newly purchased item.

A customer who pays sales tax to a retailer on a qualifying item when no tax is due must secure a refund of the tax from the retailer and not from the Department of Revenue. When a customer returns a qualifying item during the period of June 2, 2006, through August 31, 2006, and wants a refund/credit for tax paid:

  • The customer must produce a receipt or invoice showing tax was paid on the original purchase of the qualifying item, or
  • The retailer must have sufficient documentation to show that tax was paid on the original purchase of the qualifying item.

Manufacturer’s coupons do not reduce the sales price of an item. Therefore, a manufacturer’s coupon cannot be used to reduce the selling price of a qualifying item in order for the item to qualify for the exemption. Store coupons and discounts do reduce the sales price of an item. Therefore, a store coupon or discount can be used to reduce the sales price of a qualifying item to the “allowable threshold amount” in order for the item to qualify for the tax exemption. Rebates occur after the sale and do not affect the sales price of an item purchased. Eligible items purchased during the exemption period using a rain check will qualify for the exemption regardless of when the rain check was issued. However, issuance of a rain check during the exemption period will not qualify an eligible item for the exemption if the item is actually purchased after the exemption period.

A layaway sale is a transaction in which merchandise is set aside for future delivery to a customer who makes a deposit, agrees to pay the balance of the purchase price over a period of time, and receives the merchandise at the end of the payment period. For purposes of this exemption, qualified items will be eligible for the exemption if a retailer and a customer enter into a contract for a layaway sale during the exemption period, the customer makes the usual deposit in accordance with the retailer’s layaway policy, and the merchandise is segregated from the retailer’s inventory. If the final payment on a layaway order is made and the merchandise is given to the customer during the exemption period, that sale of qualified items will be eligible for the exemption, even when the qualified items were placed on layaway before the exemption period.

Rental of any of the items specified in this publication does not qualify for an exemption. For purposes of this exemption, eligible items purchased by mail order (including transactions made over the Internet) will receive the exemption if the order is accepted by the mail-order company during the exemption period for immediate shipment. When the acceptance of the order by the mail-order company occurs during the exemption period, the exemption will apply even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

  • An order is accepted by the mail-order company when the mail-order company has taken an action to fill the order for immediate shipment. Actions to fill an order include placing an “in-date” stamp on a mail-order or assigning an “order number” to a telephone order.
  • An order is considered to be for immediate shipment when delayed shipment is not requested by the customer. An order is for immediate shipment notwithstanding that the shipment may be delayed because of a backlog of orders or because stock is currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the company.

Shipping and handling charges are included as part of the sales price of the eligible item, whether or not separately stated. If multiple items are shipped on a single invoice, to determine if any items qualify for the exemption, the shipping and handling charge must be proportionately allocated to each item ordered and identified separately on the invoice. Repairs to qualifying items do not qualify for the exemption.

To speak with a Department of Revenue representative, call Taxpayer Services, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., ET, at 800-352-3671 or 850-488-6800. For a written reply to your tax questions, write: Taxpayer Services, Florida Department of Revenue, 1379 Blountstown Hwy, Tallahassee FL 32304-2716.

 

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