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FEBRUARY 2007

BOARD MEETING

Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum Gives Financial Update
Bill - 1 Delinquent Account
After open discussion with the owners, the meeting of The Regency Tower Board was called to order at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 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, Dee Lanzillo, Fern McBride, Bob Nagle, Dott Nicholson-Brown and Bill Tennenbaum (via speakerphone).

Reading of Minutes - The minutes of the meeting held on December 12, 2006 were read. Dee Lanzillo made a motion to approve the minutes as read, seconded by Eric Berkowitz, unanimously approved.

Financial Report - Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of February 13, 2007. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)

There are four (4) delinquent accounts at this time. There are also three (3) accounts currently in collection with our attorney.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Bob Nagle shared that he had spoken to our insurance carrier several times and there is no news regarding which carriers are remaining in Florida. Hopefully, by the March meeting there will be more information available. Our policy is good until December 1, 2007.

A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz to accept the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Iris Anastasi, unanimously approved.

Wiley Cotton asked for clarification of the statement regarding the due date of the special assessment for insurance. It was explained that one insurance surcharge payment was due on February 1, 2007 and the second payment is due June 1, 2007.

Committee Reports - President Nicholson-Brown then called for Committee Reports. Click Here to read the Committee Reports.

New Business - President Nicholson-Brown then called for New Business. Click Here to read New Business.

Adjournment - A motion was made by Dee Lanzillo and seconded by Bill Tennenbaum to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 p.m.; unanimously approved.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

FEBRUARY 2007

“Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
- Karl Menninger

  .: Aloha :.,
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown
Psychiatrist Karl Augustus Menninger
Psychiatrist Karl
Augustus Menninger
Welcome Back Snow Birds! It is a pleasure each winter to have you walk in and exclaim “the place looks great,” “you guys are doing a great job,” etc. Thank you for noticing and appreciating the improvements made during your summer sojourn.

To paraphrase a recent Daily Word lesson: Imagine living in a world that is free from conflict. Imagine if love and respect for one another was the standard. Imagine if each of us healed a relationship with just one other person. What a difference it would make in our world, our nation, our country and our Association! While serving on the Board of Directors during the past six years, I lost three friends whom I respect and love, primarily because the Board made decisions which were best for the Association rather than individuals. Unfortunately we must do what is best for the many vs. the few. February is the month of Love. Why not enjoy the feeling?

Well, for the eleven hundredth time I am again stating that we are at the end of repairs and improvements. We’ve practically rebuilt this building. After replacing the Air Conditioning Risers and Fire Exit doors, what else could go bad? Don’t answer that. So this time I mean it when I state we intend to slow down, relax and enjoy our accomplishments. Although the following statement is an oxymoron, I am repeating that I plan to make haste slowly. None of the Board members believe me but you do, don’t you?

Life in the Office

Regency Tower Administrative Office Fax Madness Administration - Things are moving along at the usual hectic pace except with Cindy off enjoying a winter cruise, it is a bit more so. We had to purchase a new Fax machine. Too many faxes coming and going took its toll.

Please advise the Office personnel a day in advance if you expect contractors or delivery persons so that Maintenance may place protective covering on the carpeting.

The Round Table

February 1st Meeting Members in attendance were: Rafael Alleguez, Shirley Appelman, Laszlo Bandi, Betty Burns, Chris Feneck, Ron Forment, Mike O’Carroll, Tom Palumbo, Anne Petroe, Jim Rigney, Liz Urbano, and Jean Veitch. Excused: Debi Tinsley, Ad Wilson. Board members present were Iris, Eric, Dee, Fern, Bob and Dott.

Anne - Where is RT logo on Door?
Anne - Where’s RT logo?
Fern McBride again reminded the members that the purpose of the Round Table is not as a forum to air individual complaints, but to offer ideas, suggestions and constructive input. Discussion was held regarding the necessity of a $500.00 deposit for deliveries in addition to move outs, due to the damage to the newly decorated floors, elevators and basement area ceiling tiles. It was explained that the Exit strobe lights cost the Association over $500.00 to replace. Damage to these occurs when long or tall pieces of furniture or equipment hit them.

Jim - Dump Anti-Galt Newspaper
Jim - Anti-Galt Paper
Rafael suggested the owners warn delivery people of penalty for damages. Tom suggested Security or Maintenance accompany delivery persons. Dee stated she would follow through on this. Discussion was then held as to whether to have “Black Out” days to give relief to residents from the constant remodeling. Round Table Members all felt there should be no work over the Thanksgiving weekend and the week between Christmas and New Years Day, except for emergencies. The Board will consider this. Betty complimented the new laundry facilities. Mike brought to our attention that when walking along the beach, our building no longer displayed a clock. Dee will have Maintenance re-install a clock. Jim asked that neighbors be gently reminded not to push water off balconies as it wets the people below. He also inquired about the horrible newspaper which deliberately attacks the Galt Mile. It was suggested that we contact the advertisers re the negativity. Jean again complained about the pool temperature which is set at 86 degrees. It was restated this is per the instructions of the manufacturer. Liz suggested moving cabañas around and/or using owners’ cabaña spaces for chaise lounges. It was pointed out this is impractical as people pay for the cabañas and space (whether they’re in use or not). Rafael stated he agreed with Liz re using the cabaña spaces for lounge chairs on the beach. He thanked Liz and Maintenance for completing the 19th floor. He also mentioned missing light bulbs. (It was noted by Tom and others that people are stealing the energy efficient bulbs from the fixtures). Laszlo informed that the Entrance & Exit signs were not lit. Johnny will be alerted. Ron mentioned the swinging door at Front desk is chipped and looks bad to anyone exiting the elevator. Dee will speak to Johnny. Ron also mentioned the plants against wall in lobby look terrible and should be replaced or taken out. Liz stated she will take care of it. Ron also mentioned memo to residents re “having Maintenance employees in units on company time - felt word “theft” too strong. Dott responded our Insurance does not cover private work in apartments. This has caused previous problems wherein an employee was hurt while performing private work. It is difficult for employees to say NO to their “bosses” so to speak. We, who place them in this no-win situation, are stealing from all of us. Iris offered that this should be put in the screening process. Anne stated she loves her decorated Hall. She also asked about putting the R.T. logo in the Front Entrance Hurricane Door. Iris says she has only found one company thus far who does this. Eric stated attractive decals should be used. Anne then thanked the Board of Directors for all their efforts and Dee for chairing Maintenance. Shirley says Winn Dixie Management told her they will fine, prosecute and jail anyone taking carts off their property and the Bag men see whoever leaves with the carts. Also, that the Mall has been sold.

Silver Linings

Bob - Saved Big Bucks!
Bob - Saved Big
Premium Bucks!
Eric - Webmaster
Eric - Webmaster
Persons of the Year As most of us are aware Time Magazine did not name a “Person of the Year” at the end of 2006. Therefore, we congratulate two people, BOB NAGLE and ERIC BERKOWITZ as “Persons of the Year.” Bob, for the great job in being the one to save insurance costs in the past by being instrumental in updating the insurance contract coverage and at the same time saving the Association in excess of $50,000.00 per year in premiums and instrumental in insurance savings again in 2006; Also Eric Berkowitz for meeting the Time Magazine criteria by “using or creating content on the World Wide Web.”

Looking at the world around me, I see birds, trees, flowers and rocks of different shapes, sizes and colors. Isn’t it marvelous how seamlessly they blend into one solid, unified landscape?

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.”
- Psalm 133:1

Aloha – I love you
Dott

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FEBRUARY 2007

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report
ERIC - BALCONIES
ARE COMPLETED
In December, repairs and upgrades to our damaged perimeter fences were completed. However, the fence separating the South Parking Deck from the Upper Patio Deck vibrates noisily when exposed to high winds. The noise comes from the fence pickets rattling against the horizontal support bars. Upon first learning about the problem, we contacted Fence and Railing Depot, the vendor responsible for its installation. Swamped with work, the contractor indicated that he would investigate the source of the vibration after the holidays. Following futile attempts to contact him during January, we finally spoke with the contractor on February 8th. He apologized and promised to send an installer within the next two weeks. Although we performed a temporary adjustment to quell the disturbance, after a few days, the problem started again. To stop the vibration, it seems that each picket must be individually immobilized – possibly with caulk. However, we will wait for official input from the contractor before performing any unauthorized permanent repair that may compromise our warranty.

Click to Fence and Railing Depot Web Site In early January, Fence and Railing Depot workers installed the final missing sections of balcony railing eviscerated by Hurricane Wilma. Since the replacement sections installed in the six affected units were new, they didn’t color match the existing 7-year old railing. To address this problem, we requested that Continental bypass recoating the balconies with missing sections until those sections were replaced. Once installed, Continental returned to those units and achieved a color match by recoating the adjacent areas in addition to the areas demonstrating exposed metal and blistering.

Balconies are Recoated
Balcony Sections Replaced
To install the new sections, Fence and Railing Depot backfilled the original cores and core-drilled new post holes. In addition to supporting the posts with Quik-crete, angle irons also affixed the new sections to the existing railing, providing greater stability. All six are as safe and stable as when first installed. However, the need to relocate the corner post hole in one unit resulted in a slight misalignment. When the contractor returns, we will attempt to correct this aesthetic inadequacy. Otherwise, the balcony is structurally sound and safe for use.

Click to Continental Management Web Site After 10 months, Continental finally completed recoating every exposure on every balcony railing. The recoating project will extend the useful life of our balcony railings for many years, likewise postponing the expense for replacement. During the course of the project, the contractor addressed coating problems and oversights as they were reported. While the work progressed on Stack 11, six units that reported untreated areas on their railings were scheduled for attention upon completion of that final stack. During the final week in January, the contractor addressed the special problems reported for units 2003, 1010, 707, 706, 506 and 501. As you are aware, the Balcony Railing Rehabilitation Project was accomplished at no cost to the Association.

Several of our high intensity lamps were damaged during Hurricane Wilma and some of the poles were severely twisted. During the past year, we researched the potential repair of the affected poles. Upon learning that the repairs weren’t viable, we looked into their replacement. Unfortunately, the manufacturer no longer makes the model installed by the electrical contractor following the deck repairs. That contractor recommended the complete replacement of our lamps and poles. Considering the possibility of a self-serving agenda, we’ve decided instead to rebid the job. We will solicit bids from three vendors, after which we will identify the strategy that best suits our needs.

Two units applied for architectural review in January. In one unit, the review deterred the installation of a washer-dryer into an area without proper drainage, thereby protecting the owner from the expense and inconvenience of future floods. The washer-dryer was relocated to an area accessible to the appropriate drain line. Had the owner neglected to undergo architectural review and incorrectly install the appliances, he would have suffered the unnecessary expense of removing and reinstalling them. Since the change was effected prior to their installation, it had no financial impact. The second review was approved as applied. Both reviews were completed and returned within 48 hours of submission. Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Hallways Report
Liz Urbano’s report read by Secretary.

Liz Urbano - Our Dynamic Designer
LIZ URBANO
DYNAMIC DESIGNER
Our hallway renovations are finally complete, and I want to thank all the owners for their wonderful cooperation and remarkable patience. I especially want to thank the representatives on each floor who took their valuable time to find their fabulous choice of accessories. This gave each floor a distinctive and beautiful final touch. Your effort was well worth it.

 

 

Landscaping Committee
Iris Anastasi & Fern McBride, Co-Chairs

Welcome to new members; we will miss Louise
Iris Anastasi
Checks Landscaper
The first phase of our landscaping renewal has been completed. The second phase is in the works and will be accomplished within the next few weeks. The committee is pleased that a maintenance contract is being signed with our landscape company. This will help to assure that the money spent for landscaping is protected. In addition to the co-chairs, the committee includes Rafael Alleguez, Ron Forment and Bob Nagle.

A new non-skid floor mat has been installed at the front entrance door. Matching non-skid floor mats have been ordered for the North and South door areas and should arrive shortly.


 

Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Dee Lanzillo

Maintenance: The following are some projects completed by the Maintenance Department:

  1. Maintenance Chair Dee Lanzillo has been EXTREMELY BUSY!
    Dee - Extremely Busy!
    Thresholds installed on all Fire Exit doors and doors have been adjusted to close properly;

  2. All A/C diffusers installed;

  3. All moldings and painting inside of molding on East and West doors on all floors have been completed;

  4. All ceiling tiles enclosing Fire Alarms have been installed;

  5. Radios re-installed on all floors;

  6. Ceiling tiles in lobby completed;

  7. A/C duct on Lobby Hallway and new light fixtures completed;

  8. Touch up painting accomplished on all floors including light fixtures;

  9. Door closer installed on South gate at upper deck and garage entrance;

  10. South door marble replaced; and

  11. Plexiglas re-installed at pool area.

Housekeeping: All of the hallway renovations are completed. You may have noticed the difference in cleanliness of our hallways. I want to commend Eddie and Marc for their special care on each floor. I salute our Maintenance Department on a job well done. The pool area on both upper deck and beach are looking great. I extend my thanks to Ernest. Special thanks to Johnny for all his hard work.

The long lasting/energy saving light bulbs are being stolen from the fixtures on various floors and replaced with old bulbs.

Regarding a question about the lounge chairs at the pool, they are cleaned once a month, however, the discolored strips may have to be replaced.

 

Recycling Committee
Ginia Wexler & Mike Martin

Plastic containers with the numbers 1, 2, or 3 on bottom go in barrels
GINIA WEXLER
Recycling Committee report read by Secretary.

Floors 2 – 10: Most floors were fine. In general too many tops are being left on bottles; plastic wrappings are being put into the barrel; on the 6th floor food was left in a bag in the barrel. This is unacceptable. The 9th floor had an electric bulb in the barrel.

Floors 11 – 20: Floors 11, 12, 16 & 18 – lids on plastic containers;

  • floor 12 – large garbage bag full of shredded documents, newspaper in large bags – big boy bags, miscellaneous articles left on the side;
  • floor 17 – several cigar boxes;
  • floor 19 – piece of electrical wiring & plastic bubble wrap;
  • floors 14, 15 & 20 were okay.

People are putting their empty bottles in a bag; this is not necessary.

Questioned what we do with old electric bulbs.

 

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

During the month of January, there was one screening: Anthony Buono leased apartment 708 to Mary Shields.

 

New Security Chief Carlos Pereira
Carlos’ Goal: Make
Regency Tower Safest
Building on the Galt Mile
Security Report
Security Chief Carlos Pereira

First of all, I would like to express gratitude from my staff and myself for all the cooperation that we have received from owners, lessees and guests for doing their best to follow all building rules and regulations, allowing us, guards, to focus our attention on other security issues.

Security Monitor
DVR Security Monitor
This month, February 16th, our Security Department will officially introduce to the Board of Directors our new security system: show camera locations and their views; our new monitors in the Lobby and in the Receiving Room; our new door alarm system; and intercom locations and capabilities.

With all renovation projects concluded, it is time for us to return to our scheduled daily routine, striving to serve you better. Your suggestions to the Board of Directors are always welcome and appreciated. The Security Department still, more now than ever, is counting on your cooperation and confirms our aim to make this building the SAFEST on the GALT MILE.

Safety Tip: For your own safety, bare feet are not permitted at any time or any place on the common property inside of the building.

 

Security Monitor
Can You Help?
Social Committee
Dott Nicholson-Brown

This committee is in need of a chairperson. However, Bingo began three weeks ago and has been very successful. The participants requested Bingo every Monday, rather than every other week. We thank Tom Abdallah for being a wonderful caller.

Anyone interested in chairing this committee, please contact the office.

 

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
January

  • Fouad Farag (1204) – was taken to Holy Cross Hospital; later taken back to Canada for treatment; note on bulletin board, card sent.

  • John Pacella (308) – was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital; note on bulletin board, card sent. He came home after a week in the hospital.

February

  • Ilijan (Tony) Rusi (1904) – was taken to Holy Cross Hospital with pneumonia; note on bulletin board, card sent, and basket of fruit given to him upon his return home.

  • Margaret Kleier (505) – passed away at home in Kentucky; note on bulletin board, cart sent, and perpetual masses were ordered in her memory.

  • John Pacella (308) – is back in the hospital after a few days back home from Holy Cross Hospital; note on bulletin board, card sent.

 

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Report about Hurricane Damage
Eric Peter Berkowitz
See “Around Town”
During the month of December, the Regency Tower web site had 70,452 hits and 1,161 Unique Site Visits (first timers). In January, we had 81,789 hits and 1,275 Unique Site Visits. After hits from the United States and Canada, the web site was most often accessed by users from Japan, France, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Poland, Croatia (Hrvatska), Singapore, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Virgin Islands (U.S.), New Zealand (Aotearoa), Seychelles, Italy, China, India and Tuvalu.

Following the December 12th Board Meeting, the minutes, the Committee Reports and New Business were posted to the site. After Ad Wilson’s Round Table admonition focusing on the importance of fire extinguishers in each apartment, Rafael Alleguez’ subsequent investigation and recommendation of the most effective type was posted under last month’s New Business. Dott Nicholson-Brown’s Presidents Report illustrates that Regency Tower has completed every major aspect of its rehabilitation - ahead of most of our neighbors - and at less cost. She also offers what transpired in the November 2nd and December 7th Round Table meetings.

Employees Trading Off Party Gifts
Employees Trading Off Party Gifts
The 2006 Employees Holiday Party was fully described on the Events page. More than 50 pictures of the event that were posted on the Photo Page can be enlarged by simply clicking on each thumbnail photograph. Also on the events page is a testimonial to Security Chief Carlos Pereira, marking the completion of his first year of service. Along with Jim Edmiston, he was also recognized for digging out chaise lounges and cabanas that were buried deep beneath the wet sand from overnight high tides last November. Completion of the Balcony Railing Rehabilitation Project was first revealed on the Special Updates page.

The “Around Town” section of the web site has swelled to 9 local activities currently available to Regency Tower residents. Information is offered about the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, Maroone Moonlight Movies, the South Florida Senior Games, the Las Olas Art Fair, Noon Tunes at Stranahan Park, the 11th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Festival, the 15th Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, the 2007 incarnation of ¡Fiesta! Fort Lauderdale and City Commissioner Christine Teel’s “Pre-Agenda” meeting data. The information about these and other local events is always kept current.

On the Real Estate Page, three units sold or rented were deleted and three new ones were added. If your apartment is listed on the Regency Tower Real Estate Page, please inform us if there are any changes to the status of your unit. Thank you for your kind attention.

 

NEW BUSINESS

FEBRUARY 2007

Dott invites Candidate Introductions
Candidate Intros
Introduction of Candidates

Dott Nicholson-Brown

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

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

Holiday Blackout Period

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

 

NOTICES & REMINDERS

FEBRUARY 2007

Light Bulbs

Please keep watch on your floor and report whoever is stealing the energy savings light bulbs from our new light fixtures. We will keep all imformation confidential.

Dish Antennae

Remonder: No antennae may be placed on common area property. Balconies are not exclusive use property. They are Limited Common areas. Antennae may be placed on a stanchion against the interior wall near the floor. See Eric Berkowitz for info.

Water Savings

There are two ways you may help reduce our water bill. First, be sure to use the nozzle when washing your car to prevent water waste. Security keeps a nozzle in the Receiving Room. Secondly, check your toilets and sinks for leaks. It was reported that one unit had a toilet with a running leak for over six months due to death and non-occupancy.

Auto and Motorcycle Registration

If you purchase a new car or change your plates, be certain to give the information to Security and the Administrative office.

Taxi/Limo Service

When calling for car service, be sure to tell the dispatcher to have the driver pick you up at the North door. Also, when returning, have them drive around to the North door which is very convenient to the service elevator for luggage.

Private Work

If you engage an employee or outside person to work for you, they should be provided with a key. We do not give out Association keys. Reminder: Permits are required.

 

EVENTS

FEBRUARY 2007

The Social Committee Announces

Bingo is Back

Bingo Games resumed on Monday, January 29th at 7:00 PM in the Rendezvous Room and, due to their overwhelming popularity, will continue every Monday. Cards are $1.00 each per person with coverall at $1.00 per card per person. Cash prizes are awarded after each game.

Come on down and join the fun!

The Social Committee

Regency Tower Employee Holiday Fund Report

Vince, Chris, Jim, Candace, Carlos, Mark, John, Ernest, Cindy, Edison, Pam, Jerry, Nick, Joz, Carl, Heather and John
Vince, Chris, Jim, Candace, Carlos, Mark, John, Ernest, Cindy, Edison, Pam, Jerry, Nick, Joz, Carl
Heather and John

Contributions from owners and lessees to the Employee Holiday Fund 2006 totaled $10,150.

The amount of $10,150 has been disbursed to the following employees using a formula provided by the Association that takes into consideration their salary and length of employment.

AdministrationMaintenanceSecurity
 
Cindy HanusMontcalm GibbonsJohn Kouzios
Candace BrownMarcelin PrudentVincent Laino
 Johnny SalaDorothy Manboard
Maintenance Heather O’Neale
 SecurityCarlos Pereira
Ernest Alvery Carl Richardson
Nesly BoraNick CoutoupisChristian Stallings
Edison FigueroaJames EdmistonJose (Joz) Victor
 Jerry Garcia 

The Committee would like to thank the owners and lessees who contributed for their support and generosity to our employees.

Ofelia Alleguez, Chair
Marian Custer
Fern McBride

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