ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
The Regency Tower Annual Members’ Meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. on March 13, 2007 in the Meeting Room by the Vice-President.
WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS -There were no new residents attending.
OPEN DISCUSSION -The floor was opened to Association Members. Several members spoke on various subjects, such as: Whether owners or Association are responsible for various exterior building areas, including windows; obtaining a contract window cleaner for the entire building; shutters; mail room; and correspondence response time.
REPORT OF SECRETARY – ANNUAL ELECTION -The official results of the elections held for the four positions on the Board of Directors on March 13, 2007 are as follows:
These results were approved, signed and dated by all members of the election committee: Ofelia Alleguez, Chairperson, Mary Ann Donaghy, Ron Forment, Jim Rigney and Martha Sellas. The official document was delivered to the Secretary of the Board.
The Members’ Meeting was closed at 8:12 p.m.
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
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.
Financial Report -Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum gave a detailed report reflecting the Association’s financial position as of March 13, 2007. (Reported financial details are available to Regency Tower owners in our newsletter, the “Regency Tower Times”. - editor)
There are currently no delinquent accounts at this time; two (2) that are in collection with our attorney, and two (2) that are in collection that we will receive this month when the properties go to closing.
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.
Adjournment -A motion was made by Iris Anastasi and seconded by Bob Nagle to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.; unanimously approved.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying to succeed.”
.: ♥ Aloha ♥ :.,
Galt Mile Presidents Council
The February 5th meeting presented Victor Toledano, M.D. who proposed to build a new office building at 3465 Galt Ocean Drive (former Hart Travel building). Dr. Toledano specializes in Adult and Geriatric medicine and has been providing primary care to Galt Mile residents since 1996. His visit was to acquaint the Council with his office and ask for support at the upcoming City Commissioners Meeting. The Commission has since approved the building with only one “No” vote. The March meeting concentrated on updates regarding the collection of Hurricane insurance by various Associations and the installation of Hurricane Windows.
The Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive
“Hunger Is No Day At The Beach” is the slogan of the Cooperative Feeding Program, a United Way agency dedicated to reducing hunger in Broward County. The Regency Tower is one of approximately fifteen (15) Galt Mile Condo Associations to participate in this Food Drive. Candace, the Office Secretary is the coordinator for The Regency Tower. She has distributed large Brown Bags along with a list of suggested non-perishables to all in-home residents. If you are in residence and did not receive your bag with your name affixed thereto, please call Candace at 954-566-8606. All bags with food should be brought to the office for pick-up.
The Security Patrol
As of this date, only one building is preventing this project from going forward (Southpoint). But things are looking up. It was reported at the Galt Mile Advisory Board Meeting that Marty Glazer and his team were re-elected despite the efforts of other candidates endorsed by the Fort Lauderdale City News. All buildings on the Galt Mile are eagerly awaiting positive action by Southpoint. There have been several criminal incidents in our area. If you have friends at Southpoint encourage them to join the Security Patrol.
The Round Table
March 1st MeetingMembers in attendance were: Rafael Alleguez, Shirley Appelman, Laszlo Bandi, Betty Burns, Ron Forment, Anne Petroe, Jim Rigney, Debi Tinsley. Excused were Chris Feneck, Mike O’Carroll, Tom Palumbo, Jean Veitch and Ad Wilson. Board members present: Fern McBride.
Shirley inquired about the Security Patrol which is proposed for the Galt Mile street and beach area. Fern explained that one building (Southpoint) has not joined and also discussed the advantages and low cost - $20/unit per year. Hopefully this will be resolved shortly. Anne mentioned the empty flower/plant pots at front drive thru. The Landscaping Committee has resolved this.
Congratulations to Bailea Tinsley, age 13 of unit 602 for donating a fire extinguisher to Anne Petroe of unit 709 as a service project for her school – The Westminster Academy. Home Depot and Lowes carry the Kidde fire extinguishers. The suitable one for apartments labeled “Multi-Purpose Home” type 1-A:10-B:C rated.
- THEODORE ROOSEVELT, 26th U. S. President
Aloha – I love you
Architectural Review & Construction Committee
The lamps were first installed by Fischer Electric while serving as a subcontractor for Structural Preservation Systems. Following their initial installation, we received a recall notice indicating that the attachments connecting the fixtures to the poles were suspect, recommending that they be reinstalled using an approved alternative attachment. Initially, the fixture was attached to a tenon which was then attached to the pole. The new system eliminated the defective tenon, instead fixing the lamp directly to a newly manufactured replacement pole. The fixtures were screwed into a steel plate embedded at the top of each fiberglass pole.
This direct attachment is the main reason that only three heads were lost. An inspection of the decapitated fixtures revealed that they were knocked off their poles by flying debris impacts. When torn from the pole, the fixtures pulled the internal steel attachment plates through the fiberglass, leaving visible holes at the top of each headless pole. Another pole on the south deck suffered large areas of missing fiberglass, scraped off by flying debris. If the damage to any pole compromised its integrity, making its continued use a threat, it will have to be replaced.
The dedicated concrete pedestals built to support the lamps functioned as expected, holding each pole securely in place despite being repeatedly impacted by flying debris and hurricane force winds. The pedestals also protected the lamps from vehicular impacts since first installed. While four poles were damaged, none were lost. Although nine fixtures withstood the storm, some were significantly twisted by the high winds. For the past year, we’ve been in discussions with the contractor, the distributor, the manufacturer and the engineer to formulate a reasonable scope of work. Following a litany of self-serving suggestions, we opted instead to elicit competitive bids.
To start, the three fixtures knocked off their poles must be replaced. Poles compromised by damage must be replaced. While some of the twisted lamps may only require tightening and adjustment, others will need additional repairs. One lamp on the south deck is missing its lens. Fortunately, Mr. Sala retained two of the three eviscerated fixtures. One has an intact lens, possibly useful as a replacement. The two lamps operating erratically may possibly be brought to full functionality by replacing their ballasts. As a result, SPEC Engineer John Evans recommended a variety of repairs last November, replacing only those components beyond rehabilitation.
Since late February, four electrical contractors have reviewed the project. Since some costs will depend upon the success or failure of various repair options, we requested that they provide a comprehensive list of repair alternatives and commensurate unit pricing. We’ve retained Mills Electric to immediately make remedial repairs such as tightening and adjustments to most of the lamps while performing a comprehensive analysis of the rest. After comparing their assessment to that of the engineer, we will solicit bids for the remaining work. The time necessary to complete the repairs will be primarily dependent upon manufacture and delivery schedules.
We contacted Fence and Railing Depot to permanently address the problem. They said that every one of the mobile pickets would be affixed into place using an appropriate adhesive. While they were here, we showed them an aesthetically inadequate balcony railing repair in unit 707. The unit owner would only agree to the repair if it could be done in a day or so. He objected to the installer removing the existing railing for use as a template in the manufacture of a replacement. Since the problem bothered the installer more than the unit owner, a compromise was arrived at. By replacing only the most egregious section instead of the entire corner, they could leave the balcony intact until the replacement section was ready for installation.
Four unit owners submitted unit interior construction plans for Architectural Review. Three were approved “as is” within 24 hours. Approval for the fourth was returned in 48 hours. Howard Hirschman asked whether the Air Conditioning units installed in our closets require permitting. His contention was that they are basically just plugged into the wall socket, like any appliance. I checked with the building department as he asked. Sorry Howard, both Air Conditioners and Water Heaters require permits. Air Conditioners undergo a mechanical review and Water Heaters require a plumbing review. Both are inspected following the installation to insure compliance. Evidence of this is also available on the City of Fort Lauderdale web site. Skeptical? Call the City of Fort Lauderdale Building Services Department at 954-828-6520. However – if you succeed in establishing a loophole, please share it with the rest of us.
Thank you for your kind attention.
A small palm was transplanted from the front to the Northeast back bed and Laripe was added to that area. The containers in the center of the front drive through have been replanted.
Beautification: New carpets have been placed at the South, North and Lobby doors. A new trash/cigarette container is now outside the front entrance.
Maintenance & Housekeeping Committee
Maintenance: The following are some projects completed by the Maintenance Department:
Housekeeping: I want to commend Mark, Eddy and Ernest for keeping our building in excellent condition. I have checked all of the floors from lobby thru 20th. I am very pleased that all of the rugs, mirrors, furniture and tiles are in great condition.
We have discovered that the radio on the third floor was torn out from the console table. We also have noticed that the energy efficient bulbs have been removed from light fixtures and replaced with deficient older bulbs. For people who are interested in purchasing the energy efficient bulbs they may be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s at a very reasonable price.
I have inspected our pool and beach areas and noticed that Ernest is doing a fine job. Our maintenance repair team of Johnny and Carlos are also right on top of any problems that may occur.
Many thanks to all of you.
Thank you to my committee.
I would like to start my report by expressing my gratitude and honor to be able to work for this building and especially for this Board of Directors that always helped me throughout good and tough situations, guiding and centering me to do good in my aim to make this building the most secure building on the Galt. This Board leadership is “bar none” the pivotal point for all.
I would like to ask all owners, lessees and registered guests for a favor: Our new guards are instructed to introduce themselves, but if you see any guard that you do not know, please break the ice and take the first step. We want our guards to be professional, firm but polite and willing to help this building to be the most secure building on the Galt mile.
The spring break is here now and our attention to the minimum details is a must. Your cooperation, observations and suggestions to the Board are always welcome.
Safety note: Children under twelve years of age must be supervised and accompanied by an adult or they will not be permitted in the pool. Children up to five years of age are not permitted in the pool without an adult guardian in the pool with them.
Sue Veitch will consider fulfilling this much needed position.
We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez reported the following:
Nothing to report in March.
Web Site Committee
Following the February 13th Board meeting, the meeting minutes were posted on the Board Meeting page. As usual, every Committee Report was simultaneously made available on the Committee Reports page. Two items, candidate introductions and construction blackout considerations, were reported on the New Business page. Dott Nicholson-Brown’s President’s Report contains the budding problems and inventive solutions undertaken at the February 1st Round Table discussion.
Upon completion of the Balcony Railing Rehabilitation Project at the end of January, details about the final punch list items were announced on the web site in early February. Upon receipt of two emails inquiring about the procedure to reserve the freight elevator, a link was posted from the home page to the elevator reservation format described on the Notices and Reminder page. One entry on the Real Estate Page was removed following its having been successfully rented.
In response to 3 emails asking about the posted “Around Town” events, I report entertaining local events that are either free or extremely inexpensive. Since I am unaware of any program capable of automatically updating these events, I code the information for each one individually every month. If you want to announce an event, please contact me with the pertinent information and include relevant graphics. Thank you for your kind attention.
March 13, 2007 - A motion was made by Fern McBride that the Board of Directors retain the same officers as last year. The motion was seconded by Bill Tennenbaum and unanimously approved.
NOTICES & REMINDERS
Once, Twice, Thrice again, we remind you that the speed limit throughout The Regency Tower property is 5 miles per hour. It is urgent that you and your guests obey the limits. We have experienced several instances of near hits both in the garage and outside - particularly speeding from the drive-thru after picking up or letting off residents.
Turtle - Safe Lighting
To help save Florida’s endangered Sea Turtles from impending extinction, we are requesting that our residents please turn off the lights in any rooms visible from the ocean when you aren’t in that room. If it isn’t an imposition, please close the blinds in rooms where the lights must remain on. Nesting Sea Turtles navigate according to moonlight. Since the artificial lights along the shore are mistaken for moonlight by Sea Turles, they are responsible for hundreds of annual unsuccessful nestings. Hatchlings are also misled by these lights which they misinterpret as moonlight, sending thousands to their deaths every year. For more information about balancing our security needs with this potential environmental disaster, please Click Here.
Kindly do not place Canadian coins in the washer-dryers in the Laundry Room. This has caused the clogging of the coin receptacles. The same goes for the Snack and Beverage Vending machines.
Put all garbage in plastic bags, tie the bags and put them down the chute. Does this sound simple? Well, we still have persons putting garbage in the Recycle Barrel which is only for glass and plastics. Please read the Recycle Instructions in your Trash Room.
The Game Room Rules and Waiver sheet must be signed prior to use of Game Room. Also, there are some of you who turn the Video Camera each time you use the room and also some who take the Ping Pong balls. Privileges will be revoked for residents who touch the cameras and take or break the equipment.
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:
Qualifying items selling for $20 or less:
Qualifying items selling for $30 or less:
Qualifying items selling for $40 or less:
Qualifying items selling for $50 or less:
Qualifying items selling for $60 or less:
Qualifying items selling for $75 or less:
NOTE: Battery-powered or gas-powered light sources and qualifying portable self-powered radios will qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.
Qualifying items selling for $200 or less:
Qualifying items selling for $1,000 or less:
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 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, and wants a refund/credit for tax paid:
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.
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.
The Bingo Chronicles
Tom Abdallah underwrites the success of Regency Tower Bingo. The soft-spoken gentleman who’s quick to smile is well-liked by everyone who knows him. When he booms out Bingo numbers, his command over the room is absolute. He is an irreplaceable asset, the primary reason why residents of neighboring buildings consider Regency Tower Bingo “the Main Event”.
Board Election Results
The official results of the elections held for the four positions on the Board of Directors on March 13, 2007 are as follows:
These results were approved, signed and dated by all members of the Election Committee:
The official document was delivered to the Secretary of the Board, Fern McBride.
Ofelia Alleguez Election Committee Chair
Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive
Donations of canned meats and fish, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned meals, soups (canned or instant), peanut butter & jelly/jam, dried milk, pasta, rice, cereal and paper & plastic grocery bags are always needed. Baby food and baby formula (powdered or canned) and diapers of all sizes are also huge needs. Just as they get stocked on the shelves, they go right out. Also, donations of hygiene supplies such as small shampoos, conditioners, soap, toothbrushes, razors, and shaving cream help those living on the streets and those just making ends meet.
Please deposit your food donation in bag provided in your mailbox.