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MARCH 2007

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.

Maintenance Chair Dee Lanzillo wins Annual Volunteer Award!
Dott Recognizes Dee
MINUTES OF 2006 MEMBERS MEETING -
The minutes of the March 21, 2006 Regency Tower Annual Members Meeting were read. Bill Tennenbaum made a motion to approve the minutes; seconded by Iris Anastasi; unanimously approved.

Margie Nagle wins Annual Volunteer Award!
Bill Awards Margie
PRESENTATION – ANNUAL VOLUNTEER AWARD -
There were two presentations for our Annual Volunteer Award. Dott Nicholson-Brown presented an Annual Volunteer Award to Dee Lanzillo. Dee voluntarily assisted Pablo Verol in the Maintenance Department during Pablo’s illness and later assumed the responsibility of Maintenance Chairperson. Her hard work during our hallway renovations was outstanding. Bill Tennenbaum presented an Annual Volunteer Award to Margie Nagle. Margie has been a devoted member and Chairperson of our Screening Committee for several years. Her enthusiastic attitude and positive input was instrumental in making our Employee Holiday parties successful.

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:

  • Iris Anastasi – 95;
  • Dott Nicholson Brown – 99;
  • Dee Lanzillo – 102;
  • Ron Lenzi – 40;
  • Robert Nagle – 107;
  • Joyce Ramey – 37;
  • John Veitch – 45.

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

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 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 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.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Reading of Minutes -
The minutes of the meeting of The Regency Tower Board of Directors held on February 13, 2007 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 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.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

PRESIDENTS REPORT

MARCH 2007

“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.”
- Booker T. Washington

  .: Aloha :.,
Regency Tower Board President Dott Nicholson-Brown
Booker T. Washington
Booker T. Washington
We succeeded! Your vote counts!! We would like to thank all the owners who voted for our “A Team.” This Board has worked very hard to make The Regency Tower “the best managed building on the mile” and we intend to continue our team effort. To the three candidates who were not elected, we know that you too, want to contribute to making a difference. Therefore, we invite you to volunteer on one of the numerous committees which can use your talents and “new perspectives”.

Galt Mile Presidents Council

Galt Mile Community Association 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

Click to Cooperative Feeding Program “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

Galt Mile Community Association Police Car 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 Meeting Members 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.

Laszlo - Entrance/Exit sign lights are still out
Laszlo - Sign Lights Still Out
Fern reminded members that purpose of the Round Table is to offer ideas, suggestions, constructive input and it is not a forum to air individual complaints.

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.
Rafael - Sand Bagged Stop Sign
Rafael - Sand
Bagged Stop Sign???
Ron mentioned the Front Desk in lobby needs to be resurfaced. Laszlo stated the Entrance/Exit sign lights are still out. Fern and Iris are checking into obtaining solar lamps. Laszlo also mentioned the stealing of our energy saver light bulbs. Discussion ensued regarding this and the vandalism on the 3rd floor. Jim suggested video cameras. Debi requested the problem of speeding in parking lot be revisited, especially in drive-thru at front entrance. She stated most of the cars picking up residents at the front entrance are guilty of this. Please tell your friends, drivers, etc. to drive slowly on our property and the speed limit is five (5) miles per hour. Rafael discussed the new guards and the need for introductions. (See
Carlos’ Security Report re this). Discussion followed regarding necessity of photo ID with names. Rafael also mentioned the Stop Sign at exit being held up with sand bags. This has been corrected. Jim mentioned some of the horror stories at other Galt Mile buildings and stated he is happy to be in this building with the current Board. Jim also felt it is good that we hire our own guards as other buildings with outside guards experience new guards on a daily basis who never know the residents. Betty complimented the Board and stated she is happy with the building.

Fire Extinguishers

Galt Mile Community Association Fire Extinguisher 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.

Silver Linings

Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
“IT IS NOT the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

- THEODORE ROOSEVELT, 26th U. S. President

Aloha – I love you
Dott

COMMITTEE REPORTS

MARCH 2007

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz - Balconies are Finally Completed
ERIC - BALCONIES ARE
FINALLY COMPLETED
The construction committee has been charged with rehabilitating our damaged deck lighting components. As you may have noticed, three of our twelve high intensity deck lamp stations are missing fixtures, decapitated by Hurricane Wilma. Two others work intermittently. Sometimes they turn on and off as scheduled while at other times, they remain mysteriously non-responsive. We’ve contacted several electrical contractors to elicit competitive bids for the indicated repairs.

Click to Fischer Electric Web Site 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.

Click to SPS Web Site 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.

Click to Mills Electric Web Site 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.

South Deck Security Fence
Singing South Deck Security Fence
Our neighbors on low floors overlooking the upper patio deck were being disturbed by an eerie noise. An investigation revealed its source as vibrating fence pickets. The security fence separating the Upper Patio Deck from the South Parking Deck, when exposed to high winds, sings Grand Opera. The pickets are secured by three horizontal bars. While firmly attached to the two upper bars, the lower bar serves as a separator, insuring that the pickets remain equidistant from one another. However, since the pickets aren’t attached to the separator, they make nearly imperceptible clicks when shifted by the wind. As other pickets join in, the clicking becomes more noticeable. When the wind that blows through the fence railing hits a certain frequency, it sets up a harmonic. When this harmonic is achieved, the entire fence resounds with a certain tone. To test our conclusion, we wedged toothpicks into the holes wherein the pickets were mobile, immobilizing them. Although the toothpicks disintegrated after a little while, it temporarily stopped the noise.

Click to Fence and Railing Depot Web Site 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.

Landscaping Committee
Iris Anastasi & Fern McBride, Co-Chairs

Considering a Landscaper
IRIS ANASTASI
PHASE 2 DONE
Landscaping: We have completed the second phase of our landscaping project. Six Foxtail Palms have been planted around the perimeter of the upper deck area. Trinette plants were added to the upper deck bed and the pool area bed. Additional plants at the front drive area and the front building bed include Trinette, Green Island Ficus, Crotons, Flax and Arobacola.

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
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!
    Replaced blinds in both Exercise and Meeting rooms. Fan in Exercise room has been repaired;

  2. Rug on South entrance has been installed and all baseboards in the area replaced;

  3. New rugs installed at main entrance and North and South entrances;

  4. Sink replaced in ladies room in lobby;

  5. Sand bags removed from North side stop sign;

  6. Security desk area has been cleaned and cork board installed for Security Guard messages. The gate will be repaired as soon as we can find matching Formica;

  7. All of the outdoor areas where shutters were hung have been repaired and holes filled with stucco and repainted;

  8. Solar lamps for entrance and exit signs are to be installed. Fern and Iris are checking out with electrical companies as to cost and availability.

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.

Screening Committee
Margie Nagle

Four screenings last month!
Four Screenings
Reported the following screenings:

  • the Buchinsky Estate sold 1210 to Amy Chatfield;
  • Eileen Bendis sold unit 904 to Alton Hollis;
  • Sonia Farag leased unit 1204 to Rick & Patricia Geipel; and
  • Guillermo Ramas leased unit 504 to Amy Lautin.

Thank you to my committee.

 

Security Report
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security

New Regency Tower Security Chief Carlos Pereira
CARLOS’ GOAL: Make Regency Tower
SAFEST BUILDING ON THE GALT MILE
(Report read by Secretary)


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.

Security Monitor
DVR Security Monitor
Last month, we presented to the Board of Directors our 26 new advanced digital camera system; their locations and capabilities. We also demonstrated our new speakerphone equipment and all the features they enable us to do from the lobby front desk. Board Vice-president, Mr. Eric Berkowitz, is getting bids to increase our outside lighting. Guards are patrolling our outside/inside premises more often, giving us more work visibility.

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.

Social Committee
Dott Nicholson-Brown

Security Monitor
Can You Help?
The President explained we are in need of a volunteer to serve as chairperson of the Social Committee.

Sue Veitch will consider fulfilling this much needed position.

 

 

 

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

  • John Pacella (308) – came back from Holy Cross Hospital. A basket of fruit was delivered to him. He went home after a few days.

  • Anne-Marie Griffin (901) – had knee surgery at North Ridge Hospital. Note on bulletin board and card sent.

March

Nothing to report in March.

 

Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Stay Current - Keep Informed
Eric Peter Berkowitz
Check “Around Town”
In February of 2007, the Regency Tower web site received 82,941 hits and 1290 unique site visits (first time users). Along with the ordinarily heavy usage from sites in the United States and Canada, we saw activity from Norway, Italy, Philippines, Mexico, Netherlands, France, Indonesia, Poland, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Germany, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Brazil, China, Argentina, Australia, Spain, Taiwan and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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.

 

NEW BUSINESS

MARCH 2007

Board Action

Fern Moves: Lets keep same Officers as last year
FERN: RETAIN
OFFICERS
Election of Officers
Fern McBride

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

MARCH 2007

Speed Limit

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.

Canadian Coins

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.

Trash Rooms

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.

Game 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.

 

EVENTS

MARCH 2007

Hurricane Preparedness

Sales Tax Holiday

Governor Charlie Crist OKs Sales Tax Holiday
Governor Charlie Crist
Governor
Charie Crist signed House Bill 211 into law on April 30th authorizing Florida’s third annual 12-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness. Taking a cue from plan originator former Governor Bush, he characterized the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday as an important part of instilling a “culture of preparedness” in Florida. Governor Crist scheduled the tax break to coincide with National Hurricane Preparedness Week. “I urge all Floridians to take advantage of the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday so that every person is prepared for the possibility of a storm. We have learned from experience that prepared residents and communities are key to surviving and recovering from hurricanes or other natural disasters.” Governor Crist encouraged all Floridians to update their disaster plans and to use the tax holiday during the first 12 days of June as an opportunity to restock their disaster supply kits. “As public awareness of this tax holiday continues to grow, we are encouraging Florida retailers to prepare for even greater demand than last year. While we hope for a quiet hurricane season, the tax holiday will help give Floridians the opportunity to be prepared for any possibility.” said Governor Crist. Florida Retail Federation officials and representatives from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Publix and Winn Dixie attended the bill signing. The holiday is expected to save Floridians almost $25 million in sales taxes.

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

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

Items Qualifying fo Tax Break
ELIGIBLE ITEMS
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:

  • 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 kit)
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps

Qualifying items selling for $60 or less:

  • Any cell phone batteries

Qualifying items selling for $75 or less:

  • Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
  • Any carbon monoxide detectors
  • Any package consisting of two or more of the previously listed qualifying hurricane-preparedness items

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:

  • 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 1, 2007, through August 31, 2007, 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.

Click to Department of Revenue web site 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

Competitors Settle Down to Business
Competitors Settle Down to Business
Of all the organized special events enjoyed by Regency Tower residents during the year, nothing approaches Bingo for pure popularity. Every Monday night in the Rendezvous Room, scores of devotees roll in as they would any other social event. After some courteous patter and a quick look around the room, the participants adjust their mental state towards the evening’s activities. Once the games begin, if you don’t adhere to bingo etiquette, you will become the target of looks designed to maim.

Martha, Denise, Jean and Ray Gear Up
Martha, Denise, Jean and Ray Gear Up
An eerie silence falls over the 50 to 60 bingo players. A blond player visiting from another building drops her cane on the floor. All heads spin to the noise. She gazes back apologetically, as if to promise that it won’t happen again. Candace Brown, de facto hostess of this year’s Regency Tower bingo, scans the room, checking to insure that everyone is adequately carded and comfortably seated. She calls out the game. “This is a Tee”, referring to the shape the players must fill on their bingo cards in order to win. Martha Sellas turns to her table-mates and politely confirms, “OK, its time to quiet down!” Denise Derham nods in agreement. This is the last chance anyone has to speak or move. Once master bingo caller Tom Abdallah starts reading the bingo ball numbers, “Bingo Law” goes into effect.

Tom Abdallah Calls the Game
Tom Abdallah - Guru of the Game
The players fall into a trance of sorts. After each number is called, they either smile and say “yes” or frown and say “aw c'mon” - as if whispering to themselves. Until someone declares, “Bingo” or “I got it” the room stays encased in meditative Zen state. When a winner is claimed, Candace races to the claimant. “Hold your cards until I verify”. Her admonition is unnecessary. Everyone instinctively freezes as she calls out the numbers for verification. They don’t move. They don’t breathe. After all, these are Pros. When Candace announces gleefully, “We have a winner,” breathing resumes. The winners donate their ear to ear smiles to posterity, posing for Candace’s photographic history.

Candace Pays a Winner
Candace Pays a Winner
To any outsider, it appears that Candace is the central being from which the spirit of Bingo flows. Even though she provides everything from setup to breakdown that enables the weekly game, verifies the cards, and oversees the “bank”, she is NOT the great bingo Kahuna. While the players treat Candace deferentially in appreciation of her efforts, they entrust their fate to Tom Abdallah. Tom exerts a hypnotic net over the entire assemblage. He has the power to make anyone’s night a success. Their mood is in his hands. Every player in the room spends at least half the evening silently praying to Tom Abdallah, desperately pleading for B-14 or N-32. After winners identify themselves, they watch Tom intently as he confirms number after number. If he pauses, their eyes thin to slits, anxiously awaiting his official proclamation that they have been “blessed” by the bingo deities.

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”.

Mary Lou Fans Out Her Jackpot
Mary Lou Fans Out Her Jackpot
The evening slowly crescendos to the big game. Candace announces that the night’s largest purse is at stake, sixty five dollars. Everyone buckles down, checks their cards and eyes the competition. “This is an H”, says Candace, again referring to filling the B line, the O line and the center horizontal line. Tom starts calling numbers, slowly at first, then falling into a rhythmic cadence. After the first few minutes, each player follows Tom’s call with a nervous glance around the room, grateful for the silence that reprieves them for one more call. Inevitably, someone mercifully breaks the tension by yelling, “I have it!” Up jumps Candace to check the winning card as Tom affirms each number she calls out. “We need a picture of the Grand Prize winner,” exclaims Candace as she reaches for the digital camera.

Last Bingo Night of the Season
Last Bingo Night of the Season
The players shake off the strange bingo mindset that temporarily whisked them into an alternate universe. Some realize that they need to use the rest room. Others stretch and offer a muted oath to select better cards next time. There is a collective sadness as the winners and near winners file toward the exit. This is the last game of the season. Each bids farewell to Candace and Tom, sincerely grateful for many weeks of stimulating entertainment. They split up, some heading to the elevators and others to the front door and Plaza South, Playa del Mar, Riviera and other neighboring buildings. They all promise to return next year, when Candace Brown and Tom Abdallah resurrect the 2008 edition of Regency Tower Bingo.



 

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:

CandidateVotes
 
Iris Anastasi  95
Dott Nicholson-Brown  99
Dee Lanzillo102
Ron Lenzi  40
Robert Nagle107
Joyce Ramey  37
John Veitch  45

These results were approved, signed and dated by all members of the Election Committee:

  • Ofelia Alleguez, Chairperson
  • Mary Ann Donaghy
  • Ron Forment
  • Jim Rigney
  • Martha Sellas

The official document was delivered to the Secretary of the Board, Fern McBride.

Ofelia Alleguez Election Committee Chair

Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP) needs YOU!
Fill the bag & your HEART
March 16, 2007 - The Regency Tower is a sponsoring member of the Galt Ocean Mile Food Drive!!! From March 15th to April 11th, please bring in your paper shopping bag full of non-perishable contributions to support the good work of the
Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP).

Cooperative Feeding Program (CFP)
"Hunger is no day at the beach"
The CFP feeds over a million meals to the hungry of Broward County each year!

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.
THANK YOU!!!!!!

 

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