Roll Call -The roll call showed the following Board Members present: Eileen Bendis, Eric Berkowitz, Steven Faigin, Joan Sapik. Abe Ben-Aviv, Richard Robins and Gene Sicoli were on conference calls. A quorum was present.
Approval of Minutes -Eric Berkowitz made a motion to approve the minutes ofthe August 26, 2013 meeting as written, distributed and posted. The motion was seconded and passed by unanimous consent. Click Here to read the President’s Report.
Reserve Accounts -Treasurer Steven Faigin
Year to date reserve funds have been used for:
Reserve accounts balance as of October 31, 2013 - $342,195.55
The fully funded balance for total reserves at year end is $205,676.94.
Board Vote on CY2014 Budget -Eric Berkowitz moved to adopt the CY2014 Budget as presented with partial reserves. Steven Faigin seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Adjournment -Eric Berkowitz moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:24 P.M. The motion was seconded and passed.
Click to Top of Page PRESIDENTS REPORT DECEMBER 2, 2013 Board President Eileen Bendis’
Message to Members
Welcome back to our “snow birds”. For those impacted by “Superstorm Sandy” I am sure your summer was better than last year! Our beach landscaping is starting to come backl after all those high tides buried it. Luckily, we had a very beautiful summer with no hurricanes once again. Let's keep our fingers crossed this trend remains.
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DECEMBER 2, 2013
Board President Eileen Bendis’
|Regency Tower Maintenance Crew - Nelson, Rocky, Marc|
Nesly and Tommy with Board President Eileen Bendis
On another note, we did have quite a few unit owners' guest visitors this year. I would appreciate it very much if you would please inform them of the rules and regulations BEFORE they arrive. This is especially important at the pool, beach and for the use of elevators. If owners are expected to follow the rules, guests are also. I am so over being the "pool cop" and bad guy. This is our home and not a hotel. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. One last thing on guests, please remember all guests must be authorized in writing, faxed or e-mailed BEFORE they will be permitted to enter your unit.
I do believe everything is doing great here at The Regency Tower. There has been a lot of effort made into maintaining our home. Of course, there will always be the naysayers but that is to be expected with over 200 residents. We will continue to do our best to win you over.
Before ending, just a word about the homeless situation on the Galt. The city has asked all condo Presidents to inform residents that they should not give food or money to the homeless sitting on the benches. If you want to help, they suggest you give to the Outreach Program or one of the many other programs available. I will post a list of several homeless advocacy groups.
|Winn Dixie Blue Monster (Later Renovated)|
|New Galt Mile Winn Dixie Produce Concept|
Once again, welcome back and enjoy your home in Paradise.
Manager Dwight Lyons'
|Mngr Dwight Lyons|
|In-house Acct Kande|
Where do we start!
Steve, Kande and I have recently completed the proposed 2014 Budget, which, for the third year in a row, we are not increasing the maintenance assessments for 2014. We have had to deal with about $125,000.00 of increased expenses over the past two years without increasing fees. We should anticipate an increase in 2015.
I have been working closely with our agent from Smith, Watson, Parker Insurance and we renewed our policies on 12-1-2013. Details in are Treasurer's report.
|Lobby Painted & Plush for Holidays|
|Regency Tower Roof: FIXED!|
This is Your Office
To meet with me privately...
Please call the office and let me know when it would be convenient!
Your input is important!
Dwight D. Lyons
CMCA, AMS, PCAM
Click to Top of Page COMMITTEE REPORTS DECEMBER 2013 Architectural Review & Construction Committee Three Days on the Roof
Eric Peter Berkowitz
During the August 26, 2013 Board of Directors meeting, a roof report disclosed a disturbing incident that triggered a change of roof maintenance vendors. Problems that had been neglected on the four association roofs and substantiated by SPEC Engineer Stan Swaysland have since been mitigated.
Eric - Roof Rehab
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Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Three Days on the Roof
|Rooftop Maintenance Room|
and Stairwell Roofs
We contacted Allied Signal-Honeywell, the corporate goliath that manufactured our Millennium Roofing system and Campany Roofing, the contractor that originally installed the roof more than a decade earlier. Following a thorough inspection of all four roofs on August 1, Campany issued a Roof Maintenance Inspection report in which corrective measures for defects were matched to line item pricing and further designated as either critical or elective (preventive).
|Severe Granule Loss near Roof Entry|
|Open Laps Along Roof Perimeter|
|Eric and Roofing Contractors Ed|
and Justin Campany Hunt for Blisters
On October 30 in the late afternoon, Justin Campany called and asked “A long weekend in our schedule opened up – can we begin tomorrow morning?” Instead of sending a 4-man maintenance team that would spend two weeks on the roof, each day from Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2, a crew of 14 Campany techs worked from 8 AM to 5 PM, completing the repairs in 3 days. All 104 defects were torched and patched. After removing the damaged roof system over the stairwell, the coping cap system was set aside and a new roof installed.
|Repairs to Roof over Stairwell|
After inspecting the four roofs two days later, Swaysland gave them a clean bill of health. Since the roof above the porte-cochère front entrance is visible from all of the association’s west-facing windows and from wrap-around balconies in the 6 and 7 stacks, the “patchwork quilt” appearance of some three dozen repaired defects had to be aesthetically improved. Campany sent a 3-man crew to apply a water-based, elastomeric roof coating called SolarGard Hy-Build. Filled with fibers, the white acrylic film not only gives the porte-cochère roof a clean, even appearance, it provides a tough, breathable layer of waterproof protection.
Since the August report, eight Architectural Reviews were performed and approved. Unfortunately, our record was marred a few months ago, when a unit owner conspired with his contractor to secretly perform construction in his unit without submitting Architectural Review documentation to the office. A City Code officer followed the contractor from his truck in the lower driveway to the unit, and when he couldn’t produce a permit, the first Regency Tower unit owner since 2007 was violated, spoiling the longest infraction-free record on the Galt Mile. The unit owner was fined, forced to retroactively apply for the permit and charged double the permit fee. When the City nabs a scofflaw, the retroactive permit application is placed at the bottom of a huge stack of problem cases. A permit that would ordinarily take a few days to secure could be delayed for weeks or months, consigning the unit owner – and the contractor – to construction purgatory. Thank you for your kind attention.
We started with chairs for the Rendezvous Room by searching for a well built chair at a fair price. We found them, but as always, they were way over priced. Dwight went out and got them at a very good price and we now have chairs for the room. We found new paint for the walls and it did not have to come out of our Beautification budget. The lobby clock stopped working and we replaced it with a beautiful mirrored one.
The quest for the basement wall was very different. We looked for an artist to repair the existing mural but were soon discouraged. It would be too expensive to repair and we would not be guaranteed that it would not chip over the existing paint. We went onto other options and found the mural that finally fit the space. Many thanks to Nelson, our maintenance man, who framed the mural and painted the walls and tiles.
|Best on the Galt Mile - Again|
We decorated our holiday tree the day after Thanksgiving with the help of the committee and some of our neighbors. We had a champagne toast to all the fun we had working together.
Happy New Year from the Beautification Committee.
Carlos Pereira, Chief of Security
|Security Chief Carlos Pereira|
Good evening all residents, welcome back.
Time is flying, another year is going away and a fresh new year is knocking at our doors.
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to all the support our Department received all year long from the Board of Directors, especially the president Ms. Eileen Bendis and from the Manager Mr. Dwight Lyons. Without their guidance and leadership we couldn’t perform our duties.
Most of Officers are working here a few seasons, and all of us are glad to see your returning faces again.
All employees used last summer, to train and solidify our knowledge as well as improve our matters with only one objective which is make this building the most safety and secure building in the Galt Mile.
Our department holds monthly meetings with MANDATORY presence. In those meetings we review our handbooks and are trained in utilizing the safety and security methods on a consistent basis in each situation. We go over some question and answer exercises as well as checking each guard's knowledge of the Security Handbook, Rules and Regulations, Employees Manual and the new Safety and Security Training Manual.
Of course we always have room for improvement and we are counting on you (residents, guests and visitors) to assist us in this.
We, Security and Safety Officers, are engaged in work for the association helping to maintain a good grip on enforcement of our building rules and regulations. Our goal is to make The Regency Tower Building, the most Secure and Safe building in the Galt.
In the name of our Department staff, we would like to wish to you and to your family and friends a safety and secure holiday season and a lot of Heath, Peace and Prosperity all year long.
Carlos H. Pereira
Safety Tip: When you drive into the building, always use the south side ramp and to exit always use the north side ramp. This will help avoid accidents.
We Care Committee
Members of the “We Care” Committee are: Naomi Griner (2020), Margie Nagle (911), Joyce Ramey (501) and Joyce Woodward (307).
To view how the "We Care" Committee supported our distressed friends and neighbors throughout 2012, Click Here to the December 2012 Archive.
|Ofelia Alleguez - Regency|
Tower ♥ ANGEL SQUAD ♥
Shirley Hopkins (1411) - was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in mid-January (then to Rehab).
Get Well cards and/or expressions of love may be placed in her Mail Box #1411. Roses were sent to Hospital.
Ron Forment (1610) - Brother passed away.
Sympathy Card sent.
Martha Sellas (802), one of the original owners in our building - passed away this morning (February 11, 2013). She will be remembered by her many friends for her wonderful sense of humor, friendliness and great joy of life.
Visitations were on Wednesday the 13th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kraeer Fairchild Funeral Home 4061 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Funeral services was in Chicago, Illinois. Sympathy cards and /or condolences were placed by many in her Mailbox #802.
Beverly Smith (402) - Mother passed away.
Sympathy Card sent.
Roger McDowell (1803) - had heart problems.
Card sent upon his return home from the hospital.
Shirley Hopkins (1411) - came back home after a long stay in the Hospital and Rehab facility.
An orchid plant was sent.
Sylvia Pau (903) - passed away in New York. May she rest in peace.
Note in Bulletin Board, card was sent and trees were planted in her memory. There was a Memorial Service on June 1st in New York City. Sympathy cards may be addressed to her sister: Vivian Pau Pai
3500 Galt Ocean Dr., Apt. #417
Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33308
Vivian Pau Pai
Claude Provost (606), - passed away in Canada.
Trees were planted in his memory.
And now on a happy note:
ITS A GIRL!!!
Alexandra Rosemary was born on November 13 to Brad and Lindsey Silver, Apt.# 1805. Notice on Bulletin Board, card sent and beautiful pink roses, pink little toy, and balloon were sent upon her return from the hospital. Congratulations to the proud parents.
Welcome Home, Alexandra!
4/15/1929 - 3/29/2014
Since their arrival at Regency Tower in 1994, Rafael and Ofelia contributed to countless association improvements. He served as a Board member, an association Treasurer, a Maintenance Supervisor and a springboard for myriad association projects. He conceived the Regency Tower Roundtable, a forum in which Board members and residents collaborated monthly to reduce costs and enhance our lifestyle. The panel fast-tracked dozens of association improvements. Rafael also created and Chaired the "5 Year Plan Committee", which diminished the need for surprise assessments by enabling the association to adequately prepare for financial and operational challenges.
While heading Maintenance, after identifying units with aging fixtures that constantly cycled water - whether or not occupied - he implemented a campaign to upgrade inefficient and wasteful in-unit plumbing fixtures, which saved the association $thousands in annual water costs, and lowered assessments. A Chronic volunteer, Raphael participated on Committees that vetted structural improvements, rules and regulations, elevator modernization, building maintenance, financial planning, Hurricane Preparedness, and many other critical projects. Shunning the spotlight, Rafael preferred working behind the scenes, and habitually declined credit for his achievements.
Rafael was unswayed by association politics. Although every administration solicited his input, Rafael would only support issues and/or policies that he perceived as beneficial and fair to association members. Since his moral compass was universally respected, Rafael was often drafted as an unofficial "de facto" ombudsman for unit owners.
Having befriended hundreds of his Regency Tower neighbors throughout decades of productively enhancing our shared home, Rafael will be sorely missed by all whose lives he touched. He will be remembered for his quick wit, charming disposition and a remarkable capacity to calm inflamed tempers and negotiate rational solutions to emotionally charged issues.
Visitations will be accommodated on Thursday, April 3rd from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kraeer Fairchild Funeral Home 4061 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the American Heart Association.
A Funeral Mass is planned for 11 a.m. on April 5th at the St. Pius X Catholic Church - 2511 N. Ocean Boulevard (A1A), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305.
Please place sympathy cards and /or condolences in Mailbox #1910.
Web Site Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz
|Eric Peter Berkowitz|
Governance issues featured since the last web site report include minutes of the December 12, 2012 Budget Vote, which detailed how the FY 2012 Budget was amended after the Budget Presentation one month earlier. Election results and the selection of Officers were posted shortly after the March 20, 2013 Annual Members Meeting. A small backlog of housekeeping issues prompted a series of Motions that were adopted during the August 26, 2013 Special Meeting. Along with a roof report, they addressed the association’s line of credit, the Manager’s contract and progress in foreclosing Unit 1508.
An April 7, 2013 article discussed the March 21, 2013 Comcast equipment upgrade event. To insure that Regency Tower owners were capable of accessing digital features made available in a newly negotiated bulk television contract, Comcast distributed and installed the appropriate equipment during this one-day event. A handful of unit owners who neglected to respond were contacted within a few days of the event, after which they were also fully connected to the new services. On August 26, 2013, an article about newly discovered threats to the roof were disclosed, along with a repair strategy that has since been implemented.
The monthly “Around Town” section features entries from a revolving event calendar that cater to a wide range of interests. A new list of art festivals, music concerts, antique shows and a variety of annual specialty expos is updated every four weeks. Events currently posted include Holiday Happenings, the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, Christmas on Las Olas, the North Beach Art Walk, Downtown Countdown, Menorah Lightings, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, the 26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair, the International Gem and Jewelry Show, the Suncoast Gun and Knife Show, Jazz on the Square (in the Village Grille) and others. Most of the events are local and free of charge. Thank you for your kind attention.
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