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Presidents Report

E-mail Address: 1regencytower@gmail.com

August 24, 2018

Board President Eileen Bendis’
Message to Members

President Eileen Bendis
Pres. Eileen Bendis

Well, it’s finally here. The long-awaited ballot on the balcony railings will be sent next week!

Aluminum Picket Balcony Railing
Aluminum Picket Balcony Railing
Decisions are made every day affecting the association regarding finances, maintenance of amenities, property values, safety, parking and rule enforcement. Boards are accused of taking too much action, not enough action, or taking wrong actions. Our Board has been under scrutiny for taking important and necessary actions.

There is negative rhetoric going around our association, the likes of which I have never heard before. This is disruptive, destructive, deceiving and divisive. It’s pitting neighbor against neighbor.
Glass Panel Balcony Railing
Glass Panel Balcony Railing
Where all this hate is generated from, I can only speculate; why people are listening to it only confuses me.

Eroded Building Column
Eroded Building Column
We want to dispel any rumors surrounding the concrete/balcony restoration project. There is a group of uninformed owners contacting people they have never met or spoken to saying the project assessment to each owner would be between $30,000 and $50,000. That would put the project over $8 million dollars—a figure in excess of the anticipated cost. We do not know how this cost was derived, as the cost of the concrete restoration project will be determined by the choices made by the majority of owners responding to the polls. The package will be sent out next week. Please read it through carefully and respond with your choices.

Click to Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Website As you know, the Board of Directors of the Regency Tower has the authority to make “alterations or improvements” to the common property without requiring a vote of the unit owners. It was the Board’s decision to undertake this sorely-needed project. The Vice President of a group of owners, Ron Lenzi, filed for arbitration with the Division of Condominiums to challenge this decision. The arbitrator sided with the Association.

Court Lenzi was not satisfied, so he appealed the decision to the Circuit Court, which likewise decided on the side of the Association. Lenzi then appealed to the 4th District Court of Appeals and once again lost (case no. 4D17-2507 - June 20, 2018). The cost of this to our association was well over $25,000 in attorney fees, which we all must pay. Why is this not an important point that this “group” seems to avoid in all their derogatory literature about the board?

Out of necessity, this board is going to go forward and make this building a Jewel on the Galt with much time, consideration, cost containment and as little inconvenience as possible.

Until next time,


Eileen Bendis
Board President

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