Journal Notes—December 2017

Journal Notes—December 2017

by Michael Hamline, Editor/ Published December 2017

Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ) is excited to be celebrating its 30-year anniversary in this December issue! To mark this special occasion, we asked our advertisers to answer one of the following questions by taking a look at their past history: “What do you consider the biggest or most important change in the community association industry since you began working in the industry?” or “How has your job changed as it relates to your clients/customers?” Or, they were asked to look ahead and answer these questions: “Is there something new in your industry/field of service that will change or has changed the way business is conducted?” or “What is different in your field now from five years ago and where will the trend lead?” To gain some historical perspective on the community association industry or to be informed of future changes, read their responses on page 6.

There is also a collection of legal articles in this issue. The first article on page 16 “Ready or Not, Here They Come—Legal Challenges and Changes for 2017 and Beyond” is a compilation of legal precedents whose effects are being felt now and into 2018. The topics addressed include term limits for board members, issues arising from board member recalls, enacting board rules and regulations, requirements with respect to issuance of estoppel certificates, conflicts caused by conflict of interest laws, and dealing with official records.

Several separate legal articles address termites and their effects on condominium associations, cybersecurity and protecting personal information, what religious decorations are allowed in common areas, responding to storms, and a newly filed HB 123 dealing with bullying and harassment.

Furthermore, as the holiday season is in full swing, Envera Systems talks about steps that can be taken to not become a victim of thieves in “Securing for the Holidays” on page 56.

And now that we are speaking of the holidays, FLCAJ wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!