Journal Notes—July 2016

Journal Notes—July 2016

by Michael Hamline, Editor/ Published July 2016

Summer School Is in Session
Summer is upon us, and for many of us, summer vacation may be foremost on our minds.  While Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ) desires that everyone would enjoy their summer and take time away from the normal routine to enjoy rest and relaxation, we also want to encourage community association managers to consider the summer as a time to pursue their continuing education units (CEUs), which must be completed by the end of September.

To that end, we are excited to offer our Summer School CEUs in this July issue. We are offering five articles, with multiple contributors, that focus on best practices, disaster resources, exterior maintenance, legal corner, and financial review. These five articles plus additional online content have each been approved by the DBPR for one CEU hour. Readers of FLCAJ are welcome, from the comfort of their home or office, to apply for one CEU hour at no cost. Members of Florida Community Association Professionals (FCAP) have access to all five CEU hours. To obtain these hours, visit and click on the appropriate course number to complete the process. 

In addition to the aforementioned articles, there are some other vital articles to read in the Legal Corner section. Donna Berger of Becker & Poliakoff writes on page 54 about the Airbnb phenomenon where condominium operators—five types of operators are delineated in Berger’s article—rent the unit for relatively short periods of time. Security and privacy concerns have been raised by this practice, and the article details actions communities can take to amend their governing documents and restrict this practice. Peter Cardillo of the Cardillo Law Firm in his article on page 52 traces the combination of shoddy construction, aging buildings, and ineffective termite treatments and details what steps can be taken to address this issue head on.

Don’t waste your summer! Take time away for relaxation but pursue education that will benefit you and your community.





Corrections: The April issue featured the Readers’ Choice Award (RCA) winners. Unfortunately, two of the winners were not given proper recognition in terms of the level of achievement they had attained. AriasBosinger, PLLC was incorrectly listed as a Platinum Level Winner, but they achieved the highest designation as a Diamond Level Winner. Towers Property Management was incorrectly listed as a Gold Level winner, but they obtained the second highest level and were a Platinum Level Winner. Their profiles, with the correct RCA designation, can be read on page 32.

In addition, FLCAJ would like to correct an error in the May 2016 article “Is Your Association Ready for the New Construction Defect Pre-Suit Process?”. Franchesco Soto was incorrectly listed as a Founding Partner of Haber Slade, P.A., but he is in fact a Partner in the firm.