Journal Notes—July 2017

Journal Notes—July 2017

by Michael Hamline, Editor/ Published July 2017

The July issue features the first part of a two-part series on disasters. The July issue has natural disasters as its focus, and the August issue will go into detail on man-made disasters. So, what natural disasters are covered in this issue? Mold, pest invasions, drought/temperature extremes, sinkholes, fire, flooding, and hurricanes are all part of the coverage. Tips are given on how to prepare for these disasters and how to repair your community if it suffers from a natural catastrophe in the article, “When Trouble Comes Naturally” on page 8.

Also in this issue, attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq. writes about an important decision from the First District Court of Appeal as regards short-term rentals. The bottom line in this particular case is that the court found, “residential use restrictions in a community’s covenants were not sufficient to curb short-term rental activity.” In essence, it was found that even though profit was being made on the rental, it was still being used as a residence as opposed to commercial or business. To consider what may be best for your community—allowing short-term rentals or restricting them—read the entire article starting on page 18.

Brie Peterson with Envera Systems answers the question on page 52, how can a community reduce wait times at the gate? Also known as stacking, Peterson acknowledges, “while it is unlikely that this issue will be resolved at all times, with technological advancements, there are methods that can greatly decrease the chances of stacking.” Peterson points out it is important to determine the cause(s) that lead to stacking, so that the options for speeding up the process can be determined.

As we move into the dog days of summer, FLCAJ hopes you are able to enjoy these summer months and the upcoming celebration of our nation’s independence on the 4th of July.