Journal Notes—June 2024

Journal Notes

by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published June 2024

     According to the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University at, the Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be extremely active, with 23 named storms of which 11 will be hurricanes and five of those are predicted to be major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater. This forecast was made in early April when record warm tropical and eastern subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures were observed, and updates on the forecast will be provided on June 11, July 9, and August 6.

     Regardless of whether the 2024 forecast comes to pass, it is important to be as prepared as one can in order to protect both life and property. Turn to page 8 to glean helpful tips from a variety of service providers in “Prepare for Disaster.”

     On page 26 Brandon R. McDowell, Esq., with Becker has written “It’s That Time of Year Again…Now What?” He shares that associations and unit owners should prepare for storms now by “taking photographs (time/date stamped) and video of the lot, the unit, any structures, the common areas, personal property, etc. These photos/videos can then be used in the event of damage and when filing a claim.” He recommends a rereview of contracts, insurance policies, and the disaster plan.

     Flip to page 72 to read “Swift Security Preparations and Recovery This Storm Season” by Nathan Varn with Envera Systems. He wants to help community association boards of directors address security measures. He advises boards to carry out the following: check the security provider’s specific storm procedures, thoroughly inspect and evaluate the community’s security infrastructure, and plan ahead by having a designated place to serve as a backup for security databases, video footage, and any other important documents.

     On page 22 Jeffrey A. Rembaum, Esq., with Kaye Bender Rembaum addresses the question “Is It Time to Amend and Restate Our Governing Documents?” He states, “Good business practices suggest that the board consider asking legal counsel for the association to review the governing documents to provide recommendations for updating based upon case law and the current Florida Statutes.”

     On page 32 Jonathan S. Goldstein and Natalie Alonso with Haber Law detail the passage of HB 1029 and what participation in the My Safe Florida Condominium Pilot Program means for associations.

     FLCAJ is glad to help you weather this 2024 hurricane season.