Publisher’s Notes—March 2021

Publisher’s Notes—March 2021

by Richard Johns, Publisher / Published March 2021

     It has been right at a year since our nation and world were hit with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this past year, we have all had to drastically change the way we live, work, and socialize, and become accustomed to a new way of living. What has not changed is the business of running a community association. Yes, it is true new methods of communication and processes have had to be established to carry out the business of a community association, but the business itself has not stopped.  Managers, boards, and service providers have continued to carry out their responsibilities to the associations they serve.  One constant has been the ability of service providers to adapt to changes during this pandemic and continue to try and provide professional quality service to their clients. 

     It is within this month’s issue that we pay tribute to these companies by releasing the results of our eighth annual Readers’ Choice Awards on page 8.  These service providers in return say “thank you” for your votes and continued support of them during a difficult year for many businesses within our industry. As the publisher of the Florida Community Association Journal, I want to say, “Thank you to all our readers and advertisers for your continued loyal support to us during this unusual year.”

     Education continues to be the focal point of our publication.  This month’s issue has its usual complement of legal articles. These articles address how to handle wild hog invasions, the problem of selective enforcement, association collections during COVID-19, steps for obtaining the correct insurance coverage, and why associations should accept partial payments for delinquent accounts. 

     In addition, there are articles that cover remedies taken to improve an ineffective retention pond, security steps for storm season, internet questions answered, and factors to consider with roof repairs versus roof replacement.  

     As we continue to plow through the days that lie ahead, I encourage everyone in our industry to stay positive and continue to serve your association in a professional manner, as this period in our lives will hopefully soon pass.