ALLIANCE OF DELRAY RESIDENTIAL ASSOCIATIONS
By Judy Goldberg
We wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and safe 2019! The Alliance meeting for December had a great guest speaker. Joshua Gerstin, Esq. of Gerstin & Associates. He spoke about Legislative & Case Law Updates Including Sober Homes and our Community.
Mr. Gerstin educated the audience on the latest community association legislative changes for both COA’s and HOA’s. Many of the rules for Homeowner Associations will now apply to Condominium Associations. For example, regarding fines, The Condo Board has the authority to levy fines on violators, but a Grievance Committee can either accept or reject that determination.
If the committee accepts the fine, it would be due within 5 days of determination. Also, a website concerning the community is required by law. Notice of meetings may be made by email, as long as notice is provided to those without email. Term limits of 8 years are imposed upon condo board members. Exceptions can be made if there are no prospective candidates for the position.
Hard copies of everything, including contract, bids, minutes, budgets etc. must be available and be produced upon written request wiithin 20 days.
We also learned about sober homes in HOA’s and COA’s. Sober homes were established as a part of the Fair Housing Act. This special accommodation negates the rules of associations, and cannot be regulated or prohibited. However, if the sober home residents become “nuisances”, the community may be able to take nuisance options. A lengthy question and answer period followed.
Captain Sandt of The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office extended a thank you to The Citizens on Patrol(C.O.P.s) who conscientiously protect their communities and areas.
Fire Rescue Chief Mike Amalong informed us of the “Socks for Seniors’ program which provides safety socks for seniors to prevent falls. He also spoke of the CARES Team. They give emotional first aid, as well as attending to falls where there are no injuries. Their website is: http://discover.pbcgov.org/pbcfr/Pages/default.aspx.
Senator Lori Berman, Representative Tina Polsky, Representative Emily Slosberg, Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, and School Board Member Karen Brill presented updates in their areas.
Lori extended special thanks to Congresswomen Lois Frankel and her staff for the cleaning of our post office on W. Atlantic Avenue and Rte. 441. The building will have new landscaping planted, removal of mold and other enhancements.
The next meeting of the Delray Alliance will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 and will Include Presentations from the PBSO and the Solid Waste Authority.
Meetings take place at the South County Civic Center Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road,
Delray Beach. Across from Morikami. Doors open at 9AM when refreshments are served.
The meeting begins at 9:30 and always concludes by 11:30. All are welcome. See you there.