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State and Local Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits in Florida Due to COVID-19 May Be Available to Associations

As discussed in our earlier post on March 20, community associations may have access to an extension of opportunities for permits. Although Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, as amended in 2019, only provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain “natural emergency” states of emergency are declared, there has …

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COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations

The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. States of emergency have been declared at the federal, state and many local levels.

Not surprisingly, we are being asked what steps associations can and can’t (and should and shouldn’t) take. All of the association statutes in Florida contain an “emergency powers” …

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Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits in Florida Due to COVID-19 May Be Available to Associations

Community associations may soon have access to an extension of opportunities for permits. Although Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, as amended in 2019 only provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain “natural emergency” States of Emergency are declared the current COVID-19 pandemic does not appear to fall under …

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COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations – Part II

On March 9, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency in response to confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. On March 13, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump, declared a national emergency. Numerous units of state and local government around the nation have enacted similar proclamations and have implemented a variety of different …

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Condos, Cruise Ships and COVID-19: Surprising Commonalities

The cruise ship industry has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19’s rapid spread amongst passengers. For those who were unfortunate enough to deal with a ship-board quarantine, the fact that they would eventually be able to disembark and return to their homes helped them cope. But what if your home posed the same risks …

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Board Can Fill Vacancies

Q: At our annual HOA meeting, the persons who were voted in by the board for the treasurer and secretary resigned after accepting the position that very night. Can the board fill the vacancies without an election? Is there a limited timeframe to fill the names of these vacant positions? I am also …

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COVID-19: Technology and Social Distancing

COVID-19 has introduced new challenges to the way we meet and work together in our communities. Many of our daily community association activities include in-person interaction, from regular meetings to conduct association business to elections and other membership votes. Social distancing, the new normal, has necessitated a change to our behavior. While we continue …

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