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Community Update

January 2018

In this Issue

Welcome to 2018! A new year is upon us, as is a new State Legislative Session, legal fallout from the deluge of sexual harassment allegations that erupted late last year, and a host of other legal and social issues facing community associations. It should keep us all on our toes in the months ahead, so “let’s do this!”

Yeline Goin, Executive Director of our Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL), kicks this issue off with her 2018 Legislative Session Preview. Yeline provides insight on the bills expected to impact communities throughout the state should they become law this year.

While the spotlight surrounding the sexual harassment allegations and heightened social awareness of the issue has focused on a handful of prominent industries, the truth is that harassment is a problem in every industry and Florida’s community associations (a non-traditional industry but an industry nonetheless) are not immune. In Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Community Association Workplace we discuss ways to prevent and address these claims.

The legalization of and controversy around the use of medical marijuana in Florida also effects community associations. In Medical Marijuana and Your Florida Community, we take a look at some of the key questions and legal obligations facing private communities concerned with maintaining and promoting the general health, happiness, and peace of mind in the majority of the owners while complying with changes in marijuana laws.

What’s New With Official Records? guides you through the more practical points of maintaining and providing access to an association’s official records in light of new requirements that last year’s legislative changes put into effect.

Lastly, in Stopping The Limitations Clock In Bank Foreclosures – Bartram V. U.S. Bank, we take a look at a major Florida Supreme Court decision and the implications it has when an association is making decisions about its strategy for dealing with mortgage companies and residential foreclosures.

Did you know?

Yeline Goin, is the Executive Director of our Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL). CALL’s sole purpose is to enhance the quality of life and protect property values for Florida’s community associations and residents. CALL helps draft legislation, offers legal insight and analysis for community leaders and members, and provides valuable resources aimed at making the daily operation of Florida’s community associations easier. Visit CALL’s website by clicking the button below.