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“Should Extra Ballots be Counted?,” Naples Daily News

Q: My condominium association recently held its annual meeting and the election was quite close. Only one vote separated the candidates for the last open director position. The candidate that lost the election by one vote requested to review all the election materials, including the ballots. He determined that three election ballots, all with votes cast …

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Defending Sea Turtle Lighting Code Enforcement Actions

Have you or your community association been faced with code enforcement violations related to sea turtle lighting? Even the best intentioned can be faced with such an issue in a coastal community.

Kathleen O. Berkey, B.C.S., AICP, a Becker land use and community association attorney and certified land planner who is a Board Certified Specialist in …

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“HOA Rule Amendments Must be Recorded,” News-Press

Q: Could you please tell me when the State passed legislation to require HOA’s to record its rules and regulations? (T.D., via e-mail)

A: As of July 1, 2018, homeowners’ associations are required to record amendments to their rules and regulations.

The recording requirement is the result of an amendment made to the Section 720.306(1)(e) of …

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Shedding Light on Sea Turtle Lighting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and coastal local governments regulate what lighting is permitted to avoid and minimize the impacts to sea turtles, but why is artificial coastal lighting a problem? In the southeastern United States, sea turtle hatchlings begin to hatch throughout the months of June through October, most often at night …

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Back to Basics

There are articles every month covering community association issues, which you can find from a plethora of sources. This magazine, other similar magazines, national magazines, newspaper articles, everyone’s favorite blog, attorney resources, Internet, etc. Most of these articles deal with specific issues, such as short term rentals, or emotional support animals, or the latest …

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Why Should Your Community Consider Trademarking Its Name and Logo?

Many communities rely upon name recognition and a certain style logo to attract attention from potential new purchasers as well as to enhance real property values for existing owners.

I live in a country club community that has a distinct font and logo which is intentionally highlighted on our association website, advertisements, …

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