So many things have shifted since the Spring of 2020 and happily, in a positive direction, the tide is turning once again. Everything slowed down last year and then shifted. One of those shifts was redirecting in-person mediation to online sessions. There are a handful of online platforms to choose … [Read more...]
No Need to Ignore the Elephant in the Room!
Even at the earliest stage of conflict mediation offers an opportunity to resolve issues in dispute before filing a lawsuit. The simple approach to requesting mediation can come from your Attorney, on your own accord, from your Board, your neighbor or a vendor may request mediation to avoid … [Read more...]
CAM vs. Board: What is their Role?
What is the role of your CAM (Community Association Manger) versus that of your Association Board? Ask any homeowner or Board Member what they think the role of the CAM is and undoubtedly based on how many people were asked you will get that number in different answers! If you live in a community … [Read more...]
“Love Thy Neighbor”
In February of this year I wrote an article (see link below) about 90 year-old Arnold Abbott, founder of “Love Thy Neighbor.” Love Thy Neighbor is an all-volunteer, not for profit organization in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida committed to helping the homeless community. Fort Lauderdale … [Read more...]
A Brief History of the HOA…Ever Wonder Where It All Began?
Depending upon your age or chosen profession, or where you grew up, curiosity or love of American history, you may or may not know of Levittown, New York. In 1947 the construction firm Levitt & Sons began building the first development of tract housing. This development occurred in response … [Read more...]
Passenger Means “LIVING” Person
I prefer to write articles geared toward cases involving social change, issues that are meaningful and affect our lives or the lives of others, in a positive way. I also seek to find where mediation, particularly civil mediation, would assist in resolving the issue presented or could have offered a … [Read more...]
A Nice Old Man Just Wants To Do Good Deeds
A nice old man just wants to do good deeds and feed the homeless. The only problem is that as of October 31, 2014 the City of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida enacted law restricting where “outdoor feeding sites can be located” and that those distributing food must obtain the permission of … [Read more...]
A comedy of errors…dream come true or worst nightmare?
Earlier in October I posted on Facebook a link to a great story out of Flagler County, Florida “A comedy of errors...an attorney's dream, and the perfect opportunity to engage a Mediator. Unbelievable all this was built in 6 months and alas...on the WRONG lot!!!” The story, a debacle in a community … [Read more...]
2014 Florida Legislation Affecting Community Associations
Last week I attended a very informative legal update seminar at the Law Offices of Rosenbaum Mollengarden in West Palm Beach, FL. The topic was the legislation affecting community associations effective July 1, 2014 and case law update. Highlights included new requirements for community … [Read more...]