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Ensuring the Right Dynamics for Your Community Association Board Meetings

Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017

The greatest strength of your board is the diversity of its membership and their different points of view. Unfortunately, sometimes this can also present the biggest challenge when it comes to running effective, agenda-driven board meetings. Differences of opinion have a way of becoming arguments. And that’s never productive. 

You Need These Leaders on Your Association Board

Posted on Thursday June 22, 2017

Building a great community isn’t an overnight task. A dedicated board of directors, engaged residents and a clear understanding of all roles and responsibilities are just a few critical ingredients for a thriving community. Building a great community isn’t an overnight task. A dedicated board of directors, engaged residents and a clear understanding of all roles and responsibilities are just a few critical ingredients for a thriving community. 

Summer Energy Costs: How Your Association Can Save

Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017

Summer's longer days offer more chances to enjoy Florida’s abundant sunshine, but we also know what they do to the electric bill. When temperatures are in the high 90s, your air conditioning seems to run non-stop! Implementing an energy management program in your community association can help lower costs and protect your operating budget while keeping your common areas comfortable.

Keep Your Florida Community Safe during Summer Vacations

Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017

Living in Florida seems like a vacation all year long! Beautiful weather and lots of sunshine are just a couple of reasons that people want to live here. We may feel like it’s a year-round holiday, but there are still peak vacation times, and, of course, summer is one. Kids are out of school, schedules slow down and every weekend seems a little more special. 

Summertime Water Safety: Stay Safe While Keeping Cool

Posted on Wednesday May 10, 2017

Florida is known for its water. According to the state website, Florida has the second longest coastline in the United States – almost 1,200 miles long! It has 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, plus almost 8,000 lakes that total more than 10 acres in size. That’s a lot of water, and we haven’t even talked about swimming pools yet. 

Hurricane Season is Here: How Well Do You Understand Your Community Association’s Insurance?

Posted on Monday May 01, 2017

With summer – and hurricane season – fast approaching, many community association Boards are asking themselves the age-old question – are we prepared to weather a storm? If your association is having a difficult time coming up with an answer, a good place to start is by assessing your existing insurance policies to verify that your community is adequately insured. 

Landscaping Tips to Help You Prepare for Hurricane Season

Posted on Wednesday April 05, 2017

For most Floridians, hurricane season means preparing our homes for the potential damage that comes from heavy rains and high winds. Oftentimes, however, we overlook a very important part of our homes and neighborhoods, and doing so can have disastrous results. That often-forgotten place is right outside your front door – your landscaping.

Make Sure Your Property Management Staff is Prepared for Hurricane Season

Posted on Monday April 03, 2017

In Florida, we have two seasons most of the country doesn’t: tourist season and hurricane season. One is much more enjoyable than the other! The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking in August and September. Rarely is there a storm before or after the season; some years, as when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992, the first named storm isn’t until late August. It’s important to prepare for the hurricane season well ahead of time and no matter how nice the weather is. Preparation includes making sure that your onsite property management staff know policies and procedures, as well as their individual roles, when a storm is imminent.

Policies for Hurricane Season: What Your Community Needs to Know

Posted on Thursday March 09, 2017

It’s that time again. Hurricane season is almost here! From June 1 through November 30, we all pay close attention to every weather pattern and what’s going on off the coast of Africa. Hurricanes can be destructive and should never be taken lightly or dismissed. But thankfully, we do get plenty of warning before a storm hits. That time is critical to preparing for a storm, no matter the category.

Five Tips to Manage the Parking Policy in Your Community

Posted on Monday March 06, 2017

Parking challenges in condominiums and residential communities are a fact of life. Although guest parking is probably the most cited issue, including guests parking in resident spaces (knowingly or not), there is a laundry list of other common parking issues.

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