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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. 

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.

Comprehensive Flooring Policy: Minimizing Noisy Neighbors in Your High-Rise

Posted on Wednesday March 01, 2017

Does it sometimes sound like your upstairs neighbors are bowling in their living room? Do you hear every footfall and dropped item? Noises from above can be disruptive, especially when you’re trying to sleep…. But it might not be entirely your neighbor’s fault.

6 Tips To Manage Your Association’s Paperwork

Posted on Friday February 24, 2017

Is organizing paperwork on your list of favorite things to do? No? You’re not alone! Although it’s not something that most people enjoy, maintaining good records is critical to the most important functions of your community association. That’s true whether you live in a Brickell area high rise, an Orlando gated community or on the beach in Destin. Following a good organizational system – and following it consistently – can streamline your operations and will increase efficiency, preserve the history of your activities and provide transparency. 

The Surprising Way to Make Your Association’s Dollars Go the Distance

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

If you’re on the Board of a condominium, high-rise or homeowners association, you know that keeping your association’s finances healthy is one of your chief responsibilities. Keeping high levels of service while trying to save money and get the best deals possible is a hard line to walk. While any amount of savings is a win, what if you could save a lot? Like one association that saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in landscaping costs? Or the one in Tampa that is saving tens of thousands each year on its electric bills? 

10 Tips for Managing Your Community Pool

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017

Many people want to live in a community that has a swimming pool, and if there’s one in yours, you know how popular an amenity it is. In Florida, we are lucky that most communities are able to offer swimming pools and that most of us can use them year round. Of course, that makes managing your pool properly even more important, simply because of the amount of use it gets. There are maintenance and safety issues and even compliance matters that go into correctly operating a community pool. 

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