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Texas is home to 19,900 community associations and more than 4 million community association residents. Right now, they need our help.
Many of you have called and emailed asking how you can help with Hurricane Harvey relief. CAI is sharing resources and ways to provide disaster relief to those affected by devastating flooding in Houston and the surrounding areas.
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District Tightens Water Restrictions throughout 16-County Region
05/23/2017 3:00 PM EDT
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.
District hydrologists report a rainfall deficit of 11-inches since the start of the dry season last October. In fact, this is the driest dry season in the past 103 years.
Under the new water shortage order, lawn watering is reduced to once-per- week and allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of non-lawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed. Additionally, there are now limits on car washing and homeowners’ associations may not enforce any deed restrictions which could cause an increase in water use. The restrictions will remain in effect through August 1, 2017. Additional details regarding the watering of new lawns and plants, reclaimed water and other water uses can be found at “WaterMatters.org/restrictions”.
The District considers both natural water resource conditions and the viability of public supply when deciding to declare a water shortage order. For the past 20 years, the District has worked diligently with its partners to develop alternative water supplies. Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, there is adequate public water supply available. Florida’s dry season runs October through May. The District encourages water conservation year-round, and offers many tips to reduce water use and additional information at “WaterMatters.org/conservation”.
Please click the link below for more details on the Modified Phase III Water Shortage Restrictions.
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ELSS Bill and Condo Bill Pass and are Headed to Governor—CALL Alert for May 2017
Fire Sprinkler/ELSS/Bulk Buyer Bill, by Rep. Moraitis and Sen. Passidomo (HB 653 and HB 744)—HB 653 was approved by both the House and Senate and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. The ELSS opt-out provision was a heavy lift, as it was opposed throughout the process by the fire sprinkler association. Special thanks and kudos to former Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, a Becker & Poliakoff attorney and lobbyist, who lobbied on behalf of numerous high rise condominium associations for the passage of this important opt out provision. Ellyn will be sending more information about the passage of the ELSS language in a future CALL Alert. HB 653 includes other changes to the condominium, cooperative and HOA statutes, and we will send out a more comprehensive summary next week. Some of the significant changes include:
The bill also includes some of the provisions in HB 1237 (described further below) for consistency purposes
Condominium Bill, by Rep. Diaz, Sen. Garcia and Sen. Rodriguez (HB 1237 and SB 1682)—The bills changed significantly (for the better) since they were filed. HB 1237 passed both the House and Senate unanimously this week and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. For a complete summary of the bill, please see my new Blog Post. Here are the more significant provisions:
Estoppel Bills, by Sen. Passidomo and Rep. Donalds (SB 398 and HB 483)—SB 398 passed the House and Senate and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. The bill:
Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA) Bills by Sen. Passidomo and Rep. Edwards (SB 1046 and HB 735)—These bills are still pending and we do not yet know whether they will pass. The bills:
Very truly yours,
Yeline Goin, Executive Director
Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL)
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We’re in the final countdown – less than one week left until your lawmakers hit the sixty-day sprint in Tallahassee.
Florida’s annual legislative session begins this Tuesday, March 7 and runs through Friday, May 5. But much of the Legislature’s work began months ago – shortly after the November election, in fact – with lawmaker bills filed, referred, and already heard in committee meetings.
In recent weeks, we’ve shared with you a lot about one legislative issue in particular – SB 398 and HB 483, the Home Tax. While we won’t stop talking about estoppels, this week we’ll focus on a several other bills that your Community Association Network is keeping a close eye on for you that may significantly impact your community…Click the following link to read more: CAN News: It’s the Final Countdown
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Billy Joel sang those iconic words in 1989 about our many battles.
While it doesn’t rise to quite the same level, our community association partners have done battle on your behalf over the seemingly perennial issue of estoppel fees the Home Tax for the past 3 consecutive Legislative Sessions.
Last week, my blog told of our fights against the deep-pocketed special interests seeking an even greater share of real estate closing profits while trying to shift all the costs on us, the nearly 8 million home, condo and town home owners living in community associations. The title companies and realtors are again pouring millions of dollars into politicians’ campaign contributions. Here’s money pass this Estoppel Bill. Thanks to your speaking out and contacting lawmakers, we’ve beat them every year. But now the Estoppel Bill is back and the special interests are more determined and even more well-funded than years before…Click the following link to read more: CAN News Legislator Report 2_24Read more →