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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

You are unlikely to receive more than the legal minimum of 48 hours notice of any meeting, and it appears that notice is being posted only at the 441 entrances.

Due to illness, I have been unable to jump through the hoops necessary to obtain the monthly financials.

The Board seems to be in hibernation: there was not a quorum at the February meeting, and only four citizens showed up.

If you need a ride or assistance to any Board meeting or other event, EMail us at SWLHomeowner@gmail.com or phone at 883-6363. We have neighborhood volunteers who will help!

Folks who wish to receive our "Dear Neighbor" notes can sign up by contacting me at swlhomeowner@gmail.com

Remember, homeowners need to show up in large numbers at Board meetings to remind the Board that there is a community out here. BE THERE!

And tell your neighbors about these important events.

Florida HOA Reform Bill

Following was forwarded to us from CCFJ:

Dear Florida Homeowner and Condo Owner;

Senator Alan Hays filed yesterday S 1348 -- our HOA REFORM BILL PART II.

The bill includes all the provisions we had asked for:
• Creates the Division of Florida Condominiums, Homeowners' Associations, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes. Creates consumer protection by adding homeowners' associations to the jurisdiction of the Division, using the exact language from FS 718.501. Creates FS 720.3021-720.3029.
• Creates the Office of the Community Association Ombudsman
• Defines the words "Special Assessment."
• Amends FS 720.302: Purposes, scope, and application
• Clarifies notice requirements for meetings that deal with special assessments, increases in assessments, or amendments to governing documents.
• Allows fining only if original governing documents so allow; a fine can not become a lien.

MY COMMENTARY ON THE 2013 BUDGET

The budget blunders of past years continued with the Board’s approval of the budget in the blog entry following this one (click on "attachment 1", then click on "2013 Budget.pdf" and, as always, the latest financials and a recording of the meeting are in the "links" section.

As you remember, the 2012 budget contained a huge mathematical error and failed to provide for uncollected assessments. It also grossly underestimated the actual 2011 operating deficit.

We predicted a cash crunch (See the Budget Bomb posts) and that’s where we are now. As of the end of September, 2012, the operating account has $34,305 in cash (including $24,722 taken from reserves) and unpaid bills of $87,108.

The new 2013 budget has, again, provided inadequate allowance for uncollected assessments, and underestimates the 2012 deficit. Those who ignore the errors of the past are doomed to repeat them, as some sage once said.

2013 BUDGET & ASSESSMENT

Attached is the 2013 budget as I heard it approved by the Board.

The published and mailed budget may differ.

Click on "attachment 1", then click on "2013 Budget.pdf"

Neighborhood Burglars - photo

Attached is a photo of two cars driven by persons involved in breakins in Southwinds Lakes.
If you see these two cars cruising your neighborhood, immediately call Deputy Jason Saria at 212-4289 or 911.

Click on "attachment", then click on "photo.jpg"

THE BUDGET BOMB IS STILL TICKING

(This is the text of a "Dear Neighbor" letter sent 7-27-12)

The June financial statement has been posted on the community website at http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/4335990/2012-2nd-q-amj-financials-pdf-1-... If you know how to read a financial statement, study it carefully. If you do not, have a friend or neighbor help you understand it. This is the accounting of your Board’s management of your money! My comments and opinions follow, but first let’s back up a bit:

Last November, your Board prepared a budget based on faulty assumptions, the most serious error being an assumption that there would be $122,034 available at the beginning of 2012 to pay for current year disbursements in excess of collected assessments.

But the 2011 audited financial statements showed only $49,950 in operating cash at year end (and $43,525 in accounts payable).

Board's Org Meeting, 6/7/12

This is the Dear Neighbor note that went out 6/7/12

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Dear Neighbor,

Tonight, Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 6:30 pm, the Board held its annual organizational meeting. This consists of electing, by the Board, a President (Perkins), a Vice President (Locandro), a Treasurer (White), and a Secretary (Rizzo), just like last year. Alexandrich was absent, just like last meeting..

Three citizens and Deputy Saria were the only non-Board members there, and none spoke. The recording is poor (the meeting was outdoors, plus there was some electrical interference) but less than four minutes long. It’s on the website, in the LINKS, as always or go to :

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/4103295/2012-06-07-organizational-meetin...

The next Board meeting is not scheduled - Alexandrich may be in Canada, White has conflicts, etc. We will try to keep you posted.

ELECTION RESULTS

The votes were counted, and the winners were (in alphabetic order) Alexandrich and Perkins. Alexandrich was not present to savor his victory, but Perkins appeared quite pleased.

The only items of interest at the meeting were Robert Rubinstein, J.D., of Becker & Poliakoff, our attorneys, and John Kammerer, CPA, of Kammerer & Company, our auditor. As you will hear on the recording of the meeting, Rubinstein and Kammerer gave dueling, and disagreeing, versions of our reserves (and Perkins chimed in with his version). No mention that we are already sneaking reserves back into operating - we have to pay the bills somehow.

Ultimately, the homeowners will get what they deserve. We don’t expect Alexandrich to be around at year end, leaving a Board consisting of Perkins, three members appointed by Perkins, and Vince Rizzo. Mercy!

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