Life and times of Key Biscayne florida


April 3th, 2013

Condo presidents group hosts certification course, plans follow-up sessions


nsuring best practices for the boards that oversee Key Biscayne’s numerous condominium buildings – and the thousands of residents who call them home – is a priority for the Key Biscayne Condominium Presidents’ Council.
To that end, the KBCPC on March 15 hosted a free Certification Course attended by 39 condominium directors. All said, the directors participating in the event represent homeowners associations covering 4,897 residents.
Tony Camejo, KBCPC President, explained how important it is for condo officials to be aware of the latest State of Florida laws that impact their activities.
“In pursuing ‘best practices,’ we feel it is important for directors to stay abreast of important changes in state regulations regarding association activities,” Camejo noted. “This course is an important step in that direction.”
The KBCPC worked with two experts to provide a wealth of information.
Attorney David H. Rogel from Becker & Poliakoff, a Florida Condominium Division-approved continuing education provider, led the course. He was assisted by Craig Vaughn, Chief Financial Officer for The Castle Group.
Rogel and Vaughn discussed how to comply with state law and understand legal responsibilities, including fiduciary duty, and offered insight into government issues through case studies and real situations. Topics included operations records maintenance, dispute resolution, elections, budgets and reserves, financial reporting, insurance and audits.
Participants also received a quick reference guide of checklists, statutory deadlines and charts to help with elections, meetings and other board responsibilities.
Along with providing valuable lessons March 15, KBCPC officials stressed another key message – staying involved with Village affairs to protect condo residents’ interests.
Harvey Rosenwasser, Executive Director of the KBCPC, urged participants to be engaged and informed: “You are the leaders of our condominium communities,” he said. “It is important that you reach out to all directors and that they in turn reach out to the entire community of condo residents if we are to be successful in getting needed change vis-à-vis Village policy as it affects our residents and owners.”
With that in mind, Camejo said the group will host future discussion meetings and workshops aimed at providing needed information and expert answers to questions. Already, the KBCPC plans additional sessions and will encourage even broader participation by local condo officials.
As for those who attended the three-hour March 15 event, they earned not only useful guidance, but personalized Certificates of Completion.
Last month’s event also included a complimentary buffet breakfast sponsored by The Castle Group. It was hosted by the Ocean Club Homeowners Association at the Beach Club restaurant.

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