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DECEMBER 8, 2015


President Eileen Bendis
Pres Eileen Bendis
Proposed Budget for CY2016 -
Manager Kande Lewandowski gave a detailed presentation of the Regency Tower Association CY2016 Budget.

The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Regency Tower was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by the President, Eileen Bendis

Manager Kande Lewandowski
Manager Kande
Roll Call -
Board Members present: Eileen Bendis, Eric Berkowitz, Fern McBriden

Board Members on conference call: Abe Ben Aviv, Steven Faigin

Board Members excused: Richard Robins, Gene Sicoli

Approval of Minutes - Minutes of the October 15, 2015 meeting were distributed and posted in advance. A motion was made by Eric Berkowitz to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.

President’s Report - President Eileen Bendis read her President’s Report. Click Here to read the President’s Report.

Committee Reports - President Bendis then called for Committee Reports. Click Here to read the Committee Reports.

Treasurer Steven Faigin
Treas Steve Faigin
Report on Reserves Vote
- President Eileen Bendis reported the Limited Proxy results as follows:

Number voting to Partially Fund Statutory Reserves: 135
Number voting to Fully Fund Statutory Reserves:     3

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride

Board Vote on CY2016 Budget - A motion to adopt the CY2016 Budget as presented with partial reserves was made by Steven Faigin.

The motion was seconded

Motion passed by general consent.

*Association financial records are available in the Regency Tower office to all association members via official request. - editor*

Adjournment - No further business. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

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DECEMBER 8, 2015

Board President Eileen Bendis’
Message to Members

President Eileen Bendis
Pres. Eileen Bendis
Welcome members, new and old; I am pleased to see you here. I hope you had a pleasant summer and that you are enjoying the beginning of our “DRY” season!

Systems Shut-down Our projects are underway, having taken longer than we anticipated. The re-nourishment of the beach has begun and, as you are aware, the first stage of our generator replacement has been complete with the installation of the required panel. Hopefully the new generator will be put in place next week. We regret the inconvenience of the partial shut-down, but ask that you be patient as we finish this major undertaking.

We do not have a definite start date for the replacement of the cooling tower, but are hopeful that it will begin soon. We will provide details as soon as they are available. (Click Here for Construction / Architectural Review Committee update).

Condo Contract We are sorry that these projects have taken so long to get off the ground. Some of the delays were due to the difficulty in getting the requisite permits; others due to contract negotiations. Both the generator and cooling towers replacements are necessary for everyone’s safety and comfort (Click Here to read about regulatory / permit delays).

Chief of Secuurity John Cordero
Chief of Secuurity
John Cordero
There have been some staff changes, both in maintenance and in security. Please take the time to introduce yourself so our employees may get to know you.

Adherence to our rules and regulations has waned over the years and our new Chief of Security, Johnny Cordera is focusing on resolving this. For example, all cars parked on site overnight must have a decal or visitor tag. If a car has a violation tag on it, it means that the car is not registered. We need to ensure that all cars on our property belong here. If you get a new vehicle, get a new decal in the office. If you are renting a garage space, go to the office and register that car. Parking spaces are reserved for owners and guests. No spaces are to be used for storing cars belonging to non-residents. Speaking of parking – when was the last time you looked at or rode your bicycle? If you no longer want to keep it, there are charities to which you may donate it.
Manager Kandaleah “Kande” Lewandowski
Manager Kande Lewandowski
If you are not comfortable in adhering to rules, regulations and being in conformity with conditions detailed in our documents, I call to your attention that Association rules are contractual obligations that you voluntarily agree to when you purchased your property. The Regency Tower became a condominium in 1969 based on By-Laws, governing documents, rules and regulations and Florida Statute 718.

Finally, I cannot express enough thanks to Kande, our manager, and her staff for their dedicated service during our partial shut-down. They were here at 4 A.M., stayed well into the night and returned early the following day to troubleshoot problems. Kande’s reassurances that problems would be resolved were not idle promises.

Thank you for your patience.

Eileen Bendis

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Special Update

Systems Shut-down
Tuesday, December 1 - 5 a.m.

Planned System Outages for Power System Project

SPEC Structural Engineer John Evans P.E.
SPEC Engineer John Evans
Click to Fischer Electric website November 24, 2015 - On Tuesday, December 1, our home will temporarily lose services critical to our quality of life. The project to replace our emergency power system is at a key juncture, as scores of electrical connections must be meticulously transferred from our existing equipment to components in the new system. A team of electricians from Fischer Electric will install our new electrical panels and an automatic transfer switch - a device that automatically distributes the load from a grid to an emergency power source upon detecting a power failure. Unfortunately, there is no way to safely accomplish this without turning off the power to the panels that feed our water pump (NO running water), the elevators and the cooling tower (NO A/C). Below is a message from SPEC engineer John Evans, who offers a technical explanation for the impending inconvenience. Long experienced in guiding such projects to completion, he also provides some excellent advice. It should seem familiar, as a similar message was distributed to unit owners and posted about the premises.

Click to SPEC Engineering website

Attention: Regency Tower Residents
Systems Shutdown Scheduled for December 1, 2015

Old Electrical Panel in Meter Room
Old Electrical Panel in Meter Room
In order to install the new automatic transfer switch and new emergency panels which are part of the emergency generator replacement, power to these panels will be interrupted. These panels contain the breakers controlling - among other systems - the elevators, domestic water pumps and condenser water pumps. This means that these systems will be inoperable for at least twelve (12) hours and potentially longer.

New Generac Automatic Transfer Switch
Automatic Transfer Switch
There will be NO air conditioning, NO running water, and NO elevator service during this period.

The contractor performing the work has committed to working continuously for as long as necessary to restore operations.

Due to this major disruption of the building’s operations and the uncertainty of the time required to restore the systems, it is highly recommended that all residents vacate the building for the entire day of this work.

As work is scheduled to begin at 5:00 a.m., you should plan to leave your unit and descend to the lobby prior to that time.

John Evans
SPEC Engineering

Power Off, Power On

Originally, the plan entailed cutting electric power to the entire building. On November 23, Engineer Evans sent us a reconfigured electrical protocol that dispensed with the full power outage by specifically targeting those panels involved with the new connections, which consequently also service the condenser water pump, the domestic water pump and the elevators. As such, our refrigerators and freezers will not be turned into "ice boxes" during the changeover, eliminating the risk to unit owners for $thousands in frozen or chilled foodstuffs. Barring some unanticipated catastrophic obstacle, the crew will continue working until the building is once again fully operational. The electrical upgrades will seamlessly accommodate the new generator upon its arrival.

Fischer's team of electricians will begin disconnecting the electrical panels in the Meter Room at 4 a.m. The elevators will become inoperable at 5 a.m. That means if you don't come down to the lobby by 5 a.m. sharp, you will have to walk down the stairs to exit the building. To avoid a hectic rush to beat the pre-dawn deadline, why not check in to a local hotel the night before, and wake up to a leisurely breakfast in bed.

Up the block are the Ocean Manor and Ocean Sky Hotels on Galt Ocean Drive. If you want a bit more luxury and lack a pathological compulsion to hoard nickels, try the Marriott Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal (formerly Il Lugano) just across A1A on the Intracoastal. Truth be told, when was the last time you treated yourself like the guests who enjoy your hospitality? Go on - take a day for yourself!

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Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Regency Tower Construction Update

ARC & Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report on Drainage System Rehabilitation
Eric - Systems Shutdown
Click to Fischer Electric website On Tuesday, December 1st, scores of electrical connections were transferred from our existing equipment to components in the new emergency power system. A team of electricians from Fischer Electric installed our new electrical panels and an automatic transfer switch - a device that automatically relays the electrical load from a grid to an emergency power source if it detects a power failure. Unfortunately, there was no way to safely accomplish this without turning off the power to the panels that feed our water pump, the elevators and the condenser water pump that services the cooling tower.

Old Electrical Panel in Meter Room
Old Electrical Panel in Meter Room
This transition was originally planned as a two-day project - as it was estimated to take a three-man crew from 12 to 16 hours to disconnect scores of breakers, pry the panels from the wall, brace and install the new panels and reconnect our equipment to the new breakers. They also had to replace our automatic transfer switch. After connecting each breaker, the circuit had to be checked, and the equipment tested. Instead of putting everyone through two days without running water, elevators and air conditioning, we negotiated an agreement with the contractor to work continuously until the transition was completed.

New Generac Automatic Transfer Switch
Automatic Transfer Switch
Preparations began at 3 AM, and the affected systems were disconnected shortly after 5 AM. Having placed the engineer on notice, as technical problems arose, they were resolved. Throughout the day, problems reported by unit owners were addressed by a team of maintenance staffers, security personnel, our manager and some board members. When it was subsequently learned that some unit owners - mostly on the higher floors - were experiencing reduced water pressure, the electricians returned the next morning to adjust the water pump. Shortly thereafter, the reported residual issues were all addressed. While our employees did a wonderful job of curing problems on the fly, I am extremely proud of my friends and neighbors, who gracefully weathered this unavoidable inconvenience.

On December 11, officials from Florida Power & Light are scheduled to briefly meet with the contractor to arrange for the connection of our new fire pump controller to their transformer in the FP&L vault. The vault is a locked room in the garage filled with FP&L-owned equipment that interfaces the grid with the building’s electrical service. Any approved modifications in the vault must be observed and managed by FP&L technicians.

Click to FP&L website At the meeting, FP&L will approve (or provide) the conduit for this procedure and select a place on the adjoining wall through which the contractor will be allowed to feed the connecting cable. Once the approved conduit is connected to the fire pump controller and passed through the wall by the contractor, FP&L will schedule their personnel to connect the conduit to their transformer. Depending on the timetable agreed to by FP&L officials, the contractor can then swap out the old generator and install the new one.

Click to Smart Air Systems website Bid-winning contractor SmartAir Systems is currently awaiting receipt of a City permit to begin replacing the cooling tower. Since the cooling tower plan was crafted with input by electrical, mechanical and structural engineers, it must undergo a multi-disciplinary design review process that also entails approval by the County. We are hoping to receive the permit and commence construction in early January.

SPEC Structural Engineer John Evans P.E.
SPEC Engineer
John Evans
Our engineer and the contractor have roughly estimated the project to take about three weeks to complete. For approximately a week, central air conditioning will be unavailable as they actually transfer the electrical and drainage lines between the old and new structures. Since aspects of the project may be altered in compliance with regulatory review, a comprehensive overview will be made available once the permit is approved.

Spot Coolers for Rent
Spot Coolers for Rent
If you can be elsewhere while the central air is suspended, by all means - do so. For those of you who plan to remain in-residence, we are currently negotiating a per diem rate for unit owners to directly rent spot coolers (portable A/C units) for their favorite rooms. Since the rental costs will be paid by each unit owner directly to the vendor, it will have no financial impact on the project cost.

If you have any concerns about how either of these projects may specifically impact your home, I will be glad to discuss them with you after the meeting.

*For those brave souls who decided to tough it out with us on Tuesday, please close your eyes and imagine a week without air conditioning. If you are perspiring when you open your eyes, sticking around may not be the way to go.

Thank you for your kind attention and Happy Holidays to all.

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Decorating Committee
Nancy Seltzer

Beautification Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer
Nancy Seltzer
The decorating committee was reorganized and expanded in October of this year. The members of the committee are:

Nancy Seltzer, Chair, Pat DiSebastian, Jeane Blumenthal, Carol Rigney, Stephen Collins, Elizabeth Urbano

Regency Tower Holiday Season Lobby
Regency Tower Lobby
The objective of the committee prior to the reorganization and expansion was redecorating the lobby, therefore, the committee established in October 2015 continued on this trajectory and included the garage level elevator area to the project to ensure consistency throughout the primary common areas. To accomplish this task the committee would like to hire three professional designers to create a color board and artists rendition of the lobby and the garage level elevator area.

The three (3) designs will be displayed in the lobby during the months of February and March 2016. Unit owners will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite design. The design with the majority of votes will be implemented. Depending on the decorating budget, the committee anticipates this project to be completed in 1-3 years.

The committee also voted on other projects in the building that they would like to address after the completion of the lobby and garage elevator area. Those projects, listed in order of votes cast, are:

1. Entry to Building
2. Pool, Beach and Grill Area
3. Mailroom/Exercise Room/Game Room
4. Rendezvous Room
5. Elevators
6. Doors - entry to 1st floor units
7. Garage
8. Hallway – ceiling tiles

Happy Holidays!

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Social Committee
Nancy Seltzer, Pat DiSebastian, Elsie Guzman

Beautification Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer
Nancy Seltzer
In February 2015 the social committee started off with much enthusiasm with seven members. Unfortunately, under various circumstances the committee has dwindled down to four members, and only two members are permanent residents.

Happy Hour at Regency Tower
Happy Hour at the Tower
We had a number of very successful events this year, including our “Happy Hours”, “St. Patrick’s Day” party in March a “Spring Fling – Farewell to Snowbirds” in April, and a “Halloween Happy Hour”. The committee has decided to do “Happy Hour” once a month because of the lack of volunteers and funds.

The committee has created a calendar of what we think would be fun and exciting events, but we are unable to move forward unless we get more volunteers on the committee and raise some money.

These are the events we would like to do this coming year. A “Welcome back” party in January, a casino night in February, a wine tasting/St. Patrick’s Day party in March, and “Spring Fling – Farewell to Snowbirds” in April.

The committee is looking for residents that would be willing to donate some time to making our building a fun and community minded place to live. If you are interested please consider joining the Social Committee. If you don’t want to join the committee, but have creative ideas to raise money to help fund these events, please free to contact any committee member: Nancy 954-290-3398, Pat 954-610-9949, Elsie 954-934-9224

You can also put a note in our mailboxes: Nancy #311, Pat #1908, Elsie #111.

Have a happy holiday.

Nancy Seltzer

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We Care Committee
Ofelia Alleguez

We Care Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez of Regency Tower Angel Squad
Ofelia Alleguez
Regency Tower "Angel Squad"

Members of the “We Care” Committee are: Naomi Griner (2020), Margie Nagle (911) and Joyce Woodward (307).

January 2015

  • Anne Marie Griffin (901) - passed away on the 12th.

    Note in B.B., card and perpetual masses were sent in her memory.

February 2015

  • Howard Hirschman (1702) - passed away on the 11th.

    Note in B.B., card and masses were sent in his memory.

  • Tom Allen (902) - passed away back home in Kentucky.

    Note in B.B., card sent and trees were planted in his memory.

  • Emannuel Sirin (1109) - passed away on the 17th.

    Funeral services were in Boston. Note in B.B. and card sent.

  • Mary Lilly Kaplan (501) - was taken to Holy Cross Hospital on the 16th. Flowers were sent.

    She passed away on the 23rd. Note in B.B., card sent and trees were planted in her memory.

May 2015

  • Marion Tuman (302) - went to the hospital on the 8th.

    Card and flowers were sent upon her return home.

  • Father Kenneth Wolnowski (504) - passed away at home.

    Note in B.B., card was sent. Masses were said in his memory.

June 2015

  • Shirley Appleman (502) - passed away on the 6th.

    B.B., card sent. Trees were planted in her memory.

  • Marion Tuman (302) - passed away on the 15th.

    B.B., card sent. Trees were planted in her memory.

August 2015

  • Bessie Freeman - a long time former owner, passed away in Savannah, Georgia.

    She was 104 years old. Card sent and trees were planted in her memory.

  • Joyce Ramey (501) - passed away back home in Kentucky on the 16th.

    B.B., card sent. Trees were planted in her memory.

October 2015

  • Ron Forment (1605) -went to the hospital, then to Rehab to the John Knox Village.

    A card and a fruit basket were sent upon his return home.

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