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April 24, 2017
4:00 p.m.


President Eileen Bendis
President Eileen Bendis
The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Regency Tower was called to order by the President, Eileen Bendis, at 4:00 p.m.

Manager Andrew Surdovel
Andrew Surdovel
Roll Call -
Board Members present: Eileen Bendis, Eric Berkowitz, Fern McBride

Board Members on conference call: Abe Ben Aviv, Steven Faigin, Richard Robins, Gene Sicoli

Approval of Minutes - Minutes of the December 12, 2016 meeting were distributed and posted in advance. A motion was made by Steven Faigin to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.

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

Manager - A motion to approve the hiring of Mr. Andrew Surdovel as General Manager of the Regency Tower was made by Fern McBride. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.

Staff Accountant Teresa Baker
Staff Accountant
Teresa Baker
Ratify Approval of Reserves for New Pool Heater -
A motion to approve ratifying the withdrawal from the capital expenditure/deferred maintenance category of our reserves to replace a pool heater in the amount of $5,150.00 was made by Eric Berkowitz. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.

Secretary Fern McBride
Secretary Fern McBride
Ratify Approval of Reserves for Garage Drain -
A motion to approve ratifying the withdrawal from the capital expenditure/deferred maintenance category of our reserves to repair a drain from the restroom to the drain in the garage in the amount of $7,890.00 was made by Richard Robins. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.

Financial Report - A financial report for the first quarter of 2017 was presented by our Staff Accountant, Teresa Baker.

The report is posted in the mailroom and copies are available at the office.

Corporate Credit Card - After discussion of the need for a corporate credit card, a motion to approve arranging for a corporate credit card with a $1,500.00 limit to be used by authorized signers was made by Gene Sicoli. The motion was seconded and passed by general consent.

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

Presentation of Procedures for On Line Banking - Ms. Marty Madan, Vice President, CenterState Bank, gave a presentation and distributed information regarding the procedures involved in on-line bill paying for our maintenance fees.

Adjournment - No further business. The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.

Fern McBride
Board Secretary

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APRIL 24, 2017

Board President Eileen Bendis’
Message to Members

President Eileen Bendis
Pres. Eileen Bendis
The ‘season’ is over and I feel we made it through pretty much unscathed, even with occasional bumps and bruises. The redecorating is almost complete and I must say it surpassed my expectations. Even those against it have had a change of heart and have complimented the committee and the board. Thank you

New Manager Andrew “Andy” Surdovel
New Manager
Andrew “Andy” Surdovel
I would like to welcome our new manager, Andrew “Andy” Surdovel. Please introduce yourself and welcome him to our association. I feel he will be a great asset to our team.

It is time that we must take corrective action to the outside of our building. As many of you are aware, the paint is chipping, chunks of concrete are falling and the railings are peeling. In the past few years we have been patching and patching, which has been very expensive. A few months ago, we had an engineer check every balcony and issue a report of his findings. We are now ready to have a committee formed, under the watchful and experienced eyes of Eric Berkowitz, to get bids and get the ball rolling on our next project: concrete restoration. It will be painful and inconvenient, but it is a necessity. So, prepare yourself and your wallet! I want to enlist volunteers, ideally ones who have experience as builders or contractors, and put their vast experience to good use. If you could review bids or contracts before we send them off to the attorney, please let me know.

New Regency Tower Balcony
Regency Tower Balcony
There is no question that there are certain people who are not well suited to living in any deed-restricted community with all its requisite rules. It is believed that rules governing how people must use and maintain their property help to support property values and ensure that no individual unit or neighbor drags down the investment of the other owners. In a condominium, it would be nearly impossible for neighbors to live in such close proximity, sharing many of the common facilities, without some rules governing the behavior of residents and the way facilities may be used. In addition, rules are required to govern the shared expenses that are an essential element of condominium living. Not limited to parking, moving, pool, elevators, hours of operation, rules exist and everyone living at the Regency Tower signed a “contract” stating that they have read, understand and will abide by them. Please adhere to them.

Trash Chute
Trash Chute
An incident and, hopefully, a lesson learned. Loose debris is not to be tossed down the trash chute. This includes carpets, pizza boxes, renovation debris, etc. We recently had a repair (costing several thousand dollars) due to the thoughtlessness of a unit owner or a worker for a unit owner whose rubbish jammed the chute. The chute is ONLY for bagged garbage.

Crime has come to the Galt Ocean Mile! Yes, our little enclave has had some very serious crime this month. On April 1st, a lady was walking on the sidewalk with two friends at 11:00 p.m. and, between our building and the Galt Ocean Club, two men dressed in black with hoodies on grabbed her purse and ran. Then on April 14th, a security guard from Playa del Sol was moving his car from the building to park across the street when two men approached him with a gun and knife and stole his belongings and his car. The police have increased their presence on the Galt and we are now talking to other buildings about additional cameras on the Galt, coordinating this effort with the police department. Please, BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!! Do not take anything for granted. When going out, take identification (with your local address on it) with you so that, in the event that anything happens to you, people will know where you live.

On a final note, the Air and Sea Show is being held on May 6 and 7. If you are expecting guests, please be sure they come in the front door and register their cars. Even though the show will be scaled back compared to prior years, we expect to get quite a crowd. Please respect your neighbors and enjoy the day.

Thank you for your support this year for me and the board; we appreciate it.

Eileen Bendis

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April 24, 2017

Architectural Review & Construction Committee
Eric Peter Berkowitz

Keeping the Wheels on the Wagon

ARC & Construction Committee Chair Eric Peter Berkowitz Gives Report on Drainage System Rehabilitation
Eric - Construction Update
Emergency Power System
Cooling Tower
Cooling Tower
In her March 20, 2014 report to members, after calling attention to seemingly endless construction along the Galt Mile, Board President Eileen Bendis warned “Don’t think we are invincible!” Bendis was referring to three impending construction projects critical to our quality of life, the structural integrity of our home, or the safety of our families. Two of the three have been completed.

Project Priorities

Following a year of hard work and research by Nancy Seltzer’s Decorating Committee, the board considered how to schedule renovations overwhelmingly endorsed by unit owners in a late summer referendum – without financially burdening members with simultaneous assessments for concrete restoration and common area improvements. Since special pricing negotiated by the committee was subject to a deadline, the Board decided to first complete the interior upgrades.

Packing Heat

Click to AquaCal website
New AquaCal SQ225 Heat Pump
New Heat Pump
Click to Dept of Energy on Heat Pumps for Pools website In January and February, as the Decorating Committee transformed our common areas into a stunning showcase to boost home values, the Board faced a parade of construction pitfalls. When several poolgoers asked why the water was uncomfortably cold compared to last year, a cursory inspection revealed that one of the three heat pumps seized.

Functioning like air conditioners in reverse, heat pumps use a refrigerant to capture heat in the outside air and transfer it to the pool. To minimize power needs, three serially connected pumps operate in tandem. If the water temperature doesn’t appreciably increase shortly after the first heat pump is turned on, a second pump will automatically initiate as well. When the ambient temperature is so cold that both pumps still prove inadequate, a third pump is triggered.

Click to Dept of Energy on Heat Pumps for Pools website Once the targeted temperature is reached, it is maintained by a single pump cycling on and off, minimizing the power draw. Since the cost of electricity used to power the heat pumps is almost 40% less than the cost of gas consumed by a fuel-burning heater, the savings is significant. Click to Dept of Energy on Heat Pumps for Pools website Several vendor proposals were solicited in early March. Consulting with manufacturer AquaCal and our engineer, Knox Pools replaced the damaged heat pump with a quieter – yet more powerful – new model, restoring our balmy pool temperature.

Pipe Plug

Maintenance Chief Charile Davis
Maintenance Chief Charile Davis
Clogged Toilet During the past few months, an inexplicable series of blockages repeatedly knocked the garage level restroom out-of-service, detouring pool and beachgoers to the lobby bathrooms or their respective homes. Ordinarily, once the line is cleared, it would take our owners at least a week or two to stuff the toilet with sufficient junk to cause another blockage. In January, Maintenance Chief Charlie Davis called Coastal Plumbing for help. When the plumber’s high-powered evacuations failed to fix the problem, Coastal suggested a video diagnosis of the drainage line, a technique used several years ago to locate drain blockages under the north garage floor.

Garage Bathroom Drain Line Repair Complete
Garage Bathroom Drain Line Concrete Fill
Concrete Fill
Garage Bathroom Drain Line New PVC Pipe
New PVC Pipe
Garage Bathroom Drain Line Old Iron Pipe
Eroded Iron Pipe
In short, a high resolution video camera mounted on a maneuverable and flexible probe is guided through the line, broadcasting a recordable video image of its journey. As the mounted camera navigated the line under the south garage floor, it suddenly dipped, indicating that a segment of pipe had collapsed.

Coastal crew with Eric and Andy
Coastal crew with Eric and Andy
To permanently fix the problem, Coastal would have to excavate the estimated site of the collapsed line and replace the broken section of pipe. However, to insure the flow, the excavated area would have to be sufficiently long to properly pitch the pipe to the drain. Otherwise, the excavation would have to be expanded until an effective gradient could be achieved, which would substantially drive up the cost.

Click to Coastal Plumbing website Clogged ToiletWorking together, Charlie, Engineer John Evans and the Coastal crew accurately estimated the exact location of the sub-surface breach. The 48-year-old heavily eroded iron pipe was exposed and replaced. As a precaution, the site was left open for two weeks, in case the new pipe needed adjustment. Finally, the repair was filled with cement and painted. Although no blockages have since been reported, if the bathroom’s electric service is sufficient, replacing paper towels with an electric hand dryer may help prevent future clogs.

Balconies and Building Columns

New Regency Tower Balcony
Regency Tower Balcony
14 years after they were last restored in 1999, our balconies began exhibiting signs of erosion. Since a concrete restoration hasn’t yet been authorized, there is technically nothing to report – but I can offer some insight into our engineer’s perspective. Given the daunting cost of major concrete repairs, either jumping the gun or waiting until the damage becomes extreme unnecessarily intensifies the financial burden. To avoid this dilemma, we asked structural engineer John Evans to determine the optimum time for a building-wide balcony restoration. To cost-effectively estimate readiness, he suggested testing a cross-section of the association’s balconies.

SPEC Structural Engineer John Evans P.E.
SPEC Engineer John Evans
Evans narrowed the test sample to east-facing balconies closest to the ocean, given their elevated exposure to halides, PCBs and other corrosive ocean-based pollutants. Evans initially tested the even floors in the eleven stack and the odd floors in the one stack, reversing the procedure each year. After three of these annual evaluations, in 2016 Evans recommended that the Board begin planning a concrete restoration in the next year. Given how the deterioration accelerates, and drives up the cost of repairs, the project is overdue, and should be commenced as soon as possible. In addition to the balconies, Evans will include any building columns that show signs of disrepair. Many of you have asked when the building will be painted. Since a concrete restoration invariably leaves exterior walls heavily scarred, Evans recommended that we postpone painting the building until after the balconies are repaired.

Draft Balcony Book Evans began compiling a “Balcony Book” in November 2016, a ledger documenting the structural details of every Regency Tower balcony as well as eroded building columns. Vendors use the Balcony Book to craft competitive proposals. When the project is authorized, those bids will anchor the first official report. Thank you for your kind attention.

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Decorating Committee
Nancy Seltzer

Decorating Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer
Nancy Seltzer
As you can see, the project is almost complete. At this time, the remaining items are:

Decorating Committee Member Carole Rigney
Carole Rigney
Painting the doors and trim - The doors will be painted the same gray as the elevator wall and the window inserts will be a shade darker. The trim will be painted white.

Signs - Carol Rigney and Nancy met with Fast Signs on Friday morning. They ordered the signs for the office, Rendezvous Room, Mail Room, Fitness Center, Game Room and Laundry Center as well as the security desk and personnel. They are waiting for the proofs from Fast Signs.

Miscellaneous tiles in the hallway. Nancy is still waiting for the quote from Advanced Fire for the movement of the smoke alarms. Once that is received, we can schedule the installation of the remaining ceiling tiles.

Mats for the side entrances are at the building. We are just waiting for the painting to be completed to put them down.

Click to Top Dog Electric website Click to Advanced Fire & Security website Bathrooms - The light fixture in the ladies room needs to be moved by Top Dog Electric and the bathrooms still need to pass inspection. The building is working on the items identified by the inspector.

View from the Front Entrance View from the Lobby Security Desk
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Ask your realtor how an updated lobby impacts the value of your home.

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APRIL 1, 2017

The Monthly Association “411”

Board President Eileen Bendis
Board President
Eileen Bendis
April 1, 2017 - To all the members of the Regency Tower Association who were in attendance at our annual meeting on March 20th, I extend my heartfelt apologies for the total disrespect and chaos at the meeting. In the past, our annual meetings were an open forum for discussions, ideas and suggestions from the membership, unlike a board meeting where there is a set agenda. I take full responsibility and am very embarrassed by the boisterous behavior of a few.

Cabana on Regency Tower Beach
Cabana on Regency Tower Beach
The board has remained the same as a result of the election. Thank you on behalf of my fellow board members for your support.

After an overwhelming request from unit owners once again this year, we are experimenting with a new configuration of the beach cabanas under the watchful eyes of Board director Abe Ben-Aviv. The original documents of the Regency Tower had the cabanas only on the north side of the steps and none on the south side to enable owners to use chairs and umbrellas there. We are trying to accommodate unit owners who wish to enjoy more of the beach by restricting cabanas to the north side of the steps.

Automoibile Keybox in Regency Tower Office
Secure Keybox
Now that the season is almost over, please remember a few things before you leave: bring in your balcony furniture, turn your water off and unplug your water heater. If you leave a car here, ensure that there is a key in the office in the case of an emergency. Even if you are in residence, if we have a storm with strong winds, please bring in your balcony furniture for safety’s sake.

Something new: get ready for additional ways to make quarterly maintenance payments. We are finally going to implement procedures for online banking for your convenience. Hopefully, we will have this up and running by the 3rd quarter. Thanks to our Treasurer, Steve Faigin, and new accountant, Teresa Baker, for getting this achieved.

New PVC Replacement
PVC Replacement
Rusted Collapsed Pipe
Rusty Collapsed Pipe
Coastal Plumbing is working on the constantly backed-up garage restroom toilet. After many years, the drain pipe bowed and the plumbers had to cut through the concrete and repair the pipe that is near the bicycles.
Manager Andrew Surdovel
Andy Surdovel
We are going to have to come up with a procedure for the bicycle locks in case of emergencies. Moving the bikes was a very time consuming ordeal that we don’t want to do again.

Our manager, Chuck Linder, has resigned. As a temporary measure, we have brought Andrew “Andy” Surdovel on board to take over the day to day duties. Introduce yourself so he gets to know the residents.


Eileen R. Bendis

Board President

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