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MARCH 19, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Annual Members Meeting &
Board of Directors Organizational Meeting

President Eileen Bendis
Pres Eileen Bendis
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Eileen Bendis, President. All notices were sent and posted according to Florida Statutes.

Election Monitor Nan Green
Election Monitor
Nan Green
Election Monitor - The Election Monitor Nan Green was introduced and explained the process and rules for counting election ballots.

Sergeant-at-Arms - Cathie Lenz, the Sergeant-at-Arms, was introduced and reviewed the rules for the meeting.

Quorum - a quorum of unit owners were not present, therefore it is not an official Annual Meeting.

Nancy Seltzer gave a detailed presentation in response to questions submitted regarding the lobby decoration project.

A question session was offered. The following subjects were among those addressed: Accounting of renovations, web site, concrete restoration, etc.

Sergeant-at-Arms Cathie Lenz
Cathie Lenz
Treasurer's Report - The financial report was available to all unit owners attending the meeting.

Treasurer Steven Faigin
Steven Faigin
Annual Audit - Charles Krblich CPA firm has been engaged for the annual audit. The 2017 financial audit fieldwork is complete, and we have received a draft of the financial statements. The annual report will be finalized and delivered to the Board of Directors and the Unit Owners by the end March. You will be notified when you can pick up a copy of the financial statements in the office. In April, the Charles Krblich CPA will complete and file the tax return.

Banking Services - Our relationship with the Association Services at CenterState Bank has been set up and operating since June 2017. Q2 Maintenance Fees are due April 1, 2018. There are several options for the payment of maintenance fees; however, all maintenance fees should be mailed directly to the bank lockbox in Miami. If possible, use coupons to accompany your payment, this speeds up the processing of your payment.

You also have the option of auto-debit; currently 43 owners use this option for payment of the quarterly fees. See Christine in the office if you would like to use auto-debit.

Manager Andy Surdovel
Andy Surdovel
Key Financial Metrics for February 2018:

  1. Cash on hand as of February 28, 2018

    1. Operating                                          $348,092

    2. Reserves-Replacement Funds         $648,153

  2. Profit & Loss as of February 28, 2018: Year to Date, the income exceeds expenditures by $44,592.74. Detail financial statements will be available to unit owners at the end of Q1 2018.

Please Note - (Copies of the complete Financial Report are available in the office - only to members.)

Vice President Eric Berkowitz
Vice President
Eric Berkowitz
New Treasurer John Amatulli
New Treasurer
John Amatulli
Manager's Report - Manager Andy Surdovel addressed the following:

Concierge Plus software, Amenity Bookings, Maintenance Requests, Package Delivery, Mailroom Monitor, TMS Biometric Clock, Receiving Room, Security Uniforms, Front Entrance Seating, Exercise Equipment, Landscaping, Beach Chairs, Cabanas, Hurricane Irma, LED Garage Lighting, and additional projects.

Eric Berkowitz - After having served for more than 17 years on Regency Tower's Board of Directors, Eric opted not to stand for re-election. Eileen Bendis shared the following. "From the roof to the drainage wells, from the A/C risers to the concrete balconies, from the website to the impact windows, from the generator to the cooling tower, Eric has always been there. No one has ever and I dare say so, no one WILL ever put as much volunteer time and effort into the future of Regency Tower. If anyone thinks anything other than his health has taken him off the Board of Directors, THEY DON'T KNOW ERIC!

He will still be here to negotiate and supervise projects like no one can. But, his health and his family must come first at this point in his life.

Please stand and give a heartfelt thank you for so many years of volunteer service to our community and that of the entire Galt Ocean Mile Association and wish him the best."

Secretary Fern McBride
Fern McBride
Election Results - The session ended with the following election results:

  • John Amatulli - 91 votes

  • Stephanie DeAngelis - 88 votes

  • Ronald Lenzi - 40 votes

  • Jorge Szmulewicz - 89 votes

Adjournment - No further business. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Fern McBride

Board Secretary

Regency Tower Association Inc.
Organizational Meeting of the Board of Directors
Monday, March 19, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

President Eileen Bendis
Pres Eileen Bendis
Organizational Meeting - Organizational Meeting followed immediately after election results were announced

New Vice President Jorge Szmulewicz
New Vice President
Jorge Szmulewicz
The meeting was called to order at 9:35 p.m. by President, Eileen Bendis.

The President, Eileen Bendis, asked for a motion to select a President. Fern McBride nominated Eileen Bendis for President. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Eileen Bendis nominated Jorge Szmulewicz as Vice President. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Fern McBride nominated John Amatulli as Treasurer. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Eileen Bendis nominated Fern McBride as Secretary. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

The following Board Members will serve as Directors: Stephanie DeAngelis, Steven Faigin and Richard Robins.

Secretary Fern McBride
Fern McBride
The Board of Directors' officers and directors is as follows:

  • President - Eileen Bendis
  • Vice President - Jorge Szmulewicz
  • Treasurer - John Amatulli
  • Secretary - Fern McBride
  • Director - Stephanie DeAngelis
  • Director - Steven Faigin
  • Director - Richard Robins

Adjournment - No further business. The meeting was adjourned at 9:49 p.m.

Fern McBride

Board Secretary

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MARCH 2, 2018

The Monthly Association “411”

General Manager Andrew Surdovel
General Manager
Andrew Surdovel
Board President Eileen Bendis
Board President
Eileen Bendis
March 2, 2018 - The Annual Meeting will take place in the Rendezvous Room on Monday, March 19th at 7 pm. Please vote. Many residents have requested that we televise the meeting, so anyone can view the meeting on their tablets or computers. Well, this meeting will be televised. A notice will be sent to all residents via email or 3rd class mail outlining the process to watch the meeting.


  1. Please see Christine for a new parking decal that will replace the existing decal and will identify your parking space in the garage. Those of you who park outside also need to register your car and be provided with a decal. If you purchase a new car or change your license plate, notify the office.

  2. There has been much progress, but many of you have not replaced the wooden balcony door with an aluminum impact glass door. We are aiming for 100% compliance; please notify Christine in the office of your intention.

  3. Robert Marini Plumbing Please see Christine to schedule a water heater replacement. Robert Marini’s plumbing price is $900 and $850 for a 40 and 30-gallon water heater respectively.

  4. Please get familiar with the website. Again, our Concierge Plus website is: 1regencytower.com.

  5. Bingo in the Rendezvous Room at 7 pm on Tuesdays.

  6. Lower Lot Service Parking- All unit owners are to remove their vehicles from the “Service Only” parking area before 9 am, Monday thru Saturday.

  7. In an emergency when you call 911, please call the front desk to alert Security of the emergency. Security can then direct the 911 vehicle to the North parking lot for entering the building via the North entrance next to the elevators.

  8. Use the Service elevator when in bathing attire.

  9. All vehicles should be locked, especially those parked outside.

  10. The speed limit for the driveways and the garage is 5 miles per hour.

Comcast - Xfinity The Comcast Bulk Video/Internet proposal was voted on and approved at the February 21st Board meeting. The final phase is with the lawyers to iron out the legalese. The per unit cost for the new Comcast Bulk contract is $258 per quarter or $86 per month. Each unit will have Blast Internet which is at least 100 Mbps in speed. Additionally, owners will have X1 Entertainment Digital Preferred with HD (High Definition) and HBO Service on two outlets (1 X1 HD/DVR, 1 X1 HD Receiver, 1HD/DTA). The package will also include 3- WiFi Hot Spots for our Common areas. The areas will be in the Lobby/Exercise Room, Game Room and the Pool/Beach patio areas. Comcast will also add a special option for voice (phone service) at $25/month per apartment

The Maintenance Department has the task of cleaning the grout on the tiled elevator lobby areas. If you view some of the completed floors, floors 20-17, you must agree it was long overdue. Maintenance is starting to replace the 4-foot fluorescent lights in the garage with LED bulbs. This will brighten the area and save money on wattage.

Outside landscaping is finally getting back to normal. There are new annuals in the front flag area planter. The service parking lot has perimeter planters leading into the garage. On a good note, the Hurricane Irma damaged plants are coming back, slowly.

Please note that Eric Berkowitz is not pursuing running for the Board of Directors due to a health issue.

Eric Peter Berkowitz

Eric Peter Berkowitz
Eric Peter Berkowitz
For the past 17 plus years, Eric served on Regency Tower's Board of Directors. While chairing the Architectural Review & Construction Committee and the Web Site Committee, his objective has always been to ensure that Regency Tower is one of the best maintained and administered residences on Galt Ocean Drive.

Regency Tower has been rebuilt. Almost every major structural and mechanical system has been rehabilitated or replaced with Eric’s guidance. Although susceptible to problems that afflict any 47-year old structure, his mandate was not focused on patching together building elements as fast as they fall, but on properly maintaining these systems that support quality of life.

During Eric’s tenure, the Construction Committee supervised 33 board-approved large and small construction projects. With few exceptions, they were managed by licensed professionals and/or consultants retained to provide the oversight required for a successful result - structural and financial. Every project has come in "on budget", and many were performed at no cost to the unit owners, including the new roof in 2002, the building-wide electrostatic recoating of balcony railings in 2007, impact glass windows and doors in the Rendezvous Room, exercise room and throughout the lobby, rehabilitated building columns, and 5 other projects expensed to the contractor or manufacturer.

Along with distributed briefs, Eric wrote comprehensive reports that were published in the newsletter and website about each project's conception, progress and outcome.

Ever since Eric implemented Architectural Review, scores of unit owners saved $thousands from its deterrent to unscrupulous contractors while precluding costly municipal violations. The Web Site Committee, chaired by Eric, informs in and out-of-residence members about association issues as the monthly "Around Town" - updates local events.

Eric’s motto: “It's no coincidence that local realtors currently characterize Regency Tower as one of the neighborhood's most desirable associations. It takes demanding work, good planning and unit owner’s help to remain so.”

Galt Mile Advisory Board
Galt Mile Advisory Board
Click to Galt Mile News Eric developed a unique perspective of the Galt Mile. Eric created and serves as "web master" of the Galt Mile Community Association web site, one of largest and most comprehensive in South Florida. As editor of the "Galt Mile News", the Association's newsletter, he keeps community residents and neighborhood merchants informed about issues critical to their Automated External Defibrillators throughout the neighborhood, the successful promotion of practical fire safety regulations and myriad other challenges. Eric also serves as the community 's eyes and ears, alerting the neighborhood to positive and negative political impacts emanating from Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall, Broward County HQ, and Washington DC. Acumen accrued as Regency Tower's Construction Chair has positioned Eric to assist with the Galt Mile's structural rebirth.

Regency Tower wishes him the very best on his upcoming procedure for his debilitating heath issue.

Eileen R. Bendis Andrew Surdovel
Board President General Manager

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