MARCH 19, 2018
Annual Members Meeting &
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.
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.
Please Note - (Copies of the complete Financial Report are available in the office - only to members.)
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."
Adjournment - No further business. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Regency Tower Association Inc.
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.
Adjournment - No further business. The meeting was adjourned at 9:49 p.m.
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
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.”
Regency Tower wishes him the very best on his upcoming procedure for his debilitating heath issue.