November 11, 2016 - The Holiday Season once again provides us with an opportuninty to share our blessings with those who help maintain our home and protect our families. Please contribute to the Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund for 2016. This fund shows our appreciation to all members of our staff - those who work diligently to make life at the Regency Tower safe, comfortable and pleasant. Either deposit a check payable to the “R. T. Employees’ Holiday Fund” into the HOLIDAY FUND box on the Security Desk or mail it to: "The Regency Tower Employees’ Holiday Fund". Contributions will be divided among our entire staff at the Employees Holiday Party in December. Although many residents give more than the suggested minimum of $100, any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Funded solely by your generosity, these "gifts" are never subsidized by association resources. We thank you for your timely response to this request. Click Here for more information.
October 7, 2016 - Good planning - and good luck - expedited the installation of our cooling tower, the second of two projects enabled by the February 2015 assessment. More importantly, the early curtain reduced the A/C outage to less than three days, a new record on the Galt Mile for this type of project. The A/C, which was shut down on Thursday, September 29, was returned to service on Saturday evening, October 1 - 3 days ahead of schedule. By patiently addressing obstacles as they arose, our contractor, engineer, staffers and project planners shaped a flexible and powerful system, minimized our inconvenience, and saved a bundle.
Presidents Message: On October 5, 2016, President Eileen Bendis gave context to the completed construction projects in a message sent to residents. Click Here for her advocacy of our momentum, and how upgrading our home pays financial and "Quality of Life" dividends.
FULL REPORT: For a comprehensive report covering events since the May 2016 project update, Click Here for the full "411".
P.S. - A few days after installation, the system was tested by Mother Nature, and withstood the Category 3 - 4 winds of Hurricane Matthew free of default or damage. Manager Kande Lewandowski and staffers flawlessly executed the Board's Hurricane preparation protocols. As a result, Regency Tower sustained negligible damage.
September 24, 2016 - Our cooling tower project finally began on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. PLEASE NOTE: the old cooling tower that powers our air conditioners will be shut down on Thursday, September 29 at 8 AM, and is scheduled to return to service some time during Tuesday, October 4. Since rooftop construction is always dependent on weather conditions, delays due to high winds or rain will be announced immediately. For those of you who plan to remain in residence, we arranged rental terms for room size air conditioning units called spot coolers. These units will be made available for rent directly from the vendor. If you are interested, please inform the office about the number of units you will need. The estimated weekly rental fee is $400 - and includes delivery, set-up, and removal. Since the days have recently been brutal and the evenings hot and humid, please consider one for your bedroom, especially if a family member has respiratory or coronary issues. A final agreement will be executed between the unit owner and the vendor. Please respond TODAY - as time is short. NOTE: This project WILL NOT affect electrical service. The temporary outage will only apply to air conditioners powered by the cooling tower (units in our hallway closets).
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September 16, 2016 - On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Regency Tower Board of Directors hosted a special meeting of the Board at 11 a.m. in the Rendezvous Room. Scheduled shortly after results of a full vote by the unit owners indicated overwhelming support for a planned enhancement of the association's common areas, the agenda's sole objective was consideration of a funding assessment to underwrite those improvements. Invited to discuss the project, attending unit owners inquired about permitting issues, competitive pricing, and liquidated damages - a tool for minimizing the inconvenience to residents. In her President's Report, Eileen Bendis thanks decorating committee chair Nancy Seltzer for her committee's hard work, details referendum voting totals, and anticipates a positive impact on unit values. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes and Click Here for the President's Report. Click Here to read Manager Kande Lewandowski's maintenance update, submitted the next day.
August 22, 2016 - Regency Tower residents recently received an enigmatic notice from Florida Power & Light. In short, it explained that our electricity would be temporarily interrupted on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. for an estimated 3 hours. The company further admonished that this was an “approximate start time” and the interruption may have begun at any time within the hour. On Monday, August 22, at 1 PM, a playful FP&L bureaucrat sent the identical message to scores of owners, only this time citing the date as Tuesday, August 30. ALACAZAM! Less than 24 hours before the scheduled outage, they changed the date. Would it surprise you to learn that FP&L is one of the State's most despised monopolies? That said, the outage will still take place on Tuesday, August 23 - since we also scheduled a full load test of the emergency power system, hoping to avoid the need to inconvenience everyone twice. Fortunately, this will only take an hour or so. However, on Tuesday, August 30, FPL will be back, and clobber us with the outage originally scheduled for August 23. If you want to know what’s going on behind the curtain, Click Here to learn why FPL is cutting the power and more importantly, how you should prepare for this irresponsibly managed power outage.
May 26, 2016 - On May 9, 2016, the Regency Tower Board of Directors held an 11 a.m. special meeting in the Rendevous Room. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes. Convened to announce new association policies, including a smoking ban on the Pool Deck, a new security policy requiring that all guests show a picture ID to the security guard at the front desk, a $100 increase in the annual cabana rental fee, and a clarification of Federally mandated rules governing emotional support animals. Click Here to read Eileen Bendis' President's message and Click Here to read Manager Kande Lewandowski's maintenance report. Click Here for the Architectural Review & Construction Committee's comprehensive update about the new Emergency Power System, a new domestic water pump, and regulatory negotiations to contain the cost of the planned cooling tower. Click Here for the Social Committee's list of upcoming events. Click Here for Ofelia Alleguez' We Care Committee outreach, and Click Here to review Decorating Committee recommendations for enhancing our home. Click Here to look over the 4 new association protocols.
March 28, 2016 - On March 23, 2016, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 6 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and welcoming new Regency Tower residents, Board President Eileen Bendis proclaimed "This is not a Board of Directors meeting, this is your meeting." President Bendis imparted that a regular board meeting would be noticed and convened in the near future, in which committee reports would comprehensively illuminate construction progress as well as Decorating Committee suggestions to improve the aesthetic impact of our home and increase the value of our investments. A few hours later, Bendis introduced Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez and thanked her Election Committee members for performing the tedious job of reviewing the ballots and tallying the votes. After announcing the results, Bendis requested nominations for the selection of officers. Click Here to learn who is currently seated on the governing board, the voting totals and who will serve as the association's officials.
March 17, 2016 - On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, the annual Regency Tower Members meeting will convene at 6 p.m. in the Rendezvous Room. All Association members are welcome to attend. This year, five candidates volunteered to fill the three seats of board members whose terms will expire at the annual meeting. During the meeting, the Election Committee will verify and tally votes cast by eligible members before announcing the results. Your voice - and vote - will help shape our future. If you haven't yet voted, please do so immediately (tick tock). See you there!!!
One day earlier, on March, 22 - Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM - the Beautification / Decorating Committee is also holding a meeting in the Rendezvous Room. First - look at the display boards stationed in the lobby for some insight into the various decorating ideas you will be able to consider before deciding how you would like to see the lobby evolve. Then ask Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer - and her talented attending Committee members - any questions that come to mind. Informative - and FUN!!! Grab a snack and head on down.
December 21, 2015 - At the Tuesday, December 8, annual Regency Tower Budget meeting, Manager Kande Lewandowski revealed the FY 2016 spending plan collaboratively compiled with Regency Tower Treasurer Steve Faigin. Attendees were pleased by how the administration kept the wheels turning while effectively controlling costs. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes. Following the presentation, Board President Eileen Bendis called for Committee Reports, beginning with her end-of-year update. Click Here to read Eileen Bendis' President's Report. For a progress review by the Construction/Architectural Review Committee, Click Here and Click Here for the Decorating Committee Report. Click Here to see what the Social Committee is planning and Click Here for the outreach preformed throughout 2015 by our We Care Committee.
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 electrical load from a grid to an emergency power source if the power is interrupted. Unfortunately, there is no way to safely accomplish this without turning off the power to our elevators, cooling tower (NO A/C) and the water pump (NO running water). Click Here to read Engineer John Evans' explanation for this one-day inconvenience.
October 30, 2015 - On October 15, 2015, Board President Eileen Bendis convened a Special Meeting of the Regency Tower Board at 10 a.m. in the Rendezvous room. The meeting was called for the express purpose of enumerating the terms of a credit line maintained to address the association's financial needs if and when confronted by an emergency. Following the serial hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, most Galt Mile associations opened credit lines sufficient for funding repairs to structural damage caused by storm surge or windstorm events, compensating for insurance benefit delays that proliferate after catastrophic emergencies. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes.
September 30, 2015 - In May of 2014, when technicians from American Generator Services (the company contracted to maintain our generator) admonished that our 45-year old back-up power source was on its last legs, SPEC Engineer John Evans recommended that we immediately launch a replacement process, since installing a new emergency power system could take more than a year. Although manufacturer’s delivery might only take several months, and another four to six weeks for the actual construction, Evans observed that regulatory issues could delay the installation for an additional six to twelve months. As Evans predicted, the permit was held hostage in Design Review since April before finally being approved and put to work. Click Here for its circuitous municipal itinerary.
September 24, 2015 - On September 18, 2015, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis and Manager Kande Lewandowski drafted a snapshot of association issues and events that touched our lives during July and August. Dedicated primarily to operational housekeeping, the brief September 8 Special Meeting lacked a President's or Manager's report. To fill the void, Bendis and Lewandowski summarized a litany of maintenance improvements, the construction kickoff of our emergency power system, a significant security upgrade, a plea to palliate problems amicably, and the recent painful loss of longtime friends and neighbors. Click Here to read their joint "Summer Update".
September 10, 2015 - On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis convened a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting blended updates with housekeeping issues. The Board thanked departing Secretary Joan Sapik for her selfless contribution to improving our home and welcomed newly appointed Secretary Fern McBride, whose legacy at Regency Tower is stellar. Housekeeping measures impacting the generator and emergency balcony repairs were followed by the renewal of a line of credit, pending approval of the terms by Treasurer Steve Faigin. Click Here to read Secretary Fern McBride's meeting minutes.
May 24, 2015 - On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis called a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting was convened to address four association housekeeping measures implemented to illuminate financial disclosure and more effectively manage revenues. Manager Kande Lewandowski reviewed Association Financial Statements and discussed the Independent Auditor’s Report for the calendar year ending on December 31, 2014. Following a successful motion to ratify the report, three additional motions authorized fund transfers between accounts to cover expenses. Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' "President's Report", Click Here for Manager Kande Lewandowski's "Manager's Report", and Click Here to read Secretary Joan Sapik's meeting minutes.
March 29, 2015 - On March 18, 2015, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum, Board President Eileen Bendis turned the meeting over to the attending members for an open discussion. Although the lack of a Quorum obviated the regulatory need for formal Meeting Minutes, Secretary Joan Sapik took notes to record events. After some discussion about the beach cabanas, pool use regulations, elevator servicing companies, Wifi Hot Spots and notice requirements, Bendis thanked Chair Ofelia Alleguez and her Election Committee before Ofelia delivered the election results. At the subsequent organizational meeting, the board named the association's 2015 officers. For insight into the lineup, Click Here to read Secretary Joan Sapik's meeting notes.
February 12, 2015 - On Thursday, February 5, Association President Eileen Bendis convened a Board Meeting to explain the basis for a special assessment that will underwrite two projects critical to our safety and comfort - upgrading the association's failing emergency power system and replacing the deteriorating rooftop cooling tower. While State Law only requires disclosure of the assessment's nature, estimated cost and purpose, a project report distributed to unit owners before the meeting also summarizes each project's evolution, describes the respective bidding processes and details the contributing costs. To read the report (and Assessment Summary) or download a "printable" version, Click Here to "Special Assessments: The Price of Power & the Cost of Comfort"! Click Here to read the meeting minutes.
January 20, 2015 - Next year's spending plan was detailed and discussed at the December 29, 2014, annual Budget Meeting. After confirming that a vote by our owners authorized the association to partially fund the statutory reserves, the board unanimously approved a budget shaped primarily by Regency Tower Treasurer Steve Faigin. To review what happened, Click Here to read the meeting minutes. For a summary of recent association events, Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' "President's Report". Click Here to Manager Kande Lewandowski's "Manager's Report", wherein she outlines association projects, Financial info and "Friendly Reminders". To review the Construction / Architectural Review Committee report featuring a project update for the emergency generator and cooling tower replacement, Click Here for the Committee Reports. Click Here for a list of our newest neighbors and to check out important announcements, Click Here to Notices & Reminders!
December 20, 2014 - Each year, the Regency Tower Employee Holiday Fund Committee (Ofelia Alleguez, Shirley Hopkins and Heida Bouchet) collects donations from altruistic residents and guests for an annual Holiday Party hosted for our employees. Funds are also collected to provide our selfless staffers with some extra money during the Holidays. On December 19, 2014, staffers (and Committee Members) met at 12 PM in the Rendezvouz Room, where they enjoyed the Seasonal Holiday blowout. For an inside peek at this event, Click Here to the Photo Gallery (please click on each picture for a larger view).
July 20, 2014 - Recently, interim manager Kande Lewandowski drew my attention to an email featuring advice for Snowbirds parceled by Regency Tower pest control Guru Bug-Off. Although something less than an epiphany, its still good solid stuff - and extremely easy to implement. Kande suggested we share this wisdom with all Regency Tower unit owners. Actually, BugOff filched the text from an online pest control blogger who calls himself "The Bug Doctor" and hold court on a website known as "The Pest Cemetery." Since this niche authority invites visiting patrons to share his work product, Click Here for some good ideas for keeping the bugs at bay when you are out-of-residence!
July 10, 2014 - In her March 20, 2014 Report to members, after calling attention to the endless parade of construction projects along the Galt Mile, President Bendis exhorted “Don’t think we are invincible!” Couched in her cynical admonition of mortality was a wallet alert. While our President puts in the mind-numbing daily oversight required to balance operational needs with resources, budget-busting projects are flagged for Board review. Three projects that are critical to our quality of life were vetted during the spring season – the structural integrity of our balconies, the cooling tower that enables every air conditioner in the building and the back-up generator that powers critical systems during an outage. Two were approved by the Board. Since they are funded by special assessment, they will impact our family budgets. The following update will add some perspective to these planned improvements. Click Here for the inside scoop.
March 31, 2014 - On March 20, 2014, the Regency Tower Annual Members meeting was convened at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. After announcing the absence of a Quorum and reading her Presidents Report, Board President Eileen Bendis invited questions and open discussion. Although the lack of a Quorum obviated the regulatory need for formal Meeting Minutes, Secretary Joan Sapik took notes to record events. After some discussion about recent elevator problems and lobby upgrades, Bendis applauded member volunteers and staffers for their respective contributions to association projects - including Margie Nagle's Beautification Committee for creating the new seating alcove adjacent to the building entrance - on a shoestring budget! Several members thanked President Bendis and the Board for effectively addressing building issues. At adjournment, Bendis invited attendees to a post-meeting Party in the lobby. To read Secretary Joan Sapik's meeting notes, Click Here. For President Eileen Bendis' member update, Click Here.
December 31, 2013 - Next year's spending plan was etched in stone at the December 2, 2013 Budget Meeting. After confirming that a vote by our owners authorized the association to fund partial statutory reserves, the board unanimously approved a budget carved out by Regency Tower Treasurer Steven Faigin. Pleased attendees applauded the spending plan - since no maintenance increase is planned for CYand opened the 2014! For a snap-shot of the Budget, the Reserves Vote and our insurance status, Click Here to read the meeting minutes. Click Here to read President Eileen Bendis' Holiday message to residents and for Manager Dwight Lyons' year-end summary of building projects, Click Here. While our staffers worked miracles all year - on a shoestring budget, for association improvements achieved by our committee volunteers, Click Here to read the Committee Reports. For a gander at the Employees Holiday Party, Click Here to the Photo Gallery.HAVE A HAPPY AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!September 3, 2013 - On August 26, 2013, Regency Tower Board President Eileen Bendis called a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting was convened to address four association "housekeeping issues" that that would benefit from attention. After renewing the association credit line, Bendis opted to ratify a June vote to renew Manager Dwight Lyons' contract. Although the Board voted to renew the contract in June, ratification enables the vote to be placed in the meeting minutes, where members can easily read about it on the website instead of through a records request to the office. The former owner of Unit 1508 is still deliberately delaying foreclosure proceedings. Since the unit will continue to contribute nothing to the association until the court finalizes the foreclosure action, the association attorney requested guidance. The Board voted to direct the attorney to proceed with the foreclosure - through to completion. Finally, V.P. Eric Berkowitz updated the members about the condition of our roof, explaining the planned measures to insure its integrity going forward. Click Here to read the meeting minutes. Click Here to read the Roof Report. Also, check below for local September events in the "Around Town" section of the website. Click the link in each free event to learn more!!!
April 8, 2013 - One day after the Annual meeting, Comcast held an "Equipment Upgrade Event" for Regency Tower residents in the Rendezvous Room. Prior to the expiration of Regency Tower’s bulk service contract with Comcast, association officials negotiated a new agreement that provides Regency Tower members with additional services at no additional cost. However, to receive these premium services, each Regency Tower unit owner would need at least one interactive digital set-top box. While many residents who previously upgraded their service collaterally received a Digital Set-Top Box, about half our owners only had the small Digital Adapters (DTAs) affixed to their televisions. The March 21st one-day event insured that every Regency Tower Comcast customer benefits from the new services. Unit owners who had privately contracted for these services will have their accounts adjusted, eliminating the monthly charges by Comcast. Click Here to see what happened!!!
March 21, 2013 - At 7 P.M. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Regency Tower unit owners held their Annual Meeting in the Rendezvous Room. In a refreshing departure from the usual agenda "filler", instead of conducting a Regular Meeting while the Election Committee relentlessly crunched scores of ballot envelopes, President Eileen Bendis reformatted the down time to a Q & A, with meeting attendees vetting association issues and suggestions with board members. Amid the informal discussions, Election Committee Chair Ofelia Alleguez announced the voting totals. After unit owners roundly welcomed the new board members, Bendis requested nominations for the selection of officers. Click Here to learn who is currently seated on the governing board, the voting totals and who will serve as the association's officials. Absent a quorum, Meeting Notes are taken in lieu of Meeting Minutes. Click Here for the official Meeting Notes.
January 2, 2013 - On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened the year's final meeting. The frugal Budget cobbled together and presented last month by Treasurer Cathie Lenz was approved, a Comcast Contract that freezes last year's rates for two more years was approved, and attending unit owners approved of the after-party in the lobby!!! To review what happened, Click Here to read the meeting minutes. For a summary of recent association events, Click Here for President Eileen Bendis' "President's Report". Click Here to Manager Dwight Lyons' "Manager's Report", wherein he enumerates an arm's length list of recently completed projects. For info about how the drainage issues were resolved, a Security status update and Ofelia Alleguez' We Care report for all of 2012, Click Here for the Committee Reports. To quickly peruse the board votes, Click Here to "New Business"! By the way, important announcements contained in the minutes are permanently available by Clicking Here to Notices & Reminders!
November 19, 2012 - On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened the annual Association Budget Presentation. Treasurer Cathie Lenz, assisted by Manager Dwight Lyons, outlined the benefits accrued by an aggressive upgrading of association contracts, beating back a threatened insurance deductible hike and exercising spending restraint for optional or "questionable" improvements. In an economic environment that's tanked association budgets throughout the Galt Mile, Lenz delivered a spending plan that will help keep your money in your wallet - without adversely impacting association operations. Quite a feat! Click Here to read the Budget Presentation meeting minutes! After perusing the "Good News" budget summary, Click Here to learn how you can help our dedicated employees share in this optimistic outlook!
November 2, 2012 - Prior to opening negotiations for a new bulk television contract, the Regency Tower Cable Committee encountered a familiar obstacle. Alternative satellite television service providers DirecTV and Dish Network use a contractual format that requires executing an additional (second) agreement with some local "Mom and Pop" outfit for maintenance services. While AT&T’s “U-verse” currently provides internet services to Galt Mile consumers, they are not yet equipped to offer bulk television services along Galt Ocean Drive. Since Comcast (AKA "Xfinity"), the sole remaining provider, could no longer deliver our current package of services, the committee cut a deal for an alternative package that saves more than $64,000 over 5 years. Click Here to learn more!
August 16, 2012 - After 42 years, the fan that pulled air through the Regency Tower garage since 1969 gave up the ghost. Following an in-depth investigation of replacement alternatives, the Board voted to replace the rusting hulk in the southeast corner of the garage with a The TCTA “Tubeaxial Fan” manufactured by Twin City Fan & Blower. A cast aluminum alloy wheel that turns 60-inch fan blades sits in a one-piece heavy gauge hot-rolled steel housing. Installed by bid-winner Custom Air Designs under the supervision of Structural Engineer John Evans from Swaysland Professional Engineering Consultants (SPEC), the new monster will manage our below grade ventilation for the next 40 years. Click Here for details - and pictures!
July 27, 2012 - Since mid-2011, water has become a major player in many of our home’s construction dilemmas. Amid the hot and humid doldrums of late July, another chapter in this this soggy saga temporarily washed out access to our swimming pool. Fortunately, a team effort by the administration, maintenance staffers and a cooperative vendor quashed this quandary before most of us even knew of its existence. Our weekend pool enthusiasts didn’t miss a beat. Click Here to learn what happened - and why it won't happen again!
April 18, 2012 - Several months ago, when flooding along the descending ramps on the west side of the garage rose to levels that penetrated some vehicles, security personnel were unsure about how the water entered the garage since they hadn’t noticed water streaming past the garage entrance trench drain despite the heavy rain. Since the garage flooded whenever it rained for more than 34 years yet remained dry in the eight years since the drainage system was installed, Board President Eileen Bendis requested an investigation into what caused it to flood in October and stop thereafter? Click Here for the scoop.
March 26, 2012 - On March 20, 2012, Regency Tower residents held their Annual Member's meeting at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. This year's twofer (Annual Meeting and Regular Meeting) was punctuated by the insertion of new blood into the association Board. Joining the panel were Information Technology wizard Eugene Sicoli and educator Abe Ben-Aviv. To peruse the evening's events, Click Here for the meeting minutes. To see the how your votes panned out, Click Here. For the 2012 slate of officers elected by the new board during the meeting, Click Here. To read President Eileen Bendis' President's Report, Click Here. For Manager Dwight Lyons' maintenance snapshot of Regency Tower, check out the Manager's Report by Clicking Here. To eyeball the meeting's obscure yet informative "New Business", Click Here.
March 9, 2012 - Upon receiving an association invoice on February 28th, Elem Rinomato emailed back “I just want to say that I love receiving mail and invoices by computer! Thanks for bringing us up into the modern day world.” Elem is one of the roughly 60 Regency Tower residents who signed up for the new email notification program. Instead of trudging to the mailbox for her maintenance bill, she checks her email and VOILA! When asked by Manager Dwight Lyons if she would prefer going online to do her association business, Linda Pines answered, “Absolutely. I’d love to jump into the 21st Century and receive invoices via email. It’s been a long time coming.” Claude Provost responded, “Yes very good idea. I would much prefer to receive by email since I spent time in Canada and Florida.” Inge Joneleit commented “Hello Dwight, brilliant idea. Yes please send our bill by email. Thank you. Best regards.” An hour later, husband Juergen chimed in, stating “Dwight, as Inge already replied, good idea, thanks for the effort.” Who would believe that Regency Tower owners would turn so fuzzy when billed for quarterly maintenance assessments? Do you want to know why? Click Here for the skinny.
February 4, 2012 - At the January 31, 2012 Special Meeting of the Board of Directors - just seven months after agreeing to champion the voluntary installation of impact glass balcony doors - Board President Eileen Bendis announced the results of a full membership referendum. Addressing roughly 70 attendees in the Rendezvous Room, the President reported that the measure passed by an overwhelming margin. Of 149 proxies received, 124 favored the right to install the hurricane-mitigating glass balcony doors. Click Here to read President Bendis' message to unit owners and Click Here to review the referendum's final vote totals. Click Here for a list of current and completed projects by Manager Dwight Lyons and Click Here to the meeting minutes. Also, in the Committee Reports, Margie Nagle tells how she stretched a two-penny budget into a lavishly decorated lobby and a Construction Committee report details association plans to replace the heat pumps, the garage fan and the water tower. Click Here for the Committee Reports. .
December 17, 2011 - Next year's spending plan was etched in stone at the December 13, 2011, annual Budget Approval Meeting. After confirming that a vote by our owners authorized the association to partially fund the statutory reserves, the board unanimously approved a budget shaped primarily by Regency Tower Treasurer Cathie Lenz. Following the meeting, attendees filed from the Rendezvous Room into the lobby, where Social Committee Chair Nancy Seltzer helped morph a celebratory spread into a lobby party! Click Here for info about the meeting. Click Here to read President Eileen Bendis' Holiday message to residents and for Manager Dwight Lyons' year-end summary of building projects, Click Here.
November 17, 2011 - On November 8, 2011, Board Treasurer Cathie Lenz took center stage at the annual Regency Tower Budget Presentation. Our rookie bean counter addressed a pleasantly surprised room of unit owners, explaining the details surrounding a budget that she spent months pulling, pushing, punching and squeezing until the spending plan mirrored last year's bottom line. With Manager Dwight Lyons' cameo assistance, Lenz detailed a fiscally intuitive new format that organizes budget categories by account number. The centerpiece of Lenz' achievement wasn't simply holding the line, but doing so without compromising standards for operations, maintenance, security, amenities or the association's aesthetic appearance. The Board will actualize the budget at the December 13th Budget Meeting. Click Here for some details about next year's financial plan. By the way, Click Here to learn how you can help every Regency Tower employee weather this bare-knuckles economy!
November 8, 2011 - During the past week, you may have noticed that your tap water tastes or smells a tad different. On October 31, 2011, City of Fort Lauderdale Public Information Specialist Monique J. Damiano sent a notice to the Galt Mile Community Association. Entitled, "City of Fort Lauderdale to Chlorinate Water System" the Public Works message alerted city residents to an aspect of the City's preventive Water System maintenance. For the whole scoop, Click Here! ONE MORE THING: As the Holiday Season nears, we revive the longstanding tradition of soliciting contributions to our Employees' Holiday Fund. This year, your donations hold a special significance! Click Here to see why!
October 17, 2011 - On Thursday evening, October 13, 2011, the Regency Tower Board of Directors covened a Board meeting in the Rendezvous Room at 7 PM. With new Board members Margaret Thompson and Bernard Larkin in attendance (and vacationing Iris Anastasi on the phone), the seven board members and Manager Dwight Lyons gave a comprehensive overview of association accomplishments, upcoming challenges and the operational strategies implemented to address them. To familiarize yourself with events undertaken at the meeting, Click Here to review the meeting minutes. For a progress update by some of our newly reconfigured committees, Click Here for the Committee Reports. Click Here to read President Eileen Bendis' message to residents and for Manager Dwight Lyons's detailed building report, Click Here. Click Here to review "New Business" Board votes for association issues such as the creation of tenant eligibility criteria, vesting residents with the right to install impact glass balcony doors and addressing the repeated failure of beachside landscaping to thrive.
August 2, 2011 - Several months after the March 2011 election, former Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum and Maintenance Chair Dee Lanzillo resigned from the Regency Tower Board of Directors. On July 28th, Board President Eileen Bendis convened a special Board meeting to fill the 2 open positions. By a unanimous vote of the Board, Ms. Margaret Mary Thompson of Unit 907 was appointed to fill Dee Lanzillo's vacated seat for a term expiring in March of 2013. Mr. Bernard Larkin of Unit 1611 was appointed by a unanimous vote to complete the balance of Bill Tennenbaum's unexpired term through March of 2012. The two new additions bring a useful blend of unique skills to the existing panel. Click Here to review the meeting minutes.
July 9, 2011 - Having capped his first full week by supervising the Friday morning payroll, shortly after Regency Tower's new manager Dwight Lyons returned from lunch on June 14th, he learned that water was mysteriously accumulating in the hallways on more than a dozen floors, the lobby and areas in the garage filled with high-voltage equipment. Following a quick meeting with maintenance and security personnel to prioritize safety protocols and stem the fast-spreading water, the new manager decided that he was not going to allow a building wide inundation cloud his first week on the job. Click Here to learn how Mr. Lyons turned a potentially budget busting disaster into an inconvenience.
June 15, 2011 - After two years as our property manager, longtime neighbor Dott Nicholson-Brown has retired effective June 3, 2011 in preparation for future endeavors. On June 7, 2011, Dwight Lyons assumed responsibility for managing our home. A 12-year Florida licensed Community Association Manager (CAM) with an alphabet soup of distinguished accreditations (AMS, CMCA, PCAM, etc.) and specific experience managing high-rise oceanfront associations, Dwight has already started bonding with our staff and diagnosing our operational strengths and weaknesses. On Friday, June 24th, event impressario Nancy Seltzer and the Board of Directors are sponsoring a Meet and Greet party in the lobby from 4 to 5:30 PM to introduce Dwight to our members. All Regency Tower residents are invited to attend and welcome our new manager. Dwight is looking forward to meeting with all of you. Click Here for more about Dwight and details about the lobby party.
May 24, 2011 - The Regency Tower Board of Directors convened a 7 PM meeting in the Rendezvous Room on May 19, 2011. President Eileen Bendis convened the Spring meeting to address ongoing association business before the annual summer hiatus. Click Here to read the meeting minutes. For a progress update by our committee volunteers, Click Here for their Committee Reports. In her President's report, the newly elected Ms. Bendis thanked committee volunteers, announced Manager Dott Niocholson Brown's June 3rd retirement and made a commitment to coalescing the Board of Directors. Click Here to read the complete President's Report. For Manager Dott Nicholson-Brown's comprehensive building update, Click Here.
April 13, 2011 - On March 23, 2011, the Regency Tower Board of Directors convened a 7 PM meeting in the Rendezvous Room. One week after her election to the board and appointment as President, Eileen Bendis tackled her first agenda like a veteran. Click Here to read the meeting minutes. In her first official report, President Bendis identified her priority objective as "mending fences and putting everybody on the same team." To read the complete President's Report, Click Here. For Manager Dott Nicholson-Brown's building update, Click Here.
April 4, 2011 - On March 17, 2011, Regency Tower residents held their Annual Member's meeting at 7 PM in the Rendezvous Room. The yearly event was punctuated by the insertion of new blood into the association Board. Joining the panel were Eileen Bendis and fiscal whiz Cathie Lenz. To peruse the election statistics and vote totals, Click Here for the meeting minutes. To see the slate of officers elected by the new board during the meeting, Click Here. For a snapshot of the ever-improving lifestyle benefits in Regency Tower, check out the Committee Reports by Clicking Here. By the way, Barry Seltzer sent pictures of the best Social Committee event in years - the (day before) Valentine's Day Champagne Brunch! Click Here for a graphic tour of this slammin' Sunday morning.
March 18, 2011 - On April 20, 2011, Comcast Cable will hold an event for the residents of Regency Tower to distribute and install Digital Adapters (DTA). Channels 25 through 78 will be moving to the digital range after May 24, 2011. In order to continue viewing these channels, any television set that isn't currently connected to a Comcast Digital Set-Top Box will require a Digital Adapter (DTA). Residents are entitled to receive up to 3 DTAs free of charge. If you have more than 3 televisions, a monthly fee of $1.99 for each additional adapter installed will appear on your monthly statement. Click Here for more information about the Comcast DTA installation event.
February 11, 2011 - On February 13, 2011, the Social Committee is hosting their 3rd Regency Tower tour de force. From 10:30 AM to 1 PM, the Rendezvous Room will become "Valentine's Day" central, as Nancy Seltzer's minions lay out the welcome mat to any and all of her Regency Tower neighbors. Participants in the Sunday morning Champagne Brunch will find themselves knee deep in Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers - perfect post-constitutional libations. In addition to the standard Sunday morning brunchfare of eggs, ham, bacon, bagels, etc, the Social Committee kidnapped a Brunch Chef to manage the Omelette Station. That's right - AN OMELETTE STATION! Click Here for the "downlow"!
December 24, 2010 - On December 16, 2010, unit owners attending the early evening Board Meeting enjoyed a TWOFER! At the 6:30 Special Meeting, they celebrated your decision to opt out of the Sprinkler Retrofit. That's right - no hair raising mega-assessment for plumbing supplies! At 7:00 p.m., a meeting dedicated to approving the upcoming year's association budget was convened. After thoroughly vetting Treasurer Bill Tennenbaum's fiscal handiwork during the annual November Budget Presentation, the Board endorsed the only Galt Mile association budget less burdensome than its previous incarnation. For those of us preoccupied with squeezing nickels, MORE GOOD NEWS! The membership voted to partially fund the 2011 reserves, further relieving the fiscal sting. Click Here to the recorded Minutes of both meetings, including the vote summaries. After announcing the results for both votes and delivering a low calorie budget (with partial reserves), volunteers reviewed their respective Committees' recent activities. Click Here to the Committee Reports. Click Here to read Board President Dee Lanzillo's President's Report and Click Here to read Manager Dott Nicholson-Brown's Manager's Update. For helpful tips about living in Regency Tower, Click Here for recent Notices & Reminders. ONE MORE MOMENT... - don't forget to contribute to the Employees Holiday Fund. If you missed the first distribution (at the December 17th Employees Holiday Party), no problem!. There's still time to plunk down a few bucks before the second distribution in early January. Click Here for more info.
December 2, 2010 - At last September's "Happy Hour in the Tower", along with those who responded to the Social Committee's building-wide party invitation, dozens of people passing through the lobby placed their plans on hold and joined the fun. Chairperson - and newlywed - Nancy Lynn Seltzer breathed new life into a long dormant Social Committee and hit a Home Run. On Saturday evening, December 4th, Nancy will host another "Happy Hour in the Tower". However, she has some info that should appeal to anyone within stumbling distance of our elevators! Click Here to get the message. To see who attended the September 3rd event, Click Here.
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THE REGENCY TOWERoffers the same amenities and services you expect to find at quality resort hotels, with the advantages of space, privacy, and value that only a condominium or private home can provide. Our two hundred and three “ranch homes in the sky” are home to a fascinating collection of international residents.
The key feature that renders The Regency Tower unique is its residents. An exciting blend of young and old, they hail from all points of the globe. Our active Social Committee is constantly organizing an extensive roster of activities. Planned outings to the Theater, the racetrack, a variety of interesting restaurants, Art Galleries, and “Dinner Theater” are available to everyone. For “homebodies” there are barbecues, talent shows, “hobby nights”, weekly bingo, “theme” parties, and exercising with our "State of the Art" equipment. All residents benefit from the attentions of a group of sensitive caring individuals who comprise the “WE CARE” Committee.
The Regency Tower, along with the rest of the Galt Ocean Mile, is undergoing a rebirth. We’ve built a new roof, refurbished all of our balconies, renovated the hallway and elevator lobby on every floor, freshly painted and waterproofed the building, modernized and redecorated our elevators, redecorated the lobby, added a separate pedestrian entrance adjacent to a new garage door, installed a new main entry, built a new Exercise Room with quality equipment and secured the premises with new fences. Pool, Ping-Pong and Poker tables dominate the new Game Room featuring a Bar and a DVD-ready Big-Screen Television. Resurfaced with high quality pavers, the newly waterproofed parking deck is illuminated by modern new high intensity lamps. All building planters were rebuilt and imbued with an automatically timed irrigation and electrical network. New heat pumps efficiently warm our recently recoated pool while an invisible new wind barrier shelters poolside sunbathers. A system of French Drains in our lower driveway feed a recently excavated well to guarantee a dry garage in all weather conditions. New code-compliant fire safety and keyless security systems bring personal safety and security into the 21st century. New landscaping bathes the “reinvented” Regency Tower in lush greenery and striking tropical color!
Regency Tower is also one of the two most “hurricane-resistant” residential hi-rise structures in the Galt Ocean Mile neighborhood. As found in all new coastal construction, every glazed opening in the entire building is fitted with impact rated glass – windows and doors. Since first retrofitted, not one impact rated window or door has been penetrated by hurricane winds or debris. Also, windstorm damage to any window (individual unit or common area) is covered by a dedicated zero-deductible insurance policy. Installed in 2003, the “Millennium Roof” is rated to withstand Category 5 weather events and has never been infiltrated. Since every unit and common area is fully mitigated, Regency Tower homeowners enjoy the financial advantages of continued eligibility for commercial windstorm insurance.
As a result of these efforts, our residents have seen a substantial increase in the value of their homes. We anticipate that this trend will continue. Conversely, the highly efficient structural, plumbing, electrical and administrative upgrades have served to offset normal upward pressure on maintenance costs. Whether you prefer glorious private beach bound seclusion or an interesting balance of well-befriended activities, The Regency Tower is a wonderful place to live!