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 CY 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!!!
Click Here to read about the SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, Click Here for the 26th Anniversary Las Olas Art Fair - Part II, Click Here to check out 19th Annual Clueless on Las Olas, Click Here for the 22nd Annual Florida Renaissance Festival, Click Here to learn about Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, Click Here to learn about the 37th anniversary of Pridefest, Click Here to learn about the North Beach Art Walk, Click Here to check out the 18th Annual Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Craft Fair, Click Here to read about the 10th Annual Coral Springs Festival of the Arts, Click Here to read about the Sun Coast Gun & Knife Show, Click Here to read about the Lyrids Meteor Shower, Click Here for info about the Vernal (Spring) Equinox Sun Celebration (Ostara), Click Here to learn about Saturday night under the South Florida Stars and Click Here to learn about Commissioner Roberts’ pre-agenda meetings!
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!