Welcome To The December Edition Of "The Green Marble" Newsletter
The December Issue Includes:

- "Heads Up! Potential Changes To MRTA Affecting All Homeowners Associations Incoming"
- Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
- The Final Week Is Here!
- Need A Space To Have Your Meeting?
- Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings
Apopka Residents - Here's An Organization Just For You!
- Who's The Most Awesome In Your Association?
- New Community Association Organizations Forming
- Want To Own A Set Of The Florida Statutes For Community Associations?
- Did You Know?
- Quote Of The Month
- December Birthdays 

"Heads Up! Potential Changes To MRTA Affecting All Homeowners Associations Incoming"
By: Partner, Brian Hess

Although the next legislative session has not yet started as of the date of writing (note: starts January 9, 2018), bills affecting community associations are often filed months in advance of the start of the session.  We are most closely monitoring, at this time, Senate Bill 266.  Under its initial draft, this bill could substantially change the process by which certain community associations preserve their governing documents pursuant to Florida Statute 712 (the Florida Marketable Record Title Act 'MRTA') and Florida Statute 720 (the Florida Homeowners' Association Act).   This bill, if signed into law as currently drafted, could also place additional burdens on certain community associations to take additional steps and provide additional notices to its owners in compliance with the law.   

If this topic has peeked your interest consider attending the upcoming C&M Seminar "MRTA: Is your Association running out of time?" At our Melbourne Office on 02/08/2018, and our Maitland Office on 02/20/2018. Look for a registration link in next month's  "Green Marble"
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Clayton & McCulloh!

We sincerely hope that you and yours had a "Most Awesome" 2017. 
The Clayton & McCulloh Offices will be closed for this holiday season on December 25 and January 1. 

The Final Week Is Here!

We are so thrilled and honored to have been nominated for the fourth consecutive year for this very prestigious award, a Florida Community Association Journal's Readers' Choice Award.  Just like the Hollywood People's Choice Awards, this award is determined by people such as yourself casting their vote. 
Clayton & McCulloh - the firm that "Embraces Community"  -  is requesting your vote again this year. Polls have been extended until December 31, and we just need a final push to help us succeed. Won't you please honor us by taking time out of your busy schedule to vote for us again? Click the link or button below!  Thank you so much for your consideration.  We are humbled by your vote.

Need A Space To Have Your Meeting?
We bet you have not been taking advantage of a very special service we offer at our Melbourne Office.  Would you like to host a board or membership meeting somewhere else because:
  • You would prefer a low key meeting without distractions
  • Would like an attorney present for all or part of the meeting
  • You need a professional setting
Well, we have just the solution for you.  Our large Melbourne Conference room located off Wickham Road in the Viera/Suntree area can host up to fifteen people in a professional setting with a screen and projector made available to our clients.  There is plenty of complimentary lighted parking available.  While there is no charge to use the room, there would be a fee for the time that the attorney would be present in the meeting.  When their presence isn't needed, they will retire to another part of the office to work on other matters and you can always call them back in the room if the need arises.
This service is especially valuable to our clients if there are sensitive subjects to discuss.  While you can't bar your residents from attending most Association meetings, based on our experience it is rare for residents to attend a meeting at one of our offices.
If you would like more information on this service or to schedule a meeting, please call either Arlene Ring or David Batan at our offices.
Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings

Our upcoming seminars and events are listed below.

Hold the Dates!
With the new year comes a new round of Clayton & McCulloh Seminars! Starting in February, Clayton & McCulloh Seminars begin again with the latest updates to MRTA. Watch out for our updates via our Facebook page and a link for registration in next months "Green Marble" newsletter. 

"MRTA: Is Your Association Running Out Of Time?"

February 2018
Maitland and Melbourne - evening class

Board Certification Classes

March 2018
Condo/Co-Op Class - Maitland and Melbourne - evening class
HOA Class - Maitland and Melbourne - evening class
Mobile Home Parks - Lakeland - day class
June 2018
Condo/Co-Op Class - Maitland and Melbourne - evening class
HOA Class - Maitland and Melbourne - evening class
Mobile Home Parks - Lakeland (or somewhere in Polk County) - day class
September 2018
Condo/Co-Op Class - Maitland and Melbourne - evening class
HOA Class - Maitland and Melbourne - evening class
So, don't make plans to go anywhere else as we will be featuring these complimentary two hour Board Certification Classes.  Spend an evening enjoying delectable appetizers, great company, and knowledgeable instructors while getting certified!
What is "certification?" All Board Members should take the Board Certification class within 90 days of taking office or complete a sworn affidavit and furnish it to your Association's secretary.  If you would like a copy of the Affidavit, please furnish your name, legal name of Association, and your e-mail address and we will send you the form.  Please let us enjoy the pleasure of your company. Just another way we Embrace Community.
Apopka Residents - Here's An Organization Just For You!
If your community is in Apopka, there is an organization your Association should consider joining - Apopka Area Council of Neighborhoods Associations (AACONA)!  AACONA meets the 2nd Monday each month at the UCF Business Incubator at 325 S. McGee Avenue in Apopka at 7:00 p.m.  The monthly meetings feature guest speakers from the city, county, and/or private industry.  Members have the opportunity to network with other communities and share possible solutions to problems that they are facing. Potential members must be on their current Association Board. 
If you are interested in joining AACONA or would like more information, please complete this brief form and a representative will get back to you. 
Who's The Most Awesome In Your Association?
The 2017 Most Awesome Contest has been another year of touching moments and great successes through recognizing the outstanding Managers and Board Members of our Central Florida Community and beyond. 
We hope that everyone will continue to nominate your "Awesome" Board Members and Managers. 
    Look for of the 4 th   Quarter Most Awesome 
Manager and Board Member announcement next month!  
Use the buttons below to nominate a Manager or Board Member you know who has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty for your Association. Be sure to elaborate  and ensure we know why your nominee is the Most Awesome!

 New Community Association Organizations Forming
There are several new organizations for members of HOAs, Condos, Co-Ops, and Mobile Home Park starting their corporate organizational planning in three different areas of Central Florida in the coming months.  They are:
  Brevard County
Cities of Ocoee-Winter Garden-Gotha-Windermere
Cities of New Smyrna Beach-Oak Hill-Edgewater-Scottsmoor-Mims
These non-profit groups are in the early stages of organizational meetings.  If you currently serve on a Board of Directors for a Community Association, you are eligible for membership.  Want more information? P lease call our Director of Public Relations at (407) 875-4429 or at  (407) 808-2553 after hours/weekends.

Want To Own A Set Of The Florida Statutes
For Community Associations?

Through the years, we have received numerous requests for a set of the Florida Statutes pertaining to Community Associations.  Due to these suggestions, we are now offering the "The Florida Statute Organization Service."  The pertinent Statutes for HOAs, Condos, Co-Ops, and Mobile Home Parks are presented in a binder similar to the featured picture.  Each page is in a sheet protector with tabs separating the various chapters.  The cost of the book is $65.  Each Florida Statue Book is designed just for your type of community association (HOA, Condominium, Cooperative, or Mobile Home Park).
The books will be ready for mailing in February.  Save $15 if you also purchase our Document Organization Service,  
If you would like to order one or would like more information, please call our Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring, directly at  (407)  875-4429 or after hours, (407) 808-2553.
Did You Know? 
It just got easier to reach our Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring!  She now has a direct line (407) 875-4429 which rings directly to her desk bypassing the receptionist.  Of course, you can still reach her using our Maitland, Melbourne, or toll-free number and if you need to talk to her after business hours, you can call her on her cell phone.  For your convenience, here are the numbers to reach her:

Direct Line:  (407) 875-4429
Maitland Office:  (407) 875-2655 x129
Melbourne Office:  (321) 751-3449 x129
Toll Free:  (888) 793-1486 x129
After business hours, weekends, (24/7):  (407) 808-2553
E-Mail:  aring@clayton-mcculloh.com

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Join Us In Celebrating These Birthdays!

Gina Holbrook - President, Premier Association Management of Central Florida - December 10
David Forthuber - Manager, Sentry Management's Longwood Office - December 19
Linda Arahill - Manager, LKA Properties - December 21
Lynn Edwards - Manager, Condominium Concepts - December 22
Joanna Hart - Vice President, Sentry Management's Longwood Office - December 25
Dayna Patrick - Manager, Sentry Management's Longwood Office - December 26

Michele Cloutier - File Clerk, Clayton & McCulloh - January 6 
Elizabeth Ryan - Independent Manager - January 10
Emily Isip - Manager, Towers Property Management - January 11
Arlene Ring - Director of Public Relations, Clayton & McCulloh - January 16
Joseph Arroyo - Manager, Sentry Management's Longwood Office - January 15

If you are interested in having your birthday recognized in our newsletter please respond with your Name, Association, and position on your board/management company you work for. 

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