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

- "Short and Sweet Legislative Session Update"
- Need A Space To Have Your Meeting?
- Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings
- Who Is The Most Awesome In Your Association? 
- New Community Association Organizations Forming
- Did You Know?
- Want To Own A Set Of The Florida Statutes For Community Associations?
Book Your Next Event at the Holiday Inn - Cocoa
- Quote Of The Month

"Short and Sweet Legislative Session Update"
By: Partner Brian Hess
Of all the bills filed regarding community associations from this 2018 Florida legislative session, only two major bills had survived by the end of the session on Friday, March 9:   HB 841, which is this year's "omnibus" bill, and HB 617, which relates to MRTA (the Florida Marketable Record Title Act).  As of the date of writing this blog, the bills were on the way to the Governor for signature, or potentially for veto. As such, it is important to note that as of the date of writing this blog, these bills have NOT been fully approved and are NOT yet law. Stay tuned! If the bills do become law, expect a more detailed update in the weeks and months to come.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our  Public Relations Department .
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 either of our offices.
Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings

Our upcoming seminars and events are listed below.

Check out our website for information on specific classes by clicking  here.  

The March 2018 Official State Approved Board Certification Class 
Did you know that the Florida Legislature passed legislation a few years ago requiring every Board Member to take this class o r execute an Affidavit stating that you have read, understand your Documents, the ramifications of non-compliance, and agree to enforce your Documents? If you went off the Board for even a day, you must re-take the class.    Make sure you attend this year's Certification Class to get the scoop on what is expected of you as a Board Member.     

You asked for it - and we are granting your wish.  We feature separate classes for HOAs, Condos/Co-ops, and Mobile Home Parks.  We have updated this course to comply with the yearly changes to the law.  Join us for two hours of preparing you for your role on the Board.

Tuesday, March 20  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Holiday Inn - Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa Begins at 6:30 p.m. Partner Brian Hess will be presenting a "COA/Co-Op Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click  here.

Thursday, March 29  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Cypress Creek Golf HOA. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Partner Russell Klemm will be presenting a "Mobile Home Park Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes cookies and beverages. For more information click  here.

Collections:  Easy as 1-2-3?
Collections is the lifeblood of every Association.  Without strong receivables, your Association cannot operate effectively.  In this class, we will simplify the nuances of collections, help you maximize your efforts, and help make sense of this sometimes complicated issue.

Tuesday, April 17 - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Maitland Office, 1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Attorney Alan Schwartzseid will be presenting a "Collections:  Easy as 1-2-3?". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click  here.

Thursday, April 26 - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Brevard Office, 1301 Bedford Drive Suite 101. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Attorney Alan Schwartzseid will be presenting a "Collections:  Easy as 1-2-3? ". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click  here.

Who's The Most Awesome In Your Association?
As we bring the first quarter nomination period to a close we are again astounded by how many amazing Community Association Board Members and Managers there are in Central Florida. No submitted nominee makes our quarterly decision of who is most deserving easy.  If you know someone (Manager or Board Member) in your community that is truly amazing, be sure to nominate them! Second Quarter Most Awesome Nominations are due April 20, 2018.

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 Parks 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.

Did You Know? 
Clayton & McCulloh has a new complimentary registered agent  service. Make your life easier by having us serve as your registered agent .  This is the time of the year where you  provide your Board of Director information to the State for your corporate report.  At that time, you should designate a registered agent who is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays to accept service for the Association.  And you can designate Clayton & McCulloh as your registered agent at no additional filing fee when you file your Association's 2018 report. If you have already filed your 2018 Association report a small 3rd party filing fee would be required to update Clayton & McCulloh as your registered agent.

Serving as a registered agent can be an intrusion on your personal life by having process servers knocking at your door or having to go to the Post Office to sign for a certified letter.  Perhaps the person you designated as your registered agent is not available during the designated hours because they work (or because they have a life).  Having a Board Member serve as your Association's registered agent may also add risk to the Association if the recipient does not handle the item served upon the Association timely and properly.  We will not take any legal actions on any papers that are served upon us without your prior approval.

If you have any questions or would like to have Clayton & McCulloh serve as your Registered Agent, please feel free to contact our Public Relations Department.
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 Statute Book is designed just for your type of Community Association (HOA, Condominium, Cooperative, or Mobile Home  Park).  The added bonus features 
includes articles on:
Amending Your Governing Documents;
Covenant Enforcement;
Unauthorized Practice of Law;
How to be a Director;
and Fiduciary Duty for Board Members.
Due to some pending major legislation, our Florida Statute Organization Service roll-out has been delayed until the determination that proposed legislation will be signed into law.  You may still pre-order these books.  Estimated publication:  May.  Act fast, there are only a limited number of copies available of this impressive Organization Service.  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 at (407) 808-2553.
Book Your Next Event at the Holiday Inn - Cocoa

If you have attended our 2018 Board Certification classes in Cocoa or attended BCAM's October 2017 event, you have witnessed first-hand the beauty of this 7,200 square foot ballroom at the Holiday Inn Express - Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa.  The ballroom features a beautiful carved Mahogany wood bar.  The ballroom and adjoining ancillary rooms were designed to host the perfect wedding, reunions, group meetings, professional organizations, or other like events.    At each of the events we have been hosted at this location, we received raves about the delectable food prepared by their award winning chef.   
If you have out of town guests, their guest rooms are spacious, clean, and upscale.  All the conveniences of home without the work.    Clayton & McCulloh is pleased to partner with the Holiday Inn Express in 2018.  For more information on booking an event at this convenient location (corner of I-95 and SR 520), please contact Kandy Kotys and the Sales Team at (321) 635-9975.  

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