The August Issue Includes:

- From Lawn to Table - New Florida Statute Allowing Vegetable Garden
- Earn Money for Your Opinion Tell Us Your Opinion
- Upcoming Joint Board Certification Class Hosted by Sentry Management
in Sumter County
- Coming Attractions
- Executive Producer Highlight - Slab Fix
- Pet Corner
- The Florida Statute Service
- Did You Know About Our Document Organization Service
- Flat Rate Service - The Pounder Covenant Enforcement Letter Package
- Closed Labor Day
- Birthdays for August and September
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From Lawn to Table 
New Florida Statute
Allowing Vegetable Gardens
By Russ Klemm , Partner
A new law took effect July 1, 2019, which would allow the cultivation of vegetables and fruits on residential properties.

The new statute, §604.71, Fla. Stat., is meant to prohibit county, municipal or other local governments from regulating vegetable gardens on a residential property. There are, presently, many local ordinances or regulations which prohibit vegetable gardens on residential properties. Such ordinances and regulations are now, by virtue of the new statute, void and unenforceable. It must be noted, however, that local governments are still entitled to enforce watering regulations during drought conditions.

Does this mean that a community association, including homeowners associations, can no longer regulate landscaping through architectural control provisions of the association’s covenants and restrictions?

No, it does not. A residential property owner would still be governed by the association’s covenants and restrictions and any properly adopted architectural guidelines of the association.
Remember, that any landscaping and architectural controls must still comply with the “Florida Friendly Landscaping” laws (§373.185, Fla. Stat.).

With the passage of this new statute, properties throughout Florida will be “blooming” in entirely different ways!
Earn Money for Your Opinion
Tell Us and Win a Publix Gift Card!
We have something new for you! We think we came up with an idea for seminar that we have never seen presented before and we want your input if it is something you would like to attend. Plus here’s your chance to win a Publix gift card for just providing your recommendations for our future seminars. We are already implementing many of your suggestions for next year. We hope that you will continue with answering this all new survey. Below is a link to a brief survey requesting your suggestions.
We are leaving it up to you to guide us to delivering what you want next year. And in appreciation, your confidential survey will be placed in a drawing for a Publix Gift card. There is just one catch! You must complete the survey by   midnight, Friday, August 30 th The winner will be selected August 3 1 st  and be announced in our September issue of the “Green Marble.”  No other law firm cares as much about your seminar opinion as we do! 

You can help us deliver your desired results!  Each survey will feature a different topic. At a future point, this feature will be available on less frequent basis. Please help us meet your seminar needs . Click the button below to complete the survey. 
Special Note:    Your individual responses will be held confidential and will be viewed by our Public Relations Department only.  
Upcoming Joint Board Certification Class
Hosted by Sentry Management
in Sumter County

Last chance for you to get your
Board Certification in Sumter County!
Sentry Management, one of the most prestigious management companies in the United States, is hosting a Joint Board Certification class (HOAs, Condos, Co-Ops, and Timeshares) in Oxford. Our Florida Board Certified Senior and Founding Partner, Neal McCulloh, will be presenting the three hour class for Sentry’s Tavares Office.

For all you Board Members who have been requesting this class who do not want to travel to our Maitland office – this is your chance to attend a Board Certification class close to your home! Sentry always has a very appetizing refreshment buffet for the attendees. For general information about the Board Certification and why it is important for you as a Board Member, please check the information below in the Clayton & McCulloh hosted seminars. To make a reservation click the link below:

Date:  Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Location:  Oxford (just outside The Villages)
Hosted by:  Sentry Management’s Tavares Office
Host:   Art Swanton, Vice President
Venue:  Lakeside Landings Clubhouse
Venue Address:  10350 Regatta Blvd., Oxford
Registration:  11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Class:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Make a Reservation :   Click here 
The Magnificent Board Members:
2019 HOA Board Certification Class
These are your last chances for the year to attend a HOA Board Certification class. C&M will not be hosting any other Board Certification classes for the balance of the year.  
Attend In Person or via Webinar
Date: Thursday, September 12th
Speaker: Senior Collection Attorney, Alan Schwartzseid
Location: Orlando Office: Maitland - 1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd., Maitland, FL 32751
Class Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.
Make a Reservation: Click Here

Attend In Person or via Webinar
Date: Tuesday, September 24th
Speaker: Senior Collections Attorney, Alan Schwartzseid
Location: Melbourne Office: Suntree/Viera - 1301 Bedford Drive, Suite 102, Melbourne, FL 32940
Class Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 p.m.
Make a Reservation: Click Here
The Ten Contract Commandments
Vendor contracts are an everyday occurrence in community association operations. A contract can either ensure smooth sailing or plunge you into disaster. So what makes a good contract? What elements should be included to ensure the desired result? What should not be included? Should there be a time frame included in the contract? Depending upon the contract, what warranties should be in the contract?
Attend In Person or via Webinar
Date: Thursday, September 19th
Speaker: Partner, Russ Klemm
Location: Orlando Office: Maitland - 1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd., Maitland, FL 32751
Class Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.
Make a Reservation: Click Here
The Never Ending Collections Story
Follow the Never Ending Collection Story with its journey of learning the nuances of collecting assessments. No Association can withstand their owners not paying their assessments. Without income, the Association simply ceases to exist. Our Senior Collections Attorney will take you on a personal journey from prologue to the final chapter.
Attend In Person or via Webinar.
Date:  Thursday, October 10 th
Speaker:  Senior Collections Attorney, Alan Schwartzseid
Location:  Orlando Office: Maitland - 1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd., Maitland, FL 32751
Class Time:  6:30 pm – 7:30 p.m.
Make a Reservation:    Click Here
Executive Producer Highlight
T his month, we are highlighting one of our Executive Producers, Yasser Krayem from Slab Fix. Slab Fix, repairs any sunken concrete slabs at an affordable price, making it easier for homeowners and Associations to maintain their sidewalks, driveways and front step.

We asked Yasser Krayem, Manager, from Slab Fix about how his company can assist your association:

Q: How can our associations benefit from your service?
A: At Slab Fix, we offer full service for the sidewalk trip hazard issues. We will do Polyurethane foam jacking for sunken concrete slabs, grind down raised parts and replace broken ones.

Q: What is the one thing that people probably won’t know about your service?
A: We can save owners thousands of dollars by lifting large concrete structures back to level an also stabilize the ground soil under it.

Q: From your experience, what advice would you give to an association?
A: Always look for new solutions to old problems. The technology is improving, so, a new better and less expensive solution might be out there.

Q: How can an association save money by using your service?
A: Our Company offers free estimates and a quick response. Since we use multiple solutions, we can offer the lowest price.

Q: What sets your company apart from your competition?
A: We are a small company that uses newer technology solutions, managed by a highly experienced owner with an engineering background and he is involved in every detail of the work.

To learn more about how Slab Fix can help your Association, contact Yasser Krayem at (407) 765-5014 or y
Pet Corner
Candy's Cats
Candy’s Cats is a small non-profit organization that is not staffed 24/7. They rely on donations and volunteers to run the shelter.

Adopted From Candy’s Cats?  If you need to return a cat, or have questions about a cat that you adopted from us, please email our Adoption Coordinator Jami at . If it is urgent, please text (407) 431-4333.  
Found Cats/Kittens:   We are currently filled to capacity and unable to accept anymore cats or kittens at this time.    You can send an email to: . In the email please include your contact telephone number, location, and a description of the cats/kittens that need help. Also please indicate whether you can help with care as a foster and/or providing financial support.  Your request will remain in the intake queue and be processed once intake reopens. 
B y providing information about the found cats/kittens, you consent with us sharing it on Facebook and through cross-posting to other rescue organizations.   

Owner Surrender?   You have several options.
1. If you did  not  adopt your kitty from us, we don't take owner surrenders. The Pet Alliance is a no-kill shelter and does accept owner surrenders by appointment only. Their number is (407) 351-7722. 
2. Go to , click the shelter/rescue link and follow the prompts.

3. Go to this link and promote your pet on your own:

Stray, abandoned or injured cat:  Please put it in a carrier or box and take it to the nearest vet to be scanned for a microchip and for medical care.  

Feral/Colony Cats?  is the email address for you to reach out to for the fastest response.

Want to Adopt?   Please fill out our Adoption Application at . Your application will be processed and verified, which can take time depending on volume and completeness of application.  
For more information please contack Candy Sullivan, Founder of Candy's Cats at, (407) 703-5203, or visit their Facebook page
Meet "Blue fka Louise"
  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Cat
  • Rescue ID: C100346
  • General Color: Gray (Mostly)
  • Color: white belly / Solid
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Ear Type: Long
  • Tail Type: Long
  • Current Age: 9 Years 3 Months (best estimate)
  • Micro-chipped: Yes
  • Fence Required: No
  • Declawed: No
  • House trained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Has Basic Training
  • Exercise Needs: Not Required
  • Grooming Needs: Low
  • Shedding Amount: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Species
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly
Beautiful Blue fka CCI Louise was adopted as a kitten in 2010. Her family recently contacted us to say their family dynamic had changed and they were no longer able to keep her. Now 9 years old, she finds herself needing a new home. She has lived with a medium size basset hound//lab mix dog since she was a kitten. She does not do well with other cats or small children.  She likes to play with toy mice, balls, string, scratch scratching pads/posts and sit in the sun in the window sills. 

Thank you for your interest in one of our adoptable kitties. All of our kitties are fully vetted (age-appropriate vaccines, spayed, tested for feline leukemia and feline aids, and they are micro-chipped). They live in private foster homes with their foster families. Our adoption fees are $75 - $125.

In order to match the best home for our foster kitties, we ask folks to complete our adoption application in advance; simply go to You will need to register on our site, then fill out an Adoption Application. We'll review your information and get back in touch with you.

Cats are not adopted first-come, first-served, but rather the best home for the kitty, but we do give consideration to the folks who take the time to fill out the application in advance. Almost all of our volunteers work during the week; to be able to meet one of our cats by appointment during non-adoption days (Saturday, 11 - 4, Sunday 12 - 4), your application needs to be filled out in advance and approved by our adoption coordinator prior to scheduling an appointment to meet with the cats.
The Florida Statute Service
Clients and Non-Clients
Get Your Book While They Last! Limited Amount Available!
The Florida Statute Service provides the perfect place to organize all the Florida Statutes you need for your Community Association in a beautiful green leather-like, gold leaf embossed three ring binder. The service binder features all the pages in plastic sheet protectors and indexed with numerous "how to" articles included as a bonus. Our newly improved binder is larger than our previous binder to accommodate any of your Association's Governing Documents.

There are four books:
Homeowners Association (Chapter 720)
Condominium Association (Chapter 718)
Mobile Home Park (Chapter 723)
Cooperatives (Chapter 719

There are "how to" articles on the following topics:

Amending Governing Documents
Covenant Enforcement
Fiduciary Duty of Board Members
How to be a Director
Annual Meeting
Marketable Record Title Act

Complimentary annual updates to the books will be provided electronically by the 15th of September and January of each year. The cost of each book is $70.00 (tax included). Order yours today through our website using the button below.
Did You Know
About Our Document Organization Service
The Document Organization Service is offered to existing clients so that they can avail themselves of the benefits offered pursuant to this Service.   We created this Service to provide our clients with a cost-effective way to organize their Governing Documents in a custom Document Binder. Your Association will be provided with its own set of your Governing Documents obtained pursuant to a Governing Document Title Search. We will set up the Document Binder wherein we organize, tab, and index your Governing Documents to facilitate the use of same by your Association and even this law firm.  An attorney will then conduct a cursory review of the Governing Documents considering about 52 issues that commonly arise with Governing Documents (the search is usually limited to about 1½ hours).  In addition, we will provide your Association with its own Document Binder. This Document Binder will also be provided in both print and CD format.

Another key benefit of the Document Organization Service is the significant assistance it renders to our firm when we are being asked to provide legal opinions to your Association which requires us to review your Governing Documents.  This Service may help reduce the amount of time our professionals spend reviewing the Association’s Governing Documents to understand issues and be able to provide legal opinions regarding matters you have raised. Researching a specific issue may be substantially expedited, which may result in significant cost savings.  Thus, the Association may see a considerable savings in attorney’s fees, in comparison to an Association who does not take advantage of this Service.

The fee for this Service depends upon various factors including whether your community is a “Standard Community”, or a “Complex Community”. Which type of Community is yours depends on a review and analysis of your Declaration, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations. Such would indicate your Community is a “Simple Community”. If your community is a “Complex Community”, your Association has not only the aforementioned Governing Documents recovered in the Governing
Document Title Search, but also additional documents, such as amendments, amended and restated documents, supplemental documents, etc. Other factors that are taken into consideration in evaluating your situation are title search fees, whether your Association is a master or sub-association, and whether your Association is a phased-community.  

The fee for this Service includes (a) locating and identifying the Association’s Governing Documents through a Governing Document Title Search, (b) organizing, tabbing and indexing these Governing Documents into a Governing Document Binder and (c) having an attorney review and include his comments and analysis in the Comment Letter regarding all Governing Documents in the Document Binder. Upon hiring the firm, our Client Services Department will provide you with an estimate of this cost of this Service for your Association. 

For more information please contact our Coordinator of Client Services, David Batan ( ) or the attorney and/or paralegal you are working with. 

If you are not a client, please contact our Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring ( ), as the above methods are unavailable to non-clients. By submitting to Arlene, we can prepare an estimate for you, depending upon the project.

Whatever you need, Clayton & McCulloh is here to make your life as a Board Member and/or Manager easier. After all, we are the firm that “Embraces Community.”
Flat Rate Service
The Pounder Covenant Enforcement Letter Package
When an Association prefers to take a more serious approach to bring enforcement of the community’s covenants and restrictions, a “Pounder” letter is our recommendation. The Pounder is an aggressive, detailed, demand letter sent to the owner (and tenant, if applicable) outlining the violations. The Pounder is aptly named because the letter literally weighs approximately one (1) pound to mail. The fixed fee for the Pounder Package includes any fees associated with the initial intake of the covenant enforcement matter, copy charges, and postage. Additionally, we will send a “risk letter” to the Association explaining the risks involved in pursuing the covenant enforcement matter. The “risk letter” is part of the Pounder Package. If an additional letter is required due to a tenant being involved, a separate letter will be addressed to the tenant at an additional fee. This letter to the tenant is usually sent at the same time we mail the letter to the owner.

August 1 st – Jean Brown – The Crossings Master Community Association
August 3 rd – Ramona Leccese, Sentry Management
August 4 th – Philip Adamo, Bay View Reserve COA
August 8 th – Paula Butler, Sentry Management
August 11 th – Richard Snyder, Lake Pineloch Village COA
August 15 th – Theresa Bonzella, Mastermind Association Management
August 18 th – Phyllis Holmes, Forest Lakes of Cocoa COA
August 18 th – Ruth Sterzik, Coquina Palms HOA
August 19 th - Kathleen Watts, Dragon Property Management
August 21 st – Lin Hoisington, The Spicewood HOA
August 21 st – Joseph Savio, C.P.O. COA
August 25 th – Clifford Lober, Lake Bennet Medical Centre COA
August 30 th – Kathleen Warner, The Woodhaven COA

September 1 st – Anna Desormeaux, Sentry Management
September 3 rd – Buddy Rejonis, Windtree Gardens COA
September 4 th – Holly Flinchum, Sentry Management
September 4 th – Lynn Merriman, Deer Run HOA
September 7 th – Kristina Renick, P&R Housing Management Corporation
September 13 th – Toney Holden, Oak Grove Home Owners
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