Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank You to Those Who Served

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Please Vote in the Readers Choice Awards

Voting ends November 30th. If you have not already voted for C&S in the Readers Choice Awards, there is still time. Just click here and then click on C&S Management from the list.  Please vote today and thank you for all your support!

 

 

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C&S Sponsorship Has Grown to 16 Book Buddies

Thirteen C&S team members now support the Literacy Buddy Project of the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and are providing books to 16 book buddies. Below are pictures of some of the C&S team getting the books ready to be sent off to their Literacy Buddies. The purpose of the Literacy Buddy Project is to teach children about correspondence, communication, and promote early literacy while providing children with quality books that they take home. The project also supports parents as partners in their children’s learning. For many of the children, a Literacy Buddy provides the only opportunity for them to have books of their own at home.

Anyone, any age, anywhere can become a Literacy Buddy and it doesn’t take much time, but makes a large impact in the life of a child. Exchanges occur three times per year. For more information about the Literacy Buddy Project and the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, look at their website: http://www.earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

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C&S Sponsors November Board Certification Class

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Watch Out For Fires & Flames

Most in-home fires are caused by ordinary things like a stove burner, candle, space heater or extension cord. Mental lapses, poor judgment and carelessness make these things dangerous.

Thankfully, by exercising good safety habits and taking simple prevention steps, you can cut down on deadly and damaging fire risks.

First, always be sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them monthly and replace those that are more than 10 years old.

Cooktops. Never leave the kitchen while something is cooking on the stove. Keep combustibles, such as curtains and wall hangings, at least three feet from the stove.

Space heaters. Keep them at least three feet away from drapes and bedding, and plug them directly into outlets, not extension cords. Don’t use space heaters while sleeping.

Wood stoves and fireplaces. Empty ashes in a metal container and store them outside away from combustibles for at least a week before disposing of them in the trash. Be sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned annually. Keep any combustibles at least five feet away from the stove or fireplace.

Electrical equipment. Replace undersized or frayed extension cords. Never run an extension cord under a rug. Call an electrician if circuit breakers regularly trip or if your electrical box has a warm cover. Don’t use light bulbs that exceed a fixture’s recommended maximum wattage.

Appliances. Ensure combustion chamber covers are in place on water heaters. Clean all lint from a dryer’s back service panel and from the vent line. Replace vinyl vent lines with smooth, metal ducts.

Smoking. Don’t smoke in bed. Use large ashtrays on tables. Soak ashtrays under the faucet before throwing cigarette butts in the trash.

Candles. Use tip-proof containers. Burn candles only while you’re awake and in the same room. Keep candles at least three feet away from combustibles.

Matches and lighters. Store out of the reach of children.

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Additional Hurricane Safety Tips

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Since we are still in hurricane season, we thought it would be good to provide some additional safety tips.  During extreme weather events, mobile devices can be essential tools for keeping in touch with family and monitoring response and recovery efforts. Before a severe storm hits, make sure your mobile device is prepared.

Start a texting tree:

When communication channels are disrupted, texting may be the only available way to stay connected. Create a network of contacts on your smartphone so you can quickly reach out to others in your community.

Set up Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):

WEA are emergency text messages sent through your wireless carrier by government authorities, including local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service. The alerts can help you stay informed when you may not have access to television or radio and can help keep you safe during a crisis. Messages include extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts and presidential alerts during a national emergency. For information about which mobile devices are WEA-capable and carrier participation, visit www.ctia.org/wea or contact your wireless carrier.

Use mobile banking and insurance apps:

Banking and insurance apps allow you to move money, pay bills, deposit checks and file claims from your smartphone.

Prepare for power outages:

If you have advanced warning of a severe weather event, make sure to fully charge your phone. Keep a car phone charger and spare battery on hand as well; if power is out for an extended period, your car can serve as a valuable energy source.

 

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HOA/Condo Board Certification Class

Ellen Brown will be one of the presenters at the upcoming Board Member Certiification class for HOA and condominium board members on November 11th in the Meadows.  

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Happy Labor Day 2014!

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Congratulations Colleen Lloyd - CAM

 

colleenCongratulations Colleen Lloyd for passing the State test today and becoming a licensed CAM (Community Association Manager)!  

C&S has been urging Colleen to take her test for some time as she has acquired more experience and knowledge than many long term CAMs in her role as an administrative assistant with C&S.  

We are very proud of Colleen and know that her future client associations will be in very good hands.  

 

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Congratulations Ellen Brown, PCAM

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Congratulations to Ellen Brown, our latest to be awarded the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation by the Community Associations Institute (CAI).

PCAM is the highest designation a community association manager can be awarded and requires an extensive range of education, experience, professional involvement, and specialized classes ending with a comprehensive case study.  The PCAM program takes at least five years to complete all requirements.  

Ellen is a District Manager with C&S and will be attending the formal PCAM awards presentation in Las Vegas.  Ellen, we are very proud of you!

Click here for more information on the PCAM designation.

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2014 Law Guides: Condos, Coops, HOAs

 

The Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) has made available their 2014 Legislative Guides for Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowners' Associations. Click the links below to view and download each guide.

 

Condominiums

Cooperatives

Homeowners' Associations

 

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Sarasota Board Certification Class June 21st

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Hurricanes, Unlicensed Contractors Bad Mix

Hurricanes and unlicensed contractors seem to always go hand in hand.  Ken Lawson, DBPR Secretary, sent out this letter today which we want to pass on to you: 

Dear Friends,

Throughout the week, the entire nation has been observing Hurricane Preparedness Week together. As Floridians, we especially understand the importance of preparing for the potential damage of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tropical storms. With the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicking off on Sunday, I want to remind Floridians of the ways to protect themselves from unlicensed activity scams, both before and after a storm.

Whether your home or business is in need of maintenance in preparation of hurricane season or repairs due to hurricane damage, you’ll likely need to hire a construction contractor to get the job done. Most construction contractors in Florida require licensure with DBPR, and it’s essential that you and your family understand the ways to protect yourselves from unlicensed individuals posing as licensed professionals.

First, make sure you know the common storm-related services that require state licensure. Roof repairs, roof installations, window installations, plumbing repairs and electrical repairs or rewiring all require a state license with DBPR. Common storm-related services that do not require state licensure include trimming or removal of fallen trees, removal of debris or placement of tarps on roofs. For the full list of construction industry services that DBPR licenses and regulates, visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/index.html. Don’t forget to check with local building departments to determine if there are any additional permitting or licensing requirements in your area.

Once a service requiring state licensure is needed, always verify the professional license with DBPR prior to hiring or signing a contract. You can verify licenses on the DBPR website at www.myfloridalicense.com, over the phone at 850-487-1395 or on your mobile device using the DBPR Mobile app. Double check that the individual’s license is current and in good standing and that the information they provide matches the information on record with DBPR.

Hurricane season can take its toll on Floridians, but unlicensed activity doesn’t have to. If you suspect unlicensed activity is taking place, I encourage you to report the activity to DBPR by calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The DBPR Mobile app also allows consumers to submit pictures and descriptions to report unlicensed activity directly from mobile devices. This hurricane season, let’s conquer unlicensed activity by coming together as proactive and informed Floridians!

Sincerely,

Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson
Secretary

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Customer Contact Center:
850.487.1395

www.MyFloridaLicense.com

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Thank You America's Heros

 

 

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CAI Releases 2013 Statistical Review

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In the 80's there were 36,000 community associations, last year the number had grown to 328,500. On top of the list is Florida with 46,000 followed by California with 42,500. Also during this period the number of HOA communities have passed condominiums. Over 65 million people now live in community associations making up 24 percent of the homes in the US. The value of these homes is over $4.6 trillion and they are directed by 1,675,000 board members.

These are just a few of the statistics reported along with the why and how in the CAI 2013 Review. You may see the complete publication by clicking here.

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We Have a New Name!

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It is official. Our new name is:

C&S Community Management Services, Inc.

When we began in the 80’s, condominiums were becoming heavily regulated and began hiring management companies and licensed managers. It was many years later before there were many HOA's using professional management. Since C&S began in the 80's we picked a name appropriate to the times. Now half of our clients are HOA's so it is time for us to drop Condominium from our name and use Community in its place.

Instead of C&S Condominium Management Services, Inc., we are now C&S Community Management Services, Inc. The CSCMSI stays the same so it does not affect our email or website address. Also our logo and most everything else remains the same. And of course we really like simply being known as C&S!

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Celebrate National Water Safety Month

May is National Water Safety Month!

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Water Safety Tips from

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

  • Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
  • Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
  • Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
  • Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
  • Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
  • Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
  • Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
  • Keep a first aid kit at poolside.
  • Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least five feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, that completely surrounds the pool and prevents direct access from the house and yard.
  • Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area. If a child is missing, check the pool first; seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  • Don’t leave objects such as toys that might attract a child in the pool and pool area.
  • Never prop the gate to a pool area open.
  • Don’t rely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or other equipment to make a child “water safe.”
  • Never assume someone else is watching a child in a pool area.
  • Don’t leave chairs or other items of furniture where a child could use them to climb into a fenced pool area.
  • Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble

Water Safety Tips from

The Pool Safely "Simple Steps Save Lives" Program

1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool

  • Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
  • Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors

2. Learning and practicing water safety skills

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency

3. Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
  • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm

Find more tips for pool & spa owners at poolsafely.gov.

Also check out Water Safety Month.

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Bradenton

4301 32nd Street West
Suite A-20
Bradenton, Florida 34205
Phone: (941) 758-9454
Fax: (941) 753-3062

Sarasota

4672 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34232
Phone: (941) 377-3419
Fax: (941) 377-6218

Saint Petersburg

111 2nd Avenue North-East
Suite 900
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
Phone: (727) 456-0027
Fax: (866) 890-0548

Venice

871 Venetia Bay Boulevard
Suite 230
Venice, Florida 34285
Phone: (941) 786-3552
Fax: (866) 890-0548
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