C&S is set up and ready for everyone to come visit us tomorrow (Friday 03.21.14) at CA Day at the Manatee Convention Center. We are in booth 406. Be sure to put in an entry to win the money tree and we hope to see you tomorrow.
UPDATE: 3:55 PM (03.18.14) Finally data lines have been repaired and email is again working.
ORIGINAL POST: During the rain storm today (03.17.14) at around 1:30 PM, the Verizon FIOS line servicing our main office encountered problems, leaving our main office, as well as all of the surrounding offices and businesses with no working data lines. Since the C&S mail server is on this FIOS service, no email can come into or out of any C&S office.
Verizon has tried to fix the problem remotely throughout the afternoon but have now informed us that they are very busy and will not be able to send field technicians out until tomorrow morning at the earliest.
Attempts to contact C&S through our website will also not work as the website messages are sent to us by email. Our phones are working and Facebook messaging is working. We apologize for any inconvenience to our clients and hope that Verizon will fix their FIOS line quickly. We will update you as more information becomes available.
The 2014 Humane Society of Manatee County Walk-A-Thon was a major success. Team C&S finished in second place raising over $3,000. In total the Humane Society had over 400 walkers and raised over $60,000. We wish a very big thank you to everyone who donated and supported Team C&S. As some of you know Annie and I were sidetracked to the vet instead of making it to the Walk Saturday morning. Annie had an allergic reaction to something still unknown. I am happy to report that she is doing fine and was back home after a few hours but I could tell she was very disappointed to not make the Walk. Katie pictured here ended up being C&S' only four legged walker and she did a great job! We look forward to competing again next year and are very proud to support such a great organization.
If you missed the C&S 2014 Board Member Forum, you can watch the morning speakers' presentations by clicking on the links below.
There was a lot covered that is not on the videos so plan to come next year and not miss any of the forum. February 19, 2015 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Team C&S is a sponsor and participant in the Paws in Motion fundraiser for the Humane Society of Manatee County. The big event is Saturday, March 8th and the walk begins at 9:00 AM along the beautiful downtown Bradenton River Walk.
In what is becomming an annual event, Team C&S will have several dog walkers and others from our team will be handling our booth. The above photo is from last year. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with us (and walk if you would like). You may help our donation drive by clicking on our Team C&S Link, to give a donation to the Humane Society of Manatee County. Thanks and hope to see you there.
C&S Management is very excited to be presenting Bruce Campbell, the Florida Condominium Ombudsman, Christine Ashburn of Citizens Insurance, Patrick Flynn from the Department of Business and Profession Regulation, along with Attorney Stephen Thompson of the Najmy Thompson Law Firm, and CPA Timothy Gruters from Shinn and Company CPA's, together in our annual Association Board Member Forum for HOA and condominium board members.
See below for more information.
UPDATE 12:20 PM: FPL has made the necessary repairs and power has been restored throughout the area. All systems at C&S are back up and now fully operational.
UPDATE 10:30 AM: FPL still is not able to give any information on when they believe the power outage will be resolved. We are in the process of setting up our generators to be able to handle email and phone calls shortly.
An FPL transformer has blown near our main office and we have no power. Since all servers are now down, we are not receiving phone calls or email messages. FPL hopes to give us an update between 9:30 and 10:00 AM.
At that time we will decide if we will need to take our generators from storage and set them up.
Community Associations Institute (CAI) has offered advice and support for proposed federal rules that accomplish two important CAI goals: helping more homebuyers obtain safe mortgage financing and stimulating a housing market that has struggled since home prices began falling in late 2006. Both will provide more stability to community associations across the country.
In addition to protecting consumers from unscrupulous lending practices, the newly proposed rules are expected to accelerate the housing recovery by generating a greater flow of private capital to the mortgage market.
Importantly, the proposed rule gives condominium and HOA communities limited lien priority on foreclosed homes. That means associations would be able to collect all or at least a portion of the money that is owed to them after a foreclosure.
"This is welcome news for tens of thousands of community associations and the tens of millions of Americans who call them home," said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE. "We appreciate regulators considering various perspectives and applaud them for developing these important consumer protections. This is how the process should work, with regulators being open and responsive to the views of critical stakeholders."
Click here to link to the Community Associations Institute for more information and the full press release.
C&S team members continue their support of the Literacy Buddy Project of the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. Below is a picture 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, please check out their website: http://www.earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org