C&S Wishes Everyone A Happy and Safe New Year

C&S wishes everyone a very happy and safe New Years Day and all of 2020.  

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2020 C&S Holiday Schedule

C&S follows the official Manatee/Sarasota County holiday schedule.  

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C&S Wishes Everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

C&S wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or wonderful other occasion your faith celebrates.  

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Last Month WOW Event Very Successful

The Women On Wheels (WOW) event last month was a big success and C&S is very pleased to have been a major sponsor of the event. Over $7,000 was raised for girls, inc. of Sarasota and other community organizations. We received a certificate of appreciation last evening from WOW and the Village Idiots Cycling Club in Lakewood Ranch. It was a great experience being part of the WOW event and we plan to be involved again in 2020.  

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Support The Disaster Assistance Equity Act of 2019

Community associations impacted by a presidentially declared natural disaster—blizzard, drought, earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, or tornado—are NOT currently afforded the same FEMA recovery resources as non-deed restricted communities even though they pay the same federal taxes. It is unfair. 

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Kudos to C&S VP for Cover Story

Kudos to Ellen Brown Martinez, C&S VP, for writing the cover story for the December issue of Community, the CAI West Florida Magazine!  Click here to read the whole article on elections.  To see the whole magazine, click here.

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Happy Thanksgiving

The C&S staff wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank You Veterans

The C&S staff thanks all our veterans for their service!

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WOW - Women on Wheels is Coming Up

WOW - Women on Wheels is November 17th in Lakewood Ranch and C&S is a major sponsor. This is a great bicycling event!  Sorry guys, this is exclusively for women to ride but you can visit with C&S at our tent.  Hope to see you there!!

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Happy Halloween

C&S wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!  Please be sure to watch out for the little ones out trick or treating.  

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Please Vote In Readers Choice Awards

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Voting ends December 31st. If you have not already voted for C&S in the Readers Choice Awards, please do it now. Just click here.  It only takes a few seconds.   Thank you for all your support!

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C&S Sarasota Office Is Moving

The Sarasota Office of C&S on Fruitville Road is moving next Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  The Sarasota office will be closed on Wednesday for the move but the phones and email will remain operational throughout the day.  Our new location is on the other side of I-75 right off of Fruitville Rd.  The address is 31 Sarasota Center Blvd., Suite B, Sarasota, FL 34240.  The new office is over twice as large as the old office to help us better serve our clients.   The new office will be open on Thursday, September 12th. 

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Florida May Be Spared Brunt Of Dorian

Latest NOAA update shows a possible path that will spare landfall in Florida. Keeping our fingers crossed....

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Dorian Is Slowly Approaching

As Hurricane Dorian is approaching Florida we would like to remind everyone of the information and planning assistance available on the C&S Management website under the Hurricane Plan heading: https://www.cscmsi.com/news/hurricane-plan.

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August Has Great Press for C&S

August has been a very good month for published articles about C&S. First the Florida Community Association Journal had a great article about C&S being awarded the Readers’ Choice Diamond Winner for 2019.  This honor is always very special to us since it is from you, our clients, voting for us.

Second, Acquisitions International Magazine’s August Issue also had a great article about C&S which you can read below.

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Happy Fourth of July!

C&S wishes everyone a great and happy Independence Day!

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Remembering Our American Heroes

Please remember those who gave the greatest sacrifice this memorial holiday weekend.

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Help Defeat Bad Bills Moving Through Legislature

From the Community Associations Institute:

There are several bills in the Florida State Legislature threatening community associations, and we need you to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose these harmful bills. We're currently trackingSB824/HB987, a bill that would force HOAs and condos to accept short term vacation rentals such as Airbnb and Homeaway. We're also trackingSB610, a bill that would impose exposure of a third-degree felony on volunteer board members who make a mistake as a board member related to providing association records, violating bylaws, and more. We've provided ways you can take action and additional background information about these bills below.

We're asking you to send two emails on two separate issues:

  • Email 1: Urge the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology and The House Committee on Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee to oppose SB824/HB987.
  • Email 2: Urge the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice Committee to oppose SB610.

SB824/HB987:LANDLORDSSEEK TO PREEMPT HOA AND CONDO GOVERNING DOCUMENTS AND FORCE COMMUNITIES TO ACCEPT SHORT TERM RENTALS

Bills have been introduced in the Florida legislature, SB824/HB987, that purport to protect property rights of homeowners and preempt short-term vacation rental and leasing covenants in homeowners associations and condominiums. SB824/HB987 are bad bills for Florida homeowners, HOAs, and condo communities.

The Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology and The House Committee on Business and Professional Regulation Subcommittee will hear the bill on Tuesday, March 26. 

Take Action #1: For yourfirst email, urge committee members to oppose SB824/HB987. Help protect Florida homeowners from landlords and out-of-state businesses buying and renting properties in your communities for a profit to their shareholders. We encourage you to customize your emails with stories about how this bill would affect you and your community association. Elected officials depend on constituent stories like yours to inform and defend their vote. Additional information below.

SB610: A BILL PERTAINING TO CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN VIOLATIONS RELATED TO ASSOCIATION RECORDS, VOTING, ELECTIONS, ETC.

SB610 would require associations with 25 units or more (current law is 150 units) to create websites for their community and ensure the website includes current content of the communities' current governing documents. Further, the bill would impose exposure of a third-degree felony on volunteer board members who make a mistake as a board member related to providing association records, violating bylaws, and more.

Take Action #2:The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice Committee will hear the bill on Monday, March 25. Pleasesend your second email urging the committee to oppose SB610. Help protect Florida volunteer board members from exposure to felony charges for their volunteer service to their HOA/condominium. Please customize your emails with stories about how this bill would affect you and your community association. Elected officials depend on constituent stories like yours to inform and defend their vote.

CONTACT US

Please take action today and email the Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, and Technology and the House Business and Professions Subcommittee urging them tooppose SB824/HB987, as well as the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, urging them tooppose SB610. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CAI's Government & Public Affairs team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (888) 224-4321.

Sincerely,

Dawn M. Bauman, CAE
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (703) 970-9224

P.S. - Below is a deeper dive of SB824/HB987 and how this bill would harm community associations.

DEEPER DIVE ON SB824/HB987

SB824/HB987 increases the rights of national real estate investment firms at the expense of homeowners. These firms are outbidding Florida families to purchase homes in homeowner associations for the purpose of generating revenue for their shareholders.

Proponents of this bill are attempting to take away the ability for residents to make decisions about leasing in your communities by pre-empting community associations covenants.Communities could lose the ability to control the number of rentals in their community.

Without limits on rental units owned by a single person or firm, the homeowner association model no longer works, and property values can plummet. Instead of each homeowner having an equal say in the covenants and bylaws, there could be large voter blocks created by a rental investment firm that does not even live in the community making decisions for the community.

Homeowners associations covenants and bylaws change to reflect the needs of the community. Amendments are proposed by homeowners in the community to protect the community's character and property values. Rental investment firms do not live in the community and should not have the power to dictate how the community operates.

 

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Win the TV, Visit Booth 105

Come visit with C&S tomorrow at booth 105 and win the TV.   Thursday, March 14th at the CAI Expo and Trade Show at the Bradenton Convention Center in Palmetto. See you there!!

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C&S Booth Set Up and Ready!

Come visit with C&S at booth 105.  We are set up and ready for tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th at the CAI Expo and Trade Show at the Bradenton Convention Center in Palmetto.  See you there!!

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Bradenton

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

Sarasota

31 Sarasota Center Blvd
Suite B
Sarasota, Florida 34240
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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