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Recent blog posts - C&S Blog

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!

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.

 

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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C&S Wins 2019 Readers Choice Award For Management

C&S Management has won the Florida Community Association Journal Readers Choice Diamond Level Award for management for 2019.  A very sincere thank you to everyone who voted for C&S. Of all the awards we win, this is the most important as it is from our clients. This is our 5th straight year winning Readers Choice.  Below is the article which was printed in the magazine.  Thank you again.

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C&S Proud User of VMS

Village Management Software (VMS) is one reason our clients are so pleased with C&S.   VMS will be visiting Florida in May and will be at the Community Associations Institute (CAI) National Conference.  C&S will be there too!  

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It's a Jungle Out There

It's a jungle out there!  See your way to find C&S in booth 105!

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Happy New Year and looking for a great 2019!

The C&S Team wishes everyone a very happy and very successful 2019!

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Time To Still Vote For Readers' Choice Awards

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

Happy Thanksgiving

Everyone at C&S wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving Day.  

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2019 C&S Holiday Schedule

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

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A night with the big cats!

Join us for an intimate night with the big cats!

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Happy Veterans Day

Thank you to America's heroes! Please honor and thank our veterans this Veterans Day.

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from all the ghosts, goblins and witches at C&S!! 

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