During the course of a Board’s tenure (and particularly during this, the 2020 Board’s tenure), there are going to be decisions made by the Board that will be controversial to some Association members. With the website now available, we, the Board members, will be attempting to do a better job of communicating our decisions and their justification through this website.
Two serious and challenging decisions we had to make this month were in regards to our community boat slips. As you all know, the Hillsboro Mile Ocean Apartments, Section 2, owns six boat slips located next to the Boathouse on the intercoastal, which Association members may rent for a small fee. The six slips are not the same size and therefore self-regulate by pushing the larger boots to the north and the smaller boats to the south, closest to our boathouse. Keeping the larger boats to the north protects our views of the intercoastal to the north which is important to keep available for all 42 shareholders to enjoy.
All those at the Annual Meeting, February 5, 2020, heard from one of our Association members, who had been offered a slip and was now seeking permission to make changes (actually to several slips) and to request that another slip renter exchange assigned slips with him. A second Association member also requested a slip, and slip #1, our smallest slip adjacent to our community boathouse was offered to that shareholder. Since he has a very large (37′) boat he later informed the Board that he needed to make physical changes (dredging) to his slip and also requested at least one fellow slip user exchange slips with him because his large boat is too wide for slip #1.
As it currently stands, any owner wishing a slip puts his/her name on a waiting list with the Chairman of our boat committee and if and when any of the six boat slips become open and available, that particular slip is offered to the person on the top of the list on an “AS IS’ basis. It is not offered up to be altered or changed or abused in any way. After all, that slip is still owned by ALL of us and is simply being USED by one of our owners, who pays the Association a small monthly fee for the privilege of the use of that slip.
When we, as a Board, are asked to do things that change in any way the property as it is currently exists and for its current uses, we take our fiduciary duty to all of you very seriously. We must remind ourselves that WE as Association members OWN the property across the street (Boathouse, etc) and we, as a Board have been given the responsibility of making sure it is used and available for ALL owners. Accordingly, we cannot allow reconfiguration of the docks/boat slips for the benefit of any one owner, any more than we would allow someone to paint the boathouse a favorite color, plant flags on the beach, move barbecuing facilities to the east side of A1A, etc.
Additionally, we learned that if we, as the Board, HAD approved of these individual’s requests, our fiduciary duty to the Association required us to next come to the Association as a whole for an official vote. 2/3 of the Association would have had to vote in the affirmative to approve these specific dock changes, before we could have granted these two individuals their requests.
The Board vote was unanimous not to grant these requests to rebuild/modify these two slips and therefore we do not need to come to the Association for a vote. Individuals who seek to make changes and are denied by the Board may become very vocal about their displeasure over our denial of their requests and may go so far as to say they intend to sue our Association. The Board feels that it should not be intimidated by individual shareholders who threaten to sue fellow shareholders when their request to modify community property is denied. The Association is prepared to defend itself when necessary; and when the Association prevails in any lawsuit brought forward by a shareholder, the Association is allowed to place a lien against the plaintiff’s apartment and thereby be reimbursed for the Association’s legal fees.
We very much regret any disharmony in our community created by our decisions; but we take our responsibility very seriously. We hope everyone knows the Board makes its decisions in good faith for the good of “ALL” owners.”
If anyone has a comment regarding the above, we welcome comments through this website — and certainly in lieu of approaching one of the Board Members in person.
Board of Directors
March 30, 2020
House Rules – March 2018
BIMONTHLY MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS
It has been highly suggested at the HMA annual meeting that maintenance payments will be made through on-line banking or post dated checks.
Owners at HMA can have their bank, through on-line banking, send their bimonthly maintenance payments. You will need to give your bank the following address, account number (your unit number), the amount and the frequency of payment. This service is usually free.
- Hillsboro Mile Ocean Apts, Sec 2
- P.O. Box 39752
- Ft.Lauderdale, Fl 33339
- 1 bedroom: $ 1279.00
- 2 bedroom $ 1599.00
Dates of payment:
- January 1st
- March 1st
- May 1st
- July 1st,
- September 1st
- November 1st
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