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Omnibus Bill (SB 630) Brings Changes for Florida Condos, Cooperatives and HOAs

This year’s large community association omnibus bill will likely become law. This bill, which bears an effective date of July 1, 2021, contains changes which will impact condominiums, cooperatives and HOAs. At more than 100 pages, we will discuss only some of those changes in today’s CALL Alert. This bill, along with all the others CALL has been trackin

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UPDATED: Yolanda Cash Jackson Named A 2021 Influential Business Woman

Becker is proud to celebrate Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson’s inclusion in South Florida Business Journal’s 2021 Influential Business Women, a list of the 25 most innovative, inspiring, and influential businesswomen in South Florida. An experienced Government Law attorney, Yolanda has a strong reputation for her leadership, heart of service, and commitment to civic, charitable and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: April 12, 2021

President Joe Biden is pushing Congress to pass his hefty infrastructure and budget proposals only three weeks after it passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. His $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan aims to achieve physical infrastructure modernization, nationwide electric vehicle adoption, and other climate-related initiatives. His $1.5 trillion budget proposal would boost investments in similar […]

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BECKER UPDATE: 2021 Florida Legislative Session, Week #6

HEADLINES Budget. The House and Senate took votes last week on their chambers’ ‘proposed respective budgets for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The House voted on Thursday to approve their $97B proposed budget by a vote of 104-14, while the Senate unanimously passed their $95B spending plan. Senate President Wilton Simpson signaled that he did not think […]

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Becker Closes $24.45M Construction Loan for Alture Westland Development – Converts Hospitality Into MultiFamily Project

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced that it represented Arkansas-based Centennial Bank in a $22.45 million construction loan for Miami-based apartment developer Estate Investments for the conversion of two buildings in Hialeah, Fla., into Alture Westland, a 251-unit multi-family development with a […]

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“Board Workshop Meeting Subject to Sunshine Rules,” News-Press

Q: What are the requirements for a condominium association board to hold a “workshop” meeting? Is the association still required to post notice if there is a quorum of the directors present? What if there is not a quorum present? Are minutes required? (M.M., via e-mail) A: A “board meeting” is defined as any gathering […]

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“Planning For A Possible Increase in Delinquencies as a Result of the Pandemic,” Community Trends Magazine

The coronavirus pandemic has been with us for approximately one year and among many unanswered questions is the potential future impact on the ability of community associations to collect monthly maintenance fees. While the majority of communities have not seen a significant increase in delinquencies as a result of the pandemic, there remains concern that […]

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Becker & Client AFCA Work With State Leaders to Establish Statewide Resiliency Program to Address Flooding & Sea Level Rise

Becker congratulates the Florida Legislature on passing – without reservation – Senate Bill 1954, Statewide Flooding and Sea-level Rise Resilience, introduced by Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera (R-Coral Gables) and Sen. Ray Rodrigues (R-Ft. Myers). The bipartisan bill establishes statewide resiliency programs that assess and address inland and coastal flooding and sea level rise. “Florida’s coastlines […]

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“What It Means To Me To Have Served In The Military,” Community Living

In 1975 I joined the military as a 17-year-old right out of high school. I always wanted to be in the military and felt everyone should serve this great country of ours in one way or another. I served three years as an enlisted man, then received my officer’s commission through the ROTC program. I […]

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New Jersey Legislative Leaders Seek Immunity for Community Associations

The aggressive nature of COVID-19 required extraordinary measures by governing bodies – both at the national level and in every community across America – to slow and/or stop its spread. One of the more controversial actions was dictating the close of community amenities, e.g. the pool, gym, clubhouse, etc., despite the resistance of residents. Many […]

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