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“The Strange Fear of Life in a Big Apartment Building at the Epicenter of the Pandemic,” Realtor.com

In Florida some emergency plans are being put in place to “prohibit nonessential visitors beyond caregivers, delivery personnel, and a limited number of immediate family members,” says Donna DiMaggio Berger, Becker Shareholder, in regard to COVID-19.     Click here to read the full article on Realtor.com.

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Small Business Disaster Resources and COVID-19

Becker and the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented an interactive live webinar on Small Business Disaster Resources and COVID-19. View the Webinar here. Moderated by Jennifer Bales Drake, Shareholder and Vice Chair of Public, Private Partnerships (P3) practice group, Becker. With Panelists: Victoria Guerrero, U.S. Small Business Administration. Mike DiNapoli, Florida Department of Economic […]

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Steven H. Mezer Named to Tampa Magazines’ 2020 Top Lawyers List

TAMPA, FL – April 2, 2020 — Becker Shareholder Steven H. Mezer was voted by his peers as one of the Tampa Bay area’s top community association law attorneys on Tampa Magazines’ 2020 Top Lawyers list. In February, Tampa Magazines sent surveys to the nearly 7,000 attorneys practicing in Hillsborough County, asking them to nominate the […]

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“Opinion: Condo Associations Must Set Clear Coronavirus Rules – and Enforce Them,” Miami Herald

Shared ownership communities have heeded the call and have implemented COVID-19 protocol, reshaping their daily operations to better safeguard their residents. In the past few weeks, the governor and Florida cities and counties have revised their emergency orders numerous times to take into account the pandemic’s growing threat. Many communities also revised and tightened their […]

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Association Contracts and the Coronavirus

Despite efforts to contain the spread, the COVID-19 virus is already wreaking havoc on personal life and business dealings here in Florida. But are there legal ramifications for a community association that has a pending construction or renovation contract currently underway? Will the contractor be able to delay the completion of the contract, or even […]

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“COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations – Part II,” News-Press

On March 9, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency in response to confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. On March 13, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump, declared a national emergency. Numerous units of state and local government around the nation have enacted similar proclamations and have implemented a variety of different […]

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COVID-19, Coronavirus: The Impact on Open Meetings

Many of our communities have asked whether it is permissible to conduct association business, particularly board meetings at which binding votes are taken, via e-mail or other similar means during the COVID-19, Coronavirus pandemic. The short answer is, no. Community associations are still required to follow open meeting requirements under the law. Governor Murphy’s Executive […]

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“COVID-19 Presents Unique Questions for Associations,” News-Press

The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. States of emergency have been declared at the federal, state and many local levels. Not surprisingly, we are being asked what steps associations can and can’t (and should and shouldn’t) take. All of the association statutes in Florida contain an “emergency powers” provision that gives […]

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