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April 19, 2014

Alliance and AT&T to Hold Town Hall Meeting & Senior Tech Rallies

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On April 22, 2014 AT&T, with the assistance of the Alliance of Delray will be presenting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the future of communications in the west Delray area. The event will take place at the South County Civic Center at 10 AM and a continental breakfast will be served.

The photo above is from the April 9 th meeting. Many local residents and leaders of condominiums and homeowner associations attended in order to learn directly from the President of AT&T, Joe York, more about new services which will be available from AT&T.

Seminars are being scheduled during the months of May and June so that our senior citizens with hand held devices such as smart phones and tablets can learn to use them to communicate more effectively. The dates for these "Senior Tech Rallies" will be released shortly.

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April 8, 2014

History and Pioneers of the Yellow Dot Program

yellowdotvintagelogo.jpgIt was during the Fall of 2012 when Alliance of Delray President Bob Schulbaum received a call from West Boca Community Council President Sheri Scarborough asking that the two organizations work together on establishing a Yellow Dot program for Palm Beach County. Together with Commissioner Mary Lou Berger, the Palm Beach County Firefighters and Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of Palm Beach County and local law enforcement, a "Yellow Dot " decal was designed (see photo). This decal included the names of the two "pioneering" civic organizations. Directions are provided to motorists to place this decal in the rear window behind the driver's side. The decal alerts first responders to the medical information form which is located in the glove box/compartment of the vehicle. This vital information will help to save lives during the critical few minutes following a serious accident.

Senator Joe Abruzzo and Representative Irv Slosberg became champions of the Yellow Dot by drafting legislation that has been favorably accepted by both the Senate and the House. During this 2014 Legislative Session, HB17/HB19 and SB262/SB350 are the "Motorist Safety" bills which include the Yellow Dot legislation. In Senator Abruzzo's recent press release he thanked the Alliance of Delray and other civic organizations for their support during the Session. Here is the link to the press release: http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/748press_release_-yellow_dot_passage.pdf

Over the past year, the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations worked with Delray Medical Center to produce "Yellow Dot Packages" for the community. The packages are available from the Delray Medical Center. Here is the contact information: http://www.allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=860&subtitle=Yellow+Dot+Auto+Safety+Program

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Congressman Ted Deutch to Hold Town Hall Meeting

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You're Invited to a

Town Hall Meeting

with Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21)

Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 pm
West Boynton Recreation Center
6000 Northtree Boulevard
Lake Worth, Florida

Join Ted for a discussion on the issues facing our South Florida community and the nation at large.

To ensure adequate seating,
please RSVP here: http://teddeutch.house.gov/Components/Redirect/r.aspx?ID=415522-19779552

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Easter Egg Hunt at Delray Marketplace April 19th

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April 5, 2014

Alliance of Delray: Giving to the Community to Improve Quality of Life

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The photos above demonstrate the profound interest the Alliance of Delray has in quality of life issues for the community. This past month, donations were given to Ruth Rales Weisman Delray Beach Community Center which provides daily programs to benefit the senior population of Delray Beach, the Caring Kitchen which provides food and other essentials to the needy in the City, and Toussaint L'Ouverture High School to help with the upcoming Afro-Caribbean Family Festival which will support art & culture and recognize the people who helped earthquake survivors.

The Alliance of Delray Residential Associations' mission is to provide the neighborhood associations of Delray Beach with a non-partisan, unified front and voice to federal, state and county elected officials for the betterment of its citizens. The Alliance cooperates with these officials to build a community that will serve the best interests of all residents. Areas such as traffic control, road building, traffic lights, health care, commercial and residential development, emergency medical services are just a few of the important subjects that the Alliance pursues with government agencies and officials.

PHOTOS FROM LEFT: Harvey Arnold, Norma Arnold, Larry Zalkin, Bob Schulbaum, April Hazamy, Lori vinikoor, Mort Mazor, Phyllis Leviine. Norma Arnold. Bob Schulbaum, Daniellle Hartman, Lori Vinikoor, Marianne Weisman, Larry Zalkin, Harvey Arnold, Bob Schulbaum, Retired US Army Major Joseph Bernadel, Dr. Diane Richard-Allerdyce, Norma Arnold, Lori Vinikoor, Larry Zalkin, Hattie Parker

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March 25, 2014

Alliance:Guardians of the Agricultural Reserve

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Photo: 6th Floor Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners chambers is filled with the public attending the March 25, 2014 scheduled Agricultural Reserve Workshop. The Alliance of Delray Residential Associations was one of the many Civic Groups, Environmentalists, Farmers, other land owners and special interest groups to speak on the subject of the Comprehensive Plan of the Agricultural Reserve.

In a letter to Mayor Priscilla Taylor, Alliance President Bob Schulbaum and Executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor pointed out the years of Alliance work on preserving, protecting, and developing lands in the Agricultural Reserve according to the Comprehensive Plan and current related policies.

Click on the following to read the Alliance's letter and attachment demonstrating the moniker which the group has earned "Guardians of the Agricultural Reserve."
http://www.allianceofdelray.com/sub_category_list.asp?category=36&title=~Applications.&.Plans

Farmers related compelling stories concerning their particular parcels of land. The Alliance assured the commissioners and the public that the organization will be watching closely as proposals are presented and will assist as needed and comment as warranted.

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March 18, 2014

AT&T Town Hall Meeting Informs Alliance Membership of Future Possiblities

collage.jpg"The future holds many possibilities" is what the audience learned as AT&T's Florida President Joe York formally announced trials of new technology planned for the next few months in the west Delray area. Mr. York described these trials as an "enhanced market survey" to reach out and talk to the customers to prepare for a transition to the new networks of the future.

Mr. York stressed the efforts of AT&T to present a reliable product and to be sure to keep customers safe, to be sure that 911 works, and to encourage competition in the marketplace, universal service, consumer protection, and product reliability. Many consumers already have moved to "IP" (Internet Protocol) Products.

The audience in the Hagen Ranch Library included Florida State Senator Joe Abruzzo and Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary Lou Berger and leaders of the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations.

It was mentioned that some people do not have a landline any more and that there will be a transition from "hard-wired land lines" to new internet/wireless networks. the concern is how to move to the new networks because realistically, it would be difficult to support two networks.

Mr. York explained that AT&T is going to invest quite a sum of money into the west Delray community over the next few years to bring the changes necessary to upgrade the communications system and prepare for the future. The trials discussed would be completely voluntary. Special offers to consumers will be made. For example, internet will be provided beginning at $14.95 per month.

Public awareness is being stressed. AT&T is awaiting a May approval from the FCC to designate the west Delray Beach area as an official trial site and ATT is working hard with the FCC for a trial to switch from old network to new network

What will consumers see in the next few years? More marketing of the services and products including internet, phone, alarm service, other products, and more U-verse.

Most importantly, there will be upgrading of facilities to accept the IP network which will provide more products to customers in an IP based phone system.

Photos: top left Senator Joe Abruzzo addressed the audience; top right PBC Commissioner Mary Lou Berger addressed the audience; bottom photo shows representatives from AT&T left is Joe York, Florida President, and right Vic Beninate Regional Director.

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March 8, 2014

Alliance Delivers Community Association Concerns to Legislators in Tallahassee

LORI%20AT%20THE%20SENATE%20-%20Web%20Copy.JPGThe Alliance of Delray Residential Associations' Legislative Delegation visited the office of EVERY Senator & Representative on Palm Beach County Day to deliver written concern over SB1348. A recent Palm Beach Post article featured Alliance Executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor who explained the impact that the additional regulatory oversight which SB1348 calls for would have on homeowner associations (HOA’s). Examples include the following: the authority to levy civil penalties against individual officers and board members, removing the ability of HOA’s to lien for fines, and requiring a $4 per unit fee (with a built-in cost of living change) to fund the new regulations and create an “Ombudsman’s Office” similar to what condominiums now have.

The $4 per unit fee would financially impact property owners but not as much as the legal fees that an Ombudsman's office would incur for an association. In order to protect themselves, most associations would use legal counsel to respond to the complaints and who would be paying the bill? The association membership would and this would lead to higher HOA fees. Prominent community association attorneys voice opposition to this bill even though they would be making more money if this legislation passes. Why do they oppose the extra regulations and regulatory agency? Because an HOA Ombudsman does not make sense. Property owners already have the ability to mediate and in certain circumstances, arbitrate. The thought process behind the SB1348 does not appear to take into account the vast differences between HOA's and COA's, one major difference being that COA's have more common elements (walls/plumbing/recreational facilities) than HOA's and another major difference being in the nature of property ownership and easement rights.

For a summary of the bill, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/707from_call_about_sb1348.pdf
For the complete 122 page bill, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/706sb1348.pdf
For the Alliance’s written concern provided to State Legislators, click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/item_list.asp?subcat=927&subtitle=Alliance+Letter+to+Legislators+Regarding+SB1348

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March 2, 2014

Senate Bill Requires Per Unit Fees in Homeowner Associations

Senate Bill 1348 was introduced by Senator Hays last week. This 122 page bill includes a requirement of a $4 per unit fee for all homeowner associations (HOA's) in order to fund a new regulatory program that the bill also proposes. The fee could also be increased with the cost of living. There is no House companion bill yet.

Last year changes in Florida Statute 720 made it a requirement that HOA’s register with the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) and provide the number of parcels within the association and the total amount of revenues and expenses from the association’s annual budget.

A number of years ago, a per-unit fee was instituted for COA’s and an Ombudsman’s office was formed. This office attempts to resolve issues between condo unit owners and their associations but has also been a source of controversy.

HOA’s differ greatly from COA’s. Intrinsically, COA’s are creatures of statute and the COA maintains more control over membership. The structure of units in COA’s are comprised of more common elements than in HOA’s, which are composed of individual parcels and some common elements. For COA’s, insurance is mandated by statute which is not so for HOA’s.

Anticipating that legislation such as SB1348 might be proposed, at its November 2013 meeting, the Alliance of Delray Residential Associations surveyed its membership and found complete opposition to a per unit fee/tax for HOA's. This bill also removes the ability of HOA’s to file liens for fines of $1000 or more. The Alliance is lobbying our senators and representatives requesting them to oppose such legislation.

For a Summary of SB1348 from CALL (Community Association Leadership Lobby), Click on the following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/707from_call_about_sb1348.pdf

To Read the Entire Bill, Click on the Following:
http://allianceofdelray.com/picture/706sb1348.pdf

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February 18, 2014

Delray Beach to Hold Candidates Forum

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LORI VINIKOOR has lived in Delray Beach for more than 15 years. All of her recreational activities serve the Community in some way....

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