|WILL THEY EVER LEARN?|
Any board member and owner of a homeowners' association should know by now that the Florida HOA ACT clearly allows the recording of any meeting of the association -- be it board meeting or membership meeting. FS 720.306(10) states very clearly: "RECORDING.— Any parcel owner may tape record or videotape meetings of the board of directors and meetings of the members. The board of directors of the association may adopt reasonable rules governing the taping of meetings of the board and the membership."
What's even more amazing in this case is the fact that community association manager Betty M. Raffel from FirstService Residential is sitting idle by without even trying to correct board president Thomas, who -- according to Florida law -- is clearly in the wrong.
I always wonder why boards hire licensed community association managers. Shouldn't these licensed managers minimum attempt to help out board members who are clearly in the wrong?
I consider these attempts to stop owners from recording these meetings a violation of Florida statutes that severely impairs the rights of the homeowners.
You may ask why I feel strongly about this case? Because Board President Daniel Thomas is an attorney practicing law in Florida -- and he should -- minimum in my opinion -- should definitely know better.