Homeowners Association Task Force
January 9, 2004 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Johns County Administrative Center
4020 Lewis Speedway
Meeting Room A
St. Augustine, Florida 32084

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All persons who wish to address the panel must notify the Task Force in advance. Comments are limited to the topics on the agenda. Speakers request forms must be returned to the meeting coordinator, Marlita Peters, by noon Thursday, January 8th, prior to the meeting. Please indicate the topic(s) you are addressing by placing a check mark in the appropriate box. Speakers will receive a total of 3 minutes. PUBLIC INPUT WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED IF

NOTE: Please be advised, if you choose to attend by teleconference, there will be an additional charge of 6.9? per minute added to your long distance carrier charges. The Meet-me number to call is (850) 922-2903 or SC 292-2903.

You may contact Marlita Peters by phone at (850) 414-9223 or
SC 214-9223. FAX (850) 921-5450.
   Topic #1 - Alternative Dispute Resolution – Whether organized arbitration and mediation mechanisms should be established to hear a limited range of disputes, such as covenant enforcement, recalls, meeting, voting, amendments to documents, and other optional forums to settle disputes, while reserving a homeowner's right to legal recourse, in chapter 720, and all other mechanisms, in form and function, based upon the task force's review of a comparative comprehensive analysis and proposals of alternative means of alternative dispute resolution systems, presented by department staff and Member Robert Jones. Recall disputes will be included.
   Topic #2 - Purchaser Protection – Whether additional warranty protections should be provided for homeowners’ associations on individual homes and lot improvements by the developer/builder.
   Topic #3 – Disclosure – Florida Association of Realtors representative to give update. Whether providing a conspicuous disclosure regarding a developer’s long-term control of an association or association property at the
time of purchase would resolve many of the issues and disputes arising from the absence of a time limit for developer transition being imposed under section 720.307, Florida Statutes (2002). Compare 718.301, Florida
Statutes, which imposes a seven year limit on association control.
  Topic #4 - Regulation of HOA’s – Whether homeowner associations should be subject to government regulation. See section 720.302(2), Florida Statutes, in which the legislature expressly "recognizes that it is not in the interest of homeowners' associations or the individual association members thereof to create or impose a bureau or other agency of state government to regulate the affairs of homeowners' associations.
   Topic #5 - Liens and Foreclosures - Whether association lien rights on homeowner property should be limited to nonpayment of assessments.
   Topic #6 - Inspection of Records - Whether section 720.303(4), Florida Statutes, be amended to: expand the definition of "official records" to include all written records except those exempted; and provide guidelines for copying and inspection
  Topic #7 - Fiscal Responsibility -Whether amendments to chapter 720, Florida Statutes, be adopted to require competitive bidding and the imposition of criminal penalties for director self-dealing. Compare section 718.3026,
Florida Statutes.
  Topic #8 - Timely and Accurate - Financial Information – whether to amend section 720.303(7) Florida Statutes, to require a minimum level of financial reporting based on association annual income; to require reports to be performed in accordance with Community Interest Realty Association guidelines; to permit homeowners to waive or raise the level of reporting required; and to require the board to call a meeting to change the reporting level if 10% of homeowners petition for a meeting. Compare section 718.111(13), Florida Statutes (2003).
  Topic #9 - Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPS) – Task Force Member Karen Gottlieb