ASSOCIATION TASK FORCE
|SPEAKERS REQUEST FORM
Homeowners Association Task
January 9, 2004 9:00 a.m.
– 4:00 p.m.
St. Johns County Administrative
4020 Lewis Speedway
Meeting Room A
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
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
PERMITS AFTER BUSINESS OF THE TASK FORCE IS CONCLUDED.
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'
||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,
||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