Condo Monthly Meeting January 19,2016

Condo Meeting January 19,2016

All members in attendance or on the phone except Keith.

Credential Committee: a guest staying longer than a month in #301 was interviewed

A guest will be on the 9th floor that has a dog


Building Manager:

Cooling Tower Repair– since it will be a new system installed and there are new city codes there might be complications to complete the job in a timely manner. Two contractors are being considered

Asphalt – maintenance and filling holes is better to do when there are less people in residence but if done in the near future they will do one side at a time. Question: Loud noise?

Security in Parking Lot– will mount more cameras and change older ones for newer ones. They will have a beam that will alarm the doorman if someone is trespassing. He will add more lights. There will be 18 lamps with 50amp bulbs. (I should have asked about solar lights?

The board questioned if they wanted more security with lights going on when the alarm went off. Paint the poles black to make them less Publix parking lot look. New led bulbs also. People asked if there could be an audible alarm to scare off intruders.

Elevator– the part that is missing has to be manufactured and causing the delay. Greg questioned why the elevator has been out for so long, almost a month. Are we speaking to the top people at the company?

Service Elevator– problems with the door shutting is people holding the doors for extra-long times causing the elevator need to be reset it is called “lockout”. Instead of holding the actual doors people should hold the hold button on the panel. Frank will try to have the timer turned to the max.

Trees on Flagler- there are seven trees on north side of Flagler that need to be replanted. Some problems with the city. Greg suggested he would speak to a city official that he knew to see what he could do. They talked about proper time to do the pruning of some very tall trees. Greg would also call in a favor of a landscaper to look over the property. VR from the audience wanted to know what they were doing with the front hedge that was bare. Frank said it was the wind in the corridor next to neighboring apartment building.

Swimming Pool– They will start the resurfacing and the leaks on Feb 1st and will take 5 to 7 days. The pool would be closed during that time. Surface and color would be similar to what is there,

Back to Cooling tower-an engineer has to be picked and when they start the repair the building will not have air conditioning for 2 weeks. It would have been great to do it now but not ready with choice or permits. Maybe it should be done in Oct/Nov of 2016. April was mentioned.




Neighborhood News by James Young


Our Only Amenity Besides the Pool: The Sauna


sauna1 (1) sauna2By an Owner:

Portofino South sauna, West Palm Beach

In August of this year, the sauna was renovated to include painting all the interior wood with a varnish. This, according to management, was done to remove unpleasant body odor smells from the sauna. After the varnish, the sauna wood went from being soft, light gray-colored, and unsealed to being hard, dark-colored, and smelly.
Many varnishes are not made to withstand the unnaturally high heat of a sauna’s interior, and will release fumes in to the air. Indeed, Superior Saunas notes on its website, “Do not paint, varnish or stain the interior portions of your sauna. The wood needs to breathe (absorb and slowly release heat and humidity). Also, artificial finishes make the wood surface much hotter, create the possibility of harmful fumes from the wood sealer, and take away some of the “softness” of heat and steam penetrating the wood.” The websites of Helo Saunas and Finnleo Saunas give similar warnings.
When I explained this, in my view, improper treatment of the sauna to the management, they agreed to have the varnish stripped. However, the wood absorbed much varnish, and it is clear from the wood shininess (see pictures, taken December 2015), change in color, and lingering odor that the varnish still remains on some of the wood. The smell given off by the sauna room has noticeably become less “woodsy” and more artificial since the varnish was applied and stripped. I no longer enjoy using the sauna because of the altered smell and the thought that I could be breathing toxic varnish fumes released by the high heat.
A simple Internet search yields some safe options for cleaning the sauna interior, including scrubbing with a baking soda solution, sanding, and low-pressure rinsing, according to Almost Heaven Saunas.
I would love to have our old sauna back; barring this possibility, I call on the building’s management to responsibly research best practices for the safe management of our facilities, before acting on a drastic, and possibly irreversible, solution such as varnishing the inside of a sauna room.