I Am Back-Too Much Fake News About Real News

I started this blog in 2010 and continued till last year when I decided that no one appreciated my transparency for the building and how much time it takes to write this.

Unfortunately, there has been a huge scandal in the building that could have been avoided and thus not get into the Palm Beach Post.

First the blast from the building that did not give all the facts so everyone started to gossip and finally the truth was discovered by must through the rumor mill. Then someone tipped off the PB Post and the story was written. When the writer called me for a quote he had all the seedy details  he had spoken to Frank , the owner of condo 203, where the present incident occurred and many other people in the building. As I have informed many people in the building that if you go into “the white pages.com” and put the address of the building all the telephone numbers pop up. Why I was mentioned was I would go on the record.

We dodged a big bullet; the writer knew all the details and names and decided to not ruin lives so he left a lot of information out. Frank, Brigitte, and the condo owner of #203 were lucky. However, if you looked at the article very early of publication there were lots of comments that did not spare any details. I was able to copy some of them which will be copied  below. The paper later erased them which troubles me as I believe in the First Amendment and do not think a free press paper should conceal comments. It is one thing to leave info out but an entirely different to not publish what readers think and write.

I believe that Frank should be reported to the police for trespassing as he has a past of the same type of behavior in the past.

When I heard that ” we were so lucky to get a manager that had left the Sun and Surf to work for us. I have spent a lot of time in that building as I had two friends that lived there. No one leaves that building filled with millionaires and probably a few billionaires to come to the PS. Something did not smell right to me. The board kept saying that they checked Franks references with the Sun and Surf building board and it was favorable. Anyone with any smarts knows that a board of a corporation will not give a negative review with facts as they would be afraid of being sued for defamation.( I have heard that the board is blaming Sun and Surf for not telling them about Frank). I called two owners in the building and they both confirmed he had been fired for two causes one being ” too much fraternizing with the women pool/cabana staff.

Okay, I am not one to keep my mouth shut when there is an untruth circulating. When Frank was hired I called Pam and asked to meet her in the card room. She was relatively new as the president and showed up with Helen MacDonald. I came with a print out of the court case that Frank had sued the Sun and Surf for an issue of payment and his firing for his disability. I also came with the names of my friends that lived in the building and what they said. I did not pull any punches and told them this was not a guy our building should  hire to head. They KNEW  and did nothing.

Franks’ escapades starter way before the Brigitte affair. Rumors were that a few nannies where his target. Doorman and maintenance men saw him but were never asked and were also afraid of Frank and keeping their jobs. If there were red flags raised isn’t the responsibility of the governing body to watch out?

I believe Frank should be reported to the police for trespassing and his license should be revoked. If the next job he takes and their board does not know how to google or research court cases this might occur again. He has moved around a lot and this article is in a local paper. And what about Brigitte should she be hired by someone else in the future?

Now about the board. I think you all should resign and if you want to run again and get voted in… great. Right now I think the majority of you have been appointed and not voted in by the condo owners. I know it is a thankless job but we need people that have some back ground of law, business, tech savvy, construction and/or accounting to serve. We need open meetings, it is not difficult to let every owner listen in to each meeting by telephoning into a central number. The technology is there and easily available. We need the minutes of the meeting within a few days of the meeting not months after.

To this day no one has told the condo owners about the new contract that the board entered us into with Comcast. I totally disagree with making a contract with a cable company when the latest way to get TV is though streaming. Cable companies are dying and are not modern. Who was on a committee or who on the board understands this issue? When I leave my apartment in New York I put my cable on seasonal hold. It costs me $5.00 a month. With the Comcast contract I have to pay the monthly fee for the 6 months when I am not there. How many seasonal owners are there?

This is just one issue… I am sure there are many that have been voted on that might not be in the interest of the condo owners.

Comments From PB Post That were Erased :

Bill2go 21 hours ago

The resident (V. Ross) who made a comment for this article is 100% correct. Leglante needs to be charged criminally for his egregious behavior. As I understand, this scumbag wasn’t just in the residence to take a break and/or use the restroom. Apparently, Leglante had an accomplice and they did a lot more than just “hang out”. The condo board and the resident need to pursue this case criminally, so this scumbag, Leglante doesn’t go do this same thing at another property.

 

 

 

Citizen 1145 21 hours ago

From what I was told, the manager was not the only one fired. The office assistant (female) was also fired. They were seen on the video entering together and doing untoward things. I do not know why this was not reported in the story. Daughter was quite right to have cameras in her unit; this is a good practice in this day and age.

 

 

 

RobertPBodis 23 hours ago

Such a juicy story – missing some key facts…

– Frank had an accomplice

– Frank and said accomplice were caught on video

– Rumor is Frank had issues at the last employer (no comment in story no less)

– The overall building is very poorly managed

– This is par for the course at Portofino

 

 

 

JonKing 1 day ago

Oh please, big deal. Lots of other things in life to worry about than a guy popping in to use the bathroom. The daughter sounds like a real jerk. She could have told the guy she saw him and left it at that.

 

 

 

Leslie2916 1 day ago

What they aren’t saying is they had sex in the condo on camera

 

 

 

GSolie 21 hours ago

@JonKing I guess you’re ok with people hanging out in your place when you are not home? There should be no recourse for violation of the trust agreement? You sound like the jerk.

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leaks, Electric, Rentals,and bad Installers

Electricity– the electric in the building went off sometime Friday afternoon. Get an electric clock and you can see how many times this happens

Rentals: I count about 20 rentals in the building. Those are the ones we know about. If there are 8 more we are 20 percent rental. This is concerning.

Kitchen redo: Someone put in new appliances in their kitchen and the installer did not put the dishwasher in correctly. Thus a flood to the downstairs apt. I thought Frank was diligent to only allow licensed and registered workers in the office people that handle plumbing or other harmful deeds?

Lastly: The owner of 807 went to bed with the faucet running in the kitchen. It was discovered the next morning by her housekeeper. The water was throughout her wall to wall carpet and almost reaching her bedroom. The office was called and Frank has a relationship with a restoration service that came right over to start the sponging of the water. This owner is a senior and not well and it seems has no family. She has someone that comes in during the day but no one at night.

Apt 707 got up and her dining room ceiling was a waterfall. She has beautiful wood floors that were awash with water. She was lucky that the ceiling did not collapse. I must say she was very calm throughout this horrible incident. Better than I would be. The restorer was already working in her apt when I saw it.

Apt 607 had similar damage but I did not see her apt.

The lesson is two fold. I know that the two upper apts have insurance and their companies did come. I do not know about 607. The second lesson is there are people that need care in the evenings and should not be left alone. Families or friends should be contacted and these people need to be cared for.

After this which will cost tens of thousands of dollars do you think we need a home insurance mandate?

Lastly I was told, our hallways which are not the concern of condo owners insurance companies and restoration companies are full of mold.

 

Just My Opinion

-Portofino South, West Palm Beach

I am sure the board and some owners will be very unhappy about my opinions below but we are not invited to speak at the meetings so as owners and the people that elected this board we have no outlet to question any of their decisions. The building has a new website and that was not even discussed at the meeting. Those meetings just make people mad and frustrated so very few people attend. Bravo to Betsy for questioning some things.

The Pool

Yes, it was only supposed to take 5 working days but as Frank explained last night at the board meeting they found multiple problems thus the longer time. Since the pool is part of the original structure of the hotel, of course, there would be multiple problems. Since a lot of said problems were in the over flow part when whatever company estimated the job did not they investigate this. Also this company seems like a band of loose people. Where is the supervisor, uniforms, company trucks? And why are we allowing them to park their personal vehicles in non-parking spots. They leave the pool each night like a garbage heap. There are of course overages in costs. Each project that the building tackles there is a complication. The roof and the repaying of the parking lots are next. What company fixed our pool? Does anyone know?

(yes someone knows and the company is Skyler Pools and it does not have a good report on www.ripoffreport.com. Same issue of taking forever to fix or build a pool.) Ever hear of google before you employ someone? Also checked www.Yelp.com  in Coconut Creek and there were two similar complaints about time and issues never resolved. These two users are thinking of suing this pool company.

Illegal rentals and boarders.

Apt 808 has just been redone and is not waiting the two-year rule to rent it. He has had two different ” guests” that have signed in for three days each. When I have guests they usually stay with their hosts? These owners started the same way with apt 903 and continued to get away with it …not obeying the rules. Do we still have an apt with a boarder? It has been discussed at board meetings but I do not think it has been dealt with.

Our entrance looks very bare

The white boxes have been taken away. I cannot believe that we cannot find a plant species that will grow in that spot, what about all these gorgeous lush PB gardens on the beach that populate the island. If all else fails there are some fabulous fake trees or plants that would give the area a little pizazz. Also the hedge at the northern front end of the parking lot has to be replaced, it has been dying for months.

There is a new decorating committee

Announced at the meeting. who is on it? Someone I know in the building was asked

Led to believe she was on it and then called and told the committee was full. Such community well feeling in this building… it always amazes me.

I do not know why the building refuses to have a fire drill

We had last week another stove fire which turned out to be no flames but a lot of smoke.

It was started by a guest but the doorman had no telephone number for her as she never registered as a guest. The guest did the wrong thing by opening the front door so the smoke went into the hall. Some apts on the 9th floor were alerted that there was a fire and we should leave our apts and walk down the stairs. One couple on the floor did not know where the stairs were. People came up from the lobby via the elevator to help and see what was going on. I thought you were not supposed to use the elevators during a fire? At least 10 people called the doorman to ask if they should evacuate. The door man was very calm and tried to do his best but did not know that he could get on the intercom and tell all the apts that the fire was not serious and they did not have to walk down the stairs. I walked down 9 floors!

Don’t you think it would be a good thing to educate us condo owners how to conduct ourselves during a fire? It was chaos on the floor.

Notices near the mailboxes

For notices such as meeting announcements and board meeting agenda: The font is too small and too high up for people to read.

I also feel having a locked bulletin board isn’t very democratic. I wanted to post something and it was rejected by the office as it was advertising a service.

Lets start to think Smart and Green and Forward.

How about solar lights in the parking lot and the perimeter?

How about a green roof? There are builders in WPB that are installing these and since we have to redo our roof why not look into it?

When doing the parking area over how about a few outlets for electric cars?

Construction During Season:

Since there are new rules but they have not been given out construction goes on during PB high season. The window replacements in # 1102 started at 8:30am one morning last week. I went to the office and Frank spoke to them too late I was up, I went up as my terrace was full of pieces of cement and of course rudely spoken to by the installers. I also noticed that they were using the electricity from a hallway outlet, we are paying for that, down to Frank and he allowed them to continue. I believe that we should not have any noisy construction during season and someone has to monitor it closely. Glass fell on my downstairs neighbor’s terrace. I suggested to Frank that the contractor should be billed for clean-up and if there is no electricity bring a generator. Even though the windows are done all the sawing for the interior of the apt is done on the terrace and it continues. I think we are in the 4th or 5th week of construction noise.

Yesterday on the ninth floor there were white footsteps on the carpet coming from construction in #904. Also the workmen used our laundry sink to wash out their tools or brushes. Do I want to put my clothes in this sink to perhaps prewash?

Wouldn’t it be a good idea for Frank before he ­leaves to check if all this construction isn’t migrating to other areas.

Suggestion:

Notices for meetings could be printed in a larger font and placed lower so we might be able to read them. Also, if someone volunteers to chair a meeting there should be some respect from the board during said meeting. I have been on three committees: one I was fired from, second one I worked with a partner to gather a lot of info and it was ignored and the last one I was told it was asked to leave as it was just for board members despite non board members were present.

I get the hint no more meetings for me !!

Your old Toilet

The state of Florida will give you a $120 rebate if you want to replace your old one for a newer model. The newer toilets use a lot less water and they are trying to save water. The rebate is part of the Water Smart Program.

The above is just my opinion and written to start a dialogue. Please leave comments and give at least a partial name to identify yourself.

 

July 4th 2015 Blog is back online

It has been a very long time since I posted anything about the building. One reason was that the comments got very ugly and mean. This time around I will not post any comments or blogs without a known name with their email address attached. That might take care of the “nasties”. Second reason was that the building was supposed to build a website but like all things in the building it did not get done in a timely manner. Maybe it is coming? And lastly why I want to reopen this blog is that owners have no where to go with problems, questions, or to get anything done. The board has internal problems and the office is very hard to motivate.

I am a snow bird and not there for 6 months a year. When people such as myself are gone we never hear anything of the building. We are never called, emailed or sent any mail of meetings, changes or problems going on. My maintenance is 12 months but my service is 6 months and only when I am there.

About a month ago a neighbor told me that the power went off in the building. In the past, my air conditioning , that I leave on , does not go back on by itself. So she is kind enough to go to my apartment and put the air conditioning on again.  My neighbor does this for two other owners that have the same problem. I called the office to see if they knew of the outage and did someone go up to the apartments that the building has a list of that has this problem. I was very unhappy with the answer that they were not responsible. I then wrote a letter hoping that the board or the office would address this problem for some of us but a letter was received back with the same ” we are not responsible”. I then called the office and asked if they could research if there is a solution to this situation by putting in a device to the system. I was told they would get back to me. No one ever called or helped.

This is real hard to fathom when you write out your maintenance check each month and this was the first thing I asked the office to do since I left in the end of April.

Well I researched the issue and there is something that could be installed that would help with this situation. With 50 percent of the building gone during the summer you would think they would have time or interest to help the owners. If anyone wants to know what the solution is please email through the blog and I will tell you.

So this is what this blog is all about. If you have a problem and it is not addressed please lets share and see if we can help eachother.

 

 

Nastyville

Last year the nasty award went to :

Ben H-for smoking his cigar at the pool and causing everyone else to leave

This year it goes to:

Susan M-just plain nasty

And the year isn’t finished yet so I am sure there will be many more….maybe it is in our water system?

Renters disguised as Guests- A Letter

Att: Michael Roefaro-President
Martha Lee-Secretary
Frank Lagalante-Building Manager
Sarah Watkins-Assistant Building Manager

December 3, 2010
Concerning Apt 903:
First, let me congratulate you on your new board positions. Perhaps this could be the first issue you address in your new term.
I bought my apartment in January 2010. During my move in I spoke to two people in #903 that said they were the owners but it has turned out that they were the decorators. They had just totally redone this apartment. I was very impressed as it was done beautifully and very luxuriously.
I started to notice on the terrace different sets of people on the terrace. Even though they spent a fortune redoing the apt they never had terrace furniture. The first group, which were three foreign men pulled out the kitchen chairs onto the terrace,in their wifebeaters and smoked. My terrace, since I am in the corner, directly faces the terrace of #903.
The next group of people was also men but two this time and totally different looking. I have not been in Florida since the end of May and returned on November 17th. .When I arrived I saw the 903 apt occupied by a German couple. They came around the first of the month and left at the end (November 30). They kept putting laundry on the banister and their storage door was constantly left open in the hall way.Both of these problems were reported to Frank.
On Dec 2 I was in the office when the owner of the apt #903 was paying his maintenance bill , I introduced myself and he said his name was Kyle Kahriman, and he did not live in the building but used it for his” guests”. And that more were coming for the holidays. I then came upstairs and met a maid that was cleaning his apt and she called the people that just left “tenants”.
I would like to report that this apartment is being rented out and these people are not his friends. I
do not want to live next to a hotel room. The last “guests” had a parking space near me also and not in guest parking.
This owner is abusing your lenient guest policy. I thought I was buying into a building where I would know who my neighbors were and that they would not be changing weekly or monthly.
This is entirely unacceptable to me and should be addressed. I hope you will rectify this situation and make my habitability of my unit less stressful.
Sincerely,
V Ross

Current: Outcome

M Roefaro- answered immediately and said this was intolerable and he would try to work on a result. Ann McKay,also a board member feels the same way.

Frank Lagalante-I asked him to call the owner of #903 and he said even though he agrees with my position  he has no grounds to call the owner….”he might hang up on me”