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I have a lot of moisture in my apartment. I have Damp Rid in many of my closets and they fill up rapidly. I decided to hire a company that checks for mold. Integrity Mold Inspection came into my unit and did a complete survey. They did find mold on certain surfaces but they think it has been there for years …before me. I cleaned the surfaces with white vinegar and water and was able to put some of them in sun. They advised me to keep the air conditioning lower and get humidity meters to see if it goes over a certain level. I have someone checking my apt while I am away so she will keep and eye on the moisture spots. Interesting these areas affected were not near my bathrooms or kitchen.

A few nights ago I had a strong smell of someone smoking marijuana some where and it was coming through my vents. Where it was coming from I can’t say. I am surrounded by renters on three sides. The only apt that is owned and lived in is below me. I reported this situation but looking forward to marijuana becoming legal for recreation or medical reasons we really think we should discuss how we handle this. Of course, our building manager just tossed it aside. The two times it happened it was very strong and someone could be allergic to it. Better to address before it becomes a little more pervasive.

Power off in the building last Friday  March 31st at around 12:00 pm.

Last Friday the back south gate was open all day and when I came home at 6:00 pm it was still open. The doorman are able to close and lock it. There are lots of robberies of cars in our area this should not happen. We are also going to have lots of workman around the bridge and this should be a very secure portal.

 So all know & are aware — there will be soon coming an MD Now Urgent Care Center,  opening in  El Cid , it will at  Pershing & So.  Dixie Hwy. for  emergencies/needs you have, that are not hospital needed, they also have an office out on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
Had very good care at the one on Palm beach Lakes Blvd.



Repavement of Washington Road from James Young

1. Happily we heard  great news that we are on the docket to have Washington Rd. repaved but even  more importantly to also  have the very old infrastructure beneath the roadway redone as its been there  a very long, long time. & that tired  debilitation  is what is causing our sink  holes & pot holes. Originally the construction  was only  going to be from Avila Rd. to Royal Palm Rd. but most fortunately, we requested & the City took a good  look at  it & now it  is going to be done from Avila Rd. down to Edgewood Dr. (Prospect & Southland Park) , which is terrific news for all.  Starting in April there will be a selection of the design concept approximately 12 months,  then 4-6 months to hire a contractor,  so construction could start in  approximately 18 months from now. I know it seems a bit away, & it will be during the Southern Blvd.  Bridge Construction. However, I know how many of you have asked for this to happen so yes, it will not happen tomorrow, & yes there will be some inconveniences for all of us with the major construction,  but we have wanted a redo of Washington Rd. for a very  long time now  as it is certainly needed so we will endure the inconveniences, & I asked the City to keep us up to date so that we all can attend any called meetings.

Important Telephone Numbers from James Young

Here are a few important numbers you should have in case of an immediate need or emergency at your home, at your neighbors house, or on your street: all of these are (561) numbers (except FPL’s # below, & the Sober House Hotline # below, & the poison control #) also, if you do not who to call for a situation , or it is not listed below, dial the WPB City, 24 Hour Hotline # at 822-2222 & they will direct you to the correct WPB  City Dept. Please copy this & keep by your home telephone or on your refrigerator  so the whole family & nanny have  easy access to the #’s, & put the  #’s in your cell phone, as things can occur at any time & we  are not far away from hurricane season, so we all need to be at the  ready for the quickest telephone response time possible.  Hope this list helps you & yours & we can add any numbers you think others might need, just let me know,  Lila

– Police Dept.,  Non emergency, 822-1900, & of course Dial 911 for emergencies Only.
– Fire Dept.,, 804-4700.
– Garbage/Trash Collection Dept., 822-2075.
– Street Repair Dept., 494-1040.
– Water Dept., 822-1300.
– Public Works After 4pm, 822-2210
– Building  Dept., 805-6700.
– Parks Dept., 804-4900.
– Code Enforcement Dept., 822-1465.
– City Library, 868-7700.
– Mayors Office, 822-1400.
– City Commissioners Offices, 822-1390.
– Animal Control, 233-1200.
– Poison Control PBCo., 800-222-1222
– Florida Power & Light Emergency, 800-468-8243.
– Coast Guard, 848-8868, 844-5030.
– Florida Fish & Wildlife, 624-6935, 625-5122.
– SeaTow, 844-8056.
– Sober House Hotline @ the State Attorneys Office, (844) 324-5463.
– PBIA Noise Line, 683-7242(you can leave a message on the answer recording  machine , & say where & when the extra noisy airline passing over was heard & seen).

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Condo Monthly Meeting- March 21 2017

Condo Meeting Minutes- March 21, 2017

All members present

Minutes from the 2/23 and 3/1 meetings were approved

On April 14th there will be a walkthrough of the parking lot project

April 22 is the farewell party for the building

Treasurer’s Report by G.D.

The card room remodel was taken out of operating expenses

There was an added expense this month involving plumbing- main line

There was a corroding pipe in the 9 line and it was leaking into the first floor apartment

Apt 110 was also cleaned out

H.M. thanked Anne for her beautiful presentation of her China trip to the condo owners in the card        room

Manager’s Report:

He worked with the decorating committee to get more bids for the hallway renovations

He met with FPL through the introduction of Lucia about the outages in the building                         He said it was line problems

Channel 5 will take space on our roof and pay $450 a month. He has committed to a 5 year   contract

He will buy a new dumpster as we fill the one and only one too quickly and the maintenance

People have to walk it over to the dumpster that is  for the large pieces

B.G. felt that there is a lot of owners using the dumpster for construction garbage and they

should pay us for this. All construction debris is supposed to be taken off the property by the   contractors.HM asked that our dumpster on the south side should be pushed back out of sight.

Discussion of a fining committee?

We have more trash than ever

He surveyed the windows and feels that there are 74 windows without impact windows or      shutters ( I do not think you can tell from the outside)

we have a new sound system for the board meetings …if they use the microphone

VR mentioned that more people should fold their boxes and cause less bulk in recycles

Decorating the Hallways:

New Lights will be $25,000 +, they are ADA compliant

Freight will be $1200 ,pallets $150 and installation $4675   Total: $31,000 +

We need 240 fixtures with 25 extra for the future

New Ceiling Tiles: They have two bids

The grid has to be replaced also ,they showed the new tiles to the board not to the audience

2x 2 feet tiles for a total of $80,000 plus

GD questioned if they would line up straight?

BG asked what’s up there – are there any known problems up there  (cable, Water line)

Frank does not see any foreseeable problems or any extra cost, the air conditioning ducts        have        to be rehung.

VR asked if they knew the wattage, if they had LED  bulbs of the new lights- no one knew. She        questioned        If the hallways would be any brighter.

R S from the audience asked if any new fire laws would affect our new ceiling

Total of $137,736.88 for the total remake and they suggested an assessment to pay for this.

They took a vote to the assessment and to go forward with the project and the vote was a tie

Thus as of now the project is on hold and no assessment for this

Old Business:

Trimming the mangroves – Frank had two estimates one from Jason’s Arbor Care and one from

Green Spaces- initial trimming, maintenance trimming and new planting

Annual trimming about $3500 plus permits

If any new plants are added they have to be watered for two weeks by us

VR expressed that we should not do anything as the bridge is going to be adjacent to this area   for maybe 4 years – it is going to be a mess

GD also did not want to plant anything new but just trim and get invasive species out

It might bring it down to $2500 plus permit.

One board member opposed  7 approved

Are we Maximizing our Proximity To Trump?

Frank announced at the last condo meeting that he had made a deal for a local TV channel to use our roof. He announced the amount of money per month that we would earn but I have to wonder if we should strategically investigate all our options and the highest going rates. The building next store has done a major installation on their roof lately …I wonder what other buildings are getting. He also announced it was a five year deal….that is a very long time in this ever changing technology world to lock in a price. This is something a committee of people in this field should be investigating. We are the highest building in relation to Trump so we have the advantage.

Power went out in the building on Thursday at 5:44 pm but this was definitely weather related.

Land Across on Flagler from our Condo

About a few days ago a new sign went up on the small land bordering the lake north of the bridge and south of our dock.

During the last board meetings we discussed a large about of money to clean out our part of this area.

I happened to bump into Michael Roefaro , our former passed president and he thought that we did not even own that area.

I believe it would be a waste of money to clean out an area when they are shortly going to start construction on the replacement of the Southern Bridge. There will be huge amount of garbage coming to that area from that construction for many years to come and then they will be responsible for clean up. ( my opinion Vicki Ross)

Something to be discussed.