Elections of the Aquarius Board: Results

Elections of the Aquarius Board: Results



The Management Office did not disclose the composition of the Board posts

It is believable that it will be the same organization of last year. All incumbents were re-elected, even the appointed ones.

So until we get this information the composition of the Board should be like this:

Kiet – President
Ella – Vice
Leon – Secretary
Liza – Treasurer
Cooper – Director-at-large

Votes that each candidate received January 17, 2023

Behar, Leon – – – – – – – – – – -139
Cooper, Philippe – – – – – – –  119
Fishman, Elzbieta (Ella)Jankowska  – 145
Gupta, Bhagwan – – – – – – – –52
Herrera, Orlando- – – – – – – – -42
Khalevich, Elizabeth (Liza) -169
Ngo, Kiet – – – – – – – – – – – – – -147
Ort, Judith – – – – – – – – – – – –  45
Rocha, Victor – – – – – – – – – – –  42
Satz, Linda – – – – – – – – – – – – 55
Zeltser, Mark- – – – – – – – – – – 10


Congratulations to the victorious candidates.

I have the sincere hope that the year of 2023 will be more productive than last year. The passage of time, inflation and the natural deterioration of the property are not helped by procrastination. Perfection is the enemy of good. Let’s do it!



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My Favorites for the Board of Aquarius

   My favorites for the Board of Aquarius


As you know we have elections for the Aquarius Board of Directors  January 17, 2023.

Here are my favorites candidates: 


Leon Behar, 1404S,  lbmd26@aol.com,  (305) 450-7226: Friendly, easy to speak with. One of the most accessible Board members. He will not leave your questions without a courteous and educated response.


Elzbieta (Ella) Fishman 1104S,      jankowska.ella@gmail.com , (917) 515-0030: Very dedicated actual Vice-President. It seems that without her care little would have been done this past year of 2022. Excellent negotiator.



Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta,  804S (786)402-4269 bgupta1@yahoo.com: Past Board President for many years. Responsible to bring the building from 2007 status to a more recent status. Dedicated, motivated he will be an excellent contribution with his knowledge of Aquarius past improvements.


Orlando Herrera, 805S, (786) 326-6056, Oherrera07@gmail.com:  Dedicated, interested. Extremely helpful  for the renewal of Gym Equipment and Game Room improvement. He will bring dynamism and energy to the Board. 


Elizabeth (Lisa) Khalevich, 508S, lizakhalevich@gmail.com, (917) 217-7732: Finally we have a Treasurer that is comfortable with numbers. She has shown us, with clarity, details in our accounts that sometimes get buried under the complexity of the accounting reports.

How about the other candidates?  For some I don’t have many details. For others I have too many knowledge of and feel very uncomfortable if they are  ever elected.

I favor candidates that show dedication, that live in the building most of the year and that are willing to work and play well with others. After all it is a Board. Also important, but it is not a deal breaker, is if they have the time to dedicate themselves to the complicated and laborious work of the Board of Directors and do not entertain a full time job elsewhere.

This, above mentioned group of candidates, should be an excellent choice to make the most of Aquarius. I am confident that they will perform to the best interests of the Aquarius Condominium community.


Laughing matter:

“I always say elections with more than one candidate are a very complicated.”

President of North Korea Mr. Kim Jong Un


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Sheridan Street Bridge is open

Dear all (over 4500 list members)

Sheridan Street Bridge Re-Opens

  We are happy to inform that the  Sheridan Street  Bridge

is fully operational. 

Thank you to all those that made it possible.  


Frank De Risi, President HBCA

954 547 2828


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This Saturday 8-20-2022 in Downtown Hollywood

Free Fun in Downtown Hollywood



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Getting Ready for the Hurricane Season

Getting Ready for the Hurricane Season


Hurricane Readiness Advice from

the City of Hollywood


The National Weather Service has predicted an active season. Experts warn that it only takes one storm to change your life and our community.

Lets us not lower our guard, we need to prepare diligently.

The City of Hollywood advises to prepare by:

  • Determining your risk
  • Developing an evacuation plan and shelter options
  • Prepare disaster supplies & medication to be sufficient for 7 days
  • Strengthening your home
  • Establishing your emergency contact list
  • Making arrangements for special medical needs
  • Arranging for your pets

 You’ll find more information and links to help you prepare on the City’s Hurricane Preparedness webpage.

 For the latest weather advisories from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, visit their trusted news source sites on the web or via their social media channels.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
US National Weather Service Miami Florida

For additional information Contact:
Jaime Hernandez
Emergency and Governmental Affairs Manager
City of Hollywood

Emergency Operations Center
2741 Stirling Road
Hollywood, Florida 33312
Phone: 954.921.3053

E-mail: jahernandez@hollywoodfl.org

“Once You’re Ready, You Don’t Have to Worry.”

This notice is a courtesy of  Frank De Risi, President  of the Hollywood Beach Civic Association – HBCA  tel.: 954 547 2828


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Sheridan Street Bridge – Closed for 90 days

Sheridan Street Bridge over Intracoastal Waterway will be closed until September 2022. Alternate ways would be Hollywood and Dania Beach. Check the Traffic Alert posted by the City of Hollywood.

Posted on: June 6, 2022

Sheridan Street Bridge Full Closure over the Intracoastal Waterway Begins Monday, June 13

Traffic Alert


The SR 822/Sheridan Street Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway will be fully for closed for approximately 90 days beginning Monday, June 13, weather and unforeseen conditions permitting. Eastbound traffic will be detoured via US-1, Hollywood Boulevard, or Dania Beach Boulevard. Westbound traffic will be detoured via SR A1A, Hollywood Boulevard, or Dania Beach Boulevard. Access to local traffic and the Anne Kolb Nature Center will be maintained at all times via eastbound SR 822/ Sheridan Street before the bridge.

Project improvements include installing bicycle-friendly/anti-slip walking plates along the bridge’s moveable spans, removing existing curb and adding a 32-inch traffic barrier between the sidewalk and roadway, removing and replacing the outer pedestrian railing, adding new pedestrian gates in each direction, renovating the existing tender house, upgrading electrical and mechanical components, and access platforms on the bridge.

Bridge opening times for marine traffic will be impacted Monday, June 13th through September 2022. The temporary bridge opening schedule is, as follows:

Daily, between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One side of the bridge will open on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour. Boaters needing a full opening should provide 4-hour advance notice.

Sunday-Fridays, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The bridge will be closed. Boaters needing a full opening should provide 24-hour advance notice. Full openings are available only between midnight and 1 a.m.

Friday-Sunday, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Single-leaf openings will be provided on the quarter and three quarter hour. A full opening will not be provided during this time.

The vertical clearance across both spans will be reduced by 5-feet for the installation of a containment system for the duration of the project. 

These timing adjustments are needed in order to complete operations during the full bridge closure, which also begins Monday, June 13 through September 2022, weather and unforeseen conditions permitting. This work is part of the SR 822/Sheridan Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project.  Construction began January 22, 2022 and estimated completion date is Late 2022.

For more information, please visit the FDOT project page here

City of Hollywood, Florida – Civic Alerts




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ACA Acqua Bistro – Facts Surrounding Restaurant Lease

ACA Acqua Bistro – Facts Surrounding Restaurant Lease



Content of this post:

  1. Facts Surrounding Restaurant Lease, by Gupta, Ort and Rocha
  2. Frida’s Comment
  3. Roni’s Comment
  4. Bruck’s Gupta request
  5. Arkady’s Comment

Facts Surrounding Restaurant Lease            May 23, 2022

From:  Gupta, Ort and Rocha

With the renewed interest in increasing revenues and cutting costs, it is advisable to review the historical data and deal with the facts surrounding any budgeted items for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. To set the record straight, the following facts should be shared with all the unit owners:

  • In December 2007, the President of the Board, Mr. Arkady Chase, sent out a memorandum addressing all unit owners and forwarding the revised budget for 2008 as compared to the 2007. According to this document, a subsidy in the amount of $10,000 for 2007 and $9600 for 2008 was approved by the Board for the restaurant. However, under Notes to the Financial Statements, the financial audit for December 31, 2008, indicated that the Association subsidized the restaurant operation in the amount of $14,166. In lieu of rent, the lessee agreed to provide twelve (12) months of restaurant service.  There were no reimbursements for any utilities costs by the Lessee.
  • In December 2010, under Notes to the Financial Statements, the Auditors repeated the same comments for the new agreement signed in June 2010. The Association subsidized the restaurant operation in the amount of $14,400. Again, no rental charges for the premises or any reimbursements for any utilities costs were paid by the Lessee.
  • Moving forward to April 2015, a three-year lease agreement for the restaurant was reviewed by a Restaurant Committee, formed by the Board. The committee was made up of the following members: Ms. Joan Salvatore; Wendy Miller; Larissa Mitnitsky; Melanie Dayan; Nancy Armin; Pinky (Carolyn) Lebovitz; Teresa Marmolino and Grace Tomicelli.  Again, due to the extensive renovation project being carried out by the Association, the access to the restaurant was compromised.  A change in the Lessee for 2016 faced the same restrictions due to the unavailability of any parking facility.  At the same time, the lobby entrance was closed to any patrons for the restaurant and the unit owners. No rental fees or reimbursements for utilities were claimed under the new lease. The Association subsidized the restaurant operation in the amount of $7500 with no charge for rental or reimbursement for any utility costs.
  • A five-year lease agreement, starting September 2, 2018 and ending August 31, 2023, was approved by the Board. Under this agreement, the lessee was charged $100 per month for the first two years and $200 per month for the remainder of the lease. The Association also reduced its subsidy from $7500 to $3500 in 2021 and no subsidy during the current fiscal year.  This lease represented an elimination of subsidy from a $14,166 in 2008 to Zero ($0) in 2022.  There is no justification for charging utility costs when the Association has not provided any official meters for any utilities during the last fifteen (15) years. Only now, the Board chose to install a new independent electrical service including an FP & L meter to record actual usage by the Lessee. The same type of arrangement needs to be made for the Water and Gas consumption by the Lessee.

Regardless of how the current unit owners or the Board feel, the membership at large needs to be aware of the facts related to how the lease agreements for the Restaurant have evolved over a period of time.  It is no mystery as to why, in the past, there have been no charges claimed for rental   and/ or reimbursement for utilities. It is only under the current lease that we have iniated payments of monthly rental, elimination of yearly subsidy, and a basis for charging actual electric usage with a new lease in the future.

The Board, through its management personnel, should insist on getting the meter installed as soon as possible to enable the lessee to start paying for the use of electricity. The electrical contractor that installed the independent electrical service to the restaurant should also be able to utilize his contact at FP&L to facilitate the meter installation. The drawings to acquire the permit were submitted to the City of Hollywood back in November 2021. The permit is still open pending the final inspection after the meter has been installed.

Any reduction in the amount of annual subsidy or a charge for any amount in rental has the same impact on our operating budget.  In fact, by eliminating the subsidy of $7500, it represents an equivalent of $625 per month rental charges in addition to the $200 per month rent amounts to $825 per month currently stipulated for the remainder of the lease expiring on August 31, 2023.

The former Board of Directors were keenly aware of the importance of having a regionally acclaimed Italian restaurant on our premises. The proof of success has been the need to hire additional valet personnel to handle visitors’ parking and the appreciation by our residents to have access to such an outstanding amenity. This trend has been recognized for the last fifteen (15) years and must continue for the benefit of our residents.

Are there ways to improve the current lease agreement? Surely, we can all benefit from a more clearly defined agreement.

Signed for the former Board of Directors

Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta,    804S
Judy Ort,    1605N
Victor E. Rocha,    1404N 

from: Frida Abrahamian          May 23, 2022

Thank you very much for providing the history of financial relationship between the restaurant and the Aquarium board.

Is there an explanation as to why the board subsidized the restaurant in addition to providing free rent and utilities?  Does this arrangement make the board an investor in the restaurant, and are there any tangible benefits from this arrangement to the residents of Aquarius, other than the convenience of having a regionally recognized restaurant on it’s grounds. The “Sunset Menu” which is offered to all customers  until 6:30pm, is available to the residents for the entire evening, excluding the holidays, appears to be the only benefit. We are even required to pay “uncorking” fees which does not seem fair when coming from a restaurant getting such a sweet deal from the Aquarius.

The success of the restaurant manifested as increased demand on valet services, also results in increased utilization of our lobby furniture, bathroom facilities and the pool deck, all serviced by our maintenance personnel.  The increased traffic also raises security concerns as the restaurant patrons seem to have unlimited access to all lobby and east pool deck areas.

We definitely should have a more defined agreement, and the residents should be getting more benefits from this arrangement, given our significant financial contribution to the operating expenses of the restaurant.

Frida Abrahamian, 502S

From: Roni Komie            May 23, 2022

Thank you so much for this information. I would hope that whatever is decided will be fair and benefit all of us and keep our wonderful restaurant here.

Sent from my iPhone

Roni Komie, LCSW,    1803 S

From:  Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta                            May 23, 2022

Cecilio , I had forwarded a document for your use highlighting facts about restaurant lease dating back to FY 2007 budget and annual financial report released dating back to FY 2008.  I would like to have it posted on the aquariusuno blog to reach as many residents as possible.  I have supporting documents for each of the quoted item included in my chronological presentation. Please let me know if you have  any questions or need further information. Thanks.

Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta,  804S

From: Arkady Chase                                          May 24, 2022

To the best of my knowledge, the history of our restaurant and its subsidy goes back many years prior to 2007, although I do appreciate the reference to the Board of 2007 and me personally.

Back then and apparently during all the preceding years, the restaurant certainly did not have a “regionally acclaimed Italian restaurant” status, and mostly catered to the Aquarius residents.  When we moved to the building in 2005, a Board member presented us with two vouchers for the restaurant as a welcoming gift.

Naturally, the livelihood of the restaurant operators was substantially reliant on the subsidy, and the Association took care of the expenses related to the restaurant operation.  Typically, the summer months were specifically slow, when many residents were relocating to their summer residences.

The restaurant has always been an important amenity, and I have no information what specifically prompted this discussion.  However I think that the open forum is a way to discuss all matters important to our community.

Arkady Chase, PH5N

Comments? Send them to my email.

On the bright side:

There are some commercials that are nice. This one is very nice. Enjoy!


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Reserves Study: Fact or Fiction?

Reserves Study: Fact or Fiction?


It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.  Karl Kristian Steincke in “Farvel Og Tak” (1948)

The quote attributed to Steincke may seem like a joke. It is not. But there is no reason for us to stop preparing for the future.

After many many years the Aquarius Condominium Association got its RESERVE STUDY. This is a document that a prudent administration keeps very close and make a complete review of it every couple of years.  The initial document was produced in 2019 with a  detailed in loco, inventory and assessment of our property. In 2021 the “Association Reserves” specialized firm conducted a review of this study. This new study was a “no site visit” one. It is based in the natural deterioration and decay of the buildings’ components according the experience with similar properties.

The initial pages of the RESERVE STUDY report bring interesting remarks:

“”Welcome to your Reserve Study!
Reserve Study is a valuable tool to help you budget responsibly
for your property. This report contains all the information you
need to avoid surprise expenses, make informed decisions, save
money, and protect property values.

Regardless of the property type, it’s a fact of life that the very
moment construction is completed, every major building
component begins a predictable process of physical
deterioration. The operative word is ” predictable” because planning
for the inevitable is what a Reserve Study by Association Reserves is all

Avoiding fund reserves is dangerous and results in large special assessments with increased costs associated with long neglected issues, no periodic maintenance and longer periods of disruption of the normal enjoyment of the property amenities. To fund or not to fund is a serious decision. To be informed of what is very likely to happen in the future is important for those wise ones.

Here the complete reports of Aquarius RESERVE STUDY.

Reserve Study 2021 (valid up to December 31, 2022)

Reserve Study 2019 (valid up to December 31. 2020)

Other stuff related to the matter:

The Ticking Clock        On problems due to lack of reserves

Survey 1/3                     The 2021 SA  2021

Results Survey 2/3      Opinions in percentages     2021

Results Survey 3/3      Comments on issues     2021



Laughing time:







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Aquarius Mothers Day Celebration – May 9 6:30pm

Videos and Pictures – Aquarius  Mothers  Day  Celebration – Monday May 9        6:30pm     Green Room


Dancing for all

Bring your own food and drinks

Tickets $ 15.00 on sale in the Lobby April 25 and May 2 4-5 pm

Aquarius Social Committee


Who sold our motherland? A poem about the war

-“The war will end.
-The leaders will shake hands.
-The old woman will keep waiting for her martyred son.
-That girl will wait for her beloved husband.
-And those children will wait for their heroic father.

-I don’t know who sold our homeland.
But I saw who paid the price.”

Mar 5, 2022      Mahamoud Darwish


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Aquarius Committees of 2022

Aquarius Committees of 2022


The Aquarius Committees are: Legal, Finance, Engineering/Construction, Housekeeping and Maintenance, Social, Fining, Insurance, Information and Technology

Legal Committee

Board Member: Leon Behar

Scope of Duties: House Attorney, Contracts review, Construction contract review and Review By-Laws.


1.) Gary Svirsky – Unit 606S: Email: gsvirsky@omm.com

2.) Joel Cohen – Unit 1408S: Email: joelcohenlaw@gmail.com

3.) George Abboud – Unit 504S: Email: georgefabboud@gmail.com

4.) Roy Bernstein – Unit 507S: Email: Roybern123@gmail.com

Finance Committee

Board Member: Ella Jankowska Fishman

Scope of Duties: Review PnLs, Review Loans and Assessment dollars and work on 2023 budget.


1.) Emma Smith – Unit 703S: Email: esmith1047@gmail.com

2.) Eugenia Volcheck – Unit 802N: Email: eugeniavolchek@gmail.com

3.) Roman Izyayev – Unit 1107S: Email: Roman.professional30@gmail.com

4.) Elizabeth Khalavich – Unit 508S: Email: lkhalevich@yahoo.com

Engineering/Construction Committee Board Member: Ella Jankowska Fishman

Committee Advisor: Arkady Chase – Unit PH5N: Email: arkady.chase@gmail.com Scope of Duties: Project review and engineering recommendations.


1.) Nusin Shtern – Unit 408N: Email: nusinshtern@yahoo.com

2.) Leonid Blyumin – Unit 1103S: Email: blyumin.lora@gmail.com 3.) George Abboud – Unit 504S: Email: georgefabboud@gmail.com 4.) Leonid Smiyansky – Unit 607S: Email: lsmall5692@gmail.com 5.) Antoine Rabbat – Unit 1504N: Email: arabbat1@gmail.com

Housekeeping and Maintenance Committee

Board Members: Ella Jankowska Fishman & Leon Behar

Scope of Duties: Review, prioritize and validate maintenance delivery and review of regular Housekeeping.


1.) Valentina Ovodenko – Unit 801N: Email: vally38@verizon.net

2.) Liliya Brodskaya – Unit 407N: Email: brodskiy3@gmail.com

3.) Abraham Lederman – Unit 1706N: Email: abe.lederman1@gmail.com

4.) Leonid Blyumin – Unit 1103S: Email: blyumin.lora@gmail.com

5.) Iosif Bratkovsky – Unit 1108S: Email: ibratka2@gmail.com


Social Committee

Board Members: Linda Satz

Scope of Duties: Plan and organize social events; Budget and stay within budget.


1.) Larisa Mitnitsky – Unit 1506S: Email: larisa48@aol.com

2.) Audrey Winkelvoss – Unit 1602S: Email: audwink2751@gmail.com

3.) Larisa Blyumin – Unit 1103S: Email: blyumin.lora@gmail.com 4.) Taisa Gukhman – Unit 702N: Email: Taisag35@yahoo.com 5.) Alla Bratkovsky – Unit 1108S: Email: ibratka@gmail.com

Fining Committee

Board Members: Independent

Scope of Duties: Disputes settlement and due process for fines and violations.


1.) Pamela Ippolito – Unit 1103N: Email: mrsippi1@comcast.net

2.) Sharon Smith – Unit 602S: Email: sharonsmith702@bellsouth.net

3.) Emma Smith – Unit 703S: Email: esmith1047@gmail.com 4.) Pinky Lebovitz – Unit 401S: Email: pinky@lebovitz.com 5.) Joan Salvatore – Unit 903S: Email: joanj21@aol.com

Insurance Committee Board Members: Leon Behar

Scope of Duties: Review and recommendation for Insurance.


1.) Gary Svirsky – Unit 606S: Email: gsvirsky@omm.com

2.) Ronald Winklevoss – Unit 1602S: Email: ronwink2@comcast.net

Information and Technology Committee Board Members: Kiet Ngo

Scope of Duties: Website, Communication/Survey and emails.


1.) Ken Coogan – Unit 1105N: Email: kcoogan@cooganpartners.com

2.) Aleksandr Brodskiy – Unit 407N: Email: brodskiy3@gmail.com

3.) Rami Zureick – Unit 1604S: Email: rzureick@gmail.com

4.) Cecilio Berndsen – Unit 1005N: Email: ceciliob@gmail.com

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