Are we there yet? 40 Year ReCert Exercise Master Schedules Sept. & Oct 2018

Are we there yet?

40 Year  ReCertification  Exercise Master Schedules: September  & October 2018


Are we there yet? This is a question that we very often hear when traveling with the family.

At Aquarius it is not different. Everybody is anxious to have their balconies back, the pools open and the silence, peace and absence of dust. This post has the latest schedule presented by the construction firm in charge of the Aquarius 40 Year Recertification project Structural Preservation Systems. This schedule was not formally vetted by the Technical Responsible and General Project Manager Hillman Engineering. Of course it is not finally accepted by the Aquarius Condominium Association.

Is the project progressing in a satisfactory pace? You are the judge.

The schedules are in four pages bellow. One for the South Tower, another for the North Tower and two pages for the East Deck. Please exam these schedules in detail.

Towers and Deck Master Schedules expected completion final dates according a previous estimate and the most recent available:

October 2017:     Deck: November 26, 2018      Towers: January 11, 2019

September 2018:   Deck:   December 25, 2018     Towers: April 4, 2019

Delta from earlier schedule:  Deck: One Month    Towers: Three Months

Aquarius South Tower – Schedule of  September 26, 2018:

Aquarius North  Tower – Schedule of  September 26, 2018:

Deck Schedule

Aquarius East Deck Master Schedule of October 3, 2018, page 1 of 2

Aquarius East Deck Master Schedule of October 3, 2018, page 2 of 2


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Relocating is also part of the 3 R’s

Relocating is also part of the 3 R’s

Reduce, reuse and recycle. These are the 3 R’s for a greener and happier planet. Here is a small example:

There were 3 very large planters that were destined to be sent to the trash landfill. The owners didn’t want them anymore. They were left in our construction area of the East Pool Deck for several months. We had the idea to relocate the planters into the West Parking Lot across the South Ocean Drive. There are grass areas the lost their protective curb. The vehicular traffic is creating ponds of rain water. Besides these areas are a danger for drivers and pedestrians. How about taking the planters to these new location? The project took some months. Finally after some persistent requests the planters were moved. Have you noticed them?

Planter number one in three steps:
















Planter number two. Before and after a little TLC:









And Planter number three: just a little topsoil and not much elese done but it is still OK:










Now it is time to keep fertilizing and watch nature take its course. What was the cost to Aquarius? None, nada, zilch. All work of an anonymous donor.


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Florence, Isaac, Helene: Are we protected at Aquarius?

Florence, Isaac, Helene: Are we protected at Aquarius?

September 10, 2018

These big storms march close to the United States. Florence is to hit the Carolinas coast before the end of the week (September 13 or 14, 2018). Isaac and Helene should not be a serious threat to Southern Florida as the forecasts of today.

What are the concerns at Aquarius?

The North Tower is fully protected by its Storm Windows, Metal Shutters and Construction Plywood. If you live in the North Tower make and you have Metal Shutters make sure they are easy to close, they lock properly so you are not left without protection. Impact Windows just must be properly closed.

How about the South Tower? Impact Windows? Not to worry. The Metal Shutters that were removed are being put back according to plan. There is a contractor in the property working to put everything according the Florida and City of Hollywood construction code. What if a storm strikes and there is not Shutters in place yet? The Aquarius Management is prepared to install plywood protection in all windows that still require shielding.

Let’s relax and hope for the better.

If you are out-of-town and still have Metal Shutters ask a neighbor to make sure your Shutters are in top condition closed and locked. By the way: nobody is supposed to leave town without closing and locking his/hers metal Shutters. This is procedure to be taken seriously year round. This does not protect just your unit. This protects the entire building.


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Aquarius Neighbor Falko Fharner left us September 7, 2018

Aquarius Neighbor Falko Fahrner left us September 7, 2018

Falko Fahrner

Falko Fahrner, Apartment 1401N, emigrated from Germany in 1965. He was married to Sylvia Fahrner for 32 years.  Sylvia had 2 sons from a previous marriage. Falko was considered by them and by their 8 children as the only father and grandpa they ever had.

He loved soccer. His favorite team was VFB of Stuttgart.

His passion for Porsches was remarkable. The last one he owned was a Porsche Carrera 911. He dreamed of getting one more, the Porsche Macan.

He was anxious to enjoy the new swimming pool of Aquarius. He believed he could benefit from some physiotherapy in the new pool.

Unfortunately after back surgery at the end of May, 2018, he did not seem to get back to feeling well enough to realize his dreams. Sadly his health did not cooperate.


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Miami will be underwater soon

Miami will be underwater soon.

Its drinking water could go first.

Click HERE  for the article

By Christopher Favelle

Photographs by Anastasia Samoylova

Bloomberg Businessweek, September 3, 2018




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Aquarius Beach Access Alternative

Aquarius Beach Access Alternative

In October of 2017 we had the first proposal for the stairs leading to the beach from the Aquarius East deck. You can review them here.

Given the high cost and some anticipated permit difficulties the Engineering and Construction firms conducting the 40 Year Recertification exercise presented an alternative. This is a wood structure that goes in the North to South direction as the present concrete stairs go. The present concrete stairs structure besides having some structural issues do not conform with the Florida Construction Code enforced by the City of Hollywood.

Click any photo to see the full set of renditions of the new proposal in a slideshow format:



John McCain was buried at the cemetery of the Naval Academy, Annapolis MD, September 02, 2018.  He was a Senator, a Soldier, a War Hero. His name was synonymous of Honor, Valor, Country before Party, Principle before Politics. He leaves a enormous space that will be hard to fill up. Here a small sample of his dignity, integrity and generosity.

October 2008



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Aquarius Gym New Equipment – Get Acquainted

Aquarius Gym New Equipment – Get Acquainted Sessions

Wednesday September 4,  9 am and 7 pm

It is important to get acquainted with the equipment recently installed in the Aquarius Gym.

Orlando Herrera

Orlando Herrera is going to offer a couple of 15 minutes walk through the new exercise machines.
These informal information sessions are scheduled for Wednesday  September 5th., 2018. There will be one session at 9 am and another at 7 pm.

Registration is not necessary by it would be nice if you put your name in the list at the Security Reception Desk. This way  Orlando  may know how many residents are interested in the proper use of the fitness equipment.


This will warm your soul. I guarantee.

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Aquarius Celebrates Labor Day with Barbecue

Aquarius Celebrates Labor Day with Barbecue



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Aquarius Gym new equipment

Aquarius Gym new equipment

August 2018

Our new fitness equipment is ready to use. Check it out. Looks like we have some great physical fitness equipment.

Have you seen the new machines?

Our neighbor and fitness enthusiast Orlando Herrera can give you some help with the use of the equipment. He is in the GYM early in the morning several days of the week. If you cannot find him you could call him on tel. 786-326-6586. Orlando is a fellow Aquarius resident that as helped in convincing the BOD to acquire these new machines. He took the lead in the selection and negotiation during the entire procurement process.

He is a fitness expert. Please be mindful that he is a fellow neighbor with a generous volunteer drive.  Please use discretion in appealing for his assistance. 


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Rochelle Finfer departure


LOGO SILHOUETTE Rochelle Finfer departure

Rochelle Finfer
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rochelle Finfer, Apartment 702S.  Our hearts go out to her husband Paul Finfer, and their family.


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