Aquarius New Board Organization: Meeting January 25, 2022

 Aquarius New Board Organization: Meeting January 25, 2022, 6:30 pm

 

 

The new Aquarius Board of Directors has a meeting to determine the positions on the Board. The meeting is at the Cascade Room and remotely via ZOOM software.

In order to join via ZOOM follow the instructions bellow. To have the ZOOM app in your computer, phone or tablet makes it easier although it is not mandatory.

You can also call in – audio only – using the numbers listed below along with the meeting ID.

 Meeting link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84660631905?pwd=QTdJSFd3ZnlibnUxRXVaUXFJbzN5QT09

 Meeting ID:846 6063 1905

Passcode: check Management Office email (2022/01/21) or call them before 4:00 pm

 Dial by your location audio only:

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdwzuviFdU

 

See you there Aquarians!

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In Hollywood there is no need for a car. Use CIRCUIT

In Hollywood there is no need for a car. Use CIRCUIT SUN SHUTTLE

 

Do you need to go to Margaritaville? Hollywood Library? Publix? Just call using the app (Apple or Android)     https://www.ridecircuit.com/  or you could flag the SUN Shuttle by Circuit.

Rides called from the app cost $1.00. Rides flagged in the street are free. Of course, tips are welcome.

Check the details, hours, map of this ride service sponsored by the City of Hollywood.  https://www.ridecircuit.com/hollywood

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One Aquarius Owner appeals for neighbors to help

One Aquarius Owner asks  neighbors to help

 

Dear Aquarius South Unit Owner,

My name is Rob Martin and this fall I purchased Apt. 302S. My unit is directly across from the gym with the huge common area out on my balcony.

I need your help. Everyday someone above me throws garbage out of their window or balcony right outside my balcony. Tea bags, cabbage, crackers are the most common (see the tea bag picture from this morning). The tea bag brand is Bigelow Orange and Spice.

Our Aquarius is beautiful. Why would someone be so rude and disrespectful?

If you know anything please text or call me at (925) 785-0873.

Thanks

Rob

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Aquarius Elections Results – January 18, 2022

Aquarius Elections Results – January 18, 2022

 

Here are the new Board Directors:

Zina Bluband

Kiet Ngo

Leon Behar

Ella Fishman

Linda Satz         Pictures of the candidates available here

Congratulations to those candidates elected and thank you to all candidates for offering they time, effort and skills to make the Aquarius Condominium a better place. The elections are over. It is time for harmony and hard work. Everyone has a constructive role to play. Everyone.

Votes Received:  (tally to be confirmed)

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So you would like to participate in a ZOOM meeting?

So you would like to participate in a ZOOM meeting?

 

Sometimes participation in a meeting in person is not possible.

The availability of software that make it possible has increased exponentially in the last few years. The pandemic is, of course, a great motivator. One of these software that support online group activities is ZOOM. The Aquarius Condominium Association purchased a ZOOM license. This has been useful for meetings. The elections for the Board to be held January 18th., 2022, 6:30 pm will have ZOOM available. It is advisable to have the ZOOM client software installed in the device you intend to use. It may be a PC, a Tablet, a Smartphone and even a regular landline phone.   So what you need besides the ZOOM installed in your device? The information on the meeting of your interest.

The Aquarius Management Office sent an invitation. All information you need is here:

 

TO ATTEND ONLINE, GO TO WWW.ZOOM.COM , CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW AND ENTER THE MEETING ID AND PASSWORD:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86839258414?pwd=NjFYZ2ovaWNRRWVpWEl0QnkxQUxhdz09

Meeting ID: 868 3925 8414

Passcode:   if required ask for it from the Management Office

 Dial by your location

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

 

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kP2AWirZo

Now if you would like to deepen you ZOOM expertise watch these two 2 minutes video clips. Try them  you will like them.  Video One “How to Join a Meeting”   Video Two “5 Essential in Meeting Features.”

 

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Demand Letter Regarding Aquarius Elections

Demand Letter Regarding Aquarius Elections

This letter to the Board of Aquarius was previouly sent via email and other communications forms. All material not offensive, not illegal will be posted in the blog provided the author identification is available. A request for posting is also required.

January 17, 2022

BY EMAIL AND POSTING ON AQUARIUS BLOG

To: Aquarius Condominium Association Board (Buck Gupta, Victor Rocha, Judith Ort, Linda Satz, Paul Finfer) and Property Manager (Marie Goehl)

Re: Litigation Hold Notice

Dear Board Members and Property Manager:

In connection with your insistence on proceeding with the unlawful Aquarius Condominium Association Board of Directors election currently set for January 18, 2022, on behalf of certain Unit Owners, I write to make the following demands:

  • Produce a copy of the roster of owners, which units require voting certificates, and who is designated as the voting certificate holder.
  • Produce the email and mailing list that the current Board uses to communicate with unit owners about the election.
  • Clarify in writing for all unit owners the status of proxy votes for Board voting, because the Second Notice is misleadingly vague about that.
  • Grant access to the ballots and proxies that have already been received in advance of the January 18, 2022, annual meeting so that we can monitor the integrity of the voting process.
  • Produce the contact information for the Board’s chosen election monitor, Nan Green, and a copy of all written communication with her as well as a list of all phone calls and meetings, including dates.

Please comply with the above immediately, as you insist on proceeding with the unlawful election.

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I remain available to speak with you. I note that Buck Gupta has not returned my invitation to speak and avert litigation. He has my number.

Very truly yours,

/s/

Gary Svirsky

cc:      Unit Owners (to the extent email addresses are available)

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Aquarius Owners Suggest Interesting and Relevant Articles

 Aquarius Owners Suggest Interesting and Relevant Articles

 

Some Aquarius Owners sent links to interesting and relevant articles. Here some of them:

Proxy shall not be used for voting in Condominium Elections   so what are proxies good for? They may provide the needed quorum for a meeting.  By Arkady Chase

South Florida’s Real Estate Market Is Now Officially In Super-Boom Mode  By Leonid Blyumin

Complaint Alleges Fraud in Condominium Election    By Arkady Chase

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A final word on the use of the Aquarius Zoom license

A final word on the use of the Aquarius Zoom license

Cecílio-Augusto Berndsen, 1005N

 

I have seen messages regarding the use of the ZOOM license. These messages try to justify what cannot be justified. This is my last statement on the subject, but I will not censor any comment on the matter provided it is written in an acceptable manner.  An opposing view by Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta is presented after my observations. 

 

The use of the ZOOM license belongs to the Aquarius Condo Association, not the Board not the Management Office.

To deny its use alleging a possibility of a security breach is a clear demonstration of lack of familiarity with information systems in general and ignorance of ZOOM operations in particular.

If, for reason of argumentation, there were a real concern with the possibility of breaching the ZOOM security, something impossible, the meeting could have been conducted by the Management Office hosting the meeting and preventing the absurd, not true, fallacious, flawed hypothesis of a security breach.

But, for a moment let consider, if the intentions were good, if there was a genuine will to support a fellow owner and this was impossible for whatever reason the minimum would be to respond on the approval of the rental/agreement that no support would be given. A justification given Friday Jan. 7 was that the Management Office does not help people that use the Green Room to play cards. Why was this not done on the approval of the rental/agreement executed January 3rd?

Do we consider playing cards and meeting the Candidates for the Association’s Board of Directors to be of the equal significance for our community? Why such event that actually defines the faith of our Association for the whole year has not been organized and hosted by the administration? Does the administration represent the interests of the Association or the limited group of individuals trying to cling to power and exclusively using all the resources paid for by all unit owners to their advantage?

Considering all this, it is impossible to believe that there was an expected positive inclination to be supportive. To the contrary. It seems that the intention was to sabotage, obstruct, make it difficult. Had I been informed of the total lack of support on January 3rd, I and a group of concerned and motivated owners could have made arrangements to better organize the meeting in a timely manner. The omission by Management under the false pretense with the Board supporting it caused me to scramble for solutions.

But let’s forget the ZOOM issue. After all the meeting was a success for all candidates except for Ella Fishman. The owners of Aquarius who had the chance to participate were very happy with the opportunity to know the candidates a little better. The Cascade Room was full in addition there were about 50 participants in the Zoom session!

But how can one justify that the information on the candidates that was properly filed in the office by early December was made public December 27? And how can one justify the delay in mailing the ballots? Is the last minute the right way to do this?

It does not look good. Not at all.

Cecilio-Augusto Berndsen, 1005N


Quick reminder from the Florida Statute:

 

      1. Florida Statute 720.304 Right of owners to peaceably assemble;

(1) All common areas and recreational facilities serving any homeowners’ association shall be available to parcel owners in the homeowners’ association served thereby and their invited guests for the use intended for such common areas and recreational facilities. The entity or entities responsible for the operation of the common areas and recreational facilities may adopt reasonable rules and regulations pertaining to the use of such common areas and recreational facilities. No entity or entities shall unreasonably restrict any parcel owner’s right to peaceably assemble or right to invite public officers or candidates for public office to appear and speak in common areas and recreational facilities.


Opposing view by

Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta,  804S

 

Cecilio ! Thanks for sharing your new post along with your editorial comments. It is only fair that you could mention the long conversation you and I had relative to your request for assistance for the event scheduled for Jan. 11th at 6:30pm. I explained to you the reasons why the Association could not provide access to ZOOM account owned by Aquarius. Since than the property manager has further memorialized in an email to you and other unit owners. 

The cascade room chairs were arranged to control the number of in person guests attending the meeting. 

The email from Leo published on your blog makes no mention that each one of the issues raised in his email were addressed in detail by me  prior to adoption of new Assessment. Similar types of details were presented at the budget adoption meeting. I am not able to rehash the same information multiple times because a unit owner finds time to write down in detail the request for same information provided to all unit owners in attendance at specially called meetings. 

It would be nice to provide both sides of any issue on your blog. As a volunteer board member, I have tried to be as transparent as  possible for providing explanation at each occasion. Sometimes I have been guilty for going overboard in providing details for any construction project presented at various meetings, but that is my problem. 

Please feel free to post this communique on your blog. 

Sent from my iPhone

Bhagwan (Buck) Gupta,  804S


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Elzbieta (Ella) J. Fishman Candidate to the Board of Aquarius

Elzbieta (Ella) Jankowska Fishman,  1104S

 

Dear Aquarius Residents, 

Due to technical issues, I was not able to present my views during the “Meet the Candidates” event. I received multiple phone calls from Aquarius residents asking my opinion. Please continue reading.

 Serious Look at Aquarius problems

I think we have space for improvements.

We have multiple issues which should be addressed immediately. For example:

Cracks on the balconies, problems with pool heater, uneven pavers next to the pools, rusted showers next to swimming pools, elevators constantly out of service, east ocean wall cracks, cracks in flower beds next to east pool, peeling paint from the outside walls. These issues will cost water intrusion inside the buildings.

Unfortunately we paid for these improvements already, but it looks like companies we choose have not provided quality work. It is very imperative and urgent to address these issues. We should have warranties and contractors should fix their poor job. If we don’t attend these problems, warranties will expire and we will have to pay again.

If I am going to be elected I will dedicate my time and experience to improve our home. I will use my engineering and organizational skills to work with maintenance crew to make sure we fix existing issues before they cost us more money and bigger problems. This will avoid more assessments in the future.

We should research contractors independently from Management Company. This will give us better position to negotiate and get more independent quotes. All current contracts should be reviewed. We need to see if we can renegotiate better terms to benefit Aquarius residents.

Budget should be created with better understanding. We need to look at our revenue and expenses. Every year we have an increase in maintenance but we don’t get better services. My expertise in negotiating deals with large chains of stores, creating and operating budgets will help to save money and negotiate best terms for our residents. Current Board did what they could, but there were many mistakes that cost Aquarius residents additional assessment.

In my understanding assessments are based on quotes. Board spent way more then they originally presented to residents. The Board claimed it was more work that they originally thought. It can happen but not to this extent. That means contractors they choose were not professional and not competent enough to see all problems we have. Unfortunately, no one on our Board is an engineer so did not have knowledge what to do and what questions to ask hired engineers and contractors. That is why Board needs help. Aquarius is our home and I want it to be in best shape possible. It needs to be done in fiscally responsible manner, contractors to be hold responsible for their job and residents should be informed before Board spends money.

In my understanding most important reasons to be elected are qualifications, experience and performance. Another important value is ability to communicate with people.

I think the Board should be transparent and open to communicate with residents. I believe unit owners deserve to be heard and their concerns to be answered.

I think Aquarius needs a fresh, professional, and experienced solution to challenges we are facing. I believe my expertise and organizational skills in running production and distribution & logistics centers, expertise in managing multiple commercial and residential properties, experience in successfully creating and operating large manufacturer and real estate budgets will  benefit Aquarius residents and help to unite our community and make it better home for all of us.

I heard 2 questions from the public so I will try to answer them:

  1. Reserves .

It is ideal situation for every business to have reserves. I think we need to look at our contracts and spending. My goal would be to find the ways to save money from our current budget. We need to look at opportunities to earn more money from properties we own and rent: restaurant, west parking lot, beauty salon, etc. 

2.Committees

Yes, I am for committees. Obviously people on the Board cannot be best in everything. We have many residents with different experience and education. It would be reasonable to hear their opinion.

Elzbieta Jankowska Fishman, 1104S

Jankowska.ella@gmail.com

Ella’s additional material was posted January 4th., with the information provided by all candidates.  These may be revisited by clicking here


The aquariusuno.com is available to any candidate that wants present his/hers views. You know the drill: the content must be not offensive, not illegal, not controversial. After all, we try to be an harmonious, transparent, solidary community.

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Postpone the Aquarius Elections?

Postpone the Aquarius Elections?  January 2022

 

It seems that a number owners doubt the elections and being conducted the way they should. What do you think?

Please, read carefully this proposal:


January 14, 2022

 By Email, certified mail, Hand, and posting on Aquarius Blog

To:  Aquarius Condominium Association Board  Buck Gupta, Victor Rocha, Judith Ort, Linda Satz, Paul Finfer

Re: Demand to Postpone Election and Monitor Voting

Dear BOD Members:

We write because the upcoming election of a new Board of Directors (“BOD”) does not comply either with the Aquarius Condominium Association Amended Bylaws (“Bylaws”) or Florida law.  Based on recent events, we have also lost confidence in the ability of the current BOD and Property Manager (Marie Goehl) to conduct a fair and impartial election.  Accordingly, we make two demands: (i) the election must be briefly postponed; and (ii) an impartial committee must be established to collect and count ballots for the upcoming BOD election.

First, Section 2.4 of the Amended and Restated Bylaws provides that “Not less than thirty (30) days before the election, the Association shall . . . mail or deliver a second notice of the election to all unit owners entitled to vote,” which shall include a ballot, proxy, and other election materials.  Here, the Second Notice of Annual Meeting/

Election of Directors and Notice of Organizational Meeting, which includes ballots and proxies, is dated December 22, 2021, which is only 27 days before the election.  On its face, that breaches the Bylaws and makes the scheduled election invalid.

Moreover, this does not take into account that the election packages were likely mailed after December 22, the holiday season jam at the post office, or the logistical problems that Covid has created.  The BOD has produced no affidavit of mailing.  Therefore, the election must be postponed until it can be conducted in accordance with the Bylaws, leaving enough time to establish an impartial committee, as we discuss below.  As a practical matter, we understand that some out-of-town owners have not even received their election packages.

Second, in light of the concerns that have been raised about the independence and fairness of the current property manager (such as the now-admitted failure to cooperate in staging a candidate forum or even respond to unit owners about that issue), under Rule 61B-23.0021(10) of the Florida Administrative Code, we request that an impartial committee be immediately established to collect and count ballots (“Committee”).  Under Florida law, that Committee may not include any current BOD members or their designees.  The Committee’s selection must of course be fully transparent to all unit owners.

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Please confirm in writing by 9:00 a.m. ET on January 17, that you will comply with these valid and lawful requests.  You should send your response to us and the entire Aquarius Association.  We hope that we will not have to escalate this matter and that this can be handled cordially.  Nevertheless, we reserve all rights.

Very truly yours,

/s/

Howard Jacobs and Yana Svirsky

Unit 1005 S

cc:      Marie Goehl, Property Manager (by email)

Unit Owners (to the extent email addresses are available)

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