City of Hollywood: Public Access Suspended

Public Access Suspended

 

 

 

 

City of Hollywood: Public Access Suspended

Indoor Public Access Suspended at City Facilities Effective Monday, August 23rd

In-Person Option Remains to Speak at

City Commission/CRA Meeting

In light of the spike in COVID-19 positive cases in South Florida and the elevated risk to public health, all City facilities, including City Hall and Community Centers, will be closed to the general public for indoor activities and recreation effective Monday, August 23, 2021.

The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

Customers are encouraged to use the many services offered online.

 For more detailed information on how the different city facilities will be impacted see the full information below .

Source: City website

Outdoor Recreation:

Outdoor recreation facilities such as Driftwood Community Swimming Pool, Parks, Marina, Sports Fields, Playgrounds, Golf Courses, Tennis and Pickleball Courts, Skate Parks, and the ArtsPark at Young Circle remain open and outdoor events like the ArtsPark Friday Night Movie will continue. The indoor art studios at the ArtsPark Gallery will be closed. All Community Centers will be closed and no inside activities will take place, with the exception of School Aftercare and Barry University Programs.

City Commission/CRA Meetings:

A number of options remain for members of the public to view and participate in the City Commission and Community Redevelopment Meetings, including an in-person option for those wishing to speak.

Watch the Meeting:

Submit a Public Comment:

Any member of the public wishing to comment on any matter, including specific agenda items and/or Citizens Comments may do so by submitting a comment via the City’s website. Those requiring additional assistance by call the Office of the City Clerk at 954.921.3211 during normal business hours. Comments will be read into the record, as time permits. All comments received during the submission period will become part of the public record.

In-Person Public Comment Registration:

Those wishing to make public comments in-person must register their attendance in advance via the City’s website. General public admission into City Hall will be granted only to those individuals who have pre-registered to speak. Everyone entering City Hall must pass through a temperature checkpoint prior to admittance, no exceptions. Once an individual is called, they will be invited into the Chambers to speak for three minutes. Once finished, individuals will be required to leave City Hall, unless commenting on multiple items. If commenting on multiple items, individuals will go to a designated waiting area until they are called again. Masks covering your nose and mouth are required at all time, and individuals must remain socially distanced from others while waiting to enter the Chambers.

Additional Information: 

  • Links to submit public comment are posted to the City’s main website, www.HollywoodFL.org by close of business on the Thursday prior to a meeting.
  • Comments are limited to 400 words and/or 3 minute spoken maximum.
  • Comments left on voicemail machines, emailed, posted to the City’s social media accounts or submitted after 6:00 p.m. on the day before a meeting will not be accepted.

For additional information, please call the appropriate City Department listed below:

  • Mayor and City Commissioners: 954.921.3321
  • City Attorney’s Office: 954.921.3435
  • City Clerk: 954.921.3211
  • City Manager’s Office: 954.921.3201
  • Community Redevelopment Agency: 954.924.2980
  • Budget & Performance Management: 954.921.3206
  • Development Services: 954.921.3471
  • Code Compliance: 954.921.3061
  • Design & Construction Management: 954.921.3410
  • Emergency Management: 954.921.3053
  • Financial Services: 954.921.3234
  • Procurement Services: 954.921.3221
  • Treasury: 954.921.3232
  • General Accounting: 954.921.3228
  • Fire Rescue and Beach Safety: 954.967.4248
  • Fire Inspectors: 954.967.4404
  • Fire Investigation Reports: 954.967.4404
  • Human Resources: 954.921.3216
  • Labor Relations: 954.921.3519
  • Information Technology: 954.921.3479
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts: 954.921.3404
  • Police Department –Non Emergency: 954.764.HELP (4357)
  • Office of the Chief: 954.967.4300
  • Police Information Desk: 954.967.4636
  • Communications, Marketing & Economic Development: 954.921.3620
  • Public Utilities: 954.967.4455
  • Reconnect Water Service (Weekdays): 954.921.3938
  • Report Emergency Leaks: 954.967.4357
  • Public Works: 954.967.4526
  • Garbage/Recycling Services: 954.967.4200

 

This alert is a courtesy of Frank Rise, Hollywood Beach Civic Association President

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Aquarius Condominium 2021 Survey Results 1/2

Aquarius Condominium 2021 Survey Results    1 of 2

Thirty three Aquarius Residents answered the Survey. Here the results. A few respondents did not understand the projects under consideration. This shows that additional information is very important. There were comments also on the cost of the proposed stairs. In January both stairs added up to $100,00. In July the quote came up to $ 173,000.

Very interesting are the comments writen by the respondents. This is object of another post.

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Aquarius Condominium 2021 Survey Results 2/2

Aquarius Condominium 2021 Survey Results COMMENTS  2/2

Comments:

There were 33 responses to the Survey. About 18 respondents had comments on the Survey. Here are the comments and two additional messagens received via email.  Thanks everybody for your participation. Every opinion is very important.

  1.  We’ve had 2 assessments since we bought our place and it seems like this will be the third one. We are getting tired of what seems like special assessments every few years. Not only does this cause our condo to lose value it puts financial strain on retirees and people with fixed incomes. Please only do what is absolutely necessary to fix the building and get multiple bids from contractors to insure a competitive bidding process.

2.  Re-roofing the building is an overdue necessity; a must have and not a nice to have such as the rest of the Architectural and aesthetic projects. Water ponding and leaks weakens the structure. Waterproofing and roofing are essential to the structural integrity of the building. Can’t postpone the roofing project another season; let’s get on with it.


3.  I need to educate myself about most of these projects.


4.  Not including the Roof in the 40 year inspection project is a major failure on the Board’s part.


5.  We need to focus on the items that are required to maintain the structural integrity of the building or to address residents/staff health and safety. These items must be completed first and as soon as possible. Other items are nice to have and can be addressed later.


6.  Beach Access Door and Ramp for $ 50,000 in my opinion does not make any sense. First of all who needs a rump for accessing the beach? People with serious disabilities? But in my 13 years living in Aquarius I’ve never seen any person with a walker or in wheelchair on sand. Do any neighboring beachfront condos have ramp? The second question (I give it name “second” with respect to people with disabilities) is a danger for structural integrity of Aquarius. The opening been made as a temporary measure on time of the project of the 40-year recertification. Now, when the project is completed, the opening in the wall, even with new door installed, is a disastrous possibility of see water penetration inside the building property on time of hurricanes or high tides. Very questionable reason as access to the beach for $50K is not good enough. Besides the point, new door cannot warranty waterproofing (unless door is designed for submarine). Structural integrity of Aquarius and safety of residents at the end of the road is the most important factor. Probably we should direct issue and ask for professional opinion of responsible officials from Broward County before making any decisions. Beach and Maintenance Stairs for $173,000? Cannot judge price of the object, but we do need access to the beach and if existing 40-somthing years construction doesn’t technically and aesthetically responds today’s design – so be it. On time of construction I would advise to build under the stairs closed storage compartment for beach equipment (umbrellas for example). Which expenses are emergency, firsthand needed or preferable should decide competent members of the Board with engineering support of specialist (probably with participating of Management, who taking complaints from residents). Technical questions about roof repair, door for mechanical room, west parking lot, domestic pump, etc. are out of my knowledge and are area of concern for specialists (qualified engineers and Board members). Using only life experience and logic impossible to judge about needs of roof repair. South Tower Chiller. If this is the one which suppose to cool 18 floors of corridors in South tower – we do need to do something because temperature in common areas (corridors) of South tower constantly well above 80 degrees.


7.  I strongly agree with the project‘s that are necessary for the saftey of Aquarius, before considering more Beautyfication.


8.  As noted in letter these were “estimated costs”. Who provided the estimate? These estimates are very excessive and do not reflect actual cost. For each item on the schedule at least three (3) estimates from reputable companies should be solicit and awarded. All estimates should be shared with the Aquarius tenants. Some of the items on to do list are not clear: 1. Domestic pump replacement: It was discussed in the meeting to install a 2nd/bypass pump. So what is it a replacement of existing pump or installation of additional pump. Is this for one building or for both ? From my experience with such work this estimate is grossly excessive. 2. South TWR chiller: Is this for corridors or something else? Is this to replace existing chiller or refurbish? 3.Storage cages: What work is intended to be done 4. West parking: What work is intended to be done 5. Professional fees: Why we need additional professional fees for structural / electrical engineering if we just completed the 40year certification. Engineering of what exactly? All these questions should be addressed and clarified.


9 and 9a.   We always will support any of necessary projects to make our Buildings better. But all proposals should be reasonable price. We would like to see several contractor offers and Board, not a Management must decide the Beads leader. Our opinion for a new projects -estimate or calculations was Triple OVERPRICED. For example, we sent to Buck and Manager pictures and Contractor names who have done nice work to the beach access at Sea Air Condo. Did anyone ask them to give an estimate? Secondly, we’re wondering why should we spend our money for same engineering company, who screw our previous concrete projects as: balconies, pillars, beams, deck. Look, there’s two years as concrete work done and we already complain about cracks and leaks. Do we need those Engineers and poor jobs Contractors – money suckers? We think Board got to concern about Contractors hiring, shares with residents, publish offers and be economical.

And an addition: what’s going on with new water tower, with new elevators ets? Keep this in your mind, thanks.


11.   I do not know what Beach Access Door and Ramp is? to close or remain? I do not know why a “door” costs so much. Mechanical Room Door Engineering Fees, we have been taken advantage of constantly. West Parking Lot, will it be repaved and Drains reworked? I thought the Roof was going to be short term repaired, for another year or 2 and then redone?


12.   I feel that we need to make sure that are building is safe. In the past we put bandaids on problems and we “fixed” them again and again costing more than if we fixed the problem in the first place, I want problems correctly taken care of. I have no idea the cost of an engineer, but we need to hire one that knows what they are doing and does not make mistakes that have to be fixed at a later date paid by the Condo. Please do not hire anyone because they are a nice person or because they are the son of someone, please check references and look at the work they have done in other building and check with the Better business bureau and the licensing board to see what complaints have been filed against them.


13.    Engineer not doing his job and has to be replaced . This is my own opinion since meeting him .

John Youssef  1106 N


14.   Beach and Maintenance Stairs $173,000 and Beach Access Door and Ramp $ 50,000 are paid before Roof $1,200,000 to expansive The budget should include money to protect the building from vibration and noise on the roof.


15. In what time frame would these items be completed?


 16.  As usual, I support all the work that needs to be done in order to repair and enhance our property. I would like to thank the current administration for their determination to complete this goal. Not a single board in the history of the Aquarius Condominium Association has had the courage to pass the assessments of such magnitude! My major concern however pertains to the budgetary estimates of the projects listed in the enclosed list of the tasks to be completed. They seem to be on the high side. And I have similar concerns related to the projects already completed to date. How did we manage to get the overran in excess of  5 million dollars on the 15 million dollar assessment? Didn’t we pay our engineering company about 1.5 million dollars to make sure that the projects are completed within the budget and the time frame specified in the contracts? Did the Association sign the open ended contracts? How about the quality of work? Why did we encounter so many problems? What is going on with apparently endless elevators endeavor?

We, the unit owners have very limited access to the information. First time in the history of the Association we do not have the Finance Committee. The construction Committee was discontinued. The meetings of this committee were the most informative forums, where concerned unit owners had first hand access to the pertinent information. Somebody apparently said that the construction is over. OK, create a technical committee. It appears that nobody in the current administration is uniquely qualified to address all technical problems we experience.

Our concerns submitted to the board often remain unanswered. According to the Florida Statute 718.111, “ The owners of units shall be shareholders or members of the association. The officers and directors of the association have a fiduciary relationship to the unit owners.” We elect the board, and we expect them to make sure that we all have equal access to the information, and that all our concerns are properly addressed, especially when these concerns are related to our quality of life and living conditions. Our maintenance group has very limited man-power. They hardly manage to attend to day-to-day emergencies. We need to hire another technician, well qualified, and create already a preventive maintenance schedule. Every once in a while, I have to lubricate our trash chute door, otherwise it gets stuck.

Many of us would like to help. However, “cancel culture” was apparently born in the condominium environment long before the social media became widespread. This community is the home for all of us, not just select “cheerleaders”.

Arkady Chase, Apt. PH5 N


17.    It seems odd that after more than 6 months that these improvements have been under consideration no firm prices collection took place.


18.    The prices do not seem right.


Notes sent extra SURVEY:

19     You are a nice gentleman, Cecilio.  But, your survey questions are inadequate.  I do not even understand the reason why you have circulated this survey.  If Surfside teaches anything, it instructs that repairs and improvements must be made to our condo.  Why don’t you tell your followers how everything is improving here, after years of neglect by previous BODs.

 This BOD is doing a great job.  Finally, we have a manager who can manage and manage well.

So I, for one, expect you to publish another Blog now and you may quote me if you please.  It’s time for all the condo owners to come together in harmony and get the job done.

Joel Cohen,       1408 S


Hi Cecilio,

Attached is my response to the survey.  Any questions? Let me know.

Good idea about the survey. Unfortunately, my liking or disliking of project has nothing to do with the need to complete it.  Any opinion on the subject so important to Aquarius operations should be informed one.  For the components of building systems planned to be replaced, would be helpful to know costs of associated repairs and maintenance versus the replacement cost, For the project titled ‘Beach and Maintenance Stairs” would be helpful to know what is included, since the original costs of new beach stairs was estimated well below $173,000.  I have no understanding on why “mechanical room door” and “beach access door” (that has to be hurricane safe) are of the same price.  I can only assume that the “lobby floor” with cost of $30,000 is for floors cleaning and polishing. If this assumption is correct, this cost should be part of operating costs and not included in the capital expenditures.  I definitely do not like beach access door from south tower storage room. This door was never there for more than 40 years. It was installed to provide temporary access to the beach during the 40-year certification.  There is a reason why seawall is 20″ thick. The principal function of seawall is preventing or alleviating overtopping and flooding of the land and the structures behind due to storm surges and waves. It is doubtful that any door will successfully perform this function.  The storage room has standing water on floor all the time, therefore the presence of a mold in this area is very likely, and the mold will continue to spread throughout  the lower level of the south tower hallways creating health concerns for all residents.  And so, to answer survey question, I would like to know more and only then I may be able to provide the inform opinion (that may not matter at all).  Simply speaking… here is an example:  On Monday my water heater started to leak. is leaking. The technician concluded that repairs are not possible, it has to be replaced. Do I like it? Absolutely not. Does it have to replaced? Absolutely yes.  I genuinely hope that during the Board of Directors meeting we will have information enabling us to understand the need for all planned projects and the cost estimate associated with each one.

Have a great day,

Best Regards,                      Zina Bluband,    902N


If you would like to identify your comment, please, send me your Name and Apartment Number with the comment number so I can attach it to your comment.  The Survey software makes it very hard to identify the authors of the comments .

Of course if you have something else to say it will published if so you wish.

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Aquarius Projects: Survey on the forthcoming Special Assessment

2021 Aquarius Projects: Survey on the forthcoming Special Assessment

Please click here, go to the SURVEY and offer your opinion. Here at the Aquarius we have a list of projects on the pipeline. What are your toughts? What is more important? Are any important items missing? Do you have comments?

This survey has been going on since last Thursday. Many owners/residents have already completed it with their responses and comments. Have you? I will try to tabulate the responses before the Board meeting this Monday August 16.  It would be great if you could spare a few moments and respond to the survey as well and your opinion count.

So far I have received two letters in response. These two owners preferred not to answer the survey but presented interesting opinions to consider on deciding the on the new special assessment details. These letters will be published a long with the survey results.

The plan is to post the results late tomorrow night August 15 late at night or early Monday morning. It would be great to include the answers to the Survey. Why not publish the 20 plus answers already received with tabulation and the very pertaining comments now? Because it is important for each Aquarius Condo. member present their opinion independently.  To present preliminary incomplete results does not seem the best practice in surveys administration.

Bellow are three documents that are very helpful to inform on what may be needed done at the Aquarius.

  1. Projects List, July 2021 by Marie Goehl
  2. Projects List, January 2021 by Adrian Paredes
  3. Aquarius Reserve Study, by ‘Association Reserves, Planning for the Inevitable‘ a specialized firm with broad national footprint. Study valid up to December 2020.

  1.     AQUARIUS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC  July 23, 2021 by Marie Goehl

 Dear Residents of Aquarius,

As discussed at previous Board meetings, there are many items that need to be addressed. Below, I would like to give you a brief overview of the upcoming projects and estimated cost for each item.

Project List Estimated Cost
Beach and Maintenance Stairs $173,850.00
Beach Access Door and Ramp (est.) $50,000.00
Mechanical Room Door Replacements (est.) $50,000.00
Roof Replacement (est.) $1,200,000.00
Domestic Pump Replacement $75,000.00
Roof Exhaust Fan Replacement $32,000.00
South Tower Chiller $68,000.00
Lobby Floor Refinish $30,000.00
Electrical Repairs – Roof $30,000.00
Storage Cages $15,000.00
West Parking/ Drainage $75,000.00
Professional Fees (Engineering, Design, Consulting)
Structural / Electrical Engineering (Est.) $100,000.00
Subtotal $1,898,850.00
Permit Fees (Est. at 2%) $31,617.00
Contingency (10%) $189,885.00
Total $2,120,352.00

Please keep in mind that the prices listed above are just estimated, as we will need an Engineer to determine the final costs associated with each project. The projects outlined above will be discussed at the next duly called Board of Director’s meeting. Also, please note there may be additional items that need to be addressed that are not included in the chart above.

Printer friendly table above

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

Marie Goehl
Aquarius Condominium Association 2751 South Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019                          Phone: (954)921-7924                  Fax: (954)921-976



2.  January 13, 2021

AQUARIUS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC

 Items identified as needing attention:   by Adrian Paredes

Restoration of Lobby Marble (Refinishing) $22,000.00
Roof Replacement for both Towers $1,400,000.00 (Please note that there are active leaks in our roof system. $33,000 has been spent trying to address these leaks, unfortunately our system does not allow for guarantees on repairs)
Beach Stairs (Stairs facing North) $65,000.00 (Designed – Not built)
North East corner Maintenance Stairs $35,000.00 (Designed – Not built)
Storage Room Cages Cost Unknown
Beach Maintenance Access Door $20,000.00
Beach Access Ramp $15,000.00
BDA Requirements Cost Unknown
Emergency Generator Upgrades Cost Unknown
Cameras in Hallways $100,000.00 (TBD)
Back-up Water Pump Upgrades $40,000.00
VFD’s (Variable Frequency Drive) for equipment Cost Unknown
Garbage Room Doors $6,700.00
Roof Access Doors $25,000.00
Drainage of West Parking Lot & Parking Space Striping $20,000.00
East Pool Bathrooms Upgrades Cost Unknown
Lobby Impact Windows (Green Room, Lobby) $70,000.00 (TBD)
Leak Detection System $100,000.00 (TBD)

Printer friendly complete note of January 13, 2021. The table above is in page 3

Adrian Paredes
Aquarius Condominium Association 2751 South Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019                      Phone: (954)921-7924                  Fax: (954)921-976



3.     Reserve Study  This study was valid up to the end of 2020 but it contains projections for a long term. Its relevance to understand the variables to keep Aquarius top shape is key. If you find too long and detailed at least browse the ‘Executive Summary‘ at the beginning of this valuable report. I could not find information if the Association will order another Study. The best practices recommend a new Study every 2 years at least.



Miscelaneous:   Click here for  SURVEY 

Stairs to the Sand Beach

East Deck plans 

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Musical moment

Don’t let the old man in

Did Clint Eastwood say don’t let the old man in?
“Yep,” Eastwood replied. So, Keith asked the filmmaker what keeps him going. “He said, I just get up every day and don’t let the old man in,” Keith remembers.
Don’t let the old man in
Don’t let the old man in
I wanna leave this alone
Can’t leave it up to him
He’s knocking on my door
And I knew all of my life
That someday it would end
Get up and go outside
Don’t let the old man in
Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how would you be
If you didn’t know the day you were born
Try to love on your wife
And stay close to your friends
Toast each sundown with wine
Don’t let the old man in
Many moons I have lived
My body’s weathered and worn
Ask yourself how would you be
If you didn’t know the day you were born
When he rides up on his horse
And you feel that cold bitter wind
Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in
Look out your window and smile
Don’t let the old man in
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Toby Keith
Don’t Let the Old Man In lyrics © Tokeco Tunes
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Is Your Air Conditioning Unit OK?

Is Your Air Conditioning Unit OK?

 

It highly recommended that your air conditioning unit have:

  1. Filters changed regularly. Maybe less than a three months period.
  2. Full maintenance review including: cleaning of coils, completion of level of refrigerant, overall inspection addressing eventual leaks and other problems. This should be done once every year,

If you have a appliance maintenance contract this is, in general, included without any additional cost. This maintenance check up, as we said, must be done at least once every year.

Many Aquarius residents have contracts with TOTAL APPLIANCE. This firm will perform the must have annual A/C check once a year with no charge. Other firms probably have similar clauses.

But it is necessary to ask for the service. It’s not done automatically. Let’s do it?

 

 

 

This alert was suggested by Joel Cohen
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A rose to brighten your day:

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Covid 19 Alert – City of Hollywood August 6, 2021

Covid 19 Alert – City of Hollywood August 6, 2021

Dear All ( 2877 HBCA Recipients )


A Message from the City of Hollywood

Effective Monday, August 9, 2021, the City will require anyone who enters a City of Hollywood building to wear a facial covering.
This includes members of the public and City employees.
Those refusing to wear a facial covering while in a City building will be denied in-person service, referred to the City’s online and/or telephone-based services, and asked to leave the building. 
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 Thank you,
Frank De Risi, on behalf of the board of the HBCA
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Stay safe, prevent spreading the virus

Mask on 100%. No Delta variant.

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Moment of peace

Monks of Santiago de Compostela perform ‘The Sounds of Silence’

The Sounds of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light, I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence
“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sound of silence
Songwriter:  Paul Simon
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In Search of Certainty Regarding the Aquarius Architectural Structure

In Search of Certainty Regarding the Aquarius Architectural Structure

 

Hollywood, June 30, 2021

 

I was very impressed with the note of June 28, 2021 from the Board. It shows concern for the adoption of immediate measures to make sure Aquarius is not subject to the tragedy of the Champlain South Tower in Surfside.

My enthusiasm suffered a rude awakening when I read the third paragraph. It mentioned that our “Engineer of Record” would participate in meetings for an evaluation of the structural integrity of Aquarius. From now on this company will be referred as “The Firm.”

The City of Hollywood has finalized the inspection of Aquarius and accepted the project of the 40-year recertification. This represents a closure of this project and the relief of the Firm in charge of technical aspects as well as project management responsibility. It is a natural conclusion that Aquarius and the technical engineering firm have ended their relationship. But it seems that this disastrous partnership continues.

When we review the assistance provided by this firm several points deserve to be taken into consideration:

  1. The budgetary proposal/estimate for the 40-year recertification done by the Firm was 10 million dollars. This budgetary specification was prepared from May 2016 until the end of the year. Late October the Aquarius Association was surprised with the need to hire an Architectural firm to complement the budgetary document. The Board and the Management scrambled to search for such support. The firm assured the Board that the project would not exceed this term because it was very conservative and reflected their long experience with projects like this. The final cost was in excess of 15 million. To this we have to add their pro labore of 8% and the recent work done in the West Deck and Garage.

 

  1. The project as proposed by the builder (Structural) was for the completion of the work on both towers in 80 weeks. Included here were 50 weeks for the East Deck. As we all know, even considering that there were no changes in the initial scope, 80 weeks became more like 150 weeks of dust, noise, and inconvenience for all Aquarius Residents. So, the lack of project management skills becomes evident, to say the least. Considering that the firm was in charge of project management it is evident the great amount of responsibility of the firm for this long delay.

 

  1. The West Deck and Garage that had been the subject of recuperation in 2016 was given as certifiable by the firm. Several inquires from the Board to the firm were always answered that the West Deck and Garage were fully certifiable. The leaks, the spalling of some areas were considered minor issues deserving no attention and it would not delay the 40 year recertification. The result was an additional 24 weeks for repairs and the loss of some warranty privileges Aquarius had with the constructor of that area: CSI, because the 5 years were close to expiration. Again, the technical punctuality and conscientiousness of the firm may come under scrutiny.

 

  1. Complaints about fissures in the brand-new balconies and mortar separation remain unanswered by the firm.

 

  1. In addition, the water penetration in several units in both towers remains an enigma. Also, the question if the external walls of Aquarius have been properly waterproofed is not clear. It sure does not look like it.

 

For all these reasons, having the firm participate in any future endeavor at Aquarius seems to be NOT a good idea.

 

The Board should be congratulated by the prompt initiative to reassess the integrity of the Aquarius Condominium but to have the firm involved seems a great problem. We all know Albert Einstein’s words: “To do the same thing again and again and expect different results is…”

 

One item that should be part of the assessment of the structural integrity of Aquarius is its soil. All of us are familiar with the phenomenon of sink holes. They seem to be caused by subterraneous flows of water known as aquifers. Do we have any of these under ground rivers? A quick geological inspection could reassure us and eliminate one of the many variables that affect concrete structures.

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Can you identify all these musical genres?

Viewer discretion advisable.

 

Almost 50 million views. I love this comment of one of the viewers: “I will find you … and i will marry you … the three of u!
Keep up the great work!””

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A Letter to Aquarius Management and Members of the Board

A Letter to  Aquarius Management and Members of the Board,

I am the daughter of Nilufer Tarhan who resides in 2751 S Ocean Drive, PHS6 S 33019. I have a couple of concerns after what happened to the Surfside building:

1- Being on the top floor, my unit has suffered from roof damage in the last few years. I have notified the building and repair people have come and checked after I raised my concern. They replaced the drywall that was damaged but I’m afraid there were no repairs done to the structure that was inevitably damaged by salt and rain water.  I was staying with my mother when we experienced severe water damage. The leak filled the light fixture and was actively and rapidly dripping into the unit and we had to use a bucket to collect the water and empty it every couple hours. If we were not living in the unit full-time, I cannot imagine the damage it would have caused us and the unit below.

I am requesting you to send the building inspectors and engineers and/or city officials that will be sent out by the city to check the structure of the building. Our unit has substantial damage what seems like cracks and leaks. I am in no way trained to detect the damage, and I cannot assure if there is more damage –my expertise is not going further than an eye inspection. Yet, the fact that I can see the damage is frightening to anyone regardless of their engineering training.

2- The building has had long running issues with the pool deck, similar to the issues in Surfside Towers. I would like to know if the pool has ever damaged or leaked to the garage or anywhere else before. Did the pool structure ever leak? If so, where did it damage. If it did not damage anywhere else, then why?

3- Our parking garage is in a constant state of DISREPAIR with LARGE CRACKS and supports holding up the beams. I would like to know if any of those beams are actually supporting the building itself or if they are damaged by salt water since the steels have been exposed to air for such a long time.

4- I would like to know, if 2-3 years ago when they re-did the balconies, if there were any safety assessments done. For instance, how much damage would it cause to the structure of the building, did they ever assess that, do we know the current state of the building?

5- When was the last time our building got inspected?

Please share any documentation and a detailed and understandable answer to each question above.

Thank you,

Melisa Tarhan

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Aquarius Condo’s Best Kept Secret

Aquarius Condo’s Best Kept Secret:       The Library

 

The Aquarius Library is one of the best kept secrets of the Aquarius Condominium. It holds more than 2000 titles with a great variety of genres. The Fiction section is over half the collection. There one will find bestselling authors like:

  • David Baldacci
  • Michael Connolly
  • Clive Cussler
  • John Grisham
  • Dean Koontz
  • Robert Ludlow
  • James Patterson
  • Stuart Woods

And these are just a few of the books by good writers available.

The Non-Fiction section is also very rich. It will be object of another post in the future. It is important to mention that in addition there are special sections like Judaica (Hebrew and English books on Israel and many Jewish traditions), a robust variety of books in the Russian language, and other areas of interest that you must discover.

Also available are recent issued magazines. Magazines are kept from three months of publication date.

How can you enjoy this treasure? 
Just visit the Aquarius Library and take what you wish. The Aquarius Library does not have an assigned staff and is maintained by volunteers. The library is based in the honor system.

How you can help?

  • Making donations of books and magazines you don’t need anymore.
  • Returning books and magazines as soon as possible.
  • Keeping the Library in its best shape. Leave it better than you found it.
  • Make sure to return a book in the proper alphabetical order, by author’s last name. Also, please, be sure to observe if the book is Fiction or Non-Fiction. In doubt deposit in the table destined for returns and donations.

Where is the Aquarius Library? 
It is in the South Tower. Enter across the Mail Room and turn right.

Why not give Netflix a break and get a good read this Summer? The Aquarius Library is there for your enjoyment!

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This toddler knows every thing!


Vincent Paul Billington and son Patrick.

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Roni Komie offers support services

Our neighbor Roni Komie offers support services

 

Roni Komie

All of us have had a difficult time coping with the pandemic in one way or another. If you find yourself feeling lonely, anxious, depressed or just needing to talk to someone, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives in the Aquarius. I am a Medicare provider who can make home visits. There would be no cost to you. Feel free to call me at either number for further information.

Home: 954 929 5797 or 

cell:      305 733 3610

Roni Komie, LCSW

 

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