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Article Courtesy of The Ashville ObserverGood Eye Publishing
P.O. Box 1302—Monticello, FL 32345
(850) 673-9456 

Published July 22, 2017


                                                    2017 AAPOA REPORT

EMERGENCY MESSAGE to Ashville Area Property Owners/Investors:
Serious problem: a few of the AAPOA board of directors (AAPOA BOD) decided to trash our voting rights by not counting our proxy votes for the annual March election! By doing so — the election results were way different than if proxies had been included in the final counts. Result? Two board members got themselves re-elected, and so did their newbie buddy, Gary Ennis of the airstrip group, who was also “selected” for an empty seat — his first time there. He and the two board members, Michele Staffieri and John Wilson, were also illegally “selected”, not re-elected.

CORRECTION: It was not airstrip guy Gary Ennis who was “selected”. Identification was confusing because only first names or nicknames were writ-ten on the voting cards. The nickname “Waylon” was on it — but no complete name. Our fact checkers said he is Thomas W. Haynes. It is my fault that the correction notes from March were forgotten or misplaced. “Waylon” did not show up for board duty for three meetings in a row – grounds for removal and replacement. To be very clear: Mr. Gary Ennis was properly elected over a year ago. It was Thomas “Waylon” Haynes who was “selected”. (End of correction statement).

The stakes are especially high with this illegal trick as there are huge issues that over the next two years will affect all of us. The “selected ones” values seem pointed towards enriching a few at great expense to the rest of us. Read more:

FLORIDA – Florida couple stunned to learn $458,000 paid for gulf-front condo may be for nothing

CCFJ.NET:  Florida couple stunned to learn $458,000 paid for gulf-front condo may be for nothing


Article Courtesy of The Tampa Bay Times
By Susan Martin Taylor

Published July 8, 2017

The winning bidders, an Orlando couple, thought they had gotten a good deal on the 1,500-square unit in the Ram-Sea Condominiums with heated pool and Jacuzzi. Owners can use their condos as permanent homes or lucrative vacation rentals.

But the Orlando couple won’t do either. After the electronic auction was over and the money paid, they made an alarming discovery: A bank has a superior first mortgage on the condo and could soon foreclose.

That would leave them with no condo and out almost half a million dollars.

Foreclosure auctions can be risky, and this couple aren’t the first to learn that the hard way. But the amount of money involved and the circumstances around the sale make it stand out among the hundreds of foreclosure auctions held each year in the Tampa Bay area. Read more:

FLORIDA – Family battles homeowners association over fence installation

CCFJ.NET:  Family battles homeowners association over fence installation

Article Courtesy of Channel 6 News — Orlando

By Adrianna Iwasinski

Published July 7, 2017

Homeowners associations have all sorts of rules and regulations in their covenants, many of which are backed up by Florida state law.

But one Daytona Beach couple tell News 6 all they want is install a small 4-foot wooden fence to protect their property and their family from strangers cutting through their lawn.

“Absolutely it’s become a safety issue,” Gina Frazier said, “and has been a safety issue since 2013.”

Frazier is beyond frustrated. She says her mom used to own the home and land in the Fountain Lake Subdivision, but she died before the 4-foot fence could be erected around her property.

Now Frazier, who has inherited the house and property, is trying to get permission to finish the fence, so she can keep people from cutting through their yard.

“People cutting through the property– you tell them to stay off the property and they threaten your life,” Frazier said.?

Frazier and her husband even have home surveillance video showing person after person walking, even riding through their yard, including the lawn crews hired by the homeowners association.

“I’ve asked for a meeting with the owner of the lawn care company numerous times and nothing gets done about it,” Frazier said.

Frazier says some trespassers have even threatened to shoot her and her husband when they confronted them. Frazier says they’ve called Daytona Beach police, but it hasn’t helped. Read more:

FLORIDA – Action 9 investigates HOA debt collectors

WFTV.COM:  Action 9 investigates HOA debt collectors
June 27, 2017

A Winter Park woman claims a past-due homeowners association bill for $145 has turned into an astounding demand for $77,000.

Ranya Hamza blames a debt collector that bought old association debts then, she claims, demanded homeowners pay sky-high fees.

Hamza said these are scary times and she fears a debt collector may try to take her home.

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FLORIDA – State orders Poinciana HOA to throw out election

CCFJ.NET: State orders Poinciana HOA to throw out election

Article Courtesy of The  Orlando Sentinel

By Beth Kassab  

Published June 26, 2017

A state arbitrator on Friday sided with a homeowner who challenged the way Poinciana’s homeowners association, one of the largest in the state, held its election of board members.

The arbitrator threw out the Association of Poinciana Villages’ results from a February election and ordered the group to hold a new election in August for the sprawling community of 26,000 homes in Osceola and Polk counties.

In question was whether Avatar, Poinciana’s developer and still a significant landowner, could cast one vote for every house it says it could potentially one day build on land it owns that is still undeveloped.

As a result of that practice, Avatar has been able to elect its representatives to the HOA board and maintain control over the 44-year-old community of more than 50,000 people, including the collection of fees, argued homeowner Martin Negron, who filed the complaint against the association.

He claimed he lost the February election because Avatar improperly cast more votes than it should have by claiming it could build hundreds of homes on land that is covered by marsh and wetlands. The association is made up of nine villages, which all conduct elections.

The order said counting so many votes for construction that may not be approved by the local county government “improperly diluted the votes of other members of all the associations.”  Read more: