Tuesday, April 26, 2011
These Model Documents are adaptable to any Condominium Association, and many of our Associations have adopted them. However we strongly caution that you not do so without the assistance of an Attorney; these matters can be tricky, and these documents are presented here, with the permission of the UCO Attorney, for reference only.
Randall Borchardt, Chair of our Advisory Committee, may be available to assist your Association; as time and priorities allow.
1999 UCO Model Documents, First Amendment (Scrivener's Error)
1999 UCO Model Documents, Exhibit 2, By-Laws
1999 UCO Model Documents, Master Declaration of Condominium
1999 UCO Model Documents, Master Amendment
1999 UCO Model Documents, Table of Contents
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
XX CONDO ASSOCIATION - 2011 INFORMATION FORM
Condo No. ______________ Residents of this unit are:
____________________________________E-mail address ___________________________
and _________________________________ Florida phone # __________________________
In case of EMERGENCY, please notify: _________________________________
Relationship ________________ Address __________________________________
Phone No. _________________________________
FOR SEASONAL RESIDENTS - OFF-season information:
Phone No. _________________________________ E-mail address ___________________________
All unit owners are required by Florida law, to carry HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. Please advise:
My policy is held by (name of Insurance Company) __________________________________________
The renewal date is (month) (year) __________________________________________
2nd floor owners - Do you have a hatch to the attic in your unit? _______
SPECIAL NEEDS (need for insulin, cannot navigate stairs, kosher food only, oxygen dependent or other considerations in emergency i.e. hurricane, power outage, etc.)
* Please return or mail this information to XX, WPB, FL 33417
Thursday, April 7, 2011
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT BY IRV RIKON
TRAVEL: SOMETIMES A MELANCHOLY SIDE
Travel is educational, often stimulating, always an adventure, but sometimes it also has something of a melancholy side.
In December, my Lady Laura and I sailed on the maiden voyage of Royal Caribbean's "Allure of the Seas." The largest cruise ship afloat, almost four football fields in length, it can carry slightly over 6,000 passengers and is therefore almost a small city unto itself. The ship has received a lot of publicity: Oprah did a telecast on it and so did Kathie Lee and Hoda. It was featured in a Wall Street Journal piece, and even The Palm Beach Post wrote about it.
The ship technically is considered to be a state-of-the-art marvel, about which I can offer little comment. As far as entertainment goes, it has something for everyone: There's a big theater in which we saw an extremely well done production of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago. There's a separate itheater presenting ice shows, another entity in which to see something called "The Blue Planet Show," a comedy club, an outdoor spectacular with divers, swimmers and acrobats. Dance at night? Of course! And bar lounges everywhere. Shopping? Roughly 40 stores, mostly upscale, can be visited. Too much excitement? Go to the well-stocked library! Or relax around the swimming pools, sit on chairs while taking in the good sea air. Hungry? Try any of 26 eateries, including a Starbucks and a store that dispenses free Nathan hot dogs. That's alongside an area known as "Coney Island." Nearby is "Central Park," the most tranquil place aboard ship, with trees and flowers and where there's a little restaurant serving no-cost delicious and bountiful tuna fish sandwiches.
So what are the downsides? We had a room with a small balcony, smaller than any similar stateroom we've had on any cruise ship. Dinners in the main dining room were not as good as that served on comparable cruise lines. Better meals can be had at specialty restaurants, but better food spells bigger bucks. Better cabins can be had, but they can get quite a bit pricey. You don't want to mingle with the hoi polloi? Okay; you can escape from the masses by paying additional and moving in segregated areas set aside just for you and others like you.
This actually is not my kind of ship. (Laura loved it.) For me, a ship is like a car, transportation to take me somewhere. Allure of the Seas is designed to be an entity all its own. For seven days in the Caribbean Sea, you don't have to leave the ship at all if you don't want to. I wanted to, as did my Lady, so we booked three tours, two in Mexico, for visiting Mayan ruins, and one is Labadee, Haiti, where Royal Caribbean owns a private beach.
Haiti, already one of the world's poorest countries, had just suffered a terrible earthquake. The 'quake's effects had mainly been felt on the opposite, the northern side of this mountainous island. We got off the ship slightly late and found ourselves on a cozy, isolated beach where people from the Allure were already swimming or sunbathing or had rented sailboats; some had apparently paid extra to ride on rafts down nearby rapids. Several large tents had been put up. Food, brought from the ship, was under them so folks could eat to their stomach's content. A few stalls stood nearby, where indigenous Haitains were selling mostly things they had made themselves. We bought trinkets: inexpensive jewelry; a small wood carving of a bird. When we'd finished paying for our items, the man selling the goods said, "We --" (four skinny men were at the booth where we'd made our purchases) "-- we are hungry. We haven't eaten today. Would you go over to the tents and bring us some food? You don't have to pay for it. We can't afford to buy, and if we could, they wouldn't sell it to us anyway." We asked what they wanted. "Anything!" They didn't care what. All they wanted was to eat. So we did go back to the tents. Most of the food by that time was gone, but we brought some of which remained. As we left, they started to wolf it down. We live in one of two or more different worlds. If only by hearsay, they know a lot about ours. For the most part, we're only vaguely aware of theirs. That's the melancholy side.
In February, we went to New Zealand. By the government's own estimation, slightly under 5,000,000 people inhabit the two main islands "down under." There are 38,000,000 sheep and Lord only knows how many cattle. It's a beautiful country, mountainous, water everywhere, including shooting geysers as in Yellowstone Park. There's just one large city, Auckland, which has perhaps a million and a quarter human population. The prettiest city (300,000 or so folks) is Christchurch, that name deriving from a college in Oxford, England. The city indeed has a lovely church, built along English lines, a lively university campus, several new and interesting museums, an enormous and beautiful botanical garden, and a narrow, tree-lined river running through the heart of it. This is the kind of place where people are friendly and go out of their way to be helpful, the kind of place where someones such as we wouldn't mind living. Four days after we left, an earthquake took down the very center of the city, including the church steeple and parts of the university. Many casualties, not a few deaths. More melancholy.
Finally, as noted, New Zealand has sheep. Sometimes one encounters shows featuring sheep. At one such show, thirteen varieties of sheep -- more than I knew existed! -- were put on display. Viewers were invited to pet the sheep, which we did. As I was petting one affectionate animal, it licked my hand. Now I have sworn off eating lamb shanks and lamb chops, anything at all having to do with a sheep, -- dishes that used to be favorites of mine. Moral of the story: Don't ever let a sheep lick your hand. When you think of what might happen to that poor sheep, -- ah, there's the melancholy again!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Issac Feder, Code Enforcement Hearing, part 2
Code Enforcement part 2 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
Thanks to the Channel 63 team for video conversion.
This hearing was about using a unit for other than residential purpose; in this case, as a house of worship, this is part one of four parts:
Code Enforcement Hearing 3-23-11 Part 1 from David B. Israel on Vimeo.
Thanks to the Channel 63 team for video conversion
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
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Saturday, April 2, 2011
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT BY IRV RIKON
PLAY REVIEW: CRAZY FOR CRAZY FOR YOU AT THE MALTZ JUPTER THEATRE
The most enjoyable show of this season is Crazy For You, and it's here right now at the MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE. This is theater you don't have to think about. Just sit back and listen to the classic songs of the Gershwin Brothers, George and Ira, (including "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm" and "Someone to Watch Over Me".) Laugh along with Ken Ludwig's witty book. Marvel at Shea Sullivan's inspired choreography and Mark Martino's imaginative directing. Ogle at Jose M. Rivera's saucy costumes and the sexy girls inside them. Delight in all the marvels created by the technical crew. Perhaps above all, note the terrific young cast that's ben assembled just for this production.
The plot? It's standard Mickey and Judy: We're broke, so let's put on an expensive musical, only this time the setting is Nevada, long before Las Vegas became "Las Vegas!" Boy meets girl, except that in Crazy for You, many boys meet many girls.
In other words, this show resembles the great MGM musicals of yesteryear, the major difference being this is "live" theater as good as it gets, and Metro hasn't made an energetic, fun-filled film like this in at least a generation.
I cannot emphasize enough how good the stars are. Matt Loehr sings the way you want a Broadway entertainer to sing; he does athletic dances ala Gene Kelly and comic dances vaguely reminiscent of Ray Bolger; he also taps. (My Significant Other says I shouldn't compare him to Gene Kelly. He hasn't Kelly's charm. I say he's charming, and if he isn't yet, he's a star-in-the-making. See him now!) Vanessa Sonon is the delectable love interest, perfect for this role. I could go on and rave about the entire cast, all of whom are deserving of applause and the standing ovation everyone gets, but I haven't the space here.
Just drive north to Jupiter or walk if you must, and see the show. Sit down, relax, and feel sorry for the theater-lovers of New York City, who won't have the opportunity to enjoy this production with you.
As with so many MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE productions, the run of this show is much too short. Closing date is April 17, and the musical is almost completely sold out. For possible reservations, -- at any given time, there can be cancellations, -- and additional information, including next season's schedule, telephone 575-2223 or online: www.jupitertheatre.org. There's an added note: The Maltz is inviting folks of all ages to "become the next big star". It's a takeoff on "American Idol," with talented people asked to audition at the theater April 30 from noon to 8:00PM, the actual program to go on July 9. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre Guild is the sponsor.
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