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February 15, 2021

Delray Beach Run and Social at Mellow Mushroom Sam (South Florida R.Hosted bySam (South Florida R.ShareWednesday, February 17, 2021 Delray Beach Run and Social at Mellow MushroomSouth Florida Runs MeetupPublic group?Wednesday, February 17, 20216:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST Every week on WednesdayDelray BeachAtlantic Avenue and Ocean Boulevard · Delray Beach, FL How to find us Meet on corner next […]

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Identifying delinquent owner in meeting minutes not illegal
February 15, 2021

Legal Matters - Richard DeBoestSpecial to Naples Daily NewsView Comments0:031:00https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.440.1_en.html#goog_405089154 Q:  Is it improper or illegal to name a delinquent owner and the amount owed in the minutes of a meeting where the board votes to suspend an owner’s voting rights? K. I., Naples A:  No, the minutes should reflect enough information to identify the property or […]

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Want a more productive vegetable garden this year? The secret’s in the soil.
February 15, 2021

By Audrey Stallsmith Although the idiom “common as dirt” is often used as an insult, good dirt isn’t so common and remains essential to the productivity of a garden. Fortunately, with a little effort you can improve your garden’s soil. Even better, most vegetables, whether they’re root, leafy, legume, or fruiting types, can thrive in roughly […]

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26th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade After Party
December 1, 2020

Get in the holiday spirit at Farmer’s Table North! On Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 PM, Farmer’s Table will host the 26th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade After Party! Come celebrate the season at South Florida’s acclaimed healthy dining destination. Enjoy a cash bar, live music from DJ Midnight Mike, and more. Advance dine-in […]

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The “Nuisance Problem”
December 1, 2020

The “Nuisance Problem” – When Do Annoying Behaviors and Activities within and Surrounding the Community Become a Legal Nuisance and How Can your Community Deal with It? It seems like everybody’s got a problem with somebody these days. Sure, certain quirks and behaviors can certainly be classified as “annoying.” Who isn’t annoyed by that neighboring […]

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HOA Governing Documents Explained
December 1, 2020

An HOA’s foundational components are its governing documents that establish how exactly the association functions on a large and day-to-day scale. Governing documents are crucial to understanding for both the board members enforcing them and the HOA residents seeking to adhere to them. Yet, because of how comprehensive and formal these documents can be, HOA […]

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BRiC's DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATER
November 11, 2020

Join us in getting in the holiday spirit early with a nostalgic movie night supporting a great cause, Junior League of Boca Raton. BRiC’s second drive-in movie night of the season will be supporting the incredible ladies at the Junior League of Boca Raton. 100% of donations and snack pack proceeds benefit the Junior League of […]

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Solved! What 12 Different Electrical Wire Colors Actually Mean
November 11, 2020

By Bob Vila Wiring a light fixture or new appliance? Don't be confused by the number of electrical wire colors you find—we've got just the guide to help you decipher their color coding. Photo: istockphoto.com Q: I’m replacing the heating element in my electric water heater. The wires running to the element are black and white, […]

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HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS: THE TOP TEN ISSUES
November 11, 2020

-David HellmuthAs legal counsel to a large number of homeowner associations, we are often asked to review management agreements proposed by association management companies. This article examines the top legal issues that we regularly see in management agreements with homeowner associations. Your board of directors should always consult with experienced legal counsel prior to entering […]

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Be Witched, Be Delray EVENT
October 7, 2020

Come down to Downtown Delray Beach this year and stroll through our Halloweentown! Keep Reading to find out ways to "Be Witched, Be Delray" this October! HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS: Storefront Window Décor Parade |Oct. 24th - 31stFeelin' SpOoky? Stroll or drive through downtown Delray Beach to see our spellbindingly good storefront décor WAYS TO BE WICKED […]

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10 Remodeling Mistakes That Will Reduce Your Home's Marketability
October 7, 2020

by Bob Vila Homeowners hoping to remodel their way to their dream house need to choose their projects wisely. Otherwise, they may find that their amazing renovations have made their home harder to sell when it comes time to move. Homeowners generally know what they'd like to change about their house, but unless they have […]

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Reader Question: Tenants with Criminal Background, and Are Drying Racks OK?
October 7, 2020

--Kelly G Richardson, Esq Dear Kelly, Apparently my HOA made a change in the CC&Rs. The HOA requires that any prospective tenants must be approved by the board, and that no applicant who has a criminal record will be approved. The amendment says nothing about buyers of any of the units. Can they make these […]

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The End of Summer Sidewalk Sale
September 2, 2020

We are all ready for a long weekend and what better way to kick it off than in downtown Delray Beach with plenty of opportunities for physical distancing, outside dining, shopping, and water views throughout the walkable downtown while enjoying all of the offerings during the End of Summer Sidewalk Sale.  Date:  Saturday, September 5, […]

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10 Things to Know about Florida's New Emotional Support Animal Law
September 2, 2020

 SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 DONNA DIMAGGIO BERGERFEATURED, INSIGHT In these uncertain times it is not unusual for boards operating pet-restricted communities to receive even more emotional support animal (ESA) requests than usual. What is unusual is the emerging trend that some people requesting these ESAs are retracting their requests when confronted with a new law in Florida […]

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10 Classic Cleaners That Have Stood the Test of Time
September 2, 2020

Though they lost visibility to other heavily marketed cleaners in the last several decades, most of the classic cleaning products your mom and grandma used are still available today. Many of these staples predate the chemical and detergent revolution in the c… By Jennifer Noonan Bon Ami 1/10 Bon Ami has been “green” since before green […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims TikTok Steals Kids' Data And Sends It To China
August 4, 2020

By Bobby Allyn Class Action Lawsuit Claims TikTok Steals Kids' Data And Sends It To China Nineteen lawsuits have been combined into a unified federal legal action against short-form video app TikTok for allegedly harvesting data from users and secretly sending the information to China. Dozens of families are suing TikTok in what has turned […]

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Conflicts of Interest in Terms of Your HOA
August 4, 2020

by Kara Cermak A conflict of interest can range from problematic to disastrous for a homeowner association board. HOA board members should be impartial representatives of their communities who make decisions with the entire association's wellbeing in mind. A conflict of interest will interfere with these duties and can lead to severe consequences if not […]

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The Do's and Don'ts of Vinyl Fence Installation
August 4, 2020

by Tony Carrick Installing a vinyl fence yourself can provide much-needed privacy, keep the family dog corralled, and add to the aesthetic appeal of your home for many years to come. You may even save some money in the process—but only if you follow the proper installation procedures. Although few do-it-yourselfers relish the prospect of […]

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Gov. DeSantis Is Wrong to Imagine That the Uptick of Covid-19 in Florida Will Be Confined to the Young
July 6, 2020

-by Frank Cerabino Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has turned into a devoted bystander. As Florida has become the national poster child for new COVID-19 infections, DeSantis has been perfecting his shoulder-shrugging technique. Most recently, the governor has imagined a silver lining in the state’s grim coronavirus numbers: That it’s mostly young people who are getting […]

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These 5 Easy Upgrades Will Make Your Kids' Rooms Even Safer
July 6, 2020

-Sara Rodrigues As technology gives cutting-edge innovations to improve our homes, it's no surprise that the kids' category is offering up new and improved products to care for our little ones, too. Whether you're the sort of parent who's super aware of your carbon footprint or you're just looking to brush up on safety standards, […]

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The Myths about Mold, Like Mold, Just Won't Die [Part 2]
July 6, 2020

-by Kelly G Richardson You cannot handle it yourself. Many mold consultants treat mold as if it were asbestos. Asbestos is truly dangerous. Unlike mold, when inhaled into the lungs, the body cannot absorb or break down asbestos. But mold consultants typically develop repair protocols which are virtually identical to asbestos protocols. Several trade organizations […]

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CORONAVIRUS: Only 4.4 Percent In Florida Have COVID Antibody
June 1, 2020

By BocaNewsNow.com Florida Department of Health Releases Antibody Data BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Florida Department of Health is releasing “antibody” data, and the report shows just 4.43-percent of those tested have the COVID-19 antibody in the State of FLorida. Conversely, 95.57-percent do NOT have the COVID-19 antibody. By the numbers: out of 123,552 […]

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10 Inspiring Ideas for Your Side Yard
June 1, 2020

by Katelin Hill 10 Inspiring Ideas for Your Side Yard Let’s face it: When most homeowners envision the landscaping design of their dreams, they often overlook the side yard. But with a little planning and effort, this neglected space can make just as big a splash as its curb-facing counterpart. Here are some of … […]

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HOA Architectural Guidelines
June 1, 2020

Homeowners want to make their houses feel like homes. They want to enjoy their property, and create an inviting space to live and relax. Generally, a homeowner will be allowed to make improvements and modifications to the interior of their home, however, homeowners who belong to an HOA don’t have complete freedom to make exterior […]

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Coronavirus: Still No Response from Boca Condo Banning Nurse Due to Covid Fears
May 4, 2020

By Boca News Now.com Protestors outside Boca View Condo in East Boca Raton on Sunday, May 3, 2020. (Courtesy Greta Tremmel). BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The latest protest came and went but there is still no response from Pointe Management or Diane Kuka, the management company and the board president for Boca View Condominiums. […]

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10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar
May 4, 2020

By Jennifer Noonan 10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar If you think vinegar is just for salads, think again. Here are 10 practical and easy ways to improve your household with vinegar—from cleaning tiles to repelling insects. Unclog a Drain Clear a clogged drain by pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda into it, followed […]

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Coronavirus: Fun Things to Do While Social Distancing
April 6, 2020

Written by Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk As COVID-19 social distancing and self quarantining continue, some of us may be going stir crazy not able to go and do the things we’re used to. Now is the time to relax, but when you’ve been cooped up for weeks, and still can’t hit […]

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Here are All the Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Tile
April 6, 2020

Written by Jennifer Noonan Durable, easy to clean, and available in many colors and shapes, it's easy to see why tile is such a popular option for kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, and floors throughout the home. But before you get carried away on your next reno, make a note that tile, while a relatively low-maintenance […]

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FAQs about Community Association and Covid-19
April 6, 2020

Written by Community Association Institute Q: How should an association regulate a communal laundry room? A: It may not be reasonable to shut down a community’s laundry room. However, social distancing needs to be kept in mind when developing procedures to use this facility. This is a great situation to create a schedule for residents […]

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Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
March 6, 2020

March 14, 2020 Join us at the Festival for Live Music, Beer and Cocktails, Food Trucks, Food Booths and Arts and Crafts Vendors, Games, Raffles, and Kids Activities! The annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the City of Delray Beach, is a tradition that began in 1968 with a local Irishmen and […]

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Ask an expert: Your HOA, condo questions
March 6, 2020

By: Harris B. Katz, Esq. Q: The roofs in our condominium are over twenty years old and leaking. The board recently commissioned a reserve study and the engineer opined that the roof has exceeded its useful life. The board is refusing the replace the roofs. What can we do to force the board to replace […]

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10 Energy-Saving Myths You Shouldn't Believe
March 6, 2020

By Steph Coelho Some of the questionable energy-saving tips you've run across may have had some validity a long time ago, but with the technological advancements of past years, a lot of the information circulating out there just isn’t accurate anymore. It’s time to retire those tired old suggestions for reducing energy costs and instead […]

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New Website for PHM
January 31, 2020

By Nick Casamassimo So Personal Home Management decided to give a bit of a face lift to their website. Although the original site was beautiful and way ahead of it's time almost a decade ago, the owner decided to make some minor adjustments. The number one goal was to really make clear not only what […]

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The Best New DIY and Renovation Product for 2020
January 31, 2020

By Carisla Swanson Whether you are itching for a full renovation or just looking to spruce up your home a bit, the International Builders Show (IBS) is the place to start. With hundreds of vendors ranging from well known paint brands to door hardware there’s a lot to see and be inspired by. These are […]

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Condos: Is It Legal for One Board Member to Act on a Major Project without Bringing it to the Full Board
January 31, 2020

By Richard D DeBoest Q: I am a resident of an association that is governed under Florida Statutes 718 and we are about to have our annual election. We were given a limited proxy with only the board secretary with the rights as the proxy holder. If I read it correctly, the home owner has […]

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Get Your Fix: 20 Easy DIY Repairs for Every Part of Your Home
January 2, 2020

By: Bob Vila Clogs, squeaks, leaks, and other minor disasters strike even the most well-maintained homes. But you don’t necessarily need a professional handyman to cure what ails your house. With a bit of quick thinking and these DIY troubleshooting tips in your tool belt… How To Replace An Outlet Just because you live in […]

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Illegal Rentals Might Mean Jail Time
January 2, 2020

By: Rosa M de la Camara Owners with illegal unit rentals can end up in jail. At least they can if they live in Miami Beach. The City of Miami Beach is on the forefront of municipalities cracking down on illegal Airbnb rentals. The city announced it will prosecute hosts who provide fake business license […]

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Artists in the Park
January 2, 2020

Artist's in the Park Old School Square Downtown Delray Beach, Florida  The Delray Art League proudly presents ‘Artists in the Park’, taking place on select weekends from November thru February.  ‘Artists in the Park’ is our premier outdoor show series in downtown Delray Beach. Come browse and purchase original works from some of the finest […]

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10 Bugs That Are Living in Your House and How to Get Them Out
December 2, 2019

By: Jeff Noonan Bugs, like all creatures, have their rightful place on this earth. But nobody wants that place to be in their home. Like it or not, insects and all manner of creepy-crawlies make their way into our houses. But we don’t have to invite bugs in—or let them stay.… Dust Mites  Unpleasant though they […]

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