In the News

Florida community enforces ’emergency curfew’ to rein in unruly kids

By Adrianne Haney, WXIA in-the-news

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. — Several communities along 30A in South Walton, Fla. are implementing what they’re calling an “emergency curfew” for the remainder of the week, after they said they experienced too many problems with underage kids.

According to NBC affiliate WJHG in Panama City Beach, several homeowners associations for communities in South Walton are enforcing an 8 p.m. curfew and a 21-year-old age limit to get on their properties. The move comes in response to “underage drinking, large fights, unruly teens, belligerent teens with police,” WJHG reports.

30A has reportedly been traditionally a family spring break destination, but according to WJHG, business owners and residents are trying to rein in what they said are unruly crowds of young teens.

“The mobs of kids are just gathering. It’s just a little unruly for the business owners and unfortunately the police have to get involved,” Peddlers Bikes & Beach Rentals Manager Ryan Kirk told WJHG.

Residents said the problem started last year when they saw hundreds of kids just wandering around, committing petty crime and creating more work for local law enforcement.

As expected, many of the visiting teens are not in favor of the new rule.

“I’ve already heard there are some kids, a lot of kids down here from our school. And I know some of the have already gotten in trouble with police actually because they have been out late on the beach,” one Atlanta 13-year-old told WJHG.

Solutions to a Long to-do List

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You’re staring at a to-do list that seems endless. You know you need to start making some progress, but you have no idea where to even begin. How can you effectively prioritize when everything on your list seems like a priority?

Chances are, you just need to take a step back, refocus, and return to that overwhelming list with a fresh perspective.

Take a minute to ask yourself these three key questions to figure out what actually needs to be tackled first.

1. Does This Absolutely Need to Be Done Today?

I’ve mentioned before that a surefire way to filter through your to-do list is to focus on only the items that need to be done that very day.

So, when dealing with a roster of tasks that seems insurmountable, start here. Zone in on each item and determine whether or not it’s urgent enough to earn a spot on today’s list.thinkingceo

If not? Save it for tomorrow or later in the week. Right now your goal is to separate the wheat from the chaff and streamline your workload for the day.

2. Does This Need to Be Done by Me?

Now, with the items you have left on your list, it’s time to ask whether or not this is truly something you need to handle personally.

Is this a task that would be better off handed to an assistant, a subordinate, or perhaps a colleague who’s better equipped to deal with it? Or, even further, is this a mindless task that could be automated entirely?

If there’s anything that can be shuffled off your plate and onto someone else’s, go ahead and do that (politely, of course!). Just be prepared to return the favor when that person is spread too thin.

3. Does This Need to Be Done at All?

At first glance, this seems stupid. Why would you have something on your to-do list that doesn’t actually need to get done? But, it’s easy for all of us to fall into the trap of continuing to do things simply because we’ve always done them.

For example, at a previous job, I spent an hour each month filling in a spreadsheet that I later found out nobody ever looked at. It was just one of those tasks that had always been completed by the person in that position—regardless of the fact that it didn’t really matter.

This is why you need to turn a critical eye to the items left on your own to-do list. Do you really need to clean through your inbox today, or is that just something you always do on Wednesdays? Do you actually need to attend that weekly meeting, or could they survive without you for this week until you’re caught up on work?

There won’t always be something you can eliminate from your to-do list entirely. But, if you spot an opportunity, go ahead and do so. It’ll instantly make you feel less frazzled.

All in to Win

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Are you attending CAI’s Annual Conference & Expo?  WE ARE!  CAMICB is All in to Win for the 2017 conference. 

CAMICB will be hosting a headshot lounge at Caesar’s Palace!  CMCAs and non-CMCAs are welcome.  Come meet the CAMICB Staff and Board.  Stop by the headshot lounge or our table for some giveaway items.

  • Wednesday, May 3 from 3-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 4 from 1-5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 5 from 1-4:30 p.m.

Quote of the Day

“One of the advantages of our industry is that this profession is so broadly available to those who seek the education and experience necessary. From technical skills to communications there are all sorts of varying backgrounds and experiences that apply to our work.”

–Drew Mulhare CMCA, LSM, PCAM, President, Realtec Community Services    

All in to Win

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Are you attending CAI’s Annual Conference & Expo?  WE ARE!  CAMICB is All in to Win for the 2017 conference.  Come see us in Las Vegas May 3-6, 2017 at Caesars Palace!  CAMICB will be hosting a headshot lounge!  CMCAs and non-CMCAs are welcome.  Come meet the CAMICB Staff and Board.  Stop by the headshot lounge or our table for some giveaway items.

Check out the details on CAI’s website: https://www.caionline.org/Events/2017Conference/Pages/default.aspx

See you in Vegas!

Questions from your Colleagues

Your fellow CMCAs are actively posting on the CAMICB listserv.  Can you help them out?  Post a comment here and we’ll make sure we get it to the right person.

1. Is your Association responsible for exterior windows, or are the owners responsible?

2. My Board is investigating the possibility of enacting restrictions that would force new owners to use their condo as their primary residence.  This is due to the trend in recent years (in our small high-rise) of several new owners buying condos here for use as a second home.  The Board is curious if other HOA’s have attempted that, and if so, what was your experience?

3. Is it common to have animal breed restrictions in your associations?  Or do you rely on local ordinances?question

Quote of the Day

“Overall, public awareness of our field is growing. As a result, my role is necessary in the eyes of Board members. Their perception of my value has changed and it’s nice to be a part of that change.”

–Tyson Miner, CMCA, Community Association Manager for Warren Management Group

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In the News

Man who fought HOA over $500 mailbox and won says his mailbox was vandalized

By Lynh Bui

Was someone trying to deliver Keith Strong a message?

The Prince George’s County man who waged a seven-year battle against his homeowner’s association over a $500 mailbox mandate recently discovered that the $35 mailbox he installed to celebrate his victory was destroyed.

Strong returned home from running an errand Monday morning to find his cedar mailbox toppled and surrounded by chunks of its wooden stand that appears to have been hacked or bashed to pieces.

“We were completely shocked by this,” Strong said. “The actual mailbox itself wasn’t damaged, but they reduced the post to matchwood.”

Although Strong doesn’t know who wrecked his mailbox, the solar physicist who lives with his wife in a Maryland golf-course community of million-dollar homes said he believes the destruction was an act of vandalism in response to his fight against the local HOA.

In January, a Prince George’s County judge determined that the Pleasant Prospect Home Owners’ Association had improperly forced residents to buy and install mailboxes that cost approximately $500. Strong, fearing the loss of his property rights, had spent $33,000 in legal fees to fight the mailbox rules.in-the-news

Strong estimated the destruction occurred Monday between 7:15 and 8 a.m. He had left for the grocery store with his mailbox intact, but noticed the damage when he returned shortly after.

Strong discounts the theory that it could have teens who might have swung at the mailbox with a baseball bat since it is difficult to get into the gated community. And there don’t appear to be any tire marks or signs that would indicate someone accidentally ran over the mailbox in his yard, he said.

He reported the vandalism to local police and the U.S. Postal Service. He also is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the prosecution and conviction of whoever wrecked his mailbox, the only one Strong knows of that has been vandalized in the community.

Frank Schissler, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said such vandalism doesn’t occur often. He said the agency will investigate vandalism complaints when possible, but it typically gets involved if cases involve mail theft or dangerous items being placed in mailboxes.