Community News

 

Welcome to the Villas of Amberwood

It is hoped that this site will enable better communication with the residents and the board of directors, and provide answers to unit owners’ most common questions.


The announcements made via the website are posted chronologically here, from top to bottom, with the most recent at the top.


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Looking for our newsletters? They are listed below:

  1. April 2006 (No.1).

  2. May 2006 (No.2).

  3. June 2006 (No.3).

  4. July 2006 (No.4).

  5. August 2006 (No.5).

  6. September 2006 (No.6).

  7. October 2006 (No.7).

  8. March 2009 (No.8).

  9. August 2009 (No.9).

  10. June 2010 (No. 10).

  11. June 2011 (No. 11).

  12. October 2011 (No. 12).

  13. March 2012 (No. 13)

 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

August 21, 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on August 23, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss pending matters pertaining to the community.


July 21, 2012

CITY OF DORAL TRAILS AND TAILS PARK OPENS

Today, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. the City of Doral at last opened its first (and so far, only) dog park for its citizens. The City of Doral’s first dog-friendly facility is complete with 8 acres of park space and bikeway access. Other features include:

  1. Large dog play area (1.5 ac)

  2. Small dog play area (1 ac)

  3. Multiple wash stations

  4. Bikeway Access

  5. Memory Lane brick dedication

  6. Children’s playground

  7. Restroom facility

  8. Dog-friendly water fountains

  9. 84-space parking lot

Location:

11645 NW 50 Street, Doral, FL 33178

On NW 50th Street between NW 114th Avenue and NW 117th Avenue.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Sunday: 7:00 AM - Sunset
Holidays: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


All pet families of Villas of Amberwood are encouraged to go out and maximize the use of the dog park with their pets, allowing them a freedom from leashes not available while on community property.


July 17, 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on July 19, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss pending matters pertaining to the community.


June 18, 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on June 21, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss pending matters pertaining to the community


May 29, 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on May 31, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss pending matters pertaining to the community.


April 24, 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on April 26, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss the renovation of the clubhouse as well as other current news and issues.


March 27, 2012

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on March 29, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss the renovation of the clubhouse as well as other current news and issues.


March 8, 2012 - Newsletter Published

ISSUE No. 13 PUBLISHED

The 13th issue of the community’s newsletter, begun as an effort of the Board of Directors in 2006, was published today and sent to the unit owners via email and is accessible using the link above.


March 6, 2012 - Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE UNIT OWNERS RESCHEDULED

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Villas Of Amberwood Condominium Association, Inc. was held on  Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the VOA Clubhouse. However, we were unable to conduct the Annual meeting due a lack of the required quorum of at least 37 unit owners present either in person or by proxy. As thus, the Board of Directors is announcing that the annual meeting will be rescheduled as follows:


THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

7:30 P.M.

VOA CLUBHOUSE


The purpose of this meeting is to gain a membership vote on whether or not the Association’s Budget for 2012 should include funding for the reserves. Because the initial meeting lacked a quorum, a vote could not be held and the Association has continued operating under the proposed budget for 2012.

 

The Board of Directors strongly encourages each homeowner to be present for the rescheduled meeting. Should you be unable to attend this meeting, please complete the Limited Proxy or utilize the the same Limited Proxy you were given before to assign your voting rights to either the Board Secretary or another homeowner of your choosing. If you submitted a Proxy for the initial annual meeting, there is no need to submit another proxy, unless you wish to change your vote. The return of your Proxy will help ensure that a quorum is attained at the rescheduled annual meeting, thereby eliminating additional mailing costs and permitting the Association to move forward based on the will of the membership.

 

Please return your dated proxy either to Atlas Property Management or drop it in the slot in the clubhouse office by the side door. You could also scan and email it to the board.

This notice is given to all unit owners on this 6th day of March 2012, by order of the Board of Directors and in compliance with Chapter 718.112(2)(d)3 of the Florida Statutes.

 

ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

Call to Order

Budget Overview

Membership Input

Tally and Result of Membership Votes

Reserve Funding for 2012

Adjournment

 

 

Thank you and we hope to see you at the meeting.


February 27, 2012 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on February 27, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss the budget, renovation of the clubhouse as well as other current news and issues.


January 27, 2012 - Gutter Cleaning Notice

GUTTER CLEANING

We will like to inform you that the gutters throughout the community will be cleaned on all the buildings starting today. It should take just a few days. The inside of the gutters will be cleaned with water and all debris will be removed. Any tree branches that are hanging near the roofs will be cleared. In addition, any loose gutters will be fixed.


January 16, 2012 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on February 27, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss the budget, renovation of the clubhouse as well as other current news and issues.


October 24, 2011 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on October 26, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. in the Clubhouse.


October 20, 2012 - Newsletter Published

ISSUE No. 12 PUBLISHED

The 12th issue of the community’s newsletter, begun as an effort of the Board of Directors in 2006, was published today and sent to the unit owners via email and is accessible using the link above.


August 28, 2011 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, september 1, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will discuss the community’s current financial situation as well as other current news and issues.


August 10, 2011 - Tree-trimming Announcement

LANDSCPAING AND TREE TRIMMING TO BE COMPLETED

The landscaping company will be in the property this coming Thursday August 11th and Friday August 12th to do tree trimming all around the condominium. We are sorry for the late notice, but this is the only time that we could schedule it in the next two weeks.

 

All we ask is that if you park your car near a tree, move it early Thursday morning before 8 am to a visitor space away from trees or another space away from the activity so that the landscaping company can do their work more efficiently and to avoid any damage to your car. Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.


June 16, 2011 - Newsletter Published

ISSUE No. 11 PUBLISHED

The 11th issue of the community’s newsletter, begun as an effort of the Board of Directors in 2006, was published today and sent to the unit owners via email and is accessible using the link above.


May 14, 2011 - Important Maintenance Announcement!

COURTYARD GATES FOR A-TYPE UNITS

During our last meeting, after consulting with the owners that were present at the meeting, it was concluded that that since the wooden gates that most units with courtyards have installed were not part of the original construction at Villas of Amberwood, the association was  not responsible for their upkeep and maintenance.

For those of you that do not know the history with these gates, during 2007 while painting, fixing balconies and other projects, the board of directors at the time decided to install and/or fix many of these wooden gates in order to bring uniformity to the community. However, these gates were not part of the original construction and it has become very expensive to maintain; every year there are dozens of these wooden gates that need to be repaired or replaced. 

If your gate is currently in need of minor repair, the association has agree to fix it one last time; if your gate needs more extensive repairs, we will let you know the cost so you can decide what to do; and if your gate is in such a shape that will need mayor repairs or complete replacement, we will remove it, and we will not be replacing it for a new one any more but there are several options available to you:

Repair the gate yourself 

Our handyman quote a reasonable charge to you depending on the repairs that are needed

We can remove it and dispose of it at no cost to you.

In order to keep our condominium looking nice and uniform, all wooden gates must be good working order.

In the future, anyone that wants to install or even replace a gate to their courtyard will need to ask for permission to the board of director and the board will provide the design that will need to be follow. This is to ensure uniformity.

We also like to point out that we have begun to repair the balconies which are of course part of the original construction and a safety hazard if not repair. We had to choose between fixing the balconies or the gates and as mentioned before, the Board of Directors has concluded that we no longer can afford to keep repairing these wooden gates that were not part of the original construction.


May 5, 2011 - Important Insurance Inspection Announcement

ROOF INSPECTIONS FOR INSURANCE MITIGATION REPORTING

In order to avoid a huge Citizen’s Insurance rate increase, we need to have access to your attic in order to do a roof inspection this coming Saturday, May 7th from 9 am -12 noon We need to do this inspection regardless if it has been inspected recently for leaks, we need to get our property insured for next year at a reasonable rate. 

 

Citizens Insurance want to double our rates, an increased that could mean a $1,000 a year extra per unit which will need to be paid by you with either a special assessment or an increase in monthly maintenance. We were not aware of this situation until last week. This increase, according to Citizens, is due to an inspection report that was done by a company hired by Citizens. Fortunately to us this report has many errors because they did not enter the attics and therefore could not verify the interior construction of our roofs.  Because of this situation we have hired an independent roof inspector, he has already entered a few units and found that the Citizens report to be in error. However, he must enter all the attics in order to do a complete inspection report, take pictures and document the findings so we have enough evidence that shows the true roof construction and avoid this huge increase in our rate.

 

This inspection of your unit attic will take no more than 5 minutes per unit if you collaborate with him, have everything ready for him, the inspector must have access to your attic from the entrance in the master bedroom closet.

 

The inspection company is Century Property Inspections and the inspectors name is Carlos.  Carlos will be here on Saturday May 7th, 2011 between the hours of 9 am and 12pm noon. 

 

This is an urgent matter that requires your cooperation; as per our condo rules and regulations you must permit the inspector to access your attic; we have to do the inspection this coming Saturday may 8th between 9 am and 12 noon. Please, confirm by return email that you or someone will be home to let the inspector do his job.

 

If your unit is rented, then as an owner you are responsible for making sure that either your tenant is available or you are present at your unit to allow the inspector to enter and do the inspection.  In addition, if you are unable to be home, you can leave your house keys with a neighbor and leave a note on the door so when the inspector arrives at your house he knows which neighbor has access to your unit.



February 20, 2011 - Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE UNIT OWNERS RESCHEDULED

The 2010 Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Villas Of Amberwood Condominium Association, Inc. was held on December 16th, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the VOA Clubhouse. However, we were unable to conduct the Annual meeting due a lack of the required quorum of at least 37 unit owners present either in person or by proxy. As thus, the Board of Directors is announcing that the annual meeting will be rescheduled as follows:


Place of Meeting: VOA Clubhouse

Date of Meeting: February 24, 2011 (Next Thursday)

Time of Meeting: 7:00 PM


The purpose of this meeting is to gain a membership vote on whether or not the Association’s Budget for 2011 should include funding for the reserves. Because the initial meeting lacked a quorum, a vote could not be held and the Association has continued operating under the proposed budget.


The Board of Directors strongly encourages each homeowner to be present for the rescheduled meeting. Should you be unable to attend this meeting, please complete the attached Limited Proxy or utilize the the same Limited Proxy you were given before to assign your voting rights to either the Board Secretary or another homeowner of your choosing. If you submitted a Proxy for the initial annual meeting, there is no need to submit another proxy, unless you wish to change your vote. The return of your Proxy will help ensure that a quorum is attained at the rescheduled annual meeting, thereby eliminating additional mailing costs and permitting the Association to move forward based on the will of the membership.


Please return your dated proxy either to Atlas Property Management or drop it in the slot in the clubhouse office by the side door. You could also scan and email it to the board.

This notice is given to all unit owners on this 20th day of February 2011, by order of the Board of Directors and in compliance with Chapter 718.112(2)(d)3 of the Florida Statutes.


ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

Call to Order

Budget Overview

Membership Input

Tally and Result of Membership Votes

Reserve Funding for 2011

Adjournment


Thank you and we hope to see you at the meeting.


November 30, 2010 - Second Notice of Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE UNIT OWNERS

In compliance with Chapter 718, Florida Administrative Code, we transmitted via email the official Second Notice of the 2010 Annual Meeting. Kindly take the time to read the document thoroughly. Please pay careful attention to the dates and times, deadlines set and the guidelines and instructions specified.


October 7, 2010 - Independent Roof Inspection Completed

DISTRIBUTION OF INDEPENDENT ROOF INSPECTION

In As previously discussed at board meetings, due to the number of roof leaks that were occurring throughout the community, the Board engaged an independent roofing consultant to perform an independent inspection of our roofs post-Taylor Roofing.


In accordance with state law and our condominium documents, the report from the consultant was distributed via email for your purview and records. The report can also be downloaded here. Please note that we have already met with the consultant for strategies on how to resolve the problems in the report, and will be in touch with our attorney per his recommendation to determine the best way forward. When we have that recommendation in hand, we will provide an update for you on this situation.


September 28, 2010 - Tropical Storm Warning Issued

TROPICAL STORM NICOLE PREPARATIONS

ATTENTION VOA RESIDENTS AND UNIT OWNERS!!


THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR OUR AREA. TROPICAL STORM NICOLE IS EXPECTED FORM TONIGHT OR EARLY TOMORROW AND PASS OVER OUR COMMUNITY TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2010.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CAN EXPECT TO FEEL NICOLE'S EFFECTS BY  TOMORROW MORNING, AND TROPICAL FORCE WINDS WILL EXTEND TO THE DORAL AREA AT ALL TIMES.


YOU ARE MANDATED TO REMOVE ALL OBJECTS FROM YOUR BALCONIES AND PATIOS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND BY 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW. IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO AND YOUR PROPERTY CAUSES DAMAGE TO ASSOCIATION PROPERTY OR ANOTHER UNIT, YOU WILL BE HELD 100% LIABLE FOR THE DAMAGES.


IF YOU PUT UP STORM SHUTTERS OR CLOSE ACCORDION SHUTTERS, THEY MUST BE REMOVED OR OPENED NOT MORE THAN 24 HOURS AFTER THE STORM AS PASSED, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE SATURDAY MORNING, ASSUMING THAT THE STORM REMAINS AT ITS CURRENT SPEED AND DIRECTION.



September 23, 2010 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse. We will be discussing, among other things, the findings of an independent roof consultant inspection report for each building. Your attendance at the meeting will be very helpful to both you and the Board.


September 23, 2010 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse. We will be discussing, among other things, the findings of an independent roof consultant inspection report for each building. Your attendance at the meeting will be very helpful to both you and the Board.


July 22, 2010 - Tropical Storm Warning Issued

TROPICAL STORM BONNIE PREPARATIONS

ATTENTION VOA RESIDENTS AND UNIT OWNERS!!


THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR OUR AREA. TROPICAL STORM BONNIE IS EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL AROUND 2:00 P.M. TOMORROW, FRIDAY JULY 23, 2010.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CAN EXPECT TO FEEL BONNIE'S EFFECTS BY  TOMORROW MID-MORNING, AND TROPICAL FORCE WINDS WILL EXTEND TO THE DORAL AREA AT ALL TIMES.


YOU ARE MANDATED TO REMOVE ALL OBJECTS FROM YOUR BALCONIES AND PATIOS NO LATER THAN 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW, JULY 23, 2010. IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO AND YOUR PROPERTY CAUSES DAMAGE TO ASSOCIATION PROPERTY OR ANOTHER UNIT, YOU WILL BE HELD 100% LIABLE FOR THE DAMAGES.


IF YOU PUT UP STORM SHUTTERS OR CLOSE ACCORDION SHUTTERS, THEY MUST BE REMOVED OR OPENED NOT MORE THAN 24 HOURS AFTER THE STORM AS PASSED, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE SATURDAY MORNING, ASSUMING THAT THE STORM REMAINS AT ITS CURRENT SPEED AND DIRECTION.



June 22, 2010 - Newsletter Published

ISSUE No. 10 PUBLISHED

The 10th issue of the community’s newsletter, begun as an effort of the Board of Directors in 2006, was published today and sent to the unit owners via email and is accessible using the link above.


June 21, 2010 - Important Announcement!

FIRE CODE COMPLIANCE

This reminder is being posted because to date, the Association is not in receipt of all of the mandatory, state-law required smoke alarm inspection form that was sent to the unit owners on MAY 3, 2010 and on MAY 27, 2010!!


Please be informed that your failure to do so WILL constitute not only a violation of the municipal fire code, but also a county and state violation, which may result in penalties being assessed to you directly by the Fire Marshall, and for which the Association will not be able to assist you.


PLEASE turn in the form in the next 24 hours.



June 16, 2010 - Single Stream Recycling is here!

SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING PROGRAM TO BEGIN JULY 1, 2010

We are proud to announce the new Mixed Commercial Recycling program in partnership with our vendor,Waste Services of Florida (WSI).This program not only saves the environment, reduces our impact on our surroundings, but also ensures our compliance with Sate and County Laws. RECYLCING IS MANDATORY!

Gone are the days of sorting and separating!

Now all you have to do is collect all your recyclable materials into one bag, take it to the trash encloure and place that bag into the recycling tote.That’s it! Nothing more to do. Nothing could be simpler! If it has a recycle symbol on it, it can be recycled!

What can you recycle?
These days, you can recycle most materials.The following is a list of items that must be placed in the small 90-gallon toters next to the regular trash containers:

  1. Newspaper

  2. Magazines

  3. Junk Mail

  4. Paper

  5. Shrink warp

  6. Cardboard (folded flat)

  7. Plastic bottles

  8. Steel and Aluminum Cans

  9. Glass bottles and jars

  10. Files

  11. Palm-sized pieces of metal


All other waste (food, wet waste, bathroom waste, etc.) MUST be placed in the large 4-yard WSI trash container.Thank you for your cooperation in helping us become responsible stewards of our environment!


What’s not allowed in the small recycle container?

  1. Paint • Wood • Appliances • Motor Oil • Electronics • Food • Cooking Oil • Batteries

• Wet trash • Solvents • Furniture • Bathroom waste • Household Cleaners

  1. Hazardous Materials • Construction Materials


DO NOT PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE RECYCLING CONTAINERS! YOU WILL BE FINED!


June 4, 2010 - Fire Code Compliance Announcement!

FIRE EXTINGUISHER NOTICE AND LOCATION INFORMATION

As mandated by law and the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department, Villas of Amberwood Condominium Association, Inc. has installed a total of 19 fire extinguishers located on the inside courtyard walls or in the center of hallways. Please note it is a felony under Florida Law (Chapter 812, F.S.) to vandalize or tamper with these fire extinguishers at any time, and the crime is punishable by law with a $5,000 fine and jail time. The Board of Directors will be aggressively enforcing this law, and will be prosecuting violators to the maximum extent permitted by law. The locations of the fire extinguishers is as follows:

Building 4:

  1. 1.Hallway between Units 10022 and 10024

  2. 2.Unit 10032

  3. 3.Hallway between Units 10042 and 10044


Building 5:

  1. 1.Unit 10048

  2. 2.Unit 10056

  3. 3.Unit 10066


Building 6:

  1. 1.Hallway between Units 10122 and 10124

  2. 2.Unit 10134

  3. 3.Hallway between Unit 10142 and 10144


Building 7:

  1. 1.Unit 10100

  2. 2.Unit 10108

  3. 3.Unit 10118


Building 8:

  1. 1.Unit 10150

  2. 2.Unit 10158

  3. 3.Unit 10164


Building 9:

  1. 1.Hallway between Units 10170 and 10172

  2. 2.Unit 10180

  3. 3.Hallway between Units 10190 and 10192


Clubhouse:

    1.    Center of main space between glass door storefront entrances.


All fire extinguishers installed are 5 lb. ABC Dry Chemical fire extinguishers located within Cato 105-5 fire extinguisher cabinets, and are serviced annually by Triangle Fire, Inc. To report a problem with an extinguisher, please contact Atlas Property Management Services, Inc. as indicated below and provide the location of the fire extinguisher.


May 27, 2010 - Important Announcement!

FIRE CODE COMPLIANCE

This reminder is being posted because to date, the Association is not in receipt of all of the mandatory, state-law required smoke alarm inspection form that was sent to the unit owners on MAY 3, 2010!


Please be informed that your failure to do so WILL constitute not only a violation of the municipal fire code, but also a county and state violation, which may result in penalties being assessed to you directly by the Fire Marshall, and for which the Association will not be able to assist you.


PLEASE turn in the form in the next 24 hours.



May 3, 2010 - Important Announcement!

FIRE CODE COMPLIANCE

As part of it's annual inspection of the community, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has mandated that unit owners complete the attached form. As with all our forms, you can complete the form on your computer and print it, then fax it or email it to us.

 

You MUST return the form to the Association no later than May 31, 2010.

 

If you are renting the unit in which you live, you can complete the inspection and return the form, or have your landlord take care of it.

 

Please understand that this is not being mandated by the Association, but by the County and there may be fines associated with non-compliance, bith from the Association and from the Fire Department for failing to comply with Fire Code regulations.

 

You can complete the inspection yourself by testing your smoke alarm, ensuring that it is not more than 10 years old and that the batteries are fresh. If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, we recommend that you replace it with a new one. Alternately, you can have a fire protection service firm conduct the inspection for you.

 

You will be held liable for the information on this form, NOT the Association, therefore it is in your best interest to ensure that the information you submit on the form is accurate and truthful

 

Your prompt and timely cooperation with this is deeply appreciated.


January 4, 2010 - Rescheduled Annual Meeting Announcement

NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED ANNUAL MEETING

This is a reminder that the second attempt for quorum for the Annual Meeting of the Association will take place on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. with registration and sign-in commencing at 6:00 p.m. as previously announced in the Association's email of December 13, 2009.


As a reminder, you may use the same proxy document you were previously provided if you cannot be present and send it to Atlas for counting in quorum requirement. If you have already sent your proxy, we will retain it for the rescheduled meeting on Wednesday, or you may simply attend the meeting in person. Should you need a new proxy document, another one can be obtained from the community's website at www.villasofamberwood.us and clicking on the "Meetings" link.


We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, or at least obtaining your proxy so that the business of the Association may be conducted in a timely manner.


November 20, 2009 - Annual Meeting Announcement

SECOND NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

The second notice of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Unit Owners was transmitted today by mail and email to the Unit Owners. The 2009 Villas Of Amberwood Condominium Association Annual Meeting scheduled for December 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Registration will commence at 6:30 p.m.


September 16, 2009 - Registration Announcement

MANDATORY RESIDENT REGISTRATION

As we notified you in April, we are undertaking the task of updating the Unit Owner and Resident Database for 2009, Updating and Consolidating our Rules and Regulations into a single document, and attempting to get our parking situation under control in the coming weeks. To that end, we are forwarding you a copy of the registration form that will be MANDATORY for every Unit . Failure to register will result in a $100 fine per unit, per day to the maximum of $1,000 or as permitted by law.


Members of the Board will be at the Clubhouse Office to accept your registration forms on the following dates and times:


WEDNESDAY, September 23, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, September 24, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, September 25, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, September 26, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


When you come to register, you will be handed a copy of the Updated Rules and Regulations, issued new Parking Decals and briefed on some important changes. You MUST bring the following original documents and a copy of each with you:


1. Driver's License of each licensed occupant of the unit.

2. Registration for each vehicle to be registered (limited to 2 per unit).

3. Proof of Insurance for each vehicle to be registered.

4. FOR RENTERS ONLY: A copy of the current lease and the approval certificate issued by the Association.


We will be closing the entry gates and bringing them online the morning of October 1, 2009, at approximately 10:00 a.m. After that happens, your remotes or the dial code tele-entry system is the only way vehicles will be permitted to enter the property. We have asked the local police to conduct surveillance to issue citations and to tow the vehicles of ANY PERSON attempting to tamper with or vandalize the gates. Be warned! The Association will prosecute those who tamper with or vandalize the gates or any component of the gate systems (wheels, operators, gate motors, etc.).


Most important of all, you will be issued TWO (2) RESIDENT tags that are uniquely coded to your unit, which must be displayed at all times in the upper left corner of the windshield of each registered vehicle. Failure to properly display the tags will result in immediate towing without prior warning. Overnight visitors will be required to display a VISITOR tag which must be returned to the Management Office immediately upon the departure of the visitor. We will begin towing upon completion the registration process.


Also, IF YOU LEASE YOUR UNIT, BOTH YOU AND THE TENANT(S) MUST COME TO THE REGISTRATION LOCATION TO REGISTER. You must also provide a copy of a properly and fully executed lease with your tenant and they must provide a copy of their Approval Certificate issued by the Board of Directors prior to their move-in. Failure to do so will result in penalties being assessed to your Unit Account as stated above and parking decals will NOT be issued, making the tenant's vehicle(s) subject to towing. This is IMPERATIVE as we want to make sure everyone is on the same page.


In addition, we urge you to read the Updated Rules and Regulations PROMPTLY upon receiving it, and ASK QUESTIONS if you are unsure about anything. We will no longer be tolerant of "I didn't know" excuses.


If you like, you can review, print and complete the attached information form PRIOR to your arrival at the registration location, to help speed the process for your registration. If you have tenants in your unit, complete your portion and take it to them to complete to help the process go as quickly as possible.


Lastly, we want to notify you that, as promised, Taylor Roofing has commenced work on the new roofs, starting with Building 9. You will see the contractor's workers on the property on a daily basis for the next couple of months.


As a reminder, you MUST show up in person to complete the registration process. You will need:

1. License, registration and insurance of each owner, tenant and/or resident and each vehicle being registered. Maximum is two vehicles!

2. Copy of the lease agreement between the landlord and tenant IF the Unit is rented.

3. Copy of the Approval Certificate issued to the tenant by the Board of Directors prior to their move-in IF the Unit is rented.

4. Your existing remote controls for the gates.


We thank you for helping us ensure that our property values remain stable by following the rules and regulations, complying with the registration process, and showing common courtesy for those who live around you!


September 8, 2009 - Budget Announcement

2009 YTD BUDGET SUMMARY

In advance of the Board of Directors Meeting, we transmitted via email a summary report of the Year To Date 2008 Actual Expenses vs. Budgeted Expenses for your perusal.


September 6, 2009 - Board of Directors Meeting Announcement

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on September 9, 2009 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.


September 2, 2009 - Website Refresh

COMMUNITY WESBITE REFRESHED AND UPDATED

We have re-vamped and completely updated the website with current information and news, copies of all relevant forms, documents, condo docs, rules and regulations handbook, the newsletters, as well as a notice about our next board of directors meeting, which will be On September 9, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

 

The new layout is much cleaner and a lot easier to navigate and find critical information. Because folks are sometimes curious, we have left the previous news announcements on the site from when it was first created back in 2005...makes for an interesting read if you are so inclined!


August 28, 2009 - Newsletter Published and Important Updates!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

We will have a Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 7:30 P.M. in the Clubhouse.  We will review the 2008 financials as well as other current news and issues.


ROOF REPLACEMENT

The replacement of the roof coverings are nearly complete, and have passed all required inspections by the City of Doral.  Taylor Roofing will be on-property during the next 1-2 weeks to complete the finishing work, as well as complete the repairs of any interior damage resulting from water damage as a result of the excessive rains we received during the start of the re-roofing process.  We intend to have Taylor Roofing complete all the work and have the final walkthrough in approximately 2 weeks.  Painting of the stucco and T1-11 on the buildings will be completed in September.  We are currently soliciting bids for this work to be performed.


COMMUNITY ACCESS & GATES

Please be aware that the gates will be closed in approximately 3 weeks. Due to the number of contractors doing work in the community over the past several months, both associations decided to keep the gates open until the bulk of the work was complete.  Before the gates are closed we will send out an announcement, so you are advised to have your remotes in your vehicles so you are not caught off-guard. As part of this process, you will be required to register your vehicle with the Association, provide proof of insurance and registration, provide a copy of your driver’s license, and sign for and collect a copy of the Rules and Regulations Handbook. This will be your ONLY opportunity to provide the Association with your correct information, as changes to the tele-entry system will only occur once per month once the gates are closed and made operational again.


COMMUNITY SECURITY, VANDALISM AND POLICE PRESENCE

The Board of Directors has received numerous complaints about teenagers loitering and trespassing on our property in the parking lots, clubhouse, tennis courts and the pool and pool deck.  The reports state that these teenagers congregate at the pool, drink beer and smoke cigarettes.  There have also been reports of illegal drugs being detected in the air. Burn marks have been found on the patio and pool furniture, which is vandalism.  Please be aware that there is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for vandalism, underage drinking or the use of illegal substances on our property. THE ASSOCIATION WILL TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ANY OFFENDERS AND ANYONE FOUND BREAKING THE LAW. The Association has signed a Trespass Affidavit with the City of Doral Police, which authorizes them to access the community and arrest anyone found breaking the law or trespassing on community property.

ANY PERSON (visitor, lessee, resident or owner) that witnesses anyone behaving inappropriately or breaking the law is instructed to call the City of Doral Police Department immediately at 305-593-6699 or 305-475-5423 to make an anonymous report. Likewise, please call this number to report disturbances (loud music or noise) after 11:00 p.m.

To be clear, there is no consumption of alcohol or food of any kind at the pool regardless of legal drinking ageThe pool closes at dusk. After that time, anyone in that area is trespassing, regardless if they are an owner or a lessee.


HURRICANE SEASON ALERT

Please be reminded that we are in hurricane season.  Atlas Property Management Services will be doing a walkthrough and issuing Notices Of Violations to units that have unacceptable items on balconies and patios.  Only plants and patio furniture are permitted on patios and balconies. Also, as a safety precaution for hurricane preparedness, we ask that if you have any planter pots on the walls of your courtyards that you take them down and secure them elsewhere. Patios may NOT be used as storage.  If you have inappropriate items on your patio, please remove them immediately and properly store them inside your unit or your exterior closet.


COLLECTIONS

Three weeks ago we hand-delivered notices and sent emails to people who have not been paying their maintenance and/or special assessment fees, or who have a balance due to short or missed payments.  If you owe money to the Association, you must pay immediately and contact Sasha at Atlas Property Management at 305-715-2801.  Should you fail to do so, your account will be sent to the attorney for collection, which may result in hundreds of additional dollars owed as well as the possibility of foreclosure.


July 30, 2009 - CHECK YOUR ROOFS FOR LEAKS!

Taylor Roofing has completed the replacement of our roofs.  We will be doing a final walkthrough within the next 2 weeks with a punch list to ensure everything is in order.  Even though we will do a walkthrough little things may be missed and we want to prevent that as much as possible.

Therefore, we need every unit owner to check the roofs and interior of their units for anything that needs to be completed or repaired.  Please check your gutters, drain pipes, metal siding, and stucco to make sure that everything has been put back on and is properly sealed.  Taylor had to do a lot of stuccowork so please make sure that all gaps or spaces have been sealed around your unit and on your building. 

This is very important! Any repairs and touchups that are needed can easily be done now.  However, once we make final payment the job is considered to be finished and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to repair a hole, missing siding, gutter, etc. several months later without additional costs.  If you are leasing your unit, please take the time to pass by your unit to check the exterior and interior.

This is our ONLY chance to ensure that everything is in order and that there are no on-going leaks or unfinished work.

There were some units that reported leaks during the re-roofing process.  Your interior unit should have been repaired already.  If Taylor roofing has not repaired your unit please notify us immediately by email and copy Jesus Strauss at j.strauss@tcr-usa.com to immediately arrange for the repairs to take place. If the repair has been completed but not to your satisfaction or appears to be substandard, please inform us immediately.

IF YOU DO NOT ACCOMMODATE TAYLOR AND PERMIT THEM TO COMPLETE THE REPAIR IN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS, THE ASSOCIATION AND TAYLOR WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY REMAINING DAMAGES! YOU SIMPLY MUST MAKE THE TIME TO GET THE WORK DONE OR YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN IN THIS REGARD!!

If you notice a problem on the exterior or had an interior leak that was not repaired, please send an email to us no later than Monday August 3, 2009 at: board@villasofamberwood.us and include the following:

  1. Full Name

  2. Unit Address (e.g. 10100)

  3. The Exact Location and explanation of the problem

  4. Your Cell Phone Number

The unpainted fascia boards and stucco work will be painted very soon and we are soliciting bids to have this completed ASAP.

May 20, 2009 - Updated Registration Process

We are undertaking the task of updating the Unit Owner and Resident Database for 2009, Updating and Consolidating our Rules and Regulations into a single document, and attempting to get our parking situation under control in the coming weeks. To that end, we are forwarding you a copy of the registration form that will be MANDATORY for every Unit once we start in the next week or two. Failure to register will result in a $100 fine per unit, per day to the maximum of $1,000 or as permitted by law.


We will send you the dates and times that members of the Board will be at the Clubhouse Office to accept your registration forms, at which time you will be handed a copy of the Updated Rules and Regulations, issued new Parking Decals and briefed on some important changes.


Most important of all, you will be issued TWO (2) RESIDENT tags that are uniquely coded to your unit, which must be displayed at all times in the upper left corner of the windshield of each registered vehicle. Failure to properly display the tags will result in immediate towing without prior warning. Overnight visitors will be required to display a VISITOR tag which must be returned to the Management Office immediately upon the departure of the visitor. We will begin towing upon completion the registration process. This will be your advanced warning to start thinking of how to remove any excess vehicles from the property NOW as it will be towed later on.


Also, IF YOU LEASE YOUR UNIT, BOTH YOU AND THE TENANT(S) MUST COME TO THE REGISTRATION LOCATION TO REGISTER. You must also provide a copy of a properly and fully executed lease with your tenant and they must provide a copy of their Approval Certificate issued by the Board of Directors prior to their move-in. Failure to do so will result in penalties being assessed to your Unit Account as stated above and parking decals will NOT be issued, making the tenant's vehicle(s) subject to towing. This is IMPERATIVE as we want to make sure everyone is on the same page.


In addition, we urge you to read the Updated Rules and Regulations PROMPTLY upon receiving it, and ASK QUESTIONS if you are unsure about anything. We will no longer be tolerant of "I didn't know" excuses.


If you like, you can review, print and complete the attached information form PRIOR to your arrival at the registration location, to help speed the process for your registration. If you have tenants in your unit, complete your portion and take it to them to complete to help the process go as quickly as possible.


Lastly, we want to notify you that, as promised, Taylor Roofing has commenced work on the new roofs, starting with Building 9. You will see the contractor's workers on the property on a daily basis for the next couple of months.


As a reminder, you MUST show up in person to complete the registration process. You will need:

1. License, registration and insurance of each owner, tenant and/or resident and each vehicle being registered. Maximum is two vehicles!

2. Copy of the lease agreement between the landlord and tenant IF the Unit is rented.

3. Copy of the Approval Certificate issued to the tenant by the Board of Directors prior to their move-in IF the Unit is rented.

4. Your existing remote controls for the gates.


March 26, 2009 - Community Newsletter Back in Publication!

The Board of Directors are very excited and pleased to announce that the VOA Circular is back in publication as an ad-hoc volume, and will be published on an as-needed basis. The current version, Volume 8, can be found above.


December 6, 2006 - New Management Company Selected!

The Board of Directors are very excited and pleased to announce that we have selected Atlas Property Management, Inc. as our new Community Management company. Atlas has a well known reputation for honest, hard-working and dedicated property managers and staff, and we look forward to their much needed assistance in keeping our community running smoothly.


November 27, 2006 - Second Notice of Annual Meeting

The Board of Directors have transmitted to the Unit Owners the Second Notice of Annual Meeting, which includes the ballot for the election of the 2007 Board of Directors, a double-ballot envelope system, a voting certificate, and the proxy for the reserve budget vote. You may obtain the documents by following this link, or downloading it from our "meetings" page.


November 23, 2006 - TURKEY DAY WISHES

On behalf of the Board of Directors and my own family, I wish you each and all the warmest wishes for the Thanksgiving holiday. May your time with family and friends rekindle in you a deep appreciation for the things that we often taken for granted from day-to-day. May you have great times, fond memories and laughter all day long. Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one!


Johann A. Ali

President Director

Villas of Amberwood, Inc.


OCTOBER 26, 2006 - INSURANCE POLICY INFORMATION

As promised by the President Director at the last Board of Directors Meeting, we have confirmed the policy of our insurance agent regarding accepting inquiries from homeowners for their mortgage holders to be provided with the Condominium Association proof of insurance. We have provided this information in our "Forms" section of the website. Please click on the "Forms" menu item to the left to obtain the information you need.


OCTOBER 10, 2006 - FIRST NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

First Notice of the Annual Meeting is hereby given in accordance with Chapter 718, Florida Administrative Code, Rule 61B-23. The Annual Meeting for the Villas Of Amberwood, A Condominium will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the VOA Clubhouse, or as provided in the Second Notice of Annual Meeting. You may download the notice that has been transmitted to unit owners by email and regular first class mail here.


AUGUST 27, 2006 - HURRICANE ERNESTO PREPARATIONS UPDATE

In anticipation of at least tropical storm force winds of up to 60 miles per hour from Tropical Storm/Hurricane ERNESTO, all residents are REQUIRED to remove any loose and/or light objects from thier patios and courtyards, EVEN IF YOUR PATIO AND COURTYARD IS SCREENED. We wish to minimize any damage cuased by potential projectiles.


Additionally, NO VISITOR PARKING is permitted in the west end parking lot between Buildings 7, 8 and 9 through FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2006. Any and all vehicles not registered with the Board of Directors through the normally required  procedures will be towed without warning.


August 25, 2006 - VOA TILE JOB UPDATE

You may have noticed that stacks of tiles are being placed near your building. The tile contractor has already started the tile job, and will be completing Buildings 4, 5, 7 and 8 first. As we discussed in November and December 2005, the Association will use its buying power to minimize the cost to the unit owners wishing to tile their courtyards beyond the ?as-built? portions of the courtyards. Should you wish to tile more than the pathway and the 5-foot patio near your front door, or the 5-foot patio to the rear, you can do so by completing a contractual obligation form. The Association's General contractor will oversee the work to be done, and will provide you with a cost estimate for your approval. You will then be billed directly for the work.


IF YOU WISH TO HAVE ADDITIONAL TILE LAID IN YOUR FRONT COURTYARD OR REAR PATIO AREAS, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM INCLUDED WITH THE NEWSLETTER (OR, DOWNLOAD IT HERE) AND SEND IT IN TO THE ASSOCIATION BY EMAIL, FAX, OR MAIL. WE WILL NOT PROCESS ANY EXTRA WORK WITHOUT THESE FORMS!


PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE EXTRA TILE PUT IN, YOU CANNOT CHANGE YOUR MIND AFTER AUGUST 31, 2006 AND YOU MUST GIVE NOTICE AND CONTACT THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR BY AUGUST 31, 2006.


July 30, 2006 - VOA CIMPS UPDATE

Our General Contractor, Adcon Construction, has continued to work on many of our projects in record time in some cases. The following is a summary of our progress to date:


1. The dumpster enclosures are complete and ready for use. As of today, we are finalizing a modified agreement with BFI to provide dumpsters that are nearly four times larger, and with less frequent service, which will save us money and not extend our contract beyond its current termination date in 2007.


2. The dumpster enclosures include a mounting pole for security cameras that the contractor has begun to install, and should be complete in the next two to three weeks. The cameras will monitor the dumpster areas for violations (i.e. boxes, furniture, cartons, building materials, etc.) and will be able to take a still image of violators for identification and fines. Moreover, the cameras will also monitor the parking lots for security purposes.


2. The southern fence is nearly complete and we finally have privacy from Costa del Sol and the golfers of Costa Greens!


3. Design By Nature completed the removal of some 25 trees throughout the property that are either damaged or destroyed, including palms, ficuses, black olives, bottle brushes, ear-leaf acacias, etc. and the stumps ground down to leave a clean work area for replanting and/or sodding.


4. Design By Nature completed a thorough hurricane-preparedness tree trimming project for the community, and we are well-prepared for this season.


5. Parking Lot lighting - as some of you may have already noticed, the lighting project for the parking lot is finally underway. The new fixtures are being installed with brighter, more energy-efficient equipment. The parking lot between buildings 5, 6 and 7, along building 7, as well as the pool area are already complete, and the difference is wonderful! Stop by the area at night to see for yourself.


6. Tiling - after months of seeking the right tile and a reputable contractor, the Board has finally selected the tile that will be placed throughout the community. Already, the contractor has started laying tile, and homeowners can be happy to know that their units will see an increase in value practically immediately from this project, according to our real-estate sources! The project will continue for at least the next 30 to 60 days.


7. Signs - the Association has stepped up it's effort to ensure that everyone has a pleasant experience living in Villas Of Amberwood. A part of this effort is signage that will allow the Association to better enforce the Condominium Rules and Regulations. Signs regarding prohibited activities such as solicitation, car washing, vehicle repairs, pool use, tennis court use and no-parking zones will be put up in the coming week or so.


8. PET STATIONS - in the past 18 months, the Board has received more and more complaints about pet owners who have a complete disregard for their fellow neighbors when it comes to their pets and where they walk them to relive themselves. To this end, the Board has acquired and will be installing PawPal pet stations in the authorized area of the community used for this purpose. The pet stations are green and include a sign, a waste basket, pet waste baggies and everything you need to pick up after your pet. Once these are installed, there will be a zero-tolerance policy for pet waste encountered in ANY part of the community's grounds, and possible the fining of ALL owners with pets when there is a violation.


We trust that the above summary is satisfactory to you, and shows that your Board of Directors is working very hard in your interests and ensuring that our property values are not only maintained, but increased.


April 13, 2006 - VOA CIMPS UPDATE

As many of you have already seen and experienced, our General Contractor, Adcon Construction, had been working extremely hard and fast on many of our projects. The following is a summary of our progress to date:


1. All damaged walkways have been re-cast and there are no trip hazards along the pathways.


2. All publicly accessible building lights have been replaced with the new fixtures. The electrician will begin work again next week, and we ask that you permit them to access your balconies and rear patio areas to complete their work. If you need to arrange specific times for this to be done, kindly contact Rudy Vilarino at Adcon Construction at 786.31.3331 to do so - be sure to indicate your unit and building number.


3. All hallway lights have been replaced with new fixtures.


4. All pathway lights have been replaced with new fixtures.


5. The dumpster enclosures are nearing completion. As of today, the textured concrete finish is being applied, and the access gates are expected to be installed by Wednesday, April 26, 2006. The enclosures are scheduled to be ready for use on Friday, April 28, 2006.


6. The dumpster enclosures include a mounting pole for security cameras that will be installed in the next two to three weeks, and will monitor the dumpster areas for violations (i.e. boxes, furniture, cartons, building materials, etc.) and will be able to take a still image of violators for identification and fines.


7. As of today, after three months of requests, we finally obtained permission from the owner of Costa Greens to access our southern fence line from the golf course side to install the fencing. Therefore, we are aiming to have the fence installed in the next four to six weeks.


8. Design By Nature (our landscaper) has commenced today the removal of some 25 trees throughout the property that are either damaged or destroyed, including palms, ficuses, black olives, bottle brushes, ear-leaf acacias, etc. This work will continue for at least the next two weeks, as the trees are removed and the stumps ground down to leave a clean work area for replanting and/or sodding.


9. Design By Nature will commence hurricane-preparedness tree trimming activities next week (i.e. week of April 24, 2006) so that we do not have the same problems as last year with respect to trees being prone to falling or causing damage to property. The trees will be thinned and where necessary, the canopies lowered to a height not more than 30 feet.


We trust that the above summary is satisfactory to you, and shows that your Board of Directors is working very hard in your interests and ensuring that our property values are not only maintained, but increased.


March 20, 2006 - VOA EXCLUSIVE - PEMCO HURRICANE SHUTTERS INSTALLED FOR $2.40 per SF!

Thanks to the efforts of our General Contractor, Adcon Construction and ICC, Inc., we have secured special pricing for hurricane shutters from PEMCO, the leading supplier of the highest quality hurricane shutters in South Florida. The shutters are color-coordinated accordions with locks. If you elect to participate in this program, the shutters are GUARANTEED to be installed before the onset of the hurricane season in June. The pricing we provide a total installed price for ALL windows and doors of each unit. NOTE - if all the unit owners in a building have shutters, EACH home owner usually receives an insurance discount. We strongly encourage EVERYONE to take advantage of this exceptional offer and participate. Please click on the appropriate Unit Type to download the estimate customized for your unit: Type A Unit, Type B Unit, Type C Unit, Type D Unit. If you would like to have the shutters installed for you, kindly complete the estimate with your information, and fax it to us at 800.886.2430 as soon as possible.


February 28, 2006 - CIMPs Start Up

We are pleased to announce the commencement of our Capital Improvement and Maintenance Projects! Starting this week, you will begin to notice that the broken walkways are being torn up and removed. Within two weeks, the dumpster enclosures will be removed as well, all to prepare the various areas for new concrete and construction. Also, within three weeks, the electrical contractors will be coming through the property to replace the pathway light fixtures and the fixtures on your unit. Stay tuned for additional updates!


December 27, 2005 - USING THE CLUBHOUSE?

We've made it easy for you to provide directions to your guests - visually! Click here

to download an image of the property and directions to get to the clubhouse.


December 26, 2005 - NEW POLICIY IN PLACE FOR SCREENINGS

Please note that effective January 1, 2006, screening interviews for sales, purchases and transfers of ownership will be held ONLY on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in 30-minute time slots. There will be no acommodations made to this policy. Interviewees are encouraged to arrive not less than 5 minutes before their appointment.


December 25, 2005 - HOLIDAY WISHES

Dear Residents:

We wish to extend to you and your family all the best for the holiday season, be it Christmas, Channukkah, Kwanza, or just a holiday, may it be filled with good times and wonderful memories for you and your families. We hope the start of 2006 is on a high note and continues all year for you!


Your Board of Directors


November 23, 2005 - SPECIAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Residents:


Your Board of Directors, as requested by you at our November 2, 2005 Budget meeting, have sought out loan options for the Villas Of Amberwood Major Projects to be completed in 2006 and 2007, as an alternative to a 12-month special assessment collection, and present our findings and decision herewith.


The Board of Directors requested loan information from Colonial National Bank, Banco Popular, Executive National Bank, Community Bank of Homestead, SunTrust, and Mercantile Bank. We received rate information from Colonial Bank, Banco Popular, and Executive National Bank. We then proceeded to compare the loan options and requirements, and based on the outcome of that review, have come to a decision.


Given that at our Budget Meeting on November 2, 2005, the majority of owners vocalized that the primary concern with regard to payments for the Major Projects scheduled for the community, the Board of Directors has determined that the best option in the interest of all will be to obtain a loan from Colonial Bank, N.A, and special assess each unit for 60 months for the repayment of the loan.


Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Villas Of Amberwood, A Condominium has approved a special assessment of the Unit Owners of the Condominium for the repayment of the loan. The repayment amounts will be between $94-$109  per month, per unit depending on unit type, for a total of 60 months, in adddition to the regular maintenance fees.


To ensure that loan payments are paid on-time each month, the special assessment amount will be included in your monthly payment coupons, and funds will be withdrawn from the Association?s operating account automatically each month for the repayment of the loan. Please recall that your maintenance fees and special assessment amounts are due on the first of each month. IF YOU DESIRE TO MAKE A SINGLE PAYMENT, YOU MUST GIVE NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE BOARD NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 9, 2005. You may send an email to President@voadoral.com or joe@mjb-management.com, a fax to (800) 886-2430 and (305) 652-4099, or by mail to the MJB offices.


The Board of Directors will be presenting this information in its totality at a special meeting to be held on Monday, December 12, 2005 at 7:00 pm in the VOA Clubhouse. You are urged to attend.You may download the notice that was sent to owners dated November 23, 2005 here.


Sincerely,


FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Johann A. Ali

President Director

Villas of Amberwood Condominium Association, Inc.


OCTOBER 28, 2005 - HURRICANE WILMA RECOVERY

Dear Residents:


I hope that this email finds you all in good health and spirits. I am happy to know that we have power back at the community and that things are quickly returning to normal. I hope the damage to your homes was not severe. Personally, I lost pretty much all the shingles off my roof and had some rain blow up under the seals of the glass sliding doors.


At this time, I am happy to report the following:


1. We have been able to get Bernal to respond to our property and clear, cut and remove the major debris and fallen trees from the community. He will be coming back to the property next week to clean and tidy up.


2. We have been able to get in touch with AllState's Catastrophe Center and have been able to file a claim with them. We will receive a call from the claims center within the next 5 to 7 business days to set up a claim appointment so that the adjuster can make the appropriate notes. If you see ANY damage beyond the roof and eve flashing, shingles, felt and tar paper from the roofing, downed trees and the damage they caused, clogged storm drains, the southern fence, the tennis courts, parking and pathway light poles, hear of any leaking roofs, or anything else that is related to Hurricane Wilma, PLEASE let me know ASAP and take a picture. We can make emergency repairs without repercussion, AS LONG AS WE TAKE PICTURES BEFORE commencing the work. I have approximately 50 pictures from Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.


3. We have been trying to get in touch with Mainland Roofing, and will be asking them to respond to the property ASAP and give us a full inspection report of the damage to the roofs so that we can provide this to AllState.


4. We will get Bay Plumbing or another contractor to come out to the property and clean out as many of the storm drains as they can over the next few weeks. Also, since we lost a lot of the large trees that were causing the grass to not grow and therefore massive erosion, I will ask Bernal to replant those areas with sod until we find suitable replacement trees (i.e. natives that will be properly cared for) that will allow the grass to grow, provide some shade and will not be difficult to manage and maintain. This will also help to maintain the storm drains around the buildings.


Hurricane Wilma took nearly 70 percent of the large trees in the community, and nearly all of the trees surrounding buildings 8 and 9. The remainder of the damage seems to at least initially be limited to the parking and pathway light poles and lamps, roof flashing and shingles, and minor damage resulting from fallen trees. Hopefully, we will have the community back to 100% in a short time.


If you encounter ANY damage to our buildings as a result of the hurricane, including roof damage, please contact the Board IMMEDIATELY at 305.652.3701, 305.513.0032 or by email at You may send an email to President@voadoral.com or joe@mjb-management.com. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Sincerely,

FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Johann A. Ali

President Director

Villas of Amberwood Condominium Association, Inc.



September 27, 2005 - VOA Gears Up for Major Improvements

Dear Residents:

We are pleased to announce that the Board is nearing the finalization of the 2006 operating budget for the community. In 2005, due to a lack of unforeseen events, the community has been faced with financial stress to maintain our accounts. Therefore, the board has taken on the responsibility of ensuring that many of the required and essential maintenance items that are necessary for the continued well being and condition of the community are accurately reflected in the 2006 budget. Some of the items we have included for 2006 include tree trimming and storm drain cleaning for hurricane preparedness, proper maintenance of our sprinkler system, routine pool and tennis court maintenance and rapirs to gutters, balconies and gates. Once approved by the board, new payment coupons will be mailed by MJB to your home. You can expect to receive these coupons not later than the third week of December 2005. As a result of our significantly more realistic budget and the termination of MJB from managing VOA III, the monthly maintenance fees have increased slightly by an average of $65.00 per unit. The board is confident that owners and residents alike will quickly see the benefits of the increase, which is our first in several years.


Second, we have finalized the budget for our special projects. These eight projects will require a special assessment due to their size and nature. The Board believes that not only are these projects essential to ensuring the property values of VOA continue to appreciate, they will also enhance the community greatly, bring us into compliance with regulatory codes, and help the pride of ownership in the community. Our largest project will be the complete redesign and reconstruction of the entry to the community. You can download a picture of what the entry will look like by clicking here.


September 18, 2005 - TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE RITA PREPARATION

Dear Residents:

In anticipation of at least tropical storm force winds of up to 60 miles per hour from Tropical Storm/Hurricane Rita, all residents are REQUIRED to remove any loose and/or light objects from thier patios and courtyards, EVEN IF YOUR PATIO AND COURTYARD IS SCREENED. We wish to minimize any damage cuased by potential projectiles.


Additionally, NO VISITOR PARKING is permitted in the west end parking lot between Buildings 7, 8 and 9 through Thursday, September 22, 2005. Any and all vehicles not registered with the Board of Directors through the normally required  procedures will be towed without warning.


September 14, 2005 - Board of Directors Meeting

It was decided at the Board of Directors meeting that as a result of the continued parking problems in the west end parking lot and the discourteous behavior of residents toward fellow residents, no visitor parking will be permitted in this parking lot. All spaces will be assigned immediately. The residents of buildings 8 and 9 and some residents of building 6 will be assigned two spaces per unit for thier vehicles. This is the only way to fairly ensure that each resident in these units has a space to park thier vehicles that they are entitled to without having to walk halfway across the community to get to their vehicles. We hope that, combined with active towing policies, the rash of illegal parking in this area will cease.


The Board has approved the operating budget for the 2006 fiscal year, and will be effective January 1, 2006. The new budget reflects a truly realistic cost estimate of maintaining the community and accounts for essential maintenance for hurricane preparedness and upkeep of the community's infrastructure. The result will be an increase in monthly maintenance fees. New coupons should arrive in the mail during the third week of December.


The Board of Directors and the owners present at the meeting approved the special assessment for the completion of a number of major and extremely necessary projects. The projects will include a completely re-designed and re-constructed entry to the community, completely new and expanded garbage enclosures with anti-dumping features to prohibit illegal dumping, a new sprinkler system, landscaping upgrades, new lighting for building patios and corridors, new parking lot lighting, and a new paint scheme for the entire community. The gate project is the largest of the special projects, and will include an escape/turnaround lane for visitors, a 6-car visitor lineup, a 4-car resident lineup, a new sign, new landscaping, new gates, and 1-second barrier arms. The gate project will also include the addtion of a resident-only exit on the east and west ends of the community that will operate by remote control only, and the complete replacement of all exisitng gates with new, lightweight aluminum gates. The new sign for the community will be an "island" type, which will be of brushed aluminum or stainless steel backlit by blue or white neon at night. You can download a picture of what the entry will look like by clicking here.


Many residents have complained about the duck situation in the community. The president of the Board of Directors has given his personal promise and guarantee that this will be Board's first order of business when the southern fence is replaced and the community has been sealed from Costa Del Sol and Costa Greens Golf Course. If the ducks cannot be deterred by the new fencing, the board will employ animal control to provide a permanent solution.


August 26, 2005 - HURRICANE KATRINA RECOVERY

Dear Residents:

We have been very fortunate in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a community. There appears to have been very little damage done to our community and buildings other than a few screened patios damaged due to falling trees from Costa Greens Golf Course in Costa del Sol (along our southern property line) and about 30 percent of our large trees. At this point, it appears that we will have to re-build the entire southern fence with Costa del Sol. Most likely this job will ential an insurance claim. Fortunately, although the community lost power at approcimatly 5:45 pm on Thursday, August 25, 2005, it was restored at around 2:30 am on Friday morning and Comcast cable was restored on saturday morning.


Do date, it appears that we have lost a total of 14 large trees, including ear-leaf acacisas, ficuses, bottle brushes, two palms and a royal poinciana. The Board worked diligently with MJB Management to secure the services of Bernal Landscaping to remove all fallen vegetation and plant debris from the property, beginning Saturday, August 27, 2005. Bernal expects that this work will be completed by Monday or Tuesday, August 30, 2005. In the interim, please refrain from placing ANYTHING other than household garbage IN OR AROUND the dumpsters. The Board of Directors will be coordinating the effort of tree removal from our southern property line with Costa Greens (Tees To You, LLC) and the Costa del sol Home Owners Association. Please be patient with us as we iron out this coordinated effort.


Already, we have returned power and timing for the parking lot and pathway lights for buildings 6, 7, 8 and 9. Buildings 4 and 5 should be corrected bfore the end of the day on Sunday, August 28, 2005. Our entry system is fully operational and we will be closing the exit gate within 24 hours. The exit gate was deliberately opened to facilitate movement into and out of the community during the time there was no power. We have inventoried that approximately 10 pathway lights have been lost due to falling branches or from wind damage. These will be replaced as soon as possible. We also intend to have as many of our storm water drains and catch basins cleaned as quickly as possible.


If you encounter ANY damage to our buildings as a result of the hurricane, including roof damage, please contact the Board IMMEDIATELY at 305.652.3701, 305.513.0032 or by email at voadoral@comcast.net or joe@mjb-management.com. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of recovery.


Garbage Notice

Please note that the Board will enforce fines for abuse of the garbage dumpsters, including dumping of illegal items. Each occurrence will incur a $100 fine.


Ilegal Vehicle Washing

It has been brought to the attention of the Board that residents throughout the community are washing their vehicles in the parking lots. Kindly be aware that this is strictly prohibited not only by our condominium documents, but also by the Miami-Dade County Code. Violators will be fined $100 PER INCIDENT and will be reported to the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management for enforcement actions, which may include the violator paying for cleanup and remediation.


Major Projects

Your Board of Directors have been working diligently to plan a series of major projects and upgrades throughout the community that will not only enhance our surroundings, but will also bring the community into compliance with current codes. These projects include, but are not limited to, reconstruction of the entry to the community, two new exit gates that will be accessible to residents only, repainting of the community in a new color scheme, replacement of all the light fixtures in the community, including the parking lot lights, reconstruction of the dumpster enclosures to accommodate current equipment, gutter repairs, tiling of the walkways and courtyards, and replacement of the sprinkler system. We ask all our owners to be active and take part in this process by attending the board meetings as noted in the schedule.

 

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