Under the direction of the new legal counsel, Bush-Ross, the annual meeting and election was finally held on Monday, November 3, 2014. The members were given the minimum amount of notice required and homeowners who did not attend the meeting were not permitted to vote a secret ballot.
Kelly Coglianese, a non-owner (and therefore non-member) attended the meeting by telephone. Other homeowners or proxy holders were not extended the opportunity to also attend by telephone.
The elected officers are: Charlotte Bright (secretary), Angelo Cappucci (director), Kelly Coglianese (treasurer), Lana Goldfarb (president), and Brian O'Conner (vice-president). Information on directors and officers received from 2014 amended annual report as filed with the State of Florida.
Do not send in the proxies that were mailed to you by Meritus Associations. They have a limited proxy and a ballot on the same page!!! A secret ballot is only secret if no one knows who cast the ballot. Call Meritus Associations and ask for your secret ballot. Send it in an inner sealed envelope. View instructions for secret ballots here.
Again, the board and the management association are not following the Florida statutes.
The attorney for 9070 sent a letter to Clinton Paris, HOA attorney, to demand written secret ballots for the upcoming election. 9070 believes this will insure a fair election.
The association documents bylaws, Section 3.7, provide for secret ballots.
The requirements for secret ballots are found in Florida statute 720.306(8)b and should be followed for the upcoming election.
Note: On April 7, 2009, at a board meeting, Kelly Coglianese motioned, and Joann Ward seconded to have an amendment to the Bylaws that "an officer of board must be a homeowner". There were several issues with this motion: homeowners were not given proper notification of the meeting, the homeowners weren't told amendments were being considered, and finally, any amendment to the Bylaws without the corresponding amendment to the Articles of Incorporation would have made the amendment useless. Subsequently, Kelly Coglianese moved out the neighborhood to South Florida. It the amendment had passed, Coglianese would not have been qualified to be a board director/member.
"You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant." Harlan Ellison
Click here to view emails and letters sent to the HOA attorney, Meritus Associations, and board members concerning the annual meeting and election.
Three elections were scheduled and cancelled. The homeowners were not given any explanations. The annual meeting letters go out and the teeny tiny signs go up at the gates to cancel the meetings. None of the meetings were scheduled according to Florida state law, but the board didn't want you to know that.
How much money would it cost to actually communicate with the homeowners? How difficult would it be to post actual minutes, agendas, notifications in a waterproof sign case? How much would it cost to send an extra page in the annual meeting packet?
We all need to continue to share information and expose the lies and deceptions.