Poinciana continues battle for independence

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities It has been almost three years since Poinciana completed a feasibility study on incorporating as a city. At that time, a group of residents hoped that elected state and county leaders (Osceola and Polk Counties) would allow for a Referendum vote on the issue at the next general election. But in November 2015, the review commission voted against moving forward with a Referendum for the fourth year in a Continue ReadingPoinciana continues battle for independence

Homeowners’ lawsuit against Poinciana HOA to move forward

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   After nearly 2 years and three previous attempts to file a lawsuit against their HOA, one that Polk County Court will accept, 3 Poinciana homeowners can finally begin to prepare their case. Their goal is to remove Poinciana’s developer from control of the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). APV is the master association of one of the largest HOAs in the U.S., consisting of 9 separate Village HOAs with Continue ReadingHomeowners’ lawsuit against Poinciana HOA to move forward

Poinciana HOA update: homeowners’ group gains one new seat on Master Association board

Judge also OKs homeowners’ 4th amended complaint, so legal challenge can proceed By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   UPDATE: The Ledger reports that Friends of Poinciana Villages member Victor Destremps ran unopposed in Village 5 for the 2018 election cycle. Destremps was then appointed by the board of Village 5 to serve on the master HOA board, Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). With the election and appointment of Destrempts, there are now two homeonwers Continue ReadingPoinciana HOA update: homeowners’ group gains one new seat on Master Association board

Poinciana, one of the largest developer-controlled HOAs in Florida, has a $1M budget shortfall

Is outsourcing assessment collections the answer to community’s financial woes? By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Updated October 1, 2018 Poinciana’s city-sized master homeowners’ association, Association of Poinciana Villages (APV), has been struggling to catch up with its expenses for at least the past decade. The downward spiral began with the last great recession, when thousands of the community’s working class homeowners lost their jobs and fell behind on their monthly HOA assessment obligations. APV Continue ReadingPoinciana, one of the largest developer-controlled HOAs in Florida, has a $1M budget shortfall