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: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Residents of Poinciana, a Census Designated Place governed by one of the country’s largest homeowner associations, were hopeful that a recent Arbitrator’s order to conduct a new election would result in more homeowner representation on their Village and Master Association boards. Those hopes were crushed on August 1st, when developer AV Homes, also known as Avatar, once again cast thousands of votes for undeveloped, unplatted parcels where homes might Continue ReadingPoinciana: Developer maintains control of HOA following State ordered election

Poinciana 2017 HOA election ruled invalid by State

FL Division of Business and Professional Regulation orders new Village elections in August. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The Orlando Sentinel reports that a homeowner has prevailed in an election dispute with Association of Poinciana Villages in an Arbitration ruling last week. The ruling represents a victory for homeowners, and a step toward a more fair election process that owners hope will finally wrest control away from developer Avatar, also known as AV Continue ReadingPoinciana 2017 HOA election ruled invalid by State