Residents endure stench of fish kill in HOA retention pond

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Goodyear’s Estrella Mountain Ranch is working with Arizona Lake and Pond Management to control a chronic algae bloom in North Lake. Newland Company is the master planner of the community. The HOA released a statement, which says, in part…“planned communities and golf courses with manufactured lakes have been challenged with the extended period of excessive heat, which has contributed to the loss of oxygen levels in the lakes.” It’s Continue ReadingResidents endure stench of fish kill in HOA retention pond

Homeowners say Airbnb ruined Sedona Arizona

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Earlier this year, I wrote about Arizona’s disastrous attempt at regulation of short-term rentals, beginning with a state law enacted in 2016. (Senate Bill 1350) Arizona now prevents local governments from banning short-term rental homes. Critics say that state law makes local governments powerless to address numerous nuisances created by AirBnB, Vrbo, and HomeAway rentals. For example, owners and residents of Sedona are turning up the pressure on Arizona Continue ReadingHomeowners say Airbnb ruined Sedona Arizona

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: several reports of former HOA employees and treasurers charged and/or convicted in various theft, fraud, and embezzlement schemes. The FBI raids the home of local politician and CEO of a neighborhood association. Shootout erupts as homeowners fight against illegitimate HOA. Former HOA manager, maintenance worker arrested on theft charges Joseph Maselli, a former maintenance worker at 3360 Condominium Association in Palm Beach, Florida, admitted to double-billing Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Summer 2019)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com  Homeowners, HOAs, and local governments debate what to do about struggling or dead golf courses in the U.S. Homeowners near dry, overgrown golf course fear wildfire threat (CA) Residents of the Adobe Creek HOA worry that four to five-foot tall dried grass creates a wildfire risk for their community. The Adobe Creek golf course has been shut down since 2017. It’s a public course with portions in Petaluma Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op Golf Community Updates (Summer 2019)