FL: Volusia County suggests HOA to fund improvement of flooded private dirt road

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Life-long big city residents may not realize that some of their rural neighbors still live on dirt roads, and that they are expected to maintain those roads without any help from local or state government. One example: Ranchette Road in Volusia County, Florida, roughly 6 miles west of New Smyrna Beach. According to a report in the Daytona Beach News Journal, the dirt road that leads south from Continue ReadingFL: Volusia County suggests HOA to fund improvement of flooded private dirt road

Hurricane Irma recovery: Counties, Cities to assist with debris removal

Local governments acknowledge duty to taxpayers in private HOAs, even if FEMA denies reimbursement   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes a crisis creates an unexpected but refreshing response from one’s neighbors. Several local governments in Florida have announced plans to assist homeowners in association-governed communities, as they struggle to remove tons of debris, including fallen trees and household furnishings and materials destroyed by Hurricane Irma’s winds and floods. Last week, the Orlando Continue ReadingHurricane Irma recovery: Counties, Cities to assist with debris removal

Will FEMA help rebuild Florida’s waterfront condos?

Hurricane Irma floods condo in Jacksonville, waves destroy foundation Readers have been contacting me, wondering if FEMA will help homeowners, condominium, or cooperative associations rebuild after two major hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) have devastated communities in Florida, Southeast Texas, and portions of Louisiana. For example, what will become of River Oak Condominium and The Villas Continental and Yacht Club, located on the St. Johns River intracoastal region of Florida near Jacksonville? According to a report Continue ReadingWill FEMA help rebuild Florida’s waterfront condos?

Florida HOAs dealing with hardship and damage following Hurricane Irma

Homeowners and residents are picking up the pieces after Irma barreled through the entire state of Florida. Damage is widespread throughout the Sunshine State. By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities After Hurricane Irma: Singer Island condo condemned; people scramble Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 6:16 p.m Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 A wall of a Singer Island apartment complex toppled to the ground during Hurricane Irma, leading the city to condemn the property Continue ReadingFlorida HOAs dealing with hardship and damage following Hurricane Irma