On December 7, 2020, we received a Letter to the Editor from a resident, which we reprint in its entirety below. The author has requested anonymity at this time, and we are honoring that request.
“To the Editor:
Why is it that when a board member violates Florida HOA Law and tries to defraud the community by cheating them out of a vote on an expenditure in excess of $65,000, that instead of being forced to resign from the board, he instead is promoted to vice president?
That is exactly what happened over "Fence Gate." Board Director Harvey Ginsberg deliberately tried to pull the wool over the eyes of every resident of this community by proposing that security fences be installed piecemeal (one section at a time with separate contracts for each section of fencing) so that the cost of each section would be below the 1% community voting threshold.
Fortunately, a new board member (Sue Schmer) who was not on the previous board at the time this very poor and very illegal amendment was approved, called the board out and forced a vote to cancel the contract. On the second attempt the vote was successful and as a result the contract has been cancelled and we will not be spending a ridiculous amount of money to fix a non-existent problem.
Nonetheless, the architect of this scheme to defraud the community did so in a clear-cut breach of his fiduciary responsibility and certainly should not be re-elected in march of 2021. We deserve, and should demand, honesty, transparency and no personal agendas from every resident who runs for our board of Directors. We have an annual budget in excess of $3 million and every cent should be spent on purchases and programs for the benefit of every resident.” --Anonymous
November 19, 2020:
There's no time like the present to start preparing for next year's elections. We shall update this page as news warrants. There are four seats up for election/re-election in March 2021. These are the present occupants of those seats (Mark Goodman resigned in November 2020 and anecdotally will not run again):
June 11, 2020:
This post is an update with respect to the below May 11, 2020 post. The last line of the below email blast by current pickleball club president Diane Green states: “Tennis and Pickleball are united on this issue and that is a formidable force.” This statement is completely unsubstantiated as there was no vote to establish this claim.
Additionally, Diane Green, under the guise of a “leadership team,” accused the Board of dishonesty without offering any evidence to support that claim.
Furthermore, the second to last sentence states, “It will be remembered that we are putting in sweat equity and running committees to serve the community.” In fact, the committees serve the Board, which in turn serves the community.
Finally, both Diane Green and Sue Leonard are no longer Chairs of any committees, having “resigned;” however, see our post of June 9, 2020 suggesting that the “resignations” were merely opportunities to do so in lieu of being terminated for cause by the Board: Residents’ Input Page, Message Board: HOA.
May 11, 2020:
Our first entry is a letter from Diane Fiorillo Green on behalf of the Pickleball leadership team to the entire pickleball club urging the membership to vote out the encumbents. We have highlighted in red some salient parts of this letter and also hyperlinked in blue to another page on this news site where appropriate.
In an effort to keep communication lines open, the following letter was submitted to the board in response to our presentation at the Board meeting yesterday.
Pickleball Leadership Team
President: Diane Fiorillo Green
Vice President: Donna Moreau
Communications: Sue Leonard
Secretary: Debbie Ganguzza
Treasurer: Robin Day-Schmierer
Dear Board Members,
We are writing to you today as we needed to simmer down a little while after the HOA Board Meeting yesterday. We are so disappointed and disillusioned by the members of the Board with the exception of Sue Schmer who, to her word, was prepared with accurate information and listened with an open mind. What happened to the vote?
Both Pickleball and Tennis were invited to speak on behalf of our members requesting the opening of the tennis and pickleball courts in line with the directive from Governor DeSantis in April to start opening recreational facilities. What we all had to listen to prior to our presentation left us speechless. Please see link for clarification.
It was blatantly apparent the vendor portion of the meeting, cleverly positioned prior to our presentations, was orchestrated to push and agenda – an agenda to keep our facilities closed. Let’s be honest, the vendors had a lot to say but little in relevance creating more unnecessary fearmongering with their unscientific rhetoric and outright lies.
First, both venders stated that there were no communities open or opening and that is simply not true. The truth is that Rainberry Bay, a community that First Service manages, is open. The truth is that several Cascade Lakes’ residents have played next door at Indian Springs. The truth is that the communities listed by Pickleball are open and others have dates to open. All of this information was verified by Lee & Perry Sinett and provided to the board prior to the meeting. In addition, our members have personally heard from residents that a Board member is telling people that we lied and that those communities are not open. We are deeply disappointed and outraged by this level of deceit.
Second, our Board president stated that the directive being discussed was the same as a stage one opening in our state in which Palm Beach County has been excluded. This is simply another lie. The unscientific and unsubstantiated ramblings of the pool vender isn’t worthy of further note. That was addressed brilliantly by resident epidemiologist, Dr. Jeff Hymen. See link:
We want our courts to open and we want it done safely. There is a plan provided by Lee Sinett, and it can be executed within 48 hours. You can choose today after speaking with the attorney to open the courts.
The lack of board action is making the community at large divisive, and that’s not healthy. Not opening the courts is a discriminating action against the active members of this community. That is a brave stance to take. It will be remembered.
It will be remembered during election time when we get to vote and elect four new board members. It be remembered that it was Pickleball and Tennis that helped the board out of a bind just two weeks ago when we furnished funds for a botched tennis canopy purchase.It will be remembered that we are putting in sweat equity and running committees to serve the community. Tennis and Pickleball are united on this issue and that is a formidable force.