April 17, 2023:
“More Secrecy: Just Shut Up and Pay Your Dues,”
“A Censure for One’s Honesty,”
“Potential Individual Board Member Liability,”
“Don’t Break the Mob’s Omertà,” and
“Where are the Board Meeting Highlights?”
The editorial comments herein are the opinion of the scribe below based on reported and documented facts. There is an extensive reported history, none of which has ever been refuted or challenged (facts don’t lie, just people do).
Part I. “More Secrecy: Just Shut Up and Pay Your Dues,” “A Censure for One’s Honesty,” and “Potential Individual Board Member Liability”
The agenda for the next Board meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 contains two predictable motions: one is a board confidentiality resolution and one is to censure a Director (presumably Arthur). This agenda was released to the community on Monday morning, April 17, 2023.
The first motion (board confidentiality resolution) is for more secrecy and less transparency. This is exactly what the majority of members voted for. I promised you this would happen, and voilà! – it’s on the very first agenda of the “new” (not so new) Board.
So now you will know even less than before. The new edict is the equivalent of “pay your dues and shut up.” That’s what the majority voted for and that’s what you’re getting.
The second motion is presumably to censure Director Arthur for his honesty, and that will be spun into false and fraudulent claims of the opposite of honesty. This was entirely predictable. Again, the majority voted for this, so there’s no surprise here either.
Arthur has a high standard when it comes to his fiduciary duty to the community, and by forcing him into silence under threat of fines and suspensions, which this resolution provides for, the majority of this board is directly and actively interfering with his fiduciary duty to you, the members.
To the extent that the HOA lawyer may have drafted, participated, and conspired with them in this endeavor, draw your own conclusions about that law firm.
The same is true about forcing a board member into silence under threat of formal censure for fulfilling his fiduciary duty to you, the community.
Because of this direct and active interference with Arthur’s fiduciary duty to you, the members, and also because Arthur does not want the potential liability exposure that the majority of the Board members are subjecting all Board members to based on their continued actions, if these corrupt motions pass, he will be tendering his resignation because the Errors & Omissions Insurance they all have which the members pay for doesn’t cover intentional malfeasance and this group routinely operates in a manner inconsistent with rules, statutes, and good faith.
After careful contemplation, Arthur determined, and I concurred, that his continued position on this Board would be a liability risk that he is not willing to take: the attorney for any member, resident, and/or vendor in a potential future lawsuit would surely name all directors as individual defendants for the actions of the majority of the Board, and in the case of intentional misconduct, the insurance carrier would likely deny coverage, which means the Board members could be personally, jointly, and severally liable for any judgment plus attorneys fees which also potentially wouldn’t be covered.
Other Board members should also consider resigning immediately so as to insulate themselves from this potential and very real liability due to the actions of the four Board members who hold the majority controlling interest in all Board matters and decisions. If you’re a board member and you go along with this corruption moving forward, and you actively participate as a Board member under this new resolution, then in my opinion you’re just as corrupt and should be equally liable in potential future litigation.
This is especially urgent due to this new board confidentiality resolution, which imposes fines and suspensions for speaking the truth, following the law and the rules, and fulfilling your fiduciary duty to the members, and which flies in the face of the controlling statute (720.303) which clearly and strictly limits closed (secret) meetings of the board with legal counsel to attorney-client discussions regarding pending litigation and personnel only.
The statute specifically does not say any other communication with the lawyer is allowed in a closed meeting: just those two specific categories are permitted. That’s it, and it’s in plain English, so you don’t need to be a rocket scientist, linguist, lawyer, or Nobel Prize winner to understand it.
“Board confidentiality” in this case is just doublespeak for doing more things behind the members’ backs. This type of resolution in part moots the need for an open Board meeting because all they have to do under this resolution is have the lawyer on the phone and they can make all kinds of decisions without your knowledge, not to mention charging you for the legal fees for those phone calls.
And this law firm also advised the Board to have “sealed Minutes” (contrary to 720.303) for those closed meetings, so any financial decisions made behind your backs are forever hidden from you. The members lose, and the law firm wins (they created a scenario where their services are utilized much more and all at your expense).
And indeed this exact scenario has already played out in the past, so this wouldn’t be the first time the statute was ignored and this made-up procedure was used, and we’ve called out this practice on this News Site previously.
We never sued the HOA for all the alleged malfeasance at the top, contrary to the false claims made by some that we did, because while we would have surely been successful, we didn’t want to cost the innocent members money in having to pay your losing HOA’s legal fees plus our legal fees as the prevailing party.
But somebody else might not be so concerned, and separately, if the Board takes malicious legal action against us, we will vigorously defend against it as well.
The Boca View Condominium Association is in that predicament right now: they owe their losing counsel about a half a million dollars and they owe the successful homeowner’s counsel about the same. The special assessment to pay those fees per unit owner in that community is going to be approximately $1,000,000 divided by 72 units = $13,888.89 per unit. That’s real, folks: Palm Beach County Case No: 50-2020-CA-000251-XXXX-MB.
This “confidentiality” resolution states that if these four controlling board members so determine, they can essentially declare a made-up violation against a fellow director and then fine and/or suspend him/her from the common areas, which would then invite a legal challenge.
This was undoubtedly and inartfully drafted by the law firm: the resolution states in the beginning that “720.303, Florida Statutes, provides” that the Board can meet in closed session with legal counsel to discuss “other attorney-client privileged communications” in addition to pending litigation and personnel matters (the HOA has no personnel).
They added the “other attorney-client privileged communications” phrase because it’s not in the statute even though they specifically attribute it to the statute. The statute is very specific and limits closed board meetings with counsel to pre-litigation and personnel matters only, not “other attorney-client privileged communications.” And it doesn’t mean you can create a legal issue and then later claim that it was pre-litigation.
Claiming in a formal resolution that the statute says something it clearly doesn’t say, and then using that false claim as the basis for other action permitted by the resolution, doesn’t surprise me at all given the history of the advice and actions taken by the HOA’s law firm.
Here’s the simple take-away: they don’t want any other director calling out their corruption, they’re angry at Arthur for calling out their corruption, and that’s what this is really about.
So the rest of you remaining board members take note: you better shut your traps or else. When these four directors do something illegal or improper going forward, you better be quiet or you may be suspended and/or fined and/or censured.
Our advice is to get out now and save yourselves from both the potential liability exposure and from this abusive dictatorial regime, unless you like corruption, being abused, and personal liability exposure, and you’re willing to compromise your ethics, your integrity, and your fiduciary responsibility to the community, and you’re willing to kiss the ring and observe the “omertà” (code of silence).
By the way, you pickleball club members who voted for this vile group at the top have been played: you’ll never get hard courts. Just wait, watch, and see, and dream on. The survey they are about to distribute to the community will come back with little interest in the large assessment claimed necessary for hard courts and because of this the Board will likely not even put it out for a community vote, claiming, “what’s the point, the people don’t want it.”
The Dream Team that Arthur, your #1 player and whom many of you call “the gentleman of the courts,” recruited based on their like-minded high ethics and integrity, would have put it to a vote within 60 days and would have marketed it with you for the benefit of the entire community, and they were the people you voted against.
So go ahead and knock yourselves out because it will all be for naught, which you will see soon enough. And you have no one to blame but yourselves, so I have zero sympathy for you. You will get exactly what you voted for: nothing.
This News Site’s 2023 Election Report provides a recap of a multitude of documented troubling behavior and actions of some of these current leaders of the community as do the many synopses, highlights, and CL-Updates on this News Site.
Part II. “Don’t Break the Mob’s Omertà”
And now I’m going to show you once again how corrupt these people really are with the case of the former board member and the resident predator, and this is something you would never know about once this Board Confidentiality Resolution passes on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. That is why I’m bringing it to you now, two days before the Board meeting, and before the resolution passes.
The predator, Chick Coletta, is the same goon who, along with two other cowards, allegedly mercilessly and viciously harassed a widowed owner after the July 20, 2022 board meeting (see July 21, 2022 CL-Update).
He’s the same goon who sent me numerous profanity-laced death wish emails.
He’s the same public menace who sent unsolicited pornographic videos via email to another resident who dared to call out the bad behavior of the predator’s “friends” who are in positions of power within the community.
The predator’s wife, along with another resident goon, rigged the pickleball ladder competition back on August 14, 2021 which resulted in their demotions on the ladder and suspensions from play for two weeks (see August 18, 2021 synopsis entitled in part, “Who Rigged the Pickleball Ladder Competition and Why?”).
At the last election in March 2023, the majority of people voted for corruption and voted for a mafia-style governmental structure. Think that’s a bit strong? Proof that it’s not:
The former board member, Harvey Ginsberg, just lost the election, but at the last board meeting of his term (March 15, 2023), he apparently committed the cardinal sin of doing the ethical thing by mentioning previous message board violations for this well-known predator, Sylvester Coletta aka Chick Coletta, a resident (non-owner) who repeatedly violates the message board Terms of Service and has done so multiple times in the past.
The webmasters and other board members were counting on the fact that the violator’s prior violations would not be mentioned. They were furious that this former board member did the ethical thing by applying the rules fairly and reminding everyone of the prior violations which therefore increased the Message Board suspension time significantly.
When the now former board member mentioned this, they were in a pickle, because now it was publicized that this non-owner/predator, Chick Coletta, was in fact a serial Message Board violator.
The former board member’s ethical act resulted in the resident/non-owner’s proper two-year suspension per the Terms of Service instead of the corrupt 60 days the webmasters made up and publicly requested (because they were intentionally ignoring the previous violations which would have upped the penalty to the proper two-year suspension).
They all were trying to protect their henchman. They loved his Message Board hits, especially because so many of them were directed at me personally (calling me a bitch, calling me an idiot, saying I should use glue stick instead of chap stick, etc.). Other posts of his were improperly political, and still others were just plain vile.
All of them violated on their face various sections of the HOA website’s Terms of Service. It was an easy call on all accounts and the board was backed into a corner about it. That’s why the president of the HOA even asked at the end of that Board meeting if the Board wanted to suspend all violations that they just voted for reluctantly to try and save his henchman.
That didn’t happen, but in the land of corruption, predictably, the problem was “fixed” as described below.
True to form, on April 3, 2023, the thoroughly biased Grievance Committee found no violations, so he is fully reinstated, which is completely consistent with the corruption here, since on their face, his posts were clearly abhorrent, predatory, and violative of multiple rules.
So this predator was given a complete pass and given license to continue attacking other residents at his pleasure, and this actually puts the HOA at potential risk for liability, because it’s clearly designed to permit continued predatory behavior in and on the common areas.
But again, the majority of you voted for this corruption, and frankly, this just adds to the reputation of this community as a low-class den of thugs run by mostly low-class bottom dwellers and their supportive minions.
By the way, one of the members of this mostly corrupt Grievance Committee, Jane Krive, was the woman who rushed at me in a private home (prior to the election) on March 12, 2023 where she crashed that “meet and greet the candidates” event without an invitation, and with her finger wagging in my face, screamed at me, “you’re a f***ing c***!”
At that point in time, a man rushed to restrain her, grabbed her in a bear hug from behind, and dragged her physically away from me where I was seated on a chair.
As a postscript to that story, my only response to her was a calm observation, “you know, when you don’t smile, you’re really quite ugly.” With that she dropped her jaw, gasped, and was removed from the room by the man who was lugging her away.
So, yes, it makes perfect sense that the predator’s rule-breaking posts would be applauded and he would be reinstated by this mostly corrupt committee with the ill-tempered Ms. Krive on it.
The predator’s excuse to the committee, emailed by the committee chairperson to the property manager who then forwarded that email to the Board, was that he was responding to “the allegations of Vicki Roberts.” What allegations? This is made up propaganda and is manipulative, false, and corrupt.
And what does that have to do with what he posts which on their face violated the rules? Since when is that a permissible rationale to violate rules or get a pass for violating the rules? Well, in the land of low-class thugs and pond scum, it is.
The Grievance Committee’s hearings and decisions are not confidential: nowhere in the statute (720.305) or in the HOA’s governing documents does it state that this committee’s hearings and decisions are confidential.
During his grievance hearing, the predator purportedly “apologized” according to the Chairperson’s email to the property manager which was forwarded to the Board. To whom did he apologize? To his friends on the committee?
And so what? Is that all it takes to get relief from this official HOA committee? No, only if you’re the predator and you agree to continue to do their bidding. Does anyone foolishly believe that this doesn’t potentially put the HOA itself at risk?
And if one apologizes, that necessarily means that one is in the wrong; why else apologize if you’re not guilty? So if one is in the wrong, why does the committee find no violation, when the apology is the equivalent of an admission of one or more violations?
The answer again is the same: corruption reigns supreme in Cascade Lakes, the land of low-class thugs. But back to the so-called apology for a second. In the words of poet Kalen Dion:
“The words ‘I’m sorry’ are a formal declaration of intent. Changed behavior is the actual apology.”
As far as this repetitive predator is concerned, in my opinion, nobody can hold their breath that long, i.e., forever, waiting for any change. So it’s most certainly a hollow, empty apology which is the equivalent of no apology, or it’s lip service with a wink at best.
Another Message Board poster, who is not part of their mob, received violations for innocuous posts and was suspended for two years. Had he been a member of their mob, he would have surely received a pass, because nothing he wrote violated anything. (This is the resident to whom predator Chick Coletta sent unsolicited pornographic videos via email.)
But alas, the innocuous poster will lose his appeal, because he’s not their henchman and he dares to call out corruption which he witnesses and he also tries to correct false statements made and distributed by corrupt leaders in the community.
And any apology from him, while unnecessary because he did nothing wrong, would fall on deaf ears. Again, if you’re living in a den of low-class thugs, this is what you get.
But back to the former board member.
Because of that ethical act, the now former board member was told that he broke the “omertà” (Mafia code of silence) by mentioning the predator’s previous violations instead of remaining mum (so that the perpetrator would only get an improper made up 60-day suspension instead of two years as required by the rules applicable to everyone else).
This was, of course, before the Grievance Committee “fixed” the problem.
This unforgivable sin of breaking the “omertà” was confirmed by two independent inside sources (also known as canary singers), so the code of silence is apparently not so silent after all.
Clearly the Grievance Committee understands and follows the “omertà.” How many of the members of this committee received supportive phone calls from others in leadership positions in the community urging them to ignore the rules and reward the predator?
Again back to the former board member: what was the former board member’s punishment for this act of integrity and honesty? He was henceforth blacklisted from all poker and domino games in which he had participated for years. He can never play with them again. He’s permanently cast out. He’s dead to them.
His playmates all apparently agreed to his punishment of being permanently blacklisted. They used the Mafia term that he “broke the omertà,” not me; I’m just reporting what they purportedly said. And his permanent banishment was confirmed by more than one inside source.
This serial Message Board violator also posted multiple messages during that Board meeting after this went down, instructing people not to vote for this incumbent. This former board member lost by a wide margin. Those outrageous and violative posts were never referred to the Board for action and the clear message to him is to continue as their number one bully, henchman, and pervert.
So the term “mafia-style” governmental structure is well earned, because there is a clear mob here and there is the clear use of the mob phrase “omertà.”
The majority of voters, therefore, deserves what they get: corruption and a mafia-style governmental structure. After all, they voted for it, and I think you should give people exactly what they voted for; it’s only fair, and as you all know, I’m a big proponent of fairness. But with those choices come consequences, which are fully earned.
They were given clear choices to vote for people with experience who possessed ethics, integrity, and honesty, and who wanted openness, transparency, and fairness; all of those stellar, high class, educated and good will candidates were roundly rejected.
Please understand that because the majority voted the way it did, it also voted for the community reputation earned as a result of it. This community was given choices. It was given a choice between integrity and corruption; it did not choose integrity. It did not choose ethics; it chose dishonesty. It did not choose transparency; it chose secrecy.
It also did not choose good financial stewardship; it chose giving vendor employees secret raises outside of contracts, giving vendors more money than they originally agreed to accept, lack of negotiation, lack of competitive bidding, private board/vendor parties, wasteful spending on lawyers, and the like. That’s what the majority actually voted for.
The apathy of many also contributed to this state of affairs: those who didn’t vote allowed these black prevailing winds to continue and flourish. Apathy is the nectar of the corrupt.
Others were snookered by devilish lies and improper electioneering.
Still others enjoy the mafia-style governmental structure because they feel and like the coziness of the corrupt Cascade Lakes family. They were and are perfectly willing to sell out whatever ethics they may have had so they can fit in, and they make nonsense excuses to justify the conduct and behavior of their overlords.
They dutifully acquiesce to instructions on with whom to socialize, with whom to demonize, and for whom to vote.
At the end of the day, however, you’re all responsible for your own votes and your own independent research and thought, so you must own your votes and all the consequences of your choices.
So, if some of you are going to spend the next 25 or so years here, we’ve calculated it’s going to cost at least, conservatively, an extra $50,000 more than it should if there existed good and proper management of your money, so put at least that amount aside right now or start a savings account for it because you’re going to need it.
If you can afford it, great; if you cannot afford it, and you voted for this, you have no one to blame but yourselves for having to downsize and ultimately move. Not that anyone will care, because ultimately, they won’t. They’ll say, “miss you!” and then forget about you. Because remember, once you leave the mob, you’re essentially dead to them, and they will immediately recruit your replacement from the incoming new owners.
After almost four years of our unwavering service and devotion to try and make Cascade Lakes an honest, ethical, transparent, and honorable place to live, the majority doesn’t want any of that.
In fact, do you know what they say if you speak up and voice your opinion or raise an objection? True to their mob mentality and thuggery, they tell you to “get the f*** out of Cascade Lakes.”
That exact phrase was used multiple times by, ironically, a non-owner, the aforementioned predator who repeatedly gets passes for his vile behavior, because that’s what pond scum does: it rewards other pond scum.
Therefore, we’ve decided to turn our backs on the majority, and believe me, it’s a heck of a lot less work and expense for me personally (cartoon licenses and website maintenance are expensive, and the almost four-year endeavor was extraordinarily labor intensive).
Happily, we live on the berm and our backyard faces away from Cascade Lakes and toward a beautiful view of a peaceful and gorgeous nature preserve. For us, the majority of Cascade Lakes effectively no longer exists other than to pay our overly bloated maintenance dues.
When honesty, openness, transparency, fairness, goodness, ethics, and integrity are not of interest to the majority of voters, and are not appreciated or wanted, those who possess those qualities shouldn’t waste any more of their time on those who don’t.
Those who cherish good values and are interested in living in a fair and open community with nice, decent, and honorable people, or who are on a fixed budget, should probably look elsewhere if they’re not already here.
If you are here, and you wish to and are financially able to stay here under the existing circumstances, and you do possess those inherent good qualities, come on over to the light side where we and others will welcome you with open arms into the other Cascade Lakes, aka CLASSY - Cascade Lakes Alternative Social Society of Youngsters.
Send me an email and if you possess the values of this minority group, I will add you to the list. This isn’t bitterness: this is reality. Our CLASSY group is a fun group of honest and honorable people who are very happy and living our best lives here in Florida! We welcome like-minded individuals to join us.
Moving forward, the corruption, naturally, continues, and they wasted no time: they invited all of you to attend a Committee Expo on Monday, April 10, 2023, but unlike past years, there were no sign-up sheets or opportunities for anyone to seek Chairmanship positions on any committees. Why not?
Answer: because the fix was already in. So if you were interested, forget it. In fact, on the previous Friday, April 7, 2023, the property manager sent an email to the Board with an attached list of the chosen Committee Chairs (chosen privately by a majority of the board apparently in secret and without your knowledge the week previous to the Expo).
If you dared to mention your desire to be a chairperson of a committee, it’s potentially an invitation to be a target as a possible threat to the “real” (previously chosen) Chairs and their friends. It actually invites new targets for bullying and blacklisting.
Oh, and did you say you had specific expertise in a particular area which is the focus of a particular committee? Irrelevant, and actually more onerous for you, because then you’re an even greater threat because they don’t want to be challenged as to anything they do.
And by the way, four Chair positions are held by a husband-and-wife duo (three and one respectively), there’s two other husband-wife duos occupying four other Chair positions, and two additional individuals with two Chair positions each.
That’s a total of 12 out of 28 Chair positions occupied by this elite little gang of 8 people, or almost 43% of the total, and 75% of them are married to each other/other Chairs (six out of eight of them). And three of them were former Board members. So, there really isn’t much room for, or interest in, new blood.
But again, the majority of you voted for this, so you get what you voted for. There is no doubt in my mind that there will be months and years of more corruption coming down the road because that’s business as usual in Cascade Lakes (but most of you will now never know about it, and perhaps don’t care anyway).
In fact, there was rarely a month that went by where this News Site did not uncover something secretive and/or improper: this website’s almost four-year long record of reports with supporting documentation establishes and proves this fact.
The majority of you have now voted not to know about it going forward (also known as an ostrich’s head in the sand preference). You voted for continued secrecy instead of transparency.
Indeed, if not for this News Site, you never would have known about the above-referenced secret raises to the management company employees outside their contract, for example. The treasurer will just tell you, “it’s in the budget” because backing into budgets is another example of poor fiscal management.
You also voted for lack of ethics, lack of integrity in addition to lack of great fiscal management. So get out your checkbooks and continue to play cluelessly (or in some cases intentionally) at your favorite watering holes, and life will go on.
In the meantime, the other Cascade Lakes, CLASSY, welcomes anyone and everyone who is not ethically challenged and who doesn’t espouse such corruption and who rejects bullying, blacklisting, and other predatory behavior which apparently is the norm for the main Cascade Lakes.
Part III. “Where are the Board Meeting Highlights?”
There were a number of haters who asked me to continue preparing board meeting highlights but to leave out my opinion. So, in other words, I should dutifully work for the mob and just print a sanitized version of essentially what they want to read and what they want the rest of you to read. No thanks.
If someone else takes up the helm to produce board meeting highlights for you, and they’re a member of the mob, the chances of your receiving accurate reports are, in my opinion, next to nil. So go ahead and fool yourselves.
And those are your board meeting highlights and what this place is really like, and that’s really all you need to know about Cascade Lakes.
Your faithful scribe, Vicki Roberts
1. Contact Us page has been updated.
2. 2023 Election Report
3. July 21, 2022 CL-Update entitled, “Goons Galore? Alleged Serious Harassment of a Widowed Owner by Several Male Residents Including One Self-Proclaimed ‘Number One Bully’ After the July 20, 2022 Board Meeting”
4. August 18, 2021 synopsis entitled in part, “Who Rigged the Pickleball Ladder Competition and Why?”
5. “Explosive: Lies Exposed, A Smoking Gun, and Vindication:” June 15, 2022 Board meeting