FMO Newsletter Nov 2019 Print

    President's Report

    Greetings Everyone,
    To paraphrase Mark Twain “Any report of the death of FMO is an exaggeration.”  Agreed we will probably never see 90,000 members again.  The generation that created FMO is gone and the Baby Boomers are not joiners. Just look around, is you HOA growing?  All major membership organizations including AARP, Churches and other social organizations are experiencing this. The one organization that seems to be turning around is VFW.  The key to their success was revamping their facilities and addressing the needs and desires of today’s veterans.

    We have sold our building, true.  The Headquarters had 15 offices and store rooms. Today we have two full time and one part time employee. It was an asset just not being used and the sale has put us in a position to make investments in our future, reduce our costs and improve cash flow.

    We are committed to fulfilling our mission and improving our message and activism. More than ever our marketplace is being dominated by major corporations who continue to find ways to separate us from our money. FMO was originally founded to fight government regulations but the times have changed. You need FMO and we need you more than ever.

    We have been struggling with our IT and the ability to give our leaders the reports they need without a lengthy process worked out by volunteers.  Even furnishing membership cards has been a challenge as you know.  We are meeting with companies to design our own system which should fit our needs for many years. We have received our first quote initiated by our staff.

    We have filled out our committees with new people and I was pleased to hear the reports and suggestions from them at our recent Board meeting.  Membership has developed programs for incentivizing new and existing members including the possibility of a discount program.  Communications is laying the ground work for us to get our message out to the public as well as mobile home parks. The Consolidated Legal Fund will be revamped and a new marketing effort undertaken.

    Finally, the Legislative Committee has put together the most comprehensive group of amendments since Chapter 723 was written.  Both FMO and FMHA are submitting their own bills this year as the issues remaining between us are too far apart.  How the Legislature will address these competing bills remains to be seen. Your efforts will be critical to our success and we will keep you informed of the progress and recommended actions you need to take.  Send us your thoughts.

    Jerry Durham

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    Executive Director update


    State Assembly is just around the corner.  As I mentioned in last month’s update, a Delegate Form along with information about State Assembly was sent to each District President.  There are still several districts that have not as yet responded.  We need an official list of delegates who will be attending and voting at State Assembly and the hotel needs a list of names to make the room reservations.  I plan to send that list to the hotel soon.  The delegate packets will be mailed to the delegates on November 18. 

    There is now a silver lining around the black cloud that has been hovering over the FMO database.  President Durham recently met with Michael Higgins, the owner of Higgins Dynamic Enterprises, who was recommended to FMO by our IT people.  The Office staff met several times with Michael this past July.  Michael is confident he can create a database to perform all of our requirements including invoices, reports, member cards, and Cross Country processing.  Durham was thoroughly impressed with Michael and feels we should proceed with him to return FMO back to where it was.  We have always strived to give our members and officers what they want and need.  It is our members that keep FMO alive. 

    Jane Clapp

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    Committee Reports

    Bylaws Committee

    The full committee met twice in October to finalize the bylaws change proposals submitted by members as well as those submitted by the committee. There are 57 changes to be considered including one change to our articles of incorporation. Every assembly has seen some changes but this was the first beginning to end review designed to remove conflicting language, clarify intent, and update outdated rules to current practices. Members contributed changes for the delegates to consider as well. Some are intended to address the financial processes while others address membership and committees. It is imperative all members read these proposals and communicate your thoughts to your District President enabling the delegates from your district to address these issues on behalf of their constituents. The bylaws committee is committed to full transparency in this process. The complete set of proposals will be published on our web site approximately 30 days prior to the Assembly.

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    Rumblings heard from communities around the state

    We have received a report that SUN Communities is accepting credit card payments for rent payments thru a user fee-based process (2.95%).  The resident questioned the park owner’s ability to add a fee to rent payments which is not disclosed in the prospectus and was not previously applied. They asked if is there was anything they can do. Our suggestion is to file a complaint with the Attorney General – Here – and also with the Division of Consumer Protection (regulated and nonregulated businesses) – Here. These state agencies should be able to provide an answer.

    Many residents are confused by 90 day notices containing rule changes or other changes to the prospectus. Your HOA or a majority of affected residents in communities lacking HOAs must request a meeting with management within 30 days of the postmark on the notice if there is anything in that notice which is unexpected or disturbing. Residents should contact their HOA board upon receipt of such notice if they either disagree with or unclear as to what's in the notice. Tick-Tock! The DBPR has already approved it and if your HOA was on the ball you knew it was coming. After the thirty day window has expired it will be almost impossible to request changes. Please!!!! If you receive one of these it is vital both you & your HOA understand and agree to the changes it will make in your community.

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    Featured Articles on our Website

    Is Your Park Affordable?

    Is your park “affordable”?  In simple terms, the answer is No and Yes. What? That’s no answer! Well, in this case, one first has to say “affordable by whom?” To read the full article click Here.

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    Monthly Legal Tip


    When the 5-member Negotiating Committee meets with the Park Owner to discuss the reasons for the rent increase, are the issues discussed  and the outcome of those meetings confidential and secret from the Homeowners? Same question regarding the confidentiality of Mediation proceedings. For the answer Click Here.

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    Upcoming District Meetings

    FMO District 14 Meeting
    Guest Speaker Blake Mednick - Professional Insurance
    November 04, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lighthouse Pointe

    FMO District 9 Meeting
    District President Ron Guarnieri
    November 06, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lakewood Village - Melbourne

    FMO District 7 Meeting
    Guest Speaker Trista Zimmerman - Charlotte County Sheriff's
    November 08, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Riverside Oaks MHP

    FMO District 8 Meeting
    Guest Speaker Michael Moran - District 1 County Commissioner
    November 12, 2019 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Winds of St. Armands S

    FMO District 4 Meeting
    Guest Speaker Russ Watson - FMO Director at Large
    November 13, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Pinelake Garden Estates

    FMO District 1 Meeting
    Guest Speaker Mr. Penrod - Family Elder Law
    November 14, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Lake Juliana Landings

    FMO District 2 Meeting
    Guest Speakers Blake Mednick - PIMSCO & John Cistema - ABC Pest Control
    November 14, 2019 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Twin Palms Community

    FMO District 3 Meeting
    Guest Speaker Rob Boulware - Storm Ready Services
    November 21, 2019 | 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Lake Griffin Harbor

    FMO District 13 Meeting
    Guest Speaker to be announced
    November 27, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Villas of Spanish Oaks

    Additional detailes are on the District Meetings Page.Not sure what District you are in? Check the Map. Don't see a meeting for your District? Contact the District President (Listed Here) or check the FMO Calendar for updates.

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