FMO Newsletter August 2020 Print

    President's Report

    President’s Message

    Greetings Everyone,

    Needless to say, these are difficult and troubling times. Florida is reeling from this pandemic.  Statistically you all have done a great job in keeping the spread of this virus in our communities very low. Please remain safe and vigilant.

    At FMO we too are feeling the effects.  Our Canadian residents are in limbo and the borders are currently closed.  Our membership drive started out on a record setting pace in January and February and then came the shutdowns.  FMO needs your assistance in making sure your neighbors are renewing their membership or joining us.  The prizes are still being awarded and we have extended the program at least through March 2021.

    Recently we put out a WATCHDOG bulletin to our HOA’s that have questioned how to have meetings and elections.  Although Chapter 723 does not authorize Emergency Provisions the Corporate Laws Chapter 617 and 607 do.  Most HOA’s are incorporated under these laws.  Once an emergency is declared it provides for the establishment of Emergency Bylaws.  Read the law relating to your HOA and make the necessary emergency changes.  Note they are only in effect during the Emergency.

    This will be on our Legislative agenda for 2021 along with the extension of the Tie-Down program. Please forward any other suggestions to Director Jesse James, Chairman of the PAC Committee (Political Advocacy Committee).  August is the month of primaries and to get to know the candidates in your area.  The PAC Committee has received a survey from candidates in both the Senate and House and after the primaries will make endorsements for supporting a Legislative slate.

    The Education committee is also putting together an aggressive set of Educational opportunities for our members.  These will all be done through electronic means, webinars, meetings and videos.  The topics include Board Training, Park Rep Training, The Consolidated Legal Fund and HOA bookkeeping.  Please let us know if you have other ideas for education.

    Finally, FMO like all other organizations are suffering from revenue losses. We have applied to the SBA for the Payroll Protection Program and have been tentatively approved for a loan. The next step would be to apply for the forgiveness of that loan.  Even with the loan we are projecting a serious shortfall in our cash flow for 2020.  We are working to possibly restructure our organization to meet the future challenges.  Stay tuned.   

    THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE NEED YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBOR!

    Be safe, Jerry Durham

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    Legislative Briefs - Nancy Black Stewart

    Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday:  This year the sales tax holiday is for 3 days, only, and begins Friday, August 7.  Over the weekend there will be no sales tax on clothing costing $ 60 or less, school supplies costing $ 15 or less, or on the first $ 1,000 of the cost of a personal computer or personal computer related accessories purchased for noncommercial or personal use. 

    To avoid disappointment during shopping, please note:

    The term “clothing” includes “footwear”, though not skis, fins, skates, or roller blades.  “Clothing” also includes wallets, handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, though not briefcases, suitcases, or garment bags.

    The term “personal computer” includes laptops, desktops, handheld devices, tablets, or tower computers.  However, the term does not include cellular telephones, video game consoles, digital media receivers, or devices that are not primarily designed to process data.

    "Personal computer-related accessories" includes keyboards, mice, personal digital assistants, monitors, other peripheral devices, modems, routers, and non-recreational software, regardless of whether the accessories are used in association with a personal computer base unit.  However, the term does not include furniture or systems, devices, software, or peripherals that are designed or intended primarily for recreational use. The term "monitor" does not include any device that includes a television tuner

    2020  Elections:  Make your plans to vote in the August 18 Primary.  Mail-In Ballots should be returned as quickly as possible.  Early voting must be offered in every county between August 8-August 15.  However, your own county Supervisor of Elections may offer early voting prior to that time and/or on August 16.  You may check on your county website or call the Supervisor’s office for more details.  The Primary ballot contains not only Party choices but also judicial, non-partisan, and universal primary races.

    Citizens Property Insurance Corporation:  Citizens Property Insurance Corporation will extend a moratorium on cancellations until the end of 2020 in response to continued challenges facing policyholders from COVID-19 and concerns raised by stakeholders.

     Customers with questions about premium payments can contact their agent or Citizens directly at 1.866.411.2742 or via email at [email protected].

    2020 Legislation Statistics:  The Governor has signed 176 bills into law.  Additionally he approved the Appropriations Bill with line item vetoes.  There are still 26 bills that were passed by the Legislature but remain in the possession of the Legislature and have not been sent to the Governor for his decision.  To date, the Governor has vetoed 3 bills:  relating to growth management; relating to office of judicial compensation claims; and, relating to public records in the non-judicial arrest record of a minor.

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    Committee Reports

    POLITICAL ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

    For the first time in the modern history of FMO, we have sent questionnaires to all the State House and Senate Candidates. Returned questionnaires will be reviewed by our PAC Sub-Committee and we will be asking you, our members, to support the chosen candidates after the Primary elections have determined those who will go on to the General elections. We will be sending letters of endorsements to the chosen candidates. Our choices are not based upon party affiliation. You will be reading more about our activities in our Sept./Oct. issue of the FMO magazine.

    Jesse James,

    Chairman, Political Advocacy Committee

    727-271-9565

    [email protected]

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    Did you know?

    Fifty four years ago, while many of our current park residents were fighting in Vietnam or pioneering our race to the moon, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the right of cities and counties to tax mobile homes as real property. A hue & cry was heard across the state and on Nov 2, 1965 Amendment 5 to the Florida Constitution was passed. The Florida Constitution, Article VII, Section 1(b) states:  “Motor vehicles, boats, airplanes, trailers, trailer coaches and mobile homes, as defined by law, shall be subject to a license tax for their operation in the amounts and for the purposes prescribed by law, but shall not be subject to ad valorem taxes”

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