October 31, 2013 - The October 2013 Newsletter has hit the stands - on Halloween. In her Manager's Report, Playa del Mar Property Manager Tania Gonzalez reviews the summer progress of the association's concrete restoration, and speaks to upcoming repairs to delaminating balcony railings. In his President's Corner, along with the concrete rehabilitation, Board President Ray Garcia applauds the fruits of a utility audit, thanks the finance committee for holding the line on Budget-based assessments, notes new gym equipment and anticipates renovating the pool deck. Neighborhood issues explored in Goings on the Galt Ocean Mile are possible beach renourishment delays, a questionable new Galt Mile traffic plan, and the fate of seaweed on the PDM beach. In "Green Your Routine", the PDM GO Green Committee takes a leading role in Fort Lauderdale's Multi-Family Property Recycling Program. Florida Senator Maria Sachs convened a Town Hall meeting to discuss how changes to Citizens Insurance will impact your coverage. The "Welcome New Owners/Residents" segment lists your newest neighbors and the popular "Tidbits" looks at the new keyless entry system, new features in the Comcast contract, pets in PDM and what to do when the fire alarm sounds. As you prefer, you can view the actual Print Newsletter or the fully linked online version. For past editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
July 22, 2013 - The July edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter has hit the stands. Playa del Mar Property Manager Tania Gonzalez reviews repairs to the cooling tower, pool deck rehabilitation progress and the recently underway concrete restoration in her Manager's Report. In the President's Corner, Board President Ray Garcia lists recent board challenges, including the completed Comcast Contract, the high-tech keyless entry system, a safer beachfront through the Galt Security Patrol, planned upgrades to deteriorating A/C risers and the annual struggle against exploding insurance costs. Among the neighborhood issues addressed by the Galt Mile Community Association are beach renourishment, Police Response on the Galt Mile, our improving 2013 Property Values - as confirmed by the Property Appraiser, Winn Dixie Renovations and new High-Speed rail service from Fort Lauderdale - are all clarified in Goings on the Galt Ocean Mile. In "Green Your Routine", the PDM GO Green Committee applauds the impact of expanded citywide recycling efforts. TEAM Playa del Mar took the GOLD in the American Cancer Society's June 1 Relay for Life at Prado Park. The "Welcome New Owners/Residents" segment lists your newest neighbors and the popular "Tidbits" looks at association rules, recent unit sales prices in PDM and Homestead Exemptions. As usual, you can view the actual Print Newsletter or the fully linked online version. For past editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
February 25, 2013 - On February 20th, Playa del Mar Manager Tania Gonzalez, along with Board Treasurer Fred Nesbitt, launched another "Coffee with the Manager" meeting. Conceived to elicit direct input from unit owners about maintenance issues and building operations, our intrepid Manager took aim at a laundry list of completed, in process and impending construction projects. The rundown included status updates for the Cooling Tower repairs, paver maintenance, pool heaters, garage leaks, balcony railings, storm-proof impact windows, air conditioning risers, WiFi in the pool area and concrete restoration. Also discussed was the check signing redundancy deployed by the administration to insure accuracy and integrity. Ever frugal, the Board transitioned to a more competitive natural gas vendor and approved a utility audit to determine prospective entitlement to a refund. Once notified that the fiscal investigation is complete, concerned owners can request a copy of the audit. For the whole skinny, Click Here.
February 18, 2013 - The Playa del Mar Newsletter staff just released their February edition. In her Manager's Report, Playa del Mar Property Manager Tania Gonzalez marks the satisfactory completion of expansion joint repairs and the upcoming concrete rehabilitation. In the President's Corner, Board President Ray Garcia cites teamwork as the key to achieving the association's structural objectives on budget. At the January 24, 2013 Board Meeting, the board upgraded PDM's legal counsel, reviewed project progress, reported a healthy budget status and discussed preparations to renegotiate the expiring Comcast contract. Neighborhood issues addressed by the Galt Mile Community Association, including beach renourishment, A1A repairs, Port and Airport improvements, block maintenance and local security are enumerated in Goings on the Galt Ocean Mile. The PDM GO Green Committee shows that "Green Your Routine" has helped green our balance sheet. Tickets are selling out fast to the initial "Galt Mile Wine and Food Festival" on March 2. To sample fares from an army of chefs from the finest restaurants, get your discounted tickets NOW. Either join or support the Playa del Mar team participating in the American Cancer Society's June 1 Relay for Life at Prado Park. The "Welcome New Owners/Residents" segment lists your newest neighbors and the eclectic "Tidbits" section offers some interesting association news snippets. As usual, you can view the actual Print Newsletter or the same newletter articles adapted to the internet - with relevant links and graphics. For previous editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
December 2, 2012 - On November 28th, Playa del Mar Manager Tania Gonzalez held a another edition of "Coffee with the Manager," a two-way forum wherein unit owners discuss relevant issues with our Property Manager. Reviewed this month are the association cooling towers, FDOT progress in resurfacing A1A, a promise by Kitson & Partners to clean up the Galt Ocean Marketplace and the sizable fiscal impact of a flood that originated in a unit and spread epidemically. Click Here for this month's Coffee with the Manager.
October 31, 2012 - The October 2012 Newsletter has hit the stands - on Halloween. Offering an autumn association snapshot, Playa del Mar Manager Tania Gonzalez' Manager's Report reviews infrastructure maintenance for the cooling towers, drain lines in the garage and stairwell exit doors. In his Presidents Report, Board President Ray Garcia discusses the rooftop cooling tower repairs, LED lighting in the fountains and around the landscaping, next year's projects and the upcoming 2013 budget. Including Crime, Turtles, Beach Renourishment and Tax Exemptions, a perspective of neighborhood impacts is offered in Goings on the Galt Ocean Mile. The PDM GO Green Committee outlines how we continue to "Green Your Routine", as PDM is again recognized by the City as a worthy contributor to their recycling program. A Windstorm Insurance Forum outlines the Governor's effort to force associations into absorbing huge insurance increases by crippling Citizens Insurance. The "Welcome New Owners/Residents" segment lists your newest neighbors and the popular "Tidbits" section offers an eclectic mix of interesting association data - including great pictures of our renovated fountains and a Calendar of Events with links to the source pages. As usual, you can view the actual Print Newsletter or the same newletter articles adapted to the internet - with relevant links and graphics. For previous editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
July 25, 2012 - On July 25th, Playa del Mar Manager Tania Gonzalez convened another "Coffee with the Manager" event, a forum conceived to elicit direct input from unit owners about their concerns and priorities. Our Manager updated the Balcony Floor Resurfacing, admonishing that its not too late to sign up. Gonzalez reviewed the progress of the balcony railing repairs and informed attendees about preparations for the upcoming Concrete Rehabilitation Project. Participants wrapped up the meeting by vetting a variety of security protocols for guests and visitors. For the details, Click Here.
June 27, 2012 - The June 2012 edition of the PDM Newsletter is an early Summer association snapshot. The newsletter details a revived Segment II beach renourishment plan that will begin to rehabilitate our shrinking shoreline next year. The PDM GO Green Committee outlines how we are keeping our commitment to "Green Your Routine", which includes a pro-active association recycling program. PDM Manager Tania Gonzalez' Manager's Report reviews infrastructure maintenance for the cooling towers, trash chutes and stairwell exit doors. In his Presidents Report, Board President Ray Garcia discusses PDM Hurricane Procedures, preparations for our 40 year recertification inspection, and a run through of projects that are currently engaging your Board Members. A perspective of neighborhood events is offered in Goings on the Galt Ocean Mile. The "Welcome New Owners/Residents" segment lists your newest neighbors and the popular "Tidbits" section offers an eclectic mix of interesting association data - including a Calendar of Events with links to the source pages for each entry. As usual, you can view the actual Print Newsletter or the same newletter articles adapted to the internet - with relevant links and graphics. For previous editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
Please Click Here to look over Playa del Mar's Association Hurricane Policy (Click Here to bring up a printable version).
April 18, 2012 - The Playa del Mar Board of Directors convened a regular meeting on April 12, 2012. After Treasurer Fred Nesbitt placated bean counting residents with a budgetary surplus and Secretary Carolyn Kervin updated attendees about the Landscaping Committee's efforts to beautify our home, Larry Hager detailed the settlement terms between PDM and SPS and described a prospective resolution of the balcony floors dilemma. Michael Hickman made a presentation about the PDM fitness centers and Fred Nesbitt reviewed issues surrounding the Ocean Lounge. Vice President Mike DeMonia outlined how the association's inexplicably neglected cooling towers will be repaired without burdening unit owners with an assessment. Click Here to read an easily digestible summary of the meeting minutes.
March 26, 2012 - On March 21st, Playa del Mar Manager Tania Gonzalez convened a meeting conceived to elicit direct input from unit owners about maintenance issues and building operations. Also attended by Board Secretary Carolyn Kervin and Treasurer Fred Nesbitt, the "Coffee with the Manager" event brought focus to the deteriorating cascading water feature that adorns our building entrance. Residents suggested placing a phone in the garage to provide a direct link to security and appointing Floor Leaders to oversee floor-specific safety issues. To read more about the event, Click Here.
February 29, 2012 - Last night, Playa del Mar unit owners installed three trusted neighbors to round out their Board of Directors. To avoid the irregularities that occassionally earmarked previous elections, the event was conducted by the PDM election committee under the supervision of the association's legal counsel. In eliciting a voting plurality, the decision was largely interpreted as a vote of confidence in the current board's management of association affairs. Former Board member Mike DeMonia was returned to the board, joining Mike Hickman and Fred Nesbitt who were re-elected to the PDM governing panel. Following the election, the newly fleshed out board asked Ray Garcia to continue as board President and Mike DeMonia to serve as Vice President. Carolyn Kervin and Fred Nesbitt were reelected to their respective positions of Secretary and Treasurer. Following the election and appointment of the officers, Treasurer Fred Nesbitt exclaimed "It was a great night for Playa del Mar." Click Here to see the 2012 PDM board and association officers.
January 22, 2012 - The January 2012 edition of the PDM Newsletter is filled with important information about our association. The newsletter describes an innovative In-House Maintenance program, wherein residents can hire maintenance staffers to effect minor repairs at a reasonable price. In 2012, the PDM administration plans to keep its commitment to "Green Your Routine", having been repeatedly recognized by the City for our pioneering recycling efforts. PDM Manager Tania Gonzalez' Manager's Report measures the progress of infrastructure maintenance and the status of elevator repairs. In his Presidents Report, Board President Ray Garcia discusses the new Security company, thanks staffers for their contribution to improving PDM and exhorts members to support an "open and free election" by safeguarding their ballots and using their votes wisely. Read about how the Holiday Fund Committee thanked our employees with a wholly contributed disbursement and the Employees Holiday Luncheon. A perspective of neighborhood events is offered in Goings on the Galt Ocean Mile. The "Welcome New Owners/Residents" segment lists your newest neighbors and the popular "Tidbits" section offers an eclectic mix of interesting association data - including how we fared when the City conducted its annual PDM fire inspection. As usual, you can view the actual Print Newsletter or the same newletter articles adapted to the internet - with relevant links and graphics. For previous editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
December 6, 2011 - In keeping with the new administration's policy of fully apprising association members about Playa del Mar's evolving challenges, Board President Ray Garcia compiled a 6-month summary of financial, maintenance and administrative accomplishments and objectives. While he reviews the budget, repairs to balcony railings and floors, impending structural rehabilitation, the insurance impact of FEMA remapping Playa del Mar into a high-risk flood zone, a new in-house maintenance service and other relevant issues, he assures members that all conflicted agreements entered into by the association have been reversed. To read President Garcia'a letter, Click Here. To quickly access future messages from the President, Coffee with the Manager, Hurricane Policy, Rules and Regulations and other important information, Click the "Residents Info" button on the menu (at left).
November 18, 2011 - On November 2, 2011, the Playa del Mar Board of Directors convened a meeting to fill a Board vacancy, ratify several earlier Board decisions and offer a presentation about current and future in-house maintenance projects. On November 17, 2011, PDM members attended the Annual Budget Presentation - a preview of next year's spending plan - followed by a regularly scheduled Board Meeting. To further the administration's "Open Government" policy, summaries of the meetings have been posted on the website. To read what happened at the November 2, 2011 Board Meeting, Click Here. Also, Click Here for summaries of the Budget Presentation and the subsequent Board Meeting on November 17th.
November 2, 2011 - On October 26, 2011, Playa del Mar Manager Tania Gonzalez convened a meeting to update unit owners about building issues that she and the Board are currently addressing. The monthy event, called "Coffee with the Manager" reflects the new administration's "Government in the Sunshine" policy. The open discussion touched on balcony floor and railing rehabilitation, the pool deck, hall carpeting and the impending 40-year Safety Inspection. If you missed this informative opportunity, Click Here to read a summary of the topics reviewed during the meeting.
September 24, 2011 - Following a year and a half hiatus, the Playa del Mar newsletter has been revived. Shortly after the Spring edition was released in March of 2010, Newsletter founder Phyllis Carter faced a quandary. Caught between a hostile Board and her commitment to keep her neighbors informed about issues that impact their lives, Phyllis grudgingly resigned. Fortunately, recent changes in the current Board's philosophical and operational dynamic has cleared the way to reviving an independent Newsletter. Former PDM Board member and Newsletter staffer Fred Nesbitt stepped to the plate and pulled together the Autumn 2011 PDM Newsletter. In his President's Report, newly elected Board President Ray Garcia explains that the association can only move ahead by aggressively pursuing a policy of inclusion. Fred Nesbitt, who serves on the Galt Mile Community Association Board of Directors and the City of Fort Lauderdale Budget Advisory Board, offers an insider update about municipal and Galt Mile issues. Property Manager Tania Gonzalez gives a comprehensive Building Report. Consistent with Playa del Mar's advocacy of an environmentally sound waste disposal policy, association measures to Green your Routine are reviewed, including our One Bin Recycling program. Our Welcome New Residents And Owners section lists our newest friends and neighbors. The popular Tidbits illuminates some interesting facts about unit values, property sales data and information useful for rehabilitating your balcony floor. The Newsletter Reminder underwrites our ongoing commitment to limiting paper waste by accessing the Newsletter online. If you prefer reading the old fashioned print version, Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the print version of Autumn 2011 Newsletter (view pictures of the print version pages). To check any previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
March 31, 2010 - Spring is upon us - as is the seasonal Playa del Mar newsletter. The Spring edition features a wide variety of Association updates, commencing with a letter from Board President Bob Boffa. In his Message from the Board President, he comments on improvements to the garage elevator lobby, new fire safety elements, gym equipment, the media room, as well as repairs to building infiltrations, the pool area rehabilitation, and a long-needed rules revision. We await the Governor's decision to either Veto or Not Veto the Sprinkler Retrofit Relief Bill. The Building Report expands on the President's update, summarizing the "team" rehabilitation of the front entrance, a collaborative effort by - among others - Engineer Chris Palms, and Decorating Committee sparkplugs Annette Gamburg and Joan Weinberg. Other issues tackled in the Report are Hurricane preparations, our heating problem, flood and leak prevention and our informative house channel. The Know your PDM Employees segment congratulates our March, April and May Employee-of-the-Month winners, recognizing the contributions of Carlos Ortega, Alex Rodgest and Chief Housekeeper Gabriela Colombo. Thanks to the efforts of the PDM Recycling Committee, Linda Eidinger accepted a municipal recycling award on behalf of Playa del Mar. Our Welcome New Residents And Owners section lists our newest friends and neighbors. Of course, Tidbits covers the usual eclectic mix of news and events, with a Turtle update, info about the new telephone directories, on-site speed limits, an unusual marine pest, chaise lounge protocol and pictures of the Valentines Day blowout. The Newsletter Reminder explains our desire to spare some trees by posting these updates online. If you prefer the appearance of print, Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the print version of Spring 2010 Newsletter (view pictures of the print version pages). To check any previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
February 1, 2010 - The First PDM Newsletter of 2010 is available for your perusal (OK -its a bit late - but you can't beat the price!). Playa del Mar is a vibrant, exciting community that is always exploring improvements and innovations. This edition reviews a cross section of new and traditional association elements impacting life at Playa del Mar. As those of you who returned last month are well aware, the Social Committee organized a "Welcome Snowbirds" party that rocked the house. Click here for a brief run down of the blast. Board President Bob Boffa explains that we remain "in the black" and looks ahead to the Annual Meeting in his Message from the Board President. The Building Report enumerates how our Maintenance personnel are winning the war against leaks and infiltrations. To help residents keep abreast of our ever-improving staff, see who won the "Employee of the Month" recognition from December through February and learn other interesting information about our crew in Know your PDM Employees. Greet new neighbors and future friends in Welcome New Residents And Owners. Playa del Mar is spearheading environmental responsibility on the Galt Mile along with our association neighbors. To see just how we are "Going Green", read PDM Recycling - which introduces the new "single stream" recycling policy on the block and the beach. The popular Tidbits is filled with "Must Read" emergency informatiion and important reminders that facilitate our sense of community. "Greening our Routine" entails pursuit of a paperless newsletter, as detailed in the Newsletter Reminder. If you prefer the appearance of print, Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the print version of Winter 2010 Newsletter (view pictures of the print version pages). To check a previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
November 26, 2009 - The Fall 2009 Newsletter has hit the stands - just in time. As the ranks of Playa del Mar residents seasonally swell, our friends and neighbors are familiarizing themselves with the exciting improvements in staff, structure, amenities and ambiance - as well as a Management Office that exhibits a consistently high level of professionalism. PDM residents are benefitting from a unique synergism adapted to our difficult economic environment - a Board policy of squeezing extra milage out of every dime and Management talent capable of successfully implementing that policy! To experience a sense of the Board's commitment to frugally enhancing our home, read about what transpired at the Board Meeting. Board President Bob Boffa explains the benefit of staggered terms for those we elect to our Board in Message from the Board President. To help bring our snowbirds up to speed, we interviewed Management, maintenance and security personnel to better understand their current and upcoming challenges. The results are posted in the Building Report, which also contains helpful reminders for Residents, Lessees and Guests. To help returning snowbirds put names to some of the new faces that round out our staff, review Know your PDM Employees. Likewise, new neighbors and future friends are listed in Welcome New Residents And Owners. When the Galt Mile Reading Center was threatened with closure due to County Budget Politics, Galt Mile residents banded together to insure its survival - a campaign in which Playa del Mar was well represented. Read The Library & Recycling to learn how the Library was rescued and PDM's complicity with Fort Lauderdale's new one stream recycle system - as we continue to "Green our Routine." As always, Tidbits addresses a cross section of association issues, touching on the return of the snowbirds, appropriately thanking our employees and the seasonal installation of PDM Holiday Lighting. Learn why the Newsletter team is pressing for a paperless venue in the New Newsletter Format. For those who prefer the appearance of print, Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the print version of Fall 2009 Newsletter (view pictures of the print version pages). To check a previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
September 3, 2009 - Sorry about the delay! It behooved us to forestall publishing the Summer 2009 Newsletter to better encapsulate the many significant changes that Playa del Mar has recently experienced. After freeing Playa del Mar of Continental Management, the Board effectively filled the resulting management void with a blend of in house assets and new blood. To replace Continental's Sam Aponté, the PDM board propitiously secured the services of manager Paul Swan, an impressively credentialed, well-referenced manager whose experience includes 17 years of administering The Galleon, our sister association a few buildings north of PDM. Additionally, the Newsletter staff answers the rhetorical query "Who has been Watching the Store" with an overview of Playa del Mar's new management team, applauding the reconstructive efforts of working Director Michael Hickman, Chief Engineer Chris Palm, new Manager Paul Swan and Assistant Manager Rosie Bowers along with new secretary Ashley Knapp. Correctly advising unit owners to "Know your PDM Employees", the newsletter summarizes relevant background data about the ubiquitous Mr. Swan, new security chief José Dorta and front office sparkplug Ashley Knapp. PDM's commitment to sound environmental policy is reflected in "Green Your Routine", a city-sponsored recycling program that PDM enthusiastically supports. "Toothpick Beach!!" graphically describes the marking stakes delimiting the turtle nests that proliferate along the Galt Mile beach. Although it is the only dedicated local asset that we receive from Broward County in exchange for 26% of our tax dollars, to prevent the Galt Mile Reading Room from falling prey to county politics, Save the Galt Mile Library exclaims our participation in the neighborhood's effort to preserve this irreplaceable community asset. The fact-filled Tidbits section introduces new Treasurer Barry Snider, heralds an optimistic fiscal message from Board President Bob Boffa, welcomes back Koko and delivers other critical tidbits designed to ease our lifestyle. Peruse a list of your new neighbors in Welcome New Owners/Residents and read why the New Newsletter Format will save money - and trees. For those who prefer the appearance of print, Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the print version of Summer 2009 Newsletter (view pictures of the print version pages). To check a previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
May 24, 2009 - OOPs! The web version of PDM Spring Newsletter got lost in the email! Notwithstanding, it was worth the wait - PDM Newshounds Phyllis, Barbara and Linda pumped the Spring edition full of good stuff. Sam Aponté's Manager’s Report contains only half of the office workings in this issue; read the other half in From the Front Office. Your New Board enumerates some of the hardworking board's achievements and outlines plans organized by creative Social Committee volunteers. Around PDM reviews some building notices and alerts. Stopping Calypso Coalition Wins!! expands on the Galt Mile's victory over the $multi-billion SUEZ Corporation. After convening a "Town Hall" meeting for Galt Mile residents at the Beach Community Center, Florida Governor Charlie Crist told PDM's Fred Nesbitt - and 300 onlookers - that he was putting the Calypso gasworks to bed. In PDM Going Green, read about some of the steps taken by our association to implement a responsible energy policy (and save money!) Run through the always appetizing Tidbits section and check the "Meet Your Neighbors" piece about PDM's Rick and Joan Westen. Review our home's new blood in Welcome New Owners/Residents. For those of you that prefer the aesthetics of the print edition, Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the print version of Spring 2009 Newsletter. To check a previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
March 1, 2009 - On February 18, 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist convened a "Town Hall" meeting for Galt Mile residents at the Beach Community Center. Invited by the Galt Mile Community Association, the Governor moderated an early afternoon Q & A "conversation" with 300 area residents and their public officials. While responding to questions about unemployment, how budget shortfalls could cripple education and medical inequities befalling the gay community, the Governor patiently awaited an invitation to address the meeting's undeclared political purpose, the reason he selected the Galt Mile neighborhood for his Town Meeting. Finally, Playa del Mar's Fred Nesbitt broke the tension, questioning whether it was "a good idea" to expose the surrounding communities to prospective catastrophic consequences - such as those threatened by the planned Calypso gasworks. As Nesbitt summarized the project's drawbacks and conjured a disaster scenario, the Governor announced, "How can we support that? Its GONE!" Since scores of communities across the country have recently expended hundreds of $millions to unsuccessfully address comparable threats, the Governor's decision was a testament to our neighborhood's unity and determination. Working with members of neighboring associations on the "No Calypso! Committee", other Playa del Mar residents joined Nesbitt at the forefront of this neighborhood campaign to expunge this potential holocaust. Linda Eidinger helped develop some of the salient "talking points" Nesbitt used to productively engage the Governor. An active participant on the Galt Mile Advisory Board whose members initially conceived the "No Calypso Committee", Rich Solewin also attended the meeting! Click Here for the skinny on what happened and relevant information about the Calypso project.
February 7, 2009 - With the Playa del Mar Annual Meeting and adjunctive Board elections around the corner, the Winter 2009 edition of the PDM Newsletter has hit the street. The intrepid newsletter crew summarizes the January 15th Special Meeting, wherein amendments prohibiting dogs and permitting two-year staggered terms for Board Member failed to pass. To insure that the 2009 PDM administration reflects your interests, a "Meet the Candidates" night planned for February 10th will provide residents with unrestricted access to the governance ideologies of prospective Board members. Sam Aponté's Manager’'s Report measures the progress of PDM's maintenance and construction efforts. In the Committee Reports, Joan Weinberg and Annette Gamberg deliver an uplifting Decorating Update and the Social Committee is operating on 16 cylinders, sponsoring non-stop excitement for those in residence. Review the ample qualifications of PDM Building Engineer Christopher Frank Palms in the "Know Your Employees" segment and see the "Meet Your Neighbors" piece to learn about two of New York's gifts to Playa del Mar - Howard & Joan Tannenbaum. The popular "Tidbits" section updates the impending threat posed by the planned Calypso Gasworks off our beach and seeks to channel our members' impressive experience and talent into appropriate committees, where they can benefit everyone. Take a quick look at Welcome New Owners/Residents Section to meet your newest neighbors. As usual, you can view a replication of the actual Print Newsletter or the same newletter articles adapted to the internet - with links and added graphics. For previous editions of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
November 9, 2008 - Although understandably tardy, the Fall 2008 edition of the PDM Newsletter is available for your perusal. Two points! First, the Newsletter staff has never processed more critical content than has been encapsulated in the Fall (October) Edition. Second, to afford the harried Newsletter staff some much needed "breathing space", future Newsletters will be seasonally entitled instead of being identified by the anticipated month of publication. As usual, you can view the Actual Newsletter or the web based versions with links and added graphics. Of course, the Fall issue features Sam Aponté's Manager’s Report, a "Know Your Employees" item about Geraldine Portuhondo, a "Meet Your Neighbors" piece about Dr. Vincent and Marie Puglisi, as well as a Tidbits section detailing accrued benefits of the Galt Mile Security Patrol. Depicting how Playa del Mar is actually seeing some financial light, the September 16th Board Meeting was a testament to Treasurer Fred Nesbitt's unrelenting fiscal perspicacity and the Board's "debt-free" operational policy. Learn about the burgeoning Calypso controversy which threatens our lives and our tax bill. Voting Authorization explains how to insure that your vote counts and the Welcome New Owners/Residents section lists those clever people that decided to make PDM their home during the past six months! In Committees Reports, the Decorating Committee describes a litany of aesthetic and lifestyle improvements they've actualized while the Social Committee has orchestrated a whirlwind of exciting and well attended events. A Special Insert offers graphic comparisons of our Decorating Committee's handiwork, with "Before and After" representations of selected common area renovations. Also, Check out the Media Room, the Card Room, the Library's new internet capabilities, a Lobby Alcove and the Ocean Lounge's amazing transformation. To check a previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
September 24, 2008 - On September 23, 2008, the City of Fort Lauderdale issued a precautionary water advisory. While performing routine maintenance on aeration system blowers at the Fiveash Water Treatment Plant, almost a quart of lubricant was accidentally spilled into an open water basin, prompting the City to immediately shut down the Fiveash water pumps and begin water testing to ensure that water quality was not affected. The advisory stated "As a precautionary measure, customers are advised to use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Customers served by City water are advised not to consume or cook with any tap water (even if boiled). Tap water may be used for washing and bathing." The warning also included Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Oakland Park, Port Everglades Authority, Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Wilton Manors, and sections of Davie and Tamarac. On Septemnber 24th, The City of Fort Lauderdale Public Works Department lifted the water advisory for customers in Fort Lauderdale and the other communities. Laboratory results confirmed that City of Fort Lauderdale water met all primary drinking water standards. Click Here to read the City’s official lifting of the Water Advisory.
August 16, 2008 - The July / August 2008 Newsletter articles have been translated into internet format. Please pardon the delay. Instead of the ordinarily somnolent summer samplings, we had a jumping July and an animated August! Phyllis and the intrepid news crew had to decide which of the wide range of pertinent association news items deserved space in the newsletter. Resisting pressure from "advocates" and "opponents" of the many personal agendas floating through Playa del Mar, the team published something for everyone. If you are a pet person, Click Here to edify yourself about the Canine controversy and Click Here to prepare for the Turtle Invasion. General Manager Sam Aponte is rolling on all cylinders, pressing his campaign to make PDM the envy of the Galt Mile. Click Here to check his progress in the Manager’s Report. Click Here for some insight into Sam's substantial professional qualifications and personal history. Click Here to learn how Treasurer Fred Nesbitt expanded the PDM library's versatility, adding a computer workstation and a "hotspot" useful for free online access for anyone with a laptop! Click Here for a foray into Fred's fiscal findings as the official PDM bean counter and Click Here to meet the Klebes, Walter and Ilse. Learn about the growing opposition to the planned Calypso gasworks, and what you can do to stop this foreign company's life-threatening project by Clicking Here. Looking for a break on luxury room rates? Just Click Here to find them in the popular "Tidbits" section, a rainbow of info. Finally participants in the highly effective Galt Mile Security Patrol - which entitles PDM to two-minute response access when necessary - Click Here for details in the "Miscellaneous" posting... DIG IN!
August 8, 2008 - It took a bit longer than usual, but the PDM newshounds were able to finally pull the Playa del Mar Newsletter together. With everyone rabidly barking at us, the newsletter "pack" was forced to shelve any vestige of "alpha" behavior and heel. Despite having been hounded by snarling proponents on both sides of a biting issue, the staff doggedly licked their wounds and pawed the computer before rolling over and fetching the content. Its a dog eat dog world. Can you guess what the lead issue is? WOOF! The Playa del Mar Board of Directors updates the association's finances and our new Manager, Sam Aponte, gives a special report. Click Here to the Newsletter Page and Click Here to review the July / August Newsletter.
June 26, 2008 - Hurricane season began on June 1st. The Playa del Mar Board of Directors updated the Association's Hurricane Policy for 2008. A brief summary of the official policy is available for your edification. Click Here to read what you need to know if we are confronted by a hurricane (The Hurricane Information Page is also accessible from the Residents Info Page.)
June 10, 2008 - You've doubtless heard - a French Energy company called SUEZ applied for a license to build a gasworks adjacent to our beach. The Calypso Deepwater Port (DWP) is a planned transfer station, enabling tankers carrying liquefied natural gas to dump their load, vaporize the liquid fuel into a gaseous state and send it through a pipeline (the Calypso pipeline) towards Port Everglades where it will be introduced into the Florida Gas Transmission Pipeline System for distribution across the region. Since the planned placement of this “Deepwater Port” for the offloading of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is 7 to 10 miles from the densely populated Galt Mile beach, it cleary affects every resident of Playa del Mar, the Galt Mile neighborhood and the City of Fort Lauderdale, especially those inhabiting the Barrier Island. In consideration of the holocaust this facility could potentially precipitate, the Playa del Mar Board of Directors has passed a resolution opposing the construction of this gasworks adjacent to our beach. Click Here to learn about this covert attempt to install this invitation to disaster, Click Here to read the Resolution passed by the Board of Directors in opposition to this threat to our lives and property and Click Here to read a Fact Sheet that summarizes the issue. Our representatives to the Galt Mile Community Association are working with their peers to elicit a VETO from Governor Crist, the only person in the State of Florida empowered to prevent this prospective catastrophe.
May 10, 2008 - You have a choice. Review the PDM April Newsletter as it appears in print format by Clicking Here. The encyclopedic April edition is also available online in web format (HTML) - with reference and source links galore. To see what transpired at the February 19th and February 28th Board Meetings, Click Here. For the April 8th Meeting with Commissioner Christine Teel, Click Here. Get Treasurer Fred Nesbitt's financial heads-up by Clicking Here and Click Here for President Bob Boffa's outlook for our decks and balcony railings. Click Here for the skinny on the "Dogs vs. Pets" controversy and Click Here for Joan Weinberg's decorating progress. PDM Manager Carol Muller's final "Manager's Report" is available by Clicking Here. Click Here to meet your diligent, ever-watchful Chief of Security, Willie Sostre. On the lighter side, Click Here to meet neighbors Linda and Marshall Eidinger, ardent "Steeler" fans and Click Here for a look at ALL the new owners and lessees as of April. What a night! DJ Ron of Miami Rocked the House at the "Evening Under the Stars" event. Click Here to check out the super-blowout and to read about the Association's informational odds and ends, Click Here to "Tidbits".! ATTENTION: With the advent of two eleventh hour items that were too important to postpone, the Newsletter Team published a SPECIAL REPORT. Click Here to read about the dangers we will face if a planned deepwater port dedicated to delivering deadly Liquefied Natural Gas is constructed directly across from the Galt Mile beach (the Calypso Project)! On the CRIME front, a positive report by Major Hanstein, the Galt Mile's Police District 1 Commander, confirmed that local crime dropped by 6% compared to last year - attributable primarily to the Galt Mile Security Patrol’s policing efforts along the beach and Galt Ocean Drive! In a somewhat embarrassing admission, Playa del Mar is the only member association along the Galt Mile that hasn't paid its share for the service. IS IT TOO EXPENSIVE? The cost for THE WHOLE YEAR is $20 per unit! HHmmm??? Click Here for the entire SPECIAL REPORT!!! To check a previous edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives.
April 30, 2008 - The April Playa del Mar Newsletter is here! The doggedly determined del Marians detail decorations, describe “Director” developments, discuss domiciled “Dogs”, and document disconcerting dangers of a deepwater port dedicated to delivering deadly Liquid Natural Gas directly across from the Galt Mile beach! Summaries of the February 19th, February 26th and April 8th PDM Board of Directors meetings, a report from the Treasurer, the Manager’s report and a construction progress review are designed to edify out-of-residence members about the current state of their home. Peppered with human interest entries, the Newsletter describes the February 23rd “Evening Under the Stars” event organized by the Social Committee while the “Meet Your Neighbors” segment targets Linda and Marshall Eidinger. Refusing to be constrained by the traditional six-page size limitation, a Special Report was added to address several critical issues. The report describes “The Calypso Project”, a life-threatening plan to construct a deepwater port directly off the Galt Mile beach for the offloading and vaporization of Liquid Natural Gas. On the positive side, a report by Major Hanstein of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department confirmed that local crime dropped by 6% compared to last year. The decreased crime rate is largely a ramification of the Galt Mile Security Patrol’s policing efforts along the beach and Galt Ocean Drive! Click Here to review the April Newsletter. Click Here to read the Special Report. To check a previous edition, Click Here to the Newsletter Archives (in PDF format).
March 30, 2008 - The Playa del Mar Board of Directors recently sent a constituent mailing containing several new PDM efficiency initiatives. Included was a request that association members share information about contractors deserving of recommendation. The office will compile a member-accessible database of these references to help PDM residents avoid hiring vendors or contractors whose credentials are questionable. To facilitate expedited unit owner communications, they also included a request for members' email addresses. Additionally, the Board is forming a host of useful Advisory Committees to more effectively address PDM's operational requisites. By pro-actively recruiting participants, the association aspires to take advantage of its greatest asset... DIVERSITY. Consistent with the Board's policy of keeping both in and out-of-residence PDM members abreast of critical issues and "Quality of Life" improvements, Board President Bob Boffa included a letter entitled "Progress Report Update" in the correspondence. Bob dispels disconcerting rumors about a mysterious assessment, clarifying that reserve funds provided for in the association budget will finance planned PDM decorations, obviating the need for a special assessment. He reports that PDM's projected operating deficit was diminished by $160,000, defective pool deck furniture is being replaced and a garage cleanup is planned for the summer, minimizing unavoidable inconvenience. Having successfully negotiated an understanding with contractor SPS, delayed repairs to blistered balcony railings, the damaged front portal roof and the front parking decks have all been scheduled - at no incremental cost to the association. He applauds the new Board's productive cooperation, thanking Vice President Dan Lecht, Secretary Annette Gamburg, Treasurer Fred Nesbitt and Director Carolyn Kervin for their teamwork. Click Here to read the President's letter to the membership. Click Here to ascertain which Playa del Mar Committees would benefit from your participation!
March 8, 2008 - Like a cleansing northern wind, the people have spoken, again reconstituting the Playa del Mar Board of Directors. Over the past year, Playa residents were subjected to a disconcerting, frustrating exercise in unproductive political machinations. Anyone trying to engender progress was forced to take one step back for every two steps forward. Fed up with the political infighting and the unsolicited opinions of self-serving outsiders, voters cast the recent election as a mandate to cooperate or hit the road. However, old habits die hard. Shortly after the election, Mike DeMonia and Grace Antonello resigned from the Board, leaving President Bob Boffa, Vice President Dan Lecht, Secretary Annette Gamburg, Treasurer Fred Nesbitt and Director Carolyn Kervin to do the heavy lifting. Once settled in, the Board members will select two additional volunteers to fill out the shorthanded panel. The good news is that the remaining Board members are committed to working together, brightening the prospect for progress! Click Here to see the new Playa del Mar Board lineup.
January 15, 2008 - The January 2008 edition of the PDM Newsletter has hit the stands. For your benefit, the January Newsletter is posted in full - as usual - on the Newsletter Page. Need to peruse the past? Click Here to check the Newsletter Archives - from which any Newsletter can also be read or downloaded in PDF format (using the Adobe Acrobat Reader that’s on your computer)!
The Newsletter contents is also available in easy-to-read web format - with links to each individual article. Packed with information about the changes our home is undergoing, this JUMBO scope of work contains former Manager Keith Tannenbaum’s last Manager’s Report - detailing some of his parting objectives. Summaries of the November 15th Budget Meeting and the December 13th Board Meeting should help clarify out some of PDM’s governance issues. Hands-on construction honcho Mike DeMonia runs down PDM’s remaining structural obstacles while emphasizing a policy of cost control. Newsletter staffers met with Broward Commissioner Ken Keechl and Congressman Ron Klein, who addressed the upcoming Beach Restoration and recent efforts to moderate runaway Insurance Premiums. Details surrounding the recall of former Board member Mark Stern are reviewed. A list of PDM’s newest residents has been compiled and published and condolences extended to Board member Grace Antonello upon the passing of her father, longtime PDM resident Gennaro DeMaio. While swimming in data points useful for PDM residents and visitors, the juicy “Tidbits” section also sadly acknowledges the passing of former Board member Mike Marsalona, who will be missed by all!
December 20, 2007 - On November 15th, the Board of Directors convened the annual Playa del Mar Budget Meeting. Click Here to read the Meeting Minutes! A Board Meeting was also held on December 13th, during which critical alterations were made to the Board’s composition. Click Here to read the Meeting Minutes!
October 20, 2007 - The October edition of the Playa del Mar Newsletter is hot off the presses. Phyllis Carter, Rich Solewin, Lance Shaw, Barbara Mancuso and Fred Nesbitt assembled another monument to balanced condo journalism, illuminating issues important to every Playa del Mar unit owner. In addition to the actual October 2007 Newsletter, each of the issue’s articles has been coded for the internet and posted on our Playa del Mar web site! This final edition for 2007 features PDM Manager Keith Tannenbaum’s fact-packed Manager’s Report and a summary of the September 25th Board Meeting. A critical issue undertaken at the Board Meeting, Association Finances, received additional focus in an article devoted to PDM budgetary statistics. An article entitled Vanguard Security (the company contracted to upgrade association protection and safety) introduces Joy Puertas, a 9-year Vanguard veteran who courteously serves as the front reception desk hub of our new security strategy. A miscellaneous catchall for intriguing Association news bytes, “Tidbits” frames the biographical background and daily challenges faced by our maintenance wizard, José Lucero; offers highlights from a recent PDM Barbeque; details the critical role played by our new DVR multiplexor and videocamera array in successfully resolving the mysterious disappearance of some momentarily unattended valuables - and other “curious” PDM events. Well - DIG IN!
August 3, 2007 - When it rains, it pours. 50% larger than previous editions, the July 2007 Playa del Mar Newsletter has arrived! Fred Nesbitt has joined Phyllis Carter’s irrepressible band of roving reporters, filling veteran Harriet Healy’s shoes. In addition to presenting the Newsletter in its original form, the articles have also been adapted to the internet. Click Here to read Manager Keith Tannenbaum’s snapshot of current Building issues in his popular Manager’s Report. The news team shines light on the unfortunate divisions afflicting the Board. Click Here to find out what really happened at the May 10th “Town Hall” meeting. While Playa President Bob Boffa sent out his President’s report in May describing what happened at the May 3rd Board meeting, Click Here to read a Newsletter summary of the meeting’s critical issues. In the July edition, the PDM news team runs down what you need to know about hurricane shutters, filing insurance claims for Hurricane Wilma and some personal insight into Playa del Mar employee Koko Tomasevic in a segment aptly entitled “Tidbits”. Also included are condolences for longtime resident Mel Haimowitz and a “Welcome to PDM” segment that lists the names and unit numbers of our new residents - lessees and owners.
May 18, 2007 - Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Playa del Mar is emerging from the construction cloud in which it was enveloped for the past few years. While we continue to make organizational and construction progress, a great deal of work remains to be done. By renegotiating unfavorable contracts and reorganizing operational protocols, the Board and General Manager have uncovered financial offsets useful for relieving our assessment strain. Board President Bob Boffa wants to keep everyone apprised about the hard work and tough decisions that fuel every step forward in Playa del Mar’s reincarnation. His May open letter describes the Board’s ongoing efforts to upgrade the Playa lifestyle while carefully watching the bottom line. Click Here to review the Playa President’s report depicting the team’s recent successes and current challenges!
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Playa del Mar
3900 Galt Ocean Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Phone: (954) 561-0990, Fax: (954) 563-9239