Wild Times in Southern Florida at Waterbridge Condominiums

Egads, it’s just an average meeting of an average Condo Board. Some poor average shmuck who’s been insisting that the board repair the fire damage over his apartment gets taken to the cleaners. All the resident did was ask to see the Condo Association’s financial records…it seems there are no reserve funds to pay for the fire damage. The board president repeatedly tries to scratch this guy’s eyes out. Another former board president admits to a local TV crew that he’s harrassed and even pulled a gun on this same resident.

LOL! What a wonderful day it was when the video camera was invented!

(link to Local10 News story)

 

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

9 thoughts on “Wild Times in Southern Florida at Waterbridge Condominiums

  1. Nila Ridings

    Unless you are a person that likes to watch adults act like out of control spoiled rotten undisciplined children you probably would never enjoy going to an HOA board meeting. Seriously, it truly is stressful and exhausting to watch…just like you see in this video. The only thing missing here was the typical screaming of “MOVE!!!!!!”

    I remember being at a board meeting where the homeowners were screaming over financial records. I was trying to figure out how I could get through the crowd so I would be by the door because I thought violence was going to break out. The board president was sitting in a chair at the table with his feet up in the chair in the fetal position. One of the homeowners that had his head shaved and looked like he could pinch somebody’s head off with one hand was red-faced and screaming.

    When I finally got outside I was stunned and asking myself what in the world I had gotten myself into by buying in this place. Another homeowner came out and started talking to me and the first thing I said was, “this is giving me a headache.” That was just the beginning of a horrible nightmare of living in Quivira Falls. Looking back I wish now I had gone home and started packing to get out of this insanity.

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  2. Dave Russell

    Holy Cow! This video should be shared with every lawmaker in the land! Here lies the real problem, out of control board members, who go hysterical, when they are about to be busted for fraud. We should give this homeowner a medal for sticking it out. Mr. Rodgers would be appalled and wouldn’t want these folks to be his “neighbor.” Its not a “Beautiful Day in this Neighborhood.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4nI7AgUKwk

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    1. Deborah Goonan

      Dave,

      Mr. Rodgers was created before HOAs became the “new neighborhoods.”

      His lesson to children was that every person in the neighborhood has value, no matter what their job or what kind of house they lived in.

      In the typical HOA or Condominium, the neighbors are called members and live in units. They are only valued if they faithfully follow all rules, never question the Board, and pay assessments on time.

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  3. Nila Ridings

    Oh no, nothing about HOAs would have passed the approval of Mr. Rodgers. I’m not sure he could have imagined having neighbors under HOA conditions!

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  4. Cynthia

    Apparently, this video is getting the attention of at least one Florida HOA attorney blog. Please read this blog. It is informative!

    The entire blog is at the link below, but I am posting a portion of the article below.
    I find it hard to be believe any HOA attorney finds these horrible and criminal actions of an HOA board member “shocking.” Obviously, maybe she has been living under a rock for the last 15 years, or longer. Abusive, non transparent, dysfunctional and let’s face it some criminal HOA boards (and sometimes their associates and/or other owners too) create and provide the milieu’s and incubators, and, then, are the perpetrators of “The New Domestic Violence,” (2003), “HOA Syndrome”(Solomon), Legal Abuse Syndrome (Huffer) and other harmful outcomes to law abiding, honest, rule following, trusting homeowners. The abuses are unthinkable to most. It is about time tapes like this are seen nationwide.

    http://www.floridahoalawyerblog.com/2014/09/video-of-fight-at-south-florid.html

    Video of Fight at South Florida Condo Board Meeting Makes Nightly News

    Posted On: September 16, 2014 , By Nicole R. Kurtz
    “Our firm’s other community association attorneys and I have witnessed, or heard about, scores of heated exchanges between disgruntled unit owners and board members at community association board of directors’ meetings. However, a video that aired on WPLG Local 10 nightly news last week involving the physical attack of a unit owner by the then-president of the condominium association governing the Waterbridge Condominiums in Sunrise left many of us shocked.”

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  5. Cynthia

    I would also like to know who was present at that meeting. Especially, those seated at the table. I wonder if any of these people is the HOA (COA) attorney, as they typically attend homeowner meetings and many times BOD meetings! If the attorney was there and did nothing, well, what can I say?

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  6. hoasavers

    This is interesting how angry board members get when the mismanagement of HOA funds finally goes public in an HOA…Big special assessment (check), ask where did the money go (check), defensiveness from board members (check)…and why did they fight to stay in control – I think sometimes they fight so that a new board can’t come on and talk to an attorney about the past board’s actions, and take action thru the HOA…therefore only leaving the HOA exposed to a lawsuit directly from the owners. You know, that sounds very much like a breach of their fiduciary duty (expose HOA to a lawsuit by the owners because why, they don’t want to be personally sued)…

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  7. tom dee

    I have to state the meeting that I attended of our HOA was professional. The problem is it was all a smile face with nothing getting covered. I suspect more hoa are like the ones in the video. I believe the type of people I read running hoa would fit the style of those in the video. They respect no law so they are basically rabid animals. The hoa associations are purely the product of a system of corruption that were created by the development corporations which wanted a way to keep control of a community while shifting the cost to the homeowners. When the developers were done selling they left leaving the rabid animal with tons of power set up to screw any homeowner not happy and tried to do something to get justice.

    Local governments were happy to have the taxes while providing little to no services. The arbitration clauses make it next to impossible to bring the hoa to court. My recommendation is never purchase property with an hoa unless you liked the hoa members in the videa.

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  8. Deborah Goonan

    http://youtu.be/SjbPi00k_ME

    How many owners feel they are gambling their money on their HOAs?

    Tom, sometimes the opposite of heated, defensive outbursts is as you have described: nod and smile, but without any intention of taking prudent action. When questions are asked, the pat answer is “we’ll look into that and get back to you” which is double-speak for “if we humor the owners but ignore the request, maybe they will give up and go away.”

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