guest blog by Deborah Goonan
You might remember previous blogs about Poinciana HOA in Florida, the community of over 50,000 residents that has been attempting to incorporate as a city for the past three years.
Well, now the Board’s President, President Jolly, has filed complaints with State Attorneys in Osceola and Polk Counties, alleging that $2 million is unaccounted for. Poinciana is managed by mega-management company, First Services Residential (FSR).
WFTV has been covering the story. The Board refused to allow video coverage of a recent special meeting called to discuss complaints filed by Jolly against FSR. Someone even made a motion to remove Jolly as President, but that motion failed to carry.
Believe it or not, Poinciana’s earliest phases were incorporated in the 1970s, but construction is still ongoing today. Tony Iorio, AVP of home builder Avatar (now known as AV Homes) is on the Board of the HOA. Yes, you read that right, the HOA Board still has representation for the Developer, after over 4 decades.
Iorio is seen on this video defending FSR, and claiming that Jolly has no proof of impropriety.
Well, that’s why Jolly has filed formal complaints and requested an audit. We’ll have to wait and see what the auditor’s report says.
An official statement from FSR denies any wrongdoing.
If that’s not enough potential trouble, in recent years, violent crime and gang activity has been reported in the once quiet community, including an attempted murder in January of 2015.
To give you some perspective on what could be America’s largest HOA, according to public records, about 20% of homes were constructed in the 1990s, and a whopping 62% of homes were constructed between 2000-2009. As of June 2014, 23% of homes remained vacant following the housing market crisis. The community is located in the middle of what was once a rural area in Central Florida. Although Poinciana is certainly large enough to be a city, since it is a private planned community governed by an HOA, it does not have its own police or fire protection, and must rely on services from Osceola and Polk counties.
Perhaps these recent events will garner sufficient support for the next attempt at attaining status as an official city.