Do you love Florida and the Elderly who control the state's HOA's?

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    Mar 03, 2011 9:55 AM GMT
    I decided to post this after getting yelled at in my condo's gym today for running on the treadmills. Apparently, a new rule has been passed by the HOA stating that residents cannot run or jog on the treadmills because "Running breaks them."

    So, that's basically like making wings for an airplane but saying they can't be used because flying will break them.

    The original treadmill recently died (it was almost 10 years old) and never maintained. So, leave it to the naive 80+ year olds in control of the HOA to assume it's the running and not the lack of maintenance.

    In lieu of this, I found out the new treadmills are industrial grade (built for high speed/useage) so off to battle the evil HOA I go!

    Anyone else have fun HOA stories of woe and sarcasm?
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    Mar 03, 2011 12:26 PM GMT
    Dougii said Apparently, a new rule has been passed by the HOA stating that residents cannot run or jog on the treadmills because "Running breaks them."


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    Mar 03, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    ask to see the maintenance records for equipment. then contact the manufacturer of the tredmill and ask them for a copy of the maintenance schedule for that model. and compare that fact in a document written to the housing authority. you could also get the company, the company to make a statement about what the fact that the tredmill is designed or running.
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    Mar 03, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Although naivety and ignorance are not limited to octogenarians, this is certainly ridiculous. Perhaps you and other younger folks at your condominium should run for positions on the HOA to provide a balanced perspective to the issues that are discussed?
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    Mar 03, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    Quit living where the dinosaurs hang out! We dont have that problem here!
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    Mar 03, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    YoungjockMN saidask to see the maintenance records for equipment. then contact the manufacturer of the tredmill and ask them for a copy of the maintenance schedule for that model. and compare that fact in a document written to the housing authority. you could also get the company, the company to make a statement about what the fact that the tredmill is designed or running.


    Oh, I've taken it into account. I'm actually friends with the head of maintenance. So I was already leaked that particular bit of info. No maintenance records exist. Then again, the gym is mostly "as-seen-on-tv" crap lol.

    I've got a membership to LA Fitness but sometimes it's easier to workout just down the hall. Guess that's a fail. lol.

    TropicalMark saidQuit living where the dinosaurs hang out! We dont have that problem here!


    Where is "here?" I'm in the Palm Beaches and oddly enough the people in control of the HOA have been forever thanks to nobody else paying any interest. The attendance to the HOA meetings is basically all of the older residents and that's it. Looks like I'll have to drag out the petition board!

    Thanks for posting guys.
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    Mar 03, 2011 2:33 PM GMT
    You are likely to run into picky-type issues with HOA boards in South Florida more than anywhere else in the state. I'm in Orlando and from what I know, the boards are an age mix of the community residents.

    What is the average age of those where you live? Is it made up of "Condo Commandos" from the Northeast? If your neighbors are around your age or at least around their 40's or 50's, you should be able to talk with them and encourage a younger representation on the HOA board. That should make things better for everyone, but keep some of those in their 80's around on the board to. You have to get a cross section of residents there and think, "inclusion."
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    Mar 03, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    I always yell at myself about snowbirds. I think they cause so much trouble. Then I smack myself on payday. I am so glad we have them... We are a no state tax state! Thank heavens I get to keep that cash!
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    Mar 03, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Is all the lobby furniture covered in plastic?
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    Mar 03, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    Crank up the music and when someone complains, tell them your hearing is going out. Whaaaaaaa....
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    Mar 03, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    That's why the first chance I get, I'm out of SW Florida. Nothing but gated communities and HOA's!
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Dougii saidAnyone else have fun HOA stories of woe and sarcasm?

    In Florida we call them "Condo Commandos." They're the same old farts that, if they owned a house instead of a condo, would be yelling "Get off my lawn" at all the neighborhood kids. Many of them are Teabaggers, just angry old coots who "rage against the dying of the light." [Dylan Thomas]

    Now I'm an old coot myself, make no mistake about it. And we live in a condo, so I know all about this. But fortunately my partner has held office on our condo association board for 7 years, once again the Vice President this year (and attending a board meeting as I type this), so we manage to deflect most of the Condo Commando BS. But we sure see it, and often he has to deal with it.

    If you can't get on your own board yourself, and the place is dominated by the old farts, then you have few options. West Palm is really bad, heavily conservative, Republican, with an elderly, cranky demographic, so you'll just have to live with it, or move. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    Dougii said

    TropicalMark saidQuit living where the dinosaurs hang out! We dont have that problem here!


    Where is "here?" I'm in the Palm Beaches and oddly enough the people in control of the HOA have been forever thanks to nobody else paying any interest. The attendance to the HOA meetings is basically all of the older residents and that's it. Looks like I'll have to drag out the petition board!

    Thanks for posting guys.
    St Pete!
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    Mar 06, 2011 9:40 AM GMT
    Well the next board meeting is this week and I've drawn up my argument and I've got a petition board a mile long now so we shall see. They've got excuses for everything here. Pets aren't allowed but everyone has one "for medical reasons." Even the HOA heads. I find it to be most like a Comedy of Errors. And of course, hypocrites. I miss NYC and their Co-Op boards. At least they discriminated on a constant basis...Florida seems to be completely random depending on the next thought of a senile retired war vet.