I own a unit in a residential condominium
in Florida, For the past several tears I have been a member of the association
board. As a snowbird I have been in Massachusetts for six months and Florida the other six months. While away from Florida, I have continuously communicated via e mail with the board re various issues affecting the condominium. The board refuses to install telephone conference equipment so I cannot participate in a board meeting while I am away. This has been the set up for years. Lately, because of negotiations with Verizon for the installation of a cellular antenna on the roof of our building, which I oppose, until information from an independent wireless expert consultant can be made available to the owners. This has been denied. Presently we are awaiting the results of a proxy mailing by the board seeking acceptance by 75 percent of the owners to proceed with the lease,( drawn by Verizon lawyers) Exhibits of plans
, photos and needed information has not been provided except by one informational meeting conducted by Verizon. The attorney for the board has reviewed the lease which is not acceptable We feel that an attorney versed in wireless installations would be more appropriate. It seems as if the board is not concerned about the ramifications to the residents of the building, but anxious to secure a steady rental income from Verizon. Less than a month ago, I was informed by the secretary/treasurer that I had not participated and he would bring it to the attention of the board for discussion. At that meeting it was agreed that I was not a member because I had missed three consecutive meetings. I obtained, by request to the manager, a copy of the unapproved minutes in which the Florida condominium law was cited as the legal basis. The citation does not include sub paragraph or section references. I searched ch718 and could find references to recall. I believe that their action is based on the bylaw which provides that three consecutive absences by a board member from meetings automatically becomes a resignation, but can be excused by resolution of the board. I believe that because of my opposition to the installation of the cellular equipment that the secretary/treasurer wanted to remove me from the board. Incidentally he is an owner of two income properties in the building, but not a resident None of the other board members are residents. There are six sections in this association. We are section one. The rest of the association consists of two story buildings and villas. My building consists of 40 units and four stories of ten units on each floor,three different plans. It is occupied by snowbirds and approximately 12 elderly persons all year . my question is: Ffor years a snowbird elected board member continued as a board member without any notice of prolonged absences. This has been the accepted practice for years and was never brought to anyone's attention before this time. I feel that selected enforcement has been applied to me. I, in my bliss, have for years kept a steady correspondence and now have been told that I didn't participate. Since last September I have been in two hospitals and two rehabilitation skilled facilities. This is the first time I was unable to be there in the winter months I am 88 years old and still function mentally, but limited physically. This is cruel action by the board and I believe dominated by the green money carrot dangling in front of them, yet earned on the backs of unsuspecting good people.
Thank you for listening.