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Exploring the Future of Community Associations

by Alan B. Garfinkel

Here at CAN we have a two-fold mission: advocacy and education. Many of our CAN Alerts are dedicated to our advocacy efforts especially during Committee weeks, Legislative Session and leading up to our Legislative Town Halls. We spend a tremendous amount of time and effort on bringing you up-to-the-moment, accurate, and informative Alerts on what is happening with legislation, how those laws affect you and your neighbors; and how you can help directly impact whether the proposed legislation becomes law or not.

Today’s CAN Alert is a little different since it focuses on one of our weekly CAN classes  held earlier this week in Pompano Beach, Florida. This week’s CAN seminar “Exploring the Future of Community Associations,” we discussed how generational differences and technological advances are changing how we live and the amenities we look for in an association and our communities.

Multi-generational community living presents both opportunities and challenges. We had a very interesting forum discussing generational differences and how it affects community living. For example, the amenities Baby Boomers look for are different than amenities a Gen Y (Millennial) want. With that in mind, many associations should start looking towards what changes should be made and if those changes include changes to your By-Laws or Documents. 

Some ideas for amenity changes discussed in our class were:

  • Converting card rooms to media rooms;
  • Gated communities will be on the rise;
  • Converting large golf courses to shorter golf rounds, playgrounds, linear parks and dog runs;
  • Creating fitness centers with up-to-date equipment;
  • Walking and bicycle paths;
  • Plug-in stations for electric vehicles;
  • Buildings and grounds that are more environmentally friendly; and
  • Virtual Doorman or Concierge services.

As our communities look towards the future and the changes that will be necessary to your By-Laws and Documents, CAN is already looking at addressing relevant laws and updating them where necessary. Statutory changes will be needed to address some of the issues that will come up when dealing with the needs of the next generation of home buyers and emerging technologies. It wasn’t that long ago that CAN spearheaded the statutory change allowing the use of smart phones to take pictures of documents and the use of Skype and similar technologies for board meetings.

If you are interested in learning more about this class or any of our other classes, please click here.

4th of July Message



… I’m proud to be an American,

where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died,

who gave that right to me.

~Lee Greenwood 

May your 4th of July be a time for family, friends, fireworks and Fun! Stay safe and enjoy a healthy and happy American Independence Day Celebration.

Yours in community, 

Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.

Katzman Garfinkel, Founding Partner

and Community Advocacy Network, Chairman

Source: Can FL Alerts

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