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VOL. 29 NO. 7                                                                                  JULY 2021

      From The Manager                                                                                      Best Practices

      By Kathleen O’Donovan,                                Condominium residents should be aware of the coverage
      General Manager                                    you have through your COA and know the coverage for which   For Vendors And
                                                         you are separately responsible.
         It is that time of year                            When a storm is threatening our area, securing your home is
                                                         key. Bring in any objects outside, hurricane winds can transform
      again, Hurricane season.                           the most benign item into a destructive missile, causing damage  Realtors
      The storm season spans the
      months of June through                             to not only your property but your neighbors as well.
      November and we all need to                           Make sure you have adequate amounts of non-perishable   By Justin Mocha, Director of Security
      be prepared. Before hurricane                      food, water and medicine on hand to last for several days.
      season begins make sure to                            If you plan to evacuate, secure your property and prepare      We’ve seen a lot of homes sold in Boca Pointe of
      check your home owner’s                            in advance providing enough time to arrive safely at your   late, which means we’re seeing a lot of associated
      insurance to see if coverage                       destination prior to the storm’s arrival.          vendor and realtor activity. The last thing we want to
      is adequate. The following information provides a checklist      During a hurricane watch, the Community Association will   do is be a hindrance to this process, but we would like
      for reviewing your policy and otherwise preparing yourself   begin preparations to secure Association property.  to remind everyone of some best practices and rules
      for the worst. During hurricane season, pay attention to the      If a warning is issued, gatehouses will be secured   regarding vendors and realtors.
      National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables or the National   and when the winds are increasing in force, the guards      First and foremost, open access is not permitted at
      Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) either on   will be dismissed. The gates will not be manned during   any Boca Pointe gate. This includes open access for an
      your radio or the internet so that you will be aware of storms   a hurricane and the gate arms will be removed. Once the   open house or other similar events. However, we do
      and warned of their approach. After a storm occurs, refer to   storm passes, gates will be manned by supervisors until   allow ‘open access’ to realtors (+ buyers) provided that:
      these sources for pertinent information regarding appropriate   we can resume normal staffing. Management will return      1. a listing agreement has been filed with BPCA
      action to keep yourself and your family safe.      to the property once the “all clear” has been given.  for the relevant address and,
      Before the Storm                                      After a storm, adhere to instructions from official      2. prospective buyers enter property with a realtor
         Standard home owner’s policies do not cover flood   sources. Avoid electric shock, watch for trees that may have   who has realtor credentials.
      damage caused by rising water. If you live in a flood-prone   fallen on powerlines or low hanging wires, etc. Use your      The main takeaway being that prospective buyers
      area you should contact your insurance agent to discuss   phone for emergencies only.                 cannot enter Boca Pointe property without a realtor,
      obtaining flood insurance. Normally there is a five-day      Stay off the roads so that first responders may address issues   and the property must have an active listing agreement
      waiting period between the time flood insurance is issued   unencumbered. Utility service may be interrupted, and we may   filed with Boca Pointe Community Association in
      and the time coverage is in force.                 be without water and sewer facilities for many hours or days.  order to do so.
         Check your home owner’s policy for any windstorm      Be aware of official announcements from the National      Check with your village/management company
      exclusions, if you have any questions contact your agent.   Hurricane Center and local officials. The Emergency Management   for any additional restrictions your village may have
      Most companies will not accept new applications when a   Center will broadcast via:                   regarding realtor and buyer access to property.
      “hurricane watch” is posted in your area.          Radio         WIRK/AM       1290                      If you are expecting adjusters, or any other vendors
         Make sure you have adequate coverage, your home has           WJNO/AM       1230                   entering your home during this process, ensure they
      most likely increased in value over the past several years,   Television   Channels 5, 12 and 25 (on West Boca Cable   are listed on the guest list. The listing agent for your
      you may have made home improvements or purchased                 5, 12 and 31)                        property MAY add vendors to the guest list provided
      expensive items. Review your insurance policy carefully      If you have any suggestions for our staff at the Community   that you indicate this when sending the listing
      and be aware of your coverage limits. Know what your   Association, please do not hesitate to contact me at Kathleen.  agreement. This authority will only last until either
      policy does and does not cover.                                 the home is sold or until the listing agreement expires.
                                                                                                               In general, we encourage residents to only list
      From The Desk Of Vice Mayor Weinroth                                                                  vendors for the days they expect them on property. This
                                                                                                            is especially true for short-term vendors like someone
                                                                                                            giving an estimate or an adjuster. We understand it
          The summer is upon us                          crews are actively out and about clearing drains but we   might be a pain to list your vendors each time you
       and with it brings hurricanes                     ask everyone to be proactive and make sure drains in your   expect them—but this is the best practice for our
       and the rainy season. While                       neighborhoods are free of litter and debris.       security program to function optimally.
       we hope for the best, we                             Additionally, there is still a major push to get everyone      Finally, BPCA must be informed when the home
       must all be prepared for the                      vaccinated. Consequently, the Health Care District’s mobile   is sold, in a timely manner, so that we can update our
       worst, so please take some                        units are now available for on-site vaccinations clinics for   records and ensure the new owner(s) do not have any
       time and review hurricane                         businesses. For more information, visit and   issues entering property. 
       preparedness plans.                               click the purple “Mobile Clinic Vaccination & Community
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