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Educational Resources

Public Libraries

 SCCA furnishes and maintains a reference shelf in four Brevard Libraries.  The documents we furnish are chosen for their value to common interest ownership properties – condominiums, HOAs, cooperatives and time shares. We buy the books and their updates and we donate them to the libraries at Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Melbourne and Titusville  The libraries file all of them with a common reference number so they appear together on a “Condo Shelf.”  We furnish Gray’s Compendium, Managing the Florida Condominium, The Condominium Concept, and other useful items.  Ask the reference librarian where the Condo Shelf is located.

This Site

You can find a number of items in this website to learn more about the operation of your community’s homeowners/condominium/cooperative association.  These include our “News to Use” page with numerous articles prepared by leading Florida law firms and other experts, as well as links to numerous resources on this “Links” page. Many fine webinars amd in-person seminars are frequently posted on our “Non-SCCA Events” section of this website with links to sign up to them.

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Flood Insurance Related Information

FEMA Flood Insurance program information.

FEMA Website on Flood Map Information: VERY important information impacting your association’s flood insurance premium!

FEMA Flood Map Service Center Portal: Way to access flood maps for your areas. Webpage on Floods: Actions to take or not to take and preparations before/during/after floods.

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FCC Rules Regarding Installation of Satellite Dishes

Click HERE for a link to a Federal Communications Commission web page with information on what associations can and cannot do regarding the restriction of unit owners’ installation of satellite and other antennas.

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Florida Statutes and Administrative Rules

The basic rules are contained in Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Rules (commonly called “Regulations”).  Here is where you can find current copies:

Florida Administrative Code and Register Website

The Florida Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, Chapter 617t

Note:  Most Florida common interest ownership communities are legally structured as not-for-profit Florida corporations.  In such communities Florida Chapter 617, “Corporations Not For Profit,” applies in addition to chapters relating to the specific type of community.  Consult your association’s legal counsel if you have questions about whether Chapter 617 applies to your community.

Liens, Generally, Chapter 713

Note:  Part 1, Construction Liens, is of most interest here for associations.  These liens are sometimes referred to a “mechanic’s liens.”  See this article generally, and carefully note the last paragraph.  Mistakes here can prove very costly.

Condominium Statute, Chapter 718

Cooperative Statute, Chapter 719

Homeowners’ Association Statute, Chapter 720

Timeshare Statute, Chapter 721

Florida Regulations for Condominium Associations

Florida Regulations for Cooperatives

Florida Regulations for Homeowners’ Associations

Florida Regulations for Timeshares

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Florida Court Decisions of Interest

Florida Supreme Court Opinion on what actions by CAMs would constitute the unauthorized practice of law, May 2015..

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Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes

Division Home Page

Educational publications from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes  The Division provides a number of free useful on-line educational publications for current and prospective unit owners and condominium and cooperative boards.  The latter include an excellent self-study course on budgeting and reserves.

Forms from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes  Includes links to a number of useful forms, including board member certification forms for condominium and cooperative boards (referred to as “Candidate Certification Form”).

“BUDGETS & RESERVE SCHEDULES – A Self-Study Training Manual” from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes. Learn the details about the budget and reserve processes.

Condominium Association Financial Institutions_Annual Report

This is a sample of a Condominium Association Financial Institution Annual Report you may use to provide the names of all of the financial institutions with which the association maintains accounts. This information is required to be provided annually to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by section 718.71, Florida Statutes [Ch 2017-188 Laws of Florida, effective July 1, 2017].

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Florida Department of Health Swimming Pool Supervision/Regulation

General Information on Pools — Florida Department of Health

Note:  This site includes links to extensive information about the regulation of swimming pools in Florida, including links to applicable Florida statutes and administrative rules (commonly called regulations) and related forms.  Links to Information about the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act are provided as well.

Condominium and cooperative associations may be particularly interested in the exemptions available to them under the provisions of Florida Statute 514.0115 and Florida Administrative Rule 64E-9.0035, which may be applied for using the forms provided on this site.  However, please note that the pool supervision and regulation exemption for Florida condominiums and cooperatives is only partial; that the exemption must be periodically renewed; and that other requirements, such as the Virginia Graeme Baker Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act, must be complied with.  Pool regulation is a complex matter.  As always, if in doubt about interpretation of applicable law consult your association’s attorney.

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Other State of Florida Websites of Interest

Florida Bureau of Elevator Safety

Note:  While the Bureau of Elevator Safety falls under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants organizationally, its jurisdiction extends beyond the hotel and restaurant industry, including to Florida condominiums.

Find your local and Federal Senators and Representatives  (via Florida House Website) — Click the “Find Your Representative” icon.

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Websites of Local Municipalities

City of Cape Canaveral

Here are links to two “Trash Talks” presentation from Cape Canaveral concerning recycling, garbage collection and Brevard landfill issues:

Trash Talk 3/29/2019

Trash Talk II 7/11/19

City of Cocoa

City of Cocoa Beach

The City of Cocoa Beach also offers free subscriptions to several different electronic newsletters.  You choose the one(s) that interest you.  Click HERE for more information.

City of Indian Harbour Beach

City of Melbourne

City of Palm Bay

City of Rockledge

City of Satellite Beach

City of Titusville

City of West Melbourne

Town of Indialantic

Town of Malabar

Town of Melbourne Beach

Town of Palm Shores

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Florida Common Interest Ownership Advocacy Groups

Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL)


Community Advocacy Network (CAN)  (Membership required for access.)

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Webinar Recordings

Presented by TAP (“Trusted Association Professionals”), June 17, 2020
Click HERE to view.

Building an Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Your Home
Note:  You may find some quite useful information here.  This document has been provided by Hippo, an insurance firm.  This listing does not constitute a SCCA endorsement of the firm.
Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan

10 Things Families of Children with Disabilities Should Know and Do to be Safe in a Disaster

Disaster Preparation – Ulimate Disaster Preparedness Guide for Pet Parents

Evacuation Checklist

Home Preparation Tips for Weather Emergencies

Hurricane Safety

HERE is a helpful June 2017 newsletter from Ranew Insurance Agency about what to do when a hurricane is approaching and after it is over

Insurance Reminders for Condo Associations at Start of Hurricane Season  Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.

Summer Storms + Disaster Manual from Brown & Brown Brevard Insurance

Being Prepared Just Got a Whole Lot Easier from Brown & Brown Brevard Insurance

Hurricane Plan from Premier Elevator Co.

Webmaster’s Note: This is a good document to review as you prepare your association’s hurricane plan.  It is focused on that part of your plan that should address preserving your elevator equipment and storm related elevator safety.

Levine Law Group “Are You Ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season?”

American Red Cross

Brevard County Office of Emergency Management

“Disaster Recovery and Planning” pamphlet by Gary A. Poliakoff, J.D.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA “Flood Insurance Claims Handbook”

FEMA Flood Map Service Center

“The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.”

Florida Division of Emergency Management

International Hurricane Research Center

National Hurricane Center

National Environmental Satellite Data and Information

National Weather Service

Preparing for a Disaster pamphlet from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes and the Florida Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Emergency Management.

Homeowners Guide to Hurricanes from Recommended by Blake Stevens from the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Ultimate Guide to Disaster Preparedness on a Budget from Recommended by Blake Stevens from the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mold and Flooded Homes

Also see “Community Association Legal Briefs” in the On-Line Instructional Video listings on our Education page.  These include several related to disaster preparation and recovery.  The website for your city or county may also have disaster preparedness information.

Water Damage Guide This site gives information about water damage, such as how water damages structures, and insights into what water damage recovery companies do.

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Other Informative Sites


AriasBosinger: Condominium Association’s Power to Suspend Voting Rights Called Into Question

AriasBosinger: Should Board Member E-Mails be Maintained in the Official Records?

Association Reserves: Fundamentals of Reserves – Slides

Association Reserves: Webinar Archive

Association Times  This site, which describes itself as “A Web Resource for Community Associations,” has an interesting monthly e-mail newsletter to which you can subscribe.

Brevard County Clerk of Courts  Online access to the Official Records Management System for Brevard County. You can obtain copies of all documents filed in the county by following easy directions.

Community Associations Network

Condo Management Magazine Condo Management Magazine is a bi-monthly condominium/homeowner association management magazine covering California, Florida and New England. You can subscribe to an on-line edition at no cost.  Lots of good articles.

Condo Voice  This site, coming out of the Tampa area, describes itself as an “online resource for community associations.”

Florida Association News Blog  Florida Association News, also known as FAN, is a compilation of viewpoints, advice, and guidance from leaders throughout the Florida Association Management Industry.  Some webinar recorded courses can also be accessed.

Gray Systems, Inc. (Fred Gray)

Painting 201 – Watch the Webinar  (Florida Association News)

Poliakoff Guide to Condo and HOA Living   Includes various articles of interest to those who administer or live in Condominiums and Homeowner’s Associations.

Rembaum’s Association Roundup: Jeffrey Rembaum, Esq. is a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law and a community association lawyer and his Roundup articles cover many important association issues.

Robert’s Rules of Order

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