Community Association Newsletter Special Alert: An Update On Community Association Responses To COVID-19
By: Christopher J. Shields, Esq. & Vanessa Fernandez, Esq.
As different municipalities throughout the State of Florida begin to re-open outdoor recreational areas to the public, many of our association clients have been reaching out to our office for advice on when and how to re-open amenities and facilities. The associations that chose to close off portions of the community property to owners, family members, guests, tenants, agents, and invitees under the emergency powers in Sections 718.1265, 720.316, and 719.128 of the Florida Statutes, are now looking for guidance on what to do next. In response to so many similar requests, we find it important to note that the Executive Orders from the office of Governor DeSantis have not required community associations to close community amenities. There has been no local mandate for community associations to close amenities, restrict access to communities, or refrain from collecting assessments, late fees, and interest.
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