By Bari Auerbach
The first Breakfast Meeting of 2017 for the Aventura Marketing Council/ Chamber of Commerce was ruled supremely successful when Association Law Group and Hotwire Communications co-hosted the event for the fifth consecutive year.
The esteemed panel of judges from the North Dade Justice Center and Coral Gables Branch included: Assoc. Administrative Judge Linda Singer Stein, Judge Gina Beovides, Judge Betty Capote, Judge Jason Emilios Dimitris, Judge Carlos Guzman, Judge Myriam Lehr, Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz and Judge Diana Vizcaino. Judge Stan Blake (Ret.), Blake Mediation, as emcee/showman extraordinaire, regaled the hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel with his quick wit and humor.
New AMC Chair Gary Pyott of FirstService Residential welcomed guests along with Association Law Group managing partner Ben Solomon and Carl Lender, Executive Vice President of Sales for Hotwire Communications.
Special recognition was given to outgoing AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss Serota Helfman. For 13 years of serving with “class and plenty of humor” he was presented with a personalized AMC gavel; and a $1,000 donation to the Miami-Dade Urban Debate League for which he now serves as Chair. The generous contribution will help support debate programs for inner-city high school students.
Presenting further evidence benefiting the community, the judges spoke about proactive initiatives.
Judge Biovedes explained the easiest way for couples to obtain a marriage license is by filling out forms online before coming together to obtain a license at a branch court.
Judge Capote warned unpaid red light camera tickets can lead to license suspensions and doubled fines. She recommended updating home addresses and routinely visiting the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles website to ensure licenses are currently valid.
Judge Lehr said pro se litigants, those who don’t hire an attorney, should be especially cognizant of following procedural instructions. She emphasized, “Judges are here to help and make sure you are afforded due process.”
Judge Stein and Judge Guzman discussed garnishments and other ways to collect on judgments.. Judge Dimitris suggested litigants consider mediation or being represented by an attorney to present the best case or help make collection easier for prevailing parties.
Judge Vizcaino noted 19 county court judges assigned to the Civil Division in Miami-Dade preside over cases involving landlord/tenant and small claims matters, auto negligence, personal injury, unpaid benefits, uncontested divorces and other general civil matters.
Judge Schwartz encouraged the community to learn more about changes in landlord/tenant laws relating to evictions involving the sale of foreclosed properties and unlawful detainers; redefined disability and service animal regulations; and rental application processing time frames for service members.
Hotwire recently relocated its headquarters from Philadelphia, PA to Fort Lauderdale. Hotwire provides the “power of fiber optics” to benefit 100,000 customers in 17 states. The company’s fiber optic network has expanded tremendously and is now the cable provider for premier communities throughout Florida. State-of-the-art “Fision” and megabit bandwidth technologies enable Hotwire to offer faster fiber optic, customized TV, digital voice and smart phone services to customers including HOAs, luxury condos, commercial properties, hotels, student and senior housing.
Association Law group, renowned for innovative legal solutions, is a full-service law firm representing hundreds of HOAs and condos throughout the state, primarily as their general counsel. Services encompass contract preparation, interpretation of statutes, litigation, collection of past due assessments, addressing illegal tenant situations and other non-compliance issues relating to an association’s governing documents. ALG is also affiliated with Title Company of Florida focusing on closing residential and commercial transactions for domestic and international clients.