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February 24, 2015 -- Sun Sentinel -- By Mary Shanklin -- Winter Springs -- Shirley Lofgren, 85, is being forced to sell the sun-filled, waterfront condo she and her husband bought nine years ago for less than a third of the $217,000 they paid for it.
The sale is allowed under a "condominium termination" law passed by the Legislature in 2007.
"Nobody can believe this is legal -- that they can just take your home and they'll give you what they want to give you," said the former Chicago resident, whose husband now lives in a nearby Alzheimer's treatment center.
Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Clearwater, said Lofgren and condo owners across Florida are being "divested" of their own homes.
Under the law, developers must get an appraisal to determine the value of a home. But Sprowls said owners are left with little negotiating leverage.
"In this situation, these people are not being permitted to stay in their homes, and that's just wrong," said Sprowls, who has proposed a reform bill that would pay relocation fees and above-market value for condo owners who live in their units.
The law, passed in order to reinvigorate stalled condo projects, lets developers take title to condos when only 20 percent of the units are in the hands of individual owners.
Throughout the state since the law was passed, developers and investors have used the condo-termination law to take ownership of more than 11,000 condominiums in 160 condo complexes, according to records from the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In Central Florida, Enders Place at Baldwin Park, Conway Forest, Esplanade Condos, Harbor Beach, Summerlin at Winter Park and Harbor Bay Retirement Village are among the condominium projects that have gone through a wholesale change of ownership.
Many condo complexes had been apartments before converting to condominiums during the real-estate boom of a decade ago. Now they are reverting back to apartments as rental demand grows.
Outside the sliding-glass doors of Lofgren's home, the green lawn is trimmed. The developer, Prestwick Partners LLC, has painted apartment buildings cheery shades of yellows and blues to entice renters as it urges Lofgren and other remaining condo owners to sell.
Representing Prestwick Partners LLC, Miami lawyer Michael Cosculluela contacted Lofgren's family last week urging it to accept the offer to sell her unit to Prestwick. In an email, Cosculluela told them that the company is "under considerable pressure from the lender to simply file suit for ejectment [eviction]," and that if Lofgren seeks a higher price through the courts and then fails, "it will result in far less money for her unit after attorney's fees and costs."
April Woods, whose company owns a unit in the same complex, said Prestwick is attempting to acquire ownership of the units by amending the condo documents. She said she has contested it in Seminole County courts.
The developer Prestwick Partners LLC has offered Lofgren the chance to rent her home from it at a reduced rate.
At her condo, Lofgren walks onto her patio and fills a water bowl for a stray cat that has wandered up. She said she loves her place, which was bought mostly with cash, and would prefer to stay. She still has to pay off a $20,000 mortgage that paid for travertine tile, custom molding, granite counters and fireplace upgrades.
The octogenarian said she isn't certain that she would she have enough money left from the sale of her condo to rent it back for the remainder of her days.
Up until 2007, all the owners in a condominium project had to agree to terminate their ownership. In 2007, legislators changed the laws so that only 80 percent of owners had to agree to end their ownership.
The law became the "Distressed Condominium Relief Act" in 2010, and it helped restore Florida's bottomed-out condominium market by encouraging lenders and developers to take over the condo projects with "fractured" ownership, said Fort Lauderdale attorney Mark Grant, who helped author that legislation.
"That worked very well. Bulk buyers came in droves," Grant said.
Condo complexes had been so empty that the few remaining holdout owners were saddled with association fees, maintenance costs and taxes, he added.
Grant said some of the provisions in Sprowls' proposed bill are "poison pills" that could limit investors' appetite to reclaim challenged condo complexes. They would be more likely to encounter financial obstacles from trying to buy out remaining owners.
Grant said he is working with Sen. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, on a compromise measure. Among other things, developers would have more opportunities to terminate ownership if condo owners initially rejected the idea.
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Winter Park 'Breast Reduction'
February 12, 2015 -- Winter Park Voice -- By Anne Mooney -- At 11:30 on the morning of February 11, 2015, a big yellow crane flattened the iconic breast-shaped roofs of the building at 2600 Lee Road formerly known as the Booby Trap. In a unanimous vote December 8, 2014, the Winter Park City Commission voted to purchase the property for $990,000 -- a premium above the appraised value of $830,000. The deal closed shortly thereafter on January 28, 2015.
Former Booby Trap Up for Sale
As the double domed-shaped roofs collapsed, Mayor Kenneth Bradley erected a For Sale sign and the property went on the market for $1 Million.
Recently known as Club Rio, the former Booby Trap has gone the way of other local watering holes such as Tom & Jerry's and the Red Fox at the Mt. Vernon Inn. This is part of a larger effort by the City to "clean up" the Lee Road gateway into Winter Park.
In a Media Alert, the stated rationale for purchasing this property was to "eliminate significant... police/criminal activity, eliminate repeated code violations... and improve one of the city's main gateways."
Source of Drug, Criminal Activity
Bradley said the City has already received expressions of interest in the property and that its commercial zoning would make it a good site for an office or restaurant. Bradley said the City was getting rid of an "eyesore" and was making an important investment, an investment that will improve the area. The properties immediately east of the Booby Trap, at 2540 Lee Road and 2566 Lee Road, are owned by Bradley's employer, Florida Hospital.
"Off the Record," a Few Neighbors Will Miss It
Mike Gottlieb, a neighbor who rode his bike to witness the demolition, remarked that this was a sad day for him. "Now I won't be able to tell people how to find my house," he said.
Another bystander, Winter Park resident Hilary Blessler, objected to the cost paid by the city, noting that money might be better used for trees or schools. Another bystander, who requested his name be withheld, said, "This will improve our neighborhood and raise our property values but," he said, referring to the old club, "off the record, it was a hell of a lot of fun." -- Read on.
The Booby Trap Goes 'Bust'
December 6, 2014 -- Orlando Sentinel -- By Steven Lemongello
The former Booby Trap on Lee Road is not long for this world.
The Winter Park City Commission voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to purchase the structure -- and added an amendment to raze it immediately.
The owner of the breast-shaped building offered to sell the property to the city to resolve a potential legal dispute. Adult nightclubs are normally not allowed in commercial zones, but the club was grandfathered in after annexation from Orange County in 2003 -- as long as it was open at last once in 90 days, which the city claims the tenant has failed to do.
The owner, 2600 Lee Road LLC, asked for $990,000.While the property was appraised at $830,000, City Manager Randy Knight said that the city would save on legal, law enforcement and city code costs in the long run by paying the asking price.
Resident Steven Roberts said that he opposed buying the property for above the appraised value, saying that "you're taking a $160,000 loss for the sake of getting rid of a couple of boobs on the road."
Knight said that the owner had originally asked for $1.5 million and the price was actually bargained down.
While there have been serious and half-serious suggestions online and elsewhere that the building be moved and preserved somewhere -- "Somebody's going to think it's historic," Mayor Ken Bradley jokingly said -- Commissioner Carolyn Cooper added an amendment to raze the building as soon as the city code allows, likely within 30 days.
"If we're going to pay above market value for it, I want it down now," Cooper said.
During the entire discussion and vote, except for Roberts' comments, the building's former names and its shape were only alluded to and never mentioned.
The unique architecture of the nightclub has gone through many changes, from the original Booby Trap -- once topped with pink lights -- to being painted as two soccer balls during the World Cup, to more recent incarnations as Club Harem, Club Rio and the current tenant, Christie's Cabaret.
Booby Trap's Previous Incarnations
Booby Trap Now
The news of the potential sale has garnered interest from as far away as New Delhi, where India Today ran an online story complete with a birds-eye view from above.
The building was most recently in the news for a 2008 undercover police investigation at Club Harem that led to a federal lawsuit by its owners. The case, Hugh Johnson Enterprises vs. City of Winter Park, was settled in 2011 for $250,000. -- See ILUVWinterPark.
WINTER PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT works for all its residents and community stakeholders to have the safest experience possible as they live, conduct business and play in our community. The purpose of this notification is not to alarm you but to provide valuable information regarding the increase of property crimes, specifically burglaries occurring to residences throughout the Central Florida area, including Winter Park. Although, property crimes are of concern at this time, violent crime continues to remain very low in Winter Park and Winter Park remains one of the safest communities to reside in throughout Central Florida.
Winter Park and Central Florida in general is currently experiencing daytime burglaries to both residences and vehicles and burglaries continue to be a statewide concern. Through our collaboration with other agencies across Florida, several common threads appear.
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES: Burglars are working together in groups (multiple perpetrators), canvassing specific neighborhoods in the early morning hours and targeting a specific residence or group of residences. They knock on doors to determine occupancy of the residence and leave the area. The same group returns a short time later and either backs into the driveway or parks on the street in front of the residence and usually makes entry in the rear of the residence. These groups of burglars have been known to use “look-outs”. The suspects are usually dressed appropriately (business attire or medical scrub type uniforms) for the neighborhood in attempts to minimize others noticing them and deeming them “out of place”.
Common items being stolen are jewelry, high-end electronics, firearms (in some cases) and vehicles (keys left out for easy taking). Suspect vehicles include a blue BMW, a blue Mini Cooper and the use of rentals has been noted as well.
VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Vehicles parked at playgrounds and parks, athletic fields and parking lots where the driver will most likely be gone for a period of time (medical related businesses, gyms, grocery stores) are being targeted. Items that are left out in plain view are being stolen after the suspect smashes the window. Items commonly taken are purses, small electronics (GPS and cell phones, laptops) and money.
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY should you see anything suspicious in your area. There have been several incidents where neighbors have seen something out of place and have not called. DO NOT APPROACH any vehicles or suspects but be prepared to provide detailed information to the 911 operator who is collecting the information and sharing it in real time with responding officers. Helpful information you might be able to provide would include description of the vehicle, any license plate numbers, number of suspects and a detailed description of their clothing and appearance and direction of travel.
WINTER PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT encourages everyone to secure their homes and vehicles, even if you will be gone for “just a few minutes”. Never leave any valuables in plain view in your vehicle.
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Actual Lakeside Manor resident's letter of concern
From Winter Park Police Department
Historically, Winter Park Has enjoyed a relatively low crime rate. This can be attributed to the vigilant actions of our residents as well as the proactive actions taken by our Police Department. This fact is most evident as the neighboring communities that surround Winter Park have all seen status quo in the number of crimes reported while our numbers have decreased during the last few months. However, recently there have been several daytime burglaries west of the downtown area and with your help, we would like to get ahead of this trend before others get victimized. Therefore, we wanted to remind you to please remain vigilant and take the following precautions;
FREE residential and commercial security surveys are available by calling 407-599-3301. Also, if you or any other Lakeside Manor resident wishes to be on our mailing list, contact us here. See our Privacy Statement.
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not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe
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When the summer approaches... you need to clean your air conditioner drain every 30 days with white vinegar, followed by a quart of warm water to clean out the sludge.
Use 1 cup of undiluted white vinegar. When you pour the vinegar and then the water on the pan or down the drain pipe, depending on the model of your air handler, you will see the sludge actually come out the drainpipe outside your unit.
This action can save costly repair bills. And don’t forget if you are on the ground floor, to check and see that the drain outlet is clear of soil and debris. If not, ask someone to clean it out for you if you are not able to complete the task yourself. If you need further instruction, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Bird at 800-528-0413, Ext. 354 and he will be happy to instruct you over the phone at no cost. See Computer Tips.
FLOORING...If you live on the second floor at Lakeside Manor especially, and you have flooring other than carpeting with pad, you need to be aware that your privacy is at risk and more than likely it has been compromised. Due to the concrete floor construction and no sound deadening space between the floors, most activities by second-floor dwellers can be heard by ground-floor residents, even their more intimate sounds. This issue can be corrected only with the installation of good quality pad and carpet, which is the flooring used when the complex was originally constructed well before the advent of today's flooring materials. Many latter-day flooring materials are known to transmit nuisance sound even laterally down through the walls. Laminate flooring is the worst offender. The experience of ground-floor residents can be that of living inside a bell along with having the unfortunate ability to track every move their upstairs neighbors make. How's that for your privacy?
WATER HEATER…If you live on the second floor at Lakeside Manor especially, be
sure to take note of when your hot water heater was purchased-installed.
A smart thing to do is to put the date on the unit itself with a permanent
marker pen. The water heater is one thing we all tend to forget about
until there is a leak or malfunction.
Some owners replace their hot water heaters every 10 years, knowing that the life expectancy is not very much longer. Units belonging to absentee owners can be vacant for long periods of time, so this is a smart idea.
Recently, a ground floor owner just happened to have a housekeeper over to clean before returning after a few weeks away. An upstairs leak was found that nobody knew was leaking. The second floor unit is owned by an absentee owner. A few more days, and there would have been a severe mold and mildew problem and major reconstruction would have been needed.
Boric Acid + Sugar is recommended for getting rid of bugs... Mix (3 parts Borax to 1 part sugar) for getting rid of roaches. It's extremely effective because the Borax acts similarly to commercial roach killing sprays by dehydrating the pests' exoskeleton. The sugar just acts as a bait. The borax is a pretty safe product, too. Note: Some Lakeside Manor residents reportedly use Splenda or other Aspartame products with great success.
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Congratulations with many thanks
Congratulations to the Lake Side Manor Social Committee members, Isabelle and Pat for spearheading the November painting and decorating of the clubhouse, as well as Monica Hicks for her seasonal theme artwork on the clubhouse windows. And thanks to Margaret Moran for the donation of an original Hal McIntosh oil painting (see others below) to hang over the clubhouse fireplace. Hal's work has been recently featured at the Casa Feliz Museum in Winter Park. In addition, a 'Well Done' appreciation is hereby expressed to all the 2011 board members for their selfless service. Congratulations also to the newly appointed 2012 board. And 'Happy Holidays' to all members-residents.
Paintings by Hal McIntosh of Winter Park
also to all the volunteers, i.e., Isabelle, Frank, Pat, Betty, Bill, Matt,
Jenna, Dave, Joan, Julio, Sada, Eleanor, Mary, Jean, and Kay for their
hard work with the latest 'Yard Sale'. The newly acquired funds will be
used for replacement of signs around the complex, new flowers and various
other social events to come. Thanks again, folks … you are all great.
Report any life threatening and criminal activities, which endanger life, safety and property. Call 911.
Report any non-life threatening activities and/or non-emergencies, which otherwise potentially endanger health, safety and property. Call 407-644-1313.
Cover infants and other children with appropriate protective swimming briefs to avoid pool contamination. Chlorinated water does not eliminate health risk. Also, see Lakeside Manor Rules and Regulations.
Keep all drinks and food out of the fenced swimming pool area. (This is an insurance and liability issue, as well as a legal requirement.)
Keep the gates of the swimming pool area closed at all times. Bathers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a resident at all times. (This is an insurance, liability, and legal requirement.)
Avoid installing tile and laminate floors in 2nd story units to comply with local and state law to avoid any acoustical nuisance for ground floor residents.
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Lake Killarney Personal Profiles
Featuring Lake Killarney Residents
This month, LakeKillarney.com features profiles of the Frank Cuff's and David Wright's of Lakeside Manor Condominiums, along with retired Lakeside Manor maintenance chief, Dan Sadler, with a special recognition for long-time Lake Killarney resident, Clyde Woody as well as Lionel Nelson, retired USPS carrier for the Lake Killarney community.
Frank W. Cuff married his wife, Isabelle, in November of 1955. They have four kids and eight grand kids. Three of their kids live in the Orlando area and another in California.
Frank and Isabelle bought a home in Winter Park back in 1959, which they sold and moved to Lakeside Manor in December 1992.
Frank trained and raced harness horses each winter at the old Ben White Raceway on Lee Road, in Orlando, until 1970.
He retired from Winter Park Sprint Telephone in November of 1992 as Material and Fleet Manager. Frank's a member of the Central Florida Blood Bank ... 73 gallons and counting ... and both Frank and Isabelle are members of the St. Margaret Mary Church of Winter Park, where they do volunteer work.
They like to attend their grand kids' frequent and varied sports activities and they share a very close relationship with their entire family by way of cookouts for which Isabelle 'just loves' to cook.
Frank and Isabelle are among the most active Lakeside Manor members and have been long time members of the Social Committee. They've served many hours at planting flowers and beautifying the Lakeside Manor property, as well. Many thanks, to Frank and Isabelle Cuff and congratulations on your upcoming wedding anniversary!
David Wright and his wife, Joan, were married in September, 1995. Between them, they now have nine children, twenty-two grand kids and two great grand kids. Needless to say, Christmas is 'down-Wright' expensive! Especially since all of them are up North. The Wright's make a journey twice a year, at least, to see everybody.
David is a retired sound and video engineer, Joan a retired legal secretary. David is now back on his feet after successful hip replacement surgery.
We all look forward to seeing Dave around and about Lakeside Manor real soon. Best wishes, Dave and Joan!
Dan Sadler, the former Lakeside Manor Condominiums maintenance chief, is a resident of Oviedo, FL, and his wife's name is Gisela. Dan and Gisela have two sons. Dan retired from the Maryland, USPS as a letter carrier of 28 years. Dan has a 'can do' attitude about everything, along with a smile. Thanks for your service, Dan, and best wishes!
Clyde, or CW, is the most senior of Lake Killarney residents having resided here since October, 1970. He joined the staff of the former Musician's Club of America in 1970 when what's now known as Lakeside Manor Condominiums was first built. John Hildebrand, the owner and developer, hired Clyde as the first maintenance chief and Homer Gray, who administered the transition to condominium, kept Clyde on as an employee. Dorothy Brown was the first staff secretary.
Clyde married his current wife, Beulah, in July, 1975. Beulah was the Musician's Club secretary at the time. Together, they are the most senior married residents at Lakeside Manor.
Clyde saw military service in the U. S. Navy and is the father of a son and a daughter. They, in turn, have ten children between them and Clyde now has ten great grandchildren, as well. Clyde retired from the LMCA staff in December of 2000. Special thanks, Clyde and Beulah, for your years of service, and best wishes to you and your family!
Nelson, a former Marine and Vietnam Nam veteran,
who recently retired from the USPS after serving the Lake Killarney community
for over 20 years. Good luck, Lionel.
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