If Management was truly concerned with enforcing the rules fairly and promoting a healthy, safe, and pleasant environment then these are the types of violations that need to be addressed--not with fines but rather with courtesy notices at first. If compliance is not achieved that way then stronger letters should be used. If after several attempts of stronger letters compliance is still not reached, then and only then should fines be considered and then only in accordance with FS 718.303 and any other applicable laws, proper notice, committees, etc.
Fines should not be used as a form punishment but rather as a tool to force compliance by unit owners or even the Association, etc. Fines should also be reasonable and appropriate for the violations cited.
Can you think any violation that calls for fines exceeding thousands of dollars? I can not think of too many but soon I will post some other examples of what can and should be given Notices of Violations. Fines should be imposed only if absolutely necessary and only if all other methods of forcing compliance have been exhausted beforehand.
Unfortunately, to the detriment of this Association as a whole, I and others have not been afforded that opportunity.
|I have pictures of this same scene from weeks ago--this is an ongoing and continuing violation. A basic walk through of the property by staff would reveal these obvious violations yet they continue unabated. Why?|