ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE
PROPERTY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION


CHRONOLOGICAL


A. Early Years (1975-1995)

I - IRS

See Current Years (2005-2015)

II - COMMUNITY ISSUES

With expansion of the commercial area and the addition of golf courses on the west side of highway 27/441, residents wanted golf cart access to the facilities on either side. The POA, VHA, and C.I.C. partnered in support for a highway crossing, and the Developer responded by obtaining approval to build the existing golf cart bridge over highway 27/441.

III - HEALTH CARE ISSUES

See Mid Years (1996-2004) & Current Years (2005-2015)

IV - PRODUCT RELIABILITY AND WARRANTY

See Current Years (2005-2015)

V - LEGAL

  • An important additional amendment brought the POA into conformity with Chapter 723 (the Florida Mobile Home Act) which designates a home/property owner association in subdivisions as the legal representative of residents. It also grants the right of first refusal or purchase of recreational facilities and/or other property serving the subdivision in the event the owner/developer offers them for sale.
  • Sales advertisements by the Developer's staff promised free services and privileges for residents depending on when they purchased their units. These services and privileges included free trail fees, free RV storage, and garbage and trash pickup, free cable TV, and protected deed restrictions for residents who had purchased properties in The Villages by certain dates. When these promises were canceled by the Developer, the POA filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of affected residents. A 1991 settlement of the lawsuit "grandfathered" exempted residents from payment of the fees based on their property closing dates.
  • VI - DEVELOPER/SLCDD ISSUES

    • In a meeting with Gary Morse in 1985, POA officers were informed that management would no longer recognize the POA as the spokesperson for residents. Management voiced its support of the newly formed Community Improvement Council (C.I.C.). Meetings with management representatives and the POA to solve minor problems before they became major conflicts were suspended. At a later time meetings were resumed between POA representatives and a designated management employee.
    • In 1991 an unprecedented attempt was made to take over the POA when a slate of candidates was presented opposed to the continuation of the POA efforts in behalf of residents. The residents involved in the attempted takeover became members of the POA for the two months of November and December, and their dues were paid for by the Developer. These candidates were overwhelmingly defeated by a vote of residents. Some of the residents who were involved in the take-over attempt then formed the Developer supported Villages Homeowners Association (VHA).

    VII - LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    See Mid Years (1996-2004) & Current Years (2005-2015)

    VIII - POA DEVELOPMENTS

    In 1975 a group of concerned property owners met to consider options available to them which would provide a more effective means for addressing individual and/or group issues in collaboration with the developer. The result of that meeting was the chartering of the ORANGE BLOSSOM GARDENS PROPERTY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC. [the forerunner of the current Villages Property Owners Association (POA)] as a non-profit corporation on November 20, 1975. The objectives of the original charter and bylaws were to promote good will, friendship and understanding among residents, and to assist the Developer in establishing a community which would be beneficial to both the Developer and property owners. Amendments at a later date extended the objectives to include support of legislation at all levels of government which protect the rights of residents. Residents were also to be advised regarding any legislation that would affect their retirement lifestyle and property investment.

    IX- CULTURAL

    See Mid Years (1996-2004)



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