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L'Hermitage Link Volume 2, Issue 1


L’Hermitage Community Association

Community President’s Report

During the past few weeks, we have listened to the positive comments from our returning residents about how beautiful L'Hermitage is in the winter season. Although we don't have snow, the seasonal lighting and lush landscaping make us all proud to live here. I want to thank the board members and committees for donating their time and energies to keep our community so vibrant. I am also glad that new residents are stepping forward and getting involved in our community.

In January 2004, a new Community Board will take over and there will be many opportunities for our residents to join committees.

Dr. Alex Leeds, President
L’Hermitage Community Association

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Community Update

2003 was a challenging year for Community with unexpected costs and surprises, but we have worked hard to overcome them and have made plans to manage the “surprises of 2003” in the future. Like any business, we continue to grow and do a better job with each passing year.

For me, my biggest objective in 2004 is to continue my efforts to assist the Engineering Committee and Board of Directors towards a final Community Settlement agreement with the Developer. We have had a number of very constructive meetings with the Developer which have set the tone and course of our settlement negotiations.

Our budget for 2004 was increased considerably from 2003, but it is important to remember is primarily due to increased reserve funding and “buying back” a $50,000 surplus rollover. The contributions you make to the reserve fund now will assure the membership that the Association will have the financial resources needed to make timely repairs and replacement of equipment and other components in the future. Today’s buyer recognizes that a fully funded reserve is the sign of a good investment and home to owners who wish to maintain a first class community.

In closing, I want to take a moment to let all of you know how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to represent L’Hermitage in 2003. Our relationship has grown in a very positive way and now with the addition of Don Westbrook we have a fantastic team of Professionals and Owner Volunteers guiding the community. I look forward to our continued success in 2004 and hope that the New Year finds you all in good health and in good spirit.

Sincerely,

Bud Guyer
Co-Manager

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Social Committee

Super Bowl Party - February 1st

Tower I Orchid Room - come watch the game on a 60” TV and root your team on to victory!!

Subs and sodas will be served.

Sign up with your concièrge!!!

Casino Night - March 6th

We are working very hard on our 3rd Annual Casino Night to benefit Breast Cancer Research.

Money is flowing in for reservations, donations and ads for the program book.

Please help make this the most successful event to date.

Contact your concièrge or Hazel Greenberg at (954) 375-5338.

Marilyn Leeds
Social Committee President

Hazel Greenberg
Casino Night Chair

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Annual Meeting Schedule

AssociationAnnual Meeting & Election
 
L’Hermitage IJanuary 6, 2004
L’Hermitage CommunityJanuary 7, 2004 @ Tower I
L’Hermitage IIJanuary 19, 2004 @ Tower II

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First Meeting of L’Hermitage Men's Club

After breakfast was served to the many men attending at the Pool Café, Billy Lazarus, Organizer-Extraordinaire, called the first meeting of the L’Hermitage Men’s Club to order on Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 11:00 AM.

Election of Officers:

  • The First order of business was the election of officers, as follows:
President: Billy Lazarus
Vice President: Mark Hamelsky
Treasurer: Ian Speisman
Secretary: Allan Greenberg

New Business:

  • The format of future meetings was discussed. It was generally agreed that each Sunday breakfast meeting would be followed by a presentation by an invited guest or by one of our colleagues. There would be about four to six meetings per year depending on owner interest. We are interested in ideas on presenters and topics.

Payment of Dues was discussed:

  • Suggestions ranged from pay as you go to each meeting to annual dues of $25 - $30. This will be discussed further at our next meeting. Bring yourself!!! Bring Your Ideas!!! Bring Your Checkbook!!!

Presentation by Jim Naugle, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale:

  • Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle
    Mayor Jim Naugle
    Jim Naugle was elected Mayor of Fort Lauderdale in 1991 and re-elected with no opposition in February 1997. He has served on the City Commission since 1985, and on City Boards since 1976.

The first presentation to L’Hermitage Men’s Club was both stimulating and provocative. We are grateful to our Mayor for launching our Club in such an outstanding way.


  • The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 PM in time to watch the Dolphins game.

Second Meeting of L’Hermitage Men's Club

Next Meeting: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 10:00 AM at Pool Café with Presentation by Christine Teel, Commissioner of District 1, Fort Lauderdale

  • Commissioner Christine Teel
    Commissioner Christine Teel
    Newly elected Commissioner Christine Teel is focusing in on District 1 which contains L'Hermitage Condominium. A Fort Lauderdale resident and active volunteer for over 30 years, Commissioner Teel has identified a wide range of priorities, including master-planning of business corridors along Oakland Park and Commercial Boulevards, airport noise reduction, density and growth, waterway cleanup, code enforcement, refurbishing existing parks and identifying new locations. She is committed to identifying where tax dollars are spent and re-directing them to address the priorities of her constituents.

Join your Men’s Club for what should be an interesting and enjoyable morning on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 10:00 AM in the Ocean Room, Tower II. Complimentary continental breakfast will be served. Please sign up with Concièrge.

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Defibrillator

Did You Know...

Open Defibrillator Apply Pads Follow Voice Commands

Did you know that we have a Defibrillator in the lobby and at the Café? What is it you say! A Defibrillator is a piece of medical equipment that can be used to restore a heart to a normal beat after the onset of a heart attack. All of our security staff has been trained in the use of the Defibrillator and you now have the opportunity to be trained too. If interested, please contact the management office for class times, cost is approximately $45 and includes an American Red Cross Certificate in the use of the Defibrillator.

 

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L’Hermitage I Condominium Association, Inc.

From the President

As we come to the end of the year and the beginning of a new year, we take stock of how life in our building has improved, and how things could improve even more in the future. Despite physical problems with some of our building systems, life at L’Hermitage I has continued to get better from services to social life and from amenities to management.

A lot of these improvements are directly due to the work and efforts of our owners who actively participate in the work of our Committees through open meetings and discussions throughout the course of the year in order to provide the Board with alternatives and recommendations to improve our building and its environment.

We have found the Committee system to be an effective means of owners’ participation, open to all, and a system that will avoid the pitfalls of a few making decisions for the many. I encourage all of our owners, to the extent possible, to participate in our Committees if they are not able to participate as members of the Board.

Sincerely,

Will Montes de Oca, President
L’Hermitage I Condominium

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L’Hermitage I Condominium Association Manager

I would like to welcome back all of the residents who are returning to L’Hermitage for the winter season. I look forward to meeting all of you. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that there will be much more traffic on the L’Hermitage roadway and in the garage as residents return for the season and I ask that everyone take a little extra care while driving and parking.

Additionally, there will be more guests and service providers coming to L’Hermitage. This is to remind everyone that the parking along the roadway is by valet only. Please ask your guests and service providers to be patient with valet as they do their best to take care of everyone. When the parking areas are full it will be necessary for valet to direct the overflow to the public lots outside the main entrance to L’Hermitage or to the public lots along the Galt Mile.

The L’Hermitage I staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Best Regards,

Donald Westbrook
General Manager

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L’Hermitage II Condominium Association Manager

Happy New Year! The upcoming year will bring to closure a project we have been working on for some time... the Developer Settlement. A formal settlement agreement was signed on September 8, 2003. As a result of our negotiations, the Developer is making numerous repairs to our building, including terrace edges and parapet walls. Additionally, we accepted title to Unit 303 which has been sold resulting in a net of $173,000 to the Association. The Developer has constructively worked towards remedying our access problems to the north roof equipment rooms by adding a proposed walkway addition to the north tower.

Currently, the Developer’s crew is working its way around the building making the repairs to the terrace edges and parapet walls. This work is expected to take 120 days to complete, but has already been delayed by rain and wind. The $173,000 derived from the sale of Unit 303 has been deposited in the reserve fund with $98,000 being credited directly to “Waterproofing and Painting”. By distributing the money this way we are now fully funded in this area and financially ready to waterproof and paint the building upon the completion of the developer’s work. The balance of the money has been distributed to various components in the reserve fund, and will help to offset increases in your reserve fund contributions over the next few years. Last but not least, the architectural drawings for the new walkway have already passed the City’s Administrative Review Board and are now being engineered by the Developer. If all goes well we hope to start this project immediately after the permits are approved.

Going into 2004, it is my goal to finish up our brass restoration project in the elevators and get started on a wood restoration project. It is my objective to return the elevators to a first class condition, simultaneously implementing a preventive maintenance program.

Congratulations to the Board of Directors! Our current Board members were the only members submitting a Notice of Intent to run for the Board, and as a result no election will be required.

Bud Guyer
General Manager

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ATTENTION

Please keep your foyer doors closed at all times.

Open doors allow wind into the elevator shafts which can adversely affect their operation.

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Concièrge Department

Tower I

Pablo, Concièrge
Open Monday through Friday
10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Desk # (954) 375-3100 ext. 5
Fax # (954) 568-5740

Tower II

Lorraine, Concièrge
Open Monday through Friday
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Desk # (954) 375-3900 ext. 5
Fax # (954) 537-3563

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Thank You

The Employees of L’Hermitage wish to thank all who contributed to the holiday fund.

Again ...Thanks!

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Beach and Pool Committee

Cabañas on L’Hermitage BeachFor those residents who have been away, “Welcome Back”.

L’Hermitage PoolsWe have installed new cushions on all of our lounges on the Pool Deck.

We continue to store the Cabañas flat and have had ZERO DAMAGE since we have switched to this method. Our new Gas Heaters have been installed to keep our pools and spas comfortable.

As reminder for all residents and guests:

  • All beach lounges and lounges on the Pool Deck must be covered with a beach towel.
  • All guests of residents must carry a “guest pass”.

I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year

Arthur Feuer
Chairman

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Reminder

 Your first quarter assessment is due January 1, 2004.


L’Hermitage Café

Chef Marci Boland

Open Seven Day a Week
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Dinners Served Friday and Sunday Nights
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sunday Brunch
9:00 AM to 12 Noon

If You are having a party, Catering Menus are available at the Concièrge desk.

Lunch Menu

Traditional Greek Salad
Classic Caeser Salad
Café Salad
Grilled Mahi Nicoise Salad

Tuna Salad
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Roast Turkey Breast
Curried Chicken Salad Wrap

L’Hermitage Burger/Cheeseburger
Kosher Hot Dog
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Veggie Burger

For more information and pricing, see menus at bulletin boards and concièrge desks.

 

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