Miami Herald: Condo Associations Struggle to Fill Boards

A domino effect from Florida’s sweeping condominium law changes is that South Florida associations are having a difficult time finding owners willing to serve on the Board of Directors of their buildings, according to a new Miami Herald column. That is not a concern at Coral Gables condo building Merrick Manor, which has a fully intact board and a clean bill of fiscal health. 

Association attorney Gabriella Ruiz’s column details the challenges occurring at many local condo buildings, as boards grapple with increasing monthly dues and special assessments to cover restoration projects necessary to comply with new state requirements. Volunteering to serve on association boards is simply not worth the added stress for many owners. 

“At some communities, members of their board of directors are being forced to devote exorbitant amounts of time per week to association matters,” Ruiz writes. “They are being tasked to vet vendors, coordinate the completion of inspections and reserve studies, and oversee dramatically rising annual budgets while also controlling the daily operations of the association… For some communities, the regularly scheduled board meetings have evolved to such a level of hostility between the board and unit owners that they have become intolerable for the directors.” 

Merrick Manor bucks this broader trend thanks to a proactive developer, hands-on management team and engaged Board of Directors that collectively prioritize the building’s physical and financial well-being.  

Located at 301 Altara Avenue, the 10-story, 227-residence Merrick Manor’s pet-friendly amenities and lifestyle truly cannot be beat. Merrick Manor is just steps away from the world-class Shops at Merrick Park and has a Zillow Walk Score of 77, making it “very walkable.”  

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty is the exclusive residential sales and marketing representative for Merrick Manor. 

For more information about the residences at Merrick Manor, visit our Model Residence 527 on the at 301 Altara Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 – or contact the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty team by calling (305) 779-6870. Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment.