|9/27/2012 - Web Site in the Sun-Sentinel News|
|The following article on the Green Cay Village News web site appeared in yesterday's Sun-Sentinel.|
Community awards are well deserved
by Daniel Vasquez - On Condos 9/26/2012
Maybe you live in an award-winning condominium or homeowners community and don't even know it. Well, it's time to be recognized.
Honoring and highlighting the best practices of Florida shared communities is the mission behind the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards. The program is now accepting entries for its fifth annual awards season.
Think about Green Cay Village in Boynton Beach, a condo and townhouse community of middle-income owners and renters. And home to one of the most cutting-edge Websites I have come across. While it's still true that many shared communities do not maintain web sites, this community shows how it can be done in style.
Visit http://www.greencayvillagenews.com and you'll find a site that offers helpful, useful features, from neighborhood crime alerts to larger type font for owners with sight problems, from online copies of governing documents to notices about proposed special assessments.
The site is published and maintained by Green Cay condo association president Peter Schulz, and is one of the reasons the community earned the top prize in its category in the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards two years ago.
And Schulz, along with the residents who help him stay abreast of what is going on in the community, is the reason the site is even better today. Check out the photos from Tropical Storm Isaac, for instance, that show the lawns and landscape flooded but not the units themselves.
"The Website as a way to do something for the community and help people out," Schulz said.
Recognition from the Excellence Awards, the only independent statewide competition for shared communities, also serves other communities which can learn from the varied accomplishments that would otherwise go unnoticed.
"These communities are a microcosm of some of the challenges that neighborhoods and cities across Florida are facing," said Alan Penchansky, executive director of the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards. "They have also been innovators in getting out in front of challenges, like cutting energy and water consumption, promoting neighborhood safety and coping with financial pressures brought on by the economic downturn and real estate market collapse."
Last year's winners included the Tuscany Bay HOA in Boynton Beach, which won in the category of Financial Innovation for renegotiating vendor contracts to save money and lowering overall energy use; and Edgewater Condominium in Coral Springs in the Comeback Kid category for working with owners to make the community as safe and clean as possible.
For more on the awards, visit http://www.communitiesofexcellence.net.
Peter Schulz - Editor - Email TCRP