May 8, 2018
As the 2018 hurricane season fast approaches, the Caribé continues to intensify our preparedness for these weather emergencies. Our experiences during Hurricane Irma provided us with valuable information. The highest incidents of water incursion into units during that storm came from three sources:
- Wind-driven rain was forced through air conditioner units
- Air conditioner covers on the 10-stack (east façade) incurred damage
- Jalousie doors, with their flat door saddles and flat-bottomed doors, were ineffective as water levels rose on many balconies
In an effort to improve protection for all units, the Association has introduced new measures to reduce the incidence of water incursions. All of the air conditioner covers on the 10-stack have been upgraded and/or replaced to provide a more effective barrier against storm damage.
As a result of discussion and input from members at our April Board of Directors Meeting, it was decided to install plexiglass shields on all air conditioner covers, (stacks 2 through 9), that have balcony access. The initial installations/fittings will be done by our maintenance staff and will involve drilling several screws into the metal a/c covers to secure the new shields. All shields will be numbered in the upper left corner with its corresponding unit # to provide easy identification and installation. When not in use, the shields MUST be stored in the designated labeled storage receptacles on floor locker rooms or meter rooms.
Please note the following:
- AC units should NOT be used while a shield is in place, as this may result in permanent damage to the air conditioner.
- All units with members/relatives currently NOT in residence will have their shields installed by the association by June 1, 2018. Owners whose units have their air conditioners running, will be contacted by the office.
- All occupied units will have their shields fitted by the association and stored in the designated locations on each floor.
- Upon arrival, it is the owners’ responsibility to make sure that the shield has been removed, prior to running the air conditioner. The owner will have the option to remove the shield themselves, or contact the office for assistance (see costs below). Once removed, the screws MUST be screwed back into the white metal air conditioner cover (to avoid losing them) and then place the plexiglass shield in the designated area on floor.
- Upon your departure, the unit owner will have the option to retrieve their shield from the storage area and re-install the plexiglass onto their air conditioner cover or contact the office for assistance (see costs below). As it is the responsibility of the unit owners to ensure that the shields are in place when the unit is unoccupied from June 1st through November 30th of each year, if the unit owner neglects to do so, the association will install the shield at the owners’ expense.
- Owners who wish to have an air conditioner running while they are out of residence are advised to ONLY use the bedroom unit.
- The Association will be absolved from liability for any damages, collateral or otherwise, that result when no shield has been installed.
- The Association will be absolved from liability for any damages, collateral or otherwise, that result due to AC usage while the shield is on.
- Unit owners can contact the office by phone at (954) 776-6484 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions/concerns or to arrange for installation or removal of the shields by our maintenance staff.
- Units will be invoiced at the following rates:
- $25 for replacement of shield
- $10 for installation of the shield by our maintenance staff after 6/1/18
- $10 for removal of the shield by our maintenance staff after 6/1/18
It is our hope that these measures will provide a greater level of protection for our members during hurricane season. Unfortunately, the Association cannot prevent the type of water incursions that results from reliance on metal window shutters, door caps or jalousie doors. Owners of such units must rely on their own preparations to ensure protection.
Our best wishes for a great hurricane-free summer and a safe return to the Caribé!
Kate Mullan, President
Andy Nigro, Vice President
Michael Lyon, Treasurer
Peter Muratore, Secretary
Dr. Alex Moyyad, Director
Karen Pontano, Director
Joe Valenti, Director