‘I had to trust that they would take care of it’: Condo owner still waiting on repairs by HOA
“I had to trust that they would take care of it”: Condo owner still waiting on repairs by HOA nearly 2 years later (WFTV)OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — An Osceola County condominium owner says a bedroom in her unit was stripped down to the studs, after a water leak that her attorney says she legally can’t fix. Her attorney says the condo association for Georgetown at Celebration hasn’t stepped up, even though an engineer’s report showed the damage was coming from the building’s envelope. According to the community’s declarations, window framing and the building’s envelope is the association’s responsibility, meaning the owner can’t fix the damage even if she could afford to. “You put your trust in the association, that’s why you’re paying your dues,” Morales-Cruz said. We reached out by phone and email to the attorney representing the Georgetown at Celebration condo association, but we are still waiting to hear back.wftv.com
Universal’s Velocicoaster shows its teeth as construction walls come down
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando officials brought down construction walls Tuesday on the new anticipated attraction, Jurassic World: Velocicoaster. Full Screen 1 / 5 Jurassic World VelocicoasterIn addition to the construction walls being brought down, the theme park also unveiled new merchandise in a number of its gift shops. Full Screen 1 / 7 Jurassic World Velocicoaster MerchandiseThe new coaster is scheduled to open this summer at Islands of Adventure. On Friday, Universal Orlando posted a new photo showing showing a recently installed entrance sign for the coaster. Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com In the Loop: Theme Park Scoops newsletter, sent every Friday morning.
Temperatures to return to the 80s in Central Florida
The front did its job in getting the rain and clouds pushed out of Central Florida. Wednesday morning, Central Florida will have a low of 49 in Orlando and 44 in Ocala. On Thursday, Central Florida warms up just a little more with a high of 81. By Friday, Central Florida makes it back to a high of 84. For the start of the next work week, some areas might even threaten the 90-degree mark.
Lynx offers rides to Osceola vaccination site for seniors with appointments
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Lynx will offer free transportation to the Osceola County vaccine site at Centro Cristiano Dios De Pactos Church for seniors and those who qualify for the COVID-19 shots. Residents can call 407-742-0000 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to coordinated a ride to the vaccine site. The transportation service will need 48 hours notice. Rides for Saturday or Monday appointments must be made by Thursday at the latest, according to county officials. “Leveraging LYNX’s expertise and resources to fill this gap was a really practical answer to a troubling issue,” Osceola County Commissioner Viviana Janer said.
Missing 14-year-old Florida boy found safe
MIAMI, Fla. – UPDATEA missing 14-year-old Miami boy has been found safe, according to authorities. ORIGINAL STORYA Florida missing child alert has been activated for a 14-year-old Miami boy who hasn’t been seen since Monday. Juan Velasquez could be traveling in a white 2015 Dodge Journey bearing Florida license plate number HJCH61. He was last seen Monday in the area of the 15500 block of Southwest 147 Court in Miami. Velasquez is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Vaccine makers to pledge 240 million doses by end of March
The U.S. could have 240 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March. Pfizer and Moderna have pledged to have a combined 220 million doses available for shipment. Johnson & Johnson, which has not yet been authorized by the U.S., has pledged to also have 20 million doses available by the end of March. In their prepared remarks, they’ve detailed the number of doses they plan to produce and when. Both Pfizer and Moderna also said they expect to increase the number of doses they ship.
Police arrest suspected drunk driver with .77 blood alcohol level
A suspected drunk driver was arrested in Oregon with a blood alcohol level nine times the legal limit, according to KTVZ.com. The driver crashed on Highway 26 Friday afternoon after leading police on a short pursuit, according to a post on the Warm Springs Facebook page. [TRENDING: HOA charges family $927 for trash on curb | Doctor faces hate crime charge in social distancing attack | Mandatory vaccines for first responders?] AdAlong with a blood-alcohol level of .777, the driver had a suspended license for misdemeanor-level DUII, according to the Facebook post. Officers said the driver is facing criminal charges.
19-year-old woman dies in head-on crash in Volusia County
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 19-year-old woman was killed in a head-on crash Monday evening in Volusia County, officials said. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say around 6 p.m. the woman was driving a car west on State Road 46 at Morgan Alderman Road, near the St. Johns River. A 28-year-old driver heading east lost control of his van and crossed onto oncoming traffic, striking the woman’s sedan head-on, a crash report said. A 19-year-old passenger in the woman’s car was badly injured and taken to a hospital, according to troopers. The FHP said the driver of the van suffered minor injuries.
80s to take flight with no rain in sight
(Image credit: John Speck)ORLANDO, Fla. – A new front has moved through Central Florida, bringing cooler afternoon high temperatures, but the “cooldown” won’t last very long. We will see upper 70s on Wednesday, with no chance of rain through the weekend. Afternoon highs will be in the low 80s on Thursday. Highs will top of in the mid 80s from Friday through Sunday. Orlando has a yearly rain deficit of 1.32 inches.
Osceola commissioner accused of impersonating cop could get charge dropped
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – An Osceola County commissioner who was suspended after he was accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer at an HOA meeting could have his charge eventually dropped, court records show. I am with the sheriff’s office. You’re about to get arrested,” Hawkins said to the security guard, according to the warrant. Investigators said he then pushed his body against the security guard who was stationed outside the library and entered the room. The security guard was wearing a body camera.
HOA president accused of using community funds to bail out boyfriend
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – An HOA president and manager used community funds to bail her boyfriend out of jail in North Carolina, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they arrested Sherry Maycumber Raposo, 42, on Thursday after financial crimes unit detectives discovered that she used money from the Turnberry Reserve HOA fund to post her boyfriend’s $25,000 bond. [TRENDING: ‘God, forgive me:’ Mom arrested on murder charge | Trump pushes for 2nd round of $1,200 direct payments | Daylight Saving Time debate]Her HOA company, Management 35, Incorporated, was replaced earlier in the year due to suspicions of fraud, records show. Raposa is facing charges of grand theft and scheme to defraud. She’s being held at the Osceola County Jail on $120,000 bond.
HOA to cut down as many as 400 trees
"The reason we moved into Westyn Bay was because of the trees," said Myra Couzo, who has lived in the gated subdivision since it was built nearly a decade ago. Since Westyn Bay is a gated community, the HOA - not the city - is responsible for maintaining sidewalks and roads within the community. The HOA recently decided to cut down trees in order to minimize repair and liability costs. The Westyn Bay Homeowners Association is holding an informational meeting Monday night about the issue. Although the HOA board has already approved the tree removal plan, some homeowners hope the HOA board will reverse its decision.