July 27, 2021
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HOAs in Aventura, Fla., are now required to share architectural and engineering reports with the city within 24 hours of receiving the documents or face fines and even prison time. The new ordinance, which is a first of its kind in the state, was fueled by the recent collapse of the Champlain Towers South.
Full Story: WPLG-TV (Miami) (7/23) 
Egrets, which are federally protected birds, have been wreaking havoc on one Fort Worth, Texas, community by building nests and dropping odorous excrement onto owners' properties. To combat the issue, the HOA has devised a "battle plan" to keep destructive egrets away that includes trimming trees, placing strange-looking balloons or shiny streamers in trees and using noisy devices.
Full Story: Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (7/22) 
A group of 30-plus HOA representatives in Teller County, Colo., recently gathered to hear expert advice on wildfire mitigation. Loan programs, campfire etiquette and insurance standards were some of the topics covered.
Full Story: The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
A lakefront HOA in Franklin County, Va., is working with the county's planning commission to change its zoning designation from agricultural to residential, which prohibits short-term rentals. Currently the HOA has a covenant banning short-term rentals, but agriculture zoning allows this type of rental.
Full Story: Smith Mountain Laker Magazine (Hardy, Va.) (7/21) 
Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Make staff recognition meaningful by making it timely, specific, sincere, positive and frequent, says Bob Nelson. "I like to think of ways you can work it into your daily pattern, for instance, at a staff meeting Monday morning, that type of thing," he says.
Full Story: Chief Executive (7/21) 
Ethics and Professional Conduct
Employers can improve the diversity of their workforce by prioritizing skills over college education and optimizing the application process for mobile, writes EmployTest CEO and founder Ken Crowell. Be wary of technology and hiring algorithms that can introduce bias into the recruitment process, and instead use tech to eliminate candidate details such as personal data to truly open up hiring to all, Crowell writes.
Full Story: Training magazine (7/15) 
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