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In Seven Bridges, Another Attempt To Oust The Board, Led By 78-Year-Old

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DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A small but vocal group of homeowners in the 701-house community of Seven Bridges is again fighting to oust the Board of Directors. The drama this time: the seemingly incomprehensible surprise that when GL Homes turned over the community of million dollar homes to the homeowners association, the builder stopped subsidizing life behind the Lyons Road gates. As builders often do, GL Homes kept HOA dues artificially low by subsidizing or covering landscaping, yoga classes, an on-site restaurant, and security as an incentive to sell homes. But once all homes were sold, GL stopped paying, and homeowners were shocked that $300 a month in HOA fees suddenly became more than $1000 a month.

The fee is on-par with similar non-country club communities in the area with similar amenities, including ”The Oaks” at Clint Moore Road and US 441. Country clubs — including St. Andrews, Boca Grove, Polo Club, and Boca West require initiation fees roughly in the area of $100,000. Seven Bridges, which offers many country club-style amenities, does not.

”The monthly HOA fees at The Oaks are $935.93, which does not include residential landscaping,” wrote a Seven Bridges Board Member to those disgruntled over HOA fees. “The Oaks also has an $1,800 annual minimum spend on food.”

Many of those complaining were seemingly incentivized to move to Seven Bridges from Long Island after seeing flashy ads on Jetblue’s inflight TV system while flying to South Florida on discounted tickets. The irony is not lost on homeowners not complaining.

”These people were flying on a discount airline and thought they’d move to a luxury community for a couple hundred dollars a month in fees,” said one homeowner to BocaNewsNow.com. “They obviously had no idea how Florida works. If you didn’t factor HOA dues of at least $1000 a month when you are buying in a community like Seven Bridges, you weren’t thinking clearly.”

Day in and day out, roughly 30 of 701 homeowners spend significant time posting, reposting, and re-reposting to several Facebook groups designed to fight the board of directors. They are unhappy over HOA fees. They are unhappy over the onsite restaurant and want a former restaurant operator now suing the community to be rehired. They are unhappy over a lack of pickle ball courts. They are unhappy living in a six-year-old luxury home community. In post after post after post shared with BocaNewsNow.com, the disgruntled call for community-wide surveys — much like a high school cheerleader wants to survey Biffy and Buffy as to whether the prom color should be pink or yellow.

Leading the charge, 78-year-old Jack Kaye, a retired CPA. He resigned from the Board of Directors and now fights the board from which he quit. He has not responded to emails seeking comment from BocaNewsNow.com. Social media posts shared with BocaNewsNow.com reveal that he frequently references his personal email list of homeowners that he uses to rally support, and is now calling for “security protocols” for ”the upcoming election.”

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One of those repeatedly posting to social media is 79-year-old Jack Kaye, a retired CPA. He was on the Seven Bridges Board of Directors but resigned. He is now leading a charge to replace the Board from which he quit.
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Those familiar with the situation say the Seven Bridges HOA drama is unprecedented, even by Florida standards.

”Those complaining, and it’s a small but noisy group of people, don’t understand representative government,” said an area property manager who asked not to be identified due to a corporate relationship with major builders in the area. ”Much like in the United States, you elect people who represent you. You’re not going to like everything they do. But every decision isn’t open for a community vote. There is a true lack of understanding among some in Seven Bridges about how HOAs work. I’ve never seen anything like this in a quarter century of being in the property management business. It’s somewhat legendary in the property management world.”

Also frequently posting: Rachel Tannenholz. She was named as a defendant in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit filed against the Seven Bridges Homeowners Association by another resident several years ago. A federal judge removed her from the suit, which is ongoing. She is writing about a $200 per month minimum spend requirement at the community’s on-site restaurant.

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Seven Bridges resident Rachel Tannenholz was named as a defendant in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit filed by another Seven Bridges homeowner. A judge removed Tannenholz as a defendant.

Seven Bridges, says a local Realtor, is not a Russian prison. No one is required to live in the community.

”Even with the changing market,” said the agent, ”a smartly priced home will likely be under contract before the end of the day it is listed. No one is required to live there. If they’re unhappy, I can sell their home and they can move.”

Another option wrote a BocaNewsNow.com reader following the drama: get a grip.

“If people complaining in Seven Bridges spent as much time doing something good for South Florida as they do posting to Facebook, there’s no lack of what could be accomplished. Instead of lawyers, CPAs, and housewives complaining about life in their million dollar homes, maybe they could volunteer at legal clinics, tax clinics, or day care centers an hour south in Little Haiti.”

Disclosure: A MetroDesk Media, LLC principal owns property in the community, which is no different than owning property in Palm Beach County and covering the Palm Beach County Commission, which we also do.

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Paul Saperstein

 

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