Fifty-four communities statewide were selected as finalists, including the 2010 Community of the Year, Seven Lakes Condominium Association in Fort Myers.
The selection of the winners was made by independent experts from education, journalism, environmental advocacy, community association management and public safety. To learn more about the judges visit: http://www.communitiesofexcellence.net/judges.html.
The 2010 Florida Communities of Excellence Awards also were enhanced by participation of companies that are dedicated to serving the residents of condominiums and homeowner associations who have joined as 2010 corporate sponsors, including Associa, Association Financial Services, AmeriFlood, Aquatic Systems, Comcast, CondoConduit, The Continental Group, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Progress Energy Florida, Superior Bank, Service America and TD Bank.
Following are the communities honored as recipients of the 2010 Florida Communities of Excellence Awards (200+ unit communities appear first):
BEST WEB SITE
Baldwin Park, Orlando
The award recognizes the redesign of the home page to make it more user friendly and graphically pleasing. The new site includes important community documents, an enhanced "What's Happening" section linking to major area events, and a new a "Meet Your Neighbor" section. Clearwater Key Association South Beach, Clearwater Launched in 2009 with a real estate section for posting rentals and sales, the site features board and property manager blogs and live webcasts of board meetings. Photo galleries now connect out-of-town owners with the latest building renovations and social gatherings.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
Lakes of the Meadow, Miami
Community events include a holiday party, fireworks displays for New Year's and the Fourth of July, plus Halloween and Easter events. Additional events include teen parties, bingo, car shows and movie nights.
Images Condominium Association, Kissimmee
The association provides children's activities after school and during school breaks. It secured the donation of refurbished computers for a learning center and hosts family movie nights, pool parties, and holiday functions.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Avalon Park Property Owners Association, Orlando
Residents are involved in Neighborhood Watch and Citizens on Patrol and the community was a 2009 National Night Out winner. A youth council is being started to engage young people along with a text messaging system for residents to report suspicious activity.
Forest Ridge Village Condominium Association, Fernandina Beach
This beach condo cooperates closely with local law enforcement to reduce crime. The Board instituted background checks for all long-term tenants, established a Neighborhood Watch, increased security education and emphasized vehicle control and lighting.