Audio Recording Terminated throughout Pelican Landing

Announced today by PLCA President, Duder: after legal consultation and an executive session, all audio recordings at all locations within Pelican Landing ceased as of yesterday May 15th 2012.  Video recording will continue.

7 thoughts on “Audio Recording Terminated throughout Pelican Landing

  1. NO SURPRISE TO ME. THEY VIOLATE THE FLORDIA HOME OWNERS STATUTE THAT REQUIRES THEM TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH THE “OFFICAIL RECORDS” OF THE ASSOCIATION, SO WHY NOT ALL OTHER LESSER VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW AND THEIR FIDUCIARY DUTY

  2. I was assured, in person, by Mr. Duder that the company that installed the cameras were the ones they asked to disable the audio portion. He stated that he had rethought his action as “overkill.” Ya think? Maybe his lawyer thought so, too. At any rate, it’s my guess that there was nothing in the law that stated a sign telling people they are being recorded can be construed as people giving their permission to be recorded, especially in places they have a lawful right to be. Just because someone can overhear my conversation is not enough for you to record it. The matter of this being a private community also mucks that “public place” issue up a bit. The lawyer was right to be cautious and advised the Board that there is no case law in FL on this, and i assume they didn’t want to be the community setting precedent. I’m sure, also, the insurance company had an issue with the riskiness of the move. What is a shame about the whole thing is that our Board was NOT moved by the 142 signers of the petition, residents all, who objected to the intrusion. That, to me, is deeply troubling.

  3. I noticed that there was no announcement in the weekly email missive regarding their change of mind on this idiotic quest to wiretap and control the residents, especially those rebellious study group types at the tennis center patio tables!
    Perhaps the lawyer for the board spoke to the insurance company who has had enough of underwriting the antics of the control freaks on the board…the same folks that violate the codicils we agreed to upon living here. They change by-laws and rules – like banning red mulch, of all things, without a meeting or consultation…then, the DRC (plant nazis) appointing their goon squad to go out and uncover and report (anonymously, naturally!) any errant owners. The problem of course is they never follow up the report with an actual investigation before they send out the threatening letter…
    We’re thinking of moving to Bonita Bay. At least the tennis center is operated honestly!

    • The wire tap may still be operating. The announcement said that they would no longer be RECORDING the conversations, nothing was said about discontinuing listening to conversations.

  4. Comment from Barry Stiger

    Hmmm. How much did we (that’s you, homeowners) spend on legal expenses to come to this no-brainier decision? And while we are asking, how much have we spent on the legal expenses in defending the community against the legal action for harassment brought by a homeowner against plca? I’ve read the deposition of Marie Martel, and the case looks like a loser for plca. If so, plca will probably have to pay the homeowner’s legal fees, plus damages. What are we paying and budgeting for this? $50,000, or so?

  5. This is only one straw that may have broken the camels back. There are too many bad policies, procedures and board decisions that need to be reversed. The PLCA BOARD is still viollating the Flordia Home Owners Statute that requires them to provide the resident members of the Association with the Associations ”Official Records”. More pople need to know this and start asking quuestion as to the reasons why. What are they trying to hide?
    The present board may be qualfied for something but they are unfit to be on PLCA board members

  6. How can the PLCA Board of Directors, the Manager and the Privacy Director be so arrogant to defy the laws of the State of Florida by recording people without their permission and so clueless that they did not pursue legal advice until residents discovered and objected to this invasion of privacy? Did they finally “get” that these decisions could result in criminal prosecution? This is dangerously poor decision-making.
    We need to elect competent board members and we need to hire professional management.
    Signed by: A Resident

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