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Molly concentrates her practice in real estate matters, more specifically in the areas of condominium, homeowners’ and property association representation, residential and commercial purchase and sales transactions, real estate development, and other general real estate matters.  She is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts.

Molly previously served as in-house counsel to a national homebuilder, and also worked with a management and financial consulting firm providing services to the real estate industry.  These positions provided her with considerable experience in developer representation and matters relating to community development districts.

Molly was born and raised in Ohio and currently resides in North Naples with her daughter.  When not working, she enjoys photography, traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in legislation relating to community associations. That trend continues this year, with approximately eleven bills affecting community associations having been introduced when the 2019 legislative regular session convened on March 5th.

The following is a summary of the bills affecting homeowner and condominium associations that have been introduced and are currently working their way through committees:

SB 610 /HB 1259


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imac-965325_1280As 2016 closes, we reached out to our team and asked them to share some of the most notable issues in real estate and land use & environmental law:

Residential Closing Best Practices Requirements by Amanda Barritt

2016 saw the CFPB regulations and Best Practices requirements move into high gear with respect to financed residential

Continuing with our series to introduce you to members of our Condo and HOA Team, today meet Molly Maggiano.

Fort Myers Condo and HOA Attorney Molly MaggianoMolly concentrates her practice in real estate matters, more specifically in the areas of community association representation, residential and commercial transactions, real estate development, and other general real estate matters.

Molly has a passion toward photography and the arts, which she expresses through her involvement with the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Here, Molly shares with us a little about why the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is such a valuable resource to Fort Myers:

The arts play an important role in enriching the lives of our community. Not only are they a form of enjoyment and entertainment, but they expose us to different cultures and offer educational opportunities that can increase the quality of our lives.

It is easy to take things such as art and music for granted and forget that such programs haven’t always been available, or may not be available to future generations if they aren’t preserved. For this reason, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (“SBDAC”), of which I have the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors.


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As we quickly approach the summer, many homeowners, including board members, will be returning to homes up north for the summer. Boards and association managers should take a few minutes to brush up on the requirements for meetings of executive committees that may be appointed to act on behalf of the Board in the absence of some or all of the directors.

Formation of Executive Committees

Boards have the authority under The Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act, unless otherwise prohibited by the Articles of Incorporation or the Bylaws governing the corporation, to adopt a resolution designating from among its members an executive committee to exercise the authority of the board. With the large number of seasonal owners in many communities throughout Southwest Florida, it is not uncommon for the boards of such communities to appoint an executive committee to assist in the operation and care of the association property during the summer season.


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iStock_000019598645_MediumCommunity associations which have rental restrictions and policies that require association approval of prospective tenants should be cognizant of a new law that will go into effect this summer. Many association policies in this regard afford the association a fairly lengthy period of time, sometimes up to thirty days, to complete review and processing of

Mortgage contractIf you own or are planning to buy a home in a “CDD” and aren’t sure what that means, this post is for you. A community development district, often referred to as a “CDD,” is a special purpose unit of local government created under Florida law, for purposes of financing, constructing, operating and maintaining community-wide infrastructure, improvements and services for the benefit of the properties within its boundaries. Examples of some of the types of improvements that might be included within a CDD are stormwater management systems, conservations areas, roadways, street lighting, and landscaping. Some CDD’s also own and operate utilities and recreational facilities such as clubhouses, swimming pools, and parks.

How does a Community Development District Operate?


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