By J. Patrick Coolican
This story begins late last year, a few days after I wrote a column warning readers to pay attention to the actions of their homeowners association because they can be manipulated by unscrupulous board members and property managers or overrun by incompetence. With significant maintenance costs coming and years of revenue shortfalls from the foreclosure crisis, many HOAs face dark days ahead.
Casablanca is mired in a bitter battle for control of the board, with some residents complaining of financial mismanagement and petty corruption. The dissidents say board President Mary Ann Berry hired an unlicensed contractor to do shoddy work all over the community and then referred him to elderly, vulnerable residents who needed work done on their condo units.