Condo Owner

Volume19 Issue3 2015

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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condo owner V O L U M E 1 9 • I S S U E 3 10 the old saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover... but let's face it, first im- pressions do matter. In fact, research shows that it takes less than a second for the human brain to make a snap decision about its envi- ronment. Silver Beach Towers in Destin is making this prehistoric survival in- stinct work in their favor—wowing owners, renters and potential buyers right off the bat with a beautiful and dramatic lobby re-design. Get ready to become inspired on page 24. On the other hand, if you're feeling disconnected from your HOA and think- ing of setting up a community page on Facebook, be sure to read tips and sug- gestions on page 33 for managing a social media site so it doesn't backfire on you or your association. While great for drawing in owners who otherwise don't engage, there may also be greater liability for your board if conversations aren't monitored or protections put in place. Finally, after a tumultuous Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Condo Owner is happy to report that the area is in the midst of a record-breaking summer tourism season. Hospitality industry experts agree that the community did a good job of reacting to the negative media coverage this spring by quickly passing laws to curtail the chaos. But will additional funding and new regulations be enough to dissuade the unmanageable crowds and unruly behavior? Decide for yourself on page 36. As always, we love hearing from you, so feel free to email us at with your comments or suggestions. You can also post your opinions online at or where Condo Owner articles are archived and available to read and download 24/7. See you at the beach! comments Carrie O'Connor Associate Publisher Get Social! Stay in touch via Visit Us Online! As You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover… Or Can You?

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