Palm Beach Sheriff Office’s Captain Shawn Eastman cautioned that the largest number of break-ins to vehicles are caused by leaving the cars unlocked, especially within the owners’ community. He urged people remove any valuables,including the keys to the cars, cash and jewelry, and to lock their vehicles. He also recommended putting anti- spyware and anti-virus software on computers to deter computer crime.

President Bob Schulbaum presented a DevelopmentUpdate to the Alliance representatives and guests. Among the planned developments are a 7-11 at the southwest corner of Via Flora and W. Atlantic Avenue. The Morningstar project is officially regrouping, with no action being taken at the present time. Banyan Cove, a projected community of 102 units on the east side of Barwick Road, about ½ mile north of Lake Ida Road has been proposed.

Executive Vice President Lori Vinikoor introduced Theresa Lucoth-Bildik, from the Taxpayer Advocate Group who addressed our members and encouraged them to report any problems or concerns with the IRS to this group which will help to resolve them. Ms. Lucoth-Bildik also cautioned against phone scams that encourage people to send cash to the IRS.

Exec. VP Vinikoor then introduced the mainspeaker, Joshua Gerstin, Esq. to present his topic, “The Defamation of Directors & How to Deal with Abusive Members”. He explained the definition of both slander and libel and the importance of not infringing on anyone’s freedom of speech. In order to sue, one must be able to showthat they incurred damages and beable to prove those damages. Stupidor nasty does not qualify. Some defamation is so egregious that proof of damage is not necessary: to wit, afflicted with terminal illness, criminal activity, unbecoming to his/her profession, and promiscuity. If an entire Board is defamed or damaged by the statements, Association funds may be used to sue the owner, but if only one Director was targeted he/she must use his/her own funds to sue. Although Associations may enact rules that establish a minimum standard of civility this should only be undertaken after consultation with an attorney. At the conclusion of his presentation Mr. Gerstin responded to questions that were submitted by the audience.

Pres. Schulbaum announced that the next meetingof the Alliance of Delray will be on January 3, 2018. The topic will be “Security Seminar: SCAMS Including State Attorney Dave Aronberg discussing the prosecution of scam cases and the PBSO’s V.A.S.T. (Volunteers Against Scams Team) providing information on new types of scams in the area. Doorsopen at 9:00 am when refreshments are served. Meetings begin at 9:30 am. The public is invited and welcome. Bob wished everyone a happy holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Klausner, Director