President’s Column: It’s All About the People

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BHA President Gail Feldman

As clichéd as my headline statement is, it’s really true. BHA, marking 25 years of service this year, wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the people—volunteer folks—who want and support this organization. Unlike our individual condo associations, BHA is not a legally required organization.
We’re here because we’re needed to keep those with the power and our tax dollars in check. We’re here because of our founders and those who have followed who recognize there is power in numbers and unity.

I want to take this opportunity to salute and thank those supporting, working for and backing BHA.

First, our outgoing Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. He has accomplished more and paid more attention to Brickell than any previous commissioner. While everyone hasn’t always agreed on every detail, he has truly represented our interests and worked to make our neighborhood better. Thank you, Commissioner. We will miss you and your resolute advocacy on our behalf.

Thank you to our Members, both our condo members and our business members. We come together to learn, to advocate and to have some fun. Mercy Hospital’s community rep extraordinaire Alicia Ortiz and CEO Joe Pino are always there for us, supporting our activities, helping us to build a sense of belonging in our high-rise neighborhood.

On the continuing education front, we’re grateful to the law firm of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel for presenting “Disaster 101” for condo associations in August, helping them to be prepared for worst that can happen in our buildings. (See report on page 15.) They’ve got another education program in the works for January.

Thank you to Becker and Poliakoff and to Rosa de la Camara and Michael Góngora. The firm sponsored our Candidates Forum to help us be informed when we vote on Nov. 3rd for our next Miami commissioner, and Rosa and Michael graciously give us their expert counsel, advoacy and time.

An all-star line up of sponsors are underwriting what I personally think is BHA’s most light-hearted, fun event, the 2nd Annual Pooch Parade. A world of thanks to our partners Mary Brickell Village and DowntownMiami.com for this fun morning, and major supporters Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Brickell City Centre, It’s Always Sunny Dog Walkers and KW Property Management. (See details on the next page.)

And finally, our 4th Annual Holiday Celebration, with FirstService Residential as our generous presenting sponsor, is slated for Tuesday, December 8th at 1814 Brickell Park. I look forward to seeing you all there, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, for a festive evening with Brickell neighbors.

-Gail Feldman, President