May 2011

Great shopping, great restaurants, great gaming, and even a sing-along to the much-maligned classic YMCA (complete with hand motions). What am I talking about?  Those were just some of the “perks” at the third annual Florida Communities of Excellence Awards. Many attendees of this year’s awards presentation voiced their enthusiasm for the great location, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which offered such a variety of things to do.

But, obviously, I believe the best activities were included in the Communities of Excellence Award Program itself. The expanded agenda for the day included CEU classes; an opening luncheon; round table discussions on relevant issues; and ask the experts tables. There were also sponsor exhibits; an afternoon reception; and the awards ceremony emceed by Jimmy Cefalo, the former Miami Dolphin and well-known media personality.

It was a very busy day! It was also a very rewarding day because we were able to experience firsthand the excitement of the finalists and winners in the different award categories. We also had the opportunity to meet many board members and managers of the communities that attended.

As has been the pattern, we received inquiries after the event from communities that wanted to be part of the program, but had not entered in time to be considered for the 2011 awards. The good news is that we expect the award program to be bigger and better in 2012!

 So, if you missed out, then look for how to enter at Start making your plans now to be a part of our 2012 exciting event.   

We look forward to relating the innovative ideas and accomplishments of the finalist and winners throughout the year. We at FLCAJ want to express our gratitude to award cofounders Becker & Poliakoff and the Pen Group, our 2011 sponsors, and you, our readers, for your commitment to excellence and for your support of these awards.