A determined board of directors have overseen some important changes at Biscayne Cove without raising maintenance fees, nor leveling any assessments.
“We’re now a modern gated community with new state-of-the-art security and a guardhouse that’s manned 24/7,” says Madeline Giardiello, board president for Biscayne Cove Condominium at 181st Street and Northeast 31st Court. “The landscaping looks absolutely beautiful thanks to our chairman of the landscaping committee Frank Palmisano.” Frank says, “the landscaping will be the pride of Biscayne Cove.”
Giardiello, who, along with her fellow board members, Thelma Erlichstein, Lois Lax, Oliver Gross and Gladys Saltos, are starting their 8th term, said the new vital changes at the Cove were the first in 30 years.
“It’s been that long since anyone made any attempt to undertake and complete such a major project,” she says. “It was time that the Cove, was made one of the premier Condo Associations in Aventura. We knew security had to be a priority.”
The Association got the majority of unit owners to vote for the project. The confidence that the unit owners had for this Board of Directors was shown by an almost unanimous vote. Thanks also, goes to the wonderful volunteers who participated in this project. “It was a big challenge,” Giardiello says, “but I’m a person who loves challenges. If you tell me we can’t do it, I’m going to find a way.”
And here’s the icing on the cake: smart planning and budgeting meant that residents didn’t have to contribute a penny, thanks to our budget chairman Oliver Gross and his committee, and General Manager Victor Merced. “Everyone is astounded that we did this without an assessment,” she says.
She emphasizes that the project, designed by architect Arturo Belkind of North Miami’s Salini Design, could not have come together without the cooperation and hard work of many people.
“We’ve taken Biscayne Cove and made it one of the most talked about properties in the area,” says Giardiello. “We’ve not only secured our safety; but our property values will increase.”