FirstService Residential-Managed Community Kings Point Honored at the 2015 Florida Communities of Excellence

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Sun City Center Active-Adult Community Implements an Award-Winning Disaster Preparedness Plan

“It’s all about teamwork,” said Liz Argott, President, Federation of Kings Point Associations. “When your team consists of quality organizations working together and focused on a common goal, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. "

Kings Point in Sun City Center (Kings Point Suncoast) has been awarded a 2015 Florida Communities of Excellence Award in the category of Disaster Preparedness Initiatives.

Now in its seventh year, Florida Communities of Excellence is the only comprehensive, independent recognition program for community associations statewide. The annual awards ceremony is a forum for the top communities in the state to promote their accomplishments and document their successes in a variety of areas, allowing peers to learn from their examples and innovations.

The feat was accomplished thanks to a close partnership between the Board of Directors of Kings Point and FirstService Residential. Together, they enlisted the assistance of several key professional organizations to provide support to Kings Point residents and volunteers and establish a comprehensive plan to meet the needs and secure the safety of over 5500 homes in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. These include Vesta Property Services; Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Agency; American Strategic Insurance (ASI); and landscape companies Mainscape and ValleyCrest. Key points of the plan include:

  •     Community volunteers operate emergency radio system in conjunction with Sun City Center CERT, Hillsborough County EOC and FEMA to provide emergency communications for the community in the event of a disaster.
  •     FirstService Residential informs residents of emergency situations through a telephone alert system, and coordinates with Mack, Mack & Waltz Insurance Agency and ASI to provide emergency repairs to damaged homes. ASI mobilizes select contractors to make needed repairs.
  •     Vesta Property Services secures gates and patrols community, restores three clubhouses and amenities to get Kings Point back up and running as soon as possible.
  •     Mainscape Landscaping mobilizes to clear trees and debris from community roads.

“It’s all about teamwork,” said Liz Argott, President, Federation of Kings Point Associations. “When your team consists of quality organizations working together and focused on a common goal, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. Each year, we meet to review our plans and coordinate efforts among all the players. Fortunately, we have not had to implement our emergency plan – but we are prepared if necessary.”

About The Florida Communities of Excellence Awards
The Florida Communities of Excellence Awards is a unique program that shines a spotlight on the positive and productive initiatives taking place in condominiums, homeowner associations and cooperatives across Florida. Now in its seventh year, the independently judged program recognizes top communities in the state for their accomplishments, while enabling others to learn from their example. For more information, please visit http://www.communitiesofexcellence.net .

About Kings Point Suncoast
Kings Point is an exclusive active-adult community located in West Central Florida, 20 miles south of Tampa in Sun City Center. Nestled between the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolis and the white sands of Sarasota’s beaches, Kings Point on the Suncoast is an ideal place to retire. With over 5,500 homes, 9,000 residents, 45 holes of golf, 3 clubhouses, 6 indoor and outdoor pools, theatre, and hundreds of social groups, Kings Point in Sun City is a great place to really live. For more information, please visit http://www.kingspointsuncoast.com.

About FirstService Residential
FirstService Residential is North America’s largest manager of residential communities and the preferred partner of HOAs, community associations and strata corporations in the U.S. and Canada. FirstService Residential’s managed communities include low-, mid- and high-rise condominiums and cooperatives, single-family homes, master-planned, lifestyle and active-adult communities, and rental and commercial properties.

With an unmatched combination of deep industry experience, local market expertise and personalized attention, FirstService Residential delivers proven solutions and exceptional service that add value, enhance lifestyles and make a difference, every day, for every resident and community it manages. FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a North American leader in the property services sector. For more information, visit http://www.fsresidential.com.

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