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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood.  The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol.  The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood.  Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty.  Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town. 

 

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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood. The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action should a crime take place while on patrol. The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call received from the neighborhood. Members also receive a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty. Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town.

We currently have 380 households out of the 1,000 homes in Rio Vista participating. This allows us to schedule the patrol for approximately 9 hours per day 365 days per year.

 

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Abreu Place

A MESSAGE TO OUR NEIGHBORS ON ABREU PLACE

As the president of the Board of the Rio Vista Civic Association, Inc. (RVCA), over the last several days I have had multiple communications from our neighbors concerning the removal of the benches, chairs and other amenities at Abreu Place. Unfortunately, there are rumors abounding and misinformation being provided as to the basis for justification for the removal and how it will affect our neighborhood. I have attached the memo from the CA below. Since there is recent litigation that has been filed concerning this issue, the RVCA Board has not had the opportunity to meet to consider whether it is legally able to or should take a position with respect to the litigation. As with most disputes, there are merits on both sides. Unfortunately, it appears that the current situation arose because of individuals, some of whom are our neighbors, abusing the privilege of using the area for a park by allowing dogs to run freely in violation of the City’s leash law, and from others outside of the community who have used the area for late-night gathering. At the present time, my understanding is that our neighbors are free to continue to use the area for appropriate recreational activities and continue to utilize the thoroughfare that is grassed over and paved to reach the bulkhead of the New River as we have done in the past. I do urge all of our neighbors to be mindful and respectful of those who live adjoining and near Abreu Place by curtailing unnecessary noise, especially in the early morning and late night hours, and by complying with Fort Lauderdale’s rules and regulations. The officers and board members of RVCA will be working with RVCA’s legal counsel in order to do what we can so that our neighbors will continue to be able to utilize this unique area for appropriate recreational activities.

Please continue to visit the RVCA website for further updates.

Lori Sterling, President of the Rio Vista Civic Association Board

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CAN YOU AFFORD TO PAY A $50 MILLION JUDGMENT?

CAN YOU AFFORD TO PAY A $50 MILLION JUDGMENT WHEN YOUR MINOR CHILD HAS AN ACCIDENT WHILE DRIVING A GOLF CART?
By Charles M. Tatelbaum, RVCA Legal Counsel

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Our Rio Vista Civic Association publications and communications have continuously reminded our neighbors as to the illegality of having a minor or unlicensed child drive a golf cart on the streets of our community.

To highlight the consequences of allowing such an activity, I call your attention to a judgment that was recently entered in the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County against a family in the amount of $50 million as a result of injuries sustained by a passenger in a golf cart when an unlicensed driver ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle.  This occurred at a family event when an unlicensed minor was given permission by his parents to take his cousins on a ride in the family's golf cart around the community. The impact from the accident created permanent and severe brain and body damage to the cousin that was ejected from the golf cart, and this led to the $50 million judgment imposed upon the parents of the driver of the golf cart.

Florida has adopted what is known as the dangerous instrumentality doctrine which imposes vicarious liability upon the owner of a motor vehicle who voluntarily entrusts it to an individual whose negligent operation caused damage to another. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a golf cart can be considered a motor vehicle.

Additionally, it is almost impossible to have insurance coverage for such an accident and damages since virtually all insurance policies exclude coverage when a motor vehicle is being operated by an unlicensed driver.

For the safety of everyone within our community, the Rio Vista Civic Association Board urges all of our residents and neighbors to curtail and eliminate the driving of golf carts by minors within our community.

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