At a recent Coconut Creek City Commission candidate forum, property manager Robert Miller told residents he is “doing a lot of business [in Coconut Creek].” As manger of M & M Property Management LLC, Miller said he manages “several properties in the city.” Miller told voters his business gives him experience in contracts, vendors and budgets.
It appears one vendor who received a contract from Robert Miller is M & M Propery Management LLC.
According to the M & M Property Management website, Miller’s company has dealings with several Coconut Creek communities including Pond Apple, Eagle Cay, Sorbet At Winston Park and Paloma Lakes. Another Coconut Creek community using M & M Property Management is Banyan Trails.
Located near the Florida Turnpike, the Banyan Trails community is governed by the Banyan Trails Property Owners Association (POA). While the POA website says “welcome home,” it offers very little information to the public. The “Contact Us” tab offers nothing more than an email address. No names, no address, no telephone numbers and no meeting minutes from POA Board of Directors.
According to the State of Florida, Robert Miller has been the president of the Banyan Trails Property Owners Association (POA) for the last ten years.
The property management company for Banyan Trails is M & M Property Management LLC owned by Robert Miller.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
We wanted to ask Robert Miller if he felt his role as Banyan Trails POA president and owner of M & M Property Management was a conflict of interest. REDBROWARD called Miller twice at his M & M Property Management office and placed one call to the number listed on his campaign paperwork. REDBROWARD left messages with his secretary and voicemail. REDBROWARD emailed Miller at the address on his campaign paperwork.
As of press time, Robert Miller has not responded to requests for comment.
While most lawyers urge board members to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, Florida law has steps a board member must take if he does profit from his position.
The disclosure process and voting procedures are the same for both condo associations and HOAs. That process is as follows:
- The association must comply with the requirements of the Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act, specifically, Section 617.0832, Florida Statutes.
- The disclosures required by Section 617.0832, Florida Statutes, must be entered into the written minutes of the board of director meeting and member meeting where the disclosure is announced.
- Approval of the contract or other transaction shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the directors present.
- At the next regular or special meeting of the members, the existence of the contract or transaction shall be brought up for a vote and may be canceled by a majority vote of the members present.
REDBROWARD wanted to ask if Miller made the disclosure to the Banyan Trails board. We wanted to ask if the disclosure is contained in the minutes of the meeting. We wanted to ask if homeowners were made aware of the disclosure.
REDBROWARD wanted to ask Robert Miller about rumors the contract is worth more than $69,000 per year. If elected, we wanted to know if Robert Miller would recuse himself from items involving Coconut Creek properties he manages.
In a recent interview, Miller said, ““Fiduciary duty is very important.”
Coconut Creek voters deserve answers.