Federation of Manufactured Homeowners Association

Helen Novella    (239)-464-9339

Lake Fairways F.M.O. Representative

Jerry Durham, President of Florida F.M.O.



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FMO DISTRICT 7-Lee 2020 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS Florida Senate District 27 Rep. Ray Rodrigues Estero/Fort Myers Florida House of Representatives District 79 Rep. Spencer Roach North Ft. Myers In the September/October FMO Magazine you will see a long list of candidates for the 2020 General Election who have earned the FMO Endorsement this year. Endorsements were recommended by the FMO Political Advocacy Committee and approved by the FMO Board of Directors. As a statewide organization, FMO endorsed candidates throughout the state because we will need that degree of engagement over the next two years. It is also important to highlight those candidates who will be on your ballot and the list above should be helpful.

 Please VOTE! And, please support FMO Endorsements whenever possible!











"Federation of Manufactured Homeowners Association"


Your Community Representative: Helen Novella

When you finish reading this article, I hope you will realize it is in your best interest to support The Federation of Manufactured Homeowners Association.

You might be year-round residents, a U.S. snow-bird or a Canadian snow–bird. We here at Lake Fairways enjoy the good life: golf association, entertainment committee, men’s club, women’s club, aqua babes, bowling, bridge, craft show, Christmas parade, soft ball, tai chi, shuffleboard, bocce and much more. We come we enjoy and take part and then go home relaxed and invigorated. But what is required to protect your asset of the good life? When the season ends and you return to your everyday life are you sure what you left will be here next season?  Like any asset you have to protect it.  What is protecting your asset?  You have two guard dogs. One is our Home Owners Association, active here in the community, the other is the Federation of Manufactured Home Owners Association, protecting you in Tallahassee. The community residents are always strong supporters of L.F.H.O.A.  In the past the community was a strong supporter of the F.M.O. but over time the support has dwindled. I hope to re-educate the community of the importance of the F.M.O.

 I will start by sharing how the F.M.O. began and how important it has been to help us maintain the life style we so much enjoy. In 1962, the St. Petersburg City Council planned to enact an ordinance mandating that mobile home owners install tie-downs, a very expensive proposition then.  Peggy Johnstone, upset by the impending mandate, contacted fellow mobile home owners and, on March 26th, 77communities came together to defeat the ordinance.  The F.M.O. was founded that day with a clear vision in place: protect the interest of manufactured/mobile home owners in Florida.  Through the years since then the organization has protected us over and over, but that is past history that you can read at another time.  I will share some of the more recent successes: 2009-Prevent repeal of the existing sales tax exemption on mobile home lot rentals; 2011- Prevent deregulation legislation that proposed to abolish the Division of Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes; 2012- Defeat legislation to require a new prospectus at resale; 2013- Negotiated with Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and pass legislation to require Citizens to reinstate coverage of your attachments and appurtenances if insured with them. It is so important what the F.M.O. has accomplished in our behalf. But, the organization has to have a presence in Tallahassee, watching and questioning what is going on in the Legislature that affects our life style. The F.M.O. is the only organization in the State of Florida that watches over the interests of the people living in manufactured homes.

The Florida Mobile Home Act (Florida Statute 723) was enacted in 1984, in part to address the relationship between the Park Owners and the Homeowner.  The Legislature recognized that the mobile home owners have certain basic property rights, which must be protected.  The legislature also recognized that the park owner had certain rights that needed to be protected.  They also are included in the law.

In order to operate the F.M.O. we must have the financial support of the home owners, and the membership count to have clout with the legislators in Tallahassee.  The officers of the organization are all volunteers. But there are operating expenses that cost money. There is our lobbyist, Nancy Black Stewart, our lawyer, Lee J. Collins on retainer, the building/office located in Largo, Fl., the office staff, the F.M.O. News our bi-monthly magazine, the Tech Service for the web page. These are expenses that have to be paid on a regular basis. Our U.S. banking system was “too big to fail”, but it did and look at the price we paid. Your F.M.O. “is too important to you to fail”.  Let’s not let that happen.

The annual membership is $25.00 or three years for $65.00. There is a copy of the F.M.O. Membership Application included in this month’s Informer for your convenience. I will also have applications and a self addressed envelope with me at Saturday Coffee and the Home Owner’s monthly meetings. Feel free to call me and I will drop off an application at your home.  For Our Canadian residents be sure to include your e-mail address. The post office does not forward the magazine to Canada.

Please take action, join or renew your membership. 

The F.M.O. needs you and you need the F.M.O.

Respectfully submitted,

Helen, 50-F   (239)-464-9339

Lake Fairways F.M.O. Representative





The F.M.O. ( The official Publication of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, Inc)

By Helen 239-464-9339 50F


I am your FMO representative here at Lake Fairways. If you are not aware of the organization, let me elaborate: THE F.M.O. IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION WORKING ON OUR BEHALF IN

TALLAHASSEE. The FMHO  ( The Florida Manufactured  Homeowners Association, ( the park owners) are at the capital also. Please read the letter from Jerry Durham, president of the F.M.O.. As you se we are revamping and moving into the 21st century. We must have your support to make that happen.

There is an application in this month's Informer and on this webite. You can always get an application at Saturday coffee or at the HOA general meetings. Please support the F.M.O., we need you and you need us. I would like to thank the 13 new member that came on aboard recently.

Greetings Everyone.

To paraphrase Mark Twain "Any report of the death of FMO is an exaggeration."  Agreed we will probably never see 90,000 members again. The generation that created FMO is gone and the Baby Boomers are not joiners. Just look around, is you HOA growing?  All major membership organization including AARP, Churches and other social organizations  are experiencing this. The ore organizations that seem to be turning around is VFW. The key to their success was revamping their facilities and addressing the needs and desired of today's veterans.

We have sold our buildings, true. The Headquarters had 15 offices and store rooms. Today we have two full time and one part time employee. It was an asset just not being used and the sale had put us in a position to make investments in our future, reduce our cost and improve cash flow.

We are committed to fulfilling our mission and improving our message and activism. More that ever our marketplace is being dominated by major corporations who continue to find  ways to separate us from our money. FMO was originally founded to fight government regulations and but the times have changed. You need FMO and we need you more than ever. 

We have been struggling with our IT and the ability to give our leaders the reports they need without a lengthy process worked out by volunteers. Even furnishing membership cards has been a challenge as you know.  We are meeting with companies to design our own system which should fit our needs for many years. We have received our first quote initiated my our staff.

We have filled out our committees with new people and I was pleased to hear the reports and suggestions from them at out recent Board meeting.  Membership had developed programs for incentives for new and existing members including the possibility of a discount program. Communications is laying the ground work for us to get our message our to the public as well as mobile home parks. The Consolidated Legal Funds will be revamped and a new marketing effort undertaken.

Finally, the Legislative Committee has put together the most comprehensive group of amendments since  Chapter 723 was written. Both F.M.O. and F.M.H.A. are submitting their own bills this year as the issues remaining aing between us are too far apart. How the Legislature will address these competing bills remaing to be seen. Your efforts will be critical to our success and we will keep you informed of the progress and recommended actions you need to  take. Send us your thoughts.

Jerry Durham

Chairperson: please submit all your articles, updates, or current news by sending them to this email address: lakefairways13@gmail.com 

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