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Parking Lot Map

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Closing Unit Recommendations When Leaving for an Extended Time

Leaving for an Extended Time? What Should You Do?
  • Clear your balcony of all items. If the staff has to bring items in for hurricane preparations, there is a $100.00 work order billed to you.
  • Remove screens from windows, a good gust or wind can send them sailing!
  • Shut off main shut off valve(s) in the bathrooms and under the kitchen sink.
  • Turn off water heater.
  • Turn off ice maker.
  • Those with wall unit Air Conditioners
    • Make sure you have the "covers" from maintenance to help protect the units from blowing in during a storm.
    • Consider running a dehumidifier in your unit if you can't run wall units
    • Placing a dehumidifier in the kitchen with a tube running to the sink drain and/or in at least one bathroom running into the tub/shower drain or the vanity will help stop mold growth. These can be placed on timers as well.
  • Those with central AC
    • Keep temperature set no warmer than 78 degrees Fahrenheit
    • If you have a humidistat, set it no higher than 65% while gone.
  • Hang Damp-Rid in closets to protect clothing from mold and mildew.
  • Remove perishable food from the refrigerator/freezer in the event of power outages or equipment failure.
    • At best it may not be appetizing to eat upon your return
    • At worst it could destroy your refrigerator due to the odor
  • Make sure all grain products (rice, flour, corn meal, cereals, etc.) in your cupboards are sealed in Ziplock bags or plastic containers or disposed of to avoid pantry pests.
  • Use plastic wrap to cover your toilet bowls and under the tank lid.  This will prevent water from evaporating and will also stop any critters that could find their way into the plumbing system.
  • Put plugs in drains of the shower/tub and sinks (unless running a dehumidifier drain tube into the drain). This will prevent possible sewer/fruit fly infestation. Make sure to pour a bit of water into the drains before doing so to help keep them from drying out.
  • Unplug non-essential items, such as TVs, cable boxes, modems, etc. This will protect your devices in the event of storms and power surges.
  • Remove batteries from remote controls for TV, ceiling fans, etc. This will prevent them from leaking and possibly destroying the remote control.
  • Make sure you have updated your profile on the CRTN Website (or with the office) to include: Your correct mailing address, email address and phone number so we can reach you if necessary and an emergency contact person who can make decisions on your behalf, if we are unable to reach you and there is a problem that needs to be addressed.
  • Leave your car keys on the kitchen counter in case we need to move your car.
  • Have a friend/relative or hired help check on your unit once a month to ensure that everything is in proper order, nothing is leaking, etc
  • Submit your mail forwarding card to the postal carrier and stop newspaper.
  • Notify the office both when you leave and when you return.

Fire Safety Q & A

By Rita Hintz #1604
(Published in The Tower News September 14, 2020.)
1. How safe are high rise buildings in a fire?
High rise buildings are almost always constructed with fire resistant materials, making them among the safest types of buildings in the event of a fire.
  • National statistics show that less than 1% of fire-related deaths occur in a high-rise building.
  • The stairwells are constructed to keep you safe for up to 3 hours.
  • Unit doors are fire-rated for up to an hour in a 2000 degree fire.
2. What do I do if the fire alarm sounds, and I do not know why?
  • Evacuate. If you are able, walk to the nearest stairway and evacuate. When life is threatened, use the first available stairway.
  • If you are not able to walk down the stairs, go to the first available stairway and wait there.
3. Is it safe to take the elevator?
No. Unless specifically directed by the Fire Rescue team to get into an elevator, you should take the stairs. If unable to walk down the stairs, wait on the stairwell landing or in your unit for assistance.  There is a high risk of fire in an elevator.
4. What do I do if there is a fire in my unit?
  1. If you think you can put the fire out yourself and do not have a fire extinguisher in your unit, there are portable extinguishers in multiple locations in the hallways. (You should make note of where they are.) When using an extinguisher, always use it with your back to the door, so if you are unsuccessful in extinguishing the fire, you can get out. In our building, residents are not required to have an extinguisher in their units, but Capt. Tetreault recommends it. He also suggests NOT storing it in the kitchen or under the sink.
  2. Close interior doors if possible and evacuate the unit. Leave the hallway door unlocked and proceed to the stairwells
  3. Pull the fire alarm, call 911, and evacuate.
5.  What do I do if I know there is a fire in the building, but not in my unit?
  1. Feel the door to make sure it is not hot before opening it.
  2. If it is not hot, leave the door unlocked and proceed to the stairwells.
  3. Pull the fire alarm and call 911 on the way to the stairwell (or as soon as you can).
  4. Shut doors behind you to keep the fire contained.
6.  What if I cannot walk down the stairs and need assistance getting out of the building?
If you have registered in the manager’s office that you need assistance in case of an emergency, the front desk will provide the Fire Department with that list, so they know where residents live who need assistance. If you are unable to move to the stairwell, stay in your apartment.
7. What if I cannot get out of my apartment because the door is hot, there is fire outside my door, there is smoke outside my door, or due to a disability?
Stuff wet towels or sheets around the door to keep smoke out. Call the fire department (911) to tell them where you are. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.
What happens when the fire alarm goes off in our building?
The alarm goes to a central station that alerts our local department. They will notify the local station about whether a smoke detector, pull station, or sprinkler has been activated, as well as the floor location. The alarm stays on until the fire department turns it off. No one else can turn off the alarm.
What do I do when I get downstairs?
Move outside to a designated area away from the building, such as the East end of the parking lot.
Is there a penalty for pulling a false alarm?
YES!!! Intentionally pulling a false alarm is a 3rd degree felony with a jail sentence of 1-5 years. If someone is injured and dies as the result of an intentional false alarm (a firefighter, resident, other emergency responder, etc.), it is a manslaughter charge.
Where can I get more information?
You can find more information on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s webpage at On the home page, you can do a search for Safety Tips. Click on the first link on the page that comes up. It will take you to a page called “Safety Tips” with a list of topics, including “High Rise Safety Tips” that you can click on for more information. You can contact Capt. Ron Tetreault by phone at 954-828-5093, or you can email him at

Hurricane Center at CRTN - Our Community Room

By Terry Johnson, #809
(Published in The Tower News July 6, 2020.)
Sadly it’s that time of year again — Hurricane Season. I originally moved to Miami in August, 1992 — two weeks BEFORE Hurricane Andrew ravaged South Florida as the most economically destructive storm in American history up to that time. (And yes I did later question my decision to relocate to Miami with AT&T!)
Since that generation-ago storm, most of us have faced other hurricanes. Hopefully we take these monsters of Mother Nature seriously. I do. And so does CRTN’s manager Sam Beida. He’s survived (and managed the aftermath of) almost a dozen hurricanes—including four named hurricanes his very first year as an apartment manager in Florida in 2004. In 2005, he confronted the most direct hit ever at Whitehall South condominiums in Boca Raton. “Hurricane Wilma caused over 18 million dollars in damages to our Whitehall complex alone,” says Sam.
During our encounter with Hurricane Irma in 2017, CRTN was fortunate that we alone of the four Coral Ridge buildings did not experience a power failure (perhaps the result of CRTN being on the same power grid as the nearly major fire station?). Yet we can’t rely on being lucky forever.
One element in our favor now is the latest installation of hurricane-proof windows throughout our property. “Our building’s envelope (windows, doors, etc.) should help us withstand most storms,” Sam says, noting that this is not necessarily the case with all the other buildings on and near A1A.
Fortunately Sam and his staff have taken additional steps to reduce the harmful effects of a major storm. CRTN recently purchased a 360 kilowatt generator. It was installed alongside the southern-most portion of the building. If we were to lose power, that generator would kick on (and it’s currently tested twice a month) and furnish power to our Community Room as well as to at least one elevator. In the event of a building-wide power outage, Sam says the Community Room will have: air conditioning, power and electrical outlets for recharging cell phones, large widescreen television to monitor weather conditions, two working refrigerators (especially helpful for residents in the building who might have medicines requiring refrigeration). Of course, residents — to the extent practical — will need to be observant of any Covid-19 regulations that might still be in effect.
And just as importantly, while CRTN already had pumps that send water to all floors when regular power is supplied to the building — now those pumps are tied to the new emergency generator ensuring a steady water supply to all floors (that should reduce the need to fill bathtubs with water for bathing or flushing commodes). In other words, when (and if) the lights go out (other than the Community Room) your water should still be available in your apartments for bathing or flushing commodes.
In closing, a quick list supplied by the State of Florida suggests residents have the following during hurricane season:
- three day supply of non-perishable food (think tuna fish and other canned items)
- bottled drinking water for three days
- small first aid kit or supplies
- personal hygiene items and sanitation items
- a small flashlight (with spare batteries)
- a small battery operated radio (again with spare batteries)
- a waterproof container with cash and important documents
- manual can opener
- lighter or matches
- cooler and ice packs
- a thought-out plan for evacuation and for if family members are separated
Here’s to a safe (and blessedly quiet) hurricane season!

Hurricane Center Links - Broward County and NOAA

Broward County Official Hurricane Site - This site defines storm categories and surges, information about evacuations and shelters, and presents guides to help you prepare for a hurricane.  
National Hurricane Center Website - Includes forecasts and resources related to surviving a hurricane.

Hurricane Preparations When Living in a High Rise

Editor's Note:  First published September 2019 in The Tower News - Given our recent brush with Isiasis, it seems a good time to review procedures before the next threat comes along.
By Margie Geasler #105
We are at the height of Florida’s hurricane season. While the season runs from June 1 to November 30, ninety-five percent of storms are produced during the 2 1⁄2 months from mid-August to late October. This article summarizes information from ​Big Picture Broward​ and the Sun Sentinel about what to do when a hurricane is predicted and you live in a high-rise building. It is also based on my own experience preparing for Dorian. ​[I am writing this on August 31, 2019, a few days before Dorian makes landfall.]
Dorian is my only Category 4/5 hurricane experience and it was at first predicted to be a direct hit for Fort Lauderdale. As a Michigan-raised farm girl, I went into a panic about what to do. Should we leave? or Should we stay? If we stay, how do we prepare? I wasn’t afraid for my life because I have heard so much about how well our building is constructed. I was more worried about having a panic attack when everything goes dark and the wind is howling. My husband, Jim, had no doubts about what to do. Stay put! His attitude didn’t help. The only recourse I had was to find out as much as I could from friends who have been through it before, read more and listen to advice. Here is what I learned.
Everyone I talked to in the building is staying. They have been through it before. They tell me to go into the hall, if necessary, to get away from the windows. They also tell me horror stories about evacuation traffic from previous warnings. For example, one person had a friend who took 17 hours to get to the Georgia border. Another told me about friends who started out with a full tank of gas, got into stop-and-go traffic, used half a tank and realized that their only safe option was to return home, or be out of gas and stranded on the highway. Finally, another friend of a friend evacuated to a hotel ballroom, looked around and realized it was probably not as safe as his own condo, so returned home. Somehow those stories convinced me it was OK to stay. So I calmed down and began to think more about how to prepare.
Some preparations are easy: make sure your car is filled up with gas (for after the storm) and you have cash on hand. If the power goes out, you will not have access to cash machines and credit cards won’t work. You should also:
●  Stock up on non-perishable foods and drinking water.
●  Have a hand operated can opener.
●  Fill the tub with water for household purposes.
●  Have extra flashlight batteries.
●  Charge wireless phones and back-up chargers.
●  Have a battery operated radio to keep informed.
Fortunately, CRTN has made it a priority for stockholders to install high impact windows in each unit. These windows can withstand being hit by a nine-pound 2x4 traveling at 50 feet per second. Reassuring, I know! Under all circumstances, windows must be tightly closed. Any opening will allow wind currents that run down the side of the building to create intense vacuums so great, and the pressure so high that it could demolish the interior of your unit. And no matter how secure our high-impact windows are, a bit of rain will find its way into our unit on the window sills. The advice is to keep folded towels on the sill and wring out as needed.  This is a no-brainer, but be sure not to leave anything out on the balcony. Even something like a porch light can turn violent in a storm with major wind force.
If a storm worsens and you no longer feel safe in your unit, head to the nearest hallway or stairwell, the strongest sections of any high rise. The stairway is where you will find working electric outlets on alternate floors, powered by the CRTN generator, if you absolutely must have hot water and there is no electricity.
What about a power outage? As luck would have it, our building is on the same power grid as Fire Station 54 on NE 30th Court. That means if the power goes out, we will be among the first to get it back. In the meantime, our generator will keep one elevator running and low lighting in all the hallways.
If the worst happens and you have damage from a storm, Florida law gives you ​three years to file a claim​ after the hurricane makes landfall. 
[​September 6, 2019 Update. Thank goodness we avoided the storm this time. But I’m ready for the next one!]

Termite Tutorial

By Margie Geasler #105
(Published in The Tower News July 2019)
Several units in our building have had a drywood termite infestation; some infestations are small and recent (like mine in #105) and some are long-standing problems that have not been sufficiently exterminated. Drywood termites are common in the Southeastern States and Florida is prime real-estate for them. If you are a native of a northern state where the temperature falls below freezing regularly, you will have had little, if any, experience with termites. Like iguanas, they don’t survive freezing. Regard this short article as Termite tutorial 101.
In the spring and fall, when termites swarm, they are looking for places to set up a new nest. Therefore, one way to help prevent them setting up house in your unit is to keep screens in your windows so they can’t fly in. Once in a structure, they travel from one location to another; so, it is important to treat infestations as soon as they are noticed.
How do you know when you have an infestation? Look for three easy-to-spot clues:
  1. Swarmers (flying termites)
  2. Discarded wings around window sills and doors.
  3. Tiny dark pellets that look a little like coffee grounds.
Drywood termites produce fecal pellets that they push out of their nests through tiny holes. Therefore, it is common to find these pellets on window sills, and around baseboards and door frames.
As far as I know, our unit does not have a history of termites (we purchased the unit in July 2016). However, my house cleaner recently found the evidence of termites.  We promptly reported this to the office and the exterminator came and treated the baseboard adjacent to this door jamb.
Apparently, the termites had also set up their nest in the door jamb, so two weeks after the first treatment the door jamb was treated. The treatment worked and no further evidence has been found.
It is important to state that drywood termites are a fact of life in Florida and they are no one’s fault. They are actually useful in wooded natural areas as they work to decompose fallen trees and create fertile soil. Unfortunately, they don’t stay there. They travel wherever there is wood building material.
A building and/or a unit can have no signs of termites, yet within weeks, have a swarm or evidence that they are present. The ​ONLY​ way we can combat them is to watch for the evidence and treat the infested area. It is possible that if the infestation has not been treated (or even noticed), that the damage has become so extensive that baseboards, door jambs, cupboards or other infested areas (even furniture) have to be totally removed to get rid of the termites. That is expensive and unfortunate, but by that point there is little choice. It is in the best interest of all of us to watch for evidence and get treatment as soon as possible.
For Consumer Information on Drywood Termites, download this PDF from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

Board of Directors Meetings Open to Residents via Zoom Technology

Coral Ridge Towers North Board of Directors opened their board of director meeting to virtual attendance on August 31, 2020 at 3 PM. CRTN Stockholders can attend all scheduled meetings using Zoom, a video conferencing application used routinely by cities (including Fort Lauderdale) and corporations to conduct meetings of up to 300 individuals.
In order to participate in the open BOD meetings, stockholders must be able to receive and send emails, have an electronic device that has a camera and can access the internet: iPhone, smart phone, tablet, iPad, desk-top computer. (If your computer does not have a camera, you can still join Zoom; you just won’t have a video connection.) Mobile devices, such as smart telephones and tablets, have some limitations, but are fine for basic meeting attendance. If for some reason you cannot join the meeting with Zoom on an electronic device, please contact Margie Geasler,  or click on “Contact Us” on the webpage, for special instructions to join with limited accessibility by telephone.
For information and directions on how to use Zoom, click on Zoom’s official website and/or Joining A Meeting, a one-minute video by Zoom. Both are good sources of quick information.
Unit owners who have registered to attend the meetings receive an email with a link to join the meeting 24 hours ahead of the meeting. At the meeting’s scheduled time, owners simply click on the link and they are admitted to the meeting.
Prior to the meeting, owners are able to submit questions pertaining to any agenda item to the Board of Directors President. Questions will be compiled and distributed to the BOD for answering at the meeting.
Tips for Using Zoom
It is free to join a Zoom meeting.
If you don’t have a computer - make friends with someone who has one and knows how to use Zoom; sit with them.
Try out Zoom with friends or family ahead of time.
Make sure you are using Zoom version 5.2.1. If not, update it.
When you click on the meeting link, you will be put in a “waiting room” and must be validated by CRTN before you are admitted.
Make sure your device is named. That is the name that will appear when you want to be admitted to the meeting. You can’t be admitted if we don’t know who you are.
Choose speaker view to focus on the speaker. BOD directors will be labeled Director.
Mute yourself for the duration of the meeting unless you have been recognized to speak.
You have the choice of turning your video off if you do not wish to have it appear on the screen.
Steps CRTN Will Take to Ensure Your Security While Using Zoom
Only CRTN Stockholders will have the link to the meeting. Don’t share it.
Stockholders will be put in a “waiting room” and authenticated before being admitted.
If anyone from outside (or inside) attempts to disrupt the meeting, they can be electronically removed from the meeting.
Disclaimer: For the foreseeable future all BOD meetings will be virtual/online gatherings. CRTN is not responsible for making sure residents’ computers have been maintained with up-to-date operating system software, internet browsers, and the latest version of Zoom. Installing and running a reputable (preferably paid) anti-virus/malware software program is highly recommended. When Zoom was being used widely at the beginning of the pandemic, there were some security issues, but since then, Zoom has taken care to improve security with each and every software update, according to Tom’s Guide, 8/1/2020 . “Unless you're discussing state or corporate secrets, or disclosing personal health information to a patient, Zoom should be fine. For school classes, after-work get-togethers, or even workplace meetings that stick to routine business, there's not much risk in using Zoom.”

Community Association Documents Accessible on Website

Florida SB398 requires that condos, HOAs and Co-ops make certain information "privately accessible to owners" and certain other information publicly available.  This law took effect Jan 1, 2019.   The following website lists the specifics according to VGlobal Tech: Information required to be Posted on Website.