Communities of Excellence seeking nominees for annual awards

Tallahassee Democrat

1:51 PM, Dec. 28, 2011

Business Matters Staff Report

Neighborhood and homeowners associations around the Big Bend have until Jan. 15 to enter the annual statewide competition for the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the program recognizes achievements in such categories as financial innovation, neighborhood safety and security, disaster preparedness, top websites, Florida-friendly landscaping, and civic volunteerism and advocacy.

The awards were begun by the Florida Community Association Journal and Becker & Poliakoff, a law firm that represents community associations.

A new category in the competition this year is “The Comeback Kid,” which will recognize neighborhoods that have gone through a turnaround.

Communities may submit their entries in any of the 10 categories. There is no fee for entering and applications are done online at www.communitiesofexcellence.net.

Small and large communities are judged separately, and there is no limit on the number of categories a community may enter, the journal says.

Winners will be announced at the Annual Florida Communities of Excellence Conference & Awards Ceremony. The event, which is free, will take place March 30 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Conference Center in Hollywood.