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Neighborhood news

Ex-Kings Point chief is back on board

By S.I. ROSENBAUM
Published April 6, 2007


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Last spring, a slate of dissatisfied residents swept the Kings Point Federation board elections, ousting controversial president Paul Hunt.

Now, the recent election has landed Hunt back on the board. He will serve alongside the slate of Residents for Better Government members who last year described him as "secretive" and "autocratic."

Will hard feelings prevent Hunt from working with the rest of the board? Only time will tell, but members are optimistic.

"I welcome him as part of the board," said member Cliff Seder, who was part of last year's Better Government slate. "We're a team."

Hunt, 81, who could not be reached for comment, has served on the federation board on and off for the better part of a decade. He came under fire for his management style after he led residents in filing a class-action lawsuit against WCI Communities, the Kings Point developers.

The lawsuit alleges that the company denied residents the right to buy their clubhouses and recreation facilities.

The Better Government candidates supported the lawsuit but accused Hunt of being less than forthright about the legal details, a charge Hunt denied.

Now, Seder said, WCI has offered to let the residents buy the facilities after all. It's a momentous decision, he said.

"The next six months could be the most critical in the history of Kings Point," he said.

The board's new president, Harry Kangieser, said the board is still in negotiations with WCI.

Kangieser, who was also a member of the Better Government slate, said he doesn't intend to let personal conflicts interfere with the board's business.

If the community buys the recreation facilities, he said, the federation board will be handling millions in maintenance and facilities fees each year.

With that much money passing through its hands, the board can't afford to be bogged down in politics, he said.

"We're going to move this scenario forward as a business entity," he said. "I don't deal with problems. I deal with opportunities."

Seder echoed Kangieser's sentiment.

"I think the proof will be in the pudding," he said. "We have a mountain of decisions to make that are critical to this community, and it's up to these nine members."

S.I. Rosenbaum can be reached at 661-2442 or srosenbaum@sptimes.com.

[Last modified April 5, 2007, 07:20:57]


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