By Rafael Aquino

Published September 27, 2023  


For centuries, the concept of altruism has been a guiding principle, underpinning the very foundations of our communities. Aiding others, especially in times of need, has always been considered noble. Yet, good intentions don't always result in positive outcomes, a lesson underscored by the recent implementation of the Live Local Act in Florida.


As a community association management company, we can start thinking about the potential implications of the Live Local Act. Introduced to tackle Florida's pressing housing crisis, this Act, fortified with a hefty $811 million budget, brings forth several developer incentives. However, the provision that curtails local governments from intervening in zoning, density, and height regulations raises eyebrows.


Here's why community associations should be concerned:


1. Aesthetic Disruption: Many managed communities have cultivated a particular aesthetic over the years. The Act might usher in high-rise buildings that don't mesh with the existing visual fabric, potentially diminishing property values or community allure.


2. Infrastructure Strain: A sudden influx of residents, as a result of large-scale affordable housing projects, could strain local resources, from roads to schools.


3. Local Autonomy: The Act limits the community's voice. Residents and their associations may be unable to influence decisions that directly impact them.


4. Community Dynamics: A community's established norms, rules, and dynamics can be disrupted. Associations may need to revisit bylaws and community guidelines to accommodate the changes.


Cities like Doral and Miami Beach are already pushing back. As advocates for community cohesion and balance, we believe in a more collaborative approach. While the state's goal to provide affordable housing is commendable, it's vital to ensure that local community needs and characteristics aren't sidelined.


In conclusion, our stance is not necessarily for or against the Live Local Act. Instead, we aim to highlight the challenges that arise from these blanket-type laws. One-size-fits-all legislation often overlooks the unique intricacies of individual communities. While the broader objective might be noble, it's crucial to recognize and address the potential unintended consequences on a local scale. As community association managers, our priority is to ensure that the communities we serve are prepared and informed to navigate whatever changes such legislation might bring.

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

For more information about Rafael P. Aquino and Affinity Management Services please visit or call 1-800-977-6279

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Doral, FL 33166

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