Vista Mar Condominiums

4000 Vista Mar Christiansted

Welcome to the Vista Mar Homeowners site; a resource for owners and their guests.

Vista Mar Condominiums is situated just minutes from downtown Christiansted. Beautiful views of Buck Island and ocean breezes makes this a comfortable place to call home.

Unfortunately it is in distress and homeowners need to come together to address these issues. The past HOA board members failed in their duties to protect the owners at Vista Mar, but now with the addition of 2 new board members, there is/was hope that the HOA would run like it’s supposed to, but it isn’t.

Ideal plan to build reserves and repair Vista Mar for it’s owners in 3 easy steps!

  1. Hire landscaper
  2. Remove Co-treasurer, Swanson, for negligence and breach of trust – place person that actually knows what their doing in position
  3. Reduce hours or completely remove contractor/groundskeeper and hire a new one that will actually complete jobs correctly the first time and doesn’t waste our money.

Below is the past President’s letter to everyone.

Past President Letter Sept 9 Page 1

Past President Letter page 2

The past president has lied to everyone including board members about business of the condominiums and the rehabbing of her unit. She also sold it without letting the new owners know about the underlying structural issues. (the real estate that she used also knew about the structural issues and did not protect the buyer) She converted her unit without letting the board know. She removed walls without permission. She hired unqualified workers to do work at the condominiums without quotes and any communication to other board members.

These are just some of the shenanigans that occur at Vista Mar.

Common Area

The treasurer, Ms. Swanson has paid out over 40% of our dues to a maintenance worker and her “helpers”, along with buying them tools and supplies that should never leave the property. When there was a board member that brought the financial issues to light, she was removed. The treasurer, Ms. Swanson, has misappropriated funds and neglected all the owners for 20 years and she is still on the board. Swanson has used the employee for her own self interest and has paid her off the books for years with owner money. She also lets the maintenance worker handle the mail, check deposits and the cash from the laundry room. There is no accountability. The last time the laundry money was taken away from the last voted out board member, there were thousands of dollars in her unit that should have been deposited in the bank. This is what the owners at Vista are dealing with.

WATER LEAKS -bldg 1 and bldg 2 Sept 16

Unfortunately they continue to not have common sense: There was a burst pipe that has been leaking for a few days. They did not call a plumber and let the water run all night long, flooding underneath building 1, which is where the structural issues are: (around 25 seconds in) This cost the association and extra $1000. https://youtu.be/k1lZzmYxZ_A

Structural Issues:

Plans for Reconstruction

We are not sure how many owners/tenants will be affected by the construction. The most important thing is that the shoring up of the units is completed by a licensed contractor.

The constructions quotes came in.

It’s going to cost +- $500,000.00 to rebuild building 4, building 1 and shore up buildings 2 and 3. That would be an assessment of about $14,000 per unit. The final numbers are not in yet. The new board members (Ms. Tonks is no longer President because she sold her unit and was replaced by Patricia Morris) are working had to find a solution. We tried to get a loan, but our financials are so out of whack and we were denied. The only other option at this point is to put an assessment on all the units. Who is going to pay that?

ceiling jacks and major structural cracks (building 1)

Association Documents and Meeting Minutes – Letters from HOA Board members

Bob Chaput, President back in 2000 – addressed these issues to everyone, yet the board nor the Treasurer, Barbara Swanson, had the foresight to do her job. 25 years of fiduciary failure all in the name of having cheap HOA dues.

If you look at the accounting, you see that the reserves were never sufficient to cover any updating. At this time we only have $10,000 in the operating account and $50,000 in reserves in case of hurricane or other severe emergency. We do not have windstorm insurance. We hope that with the increase in dues and upcoming assessments we can bring Vista Mar back to where it once was.

patios in disrepair – for years

Dues are at $250 per month, and after July 31st 2021 meeting, the motion to increase dues to create cash flow and possibly cover windstorm insurance was shot down. The board has finally exercised it’s duties to increase dues as per the bylaws to cover expenses without needing owner votes. The new dues will be $350 staring in November 2021.

The next step is to reel in the expenses of our grounds-keeping. We have a groundskeeper/ maintenance person without direction. She is not a licensed contractor nor is she insured. She takes 45% of our dues and never finishes a job. She divulges private information to owners and tenants alike. She threatens owners then puts restraining orders on them. all this is allowed by the board. There need to be basic daily duties and her hours need to be cut until we can build up our reserves.

roots are growing into retaining walls and cisterns

Septics are failing, building 3 is now also collapsing from roof down, the garbage area/bins are sliding down the hill. The streets are in such disrepair its a hazard to walk on due to a hybrid tree that should have been cut years ago. There are flat tired cars in that don’t run allowed to be sitting in the lot. Wires hanging low, trees growing too high that need to be pruned before they snag on wires again (especially during storms). Cisterns need to be drained and the downspouts rerouted. Fences need to be fixed. It’s a lot to take in.

Below is a letter written to the board and owners with a laid out path in the right direction. There has been no reply from the board. – (update: Sept 9 letter to owners addresses some of the issues)

LETTER TO THE BOARD

ANNUAL MEETING

Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 2pm (Gertrude’s Restaurant)

Although the current President’s unit is pending, she was not up for re-election. Full disclosure to all potential buyers is the ethical road to take. (Update: unfortunately she did not inform the new buyers of her unit, about any structural issues or any underlying issues the association has. Noted that it as a buyer you have to do your due diligence, but this was just deceitful) Although the existing Treasurer is responsible for the loss of people’s homes and the financial ruin Vista is in, she is also still keeping her position. Below are the minutes of the last meeting. Another co-treasurer was voted in – who also knew of the issues and did nothing. There is always room for redemption – but at this time (oct 21, 2021) Ms. Swanson still has access to the checks and has absolutely no idea on who owes money or how much she doles out for random receipts given to her by the groundskeeper.

Meeting Minutes

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Videos of the property and pool area. Evidence of the lack of care.

Vista Mar Videos

Owners who care

Units for sale

None at this time. (could be unlisted – for sale by owner)

Please email the HOA for more details or check the MLS listings.

HOA EMAIL: vistamarstx@gmail.com

PROPERTY

our common area
common area #2
the office pillar holding up 2nd floor
outside building 1 units
unit 10
unit 10 ripping apart

4000 Vista Mar, St. Croix VI 00820