Will the real "Woodlands" please come forward?
Will the real “Woodlands” please come forward?

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Thanks to a resident who did a little investigative work, he came across a very interesting discovery which gives cause to consider: just who really owns the word Woodlands because our WHOA sure doesn’t.

On our official HOA website, are they trying to confuse us by putting an "S" at the end of Woodland?
On our official HOA website, they have the name of the association incorrect.

The attorney with Becker & Poliakoff says that the association owns common law rights to the name “The Woodlands.”  However, we have found that since 1970, they have been registered with the State of Florida not as “The Woodlands” but as “Woodland” without the “s” on the end.

How can they claim they have the legal rights to “The Woodlands” when they don’t even have it themselves?  How did they overlook this?   Another thing, why does the WHOA keep sending mailers and minutes as the “Woodlands Homeowners Association, Inc.” when this is not how they are legally registered with the state?

This site is called The Woodlands in Tamarac.  The only word it has in common with our association is the word “the.” There are also thousands of other Woodlands websites out there and many in Florida are in communities just like ours. Can our HOA show these communities that they have the exclusive trademark to this name?  They may have to open their checkbook a little wider if they want to catch all these doppelgängers masquerading as them as well.

Careful, we wouldn’t want you feeble-minded souls to be taken by these impostors!

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Sharon Aron Baron
Sharon Aron Baron created the Woodlands Tamarac in 2010 for original News for the community. In 2011 she went on to create Tamarac Talk, in 2012, Coral Springs Talk and 2017, Parkland Talk.

3 Responses to "What is Our Association’s Legal Name Anyway?"

  1. The reason the attorney didn’t know is because he did not research anything; it was just a scare tactic that some attorney’s use.

  2. Looks to me like we need a recall of our Association Presidents who feel it’s necessary to waste residents money trying to get rid of something that the residents clearly want. I know that if I find our section President supports this he won’t have my vote, and I’m positive the households around me neither.

  3. Time and money better spent on important issues, not this. Take a vote and see how the residents feel and we all know that the support of this website is what we want. I am very disappointed that this witch hunt has gone to what I thought was a reputable law firm, and was even brought up in the first place. The above proof shows that those involved have not done their homework and once again our community is being thrown into an unnecessary frenzy, wasting our money on something that is clearly not what the residents want. This could have all been discussed nicely at the WHOA meeting, but no, we need more drama, right?

    When asked about the painting of the wall on Commercial Blvd, our commissioner passed it on to the city manager, and she gets paid for this? Let’s put our efforts into getting the wall painted, it is disgusting, and let’s not forget which website and who, brought most of the issues, including this one, to our attention.

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