HAVENíT WE BUILT ENOUGH?

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published October 24, 2022

 

This is definitely not the same Florida that it was even when I moved here in 1989.  And it really isnít the same Florida that that I remember as a kid coming down to visit my sister in the 70s.  The amount of building of homes and businesses since then is like no other place in the country -----by far.

 

But, is this what we really wanted?  Is this what we came here for?  For those of you that were born here, is that what you stayed here for?

 

You watch the tragedy of a building collapse.  And you read  that the building was rushed through when it was built. Who knows how many others were?  You also wonder about whether the land can safely support so many hi-rise condominiums next to one another because the experts continue to investigate that matter.  This is not New York where the foundation in Manhattan is bedrock. Dig down a few feet here and youíve hit water.

 

On the news we see cars floating in underground condominium parking lots and we marvel at it, but perhaps donít associate the danger it brings and the questions it raises.  Why are those cars floating?  Is it perhaps that we have built buildings on nearly every available square inch and there is simply nowhere for the rain water to go?

 

Remember driving down A1A and marveling at the ocean view?  Those days are gone forever.  The views replaced by new condos, one after the other.  Remember when there was no traffic getting to your own home?

 

Donít get me wrong.  I am a fan of progress.  But what is the definition of progress?  Have we progressed or at least in some way, have we destroyed a way of life that we will no longer be able to get back?  Did municipality after municipality have to yield to developers and a larger tax base, or could they have kept their towns a little simpler?

 

I would love to hear from some people that have been here a while and of course from some people that may have just gotten here.  My guess is that the results are going to be mixed, but letís see. 

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Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.



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