DIGITAL AGE TOO EARLY FOR SOME OWNERS

By Jan Bergemann

Published April 24, 2020

 

It may all work nicely using the digital version of Board meetings and seminars. But too many folks seem to forget that Florida is a retirement state, with a very high number of pretty elderly people. Since all generations seem to get named nowadays, you may call them the ďNON-COMPUTER-GENERATION

 

There are still lots of elderly owners who have a hard time even sending and receiving e-mails, not even talking about Skype, Zoom or digital meetings.

 

No matter how modern people want to be, Florida laws donít allow these elderly owners to be left out. They have the right to know whatís going on in the association, where their money goes and what the board is planning for the future. And not to forget: To voice their opinion about anything that goes on in the community.

 

And make no mistake: Person-to-person meetings are still preferable, especially if you can see the faces of all the people involved. In my opinion faces often tell you more about the real opinion of people than the words coming out of their mouth. I donít think faces have already learned to be political correct.

 

Hopefully life goes back to normal pretty soon and we can get back to go to board meetings, membership meetings and seminars in person again.

 

Sometimes the old-fashioned methods of doing business are still preferable!


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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!

 

CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.

 

The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !


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