By Jan Bergemann

Published May 27, 2016


It seems that screaming and hollering is pretty common at board meetings in Florida’s community associations. Over the years I have attended board meetings where the participants were obviously under the impression that the one who screamed the loudest is right. And if that didn’t work some folks even turned to physical confrontations.


I always think that community associations bring out the worst in people. Our TV programs are full of so-called REALITY-SHOWS. As we all know, most of them are actually scripted – and are often not really reality shows. The producers of such shows should just attend board meetings – and they can film better shows than any writer could script.


But these screaming and fighting “matches” are in my opinion not caused by just a few obnoxious owners, they are caused by a system that allows bullying and dictatorial behavior. Every fight at such board meetings has two sides to the story. In most communities I know there are two – or even more – parties that fight each other. And these fights often turn ugly, causing scenes like described above.


Nice, peaceful communities? Whom are you kidding?

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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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