By Jan Bergemann

Published June 14, 2019


I donít think that anybody in his/her right mind can call Florida a PARADISE anymore!


I live in Florida since 25 years Ė and the changes this State has undergone are only too obvious. Traffic is outrageous, especially in the Tri-County area Ė and the permanent road constructions surely donít help the traffic flow.


My wife lived in Pompano Beach (Broward County) and driving in that area was anything but fun. I always got the impression that half of the people driving down there donít have a driverís license, or Ė if they do Ė donít have the faintest idea how to drive. I often had the feeling that some of the ďdriversĒ were aiming at me and my car. Parking is nearly unavailable and even in the big parking lots of the shopping malls you have to drive around a while hoping that somebody will leave so you can quickly take that place.


But even here in Deland, a once peaceful laid-back community in Central Florida (made famous by the Stetson University), I often have trouble finding a place to park in the Publix parking lot. When I moved here, I had the pick of which parking space to use, maybe even looking for a place in the shade, under a tree. Thatís just a memory of the past.


But itís not only the traffic that has me concerned. Itís as well our aquifer that causes me to worry. Especially here in Central Florida we do have serious drink-water issues. Not only does our government in Tallahassee sell our water to out-of-state companies, the steady growth of population here in Florida puts serious strains on our aquifer. Here in Central Florida you read and hear a lot about sinkholes. We see more and more sinkholes popping up, because the water levels of our aquifer go down and the caves holding the water are emptying out and while a cave filled with water can hold the weight of the many homes built on top of it, a cave filled only with air will collapse if too much weight is built on top of the cave. And especially HOAs and townhomes built with zero lot-lines put a lot of weight on caves that sometimes are just below the surface.


In all reality the question is: How long can we abuse nature before everything collapses?


PARADISE? I think it was lost quite a while ago!

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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:

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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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