TIMES ARE STILL UNUSUAL

By Jan Bergemann   

Published June 19, 2020

 

Executive orders YES or NO, it will still last quite a while before life will return back to normal. Yes, there has been a serious health-threat caused by the virus, but in my opinion the executive orders dealing with the management of community associations have created a lot of confusion Ė and no matter whom you asked on how to deal with these issues -- you got a different answer.

 

Letís just be honest: We were all not ready to deal with the problems caused by COVID-19.

 

And I donít think everybody is ready to get back to normal. Life in this country has changed, not only caused by the Pandemic. Our country is in uproar Ė and itís high time that life returns to normal again.

 

Letís face it: The COVID-19 crisis has been horrible, but the uncertainty of whatís going on made life really complicated, especially for boards of community associations.

 

But not all boards used common sense Ė or were trying to do the right thing.

 

Some boards abused the situation caused by Emergency Order 2020-04. They refused to hold necessary meetings, especially when it came to recall meetings, and used the emergency situation for their own advantage. And, as usual, they found attorneys blowing their horn.

 

Even if our Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to get life in Florida back to normal, not everybody plays along. Some boards didnít close their community pool, others are refusing to re-open the pools closed due to the Pandemic.

 

And the list goes on. There is lots of unrest among inhabitants of community associations, and it doesnít look like our lives are getting back to ďNORMALĒ pretty soon.

 

The next warning is already on the horizon: Unpaid dues due to financial strains of owners and renters. That leaves another big question: Will our economy get back to normal pretty fast?

There are still a lot of unanswered questions Ė and no matter what: TIMES ARE STILL UNUSUAL!


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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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