By Jan Bergemann

Published November 24, 2017




I have a Sweetheart for a WIFE – who is making me very happy. And we have four kids (they are actually cats) who create lots of havoc in our home. But they know how to be cute. During daytime they function as my office helpers – but are mostly asleep. They must have been government workers in their former lives. JUST KIDDING!


In all reality I am thankful that I live no longer in a HOA. I have some nice neighbors who are not running around distributing violation notices. They actually watch our home if we are not there. On the other side of the property is a big meadow with friendly cows. FRIENDLY AND PEACEFUL NEIGHBORHOOD – without stupid rules! And none of our neighbors painted his house pink with green polka-dots!


Isn’t that plenty to be thankful for?


Believe me, I can understand some of the folks who posted already comments under this week’s blogs. Let’s face it: Not all board members are good and not all are evil. Many of the board members are trying very hard to manage their community to the best of their knowledge. And association members should be very thankful that these folks are willing to serve in the best interest of their neighbors.


Others are meaning well, but are ill equipped to do a good job due to their lack of basic knowledge. Remember: An association is a business – and not everybody knows how to run a successful business.


Yes, some have their private agendas and are ignoring laws and rules with the help of some nasty attorneys who love to “create” lawsuits in order to boost their income.


So: I hope you all enjoyed your turkey – or whatever festive meal you had – and are having a great time.


There is always lots to be THANKFUL for – it’s all about positive thinking!

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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:

Educational Website:

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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