By Jan Bergemann

Published December 5, 2014


Many presidents obviously think they are the community dictator – or CEO.




I hear nearly daily stories about presidents who obviously adopted middle names like Adolf, Joseph or Fidel!


Many of these folks just ignore the bylaws of the community – or even the Florida statutes.


Make no mistake: The president is just another member of the board -- and has only one vote – like every other board member. A president can’t just make “executive” decisions – unless the board authorized his/her actions in a public board meeting first.


A president is just another officer with a few special tasks like calling meetings, writing agendas and chairing board meetings – and whatever other tasks the bylaws allow him/her to do!

But that’s about it – no matter what some folks think!


Remember: A community association should be a membership organization – not a dictatorship!

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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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