By Jan Bergemann

Published November 29, 2019


I hope you all had a really great Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. No turkey for us, since we already ate our turkey a few weeks back when our friends from Germany visited.


I can tell you that I am really thankful that I was able to move out of the HOA in St. Augustine and no longer have to deal with dictatorial and/or power-hungry developers and board members. I had to move 60 miles down South to find a nice piece of land that wasn’t part of any community association.


My beloved wife Dianne can do all the gardening she wants to do, put up flags and statutes as many as she likes, and we can decorate for Christmas as much and as early as we want. No nasty letters from a board or their attorney, but lots of compliments from the neighbors.


I can even put up a big yard-sign: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN  – TRUMP 2020.” No complaints – isn’t that nice?


I am even more thankful about not living in an HOA when I read daily an average of about 80 e-mails telling me about all the problems these owners are having in their community associations.


And I am even more thankful that I live in a nice home with my loving wife Dianne – and all is good!



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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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