By Jan Bergemann

Published January 12, 2018


I’m not much of a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I made some over the years. Just in case you are interested in my way of thinking “New Year’s Resolutions” – just continue reading.


This is old, but it’s one of the resolutions I made – and kept: “Never buy property in a HOA – or condo!” I was born three months after WW II ended in Europe – and I can lively happily without getting involved in some kind of wars.


A newer resolution: “No more being ‘politically’ correct!” Let’s face it: It gets us nowhere – and does nothing but destroying our life-style. Where are the good times when we could still claim that accused folks were innocent until proven guilty? GONE WITH THE WIND – because too many people are striving to be politically correct. Even our networks add certain actors to their TV-shows to show the world that they are “politically” correct – no matter if the characters really fit into the show or not.


Does it make sense? DEFINITELY NOT!


And my latest New Year’s Resolution: “To say exactly what I think – no more trying to beat around the bush in order to sound diplomatic.”


It seems in today’s society DIPLOMACY has outlived its usefulness. It often seems to me that being polite and nice is no longer “IN” – because too many people think of it as being weak and useless.


I think my New Year’s resolutions reflect the way our society is going: Down the drain!


Is that really what a majority of US citizens want?

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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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