By Jan Bergemann

Published March 16, 2018


If the Moraitis’ ANTI-OWNER BILL HB 841 isn’t vetoed by Governor Rick Scott there will be no more “Business in the Sunshine” in Florida’s community associations. The wording of the bill (valid for FS 718, FS 719 and FS 720) allows board members to do business behind closed doors – by e-mail.


This is the wording added to the BOARD MEETING provisions: “Members of the board of administration may use e-mail as a means of communication but may not cast a vote on an association matter via e-mail.”


This wording allows board members to do their business by e-mail – and since an arbitration ruling stated that e-mails sent and received by private computer are NOT public record owners will never know what has been discussed among the board members.


Even if the wording says that they “may" not cast a vote by e-mail, they can even discuss to agree to vote “YEA” on a specific motion. The owners present at the board meeting wouldn’t even know what the motion is all about. Imagine a motion like: “Do we want to agree to hire the contractor who submitted “Bid B”?” “Second?” “All in favor: … !” AND THAT’S IT!

That would be legally ok according to the wording of the bill.


We made Moraitis aware of this serious issue and offered a simple solution to fix this problem, but – in his normal arrogant way – Moraitis ignored these serious concerns. Moraitis is happy as long as he can cater to special interest, ignoring the concerns of his constituents.


This provision alone – many more other serious issues are contained in the bill – is reason enough for all homeowners and condo owners in Florida to ask Governor Scott to veto the bill.

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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:

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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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