By Jan Bergemann

Published March 23, 2018


For the second year there was no change in the law requiring high-rise condominium to install sprinkler systems. Last year Governor Rick Scott vetoed the Moraitis’ bill – this year it quickly stalled in committee.


This is the law – and it stays that way: FS718.112(2)(l)


For anybody not familiar with this legislative topic: It occupies valuable time of the Florida Legislature. It started in 2003 – and already Governor Jeb Bush vetoed a bill dealing with this issue. The normal excuse of condo boards trying to postpone the costly sprinkler-system retrofitting: “We don’t have the money!”


They all should remember: It saves lives! Just recently a fire in a high-rise condo in Pompano Beach cost the life of an 80-year old resident. The Fire Chief stated: “The outcome would have been very different if there had been fire sprinklers in the building.”


If condo boards would have collected $1 a unit a month starting at the time the legislature put this life-saving requirement into the statutes, the necessary money – and then some – would have long been available to do what the law requires.


Instead certain boards – like the ones from the Galt Mile Gulag in Ft. Lauderdale – rather spent the money to hire expensive law firms to lobby for a postponement of the sprinkler-retrofitting requirement instead of saving the money for doing what’s right.


If condo owners complain about a special assessment for the cost of the sprinkler system, please blame your board for lack of foresight than the legislature.


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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.


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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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