NO CHANGES TO REQUIREMENT FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEM
Published March 23, 2018
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:
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!”
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.”
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.
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.
owners complain about a special assessment for the cost of the
sprinkler system, please blame your board for lack of foresight
than the legislature.
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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