DIGITAL AGE TOO EARLY FOR SOME OWNERS
Published April 24, 2020
It may all work
nicely using the digital version of Board meetings and seminars.
But too many folks seem to forget that Florida is a retirement
state, with a very high number of pretty elderly people. Since
all generations seem to get named nowadays, you may call them
There are still lots
of elderly owners who have a hard time even sending and
receiving e-mails, not even talking about Skype, Zoom or digital
No matter how modern
people want to be, Florida laws donít allow these elderly owners
to be left out. They have the right to know whatís going on in
the association, where their money goes and what the board is
planning for the future. And not to forget: To voice their
opinion about anything that goes on in the community.
And make no mistake:
Person-to-person meetings are still preferable, especially if
you can see the faces of all the people involved. In my opinion
faces often tell you more about the real opinion of people than
the words coming out of their mouth. I donít think faces have
already learned to be political correct.
Hopefully life goes
back to normal pretty soon and we can get back to go to board
meetings, membership meetings and seminars in person again.
Sometimes the old-fashioned methods of doing business are still
||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