By Jan Bergemann

Published July 3, 2020


The 4th of July – INDEPENDENCE DAY! It’s a day when we all should celebrate the birth of our nation – a nation that was built on the foundation of our CONSTITUTION and the statement: “IN GOD WE TRUST”! It’s a day when we should proudly display our nation’s flag: OL’ GLORY!


Our nation has a lot to be proud of and I think it’s high time to finally teach our kids our proud history. Our kids should know how our forefathers fought for independence and what it all meant. Especially Ivy League students should know who fought in the War of Independence. Aren’t these students supposed to be the “future of our country?”


Our flag and our national Anthem are the symbols of our country and anybody who doesn’t like it here is free to go elsewhere, to a country he/she thinks is better than our country. Burning our flag, kneeling during the national anthem and/or tearing down historical statues makes our nation the laughing stock of the rest of the world. Burning statues of historical figures reminds people with knowledge of history of the book-burning in the 1930’s, the beginning of the holocaust. And it’s even more ridiculous when looking at the statues that have been destroyed or vandalized. It’s pretty obvious that the vandals have not the faintest idea about who is who in our history. Many claim to be Democrats and/or Socialists, but they are tearing down the statues of “fellow” Democrats. If they would know a little bit about history they would know that the South was run by Democrats, while Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, fighting the war against slavery. But the anarchists clearly don’t care as long as they can destroy anything they can get their hands on. It seems that a lot of folks haven’t gotten the message yet: You can learn a lot from history, but you can’t change it – not even by burning our flag or historical statues.


Many proud owners of properties within community associations have proudly displayed “OL’ GLORY” – and paid a heavy price for it in many cases. Lots of lawsuits have been fought over flying “Ol’ Glory!” I can assure you, if you would have all the legal fees wasted here in Florida on these lawsuits, you would be a multi-millionaire.


After the long lawsuit fought by George Andres – nicknamed the Jupiter flagman – we were able to add provisions into the community association statutes (FS 718.113(4)  + FS 720.304(2) that allows owners to proudly fly our national flag (and some others, see statutes). But, what’s new? Some association board members and management companies still haven’t gotten the message.


But this is the 4th of July and we celebrate the BIRTH OF OUR GREAT NATION.


Let’s show our pride in our great nation and proudly fly “OL’ GLORY”!

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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: 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 in Florida !

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