By Jan Bergemann 

Published September 29, 2023


Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 102 – dubbed the “LIVE LOCAL” Act – into law. In my opinion this bill was a bad idea and hasn’t gotten any better with amendments in committee hearings. Even if it was a bi-partisan bill it seems that our legislators once again pushed a law that is not supported by a majority of voters.


All over Florida we are seeing total overdevelopment, with the developers not being forced to create the necessary infrastructure before building huge amounts of new homes. 


And taking away the rights of local governments to make the decisions about zoning is an even worse idea. Local governments – elected by the people who live in these cities and counties – are there for a reason – and these citizens should have a voice in deciding what’s happening in their neighborhood.


As much as I understand that all the “new” Florida citizens need housing – the families who are fleeing the blue states up North because of high crime, bad schooling and even higher taxes – overbuilding is a bad idea.


Our roads ore overcrowded, traffic is horrific, and we have permanently water-shortages because our government in its infinite wisdom is selling our drinking water to out-of-state companies.


We’ll see what the courts will decide, because this new law has been challenged in court by various counties. Does our State government have the right to take power away from the local governments – and in reality the citizens of these counties and cities?


It seems like lots of folks – according to their opinions – don’t like it here in Florida. Maybe somebody should file a bill suggesting a swap between families who want to move to Florida and folks who don’t like it here. That might solve the problem of overdeveloping our great State of Florida.

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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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