By Jan Bergemann

Published November 24, 2023


Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and I hope you and your families had a great day and a wonderful Turkey Dinner. That sure is one thing to be thankful for: The prices for turkeys haven’t gone up and are still very affordable! But that’s about the only thing in the grocery store where the prices haven’t gone up like crazy. The eggs I’m buying have doubled in cost in the last 2 ˝ years – and so are many other items you need for daily living. Inflation is hitting everybody in the pocket-book.


We have to look at two wars and lots of threats from terrorists. Our Southern border is wide open for every terrorist to walk in. Thank god that crime is still pretty reasonable here in Florida – unlike in many other states of the Union


For members of community associations not much has changed. There is still no government enforcement for all the statutes that have been created in the past years. Fraud, scams and embezzlement is still continuing to plague many associations – and the maintenance fees are going up faster than the income of the owners.

Sorry to be negative!

But maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel: A panel-hearing of the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries high-lighted the problems many associations are having due to the total lack of enforcement.


Maybe legislators are finally realizing that more than 50% of Florida’s population is living in community associations and desperately need some help to survive financially. Hopefully next year we have some more things to be thankful for?

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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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