By Jan Bergemann

Published March 15, 2024


We live in Florida, meaning we know that we get hit by a hurricane, we just don’t know when! That tells us that we have to be prepared to the best of our abilities.


Finally, the Florida Legislature passed a bill with a provision that starts as follows: HB 293 -- FS 720.3035 Architectural control covenants; parcel owner improvements; rights and privileges.— (6)(a) To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the state and to ensure uniformity and consistency in the hurricane protection installed by parcel owners, this subsection applies to all homeowners' associations in the state, regardless of when the community was created.


Such a bill was long overdue, stopping overeager association boards from preventing homeowners to get prepared for the next hurricane disaster.


Our THANKS go to Representative Tyler Sirios (R-Brevard) and Senator Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill) who sponsored this important bill. We were able to add two important items to the list of items in the bill: Exterior fixed generators and fuel storage tanks!


With our pretty vulnerable electricity supply, it’s very important, especially for our many elderly folks here in Florida, to have a back-up if the electricity supply fails. Don’t forget: Hurricanes show up with hot temperatures, making it even more important to have functioning air-condition in the home, not even talking about electricity necessary for many medical reasons.


Talking electricity: Did somebody ever figured out what folks with electrical cars do if there is no electricity? Remember, most of the regular exterior fixed generators don’t create enough electricity to load the car battery?


Anyway, the Florida Legislature was really owner-friendly this session – and we will have to discuss a lot more great bills enacted by the Legislature in the next few weeks!

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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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