By Jan Bergemann

Published December 18, 2020


Hopefully the Pandemic caused by the Chinese Virus is soon over, but until then the name of the game is still: STAYING ALIVE? “Staying Alive” is not just a song by the Bee Gees and the title music of the movie “Saturday Night Fever” – it’s as well important for all of us to live by. Remember, we only have one life, even if a James Bond movie title suggests differently.


No question: We have to be very careful and take the necessary precautions to avoid being infected by the virus -- but the life still has to go on!

Make no mistake: Even if the Governor declares a “State of Emergency” doesn’t mean that it gives association boards the right to violate the laws or disregard the rules. They can make certain rules regarding meetings, social distancing and mask wearing etc., but they can’t make rules that are contrary to the statutes and have nothing to do with precautions regarding the virus.


If the bylaws call for a certain date to hold the annual meeting with elections, the board can’t just plainly cancel it. There are lots of different ways to hold safe meetings and especially hold elections. But just cancelling the election because the board is afraid that the owners will elect different candidates and replace the sitting board members is definitely not reason enough to cancel the elections totally.


The statutes are still in place and valid – no matter if a State of Emergency is declared or not. Making rules in order to keep everybody safe is fine, VIOLATING LAWS AND RULES IS NOT!

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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:

Educational Website:

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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