AND CONDO-OWNERS NOW HAVE A VOICE IN TALLAHASSEE
JERRY MELVIN -- FORMER DEAN OF THE HOUSE
the first time since its inception in 2000, Cyber Citizens For Justice,
Inc. will have someone contracted to represent its interests in
Tallahassee. Cyber Citizens
For Justice, Inc. is an organization that represents Florida homeowners
and condo-owners. According to Jan Bergemann, President of CCFJ, the time is
right to enlist the aid of a person with experience in Florida’s
Melvin, former Dean of the House, now heads his own firm, Jerry
Melvin Consulting/Marketing. He
has contracted with CCFJ to be its lobbyist, beginning immediately and
continuing through the 2005 Florida Legislative Session.
“We took a look and we looked even closer – and we found the former Dean of the House, our friend, Jerry Melvin,” said Bergemann. “Jerry has always supported the cause of homeowners and the elderly, and he was actually the first legislator who believed in our cause and sponsored our first and original Task Force bill in 2002,” Bergemann continued. “With a total of 18 years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Jerry knows his way around the legislative halls as well as the halls of the various governmental departments and agencies, and he knows the legislative process, having served as chairman of numerous committees and Task Forces and at one time of another, a member of just about every subject committee.”
became interested in the homeowner issues in 2001 when I was contacted
by some individuals having troubles with their homeowners’
associations, and the more I looked into the issues, the more I saw a
need for action,” Jerry said. “Therefore,
I introduced a bill calling for a Task Force to be appointed to look
into the issues. I have been amazed at how some homeowners have been treated
by their associations and heard even more disturbing things when I
attended the Annual Meeting of CCFJ in Ocala November 19 and 20.”
of the speakers heard during the CCFJ Annual Meeting were: Joe Gorman, President, Property Owners Association in the
Villages; Humberto Sanchez, Councilman, League of United Latin American
Citizens; Gordon Commeé,
Property Rights Florida; Dolores Kane, Executive Director, Florida
Silver Haired Legislature; Robert Janauskas, Founder, Consumer Advocacy
Network; Chan Gerber, Director of Former CHIP; and Tom Poss, CEO and
Speaker of the House of the Florida Silver Haired Legislature.
Julio Robaina was honored guest at the meeting. A Republican from Miami, Robaina was the champion of the CCFJ
legislative package in the 2004 Florida Legislative Session.
Benson and Karen Gottlieb, members of the Condo Advisory Council, and
Mike Van Dyk, former council member, were guest presenters during the
remarked, “Our organization is continuing to grow in membership and
influence, and we invite other owners, organizations and association to
join our cause and help to finally create the legislative changes
homeowners in Florida are waiting for
We need clear and easy-to-understand laws that make the management of our associations easy and that will stop the many expensive lawsuits constantly being filed without merit – lawsuits that drain associations of their meager membership funds and consume the major time and efforts of members that could be utilized for needed projects and issues. We feel that with the assistance of Jerry Melvin, working with Representative Julio Robaina and other legislators, we can begin to see our goals become realities,” Bergemann stated.
“It will be the first time that homeowners and condo-owners have their own organization and their own Voice In Tallahassee. We don’t need trade organizations claiming to represent our interest. Owners have to realize that only other owners are on the same side of the fence. The old saying: “UNITED WE STAND!” fits here more than ever!” Bergemann concluded.