REPORT + RECOMMENDATIONS

 DBPR STUDY SB 1556

October 2006

Senate Bill 1556

Condominium Termination

 CYBER CITIZENS FOR JUSTICE, INC.

CCFJ, Inc. Headquarters

1156 Tall Oaks Road

DeLand, FL  32720-1225

Phone:  (386) 740-1503

E-Mail:  board@ccfj.net

Web Pages:  http://www.ccfj.net/

Deland, July 2, 2006

 

Re: Public Input HB 543/SB 1556

 

To Whom It May Concern,

 

The original bill HB 543, as sponsored by Representative Goodlette, was a good bill and would have helped to sort out many problems that condo-owners were facing after their buildings suffered serious hurricane damage. Please note: This bill was originally written to clarify condo dissolution after casualty. Two amendments were proposed for further clarification by CCFJ, Inc. -- Line 186 and 216 -- and approved by the original sponsor, Representative Goodlette. See amended version attached!
 
All later amendments to the bill -- as can be seen in the Governor's veto letter -- had serious flaws and would have created an opportunity for developers to throw people out of their homes -- without their approval. We are seeing these kind of attempts in Sarasota, Miami Beach and on Singer Island -- in the moment.
 

We do need safeguards for condo owners after natural disasters, but not something like an "eminent domain" bill for condominiums. Suddenly the original bill wasn't just for dissolution after natural disaster any more -- it suddenly turned into a cash cow for developers, who would have been allowed to secretly buy unit after unit, grab hold of the board majority and push owners out of their homes in order to build bigger and more expensive condos on valuable beach property, making a financial killing at the expense of helpless condo-owners.

   

The original bill was good -- and should be revived for the next session. Relatively easy dissolution after casualty is very recommendable. Greed is not!

 
Warm Regards,
Jan Bergemann, President
Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.

http://www.ccfj.net/

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