Courtesy of the Sun Sentinel
Posted December 6, 2005
owners and directors who want to ask a question, file a complaint or learn
their rights and responsibilities can now do it on the Internet.
Florida Condo Ombudsman Virgil Rizzo on Monday unveiled a Web site to help
him and his staff interact with the more than 4.4 million Floridians living
in 1.1 million condo units.
The state created the office of ombudsman last year to help mediate disputes
between owners and boards, educate owners and directors and make
recommendations to the governor and Legislature for new state laws. The
office handled about 11,000 requests and complaints during the first nine
months of this year.
The Web site is designed only for condo owners and won't help residents in
communities governed by homeowners associations. Although problems are
similar in both, the state has refused to provide a similar source for the
Rizzo said the Web site is still in early development and "every day,
additions are being made."
Jan Bergemann of Deland, president of Cyber Citizens for Justice, sees the
Web site as an inexpensive but effective way of helping owners and board
Cyber Citizens is a statewide organization that led the fight last year to
get the state to create the office of ombudsman.
Rizzo has been steadily increasing the services his office offers. Earlier
this year he obtained a Broward County phone number so residents wouldn't
have to call long-distance to Tallahassee; opened an office in Fort
Lauderdale to help residents in the tri-county area; and hired a