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Saturday, July 12, 2008. Talk show host Shu Bartholomew talks with State
Representative Julio Robaina, Distr. 117 (R), Miami/Dade about
Florida's Condo Act, amended by a bill just signed
by Governor Charlie Crist: H
Today most, if not all, state
legislative bodies go through the routine of tweaking
and rewriting state statutes regulating HOAs and condos.
Despite this annual rite, the problems in residential
America persist and multiply. And still,
some of these legislators turn to the same people year
after year, heeding their advice.
But not all legislators remain in
the fog that has enveloped them since the beginning of
this saga. And one legislator stands out.
a complete departure from the "business as usual" way
of dealing with the ongoing problems, Florida Representative
Robaina traveled the length and breadth of his state to talk to
the people who live in associations. He did this not once,
but twice. Armed with first hand knowledge of the real
problems, with a deep understanding of the frustrations and
inequities that existed, he returned to Tallahassee to write
legislation inspired by the owners and designed to protect
private property from the horrors and abuses of a system gone
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