Saturday, December 4, 2004
discussions, Floridians finally have the Ombudsman many condo-owners had
hoped for --
one of their own! This
newly appointed Ombudsman is a condo-owner who has experienced the
problems of condo living and knows how it feels to be at odds with the
condominium board. This
experience will definitely help him to make the right decisions in the
future, decisions that will assist condo-owners to live in friendly
In the name of many
condo-owners and citizens of Florida, I would hereby like to thank
Governor Jeb Bush for his appointment of Virgil Rizzo as the new Condo
Ombudsman. Also, I’d like
to thank the many senators and representatives, who helped by
recommending Rizzo for this important position, especially Senator King
and Senator Campbell, just to name a few of the many!
And we would like to thank Senator Rudy Garcia and Representative
Julio Robaina, who made this appointment possible by sponsoring and
fighting for the necessary legislation.
It could not have been done without the support of many
other legislators, who finally saw the need to create an entity willing
to help the condo-owners. Thank
Now citizens living
in Florida’s mandatory homeowners’ associations hope that they will
as well get an Ombudsman’s Office during the next session.
Legislation to that effect will be filed. And it is long overdue!
is the official announcement:
APPOINTS VIRGIL R. RIZZO TO THE OFFICE OF THE CONDOMINIUM OMBUDSMAN
Virgil R. Rizzo, 67, of
Fort Lauderdale, attorney and retired medical doctor, appointed for a
term beginning December 3, 2004 and ending at the pleasure of the
I am convinced that
by picking a condo-owner, who has himself experienced the problems of
condo living in Florida, a big step was made in the right direction.
More consumer-friendly legislation has to follow, but this is a great
day in the history of Florida condominium living.
the cooperation of all parties is needed to make this a big success.
It will hopefully bring an end to the many horror stories we hear
on a daily basis. Virgil
Rizzo needs the help of us all to make this the success we anticipate.