Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal
June 7, 2006
less than two years on the job,
Florida's first condominium ombudsman has been evicted.
a relief," Virgil Rizzo, head of a small state agency set up to mediate
the sometimes heated disputes between condo owners and their condo-building
governing boards, said after Gov.
Jeb Bush's office told him to pick his bags last week.
Rizzo, whose office was the subject of a page-one Wall Street Journal
article about its efforts to bringing
to Florida's condos, said his biggest battle was with the state's Department
of Business and Professional Regulation, where the ombudsman is housed.
"They didn't like that I didn't play the bureaucratic game,"
said Dr. Rizzo, a lawyer and retired physician who was appointed to the job in
department's secretary, Simone Marstiller, said the former ombudsman refused
to be held account
For example, she said her department had difficulty conducting an
administrative review of his office.
Dr. Rizzo said he cooperated with the review, but disputed the
department's efforts to control his office.
who has worked with the Florida Department of Health, was appointed the new
Carroll, who will receive an
annual salary of $80,800, said one of her goals is to educate condo owners and
associations about their rights.
Dr. Rizzo is writing a book about his experience.
That way, he'll have more freedom "to tell the story as I see
it," he said.