Condo overseer to open branch office in Broward

Article Courtesy of the Sun Sentinel

By Joe Kollin
Posted June 29 2005

Gov. Jeb Bush has approved opening a branch office of the state condo ombudsman in Broward County.

When the office will open, the location and staffing are not known.
Ombudsman Virgil Rizzo learned of Bush's decision Tuesday and must work with the state Department of Business & Professional Regulation on the answers.

The state Legislature last year created the job to help mediate disputes, recommend laws and educate condo owners. The law lets the ombudsman open branch offices, but only "upon the concurrence of the governor."

Rizzo, a retired Fort Lauderdale doctor and lawyer appointed by Bush in December, said a branch office is needed in South Florida because most condos, and most problems, are in the area.

State Rep. Julio Robaina, R-Miami, who sponsored the law creating the position, said he was pleased.

"We're finally making some progress," he said. "This will enable the ombudsman to address a crucial area of need."

To reach Rizzo, call his office in Tallahassee at 850-922-7671.