COURTESY OF THE SUN SENTINEL
Friday, September 2, 2005
Dozens of condo owners and
directors are expected to speak their minds on Wednesday when the Florida
Advisory Council on Condominiums meets for the first time in Broward County to
hear residents discuss their problems.
Created last year by the Legislature to look at problems in Florida's
condominiums, the seven-member panel will hear from the public between 5 p.m.
and 10 p.m. at the International Game Fish Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania
The museum is on the west side of Interstate 95, between the Griffin and
Stirling roads interchanges.
Most condos in Florida are in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, and
state condo ombudsman Virgil Rizzo said 80 percent of the complaints to his
office come from the area.
The council also will meet between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday at the same
location for members to discuss condo issues. The council previously has held
meetings in Tallahassee, Panama City, Miami and Orlando.
In what could be a highlight of the sessions, Rizzo may formally ask the
council to join his request that the Legislature come up with a law to
discourage the "serious problem" of abusiveness by condo directors.
Meanwhile, Rizzo next week expects to announce a Broward phone number to make
it easier for residents in the tri-county area to reach him. Since his
appointment by Gov. Jeb Bush in December, he has only had a long-distance
Tallahassee number. He expects to open a Fort Lauderdale office this month.