Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, "On The Commons" is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.       


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The tragedy of the Champlain Tower collapse in Florida has the rest of the country, and perhaps the world, scratching their heads wondering why an otherwise seemingly well built building would all of a sudden just collapse in the middle of the night? What happened to cause the building to crumple, burying many of the owners and residents in the rubble? How do we prevent something like this from happening again if we don't know what caused it? There are as many thoughts and ideas as to the cause but nothing concrete yet. Was it as some people speculate rusted out metal rebars? Did the salt water have anything to do with it? Could the concrete have been too thin? Was it the proper consistency? And the all time favorite, the owners failed to have sufficient reserves? I suppose there are loads of reasons why the building could have failed so dramatically but that is not helping us prevent it from ever happening again. So barring a conclusive reason for the failure of the structure we turpentined our attention to the things we need to improve on in order to catch any flaws during the construction phase of a building. This is where the local governments need to step in and stop whining.

Jan Bergemann joins us "On the Commons". Jan is the founder and president of the Florida based "Cyber Citizens for Justice". Jan is always generous with his time and his in-depth knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes in Florida. Today is no exception. His insider knowledge helped explain a lot of mysteries. We still have no conclusive evidence but the Federal government is sending money and the manpower to dig a little deeper into the tragedy. Finally our tax dollars may be doing some good instead of simply being wasted. Here is hoping we get some solid answers and can make sure there will never be a repeat performance.

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Shu Bartholomew
Host and producer 

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