OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR SCOTT
Governor Rick Scott;
This legislative session has clearly shown what you - as Florida's
Governor - areall about: A promoter for special interests with little
concern for Florida's citizens and consumers. When it comes to
homeowner association reform, your agenda has been anti-
consumer and especially anti-homeowner.
As a registered Republican who has voted for the Republican ticket
all my life, I am plainly disgusted with your vision of Florida. You, with
the help of "Speaker" Weatherford -- speaker in the meaning of
speaking for special interest, have killed the single most important
consumer protection bill that was filed - or forbidden to be filed - during
this legislative session... a House companion to Senator Hays'
Are you really convinced that you can buy the votes of us citizens by
promising to decrease our annual car-registration fees by $25?
Word had it at the beginning of the legislative session that only
non-controversial bills would pass and signed by you because of
the upcoming election. In the past few weeks it became obvious
that non-controversial was supposed to mean that the bill would be
ok if not opposed by special interest. You obviously didn't care if
the bill would be very controversial in the eyes of Florida's citizens.
Do you honestly believe that collecting campaign funds from special
interests will buy you back the Governor's mansion? Do you honestly
believe that all registered Republicans will vote for you despite you
having trampled on their rights and needs with feet?
Your desire to achieve a sound bite of "no new fees" or "no increase
of government", will allow - minimum for another year - the inability for
homeowners to file a simple complaint with your DBPR in the same
way a condominium owner can when abusive association leaders act
Your actions will allow greedy investors to continue to kick families out
of their homes who did everything their contracts asked for (H 1061
didn't even get a committee hearing). And the list of consumer-friendly
bills killed behind closed doors goes on!
The anti-owner bill H807/S798 is passing with flying colors with more
nonsense added in committees! Under the cover of clarifying existing
laws this bill will do nothing but create more lawsuits - lawsuits Florida's
homeowners and condo owners can ill afford. The tag team of
Moraitis/Ring has created more financial damages to Florida's
homeowners and condo owners than the hurricanes in the last ten years
I guess many Republican homeowners and condo owners will remember
the good old times when we had a governor who helped passing
owner-friendly bills and signed them into law:
After this for homeowners and condo owners disastrous legislative
session many of Florida's homeowners (est. 2,5 million) and condo
owners (est. 1.45 million) and their families will definitely remember
the good old times. I guess it's time for Florida's citizens to work on
much needed changes on November 4. My advice to all these
voters (using your words): "LET'S GET TO WORK!"
Jan Bergemann, President
Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.