Monday, April 28, 2014


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' 
SB 1348.

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:

From left: Rep. Kevin Ambler, Rep. Julio Robaina, Rep. Franklin Sands, 
Rep. Yolly Roberson,  Rep. Joe Gibbons, Senator Alex Villalobos, 
Rep. Juan Zapata
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. 

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