|BUREAU OF COMPLIANCE -- BUT NOBODY COMPLIES?|
An Opinion By Jan Bergemann
Published December 26, 2007
For years owners have complained about the lack of compliance in our associations caused by the failure of the Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes to enforce rules and statutes. We heard it again at the Annual Condo Ombudsman's Round-Up in Pembroke Pines on December 8, 2007. Many condo owners consider the "work" of the Bureaus of Compliance plainly a joke!
The same people who plotted to remove Dr, Virgil Rizzo from his office as Florida's first Condo Ombudsman (See: Top DBPR Officials Lied To The Governor And To The Media) and used a scheme accusing him of not complying with timely public record demand -- the whole accusation was a scam -- have much more serious problems complying with the rules.
We all know why the top executives of the DIVISION wanted Dr. Rizzo gone. With a tiny staff and little resources he showed within a short period of time that compliance can be accomplished, while the DIVISION with all of its big staff and resources doesn't get anything done! They surely didn't like Dr. Rizzo proving the DIVISION'S incompetence on a daily basis.
example of a DIVISION executive that had problems complying with
professional rules they are paid to enforce: Bureau
of Compliance Chief and attorney, John Topa.
Topa plainly failed to pay his BAR membership fees, making him "Not
Eligible to practice law in
This is the information from the official website of the Florida BAR, dated December 23, 2007:
In case you're not familiar with the rules of the Florida BAR in regard to membership fees:
Actually, that means that Topa has not been
eligible to practice law in the State of
We surely are not willing to wait any longer: