you can listen and/or download the latest talk show "On The
Commons" taped on Saturday, July 12, 2008. Talk show host Shu
Bartholomew talks with State Representative Julio Robaina,
Distr. 117 (R), Miami/Dade about Florida's Condo Act, amended by
a bill just signed by Governor Charlie Crist: H 995
Today most, if not all, state legislative bodies go through the routine
of tweaking and rewriting state statutes regulating HOAs and condos.
Despite this annual rite, the problems in residential America persist
and multiply. And still, some of these legislators turn to the same
people year after year, heeding their advice.
But not all legislators remain in the fog that has enveloped them since
the beginning of this saga. And one legislator stands out.
In a complete departure from the "business as usual" way of dealing with
the ongoing problems, Florida Representative Robaina traveled the length
and breadth of his state to talk to the people who live in associations.
He did this not once, but twice. Armed with first hand knowledge of the
real problems, with a deep understanding of the frustrations and
inequities that existed, he returned to Tallahassee to write legislation
inspired by the owners and designed to protect private property from the
horrors and abuses of a system gone amok.