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Cunnison-Jahnke has lived in a modest, two-story condo that was
built in 1963 for many years.
The home at Sarasota Harbor West is surrounded by
multimillion-dollar high rises.
"It's in great shape," said Cunnison-Jahnke. "Built
like a fortress. It's withheld a lot of storms."
However, Cunnison-Jahnke and some of her neighbors, like Renate
Mamula, are worried a proposed condo-teardown law could lead to the
demolition of her waterfront building. The state law would lower the
number of condo owners required for approval to tear down a
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the legislation passes, some may not be able to afford new
will affect thousands of condos up and down the coast," said Mamula.
The proposed law states, "Unless the declaration provides for a lower
percentage," an 80 percent vote would be all that is needed to
terminate a Florida condominium agreement.
There are more than one million condo owners in Florida.
"For average middle class that is fortunate enough to live on
waterfront property, they will not be able to anymore," said Mamula.
The proposed law would also make it easier to address hurricane-related
damage quickly. One hundred percent approval by condo residents would not
be needed to tear down damaged property or to make repairs.
Cunnison-Jahnke's neighbor, Ed Mongillo, supports the proposal.
"If a new developer came in and they would rebuild to new codes and
that would be strong, I would say yes," said Mongillo. "I would
sell for a million dollars. Sure."
Gov. Charlie Crist has until Thursday to veto or sign the bill.
"It's fundamental fairness to people who live in condominiums, so it
looks pretty good to me," said Crist.
Some condo owners say even if they were fairly compensated, they still
wouldn't be able to afford taxes, insurance and maintenance for a new
waterfront condo. Some have already been offered $1 million.