FLORIDA – FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS? NOT IN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS!
|FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS? NOT IN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS!|
|An Opinion By Jan Bergemann |
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.
Published June 1, 2019
On many different occasions we have discussed the fact that the US Constitution is not valid in community associations. Community associations are regulated by contract law, which means that our rights as citizens — normally protected by the Constitution – can be trampled upon by power-hungry board members who don’t want to hear any criticism, no matter how badly their actions affect the members of the community.Admittedly, our First Amendment Rights are nowadays often abused, because personal insults, name-calling and even slander shouldn’t be defended by the rights of “FREE SPEECH”, even if it seems to be accepted by today’s society.But if a community association board is passing a “CORPORATE RESOLUTION FOR COMMUNICATIONS” that more or less limits the ability of owners to communicate with the association staff they are paying for. If a board threatens to fine owners for even attempting to approach the board or staff members – even in a respectful manner – it’s in my opinion going much too far. Read more: