FLORIDA – Woman claims application was rejected by condo board in Boca because she is a nurse
Coronavirus Florida: Woman claims application was rejected by condo board in Boca because she is a nurse
Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach Post
By Larry Keller
Published May 5, 2020
BOCA RATON – Hardly a day goes by without doctors and nurses being hailed as heroes for working dangerous and mentally and emotionally exhausting hospital shifts caring for coronavirus patients.
|That admiration apparently has its limits.|
Jennifer Piraino may be a case in point. A nurse in the intensive care unit at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, she submitted an application April 24 to rent a two-bedroom, two-bath condo at Boca View in Boca Raton that she wanted to share with her boyfriend and 9-year-old-daughter. She and the owner of the unit say her application was rejected outright because her job brings her in contact with COVID-19 patients.
“You can’t discriminate against people trying to help other people,” Piraino said. “They won’t take my calls or return my emails.”
That’s also been true lately for the unit’s owner, Greta Tremmel. So on Friday, Tremmel organized a picket line of about a dozen people outside Boca View. Several demonstrators were residents of the 72-unit building. They carried signs such as “ICU Hero Denied Housing” and “Shame on Boca View. Shame!!!!!”
One of those residents, Eileen Breitkreutz is an emergency room nurse at Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach. She has lived at Boca View for about 17 years. She said in mid-March, the property manager phoned her and asked if she had tested positive for COVID-19. Read more: