Julio Robaina

Hosted and produced by Shu Bartholomew, On The Commons is a weekly radio show dedicated to discussing the many issues surrounding mandatory homeowner associations, the fastest growing form of residential housing in the nation.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.  John Kenneth Galbraith  US (Canadian-born) administrator & economist (1908 – 2006) 
Right from the very beginning of the mass produced associations, problems cropped up that needed to be dealt with.  At first the solution to all problems was “education”.  When education failed to fix things, the association industry started lobbying state legislatures to enact laws to “protect associations”.  Those laws did little more than stir the pot and make things worse so more laws were lobbied for and more problems reared their ugly heads and more laws found their way into the hallowed halls of state Capitols across the country – and the vicious cycle continues, for the most part, unabated. 
A very small handful of legislators had the foresight and the backbone to try to try to make the owners and tax payers whole by sponsoring homeowner friendly bills.  Some of these bills survived the brutal attacks of the opposition and their “hired” law makers but most were either gutted or went down in defeat.  And yet the problems continue to grow.
On The Commons this week we are joined by Representative Julio Robaina. Julio, Florida’s extremely energetic, hard working and charismatic representative has spent his two terms as a state legislator listening to his constituents and trying to put an end to the tyranny that exists in their neighborhoods.  As he nears the end of his current term, and before he is termed out next year, he is taking a look back on his wins and his losses.   Please join us On The Commons.  We’ll talk about what he has planned and whether this is the end of the road.  Will Florida OWNERS lose their champion legislator?  What can we ALL do to help him and ultimately ourselves.  Tune in for a wake up call like no other.


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