When the American Disabilities Act was approved in the 1990’s, it was designed to help disabled people have access to the same amenities as non-handicapped people.

But the big laugh, at the time, had nothing to do with the disabled. It was that the new law was a full-employment plan for lawyers.

Now comes the Jeffrey and Judi Weiss family of Palm Beach. Several years ago their son was paralyzed. His only moments of joy were when his family took him to the beach. So his family bought a condo right on Palm Beach just a few steps away from the ocean.

The Sloans’s Curve Homeowner Association blocked the family’s access to the beach, supposedly to preserve sand at the high water mark.   The HOA’s solution was to build a huge A-Frame of stairs.  To reach the beach, the family now as to carry 62 pound Justin UP THE STAIRS, and DOWN THE STAIRS, over the high-water mark. It’s extremely difficult and an obvious violation of the ADA law.

And the circling creatures, the gray masses in the water, folks….they are lawyers, each wanting a piece of the action.
Ah, and the people really losing all their money are the innocent homeowners who thought that by buying into a Homeowners Association, they might protect themselves from such legal costs.

Floridians! Open up your wallets. You’ve been screwed again by a Homowner Association movement that lied to you from the beginning about protecting your investment behind the shield of a convenant protected community.

You really have no protection. In fact, in the colorful verbiage of the insurance industruct: You’re practicing naked.

Ward Lucas
Author of
Neighbors At War: The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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