SARASOTA, FL (June 29, 2015) — Recently Frank Debar, the Chairman of the Florida Timeshare Owners Group (FTOG), sent an E-Newsletter to FTOG members regarding the changes to language in Florida’s timeshare regulations and how they might negatively impact timeshare owners.
Note that FTOG meets in Sarasota, FL, and membership is open to year-round and seasonal residents of Florida, as well as to all out-of-state residents who own timeshare property either located in Florida, or anywhere throughout the world.
As a public service and with Mr. Debar’s permission, we are posting that newsletter here in its entirety.
To All FTOG Members,
I thought that many of you would like to read some commentaries dealing with the recent passage of the new revisions to the Florida Timeshare Act, which will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
These changes in the laws governing all Florida Timeshare resorts, will negatively affect many current and future owners, in the future. The new revisions were requested and supported actively, (including substantial political campaign contributions), by timeshare resort developers, as well as the American Resort Developers Assn., also known as ARDA, and its subsidiary, ARDA’s Resort Owners Coalition, also known as ARDA-ROC.
You should know that representatives of both organizations named above shall, as of this date, be banned from attending any and all future meetings of the Florida Timeshare Owners Group, as a direct result of their efforts to support these many anti-timeshare owner legislative changes.
Moreover, I am requesting that all FTOG members refrain from making any further voluntary contributions to either ARDA or ARDA-ROC, in the future, by way of the listed check-off method, as usually contained within their resort’s annual maintenance fee billings, regardless of the location of your resort(s).
These organizations are not our friends! They chose not to inform us of the prior filing of this onerous legislation when their representative attended our March 2015 FTOG meeting, when we specifically invited ARDA to present a current detailed update affecting Florida’s timeshare legislative activity to our membership. This did not occur, nor were our members made aware of the filing of this bill, as well as the language which was contained in it.
It is also requested that all FTOG members contact their resort’s HOA Board members, and indicate, via email or letter, their views re: ARDA and ARDA-ROC, and request that any future provisions for voluntary donations to these two organizations not be included on their resort’s future maintenance fee billings.
Members, please do not continue to financially support any organizations that choose to weaken our timeshare consumer protection laws already established!
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P.S. Be prepared to witness similar proposed timeshare legislation being filed in other states, now that it is established law in the State of Florida!
Questions, please contact me, email or telephone.
Frank Debar, Chairman
Florida Timeshare Owners Group