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A Brief History of CALL

In the early aughts, high-rise associations throughout Florida were facing the prospect of retrofitting their buildings with sprinkler systems both inside and outside the residential units. The costs, labor, practical hurdles, and aesthetic concerns involved with a state-mandated program of that magnitude created the momentum for a grassroots advocacy initiative like the Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL) to take root.

CALL was a natural outgrowth of Becker’s already well-established reputation as a leader in the community association industry. CALL quickly mobilized and for more than a decade has educated public policy makers, community association leaders, and residents on the hot button sprinkler issue.

With the heady success of having achieved legislative opt-out rights and more time for communities to install these costly systems, CALL began tackling additional issues that affect all types of communities. These have included delinquent owners continuing to use common amenities during the Great Recession, improving legislative proposals designed to increase transparency in association operations, and seeking more state resources for communities dealing with abandoned properties. When draconian anti-board legislation was being considered in 2005 and 2006, CALL members flew up to Tallahassee and presented a more balanced picture to the committees hearing these bills which resulted in helpful rather than harmful changes.

Today, CALL’s footprint in the legislative arena in Florida has been firmly established. CALL works with legislators, umbrella groups, educators, and advocates throughout the Sunshine State to ensure that positive legislation continues to promote the quality association lifestyle that so many Floridians enjoy. Our CALL Team is prepared to meet the continuing challenges for community associations for decades to come. Please take a moment to meet each of them. Click here to view the CALL team.

Membership in CALL is automatic and complimentary for Becker clients. For more information about joining CALL, please contact us at (954) 987-7550.

Beginning January, please stay tuned for regular updates on legislation affecting communities like yours. Until then, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Very truly yours,

Donna DiMaggio Berger, Founder & Executive Director
Community Association Leadership Lobby

Donna DiMaggio Berger

Donna DiMaggio Berger

Contact: dberger@beckerlawyers.com

Donna DiMaggio Berger is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), a prestigious national organization that acknowledges community association attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law and who have committed themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of community association law. Ms. Berger is also one of only 129 attorneys statewide who is a Board Certified Specialist in Condominium and Planned Development Law.