A few weeks ago I covered the story of Laurie Richter, Ft. Lauderdale resident. Laurie’s condo wants to start fining Ms Richter because the management of the Port Condo as a ban on displaying objects on “public space” the ban applies to Mezuzahs, which are obligated by religious law, but not Christmas wreaths, which aren’t . See Jew Hatred in Our (other) Ancestral Homeland: Florida
One of my reader’s forwarded to me an email she recieved from Jim Nagle, Mayor of the city who is urging the Florida State Legislature to look at the Issue.
The good News is That the legislature IS taking a look
“State Rep. Julio Robaina, R-Miami , known as the champion of the unit owner because of laws he has gotten approved, this week is filing a long list of measures drawn from the AARP’s Bill of Rights for unit owners. Working with him in the Senate this session will be Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami.”
“Danille R. Carroll, the state condo ombudsman, this week also plans to send Gov. Charlie Crist and legislative leaders a list of proposals for consideration.” (source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2/21)
The BAD news is that it may be a little late for Ms Richter last Friday she received a letter from the condo board giving her Mezzuzah one week to “git out of Dodge.” Ironically it has to be off her door before Shabbos!
As you can see by the letter above, the condo board not only trying to limit Ms Richter’s religious observance but also her free speech. If you want to protest the stance of the condo board please write to the Condo Association
The Port Condominium Association, Inc.
1819 S.E. 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ms Richter also has appealed to the Local ADL for help— but Art Teitelbaum, its Miami-based southern area director does not wish to get involved. Hey Abe Foxman– Stop watching Mel Gibson movie and tell this guy to get on the ball.