Reinforce condo surveillance, listen to Fauci, not DeSantis
Regular inspection mandate for all condos
Sometimes it takes tragedy to create meaningful change. Hopefully that will be the case with the Surfside building collapse.
The state of Florida needs to change its entire legislative program with respect to the supervision, inspections and maintenance of condominium associations. This is not, as Governor Ron DeSantis has described it, a “one-size-fits-all” situation.
The Florida Condominium Act needs to be revised to handle complaints and maintenance, the education of condominium board members and how condominium fees are used. State and counties should require structural inspection by certified state inspectors on a regular basis.
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The next step is to review building codes and inspections. The structural support for Surfside was not adequate, just as it was not for Dolphin tours, in Sarasota.
Every time it rained, water ran in the windows of my mom’s apartment, and I’ve heard the same from many friends who live at Dolphin Towers. The ground floor was also flooded.
As a former kitchen and bathroom designer, I want to mention that I have never seen a kitchen layout in this area that would pass my old county building code.
Sally Coler, Sarasota
Unvaccinated employees an insurance risk
Making vaccination compulsory is an economic question, not a question of individual freedom, for private and public employers.
Private and public employers are affected by massive health insurance claims linked to COVID-19 cases. These expenses directly affect the results.
Employers can require employees to be vaccinated against free and reduce their risk of financial exposure, or they can bet the unvaccinated won’t get sick and file claims.
Most large companies self-insure their health care plans to pay for all health expenses incurred. COVID treatment in the intensive care unit can easily cost $ 500,000 and up.
Most federal, state, and local governments self-fund their health care plans with taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers pay all health expenses incurred.
Private companies are looking at the numbers and enforcing the vaccination of employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice have allowed companies to impose COVID injections if they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide religious exemptions.
Florida public employers are acting slowly. Last week, the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office demanded vaccination of staff by August 31. Leon County employees must be fully immunized by October 1.
Unvaccinated public servants play with our tax dollars. Florida public employers must act.
Rita Ferrandino, Sarasota
Listen to Dr Fauci, not DeSantis
Florida is now # 1 in the wave of COVID-19, the epicenter of US Governor Ron DeSantis, that’s what happens when you market the “Don’t Fauci Florida” slogan.
As someone who has been involved in infectious diseases for four decades, I told him, âUntil you graduate in epidemiology, public health, and medicine, be careful with the words you say. Such talk and misinformation will continue to help SARS-CoV-2 adapt and evolve. “
I remind the Governor that Dr Anthony Fauci and his colleagues successfully guided the public and health care providers through the HIV / AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and prepared us for the SARS crisis of 2003 and the Ebola invasion in 2014.
As a retired healthcare provider, I implore DeSantis to stop his political interference, to listen to accredited people such as Dr Fauci and his colleagues, and to let them guide him and the people of Florida, through this crisis with success.
Geraldine Pozzi-Galluzi, MD, retired, North Port
Don’t put a child’s life in the hands of the governor
In banning mask warrants in schools, Gov. Ron DeSantis said parents should decide. If all parents had a degree in epidemiology, that would make sense. But they don’t and neither does the governor.
Current data shows the Delta COVID variant is causing an increase in infections in children, and some children’s hospitals have reported an increase in hospitalizations.
Every day we see reports of people in intensive care, near death, saying they should have been vaccinated. It might not be long before you see the parents of a child who is no longer here say they shouldn’t have listened to DeSantis.
Len Roessler, Sarasota
Court follows CDC mask protocol
The judiciary, fortunately, is a separate branch of government. Fortunately, too, it is run by mostly rational people, that is, lawyers.
In accordance with the determination of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the level of community transmission of COVID-19 is high in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, by court order, face masks must be worn by anyone entering a court in those counties on or after August 2.
Barry Spivey, Sarasota