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February 24, 2021

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Thank you to Peter Ide (Vantage Homes) for bringing this issue to our attention. CDBIA GA Chair Suzanne Graham worked with Charlotte County Community Development Director Ben Bailey and the Building Department team to find a way to temporarily accommodate the delay in windows.

We checked with the City of Punta Gorda and if you have any issues, contact the Punta Gorda Building Department.
If you are seeing any issues that are affecting you, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will do everything we can to help keep you building a better community.

Attached is the original memo

MEMORANDUM
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
From: Charlotte County Community Development Department Subject:

Windows & Doors Availability
Due to the recent delays in window/door production and delivery, Charlotte County has implemented a new temporary procedure for framing and insulation inspections. When requesting a framing or insulation inspection and the windows/doors are unavailable, the contractor must make a note in the inspection request comment box (online) or tell the customer service specialist that the windows/doors are unavailable.

If everything in the field is constructed according to plans and codes, minus the windows/doors, the inspector will result the framing and insulation inspection as a “partial” inspection and the project may continue. The contractor will then be responsible for re-scheduling the framing and insulation inspections once the windows/doors are installed. The re-scheduled inspections should be called in on the same day so the department can send one inspector out to conduct both inspections.

Hopefully this will allow projects to keep moving while production catches up.

If you have any questions, please contact Daryl Dillow, Deputy Building Official, at 941.743.1249 or Daryl.Dillow@charlottecountyfl.gov.


FPL

Leaders from the CDBIA met with FPL (Florida Power & Light) to discuss some of the opportunities we have heard from members regarding new construction.
Below are some of the issues we have heard and what we will do together to continue to work together to stream

Portal
We heard from you that there have been significant issues with the portal. The portal has gone through an update. All errors should be resolved. If you deal with any issues going forward with the portal, please send me a screenshot with the address of the home so we can help resolve the issue

Communication
Many of you have expressed concerns of not receiving notification, call backs, or even a date regarding when a home will receive power. FPL is committing themselves to ensuring there will be a response.
What we have also set up going forward is we will be meeting with FPL weekly with area managers. Each week we will review homes in different areas. We will send you an email to let you know which area/city we will be speaking about and if you have any issues in those areas, we will be able to get them to work on it.

Homes

Some have sent specific addresses. Thank you for letting us know that you have received a call and the information you needed regarding those addresses. If you have not heard back regarding an address please let me know and we will help resolve it.
A huge thank you to our members who have expressed to us the issues you are having. You were the catalyst for us learning of the issues we are having, and be able to start working on a resolution.
If you see an issue regarding anything we can help with, please keep us posted.

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Updates from your CDBIA family

Murdock Stones, Inc.

Murdock Stones Etc. just received their annual lawn ornament shipment. There's quite a wide variety to choose from including animals, soldiers and birdbaths. 590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte (by the Sun Flea Market). 7621 Sawyer Circle (off Gasparilla Rd. …look for the World’s Largest Mailbox). www.murdockstonesetc.com. 941-629-6651.

The Firm Advertising Agency

Get ready Southwest Florida! The Firm Advertising Agency is proud to be a part of the SWFL Parade of Homes™ through the CDBIA again this year. It begins March 6th and runs through the 14th. See some of the most innovative and progressive homes entered this year by local and national builders. If you can’t get out and see them all in person, click https://www.swflparadeofhomes.com/ go to their website and click the “Virtual Tour” links. Let us know how we can help you with a Virtual Tour. Call us. 941-347-8198

Consult Engineering

Consult Engineering’s new YouTube channel is called Building Integrity. Founder and Principal Engineer, Josh Porter, conceived of the channel as an educational (and entertaining) outreach of our company, as well as a digital brochure for our company, staff and services. While the inspiration was to find an alternative to traditional marketing during the Covid-19 era, the purpose is literally to build integrity within the construction industry through education and accountability. The target audience is the homeowning public, property managers, contractors, tradesmen, students and anyone interested in construction. We launched the channel just before Christmas with a good amount of content for subscribers to digest. Going forward we will build our video library with episodes featuring interviews with industry leaders from our office studio, on-the-job videos shot in the field during our inspections, in depth lessons with Josh at his desk and various fun, informational or visually appealing short videos.

We invite you to please subscribe to the channel and recommend it to your friends, employees and customers who may enjoy it. The direct link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xpl8LyFRsKXASGHBBj_xQ

Once we reach 100 subscribers, we’ll be able to get a URL that is something like YouTube/channel/BuildingIntegrity, instead of that alphabet soup. And YOU can help us get there! If any of your companies have channels you’d like to promote, please let your CDBIA family know about them

Dancing Moon Travel

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LET'S TALK TRAVEL "LIVE" FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 IS OVER. YOU CAN WATCH THE REPLAY HERE.

Pat explores the Caribbean paradise of Belize

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1258125031239518

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Joshua Larson
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https://homeinspectionsbyjosh.com

News for you

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Helping Our Members Solve the Ongoing Lumber Crisis

NAHB would like to hear how rising lumber prices and the limited availability of lumber is affecting your members. Ask them to share their story of missed closing opportunities, increased costs or buyers being priced out of the market due to lumber prices. This will help NAHB further illustrate to the new Administration and Congress why a plan to address the lumber crisis is urgently needed. Learn more and review NAHB’s lumber talking points.

Next Week’s Housing Releases
For the Week of March 1
Construction Spending: Tuesday, March 2

Total private residential spending rose 3.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $691.0 billion in December. The monthly gains are largely attributed to the strong growth of spending on single-family and improvements. Spending on single-family construction increased 5.8% to a $365.0 billion annual pace, and remodeling spending rose 0.4% in December. Meanwhile, multifamily construction spending inched up 0.1%, reaching a new record high.

NAHB HBGI (Q4 2020): Tuesday, March 2

In the third quarter of 2020, data from the NAHB Home Building Geography Index (HBGI) showed that a suburban shift for consumer home buying preferences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating as telecommuting is providing consumers more flexibility to live further out within large metros or even to relocate to more affordable, smaller metro areas.

Weekly Jobless Claims: Thursday, March 4

In the week ending Feb.13, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted level of 861,000, the highest level in one month. Meanwhile, the number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment, known as continuing claims, decreased to 4,494,000 in the week ending Feb. 6. The labor market is continuing to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the road is proving to be long.

Employment: Friday, March 5

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased 49,000 in January and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3%. Residential construction employment remained virtually unchanged in January. Currently, job gains in residential construction offset all the jobs lost in March and April, while only 60% of non-residential construction jobs lost in March and April have been recovered.

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