March 17, 2021
Save the Date-Upcoming CDBIA meetings
03/17: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting
03/15: CDBIA PWB Construction & Cocktails- Calling all women and anyone who supports women!
04/9: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM. Guest: Denise Dull, Gulf Coast Partnership
04/16: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: Craig Holt, Four Points by Sheraton
Donna Barrett, Executive Officer will be out of the office March 18th and will return Tuesday March 23rd. If you need any assistance you can call Audra or Alaina at the office.
Note- The CDBIA member database system is going through an upgrade. The new system will allow us a more smoother transition to be able to communication with NAHB regarding membership.
At this time, we are not able to take payments online, or use the online membership application. If you know someone who is interested in joining the CDBIA family now, they can fill out a paper application available on our website by clicking here.
Thank you with your patience as we continue to streamline services and benefits for you.
Wow! How exciting this last CDBIA PWB meeting was!
Twenty strong powerful women attended the meeting and there was a lot discussed!
The CDBIA Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is a voice for women in the local building industry.
We are dedicated to promoting industry professionalism and supporting members at the local level. Through education, professional development and networking opportunities, PWB strives to help members acquire and develop invaluable leadership and business management skills that boost career success.
In this month's meeting, there was a discussion about how to start helping mentor young women. Another great topic was coming up with resources to help women in the workforce and planning some exciting events!
Additional committees have been formulated:
PWB Events- Sallee White (Southern Style Homes/ Harbour Realty) will be chairing this committee. Some ideas they are coming up with are new, fresh and FUN!
PWB Resources- Caryn Huff-Sufferling (Wharton-Smith Inc.) will be chairing this committee. Many ladies who attended the meeting will also be helping and are going to focus on having resources available for women to help them build their careers, start businesses and can help cut paths to more women dominating our workforce.
If you are interested in being a part of this group, we welcome you to attend the next PWB meeting which will take place on April 19th from 5pm-7pm at the CDBIA. Wharton-Smith will be hosting this evening and we will have refreshments available.
Updates from your CDBIA family
Lemon Bay Glass
Glass Shower Enclosure Installer
Our company is growing, and we are Hiring!!! – This is a great place to work. We are eagerly interested in hiring qualified individuals. Located in sunny Englewood, FL, we are a glass company currently seeking an experienced 'Mirror and Shower Door Installer'.
> The right candidate will have at least 2-5 years of experience. We are looking for someone with experience in all aspects of shower doors including framed, frameless, frameless sliding, etc.
> Candidates will be able to measure, fabricate, and install a variety of glass & mirror products.
> Top salary based on experience.
> You also need to have your own tools and a valid driver's license.
Customer satisfaction, craftsmanship, and attention to detail are crucial.
> This is a full-time position with benefits as well as a 401k plan + company match, profit sharing.
> Paid holiday/vacation time.
> A friendly work environment.
We are a high-quality shop looking for someone who is self-motivated and takes great pride in their work.
If this is you, contact us today with your resume.
> Lemon Bay Glass ph. #941-475-1281 > Email: info@LemonBayGlass.com; Place in Subject Bar - 'Shower Installer Resume'
> Link to see more about the company and job - https://lemonbayglass.com/glass-installer/
Murdock Stones, Inc.
Murdock Stones Etc. is looking to fill 2 positions...one for part-time driver. Some dump truck and/or loader/forklift experience preferred. The other job is for a yard worker/front end loader. Some front end loader experience preferred. Apply in person at 590 Prineville St. in Port Charlotte after 9am. We are open 8-5 Monday through Friday and Saturdays 8-12. It's a good place to work...we have employees that have been here 19, 10, 6, 5 and 5 years...NO phone calls please.
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’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
Pat Hand interviews Ashley Vaughan with Holland America and goes into great detail about cruising to Alaska and touring the inland of Alaska. Visit her facebook page here.
News for you
For the Week of March 22
Existing Home Sales: Monday, March 22
Fueled by low mortgage interest rates and strong demand, existing home sales rose 0.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.69 million in January, the second highest level since April 2006. On a year-over-year basis, sales were 23.7% higher than a year ago. Though demand is expected to remain strong due to low mortgage rates and remote-work flexibilities, rising lumber prices and shortage of labor and land make housing supply struggle to meet the increased level of demand.
New Home Sales (February): Tuesday, March 23
After a slight slowing of sales at the end of 2020, new single-family home sales increased 4.3% to a 923,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate in January. The January sales rate was 19.3% higher than a year ago, as housing demand continues to be supported by low interest rates, a renewed consumer focus on the importance of housing, and solid demand in lower-density markets like suburbs and exurbs. Housing affordability headwinds will increase in 2021, due to price growth and mortgage rates trending higher.
Personal Income: Friday, March 26
Personal income soared 10.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $21,454 billion in January. This increase in personal income was largely the effects of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, which includes $1,660.9 billion in Economic impact payments. Meanwhile, real disposable income, income remaining after adjusting for taxes and inflation, rose 11% in January, the largest monthly gains since May 2020.
FHBA NEWS- March 15, 2021
Update From The Capitol
Legislative Session Week 3
As we enter week three of the Legislative Session, FHBA priorities continue to move through the committee process.
FHBA priority HB 337, “Impact Fees” will be heard in the House’s Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee tomorrow (3/16) at 9:30 a.m.
• FHBA Legislative Update
• Don't Forget, FHBA Virtual Days On The Hill
• Tampa Build Expo
There is a proposed committee substitute (PCS) that will remove the 3 percent cap language and insert a phase-in method based on percentages and annual limits. FHBA continues to advance our position that predictability is our biggest concern in the marketplace, as cities and counties continue to double and triple impact fees and directly increase the costs of housing.
Updates from last week:
CS/HB 21 “Construction Defects” kicked off week two with a 9-8 passage through the Regulatory Reform Subcommittee. Defining material violation is a critical provision in the bill, however, the opposition continues to misrepresent the proposed change as “weaking” the Florida Building Code. FHBA will be enhancing our messaging this week. Nevertheless, CS/HB 21 is off to a great start and has one remaining committee stop (Judiciary) before it heads to the House floor for a final vote.
CS/SB 1128 “Preemption on Restrictions of Utilities Services” passed its first Senate hearing last Wednesday, 8-1 and its (CS/HB 919) first House hearing last Thursday afternoon, 16-1. The legislation seeks to prevent local governments from enacting ordinances that would eliminate a homeowner’s choice of natural gas, propane, etc.
CS/CS/HB 55, “Building Design” which will prohibit local governments from adopting aesthetic controls in their land development regulations for single and two-family dwellings (*with exceptions), passed its final committee hearing last Tuesday (18-5). The bill will now head to the House floor for a final vote. Furthermore, its Senate companion, SB 284 is on tomorrow’s (3/16) agenda for Senate Community Affairs at 9:00 a.m.
CS/SB 1788 “Construction Permits” passed unanimously in its first Senate hearing last Wednesday. The bill provides for penalties on building departments who fail to meet their statutory (30-day) deadlines on building permits applications, as well as requires all local enforcement authorities to move to electronic application platforms.
SB 1788 has two more hurdles in the Senate and its House companion (CS/HB 1059) has one remaining hurdle – the House Commerce Committee, chaired by Representative Blaise Ingoglia.
As a final update, COVID-19 civil liability reform – which includes protections for businesses against COVID-19 related claims – passed its final Senate hearing on a partisan line vote last Thursday morning. Given that HB 7 has already passed the Florida House of Representatives, we expect to see either SB 72 or HB 7 on the Senate floor in the coming days.
Another busy week is in store for the FHBA lobbying team.
FHBA Members Receive Complimentary Access To Tampa Build Expo
The Tampa Build Expo is coming to the Tampa Convention Center March 24-25, 2020.
FHBA members receive complimentary entrance to this event. Simply click here to download your entry tickets today.
Want to learn more? Visit www.buildexpousa.com/tampa/