What's Up Wednesday
April 7, 2021


Reputable High Hammer

Luke Brothers

Faithful Straight Edge

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Loyal Level

Odette 4
Kinetico 4-17
Lori Swindell Insurance Agency
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Block of Foundation

AJF Construction
Charlotte County Seawalls
Charlotte State Bank & Trust
Kapper Contracting
Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar

Save the Date-Upcoming CDBIA meetings

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

04/18 Construction Cornhole, benefitting the CDBIA Young Building Professionals

04/19 CDBIA Professional Women in Building Meeting sponsored by Wharton-Smith

04/21: CDBIA Executive Committee & Board of Directors meeting

04/23: Building Industry Oversight Committee

05/04: May General Membership Meeting- Future Builders of America Scholarships

05/07: Gene Extejt Classic Swingo De Mayo Golf Tournament

05/17: CDBIA Professional Women in Builder meeting sponsored by Melanie Markel, Array of Cabinets

05/19: CDBIA Executive Committee & Board of Directors meeting

05/28: Building Industry Oversight Committee Meeting

06/01: June GMM. More details will be available shortly

06/11: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: OPEN

06/16: CDBIA Executive Committee & Board of Directors meeting

06/18: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: OPEN

06/21: CDBIA Professional Women in Building meeting, sponsored by Colleen Defilippo, Bonitz Flooring

06/25: Building Industry Oversight Committee Meeting

07/10: CDBIA Dart Tournament

07/15-7/16: Southeast Building Conference

07/16 42nd Annual Aurora Awards

Thought for the week.

The best way to rid your own darkness is to turn on your own light.

Are you feeling stressed? Overwelmed? Tired? There is so much going on right now in our industry it is easy to feel like there is no end to the heavier workloads.

One way to help yourself is to help others.

Make it a point to take a few minutes of your day. Whether on a lunch break, on your drive home reach out to someone new. Find that business card of someone you met in your industry and call them. Let them hear your voice. Ask them how are they doing. Ask if they have any struggles right now.

Sometimes, your listening and being there for someone, especially new to the industry can help build a new relationship and make your day go by so much sweeter.

Oh what a night! A huge thank you to our meeting sponsor Patriot Plumbing Corp!

Our CDBIA family gathered together for our monthly meeting at CDBIA Member Carmelo's Italian Ristorante location in Punta Gorda.
It was an exciting evening. Carmelo's staff was so hospitable and attentive to all our wants. They served a feast of chicken parmigiana and ziti with salad.

Odette Embury, Drummond Mortgage & Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty recognized Jaha Cummins (ARI Production) and welcomed him to the Spike Club!

CDBIA Member Joe Ernst, D&D Garage Doors, who is also the NAHB Chair of Young Building Professionals hat and came to speak about the YBP. This is a group that is just starting out. This is a place to get that up and coming, next generation of leaders in your company to participate and network and find other like minded leaders to work together and find mentors.

AR Homes was awarded the SWFL Parade of Homes People's Choice Award. Voting was so close. Congratulations!

President Caryn ,Wharton-Smith, gave an update on the CDBIA PWB (Professional Women in Building). Next meeting will be held on 4/19. This meeting is free for CDBIA PWB members and $10 for guests. Food and drinks will be served to all who attend.

The sponsor for the evening's event was Patriot Plumbing Corp. They donated their speaking time to CDBIA Member The Homeless Coalition.

Darcy Woods from The Homeless Coalition shared valuable information about the services they offer to assist families that are struggling to needing a home. Sharon Neuhofer threw out a challenge. She was donating $100 and challenged our family to match her donation. When all the money was collected, our CDBIA family donated $1,183 to The Homeless Coalition. Everyone also brought enough donation from the wish list to fill Darcy's car!

We welcomed 2 more members to the CDBIA family:

Desiree Strickling (ADG Architecture, LLC)
Paul Davis (WinSupply of Port Charlotte)

Alaina our party gal chatted about the upcoming events:
4/18: Cornhole Tournament
5/7: Gene Extejt Classic Swingo De Mayo Golf Tournament
7/10: CDBIA Dart Tournament.

For a full listing of our calendar of events, please visit www.cdbia.com

2021.04.19 Construction & Cocktails

When you are a member of the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association, you are also a member of the Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders.

Here are some of the fantastic savings available to members from your memberships to all 3 associations:

Click here for a tutorial on how to access your membership information for www.cdbia.com, www.fhba.com, and www.nahb.org.

Members saved an average of $5,000 in legal fees for creation of model contracts for builders and contractors.


Disclosure Statements
Standard Construction Contracts on Owner’s or Customer’s Property
Standard Construction Contract of Builder’s Property
Standard Remodel Contract
Standard Subcontract
Residential Rebuilding Agreement
Escalation Clauses

Click here to get started.

We have officially SOLD OUT all the foursomes for the
CDBIA Gene Extejt Classic Swingo De Mayo

If you would like to be a part of the fun, there are still Party on the Tee sponsorships available.
Call Alaina and ask for details 941-625-0804

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Help Wanted

Weekly and sometimes daily, we have experienced construction workers contacting us looking for employment.

We always recommend first they visit http://members.cdbia.com/jobspot.

If you are hiring, let us know. We will continue to promote your openings on our page and our social media.

Let's get your crews full and get everyone back to work.

Updates from your CDBIA family

The Firm Advertising Agency

The Firm 360 Photography asks: Have you ever driven past a business and wondered what it looks like inside? With a 3D Virtual Walking Tour it is now possible to see the “inside view” right from your phone or computer. We create this for your business and enhance your online Google listing as well. Why? Because the more exposure you have, the more clients you get. Contact us today for details at 941-347-8198 and visit our website for examples. www.thefirm360.com/portfolio

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.

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

Pat Hand with Dancing Moon Travel: April is Premium Cruise month at Dancing Moon Travel and this week on Let's Talk Travel, Pat chats with Patty Mouse about Disney Cruise Line


News for you


Current Board and Committee Vacancies (Volunteer Appointment Information Form)
Board of Zoning Appeals – (Two alternates) Meets the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers. City residency required. Seven member board with two alternate members. Three year terms, maximum of three terms. Financial disclosure required. Makes recommendations to City Council on variances to City Code.
Building Board – Meets the 4th Tuesday at 9 a.m. in City Council Chambers – City residency not required. Seven-member board with two alternate members. Three-year terms. Maximum of three terms OR partial term plus two more terms. Four members must be involved with the building industry and three members must be consumer advocates who are not, nor ever have been, involved with building industry.
Utility Advisory Board – Meets the fourth Monday at 9 a.m. in City Council Chambers. Must be City resident. Seven-member board. Three-year terms, maximum of two terms. Makes recommendations to City Council with regard to, but not limited to, revisions to the utility construction standards, alleged billing discrepancies and review of utility specifications.


Wanting to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

Click here: www.tinyurl.com/CharlotteVaccine

They have been responding within a day, and setting up appointments within 24 hours of their call.

Currently, as of April 6th, 24% of Charlotte County has received their first vaccine. 46% of Charlotte County has received at least one dose. 10% of DeSoto County has received their first vaccine. 21% of DeSoto County has received at least one dose.
13% of DeSoto County has received their first vaccine. 18% of DeSoto County has received at least one dose.

Charlotte County Committee Vacancies
The Construction Industry Licensing Board is seeking a volunteer to represent the consumer advocate category. Volunteer must be a resident of Charlotte County for at
least two years and have no financial interest, direct or indirect, in the building trades.
Length of term is until March 2022. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each
month at 6 p.m. at 18500 Murdock Circle in the Charlotte County Administration Center. To
obtain an application, please call 941-743-1298 or email

The Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee is seeking three volunteers, two business representatives and one resident. Members must be residents of Charlotte County. The resident representative must live within the CRA boundaries and business representatives must represent a business that is located within the CRA boundaries. Meetings are held quarterly in the Administration Center at 18500 Murdock Circle and are generally held on the first Monday at 10:30 a.m. To obtain an application call 941-743-1300 and select option 1 or email Lisa.Eby@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.


While we are working on many issues for you, such as impact fee increases, building supply chain issues and increases on product, we have not stopped working on unlicensed handyman.

This is a reminder to you that the CDBIA is an anonymous hotline. If you happen to see someone doing work without a license, you can report it to the CDBIA. The CDBIA will report it to the county and never reveal who contacted us. All calls are strictly confidential.

Another suggestion to help homeowners.

When you are bidding on a job, you are welcome to share the resources available to explain how they can make sure they are hiring the right person (contractor) for the job they are wanted completed.

Checklist for hiring a builder, remodeler, contractor.: This is a checklist that can help a homeowner perform their due diligence when hiring a contractor

Tips for hiring a contractor- This brochure is from Department of Business and Professional Regulation and offers additional resources for Florida

What a handyman can and cannot do- This is a list of what a handyman can do in Charlotte County.

With your help, we can create additional awareness to your potential customers when they see lower bids coming in and how to check to make sure that person is the right person for the job.

To report an unlicensed person to the CDBIA, you can call 941-625-0804 or send an email to admin@cdbia.com.


From the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office"

In the past week we have had the following crimes reported:

• Ford F150 (spare key fob left inside along with victims tools) stolen from Englewood/ 776 area

• A complete well system from home under construction – Area of Cochran Blvd & Veterans Blvd

• Well Equipment – Veterans Blvd & Torrington St.

• 20 interior doors taken from a home under construction – Westport community

• 2 - Catalytic Converters removed off Ford F-350's – Punta Gorda, Taylor Rd

• Several power tools left at a home under remodel - Peachland/Veterans

• Yamaha 150 4-stroke outboard motor (removed from a vessel at a storage facility) Washington Loop Rd PG

• A dark green Aura BMX style bike left next to a bridge while the owner was fishing

Remember to ALWAYS secure / remove your valuables, never leave extra keys or key fobs in your vehicle & LOCK YOUR DOORS!

If you see something suspicious, say something! Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Non-Emergency number is 941-639-0013.

We offer no cost construction site no trespassing signs. Call the Crime Prevention office at 941-613-3227


Video: NAHB Chairman Focuses on Mental Health Campaign

Learn About the Latest Industry Trends in Free Member Webinars this Month

4 Ways to Create Communities That Work

Residential Construction Employment Surpasses February 2020 Pre-Pandemic Level

NAHB Wins Legal Decision on Eviction Moratorium Case

Housing Releases

For the Week of April 12
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Tuesday, April 13

The Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumers (CPI) rose 0.4% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis as energy prices rose sharply. The “core” CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, increased 0.1% in February. Over the past twelve months, on a not seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI grew 1.7% and the “core” CPI climbed 1.3% in February. Inflationary pressures remained subdued amid the weak economic situation, although inflation expectations are rising.

NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI): Thursday, April 15

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes fell two points to 82 in March as rising lumber and other material prices pushed builder confidence lower. Though builders continue to see strong buyer traffic, recent increases for material costs and delivery times, particularly for softwood lumber, have depressed builder sentiment this month. Supply shortages and high demand have caused lumber prices to jump about 200 percent since last April.

New Residential Construction (Housing Starts): Friday, April 16

Housing production continue to slow in February off strong levels as rising lumber and other material prices continue to affect the housing industry. Single-family starts decreased 8.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million in February, while the multifamily starts fell 15% to a 381,000 annual rate. The NAHB forecast includes some weakening for single-family home building at the start of 2021 (off recent highs), with a return to the long-run post-Great Recession trend as the year progresses.


FHBA NEWS- March 29, 2021

We Can't Wait To See You At The Southeast Building Conference
Registration is now open for the 2021 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC).

Don't miss the region's top event, returning better than ever to the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

In addition to the FHBA conference meetings, SEBC features two days jam-packed with continuing education, networking and the region's best industry trade show.

w FHBA business meetings scheduled to take place during SEBC. Click here for FHBA Meeting Schedule

Don't wait, register to attend SEBC now! Click here to register

FHBA Legislative Update

FHBA Capitol Update

Updates From The Florida Capitol- Sine Die Is Just 25 Days Away

Week six of the Florida legilsative session is upon us and Sine Die is a mere 25 days away. The Legislature is in full swing with moving priority legislation through the process.

Intel leads up to belive the last time Senate subcommittees would be meeting this Legislative Session was last week. As dust settled on week five, FHBA had the most productive week yet. Key successes include:

Back-to-back committee passages on Wednesday, March 31st:

HB 337 Impact Fees by Rep. Nick DiCeglie passed the House Ways & Means Committee; 15-2.
1. Local Admin. & Veterans Affairs: 13-5
2. Ways & Means: 15-2
3. State Affairs: (Final Stop – Chaired by Rep. Ralph Massullo)

SB 750 Impact Fees by Senator Joe Gruters passed the Senate Finance and Tax committee; 6-2.
1. Community Affairs: 5-3
2. Finance & Tax: 6-2
3. Appropriations: (Final Stop – Chaired by Senator Kelli Stargel)

Both sponsors are working diligently to draw the line on the definition of infrastructure as it relates to impact fees. The phase-in language went unscathed this time; however, vehicles and equipment were added to the definition specifically for law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services. As negotiations heat up with the School Districts, FHBA did not want the argument to be centered on first responders. After all, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical are some of the lowest impact fees across the State.


HB 401 by Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff passed unanimously before the House Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Thursday, April 1st. Its Senate companion, SB 1146 by Senator Jason Brodeur passed the Senate Community Affairs two days earlier with a critical amendment: The amendment offered and adopted by the bill sponsor will authorize private provider inspection services of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems.

Such providers are limited to those certified under or a duly authorized representative covered under s. 381.0101, a master septic contractor licensed pursuant to chapter 489, a professional engineer who has successfully passed all three parts of the OSTDS Accelerated Certification Training, or working as staff under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer and has passed all three parts of the OSTDS Accelerated Certification Training. Click here to view the complete bill language (lines 60-146).


Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 72 into law last Monday. The bill protects Florida businesses from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits by deterring unfounded grievances against individuals and businesses who made good faith efforts to substantially comply with health standards. While allowing lawsuits deemed credible – i.e., negligent – to proceed.


SB 1788 crossed another hurdle last Wednesday, 5-0 in the Senate’s Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee. The Senate Bill has one last hearing before it heads to the Senate floor. Its House companion, HB 1059 passed the House of Representatives yesterday, 113-0. The bill strives to update electronic permitting across the state, however, one of the most important provisions of the bill applies penalties on local enforcement authorities who fail to meet statutory deadlines, such as 10 percent permit fee reductions if a jurisdiction fails to issue a building permit with 30 business days (and 10 percent reductions every business day thereafter).


As previously noted, CS/HB 21 Construction Defects has one remaining committee (Judiciary) in the Florida House. Following productive meetings with FHBA and House Leadership two weeks ago, the strategy to reforming Chapter 558 has now been centered on defining “material violation” and finding a vehicle to move that specific policy change forward. House Leadership has been receptive of the topic and are aware of the issues, however, getting this specific provision across the finish line will take some maneuvering.

Your advocacy team at FHBA will continue fighting hard for the home building industry as we close out the final 25 days of the 2021 session.


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