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April 14, 2021

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Save the Date-Upcoming CDBIA meetings

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

04/19-04/23: COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction

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- Tools of the Trade & Construction Scholarships

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

05/12: Young Building Professional meeting

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- What's UP with lumber prices.

Rising Lumber Prices
Lumber prices peaked above $950 per thousand board feet in mid-September. By the end of November, prices dropped about 40 percent to stand around $550 per thousand board feet but then began to sharply rise again. By late March, they hit a record-high above $1,000 per thousand board feet – about 200 percent since last April. These price increases have harmed housing affordability by adding $24,000 to the price of an average new single-family home.

The Cause
Driving the price surge is a shortage of supply. Most mills closed due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures enacted by state and local governments at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Mill operators projected that housing would be adversely affected by the crisis and anticipated a large drop in demand. But housing weathered the storm much better than anyone could have predicted, and mills have not ramped up production to meet the high demand for lumber.

Actions by NAHB
When prices began their historic rise, NAHB reached out extensively to the Trump administration, members of Congress and lumber mills calling for prompt action to address shortages in the lumber supply chain and soaring lumber prices that are harming your businesses, the housing sector and the economy.
We also urged swift action on the trade front, which ultimately help lead to a more than 50 percent tariff reduction on Canadian lumber coming into the U.S. shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.
With the new Biden administration and Congress in place, we are developing short, mid- and long-term strategies to address lumber price and supply issues.
This effort is broad-based:
Our Government Affairs team will engage in Capitol Hill meetings, a grassroots campaign and administration briefings.
Communications will focus on a media campaign, a social media push, member testimonials, open letter ads and a stakeholder event.
Economics will quantify the economic impact of higher prices on the industry and economy and engage in industry surveys.
Legal is looking at antitrust issues, Canadian outreach and exploring whether other foreign nations can send more lumber to the U.S.
We have already started to implement parts of this comprehensive plan – including a holiday campaign calling on lumber mills to increase production to meet growing housing demand.
In an effort led by NAHB, more than 35 organizations on March 12 sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo seeking immediate action on lumber. “We respectfully request that your office examine the lumber supply chain, identify the causes for high prices and supply constraints, and seek immediate remedies that will increase production,” the letter stated.
NAHB has also sent letters to President Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen seeking prompt action to address this issue that is a growing threat to housing and the economy.
NAHB is redoubling its efforts in this new political climate and continues to work on all fronts to find solutions that will ensure a lasting and stable supply of lumber for the home building industry at a competitive price.

And announced yesterday (April 13th) at the NAHB Spring meeting, on May 12th NAHB leaders will be meeting with Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell. This meeting will be about getting factories to supply more lumber, opening more lumber factories and getting lumber from additional sources.

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Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction, April 19-23, 2021, is a campaign to raise awareness of the safety, effectiveness, and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination among construction workers. The CDC recommends that all workers in the U.S. get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible to end the pandemic and help Americans return to their normal lives.

NAHB supports the CDC’s vaccination efforts and we are encouraging members to participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week. Home builders should take time to share important information with their trade contractors, partners, subcontractors, and their own staff about the benefits of vaccination and encourage them to register to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to the resources below, experts from the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will be hosting a webinar on April 21 at 2 p.m. ET to discuss the importance of vaccinations in the construction industry and answer any questions and address concerns. The free webinar is being held specifically for members of Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) organizations, of which NAHB is a lead member. Register now.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us all get back to normal.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in the United States. The CDC acknowledges that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. The CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. Details on ensuring COVID-19 vaccine safety can be found at cdc.gov.

Why should workers get the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the CDC, all COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19 and help protect people who get vaccinated from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and may also help protect people around them. COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection from the virus. Additional information on the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine can be found at cdc.gov.

When will I be able to get the vaccine?

CDC makes recommendations for who should get the vaccine first and then each state makes their own plan. Other essential workers, such as people who work in housing construction and finance, are a priority in Phase 1c. To find out when you’ll be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in your location, check with your state’s health department. Once you are registered, you can use VaccineFinder.org to find a specific vaccination spot.

I’ve been fully vaccinated, now what?

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on information from the CDC describing what is known about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more about things you can start doing after you’ve been fully vaccinated at cdc.gov.

The Construction Cornhole is sold out. We do welcome you to come to Celtic Ray on Sunday (April 18th) and enjoy the fun. Celtic Ray will be offering up a menu of goodness and a full cash bar).

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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.

This week's deal comes from NAHB

NAHB members save 2% on your Lowe’s Accounts Receivable or Lowe’s Business Account purchases. Save an additional 5% everyday at the store when using your business card

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.

Welcome Paul!

Paul Davis
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Updates from your CDBIA family

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Looking to hire? Look no further than the yoursun.com Virtual Career Fair happening April 28 and 29. Let us promote your open positions and bring job seekers to you!
Using just your computer or smart device, you can chat live on the spot, collect resumes, build your candidate database, and HIRE NOW.
How else do you benefit?
• You can attend from wherever you are, no need to be out of the office all day
• You'll have the ability to video interview, text, and email candidates
• You'll expose your company to more job seekers in the area
Powered by yoursun.com, this event will be heavily promoted online, in print, and with social media. To learn more and register your business for this event, contact our Recruitment Specialists at 941-429-3110 or e-mail: classifieds@yoursun.com

Judges needed for Tallahassee Parade of Homes (virtual)
TBA’s Parade of Homes event will kick off on Saturday, May 8, and run May 9, 15 & 16 and will be judged virtually only. We are in need of judges with judging beginning May 8 and finishing on Tuesday, May 11th. If you are interested, please call Jodi at (850) 385-1414

Murdock Stones
UH-OH!! Murdock Stones Etc.'s supplier brought 1/2" White instead of 1/2" Brown. Regular price $150 per cubic yard. For chamber members, we will sell the 1/2" White for $130 per cubic yard. Available for delivery or for pick-up at our 590 Prineville location...While supplies last...941-629-6651

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/

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

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Pat Hand with Dancing Moon Travel: April is Premium Cruise month at Dancing Moon Travel. This week's guest is Celebrity Cruise Line. https://fb.watch/4RXGDKBoXX/

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The Planning Corner – Certificate of Appropriateness 101
What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for projects that would alter the exterior appearance of a designated historic property. An approved CA application ensures that the proposed work is consistent with the appropriate design regulations and historic preservation standards. An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness shall be obtained from completed, filed with the Urban Design Division. Which properties require a Certificate of Appropriateness?
Property within the National Register Historic Overlay District, property individually listed on the National Register or property listed on the Florida Master Site File by the State of Florida Department of State, Bureau of Historic Preservation of the Division of Historic Resources.
What type of work requires a Certificate of Appropriateness?
 Exterior Alterations or Additions
 Demolitions of a structure
 New construction
 Removal of stoops, cornices, and other significant architectural features
To learn more about the process and requirements for a Certificate of Appropriateness please follow the links below.

What information is needed for a Certificate of Appropriateness?
 Support materials must accompany the completed application. At a minimum, applications for Certificate of Appropriateness shall submit the following information:
 Architectural elevations drawn to scale
 Site plans
 Complete materials list
 Photographs or drawings relating the proposed project to the surrounding streetscape Lighting
 Landscaping
 A scale drawing of any proposed sign, including proposed materials, lighting method, style and size of lettering, and a sketch or photograph showing the proposed location of the sign on the building or site
 Structural engineers analysis of structure if a demoliton is requested

Certificate of Appropriateness Application:
https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=448
Code of Ordinance – Chapter 26, Section 16.3 Application for Certificate of Appropriateness: https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/home/showdocument?id=1467

For more information, please contact UrbanDesign@CityofPuntaGordaFL.com.

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.

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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 13th:
Charlotte County
Percent of residents who have their first shot: 20%
Percent of residents who have at least one dose: 49%

DeSoto County:
Percent of residents who have their first shot: 11%
Percent of residents who have at least one dose: 25%

Florida
Percent of residents who have their first shot: 13.%
Percent of residents who have at least one dose: 35.3%

Click here to view number of people vaccinated

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
Diane.Whidden@CharlotteCountyFL.gov

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.

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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.

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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

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Housing Releases

For the Week of April 19
Existing Home Sales: Thursday, April 22

Following two months of gains, existing home sales fell 6.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.22 million in February, as tight inventory continues to strain sales and fuel home prices. Storm effects due to a Southern winter storm also had an effect. Though existing home sales continue to outperform and housing demand is expected to remain strong due to low (although rising) 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 (March): Friday, April 23

After a slight rebound in December and January, the slowing of the pace of new single-family home sales continued in February as a combination of broader affordability challenges – higher rates and more costly materials – and storm effects reduced the volume of purchases. New single-family home sales declined 18% in February to a 775,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. The pace of sales has now slowed back to the post-Great Recession trend, which is limited by availability of lots, labor, lumber and other building inputs.

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FHBA NEWS- April 12,2021
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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

Session Update

The 2021 Florida Legislative Session is drawing closer to a close as we enter the seventh week of the 60-day period. While these weeks move quickly in Tallahassee, we appreciate your interest in monitoring issues that may impact the Florida Home Building industry.

Last week the legislature set the stage to develop a final spending plan for the next fiscal year. Both chambers passed their respective budgets off of the floor and are poised to iron out their differences in a budget conference. The state’s economists also met last week and delivered some news that may help. State revenue projections include a $2-billion increase in state revenue – $1.475 billion for the current fiscal year and $550 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1. And while state expenses have increased during the pandemic – particularly in the public health arena – the economic upturn is sure to help in crafting the final budget. Meanwhile, policy committees continue to wind down their work. Expect packed committee agendas over the next few days.

Following is an update on bills being monitored by FHBA.

IMPACT FEES
Both SB 750 Impact Fees by Senator Joe Gruters and HB 337 Impact Fees by Rep. Nick DiCeglie have one remaining committee before they head to their respective chamber’s for a final vote.

Due to contentious public policy working its way through final committees, week six was quiet for the construction industry as the Appropriations Committee handled the “anti-rioting” legislation. FHBA spent last week focused on fine-tuning the impact fee language to limit loopholes to the phase-in provision.

Knowing each bill has only one remaining stop for revisions, opposition stakeholders continue to line-up in front of both bill sponsors with their recommended changes. Both the House State Affairs Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee will be meeting this Thursday, April 15th at 9:00 a.m. We expect agendas to be released within the next 24 hours.

Last evening FHBA ran a lobbying report on HB 337 and found that 54 local government lobbyists representing 70 cities/counties across the State are registered in opposition to the bill. This number does not include representatives from the League of Cities or the Association of Counties. Registered lobbyist in support of the bill = five. Three of which are Rusty, Kari and Dane…

SB 750 by Senator Joe Gruters
1. Community Affairs: 5-3
2. Finance and Tax: 6-2
3. Appropriations: On agenda this Thursday, 9 a.m.

HB 337 by Representative Nick DiCeglie
1. Local Administration & Veterans Affairs: 13-5
2. Ways & means: 15-2
3. State Affairs: (Thursday – Agenda Released Tomorrow)

SADOWSKI HOUSING TRUST FUNDS
SB 2512 by Senate Appropriations passed the Florida Senate (25-14) on Wednesday and the Florida House (78-38) on Thursday. SB 2512 has been enrolled and awaits Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature.

Eight days ago, the bill equally divided the 24.17% (current law) of documentary stamps collected for housing trust funds into three separate, statutory defined, recurring pots:
1. 6.84519% for the newly created Resilient Florida Trust Fund;
2. 6.84519% for the for Water Sustainability and Accountability Trust Fund; &
3. 6.84519% for the State Housing Trust Fund and Local Government Housing Trust Fund.

However, following input from affordable housing advocates and the Governor, the Senate adopted an amendment last Monday that shifted the percent of documentary stamps for affordable housing from 6.84519% to 9.70254%. Shifting the available funds for housing (based on the Current Revenue Estimate) from $141.1 million to $209 million. Additionally, the legislation will place the percentages in statute and move Sadowski’s appropriations from a non-recurring status to recurring with no opportunities for sweeping during future appropriations negotiations.

The Sadowski Coalition publicly thanked the Florida Legislature this morning.

Finally, the current House budget has $140 million of non-recurring funds for housing. Note: A total of $225 million in SHIP funds are still available for an appropriation this year (following a line-item veto last year, as the Governor used CARES Act monies to compensate in 2020 and left the $225 million available for future use). With the addition of non-recurring revenues to the $209 million passed/secured in SB 2512, total housing funds could be over $400 million. Session is not over. The budget process continues.

SB 2512 by Senate Appropriations
• Senate Appropriations: 12-8
• Senate: 25-14
• House: 78-38
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FLORIDA BUILDING CODE
HB 401 has one remaining committee in the Florida House, while SB 1146 is subject to the same delays as FHBA’s Impact Fee legislation – both awaiting a hearing in Senate Appropriations. SB 1146 by Senator Jason Brodeur now contains language that would authorize private provider inspection services of onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems.

SB 1146 by Senator Jason Brodeur
1. Community Affairs: 9-0
2. Appropriations: On agenda this Thursday at 9 a.m.
3. Rules:

HB 401 by Elizabeth Fetterhoff
1. Regulatory Reform: 18-0
2. Local Administration & Veterans Affairs: 14-0
3. Commerce: (Wednesday – Agenda Released Today)

CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
SB 1788 passed the Senate Rules Committee last Tuesday. HB 1059, having previously passed the House of Representatives on April 1st, 113-0, will most likely be taken up on the Senate floor this week for its final passage. Both bills strive to update electronic permitting across the state and provide 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).

SB 1788 by Senator Jim Boyd
1. Community Affairs: 9-0
2. Government Oversight: 5-0
3. Rules: 16-0
• Senate Floor:

HB 1059 by Representative Will Robinson
1. Regulatory Reform: 17-0
2. Commerce: 21-0
• House: 113-0

LIEN LAW
SB 622 by Senator Keith Perry was temporarily postponed on the Senate floor last Thursday, and HB 473 by Rep. Jackie Toledo passed its final House Committee unanimously last Tuesday, while removing the controversial “lien waiver” section.

Although both bills include favorable provisions such as allowing remote online notarization and stop and start. After two weeks of negotiations spearheaded by Kari, FHBA finally reached an agreement on the problematic lien waiver section. The language now mandates the use of the statutory lien waiver form unless the claimant has entered into a contract that requires the claimant to furnish a waiver that is different from the statutory forms. HB 473 now heads to the House floor for a final vote.

SB 622 by Senator Keith Perry
1. Judiciary: 10-0
2. Government Oversight: 5-0
3. Rules: 17-0
• Senate Floor: Temporarily Postponed

HB 473 by Representative Jackie Toledo
1. Civil Justice & Property Rights: 16-1
2. Regulatory Reform: 17-0
3. Judiciary: 20-0

Just 18 days remain until this session comes to a close! As always be sure to tune in to the FHBA Government Affairs Committee calls on Thursday at 4 p.m. (EDT) for the most up-to-date details from the week ahead.

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