What's Up Wednesday
May 12, 2021


Reputable High Hammer

Luke Brothers

Faithful Straight Edge

SAC logo (Aug 09)
Truex Image logo

Loyal Level

Odette 4
Kinetico 4-17
Lori Swindell Insurance Agency
Quality Homes Logo

Block of Foundation

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

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

05/18: Young Building Professional meeting- all welcome

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

05/25: Reverse Job Fair

05/28: Building Industry Oversight Committee Meeting

06/01: June GMM: Legislative Update

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


The Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association in collaboration with Charlotte Technical College supports local high schools through mentorship and on the job training throughout the year. Over the last few years, the CDBIA members have built 2 P.A.L.M. Homes. P.A.L.M. is an acronym for Professionals Actively Leading and Mentoring. These homes give on the job experience to construction students to learn about job sites and how to put their tools and their knowledge to work.
This year, as we have for the past 14 years, celebrate 10 students earning construction scholarships. Since 2007, the CDBIA has awarded over $65,000 in scholarship funds to students interested in a career in the construction industry including our innovative “Tools of the Trade” Scholarship which is awarded to those students going directly into the work force.
Congratulations to the following students:
CDBIA Construction Scholarships:
Aidan Kelley, recent graduate of Florida Southwest College and Florida Southwest Collegiate High School will be going to Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in civil engineering.
Ethan Morton, alumni of DeSoto High School is currently attending University of South Florida, majoring in electrical engineering.

Tools of the Trade Scholarships:
Damien Brown, senior at The Academy who is dual enrolled at the Charlotte Technical College who will be entering the workforce wanting to become an electrician.
Martin Luther, alumni of Port Charlotte High School and recent graduate of Charlotte Technical College, earning a certification in HVAC
Dekwann Martin, senior at Port Charlotte High School who is dual enrolled at the Charlotte Technical College, construction technology course, who will be entering the workforce as a carpenter.
Virgil Luther, senior at Port Charlotte High School who is dual enrolled at the Charlotte Technical College, construction technology course, who will be attending Charlotte Technical College, working on his electrical certification.

Professional Women in Building

This past October, the CDBIA started a local chapter of the Charlotte DeSoto Building Association Professional Women in Building.
At our April meeting, members of the PWB Council voted to start a scholarship fund to help support women going into the construction field with scholarships. Others quickly joined in to help support women building women.
Thank you to Debbie Smith, Jacki Johnson (Local Lighting Company), Shannon Kania (Axis Satellite and Home Theater) and Robin Williamson (D&D Custom Cabinets) for supporting these scholarships.
Jazzlyn Embury, recent graduate of Florida Southwest College and Florida Southwest Collegiate High School will be going to University of Florida, majoring in economics and pre-law in hopes to become an attorney to assist the construction industry.
Laticia Nina, senior at Port Charlotte High School who will be attending University of Florida, majoring in architecture.

Gene Extejt Construction Scholarships
In 1974 Gene Extejt opened Charlotte County Seawalls. When a local chapter of the builders’ association Gene was instrumental in ensuring the building industry had a strong voice in our community. He was an icon in our industry, serving wherever he was needed.
Gene continued to assist our construction industry serving in many various volunteer positions including many various local government appointed positions such as the Building Board, where he chaired for many years and the Licensing Board. Following in his footsteps of being a leader in our industry, Gene’s sons Blair McVety and Zac Extejt served as president of the CDBIA.
When not working, Gene could be found hunting, fishing, or on the sidelines supporting his children and grandchildren. But his passion was golf.
This year, the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association’s Golf Tournament was names Gene Extejt Classic Swingo De Mayo in Gene’s memory.
A portion of the proceeds from the golf tournament will be dedicated to the Gene Extejt Construction Scholarship.
This year, it is our honor to announce the following as the first recipients of the Gene Extejt Scholarship.
Roland Lytle, alumni of Lemon Bay High School, who is currently attending Kent State University, majoring in construction management.
Marshal Francis, a senior at The Academy who is dual enrolled in the construction technology course at Charlotte Technical College. Marshal will be attending the Charlotte Technical College this fall to earn his certification in heating, air conditioning and ventilation.

Providing financial support to purchase work related tools and supporting education are the main reasons why the CDBIA provides scholarships to our local students. Additionally, we continue to work with scholarship recipients to help place them with companies and offer mentorship to build their foundation in the construction industry.

Update on Lumber

Date: May 7, 2021

From: NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke

Commerce Secretary Pledges to Make Lumber a Priority and Other NAHB Initiatives

NAHB’s relentless grassroots efforts urging the Biden administration and Congress to address the growing problem of rising lumber and material prices along with supply shortages is showing results.

This is the association’s top priority and I want to let you know that during a congressional hearing on May 6, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo responded to a request by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) to make rising lumber prices and production issues a priority by stating: “I promise you I will.”

Meanwhile, in a Senate hearing last week, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) cited concerns to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai about the harm that lumber tariffs and the lack of supply chain regarding lumber are having on American home builders and home buyers.

“Softwood lumber will always be in my sights in the conversations with Canada,” said Kai, who added that she will seek to “engage our Canadian counterparts in some out of the box thinking on this issue.”

It’s no coincidence that in recent congressional hearings, lawmakers are asking top administration officials to take action on lumber. This renewed urgency in Congress and the administration about the lumber price crisis and the need to find solutions is directly attributable to the tireless efforts of our Federation.

And at yesterday’s House hearing. Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.) specifically cited NAHB data on how “overall lumber prices have tripled and the increase translates into a nearly $36,000 increase in the price of the average single-family home.”

Cline went on to ask Raimondo if she could discuss what resources may be available or have been dedicated by the Commerce Department to look into the causes of skyrocketing lumber prices, what impact this is having on the economy and whether the secretary could commit to working with industry stakeholders and with Congress to identify the challenges and potential solutions to the crisis.

“I agree with you that the home building industry and the housing sector is a vital portion of our economy and they are struggling as you say,” said Raimondo. “And what I can commit to you is to follow up with you to work collaboratively with you … because I understand the problem and it affects the whole industry.”

And from coast to coast, members of our Federation stepped up this week to bring the lumber crisis to the forefront during Bringing Housing Home, NAHB’s 2021 in-district Legislative Conference. Members have held more than 140 meetings with their representatives and senators to discuss the lumber price crisis and its impact on home building and housing affordability, along with other key issues of concern to the housing community.

I invite you to view these two short videos – one highlighting the House hearing and the other on our media efforts which we will be posting on social media. And please share your lumber story by sending us images of your current lumber receipts and receipts paid before the current price hikes. We may use these images in social media ad campaigns; however, we will not show any personal information about you or your business. Your testimonials will help us further illustrate to the administration and Congress why a plan to address the lumber crisis is urgently needed.

Finally, please see the attached report for a full view of our efforts and outreach. We view these positive developments as the beginning of the process. The road ahead will be long and challenging but I pledge that NAHB will leave no stone unturned in our effort to achieve a remedy to the lumber crisis that will ensure an adequate supply of lumber to the U.S. marketplace at a reasonable price.

2021.05.25 Job Fair

CDBIA Members are welcome to register for the 1st Reverse Job Fair.

This job fair will respect your time. Once you have completed your speaking engagement you can leave- hopefully with resumes in your hand!

This job fair, you will have up to 5 minutes to explain your company, the positions you are hiring for and any benefits of why someone should come work for you. You are welcome to speak about any job openings you may have to potential employees.

After you are done speaking, you can collect resumes from job seekers that are interested in the jobs you have available.

You will have the opportunity of walking away with resumes to contact people new employees or hire them on the spot! You are welcome to hire people on the spot, set up additional interviews or meet anyone one on one afterwards.

Recommendations of what you can speak about:

Your name
Speak about your company
Speak about the position(s) you are hiring for
Pay, benefits, sign on bonuses
What tools or certification they may need.
Anything else you would like to add.
We will be inviting high school students, and the community.

If we create enough interest, we will look at hosting this event monthly

*Note- this is a free opportunity to meet potential employees for all members of the CDBIA.

Space is limited. Please register so we can also promote your company and jobs.

Register here

2021.06 GMM Flyer

You are invited to the Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association's Dart Tournament on July 10th 2021 at

The Icehouse Pub (http://www.theicehousepub.com/) in Punta Gorda. Registration will begin at 1:30 pm and darts will be in the air at 2:30 pm.

Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place dart teams.

Prize for 1st place: $400 AND they get to choose which of the following CDBIA nonprofit members will receive $500:

Boy and Girls Club of Charlotte County
Charlotte County YoungLife
Crossroads Hope Academy
Gulf Coast Partnership
The Homeless Coalition

Registration is $80 per team. A team is four (4) players.

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Bullseye Sponsor - $1500 Your Company's Logo on all 10 Dart Board Signs which will remain posted for 2 weeks after the event . Mentioned in all event promotions. Logo on drink coasters. Company logo on front of T-shirts. Sponsor is able to put marketing material at dart tournament event. Two free team registrations (8 players) and the opportunity to present the winners with awards.

Neck Gaiter Sponsor - $1000 You will receive your company logo on 5 dart boards which will remain posted for 2 weeks after the event. All players will receive a gaiter with your logo on it. One free team. Mentioned in all event promotions.

1st Round Sponsor - $750 8 table signs in the Dart Bar Area. Logo on Drink Tickets. Mentioned in all Event Promotions. Logo on 1 Dart Board sign. One free team registration (4 players).

On the Board Sponsor - $200 Logo on Dart Board Sign which remain posted for two (2) weeks after the event. One free team registration (4 players). Mention in all event promotions

Click here to register: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/vrADoaeL?mode=Attendee

Thank you sponsors:

2021.05.17 Con&Cock

You are invited to the next meeting of the CDBIA PWB (Professional Women in Building)

This meeting is sponsored by CDBIA PWB Chair Melanie Markel (Array of Cabinets)

This event is FREE to all members of the CDBIA PWB.

For CDBIA Members and Guests the price is $10.

Food and beverages will be available with your registration.

Please register by 5/14 so we can ensure a head count to purchase food and drinks.

Click here to register.

Thank you!


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:

This week's deal comes from FHBA

FHBA’s newest member benefit – Background Info USA – delivers customer focused solutions that provide greater efficiency and faster results, all at a member discounted rate!

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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.

Help Wanted

Murdock Stones
Did you know that Murdock Stones Etc. sells a large variety of mulch at everyday low prices? This week, we'll tell you that our Melaleuca Mulch is $2.75 for a 2 cubic foot bag....and Melaleuca is Florida friendly and BUG RESISTANT. ($3 to $4 at most other establishments) 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

Heatherwood Construction breaks ground on 5th store for
Rick Johnson Development

BONITA SPRINGS, FL (May 3, 2021) - Heatherwood Construction has begun work on an automotive/tire store for Rick Johnson Development. The project is located on Daniels Parkway in Ft. Myers. This will be the 5th facility that Heatherwood has built for the Rick Johnson team. “It’s gratifying when our customers come back to us time and time again. We enjoy enhancing the community services by building these projects and partnering with Rick Johnson” states Walter Crawford, President of Heatherwood Construction. Brian Blackwell, will lead the Project Team as Project Manager. Levi Whiteleather, Superintendent, will oversee the daily operations. The project engineer is Boral Engineering & Design. The project was designed by GOIA Architecture.

Dancing Moon Travel

Pat Hand with Dancing Moon Travel: Travel the USA this summer with Tauck Tours

All Florida Flooring
James Ecker would like to invite you to a fundraiser on May 23rd. The Punishers LEMC Sine Pari will be hosting a Benefit Ride for C.A.R.E.

Co-hosted by ABUAT
Registration at Punishers Sine Pari clubhouse at 11:00am.
KSU @ 12:00pm.
1st stop - Banditos in Port Charlotte
2nd stop - End Zone in Englewood
3rd stop - Moose Lodge in Englewood.
Final stop - Punishers Sine Pari Clubhouse
No food pass
$10 single bike
$15 with passenger
With food pass
$15 single bike
$25 with passenger
Live music performed by Andy Garcia
Food and vendors will be on site.
50/50 and raffles
All proceeds donated to C.A.R.E.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/200312598340530

Sun Newspapers
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

The Firm Advertising Agency

Don’t forget The Firm 360 Photography when they’re gone. Who is “they” you might ask? Snowbirds! They are leaving soon. Remind them of what they have looked at with a Virtual Tour. They are great for real estate and businesses alike and they give people inside views right from their phones and laptops. We can do that for you. Call us today to arrange a Virtual Walking Tour for your business or homes for sale. 941-347-8198. www.thefirm360.com

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

News for you


From the desk of Greg Murray, City Manager

Candidate Packets Now Available – Candidate packets for the 2021 City General Election are now available through the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 326 West Marion Avenue. The 2021 General Election will take place on Nov. 2 and will include City Council District 3 and 5. Councilmembers serve a two (2) year term and are elected at-large. Only opposed candidate races will appear on the ballot. If more than two candidates seek election for any one district seat, a primary election must be held on Aug. 17 (11 weeks prior to the General Election). Qualifying for the 2021 General Election cycle begins, Jun. 7 at noon and ends on Jun. 11 at noon. For information or questions regarding qualifying, please contact Karen Smith, City Clerk, at (941) 575-3369 or email pgclerk@cityofpuntagordafl.com. Questions regarding voter registration, vote-by-mail ballots or precinct and polling information should be directed to the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections Office at (941) 833-5400. Candidate forms can also be obtained online from the City’s website at https://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us as well as from the Division of Elections website at https://dos.myflorida.com/elections.

Facial Covering Ordinance – The Facial Covering Ordinance in the City of Punta Gorda will expire Apr. 30. Business owners and managers can still require customers to wear facial coverings in their business if they would like and request anyone failing to comply with their request to be trespassed. City facilities will still have the following requirements in place: Entrance to any City facility shall only be through the designated entrance.

Florida Power and Light (FPL)/Comcast Update – FPL reports that to date, they have removed a total of 254 abandoned poles. They have now dedicated a team of people who will exclusively work on this project to keep things moving forward. They have identified another 141 poles that need to still be pulled, 23 that still have FPL attachments on them and the rest are Comcast and other utilities. Comcast is scheduled to move wires on 84 more poles. They have one team working on this full time now. On Bal Harbor, FPL identified 43 locations where double poles needed to be pulled, 22 are done and 21 remain. Of those, 7 are ready to pull and 14 still have attached wires on them. On Marion, 7 double poles were identified, three have been removed and four remain with wires on them. On Aqui Esta, 21 double poles were identified, 11 have been removed and 10 are still left, seven of which still have attached wires on them. Also, FPL has started to restore some of the sites that have recently had new handhole boxes placed beside the new poles. They are now going back through and cleaning up the areas around the boxes and filling in with fill dirt and sod. They are working in the bird section this week.

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.

Donation Review Committee – (representative of non-profit organization related to history of
City) Meets quarterly, as needed, immediately following meetings of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board. Five member board. Three of the total five members will be appointed from the Historic Preservation Advisory Board membership. Reviews nonmonetary donations received by the City and recommends acceptance or rejection of same.

Code Enforcement – (one alternate) Meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 9 a.m. in City
Council Chambers. City residency required. Seven-member board with two alternate members.
Three-year terms. Maximum of three terms OR partial term plus two more terms. Financial
disclosure required. Makes recommendations to City Council on variances to City Code.


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 May 4th:
Charlotte County
Percent of residents series completed: 43.4%
Total People vaccinated: 56.3%

DeSoto County:
Percent of residents series completed: 21.9%
Total People vaccinated: 32.8%

Percent of residents series completed: 33.8%
Total People vaccinated: 43.7%

Click here to view number of people vaccinated

Charlotte County Committee Vacancies

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.

The Historical Advisory Committee is searching for five volunteers that must be permanent residents of Charlotte County who are interested in preserving the history of Charlotte County. The position calls for four members to serve from different Charlotte County historical organizations. There is one position open to an at-large member. The terms are three years and will be staggered in order to be in compliance with Ord. No. 2004-045, Sec. 1-11-69. The HAC’s functions, powers and duties include:

• To evaluate and make recommendations about where historical markers
• should be established;
• To review development and construction projects of historical significance;
• To provide input on potential historic districts;
• To provide input on historical programs and outreach efforts;
• To make recommendations on establishing an archives/collection program;
• To raise funds to preserve historical structures and amenities;
• To provide recommendations to the board on issues relating to those duties specified above or other duties assigned by the board;
• To review and provide input on the capital improvement budget.

For more information, please contact Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov.

The Marine Advisory Committee is searching for one volunteer to serve as an
at-large member to fill the unexpired term of Garland Wilson. The term beings
immediately and will expire in December 2022. If you are interested or need more
information, please contact Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov.

Agricultural and Natural Resources Advisory Committee is searching for two voluntary members who must be residents or owners of real property in Charlotte County and be composed of individuals broadly representative of the interests of agricultural land ownership and use, agricultural commodity finance and production, agricultural processing, agricultural economics and marketing, agricultural engineering and water management, soils use and fertility, wildlife management, geology and mine
engineering, and environmental conservation. Both volunteers must be engaged in commodity production. The term is effective immediately upon approval and will expire Dec. 31, 2024. If you are interested in an application and information, please contact Morgan.Cook@charlottecountyfl.gov...end..end

The Construction Industry Licensing Board is seeking a volunteer for 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


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.


Recent reported crimes

• Punta Gorda – UNLOCKED vehicle burglary – wallet taken.
• Murdock/Englewood area – Construction site burglary/Grand theft – 65 sheets of drywall & 12 boxes of drywall mud taken – Value approx.. $1,200.

• Port Charlotte – Parking garage near hospitals – UNLOCKED vehicle burglary – sunglasses taken ($180) *video shows unknown individuals checking other LOCKED vehicles before leaving the area*

• Deep Creek – Large Seahorse mailbox taken – Value approx.. $800
• Punta Gorda – Black fully enclosed construction trailer removed from resident's driveway overnight. **Trailer located-subject arrested**

• Boca Grande – 17 Condo storage lockers entered – miscellaneous fishing equipment taken

• Punta Gorda – 3 UNLOCKED vehicle burglaries – possibly by unknown individual(s) in a light color sedan.
• Punta Gorda – New construction theft – Unknown suspect(s) removed 7 nail guns, a Makita gas powered compressor and 3 Hitachi Metabo HPT coil nailers from a commercial construction site.

• Port Charlotte – Stolen Ram pickup *Keys left inside & unlocked* another car at address was entered/nothing taken.

• Punta Gorda – 3 unlocked Vehicle burglaries- Items stolen include: Purse & credit cards – cards were used in the Tampa Mall at 3 stores.
• Port Charlotte Village – Several unlocked vehicles entered.
• Port Charlotte – Catalytic converter taken from church van.

• Port Charlotte – Loaded 9mm handgun stolen from public restroom after owner accidently forgot it.
• Port Charlotte VW dealer – Unknown subject entered the parking lot during the overnight hours and removed a tire and rim from a 2020 Honda Civic. A vehicle parked nearby was also damaged.

Building material thefts are on the rise nationwide. Criminals are targeting all building materials and equipment. If possible, do not leave any unsecured items on jobsites.

Please remember to always remove your valuables, key/key fob & weapons from your vehicle and LOCK YOUR DOORS!!

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

If you have any questions, please call our Crime Prevention Office at 941-613-3227


Get Ready for the Upcoming Season During Hurricane Preparedness Week
Maximize Profits with Simple and Effective Job Costing
Register Now for the NAHB Spring Leadership Meetings
At NAHB’s Urging, Treasury Dept. Releases $21.6 Billion in Emergency Rental Assistance

Housing Releases

For the Week of May 17
NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI): Monday, May 17
Strong buyer demand pushed builder confidence up one point to 83 in April even as builders continued to grapple with rising lumber prices and supply chain issues and consumers faced higher home prices due to a lack inventory. Despite strong buyer traffic, builders continue to face challenges to add much needed housing supply to the market. The supply chain for residential construction is tight, particularly regarding the cost and availability of lumber, appliances, and other building materials.

New Residential Construction (Housing Starts): Tuesday, May 18
Housing production jumped in March despite rising lumber and other material prices affecting the housing industry. Overall housing starts increased 19.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million units, the fastest pace for combined single-family and multifamily construction since June 2006. Single-family starts increased 15.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.24 in March, while multifamily starts rose 31% to a 501,000 annual rate.

Multifamily Housing Market Index (Q1 2021): Thursday, May 20
Builder and developer confidence in multifamily markets fell in the last quarter of 2020. The Multifamily Production Index (MPI) fell to 43 and the Multifamily Vacancy Index (MVI) decreased to 42. The decrease in the MPI in the fourth quarter indicates continued uncertainty in the multifamily market. With eviction moratoria and other restrictions in place, developers are delaying new projects. In addition, builders and developers are facing significant challenges with the recent increases in the cost of many input materials, such as lumber.

Existing Home Sales: Friday, May 21
After reaching a record high in October, existing home sales dropped to a seven-month low in March, as tight inventory continues to limit sales and fuel home price growth. Existing home sales fell 3.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.01 million in March. The median existing home price in March surged to an all-time high of $329,100. Meanwhile, the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts, fell 10.6% to 110.3 in February.


FHBA NEWS- May 10, 2021

Act Now!
Contact Governor DeSantis

The work of FHBA advocacy never ceases! Legislation passed during session will not take effect unless signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Governor DeSantis needs to hear from you today! Ask him to sign HB 337 into law!

HB 337 “Impact Fees” by Representative Nick DiCeglie and Senator Joe Gruters sets forth critical provisions that will tackle rising impact fees on new construction.

Simply visit this link https://outlook.live.com/mail/0/inbox, and an email window will open to send an email to CRM.citizenservices@eog.myflorida.com.

Then, all you need to do is copy and paste the information below, personalizing your email by adding your location and signing your name. Questions? Contact Dane Bennett, FHBA Governmental Affairs Director at dbennett@fhba.com.

Subject: Support HB 337 "Impact Fees!"
Email Body:

Dear Governor Ron DeSantis:

I am a builder in INSERT YOUR CITY HERE, Florida. I am writing today to proudly express my support for HB 337 “Impact Fees” by Representative Nick DiCeglie and Senator Joe Gruters. Often, the affordable housing conversation misleads the public into believing that workforce housing can only be achieved through government subsidies. HB 337 is a true affordable housing bill that slows down the regulatory fees that today make up 24.3 percent of the cost of a new home.

Last year, in the midst of an affordable housing crisis and pandemic, cities and counties across the State looked to the homebuilding industry for increased lines of revenue. Rather than working with the industry, some local governments decided to implement anti-growth measures that drastically disrupted the marketplace by doubling and sometimes even tripling impact fees in a matter of months (e.g., Hillsborough County, Orange County, Sumter County, the City of Punta Gorda, etc.).

HB 337 restores market predictability by ensuring large impact fee increases are responsibly phased-in and defines infrastructure to ensure impact fees are calculated and expended on true capital projects. These positive public policy reforms will help slow down the rising regulatory fees that push potential homebuyers out of the market. The construction industry is grateful for being deemed an essential service and we are thankful for your consistent leadership in navigating our state through these unparalleled times. We are hopeful for your signature and thank you for your consideration.


FHBA Advocacy Briefing

The 2021 session was one of the most unusual in Florida's 176-year history, from Zoom meetings to live-feed Senate committee hearings at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

Despite these challenges, FHBA was successful in passing impactful legislation on key construction issues.
A complete review of our 2021 legislative accomplishments is available here in digital format (Visit the following link, http://fhba.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0xMDAxMjc0OSZwPTEmdT0xMTU0NzM1MzkyJmxpPTg2NTA3MjM5/index.html). You may also download a printable pdf version by following this link http://fhba.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0xMDAxMjc0OSZwPTEmdT0xMTU0NzM1MzkyJmxpPTg2NTA3MjQx/index.html.

As always if you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to FHBA Governmental Affairs Director, Dane Bennett at dbennett@fhba.com.

Commerce Secretary Pledges to Make Lumber a Priority

NAHB’s grassroots efforts urging the Biden administration and Congress to address the growing problem of rising lumber and material prices along with supply shortages is showing results.

Responding to a request by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) to make rising lumber prices and production issues a priority during a May 6 House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on President Biden’s 2022 budget request, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo responded, “I promise you I will.”

Read more from NAHB, and see President, Chuck Fowke's by following this link, https://nahbnow.com/2021/05/commerce-secretary-pledges-to-make-lumber-a-priority/.

NAHB Launches New Video Series

NAHB announced last week a new video series with partner SGC Horizon. The series will be comprised of four videos each month on key topics of interest for the Federation, including:

Political and advocacy updates from NAHB CEO Jerry Howard,
Economic updates from NAHB Chief Economist Dr. Robert Dietz, and
Live filming of Housing Developments, NAHB’s official podcast, featuring Jerry Howard and NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin.

The series kicks off with Dr. Dietz’s Eye on Housing TV segment, in which he provides overview of the current lumber crisis.

The 2021 Southeast Building Conference is returning to the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center July 15-16.

Now is the time to secure your room at this gorgeous property and get a special SEBC discounted rate of just $182 per night.

The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center offers family-friendly entertainment, restaurants and breathtaking gardens. From there you are close Walt Disney World® and other theme parks. The Gaylord Palms offers spacious guest rooms and suites perfect for your leisure and business needs. Book now by following this link https://book.passkey.com/gt/218071854?gtid=691272c215e1f04cb234ddb442d80129

If you haven't already, be sure to register for the 2021 SEBC before May 30. Florida home builders know that SEBC is the region's top industry event, complete with a great tradeshow, quality continuing education, and social events structured for networking with businesses you want to meet with. Register now by following this link https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=778


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