What's Up Wednesday
May 19, 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

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

05/21: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: OPEN

05/25: Reverse Job Fair

05/28: Building Industry Oversight Committee Meeting

06/01: VIP event with Legislators- FHBPAC 1000 Club members

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


NAHB is partnering with more than 800 leading companies, associations and mental health advocates in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day, to be held on Thursday, May 20.

Over the past two decades, suicide rates have risen, particularly among construction professionals. The COVID pandemic has accelerated an already dire crisis, giving way to what many mental health professionals have called the “second pandemic.”

Though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action.

“I personally know several people in the industry who lost their lives to suicide since the Great Recession, and the pandemic will only exacerbate that trend,” said J. Gary Hill, Chairman of the NAHB Construction Safety and Health Committee and a home builder in North Carolina. “I hope we all realize this is very serious and that we begin to notice how construction workers feel, and if we sense something is wrong, we should not ignore it and try to help.”

Recognizing a need for resources focused on the construction industry, NAHB last year launched an initiative focused on member mental health and wellbeing with financial support from ASAE Research Foundation and the Job-Site Safety Institute. On May 20, NAHB is calling on home building professionals to pause for a few minutes to take a free, confidential mental health screening developed by MindWise Innovations, an NAHB partner in the initiative.

“Trade associations play a key role in shaping the culture of an industry,” noted Randy Strauss, chairman of the NAHB Construction Liability, Risk Management, and Building Materials and a home builder in Ohio. “We felt it was very important for NAHB to lead on this issue and start to change the conversation around mental health issues. The Mental Health Action Day provides the perfect opportunity to shift awareness to action in the home building industry.”

Here is a list of tools to help you with conversations with your staff:


From NAHB:


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.
Job Seekers-

Click here to register. https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/zLEX62AP?mode=Attendee


Click here to register: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/DpB56Bor?mode=Attendee

2021.06 GMM Flyer

Thank you to the CDBIA Members who are PAC 1000Club Contributors:

Thank you to the CDBIA members who support FHBPAC

GOLD FHB PAC: $5,000-$9,999
Bill Truex, Truex Preferred Construction

SILVER FHB PAC: $1,001-$4,999
John Carlson, Wharton-Smith
Suzanne Graham, Massey Services
Odette Embury, Drummond Mortgage
Danny Nix, Nix & Associates- graduated to a SILVER CLUB PAC Member

FHB PAC 1000Club: $1,000
Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association
Bill Paul, Woodland Group
Danny Nix (Nix & Associates)
Jim Sanders , AR Homes/Sandstar
Paul Schaefer, Sage Homes
Bob Miller, Boyette & Miller Con & Dev
Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar
Tom Thornberry, T. Thornberry
TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders
Carla Nix, Nix & Associates
Justin Allbright, Security Alarm Corporation
Beth Cantin-Brown, Cantin Homes

This event is open to any CDBIA member who is a member of the FHB PAC. If you would like to be a part of the PAC, please call the CDBIA at 941-625-0804

2021.06.01 FHBPAC 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:

2021.06.21 Construction & Cocktails

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

This meeting is sponsored by Colleen Defillipo, Bonitz Flooring

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 6/18 so we can ensure a head count to purchase food and drinks.

Click here to register.

Thank you!

Update from the CDBIA Professional Women in Building

Welcome to the 50 club!
So much excitement at tonight's CDBIA PWB meeting!
Tonight, the first recipients of the CDBIA PWB scholarships came to the meeting. Laticia and Jazlyn introduced themselves and were welcome to attend any meeting when they are in town. Both Laticia and Jazlyn are heading to the University of Florida. Jazlyn will be focusing on law (either corporate or construction) and Laticia will be majoring in architecture. Our PWB council have offered to be there for questions or help throughout their schooling.
The CDBIA PWB set the date for their first event- and it is going to be EVERYTHING! Save the date. November 7th. More details will be available soon.
We welcomed 7 more PWB members to their first PWB meeting.
Under new business, Cindy Marsh Tichy (Michael Saunders & Company) mentioned how our chair, Melanie Markel (Array of Cabinets, Inc.) doesn't have a gavel and presented her with the power of the pink hard hat! Thank you, Melanie for your leadership!
And exciting to announce at tonight's meeting our Sharon M. Neuhofer PA Realtor - Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty joined becoming the 50th member of the CDBIA PWB Council.

Welcome CDBIA PWB Members from left to right:
Bill Truex,Truex Preferred Construction
Odette Embury, Drummond Mortgage
Chelsey Shelton, Cambria
Desiree Strickling, ADG Architecture, llc
Kelley Munsell, Harbor Nissan
Nikki Davis, Repro Tech Copying Center
Barb Lisby, Southern Style Homes
Erin Daum, Re/Max Palm
PWB Chair Melanie Markel,Array of Cabinets


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 Member Rebates

Are you seeing price increases on your products?

Now is the time to save. The average builder on the Member Rebate Program saves about $1,500!
Jeff Burch, First Choice Home Builders saved $570 in the last quarter of 2020 and $2,680 for all of 2020!

It takes the average builder about 15-20 minutes once you are set up. The Member Rebate Program will work to help you ensure you are set up.

For more information please visit www.fhbarebates.com

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

Pat Hand with Dancing Moon Travel: Domestic travel has exploded in popularity since the pandemic ... and there's no better way to see our country than the beautiful river cruise experience provided by American Cruise Lines! We explore their Columbia & Snake River itineraries! https://fb.watch/5BlgGa6PIh/

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 18th:
Charlotte County
Percent of residents series completed: 44.3%
Total People vaccinated: 56.5%

DeSoto County:
Percent of residents series completed: 24.1%
Total People vaccinated: 34.7%

Percent of residents series completed: 36.0%
Total People vaccinated: 45.4%

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


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Housing Releases

For the Week of May 24
New Home Sales (April): Tuesday, May 25

New single-family home sales surged in March as housing demand was supported by low interest rates and strong consumer demand, despite the ongoing building materials challenges impacting the housing industry. New single-family home sales rose 20.7% in March to a 1.02 million seasonally adjusted annual rate and was 66.8% above the March 2020 estimate of 612,000. This was the strongest seasonally adjusted annual rate since September 2006.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices: Tuesday, May 25

Fueled by strong demand and low inventory, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index rose at a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate of 16.4% in December, the fifth consecutive month of double-digit growth in home prices. On a year-over-year basis, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index posted a 10.4% annual gain in December, the highest pace of home price appreciation since January 2014.


FHBA NEWS- May 17, 2021

FHBA Leaders Meet With U.S. Senate Staff

Amid the many challenges brought about by COVID-19, NAHB developed the Bringing Housing Home initiative as an opportunity to strengthen relationships with lawmakers and keep housing a priority in Congress. As part of the program, FHBA leaders met with staff from Senator Marco Rubio's office last week.

FHBA Senior Officers TJ Thornberry, Frank Severino, Wendy Dittmar, Everett Morrow and Michael Bourre along with additional NAHB leaders Bill Truex and Jeff Schnellman were joined by FHBA Past President and NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke.

Much of the discussion centered on skyrocketing lumber prices and the uncertainty of the supply chain as it relates to housing, and the ultimate effect this has on housing prices. It was also an opportunity to thank Senator Rubio for his efforts in extending the PPP loans to 501(c)(6) organizations.

Florida DEP Deputy Secretary Discusses 404 Assumption with FHBA Members

Last week FHBA organized a Zoom Call with Department of Environmental Deputy Secretary John Truitt to discuss the challenges of assuming 404 Permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers.

More than 30 FHBA members, engineering consultants and developers heard directly from the Deputy Secretary as he explained these challenges. Recent Federal Administration interpretations required wetland delineation to be performed by Florida DEP employees. On the call Secretary Truitt explained they have developed a work-around for that issue, allowing certified water management district personnel to walk the lines. This is expected to alleviate much of the permitting backlog.

Truitt agreed to meet with the group periodically to stay ahead of issues experienced by DEP Customers. FHBA extends our appreciation for the time from members and Secretary Truitt.

FHBA Continues Efforts To Educate About Construction Defects

Although the 2021 legislative session has come to a close, FHBA continues to make headway in a public relations campaign to educate law makers about the need for construction defects reform.

The week, an article was published in "The Capitolist" outlining the negative impacts of the current law and loopholes.

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