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June 9, 2021

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AJF Construction
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Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar

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,

06/22: CDBIA Next Gen Council Meeting- open to all members

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

Update on Lumber

Learn How to Navigate Lumber, Supply Chain Challenges with New NAHB Webinar Series

The unprecedented rise in lumber prices and supply chain issues over the past year — including longer delivery times and higher material costs — are harming home buyers and threatening the entire housing industry.

NAHB is hosting a webinar series in June to help members and other industry professionals understand the challenges and develop strategies to adapt to this rising cost environment. While NAHB continues to work on long-term policy solutions to improve the supply chain, builders can take action now to help lessen the impact on their business operations.

The webinars are free for NAHB members and replays will be available for all registrants.

The State of the Residential Construction Supply Chain
Will be available for replay shortly
Join the industry’s leading economists, suppliers and policy experts as they explore the current challenges in the supply chain and what the future has in store for building materials. Top housing expert Ivy Zelman will join NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz for a leading-edge data analysis of the state of the residential construction market; a panel of top supplier executives will share their perspective and when they expect relief; and NAHB Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin will conclude with a policy update and what you can do to affect change.

These experts will arm you with the insights and expertise needed to anticipate what may lie ahead and position your company accordingly.

Register now

Trim the Fat: Saving Materials, Dollars & Time When You Design & Build
Thursday, June 10, 10–11 a.m. ET
Homes that are economical and efficient to build while offering your buyers the trifecta of cost + function + curb appeal is the ultimate win-win-win. But in today's market, higher material costs, building process inefficiencies, delays and costly fixes all seem to be getting in the way of getting that "W." In this webinar, innovative designer Jamie Walker will show you how to avoid these expensive losses and minimize material costs. Come ready to start thinking differently and learn how to build homes that are better looking, less wasteful and more functional for your clients.

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Delivering the Dream Despite the Unexpected: Sales & Customer Experience in An Unprecedented Market
Tuesday, June 22, 2–3 p.m. ET
Finding clients who want to purchase your homes can be the easier part of the sales process these days. Managing those buyers from contract to move-in, however, has taken on a whole new level of difficulty and importance in this time of limited housing inventory, price increases, material shortages, delays and overruns. During this webinar, learn best practices for setting proper expectations with buyers, planning for seamless transitions as they move through pre-construction and construction, consistent communication from your team, and more.

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Using Your Contracts to Help Manage Supply Chain Issues
Thursday, June 24, 2–3 p.m. ET
Hear from construction attorneys and a builder about ways to better manage your contracts when faced with the supply chain issues as a result of COVID-19. Panelists will highlight some key contract clauses to consider adding, including escalation clauses and force majeure clauses, the pros and cons of each, and how they can potentially help you better manage your project when supply chains go awry.

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Dynamic Strategic Planning & Budgeting in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, June 29, 2–3 p.m. ET
Join Brad Simons, CFO of Magleby Construction, as he shares the framework for creating flexible, adaptable ‘dynamic’ budgets and strategic plans that will improve your company’s ability to weather the storms and take advantage when others are caught in the throes of the uncertainty.

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Big win for the building industry.

Late Friday night, we received confirmation from the team at Florida Home Builders Association that Florida House Bill 337 has been signed by Governor Ron DeSantis.

House Bill 337 is the impact fee bill. This bill states impact fees cannot be raised more than 50% in 4 years, and no more than 12.5% a year. This also cleans the language of how impact fee money can be used. To review the bill click here

The building industry believes impact fees are a tax on new construction.

Recently in our community we dealt with the city of Punta Gorda raising impact fees 300% during the pandemic. Charlotte County was wanting to double impact fees. This bill is retroactive to January 2021, so at this time Charlotte County impact fees will remain where they are.

A huge thank you to CDBIA GA Chair Suzanne Graham, our staff at FHBA, our lobbyist Kari Hebrank and Senator Joe Gruters who sponsored this bill in the Senate. A special thank you to Representative DiCeglie who sponsored this bill in the House.

We work hard to build relationships with our elected officials.

This is why WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The CDBIA is short $5,249 from hitting our goal for funds for the FHBPAC. The money contributed to the FHBAPAC allows our state to help support pro-business, pro-growth, pro-building candidates and issues.

Every donation will help us keep our strong voice working hard for you and be able to work hard to change any issues affecting our local building industry.

Every donation of $50 or more will help us hit our goal.

You are welcome to contact the CDBIA for a contribution form or an invoice, or you can make a contribution online at https://fhbpac.org/donate-today/

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
Bob Miller, Boyette & Miller- graduated to a SILVER CLUB PAC Member

FHB PAC 1000Club: $1,000
Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association
Bill Paul, Woodland Group
Jim Sanders , AR Homes/Sandstar
Paul Schaefer, Sage Homes
Sharon Neuhofer, Coldwell Banker Sunstar
Tom Thornberry, T. Thornberry
TJ Thornberry, Thornberry Custom Builders
NEW in 2021:
Carla Nix, Nix & Associates
Justin Allbright, Security Alarm Corporation
Beth Cantin-Brown, Cantin Homes
Matt Jones, Jones Family Insurance
Trena Casa, Custom Pools by Precision
Josh Reynolds, Wrightway Services
Justin Robbins, DR Horton

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,

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!

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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:

Explore the possibilities and save! Special NAHB member discounts and exclusive entertainment and travel offers. Theme parks, movie tickets, concerts and shows, water parks, rental cars, and much more.

Going to the movies? You can get adult movie tickets for $9!

From tickets to your favorite sporting event, to local attractions and even car and hotel savings, click here to have some extra fun this summer: https://memberdeals.com/nahb/?login=1

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

Ken Rite Construction
Help Wanted-Construction Estimator/Sales
Competitive salary plus commission
Experience in construction estimating and Microsoft office.
Residential remodeling, custom homes and light commercial.
Opportunity for potential growth and investment in the company.
To apply, please send resume to klowa@kenriteconstruction.com

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

Suncoast One Title & Closings
Carolyn McManus-Bagiardi has joined Suncoast One Title!
Carolyn grew up in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to sunny Southwest Florida in 1994. Carolyn has over 27 years of experience in the title industry. She is a licensed title agent and carries a Certified Land Closer Designation through the Florida Land Title Association. Carolyn will, as the new Vice President oversee operations across all offices for Suncoast One Title and will be a catalyst in influencing expansion of the company by partnering with talented title agents in Southwest Florida and beyond.
Please give her a warm welcome!😁👏
If you are interested in joining her at Suncoast One Title, please reach out!

Dancing Moon Travel
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/

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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

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

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From the desk of Greg Murray, City Manager

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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.

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.

Burnt Store Isles Canal Advisory Committee – Meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Must be resident of Burnt Store Isles Canal Maintenance Assessment District. Five-member board. Three-year terms. Maximum of three terms OR partial term plus 2 more terms. Financial disclosure required.

Building Board – (One contractor and one consumer advocate) Meets monthly on the 4th
Tuesday at 9:00 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 2 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.

General Employees’ Pension Board – Meets quarterly and as called in Council Chambers. Five members – two City residents at-large, two general employees and one member appointed by the Board. Four-year terms – no maximum. Financial disclosure required. Charged with management of the General Employees’ Pension Fund.

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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 June 3rd:
Charlotte County
Percent of residents series completed: 46.1%
Total People vaccinated: 58.2%

DeSoto County:
Percent of residents series completed: 27.7%
Total People vaccinated: 36.3%

Florida
Percent of residents series completed: 39.1%
Total People vaccinated: 48.4%

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 following MSBU/TU Advisory Boards are seeking volunteers who must be both a property owner within and reside within the Unit. Submit applications to Public Works Department, 7000 Florida St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950; call 941-575-3600 or e-mail MSBU-TU@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

• Boca Grande Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2021.
• Burnt Store Village Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2021.
• Don Pedro Knight Islands Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2024.
• Gulf Cove Waterway Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2022.
• Harbour Heights Waterway is seeking two members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2021 and Oct. 31, 2022.
• Manasota Key Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2023.
• Northwest Port Charlotte Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to a fill vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2022.
• Rotonda Heights Street & Drainage Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2021.
• Rotonda Lakes Street & Drainage Unit is seeking five members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2021, Oct. 31, 2022, and Oct. 31, 2023.
• Suncoast Waterway Unit is seeking five members to fill vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 31, 2022, Oct. 31, 2023, and Oct. 31, 2024.

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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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Recent reported crimes

5/23/21
Punta Gorda – Overnight subject(s) cut the catalytic converter off a 2002 Ford Excursion that was parked outside a business.
Englewood – 3 unlocked vehicles burglarized – pocket knife & money taken.
Port Charlotte – Vehicle (locked) burglary – Window broke, No valuables were left inside = nothing taken.
Port Charlotte – Theft of bicycle from residence that left garage door open, owner left garage door open at lunchtime while he watched TV, owner provided video. *Suspect located and arrested*
5/21/21
Port Charlotte - 2 TV's removed from new condominium complex by unknown suspect(s).
Punta Gorda – 2 catalytic converters stolen from a Dodge Ram 3500 & a Ford E-series van being kept at a storage facility.
5/18/21
Punta Gorda – 13 exotic Tegu lizards stolen from licensed owner's property.
5/17/21
Gasparilla Rd – Burglary/Grand Theft from a boat on the water. Unknown suspects removed a 25hp 2 stroke motor, a 12 volt marine battery, and a 5 gallon fuel tank.
Port Charlotte – Residential Burglary – 4 rings removed from bedroom by unknown individual.

Information
• Reminder, Charlotte County public schools are out for summer on June 4th. More kids will be out & about, biking, playing and enjoying our beautiful community!
• As always, please remember to remove your valuables, key/key fob & guns and always lock your doors!
• The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office offers a drug addiction recovery initiative for anyone who decides to make a change and choose life without drugs. They may bring their "user amount" of drugs to any Deputy or Sheriff's facility without fear of arrest. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office will then assist them in obtaining necessary treatment.
• If you see something suspicious, say something. Charlotte County Sheriff's Office non-emergency #941-639-0013
• The 2021 Tip A Cop is here and is scheduled for Thursday May 27th , 11:30 am to 9:00pm at Buffalo Wings & Rings, located at 1020 El Jobean Rd. in Port Charlotte. Last year's event was such a big success, we could not have done it without our own uniformed celebrity waiters and waitresses from our Law Enforcement and Corrections divisions. Tips raised will go to support The Law Enforcement Torch Run that benefit Special Olympics Florida.
Come on out and have some fun while being waited on by your Law Enforcement officers and lets raise money for a great cause!! 100% of the Tips raised go to support Special Olympics Florida. Thank you for supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics.

• The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office encourages civilian participation in crime prevention activities through its Volunteer Services Unit. County residents volunteer in four areas: Citizens Observation Patrol, Marine Patrol, Parking Enforcement and Administration. Volunteer participation often has a direct impact on the effectiveness of deputies. Interested individuals willing to contribute a minimum of 16 hours per month should contact Sgt. Al Sacco (asacco@ccsofl.net) or download an application at CCSO.org and return it to any District Office.
• Charlotte County Sheriff's Office district offices will be closed on Monday May 31st in observance of Memorial Day.

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Housing Releases

For the Week of June 7
AD&C Loan Volume: Monday, June 7
Continuing a period of weakness that began at the end of 2019, the volume of residential construction lending declined 2.3% during the third quarter of 2020. Home builders were deleveraging during the market rebound of the second half of 2020, as the cost of credit for development increased. On a year-over-year basis, the stock of residential construction loans was down 2.4%, the first year-over-year decline since 2013.

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS): Tuesday, June 8

The job openings rate in construction increased to 4.4% in March, with 344,000 open positions in the sector. This is higher than the 228,000 count recorded a year ago. Hiring in the construction sector rose to a 6% rate in March. The peak rate of hiring in 2020 occurred in May (10.3%) as a rebound took hold in home building and remodeling. Meanwhile, the construction layoff rate ticked down to a 2% in March, consistent with the demand for more workers.

Consumer Price Index (CPI): Thursday, June 10
The Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumers (CPI) rose 0.8% in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the largest increase since June 2009. The “core” CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, increased 0.9% in March, the largest increase since April 1982. Over the past twelve months, on a not seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI grew 4.2% and the “core” CPI climbed 3.0% in April. Both headline inflation and core inflation jumped in April, reflecting strong consumer demand for products and services as the economy reopens from the COVID-19 recession.

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FHBA NEWS- June 7, 2021
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In The News:

Governor DeSantis Signs HB 337 "Impact Fees"

Friday evening, Governor Ron DeSantis officially signed into law FHBA priority legislation, House Bill 337, "Impact Fees." This legislation is a product of FHBA's Government Affairs Committee, which includes representation of all 23 local Building Industry Associations.

This law is highly anticipated, especially following the drastic impact fee increases that accelerated across the state in 2020.

Last year seemed to be a reckoning for our industry, as local governments looked to these fees the “golden goose” for increased lines of revenue.

A very special thank you to Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Nick DiCeglie for crafting and carrying this legislation across the finish line. Both are truly Housing Champions that deserve every ounce of credit- and our continued support too keep these two construction advocates in office. It is the Legislature’s hope that this new law will slow down impact fee increases, restore market predictability, eliminate frivolous expenditures and help curtail the rising costs of homeownership.

The new law will prohibit any increases greater than 12.5% annually. Although the law offers a relief valve to prevent moratoriums due to concurrency, the statute is designed to ensure this exception does not become the rule, and specifically provides strict provisions that cities and counties must meet. Perhaps the greatest news, is that the phase-in provisions of the 12.5% increase are retroactive to January 1, 2021.

For the first time, this law also includes a definition of infrastructure including a specific list of facility types that impact fees may be authorized for. The list does not include jails or general government buildings, and the definition of infrastructure ensures monies are spent on true capital expenditures, i.e., brick and mortar facilities, not uniforms, art, furniture, or fixtures. These definitions will ensure impact fee consultants, hired by local governments, cannot throw every expense conceivable into the pot when calculating future fee increases.

The bill also cleans up various impact fee statutes to ensure legislative intent is clear. For example, ensuring local governments attest that all impact fees are collected and expended correctly, ensuring any impact fee increases are not applied to pending permit applications, and that all impact fee credit holders (past and present) may transfer credits to adjoining impact fee zones.

The 2021 Legislative Session was like no other. However, with the aid of a robust FHB PAC, we can continue to elect pro-construction and pro-business candidates across the state. Under the leadership of our past and present PAC Chairmen and committee members, the FHB PAC has continued to gain great momentum with key Senate and House leadership taking notice. Thank you to all the contributors, supporters and 1000 Club members for continuing to advance FHBA’s mission of creating an environment in which the construction industry can prosper. Advocacy is the cornerstone of our work to improve Florida’s building industry.

FHBA Asks Governor To Support HB 919

Last week, FHBA sent a letter to Governor DeSantis requesting his support of HB 919, relating to Preemption Over Restriction of Utility Services.

HB 919 addresses local governments such as the City of Tampa, which proposed a resolution banning natural gas hookups to new and existing homes. HB 919 will prohibit local governments from enacting rules that would restrict or otherwise prohibit the types of fuel sources of energy which may be used to serve customers.
Read the Letter Here

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