What's Up Wednesday
June 30, 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

07/05: CDBIA will be closed on Monday in honor Independence Day.

07/09: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: Pat Hand, Dancing Moon Travel

07/10: CDBIA Dart Tournament

07/14: Campaign School- Learn tips from state and federal leaders how to have a successful election

07/15-7/16: Southeast Building Conference

07/16 42nd Annual Aurora Awards

07/16: CDBIA Building Industry Hour on 1580am WCCFAM AND 100.9FM Guest: Open

07/19: CDBIA Professional Women in Building meeting, sponsored by Cindy Grover, Harbor Home Builders

07/23: Building Industry Oversight Committee

07/27: CDBIA Next Gen Council meeting

07/29: CDBIA Reverse Job Fair hosted by the Next Gen Council

Click here to promote your job openings

Click here if you are a job seeker

08/03: CDBIA General Membership Meeting

09/09: Market Trends of SWFL

For a complete calendar of confirmed future events, please click here

Update on Lumber

Lumber 06.30.2021

NAHB Chairman Urges Congress to Boost Lumber Production from Federal Lands

To help resolve lumber supply shortages and rein in elevated prices, NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke today called on Congress to increase domestic lumber production from federal lands, both as a means to improve housing affordability and address the resilience of our national forests.

Appearing at a forum conducted by Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee and GOP members of the House Western Caucus to discuss skyrocketing lumber prices, Fowke said that boosting domestic lumber production is just part of the solution.

“We also need to resolve the long-standing trade dispute with Canada over softwood lumber imports as well as solving supply chain and labor supply disruptions that continue to linger,” Fowke said.

Illustrating the unprecedented rapid rise in lumber prices over the past year that has added nearly $36,000 to the price of a new home, Fowke told lawmakers that lumber prices have increased more than 165% percent since April 2020. OSB prices are also up nearly 400%, and the Random Lengths Framing Composite Index price shot past the $1,500 barrier for the first time ever in May.

“For context, the previous high was $582 in 2018 and framing lumber typically trades around $425 per thousand board feet,” Fowke noted. “These historic price increases are dramatically raising home prices and rental costs and threaten the nation’s economic recovery.”

Lumber prices currently stand at elevated levels, though they have fallen in recent weeks. However, these recent price declines are not due to an increase in supply.

“We see it due to a slowdown in housing production, which should alarm everyone,” Fowke said. “In May, single-family starts fell 5.9% and that follows significant downward revisions to the April estimate and previous months’ readings.”

Regarding the nation’s federally owned forests, Fowke noted that timber harvests from the National Forest System averaged between 10 and 12 billion board feet for a 40-year period from the mid-1950s and then plunged precipitously to an average between 1.5 and 3.3 billion board feet per year starting in the mid-1990s due to bureaucratic red tape and litigation.

Over the course of three decades there has been a dramatic decline in timber production from our federally owned forests.

“We must strike a more appropriate balance in how we manage our national forests,” Fowke told lawmakers. “Doing so will restore the health of one of our great natural resources and offers the potential to reinvigorate the forestry industry while improving housing affordability. That’s a win-win-win in my book.”


When you register by June 30th, you'll automatically be entered to win a FREE two-night stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort during the upcoming 2021 Southeast Building Conference! This room reservation will cover your stay for the nights of July 14 and July 15!


Education Opportunities

J. Gregory Group is offering CDBIA members to register for this free webinar that reviews the employment law changes to expect from the Biden Administration. Click on the below link, and register. Upon completing the registration form you will be taken directly to the on-demand webinar

Employment Law Changes to Expect From the Biden Administration Webinar Link

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, 4 players per team.

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Bullseye Sponsor - $1000 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.

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:

Teams competing this year:

  • Team The Homeless Coalition
  • Team Custom Pools by Precision
  • Team Don Riggs Concrete
  • Team Enhance Aluminum
  • Team Ian Vincent & Associates
  • Team Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL
  • Team Quality Homes of Port Charlotte
  • Team Superior Pools
  • Team The Firm Advertising Agency
  • Team The Purple House Salon by Shawn Gilstad
  • Team Total Recon
  • Team Wharton-Smith Inc. #1
  • Team Wharton-Smith Inc. #2

Only 7 team openings available. Register today https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/vrADoaeL?mode=Attendee


Enjoy scenes from the last Dart Tournament:

2021.07.19 Construction & Cocktails

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

This meeting is sponsored by Cindy Grover, Harbor Home Builders

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!



From CDBIA Next Gen Chair Krystal Allen, Patriot Plumbing Corp

"In case you missed it: We had an eventful Next Gen Meeting where we appointed new subcommittees

and had a blast discussing the direction of the council. We now have our very own logo! Our next meeting

is Tuesday July 27th at 5:00pm  See you soon!"



For more information about the CDBIA Next Gen Council, please visit their website at https://cdbia.com/cdbia-next-gen/

2021.07.29 NextGen Job Fair Revised

There is no charge for CDBIA Members to promote their job openings. We do ask you to register your company by clicking on this link: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/xP2D1W8r?mode=Attendee

If you know someone looking for a job, please have them click here: https://charlottedesotobia.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/XpjR5Gdp?mode=Attendee


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:

Eligible NAHB members can earn 125,000 Membership Rewards® points after they spend $30,000 on eligible purchases in the first three months of Card Membership. Terms apply.*

Up to $200 Annual Dell Statement Credit

Get up to $100 in statement credits between January and June and up to $100 in statement credits between July and December for U.S. purchases with Dell on your Business Platinum Card when enrolled. That’s up to $200 in statement credits annually.‡

Membership Rewards® Points

5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com‡ 1.5X points per dollar on eligible purchases of $5,000 or more on your Business Platinum Card® (that’s an extra half point per dollar). Up to 1 million additional points per year.‡

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Help Wanted

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

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

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

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

What's Up, Members?

Stwan's Pressure Washing
For the month of June Stwan’s Pressure Washing is offering 10% off any service to all CDBIA members.

Appointments can be for any month, as long as you schedule an appointment before the end of June you will receive 10% off your service.

Call today to schedule your FREE estimate and mention this promotion 941-276-8629.

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

Dancing Moon Travel

Pat welcomes Julie Quarry from UnCruise Adventures...providers of the ultimate small ship cruising experience.
Whales and dolphins alongside the boat are just the beginning of your Hawaii cruise adventure. Snorkeling in Hawaii means warm water, coral gardens, and neon-colored fish. And you'll remember snorkeling with sea turtles long after you’ve taken off your flippers. Water play, waterfalls, lava fields, and talking story with locals—you’ve never lived aloha quite like this.

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/

News for you


From the desk of Greg Murray, City Manager

Click here

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.

Building Board – (one contractor) Meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 9 a.m. in City Council Chambers – City residency not required. Seven-member board with two alternate members. Three-year terms. Maximum of three terms OR partial term plus two more terms. Four members must be involved with the building industry and three members must be consumer advocates who are not, nor ever have been, involved with building industry. Makes recommendations to City Council on the minimum qualifying requirements for obtaining Certificates of Competency in the various construction trades and the fees for same. Periodically reviews and holds public hearings on all building, electrical, plumbing, housing, gas, fire prevention and other related codes. Reviews enforcement of all codes relating to construction standards and acts as condemnation board in matters of violation of minimum standards. Hears alleged complaints against contractors.

Planning Commission – Meets the 4th Monday at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers. Must be City resident. Seven member board with two alternate members. Three year terms – maximum of three terms. Makes recommendations to City Council with regard to amending, extending or adding to the comprehensive plan for the physical development of the City, platting or subdividing land within the City and adopting and amending a zoning ordinance.


Date: Monday, June 21 2021
From: Charlotte County Community Development Department
Subject: Independence Day Holiday Observance Monday, July 5, 2021
The Charlotte County Community Development Department will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.
Please mark your calendars and distribute this information to others within your organization.



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 two volunteers who must be permanent residents of Charlotte County who are interested in preserving the history of Charlotte County. The position calls for these members to serve from different Charlotte County historical organizations. 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 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 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.

The Barrier Island Fire Service Municipal Service Benefit Unit Advisory Board is
seeking two members to fill two vacant unexpired terms through Oct. 21, 2024. Applicants must be residents of Charlotte County and reside within the unit. Submit applications to Public Safety Department, 26571 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, Fla., 33982; call 941-833-5610 or email Todd.Dunn@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.
• Manchester Waterway Unit is seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through Oct. 31, 2024.
• 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.


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

• Port Charlotte – *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglary – purse taken
• Port Charlotte – Residential burglary & Criminal Mischief at a Home under construction – Subject(s) entered through rear window, poured approx. 5 gal. of paint into bath tub.

• Englewood - *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglary – 9mm gun, (2) Minn Kota plot link systems & prescription sunglasses taken.
• Port Charlotte – 8-10 sheets of plywood taken from home under construction.
• Port Charlotte – Vehicle burglary – key fob & $100 taken. Subjects returned on 6/15/21 and attempted to take the vehicle that the key fob belonged to.
• Same street as above – wallet taken from vehicle.
• Englewood – 3 bikes removed from parking garage of condo units – locks were cut.
• Port Charlotte - *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglary x2 – Gun, ammo, magazine & holster taken.
• Punta Gorda – Catalytic converter removed from business vehicle.
• Punta Gorda – Vehicle burglary – GPS unit, wallet & $700 cash taken.
• Port Charlotte - *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglary

• Placida – overnight hours a golf cart was taken from condo parking lot.
• Punta Gorda- Overnight hours a firearm & cash were removed from a vehicle.
• Port Charlotte – Electric bicycle removed from carport between 630am-645am.
• Englewood – Bicycle taken from resort by unknown subject.

• Port Charlotte – 2 *UNLOCKED* vehicles rummaged through. Approximately $40 taken.
• Punta Gorda – 2 Kayaks removed from the side of a residence.
• Englewood – Catalytic converter theft off of a business vehicle.
• Port Charlotte - *UNLOCKED* vehicle burglary while parked outside Home Depot. $80 taken
• Port Charlotte – Driveway lights and security camera taken from residence by unknown white male.

• Punta Gorda – Several vehicles rummaged through, Michael Kors purse, wallets (2) & Guns (3) taken from *UNLOCKED* vehicles.
• Punta Gorda – Vehicle stolen after it was left on the side of I75 broken down. Vehicle located off Tuckers Grade missing the catalytic converter.
• Englewood – Vehicle stolen – *UNLOCKED & Key fob left inside* Vehicle was later located off I75 abandoned & burned.
• Rotonda West – Vehicle stolen - *Unlocked & Key fob left inside*
• Punta Gorda – Early morning hours - 2 suspects captured on video checking vehicle doors, a white vehicle was observed in the area at the same time – unlocked vehicles were entered and rummaged through. Firearms and other miscellaneous items reported taken.
• Englewood – Grand Theft of 4' brass mermaid water fountain ($1200) removed from the front of a building.

Helpful information:

• If you see something suspicious, say something! Charlotte County Sheriff's Office non-emergency #941-639-0013

• As a friendly reminder to our business community, please remember to lock all of your doors, set alarms and cameras and if possible, remove cash.

• Always remove valuables, key/ key fobs & guns and lock your vehicle doors!

• Be aware, gas station skimmers found in neighboring counties.

A note from our CCSO volunteer unit:
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) at 941-639-0013 or download an application at CCSO.org and return it to any District Office.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office offers no cost construction site no trespassing signs. Call the Crime Prevention Office at 941-613-3227


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Biden Nominates Julia Gordon as FHA Commissioner

Building Alternatives to Help Navigate Elevated Lumber Prices

Housing Releases

For the Week of June 28

Consumer Confidence: Tuesday, June 29

The Consumer Confidence Index rose 19.3 points from 90.4 to 109.7 in March, the highest level in a year, as consumers reporting a significantly more positive view of the job market and the economic growth. However, concerns about inflation may cause consumers to temper their spending in the coming months. Meanwhile, the Present Situation Index climbed 20.4 points to 110.0, and the Expectation Situation Index increased 18.7 points to 109.6.

Construction Spending: Thursday, July 1

Total private residential spending rose 1.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $729.2 billion in April. The monthly gains are largely attributed to the strong growth of spending on multifamily and single-family construction. Spending on single-family construction edged up 1.3% in April and remodeling spending inched up 0.3%, while multifamily construction spending rose 1.9%.

Employment: Friday, July 2

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased 559,000 in May and the unemployment rate decreased to 5.8%. Job gains accelerated in May as vaccination rates increased and COVID-19 restrictions lifted. Currently, residential construction employment exceeds its level in February 2020, while only 60% of non-residential construction jobs lost in March and April have been recovered.


FHBA NEWS- June 30, 2021

This just in today June 30th.

Govenor Ron Desantis has signed all the building related bills on his desk, including HB401 (Florida Building Code Bill).

There will be some changes in our industry. We will be updating you soon on each bill.



Reserve Your Room for SEBC This Week!

The Southeast Building Conference will take place July 15-16 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL.

In addition to the region's largest industry trade show, more than 40 hours of continuing education, and in-person networking with your colleagues, FHBA business meetings also take place throughout the week. Visit http://fhba.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0xMDA3MTY1MiZwPTEmdT0xMTU0NzM1MzkyJmxpPTg3NDc3OTk5/index.html to see all meetings

The special room rate for SEBC attendees will expire on June 21. Make your reservations today to ensure your room is in this room block! Visit http://fhba.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0xMDA3MTY1MiZwPTEmdT0xMTU0NzM1MzkyJmxpPTg3NDc4MDAw/index.html for details



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