December 30, 2020

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Save the Date

Upcoming CDBIA meetings

**Don’t forget to register for the January GMM by December midnight tonight to save $10!

01/05/:CDBIA January General Membership Meeting special guest: CTC Guest speaker: Charlotte Technical College Director Deelynn Bennet and Construction Technology Instructor Steve Uebelacker

01/10: Last day for builders to submit entry for the SWFL Parade of Homes

01/20: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting

02/02: CDBIA February General Membership Meeting sponsored by Harbor Home Builders, LLC

02/07: CDBIA Sporting Clays Classic

02/09-02/12: NAHB’s International Builders Show: IBSX- International Builders Show Virtual Experience Click here for your free expo pass

02/17: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting

03/02: CDBIA March General Membership Meeting


News for you

Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association Installs Caryn Huff-Sufferling as President of 2021 Officers 

On December 1, 2020, the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association installed the 2021 President, Executive Board Members and Board of Directors.


How to Create More Jobs Now

Training more young men and women now in the
trades will mean a stronger economic recovery — and more housing
affordability for Americans. Housing leaders Ed Brady and Ralph Perrey share
their insights in a recent article in Affordable Housing
Finance Magazine

‘Let’s Do Business’ Logos Available for Members

Encourage your members to display their NAHB
membership with pride by using the ‘Let’s Do Business’ logos and banners as
part of the ‘Do Business with an NAHB Member’ campaign. HBAs and members can
download the graphics to use on their website, on social media and in email
communications to promote doing business within the NAHB community. View the graphics.


Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association announces Annual Award Winners

In December, the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association Awards Committee 

announced the following winners of the annual builder, sub-contractor, associate and 

member of the year award. Awards were announced and presented by 

Zac Extejt Charlotte County Seawalls.


Member Updates


Updates from your CDBIA family

For Immediate Release

December 23, 2020


Contact: Patricia Hand

Mobile (404) 735-5774 




PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA    Travel Weekly is proud to announce that professional travel advisor Patricia Hand participated in the STAR (Select Travel Advisor Recognition) Program during its recent annual CruiseWorld event. STAR participants must meet strict qualifying criteria and demonstrate what it means to be a qualified professional in the travel industry.

This year’s CruiseWorld, held virtually November 11-13, 2020, connected 1,300 travel industry professionals. Advisor attendees participated in educational workshops, heard from c-level industry executives, partook in discussion-based peer-to-peer sessions, and engaged in one-on-one video meetings with supplier representatives.

The STAR Program works to curate a group of the industry’s most dedicated and professional travel advisors through an application and review process that involves reference checks and an evaluation of current business practices. Those chosen to participate receive complimentary conference registration as well as special opportunities to connect one-on-one with representatives from destinations, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, hotels, and more, from all over the world.

“I was delighted to once again be selected to participate in Travel Weekly’s prestigious STAR program,” said Hand.  “CruiseWorld is my one “must attend” industry event each year and I appreciate the added opportunities the STAR program provides.”


While attending CruiseWorld, Hand heard keynote addresses on the state of the industry from top cruise line executives. STARs also learned of destination product offerings, healthy and safety protocols, and updated policies from a number of travel suppliers. Advisors also had access to over 40 virtual tours of ships, attractions and resort properties.  

All of these valuable experiences combine to keep STAR advisors up to date with the latest industry trends and best practices, as the industry moves towards recovery. This allows them to continue to provide the most up-to-date information to their clients in this ever-changing travel landscape.

“Those selected for the STAR Program are incredibly passionate, perseverant and motivated about this industry, despite these though times,” said Alicia Evanko-Lewis, Senior Vice President of Events, Northstar Travel Group. “The team vets all applicants to ensure all STAR participants are serious about their careers and about giving their clients the best possible service. All travel advisors should make achieving STAR status one of their professional goals. This group of STARs demonstrated the utmost professionalism through a trying year and we were honored to have them participate in CruiseWorld.”



Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry, is the most influential provider of news, research, opinion and analysis to the North American travel trade marketplace. In addition to a weekly print publication,, updated several times daily, is the most-visited industry website. Travel Weekly is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.






The Firm Advertising Agency and The Firm 360 would like to wish all of our fellow CDBIA friends and colleagues the most wonderful and prosperous 2021. Happiest New Year Ever to you! 


From Chief Building Official Randall L. Cole:

Effective January 4, 2021, the City of Punta Gorda will be processing plan review and permitting under the 2020 Building Codes for all trades.  If you have a bona fide contract dated prior to January 1, 2021, please include a copy with your permitting package to be reviewed under the 2017 Building Codes.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 941-575-3324 for assistance.

In-progress inspections for soffit, siding & stucco

Lath inspection checklist




We received a call from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

There have been numerous calls about theft on construction sites. One theft was of tile flooring taken from an unsecured garage at a new residential construction site. Another of a trailer containing electrical components, also from a private residential site. These are just some of the examples.

Please make sure you are locking up your jobsites. With supplies at a higher demand and prices at a premium, these conditions sadly cause a rise in theft.

If you have cameras on your jobsites and see anything suspicious, please do report it to the Sheriff’s Office by calling 941-639-2101. By filing a report, your jobsites can receive additional protection when deputies are patrolling that area.

CCSO is committed to preventing theft at job sites and does pass by many homes under construction looking for any suspicious activity, especially in areas where reports of theft have occurred.

We will also take this as a reminder to ask you to please make sure you have construction signs posted at any of your construction sites.

Make sure you have the construction site signs with FSS 810.092(2)(d)

These signs are available to members at no cost. You can contact the Sheriff’s Office if you would like them to post a sign at your construction project or stop by the CDBIA office and pick up signs.

By posting these signs on job sites, CCSO has the ability to arrest a burglar from the job site and charge them with a felony.

If you have any knowledge of additional information that could assist the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, or if you ever notice anything missing from your jobsite, please call 941-639-2101 or if it is an emergency, dial 911.

Thank you