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News for you
NAHB encourages members and residential construction companies to participate in the COVID-19 Jobsite Safety Stand Down the week of Jan. 11-15. The safety stand down is a voluntary event for employers to reinforce the need to follow all COVID-19 safe work practices and protocols. Send photos and videos to Patrick Lunsford and make sure to include #COVID19SafetyStandDown in social media messages. Learn more
Friay is the final opportunity for NAHB members to register for an early-bird All Access Pass for $199. The 100+ live, semi-live and on-demand education sessions offer members the opportunity to gain insights and learn strategies and real-world solutions. Free promotional tools are available to help you spread the word.
The NAHB YP Committee is committed to leading the discussion on mental health and supporting the resources necessary for that conversation. Please encourage your local YP’s for their input via an anonymous 10 question survey. Responses will provide data points for our partner organization on specific NAHB related mental health and substance misuse issues to support next steps.
Find out which reports will be released during the week of Jan. 11 and read the latest Eye on the Economy.
Key Housing Provisions in COVID-19 Relief Package
The $900 billion coronavirus relief package recently approved by Congress includes significant provisions that NAHB championed. Three major builder concerns addressed in the legislation include:
- Relief for small businesses from burdensome loan forgiveness requirements.
- Rental assistance for struggling renters and landlords.
- Funding for organizations such as state and local HBAs.
NAHB championed several more policies that are also contained in the relief package, including:
- a permanent minimum 4% credit floor on low-income housing tax credits that will allow multifamily developers to finance thousands of additional affordable rental units; and
- an extension of temporary tax provisions for newly-built energy-efficient homes and for home owners who engage in remodeling activities.
The legislation also includes other important provisions that:
- Extend all pandemic unemployment benefits expiring at the end of December through March 14, 2021.
- Extend weekly enhanced federal unemployment payments (paid out on top of regular UI benefits) of $300 per week through March 14, 2021.
- Provide a direct payment of $600 to most Americans.
SAVE THE DATE
Please be advised the FHBA Spring 2021 Conference will be held virtually February 17-19, 2021.
Despite not gathering in the Capitol during session as we are accustomed to, the FHBA lobbying team will have up to date information on all of our legislative priorities during the Government Affairs meeting.
If you are interested in attending any virtual meetings for FHBA, please contact the CDBIA.
FHBA Legislative Priorities
The Florida Legislature has returned to Tallahassee as they gear up for the 2021 legislative session. Although session officially convenes on Tuesday, March 2, lawmakers are beginning to tackle issues this week with five committee weeks calendared from now until kick-off.
FHBA’s advocacy team is already hard at work, with FHBA’s focus in 2021 centering around Impact Fees, Construction Defects and Building Code Issues.
Click here to read a complete rundown on these priorities.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2021) – The County Commission is seeking applicants (15 members and three alternates) to serve on the Charter Review Commission. The CRC reviews the charter and proposes any amendments for placement on the November 2022 general election ballot. Applicants must be registered Charlotte County voters and must have lived in the county for six months prior to the appointment and during the appointment. No member may be appointed who has served three full terms as a voting member. Applications/resumes should be sent to the County Attorney; Janette S. Knowlton and must be received by Feb. 19, 2021. To obtain an application or for more information, please contact the County Attorney’s office at 941-743-1330.
The Agricultural and Natural Resources Advisory Committee is searching for three 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. One volunteer 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
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. Meeting are held quarterly in the Administration Center at 18500 Murdock Circle and are generally held on the first Monday at 10:30 am. To obtain an application call 941-743-1300 and select option 1 or email Lisa.Eby@CharlotteCountyFL.gov…end
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – The government offices of the City of Punta Gorda will be closed on Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Residents of the City of Punta Gorda will notice no change in their trash, yard waste or recycling collections during this holiday. Commercial customers of the City of Punta Gorda will notice no change in collection service during this holiday. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (941) 575-5050 between the business hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. thru Fri.
Signs in the Residential Zoning Districts – At the Jan. 6 City Council meeting, Council reaffirmed that there will be no enforcement of the sign regulations for signs on residential lots in the Right of Way or otherwise until such time as the sign ordinance is amended and adopted. This includes political signs/flags.
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.
- Building Board – (One alternate) Meets 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. 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.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office offers a no-cost C.A.T registry for residents and businesses. The Combat Auto-Theft program is a voluntary vehicle registration program, which once registered, you receive a numbered decal that is placed into the low left corner of the rear driver’s window. By displaying this decal, the vehicle owner gives law enforcement officers permission to do an investigative stop of the vehicle, during the hours of 1am-5am for personal vehicles and 8p-5a for business vehicles to determine if the vehicle has been stolen.
In response to recent trailer thefts throughout the county, we have added registering trailers to the C.A.T program. We encourage all trailers – to include boat trailers, open style utility trailers, as well as enclosed utility trailers – to be registered. Contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit to schedule your registry 941-613-3227.
Updates from your CDBIA family
The Firm 360° Photography –Check out this cool project we just finished shooting for Wharton-Smith, Inc. and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Let us know what you think! We can do this 3 D Virtual Walking Tour for your business too. Contact us today for details at 941-347-8198, or visit our website: www.the firm 360
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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