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Firefighters save two children from apartment fire

Lake County firefighters this morning rescued a three-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl from an apartment fire in the 2600 block of Shirleys Way in Leesburg. Upon arrival, Lt. Glenn Bidwell, Firefighter Brad Hermesman and Firefighter Eric Steiner of Station 52 saw smoke billowing out of the front door of the three-story apartment. Told that there were children inside, they quickly searched the home and found two children in a back bedroom.

Lake County receives improved Building Code insurance rating

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO), an insurer-supported organization, recently upgraded Lake County’s Building Code Effectiveness Classification into its top tier.

Rooney to Trump: Let’s Make Infrastructure A+ Again

Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) sent a letter to President Donald Trump proposing a common-sense solution to accelerate federal investments in our country’s aging infrastructure

Ross Reintroduces Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Help Homeowners

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, which would encourage the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners options in terms of pricing and coverage.

Leaders of Appropriations Subcommittee Call on GAO to Examine HUD’s Efforts to Protect Children...

In an effort to better protect families in HUD-assisted housing from lead-based paint hazards, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL25) and David Price (D-NC4) today called upon the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to produce a report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) programs that address lead-based paint hazards.

Registration Now Open for Free Senior Scam Workshop in Tallahassee

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s Department of Financial Services will host a financial safety workshop for seniors next week in Tallahassee. This free Operation SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) workshop is open to seniors, their families and caregivers, and is hosted as part of CFO Atwater’s On Guard for Seniors program. The program was launched in 2012 to educate seniors about financial topics such as annuities, identity theft, reverse mortgages and long-term care insurance

Castor, Ross Reintroduce Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill to Help Homeowners

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act, which would encourage the development of a robust private flood insurance market that can offer homeowners options in terms of pricing and coverage.

Florida Realtors®: Reducing Business Rent Tax Key for Fla. Business Expansion

As the 2017 Florida Legislature begins, Realtors® from across the state are ready to advocate for legislative priorities that will protect homeowners, promote business and community growth, safeguard Florida’s natural resources, ensure fair and transparent real estate transactions and provide Floridians with more affordable housing options.

Lake County to host household hazardous waste collection events in Mount Dora and Fruitland...

In an effort to encourage residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way, Lake County Solid Waste is hosting two household hazardous waste collection events in March.

House Committee Releases Legislation to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) serves as the only Florida Republican, released the text of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act through a budget process known as reconciliation.
Photos courtesy of Senator Rubio’s office.

Rubio Discusses Florida Water Issues with County Coalition Members

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) met today with members of the County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries, and Lake Worth Lagoon to discuss Florida water issues and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects

Statement from Rep. Webster on President Trump’s Joint Address

“As promised, President Trump’s address tonight was upbeat and presidential. In keeping with comments made during the campaign, he outlined his vision for reviving our economy – including investing in infrastructure and removing regulations that are crushing small businesses and stifling job creation. In just five weeks, working together Congress and President Trump have already cut $2.8 billion by rolling back over-burdensome regulations. The President’s commitment to improving infrastructure offers unique opportunity to build 21st century infrastructure for our district and America

Fla.’s Housing Market: More Sales, Rising Prices in Jan. 2017

Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased pending sales and more new listings in January, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. Sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 16,779 last month, up 5.2 percent from January 2016

Household hazardous waste collection event to be held in Eustis

Lake County Solid Waste is encouraging Lake County residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way at an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. The county’s mobile connection unit will be on site from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Eustis Square Shopping Center parking lot, located at 218 W. Ardice Ave., Eustis.
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Buchanan Chairs Meeting on Red Tide, Water Quality

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today chaired a bipartisan Florida congressional delegation meeting that focused on the state’s most pressing water issues. Thirteen members of Congress from both parties heard about the harmful impact of red tide and toxic algae on the state’s environment and economy

Buchanan Co-Chairs FL Delegation Meeting on State’s Water Issues

The co-chairs of Florida’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., announced today a bipartisan delegation meeting on some of the state’s most pressing water issues.

Leaders of Appropriations Subcommittee Call on GAO to Examine HUD’s Efforts to Protect Children...

In an effort to better protect families in HUD-assisted housing from lead-based paint hazards, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL25) and David Price (D-NC4) today called upon the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to produce a report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) programs that address lead-based paint hazards.

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STATEMENT ON NEW 115TH CONGRESS ASSIGNMENTS

U.S Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement regarding her new committee assignments for the 115th Congress, which includes a new appointment to the House Committee on the Budget, and two new Appropriations Committee assignments: one as Ranking Democrat on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, and the other, to the Energy and Water Subcommittee

2017 Real Estate Trends: Florida’s Economy ‘Outperformed’ U.S.

In 2016, Florida’s economy outperformed the nation in part because of better job creation, according to several economists who spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 500 Realtors® at the 2017 Florida Real Estate Trends event last week during Florida Realtors® Mid-Winter Business Meetings.

Lake County Fire Rescue welcomes 19 new firefighters

Lake County Fire Rescue’s new class of 19 probationary firefighters is nearly through an intensive five week training protocol, which includes search techniques, survival, wildland firefighting, advanced and basic life support, pump engine and truck operations, driving fire apparatus, extrication and more.

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Colombia tops all Foreign Searches for Miami Real Estate

Colombia continues to lead all foreign countries searching for South Florida real estate, according to new data from the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). The South American nation finished as the top international country using MIAMI’s search portal, www.Miamire.com, in May 2016. Colombia has now led the rankings for six consecutive months

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Ross Introduces Fair and Open Competition Act

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, this week introduced the Fair and Open Competition Act, which will reduce costs for taxpayers by encouraging all qualified construction companies to compete for federal and federally-funded construction projects. The bill further prevents federal agencies and recipients of federal funding from requiring contractors to sign controversial project labor agreements (PLAs) as a condition of winning federal or federally-assisted construction contracts